Synopsis by Josh Ralske
As the second season of 24 opens, a man being tortured in Seoul, South Korea, reveals a secret that is immediately shared with the U.S. military representatives on the scene. David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), now the president, is interrupted while on a fishing trip with his son, Keith (Vicellous Shannon), and told that there is a good chance that a terrorist-controlled nuclear weapon is on U.S. soil, in Los Angeles, and that the weapon is set to be detonated that very day. Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert) is working as a nanny for Gary (Billy Burke) and Carla (Tracy Middendorf), taking care of their daughter Megan (Skye McCole Bartusiak) and trying to ignore Gary's leering attention. George Mason (Xander Berkeley) is still waiting for the call to Washington. CTU gets a message from the NSA to bring in Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). Jack is still struggling to get over the death of his wife, and Kim's refusal to spend any time with him is not helping. Palmer is briefed about Second Wave, a terrorist organization, and confronts the prime minister of an Arab country believed to support the group. Eric Rayburn (Timothy Carhart), an aide, wants Palmer to involve the military, but the president is not ready to take that step. Marie (Laura Harris) is preparing to marry her Arab boyfriend, Reza (Phillip Rhys), but Marie's sister, Kate (Sarah Wynter), is very suspicious of the young man and has a background check done on him. Paula (Sara Gilbert), a new member of the CTU team, needs reassurance from Tony (Carlos Bernard) to deal with the pressure of the terrorist threat. Jack refuses to come back to CTU, but relents when Palmer contacts him personally. Fox originally broadcast this episode without commercial interruption.