24: That Dana Walsh is One Busy Lady

24's Dana Walsh is one busy lady. We’ve known all season that the loving fiancée and Manhattan career-girl computer whiz has been living under an alias and trying to escape a criminal past while fending off an ex-boyfriend’s blackmail attempts. And last night we discovered that, through all of it, she's been working as this season’s resident CTU mole and is intent on destroying her nation.

She must have one helluva Facebook page: “Dana Walsh became a fan of University of Arkansas Football and the Al Jazeera Network.”

The question is whether last night’s big reveal at long last redeemed this distracting plotline. Dana’s story has been almost universally scorned thanks to gaps big enough for a drone to fly through and its waste of Katee Sackhoff in a thankless role. It's finally gets the spotlight off the Kevin story and moves things in a different direction. But I can't say it's all been worth it.

Last night’s episode continued the momentum last week. We settled in for plenty of crackling good gunplay as Jack, Cole, and what appeared to be a pair of CTU Explorer Scouts fought gamely to reach a land line—a nice twist considering 24’s almost fetishistic focus on gadgetry. All you Chloe fans finally got to see your girl do her Chloe thing and even pull a gun on a smug NSA engineer along the way. And 28 minutes after Chloe let her know that Jack was in trouble, Renee came to his rescue with a couple perfect shots to a terrorist’s head.

Then we returned to Dana and Prady, the Arkansas probation officer. A willful suspension of disbelief is part of the pact we all have to make with 24, which . This is a far bigger issue and one that should be addressed more fully later. There will be holes, compressed timeframes, and implausible scenarios. Last night for example, the terrorists managed to keep firing directly into Jack’s body armor and never take out his legs or get a clean head shot. So be it, because we’ve all signed up for this ride.

But the notion of Prady hanging out at CTU after the facility has been taken out by an EMP device just didn’t pass the most basic of smell tests. We live in a society where seemingly half the working population must wear lanyards and badges and swipe its way onto elevators and into offices. In the midst of a burgeoning national crisis, Prady showed up in the dead of night, freely wandered around, and took Dana away from the job that she had managed to ignore for most of the evening. He did all that without so much as a visitor sticker affixed to his jacket that proclaimed, “Hello, My name is Bill Prady.”

Then, while Chloe struggled to bring CTU back online after Hastings gave her ten minutes to get the job done, word came along that a probation officer from Arkansas wanted to talk. Overall, Hastings had a good night. But unless that probation officer had some questions about a red-faced guy by the name of Clinton, it’s impossible to believe that Hastings would have replied with anything other than, “You have got to be out of your mind to think that I’m going to speak with him right now.”

So with the help of an exceptionally large air-filtration system, Dana has taken care of Prady and perhaps also entombed the worst aspects of her subplot. Maybe 24 has finally freed itself from the implausibilities of her story. It's a decent twist, and now we know that Dana wasn’t just worried about holding onto Cole and her cute little Manhattan apartment. She’s still a career girl, but apparently it's not Hastings who is going to write her review.

What do you think? Anyone else not buying this week's ridiculous episode?


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I am on the fence about the whole twist. I am not sure that anything could save this particular story line. I suppose it is a bit better since now we can all fully hate her character as much as we want and we are through with Dumb and Dumber. Well, at least until she gets another phone call from Prady's wife.

Otherwise, I have enjoyed this season. Yes, it has had a few missteps, but what season has not? Here's to 11 more kicka&& episodes!!
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Not saying that Al Jazeera is a network of terrorism any more than University of Arkansas football has anything to do with domestic terrorism. Hate to have to explain it but the idea was that it would represent an alternative news source about the Mideast for an individual who we can assume might have a little bit more than a passing interest in the region.
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I just cant stand Dana Walsh!
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The whole Dana Walsh subplot was and still is totally useless but now there's actually a reason for her character to be on the show.
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yeah i agree with sasco she is really irritating. i make it a point to fast forward when her part is playing. i hate that charactor the other day got really pissed she and her past irritating.. although i liked her is battlestar galactic
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no that was way too big a twist i would much rather have the writers uses a Shakespeare drama on her character in which we [the audience] knows she's a mole but she is able to hide it from everyone else. That would have been much much better.
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QE-Zodak, you just gave me an idea. I've been calling for her death for weeks. Put her out of our misery once and for all. But don't have Renee do it, let Chloe do it! She already drew-down on an idiot NSA tech for dithering around. If she were to discover Dana's deception and had no other choice, she would have probable cause. It would be poetic justice. Die, Dana, die.
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The twist did not earn it. These are the reasons: 1. We have seen the mole a million times.
2. Her character was already shady.
3. I (we) were not emotionally invested in her character.

Even if there is a double twist (undercover) we have seen it before.
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i can't believe they ruined this season, after last week's awesome episode, by making dana a mole. i was ok suffering through her lame storyline because at least there wasn't a mole this season & then they ruin it. the only way they can save this stupid twist is by having renee shoot or stab dana in the face.
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I can't believe Starbuck is a Cylon!!
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Someone in the season just, please, PLEASE shoot her
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The question is did the twist redeem this terrible subplot? My answer is a whopping HELL NO!!!! that plot twist is the worst in the history of the show after everything that we've seen of Dana I'll believe she's a mole as soon as it's revealed that George Mason isn't dead. It's so far left feild that it completely Ruined all the good parts of this season and I'm seriously beginning to lose faith for this season.
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Why does every season have to have a fracking mole inside CTU, after the last 7 you would think they were a bit better at vetting staff. 24 has so many generic twists that they put in almost every season, the twist in season 8 would have been getting through 24 hours without someone in CTU turning out to be a terrorist.
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it's given more interest as i was completely tired of the Kevin storyline. he sucks! and i wanted to see Starbuck do even more.
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This plot line is absolutely the worst subplot ever put into 24. It's so distracting, useless and a complete waste of a talented actress. Just when Dana and Cole made it back to CTU I thought, "thank God that mess is over," then the stupid guy calls. Are you kidding me? Why would you even answer your cell phone again during a national crisis? Stupid writers!
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I think it's made the Dana Walsh fiasco this season even worse. Poor Katee Sackhoff is all i was left saying at the end of this weeks episode. Although it has still been a pretty solid season.. aside from the Dana Walsh storyline.
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it just doesn`t make any sense
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Ridiculous twist. If Dana were an evil terrorist mole, one who had no problem taking-out the slimey probation officer once she had the opportunity, why didn't she, or one of her cohorts, "remove" Kevin before the day ever started? No Kevin, no distractions, no problem. And then we wouldn't have had to endure the awful story line for half a season.



What's next? Dana is a Cylon?
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At first I liked the twist, but now come to think about it, it's kinda stupid.
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Her story is kind of weak and I'm curious as to what Al Jazeera has to do with terrorism. It's an Arab News Network that does it's job properly. That's like saying I'm a red neck if I watch Fox News.
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It was great twist I really like it ..24 is fantastic show
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Very terrible what they did with her character for the first half of the season, hopefully this new sub-plot that comes off the heels of the previous one redeems Dana Walsh, I doubt it since she's no Nina Myers.
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Al Jazeera is an Arabic news network, and has absolutely nothing to do with terrorism, and is in fact one of the most impartial news outlets in the world.
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I never liked her character. they did a horrible job trying to get the fans to like her so they can pull of this "twist". It would of been more impactful if she was likable but since the first episode I hated the character. Never gave a damn about the character but now I get to watch her demise after a few episodes of her being sneaky... yay.
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It was a horrible, senseless twist.
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It was a good twist but it doesn't make any sense.

I hope shes in it for the money because otherwise these terrorists had like 30 different plans this time around just in case.
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Crap. Crap. Crap. It makes no sense that she's the CTU mole. Plus, it's stupid.
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It was a great twist. Don't listen to the haters, this show still has plenty of life in it.
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I really don't know why everybody is hating on this twist. I actually liked it. Seriously, 24 has been around for so long, its almost impossible to do anything else for shock factor without looking completely ridiculous. And I still think the writers are doing a great job with this season honestly, with one of the best episodes of the series being last weeks episode. So quit your whining, nothing will satisfy all you haters. Geez.
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Contrary to most people's beliefs, I thought it was a good twist and a good episode. You have to suspend your skepticism a little while watching this show, but I agree that Prady wandered around a bit more than should have been physically possible. However, I believe that this was all in an effort to get us to be more sympathetic to Dana, who continued to be harassed well after she really couldn't do anything to help him. I had a thought last night that Dana would be a good bad guy because it would allow Katee Sackhoff to be kicka$$ again, so now that this subplot has been laid to rest, I am ready to see how Dana works as a bad guy. The past few episode have been looking up for 24, so I am excited to see where they take it now.
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Just when we all thought it couldn't get any worse, it did. Last night's twist was the worst I've ever seen. And just like the comments I read below, this is just plain implausible. Ridiculous. You mean she risked getting in trouble by being absent from her work place to handle the blackmailing ex if she was a mole/terrorist? I think it would have been handled better. Like, hello? Have the terrorist organization take care of the outside interference? I'm sure it was hard planting a mole so I guess they should have taken better care of the situation.

This twist is just not making any sense at all. As much as I used to love 24, with the way this season is going I'm not feeling bad it's getting canceled.
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How in the world could they make tis any more far fetched. Come On! Yes it is true that on "24" you need to have some suspenstion of belief but this is way out there. Her whole story was weak to begin with...parole Officer paying a visit to a Counter terrorist Unit at 3AM in the morning about some missing dude from the mid west? C'mon. If she were a terrorist she would have had no fear all along. I can't stand this. 24 is losing me. I can't understand how they expect everyone to buy this. Haven't we done the mole thing like 7 times already?
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if you subtract the final 30 seconds. it was a great episode. and dana was gonna die by the end one way or another. atleast now she will die for an actual purpose.
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It is a stupid twist. The twist is as implausible as her story itself. Why would Dana aka Jenny suddenly become a cold-blooded killer when she resisted any of Kevin's intimidation? I would have probably not thought much about it if she just got rid of Kevin the way she did with Prady. I know she intended at killing him before Cole so valiantly showed up, but she had much better chances before agreeing to help him with stealing.

I think that this twist is uncalled for. '24' has been actually doing quite well compared to the last two seasons. But this implausibility and inconsistency in character development does not bode well.
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It did not redeem it, arguably nothing can but it now gives her some purpose and the shock factor was a nice added touch
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Thank god they made her a terrorist. Now I'm justified in hating this character other than her being an annoyingly whiney bytch.
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