Synopsis by Josh Ralske
Following Mike's (Jude Ciccolella) advice, Logan (Gregory Itzin) asks David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) to join him in the command center and essentially manage the crisis for him. Using her connections, Audrey (Kim Raver) arranges to have Paul (James Frain) flown to a proper hospital in the morning, despite the ban on air travel. But Paul's condition takes a sudden turn for the worse, requiring emergency surgery. Edgar (Louis Lombardi) is able to restore some of Marwan's (Arnold Vosloo) videotaped message, which indicates that his nuclear attack will take place before dawn. Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth) learns that Tony (Carlos Bernard) has been living with another woman when Jen (Roxanne Day) calls CTU to speak to him. Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) unlocks the hard drive of the computer she obtained in the last episode, and finds a connection between Marwan and Lee Jong (Peter Chen), a nuclear weapons expert. (Concerned over her lack of emotion after her violent heroics, she tells Edgar, "I hope I'm not some kind of psychopath.") Lee is a Chinese national, and CTU soon learns that he's taken refuge at the Chinese consulate. Palmer attempts diplomacy, contacting the consul, Koo Yin (François Chau), and asking for permission to interrogate Lee, but Koo is unable to give Palmer a speedy reply, and with the clock ticking, Palmer tells Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) to prepare to do whatever's necessary. Sure enough, Jack commands a secret raid on the consulate (considered Chinese soil) to kidnap Lee, but things go terribly wrong. Koo is accidentally shot by consulate guards, and Lee is also shot and critically wounded. Jack's team races to CTU to save Lee's life so that he can be questioned.