Season 1 Episode 15

Day 1: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 12, 2002 on FOX
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Jack and Palmer finally meet face to face and learn of their connection through Operation Nightfall. They work together to track down those who are seeking revenge on them. A member of Palmer's staff has a romantic encounter with the would-be assassin. Teri and Nina have a revealing conversation about Jack at the safehouse.moreless

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  • Jack and Palmer meet.

    This is the episode where Palmer finally realises that Jack is trying to protect him not kill him and he realises that people are trying to kill him because of an operation he gave Jack in the past that ended in killing someone and today is the second anniversary of his death We find out that the assassin is closer to Palmer than we thought and its going to be interesting to see how that plays out.moreless
  • The encounter between Jack and Palmer!!!!

    The only real interesting part of this episode was the interactions between Jack and Palmer, I think there is no doubt about it.

    The connection they made, takes them to discover that everything that happened is about revenge.

    Now of course, it is Teri and Kim time to be interrogated. At least, Teri discovered that she is pregnant. Teri little drama with Kim was unnecessary, because it just show how Kim can be boring sometimes. Teri drama with Nina was better.

    I don´t Know why we have this ending, but ok, the writers are trying to build a strong story, since they Thought that 24 would be canceled.moreless
  • More eye of the storm

    While things continue to gear up, the characters get a little more quality time.

    Palmer and Jack meet again, but actually talk to each other for the first time. Jack manages to clear his name, and he and Palmer become the best of friends! So they spend much of the episode working together to find out who's targeting them and for what reason.

    Nina interviews Teri at a safe house, and the conversation somehow leads to Teri finding out that Nina's the woman with whom Jack had an affair. It's actually a pretty good scene whose calmness and quietude I don't mind at all.

    Even the villainous Drazens get a little reflective moment as they sit down for lunch and reminisce about their deceased sister (or lack thereof in Alexis' case).

    Save for the penultimate scene, this entire episode seems devoted to quiet moments in which the major characters are further fleshed out. It's really not that bad. Moments like these are more realistic than what we'll see in later seasons, though I can see that they're also more successful at making the audience restless. These slow afternoon episodes were the result of the writers having little time to come up with more story after the Gaines arc, but I myself don't have much of a problem with this nice, calm hour.

    Hourly Highlight:

    Teri finding out about Nina.moreless
  • Face to face...

    This and last episode are quite slow motion and not too many things happening and this one is mostly talk-talk-talk. Not that this is bad as Bauer and Palmer sort out quite a lot of things and learn why those bad guys are after him. It was really good when Palmer realized it has nothing to do is running for President and all that. Irony.

    Also, the conversations back in the safe house are quite intriguing. Nina and Teri and now Teri knows the truth. That was quite smart turn and added much hard blood between them. And Kim trying to protect that boy who kidnapped her. So lot of talking...moreless
  • exciting show

    2:02 P.M.-2:04 P.M.: Elizabeth and the assassin have sex. Palmer warns Tony, who won't let him in, that he can go over his head. Tony realizes that, and

    says Chappelle will likely let him see Jack, provided they know why first. Palmer stands his ground and refuses to state his business, and Tony caves in

    and calls Chappelle. Over the phone and out of earshot of Palmer, Tony tells Chappelle that he doesn't think he can stall any longer. When Chappelle learns

    that Palmer still hasn't said what he wants with Jack, he tells Tony not to give him clearance until he assesses the situation himself; he doesn't want

    to put the senator and Jack together. After their call is over, Tony asks Milo if he's gotten any new info on the backup shooters. Milo says he ID'd one

    -- Alexis Drazen, who is likely connected to two other shooters, and stopped in D.C. for a couple days before ending up in L.A. There's more to the story

    that he hasn't quite figured out yet. Milo already sent a copy of the report to Nina's computer. Tony requests his own copy.

    2:04 P.M.-2:07 P.M.: Teri wonders why Nina is taking her and Kimberly to a safe house. Nina says she just wants to question them. Kimberly wonders if Jack

    is going to be there. Nina replies not at first, but maybe when he's done being prosecuted, he'll pop over for tea. Teri asks if they're still in danger

    and if Jack knows where they're being taken. Nina tells her they're not and he does. While Nina is otherwise preoccupied with a phone call, Kimberly asks

    her mother what the doctor said. Teri replies that it was a benign burst cyst. Kimberly is about to question why the doctor had her sent out of the room

    then, but Teri doesn't want to discuss it. During their interrogation, Jack requests a break from Green, so he can find out how his family is doing at

    the clinic. He's shocked and disgusted when she responds that they've already left, and are on their way to a safe house with Nina. Furious that she didn't

    tell him they were being moved, Jack gets up and announces that their meeting is over. He demands she get Chappelle right now, which, after a stunned look,

    she does. Elizabeth and the assassin snuggle after sex. She says she didn't think she'd see him again after D.C. Also, Palmer has to go to Nevada, and,

    as one of the few people in the campaign who were told about it, she has to go with him. She gets up to go take a shower, and he asks if he could tag along

    for the ride. She's ecstatic that he asked. He rifles through her purse without her seeing. She invites him into the shower with her.

    2:07 P.M.-2:11 P.M.: Palmer calls a friend in the Department of Defense to help him get clearance a little faster than Chappelle wants to provide it. The

    friend says he'll take care of Chappelle. Chappelle comes out finally and introduces himself to the senator. Palmer asks why he can't get in to see Jack.

    Chappelle explains that since Jack is under internal investigation, the procedure for such cases is to keep them in isolation until they've been fully

    interrogated, and he doesn't have the authority go around that. Palmer insists he can assist in the investigation. Before Chappelle can reply, Tony comes

    over to say that Alan Optican, the friend Palmer was just talking to, wants to speak to him. Alan tells Chappelle to give Palmer whatever he needs. Chappelle

    has no choice but to comply, and makes Tony bring Jack over. Palmer orders Chappelle to shut all the security cameras down, as their conversation is going

    to be private. Chappelle promises they'll be talking in a secure environment. Tony enters the holding room to tell Jack that Nina called; Teri and Kimberly

    are fine, and are being guarded by Paulson and Breeher. That satisfies Jack. Before leaving, Tony says that Chappelle wants to see him in the conference

    room. As Jack is being led there, he bumps into Milo, and apologizes for switching the cards on him. Milo understands he did what he had to. Jack greets

    Palmer in the conference room, but doesn't get much of a welcoming back. Palmer barks for the agents who escorted Jack in to leave and close the door,

    then orders Jack to sit. Though Jack has zero respect for Green's authority, zero respect for Chappelle's authority, zero respect for Mason's authority

    and seemingly zero respect the authority of anyone else above him in CTU, he transforms himself into quite the kowtowing peasant whilst in Palmer's presence.

    Or at least for five seconds anyway, until Palmer ticks him off by declaring that he knows why he wants him dead. Jack shouts that he doesn't know what

    he's talking about, so Palmer reminds him of Kosovo and how he holds him responsible for the loss of his men. Jack is a little beside himself that Palmer

    knows about Operation Nightfall. Palmer says that he authorized the mission. And he's well aware that Jack took out Victor Drazen and his inner circle,

    while Victor Drazen and his inner circle took out all six of Jack's men. Angry that Palmer is insinuating that he wants revenge, Jack blasts the foolhardy

    senator how he wants revenge on him so badly that he almost died today trying to protect him. He says if he blames anyone for the loss of his men, he blames

    himself. The conversation degenerations into a shouting match (at least until Jack attempts to have some restraint, which is more than can be said for

    Palmer) with Palmer asking what Jack was doing at the power plant, and Jack admitting that he went for Hayes' gun to create a diversion and get him out

    of the room. Palmer is confused, so Jack clarifies that he people who want him dead kidnapped Teri and Kimberly and threatened to kill them if he didn't

    assist in the assassination. Palmer suddenly realizes what an ass he's been, while Jack suddenly realizes that nobody told him this when he came in. Jack

    confirms it's true and Chappelle can verify it. But a speechless Palmer doesn't appear to need the verification.

    2:16 P.M.-2:18 P.M.: Nina, Teri and Kimberly arrive at the safe house, located in sunny suburbia. Agents Ted Paulson and Jeff Breeher were waiting outside

    to meet them. Nina introduces them to each other, telling the Bauers that they worked with Jack for years and are tops. Breeher asks Nina where she wants

    them. She tells him one inside, one out. Breeher goes in, Paulson stays out. Nina takes Teri and Kimberly on a guided tour and comforts them that there

    are motion detectors set up. Kimberly asks how long they have to stay there, but Nina doesn't give much of an answer. Teri goes to the bathroom, and decides

    to use the opportunity to take the home pregnancy test.

    2:18 P.M.-2:21 P.M.: Palmer explains to Jack his position on the senate three years ago, when the CIA notified him of the massacres that Victor Drazen had

    been committing in Kosovo. When the usual channels were of little help in terminating Victor, he turned to the one person whom they both know could get

    timely results -- Robert Ellis. Palmer says his committee funded Ellis, whose job was to implement the missions that took down Victor while seeing to it

    that names were kept hidden. He must have not done a very good job in the latter, since both Jack and Palmer are on someone's hitlist. Jack understands

    that if they could track down both of them, they can certainly do likewise with Ellis. Somewhere in a nightclub in New Orleans, a swarthy, somber gentleman

    is playing Yahtzee for money with another guy far more excitable than he. The man's phone rings. He answers it, saying it's Ellis. Palmer called him, and

    Ellis is neither happy to hear the sound of his voice, nor to learn that Jack is in the room with him. Ellis tells his partner to beat it, and asks Palmer

    what he and Jack are doing together when he went through a lot of trouble to keep them apart. Palmer replies that someone close to Victor connected them,

    and now wants revenge on the two-year anniversary of Operation Nightfall. Ellis is in disbelief that somebody else found out about Operation Nightfall

    and put him on a hitlist. He asks to speak to Jack, who gets on the line. After some small talk, Ellis tells him if they want to crack this case, they're

    going to need each others' help. But Jack says he's under investigation, and his hands are tied. Ellis says he'll retrieve a closed file on Nightfall which

    will give the names of Drazen's associates. Meantime, Jack needs to find out where the money is coming from. Since Ellis needs him to be able to get into

    an account he doesn't have access to unless he gets reinstated, Ellis recommends he get reinstated. After Jack gives the place where he can be reached,

    Ellis tells him they'll compare notes later.

    2:21 P.M.-2:24 P.M.: In the bathroom, Teri is looking at the results of her test. Blue line. She's pregnant. And speechless. Nina knocks on the door to

    tell her she put some clean clothes on the bed. Teri thanks her and hides the kit's box. Both of them back from the airport, Elizabeth bumps into Sherry

    in the hallway outside the hotel room. Surprised, Elizabeth says she was told not to fly out as they're not going to Nevada. Sherry tells her that Palmer

    had to take care of something first, and felt they'd be safest waiting for him here. After Sherry goes in another room, Elizabeth calls up her boyfriend,

    who's having lunch at an outdoor cafe. She says she hopes he didn't book his flight to Nevada. He didn't. Elizabeth disappointedly breaks it to him that

    she might not be going. He asks her when she'll know for sure, and if she does stay in town, will she remain at the hotel. An hour or so, and she isn't

    sure. While they're talking, Andre Drazen comes over and sits next to him. After a bit of phone flirting, they hang up, and Andre asks him, Alexis Drazen,

    if that was the girl. Alexis says yes, though Palmer might not be going to Nevada after all -- which is better for them according to Andre. Andre asks

    if there was any problem disposing of Gaines' men. Alexis replies that there wasn't, then rubs it in that he told him using Gaines was a mistake. A hardly

    humble Andre wants to move on. The sound of a woman laughing causes him to look over at her and muse that she looks like Martina. Alexis tells him to get

    over it; their sister is dead. Andre changes the subject, asking if Alexis has spoken to a Jovan and a Mishko. Alexis replies that the pair have sight

    of their targets. He gives his word that Palmer will be dead by the end of the day.

    2:24 P.M.-2:26 P.M.: Kimberly comes into the bathroom to ask for some toothpaste. Teri tells her where it is, which just so happens to be right next to

    the box. Kimberly sees it, and gives her mother another one of her patented evil seed looks. Teri says Dr. Kent just wanted her to take it as a precaution.

    Relieved, Kimberly is on her way out when Teri stops her, admitting without saying a word that she is pregnant. Confused, Kimberly doesn't understand how

    Eli could have knocked her up so fast. Teri explains that it was Jack obviously, though she seems just as confused as Kimberly does. Kimberly is enraged

    that the two of them were trying to have a baby without telling her, but Teri insists that's not how it was. Kimberly decides that it's only been about

    two hours since her last tantrum, so to make up for lost time, she storms out of the room. Teri follows, and yells at her for being a spoiled brat, considering

    that she wasn't expecting the baby either, and birth control isn't 100% effective like abstinence is. Kimberly coldly tells her fine, she doesn't need

    her permission anyway. Teri replies that she doesn't get it, and once in a while she should think about what others are going through. Then she goes back

    to her room to think about what she's done. Kimberly changes her tune and tries to apologize, but Teri closes the bathroom door in her face.

    2:31 P.M.-2:32 P.M.: Jack and Palmer are having a three-way discussion with Ellis in regards to potential suspects. Milo enters the room. They had him called

    in so Ellis can talk to him personally. Ellis the egomaniac decides to impress Milo with his hacker's knowledge (or scare him with it) by letting the kid

    know that he knows about the socket that Milo just opened. Ellis skips the small talk and tells Milo he's going to need some names... and his login and

    password. Milo is stunned, so Jack makes him hand it over. Ellis logs in with it, and tells the others that he's only found partial results. Meaning something's

    been removed. Ellis is decidedly on his guard when he spots a suspicious man walking into the club, and secretely pulls out his gun. He tells Milo that

    he's sending a file to his server, and asks that he print out copies for Jack and Palmer.

    2:32 P.M.-2:36 P.M.: Teri and Kimberly have made amends. They're sharing a meal together in the kitchen, noting how it feels good to be safe now. Kimberly

    apologizes again for acting stupid, and asks Teri when she's going to tell dad. Teri decides to tell him right now, so she calls CTU. Tony answers, then

    says it's a bad time. Teri asks him to have Jack call her back first chance he gets, and hangs up. Nina walks in smack in the middle of their make-up hug,

    and sheepishly announces that she needs to start debriefing them, Teri first. After the two have left, Kimberly snatches a cell phone and goes to her room.

    Nina sets up a camcorder to tape the interrogation, telling Teri that it's standard procedure. Kimberly calls Rick at home while he's dressing his wound.

    She asks him if he's okay, then recommends he see a doctor, because he doesn't sound good. Rick doesn't want to. Kimberly recommends he turn himself in.

    Rick doesn't want to. Kimberly says she'll tell the police that he helped them escape, 'cause then they'll, like, let him off the hook and stuff. Rick

    doesn't want her to. He demands she doesn't tell them anything about him. But she says they're about to interrogate her and, because she's such an upstanding

    citizen, a fantastic daughter and just a really, really good person, she simply can't lie. Rick says if she can't lie, then tell them that he was in the

    dark about things and Dan threatened him. After mulling it over, Kimberly agrees to that, provided he turn himself in. Rick needs to think about it as

    well, since he doesn't come from a good family, and his parents can't afford to buy him Johnnie Cochran and the Dream Team for his trial. Kimberly blathers

    on that it's just the right thing to do. Rick reminds the good little samaritan that bringing her to Gaines = kidnapping, and kidnapping = 20 to life.


    2:36 P.M.-2:38 P.M.: Palmer laughs with Jack how the day's events have nothing to do with his running for president, nothing to do with the primary, nothing

    to do with his being black. Except Jack's not laughing. Sherry calls her husband to say she's back at the hotel... where is he? When he tells her he's

    at CTU to take care of some things, she wants to know what's going on. He responds that he's trying to find out who's after him, so he can't chat. After

    he talks his problems out loud, Jack gives him an emotion-free apology for what he's going through. Palmer laughs at that too -- after all Jack and his

    family have been through, he's concerned about some stranger and his family. He probably isn't, since after all, the apology was emotion-free. Palmer uses

    Jack's shoulder to cry on regarding his not being there for Keith, who has always been there for him. He says it's not easy being the son of a politician.

    Jack simplifies that statement; it's not easy being a son or a daughter or a father. Palmer asks if Teri and Kimberly are okay. Jack wishes he knew.

    2:43 P.M.-2:49 P.M.: Milo gives Jack and Palmer each a stack of Nightfall stuff that Ellis just sent him. No word on the missing file, though. While browsing

    through the papers, Palmer alerts Jack to a key piece of evidence therein that was never noted in their initial reports. Victor Drazen's wife and daughter

    were in a bunker that they blew up, and they died in the explosion. Payback time. A panicked Palmer asks Jack who has the authority to add additional security

    to Teri and Kimberly. Chappelle does. Palmer pages someone to have Chappelle sent in immediately. Teri's debriefing has begun. Nina asks about Rick. Teri

    says he gave them a gun and helped them escape. But she doesn't know his last name. Maybe Kimberly doesn't know it either. Maybe... no one knows it. Teri

    tells her that Kimberly met him through Janet, then lapses off into how her daughter hasn't grown out of her problems like other people said she would

    once she became a teenager. She's surprised when Nina says she's sure Kimberly will based on what Jack said to her, since his job seems so secretive to

    her that she can't picture him talking about his family at work. Nina tries to get back on track, but Teri changes the subject again, wondering if Jack

    ever talked about her while they were separated. Nina says he never discussed his marriage, even though she and everybody else at CTU somehow knew he was

    having problems. Staring into space, Teri continues on about how after they got back together, Jack told her he'd been with someone else. From the looks

    they exchanged when they got off the chopper, Teri guesses it was Nina he'd been with. Nina stops the camcorder immediately. After a long pause, she admits

    that she did sleep with Jack, but only during the separation. He soon realized it was a mistake. Teri asks if she thought it was a mistake as well, and

    doesn't believe Nina when she swears they stopped sleeping together. Nina apologizes in hopes of returning to the interview, but Teri needs to take a break.

    2:53 P.M.-2:55 P.M.: Palmer tells someone over the phone that he's leaving in a few minutes, then tells Jack he can't wait around for Ellis. Jack replies

    that he's still technically under arrest, and they won't let him work here. Palmer decides to do something about that. With Jack by his side, he goes to

    Chappelle and demands Jack be given his old privileges back, as the matter at hand is more important than the charges against him. Green trots over to

    throw her weight around, stating that he doesn't have the authority to decide what Jack gets. Neither does Green, obviously, since Chappelle tells her

    to put a cork in it. He then apologizes to Palmer, claiming the agency would be held in contempt if Jack were reinstated without a hearing. Jack butts

    in to say that he doesn't have to be reinstated permanently; just give him provisional status until the end of the day so he can share his wealth of knowledge.

    A noticeably irritated Chappelle gives in and gives Jack what he wants. With one minor setback -- Jack answers to him. Chappelle wishes Palmer good luck

    before departing. Jack then gives Green the evil eye before Palmer pulls him aside. Palmer says that Secret Service wants him to leave the state immediately,

    as it's not safe here. Jack agrees. Since Drazen's people want both of them dead today, Palmer tells Jack he's not leaving the state; he's going to stay

    and help him personally snuff the baddies out, or else they and their families will live in fear for the rest of their lives. Though he clearly doesn't

    think it a good idea, Jack understands, and says he'll follow up with Ellis, then get back to him. He's about to leave when Palmer apologizes for misjudging

    him. Palmer holds his hand out, and they shake on their newfound friendship.moreless
Kara Zediker

Kara Zediker

Elizabeth Nash

Guest Star

Wade Williams

Wade Williams

Robert Ellis

Guest Star

Kevin Ramsey

Kevin Ramsey

Agent Paulson

Guest Star

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Alberta Green

Recurring Role

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

Andre Drazen

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Daniel Bess

Daniel Bess


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Milo's password "LFN" is a reference to the show "La Femme Nikita" which director Jon Cassar and show creator Joel Surnow worked on.

    • Goof: When Jack told Alberta about the receiver that Gaines had him put in his ear, he motioned to his left ear, when he had it in his right.

    • After Elizabeth asks Alexis, "You would want to come?," he replies, "Yeah, if you want me." The closed captioning then gives her response -- "Sure" -- which
      was deleted from the soundtrack. For once, apparently, the audience is expected to draw their own conclusions.

    • When Teri's home pregnancy test is first shown, the name of the product on the box is "True Blue Easy." When it is shown again later, the name has changed to "Clear Blue Easy." [Clear Blue Easy is a real home pregnancy test product. When the box for True Blue Easy -- which is not -- is shown, it's a Clear Blue Easy box with "True" pasted over "Clear."]

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Alexis: You should never have used him (Gaines). I told you it was a mistake.
      Andre: Fine! You fixed the mistake, let's move on.

    • (phone rings)
      Ellis: Ellis.
      Palmer: Bobby, it's David Palmer.
      Ellis: You gotta be kidding.
      Palmer: I'm not.

    • Chappelle: Thanks for helping me cut through the red tape.
      Palmer: (sarcastic) Mmhmm.

    • Palmer: I can go over your head, Mr. Almedia, and I assure you, there will be consequences.
      Tony: I apologize, Senator, but we do have protocols. Our District Director Ryan Chappelle is currently working on clearance right now. If I could tell him why you're here...
      Palmer: All he needs to know, is that I need to talk to Jack Bauer, and I need to do it now.
      Tony: Can I get you any...
      Palmer: No.

    • Nina: Look, I realize this is a terrible time for you to discover all this.
      Teri: When do you think a good time would be?

    • Palmer: The frustrating thing is that this has nothing to do with me running for President. It has nothing to do with the primary. It has nothing to do with my being black. This is all revenge for taking out Victor Drazen.

    • Ellis: If you could read what's in my eyes, you'd crawl under a rock and cry.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "I'm on the Wonder" by Clifton Chenier
      "I'm a Doggy" by Marvin Pontiac
      "Clocks Grow Old" by I Am Spoonbender
      "Louisiana Two-Step" by Clifton Chenier


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