Here is where we stand:
Last week CTU headquarters was blown up by a bomb hidden in a car driven by Generic Islamic Republic President Sham's daughter Kayla, who was guided straight from the terrorist hideout to the CTU entrance tunnel by the crack CTU team. That's right: The agency responsible for protecting the nation from terrorism, through its own cluelessness, managed to get itself incapacitated by a terrorist bomb.
So now, with CTU even more dysfunctional than usual, there is nobody to stop the terrorists from bringing the Lethal Atomic Rods of Doom into Manhattan except our boy Jack Bauer, who has fully recovered from being stabbed in the stomach by his girlfriend Renee three hours ago and is now, we hope, going to swing into action, by which we mean something more than shouting into the phone.
Speaking of the terrorists: Kayla's boyfriend Tarin is apparently still one of them, since he set Kayla up to be disintegrated, although she managed to get out of the car just in time, so maybe they will still have Feelings for each other.
In subplot action:
Bill Prady, the world's most diligent parole officer, is hanging around asking Dana pesky questions about her ex-boyfriend Kevin. We have no idea where this subplot is going, but it refuses to go away, so we're starting to wonder if maybe Agent Walsh is a mole, seeing as how CTU is required by law to always have one on the payroll.
Edgar is still dead.
Be sure to stay tuned in the comments section after the show for the traditional impossibly quick analysis by The Amazing Steve, who we suspect is using time travel. Meanwhile, here's a scientific poll:
UPDATE: The terrorists set off a Dramatically Sparking Wires Bomb.
UPDATE: "Agent Skaggs?"
UPDATE: Phil can shut down all bridge and tunnel traffic into the city. Phil has that power.
UPDATE: Those terrorists are some BAD shots.
UPDATE: I love when they tell where the bad guys are using the o'clock system.
UPDATE: That guy is SO clearly fake that only a moron, or Hastings, would believe him.
UPDATE: Unless I am wrong.
UPDATE: This here is some really bad acting.
UPDATE: Check out Jack's tasteful bachelor apartment!
UPDATE: YES! CHLOE!
UPDATE: The lesson: Never get between a woman and her trunk line.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, Jack and the terrorists are setting a world record for Most Missed Shots.
UPDATE: It's a good thing everybody thought to bring along 67 million bullets.
UPDATE: Chloe has taken precautions.
UPDATE: Hastings does not appear surprised that a probation officer from Arkansas would appear at CTU headquarters at 5 a.m. during a terrorist attack.
UPDATE: Jack is hit! But it's only a bullet wound. He will be fine. This is the shootingest episode EVER. But it does lead one to ask how come Renee could find Jack in, what, 11 minutes, while CTU had to wait for Chloe to get into the trunk line.
UPDATE: Agent Walsh is definitely not following normal agent procedures.
UPDATE: Well knock us down with a feather. Agent Walsh IS a mole.
UPDATE: Next week: Jack is fine! And of course more shooting. Take it, The Amazing Steve.