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Good grief. That's the best way to describe the impact of 24's latest stroke of ruthlessness: killing off schlubby tech-nerd hero Edgar Stiles (Louis Lombardi) Monday night, amid an orgy of death in the steely corridors of CTU. After a nerve-gas canister was unleashed, only those who were able to duck for cover in sealed-off rooms survived (including, naturally, most of the core cast).
As his closest colleague, Chloe, watched, face contorted in a rictus of horror, Edgar slid out of sight behind a desk, drawing his last breath. He will be missed. Which is the point.
24 got off to a rip-roaring start this season, with the shocking assassination of former president David Palmer followed almost immediately by the car bombing of former CTU heroine Michelle, which wounded her husband, Tony, who only just gained consciousness before this latest terrible twist.
24So here's the thing: For these handy-dandy Watercoolers we bring you every morning, we're supposed to shoot for something in the 250- to 300-word range... longer if it's a big event, shorter if it's a rerun, but you get the idea. Do you know how many words I have for this week's two-hour 24 extravaganza? Zero. That's right. Abso-frickin'-lutely speechless, kids. But I gotta start somewhere, and since my eyes are still all red and blotchy from the completely unexpected sobfest that was the final 60 seconds, well... nope, still not ready to talk about it. Let's think back to happier times, shall we? Say, back when Jack Bauer totally shot Henderson's missus in the leg to get the intel out of him? See, it was her fault, really, for uttering such a boneheaded line as
Chloe and Edgar are the yin and yang of Fox's 24 (Mondays at 9 pm/ET). She's a hottie who kicks butt out in the field. He's an aerobically challenged techie who never leaves his computer. But CTU's loyal systems analysts keep saving the world, which is why Mary Lynn Rajskub and Louis Lombardi think they have the coolest characters on the show. When she's not shooting 24, Rajskub hangs with Fiona Apple and makes movies (most recently, the Harrison Ford thriller Firewall). Lombardi, an alum of The Sopranos, prefers homier pursuits. "I have the new Xbox," he says. "Come to my house and I'll play you for money." Here