Last week Jack and Chloe and Special Agent Freddie Prinze Jr. thwarted the plot to kill Generic Islamic Republic President Sham, whose brother was planning to buy deadly nuclear rods from the Russians, who have brought the rods to New York City, a flagrant violation of city health ordinances. So now the Russians are looking for a new buyer. Fortunately, ex-FBI-agent and hot person love interest from last season Renee just happened to be in New York City, and -- in another extremely believable coincidence -- she used to work undercover with the Russians.
At the end of the previous episode, Renee removed a parole bracelet from a lower-level Russian mobster by putting his hand in a vice and using a circular saw to cut off his thumb, an action that totally shocked Jack inasmuch as Renee -- in flagrant violation of CTU regulations -- was not wearing safety goggles. So now Jack realizes that, in addition to being hot, Renee is a psychotic homicidal lunatic. He has never wanted her more.
In subplot action, highly qualified CTU agent Diana Walsh is probably going to go kill her slimebag ex-boyfriend. Or maybe she's going to get her laundry. We don't really care, as long as she continues to get screen time.
Edgar is still dead.
Be sure to stay tuned in comments after the show for the authoritative recap from The Amazing Steve.
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UPDATE: Nothing has happened yet.
UPDATE: Why don't the makers of V-8 just throw in the towel and start putting alcohol in it?
UPDATE: What still bothers me about last week is, when Renee was cutting off the guy's thumb, why didn't he use his other hand to, I don't know, try to stop her?
UPDATE: They could at least get the radiation brother a Netflix account.
UPDATE: Renee seems surprised that the guy is bleeding from where SHE CUT OFF HIS THUMB.
UPDATE: WHO ARE YOU CALLING UNSTABLE?????????????
UPDATE: What a baby! He loses one lousy thumb and he's all "Waahhh, I lost my thumb."
UPDATE: I wonder if they smuggled the rods into the country in their underpants. No, wait! I bet they put them in clear, one-quart, resealable plastic bags! Those fiends.
UPDATE: The severed-thumb guy's mood sure perked up fast.
UPDATE: Seriously, this is the fastest thumb-severing recovery ever.
UPDATE: Hey! Russians say "I'm just saying."
UPDATE: OK, a half-hour gone, and nothing has happened.
UPDATE: I want a thing in my ear that tells me what to say.
UPDATE: Renee is in the Trunk of Radio Silence.
UPDATE: Still no actual action.
UPDATE: Have I mentioned that I totally do not see the appeal of the Geico gecko?
UPDATE; Now THIS is how you get health care.
UPDATE: A CTU operation! Nothing can go wrong!
UPDATE: Jack of course knows exactly where Newton Creek is in New York City.
UPDATE: I am totally strunned and shocked and surprised that Vladimir did not kill Renee, a featured character.
UPDATE: In other words, nothing happened this week.
UPDATE: Next week: Round glasses! Renee in a towel! Take it, The Amazing Steve.