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Season 7, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Jack interrogates a senator's chief of staff at the White House.
Original Air Date: Mar 2, 2009
Guest Cast Tony Todd: General Juma
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Season 7, Episode 11
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Length: 44:00
Aired: 3/2/2009
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24 Episode Recap: "9:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M." Season 7, Episode 11

You can tell this was a "bridge" episode, joining the first half of Day 7 to the second because aside from a shocking event in the first five minutes — as has been the norm the lately — not much even happens before the first commercial break.

Still notable is Hodges' impassioned speech to his apparent protégé, Greg Seaton, as it reveals our newest villain may actually have — gasp! — a heart. "I get no pleasure from the knowledge that people will die at our hands," he tells Seaton. "The loss of one soul is tragic to me. ... But do not forget that every war worth fighting involves collateral damage, and what we're doing is fundamentally and absolutely necessary."

At the White House, Olivia's stature improves with her mother (AKA the president of the United States) as Ethan Kanin's declines. Tail firmly between his legs, Taylor's chief of staff confesses that he okayed Jack's seemingly fatal interrogation of Burnett without her approval. Not smart.

And to further lower Kanin's stock, Olivia soon is up to her old tricks, apparently leaking a story about the chief of staff releasing Jack from federal custody just to sic him on Burnett.

At the FBI Building, Morris O'Brian manages to get into the day's action — albeit reluctantly and briefly — by helping decrypt Renee's covert communication to Jack in exchange for the charges against his wife being dropped. Unsurprisingly, once freed, Chloe is not all sunshine and gratitude.

Meanwhile, our man Jack is up to his usual tricks — stealing cars, breaking and entering, holding people hostage. This time around, it's Sen. Mayer who's the target. But for a change, Jack chooses to employ reason over torture and takes the time to explain his belief that the company the senator has been investigating (obvious Halliburton stand-in Starkwood) is somehow linked to General Juma's brutal regime.

As Jack digs through Mayer's files, he picks up on the connection that the Senator missed — Starkwood was likely developing a secret bio-weapon, which it "lent" to Juma for testing in real-world scenarios in Sengala.

Then a knock at the door sends Jack into survival mode, and he gets all knifey and threatening again. Amazingly, Mayer is able to convince him that they can work together, above-board, to bring down Starkwood. "It's time for you to start trusting the institutions that you sacrificed so much to protect," he tells Jack, even calling him "son."

But this being 24, the minute something good happens, it has to be undone in a hail of gunfire. As soon as Mayer opens the front door for what he thinks is the Metro Police, the Senator is gunned down by Burnett's assassin, and it's goodbye Red Forman. And I was just starting to warm up to the guy.

Jack, in a rather un-Jack-like move, flees the scene, assassin in hot pursuit. But he makes up for it in a brutal battle at a nearby construction site (we seem to be visiting a lot of those this season) — first using a front-end loader to overturn a trailer and shake that pesky assassin loose, then tossing a screwdriver straight into the man's chest. Then smacking him with a 2x4, just to be on the safe side.

Back at Mayer's place, the senator's body is discovered by Larry, who of course assumes Jack was the killer. Shoot-on-sight orders are sent out over the wire, and things get that much more dangerous for Jack. Judging by next week's action-packed preview, a lot more dangerous.

Stray Observations:
• OK, this time I definitely caught one of those conspicuous Apple logos you guys have been noticing, on the laptop Jack had in the stolen car with him. At least the shot was brief. But is this really the kind of association the Mac guys want with their products?
• Jack really opens up to Mayer, of all people, in a way we've seldom seen in previous seasons: "I regret every decision or mistake I might have made that resulted in the loss of a single innocent life. But you know what I regret the most is that this world even needs people like me." Indeed it does.

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You can tell this was a "bridge" episode, joining the first half of Day 7 to the second because aside from a shocking event in the first five minutes — as has been the norm the lately — not much even happens before the first commercial break.

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Premiered: November 06, 2001, on FOX
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: An exciting and edgy real-time action series about U.S. counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer trying to save his country from foreign and domestic enemies in the course of 24 grueling hours (with each hour a separate episode). The series took a great concept and executed it superbly, juggling taut storylines with forceful performances and a stylish, gritty look. Which made it easier to forgive some of the more foolish and implausible subplots, many involving Jack's crisis-magnet daughter, Kim.



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