Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of ... As the President turns...
Check back in at 9:00PM EST as we rejoin Jack and the gang at CTU.
We're in recap time - just so you know where we're at. Jack's dad is a ruthless SOB, and we know Jack didn't fall far from the tree. Ex President Weasel is somehow connected in all this... and fade to black:
Shadowy Russian talking with the Islamic terrorist, and Russian thug assistant isn't happy that they're working together, foreshadowing of events to come? Terrorists double crossing terrorists? Well, if the US government can have moles within moles, why not?
So, what is the backstory between the Ambassador and Bashir?
4:07: Jack calls in to explain that things are complicated. Five block perimeter and where exactly are those cops going to come from? Wasn't there a nuclear blast in Valencia earlier today?
Weasel brokered a deal to get obstruction of justice and is under house arrest - now that's American justice for you.
Jack also promises to explain to Jack Jr. exactly what the score is. Jack 1. Rocket Romano 0.
So, moving back to the latest conspiracy to kill or maim a US president, Numb3rs is tied up and the heavy is helping to deal with him. Numb3rs is going to wish he was back on Ally or with FBI protection right about now.
And fade to commercial at 4:12PM - tick tick tick.
Why is it that the conspiracies to take down the President are so complicated? You would think that they'd have learned KISS in evil business management school. Keep it simple, stupid!
4:16PM: What's with the new music? And the Chad is certainly having problems keeping a story straight - any one.
Al Bundy needs to get on his A game. Thank goodness RPF is standing over his shoulder and leaning in every now and then...
A tortured Al Bundy who knows that he helped let terrorists detonate a nuke in Valencia is still better than 90% of CTU tech staff? What is this? Amish Tech Support?
4:19PM: Weasel finally meets Bauer. Again. Weasel isn't the same man he was? Oh really? Russian consul general Markov is involved. Backchannels - meaning getting Weasel back in the game?
I don't trust you. - Now that's understatement.
4:24PM Jack phones in soon to be ex-President Palmer to ask for a furlough. Of course, Palmer doesn't like this. Figures.
There are serious trust issues here.
4:31PM Meanwhile, a box truck carrying yet more henchmen arrive at an aircraft dump site, and they've got a new toy?
Chiggy is busy handing out assignments and Bundy isn't happy that his job is being reassigned to others. He fights for his job and wins. Chiggy's decision stands. Not quite the same as when he was on the USS Saratoga - don't question his judgment.
Meanwhile, Chad Lowe and Duck Tape are busy preparing to assassinate soon to be ex-President Palmer.
*** Commercial break time ***
So, anyone think that the Silver Surfer will help fix what ails the Fantastic Four? Help with those trust issues? Dunno, but the effects are pretty neat.
Will someone please help Weasel clean up? A photo of Red Foreman's one true love in happier times. One step at a time. Yeah, we can count off steps until you're tossed from the roof of a building.
4:43PM: Al Bundy has been lying about the AA. Not a good sign for his drinking habit. Marching into a men's room isn't worried. It's obsessed.
Or the start of something mighty interesting?
Numb3rs is busy applying logic and reasoning to a conspiracy. Nice stuff. Chad is starting to get jumpy. Binary liquid explosives? We know how that worked out in Die Hard with a Vengeance. Press 624 Enter. 10 feet radius. He can do this.
Because this hour is super super slow, I'm going to have to do something to improve the mood.
Yes. That'll do nicely.
Attention on deck. Assassin in the room.
9:53 Soon to be dead Ex-Palmer is questioning Chad about the whereabouts of Numb3rs, and that's going to spell bad news for all involved. If only Numb3rs was just a bit taller. Duck tape states the obvious - why keep this guy alive.
Bashir figured out that there was a bomb. Now, did he make it out alive? He's cutting it close. Bashir looks dead. Palmer? He's down... and call in the medical team.
Sheesh. I could have condensed that entire episode down to one word. Slow. All the action saved for literally the last five seconds.
Well, whoever picked no points for the kill counter will be pleased to know that they were right. Those hoping for Jack to get his mojo back are disappointed. But, we have the potential for another ex-Palmer. An even trade? I don't know.
That's all for tonight's episode, stay tuned for V the K's tivo recap, which will probably be distilled to one thing - lots of Kim pictures, because there wasn't much else to do.