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24 Episode: "Day 7: 12:00 Midnight-1:00 AM"

Season 7, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: Jack and the FBI work on a strategy to ward off further terror attacks, but a surprising turn of events occurs when the politics of the administration unfold beyond the White House.
Original Air Date: Apr 6, 2009
Guest Cast Kevin Fry-Bowers: Cooper Connor Trinneer: Carl Gadsen Sprague Grayden: Olivia Taylor Cameron Daddo: Vice President Hayworth Rory Cochrane: Greg Seaton Michael Rodrick: Stokes
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Season 7, Episode 17
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Length: 14:04:46
Aired: 4/6/2009
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24 Episode Recap: "3:00 A.M.-4:00 A.M." Season 7, Episode 17

Jack's got a lot of news to deliver this hour — and, this being 24, it's pretty much all bad. First up, through all his shaking and sputtering, Jack manages to tell Renee that Tony's "the second man" who smuggled the canister off of Starkwood's complex. Realizing that means Tony killed Larry, Renee is crushed. Ten, there's a flash of anger that tells us she'll be out for revenge.

When Jack relays the same information to an increasingly whiny President Taylor, she just seems indignant in her typical, "How could you have let this happen?" kind of way. (Sure likes to sit in that cushy Oval Office and complain about everyone else's mistakes, doesn't she?) But Jack's got a plan: work out a deal with Hodges where the FBI makes it look like he's dead so that his family won't be harmed. Taylor reluctantly approves.

As everyone else plots their next gambit, Tony's flight quickly turns into a murderous rampage — without a second thought, he shoots an FBI agent to get his vehicle, then throws the body into the road like a sack of garbage. And then it's on to a motel meet-up, where he gives Galvez a good beating. Granted, the guy turns on Tony and tries to extort the name of the client for the virus, but suffocating him with a plastic shower curtain is straight serial killer stuff.

Once Tony's terrorist girlfriend (?) shows up, we learn that the apparent buyer is planning to use the canister of pathogen to manufacture more over the next few months. But Tony doesn't want to wait that long — he thinks the virus should be put to more immediate use.

"Another attack today is all we need to push this thing over the edge. ... I say we take that canister and finish the job off today," he explains, voice flat, eyes dead. "You finish your enemy when he's down — you don't let him get back up to reload."

It's a convincing enough argument to win the approval of terrorist girlfriend, who then brings the idea to the big guys (who it seems are the ones ultimately running today's deadly game). With a little finesse, she secures a unanimous "yes" vote for carrying out the attack ASAP. Tony seems pleased, and is apparently so turned on by the thought that he passionately kisses terrorist girlfriend. What would Michelle think of you now, Tony?

Surprisingly, hearing about the offer of witness protection for Hodges actually awakens Olivia's long-dormant conscience. "This man murdered your son — my brother!" she screams at her mother. But, thankfully, Taylor is thinking more about the country's best interests than her own vendettas this time.

The subject of Hodges' get-out-of-jail-free card isn't closed for Olivia though, as she soon tries to rope poor Aaron into taking care of Hodges for her. "Is there anything else I can do for you?" he mistakenly asks. "Only killing Jonas Hodges," she says nonchalantly. Of course, he doesn't bite.

Back at FBI headquarters, Hodges is stark raving mad (when isn't he?) about the fact that his suicide attempt failed and his family will likely be killed. So Jack brings him the President's deal, and in exchange, Hodges lays out the grand scheme of his "group of like minds": "The plan was to launch simultaneous attacks early next year. Multiple cities. So the public would finally see that the government couldn't protect them. They'd demand drastic measures, and we would step in."

He also reminds Jack how they've both been mistreated by the government, rather than honored for their service and sacrifices. Jack doesn't buy it: "Let me explain something to you," he spits. "You and I have nothing in common. You tell yourself whatever you want — you are a traitor."

While Hodges doesn't give up the conspirators' identities that Jack so desperately wants ("give me the names!"), he does learn that terrorist sleeper cells may be used as fall guys for whatever attacks are planned. That's enough to get the CTU servers out of mothballs and back in use — and who better to scour them for terrorist intel than Chloe?

The explanation of this plan prompts a rare funny line from Janice: "What does that make us, CTU light?" Yeah, pretty much.

Even as Jack takes charge of this latest operation, it's clear that the infection is taking a mental toll on him. After Janice spouts off about feeling like "Big Brother," Jack launches into a much-needed smack down: "Look, if you think your need to complain is more important than the lives of the people who are counting on us, go whine somewhere else!"

But the enjoyment of the moment is undercut by the fact that Jack cites the wrong President in his diatribe: "President David Palmer re-commissioned these servers because he felt it was vital to national security. President Palmer made the call!"

As Chloe astutely observes, "There's something really wrong with him."

Stray Observations:
• I have to say, as versatile as Kiefer has proven himself to be, he's not the greatest at playing sick — he mostly just squints and whispers even more; yelling orders is definitely his strong suit.
• Hodges actually has the nerve to ask Jack who he is before the interrogation begins — come on, who doesn't know who Jack Bauer is?
• Kinda weird, but also nice seeing Chloe be all sweet and lovey with her son and Morris in their hotel room. And of course, it's just great to have her back in the action again.
• Clash of the Crankies, Part 2: Janice: "Well, maybe you'd like to take over." Chloe: "Only if you want it to work right." Those two.

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Jack's got a lot of news to deliver this hour — and, this being 24, it's pretty much all bad. First up, through all his shaking and sputtering, Jack manages to tell Renee that Tony's "the second man" who smuggled the canister off of Starkwood's complex. Realizing that means Tony killed Larry, Renee is crushed. Ten, there's a flash of anger that tells us she'll be out for revenge.
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