Well, I guess "Jack Bauer" (Kiefer Sutherland) had turned into "Dirty Harry" because he's just about on his own now. His replacement, "Ronnie," didn't last too long and Jack isn't going to sit by and do the wrong thing which his ignorant and/or corrupt boss, "Erin Driscoll" wants him to do. This show starts off as the last one ended with Jack tracking the guy who kidnapped Chloe's computer-hacker friend "Andrews" and killed Ronnie. This is all in hopes that this terrorist will lead him to the kidnapped Secretary of Defense.
One also wonders what the Islamic terrorists really want. It is more than just kidnapping and executing a high government official, because of this Internet business, which hasn't been explained yet. Also, there are 24 episodes in this series and they can't end it in a few weeks when the kidnapping "deadline" threat is carried out, unless that is simply the end of the Secretary, and the show moves on. You never know with this program, which is another reason it is so popular - you can't always predict what will happen. Meanwhile, the interrogation of his belligerent son is still going on. He was in the house when his dad and sister got kidnapped and claims he knew nothing about what transpired or how the terrorists knew their dad was going to make an unscheduled stop to see him. The kid's a punk so I don't mind seeing him made uncomfortable.
We get a new CTU character in here, too, a former girlfriend of Curtis. She's Marianne, and she's added to the list of possible suspects, meaning they usually have "moles" on this show, people who infiltrate the CTU and are working with the terrorists. It's too early to tell who that would be, if that's the case, but the sinister Marianne is shown to be somebody to keep on a close eye on.
At any rate, this was a super episode and the time went by quickly. It ends with Jack coming up with a very clever idea.