Vladimir Laitanan demands a “good faith payment” of several million dollars before he begins calling around.
Vladimir Laitanan: Lugo, take a break. I want to talk to her alone. All right, you have my attention. Tell me about this buyer.
Renee Walker: His name’s Ernst Meier. German arms dealer.
Vladimir Laitanan: Never heard of him.
Renee Walker: He does most of his business in Asia; he just started branching out into North America.
Vladimir Laitanan: What’s he looking to buy?
Renee Walker: Weapons-grade uranium.
Vladimir Laitanan: You’re serious.
Renee Walker: Very. Someone in the Russian Syndicate smuggled nuclear fuel rods out of the Ukraine. They’re planning on selling them on the open market.
Vladimir Laitanan: I… I have no idea what you’re talking about. I don’t, Renee.
Renee Walker: But you can find out. You’re very well connected.
Vladimir Laitanan: I have always admired your ambition, but you’re chasing the devil. Dealing AK-47s — no one really cares. But nuclear material?
Renee Walker: But the profit is worth it.
Vladimir Laitanan: You need money, huh? You can always come work for me.
Renee Walker: No, I’m doing this so I don’t ever have to work for anyone.
Vladimir Laitanan: Have a seat. If I could find out… What would it be worth?
Renee Walker: 30% of the deal. I don’t have to tell you, that is more money than you could possibly know what to do with. Look, Meier says these rods are going to be sold soon, so if we want to make a counter bid, it has to happen fast. If you don’t know anything, tell me, so I can go somewhere else.
Vladimir Laitanan: How well do you know this man? You trust him?
Renee Walker: There’s no one I trust more. I’ve been with him for two years.
Vladimir Laitanan: What do you mean “with”?
Renee Walker: It’s professional. Can you help us or not?
Vladimir Laitanan: I’ll make a few calls, see what I can find out. But, uh, I’m going to have to meet this Meier. And I need a good faith payment up front.
Renee Walker: How much?
Vladimir Laitanan: Five million.
Renee Walker: That’s a lot of money, Vlad.
Vladimir Laitanan: Look, I’m taking big risk just making these calls. Besides, 5 million is nothing compared to what your buyer will have to pay for nuclear fuel rods.
Renee Walker: Fine. I’ll ask him, but I can’t make any promises.
Vladimir Laitanan: If he wants my help, that’s the price of admission.
Renee Walker: Okay.
Vladimir Laitanan: There’s a parking garage on the corner of 12th and Market Street. Someone will meet him there, on the roof. Once the money is in our account, they’ll bring him back here, we will talk.
Renee Walker: I’ll give him a call.
Vladimir Laitanan: It’s good to see you. You’re going to make me start losing sleep again.
Renee Walker: I’ll let you know what Meier says.
Vladimir Laitanan: I’ll tell my men. I’ll give you privacy for your call. (Leaves room)
Renee Walker: Jack, were you listening?
Jack Bauer: Yeah, we’re ready to wire the money to his account.
Renee Walker: When can you be there?
Jack Bauer: As soon as I finish prepping my cover. I’m almost at the staging area. 30 minutes tops. How you holding up?
Renee Walker: It’s hard to be in the same room with this son of a bitch. But I can handle it.
Jack Bauer: I’ll be there as soon as I can.
Renee Walker: Okay.