If it weren't for the last 10 minutes, this episode would have been a total waste. Nothing useful happened, and it was fairly obvious about what was going to happen to Palmer well before it actually happened.
But in the last 10 minutes the VP got to throw a wrench into Jack's plan to save Audrey, and now Jack's working against the law again, which is always crazy and awesome, like when he had that prison break in an earlier season and was causing all kinds of mayhem (as Mark and I were talking about here earlier today).
I won't say what was in the preview for next week, but it looks like it's going to an action-packed episode!
Here's the link for the character countdown.