Day 3: 9:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M. - Recap
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President Palmer explains to the press that he ended the debate because of a national security threat that is still shrouded in secrecy. He assures them that the American public is safe. As Palmer is exiting, a reporter asks if this was merely a ruse to draw attention away from Anne. Palmer tells him that new evidence will exonerate her.
At CTU, Tony and his team try to reestablish signal with Jack’s transponder. They are unsure whether Jack’s cover was blown. Tony assigns Kim to a task, but when she asks for a major detail he says that he just told her. He did not. Kim decides not to argue the point and gets to work.
Salazar’s caravan of trucks stops at an abandoned farmhouse in Mexico. Realizing that they have not been followed, Salazar realizes that Chase must have come on his own in order to save Jack. Now he will die for his efforts. Amador calls, but refuses to deal with anyone but Jack. Amador instructs Jack to meet at a location in fifteen minutes. Jack hangs up and tries to keep the phone but Salazar takes it back. Noticing that Jack is still suffering withdrawal, Salazar hands him some pills to take the edge off the sickness. Jack goes to the restroom in the back of the house.
Claudia puts her brother to sleep in the farmhouse. As she is walking out of the room, Jack grabs her and confesses his mission. Claudia doesn’t trust him, but he promises to save her and her family if she helps him. Jack needs her to find a cell phone and to keep Chase alive. She agrees, and Jack kisses her. “If you’re lying to me again, I’ll kill you myself,” Claudia says.
Salazar henchman Eduardo beats up Chase in order to find out more information about his being there. Chase does not answer. Outside, Jack hears Chase’s cries of agony. Salazar asks Jack if he feels any sympathy for his former partner. Jack says that he has a $15 million payday coming. He pities Chase for still believing the lie that what he is doing has purpose.
Claudia comes in to see Hector and she kisses him. Unbeknownst to him, she grabs his cell phone. Hector pulls away and goes outside to his brother. Claudia follows and is about to give Jack the cell phone but Hector stops her. He tells her that he left his phone inside. Claudia goes back to retrieve it. Salazar, Hector and Jack load into the truck to meet Amador.
Kim asks Chloe if she’s heard from Chase and she makes suggestions on other alternatives to reach him. Chloe already did those options and brushes off Kim’s concern. Kim asks Tony for the format code because he forgot to give it to her. He tells her the old code, and then realizes his mistake. Kim types the code in for Adam to gain access to files. There could have been a disaster by not having those codes.
Wayne gives Palmer the news that CTU lost track of Jack. They are interrupted when the President gets a call from Alan Milliken, a wealthy campaign contributor from Los Angeles. Milliken asks to see Palmer, but tells him not to bring Wayne.
Gael shows Tony the map where Jack was last spotted. They figure he can not be more than thirty miles from that spot. Chappelle warns Tony and Gael that they will take the fall for everything that happened if the mission doesn’t go according to plan. Tony notes that if Jack goes to the meeting without backup, then the Salazars gain control of the virus.
The Salazar truck pulls up to the designated meeting spot where a tent has been pitched in the woods. Amador comes out and greets Jack, who introduces the Salazar brothers. Amador informs Jack that another buyer for the virus has emerged, so there will now be an auction for the highest bidder. Jack convinces the Salazars that they will still rake in a hefty profit even if they have to up their quote by $50 million. Another car pulls up with the second buyer. Jack is shocked -- it’s Nina Myers. She sees Jack and orders her men to kill him. Jack says that he quit CTU, but Nina doesn’t believe him. Amador warns her that if she leaves, the buyer she is representing won’t be happy. Amador assures everyone that he has secured the area. She agrees to stay.
The President arrives at the Milliken Estate. Palmer learns that Milliken’s wife had been having an affair with Wayne when he worked for Milliken. Milliken knows that Wayne can not be trusted, but Palmer refuses to fire his Chief of Staff. Milliken warns the President of the repercussions that will follow from not obeying his wish.
Kim comes to Michelle to let her know about the mistakes Tony’s been making. Michelle writes it off to stress and his impaired health. Kim thinks that Michelle needs to tell Chappelle.
Claudia enters the shack where Chase is being tortured. She orders Eduardo off to fix Hector’s truck. Claudia tells Chase about Jack’s mission and his promise to save her family. Chase asks her to help him, but she cannot because there are too many men around. She vows to figure out a way to save him.
Salazar and Hector debate about how much to offer in order to beat Nina’s bid. They decide to up the ante to $200 million. Salazar senses that there is more between Jack and Nina besides their working at CTU. Jack admits that Nina killed his wife, but he assures Salazar that it won’t be a problem.
Claudia tells her younger brother Sergio to prepare to leave. When he asks about Hector, Claudia dismisses him. She explains her escape plan to her father, but he says that none of these men can be trusted. Claudia grabs a knife from the kitchen.
Michelle asks Tony about the mistakes that he has made today, saying that it is not his fault given his condition. Tony is furious at her suspicion. Still harboring her doubts, Michelle goes to Chappelle to let him know that she doesn’t think Tony is up to the tasks of the day. His mistakes have been significant.
Palmer returns to the District office and yells at Wayne for having an affair with the wife of his biggest campaign supporter. Milliken is angry. Wayne offers to resign, but Palmer says that it is his own decision to make. He knows he will now have to defend himself against a dirty fighter.
Chappelle questions Tony about his competence. Michelle admits to her husband that she went to their boss because Kim voiced some concern. Tony calmly says he is fit for duty. Chappelle tests Tony about what was on the monitor when he entered the room. Tony remembers everything exactly right. Yet Chappelle mentions the other mistakes he has made. Michelle lists what Kim had told her, and Tony offers a valid excuse for each slipup. Michelle confirms each of his excuses. Chappelle apologizes and sends Tony back to work.
Jack and Nina present their two bids to Amador. He announces that Nina’s offer of $240 million beats the Salazars.’ Amador tells Nina that he will be contacting her soon about the details of the money transfer. “You are a dead man,” Hector says to Jack as they exit the tent. Nina gets in her car to leave, and Jack tries to convince Salazar that they should follow her.
The Salazars pull over and order Jack out of the car. Hector raises his gun as Jack tries to plea for his life. “You’re of no use to us anymore,” Salazar says. “You failed.” Jack reminds them that the buyers they promised the virus to will know that the Salazars are a joke. Jack proved his loyalty by breaking Salazar out of prison. He assures then that he can find Nina because he trained her. If he fails, then they can kill him. But if he succeeds, then they all get paid. Salazar tells his brother that they will play this out a little longer. “The man has more lives than a cat,” he says of Jack’s fate.