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24 Episode: "Day 7: 4:00 PM-5:00 PM"

Season 7, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: The first family, including daughter Olivia (Sprague Grayden), face painful circumstances; Chloe has words with Janis Gold; and Jack and Agent Walker track leads, trying to prevent another terror attack.
Original Air Date: Feb 16, 2009
Guest Cast Peter Wingfield: Emerson Sprague Grayden: Olivia Taylor Tonya Pinkins: Alma Matobo Hakeem Kae-Kazim: Dubaku
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Season 7, Episode 9
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Length: 14:09:36
Aired: 2/16/2009
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24 Episode Recap: 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. Season 7, Episode 9

6:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
As with several recent episodes, this hour of 24 opens with a bang: While Col. Dubaku lies unconscious in the hospital following last week's deadly car crash, an "orderly" working for Gen. Juma injects something bad into his IV line. The colonel goes code blue, attempts to restart his heart fail, and we bid goodbye to one of the series' more interesting villains.

And now it appears that Dubaku's former boss, Gen. Juma, is trying to spin the U.S. invasion to look like he and his regime are America's poor, helpless victims. "We survived their slave ships," he declares in a recorded message. "And we will survive their warships, too."

As we rejoin Jack, he's preparing for a new mission: to break into the White House and interrogate Sen. Mayer's chief of stuff, Ryan Burnett (Eyal Podell). Of course, this is illegal, dangerous and highly secretive — so secretive that only a couple of people can know. And, surprisingly, Bill Buchanan isn't one of them. "I'm driving off a cliff here," Jack explains to Tony. "I don't need to put Bill in the passenger seat."

Nonetheless, riding shotgun will be Chloe, whose computer skills — and, presumably, lovably sarcastic disposition — Jack couldn't possibly operate without.

While working to reformat the FBI's crashed servers, she remains Jack's (wo)man on the inside, alerting him to the fact that Janice has been keeping an eye on her "extra-curricular" work — which includes deleting Burnett's name from the FBI database. This leads to the first of what we can only hope will be several snarky exchanges — Janice: "Are you busy?" Chloe: "I'm just reformatting the server, so yes, I am busy."

Unfortunately, Janice catches on and reports her suspicions to Larry (who is quite willing to believe Jack's number-one gal is up to no good) and Chloe is taken off of server duty and into FBI custody.

Meanwhile, Ethan Kane is trying to talk Sen. Mayer into abandoning Jack's inquisition, plying the senator with some good, old-fashioned Kentucky bourbon. But Mayer isn't willing to play ball, as he considers Jack a "thug" whose time to face justice has finally come.

Speaking of our favorite thug, once inside the White House, Jack chokes Bill out, then tracks down Burnett and incapacitates him with a stun gun. Then the interrogation begins —and it's not pretty. Pacing back and forth, weapon in hand, Jack threatens in that chilling whisper of his, "I can pull the trigger 128 more times before this battery dies. ... You of all people should know how far I'm willing to go to stop this attack from happening."

Blood running from his nose, weeping like a baby, Burnett admits he's working with Juma's men. But before he can reveal the target, the tables are turned on Jack, and President Taylor's men storm the room and arrest him.

Still, Kane and Taylor are smart enough to realize they can't turn a deaf ear to Jack's warnings. But even with the President herself threatening to push for the death penalty, Burnett is done talking, apart from asking, "Where's my lawyer?"

With Jack in cuffs, the onus to find Juma is on Renee, and she doesn't fall down on the job -- promptly tracking the murderous "orderly" from the hospital straight to the general's location. Then, realizing the FBI strike team won't arrive in time, she pulls a Jack-worthy move: After only a second's hesitation, Renee decides to follow Juma and his men onto their departing boat.

After a scuba gear-clad Juma and his men dive off the boat, Renee is able to get a look at their plans ... before being spied by Dubaku's son and forced to abandon ship herself.

Stray Observations:

  • Responding to Kane's attempt at sweet-talking him, Kurtwood Smith channels his Red Forman: "Spare me the Southern gentleman routine, Ethan. The president didn't call me up here at the ass end of the day to drink her booze and flip through a briefing book."
  • Another dispatch from the snark-fest — Chloe: "Why don't I run a recovery program?" Janice: "Well, you're very busy with the reformatting and all, so why don't I just upload it to my station?" Chloe: "I can do it faster. No offense."
  • Mayer and Jack both had some great lines this hour. Mayer on Jack:  "Madame President, I don't care if his source is the blessed Virgin Mary. Nothing justifies what went on in this room." And Jack on Mayer: "You, sir, are weak, and unable to look evil in the eye and deal with it." Ouch.

7:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.
Nice to only wait a couple minutes, rather than seven days, to find out what's next for Jack and company, isn't it? Picking up right where the last hour left off, Juma and his men emerge from an underwater hole they've drilled into the White House sewers (fitting, isn't it?).

Once they get to the building's main floor, the general and his men stalk relentlessly from office to office, pumping round after round into the White House staff. It's a truly chilling sequence.

With Jack still quite literally behind bars, it's up to Walker to alert the FBI to Juma's in-progress attack. But she's pursued by Dubaku Jr., frequently taking shots at her, and finally forced to stand and fight. Or rather, stand and play on the daddy issues. "Juma had your father killed!" she tells Dubaku Jr.---before disarming him with a shovel, then engaging in (and losing) a brutal fistfight. Thankfully, just as the man is choking the life from Renee, the FBI arrives to pump him full of holes. Thus ends the Dubaku dynasty.

You know, to be Jack Bauer's friend, you've really got to man up: Jack pushes hard for Bill to get him five minutes with Burnett, but Buchanan doesn't have it in him to go against the President. "I can't do that, it's not me," he stutters. Through clenched teeth, Jack tells him, "That's not good enough." But Bill seems intent on toeing the line...

...Until it's apparent that Juma and his men are already inside their intended target; then Bill finally lets Jack off the leash and into the fight (though all it gets him, personally, is yelled at by the President, then captured by the general's men).

Pursued through the White House by Juma's men, Jack and the President manage to duck into a (seemingly) secure room, and then it's official: Terrorist Gen. Juma is in control of the White House. As the general's men look for a way into that metal-girded room, the surviving Secret Service agents are tricked into believing President Taylor has been taken hostage, and they beat a reluctant retreat from the war zone.

Throughout all this craziness, poor Aaron Pierce is still on babysitting duty, first keeping the President's irritable daughter Olivia in the White House, then trying to get her safely out once Juma's men storm the building. For his trouble, our favorite Secret Service agent gets himself shot, then captured — along with Olivia Taylor.

All of which wouldn't have been possible without the help of Jon Voight's Jonas Hodges, who Juma calls after failing to breach the President's safe room. It's Hodges who makes the general aware that Olivia Taylor is still in the White House — and thus gives Juma a powerful new tool to lure Taylor out of hiding.

On closed-circuit camera, Juma holds a knife to Olivia's face, telling her horrified mother, "If you don't open the door, I'm going to cut out your daughter's eyes, one by one. Then I'm going to cut off her tongue, and then her head."

The sight of her daughter's terror-stricken face is all the President can take; despite Jack's protestations, she opens the door, placing them both in the general's hands. Juma's next play: forcing Taylor to make a video statement to the American people — one he tells her will be "the last one you'll ever give."

 

Stray Observations:

  • Just a little throwaway line, but one of my favorites this episode — Jack to Random Secret Service Agent: "This is your house. I'll follow."
  • Kind of funny to see Bill and the ever-crotchety Sen. Mayer sitting cross-legged together in the White House lobby, like little kids at show and tell.
  • Hodges is clearly a little bit off, or at least a big fan of the non-sequiturs. After a tense call from Juma, he declares, "Stress is the fertilizer of creativity. Let's play some darts!"
  • This was hands-down Day 7's most action-packed, thrilling and best hour so far. Bring on the next 12!
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6:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
As with several recent episodes, this hour of 24 opens with a bang: While Col. Dubaku lies unconscious in the hospital following last week's deadly car crash, an "orderly" working for Gen. Juma injects something bad into his IV line. The colonel goes code blue, attempts to restart his heart fail, and we bid goodbye to one of the series' more interesting villains.

And now it appears that Dubaku's former boss, Gen. Juma, is trying to spin the U.S. invasion to look like he and his regime are America's poor, helpless victims. "We survived their slave ships," he declares in a recorded message. "And we will survive their warships, too."

As we rejoin Jack, he's preparing for a new mission: to break into the White House and interrogate Sen. Mayer's chief of stuff, Ryan Burnett (Eyal Podell). Of course, this is illegal, dangerous and highly secretive — so secretive that only a couple of people can know. And, surprisingly, Bill Buchanan isn't one of them. "I'm driving off a cliff here," Jack explains to Tony. "I don't need to put Bill in the passenger seat."

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