Synopsis by Josh Ralske
As the polls close in California, the networks report that Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) has swept Super Tuesday. He thanks his supporters, who have gathered to celebrate. Melanie (Navi Rawat) hassles Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) as they sit in a holding cell. Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) calls CTU and tells Mason (Xander Berkeley) about Victor Drazen (Dennis Hopper), and urges him to send a field unit out right away. He does. Mason also gives Nina (Sarah Clarke) grief about her romances with Jack and Tony (Carlos Bernard). Tony brings Teri (Leslie Hope) into CTU, but no one will give her any information about Jack. Mason reassures her that Kim must be okay, because the assassin that attacked Teri demanded to know where she was. Mason can't reach Chappelle (Paul Schulze) to tell him about the field unit. Jack finds himself in a standoff with Drazen's men. He holds Victor at gunpoint, while Andre (Zeljko Ivanek) has DeSalvo (Lou Diamond Phillips). When Jack drops his gun, Andre kills DeSalvo, and with the CTU team poised to attack, Jack is taken hostage. Mason still can't reach Chappelle to get the authority to send the team in. Kim backs up Melanie when another prisoner tries to plant drugs on her, so Melanie tells Krugman (Darin Heames) the truth about the drug deal. He calls the number Kim gave him, and she's released. Palmer gently fends off the advances of his aide, Patty (Tanya Wright). Chappelle finally talks to Mason, and he wants the situation cleaned up immediately, without regard for Jack's safety, so the media won't get wind of it. Kim calls Teri to say she's on her way, just before she's intercepted. Victor and his men elude the CTU team. Victor is about to kill Jack until Jack offers to lead them to Alexis.