March 16th, 2010
09:42 AM ET

Nine minutes in, five guys down on '24'

24: Day 8, 3 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Welcome back Bauerites... Where should we begin? I've got an idea. Let's start nine minutes into this latest episode of "24." As I recall, the nine minute mark is about the time five officers had already been taken down, and I said to myself, "Oh, it is SO ON tonight!"

For those keeping score, five officers down should be somewhere in the neighborhood of this entire season's tally of good guys getting offed. For time's sake, I'll be happy to confirm that stat in a future blog. Stay tuned.

Anyway, readers know I won't hesitate to wax poetic about speaking aloud to myself while watching (don't judge) and normally, that's a sign. If I'm talking to the TV, its either one of two things: either I'm hungry for something good to happen because there's some "dumb time" being taken in the show OR I'm being served a heaping helping of tense, action-packed Bauer-style drama.

Well, in this latest episode, I got a HUGE plate piled high, buffet-style. The more action I wanted, the more the show gave me, serving after serving. By the time the bill came, (read: credits rolled) I was both stuffed and exhausted. The verdict? Satisfied.

I thought this was easily the best episode of the season. As the plot twisted, bobbed and weaved its way through the hour, I was on the edge of my comfy "24 watching" seat the entire time. Even with the obvious deficiency of the "ghost of the dumb subplot past" (aka the Kevin/Dana saga), it was still a strong show.

While I won't deduct points from the show's score for the appearance of Kevin's probation officer, I won't ignore the fact that this character is an annoyance at CTU. He's also an annoyance on my TV screen. Get rid of him.

With my newfound "R.E.S.P.E.C.T" for Hastings firmly in place (sing along if you like), I was gripped for the entire show. I loved Chloe's elevation up the CTU food chain, and her subsequent order-barking just as much as I loved Jack's quick reads of how things were shaking out.

Sidebar: It's gotta be frustrating if you're a terrorist with your clear, well-developed terrorist plan, and you can't even get to steps 3 or 4 of the plan, because Jack's figured out the clear, well-developed plan as you stay stuck on step one. Sorry guys, that's just the way it is.

The show's pace went from fast to furious to frenetic a few times by my count. The kidnapping was clever, the discovery of "file 33" was a nice touch, but the delivery of the EMP to CTU via Hassan's daughter at the end was a stroke of genius. Put a check mark in the "awesome" box for the bad guys.

All in all, the streak continues. Its pretty much customary in recent weeks for us to take those patented "gasps" of air when the clock shows on screen, signaling a commercial break. We decompress, regain our wits, and strap back in for the rest of the show. That's what I felt. That's exactly what I felt, and that familiar itch I get as the previews are shown is back! I can't wait for the next episode. With CTU's defenses down, we're all set for another thrilling show again next week. Keep watching!

Loved, kinda liked or hated this week's show? Let us know.

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  4. Jeff in Parma

    Buzzer, are you a representative from the ACLU?

    Give me a break and go hug your tree.

    If Jack has to torture one hundred bad guys to save the live of one innocent person, then thats what he will do, and God bless him!

    The world needs many more Jack Bauers!

    March 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 24FAN4life

    I agree 200% with u Dereyck. This show was hot!!

    Jack totally ROCKS...the Dana subplot kicks rocks.

    Can't wait to watch the show and read your blog!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom E

    I agree about the increased action and story line. Love it.

    Now, as many have indicated PLEASE kill off Dana and the ridiculous sub plot. She needs to be nuked with a dirty bomb.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Katarch

    Am I the only one who feels the show has jumped the shark? I cannot watch another episode. This season is poorly scripted, marginally acted/over acted, and the storyline threads are retreads. I have better things to do with my time this season.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. brett

    jack is one of the best characters created for television, i love the season when while interrogating a man jack shot his wife in the leg and then yelled at the man for making him do it. jack is awesome.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    Should get more interesting as this is going to be the "swan song" for 24 for network TV.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. buzzer

    The show is really good, however I strongly dislike the underlying message which is: should Bauer ignore the rights of a few people in order to perhaps save the lives of millions? Or should he play by the rules and risk the lives of many?

    As the public identifies with Bauer, it is this message it must deal with and the temptation to ignore the rule of law is too strong.

    So I came to see 24 as an open invitation to trample on inaliable rights, which is a proposition that I find repugnant.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Helen

    no bullet-proof vests on the good guys? unbelievable! so many cops falling by the wayside....

    March 17, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. regina c moriconi

    I'm sorry to say that I stopped watching 24 a few weeks ago, I just could not stand Rene's "deer caught in the headlight" expression anymore and the Dana/Kevin thing was so annoying. I've been an avid fan of 24 and I am in love with Jack. Last season I was irritated by Rene but made it though the Season, hoping against hope that I would not see her this Season. I do miss Jack and will watch the rest of the Season because I can't help myself.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chuck

    Jack Bauer could strangle you with a cordless phone

    March 17, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joel

    Im not interested in this show, I tryed it but I just dont see who he can travel from one point to another say 60 miles in a commercial break if this is happening within 24 hours and its an hour per episode. Sorry doesnt make sence unless hes the guy off the movie Jumper. =P

    March 17, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. cherie

    Love the show, love Jack, but would someone please tell him it's pronounced nuk-LEE-er, not nuk-U-ler?

    March 17, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  16. Lu

    when is dana leaving. an irritating character and storyline.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  17. Martini007

    i NEED TO start seeing this show.. i never saw it.. people keep telling me im missing out.. dammit!!! LOL

    This weekend 24 Marathon!!! so i can catch up as fast as possible.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  18. Jose G

    Love this season... but the Dana thing is killing me, thinking about watching it in my DVR so I can fast forward that part.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  19. jj

    I agree with the armor part. And it's time for Dana to be mauled by a cougar! Or a bad paper cut – we just need her to take a sick day! It's inconceivable how this story line developed, like it's a pleasurable experience for the writers to come up with a super annoying character! They seem to do it every year. They have to be doing it on purpose!

    March 17, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  20. cheekbrown

    24 has had some amazing seasons, but this one is off the chain. It's must-see TV. I would like to see more of New York City, though, since that's where all the action is taking place.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  21. Mike

    You know the EMP has erased all the proof of Dana assisting Kevin in the robbery. She is home free....except for the bodies.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  22. David

    The Dana subplot is a real low for the series. Just as Katee Sackoff's strong woman character was cool in Battlestar Galactica, her weak, needy character on 24 is just plain annoying. I always DVR 24 and have found that i just fast forward through the Dana subplot.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  23. Ryan

    Great episode, but the down time/filler time seemed a bit rushed and lame. The probation officer guy IS annoying and I don't get why Dana doesn't tell him to come back in the morning – he's a probation officer, she works at the CTU...I think she outranks him. Finally, the promo for next week's ep might have been as good as the show: CTU only has one weapon left...Jack. Priceless...

    March 17, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  24. Tony

    Great comeback for the show. Great new villians, head of CTU and plot. Ok, have Cole get rid of the 'fake' Brooklyn accent and get rid of Dana. There's only two directions that subplot can go. Either it continues to be like the mole on Cindy Crawford's face or the PO isn't really a PO. Either way bad subplot. Also, how easy is it to get into CTU? What's next a pizza delivery during a national security situation?

    March 17, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  25. JayKo

    Dana plot is completely useless... Actually brain-numbing if you ask me. I find myself fast-forwarding through anything that concerns her little "issue."
    The EMP blast at CTU – CTU's been attacked and shut down before, and it's almost straight out of a Tom Clancy's Op-Center novel, which is pretty sweet.
    Love the terrorists this time... Nice to see that the leader actually knows what he's doing and assumes all the worst. A very worthy foe of Jack Bauer. Of course, in "24" fashion, I'm expecting him to be offed by someone else higher up running the operation, and it'll be like Hassan's wife or something. Maybe even ex-Pres Logan.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  26. Vince

    I am a dedicated fan of 24 from season #1. last nights episode was excellent with a some minor flaws. I agree with larry, How is the Swat team getting blown away with handguns while wearing high level protective vest. And why doesnt Jack utilize the CTU swat team to clear buildings/rooms first, jack goes in first with his no -level protective carrier shell of a vest. The delivery of the emp was a good twist, but think the writers stole this idea from the movie Arlington Rd. Dana needs to go with her subplot but she will be off the hook with the emp device wiping everything out, bring back RENEE!!! and you should not be able to drive right up to the front door of CTU without having some barriers/delays to manuver around, but nevertheless great show

    March 17, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  27. charay

    I started watching last season. I love this show. My heart is pounding so hard throughout the how show. I can't wait from one week to the next.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  28. Gomski

    I'm guessing because of the EMP attack in CTU the file that the parole officer was asking of Dana will be erased and Dana will be off the hook. Just a side note.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  29. Jimmy

    This week's episode was a master stroke to a season that has been very tasty (to keep inline with the food analogy of the blog).
    However, reports are this "Day" is the dessert to a truly appetizing show.
    The bill of fare is fast approaching and a tip must be left – 24 should go down as one of the best series to appear on TV in recent years.
    It will be missed.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  30. Tim, Minneapolis MN

    I love Jack's gun (the H&K USP 45)... so much I went out and bought one! That outta make you liberals happy!

    March 17, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  31. Dwarfer

    Loved this's what makes us want more 24. Have to agree with all the comments about the Dana subplot and the stupid "parole officer" guy. Very unbelievable. I didn't expect the EMP which was a great touch, but no way would she have been able to just drive in there. I had to laugh at the preview for next week because we want Jack to save the day! Even if they don't renew the show, I hope they are smart enough not to kill off Jack. The movie sales wouldn't be very good and they may want to bring it back another time.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  32. Kenneth B. Moore

    Darn it! The stupid cable went out just after the meeting between the probation officer and Dana! I missed the entire rest of the episode! I need a fix! Anybody know how or where I can watch this episode?Somebody, anybody, everybody, please, help a brother out!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  33. Jeff

    Send Kevin and Dana to counseling, off camera, off the production set and don't bring them back! Make us happy!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  34. Pete

    This was a great episode. Much of the story this year has been dragging due in great part to the Dana/Kevin subplot. With all the negative commentary here and previous blogs why in the world Fox would continue to keep it as part of the show is beyond me. Without that garbage there would be time for additional real meaningful plot development. That part of the show is no value add whatsoever.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  35. Chaz

    Oh yeah! As a loyal Bauerite I couldn't agree more with the review of this weeks episode. At the end....exhausted and eager for more! Keep 'em coming like this.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  36. Neil

    Uhhhh....where the heck is "Rack Bauer"?? She wasn't in the last episode. You can just tell that they will fall in love at the end!

    March 17, 2010 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  37. xy

    I love 24 and it's the best action TV series I have even seen. One episoda a week is just torturing. Getting DVDs and watch a full season is much better. Anyhow, totally agree with what many of you said, Dana is anoying in Season 8. Not only is her relationship with her ex, but also the acctress is not good at acting. She is so tight and it has become more and more unbearable to watch her. I guess the writer and dirctor intended to create some new drama from two new comers, Cole and Dana, the keep the show interesting in this season but It has not been working. Really wish Dana could go away soon and the writer may create another femal character to match with Cole.
    In addition, hate to watch the parole office heading to CTU to meet with Dana during middle of night. It's just so unreal and terriblly plotted. It does not fit the overall story at all.

    Finally, wish to see more going on between Jack and Renee. They have had chemistry since Season 7. I think the best love interest of Jack so far has been Audrey, followed by Renee.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  38. murli

    24 is a great show. This season is the best. I hope it does not end this year (or any year).

    March 17, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  39. Lori

    Yes, it was thrilling. They almost tanked the series as it started to morph into the Renee show , but somebody intervened on behalf of the audience, repositioned Sutherland from co-star of his own series back to star, and rectified the creative missteps quite nicely.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  40. Larry

    Enjoying it as always, but how did the bad guys kill the NYC cops when they were wearing armor? No excuse for that.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  41. Naomi223

    I've been disappointed this season because the non-stop violence never took a breather. But this show was great & I could not take my eyes off the TV. However, get rid of Dana & her stupid story line. Totally unnecessary & most distracting. Her character is very annoying.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  42. phil

    I've been a die-hard 24 fan for 7 years – hated the last episode. An out-of-state parole office left free to roam the halls of CTU during a nuclear crisis? Come on!! Her being able to take 'my time" breaks constantly (even after being warned) again during a real time crisis? COME ON!!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  43. Anthony

    plain and simple...JACK's the MAN

    March 17, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  44. jackaroo

    Give me a break. The delivery of the EMP to CTU via Hassan's daughter at the end was a stroke of genius?? How could you be able to drive a car, unchecked, up to the front door of CTU? There is no check point for cars before you enter "the tunnel?" Give me a break! I've rolled my eyes many times in the past seasons at the liberties the writers take, but more so in this season. This is getting tired. I also can't get past president Hassan, the guy from Slumdog Millionaire. Talk about big hair, Jesus!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  45. JPF

    I love 24 and that was one of the best episodes this season. I did not see that coming.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Adrian

    I think the parole officer needs to have his office space relocated to the basement and he needs to have his stapler taken away... Like tha actor, and think he's doing hte character well, but REALLY tired of the subplot and Dana's dopey reactions when she knows she's busted...

    March 16, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Sean

    We are not watching the same show. This show has gone downhill since season 6 and it so downhill that we are going towards the earth's core because it's already dead and buried. NOTHING HAPPENS...and it's never exciting. It's the same script again and again. Jack needs to go and we need a whole new cast if ANY network picks it up after this season...It should have had an end point and from this point on all TV shows need an end point if they are based upon a certain formula. Nowadays...shows are meant to last 20 years...or even 10 years. Leave that to ER and Law and Order...not a show based on terrorists and so forth.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  48. jerose31

    Gee what a surprise? CTU gets attacked AGAIN!!!! Well that makes just about every season when CTU gets attacked – successfully. It's so realistic that some two-bit probation officer can just walk into the CTU control room all by himself. Why waste (sorry, re-use) the story line of an EMP when all you have to do is knock on the door to CTU and walk right in.
    I own all the seasons on DVD and have been an avid fan. The show jumped the shark with the nuclear bomb in season 6. Now it's just insulting its fan base by repeating story line after story line. When "ER" ran out of ideas, their gimmick was fast paced music and a medical emergency. 24's gimmick is "lets attack CTU again". What a disgrace. Keifer is the only saving grace.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Steve

    24 has always required a suspension of reality and i really don't think this season is that different from the first couple years. The problem, I feel, is that we've been there, done that for 7 1/2 seasons. They don't have anything new to offer. I think last year was the best season in years because it took things that we thought we new, and completely turned it upside down. While last night's episode reminded me more of the good old days, the show on a whole is just tired and stale.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Vince Dattoli

    Kevin's probation officer, – this character is a huge annoyance and bad Columbo impersonator at CTU. He's also an annoyance on my TV screen. Get rid of him.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Ronald Breeze

    I'm really tired of this show and all the phony accents of the antagonists. Also why is it that Jack and crew are always eight minutes away by car from where they need to be, haven't they heard of helicopters? The last time I was in San Francisco a drunk fell down on the street and within three minutes thee were two fire trucks, two emergency teams and at least 15 police cars cordoning off the area. How is it that dangerous insurgents, bent on the destruction of a city and countless lives, seem to slip through every police cordon set up for them because there seems to be about a hand full of police assigned to deal with them and they can't follow orders? This series needs to end it has gotten to the point of ridiculous.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Dave

    For the next series of 24, why don't we have 24 episodes where Jack is NOT saving the world from terrorists. Maybe we can see Jack having cereal for breakfast in the 8am – 9am episode, going shopping for a new couch in the 2pm – 3pm episode and having a beer with his friends (if he actually has any) in the 9pm – 10pm episode. I'm sure that hours 12am to 7am will be a bit boring though as he'll probably be asleep during this period(if he does in fact sleep!)

    March 16, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Brian S Donovan

    the whole EMP thing is a take off of the movie Arlington heights, when jeff bridges drives a car bomb into the FBI. I'm a lifetime fan of 24 but it is too predictable

    March 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Lisa

    My husband and I love this show. Last night was one of the best episodes that they have had this season so far.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Emerald

    Before you annoint the delivery of the EMP to CTU via Hassan's daughter a stroke of genius, may I point out that it was lifted from the end of a Jeff Bridges' movie called Arlington Road, when Jeff Bridges is trying to stop a plot to set off a nuclear bomb.

    They even telegraphed the twist.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  56. unknowncystic

    It's easier to get into CTU than it is Disneyland. First, the parole officer is walking around without an escort. Then, the car shows up with a bomb in it. Don't they screen vehicles before they enter the tunnel? After CTU was destroyed many seasons ago, don' t you think security would be improved?

    Very good episode, but they're taking liberties with what security would really be like at a facility like that.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Ballerina Girl

    I love this show...have watched it since the beginning...even if from the DVD's!
    This week's episode was amazing...back to my favorite "setting up the perimeter" to the all new drones!
    As for the Dana/Kevin sidebar...I kinda like the fact that there is a mystery that is slowly creeping around...first just Dana and Kevin knew, now Cole knows...who will be next!
    The previews kept me anxious for next week! And I live in Brasil! So at first I was watching them from buying on it on Itunes because it was on too late here with a 3hour time difference. Now we are down to 1 hour and I can watch it at a respectable 10pm...therefore, I have to wait what feels like forever for next Monday!
    Ah, I hope NBC really does pick up the show and continue it next year!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Wanna be

    Jack Bauer is the new James Bond. Every guy wants to be him.

    But he's not the sophisticated, but tough, funny, happy go lucky lothario of old. He's the tough guy who can fake sophisticated now and then. He does what must be done, even the distasteful, because there are things more important than hurting someones feelings. He's a patriot through and through. He realizes his country has its warts, but it is still the best show in town. He still loves his daughter and grandchild, has a hard time saying what he wants to the fairer sex, wants out of this job badly, but realizes if you want something done right you have to do it yourself.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Aries

    I love 24. I never miss it. I tape it while it is on, so I won't miss anything. I won't even answer the phone if it rings. I only started watching it maybe 6 years ago and found it by chance, looking for something to watch and got hooked instantly. I hope FOX does not cancel the series, but if they do, I hope NBC does pick it up.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  60. sugar

    Did anyone else notice how much Kevin's probation officer looked like an older version of Kevin? I thought it was his Dad Hastings is really getting on my nerves. The show is great but the actor is just too 'one note'. Always scouring and talking in that same voice. Don't care about him at all. Same with Dana. One more teeth gripping snarl at everything that is happening and at everybody and I'll pray she makes a quick exit off the show.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Michael

    Love the show. Can't wait for next week's thrill a minute episode. People who complain about the reality of the show are missing the point. 24 is like the old Saturday matinee serials at the movie theater, They are meant to leave you on the edge of your seat so you have to return next week.

    No one ever said 24 is in any way factual. It is cartoonish in its own way for the pure enjoyment and entertainment of its audience.

    Don't worry about what tunnel they are in; whether the SWAT team is wearing bullet-proof vests - just sit back and enjoy the action!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  62. willie mays

    I have to believe people are reacting to Dana et al exactly the way the writers want them to. In each season, there's been (at least) one off the charts/what the heck is that? story line. In most (not all cases) some where around hour 20, something comes out of left field that suddenly makes it relevant. Let's see. I still don't think the parole officer is a parole officer (has anybody seen him show ANY identification to ANYBODY, yet?), but he might be, but this is more than a simple "I'm trying to save Kevin" line. Just don't know what.

    CTU, historically, has been the most unsecure secured government agency this side of Maxwell Smart, so why are we letting "little stuff" annoy us?

    If it's the last season, my prediction for Jack at the end is one of three things: (1) he dies; I mean he actually dies; not the "you've been exposed to a deadly virus for which there is no chance of any cure . . . oh, what a minute" death, but real death. (2) He becomes the new head of CTU with Chloe as his right hand, which, at least, leaves next year and movies as an option. (3) He and Renee head off together into the sunset (literally; they go west to LA to join Jack's daughter and grand-daughter to live happily ever after). You might even combine 2-&-3 as something's bound to happen to the NYC CTU facility this season and they can return CTU to LA.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Tasha

    LOVED it!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Jaycee

    Finally – they brought back the roller coaster last night! What a show!
    I've watched 24 since day 1, and I've got to say ... just when I think that "maybe" the show is on its last leg – BAM!!!!! I'm wrong and all hell just broke loose. I LOVED IT! Great twist on the president's daughter and her boyfriend. I really thought he had been shot – then all of a sudden he's alive. In true 24 style, I knew right away when I saw his face that he had tricked his girlfriend in a car rigged with a bomb. OMG!
    Like all lovers of 24, can't wait til next week! I LOVE JACK!

    March 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Realguy

    Love the show but we all know in the real world of espionage, they make you park your cell phone before entering the building. That would kill this show.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  66. jfc1

    but ultimately it's a dumb show because you know that Jack is not going to die.

    You know the main characters are not going to die.

    You know that whatever bad happens, it will be limited to characters who are not central to the show.

    And that just turns the whole thing into a farce.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  67. K

    RENEW 24:

    March 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Joe Rutherford

    Did anyone catch that the EMP went off before Dana gave it up to the creepy parole officer. That would have destroyed all the incriminating evidence so if Dana keeps her mouth shut she should be ok. I hope now they will get rid of the parole officer and let starbuck do her work.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  69. scott in jacksonville

    I am a huge fan of 24, but the writers better come up with some new ideas or damn it get some new writers! God Help us if the "real" ctu isn't guarded as carefully as tv's CTU. The parole guy can just walk in? The car comes down the tunnel without being inspected. The security guy justs sits in the car dumbfounded. Hell..Jack would have driven it out of the tunnel, jumped out of the front seat and would have killed three guys in the process. Writers....improve or quit!

    Scott Lara
    Jacksonville, Florida

    March 16, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Susan8787

    Go to and watch the episodes for free! That's what I do when I have a conflict that keeps me from my TV on Monday night!

    March 16, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Dan

    I agree. The latest 24 installment was awsome. The only thing
    missing was a 511 Sniper watch on Jack's wrist !

    March 16, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Kathy

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this show!!! I so look forward to my appointment with Jack each week to help him save the world! If Fox decides not to carry this show next year, I really hope another network does.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  73. madguitarmark

    I agree last night's "24" was masterfully done. "THAT" was the show I have waited all season for. I do have one question though: WHERE IS THE SUPERVILLAIN ? I know these guys ain't it ? This is 24 after all –Is Jack's dad gonna pop up? Will OMAR turn out to be him? And where the heck is the President ? Okay you got me--I have a lot of questions!

    March 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Marine260

    As you stated, 3-15-10 was the best by all means. I am a devoted FAN of this show and have introduced other friends and family into watching. Some of them holding tightly throw pillows, some jumping up from their seats. I really love this show. Jack is the just outstanding or how they say in the Bronx, He is the "Bomb" Chloe's step up excellent, Hastings finally grew a pair and is on point finally. As for the Parole officer, well, annoying, aggravating, and doing a great job on all of us. He is playing his part. We want more of "24" Bring it on!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Bum

    I really do love watching this show. BUT CTU is the most inept security force ever. How often in this season or the past has there been someone on the inside of CTU working for the enemy. How ofter does the suspect get away while about 10,000 troops chase them and why is any time Jack is needed he is always about 10 minutes away only to arrive about 10 seconds to late. Or show up and kill the only lead they have. This season alone they could not catch a guy that just jumped out of a 3rd story window, even injured he was able to get away untill he blew him self up.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Ellen

    We love this show...a must see every week in our household (even if we have to DVR it)! Even in an up and down season, it is better viewing than most of the garbage on TV today. If Fox is dumb enough to let this one go, they are fools!

    March 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  77. torres #3

    Alright! This was the best episode so far. Really ramped up the suspense and excitement. Well done!

    March 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  78. KBP

    I am by far the #1 Jack Bauer fan. So much so, my husband and child know not to ask or talk to me, period on Monday nights at 9 pm. This is "my time". I too was talking to the TV; shouting is more like it. My husband is jealous of Jack B. On a commercial break, I ran and took a shower and stood in front of the tv while I dried off. My husband walked in our bedroom and stated that Jack is in trouble and he's coming to look for him because he has now seen me nude, and wet! LOL . I have been an avid fan since the show began. I have not missed an episode. I get the series on DVD every year at Christmas.
    Last night's episode was by far the best; genius. The writers for this show are awesome. I'm addicted. The one hour is just not enough. Please someone make the movie! I need at least 3 hours of straight, not stop, 24. What am I to do when this is over? I know, I'll just begin agian by watching my dvds until someone out there creates the next thing. See ya'll at the Emmy Awards!

    March 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Dawn38

    My favorite show. I've watched from the beginning season. I heard a rumor that nbc might pick-up 24. I certainly hope so. Dana has to go. I hope she was injuried or killed in the blast along w/the probation officer. I'm usually on the end of my seat during 24 but last night was awesome.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  80. caiaphas

    someone please throw Dana off the top of a building, along with her entire subplot. she's distracting, her storyline is weak (boyfriend/partner/probation officer/blah blah blah). i say put her in the line of fire between the bad guys and Jack and be done with it.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Ali S.

    I loved yesterdays episode, but I did want to throw out the fact that has Dana listed for all 24 episodes this season. Sorry guys, looks like she's here to stay!

    March 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  82. justinx202

    It was pretty unexpected with the fake shooting of the traiter terrorist who originally kidnapped the daughter... unexpected, but unrealistic.
    How could the terrorists be so sure the daughter would drive straight to CTU, and not just stop when she sees some random police car? How could they be sure she would get there exactly at the time the bomb would go off? What if she had gotten lost or took longer to dial to CTU to get directions?

    A smarter thing to do would've been to tie something small – like a microchip bomb of some sort – to her that can go unnoticed, and can be activated remotely.

    Lots of other holes that others have talked about – parole officer walking around, Jack being stabbed but running/jumping around, etc – but I think this one was missed by many.

    Still entertaining though, nevertheless...

    March 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  83. diane

    hell yea GREAT REVIEW. I could not believe last night. All day I was repeating the commericals.. "Everything Changes tonight" in that cool deep commercial voice. And it was AWESOME!!!!!!!

    24 is and has been one of the best shows on tv.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  84. ED-O

    The action on 24 as you are getting to a commercial is usually frenetic enough to drive me crazy trying to go through the commercial. My solution is to tape the show with the DVR and wait 20 minutes into the show before sitting down to watch it. In this way I can watch the whole show, fast forwarding through commercials and the show ends at the same time as if I watched in at the regular time, but without the commercials. Sorry, Kraft, Viagra, etc....

    March 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  85. LeppFan83

    Although I agree at this point about the Dana/Kevin subplot....we haven't yet been fully introduced to 'Dana' and what she has done in her past. Does anyone else think that she could become a major player – a.k.a. bad guy/girl – by the end of the season?! They could play it that way or they could just let this story line continue to be a dud just like it has started.
    Also, anyone recognize the Parole Officer yet?! Think back about 11 years to a little cult movie called Office Space. Has anyone seen my stapler?! And I'm sure that it's already been talked about in previous articles here but Hastings is Bubba (fried shrimp, shrimp samwich, popcorn shrimp....).
    This season is SO much better than the last two seasons! The casting is back and better than it has been. The creativity is back. Keifer/Jack is full throttle and obviously has more passion than in the past couple of seasons. I'd sure like to see at least one more season from '24' but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Diana

    Last night's episode was outstanding. Can't wait 'til Monday. I find that I am more interested in the Dana/parole officer plot as time goes buy. I think we will all be surprised in the end by this up 'til now not exciting subplot. We need to give the writers more credit. Great show, please don't cancel it at the end of this season.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Robothink

    2nd season of watching the show . .I will be getting all the previous seasons on dvd. Last night was absoluteley the best of the season. I'm with everybody, get rid of the Dana/Kevin/probation crap. Stupidity with a mix of unbelievabitlity makes for a ruined season . . if it weren't for Jacky baby! Like the Kevin character a bunch though . . good add

    March 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Michelle

    I was also on the edge of my seat (okay, bed); but I was so into it. You would have thought I was watching a Spurs game the way I was shouting, "That's what you get for not listening to Jack!" and "I hope that EMP kills Dana!" This episode was so good that right after it was over I started watching the news and was yelling at that too (Friggin' weathermen SUCK)-LOL

    March 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Jim

    Yeah, probation officers are always allowed to enter and wander around a national security facility at 3 a.m. Because tracking down that missing low-life can't wait until the P.O. gets to work in the morning.

    Other than that sequence–mercifully skipped via DVR–it was a good episode.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  90. scottc

    Its like watching a action movie every week!
    When the clock hits 59 I always want more!
    I agree, that side plot at CTU need to end soon.
    The probation officer need to disappear...

    March 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Bill

    Folks, have you ever known CTU to be without computers? There is a secret set ready for next week. Just waiting for Dana to get her dues. That goes for her stupid jerk of a fiancee!!! Freddie Prinze sure has bombed on this show. Needs a better role to become a better actor. If the probation officer is not dead, just let him sneak in and meet with Hastings and let's get this bimbo blond out of the picture. Chloe, get a clue!!! Turn her in to Hastings now! Let's get Renee out of the psych ward and let her help Jack. If this is the last season, let it go out with a bang for Jack!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  92. sence

    loved it- it was just great- love-love- anil Kapoor- & Jack- - htis show has perfect twists– just great!!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  93. AB

    Oh man. That was a tense episode. Chloe was on top of her game as usual. Altough she wasn't making those childish faces I've come to expect from her (which is part of her charm). Jack never seems to lose his cool, even when the swat team ignores his orders and practically jeopardizes the whole operation. The way the kidnapping unraveled is just brilliant. But what the hell is wrong with CTU. They were hit before a couple of seasons ago. They should have been more prepared. Althogh the whole explosion may help Dana if the files are lost. That parole officer is beginning to make me crazy. He is sniffing around too much in the midst of the national security crisis. They need to kick him out.
    Can not wait to see what happens next week. Jack is the only thing than can save us.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  94. beth

    I loved the show! Jack Bauer Rocks! I had a feeling that the president's daughter got away a little "too easily", but of course, that was as she was being guided into CTU...just a little late... 🙂

    I too think the Dana/Kevin subplot is a little weak by previous show standards...not diminishing the actors/actresses abilities, just not a good story...doesn't keep you riveted...

    been hearing whisperings that this is the last season...PLEASE NO! I love Jack Bauer! This is Keifer's best role ever!

    March 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  95. spark

    as someone who recorded this episode last night, but has yet to watch it, and was just innocently browsing the front page, all I can say is: "fuck you cnn"

    March 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  96. DYLAN

    go to to see an hour by hour summery of the show. this blogger is very funny.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Sherri

    I love 24 and I agree that this was the best episode of the season so far, even with the distracting Dana sideshow. Jack was great at trying to stay ahead of the terrorists. Can't wait until next Monday night!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  98. MM

    Best episode ever. The actors playing the Iranian diplomats are fantastic actors. Riveting !!! Everyone on 24 brought their A game.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Bill

    I've been a fan since Season 1 and let's be honest, the writing this season is really sub par. C'mon, Probation Officer Boy is wandering the halls of CTU? Dana takes more breaks during a nuclear crisis than a 50 year old guy with bladder trouble? The kidnapper escapes with the president's daughter & just happens to have the remote to a car parked out front? And then everyone at CTU is too stupid to guess that maybe she was let go so Jack has to figure out everything while he's driving?

    Gad. Fire these talentless writers. The show is done.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Mark

    Did we watch the same show? 24 has hit the "this is too stupid to be on TV" level.

    I say Jack jumped the shark a long time ago, but Fox has nothing better to replace it with.

    Time for Jack to go!

    March 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Joel

    This is by far the dumbest 24 ever. Granted, last night was better, but c'mon.....let's start with the Dana crap. She works for CTU, an elite terrorist force, and she gets hired without them finding out about her past? Please. And tonight, they just let a complete stranger (the parole officer) wander through the place? Stupid. And there's Jack....didn't he get stabbed just two hours ago by Rene? And since then he's jumped out of a two story window and been blown up by a bomb, without even a trickle of blood from a stab wound! And how can the terrorists get a perfect spot to watch the whole episode with the kid with the bomb strapped? Huh?
    Compare this to the first three 24's and you can see where this show has run its course.......

    March 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Nikki

    Best episode this season...looking forward to next week's show!

    I agree with "funnygirl"...CTU systems will probably have no data prior to the bombing.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  103. W.S. Walcott

    Why do the cops bother to wear those bullet-proof vests if they don't work? The vests sure didn't do those poor five guys much good Monday.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  104. ViperMD

    24 is just incredible, hands down the most compelling, intelligent, and engaging show I've ever seen – it rocks, no competition whatsoever

    March 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Viewer in SC

    I am loving "24" every week. I truly hope the writers and network are reading some of these comments. This can't be the last year for this show. Surely they are not serious about canceling. As stated before, it always happen to the best shows. There's nothing else on to watch on Mon. nights. I hope this is a rumor. Will someone with the network respond to the rumor? We don't want to lose Jack!

    March 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  106. GaryG

    When I first saw the set design for CTU, where (apparently) anybody can drive a car within a few meters of the front lobby, I thought..."This is Beyond Stupid".

    The idea that a top-secret counter-terrorism center would be designed like that is simply ridiculous.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  107. chris

    i am a die hard 24 fan. but i have to say, i really think its time for the show to end. Lets hope they dont do a Saprano ending on us or there will be hell to pay. I do find the show ' Damages ' will fill the void for clever wirting great characters and action.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Jean

    This weeks episode was the BEST!!!! Keep them comin'!!!! I was on the edge of my seat the whole hour.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Barton

    Dana is the new Kim Bauer–the character you wish desperately would get killed off. It's a shame because the actress who plays her, Katee Sackhof, was really good in Battlestar Gallactica. Unfortunately she got stuck with a lousy story line.

    One more thing. How many times over the various seasons has CTU been blown up, infiltrated, had poison gas released, etc. For an anti-terrorism unit, it sure isn't very secure.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  110. rtfilip

    I have never missed one episode of 24 since it premiered in 2001. However, I am very disappointed with the Dana/Kevin/Parole office drama – it's very distracting and just plain stupid. I even love Katee Sackhoff (a.k.a. Starbuck) but this story line is not even the least bit entertaining. I am very happy with the season other than that.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Ligaya

    I love 24 since the beginning. I was just amazed how many comments are in here compared to very very few on healh care reform.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Rose

    I too loved last night's episode. As to Dana–a convicted felon according to the story, would not be in the poition she's in AT ALL. Fingerprints don't lie and other investigations into her background... Sorry writers–no suspension of disbelief here. Keep on rollin' Jack! It is the only reason for Monday night.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Charlie

    I think the probation officer is actually the father of the guy lieing dead in the pond. Maybe older brother or cousin, but I think father. You heard it here first.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Jerome

    Excellent one since the very first one a few years back.

    Kevin/Dana saga...that really stinks. I doubt she could be leaving her post in a crisis like this.

    And how could the PO get access to CTU just like that and be able to walk around freely in the building.

    Aside from these two stupid sidelines the show is absolutely great.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  115. K

    Great episode! Everyone has pretty much said everything, so I will just include this about the series and its future.

    FOX has not confirmed anything yet. And if they take a look around, they will see that fans are coming back to where they were as the eps get better and better.

    If they can still make eps like this, then I want more!

    RENEW 24;

    March 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Deborah

    I have watched all seasons of 24. Never missed an episode. I love Kiefer Sutherland and this show so much! There is no show like it. It's the most exciting hour on tv. Love you Kiefer!!!! Please don't move to NBC.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  117. IOFVet

    As a peace officer I have to say that the probation officer (as irritating as he is) is doing a pretty good job of getting the information he wants. He's obviously in possession of more information than he's letting Dana know (and just HOW did she pass a national security background check????), and he's letting her hang herself little by little. Of course, now that the EMP has destroyed the data Dana will get off ... until she ends up dead doing something heroic, or something extremely STUPID!

    Who know? Maybe she'll have a breakdown and get axed. I'd like that!

    March 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Manny

    I too love 24. Love it since Day 1. Will always be loyal to it. Fox please don't cancel it. Jack is the man. Kiefer is the perfect actor to play him. Can't imagine Monday nights without 24. Fox please reconsider.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Michael

    Sorry, but last night's episode was more full of holes than a 50 year-old t-shirt. Way to go NYPD, you really know how to set an effective perimeter. Way to ignore orders as well. Kudos to CTU as well for allowing an unchecked car into the heart of its operations. Seriously? If real-life counter-terrorism operations were this dumb, we'd all be dead by now.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  120. JackTheBauer

    Guys....I was also irritated by the Dana subplot....but I would wait for it to merge with the main plot....that wld be interesting....if not then it has to end now..

    March 16, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  121. alex

    This is cool!

    March 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  122. AKVA

    Excellent episode – so glad the excitement is back!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Erin

    I heart Jack Bauer. Last night's episode was genius. I too think it was the best of the season.

    I look forward to this column every Tuesday. See you next week!

    March 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Perch

    Don't forget – you can stream past episodes from – a lifesaver for us last season.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Steve

    Loved this ep! Bout time they kicked it into gear!

    March 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  126. BD

    So it's 3:30 in the morning and there is a nuclear threat to American soil and you think you're just going to be able to walk around and request anything you want from CTU....GET THIS PAROLE OFFICER OFF THE SHOW...That part of the storyline is AWFUL and POINTLESS..

    The rest of the show is really heating up and turning into another classic season of 24...just put Dana in jail already and if it takes Kevin going down with her too well so be it.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  127. MC Le

    I love the show. This year is one of the best season I seen. The Dana story is a waste of time. I can do without her story. I would have like to have seen the President reaction when they posted the file 33 on the screen. Overall, I am loving the show.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Dana Walsh

    I hate my own SUBLOT! please end this now so that i can do my job! Can i just shoot the parole come the EMP couldn't have just blasted hi?!

    March 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Mary

    Awesome!! I can hardly wait until next. I loved this week episode and Jack is THE MAN!!

    March 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Richard

    Definitely a good episode. Completely agree with the too drawn out Dana/Kevin plot and all I have to say about the probation officer...

    "m-m-m-m-my st-st-stapler"

    March 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Cecil

    Why doesn't Dana just lure the stapler man/bogus probation dude into some dark corner of CTU, and with her silenced weapon, put a bullet in his head.

    And then Cole put a bullet in Dana's head.

    I would like to see that; a fitting end to a horrid sub plot.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  132. guest

    Jack is awesome. Chloe is still great. Hastings is coming around. Cole could be alot better. Lose Dana. Bring back Tony. Renee should be helping Jack and Cole.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  133. susanbh

    Sara, I also think the "irritating probation officer" is not entirely who he says he is, and/or he has a hidden agenda....It was indeed the best episode so far this season....

    March 16, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Joe M.

    The probation officer plotline is so unrealistic it drags down every other aspect of the show. this is the best season in years and, unfortunately, I laugh hysterically when the probation officer comes on because, seriously:

    (1) The only above ground part of CTU is a shed looking structure, would they really let a probation officer in in the middle of a nuclear crisis just because he "drove all the way from Arkansas"?;

    (2) Was he really able to get access to highly classified computer files at CTU?;

    (3) Why hasn't anybody asked, "What the hell is that guy doing here"?;

    (4) Why didn't Dana just say "Go ahead, talk to my supervisor" and watch as the guy is thrown out by his belly fat so fast his head spins?; and

    (5) How the hell is the guy still around in the next epsiode long enough to say "I'm gonna nail your a**", after CTU just BLEW UP!?

    It's become clear that this subplot is merely something to waste time. I only wish they had something better to do it with.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Patricia

    I loved last night 's show. Please get rid of that probation offier. I think he may be Kevin's Father. He looks like him to me. Just get him off the show.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  136. funnygirl

    Well the CTU computers are probably destroyed so maybe if we are keeping Dana all the info will be gone so she can get back to work. I hope Hastings didnt hurt his back or neck in the explosion. If hes bent over anymore i dont know what i will do.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Diana Galarza

    am a great fan of 24 since day 1. got all my friends and family here in Puerto Rico hooked on the show. Love Kiefer as JACK. He's the best. Please don't cancel 24....... loved in P.R.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Scott

    It seems that Tarin is a key cog in the kidnapping of President Hassam's daughter ... but he was supposed to die in the car bombing ... so, how were they planning on kidnapping the daughter without Tarin? Also, if President Hassam is dead, who were they going to blackmail in order to get "file 33" (or at least run the ruse of wanting it)?

    March 16, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Dennis

    This show sucked!!! Why? Here are the reasons:

    1. The traitor that kidnapped the President's daughter shot three cops in the hotel hallway with a handgun. These guys are 'SWAT', NYC ESU (Emergency Service Unit) officers wearing kevlar vests. Unless he shot them in the head (wearing helmets), I doubt a gun will stop three guys in their tracks.

    2. The terrorist shooting from the taxi cab: He shoots TWO guys also in body armor from what looks like 100 yards away with a handgun (with silencer) and manages to take two more down?

    3. Didn't they cordon off the area? How does a taxi pull up to the back of the buildilng?

    4. Is CTU listed in a phonebook? Does everyone know where they are located? How do the terrorists set the timer of the EMP bomb to go off exactly when the car gets to the parking area? How do they know that Kayla will drive straight there and NOT get lost? Give me a break!

    5. I live in NYC, where the hell are there tunnels like that in NYC? Remember, IN NYC. They were not in the Holland Tunnel or Lincoln Tunnel. They certainly weren't in the Midtown Tunnel.

    This season is weak. Stupid storylines (Dana) and weak, implausible situations. The only thing I enjoyed was when the Sgt didn't listen to Jack and went in after the suspect. I would be the same way, 'F U, who the hell are you? You're 5 minutes away and I'm outside the friggin building'

    March 16, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  140. rovert

    There's 24.... then every other show. Awesome episode last night. Eat your heart out Chuck Norris, Jack Bauer rocks!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  141. MSL

    One thing that dawned on me during last weeks show when the young american guy was in the pressure chamber re-configuring the bomb. Did I miss something but wouldn't it have made sense to just kill the power in the room and then he has no light to see what he's doing never mind map a diagram on a marking board.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Billy

    Oh yeah!!! TV and 24 at their finest. Jack's quick-mindedness and non-stop plot-twisting action has got this season hittting its stride. Still the best show on television!

    March 16, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  143. JasonS

    So the bomb that went off at CTU will delete all the video tapes and records of who authorized the break in for Kevin. Probation officer is gone and Dana skates on all charges, maybe?

    March 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  144. John Bauer (no relation)

    This show always requires a suspension of disbelief but the 5 officers getting shot and killed by one bullet each when it is pretty clear that they were wearing vests is just plain stupid.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Justin

    This episode was awesome... except one thing. Writers, can we think of a new way to cripple the investigation other than just attacking CTU. Whether with bombs, EMP's, or taking everyone hostage – let's find a new path, shall we...

    March 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Larry K

    I want Dana and Kevin bobble-head dolls. Agreed, except for that subplot the latest episode rocked the house and took me back to the good 'ole days of 24.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  147. oobie

    the parole officer is a terrorist.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Steph

    24 is by far the best show on television!!! I heard a rumor that Fox is not renewing it for next year. I really hope that is no true!!

    March 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  149. chris

    Show was great the first few years, but then grew tiresome, with the same things over and over...stopped watching after a few seasons...i mean, how many times can Jack save the world and be all over the globe in 24 hours? Doesn't even factor in travel time, but I guess, when you are watching a show for an escape, real-life things like that are trivial. Hey, I can tell you the ending, Jack wins again. DUH

    March 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Kevin Greaves

    The Dana/Kevin thing is such an irritating diversion. I have to say though that there is at least one stupid CTU staff member per season with '24'. Come on! How is Dana/Jenny supposed to have forged credentials and created her new squeakly clean identity? You really have to suspend disbelief a lot with '24'. And Stephen Root's Columbo-like parole officer character is also irksome to me. But I had to chuckle last night that it took Jack all of 8 seconds to work out that Tarin was impersonating a police officer in teh hotel, while it was a full minute wasted on the empty abandoned cab. Jack! What were you thinking? And the biggest groan is saved for Arlo when in the middle of this crisis, it's suddenly important for him to know who he's reporting to, Chloe or Dana!

    March 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Ray

    Been a fan since season 2 but have rented every season from my local library, so I am all caught up. This season is the best thus far. Seasons 1 thru 5 were AWESOME! Season 6 was so so but they came back with a vegeance in Season 7.....I hope the rumors are not true about this being the last season (see but if it is......24: The Movie has a nice ring to it......Excellent writing and great great character development! LOVE IT!

    March 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  152. mdwilson

    Best episode of this season so far!! The terrorist aka bad guys are really smart this season!!! I think the Dana/Cole subplot will die off. I'm thinking the EMP blast destroyed all the incriminating evidence.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Dave

    Great show. Restores my hopes that this will be another great season. How did Dana ever get a job at CTU? I'll cheer when she leaves, dead or alive. And who ever designed a CTU with a drive up to glass walls. Will CTU ever learn?

    March 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Ryan

    This season has really turned around! I was afraid it would be another season 6 or 4. Did they get some new writers? I can't see the twists coming from a mile away anymore! Welcome back, 24!

    March 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  155. JT!

    March 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  156. D

    Amazing. It took this long to deliver what last season did in nearly every episode. I am recharged.

    I just hope they end the Dana story and end it soon. I have suspended belief and have never said "oh come on now" so I can really let go and enjoy the show, but the Dana story line is beyond ridiculous...even for 24.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  157. c5corvette

    last nite's show was a good-un!!!.... isn't there only 1 episode left? i thought this season started at 5:00a.m.?????

    March 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Paul

    Nice to finally have a season where Jack is not on the run from his own people!

    March 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Ebony& Rashad

    My boyfriend and i have been followers of this show since the very first episode, its kind of like our Monday night movie (if only it were longer). We both found last nights show amazing and the writer above captured everything i would have said about it (even about the irritating probation officer). The only thing is it leaves you wanting another 30 minutes, and the wait til next week just seems too long:)

    March 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Bob

    Get rid of the Dana subplot and heck while you are at it get rid of the Dana story line. Who cares it distracts from what is really going on and wastes time that could be used for more twists and turns in the main story line. Who cares about Dana, her boring fiancee who like her can't act. Just sits there and pouts. Excess baggage that detracts from an overall good story line. Too bad Dana wasn't behind the wheel when the EMP device went off. It woudl have tied in better and eliminated half of a bad whiney acting job which at this point is annoying. Next scene her fiancee gets capped and problem solved. Maybe next week.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Connie

    I loved it. I was hoping that Dana would get the ax. Better luck next week.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  162. George Cleveland

    I agree. Some of the old clever twists were back.

    I also agree that the Dana subplot is grating. Doesn't fit. Was kind of hoping the smarmy PO gets KO'd.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Sukie

    Can anyone really believe that the " Probation Officer " is for real? This guy is a fake and up to no good!

    March 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  164. 24stone

    I agree this has been one of the best seasons in a while. The twists have been excellent! And the surprises just keep coming. Let me just say... I think we are all being set up if we believe the Dana/PO subplot is what it seems to be. I will be greatly dissappointed if there is not more to that story revealed soon. I trust that the writers are smarter than that. So I say reserve judgement for another couple of weeks until we really find out if there is more or this is truly as boring and stupid as it has been so far. Pass the word on 24 to your friends so people will come back to the show then FOX will have to renew!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  165. john

    the show was phenomenal. the commercials were absolutely ridiculous. too many and too often. i've grown to despise the companies advertising even though they're the ones sponsoring the actual program.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Buck

    Last night's episode was top shelf stuff! Jack needs to put a bullet in Dana's head. Crying?? there no crying at CTU! I was delighted that Rene didn't show. She was dragging everybody down. I hope the probation officer is working with the terrorists and is there to dilute the CTU talent in the black out after the EMP bomb – may be he can off Dana and Rene for all of us!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Mimi

    Dana, for someone who is supposedly so smart and working for CTU, why does she take a stranger's call (parole officer) and divulge that she works for CTU in the National Intelligence Department. This was too much info to give to a complete stranger, and over the phone no less! After the farce with Kevin, to be on the safe side, Dana should have gotten a new cell phone #, period! Hopefully now after the explosion at CTU, all trace of evidence that the parol officer had would be destroyed. I don't want Cole to go away.

    I don't want

    March 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  168. jenna

    it was a great episode and i agree with most Dana has to go! but now that CTU got wiped out lol sorry to those who haven't seen it i am sure all those files will miraculously have been lost or the officer will be the 6th officer down and she'll get away with it! as much as i don't like her or her acting it is a little interesting to have a secondary stroy line to have to follow!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Jerry

    24 can't end and neither can Lost- love them both

    March 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  170. BevAnn

    The terrorists in Season 8 had watched Season 4 when McClennan & Forrester detonated an EMP then and decided to copy that move… terrorists watch 24 too!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Back Jauer

    The sub plot needs to end with Dana and hopefully it does when the EMP erased the video log with her tampering with the video feed for Kevin.

    Last nights episode was great, a typical 24 shocker.

    I hope they do not cancel the show

    March 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  172. dud190

    I heard a rumor that ABC is considering picking up 24.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  173. kjohny

    WOW! What a show 24 is and this weeks episode was the best so far this year. I think the Dana sub plot is a distraction and wish it would just go away. The whole probation officer thing with him inside CTU wasn't even believable. Still think it is the best show on TV and I look forward to every Monday night. GO JACK, save New York!!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  174. BH

    24 is the best tv show of all time!!! Jack Bauer is by far the most entertaining action star ever!!! It kills me to know that this is the last season. This season has been amazing thus far!!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Marilyn

    Best episode of the season by far! I LOVE ME SOME JACK BAUER!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Jerry

    Jack has amazing recovery skills and can figure out a plot within seconds- great fantasy drama. The plot is captivating however and cant wait to see how they get Dana out of her jam. Shouldn't the Pres be a little more involved? keeps me wanting more- great show

    March 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  177. beck

    Awesome show. I love 24. Why on earth is this the last season??? Why, oh, Whyyyyyy?? 🙁 🙁

    March 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  178. kaye

    I loved last night's episode! The news that Fox might not renew "24" is disheartening, although the recent rumor that NBC might be interested gives me a little hope.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Judy

    I like the Dana subplot this season! It add a "different" twist!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  180. David

    Great show. Give the probation officer his red stapler and send him home!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Tina

    Love the show since Season 1. Last nights episode was great. Sorry to hear this might be the last season

    March 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Afshan


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  183. J

    Well, last night was AWESOME!! I was stun to find out that Hassan's daughters boyfriend, STILL SET HER UP TO TAKE A FALL! I'm all for getting rid to the Kevin/Dan/Probation officer plot. Dana is so unstable now, would not surprise me if she "offs" the probation officer.
    Hey I got a great idea, let's get THE UNIT and 24 characters together for some really good action pact episodes. It could be called, "UNIT 24". The plots would be AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Lorraine

    Have watched 24 since the firs show aired on Day One. My wallpaper is Keiver standing with a gun in his hand! Anyway have not seen last night's episode yet, DVR'd! Reading this blog is getting me more excited about watching it. This whole thing with Dana/Kevin/Probation Officer has to do with upcoming episodes guarantee it!!!! If you are faitful fans you will know that this serves a purpose. Having the officer walk around with no badge or security goes to show you that his alterior motives will be revealed, if not then I will eat my words! Just stay tuned and continue to be in your seat belts!!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Jennifer

    Love it...great show last night and hopefully Dana and the probation officer are both gone!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Lisa

    JACK is back! Loved it. The season started slow for me, I have been watching this show from the beginning and each year it seems to get better. Now having said that, can we please dump the Dana/Cole subplot. I like Cole and think they could do alot with him and Jack, however she needs to go. We need someone at CTU that can act. Someone like Michelle or just someone with an ounce of sense. Loved the take down of CTU via the car bomb, nice touch. Well, the writers must be back from their coffee break! Job WELL DONE!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Bill

    OK, was anybody else wondering how this terroist manages to take out FIVE cops in full body armor with one shot each?? Come on, only Jack gets that kind of leeway. But sure enough, there they were, each taking a dive, almost before the guy even fired his gun. Too funny ! !

    March 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Robin

    24!.. Best show on TV hands down!! Hope this is not the last season.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Irish

    24 is the only show I watch. How will I go on without it. I really don't know what I will do on Monday nights without 24. I have been glued from day one. I love Jack, he is going to save the world. I like Dana, I think it would be interesting if she turned on Kevin and killed him, ended up with Jack, what a team they would make.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  190. BONNIE

    The writers should have killed off Dana/Katee Sackoff. She is a dreadful, unattractive actress and it is painful to watch her. When she talks, her mouth and face get all screwed up and her expressions are so bad. Cole is much too good for her. I hope they keep Freddie Prinz on the show.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  191. TwiggyB

    Too bad it costs $1 million per episode to produce which is one main reason for this last season. However, they are working on a movie for theater release, but they can't do both. So they'll cancel it & get to work on the movie.

    I'll miss Jack on TV every week. If anyone tries to call me on Monday nights while Jack is on . . . watch your 6!! LOL!!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  192. tisht

    last night's episode was great...i'm really ready for dana and the parole officer to get written won't last. in fact they are rather annoying!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Joe

    24 is way too predictable now.
    We all know that a trusted person or persons on the inside are really agents of the enemy.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Texas guest

    Jack is back – hallelujah! Fox better reconsider and NOT cancel future shows.Dana needs to go – no doubt about it! No doubt her or Cole will put an end to the parol officer's life! Driving a car rigged with the bomb – where were CTU's security officers to check her out before she was even permitted to enter the tunnel / drive up to the entrance? Brilliant plot though! Jack is too smart to be killed off! 24 and THE UNIT are the two best shows on TV. Too bad The UNIT was moved to a cable channel! The writers for the The Unit and 24 should join forces – both shows would benefit from it. Rock on JACK.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Barbara Woodruff

    I love 24. It is my favorite show. I have been a fan from day one and I'm very dispointed that it is being cancelled by FOX. I hope someone else will pick it up. I just love Jack......

    March 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Texas guest

    Jack is back – hallelujah! No show on TV is as exciting as 24. Fox better reconsider and NOT cancel future shows. We need our 24 fix on Monday nights! I find it hard to believe that ratings would be down. Dana needs to go – no doubt about it! No doubt her or Cole will put an end to the parol officer's life! Driving a car rigged with the bomb – where were CTU's security officers to check her out before she was even permitted to enter the tunnel / drive up to the entrance? Brilliant plot though! Jack is too smart to be killed off! Like last season – the writers find a way to bring him back! Can't wait until next Monday to see how it continues. The previews leave you anxious to continue watching the next part! 24 and THE UNIT are the two best shows on TV. Too bad The UNIT was moved to a cable channel! The writers for the The Unit and 24 should join forces – both shows would benefit from it. Rock on JACK.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  197. tnil

    I love, love, love 24! I've watched every episode of every season. My only complaint with last night's episode is regarding the five officers down. All the officers had to be wearing bullet proof vests. They were completely outfitted in full head-to-toe armour. They're in pursuit of terrorists, each one toting a machine gun, so I'm not sure how they all got taken out by a regular old gun (nothing semi-automatic or anything). Oh well. Still the best show on television by far!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  198. I H8te Lost But I Used To Love It

    (Sorry if I double posted) Great episode last night. I even liked Hastings (finally). The storyline with Dana and the parole officer = LAME. I think the parole officer is just a secret agent sent in to make sure CTU is down and to steal some nuclear activation codes. But great episode overall. Can't wait till next week.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  199. sf218

    Sorry to say I was getting a little bored with “24” so didn’t watch the two previous episodes. Then I watched last night’s and – boy, IS JACK BACK! I was once again caught up in the fast-paced excitement and plot twists. Either give the probation officer a shave and a suit & tie or get him out of the CTU! Maybe he was blown out – hopefully with Dana. I don’t understand how she cleared her background check to begin with. ??? Can’t wait for next week’s episode! Has Chuck Norris ever been on “24”?

    March 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  200. I H8te Lost But I Used To Love It

    Great episode last night. I even liked Hastings (finally). The storyline with Dana and the parole officer = LAME. I think the parole officer is just a secret agent sent in to make sure CTU is down and to steal some nuclear activation codes. But great episode overall. Can't wait till next week.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Carrie

    I love this episode finally a good one!!! I'm sick of the Dana plot as well and will somebody please put some makeup on that girl she looks horrible. I loved the twist at the end, classic 24 that I have been longing for all season.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Trish

    By far the best episode thus far..........Jack is soooo back!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Mimi

    I loved last night's episode! However, there were only two things that irked me, one is the daughter of the President. When her lover/captor forced her out of the bathroom and together were running from the hotel, and while he was fighting off the guards and busy shooting them, couldn't the woman try to get away then? Her hands were no longer tied. That was a little frustrating because she just stood there next to him! Totally hopeless & useless.

    The second thing that was annoying was Dana's & Cole's stupid thinking & decision. Instead of covering up the deaths of Kevin & his slimy friend, they could have easily got themselves out of the mess by calling the cops at the scene and come clean without divulging the entire truth. Dana can explain that Kevin had threatened her life if she did not help him into CTU where the money was without revealing her past. Cole & Dana could have explained away that they were on to the two cons after the robbery at CTU but when they got there the two con men had a fall out and the ex convict had stabbed Kevin and when the other man tried to get away and that's when Cole shot him. It annoyed me to no end when Cole & Dana decided to get rid of the two bodies. Just too stupid!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Francesca

    Gotta love Jack and Chloe. I agree Dana and probation guy got to go. Wondered if the President knew about the goings on last night. I know when it is a good episode when at the end f the hour I go "Whew" and can't sleep working out the next turn of events. Have loved 24 from beginning and never schedule anything Monday night.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Jacqueline

    Come on, really don't think that guy is a probation officer, do you? How many probation officers do you think go to that length to track down a wayward parolee?? This guy IS NOT a probation officer – he's something/someone else, and as much as I'm annoyed by the storyline, I'm kind of interested to see if I'm right and who he really is...

    March 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Sam

    Watched in last night. Absolutely incredible. I thought it would be a regular bomb, but the fact that it was an EMP makes it all the more better.

    As for the Dana subplot let's be honest here. There is always drama at CTU in the midst of a national security crisis. True, her character does get annoying and it flat out stupid but there is always some clash among CTU people. Morris leaving his desk in Season 6 to go out drinking? It's bound to happen. Let's just hope Dana's thing will be over with soon so we can get back to the real action.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  207. dpinnb

    Dana is perfect as a looming villainess. That is, no one recreates oneself and lands such an esteemed position as an Intelligence Analysts at our imaginary CTU without passing the litmus test of having at least a resourceful mind. Indeed, Dana’s character is not trustworthy and she holds us in contempt through her sinister past…..which is?

    This we know for sure, that Dana is intelligent, technically-savvy, a bonafied survivor and willing to do most anything to hide her past and get what she wants. I did not say that Dana acted ‘intelligent’….humm…why’s that? Perhaps Dana’s character would have been more aptly named “Asp”.

    So, imagine what next season could hold, or even these next few hours, if this home grown, all-American beauty reached the zenith of evil-doings through the use of a criminal’s resourcefulness, unquenchable greed and Dana’s proven survivability? The World would not be enough and the limits of what Dana could carry-out are confined by our inability to conjure-up ‘what’s next evil one?’

    March 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Stephenie

    24 is my favorite show on TV. love it. i agree with the others that plot line with Dana was unecessary but we'll see what that leads to as the story unfolds.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Jeff

    Awesome episode!

    Dave in Texas hit it on the head. Just where is security where a probation officer can walk right into the heart of CTU without so much as a "just where do you think you are going?".

    I think the probation officer is the father of Dana's Ex. You heard it here first!

    The probation officer might be crooked but a cop always knows when someone is lying, and he knew Dana was lying.

    Looks like all the desk jockies are now Field Agents. Grab yer gun and lets go cap some bad guys!

    24 Rocks! Please keep it on the air!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Avid24Fan

    Agreed. It was an awesome episode. There's a rumor that this might be the final season for "24". Please say it isn't so. They always take off the good shows – like Boston Legal and Alias. KEEP "24" I can hardly wait for it season after season.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Lynn

    Totally right on with your comments. I have watched every episode of 24 from Day One and this season truly delivers. I agree wholeheartedly with the side plot. Who gives a rats – – – ? And when did you EVER hear of a parole officer actually following a client plus she never even asked for ID? I know, analyzing too much but that is truly how good 24 is.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  212. bddub

    not bad. Bauer is holding up very nicely for being tased/electrocuted three times, having his face pummeled, and being stabbed in the gut–all within a few hours. With all the pain killers he must be on, shouldn't he let Ortiz drive?

    March 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Sara B

    Jayne – You can catch up on episodes you've missed on Hulu! Don't give up on Jack yet!

    I'm happy to concur that last night's episode rocked! While there have only been like 15 minutes of edge of the seat action, I was loving every moment of last night.

    Looking forward to next week's show, but also to the blog!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Louise from St.Louis

    I'm a new Baurite. My husband got me hooked. I couldn't agree more about the subplot (BORRING). Perhaps it's their strategy? Well what ever it is,it is working because we are enjoying this season. Sometimes we even wait and let two episodeds build up on our DVR (that's as long as we can wait to watch.) That way we get 48 hours instead of just 24. You should try it. It is very enjoyable to watch that way.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Caterina

    Hey, that first line is not mine..

    March 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Caterina

    LOVED it. I froze in mid-chore action.. that's something new!
    Sorry, good/bad guys: Jack rules.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Outlaw

    What a ride! No complaints here and only more praise for getting this season headed in the right direction. Plot twist was as good as I've seen with the bad guys stepping it up a notch. Was thinking it will be good to see a showdown between Tarin and Jack so I'm glad they let him live....for now.

    This episode was so good I barely missed my girl Renee....which is saying something!
    Good integration of CTU for the assault sprinkling in more of what we love both in the office and the field.

    Drone technology at it's best which is pretty cool to see and despite that, they hit with the EMP to set up more action next episode. Good call on pointing out the thumb drive being wiped now which will certainly keep us guessing on how that plays out with Dana and Cole. Hey, we're in it now so might as well get all we can from that plot-line huh? I still wouldn't mind seeing both of them offed!

    I knew the PO looked familiar but didn't know where I knew him from until it was pointed out here. Office Space! Thought he was both annoying and clever (to a degree).

    Nice to see Jack on top of things and in complete control (or in as much control as can be expected given the situation). Steady and determined. Saw it coming on 5-0 botching the assualt although pretty far-fetched with that kinda authority being superceded in a critical mission involving National security.

    Not much talk of Sabir on here but to me he's proving to be a good bad guy to hate. Given the history of the show, I wouldn't be suprised to see them uncover him taking orders from some Ayatollah or radical cleric to set up the end game.

    Can't wait til next week...keep it coming!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  218. RC

    OK, for all of you that are saying you've not watched the show this week or have missed episodes and need to get caught up, just go to and you can see all the episodes from this season. I'll sometimes go back and watch the the previous week's before Monday night just to get primed for the new episode and after last night, I'll go back to watch so I can actually breathe during the action.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Nic

    Can't we at least have a good laugh that the probation officer is Milton from Office Space?? Where's my stapler???

    March 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Woody

    My wife asks me multiple times how can you watch that show and then go to bed. It's because I love the show. Jack is back and he seemed to have his game face on in last night's episode. I like how he can waltz right up to a high ranking official and start giving commands.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Ms. Kaila

    Wasn't able to look at my "24" last night and it just didn't feel like Monday night. SO GLAD I can rely on your excellent commentary Dereyck and other Bauerites comments. I could'nt wait to get to work this morning to read what happened. I JUST LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!! Can't wait until next week.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Andy

    I fully agree with this post ... I think the show is great but that this subplot is plotting to destroy any credibiity in my brain for this season. This is CTU not Wal-Mart!!!!!!!!

    The last 3 episodes have shown evidence of the old 24, but the Dana/Kevin thing is so unbelievable that it almost ruins the show. The probation officer threatens to talk to her supervisor ? She should have had security escort his sorry butt out of there! They were in the middle of a national crisis! And, then he meanders down the hall in CTU – where is the security pass? How did he just get access inside CTU? So ridiculous ....

    Please .....I hope Dana and the probation officer are killed off in the CTU explosion, but I'm not hopeful (based on scenes from next week)


    March 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Dewight

    i think jack could beat up chuck norris

    March 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  224. ivonne

    I LOVE this show!! Have been watching it for years. We can't wait for next week!!! Now this is why we love 24!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Death

    • The Great Wall of China was originally created to keep Jack Bauer out. It failed miserably.
    • Every time Jack Bauer smiles, someone dies. Unless he smiles while he’s roundhouse kicking someone in the face. Then two people die.
    • Some kids play Kick the can. Jack Bauer played Kick the keg.
    • Fool me once, shame on you. Fool Jack Bauer once and he will roundhouse you in the face.
    • Jack Bauer can set ants on fire with a magnifying glass. At night.
    • Jack Bauer once rode a nine foot grizzly bear through an automatic car wash, instead of taking a shower.
    • There are no steroids in baseball. Just players Jack Bauer has breathed on.
    • Jack Bauer has banned rainbows from the state of North Dakota.
    • While urinating, Jack Bauer is easily capable of welding titanium.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  226. BruceMpls

    Along with everyone else, I realize this is fiction but come on writers, give us a break. Does anyone else find it incredibly stupid that in the midst of a national crisis (or for that matter anytime at a place such as CTU) , we have a person who looks like they are down to their last five bucks (the probation officer) freely roaming the halls of CTU? As it is, the story line with Dana is already so ridiculous, it's insulting to the viewers. No wonder Fox is canceling the show.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  227. THE JOKER

    DANA needs to be killed off the show. I cannot stand her and actually to the point where I have to turn it off when she is on. GET RID OF HER NOW!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Jamie

    Even though some of the story line seems similar, I am still glued to the TV everytime. This is the best show ever. It seems like this probation officer plot is going to keep playing out for a little bit. I just hope that they don't ruin it like all the other shows who tend to have other subplots and ruin the show, e.g. Heroes.

    And can you believe it is so easy to just get into CTU. With Kayla being to drive up easily.. And the probation officer being able to walk around and do anything inside CTU.

    Charlotte, check out

    This guy is starting to blog about the show, real time I assume.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  229. chris

    Is this the last season? I heard rumors...

    March 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Chris

    Your face is part of a con team.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  231. Tab

    THIS SHOW WAS AWESOME!!!!!!! It's obvious I truly enjoyed the show. I am like so ready for next Monday which is weird b/c I hate Mondays but this episode had me not wanting to move not even during commercials. I felt like I did when I saw "Law Abiding Citizen" I had to see what was going to happen next and if I left for any reason I felt as though I was going to miss something. I never thought the terrorists would have used the daughter to take out CTU. WOW!!!! Can't wait to see how Jack, Chole, Cole and Hastings handle all of this with no technology. The Dana plot w/the probation officer is so boring I could cry. I can only hope that the writers bring this one to and end next week and the storyline is over. Who cares what she did in her past and that idiot ex-boyfriend. She needs to focus on what's happening on her job not what happened in her past. She just really irks me.

    Loving "24" right about now. Excited about next week.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  232. ken tulsa

    Was it just me? Or did Kevin seem to know something when he told Dana to "just wait awhile" when she was about to spill the beans. Did he know the EMP was coming?

    March 16, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  233. Eric

    Love this show. I can only pray that this shows holds back some of our true capabilities in fighting terrorism. Some of the stuff they do is insane but I hope potential terrorists are paying close attention.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  234. Chris

    Awesome show last night! Like others have said, this season seems to be headed in the direction that fans of this show have been missing the last couple seasons.

    The Dana story line is really weak and annoying...but lets think about the how this show works. Awesome plot lines with great action, and then some stupid side plot that has nothing to do with anything (did everyone forget Kim's subplot in season 2...that was by far the worst)...hopefully it will wrap up in time for Kim to show up and get kidnapped.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  235. Spades

    I have to say that I was buying into the negative bloggers that questioned the plot. Esp. last night when President Hassan’s daughter was "sort of freed" by the head of security turned villain. I thought to myself.. here we go again... There is just no way this guy will agree to a terroristic plot and back out at the last minute because of love. Just like Hassan's brother did. Only to do a fist pump when Jack uncovered the plot. I am sold.. can’t wait for the next hours!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  236. Sara

    Also loved this episode though I find the probation officer subplot even more unbelievable than what 24 usually serves up; what probation officer in 2010 seriously has the time or passion to so aggressively follow up on one felon? Am I the only one suspecting he could be part of a con team?

    March 16, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  237. suzan

    The best episod ,
    please get rid of Dana and the probation officer
    they do not belong to the show and it is stupid do not belong to this show.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  238. kathy kent

    How can someone work for CTU, and be so devastatingly stupid,
    Dana, needs to go! Its a complete insult to ones own even slight intelligence,

    March 16, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  239. Charlotte

    I am located on the West coast, is there a site that can give me a summary of the latest story line from 24 before they show it here?


    March 16, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |

    I have not watched any episodes this year...although I still hear it is a good show, it is too revamped, bring back the old 24. And, bring back THE UNIT!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  241. Spooly-T

    kill off Dana and the Stapler guy from Office Space, and give Chloe field assignments and a big gun. And all would be good.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  242. jeni

    great show! can't wait for next week's episode. the twist with the bomb was great.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  243. hiawa23

    I thought the episode was excellent, & I am kind of sad cause we know this will be the last season. Well, atleast I have all seasons on DVD to revisit.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  244. kris

    i love this show! last night really made me wish that it was longer than a hour per episode! I can't wait to see when CTU has to work with their only weapon left.......JACK BAUER!!!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  245. Linda

    I love your commentary! Ditto, ditto and did I say Ditto? awesome!...look out....Jack is back! The writing is clever, the editing superb..the suspense is a true thrill ride every Monday..but I agree..the very unattractive Dana subplot has got to go! I say they give more meat to Hastings that he has earned respect! And Chloe....die hard loyalist to Jack...the real first Bauerite!!!! God I love this show..and what a blast without that whiny mental case Rene!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  246. carl

    What was amazing about this episode was the last plot twist of Hassan's daughter bringing the bomb to CTU. Call me thick-skulled, but even though I noticed how "easily" they got away from the terrorists, it never occured to me that she was being used until the exact moment it occured to Jack.... Dang it, I was fooled! That hasn't happened since around season 3! (ps Can't WAIT to see how CTU can recover from this one with no electronics...)
    Anyways, despite the annoyance of the probation officer, I'm kinda interested in seeing what the writers can salvage of that dumb subplot. What if the probation officer were an interagency watchdog and Kevin were hired as a mole and the whole subplot existed in order to convict Dana? That would make that scenario a bit more interesting, at least.
    All in all, GREAT show! Loved it!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  247. Meredith-Leigh

    LOVE JACK! I got hooked back with Greg I. character was president. I love now knowing what is going to happen next. I have read that this may be the last season....... say it isn't so...... until next week

    March 16, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  248. Ajay C.

    For those that have recently started watching 24, you should know that this story line of CTU being attacked has now now been repeated for the fourth time. I have been watching 24 since its inception, and I love the show just as much as the next guy, but if the show wants to get renewed for a ninth season, we need to see some better stuff. That's all I'm going to say.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  249. Quincy Rhodes

    I would agree that this by far was the best show of this season. Now, for those who don't know who Jack Bauer is, you are about to find out. I expect to see some explosions, hand-to-hand combat, gunfire, and of course some more twisted plot, like that of the Probation officer having something to do with the theft and that's why he is looking for Dana's ex and his partner. That's just my thoughts right or wrong.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  250. Mia707

    Love it. This season started slow but last night was by far the best of the season. Even the Dana/Kevin/probation officer subplot is getting interesting because the evidence is destroyed by the EMP.
    The real pain for watching 24 is the wait between each week. Just can not wait for next Monday to come.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  251. shooter

    Thank goodness for the EMP; now the records of Dana helping her ex-boyfriends criminal activities will be wiped out and hopefully so will the sub-plot.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  252. Dave in Texas

    The last 3 episodes have shown evidence of the old 24, but the Dana/Kevin thing is so unbelievable that it almost ruins the show. The probation officer threatens to talk to her supervisor ? She should have had security escort his sorry butt out of there! They were in the middle of a national crisis! And, then he meanders down the hall in CTU – where is the security pass? How did he just get access inside CTU? So ridiculous ....

    Please .....I hope Dana and the probation officer are killed off in the CTU explosion, but I'm not hopeful (based on scenes from next week)


    March 16, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  253. RJ

    I love 24. I have watched every episode starting with the first season. Jack Bauer is awesome. I live Chloe. Dana needs to go away. She irks me. Last night's episode was by far the best episode this season. I am so looking forward to next week.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  254. phyllis

    I did watch last night, it was great. I do hope that, Fox does not cancel this show, best drama/action show on the t v.

    The parts I don't like is this Dana storyline, she has not one brain cell left in her head, she folds like an old lawn chair, she left her station several times, while all this drama was going down, and Jack and Cole were in the thick of things. She needs to be fired, and let Chloe take over the whole floor, the writers have really dumbed this charactor down, she does not need to be in this line of work!!! Please put her out of her misery....

    I saw the previews, and it looks like Jack is going to go out in a blaze of glory, I sure hope not, I need my Jack, so please don't let Jack die!!!

    Jack and Chloe are the only ones at CTU that is thinking, with a full deck, Hastings is just now acting like he knows,
    what he is doing.

    GO JACK GO...

    March 16, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  255. Bauer Hour Fanatic

    This episode was awesome. The EMP blast gave me a flashback of when McClennan & Forrester detonated an EMP in season 4. Jack overcame with the help of Paul Raines. I think Jack will need help next week from Cole. I know everyone doesn't like the Dana subplot. I for one find it interesting now that the EMP has gone off. There shouldn't be any data on the thumb drive the guy wants. I can't wait for next week. These coming attractions keep me cranked up for the entire week.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  256. AM

    I thought 24 was aswesome last night. I too was on the edge of my seat the enire show. Yes the probation officer does need to disapapear, but it will be interesting to see how the relationship between Dana and Kevin evolves once the "cat is out of the bag" at CTU...! How are you going to fix this one Jack...?? Can't wait til next week...

    March 16, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  257. heaven

    Oh please get rid of the Dana subplot, she is beyond irritating!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  258. KKKKKatie

    I love the show and was glad to see things turn up a notch last night. I really hate the Dana/Kevin storyline and now the creepy parole officer is lurking about. I think this entire situation is stupid and I wish Dana and Cole had something more interesting going on. I like both actors playing the characters.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  259. angel

    i thought this was a great show, one of the best by far this season, it did keep you on the edge of your seat and i too am looking forward to next weeks episode-kept me awake for a while longer that is for sure

    March 16, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  260. jayne52

    I can't watch it this season. I missed the first two episodes, so I' m calling a BLACKOUT until I can buy this season on DVD, and watch without commercials. I own every single season, and it's a much better way pause-play-rewind go back and see what you missed kind of watching. Too bad this is the last season. I really thought I'd grow old watching Jack in his wheel chair chasing terrorists.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  261. Zina

    I JUST started watching 24. I love this show and can't wait from one week to the next to see the next 24!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |

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