Season 1 Episode 24

Day 1: 11:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 21, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Palmer has had enough of Sherry's power plays and has a final showdown with her in the hotel ballroom. Nina knows that the Drazens have no leverage without Kim, so she calls Jack and tells him that Kim's is dead, sending him off on a warpath. CTU works fast to discover the second mole in the building, but not before Nina attempts to escape. Jack returns to CTU to reunite with his family, but joy quickly turns to sorrow.moreless

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  • The first season ends with Jack defeating the Drazens once and for all. However, it turns out to be a very costly triumph.

    Whenever I see this terrific episode I still think about it quite a bit. One advantage of having the DVD set of this season is it gave me a glimpse into what could have been with this episode. The special features has the alternate ending in which Nina, or should I say Yalena, temporarily grew a conscience and spared Teri's life. I still debate which would have been the better ending. When I first saw this episode I actually liked the way it ended. Nothing personal towards Teri I just like how the series defied convention and did not give us a happy ending like the "Die Hard" movies always do. Another case for this ending is that it would fit with Nina and what kind of person she is. She has murdered four people during the season. Why would she spare Teri? Is it because she feels sorry for her because of her affair with Jack? Maybe she thought Jack would be less likely to pursue her and would not try to kill her if she spared Teri. The ending that was ultimately used for the episode does fit with the season as a whole because it keeps consistent with Nina's actions and character. She is a ruthless killer who will do what she needs to do to stay alive and avoid capture. Still, whenever I watch the alternate ending I feel that I still would have enjoyed this episode just as much. That being said I enjoyed this episode for many other reasons as well. The most obvious being Jack storming the Drazen hideout in grand fashion. Very well staged and very thrilling also. The scenes between Senator Palmer and his wife were nothing short of amazing. Great drama to compliment the great action. More than a decade after it originally aired, season one of "24" feels just as new and exciting as ever.moreless
  • Amazing ending

    The wtwists in this episode was so shocking at the time. What a great 2 hour ending. No other shows has ever come close to this, Killing major characters, do you see that happening on TWD... I dont think so.
  • Certainly an action show but with a very weak plot

    I found the show to be very watchable in spite of the weak plot.

    I have no understanding why someone like Jack Bauer would have ever been attracted to someone as silly and unintelligent as his wife. The daughter is equally unbelievable. If you want to do something idiotic then one of these two will surely oblige.

    The plot also seems to lack any continuity of reason from one episode to another. As the plot unravels, earlier actions by some of the characters seem implausible.

    The acting throughout is excellent, and the action scenes riveting - but this first season is a very mixed bag and generally tests believability..moreless
  • Fantastic end to Day 1.

    This episode finished day 1 ending it very well with Jack having a final showdown with the Drazens and Jack is even more determined to kill them because he thinks they have killed Kim after Nina gave him the false information That meant if Jack killed the Drazens he would know Nina is working against him Even though the day was a victory for CTU it comes at a huge cost for Jack Overall the season has been amazing and I have looked forward to every episode and hopefully I will feel the same about season 2.moreless
  • Weird mixed feelings.

    I am very late to the game. Only just watched this series. Overall, I enjoyed the action sequences but some of the plotting was a bit off - for me. Are the Federal agents really as inept as they were portrayed. What was the body count" Bad Guys about 9(?) Good guys 20+ (?) Not to mention the amazing camer surveillance. Why di do-n=one watch Jamie's death when it happened? Oh, did I miss how the Safe house killer "found" the location. I guess the writers were still hiding their mole.

    Anyway, an enjoyable season. Like a book I couldn't put down but the writers need to get a grip!moreless
Kevin Chapman

Kevin Chapman

Coast Guard Officer

Guest Star

Terrell Tilford

Terrell Tilford

Paul Wilson

Guest Star

Reynaldo Gallegos

Reynaldo Gallegos

Sergeant Devlin

Guest Star

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

Andre Drazen

Recurring Role

Xander Berkeley

Xander Berkeley

George Mason

Recurring Role

Jude Ciccolella

Jude Ciccolella

Mike Novick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Nina's deception was finally discovered, the facility went into lockdown. Why then, was the elevator still operational and the garage open to allow Jack to drive in?

    • Goof: There is a huge goof when Jack is attempting to get proof of Nina's deception. According to the tech that Jack calls, the video surveillance of the room where Jamey had been killed had been erased by Nina, but she didn't know about the digital backup which is the proof Jack showed to Mason.
      The problem is that when Jamey was discovered as a traitor spying for Gaines (7:00am-8:00am), Tony and Nina put her in that room specifically because it didn't have any surveillance as they didn't want Gaines to see that they had Jamey in custody.

    • Goof: (Continuity) Kim throws hot coffee on the face of a Drazen's assassin. 10 or 15 minutes later the same guy appears again shooting Jack Bauer with no signs of burn on his face.

    • As Jack is firing at the Drazens on the pier, the visored head of a man (no doubt the show's ballistics advisor) is visible just over his shoulder. It's probably far more noticeable on the DVD release than it was during broadcast, but this guy is REALLY visible!

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Mason: Tony, get this: Tack Team finally gets there; Jack didn't wait-went in without them.
      Tony: By himself?!
      Mason: Evidently.
      Tony: Is he alright?
      Mason: He's alive!

    • Novick: I don't think the situation will require much spin, as long do what you've been doing all along.
      Palmer: Tell me again what I've been doing, Mike?
      Novick: Telling the truth.

    • Nina: (About Jack) You'll have to kill him, no mistakes. If he finds out I lied to him, my cover will be blown.
      Drazen: Of course we will kill him, that is the point.

    • Andre: What if Bauer doesn't come? He may be too crushed by the thought of his daughter's death.
      Drazen: That is exactly why he will come. Believe me, I know.

    • Sherry: David. David, you just don't walk away from me! David, you can't do this without me!

    • Palmer: After tonight I don't wanna see you again. I've heard it all before. And I don't care what this may do to my candidacy. And it's not because I don't wanna be president. I do. I just don't think you're fit to be the first lady.

    • Victor: You tell him that his daughter is dead. Her body was found floating in the harbor.
      Nina: You're going to have to kill him. No mistakes. If he finds out I've lied to him, my cover will be blown.
      Victor: Of course we will kill him! That is the point!

    • Palmer: Jack Bauer saved my life today. Not once, but twice.
      Sherry: Yes, I realize that. And I am sympathetic to what he's going through.
      Palmer: I don't think you are.
      Sherry: David, I am. Listen to me.
      Palmer: No. I am going to respect his request, and so are you. You will not sacrifice his daughter.

    • Sherry: Well, that's crazy! It's... Mike, tell him how crazy it is. He listens to you.
      Novick: Don't put me in the middle of it.
      Sherry: Isn't that your job to be in the middle? For crying out loud, Mike!

    • Mason: (referring to Kim) Yeah, Jack, she's here, and she's fine. You know, if you'd call once in a while, we might be able to tell you these things.

    • Jack: (referring to her kidnapped daughter) Put her on the phone.
      Andre: Come to the parking lot of the freight office. I'll come out with her.
      Jack: Let me speak to her first.
      Andre: There's been enough talking.
      Jack: With everything that's happened today you expect me to trust you?
      Andre: We know you lied to us about Palmer being dead so don't talk to me about trust alright? Just get down here now or I'll kill her myself! Trust that!

    • George: Jack, like usual, I don't know whether to congratulate you or demand your resignation.

    • Newscaster: People close to the CIA say that Special Agent Jack Bauer of the Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit is the man responsible for saving Palmer.

    • Jack: I trusted you!
      Nina: I was just doing my job.
      Jack: Your job!?!?! My wife and daughter almost died today!!! How many people that trusted you lost their lives today because you were doing your job!?!? Walsh? Jamey? Ellis? How many others?
      Nina: How many people died because of you Jack?

    • Nina: I'm leaving now Teri. Someone will find you soon.

  • NOTES (10)

    • In Season 1, the hour of 12:00 A.M. is referred to as "Midnight" in the opening blocks. In every season since, it has been referred to as "12:00 A.M."

    • Ranked #3 best episode of 2002 by The Futon Critic.

    • This episode marks the first time that a silent clock is used to close the episode. The silent clock would become infamous over the years as concluding a highly dramatic moment, usually the death or grave injury of a prominent character.

    • During the summer of 2002, many fans were so shocked by the fate of Teri Bauer that they worked up every explanation they could to keep her alive, even going so far as to claim that the stain on her shirt was not blood. It wasn't until her fate was actually stated in season 2 that some fans gave up the denials.

    • When Nina is downloading files to her disc as she prepares to make a run for it, a ton of images flash on the computer screen. These images include photos of the crew (one even wears a 24 hat) and, most interesting, a picture of Kiefer Sutherland kissing a stuffed animal.

    • In the German dubbed version Nina/Yelena and her contact speak Spanish. Nina claims to have worked for the CTU in Madrid.

    • This episode was named the third best TV episode of 2002 by The Futon Critic, placing behind The Sopranos Whoever Did This and The Wire Sentencing respectively.

    • The BBC broadcast was over a minute longer, featuring six segments that didn't appear in the FOX/FX broadcasts (and were presumably cut for time constraints). The most notable additional scene is one between Nina and Teri, where Teri tells Nina that she and Jack are going to have a baby and Nina tells Teri that she plans to ask for a transfer out of CTU.

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination for editing (Bill Gocke, Michael Olman, Ken Kobett).

    • Three different endings were shot, two of them decoys, in an attempt to discourage leaks. Alternate ending #1: Yelena shoots Teri, but Teri survives. Alternate ending #2: Yelena doesn't shoot Teri. Alternate ending #2 appears on the DVD releases