The afternoon hour on Day Seven brings us more Bill and Chloe action. It’s neat to see Bill doing field ops after being on the inside for so long. Chloe has not brandished a gun for several seasons; she does just fine with her computers and her attitude. (But it sure would be swell to see her with maybe just a snub .38 at least.)
Now, I’m not sure what Bill’s marital status is; he was married to Karen Hayes during Day Six, but there was discord when she was forced to fire him as director of CTU. There seemed to be a peaceful understanding between the two before the day was over, but she has not been mentioned that I know of since the start of this new day.
To see him and Chloe together reminds me of a married couple, not in a romantic sense, but in a sense of two people who spend a lot of time together, and have enough mutual trust to let a few snipes come out between them. Later in the hour when Bill asks Chloe to work her geek magic she responds:
“It’s going to take me 20 minutes to task a satellite!”
“Then don’t waste time talking about it!”
Oooh, harsh one, Bill.
So where were Bill and Chloe going? Along with Tony, Jack, and the un-buried Renee, they are following the signal from Matobo’s tooth transmitter, right to the office building where Dubaku and Nichols have their secret lair.
About this “lair”, it really cracks me up. Why does it have to be lit so awkwardly dark, with the important/high-tech/computer greenish lights blinking like crazy, as if they were working the Command Center of the Universe or something? I guess Dubaku prescribes to the scheme of hiding in plain sight, right in the middle of a respectable office building. Talk about incongruous!
But slowly and steadily our Scooby Gang of Jack, Bill, Tony, and Renee are creeping, sliding, squirming, sweeping, and more creeping – closer and closer to the Matobos. Shh!
Just as steadily, Janis Gold is working on something of her own – she’s detected some odd code fragment that seems to be related to the firewall breach – and it shows up on the national grid – pinpointing Kidron, Ohio. As luck, and the 24 writers would have it, there’s a nearby chemical plant that makes insecticide. Quick as a bee, Janis is on the phone to the plant manager, John, to tell him that he just might be in a spot of trouble.
“Oh honey, that ain’t the half of it!”
No, plant manager John does not say that, though he does have a penchant for the odd misogynist endearment now and then. Janis is not thrilled with the ‘honeys’ but she puts up with it. John also informs her that indeed, they cannot control the safety valves for the tanks o’ poison. Dammit! Janis handily pulls up on her computer the SOP for shutting down and she talks him through it.
Speaking of pulling things up on computers, when the flunkies need to tell President Taylor that they think they have Dubaku’s next target, are they trying to insinuate that her nice flat screen TV is wired in such a way that all Tim or whoever has to do is press a button on a remote and voila – instant disaster simulation graphics are up and shiny clean and ready for action on her TV?
Just as plausible, I’m sure, as the fact that none of the good guys get nailed during the gunfight when the Scoobies get busy in the lair, going after Dubaku and whatnot. Dubaku does not get shot either; he had the foresight to unplug the CIP once he got a glimpse of 20-minute-old surveillance feed that showed that the Scoobies were close by, and he’s on his way out. He makes a stop to our old friend Michael Latham, wires him up with explosives, and before you can say Bob’s your uncle, he’s exiting the building with the rest of the office drones and worker bees (poor things, scared of a little gunfire in the workplace) – again hiding in plain sight. He’s a damn lucky bastard.
The poor old CIP device is not so lucky, it does get nailed, it’s busted up pretty good, and tells everyone – “I’m busted up pretty good, I’m not gonna make it out of this hell-hole. Tell everyone what we did here today – tell Spanky to stop over-heating, tell Mad Dog, he still owes me for that time in Rio, tell Sheila that… that I… once loved her… motherboard. Arrgghhh…”
A moment please.
And our moment of silence is abruptly ended as Jack ‘n Tony ‘n Bill encounter the wired up Latham (Renee is escorting the rescued Matobos into the van). They manage to duck and cover enough so that they are not injured, but Latham is now dead. Some story arc for this guy, it begins with a violent crash and kidnapping, and ends in Pink Mist.
And at the FBI headquarters, Sean is all sorts of amazed and shocked. (Is he still getting over Janis telling him to “put a sock in it”? No wait, she told him to “open a fresh socket” as she pushed his rolling away from her.) No, he’s probably used to it, as he plays Edgar to her Chloe. Anyway, while monitoring the Homeland firewall, he sees that the breach has closed. WTF? It closed all by itself? How the… what the… WHAT HAPPENED?
The same questions are being asked at the White House, Allison is pleased that the disaster is averted (save for the unfortunate Plant Manager, John), but now she’s baffled by two things: The Matobos are free, but why does Ule want to come in secret to see her right now? And even more perplexing and worrisome – where the BLEEP is Henry?
Sill not sure if we can trust Ethan, but obviously Vossler is a no-no as he has taken the First Gentleman at gunpoint to see Dubaku, via the trunk of his car.
And Dubaku, that sly devil, has a boo!