You can’t even call the reunion between Jack and his CTU friends bittersweet, it’s really just sad. Bill explains that basically Jack is just a bargaining chip in the war on terror. (But really, isn’t that all he ever really wanted to be?) Jack asks that CTU not notify Audrey and Kim of anything, let them just assume he’s still in wasting away in China. After Jack shaves and generally cleans up, he’s driven to a rendezvous place where Fayed will take over. En route, he gets a phone call from Wayne Brady. Damn, can’t really play with Wayne’s name anymore, now that he’s the Commander-in-Chief, it’s not fitting. So, for now, he’s just Wayne. Or President Wayne. Anyway, Wayne tells him the usual, “I don’t know what to say - I feel horrible, but you must die for our country. Again.”
Anyway, must speed this storytelling up a bit, there’s still three more hours to go. Jack is brought to the arranged spot, and is handcuffed in position. Meanwhile CTU folk have been told not to try to follow (or Allah forbid) extract Jack. Fayed’s crew has fancy equipment that will detect any satellite activity in the area. But Morris feels bad for the despondent Chloe, and finds a way to hook up to a satellite, a non-government device. He and Chloe begin to track Jack for a bit, until Fayed’s goon detects the errant ‘bird’. Fayed threatens to call the whole thing off. Morris and Chloe break the satellite link in time for a nice reprimand from Bill, but Fayed eventually decides he will continue as planned and CTU will be given the whereabouts of Assad shortly.
We’ve decided that Fayed is a dope. He’s pissed at Jack for those past events, so he wants payback. So we expect some torture and whatnot. Sure, we see that. Fayed has him hooked up to a heart monitor and begins to stab him in a ‘bundle of nerves’ in the shoulder. (One thing we can always count on is a nice anatomy lesson during a season of 24). Then, for good measure, he dumps some kind of acid or something icky right onto the wound. Jack howls accordingly. Fayed seems to delight in the jumping irregular heartbeat as Jack reacts to the extreme pain. Then he does the typical dopey Bad Guy move - he confesses that the whole plan is a ruse to kill Jack and kill Assad, who is turning out to be a good guy? Yes, Fayed explains how Assad is now actively trying to stop Fayed (who is REALLY behind all the recent violence) and renounce his terrorist ways.