24 always has had some hit or miss storylines. And sometimes when they miss, they miss very high and wide! (JUUUUSSSST a bit outside!)
As mentioned earlier, Kimmy and the mountain lion/mountain man escapades. Jack's wife with amnesia. Fat Hobbit director and his family troubles. Female director and her suicidal daughter. And now this silly Starbuck/Billy Bob plotline. This sort of crap should be on a soap opera or on Lifetime or the Oxygen channel or something. If this turns out to be a "mole" character, I'm am going to be annoyed with it as well. CTU already has had more moles than a potato farm in Idaho.
As with Starbuck, I can halfway put away my disbelief in how this wasn't discovered by CTU. Number one, CTU always has worse background checks than a local fast food eatery does. #2, apparently she was convicted as a juvenile. In many states these records are sealed. At least from the general public -- I would think if you apply for a sensitive government position, they could still get access to them though. Maybe since she is a data analyist should could've somehow gotten those records completely expunged or created some great new identity of herself that even government background checks couldn't find. Would be nice if they had some throwaway line or two saying something like this.
I know, I know .. it's just a silly TV show and we should all just put away our brains a lot of the time while watching it. But I wish sometimes the writers would do a better job with this stuff.
As for this episode, mostly a filler/bridge sort of episode. Dark Renee needed to reestablish her cover and that was the primary focus of the hour. Poor Ruskie store dude .. all he was doing was getting ready to close the store and inside of 2 hours gets an appendage chopped off, gets kidnapped and then shot and dumped into a river. Poor guy should've been allowed to finish his vodka.
Was slightly annoyed with President Taylor's chiding of President Hassan though. I mean, sure, it would be nice if he followed a US rule of law and all that. But the guy was about to be toppled (and assasinated by dudes loyal to his OWN BROTHER) and I can see where he would now be just a wee bit annoyed with those who oppose him now.
Not to mention if he is toppled, that peace pact would now mean NOTHING, Madame President.
Just my (longish) 2 cents worth,