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24 Episode: "Day 8: 3:00 AM-4:00 AM"

Season 8, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: CTU faces a hostage situation; unforeseen developments rock the Hassan family; Bauer and Ortiz work together in the field to protect New York; parole officer Prady continues his investigation.
Original Air Date: Mar 15, 2010
Guest Cast David Gianopoulos: Sergrant Amis Necar Zadegan: Dalia Hassan Stephen Root: Bill Prady Charlie Bodin: Gerrard Rizwan Manji: Ahman Hrach Titizian: Nabeel Mido Hamada: Samir Nazneen Contractor: Kayla Hassan Julian Morris: Agent Owens
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Season 8, Episode 12
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Length: 05:40:46
Aired: 3/15/2010
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24 Episode Recap: 5:00 A.M. - 6:00 A.M. Season 8, Episode 12

While the terrorists prepare to make their big move, Jack tries to get President Hassan and his family to a safer location — though that's easier said than done.

As the hour opens, Jack is getting bandaged up and refusing painkillers, despite the fact that he may have broken some ribs and could now be susceptible to a collapsed lung. Just another day on the job for Jack, though. And he doesn't even get paid for this anymore!

Now that we know Walsh is the mole, we get a clear view of the trouble she can cause from inside CTU, as she knocks out the security cameras the good guys are using to track down Samir. Meanwhile, the head baddie is joyriding around New York City with a trunk full of nuclear rods, on his way placing them into the waiting "radiological dispersal device."

For the first time in a couple hours, we get to spend some more time with President Taylor. She and Chief of Staff Toolie are in full hand-wringing mode, though she actually does something about it, calling Jack in to help with the evacuation of President Hassan and his family (to New Jersey's McGuire Air Force base, though it's doubtful they'll ever make it there).

Jack argues that he'd be more useful staying on the trail of the terrorists, but Taylor is looking at the big picture of securing a Mideast peace, so she insists. Jack gives her his best "Yes, ma'am" and heads to the UN with Renee in tow.

With that settled, Taylor is able to give her full attention to a surprise call from Samir. And his demands are pretty simple: Turn over President Hassan so that he can be executed as a traitor to his country, or the terrorists will set off their bomb, killing between 100,000 and 150,000 American citizens.

A lively debate ensues, with most of Taylor's cabinet seemingly leaning toward giving Hassan over to the terrorists. The American President gives a rousing speech (complete with her own standing ovation) about how when Americans get knocked down, they get back up, yada yada yada, and that settles it — in her eyes anyway.

General Brucker (Michael Gaston) has other ideas, taking Toolie aside to tell him about a wild plan to covertly ensure that Hassan is captured by Samir allowing the U.S. to save face while also protecting New York from a nuclear attack: "The primary role of government is to protect its citizens," he tells Toolie. "Your words, Mr. Weiss. It's time to decide if you meant them."

That does the trick, and the new duo sets to work on planning their operation, but they're quickly interrupted by a suspicious Ethan Kanin, who does his best to talk the pair out of it. When that doesn't appear to work, he threatens that he'll make sure they both go to prison. All that excitement conveniently (for the new conspirators, anyway) gives Kanin a heart attack, buying Brucker time to set his team up to intercept Jack's escort.

Before Kanin goes down though, he manages to place a call to Jack. And when Jack calls back and can't reach Kanin, Jack being Jack smells a rat. No sooner does he turn the party back toward the UN than Brucker's men attack full force, taking out the majority of Hassan's escort.

Good thing Jack and Renee are there to clean up the mess, using a mixture of smoke screens and handgun teamwork. Even Kamistan's president gets in on the action, popping one of the black-clad operatives before he can get Jack. When the smoke clears, one of Brucker's guys remains alive to fill Jack in on the terrorists' latest demands and what the general was up to.

As the hour closes, Samir is telling Tarin to start the 15-minute countdown to detonation, and 24 begins its final countdown.

Stray Observations:  

  • It seems a little odd that Renee just kind of tags along with Jack on his way into the UN, without anyone asking who his sidekick is.
  • After last week's action-packed hour, this one felt a bit slow, weighed down in the first half by a lot of speechifying by the power players like Taylor and Hastings. But next week promises to really ramp up the action.
  • As you all know by now, 24 has been officially cancelled. While I've been a huge fan of the show since day one, the series has had less ups than downs in recent years, so I think this is the right call. It sounds like whatever creative juices the writers and producers have left are now being put to use on the forthcoming feature film, which I am officially looking forward to. But for now, let's enjoy the remainder of 24's final day.
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While the terrorists prepare to make their big move, Jack tries to get President Hassan and his family to a safer location — though that's easier said than done.

As the hour opens, Jack is getting bandaged up and refusing painkillers, despite the fact that he may have broken some ribs and could now be susceptible to a collapsed lung. Just another day on the job for Jack, though. And he doesn't even get paid for this anymore!

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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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