As if we haven't had enough "Die Hard" homages this season, Cheng sends a bunch of mercenaries to infiltrate CTU and retrieve an important item that'll somehow help him with the damaged sub-circuit board. We don't find out what/who this item is until late in the hour, and we don't find out why Cheng wants Josh (uh-huh) until the very last scene. But this is both a very fun episode and yet another great exposé on the dangers of working at CTU.
The only good that comes out of Audrey's information from the last episode is that Doyle and the CTU gunmen are gone when Cheng's men arrive. Once they do, it's up to Jack to kill as much of them by himself as he can. Fun, fun, fun! The commando invasion also helps end the messy would-be relationship between Nadia and Milo. Despite my personal experiences with unrequited love and involuntary celibacy, that was getting grating.
How did Tom Lennox go from advocating unconstitutional detention to observing impromptu pornography? Oh, well.
I suppose that the return of the extended Bauer Family was inevitable; better this than to just drop the characters entirely. And is the final reveal farfetched and plot-convenient? Soytenly. The writers may have kinda screwed this season up, but at least they're trying to do some full-circle thing as we turn towards home plate. Plus, a little bang-bang always makes for easier consumption of ridiculous plotting.
Milo getting owned.