Jack doesn't just want names, he wants proof! Jack doesn't just want revenge, he wants justice! Dammit!
And he does so by hijacking a helicopter. Interesting first move. I would have taken a NYC yellow cab, as CTU seems powerless against tracking one of those things.
Jack and The Jack Sack quickly land the "choppah!" and dissolve into the human masses of New York. Chloe, the sarge in charge of CTU, sets Chico, Jr. in motion to lead the hunt for the world's most dangerous man and manpurse. This ought to be interesting!
Meanwhile, President Taylor whines to Ethan Taylor about this stupid peace treaty and Kanin tells her "Youse got bigger problems! You're gonna gets impeached, boss!" or something along those lines. He gives her an out- come clean publicly about the Russians and save yourself, screw the damned fake treaty! Kanin speaks a whole ton of sense. If the name of this show was WHO'S THE BOSS? the answer would be Ethan Effin' Kanin! Thankfully, Taylor agrees (she doesn't want to share a cell with her daughter, right?).
When Taylor goes to tell Charles Logan that "your comeback tour is over, Chuck," Logan masterfully manipulates Taylor into keeping the lid on Walsh by denying her immunity. He offers a "private security group" take over the interrogation of Walsh sans immunity, an idea that is absolutely illegal, ridiculous and scandalous. So, maybe if the name of this show was CHARLES IN CHARGE, the answer to my earlier question would be... Charles? Well...
Jack acquires several new mobile devices in a ubiquitous electronics shop downtown, and tells the merchant "I don't need the chargers, I have The Jack Sack and it's a mythical accessory that keeps all cellphones powered in perpetuity." The store clerk just shrugs his shoulders and says "Okie dokie!" (in that Simpsons store clerk voice). Are you watching the same show I watch?
Back at CTU, Logan's hired gun, Winston Wolf arrives and offers to "clean up" the mess. Chloe masterfully halts the 'stache so she can hook up Jack with intel on where Walsh is being transferred "off-site." Alright, Chloe, way to help out Jack! And then the JULIUS CAESAR moment happens where Chloe calls Chico, Jr. and tells him "We're gonna trap Jack!" Even Chico, Jr. can't take this betrayal! But Chloe says something about a Presidential Order (like that ever mattered to her before?) and sets into motion Operation: Unbelievable Betrayal. Boooo! I kid, of course, Chloe is doing something mature here and she's not happy about it, I just like kicking up dust here. So, is Chloe the boss in charge? Is Gen. Al Haig in this episode? I digress...
But Jack isn't totally unprepared. He's friends with Mr. Blonde. And Mr. Blonde has guns, ammo, more guns, body armor, police-band radios, hair gel and enough Hawaiian shirts to keep Jack off the grid for 2 years solid. Virginia Madsen's brother is an awesome character actor and I am glad to see him join the 24-verse.
And speaking of awesome character actors, Bob Gunton's Ethan Kanin is truly magnificent. With a clear, earnest voice he gives Taylor one last plea to do the right thing. As Taylor counters with some seriously awful rationale for committing high crimes and misdemeanors, Kanin stands his ground and tenders his resignation. Taylor feels betrayed? Bah! Woman, you betrayed us!
Well, betrayal is the name of tonight's show- as Jack moves in with 300 lbs. of militia in his XL Jack Sack duffel bag, Chico, Jr. and his team are set to seize our man. But little do they know that Jack Bauer is the Stephen Hawking of not getting betrayed. He knew the play all along and turns the situation to his own advantage. Boy Scouts of America, take note! Jack Bauer is always prepared. And then Jack plays armchair psychiatrist and convinces Chico, Jr. to join the smallest CTU in the world- Jack's non-governmental outfit. Chico, Jr. doesn't disappoint- he signs up and I think he's just tickled that Jack would even bother to ask for his help! Awww, making friends is fun!
Towards the end of the episode, Ethan makes one last tough guy stand, facing off with Charles Logan (in a geriatrically thrilling scene!). So, who's the boss with Charles in charge? It looks like the good guys lost tonight, as Taylor reaffirms her devotion to a false peace. Ethan, now would be a good time to call up Aaron Pierce. This was en effective episode in setting up the end-game. Taylor is lost. Chloe is on the outs. Walsh is getting waterboarded. And Jack- well, he's just getting into his duffel bag of mayhem.