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Two steps forward with two bad guys disposed of, but one huge step back as a former villain rears his ugly head. Let's get to the moving pictures for hour 10!



The chase from last week continues as Navarro continues to elude Jack.



Jack phones Kate to clue her in about Navarro's treachery. Navarro manages to make the drop to Cross who escapes with the Override, but Navarro himself is taken into custody. Meanwhile Jack sees exactly who is running off with the prize.



And we get our first "Damn It" of the hour. I think that was directed more at seeing Chloe with Cross than Cross running away.



Meanwhile, the gang guesses correctly Navarro had a way to track the location of the Override. But he isn't willing to give it up without full immunity from the Prez, which acting Head of Station Erik is willing to give. Unfortunately for Navarro - Jack is not. Jack had some good lines this hour, including this one about immunity not being on the table, while his hand is:





Mr. Mustache wants an update on Mark's task of securing Bauer for the Russians.



Mark gives them the ability to track Jack and apprehend him themselves. That deal is good enough for them to hold off on turning Mark's forgery against him.



Cross has tried to convince Chloe his intentions for the Override are noble. He wants to give every country access to the technology crippling the military and making war technology obsolete. It appears the Override can be configured to be the ultimate MacGuffin and can control all weapons systems. Chloe tags along for a bit while looking for the right opportunity to grab the Override.



Cross is having none of that. While he still wants to win Chloe over to his side, he does use the threat of a gun to continue to tag along.



Jack was the wildcard in getting to Navarro to talk. Erik would not let him go all Bauer on him so it is time to go to plan B for Kate. Kate totally Jacks-out and attacks Navarro in the infirmary and in an interesting role switch, Navarro begs Jack to save him - blurting out the codes that allowed him to track the location of the Override.



I love how Navarro caved like a little bitch, completely falling for the bad cop and worse cop routine. The look on his face when he realized he was just played was priceless. Kate lets him know she will be front and center at his execution.



Cross and Chloe arrive at the new digs of Open Cell only to find someone already dropped in to say hello.



Guess who? Holy crap!



It is Cheng! The man who was so evil he was thrown into prison to rot by his own government. And oh yeah - the guy who tortured Jack for a year and Audrey into catatonia. Cross thought it was the Chinese government financing Open Cell while all along it was Cheng who had an agenda of his own. And it sure wasn't to give the Override to the world.

After using Cross to coerce Chloe into getting the Override up and running for him, his use came to an end.



But not before he was able to tell Chloe that Morris and Prescott were not the result of an assassination gone wrong. Cross had been withholding information because he wanted to Chloe to stay - but her family was killed in an accident. Nothing more.



After Mark found out Jack was leading the retrieval of the Override, he tries to get the Russians to call off the imminent abduction. To no avail.



With the Override in reach, a new obstacle makes this day even longer for everyone involved. Good thing the Russians are crappy shots.



SPRIT SCLEENS!!



Cheng sends an order to a US nuclear sub to fire on a Chinese aircraft carrier.
Chloe mourns defeat and loss all in one moment. Mark and Heller await news from Jack. Erik is in a state of WTF as he has no idea what just happened to Kate and Bauer, both of which try to shoot their way out and back on task.

And as for those torpedoes heading toward the Chinese carrier?



Yup. Whatever Cheng's plan is, it is in motion.



See you next hour!

-*Edshrinker*-



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Navarro, Jack and Kate scenes where all well done. Navarro literally running into someone who just so happened to have an automatic weapon in the middle of nowhere waas unintentionally hilarious

Marc continues to interest as he has clearly noticed Audrey's 'splishing' over Jack.

Cross the double crosser, got double crossed and then crossed out. lol.
That little bit about him lying to Chloe about her Families death was heartbreaking, but somehow his delivery allowed you to feel 1% sympathetic for him, i think he actually did love her in a warped way .
Although the expression on Chloes face quickly erased any sympathy for him as we and she realized shes bought into his whole organization and the man himself on a lie.

and......FUCKING CHENG RETURNED. How did i not see this coming. Of all the characters to bring back Cheng did not even cross my mind..But he has ties to Audrey and Jack and basically destroyed both there lives. Not to mention he does love to cause chaos for no apparent reason. Love that his face is still scarred up. He was ruthlessly efficient in this episode. His plan also is extreme so he is quite the threat.

Didnt like how Jack and Kate survived with not even a scratch..Although it made her badass that she is also inheriting his overall Bauerness.
Next ep looks insane.
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Klaus - i always love your comments on here. very appreciated!
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Yeah - it was the tragic story about maintaining a lie to keep what you love. I actually felt for Cross. I thought he would be the big bad and I was wrong. He had noble intentions - he was just a fucking moron. Cheng. Yeah ...we can trust him. Al those computers and he couldn't Google the guy he is dealing with?
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Starting here;
Next ep looks insane. HELLS EFFING YES it does. America! Fuck Yeah!

I wanted to ask a Brit about that. Do they have armed soldiers on the street just hanging like that? I mean - Christ they ride America for our freedom with guns, but if it like martial law and there are soldiers with automatic weapons - how the fuck can they brag about their cops not having guns?
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Thats why it was so funny. Soldiers are never on the streets just patrolling like that, even with the few terrorists attacks that have hit London over the years. At most they would be seen guarding venues and important buildings. Cops in the uk aren't even allowed guns..Only specialised units.

I found that scene so hilariously funny, only on 24 could you be running down a back alley and into someone just standing there carrying an assault rifle...Damn ive missed this show i hope they carry on with this 12 episode format.
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I guess if they continue they'll have to rename it "12"

Kiefer said he was done ...but he said that before. I guess this season is what they were thinking of doing for that Movie that never got greenlit. I'd love to see Kate take over the mantle (maybe with some guest shots with Jack).

That is hilarious with the guns. Jeebus - even 'Mericka doesn't have armed soldiers patrolling. We'd even freak out from that. The writers just said - "well, 'Merickins are watchin ..they won't blink at the sight of an assault rifle coming out of nowhere"
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I counted one dammit/damnit this week. Were there any more?
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Hope Jack gets Cheng. Cheng is one of the coldest villains I've ever seen. If there was anyone who deserves to die it's him.
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And not just die. I hope Audrey gets to "play" with him for awhile
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So, that's all it takes to launch torpedoes at a foreign aircraft carrier? I can't wait till Jack goes ballistic on Mark and Audrey splooshes again.
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I swear I think she has tiny orgasms with simply someone saying "Jack"
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I assumed those are ultra secure communications - hence the severity of that Override. that and all the launch codes were authenticated. BUt yeah - you would think there are double and triple checks before a war is started. Before Cross' device I assume no one dreamed those EAMs could be forged.
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"Mr. Mustache"!!!!! I was trying hard to find a name for him! I was thinking of Doubtashce. That thing is awesome! I asked the hubby to grow his like that and sadly he declined. Anyway woot woot Cheng! Jack needs to get his revenge on him!
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I'd like to see Audrey shake off the "fragility" and show up to torture Cheng into catatonia.
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I see the hackers ordered some chinese LOL , I would of put chas and dave in the interegoration room at least it would of being quicker. Also I like it when Mark hits Russian answer machine 1 more vodka 2 American we hate you 3 Olga mmm !
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THey ordered Chinese and were hungry again in an hour. OR was that lack of blood?

He was having that fantastic facial hair groomed - could not answer.
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like kill bill when the bride goes to see the master LOL
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Jack and Kate are a fantastic team. They work beautifully together.

You missed Kate and Jack as caged tigers. One of the best shots of the evening:

I can't do gif's, sorry.

Benjamin Bratt is doing a great job as self-righteous coward.
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Totally. They probably didn't even have to plan the interrogation, just nodded at each other and went for it. I love that they've completely bypassed the "Jack teaches a promising but inexperienced agent how it's done" stage, and cut straight to them getting on like a house on fire. A house with napalm and cluster bombs in the walls.
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Best.
Analogy.
Ever.

Eff Napalm and bombs. You could say both would never take the "Nuclear option" off the table. Just like Navarro's hand.
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Jack talks to her like he is her big brother. I really like the dynamic.

That was funny. Put those two together and they come up with some great plans.

Loved seeing Navarro piss himself when Kate "Jacked-Out"
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"Jacks-out"~~the perfect term.
I should of known Cheng was involved!
Great recap and get that song out of my head!!!!
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LOL. Tell me about it. I thought of it half way through the upload of this and it has been in my head ever since.

Thanks Vicky!
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so do you think wimpy Audrey (I like her but she seems fragile most of the time) will Jack-out on Mark? I hope so!
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Yeah - the previews look like the Prez finds out. She appears to tell Jack to go Jack-out on the Chinese.
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