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2001, TV Show

24 Episode: "Day 7: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM"

Season 7, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Tony Almeida returns and is involved in a national-security breach. New president Allison Taylor must deal with the threat without CTU, which has been disbanded.
Original Air Date: Jan 11, 2009

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Season 7, Episode 2
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Aired: 1/11/2009
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24 Episode Recap: 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Season 7, Episode 2

In hour three of 24, we learn the truth behind Tony's involvement with the terrorists — and the breadth of their operation.

As it turns out, this season's two seemingly disparate antagonists — the terrorist group Tony is involved with and the violent regime in Sengala — are working together to create one massive 24-style crisis of conscience.

On one side is the practical: How does the FBI stop General Dubaku (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) from taking innocent American lives through the compromised communications network? And on the other side is the ethical: Are American lives more important than those of the Sengalans President Taylor hopes to save through military force?

Unsurprisingly, the hour's most compelling moment is an interrogation-room showdown between Tony and Jack, during which the former seemingly tries to convince the latter to come around to his worldview: "You need to start living in the real world, because every second you help the government, you're spittin' on Terry's grave!"

That's all it takes to push Jack over the edge, and he chokes Tony to within an inch of his life, roaring, "I will kill you, and you will stay dead this time."

And then — here comes another twist!— Jack makes a fateful phone call that reveals former CTUers Bill Buchanan (James Morrison) and Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) are involved in a deep-cover terrorist infiltration operation, with Tony as said infiltrator. Definitely didn't see that one coming, so good job 24 writers.

On the flip side, I definitely got that déjà vu feeling when Janis was sneaking around the FBI building, looking for information on whether agent Sean Hillinger (Rhys Coiro) was the organization's supposed leak. But it turned he was just concerned about the safety of his wife's flight — and on 24, I guess someone not being a double agent actually counts as a minor twist.

Hour three brought the action in the last 15 minutes, with Jack breaking Tony out of interrogation and leading a harrowing (and destructive) escape from the FBI building — aided, of course, by Chloe's hacking skills. ("Someone at the FBI is blocking my every move. It's really starting to piss me off.")

Stray Observations:

  • Jack looks really cool in those red-lensed aviator sunglasses at the beginning of hour three — but when doesn't he?
  • As mentioned above, great surprise revealing that Tony is still one of the good guys — and that Bill and Chloe are helping him. I had my suspicions that Mr. Almeida hadn't really gone terrorist, but I definitely didn't guess the extent of the operation.
  • Classic Chloe comment to Jack: "I saw the hearings on C-Span. I can't believe what that Senator said to you. You looked good though."
  • I also got a chuckle from this exchange during Jack and Tony's escape:
  • Jack: "I'm just glad I didn't break your neck."

    Tony: "Well, uh, you came close."

    Jack: "Yeah, sorry about that."

    11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

    As hour four gets underway, Jack meets with Chloe and Bill face to face in an abandoned (though still pretty darn nice) building. And we discover just what a sad state of affairs the Counter Terrorist Unit has become:  

    Jack: "What do you call this place?"

    Bill: "We like to think of it as CTU. What's left of it anyway."

    More importantly, we discover that Tony hasn't been undercover the entire time after his supposed death — for three of those years, he was actually leading the terrorist group. Only when the stakes got too high did Tony decide that taking innocent lives (with the help of the CIP device) wasn't an acceptable part of his anti-government vendetta.

    Shaken as Jack is by this information, he of course agrees to work with "CTU" to help bring down the terrorists — wouldn't be much of a 24 season if Jack spent the rest of it in FBI custody or filibustering in the Senate, would it?

    Once Tony and Jack have worked their way back undercover (which involves the now-standard "boss shoots his own henchmen to show how evil he is" gag), the first task they're given is to pick up a "package" from the State Department. And that human-shaped package is former Sengala Prime Minister Matobo (Isaach De Bankolé).

    Meanwhile, Henry Taylor continues investigating his son Roger's murder — and I continued not to care about this subplot, until its link back to the main terror plot was revealed. It turns out Roger might have been killed because he discovered a senior member of President Taylor's administration was involved in shady financial dealings in Sengala.

    On the FBI front, it looks like agent Renee Walker picked up some torture tips from her brief stint with Jack. As suspect Alan Tanner (Dameon Clarke) lies bedridden in the hospital, Walker brutally interrogates him, first by pressing her gun into his still-bleeding wound, and  then by closing off the tubes of his ventilator ("I suggest you use your last breath wisely," she advises.).

    But she gets what she needs — crucial intel about the terrorists' immediate plans — and Matobo is put on security lockdown, which certainly will make it a lot more difficult for Jack and Tony to abduct him. Though not impossible, because after all, this is Jack Bauer, who as the episode closes is taking a golf club to the walls separating him from Matobo. As always with 24, it's only a matter of time.

    Stray Observations:

  • Apparently the duties of "first husband" involve helping President Taylor put on a gold bracelet — nope, nothing emasculating about that.
  • Now that Jack is in the unpleasant position of helping the terrorists with the small stuff in order to discover the big picture, just how far is he willing to go? Would he have used that machine gun he was toting on Matobo's guards if it had come to that?
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    In hour three of 24, we learn the truth behind Tony's involvement with the terrorists — and the breadth of their operation.

    As it turns out, this season's two seemingly disparate antagonists — the terrorist group Tony is involved with and the violent regime in Sengala — are working together to create one massive 24-style crisis of conscience.

    On one side is the practical: How does the FBI stop General Dubaku (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) from taking innocent American lives through the compromised communications network? And on the other side is the ethical: Are American lives more important than those of the Sengalans President Taylor hopes to save through military force?

    Unsurprisingly, the hour's most compelling moment is an interrogation-room showdown between Tony and Jack, during which the former seemingly tries to convince the latter to come around to his worldview: "You need to start living in the real world, because every second you help the government, you're spittin' on Terry's grave!"

    That's all it takes to push Jack over the edge, and he... read more

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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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