Jack waits to be hired at an oil refinery in the Mojave desert. The foreman refers to him as "Frank Flynn."
In Wayne Palmer's Los Angeles high rise apartment, former President Palmer works on his memoirs. Wayne notices that Palmer is distracted. As Palmer stands by the window overlooking the city, a gunshot blasts through the glass and hits him in the neck. From another building, the assassin Haas lowers his rifle.
Aides Walt Cummings and Mike Novick prep President Logan at his retreat in Santa Ynez, California. Logan asks Cummings to look in on the First Lady before the Russian President's visit. "She can't have one of her meltdowns today," he warns. Novick gets word that Palmer has been killed. He is grief-stricken.
At CTU, Buchanan and Curtis run through their lists to narrow the search. Logan demands from Buchanan that the assassin be killed or arrested before the Russian President arrives. Buchanan advises the President to postpone his signing of the arms agreement treaty in case the incidents are connected. Logan refuses.
Chloe wakes up and kicks out her CTU subordinate, Spenser Wolff, from her bed. She tells him that the night before was a mistake, but Spenser disagrees. Suddenly, Chloe's cell phone gets a text message that Palmer is dead.
Jack watches television reports of Palmer's assassination from his small apartment in the desert. He tears up at the news. When someone knocks at the door, Jack trains his gun. He lowers it when he realizes that it is his neighbor and girlfriend, Diane Huxley. She invites "Frank" over for breakfast.
Diane's teenage son Derek is not pleased that his mother is seeing "Frank." Derek tries to catch Jack in a lie on his oil rig work. Diane doesn't question Jack about his past because she trusts him.
From their home, Tony and Michelle see the news about Palmer. They argue about whether to call in to their former employer CTU since they were on the investigations into the previous attempts on Palmer's life. Michelle thinks they could assist the case. Tony wants to focus on their current company. She leaves alone for CTU, but when she gets in her car, it explodes. Tony finds Michelle's body in the wreckage. Another blast hits Tony and knocks him over.
At CTU, Edgar and Spenser look for connections between Tony, Michelle and Palmer. Edgar calls Chloe, who is on her way into the office. He tells her that Michelle is dead and that Tony is injured. Chloe becomes suspicious when she sees a white van trailing her. She hangs up on Edgar and runs. Inside the van is Haas. Chloe loses the man chasing her in the morning commute rush.
While sitting with Diane, Jack gets an urgent call from Chloe who apologizes for breaking protocol. She tells him about Tony and Michelle, as well as the people chasing her. Chloe is convinced that all the people who know about Jack being alive are targeted. Jack warns her to go dark because there might be a leak inside CTU. He instructs her to head north out of Los Angeles to an abandoned oil refinery where he will meet her. Jack pulls a satchel out of the air vent in his apartment and leaves.
Tony is sent to CTU for medical attention because they can't protect him at a hospital. Buchanan wants his team to find the connection between Tony and Michelle with Palmer. Audrey Raines arrives at CTU as the Defense Department's liaison on the investigation. Audrey agrees with Buchanan about postponing the treaty signing, but the President cannot be swayed.
President Logan gives a press conference about Palmer's death at the retreat.
An aide named Evelyn puts the final touches on First Lady Martha Logan's makeup. "I look like a wedding cake," Martha says before abruptly dunking her head in the sink of water. Walt Cummings breaks the news about Palmer to her. She becomes upset because she and the former President were close friends. Martha says she has to talk to her husband immediately. Cummings orders the secret service agents to keep her away from the press conference.
Martha goes outside, and argues with Novick and the agents holding her back. She refuses to tell them what is so urgent and asks to see Logan when he is done.
Jack speeds to the refinery and knocks out a rescue helicopter pilot. Derek has followed him because he is worried about his mom. Jack takes Derek at gunpoint and forces him onto the chopper.
Tony is wheeled into CTU on a gurney. He suffers from head trauma that has affected his speech. Curtis shows Buchanan that Tony's phone records prove he spoke to Palmer on the day Jack was killed. The transcript files have been corrupted.
Logan comes to see his wife and she apologizes for making a scene. Martha thinks that Palmer was killed because of her. She explains that Palmer had called her yesterday and wanted to meet about something involving national security and Logan. The President wonders why Palmer didn't call him directly, but Martha points out that he shut Palmer out of the White House. She was his only access. Martha realizes that her husband doesn't believe her. "I am not crazy!" she exclaims. Logan promises that he will have Cummings look into it. He sweetly asks her to get ready for the Russian president's visit.
Logan tells Cummings that Martha is suffering from another one of her delusions. He recounts what she told him about Palmer. Logan doesn't want Cummings to do anything about her claims.
Aboard the helicopter, Jack assures Derek that he is not being kidnapped. He only wants to prevent him from going to the police. When Derek asks who he is, Jack answers: "Someone who's not supposed to still be alive."
Jack calls Diane and instructs her to pick up her son in Los Angeles. She is freaked out, but he asks her to trust him. Jack explains to Derek will be freed once he's completed his task in Los Angeles.
Edgar is worried about Chloe because she hasn't arrived or answered her cell phone. Spenser assures Edgar that Chloe is fine because he saw her earlier. Edgar realizes that they are dating.
Chloe arrives by taxi at the oil refinery to meet Jack. Her jacket gets caught in the fence and she leaves it. Chloe thinks she can tap into the CTU mainframe from the research library at Cal Tech. With no car, they get back in the helicopter.
As Jack starts the engine, a car pulls up. He realizes that the men have been following Chloe. The helicopter cannot achieve enough speed to take off. The van and another car approach. Jack throws smoke bombs in front of the chopper, and has Chloe take Derek to hide. Haas and his team cannot see through the smoke. Jack takes the team down one by one.
Haas approaches where Chloe and Derek are hiding. Jack shoots him in the leg. Chloe quickly plugs rounds into Haas, but Jack yells for her to hold her fire.
Jack orders Chloe to walk away with Derek. He tells Haas that he will only receive medical attention if he confesses why they are after him. Haas says that Palmer was the primary target and the others were just a diversion to make it look like Jack did it. Haas doesn't know who hired him. When Jack learns that this is the man who killed Palmer, he shoots him. Chloe and Derek wince as they watch.