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24 Episode: "Day 7: 1:00 AM-2:00 AM"

Season 7, Episode 18
Episode Synopsis: Tony Almeida operates in the field as Hodges and Starkwood plan their attack with a biological weapon. Meanwhile, Jack's daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), returns, and Taylor's administration faces a blackmail attempt.
Original Air Date: Apr 13, 2009
Guest Cast Philip Anthony-Rodriguez: Tom Chapman Rory Cochrane: Greg Seaton Gabriel Casseus: Galvez Frank John Hughes: Tim Woods Sprague Grayden: Olivia Taylor Michael Rodrick: Stokes
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Season 7, Episode 18
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Length: 21:08:46
Aired: 4/13/2009
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24 Episode Recap: "4:00 A.M.-5:00 A.M." Season 7, Episode 18

As this hour begins, Tony is sinking even deeper in that amoral cesspool he dove headfirst into a couple weeks back. It's truly disturbing watching the former CTU agent set up these innocent Muslim men as fall guys for his group's latest terrorist attack — taping their mouths closed, holding guns to their heads, forcing concerned older brother Jibraan Al-Zarian (Omid Abtahi) to spout terrorist threats on video. Is this really the Tony we all thought was a hero — albeit a somewhat-dark one — and a genuine friend of Jack's? Scary.

From there, the wrenching drama continues, as Chloe learns that Jack's bizarre memory glitches are due to his deadly viral infection — news she doesn't take well. So over the last couple hours, not only do we get to watch Tony become irredeemably evil and see Jack break down mentally and physically as he draws closer to death, but we also have to watch tears well up in the eyes of Jack's loved ones at regular intervals. Whatever fun there was to be had during this day of 24, it's clearly over.

In developments that seem relatively light in comparison, Olivia Taylor continues her back-room scheming. But at least this quest is based on righteous anger — and, of course, a desire for murderous revenge — rather than mere political gain. Olivia's really growing as a person, isn't she?

Unable to accept the deal with Hodges that will see him go scot-free after orchestrating her brother's murder, the first daughter meets with Martin Collier (former ER doc Leland Orser), a "political consultant" whose job description apparently involves setting up assassinations. And the man is good at his job.

I'll admit, after Hodges is offered a new, witness protection-style life and even taxpayer-funded counseling to help him adjust to his "changes of circumstances," having the guy taken out doesn't really seem like a bad idea.

But Olivia suddenly gets cold feet when her dad is released from the hospital and into the loving arms of President Taylor, warming Olivia's cold, cold heart. Though she manages to put through a kill-canceling call, those darn assassins never check their voicemail in a timely fashion.

So, once Hodges has been loaded for transport to his new life (hopefully a nice farm, where he'll have plenty of room to run and play), taken out a picture of his wife and daughter and smiled wistfully, the SUV explodes into a massive fireball. Wave goodbye to another 24 villain — no tears necessary.

So out of the big bads, that leaves only Almeida for Jack to eliminate with his own two hands. Unless, of course, he really is returning for the eighth (and final?) season.

Meanwhile out in the field, Jack and Renee are on a Muslim hunt (and yes, we get it Janice, racial profiling is bad) that leads them down the trail Tony has created — right to the presumably innocent Al-Zarian.

As for Al-Zarian, not only is Tony making him pose as a terrorist on camera, but even to his own little brother — who spits in Jibraan's face and tells him, "You said today was a bad day to be a Muslim. Well, it's an even worse day to be your brother." Ouch.

Everything's working out according to Tony's evil plan, isn't it? That is, until Chloe notices some discrepancies in Al-Zarian's terrorist money transfers — notably, that they were all made in the last 30 minutes, and clumsily backdated.

From there, the action ramps up as Jack leads an assault on the Al-Zarian residence in order to rescue Jibraan's brother.

Unfortunately, when Jack and company kick in the door, the kid suddenly becomes a killing machine, smashing a mirror, grabbing a shard of glass and stabbing his captor — the only one who knows where Tony is taking Jibraan — in the throat. Jack says, "Dammit, he's bleeding out!" Can't the good guys ever get to a witness before blood starts gushing from one of their major arteries?

Stray Observations:
• Interesting exchange between the increasingly tortured Jack and Al-Zarian's friend: "I hope you can at least forgive yourself." Jack: "I gave up on that a long time ago." Friend-of-Al-Zarian: "It's never too late to turn to God." True enough.
• It was nice to have an episode with no obvious product placements or "green" commercials (unless I missed some) to take you out of the story; just straight-up 24, the way it should be.
• For being just a couple hours away from the finale, this did seem like a rather slow-burn episode. But as the final minutes indicate, I think it's safe to assume this was the last bit of calm before a very big storm.

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As this hour begins, Tony is sinking even deeper in that amoral cesspool he dove headfirst into a couple weeks back. It's truly disturbing watching the former CTU agent set up these innocent Muslim men as fall guys for his group's latest terrorist attack — taping their mouths closed, holding guns to their heads, forcing concerned older brother Jibraan Al-Zarian (Omid Abtahi) to spout terrorist threats on video. Is this really the Tony we all thought was a hero — albeit a somewhat-dark one — and a genuine friend of Jack's? Scary.

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