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24 Episode: "Day 8: 6:00 AM-7:00 AM"

Season 8, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: President Hassan makes a decision that shocks his family. Meanwhile, Jack alerts President Taylor about Weiss; and Jack begins to think that there is a mole inside CTU.
Original Air Date: Apr 5, 2010
Guest Cast Rizwan Manji: Ahman Nazneen Contractor: Kayla Hassan Christina Cox: Molly O'Connor Mido Hamada: Samir Michael Gaston: General Brucker James Jordan: Phillips Necar Zadegan: Dalia Hassan Frank John Hughes: Tim Woods Michael Irby: Adrion Bishop Hrach Titizian: Nabeel
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Season 8, Episode 15
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Length: 43:00
Aired: 4/5/2010
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24 Episode Recap: 9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M. Season 8, Episode 15

As the hour opens, Jack is a complete mess, and understandably so — he just saw Renee shot to death and is now wandering around the ER wearing a shirt stained with her blood. Thankfully, one of the doctors takes the initiative to grab him a new shirt and a pair of boots for his bare feet.

Once Chloe calls to offer her condolences, though, Jack snaps back into being Jack, demanding to see the recently MIA Papa Bazhaev, who is currently CTU's only lead. Chloe isn't quite so willing to circumvent the official channels and processes now that she's running CTU, but she ultimately relents and tells Jack where Bazhaev's bail hearing is being held (which, unsurprisingly, he's denied).

Then it's time for a little face-to-face chat, and once again, Jack goes right into threatening the family. "Let me explain myself. This agent Renee Walker. I considered her to be my family," he tells Bazhaev. "So take a long, hard look into my eyes and realize that I will have no problem taking out any of yours before they even get home today."

That, and a promise that the remaining members of the Bazhaev clan will be put into witness protection, is enough to get an admission that high-ranking members of the Russian government were behind Renee's murder. With help, of course, from our favorite CTU mole, Dana Walsh.

Meanwhile, the former President Logan sets about exercising his "leverage" over Novakovich, interrupting the Russian foreign minister's breakfast to openly accuse him of orchestrating President Hassan's assassination. Logan's ultimatum is simple: tell President Taylor that Russia will sign the peace agreement, or else. "If neither of us hears from you before I get there, I'm afraid what I'll have to tell her is the unvarnished truth."

It only takes a few minutes for Novakovich to call President Taylor and agree to sign the peace treaty, so whatever Logan's got on this guy must be bad. He does not want Jack getting that information out of Walsh, and he takes stopping that from happening personally. "Bauer torpedoed my presidency," he tells his right-hand man, Jason Pillar (Reed Diamond). "He tried to ruin me; almost did. I'm not gonna let that happen again."

So it's off to tattle to Taylor about Jack overstepping his bounds and interrogating suspects. When Taylor demands to know why she should intervene, Logan surprisingly spills it all, explaining how the Russians were behind Hassan's assassination. Ethan Kanin, who has seemingly recovered quite nicely, thank you, flips out about how Logan has compromised Taylor by putting her in this position, etc. But Logan is relentless, whispering in Taylor's ear about her legacy and the historic agreement that she could be letting slip through her fingers if the truth about the Russians comes out.

While they're talking, Jack is going at Walsh like a rabid dog, slamming her head on the interrogation room table and slapping her senseless. (Really, again with the assaulting women, Jack?) But it does the trick once again, and Walsh agrees to cooperate if her immunity deal is put back on the table.

And Taylor pays a special visit to CTU to discuss just that very thing. But what she tells Jack shocks him: "I need you to stand down. I won't give Dana Walsh immunity, I can't ... The peace process is back on track."

Jack explains how he can extract all they need to know about Hassan's murder from Walsh, but then realizes suddenly, "You don't wanna know the truth." Which pretty much is the truth. Then things get heated, with Jack shouting, "Madame President, I don't want revenge, I want justice!" and her shooting back "And I want peace!"

And with that, Jack is packed off to McGuire Air Force Base for "debriefing" (or put on "lockdown," as he more aptly puts it). Of course, Jack's not going quietly into that good night, and he promptly hijacks the helicopter sent to transport him there. Chloe is then put in the uncomfortable position of having to order Air Force jets be scrambled to force Jack down.

We've seen Jack as the lone rebel on a righteous quest for justice a couple times before and as much as some 24 plots get old this one never does for me. Fight the power, Jack!

Stray Observations:

  • Walsh is actually decent as a villain, but it's getting a little comical how every time we see her on the interrogation-room security camera, she's giving the same evil, dead-eyed stare. We get it already — she's bad!
  • That said, after all her ridiculous plots dragged down the first half of the season, things have really gotten back on track over the last few episodes. This year might have gotten off to a wobbly start, but there's definitely hope that 24 will have a suitably strong (TV) finish.

 

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As the hour opens, Jack is a complete mess, and understandably so — he just saw Renee shot to death and is now wandering around the ER wearing a shirt stained with her blood. Thankfully, one of the doctors takes the initiative to grab him a new shirt and a pair of boots for his bare feet.

Once Chloe calls to offer her condolences, though, Jack snaps back into being Jack, demanding to see the recently MIA Papa Bazhaev, who is currently CTU's only lead. Chloe isn't quite so willing to circumvent the official channels and processes now that she's running CTU, but she ultimately relents and tells Jack where Bazhaev's bail hearing is being held (which, unsurprisingly, he's denied).

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