As Jack choppers to look for Morris, Chloe has trouble helping him because she cannot get the satellite to respond. Milo sees that she is distraught over Morris, and it is making her slip up.
Buchanan lets Jack know that Graem has died from cardiac arrest, which was most likely caused by the interrogation. Jack asks him to break the news to Marilyn when she arrives at CTU.
Milo alerts Buchanan that Chloe's mind is on Morris instead of her job. Despite her uncharacteristic frustration, Chloe assures them that she is fine. Buchanan relieves her of her post and Milo helps Jack track Morris. Chloe sulks.
As Rita drives, Morris tells McCarthy that CTU is already on their tail.
McCarthy sees the helicopter and realizes they are being followed.
Jack loses sight of them when Rita hides the car under a freeway overpass. He orders the helicopter pilot to put him down on the ground.
McCarthy goes to hotwire another car, leaving Morris alone with Rita. He brings her up to speed that McCarthy plans to use him to trigger the other nuclear bombs. CTU doesn't know that she even exists, so she could walk away free if she lets Morris go.
The chopper touches down on an eighteen wheeler truck and Jack gets out on foot.
McCarthy comes back to unlock Morris and put him in the stolen car. Rita questions him about his involvement in the nuclear threat. "What this is about, is about seven million dollars," he answers.
Jack comes upon McCarthy's car but it is empty. CTU cannot find which vehicle they have escaped in. The TAC team arrives and picks up Jack.
Fayed calls McCarthy and tells him where to meet. McCarthy pulls over to plug the address into the GPS. Suddenly, Rita shoots him dead. She pushes McCarthy's body out of the car and takes over the wheel. Morris's relief is only short-lived because Rita plans to turn him over to Fayed and take the money herself. Since CTU doesn't know she exists, she is in the clear.
Wayne Palmer asks an unhappy Lennox if he will still support his policies even though he doesn't believe in them. Before Lennox can answer, the President gets word that Assad has landed at Andrews Air Force Base.
Feeling spurned, Lennox tells Reed that he intends to resign because he no longer has influence over the Administration. Lennox isn't so sure that Wayne has the courage to lead the country.
Reed secretly dials a man named Carson on Capitol Hill and informs him that Lennox's proposals were rejected by the President. Their "plan" is dependent on Reed having access to the White House, and Lennox's resignation will deter that. Reed wants to let Lennox in on the plan in hopes that he will reconsider quitting.
Marilyn and Josh arrive at CTU. Buchanan tells her that Graem suffered a fatal heart attack, and she assumes that it was because of something Jack did.
Jack finds McCarthy's body. A witness said he was shot by a female who was accompanied by a man fitting Morris's description. The phone on McCarthy's body had a call that came in from an encrypted ID. Jack sends the data to CTU for tracing.
Rita drags Morris into Fayed's building and explains to the terrorists that she works for McCarthy. Morris points out that he is not an engineer, but Fayed knows that he works for CTU. Fayed won't give Rita the money until Morris detonates the nuclear bombs. Morris courageously refuses to do so, and Fayed has him beaten up.
Milo is having difficulty tracing the call made to McCarthy's phone. Chloe offers to try, apologizing for her earlier behavior. She comes up with an address of the call's origination. Jack heads there with the TAC teams. Because of Chloe's actions, Buchanan agrees to allow her back to work.
Assad is escorted into the White House bunker. If Fayed detonates any more bombs then Wayne will not sign a peace agreement. Wayne wants Assad to make a public address asking Islamic communities worldwide for help bringing down Fayed. Assad is hesitant because his people will assume he has become an American puppet. Wayne will not back down.
Jack arrives at Fayed's building, where TAC teams are in place.
Buchanan has satellite position of the building, but they don't know which apartment Fayed is in. Jack asks Chloe to trigger the building's fire alarm.
Fayed's men torture Morris and they stop when the fire alarm sounds. Residents exit the building. Fayed knows that CTU has found him.
With time running out, Fayed plunges a power drill bit into Morris's shoulder. Morris screams in pain. Fayed threatens to do him more harm unless he helps them rig the trigger.
Rita becomes scared and says she will give up the money if they let her go. Fayed shoots her, and she falls dead. Morris says he will do whatever Fayed wants.
Lennox expresses his frustration to Reed about Wayne using Assad in a televised speech. This will convey that America has declared that terrorism works. Reed brings up the idea that there may be others who have the same notions as Lennox and would want to see the Vice President lead instead of Wayne. Lennox is appalled and wants to know who he is talking about. Reed becomes evasive. Although he disagrees with Wayne's policies, Lennox does not advocate the President's removal. He notes that Reed's intimations are grounds for treason. Reed doesn't say anything further.
With the apartment residents evacuated, CTU is able to trace infrared on who is left in the building. Chloe and Milo determine the apartment number.
As Fayed breathes down his neck, Morris works feverishly on the computer program.
Jack and the TAC teams quietly raid the building.
Morris completes his task and Fayed orders him to arm one of the bombs. After it works, Fayed instructs his men to kill Morris.
Suddenly, an explosion rips through the apartment. Jack and the CTU teams engage in gunfire with Fayed's men, taking them down. Fayed escapes unnoticed. None of the agents outside saw him leave.
Jack finds the detonated nuclear weapon. He radios to CTU.
While reading the schematics on her screen, Chloe guides Jack in disarming the bomb. The agents find Fayed's escape route in a crawl space cut out of a wall. They think Fayed slipped out onto a medical helicopter that was spotted taking off nearby.
Jack gingerly follows Chloe's instructions with shaking hands. He deactivates it with a sigh of relief.
Morris tells Jack that the reprogramming device he was forced to build will allow Fayed to detonate the other bombs. Jack is furious that Morris made the device work.
1:59 P.M.Lennox gets an alert over the wire that Fayed still has the capability to arm the remaining suitcase nukes. He calls Reed. "That talk we were having in my office, I don't think I misunderstood you," Lennox says. Reed warns him not to speak over the phone until he has a secured location. Lennox hangs up, unsure of the dark road he is about to undertake.