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24: Live Another Day S09E06: "4:00 PM-5:00 PM"


Even though the last few weeks of 24: Live Another Day have been relatively measured (as measured as you can be when you're wrapping up episodes with drone strikes on abandoned mansions), it was really only a matter of time before the plot started to churn and the action intensified. I've been praising Live Another Day for working on its characters and all that, but at its core, 24 is a show that likes to blow things up, make us feel queasy about torture, and position its lead character at the center of multiple international incidents. "4:00 PM-5:00 PM" brought all of that stuff to the proverbial table. However, while this hour had a handful of solid individual moments (as the nuttier episodes of 24 tend to do), it was also one of the messier efforts, where some of the story beats only served to get from one place to another, logic be damned. 

The sudden (and secret) tension between the Prime Minister and President Heller was probably the guiltiest culprit of them all this week. Although it makes sense that Stephen Fry's Prime Minister character would be skeptical of Heller's plan to stop the awful drone attacks with the use of a high-level criminal and murderer, "4:00 PM-5:00 PM" burned through the development of that skepticism especially fast. Suddenly, the assistant was telling the PM all about Heller's supposed medical condition, and within 25 minutes, their entire relationship had crumbled and MI5 was interrupting Jack and Kate's field operation. The show didn't fundamentally alter any of the involved parties in order to establish that tension, but it did feel as if David Fury's script really needed to get to a certain point before the hour was through, and this was the only way to do it. Weirdly, this was the first time all season where I found myself wishing that Live Another Day had more episodes, so that it could further build up the story further. Ultimately, though, it's not just the quick evolution of the tension; it's also that the tension led to the kind of silly "Oh no, Jack's been captured again!" stuff that this season had previously done a great job of avoiding directly.

While that particular turn triggered flashbacks to some of 24's lesser episodes, there were other instances where "4:00 PM-5:00 PM" almost knowingly and winkingly acknowledged its ridiculous nature. 24 isn't the kind of series to "go meta" if you will, but there was something very frustrating and yet oddly enjoyable about Kate volunteering to inject herself with the anaesthetic to prevent maximum torture damage, only for the goons to almost immediately inject her with a competing agent to make the torture as awful as possible. Furthermore, of course MI5 would bust in right at the exact moment before Rask (the mysterious dude Jack told President Heller about last week) was about to hit enter on the bank account password, a move that would've given Chloe important access and put she and Jack on their way to some semblance of success, and of course Rask would blow himself up with a grenade before giving up any real information about Margot or his relationship with her. Those are the types of things that are supposed to be intense and gut-wrenching, but here, they were mostly just silly. And yet, it kind of seemed like this episode was aware of all that, as if the writers were burning through the typical 24 playbook while breaking the story for this short season and all of a sudden realized, "Oh yeah, we haven't done THAT yet."


You could make the same argument about the two most notable moments of the episode: the extended torture sequence and the (first) mole reveal. Though the first hour of the season contained a brief sequence where Chloe was tortured in the dungeons of the CIA HQ, what Rask's henchmen did to Kate here was longer and much more uncomfortable. It was gross, as all 24 torture scenes are, but I did appreciate that this one was low on blood, stabbings, biting, etc. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing easy about seeing Kate chained up, soaked down, and shocked repeatedly. But for this show? Tame(ish). Moreover, unlike many of the torture sequences in the show's history, this one at least served a bit of character purpose, as it illustrated how far Kate was willing to go for the job—and obviously to point out that she wasn't just the weak link who couldn't identify that her husband was selling state secrets. Hey, did you guys know that happened? How bizarre that this was the first time the show had ever mentioned that. Yvonne Strahovski was good in those scenes, if it's not too weird to say that someone was good as they're being drenched with dirty bucket water while wearing a white shirt. 

And of course, we're halfway through the season now, so it was only fitting that Hour 6 unmasked a mole. It's Navarro! Anytime you see a character walk down a hallway looking over his shoulder and/or digging around in their pocket for a phone, it's a good sign that they're not playing for Team Jack (or I guess in this case, Team Kate). Wouldn't you know it, the dude who won't stop talking about how Kate is trying to compensate for her inability to see her husband's crimes was actually involved in some kind of cover-up that Kate and her husband took the fall for. At this time, we don't know who was on the other end of Navarro's secret mole line, but we do know that the person loves voice modulators. Frankly, it would have been interesting for Live Another Day to avoid the mole pratfalls, and for a few weeks, it did. Does it make sense that Navarro is such an evildoer if he spent the hour before this one risking his life in a botched mission that resulted in a drone attack? Probably not. But it will at least be fun to see Benjamin Bratt gnaw through some scenery once the show tells us a bit more about what's going on here. 

There were other goings-on in this episode that I didn't particularly care for, even if they weren't out-and-out awful. Simone being forced to check in on Naveed's civilian sister as some sort of cruel punishment and/or test by Margot was toothless in the ways that those kinds of stories always are on this show, but it's also tough for me to complain about a brief story that ended with Simone getting straight-up bulldozed by a bus (again, this hour sort of knew it was being ridiculous). Mark found himself in some hot water with the Russians for the forged signature from a few hours ago, which probably opens the door for him to be truly evil once this thing with Jack goes further south and the Russians take a more proactive approach to procuring Jack. But hey, at least Jack lied to Mark and told him that Audrey espoused on and on about how happy she is to be married! That falsehood will surely not bite Jack or Audrey in the bottom sometime in the near future. 


This was probably my least favorite episode of the season thus far, especially considering that it followed two legitimately good ones. Nevertheless, everything that was dumb or sloppy or annoying about it was in keeping with 24 tradition, and that's worth acknowledging. As the midpoint of Live Another Day, "4:00 PM-5:00 PM" skipped ahead too quickly in some spots and diverged into cliché too easily in others, but there's still enough forward momentum here that there's absolutely no reason to get discouraged yet.  



COMM & CLASSIFIED FILES

– I really enjoyed some of the location shooting in this episode. The warehouses, penthouses, and HQs are nice and all, but Live Another Day would be well-served to film more scenes like Jack and Kate's conversation outside. Just put the characters in the space, ya know?

– Rask wasn't much of a character after last week's build-up. Jack had been working with him before, he and Kate had to concoct a story to keep the cover going, etc. Again, stuff we've seen so often on this show. Even when it's not terrible, it can be terribly familiar. 

– Any ideas as to what Steve is up to, or who's at the other end of that voice modulator? It's too easy to assume Margot, right? She just tried to blow him up after all.

– The DAMMIT TRACKER is still stalled, but what about the KILL TRACKER? All hell broke loose at the end there in Rask's place, and I don't think Jack killed anyone, but let me know just in case. You're doing important work out there. 


What'd you think of this one? Halfway through, are you still invested in Live Another Day?


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Yes there's a mole in the CIA, yes the CIA is incompetent, yes Jack/Chloe and now Kate are up against impossible odds but isn't this what the show is all about? Would you rather watch trash like Honey Boo Boo or something special like 24? I'm sick of all the garbage on tv these days so this show is a welcome relief.
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I'm pretty sure Jack mowed down some of Rask's men. As for how many? Who knows, it was a lot of fast editing.
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its gotta be at least 2
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Oh well - now I certainly know good old 24 is back: we have a scheming government official (Mark), a mole in the CIA (Navarro), and quite possible a scheme to oust the president due to health problems (Heller's Alzheimer's disease). And of course, a hot, no-nonsense female field agent (Kate), who might also have something in her past (not necessarily being on the baddies' side, of course).

I started watching this mostly out of nostalgia, but I am afraid the formula is so worn-out that no one can really do anything interesting with it. I guess we need to be thankful that it's only 12 episodes this time, otherwise we would surely have some crazy storylines, leading nowhere. And the sights are nice, it's a good thing they shot on location in London, it adds a lot when you shoot in a real city, rather than a studio set.
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I'm surprised Navarro is hiding something. So far we don't know what he's doing. But nevertheless this would be a rare moment that he plays a bad guy.
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On TV shows someone running away always falls over or is hit by a car, lol.
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The American agencies' (CTU, CIA or whatever) security system is always a joke ,there is always a mole .Logic be damned indeed
This episode is typical 24-episode, nonetheless enjoyable
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I still enjoy this episode just as much as the previous two. I still prefer the shorter 24 season. I was thinking this show is doing so well now it just might get another summer order for next season. I would not be surprised.

Simone being sent to kill Naveed's sister was so tense and I was so glad the little girl got away. I was thinking perhaps now Simone might turn on her mother.

I love it is finally revealed that kate's husband was not the mole after all and Kate did not miss anything. I was thinking this season we might not have any mole but alas the writers just could not avoid it.

Still loving Yvonne's work even when she is being tied up or perhaps especially when she is tied up ;-)

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You totally missed the point on the Navarro mole . . . he's not a terrorist and he is not working with Margot . . . he is the one who was selling secrets to the Chinese and he set up Kate's husband to take the fall . . . it was probably someone in the Chinese or American government on the other line, this is separate from the Margot terrorist threat . . . pay attention man
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it wont be 24 if there isn't any mole/traitor in the government agency where jack is currently helping...or using.

Hottest mole: Nina and Katee Sackahoff
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Another daft but enjoyable episode of 24 I love how english the MI5 soldiers are "Please come with us" that was to Rask terrorist . The torture thing is getting on a bit but it was nice to see a eastender baddie putting on a south African accent LOL.
See the typical British getting all panicky over a dodgy US president a bit like Ronnie and Maggie . I don't understand Navarro mole plot strand he certainly not working for Margot. Also I can see Jack being pissed off with british secret secret service, Looking forward to more craziness in next episode I am hoping Grant and Phil make a surprise entrance as Margot henchmen!
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Navarro was probably the one seling secrets, it is a side plot that Kate will feature in eventually.
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It is another group that Tony was working for a few seasons back ways of dismantling the US goverment?
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Maybe, there are always rich mysterious people behind the scenes.
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As David Fury wrote this one, I'm pretty sure all of the comedy was completely intentional. Besides the stuff mentioned in this review, the other thing that made me laugh was how terrible MI5 is.
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MI5 was doing ok until one guy came in with a gun and all of them couldn't take him out.
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LOGIC BE DAMNED!!! THIS EP WAS AWESOME!!
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Loved the latest episode. Mayhem, moles, someone getting hit by a bus! This is the 24 we know and love. Although I appreciated the more measured approach of the first five episodes, I felt that 24 is truly back after the most recent hour. And Kate Morgan is a huge plus.
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great episode i was clearly impressed, and i dont know why guys are complaining about the mole issue, navarro is not a mole at least thats what im seeing , he could be undercover, he could be, working for someone for a certain reason, but he is definately not working for margot's crew .....dont think benjamin brat would just sign up to play a mole, that aside kate morgan has proved to me that she is 100 times better than renee will ever be in just 6 hours she has made me forget rennee ever was on 24.... that aside this was the best episode of lad hands down, i bet form this episode on wards we are gonna see a great show
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Casey will save the day :)
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Totally enjoyed this episode! Kate is really proving herself as a top agent and she has a confirmed kill! Let start a tally for her as well. Speaking of, I saw Jack get 2! Now we just need some DAMMIT's, DAMMIT!
That Prime Minister is on my S*** List! His "assistant" too. When will people ever learn to ALWAYS listen to Jack? Sending MI5 will have repercussions I'm sure because there always has to be the political drama part in 24.
Who called Steve Navarro as the mole? I can't remember but kudos to whoever it was! Also what if it's TONY ALMEDA on the other end? I know....it would be beyond ridiculous but that is why most of us love and watch this show! Bring Tony in on the game.
So was Kate's husband framed?
How much crazier can Mommy Dearest get? She is totally insane!
How will Mark weasel his way out if the forged document with the Russians? Or will he?
Sad we are half way through.....wish we had more episodes ahead!
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I would love to see a show with Yvonne Strahovski playing a character like Kate. She is a lot like Jack Bauer and it would surprise me if Jack Bauer dies at the end of this season and the next one is about Kate.
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I hope that Jack doesn't die. I think she would be a perfect match for Jack both professionally and personally. And unlike Audrey she didn't need jack to save her.
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This tells another story: http://24.wikia.com/wiki/On-screen_kills_by_Jack_Bauer
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Best episode of this run to date, for me. The men were men. The Women were Little. Political intrigue aplenty. A real ensemble story. And a pleasing gun battle - even if the MI5 squad seemed to weirdly disappear at the finish. Oh and that torture scene was intense, if laugh out loud crazy from a medical point of view. But that's 24. Madly good.
I'm looking forward to more Jack and Kate scenes. The actors seem to play well together and their characters don't have all the emotional baggage with each other which allows them to both be strong. And this, at least, makes for a more realistic partnership in the field; where each are willing to do whatever to save the other or, let them sacrifice the other.
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This is 24, what did you expect? It is classic 24 in every way. Instead of Jack being tortured (thank goodness I think he would have a heart attack at his age) they torture Kate. A Mole, of course. Villians doing weird things, politicos turning on each other, and cool shoot-outs too. Glad to see the daughter hit by that bus, and I can't wait to see who is behind the modulated voice. Perhaps an old classic 24 villian from the past, like Tony Almaida, or the ex-President who looked like Nixon. I could use a lot less of that "Kate's husband was a traitor" line though. Dammit!
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maybe its Kate's husband behind the voice!!
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Navarro and the voice both mentioned Adam Morgan during the call.
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Well it is sad the chained up tortured move and kill a ,man with legs while chained up , has been done in movies so many times as well as 24 .
Ok Kate ex husband yet to named, was set up .did navvoro have a thing for kate in the past and got rejected ..

Simmone whacked buy a bus was cool spot and changes the plot up , since previews show she is alive but in custody .

UK PM had every right to not trust Heller , hell it is country his political carrer and perhaps his way of making sure they stop the attack, hell he could end up disgraced if he let a Pres of another country run the operation .one who will later be reveled to all he has Alzheimer ...

Jack and Kate , glad we got kate to take the totrture . see how that changes her outlook . But since she took the neddle and put herself out , she seems to have a past of oain tolence

Oh in the shootout jack killed at least 3 bad guys
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This episode was fun but a little silly. But the most important thing for me is that Jack did manage to get to the computer and hit the Enter key before the grenade explosion, keeping the plot moving forward. I mentioned this last week, in any other season Jack would have failed and they'd have used another couple of episodes to find a work around. The 12 episode season means they're not delaying and Jackblocking and it's a much better show for it.
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This episode was just ridiculous. I guess 24 got us used to this.
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Why 24, whyyy? Why do you insist on recycling the same crap season after season. The mole story lines were very good for the first few times but by now they are just ridiculous. How many times can a show repeat the same crap?

Also every time Michelle Fairley pops on screen I wonder wtf is Catelyn Stark doing on 24?
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If you were an avid watcher of Chuck, things would feel even weirder for you, trust me.
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I watched a thoroughly enjoyed Chuck. However, GOT is much fresher in my memory. The Rains of Castamere scarred me for life.
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Review is spot on. I had 24 tinted glasses on throughout this episode any other shot would have irritated me with what went on with this one.
As it is 24 though i found myself oddly enjoying the absurdity. It was like seeing high school friends for the first time in ages and just having fun and forgetting you haven't spoken for years.

Moments like Jacks infiltration plan going wrong, even though he suspected it would.
Interference from an outside source that helps and harms at the same time
Good old torture. although Kate was on the receiving end.
Navarros villain turn
Tech analyst who finds an 'anomaly' and inadvertently puts themselves in danger.
Assasination gone wrong because of feelings (simone) and then getting injured so that when Jack finds her he will have to use some insane method to get answers out of her.
Chief of staff doing duplicitous things for the 'greater good/personal resentment
There where more but these things are like 24 lore.

Where this differs is the pacing..So for instance Simone would have been with Navids family for another 2 episodes before things spiraled like they did.
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the only reason anyone is still watching this is because of nostalgia and the 24 fondness we still feel from back in the day binge viewing the damn show. i stopped after ep2 i have to admit. too predictable and boring.
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Strahotski is working very hard to differentiate this character from Chuck's Sarah - no makeup, bad haircut, loose clothes, total badassery; I think she's doing a great job - she could handle a spinoff character in a new series for FOX. Kiefer could exec produce it - he said he's not working for anyone, so some DARPA Dude or Elon Musk character could fund this little onternational problem-solver enterprise.
I'd watch that
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First she has to survive this season.
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I liked the red-haired ex-FBI girl, but they had to kill her. At least, it served a purpose.
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I rewatched the original 24 series not long ago. And, cougars aside, it was fantastically entertaining, even through greatly predictable. Predictable in the sense of what was going to happen over the course of the season. 24 has a playbook of about a dozen or so arcs and will use 8 of those in any given season.

- The CTU/Government official who is a mole and working for the bad guys
- The CTU/Government official who is ambitious to the point of lunacy creating problems for Jack & Co.
- The CTU/Government official who is trying to cover up their own misdoings to the point of lunacy creating problems for Jack & Co

Take any two of those and combine them with at least one of

- An ultra smart villain who routinely underestimates Jack, even though they're fully aware of his capabilities
- A villain who's sympathetic and second guessing the action they're about to take

From there, there are plenty of options to make up the sub-plots, though my favourite is innocent woman who was duped by a villain and convinced to go undercover which always ends badly. And by favourite, I mean not.

Five episodes into, I was REALLY hoping 24 would break it mold and just have straight up good guys working at 100% efficiency trying to straight up bad guys working at 100% efficiency. No stupid behaviour to get in the way. Just best on best. Alas, we're right back to the old 24, which isn't bad persay, just...you know.

Prime Minister second guessing the president off an unconfirmed illness. Margot seems like a pretty intuitive, if not bat sh*t crazy villain...she really can't see Simone having all sorts of issues with having her finger cut off, he husband killed and being ordered to murder her sister in law and daughter? MI5 presuming Jack double crossed the US only because he put Kate in the trunk, only to show up at the "perfect" time and eventually screw things up because one can't keep his grenades secure? Seriously?

I've always thought 24 episdoes for any TV series season was too long, but at least with 24, I understood why. That's the entire hook. I'm not sure if a show called 18 or 14 would have the same ring to it. With only 12 episodes, I thought they were going to have a shorter, more on point story (see Sengala TV movie). Instead, it looks like they're taking a full 24 episode season of craziness and trying to shoe horn that into 12 episodes {sigh}.

I came into this fully prepared to hate Live Another Day as the cheap cash grab it is. But it didn't take long for me to don my Bauer pom poms and enjoy seeing a new path for everybody's favourite agent and his devoted nerdy sidekick. Now, it's looking more and more like the cash grab I thought it was going to be and offering nothing new to the franchise.

"At this time, we don't know who was on the other end of Navarro's secret mole line"

Sounded like ol' Michael Wincott to me. He's got a pretty destinct voice.
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It's dumb, pandering, predictable, and repetitive.
And we just love watching it.
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The feminists are killing off the good shows which had strong male casts by insisting more females get added. So the female is given the part written for the male actor without any change or logic it is a girl in a man’s role. This is just taking good parts for men and giving them to woman for some liberal social experiment and quota. Then you ask why are the strong action shows like 24 and Grimm failing.

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According to Fox News, you're a latent homosexual and about to go on a killing spree - look out poster's below.
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As long as they are all liberals, it is all good.
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He practically admitted it in his last Mad Men comment. He spoke of men compulsively spreading AIDS.
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Don't you Homosexuals have hissy fits?
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You're the one most at risk to play for the other team.
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Not to worry. I have plenty of women friends to scare him off. :-)
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Lovers?
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Gender roles haven't been clearly defined since the mid 19th century before the suffragette movement pushed for women to get the vote. Since then its been a consistent transition to modernism. If you want to live in the mid-1800s you'll have to do without electricity. And good luck with that Civil War on the way.
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Are you doing a sociology and/or history degree by any chance? Jack would be proud.
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Unfortunately no, and I really wanted Jack to be proud of me, DAMMIT!
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Ha! You could always assassinate Putin and develop the cure for AIDS.
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Haha, what?
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Do you just copy-paste that comment into every show that features a woman in a leading role?
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For the six of you slacker liberals who live here, no, I just find the feminist push into entertainment what is killing good TV. On to baseball, men's Baseball.
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Not only that, he posts almost exactly the same comment for this show every week.
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Get the point?
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Not just this show. That's why I asked about the copy-paste function.
There are a few variations. On Crossbones he was complaining about one of the pirates having 'itty bitty titties' while beating up English marines.
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black 'itty bitty titties' , how PC.
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it took him two days to write it the first time down in Mom's basement. It was inspired by her dominance of him - bet that was tough to pull off - and his inner child yelling "I'm a 27 year=old virgin and I can't find a girl because they are all tougher than me".
So he has nothing else to write. Nor wit enough to top it.
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So not true. My daughter could kick your azz.
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So I assume you tell your daughter that she can't have a career because you've decided women are incapable of it? Especially as an actress because then she might steal one of your precious male roles.
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LOL.
I think he is genuinely frightened.
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frightened and fantasizing
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Jack is very persuasive, but agreeing to being delivered, unconscious, as a peace offering, to an illegal arms dealer... I can't decide if Kate is very brave or completely insane.

Looks like we now know who the mole is.
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I loved the look on Jack's face when she did it! It was a mix of disbelief and excitement!
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I think she's still in damaged mode over her husband and willing to do anything to prove herself.
I'm wondering if Audrey's going to shit out again and the other reveal will be her husband at the other end of the line. It also could give Jack an out from the Russians, with Heller 'pardoning' him and letting him run - with/for Audrey? Or is that too much of a Telenovela? Oi, papi!
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Not mentioned here or in any of the other reviews that I've read, is a profound revelation made by Jack, he's not working for anyone - not for CTU, or the CIA or NSA or any of the other agencies that make up the intelligence alphabet soup. Jack is working for himself. That one very brief statement...said so much.
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He's working for America. He doesn't need any TLA to back him up, he just needs to save the day.
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Nope, not America. For what he feels is right. At this time, it's preventing a terrorist attack in London.
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Yeah, I swear I heard movie guy go, "And this time it's personal!"
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Jack killed at least one guy. He was shooting Rasks trained killers to wound.
That was a good ep.
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still enjoyable but getting back to old habits of traitors :( :(
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0k, the bus stunt looked real; does anyone know, can we know / find out whether it had been an actual stunt?

I'm just asking because it might've been a guy, with long hair, or wearing wig - since it didn't seem that it was Emily Berrington; & if it wasn't her - why not?! They do EVERYTHING else digitally, basically, so why not yank her down in front of a green screen?.. Do you guys know how it was performed? :)
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Too many girls playing important parts on this show to care.
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On the other end of Navarro's line...Heller. His alzheimer's has caused him to develop multiple personas one betraying the US government and one actively working to stop the other. Scientifically possible? No. But 24 would do it? Absolutely.
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Haha, nice; that'd be hilarious (& make the MI5 move justifiable :))
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C'mon, it's Baldrick working for General Melchett - he has a cunning plan.
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Sorry, Cory... only read half the article. That says nothing about your writing, but only that you knew the same stuff and felt the same way I did when watching this. Perhaps you said it later, and I'll come back and read the rest, but this rebirth of 24 showed promise until the last two episodes when it slid back into a completely predictable action genre show. I'll still watch it, but we all already know what's going to happen, more or less.
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Oh, you know.. I also had a problem with the 'two legitimately good ones' (preceding this episode). Not able to put my finger on it, exactly, but maybe it's like you say!
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So does 24 not get enough budget for blood? Because the close up bleeding through shirts looks terrible. CGI? Really?
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The CGI they have on this show is so bad. The drones look like something from the 90's.
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Lol, was it really CGI? xD
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SHocker, after mentioning Kate's husband about 10000 times about how hes a traitor, it turns out Navarro is the traitor. Should have not mentioned it so much then MAYBE it would have been a little more shocking. I also Jack or Heller bitches out the PM for nearly messing everything up
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Jack definitely killed a few of Rask's henchmen when MI5 burst in. Also, I can't hear the South African accent without thinking of Neill Blomkamp's character from District 9, so watching that guy torture Kate wasn't as intense as it probably should have been. Can't believe we're halfway through already, I've enjoyed this series a lot more than I did Days 6 through 8.
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I thought this episode (and season thus far) was awesome. All the 24 tropes put right where they belong.
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I actually thought the episode was really good. Everything that happened wasn't sloppy, but necessary, and not just because it's 24. To me, there was a good flow throughout the whole episode. Sometimes, decisions need to be rushed. You're judging way too harshly in my opinion.
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It wouldn't be 12, er, 24, without a mole -- or at least a good guy with sinister ulterior motives -- inside the CTU/CIA. I was really hoping they'd have retired this worn out cliche by now. Sigh, silly me.
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24's plots have all been so bullet-ridden it's amazing anyone bothers to post about them. I'm voting for General Melchett. on the other end of phone. Damn it, did it again.
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But, ofc., heheh :-$
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- This has probably been said countless times, but people need to stop acting like goddam idiots and JUST DO WHAT JACK BAUER SAYS. TO THE LETTER. Sheesh. That said, all the obstacles thrown Jack's way - this week, the antidote conveniently present to counteract Jack's drug to make Kate effectively tortureable (?), the MI5 bursting in just before Rask could hit Enter - I'd like to think they're also shout-outs to us fans who love 24 for all its ridiculous moments.

- That was not just a bus, Cory, but a red double-decker London bus. Nobody else feels the need to signpost "We're in London" as much as American tv shows/ movies do. Bless you all.

- The person at the end of the voice modulator - my guess is Adrian Cross or Mark Boudreau.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but the voice that Navarro was on the phone with sounded British. I had a bad feeling about Navarro from the get-go, but Mark just genuinely seems like a guy that is trying to protect his wife (and just got up to his ears in shit by forging that executive order), and Adrian seems unlikely to be working with Navarro (he's more into the freedom of information and helping people; that betrayal of Bauer I considered to be more of a retaliation for Jack beating him up and threatening him for his help). My guess would be that Navarro's working with Margot or some higher up in the British government.
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It almost sounded like the PM to me and I was thinking it was someone in the British government with whom Navarro is working with. Either that or the person on the other end of the phone could be someone who is looking to make a point to draw Jack out to kill him.
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Yes, voice modulator aside, I thought it sounded British too. I can't remember the details, but the drama surrounding the mole was related to Kate's husband and state secrets. It could explain why Cross is so reluctant to get involved in the present drone/Heller assassination attempt, if it exposes his relationship with Navarro.

Hmm... could it be the woman who told PM Stephen Fry (I forgot his name) about Heller's condition? Its just that we're halfway through the season and TVTrope101 dictates that a mole like that is usually hidden in plain sight and not likely to be someone we haven't seen :)

You're probably right about Boudreau - he looked so damn uncomfortable just getting the call from the Russian minister. Can't imagine him being cool and confident enough to pull off being a mole.
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A thousand thumbs up for that first sentence. My biggest problem with this show is that even someone like Heller, who knows that Jack is always right, has been doing everything to sabotage what Jack's doing until now. He even authorized that team to take Jack by force a few episodes ago, without suggesting to them that it's preferable to keep him alive.
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I actually thought this episode was well done. Seeing Yvonne Strahovski tied up and tortured reminds me of her Chuck days, and its heart breaking every single time. Shes such a talented actress, and this episode was no exception. I hope Jack and Kate get together or at least become good friends.
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Strahotski is working very hard to differentiate this character from Chuck's Sarah - no makeup, bad haircut, loose clothes, total badassery; I think she's doing a great job - she could handle a spinoff character in a new series for FOX
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5 years and 91 episodes of Chuck lame, surprising she made it, lolz!
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Boo! Troll much? Yes 5 years, 91 episodes of awesomeness. She was the only good thing about dexters final two seasons too.
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Chuck was seriously terrible. The writing was just awful, I don't know how it went 5 seasons.
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Calm down, fanboy.
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I can't even lie, when it comes to her I really am
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