As soon as I got in the townhouse, my mom wanted me to call Eric - IT IS FINE BECAUSE I KNOW HE GOT THE NOTIFICATION! Escaped upstairs to say hi to Grandma, who was watching TV. Made Steph sign several cards - her Chinese New Year wish for Grandma was "may you find contentment beyond the safety deposit box!" Hahaha! Signing cards was one of the only reasons I went out, as well as to see Eric again. I also picked up a Doctors Without Borders envelope for Jon - I only trust myself, haha. Eric came over soon afterwards for a curry / chicken / beef dinner, of course. At least the Canucks won 3-2 against the Sabres!
I said I'd spend time with Grandma on Thursday afternoon ONLY! Steph wants to spend time with them tomorrow after some Langley math test! Eric consumed Starbucks cashews, Chinese grapefruit, and macadamia nuts during his time with us - Steph had to take me home on HER way home! Never again, I swear... we'll see. Apparently, Vivian and Gabriel got engaged this past weekend - terrific.
On the show, "Kamistan" is our fictitious country du jour, joining Sangala and the unnamed Islamic country from season 2. Some military guy in Kamistan is talking to baby bro, and they're talking about some general who was arrested. I wasn't paying attention because, let's face it, it was boring. If it turns out to be important, I'm sure the writers will bring it up again. Anyway, they're convinced that the uranium will solve their problems. I mean, it's done wonders for Iran and North Korea. Meanwhile, Sergei is in the back room, comforting his dying son. Sark wants to take him to a doctor, but Sergei won't sacrifice the mission. Sark lectures him, and flashes the puppy dog eyes. Who says villains don't have a soul? Sergei finally lets Sark take him to some safe house so that he'll die in comfort.
Baby bro tells Sergei that they're sending the money. Sergei won't give up the rods until then. In the meantime, baby bro is going to get his rod taken care of, as Sergei offers him his choice of two women. Baby bro, unwilling to offend either one, takes them both. What a chivalrous man! (this part reminded me, Eric, and Steph of Stephen Ng's talk on Friday) Renee and Jack stop Ziya's bleeding. Jack threatens to call Bubba and end the mission, but Renee says she did the right thing. You see, that's what he would have done to her. Man, the Russian mob is messed up. They have a heart-to-heart, and Jack decides not to make the call. He's not convinced she's fit, but she's the only chance they have. That's right, our nation's fate is in the hands of an unstable former FBI agent. Albeit an extremely cute one.
Renee's warped logic continues to manifest itself as she tells Ziya that she did him a favor in cutting off his thumb. Ziya isn't buying it, though, and Renee turns to her trump card. She'll give him an extra point on top of his cut, which winds up being about three million. That's enough for him to forget about his thumb, and he's willing to take her to Vladimir. Dana gets a call from Kevin, and he doesn't care about the pending national crisis. He wants her to come home, and wants her to do it now. Kevin then helpfully reveals that she's an ex-con who was an accessory to murder, so we finally know what he has over her. And I thought it was just his glowing personality. Dana goes to Arlo to cover for her, and he hits on her as well. Man, it pains me to say it, but it really does look like Freddie Prinze Jr. is the best out of her three prospects. Unless she decides to hook up with Jack, of course.
President Taylor just finished speaking to various heads of state to make sure they were still arriving in New York. Because it's a good idea to bring more important people to the U.S., especially with a looming national security crisis. Chief of Staff Weiss tells the President about baby bro's gameplan, and that Hassan seems to have imposed martial law. Taylor is upset at it, because her way of dealing with things is to sit around a fire and sing Kumbaya
. She wants a face-to-face with Hassan after he gets back to the UN from CTU. Weiss tells her it should be 10 minutes or so. Renee and Ziya are in the car. He alludes to some past problems between Renee and Vladimir, and Ziya's tone is somewhat sleazy. Jack suddenly looks concerned, and wants Chloe to snoop into Renee's file. Based on Ziya's tone, I'm assuming it's something sexual, but who knows? Maybe Vlad ate all of Renee's borscht or something.
Hassan defies the laws of midtown traffic, and gets to the UN in four minutes. Hassan and Taylor have a debate over democracy and martial law. Blah blah blah. Hassan wants to yield a firm hand, but Taylor is outraged. What about human rights? What about Miranda laws? What about putting them up in the Waldorf Astoria until they learn the errors of their ways? Hassan has had enough and wants to see his family – even his wife is better than dealing with this. His wife asks him if he loved Meredith, even if he tells her that it's over. Sark and his brother reminisce in the car, and Sark decides to defy orders and take his brother to a doctor. He sheds his escort, and then starts driving towards the doctor's office. You know, the one that specializes in treating Russian terrorists who are trying to avoid the authorities.
Renee and Ziya pull up to some warehouse, and Ziya agrees to go in first. Have you ever noticed that bad guys are almost always holed up in some warehouse? Maybe CTU should just raid all of them? Anyway, Jack wants to know about what Vladimir did, but Renee won't say. She wants to go over the cover story instead, and Jack has to comply. Haven't seen anyone get over on Jack this consistently since Nina. Vlad is not happy to see Ziya, and punches him in the face. Or maybe he's Klingon and that's just how they greet each other. Guess not, as Vlad puts a gun to Ziya's head, and Ziya frantically tells him what's going on. Poor guy. First, he loses his thumb and now this. Vlad seems to have a blind spot for Renee, as he's convinced that Renee wasn't the one who sold them out. His henchman Lugo is not so sure, though.
Cole is looking for Dana, and Arlo tells him that she went home. Dana is already back at her apartment (knocking at the door since she gave Kevin her keys), and Kevin introduces her to Dick. No, that wasn't a euphemism or a double-entendre. He really does have a friend named Dick, who's lounging on the couch. Dana tries to pay him off with $500, but he isn't having it. We get more talk about their past as, apparently, Dana cut a deal since she was a juvenile, but Kevin went to prison. Kevin throws her up against a wall and slaps her, while Dick just continues watching football on TV. I'm guessing he's watching old USFL footage, as I'm sure the producers are trying to save money. Go, NY / NJ Generals! Kevin wants Dana to use her CTU access to get them bank records and stuff. He says that if she does this one thing, then he'll never bother her again, and I'm sure we can trust him on that.
Chloe tells Jack that Vlad became obsessed with Renee, and was abusive to her. Cracked ribs, broken jaw, etc. Jack asked if she had been raped, but Chloe isn't sure. Man, what's with all the abusive boyfriends this year? Were there complaints about the show being too misogynistic or something? Vlad quizzes Renee about her cover, and Jack feeds her the answers. Where was he when I needed him during Calculus? Even Vlad picks up on the fact that she looks like hell, and he wants to know what's up. Finally, he stumps Renee on who was in charge of the hotel she was staying at, and Chloe takes her time looking up the answer. Just look it up on Wikipedia or something, Chloe. They finally get a name, and Renee asks if she's done playing 20 Questions.
Vlad says that Renee's answer is correct, but orders her and Ziya tied up anyway. Man, this game sucks. They both get locked into the trunk of a car, and Jack loses his signal. Jack is following the car, and I have a feeling that Renee's not in that car. Sark drags his brother into a doctor's office, and emphasizes the need for strict confidentiality. In other words, he pulls a gun on the doctor, and tells him he knows where he lives. Sark then tells the doctor that his brother was exposed to weapons grade uranium. Well, now we know how CTU is eventually going to find out about the plot.
We finally see Bubba, and he authorizes Jack to intercept the car. Jack realizes he's following a decoy, and he frantically tries to get to Renee in time. Vlad has his henchman take Renee and Ziya towards the water. Vlad kills Ziya for whining, and that probably qualifies for "Worst Hour Ever." Vlad then deliberates killing Renee, and points the gun at her. She closes her eyes and tells him to do it. Vlad wants to know who she really is, and Renee gives a heartfelt speech about how she's sick of living like this, and that she has nowhere to go and no one to go to. Jack is listening in, and starts to get misty-eyed. So am I, actually. I'll take you, Renee. Craziness and all! Anyway, Vlad won't do it, and she's in like Flynn. Jack is at a loss for words, as he tells the teams to stand down. He looks a little shaken as he informs Bubba that Renee's successfully re-established her cover.
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