So she meets with Vladimir, and he thinks there’s something different about her, wondering if she’s sick, perhaps with hepatitis. Or perhaps she’s spontaneously growing comm units – or at least that’s our fear, that she’ll be discovered. But Vlad does not seem to notice. Good thing, because Jack can feed her the cover story while she confronts Vladimir.
There is some real sickness hovering elsewhere — Oleg’s radiation sickness. Josef decides to go against “Papa’s” wishes and brings Oleg to a real doctor. Josef threatens the doc that harm will come to his family if he does not cooperate. Doc reluctantly puts away his “Operation” game and helps Oleg.
But who will help Renee? After she seemed to satisfy Vladimir with the details of her Mexico City cover story, he orders her and Ziya to be bound and thrown in the trunk of a car. Jack freaks when her comm goes silent. He follows the vehicle that leaves the chop shop, while Chloe monitors the movement at CTU. Jack assumes this is going to turn into a hit on Renee. But suddenly her voice comes back online, and it sounds like the car has stopped. Great! But the problem is that Jack is still following a moving car.
Finally, Chloe locates a stopped vehicle “by the river”. TAC teams are ten minutes out. Not good. Jack speeds to the location, listening to the conversation on Renee’s end. Vladimir tells Renee and Ziya to kneel. (Kneeling never bodes well). While Jack is listening, he hears gunshots. Renee does not answer him. He’s shocked. Finally he hears Renee’s voice and realizes it was only Ziya who was killed. Whew! Ziya was too messy anyway, what with the constant, annoying bleeding, not to mention the vodka guzzling.
Renee, Renee, Renee, yes indeed girl, you DO have a death wish. She tells Vladimir that he can go ahead and pull the trigger. She has nothing else to live for, except this deal. Nothing except the deal, and perhaps that ashtray. The deal, the ashtray and this paddle game, but THAT’S IT. But ok, the remote too. Just the deal, the ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote.
Evidently Vlad is in a giving mood. Jack listens while Renee is welcomed into the inner sanctum her arms filling with underworld schwag including an ashtray, a paddle game, and a remote. The coveted “deal” is still ahead.