The recurring Mandy character serves no purpose than to create filler plotlines such as this and totitillatethe male viewers. Unfortunately for me, the 2000 yard stare is hardly attractive, and her terrible acting is more of a distraction than her constant changing of clothes.
Besides that, the plot simply does not make any sense. She goes next door and somehow convinces the two people there to play the role of her and Tony, where one has a gun trained on the other while on the phone as they walk to the car. How did she get them to play those roles so perfectly? Who wouldn't simply run as they were released, and what leverage does she have on them to get them to do it? The biggest problem I see is the car bomb. She had just placed a bomb in a car just for that specific situation? Come on. What if she needed a car to get away, then there would have to be another one, or would have to do something to disconnect the bomb. She obviously knew a bomb was there. The questions are too many for the plot to be satisfactory.
Then the Chinese guys. Why do they want Jack Bauer specifically? They already have the guy they know was there. Jack really isn't the guy who gives orders, even if he lead the team.
Worst episode of the season. Too bad they feel compelled to make the season 24 episodes long and need to stretch it out with garbage like this.