Question: Well, Michael, I've got to hand it to you. You said way back when that David Palmer would play a key role in this season's 24. I thought that meant he would actually be in a lot of episodes, but I guess he had to die soon, and I never expected it to happen so quickly. And Michelle, wow, I definitely didn't see that one coming. I hope Tony is all right.

Answer: Yeah, Tony's OK, but he just barely missed his date with death, according to executive producer Howard Gordon. "Originally, both Michelle and Tony had perished in the blast," he tells me. "And it just felt so tragic and so awful." Plus, he adds, "we smelled an opportunity" to have Tony survive, undergo "a miraculous, 24-style recovery" and return later in the day to avenge Michelle's death.