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24 Episode: "Day 7: 5:00 AM-6:00 AM"

Season 7, Episode 22
Episode Synopsis: Jack's daughter, Kim, is in harm's way, and the continuing terror threat fuels the rivalry between Chloe and Janis.
Original Air Date: May 11, 2009
Guest Cast Amy Price-Francis Sprague Grayden: Olivia Taylor Omid Abtahi: Jibraan Al-Zarian Will Patton: Alan Wilson Rafi Gavron: Hamid Al-Zarian
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Season 7, Episode 22
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Length: 22:39:31
Aired: 5/11/2009
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24 Episode Recap: "5:00 A.M.-6:00 A.M." Season 7, Episode 22

Clearly Renee has come around to Jack's way of doing things — before he sticks his finger in Tony's associate's neck wound (saw that coming as soon as Jack took the bandage off), he gives Renee fair warning: "You should leave the room." But Renee tells him, without even hesitating, "Do what you need to do." Larry would not be proud, Renee...

But, unlike what supposedly happens with torture in the real world, Jack eventually gets something useable — a call from the op to Tony so that Chloe and Janice can try to pinpoint his location. No dice on that count, though.

Turns out their location is a Metro station, where Tony has instructed Jibraan to take the Red Line into Washington Square and await further instructions. Of course, Jibraan has to try the "Call the police, a man is holding my brother hostage" routine with the ticket counter employees. And a cop does quickly appear — though he promptly tells Jibraan to "put the earpiece back in." Creepy "Big Brother" stuff right there. As Tony tells him, "We'll be watching. We're always watching."

Apparently Tony isn't watching his own back so well, though, as Jack and Renee are soon able to get the drop on him, ramming their SUV into his van. Gotta say, I didn't expect Tony to be nabbed until at least hour one of the finale — this seems awfully easy, and a little premature.

The police descend, followed by Jack, who grabs Tony and chokes him out, which must have been quite satisfying. Perhaps even more satisfying is the brutal beating Jack deals out after telling one of the cops to "walk away." What begins as a typical blows-to-the-face, "Where's the canister?" interrogation leads to the real heart of the matter for Jack: "Why did you betray me?" But even putting a gun to Tony's head doesn't bring forth any answers.

Thankfully, Chloe and Janice come through on the tech end, patching Jack into the line Tony was using to communicate with Jibraan, who Jack instructs to look for a device possibly left on the train. Not the type of Easter egg hunt you want to be involved in — but Jibraan finds the dirty bomb, runs it out of the building and to a waiting Jack, who tosses it into a hazmat truck just before it explodes.

So that's another bad buy caught, and another biological attack averted — at this point, I'm wondering what's left for the final two hours, other than watching Jack die?

But Kim's flight has miraculously been delayed by an hour and a half, so maybe she'll be around to give Jack some of those much-needed Bauer stem cells after all (OK, I'm pretty sure she will).

Of course, this will be complicated by the fact that Kim has managed to strike up a friendship with (presumably) the only pair of assassins in the airport — one of whom snaps the neck of the man Jack has watching over his daughter. And, as usual, Kim is in mortal danger, as Tony's associates are using her as leverage to make Jack break Almeida out of FBI custody — whatever it takes.

So I'm thinking that next week Jack rescues Kim in the nick of time, she says, "Now, dad, let me save you" — everyone cries a little, exchanges stem cells and lives happily ever after. OK, it's a little sunny for 24, but one of these days has to have a happy ending, right? Well, probably not, but we can pretend for now.

Meanwhile, in less interesting plot developments, Olivia has a face-to-face with Martin Collier, who answers the lingering question of why Hodges was killed before the assassin's payment cleared. Turns out Collier gave the go-ahead because, he tells Olivia, "I know you're good for it." So now Olivia has no choice but to pay, post-mortem, for a murder she tried to call off — seems like the First Daughter's misdeeds could finally be catching up with her.

And Aaron is starting to catch onto the fact that Olivia's disappearances just might mean she's up to something unsavory. So he calls in Ethan Kanin to help him access audio recordings from Olivia's (temporary) office, and I'm thinking nobody's going to be too happy with what they hear.

Stray Observations:
• Good comeback from Janice to Chloe: "It's obvious I'll never do things as well as you did at CTU. All I ask is that you not make me feel like an idiot by pointing that out." Point, Janice.
• I like how in order to transfer the money to the assassin, Olivia has to click on the big, blinking green button that says "execute." Ah, so subtle.
• Renee: "Jonas Hodges was killed an hour ago in a bomb blast." Jack, "What? How?" Um, with a bomb, Jack — come on!
• Only one week (though two hours) left to go now. This has been a solid season, but even during Day 6, 24 delivered a strong finale, so I'm expecting next week to be no exception.

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Clearly Renee has come around to Jack's way of doing things — before he sticks his finger in Tony's associate's neck wound (saw that coming as soon as Jack took the bandage off), he gives Renee fair warning: "You should leave the room." But Renee tells him, without even hesitating, "Do what you need to do." Larry would not be proud, Renee...
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