Bauerthon: A 24 Season 3 recap
James R | On 05, May 2014
Two weeks ago, we embarked upon a dangerous mission: to watch all of 24 in one go and catch up on the series’ escapades before it returns for Live Another Day on Wednesday 7th May.
After all, 24 is the show that virtually invented the concept of binge-viewing, so what better way to celebrate that in a time when binge-viewing has become mainstream than by returning to the one that started it all? 8 days of 24 in 6 days? We named it Bauerthon and started live blogging immediately.
With 8 days to go until the new season actually arrives, we bring the edited highlights of the event – so you can remind yourself of what’s happened to Jack over the years without having to go through what we did.
This is Bauerthon, aka. the longest day of our life.
Bauerthon: A Season 3 recap.
Season 3, Episode 1
11:48 The following takes place between 1pm and 2pm
Three years after the poisioned handshake, Season 3 begins.
Jack Bauer is dressed in a suit, looking dapper. He has spent the last year chasing a drug dealer named Salazar and he’s going to make him talk.
Jack went deep undercover to bring in Salazar. He’s shaking a little – he may well have had to become a drug user.
Salazar has just killed his counsel in front of Jack Bauer, even whilst restrained in a chair.
Hello to a new face at CTU – it’s Sylar! Or Spock, depending on your preference. We’ll use his CTU name of Adam.
A body infected with the Cordilla virus has been left next to a blown hole in the wall at the National Health Service. Could this be linked to Salazar?
Palmer is alive! He’s still President and appears to have both hands.
Both Bauer and Palmer seem shaky, must be something in the water.
Kate Warner is still around, she’s found Jacks jacket. Are they an item?
Kim Bauer now works at CTU. Do you think she’d have got the job if it wasn’t for her dad? We mean, she doesn’t even know about DES encryptions.
(Disclaimer: We don’t know about DES encryptions either.)
Kim’s just admitted to Adam she only got this job because of her Dad.
TOLD YOU SO.
Ok fine, she was reacting to an insult, but the point remains.
So close to a “Damnit Chloe”, but Jack resists on the cursing. Probably saving it for this collapse he’s about to have.
ANOTHER SHOCK TWIST!
Kim is in a relationship with Chase, Jack’s new partner/protege.
“The drive is under F6”.
Oh Kim, you can’t fool us with your IT lingo. Nothing is under F6.
More importantly, the Cordilla virus has been weaponised and the body dropped off is clearly a sign it’s ready to be deployed.
Meet Kyle – a kid who looks a little like a relative of King Joffrey. He’s only going to get into trouble.
“Chloe, damnit!” says Jack…
…then…there it is:
If you are not playing the 24 Drinking Game, now is the time to start.
CTU have had a phone call. They want Ramon out of jail or else they’ll release the virus. CTU have six hours to comply.
Somewhere in Mexico, at least a dozen bodies – “the ones we didn’t use” – are dumped, burnt and buried. The girl there doesn’t look like she knew what was going to happen. She’s called Claudia and her man, Hector, has broken his word that he wouldn’t involve Claudia’s family in the illegal business he conducts.
This scene is brought to you by the sterotypical Mexican music that’s been overused in TV shows and movies for years.
Kyle has fallen into the drug trafficking business to get $10,000 to help his sick mother and out of work father. Good intentions, poor execution.
Hector has a man keeping eye on Kyle.
Drugs are bad, m’kay?
David Palmer with the quote of the series: “It’s just going to be one of those days,” he sighs, as he plants a kiss on his doctor.
Confirmed: Chase knows that Jack had to take drugs to get in with Salazar’s gang.
So that’s why he’s so out of sorts. Not just because he’s Jack Bauer.
Chase tells Jack to “do what you need to do” so Jack closes the blinds and gets out a needle.
12:35 End Of The Episode 1 (Day 3)
What We’ve Learned:
– Jack had to do unthinkable things that have caused his life to go to hell.
– President Palmer has hooked up with his doctor and is running to keep himself in office for another term.
– Chloe has not getten better at her job.
Season 3, Episode 2
12:39 The following takes place between 2pm and 3pm
The Cordilla virus has been manufactured to kill at 10 times the rate of anything CTU have seen before.
According to the 24 clock, its been six minutes between calls that Kim made to her Dad, asking him exactly the same thing. Impatient, much? Didn’t Day 2 teach her anything?
Another six minutes later and Kim finally sits down with Jack and confesses that she and Chase are dating.
The NHS have found that the virus travels in a crystallised form. Which means they should be looking for people dealing drugs. It’s all coming together…
The drugs deal will be going down at 7:30pm. We have about five hours before that takes place.
Jack is out of his suit and into the street clothes, as he heads to the last known location of their John Doe.
Jack hasn’t had to hold his gun in a threatening manner yet.
Salazar seems to have had a hand in the death of Luis’ wife and children. He brings it up – and it brings him a beating.
Hector is such a slimeball. You can tell just from his moustache
The gun is out. The cold-blooded kills have started.
Jack is back.
A little interrogation later and Jack and Chase know that Kyle has a bag of coke and that it’s not worth the 10 grand they’re paying him to be a mule.
Wayne has a playbook for the Presidential debate tonight: it contains sensitive information about David’s doctor and lover Anne. Information that could bring them all down.
13:18 End Of The Episode 2 (Day 3)
What We’ve Learned:
– Hector has a man inside CTU.
– Could there be a mole in the President’s cabinet… again?
– 24 really likes moles.
– Don’t date a Bauer.
Season 1, Episode 3
13:19 The following takes place between 3pm and 4pm
Jack comes close to shooting up for the second time in as many episodes. Everyone is noticing he’s not himself.
Kyle is in trouble, his father is upset. The drugs have been found! How long will Kyle be grounded for?
More reasons drugs are bad: You will get into a fight with your parents about it, they will spill your drugs and unwittingly release the Cordilla virus.
There are liars everywhere. Even the prison guards can’t be trusted.
If you can’t trust a prison guard, that’s when you know things are bad.
Salazar appears to have a thing for threatening people’s children. The guard’s son will be returned to him now he’s helped Salazar escape.
Hazmat Jack has raided the Singer’s house but the virus is airborne and now in the sewer system. Hold your breath everyone!
Jack has been told of Luis’ murder and has to vomit. But first he needs to get showered out of his suit. Messy.
The powder is safe. Kyle Singer isn’t. Jack has deduced that he’s carrying the virus and it won’t be long before the incubation period is over.
“The only other option is for us to stop seeing each other,” Kim tells Chase, “which, as far as I’m concerned, is not an option.”
13:58 End Of The Episode 3 (Day 3)
What We’ve Learned:
– Politics happens in dark places.
– Chase and Kim are by far the worst couple.
– Kyle is the walking dead.
Season 3, Episode 4
13:59 The following takes place between 4pm and 5pm
Tony has been shot in the neck! Kyle Singer is NOT in custody.
Kim is secretly happy it was Tony that’s been shot and not her poppa.
Kim’s probably in on it. That’s the only option. Which as far as we’re concerned is not an option.
Tony is going to need surgery – he doesn’t have much luck staying healthy. Michelle is distraught but has to keep it together at CTU.
Linda learns Kyle has a disease and instantly regrets spending time in his bedroom.
Drugs are bad, remember.
Jack has a plan with the President that will see him working alone. Rogue.
“It’s fine Chloe, I said it’s fine,” says Michelle, with not a “dammit” in sight.
She clearly didn’t get the memo.
Gael has made a rookie error by being spotted with a personal cell phone inside CTU. Although he’s only been spotted by Chloe, so he’ll be OK.
Not just a drug lord, Hector is now teaching Claudia’s young son how to shoot. The vase is his first victim.
Gael wants Michelle to let him run CTU. Is there nobody else above him?
Chase wants to spend some time alone with Salazar. He has wrapped his knuckles in a towel and the cameras have been shut off.
Time for some Bauer-like interrogation. Jack’s a great role model.
On Day 2, everyone doubted David Palmer when they should have trusted him. Now his own brother is doing the same thing. Talk about brotherly love.
Just like that, Bauer walks Salazar out of jail. Almost.
14:40 End Of Episode 4 (Day 3)
What We’ve Learned:
– There’s definitely a mole inside CTU – who’d have thought? *cough* Gael *cough*
Season 3, Episode 5
14:41 The following takes place between 5pm and 6pm
The debate is about to take place.
Every time Kim speaks, she speaks in a hopeless, breathy voice. It’s rather useless.
Michelle is sitting literally one desk over from Kim and she has to call Adam to back him off of Kim. It’s highly likely that Kim and Adam will end up together.
Linda has just saved Kyle, as he tried to do the noble thing and kill himself along with the virus. Well done, Kyle. Not so well done, Linda.
Did we mention drugs are bad?
Jack and Salazar are being held hostage by other inmates – do they not recognise Salazar’s face?!
Jack is a believer in Russian Roulette. This can only end well.
Gael gets lucky again, as Kim walks in on him messing with the router. Anyone with an ounce of suspicion would be all over this by now.
Russian Roulette Round Two. Salazar v Bauer.
Chloe has found a needle and vial in Jack’s office. If ever you wanted someone to break the news to you that your father is a junkie, Chloe has the bedside manner down.
15:20 End Of Episode 5 (Day 3)
What We’ve Learned:
– Jack will do anything to get out of a pickle.
– Presidential debates go on for over an hour but they don’t say anything of any importance.
– Kim will only ever love one man, her father.
Season 3, Episode 6
15:23 The following takes place between 6pm and 7pm
Jack and Salazar are on their way to Mexico.Ryan Chappelle has reached CTU and is taking over. How long before he changes direction and focuses on something other than the virus and Salazar?
In his first decree as acting head of CTU, Chappelle calls both Bauer and Salazar expendable.
Wayne Palmer loves the power his job gives him. Sometimes it’s good to be the President’s brother.
“Jack Bauer volunteered, Jack Bauer knew the risks. Jack Bauer got on that helicopter.”
Jack Bauer, Jack Bauer, Jack Bauer! It’s all about Jack, isn’t it?
“Chloe, there’s no time damnit!” someone shouts.
They’re really good at finding different ways to say the same two words.
Kyle doesn’t want to die. Odd comments from a kid who just tried to hang himself.
Tony has completed surgery and should be back running CTU in an hour – with no loss of his holiday leave allowance.
Kyle has been given the all clear. Cue family reunion.
So where is this virus?
Salazar was about to double cross Jack, but Hector wants Bauer alive. Why is he giving in to his brother?
16:03 End Of Episode 6 (Day 3)
What We’ve Learned:
– Hector may be the top Salazar.
– Kim has a knack for getting herself in trouble.
– Has the virus been a red herring all along?
Season 3, Episode 7
16:06 The following takes place between 7pm and 8pm
On a typical flight to Mexico from LA, travel time is expected at around four hours. That’s four episodes. We don’t expect Jack to be on a plane that long.
Ramon really wants to kill Jack, despite Jack being the one who orchestrated Salazar’s escape.
Gael’s plot is slowly unraveling, as Michelle sets the door key code to the most ultra-secure CTU code: “1234”.
The escape plan is scuppered! Gael surrenders to the mighty Michelle.
Michelle, meanwhile, just wants to be with Tony.
Have we mentioned in the three year break between seasons that Michelle and Tony were married?
With Salazar convinced not to kill Jack, there’s a standoff on the plane to Mexico, but firing a gun in a pressurised cabin would be a terrible idea.
Chase, meanwhile, is chartering a plane of his own to Mexico, as Tony has to get back to CTU. Oddly, after hearing of Gael’s treachery, Tony really wants Michelle to trust him.
Salazar’s flight has landed. 35 minutes later. That was awfully quick.
Tony, on the other hand, is acting incredibly strangely, wanting to talk to Gael alone – urgently.
16:44 End Of Episode 7 (Day 3)
What We’ve Learned:
– Jack, Tony and Gael are all on the same page!
– Ramon probably won’t like his brother for accepting Bauer into the fold.
– Flights to Mexico are as short as recovery times from bullets to the neck.
Season 3, Episode 8
16:45 The following takes place between 8pm and 9pm
Why are there so many secrets in the CTU? Why wouldn’t Chappelle be in on the Bauer secret?
Exposition time again!
Bauer explains to Palmer via a pre-recorded video message just what he’s up to, while Hector tries to tell Ramon what he and Jack have achieved together.
Claudia’s hatred for Jack is revealed: he promised her he would get her out of the trouble in Mexico and hasn’t yet made good on that promise
Oh, they used to sleep together.
Doctor Anne has gone to see her former husband, the one who was going to be paid off by the President. He called her to visit urgently and now wants her gone.
Now this is going to look fishy, as Ted blasts himself in the head right in front of his former wife, who is now in a relationship with the President, who was just blackmailed by Ted.
Someone will put two and two together and make five. We’ll be honest: we’re struggling.
Ramon has agreed to allow Hector and Jack to go through with their plan, but as soon as the money arrives, Ramon is going to pull the trigger.
Chase has arrived in Mexico and meets with Tony’s agent.
Hope you didn’t like the agent – he’s dead.
Chase is being… chased.
Anne is back with David and she hits him with the news that she wants to end things. She’s not just his girl, she’s his doctor. Although no mention of his condition has been made in several hours.
The deal was about to go down when Chase is dragged through the front door. He’s put everything at risk.
Time for Jack to prove his loyalties: kill Chase. His daughter’s boyfriend.
17:25 End Of Episode 8 (Day 3)
What We’ve Learned:
– Jack is willing to do anything to remain undercover.
– There is no room for love when you’re the President. There is no room for doctors either.
– Tony has kept a big secret from Michelle for over a month. If he has lied to her about this, what else has he kept to himself?
Season 3, Episode 9
17:49 The following takes place between 9pm and 10pm
Day 3, episode 9.
“America is safe. The American people are safe,” says Palmer.
Mr. President, this press conference has questions about the validity of that statement.
I don’t know, Tony. Why DON’T we use an amplification module to locate the transponder using a frequency scan signature?
That seems like the obvious solution for this whole problem.
The first instance of a split-screen to demonstrate phone calls. A nifty time saving device.
Jack breaks out his greatest weapon – exposition – as Claudia lays her sleeping brother to rest under what is actually a really nice coat.
James Badge Dale (Chase) tests his anti-torture stare on his torturers.
His anti-shovel-beating stare is less successful.
Claudia does a sneaky tricky thing on Hector. He doesn’t notice. We barely do either – admiring Vincent Laresca’s moustache is all that truly matters right now.
Countdown clock. It’s 21:12pm in Bauer world.
Not that he’d know with his dodgy transponder timepiece.
Albert Hall arrives, wheelchair bound, and with a voice so wise that Palmer will have to really struggle not to do what he says.
The virus has another buyer interested. Auction ahoy! World domination going once, going twice…
Oh my good lord of Christmas past. It’s Nina. She seems…irritable.
Albert Hall’s head is extremely polished and his house coat might be EVEN BETTER than the previously aforementioned coat.
“I gave your brother my company and he took my wife.”
“He’s my chief of staff and my closest friend. I trust him.”
We’ve all had days at the office like this, right guys?
Claudia explains the current state of affairs to James Badge Dale who pauses his Wentworth Miller impression for a moment to grimace in just over 16 different ways.
“You’ve got mail!”
RE: Terrorist strategy meeting.
How much will we pay for the virus?
Jack claims Nina’s murder of his wife will not affect his judgement in an armed-to-the-teeth bidding war. Previously his ability to not kill people he really wants to kill has been somewhat sub-par. So let’s see how the main event goes.
Claudia’s father does a little self-sacrificing. In a huge cowboy hat. The only way to self-sacrifice this weekend, we hear.
Palmer & Palmer discuss business deals and who’s slept with who. Surely, Obama doesn’t have to deal with this nonsense.
The lady that brutally murdered your wife has beaten you in an illegal bidding war for a detrimental virus that you’re only buying because you’re an slightly twitchy, lunatic, undercover anti-terrorism agent. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200.
Things are tense. The Salazar’s want to kill Jack. He pleads for his life while quietly implying he can kill Nina.
CTU teach multi-tasking at a really top-notch level.
18:33 End of episode 9, 9pm – 10pm.
What we’ve learnt:
– David Palmer’s alliances change as often as the clock does.
– Jack is struggling to manage a situation now that the killer of his wife is involved.
– 24 values their coat budget on a really quite respectably level.
– Elisha Cuthbert cannot be trusted with more than four lines.
Season 3, Episode 10
18:35 The following takes place between 10:00pm – 11:00pm
“The man has more lives than a cat.”
CTU have brought back Zachary Quinto’s eyebrows to combat their current problems and Kim Bauer’s mistakes.
If people in cars spent as much time on the phone as these characters do, everyone would be in prison. And then Jack’d break them out for an evil biochemical bidding war.
Elisha Cuthbert manages her first 11 words of the episode without a hitch. WE’RE BACK ON TRACK GUYS.
The Salazar motorcade descends on a creepy cabin in the woods when Sergio (Claudia’s coat-donning brother) turns up and spoils the escape plan with a shirt almost as good as the coat. What a truly suave young man.
If Hector doesn’t brutally unload on his entire family, he could grow up to be a real lady-killer. (No pun intended.)
Tony is back on the jargon. We’re running a passive triangulation now, apparently.
Sounds like it hurts.
Tony and Michelle have a little tiff before we cut to another little tiff: Chase being mercilessly beaten and interrogated before being non-fatally shot.
Wayne Palmer volunteers to throw himself onto his sword in order to ensure his brother remains President. Both actors do well with the expositional dialogue. We began to ask moral questions of the two before we cut back to CTU where there’s a more annoying family emergency.
Claudia distracts Emilio the henchman with a cigarette and hits him with a gun. It’s cliched but brilliantly shot with all the heavy shadows and the lighters in the distance. A rather soothing attack, as they go.
Wayne meets with his ex-lover to solve the problems caused by what happens when one meets up with one’s ex-lover. They kiss. This doesn’t appear to be a solution but they’re both attractive, so no-one’s really applying too much logic.
Chase is freed by Claudia and proceeds to stop his bleeding by continuing the torture techniques on himself.
This is what 24 is famous for. Necessary torture… in real time!
The entire Salazar cartel fire at the escaping Claudia and Chase. Chase survives and soberly looks on as he realises Claudia has been killed.
On a lighter note, there’s a baby in the CTU offices. Awwwww.
Chloe’s babysitter has let her down and Ryan is less than impressed. The baby, on the other hand, does seem kind of impressed.
It’s 22:45pm and Jack is sent to set up a meeting with Nina’s crew. Naturally, he massacres the crew and now has Nina in his sights.
Jack demonstrates a moment of resolve and pays for it. Fans everywhere cry out for revenge!
Chase has been given the full John McClane make-up treatment. Blood, sweat and scratches everywhere, and then some more blood for good measure.
Jack offers to buy Nina from her buyer for his buyer. Or something. It’s pretty complicated.
Jack tells Nina that he’d give his share of his payment to Kim. At which point she’d buy a World’s Greatest Dad mug no doubt.
Nina kills grimacing henchman number 340504 and decides that the Salazar’s money is a better deal. Sarah Clarke’s return to the role demonstrates a practised comfort in the turncoat: it’s clear that her joining with Jack is more to test him than for the extra payday.
Another classic four-way split screen follows David’s recruiting of his ex-wife to help ‘play dirty’ against his financial backer.
24 is as big on revenge as it is on family reunions.
Jack and Nina kiss.
19:18 End of episode 10.
What we’ve learned:
– The writers love testing Jack Bauer’s limits, emotionally, mentally, physically. Grammatically.
– Sarah Clarke is good at being bad.
– Family is as important as killing people who kill your family.
– David is willing to go to any lengths to keep his brother around.
Season 3, Episode 11
19:22 The following takes place between 11:00pm – 12:00am
The next hour could be even more tense, with Jack juggling terrorists and vendettas in order to keep his sanity.
DELTA TEAM are coming to collect Chase, the coat-wearing prodigal brother and smoking cowboy of a father.
The Palmer Bros namedrop Jack along with the phrase ‘international crisis.’
We told you it’d be tense.
Kim finds out about Nina’s involvement. Cue classic Tony pep-talk.
Nina knows Jack is lying, her closeness results in Jack’s escape.
He does not kill her.
This convinces her that he’s with her. OR SO WE THINK.
Claudia’s death and Chase’s escape prompt the Salazar brothers to discuss Jack’s loyalty. They compromise. Terrorists who can reason and compromise. We are in trouble.
David and Sherry Palmer have an intimate chat about their situations and lessons learned. Solidly written and well performed, it’s one of those rare 24 moments that requires no leaps of faith or suspenses of disbelief.
Then David asks her to ‘be a shark’ again.
After some mysterious back and forth, Sherry says she can help David bring down Alan, but they’ll be enemies forever. ‘Under pressure’ would play here in the musical version of 24.
THE VIRUS has finally shown up. It’s luminous green, of course, and in a thick metal phial. Scary stuff.
Wayne Palmer is now veto-ing the use of this mutually assured destruction that Sherry has offered.
Chloe’s baby update: It’s distracting her and is inevitably going to lead to a mistake.
Oh look, the baby has been left with Kim.
Nina arranges the sale of the virus. Englishman broker (WHO MAY BE GERMAN) says she may bring one man for security.
Any guesses as to who’s going with her?
Sherry continues to wreak havoc with Alan (now running scared) but without consulting David. Trouble is a-brewing.
Back in Mexico, Hector is becoming more of a loose cannon as Ramon thinks he’s making the smart play by trusting Jack.
Chase is joining Delta Team as their surveillance man. He’s got a cool balaclava.
20:07 End of episode 10
11:00pm – 12:00am
What we’ve learned:
– The Salazar brothers don’t agree on stuff. Ramon, thinking he’s one step ahead of Jack, kills Hector (who’s trying to save his own life by fleeing).
– Jack is slowly getting back on top.
Season 3, Episode 12
20:08 The following takes place between 12:00am – 01:00am
Ramon has shot Hector’s corpse as a scare tactic.
Sherry is still refusing to discuss her leverage with David, but is now ALSO WEARING A WONDERFUL COAT.
There’s some sort of coat conspiracy here.
It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Live Another Day is about a large scale coat-shopping trip in the hip parts of London.
Maybe then Jack’d really HAVE SOMETHING UP HIS SLEEVE.
Thank you, thank you.
Zachary Quinto reveals that CHLOE’S BABY IS NOT ACTUALLY CHLOE’S BABY.
Our guess is that it is some sort of Counter-Counter-Terrorist-Unit agent.
Hopefully some exposition will explain the situation, because JB just got super JK as Chloe explains that the baby belongs to her boyfriend who stole it from his ex-girlfriend because her new boyfriend abuses the baby.
And the offices of an anti-terror Government initiative is the solution. We all agree wholeheartedly.
Sherry visits Jeff Lebowski’s landlord – between dance rehearsals – and we ascertain that Alan was involved in the death of a young girl. He then demands that President Palmer pardons his son, convicted of murder, before this information can be actioned.
Nina is uncuffed and sent in with a disposable bodyguard to the big meet.
It’s just one mistake after another.
Kim, after accusing Tony of being delusional to Michelle, is now accusing Chloe of being delusional to Tony.
24 is complicated, dude.
In spite of the world-threatening virus terrorism conference taking place over the border, Kim Bauer seems pretty bent outta shape about this baby. She’s a good soul, but a CTU agent she is not.
Jack Kehler AKA Kelly AKA Lebowski’s dancing landlord has done himself a mischief and gotten assassinated, it seems.
Chase, meanwhile, is still in a bush reporting back to Chloe (possibly delusional) and Tony (unbothered by all the possibly delusion colleagues he has).
Where’s Jack? He hasn’t been seen in at least twenty minutes.
Plotting? Napping? Eating? Doodling?
Nina Meyers, professional loose end, now has the virus.
Now, Mr EnglishGerman is confirming the transfer of $240m for the tube of bright green gloop.
Once Nina’s departure is announced by Chase, the comms go down and CTU is left in the dark about what is going down.
The Delta Teams begin moving in – and finally, finally, Jack’s back.
Ramon tries to kill him, resulting in Ramon’s death by sniper rifle. Now, not only is Jack free to chase Nina and the virus, but he’s picked up a gun.
Sherry and Wayne’s ex-lover decide to meet. Manipulation is the name of the game.
Ramon is still out there! Merely winged, Chase is heading after him with a Delta Team, whilst Jack goes after the virus (Nina.)
A Mexican standoff occurs between Jack (wielding his own ruined vocal chords) and Ramon, who has the virus.
Except he doesn’t! It’s been switched!
English/German man is on the run and is the actual bad guy!
We wonder how much of this will be relevant by the time we reach Episode 24.
Jack seems impressively focused on saving the world and not killing Nina, suggesting that she be let go for now, as the intended target of the virus.
What a gent.
A Delta Team corner Armadour (the German guy) only for his forces to appear and kill them all.
Wearing a fancy suit and hosting an English accent really is all you need to be the bad guy.
20:48 End of episode 12 (12:00am until 01:00am)
What we’ve learned:
– Post midnight, we see that Jack’s priorities have straightened out.
– Being English is tantamount to being evil.
– Chloe may be delusional about a possibly stolen baby.
– Kim is totally unfocused on the job in hand.
– David and Alan’s power war is only serving to corrupt David’s life and relationships.
Season 3, Episode 13
20:49 The following takes place between 01:00am and 02:00am
Nina has Chase at gunpoint. That is all.
Update: Jack has Nina at gunpoint. Chase takes Jack’s advice and leaves the situation. Nina pleads for her life.
Oh, go on Jack.
Jack makes contact with CTU. “I’ve got Nina Meyers. Alive.”
Chloe does not have a boyfriend and cannot disclose who the baby belongs to.
Hilariously, Ryan refers to the baby as “unauthorised personnel”.
The more any given person watches 24, the more they acclimatise to the stereotypical, borderline awful one-liners.
They start to seem cooler than cool.
When the President says “We lost a Delta Team”, that sounds good. No one knows why. Just is.
James Badge Dale has removed his balaclava. Back in CTU mode.
Albert Hall, in bed and seemingly harmless, ensures his voice does the legwork in making him more sinister than ever.
Chase is removing the bandage on his gunshot wound that occurred less than three hours ago. You want tough? Well here it is.
Amadour is working in tandem with one Marcus Alvers, an old school buddy with whom he is suspected of manufacturing Anthrax. (The bio-weapon, not the metal band.)
Nina has Alvers’ number. Literally.
In order to phone Marcus Alvers, Jack discovers, you need to enter some sort of cheat code.
Simultaneously, CTU tech crashes as though it’s been hacked.
Something fishy is going on here.
Nina lied and shut down CTU as a bargaining chip for her own life.
There is a LOT of IT jargon going on here folks, best engage the subtitles.
Sherry has broken into Alan’s house and stolen his phone. She has been caught. Uh-oh.
Penny Johnson Jerald is owning this portion of 24 as Sherry Palmer.
Subtle, controlled and vicious, it’s difficult to see what drives her which means she’s both interesting and worrying.
Jack appears willing to risk the cover identities of ALL undercover CTU agents just to ensure Nina doesn’t get away.
Thank God. Enough of this mercy drivel.
When Alan begins to… well… stop breathing. Sherry stops his wife from saving him.
All hail Penny Johnson Jerald.
In a Harvey Keitel-esque murder cover-up, Sherry engineers the scene to look like an accident.
Jack is hijacking his own plane to land at the scheduled destination. Of course he is.
21:34 End of episode, 1am – 2am
What we’ve learned:
– Jack fights for the greater good. Mostly.
– Chloe is better than Nina at computer stuff.
– The baby’s name is Angela.
The episode concludes with Chloe admitting to Ryan who the father of the baby is. DUN-DUN-DUH.
The father is Chase.
Season 3, Episode 13
21:35 The following takes place between 02:00am – 03:00am
Fast paced violins.
“Let’s get back to work. And let’s try to ease up on the mistakes for the rest of the night, as there are millions of lives depending on us.”
Short and sweet pep talk there, courtesy of Ryan.
Ryan confronts Jack after finding evidence that he’s been injecting heroin.
To be fair to the guy, his job is more stressful than most.
Still, though, maybe just take up golf?
Jack is back at CTU and repeatedly hugs Kim until it becomes kind of meaningless and we begin to question our internet connection.
Julia makes the executive decision to – when falsely discovering her dead husband – change into a skimpy pink nightdress.
Nina is held in CTU by some kind of Battle Royale-esque neck brace. It feels silly and lazy and AWESOME.
Using a lie detector test on their turncoat agent, CTU discover that Nina has slept with Alvers. As well as every other male character on the show.
“We just want to establish whether this heroin addiction was a necessary part of your cover,” they tell Jack.
Perks of the job, eh?
Now Nina is captured and apparently venomless, Sarah Clarke has less to do. Looking a little dismayed seems to be her reach now. Hopefully she’ll threaten a few more people before she gets what she deserves.
Hold that thought. A pro-torturer has just entered the room with a big suitcase with a big needle in it.
Safe to say, Nina’s probably slept with him.
Jack is forced to confront his ‘suspicious’ heroin use. His ‘non-suspicious’ heroin use is fine, we’re cool with that. But his ‘suspicious’ heroin use needs some serious looking into.
It’s looking a lot like Jack didn’t take heroin to appear to the Mexicans as a non-cop. It’s looking like Jack took heroin for… personal reasons.
Palmer is informed of Alan’s death and begins to put the pieces together. Wayne puts them together faster. Sherry, in all her guilt and monstrosity….takes a nap under her coat. Her fantastic coat.
Sherry Palmer might be the one character in 24 who uses their flaws as strengths. She’s still in love with David: it’s clear from her lack of ability to challenge him or lie to him.
We like her.
Nina, chained to a table and being tortured, attempts suicide. Jack’s gonna have to really work to one-up resourcefulness like that.
Note to world: Force the phrase “In my Bauer of need” into any and all conversations about 24.
During an operation to reverse her suicide attempt, Nina attempts suicide.
Or does she attempt further suicide? More suicide? Can you attempt more suicide?
Anyway, she really doesn’t want to hang around for the interrogation. Maybe she’s worried they’ll find out who else she’s slept with.
In a fit of cheap excellence, Jack storms into Nina’s operating theatre to find her gone and everyone and their mother dead inside. Including an armed security guard.
Kim disarms the dead security guard and decides to live up to her last name.
Kim corners Nina, but it’s Jack who pulls the trigger.
Jack kills Nina. Smoke rises around his angry and satisfying facial expression. Which is pretty much his only facial expression, but here it’s warranted.
22:20 End of episode 14.
What we’ve learned between 2am and 3am:
– The writing ensures that Kim Bauer remains ‘Jack’s daughter’ and not a highly trained counter-terrorism agent. Whether this is for emotional purposes is somewhat irrelevant, it’s annoying to have her along for the ride if she’s not dishing out the Bauer-brand punishment.
– Nina can die.
Season 3, Episode 15
22:20 The following takes place between the hours of 03:00am and 04:00am
Jack is confronted with the threat of his murder of Nina Meyers being caught on camera. Give the guy a break – she was really, really, super, duper mean to him.
Kim realises that Nina’s death does not resurrect her mother in what may be the most cliched piece of dialogue since Jack gave Chase a pep talk about what it means to be an agent.
Right, enough joking, now Marcus Alvers’ cohort (a scientist of some kind, also English and therefore evil) has rocked up also flaunting a fantastic jacket.
24 has some sort of hidden coat agenda. It must do.
The bad guys conduct a very passive-aggressive (i.e. English) chat regarding the danger presented by Jack Bauer.
Zachary Quinto is a better actor than his character allows him to be. Dialogue dribbler and nothing more, he serves only to further the plot. Disappointing.
After saying he’ll do exactly the opposite, Ryan allows Jack to continue active field duty despite being a heroin addicted murderer.
Jack gives his word he can do his job.
It’s fairly widely known that you can’t trust the word of heroin addicted murderers, though. Did we miss a memo?
Julia is scared. You can tell because she’s breathing heavily and repeating “I’m scared” at every opportunity.
Within minutes of Sherry committing the perfect murder, Julia’s awful pokerface leads a particularly mean detective onto the correct path.
After Julia gives up Sherry, the mean-faced detective presses her as to whether President Palmer will back up her story.
She gambles. “Yes.”
Jack is a master of swinging a bullet-proof vest on mid-walk before hopping into a truck with Breaking Bad’s Ted Beneke.
Trying to stop the virus, Jack punches an Englishman in a suit square in the face.
Even the most English fan will cheer that.
Jack and Chase catch up with Amadour. They torture him for the location of the virus but realise he’s scared of someone else. Personally threatening Jack before passing out, he’s left with Chase to continue the knife-based Q&A when he comes to.
Having identified the target and talked to the Plaza Hotel’s head of security (a suspiciously bad actor), CTU have decided to send Michelle to attempt to contain the threat.
23:01 End of episode 15 3am-4am
Alvers is loose within the correctly identified target (Plaza Hotel) with the virus, planning to release it into the ventilation system. The hotel’s security are noticing the odd goings on with an unidentified handyman. A CTU team are also locked in the hotel without any protection or back up.
Folllowing this, the team identify the virus and apprehead Alvers. Tension building music plays, lots of brass and drums. Gael moves to disarm the device and catches a point blank spray of the virus. Not good.
What we’ve learned:
– Jack is suspected of being a murderer and a heroin addict, within about 16 minutes of each other.
– Jack and Chase are good pals.
– Gael is probably going to die a very horrible death, very soon.
Season 3, Episode 16
23:02 The following takes place between 04:00am and 05:00am
Enough of the virus is out to harm/kill everyone in the hotel, but not a full detonation (only one phial of 12 has been dispersed). Gael’s pretty much done for, but as Michelle just said: “If I’ve been exposed, there’s nothing else I can do.”
Jack has convinced his boss that, in spite of being a heroin addicted murder, he’s fine to continue torturing suspects.
Imagine doing that at your work.
This is wrecklessness of a spectacular level.
Jack and Chase are forced to regroup after finding out about the detonation, leaving Amadour alone. Risky, we say.
Amadour has escaped.
Jack knew he would. They’re following him to meet his mystery bad guy friend.
As Michelle fights to find the other virus components and tracks the spread of the infection, Tony is at the office hoping that she has a chance.
Amadour goes to meet his boss and attempts to lose his tail in the process.
Gael gets a nosebleed. A bad one. poor Gael.
Michelle confronts Alvers and makes a deal. He’ll give her everything, provided she kills him before the virus does. For such a set of currently bland characters, this is a sobering idea; showing Alvers to be human and also ensuring the virus stays very, very scary.
The hotel guests become restless and demand the truth.
What they get is the opposite. They’re told they’re safe if they stay inside.
A slow-witted engineer who has located a firearm demands the actual truth and gets it. He seems disappointed.
The President sticks up for his ex-wife!
It’s like Romeo & Juliet but with terrorists. And too many nosebleeds.
Jack ends up on the phone with our mysterious bad guy. It’s beginning to feel personal. Mystery Bad Guy wants to talk to THE PRESIDENT.
Duh, of course he does.
23:47 End of episode 16, 4am – 5am
What we’ve learned:
– Nameless Bad Guy is pretty mysterious and has planned this well.
– Michelle will kill if necessary.
– Biochemical warfare is really not pretty.
Season 3, Episode 17
23:48 The following takes place between the hours of 05:00am – 06:00am
Episode 17, in which a nameless English seizes control of America using strategy and biochemical weapons. Cheery. But at least his teabags aren’t left in his cup as he drinks it, you savages.
Michelle fires a gun in the air and is fantastically in control.
Within 11 minutes we’ve got a positive ID of Nameless The Baddie.
Credit where it’s due: it’s tough to get to the front of the Post Office queue in that time.
America begins to go into full bio-chem attack mode.
The bad guy’s name is Stephen Saunders. He appears to be some type of intelligence agent and was involved in a mission in Kosovo where everyone assumed he’d died.
Another resurrection? 24 is really cranking them out. It’s like Easter on a loop.
Saunders has delivered to Palmer an untraceable mobile phone.
The President is told to use a code-phrase: “The sky is falling.” Inevitably leading to Stephen Saunders making jokes about the British weather.
Saunders is MI6! He was thought dead and abandoned by Jack in Bosnia personally.
These black-ops really do come back to haunt you, don’t they?
Jack and Chase just accosted a half naked woman.
GO COUNTER TERRORISM TEAM.
Michelle is coming to terms with her own inevitable death. A damn sight more gracefully than we could expect of most. Gael is just COVERED in blood.
Michelle is now dishing out theological advice regarding suicide. Bit rich.
Just when we’ve started discussing how to hand over Saunder’s ex-coworkers to MI6 to interrogate, a helicopter with a very big machine gun joins the party.
Gael dies, followed by a shootout, without anything feeling rushed.
Well, no more rushed than 24 normally is.
Because, frankly, they’re in a rush.
Some things explode.
Michelle and Tony discuss using CTU’s supply of suicide pills on the general public. It’s getting kinda dark over here, guys.
00:31 We’ve got the MI6 folder on Stephen Saunders and remember, kids, knowledge is power.
No. Wait. “Knowledge is Bauer.”
CTU are happy to dish out the capsules, just as Saunders realises how close they’re getting to him. He orders Palmer to have Ryan killed.
00:37 End of episode 17, 5am-6am
What we’ve learned:
– A lot about Saunders.
– Michelle is going to die.
– Tony is upset by this, but quickly grasps the reality that he must continue fighting Saunders.
Season 3, Episode 18
00:38 The following takes place between 06:00am – 07:00am
Michelle and Tony are discussing the problems they have. It’s very likely she’s going to be dead soon.
Tony holds his own during the emotional scenes, the writing not doing much of the work to make sure he comes across as both human and tough.
Jack informs Ryan of the fact he’s been tasked with killing him by 7am.
Killing your boss after they accuse you of heroin misuse is always tricky.
The theme for day 3 does seem to be self-sacrifice and impending doom.
Michelle literally just denied a dying man his last chance to call his wife because of orders.
Yet admiration is the feeling that arises. It’s good to see characters doing their jobs. We’ve enough rogue agents in this show, follow the rules and ruin more lives that way!
In order to balance out her cold orders, Michelle offers up the pills to the masses. Sobering and clinical, she’s a fine agent. And now she’s got to track down a rogue civilian who may have escaped quarantine.
“Your tone of voice is not exactly a morale booster.”
Chloe dealing out massive understatements. Damnit.
Jack tells Ryan they’re tracking Saunders, but also that they’ll have to go to the train yard, where Saunders wants Ryan to die, just in case.
James Badge Dale.
Daniel Dae Kim.
This is exactly what 7am should feel like.
Jack’s only move is to kill Chappelle. Saunders just said as much. Can he? Will he?
Several people at the hotel opt for the suicide capsules rather than the slow deaths. Cold and logical, but still strange to watch people volunteering to die.
The chap who escaped quarantine isn’t feeling so grand.
And while Chappelle sweats, Jack is clearly racking his brains for an angle.
He offers Chappelle a final phone call.
This is the tough, gritty, hard-to-watch Jack Bauer we’ve heard all about.
It’s all about the greater good, but few shows have done it this well. Truly uncomfortable viewing.
“I’m sorry we let you down, Ryan. God forgive me.”
01:24 End of Episode 18, 6am – 7am
What we’ve learned:
– 24 is not perfect, but episode conclusions like that cannot be argued with.
– Saunders is good, very good. And ruthless.
Season 3, Episode 19
01:26 The following takes place between 07:00am and 08:00am
Palmer and his brother vocalise what every viewer now realises: Saunders has to be stopped. He’s too dangerous.
Chappelle, from the grave, uncovers that Saunders has a daughter. Jack convinces Tony to send in one of their agents undercover so as to find out what she knows about Saunders.
When Jack suggested an undercover agent, we’re not sure that sending in his daughter is exactly what he had in mind.
Kim is up for some undercover work! Hurrah! Will she actually perform like an agent, or will she still need Jack at every turn?
Quarantine Guy is wandering the city trying to stop his nosebleed, bumping into people as he goes. This cannot end well.
“Open your files to CTU: Los Angeles. Give them everything they need.”
President Palmer is forced to admit he ordered the execution of Chapelle, with his peers giving the same reactions that much of the viewing public have.
Chase is not happy about Kim accepting the assignment.
Mr. Quarantine is found at a hospital and isolated.
Saunders has demanded a list of CTU undercover operatives. Palmer remains defiant. The more Saunders gets personally annoyed, the further he gets from the mastermind he first appeared to be.
02:07 End of Episode 19, 7am – 8am
What we’ve learned:
– Trying to stop a contact-transferrable virus is basically impossible.
– Kim Bauer can be a field agent.
Season 3, Episode 20
02:08 The following takes place between the hours of 08:00am – 09:00am
“We’ve switched from prevention to containment” sounds like a cool line by this point. Even from a dullard like Tony.
CTU is estimating that within the hour, Saunders will have worked out they have his daughter.
Going out on a limb, he’s not going to be too happy. He’s gonna be peeved.
A peeved bio-terrorist is not good.
Jack successfully pulls a ‘good cop’ routine on Jane. She caves. Any relief is offset against the next shot of screaming virus victims.
We’re possibly overdue some light relief now.
“I’m asking you as a friend and a fellow citizen…protect me. Here, in Los Angeles. Can you do that?”
“Yes, Sir I can.”
Palmer’s secret service detail rejects their orders to remove The President from the danger area, while he refuses to comply with Saunder’s demand for undercover identities.
“We cannot let this country be taken over by this madman.”
24s writing is improving as the series goes on. They seem to have hit their stride in terms of balance between the stereotyped character roles and the characters themselves. As they become more cliched, they become more believable.
24 may be raising an interesting point about what is right and what is safe.
Everyone is rejecting protocol in order to combat a threat that the protocols were invoked to halt. The plot is now driven by a standoff between good and evil and not by the need to reach this endgame. Or, shockingly, by coats.
Saunders realises that Jack has his daughter and inadvertently gives away his location to CTU.
He still has his chemical weapon card to play, but now he’s armed Jack Bauer.
And if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that you don’t arm Jack Bauer.
In order to give Tony and Michelle more of a chance to inhabit their roles, Michelle turns out not to be infected!
She’s part of the immune 10%. But she will not stop fighting the battle from within the hotel.
With every storm weathered, Jack Bauer shows why he became a phenomenon.
He feels every gunshot, but he just will not stop.
With every brutal threat and every forced kill, Bauer becomes more driven and more deadly.
Saunders kills his partner as the net closes around them.
The daughter’s of our lead good/bad guys have a heart-to-heart. Kim seems to understand a little of Jane’s troubles.
It transpires that Adam’s sister has been infected with the virus. Cue Zachary Quinto doing some real acting…
And there it was. That blank, sickened gaze was what it looks like when Zachary Quinto, our beloved Sylar and Spock, acts instead of stands in the background making jargon-laden phone calls.
Jack and Chase hang out the side of armoured 4x4s approaching Saunders’ location.
Jack has a megaphone.
But Saunders has a plan.
02:58 End of Episode 20, 8am-9am
As Jack and Chase corner Saunders, he reveals that he’s kidnapped Michelle and is threatening to gauge her eyes out with a knife (lovely bloke) and this episode concludes with the world in chaos.
What we’ve learned:
– 24 can manage to positively surprise with it’s grittiness and it’s humanity.
Season 3, Episode 21
03:00 The following takes place between 09:00am – 10:00am
Jane cottons onto the fact that she’s a hostage.
Tony promises that she won’t get hurt.
He then pretends he’s not scared of Jack.
We’re scared of Jack and we’re currently sleep depriving ourselves to analyse him as a fictional construct of entertainment relative to other such constructs.
It’s the voice, we think, it makes you believe what he says. He really will do anything.
Chloe is alerted to the fact that Michelle hasn’t arrived back at CTU yet.
She argues on the phone for no reason, then storms off.
We’ve all got a co-worker like that.
Tony flatters Chloe into covering up his disinformation.
Cut to John Keeler’s camp, discussing Palmer’s current Code Red Terror Alert. Sherry then offers Keeler a high value proposition.
Tony tries to pull the wool over Jack’s eyes regarding his deception. Jack’s a little too suspicious of everything, though.
With LA in turmoil and America about to be poisoned, Sherry Palmer returns to sell out her husband and herself to the opposition. No idea why, but it’s a bold move either way.
She wants a job in the new administration, apparently.
Jack seizes control of CTU after recognising Tony’s mistake. Because more authority is what Bauer really needs. He doesn’t already threaten/shoot everyone in sight.
Jack refocuses the team on finding Sauders, while Tony steps even further off the grid to ensure the safety of Machielle, with Jane as collateral.
03:36 End of episode 21m 9am-10am
What we’ve learned:
– Tony is better at lying to his team than anyone except Jack.
– Tony takes off with Jane to bargain for Michelle’s life.
– No-one minds Jack’s heroin habit any more.
Season 3, Episode 22
03:37 The following takes place between 10:00am – 11:00am
Jack catches up with Tony.
He’s got a gun on him.
“You’re doing the right thing,” says Jack as he runs off to intercept a call from Saunders.
Palmer is still heavily advocating withholding the truth from the general public to avoid mass panic.
Which is fair; people are panicky enough in this show.
Keeler suggests that Palmer should step down after the crisis, knowing what Sherry knows.
Palmer is uncertain, so Keeler pulls a 24 – and threatens him until he gets what he wants.
Jack hatches a plan to retrieve Michelle by strong-arming Saunders, who believes Jack will actually harm Jane, which he very well might.
Tony notices this and foolishly mentions Jack’s deceased wife.
Palmer and Sherry verbally face-off and both seem willing to go the distance. They may be the best matched pairing in the whole series.
Michelle brilliantly feigns contracting the virus in order to escape.
Wayne Palmer once again has the ideas. The President can steal evidence in a murder case. Genius. What problem could that NOT solve?
This is it. The hostage swap.
Everyone’s brought a lot of guns to this hostage swap. A lot of guns indeed.
They go to make the exchange, Michelle returns to Tony, and Saunders is nowhere to be seen. When Jane realises she’s headed into the arms of terrorists, she flees and a shootout occurs.
What started as a delicate hostage situation now has F18 fighter jets attacking helicopters.
That really escalated fast.
Saunders is pinned down by Jack, who demands the phials and arrests Saunders.
04:15 End of episode 22, 10am – 11am
What we’ve learned:
– Gut instinct is pretty much all any of these characters listen to.
– The Palmer family have strayed far from the family path.
Season 3, Episode 23
04:18 The following takes place between 11:00am and 12:00pm
Saunders is still not telling us where these weapons are. What a scoundrel.
Now he’s challenging Bauer to torture him. Very foolish.
David and Sherry agree to a meet to decide on terms. We suspect it’s a trick. Because it is.
Saunders isn’t scared by Jack’s threats of violence. So he levels them at Jane, threatening to send her into the infected Plaza Hotel. A chilling shot full of body bags, with Jack looking ready to fill a few more.
“I’m going to make you watch her die,” says Jack.
Meanwhile, the CTU team manage to locate 10 of the 11 remaining weapons.
Which just leaves one, untrackable vial still out there.
Season 3, Episode 24
05:09 The following takes place between 12:00pm and 13:00pm
Gael’s wife kills Saunders.
Moral problem? Check.
Palmer decides to step down after his term ends – the guilt and politics of his actions still cost him, even though he’s been caught.
05:16 End of Episode 24
At the end of series 3, Bauer has been through hell and back for his family and also for his country. Still driven by the murder of his wife, he’s as tortured and broken a soul as any they encounter on their journey.
Demonstrating that the show can be sharply written, thoughtful and hard-hitting, the conclusion of this series balances with the occasional difficulties some have with its format.
With a finale as cutting and dead serious as the series, 24 – Day 3 certainly goes out with a bang.
Now, where’s the nearest coat shop?