Some people think the use of Drones is a necessary evil, some think they are just plain evil. British National-turned-terrorist’s widow Margot Al-Harazi believes the latter, and has recently used her daughter Simone to acquire a doomsday device allowing her to control up to 10 U.S. Drones at one time.
That is, unless Jack Bauer has anything to say about it.
The following takes place between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The mob Jack started provides enough of a diversion to allow Jack access into the U.S. embassy, where he chokes a security guard and steals his jacket. Because falsified credentials don’t work, but a generic blue windbreaker will get you past United States Marines?
Chloe continues to provide aerial support, even while she calls out Adrian Cross for blowing Jack’s cover at the gate. Adrian doesn’t fall for Chloe’s guilt trip and throws an anti-drone hissy fit to justify his apathy towards helping Bauer.
CIA operatives Erik Ritter and Katie Morgan inform the Marines guarding the embassy that Jack Bauer is in the building; meanwhile, Jack has made his way to Lt. Tanner’s holding room. Naturally, the Marine guarding Lt. Tanner is suspicious of Bauer, and when he conveniently tries to answer the phone call telling him not to trust the stranger in a blue coat, Jack pistol whips him to the back of the head.
Jacks informs Tanner that he realizes he did not control his drone on the attack a few hours ago and gets Tanner to hand over his keycard.
In the first seven minutes, Jack has knocked out two levels of diplomatic security guards and convinced a major character that they’re going to have to trust him. Classic Bauer.
Back at Camp Al-Harazi, it seems that Simone’s husband and Margot’s employee, Navid, is getting cold feet about operating a doomsday device capable of leveling the British capital. He then gets real oedipal, asking his wife to pick his terrorist mother or him. She picks him, but it definitely looks like her fingers were crossed.
Jack breaks into the embassy’s communication room so he can upload Tanner’s flight key data to Chloe via a secure line. Adrian informs Jack and Chloe that a flight key needs to be decrypted on Jack’s side before he can send its contents. You think Apple Maps was inconvenient? Jack needs special software to save the world.
Jack needs to buy some time, so he decides to distract the incoming Marines with some violence. After being assured the soldiers are wearing body armor, Jack hits a few with shots to the body. They return fire but Jack has the luxury of being locked in a bulletproof room.
Simone goes to make a cup of tea and Margot comes to join the party. Her maternal instincts say that her daughter’s trying to confess something. Simone snitches on Navid. Margot informs her daughter that, despite Navid’s cold feet, he will pilot the drones or bad things will happen. Meanwhile, hello? The water’s boiling! Jeez, one-track minds, everybody, it’s just kill, kill, kill.
President Heller is still speaking with Parliament, surprisingly uninterrupted. Navarro calls Chief of Staff Bordeau with some news. Good news: Jack Bauer is contained, he’s in a room surrounded by the world’s greatest fighting force. Bad news: Word of his presence in London is making its way up USMC chain of command.
Meanwhile, Jack is in the embassy communications room trying to upload the contents of Lt. Tanner’s flight key. A quick shot to the world’s last remaining landline, and I think I’ve solved the issue. The Brits are using a dial-up connection and somebody must be on the phone.
But then Adrian goes geek squad on us and reveals that Jack’s computer only has a single core processor. So the Brits couldn’t spring for a broadband connection AND they have a pre-911 CPU? Don’t tell me they still get America Online CDs sent by mail in tin cans.
OK, so back to that phone call. The Marines called Jack to negotiate, Jack says no and threatens the hostages.
Ritter and Morgan then play a game of good spy, bad spy on Lt. Tanner. Ritter grills Tanner while Morgan picks up the pieces and asks probing questions. Tanner says he doesn’t know Bauer and that Jack’s trying to prove that the drone strike was the first of potentially many – which we know will only be prevented if everybody stays out of Jack’s way. Too easy, right?
Meanwhile, President Heller wraps up his Parliamentary address without forgetting anybody’s name or where he left his car keys. Hooray. Mark pulls the President and Audrey aside to inform them that Jack Bauer is in London, has caused a huge ruckus and now has hostages inside the U.S. Embassy. Not believing that Jack would do any harm, POTUS demands to speak with everybody’s favorite and potentially treasonous ex-spy.