Synopsis by Josh Ralske
Lonnie (Kevin Dillon) takes Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) to his remote cabin. When she tells him about the nuclear threat against L.A., he feels vindicated. It turns out that Ronnie is a survivalist, with a bomb shelter full of weapons, explosives, and gourmet coffee. Kim is prepared to leave, but is frightened into staying when a park ranger comes by looking for her. Ronnie then convinces her that he's heard there's been a nuclear explosion in L.A. over his short-wave radio. They retire to the bomb shelter. Stanton (Harris Yulin) tells Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) that his people have known about the nuke for a long time. They allowed it into the country and their paramilitary team has been tracking it with plans to intercede at the last minute, all in an effort to change Palmer's foreign policy. Despite Lynne's (Michelle Forbes) reservations, Palmer brings Sherry (Penny Johnson Jerald) into the OC to track another lead. Mason (Xander Berkeley) warns Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) that there's a rogue team in place that may try to stop CTU from finding the nuke. But Jack's team finds the rogue team dead. Stanton lets Palmer know that there's one team member missing. Jack manages to capture Omar (Marc Casabani) as he tries to escape on a plane, but the "nuclear device" they find is a decoy. When Palmer tells Stanton the nuke wasn't where he said it was going to be, Stanton says, "Talk to Sherry."