Yet again, Jack does not kill anyone, but he did cut off a finger, so that was cool. Logan and Jack went to the Russian Consulate, but Markov would not cooperate. Jack then broke back in and began the torture process.
He learned that Gradenko was going to use unmanned drones to release the final 3 nukes and that they were somewhere in Death Valley. The Russians stormed the room and took Jack prisoner. Jack then convinced a guard to call CTU and relay the information he gained from Markov, the guard agreed and went to call, but was shot by someone who was loyal to Markov.
Buchannon also took some action by ordering a field team to get ready in case they had to storm the consulate to rescue Jack.
President Palmer did not die, but his injuries were bad enough for the VP to take control. Tom convinced Reed and KillerGuy that he would go along with their plan, but as soon as they ran into a Secret Service Agent, Tom informed that they were involved and that he would cooperate.
I know that many people probably believe that the VP is involved in the assassination attempt, but I really do not think so. He seems like a political opportunist, who sees a chance to implement Tom's plans and to also blame Assad. If he was part of the conspiracy, then the writers did a great job of coming up with something original.
Anyways, that's about it. Another lackluster episode. Way too much time spent on the politics and only a few minutes spent on action and Jack.