Devoted "24" fans have probably heard the story (I know I've heard the producers tell it a half-dozen times): One possible ending to the show's sixth season involved Jack Bauer, physically and psychically beaten after the fourth or fifth most difficult day of his life, standing on a cliff staring into existential limbo, uncertain what to do next. A car pulls up. A stranger's inside. It's TONY ALMEIDA! He's ALIVE and he asks Jack to come with him. The jaws of the collective "24" fanbase drop. Credits roll.
For various reasons, that ending was discarded and viewers were left mostly with Jack's ever-increasing ennui and a Southern California dawn.
Monday (Feb. 23) night's episode showed exactly how much the "24" writers and producers still loved that ending.
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Although last week's episode was the season's first hour shot post-strike hiatus, it seemingly took a little bit of extra time for producers to perform a fully extrication. FOX has been promising for days that "This will be the hour that changes everything" and, go figure, the promotional hyperbole was accurate. Monday night's "24" did, indeed, change everything insofar as the producers seemingly looked around nervously, shrugged and said, "OK. Let's start again." Read more