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24 Episode: "Day 8: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM"

Season 8, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Jack reteams with agent Renee Walker (Annie Wersching), and President Taylor learns of a larger threat to the fragile peace process. Sergi Bazhaev: Jürgen Prochnow.
Original Air Date: Jan 25, 2010
Guest Cast Jon Sklaroff: Ziya Dakhilov Callum Keith Rennie: Vladimir Laitanan David Anders: Joseph Bazhaev Akbar Kurtha: Farhad Hassan Gene Farber: Oleg Bazhaev Nazneen Contractor: Kayla Hassan Tony Curran: Lugo Necar Zadegan: Dalia Hassan
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Season 8, Episode 5
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Length: 14:41:35
Aired: 1/25/2010
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24 Episode Recap: "10:00 PM-11:00 PM" Season 8, Episode 5

Renee finally goes over the edge and takes her revenge on Laitanan — thankfully, Jack is there to catch her when she falls.

As the hour begins, Jack makes his way back to Laitanan's base of operations, where he once tries to convince Renee to abandon her undercover operation. And once again, she declines — anyone noticing a pattern here?

So Renee pushes ahead, urging Laitanan to start tracking down the person who is selling the nuclear rods "Jack" wants to buy. He gets the cold shoulder from Sergei Bazhaev, though, who pretends to know nothing about the materials.

Though Laitanan makes some more calls, none of his criminal associates will admit to having the nuclear rods. So Laitanan decides it's time to call it a night, take their $5 million windfall, and take Renee to bed. But Renee won't take no for an answer, pushing him to call more people and make the deal happen — then Laitanan slaps her, and all hell breaks loose.

After he delivers a punch that knocks Renee to her knees, she spots a knife lying on the floor. Spinning around, she stabs Laitanan in the eye, and by the time Jack rushes into the room, Renee is crouched over Laitanan, plunging the knife repeatedly into his chest.

And when Jack tries to intervene, Renee instinctively turns around and stabs him in the stomach (!). It's a brutal, bloody and shocking scene — and the first moment this season that 24 had my jaw on the floor like it routinely did in the old days.

Despite having just been stabbed by Renee, Jack covers for her. While patching up the wound in his stomach (seemingly a shallow one), he calls Hastings and explains that Renee killed Laitanan purely in self-defense. Hastings doesn't buy it, and he orders Laitanan's body brought back to CTU for an autopsy to determine the exact circumstances of his death.

Then Renee breaks down, telling Jack she thought she could fix everything that was wrong with her life by helping CTU track down the nuclear materials — but  she only ended up making a bigger mess. "I don't have anyone, anything," she tells Jack. "You've got me," he whispers. And just for a second, it seems like they may kiss or declare their undying love for one another.

But the touching moment is interrupted by the appearance of Bazhaev's men. Seems Sergei didn't like anyone knowing about his precious nuclear materials, and he's sent a team to take care of the problem. Little does he know he's provided Jack with a (seemingly) perfect opportunity to track down the goods.

While Renee hides in a closet, Jack allows himself to be taken — it's the only way they're going to find out who really has the nukes, he assures Renee. And besides, CTU will be able to track him by air the whole time — except these Russians like to travel by sewer, and now no one knows where Jack is, or where he's going.

On the political front, President Taylor's gambit to save the peace agreement seems to have worked — for now. She's reassured the U.N. delegates that President Hassan is a true progressive and a reformer, and still their best hope for procuring a Mideast treaty.

In an oddly tense phone call, Hassan assures Taylor that he will ease off of his crackdown on the suspected conspirators in the plot to assassinate him. But as soon as he hangs up the phone, he's back on the warpath. Unsatisfied with the interrogation of a man who was previously a trusted advisor, he orders the man's young children arrested.

Though his head security officer, Tarin Faroush (T.J. Ramini), seemingly convinces Hassan this would be a betrayal of his principles, Hassan is undeterred — and then Faroush is the next to fall under suspicion and be arrested, despite (his girlfriend?) Kayla Hassan's protests.

Papa Bazhaev also has some family drama to deal with, as he's doing his best to convince Josef that everything he's done — executing his younger brother, smuggling in the nuclear materials that poisoned Oleg — is for the good of Josef's family, to leave him with money and a legacy. Josef seems unconvinced, but we've seen how far arguing with Sergei gets you, so he keeps his mouth shut like a good boy.

In Walsh/Kevin-Ex developments, as planned, she talks him through breaking into the warehouse where $120,000 in seized drug money is being stored. After a little mix-up about which numbered box the cash is stored in (are these guys dyslexic or just stupid? I'm thinking the latter), they find the loot. But then Kevin's buddy has to get greedy, and decides they've got time to see what else can be pilfered.

Of course they stick around too long and security shows up. But rather than sneaking out as Walsh pleads with them to do, Kevin's accomplice beats the guard unconscious before they both make their escape, leaving a mess of evidence strewn around the warehouse. Way to fly under the radar, guys.

Stray Observations:
• At least the generally boring Agent Walsh subplot was good for a chuckle this episode. During a whispered phone conversation, Walsh asks Kevin, "You're in the side alley, right?" To which he replies, "No, we parked out front where everyone can see us."

• It started a little slow, but this ultimately ended up being the most exciting hour since the premiere, if not this whole season. I always know it's a good episode of 24 when my incredulous yells of "Holy crap!" make the missus come downstairs to make sure everything is all right.

• Looking forward to next week — though not to seeing Jack tortured yet again. Seriously, give the guy a break!

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Renee finally goes over the edge and takes her revenge on Laitanan — thankfully, Jack is there to catch her when she falls.

As the hour begins, Jack makes his way back to Laitanan's base of operations, where he once tries to convince Renee to abandon her undercover operation. And once again, she declines — anyone noticing a pattern here? read more

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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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