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24 Episode: "Day 7: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM"

Season 7, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: The FBI ramps up its search for Jack when he's blamed for Sen. Mayer's death. Meanwhile, Jack and Tony hunt for a bioweapon at a shipyard, and Olivia Taylor's ambitious political decisions prompt calls for changes in her mother's administration.
Original Air Date: Mar 23, 2009
Guest Cast Connor Trinneer: Carl Gadsen Rory Cochrane: Greg Seaton Sprague Grayden: Olivia Taylor Cameron Daddo: Vice President Hayward Michael Rodrick: Stokes Kevin Fry-Bowers: Cooper
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Season 7, Episode 15
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Length: 05:45:38
Aired: 3/23/2009
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24 Episode Recap: "1:00 A.M.-2:00 A.M." Season 7, Episode 15

This hour might start a little slow, but it's the stunner of an ending — one too good to spoil here, on the off chance any 24 devotees haven't yet watched — that makes this one of the finest and most action-packed hours of the season. For now, I'll just say this: The episode was full of deaths, double-crosses and wow.

As we pick up at 1 a.m., the Joint Chiefs are starting to lose faith in President Taylor's decision-making abilities, and at this point, so am I. She just seems far too willing to cave into Hodges at every hint of a threat — albeit a serious one that involves missiles and a biological weapon.

Thankfully, Jack's still got enough fight left in him to try and talk some sense into the Pres, though it's not an easy job. Fighting through his unpredictable illness, Jack makes a call to the not-very-receptive Taylor, telling her, "Madame President, we need to talk." Her sharp retort? "No, Mr. Bauer, we don't. You need to listen." Not cool, Taylor, not cool at all. But Jack's proposed plan — to keep Tony on the Starkwood compound long enough to blow up the missiles and vaporize the bioweapon — eventually wins the President over, though she can't actually say as much, or officially authorize any action. Her nudge-nudge wink-wink approval — "There's not much I can threaten you with, is there, Jack? You'll do what you think is right" — is enough to get the ball rolling.

Once Jack assures Renee that he's essentially been given the go-ahead, she brings the plan to Larry, who is surprisingly gung-ho. I think this down-and-dirty field work is doing the former pencil-pusher some good.

He and Jack's plan approved, Tony does the "substitute Jack" thing: holding people at gunpoint, engaging in bone-breaking fisticuffs, and risking everything in a desperate play to spare thousands of innocent lives. It could almost be a Tony-centric 24 spin-off at this point, but as I mentioned last week, having Jack out of the field still seems like a nice change of pace to me.

Meanwhile at the White House, Jonas and right-hand toadie Greg (and I say that as a longtime Rory Cochrane fan, Dazed and Confused aficionados) make their way into the Oval Office for a presidential meeting. And though this at first appears to be a business-like negotiation — Jonas and Greg even brought along a detailed contract for the president to read over and sign — Hodges assures Taylor it's anything but.

His directive: "Starkwood needs to be involved in the shaping of military policy — domestic and global. ... Think of Starkwood as the fifth branch of the military." As appalled as she is by Starkwood's demands, Taylor seems to almost be mulling them over...

Until Tony succeeds in his mission at the last possible second (of course), blowing the bioweapon-carrying missiles just as they're about to launch. In the massive explosion that follows, Hodges bargaining power is totally burned away, and Taylor immediately has him arrested. "You are a terrorist and a murderer, and I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that you pay dearly for your crimes," she tells the stricken-looking Hodges, clearly savoring the moment.

But in all-too-predictable villain fashion, a furious Hodges introduces 24's next threat with a telling rant: "You think this ends with me? I'm just a small cog in a very big machine. You can't even begin to imagine what you're up against!" Obviously, we've got a few more hours to go, so the danger wasn't going to end here — but there must have been a subtler way to make that transition than a histrionic Jon Voight laying it all out.

In the brief moments of calm that follow, Jack asks Taylor to take Tony's heroic actions into account in the ensuing investigation and trial that awaits him. Well, Jack almost asks, before the strange illness suddenly wipes his short-term memory. Taylor gets the message and promises to honor the request, but a shaken, confused Jack barely processes it.

And when Renee informs him that she's brought Kim to the FBI Building, a seething Jack takes her aside and spits through clenched teeth, "Who the hell do you think you are? You think this is easy? I am dying. And I was OK with it. I could handle it. And you've put in front of me the one thing that's gonna make this unbearable."

But his mood quickly shifts when a shaken Renee tells him the rest of the Kim story: "No one dragged her into anything. She's been trying to see you all day. She was at the Senate hearing this morning. She's been leaving messages at our office all day, they just didn't get to me until now."

Jack is clearly moved and his resolve melts. The father-daughter reunion that follows is emotional, though not in the way Jack and Kim's last interaction would suggest. It seems Kim has finally forgiven Jack for all of the terrible things she once blamed on him. "I've tried everything to track you down — the State Department, private investigators. But every time I got a phone number or address, you were already gone," she tells Jack tearfully. "Daddy, I missed you so much."

Still, taking the necessary stem cells from Kim apparently involves a small risk to her, and that's a risk Jack isn't willing to take, so he sends Kim away. But her rather perfunctory goodbye makes it clear she isn't done trying to help Jack, and I have a feeling next week we'll see her undergo that process.

Back at the Starkwood compound, Tony's already in cuffs, as Larry has orders to bring into the FBI. Still, the more we see of Larry, the more I like the guy. "You did a brave thing here, probably saved thousands of lives. For the record, I don't think this is how you should be repaid," he tells Tony, before ordering that the handcuffs be removed  "Appreciate that, but I'm ready to pay for what I've done," Tony says, sounding contrite as ever.

The benefits of his apparent heroism may be short-lived, though, as a Starkwood operative somehow manages to kill two FBI agents and smuggle a canister of the thought-to-be-destroyed bioweapon off the compound. And the chase is on again, though this time, it's a rather short one.

Larry, Tony and an expendable helicopter pilot quickly locate the escaped operative, set their chopper down and engage in a firefight. The pilot's the first to go, of course, but when the Starkwoodie breaks out a shotgun, Larry ends up taking two shots to the chest.

Then, as Tony seems to be checking on the fallen agent, the gun-toting operative approaches, probably close enough to blow the back of Tony's head clean off. Through gargles of blood, Larry tries to warn Tony. But then our hero does something confusing — he turns around and nonchalantly waves the shotgun away. Then he turns back to Larry and smothers him with his bare hand — which takes agonizingly long — and tells the Starkwood operative to take the bioweapon canister and find a safe place to hide.

I have to say, this time I really, really believed Tony was good, but now it really, really looks like he's been bad all along. Aside from the many questions this raises — which we'll have to wait at least a whole week to have answered! — I have this one: Why didn't Larry get a silent clock before the commercial break? Is he not really dead, or just not important enough to go silent for? I'm still processing all of this, but what do you guys think?

Stray Observations:
• For a few seconds there, after Jack pulled Renee aside, I thought he just might hit her. The "personality changes" his doctor said might be starting, combined with Jack's general underlying rage, may have almost made it excusable plot-wise, but it certainly would have put a damper on any burgeoning romance between the erstwhile partners. Instead, the scene ended up being sort of heartwarming, in a 24 way.
• Before this hour kicked off, the announcer promised this hour would "stop the clock." Listen, announcer dude: 24's clock may go silent a couple times a season, but it never, ever stops — that's the whole point of the show! Every second counts!

What did you guys think of the twist?

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This hour might start a little slow, but it's the stunner of an ending — one too good to spoil here, on the off chance any 24 devotees haven't yet watched — that makes this one of the finest and most action-packed hours of the season. For now, I'll just say this: The episode was full of deaths, double-crosses and wow.

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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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