Jack’s been doused, de-loused and probably wouldn’t mind getting soused right about now. “Hey, it’s after 12:00 somewhere in the world – looky there – (points at watch) it IS after 12:00.
So, it’s a not-quite Mexican Stand-off in the Starkwood compound. I guess we can call it an El Paso Standoff, a few miles from the border of being too silly. Larry and FBI are cornered at gunpoint – thanks in part to that tense little man, Greg Seaton. I had wondered why he and Tony gave each other the stink-eye at the beginning of the previous hour.
Hodges arrives and acts like he owns the place. No, wait – he does. But still, he’s all, “I’m the boss of you,” and Larry is like, “No you tool, I report to the President.” And Hodges is like, “I don’t give a fig, get the fudge out in five!” And Larry is like, “oh crap!”
A quick conference is needed with the kids back at FBI.
The chat involves dear little Janis, Renee, still with the honkin’ big band-aid, and Jack. Jack who is grimacing and wincing, internal organs create a rising crescendo of ‘dammits' in his body, the currents of pain amping up throughout his extremities…his hand trembles.
They confer with Larry. In between winces Jack had found some information in Red Forman’s (Senator Mayer) files. He explains that Doug Knowles, the Starkwood COB was actually trying to help Mayer in his investigations. Jack suggests they contact him and ask for his help. STAT. (Oops, wrong show). He suggests that things would be super swell if this could be done rather quickly.
They contact Larry, brief him, tell him to cause a distraction so they can let Tony slip away and hopefully meet up with Chairman Knowles. So Larry slugs Seaton. Done. Tony makes like the Grinch and just slides out of sight. The FBI TAC team is led away by Starkwood militia, as if being grabbed by their ears, and into their choppers they go.
And between the wincing and the conferring, and the like, Jack is able to talk to his old pal from the Lockdown Hours, President Taylor. He briefs her on the developments, and now she is prepared to launch an air strike on Starkwood as soon as they have the exact location of the canisters. Allison takes a moment to tell Jack that she’s concerned about his health, appreciates his sacrifices, and that she hasn’t given up on him yet.