Ivan Erwich and his terrorist crew arrive on a pier with the nerve gas canisters. Erwich's U.S. contact, Schaeffer, secretly adjusts the arming codes on the canisters.
CTU is convinced of Walt Cummings' involvement but without hard evidence cannot move forward. Lynn McGill is convinced to let Jack, who is no longer officially affiliated with CTU, make an approach to Mike Novick, in Logan's administration, with the information they do have.
Jack calls Novick on his BlackBerry and asks to meet with him alone. Nathanson intercepts Novick's call to Jack and forwards a recording to Walt Cummings. Nathanson chastises Cummings for his failure, but tells him that one course of action is still available to him.
Secret Service Agent Aaron Pierce finds Martha Logan hiding in the stables. She tells him briefly of her contact with David Palmer, but Aaron reluctantly allows her to be taken into custody for her transfer to an asylum.
Cummings boldly confesses to President Logan about his involvement with the nerve gas plot. He insists that the arming codes for the nerve gas canisters have been changed, and the canisters will be detonated remotely at the terrorists' camp. This will 'confirm' to the world the existence of terrorist WMDs in Central Asia, justifying a U.S. military presence in the region and preserving U.S. future access to Central Asian oil fields. The assassination of David Palmer was a deliberate attempt to cover up the plot. Logan is outraged, but swayed by Cummings' domineering personality as he insists that Logan's administration will not survive full disclosure.
Jack convinces Agent Pierce of the threat to President Logan's office, and the two privately confront the President and Cummings. After Jack beats and effectively threatens Walt, he gives up the container ship location of the gas canisters.
The President apologizes to Martha Logan for not believing her, but she remains angry that he did not even choose to see her before having her unjustly hauled off to the asylum.
CTU finds the cargo container where the canisters are supposed to be, but instead they find only empty holding racks and Schaeffer's tortured body. Cummings, in custody before Jack and President Logan, gets a call from Erwich on his cell phone. Erwich has found out about the plot to doublecross his people, and promises revenge.