Here is where we stand:
Last week Renee, who is working through some issues, used a handy knife to express her displeasure with Vladimir. Renee got a little carried away and also stabbed Jack in the stomach, but she didn't mean it personally, and of course Jack is not the kind of man to be slowed down by a mere stab wound or fatal bioweapon illness or decapitation. He recovered in time to fling the knife into the throat of one Russian mobster and shoot the others, thus leaving the show temporarily Russian-mobsterless. Fortunately it turns out that 35 percent of the greater New York City population consists of Russian mobsters, so a new batch showed up almost immediately and took Jack, who is still posing as a buyer for the Deadly Nuclear Rods of Lethal Atomic Doom, which are currently in a nondescript truck on the side of a highway. The CTU was supposed to track Jack, but of course the CTU has proven over the years that it could not track an elephant through a sandbox, so it has no earthly idea where Jack is.
Meanwhile in subplot action:
Highly qualified agent Dana Walsh's moron ex-boyfriend Kevin and his moron sidekick Nick managed to – Surprise! – screw up their heist, and now agent Walsh is in serious trouble, which may require her to (we're just tossing this idea out in case the show writers are reading this) take a shower or something.
Edgar is still dead.
Stay tuned in the comments after tonight's episode, when The Amazing Steve will make everything clear. Meanwhile, here's a poll:
UPDATE: They trashed Jack's cellphone? Those BASTARDS.
UPDATE: Why was the Russian mobster chief cutting carrots?
UPDATE: I bet they're violating the warranty on that thing.
UPDATE: This is SOLID wood dialogue.
UPDATE: Ooooh. Agent Walsh knows what she needs to do. If you catch her drift.
UPDATE: The old thumb-in-the-wound.
UPDATE: He had better be using Purell.
UPDATE: The old use-your-feet-to-electrocute-his-heart.
UPDATE: President Sham uses a very powerful hair product.
UPDATE: Jack got another phone! NOW they're in trouble.
UPDATE: In short order there will be no Russians left on the entire East Coast.
UPDATE: Sigh. Yet another perimeter.
UPDATE: Somebody is going to have to pay for that glassware.
UPDATE: "She had to manually reboot the firmware." Heheheheh.
UPDATE: Every season I think they can't possibly come up with a more-clueless jackass to run CTU than the previous one, and every season they prove me wrong.
UPDATE: I think Jack needs to haul out the jumper cables.
UPDATE: The Daughter Sham subplot zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
UPDATE: A big CTU operation coming up... nothing can go wrong!
UPDATE: I'm thinking the rods are now in the possession of Anthony Soprano.
UPDATE: Oooh! Plot twist!
UPDATE: Next week: Renee gets framed; Dana goes Kevin-hunting.
UPDATE: Take it, The Amazing Steve.