Synopsis by Josh Ralske
Paul (James Frain) manages to print out the critical encoded document before the electromagnetic pulse goes off. The pulse has knocked out all power for eight square miles. McLennan-Forster thugs grab Paul and demand the document. He refuses to tell them where it is, and they beat him until Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) arrives to stop them. Paul retrieves the document and they leave the building, but the defense firm choppers in a team of mercenaries, and Conlon (Tomas Arana) leads them on a mission to find and eliminate Jack and Paul. While looting and chaos erupt all around them, the fleeing pair take refuge in a gun shop owned by two patriotic Arab-Americans, Naji (Amin Nazemzadeh) and Safa (Omid Abtahi), who agree to help them fend off the mercenaries. Back at CTU, Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth) has taken over. She relegates Tony (Carlos Bernard) to grunt work until Audrey (Kim Raver) points out that Tony has been courageous and effective throughout the day. Sara (Lana Parrilla) approaches Michelle, demanding the same compensation for being falsely accused that Driscoll had promised. Michelle refuses to give in to her demands, and when Sara pushes her case too far, Michelle has her escorted from the building. Tony, anticipating Jack's next move, tells Michelle to send a CTU assault team to McLennan-Forster's offices, but Michelle insists that the team wait on the perimeter of the EMP blast until Jack and Paul come out. Michelle's plan ends up costing valuable minutes when Jack starts a firefight with the mercenaries just a few blocks from McLennan-Forster. Meanwhile, Marwan (Arnold Vosloo) contacts a military man named Mitch Anderson (Ned Vaughn) and begins the next phase of his attack.