Day 3: 7:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. - Recap
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Gael tapes Kim onto a chair. He covers her mouth with the duct tape, and then deletes all the video feeds and files about Salazar off his computer.
Michelle tells Adam that she is going to see Tony at the hospital. Gael will now be in charge, and she has Adam send all her data directories to him. Adam thinks they should saturate the media with news about the virus so that Jack will hear it. Michelle says that the President wants it kept secret.
Gael phones Michelle from the IT room to let her know that he has been helping Kim with her work. Michelle instructs him to go to the briefing since he will be taking over in her absence. Gael tells Kim that he has her monitored from a handheld device. As he leaves, he changes the access code on the door.
Chappelle briefs the staff about Kyle Singer not carrying the virus. Since Salazar’s organization still has the virus, then finding him is the top priority.
Salazar pours a bottle of champagne on the unconscious Jack to revive him. For some reason, Hector wants Jack delivered alive. Salazar is ready to kill him now, but one of his henchmen tells him not to.
Chappelle calls Chase and orders him back to the office. Chase has a lead he wants to follow in order to save Jack. Chappelle says that he knows Jack has been using heroin, and he believes that Chase has been covering up for him. Chappelle threatens to fire Chase if he doesn’t return to CTU.
Adam calls Chloe looking for Kim. He then asks Gael, but he claims that Kim was reassigned to a new task by Chappelle. Michelle gives Gael instructions for her absence, but he’s preoccupied watching Adam phone the IT room for Kim. Taped to the chair, Kim is unable to answer Adam’s call.
Gael sees Adam go to the IT room, but Adam can not get in. Adam phones Michelle’s desk to ask if Gael had changed the access code. Gael denies doing so. Michelle overrides the access code, but when she looks up from her computer, Gael has disappeared. Adam enters the IT room to find Kim tied up. He removes the tape from her mouth and she tells him it was Gael who was the culprit. Adam calls security, and the guards spot Gael trying to escape the building. He gets trapped and is placed into custody.
Palmer rides with Wayne in the Presidential limo. Wayne informs Palmer of Jack’s status. Palmer knows that Jack would put his life on the line to take Salazar back to his brother so that the virus would be prevented. Wayne says that they have other fires to put out in the meantime.
The Presidential cavalcade arrives at District headquarters, where Anne is waiting. She suggests to Palmer that maybe they should have allowed Wayne to pay off her ex-husband. “You weren’t wrong,” Palmer tells her.
Gael is being held in the CTU observation room for interrogation. Michelle tells Chappelle that she is going to the hospital to be with Tony. Chappelle questions Gael himself, but Gael refuses to say anything. Chappelle brings in a torture specialist.
Salazar dances with two girls aboard the jet, but he is distracted knowing that Jack is in the next cabin. He asks his henchman why Hector wants to keep Jack alive. The henchman has to convince Salazar not to shoot Jack and wait for Hector.
Handcuffed in the front cabin, Jack tries to persuade Pedro, another Salazar henchman, to help him because he saved Salazar. “I’m not talking to you,” Pedro says. “You’re a dead man.” Suddenly, Jack starts to convulse and cough like he is having drug withdrawal symptoms. Pedro comes over to check him out. Jack kicks Pedro at the ankles, causing him to fall. Jack chokes him with his legs, and then takes Pedro’s gun and handcuff keys with his free hand. Jack can hear Salazar’s party going on in the next cabin. He trains a gun at the door.
White House Press Secretary Gerry Whitehorn briefs Palmer on campaign strategy. He believes that Anne will only hurt Palmer’s standing with the public. Wayne agrees, advising his brother to distance himself from Anne because voters don’t want to hear about him being involved with another untrustworthy woman.
Anne gets a call from her ex-husband, Ted. He wants her to come to his office because he has papers that will prove that she is innocent. She reluctantly agrees to see him.
Chase goes to the home of Salazar’s accountant and demands that he tell him where Hector is. The man doesn’t know. Chase makes him check the books to take a look at the Salazar money flow.
Salazar is still distracted by the thought of Jack in the next room. He quickly grabs a gun and goes into the front cabin to kill Jack. But Jack grabs Salazar’s arm and holds him at gunpoint while warning the other henchmen to drop their weapons. Salazar says that his brother will have an army waiting when they land. “The big American hero,” he calls Jack.
Hector prepares a fully armed team on the ground for the plane’s arrival in Mexico. Claudia questions why he’s making such a big fuss, and proposes that he phone the plane. Hector thinks that the call would be monitored by the American government.
Chappelle continues his interrogation. Regardless of the torture, Gael still won’t talk. Gael’s phone rings and Chappelle has Adam and Kim prepare a tracking node to capture Hector’s call. They quickly set up in the observation room and Chappelle warns Gael to speak carefully. Gael answers the phone, and tells Hector that his brother is safely on his way there. However, Gael doesn’t know about Jack. Hector hangs up. Adam could not trace the call.
Michelle arrives at the hospital to find Tony awake. The doctor says that Tony can probably go home tomorrow and should be back on his feet in a few days. Tony asks Michelle about Salazar, and he learns that Jack broke him out of prison. Tony says that he needs to speak to Gael right away. Michelle informs him that Gael is working as a mole inside CTU. Tony gets up out of bed insisting that he has to go to the office. He tells the doctor that his wife will sign him out, and asks Michelle to trust him.
The accountant finds records of deposits that Hector made to an account in Las Nieves, which is a small town in Mexico close to the border. Chase orders the accountant to prepare his private plane for takeoff.
In the ladies restroom, Kim is still shaken by what happened with Gael. Chloe comes in to apologize for saying anything bad about Jack. Chase calls Kim on her cell phone to say that he is not coming back until he finds Jack. He thinks Jack may have taken Salazar to Las Nieves. Kim informs Chase that she saw video recorded by the mole Gael that shows Jack being knocked out and taken on a plane. Since CTU has been compromised, Chase insists that Kim not tell anyone what he is doing. Kim is reluctant to stay silent, because it could jeopardize both him and Jack, but she finally agrees not to tell anyone that Chase is going dark.
Salazar jokingly asks Jack what his plan will be when they land to face hundreds of armed men. Jack tells him to shut up.
The jet lands on the Mexican airstrip. Hector readies his men.
Michelle and Tony enter CTU to everyone’s shock. Tony goes to stop the interrogation. He orders Chappelle out so that he can talk to Gael alone. Confused by what’s going on, Chappelle refuses to leave.
On the tarmac, the jet’s hatch opens but no one emerges. Hector calls out for his brother. Suddenly, everyone on the plane quickly exits. Salazar is forced out by Jack at gunpoint. Salazar yells for Hector to kill Jack, but no one fires. Jack tells Hector that Salazar tried to kill him on the plane and that this wasn’t what they agreed to. Hector embraces his brother and Jack lowers his gun. Salazar is confused as Hector approaches Jack and tells him that he did a good job. He embraces Jack. They both have the same tattoo on their arms. “We have a lot of work to do,” Hector says to Jack. Salazar is speechless. Hector tells his brother that he will explain later.
Jack presses a button on his watch. In the interrogation room at CTU, Gael’s handheld makes a beep noise. “He’s in,” Gael says. Tony tells Chappelle that he and Gael have been working to infiltrate Jack back in with the Salazars. Before he can clarify more, Tony says that they first need to contact the President.