I too think he’s playing footsie with the reporter, but that does not mean he is not a good president. Even the beloved David Palmer had a “special” relationship with his female physician. But footsie or no footsie, she’ll be someone to watch.
Because earlier in the hour the baddies were monitoring all sorts of police and emergency frequencies they were able to track Jack and Victor en route to the helipad. After a botched attempt in opening fire on Jack in an alley, the snipers continue the hunt into a nearby building. There was a quiet but tense chase in the stairway until Jack “axed” them nicely to stop with the following. Up on the rooftop, Jack and Victor meet the CTU chopper. Unfortunately the now deceased snipers’ boss, Davros, is on an adjacent roof, and fires a missile at the chopper.
Of course there is a massive glorious explosion. Jack and Cole are okay, but Victor is injured further, and a couple of CTU agents are dead. Jack presses the dying Victor on the assassination information, and only learns that there is someone “inside” who is aiding the assassin. That means that Hassan might have a traitor in his group.
The second hour brings more intel. Dana finds that someone had some secure files were removed from the UN database. She and Chloe work together to find an IP address and yes, it matches to our footsie reporter, Meredith Reed. Quickly they identify her at the UN, and move in just as she was about to meet Hassan. She’s whisked off to CTU; Hassan is hustled away as well. But Chloe is suspicious. In the briefing meeting, she asks if this wasn’t just a little too easy. Hastings and the rest look doubtful and ignore her theory. Jack tries to intercede with Hastings, even shows him some video footage of a man going in and out of Meredith’s apartment. Hastings does not give in.
Chloe nearly begs Jack to help her follow this lead, explaining how she’s always helped him when he asked her to do questionable and risky things. He does not budge. All he can focus on is being with his family. And it’s not till Kim echoes Chloe’s plea to help that Jack decides to stay. Having her blessing must have made the difference.