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2001, TV Show

24 Episode: "Day 7: 12:00 Noon-1:00 PM"

Season 7, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Jack Bauer works with the FBI and President Taylor as the terror threat escalates, and the First Gentleman pursues his own agenda.
Original Air Date: Jan 19, 2009

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Season 7, Episode 5
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Length: 16:37:20
Aired: 1/19/2009
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24 Episode Recap: "2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M." Season 7, Episode 5

As the hour kicks off, the Matobos have been delivered into General Dubaku's bloody hands — but not for long since Jack and the gang are following close behind, doing the whole black-ops thing as they scale the walls of his makeshift headquarters. Jack, Tony and Bill certainly look cool in those get-ups, but you do have to wonder how effective they are in broad daylight.

At FBI headquarters, Janis Gold is still doing Chloe's old CTU job, chasing leads through computer databases, which lead her to — you guessed it — Kidron, OH. Or rather, right around the corner from it, where a chemical plant is Dubaku's latest target. On the scale of 24 threats, a toxic cloud of insecticide doesn't exactly scream "code red," but Taylor's people tell her that, coupled with a strong wind, it could kill 17,500 of Kidron's 30,000 residents. So we'll just take Madame President's and her people's word for it.

This sets the stage for some heroics from plant manager John Brunner (former My So-Called Life dad Tom Irwin), who dons a gas mask and exposes himself to the toxins in an effort to buy the FBI, and his 1,000 employees, some crucial time. He relieves the pressure in the chemical tanks, saves the day and — because this is 24 — gives up his life in the bargain. Chalk that up to another threat averted.

Meanwhile, Jack & Co. successfully breach Dubaku's security and interrupt the general mid-attack. A shootout featuring automatic weapons and exploding computer terminals follows, during which the CIP device is apparently destroyed. But, unsurprisingly, Dubaku manages to slip away amidst the chaos.

With the general on the loose in D.C. again (and also, apparently, on the prowl?), Jack decides it's time to call in the big guns, prevailing upon Matobo to meet with President Taylor and seek her assistance. Maybe this means Jack & Co. will be doing things above-board again — or everyone but Tony, who isn't ready to face justice for some of the "pretty bad things" he's done just yet.

As the hour winds down, Henry Taylor is out of the frying pan and into the fire. No sooner has he killed one crooked Secret Service agent then another arrives at the scene of the murders to bind and gag him at gunpoint. Taylor, now a very valuable hostage, is soon on his way to Dubaku, where he'll no doubt suffer further indignities. And you thought it was tough being the President.

Stray Observations:

  • "It's urgent that I speak with the First Gentleman." The title may be more technically correct than "First Husband," but it still makes him sound like some kind of a dandy to me. Guess I've still got a few more hours to get used to it... if he lives that long.
  • Breaking into Dubaku's hideout, all stealthy maneuvers and gun drawn, Walker looked just about as tough as Jack — which is, of course, no easy task.
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As the hour kicks off, the Matobos have been delivered into General Dubaku's bloody hands — but not for long since Jack and the gang are following close behind, doing the whole black-ops thing as they scale the walls of his makeshift headquarters. Jack, Tony and Bill certainly look cool in those get-ups, but you do have to wonder how effective they are in broad daylight.
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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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