Question: Please tell me Tony will be returning to 24 as Jack's partner and not, as I am increasingly suspecting, the main villain. He can't be, right? Right?! Go USC!

Answer: Let's examine the evidence: As I previously reported in AA, 24 producers earlier this summer briefly toyed with the idea of making Tony the big bad of Day 7. That idea was quickly jettisoned, and soon after, Gary Oldman was invited to come aboard as this season's evil mastermind. A deal couldn't be struck, so the show was forced to devise a Plan C. Or so they'd like us to believe. What I think is that they reverted to Plan A, and when Carlos Bernard resurrects Tony, it won't be as an angel. It's just a hunch.