Poor dear girl, she’s suffered the condescension of her FBI counterpart Janis Gold, and now, although WE know she’s got mad skillz, she’s floundering in the New York office of CTU. Not because of her brain, but maddeningly because she was out of the game for a while and machinery and technology has evolved just enough to play havoc with her learning curve. No problem, we have a strong hunch she’ll shine soon.
After some job coaching by newbie Dana Walsh (Katie Sackhoff) Chloe gets the call from Jack, and immediately interrupts her boss, Brian Hastings (Mykelti Williamson), to transfer the call from Jack. After some hesitation, Hastings arranges for a CTU team to pick up Jack and Victor on a police helipad five blocks away from their current location.
To get the “op” running, a quick confab is needed with Hastings, Dana, head of field ops Cole Ortiz (Freddie Prinze Jr.), and techie whiz Arlo Glass (John Boyd). There is a moment when Arlo asks the rest, “Who is Jack Bauer?” I know, right? You could practically hear the crickets for a moment.
So, CTU dudes are off to help Jack, Chloe is still a-scowling and sub-plots are a-plenty. Cole and Dana are engaged, and Dana is already hiding some sort of secret past from Cole. A man who calls her Jenny has been harassing her lately, saying he knows about her past. This never bodes well. Also, Arlo spies on bikini-clad women with his surveillance drones. A little icky for CTU if you ask me.
At the UN there are more inferences and subterfuge. We see Secretary of State Ethan Kanin (Bob Gunton) shakily taking some pills and he offhandedly remarks to the new Chief of Staff Rob Weiss (Chris Diamantopoulos) that “he’s not dead yet.” And although Hassan seems like an upstanding gent, his brother Farhad (who bears a striking resemblance to Jason Schwartzman) seems a little too passionate. He revoked the press credentials of a Meredith Reed, a pretty blond journalist who is supposed to be profiling Hassan for an article. Farhad suspects that she and his brother the President are having more than a professional relationship. Omar protests that he’s done nothing reckless, but still reminds Farhad that although he is married, Dalia has not been a wife to him in a long time.