While this episode is an improvement over the previous one, it is not too much better. Like last time the strong point is the segment in which Senator Palmer goes public with the tumultuous events that have taken place behind the scenes of his campaign. They are important as well because they show that David Palmer is the politician many of us wish existed: an honest one. They are also important in that they give the viewers more insight into Sherry as well. A woman so ambitious to get her husband elected to the presidency that she was willing to throw her own son to the wolves. There are a few positive points however. I like how the drug deal at Frank's house went down. That actually added a little excitement to the episode as a whole. Also I will admit, as silly as this sounds, that I enjoyed seeing Tony come to Jack and Teri's home and save the day. Tony Almeda is one of the best characters on "24" period. He ranks up there with Chloe O'Brien and Bill Buchanan. This episode had the first of many heroic moments. This episode could have been better, but I still found myself enjoying it.
What does Jack do this hour? Why, he takes a ride with Mason to a mysterious barren field that has something to do with the Drazens' plan, but productivity is pretty much a no-go. The two discover stuff like a power generator and a helicopter, but it's basically just filler to get us ready for nighttime. I suppose it was more realistic to throw in some boring episodes this season, but you know something? It doesn't make for good television. So step it up already!
The real star of this hour is Palmer. There's some maudlin family conflict, during which Nicole starts choking or something. After this ridiculous scene comes the good stuff: Palmer finally reveals the scandal about Gibson and Ferragamo to the press, and we all bid a less-than-satisfying farewell to Carl Webb.
I can tell you with happiness that this episode marks the end of Teri's boring amnesia subplot, and the beginning of the badassery of Tony Almeida. With that out of the way, with Palmer's drama done with (or so he thinks), and with Jack at the right place at the right time, this episode is a good setup for the finale, but Palmer's story is really the only one to get worked up over.
Does anyone want to hear how Kim's doing? Didn't think so.
Wow.. First thought. Some last episodes have been so slow and so not much happening and now all leads to this. The first part of the episode may not be the strongest but from the point where Palmer goes down to the press conference things turn aside.
Teri is the main subject of this episode and she starts to remember but on that moment the assassin comes and I was so sure he will kill Teri but no.. on the last moment Tony comes.. I think it was amazing moment. When I first did not liked him.. then after couple of episodes I am more and more liking him and this act adds much plus points for him.
And I hope Kim is not in a bad place.. She is getting out and maybe she can make a call and tell Nina where she is.
6:02 PM - 6:10 PM
Teri and Phil arrive at the Bauer home. As Teri looks for the spare key, Jovan takes aim, but he can't get a clear shot. They go inside, setting off the security alarm. Teri can't remember the password when the security company calls, so they tell her they will be sending someone out right away.
At the mall, the man Jack met with is carried away in a body bag. Nina reports to Jack that she has learned his name and that he worked for Pacific Electric in Saugus. Jack tells Nina to go back to CTU and figure out where the power was supposed to be turned off.
The security people arrive at the Bauer home and turn off the alarm. Teri is at a loss to explain why she can't remember her password, but the officers see photos of her with Jack and Kim and conclude that she does, in deed, live there. One officer tells Teri that he's going to check all of the contacts around the house, which will take about 15 minutes. The others leave, as Jovan watches from the bushes.
Mason arrives at the mall and blasts Jack for a mounting body count wherever he goes. He then goes to speak to Teddy, as Jack's cell phone rings. Its Palmer, who has gotten a hold of the Drazen file. It only contains an address, which just happens to be located in Saugus. Jack thanks Palmer and then calls Tony, telling him to check on the specifics of the address. He then heads for his car as Mason catches up with him. Jack tells George that he's heading for Saugus to check out the address, and George decides to tag along.
Back at Rick's, Frank frets that he can't find Dan and the money. He tries to call him, but fails to reach him, so he tosses his cell phone across the room and storms into another room. Kim starts to leave, but Melanie stops her, claiming that Kim will go to the cops. Kim says she doesn't care about their drug deal, but only wants to find her mom. Melanie doesn't buy it, thinking that Kim came for Rick. Melanie says no one leaves until Dan gets back. "He's not coming back," Kim blurts out, just as Frank walks back into the room. Frank pulls a gun on her and sits her on the couch, while Rick tries to explain about Gaines killing Dan. Frank smashes a lamp in anger, and asks Rick where their money is now. Rick says they never got paid. Frank doesn't take this well, since the dealers are on their way over now with the stuff.
6:14 PM - 6:23 PM
The Palmers are trying to share some quality time over dinner, but Sherry sees to it that the tranquility is short-lived. She starts in on David about what he plans to say to the press. She then blasts Keith for getting them all into this mess in the first place. David defends the family, saying no one did anything wrong, so they have nothing to hide. Sherry disagrees, saying David isn't paying attention to the larger picture…the one that has the White House in it. Eventually, Nicole starts to flip out and has a panic attack. Sherry yells for a doctor as David carries Nicole to a couch. Nicole bursts into sobs, telling her dad how sorry she is.
Nina arrives back at CTU and calls Jack. She tells him that the address shows up as a wildlife preserve in Saugus. Jack asks her to pull some satellite maps on the area and send them to him. Jack hangs up and George asks him about his connection with the Drazens. George figures out that this whole day boils down to revenge by the Drazens on Jack and Palmer for Operation Nightfall. Jack apologizes to George for shooting him last night. Jack says he feels a lot better now that he knows his family is safe. George doesn't answer.
At the Bauer home, Teri sits in Kim's room and examines her things, while Phil watches. Teri asks why she and Jack split up, and Phil says that they grew apart when Jack returned from some unknown assignment. Phil says that she and Jack got back together because they didn't want to lose the family. Teri tells Phil that she feels safe with him.
At Rick's, Kim tries to persuade Rick that they should get out of there. Rick won't go, because he knows Frank is a psycho and its too dangerous to cross him. Kim tries to sneak out, but runs into some of Frank's buddies who are just showing up with more guns. Frank says that since they don't have the money, they're going to rip off the dealers.
6:27 PM - 6:34 PM
In the Palmer suite, a doctor checks out Nicole and says she's okay. David tells her that its important that they all act as a family right now. He tells Sherry that he needs her more than ever, but she merely compliments him on his tie. Maybe she's fantasizing about hanging him with it.
At the Bauer home, Teri looks through her appointment book and sees Phil's name. She says she can't remember him, but she remembers air hockey. Phil tells her that she is an interior designer, just as the doorbell rings. Chris, a friend of Phil's, enters, and Phil explains that he's there to help protect her. Teri sees that Chris is wearing a gun and it upsets her, so Phil tells him to wait outside.
Outside, Jovan speaks to Andre on his cell phone. He tells Andre that he's at the Bauer home and will kill Teri as soon as he takes care of some interference. Jovan asks about Alexis, but Andre says he still hasn't heard from him and that they should assume he is dead. Andre tells him to call when he's finished the job and hangs up. Jovan watches Chris from behind a bush.
Palmer greets the press and begins his conference. He comes clean about Carl and the group of his backers, and how he had no knowledge of their cover-up of Keith's actions. He tells the press core that he's coming clean for the sake of his family. Keith and Nicole watch him on TV and smile. Carl and his buddies are also watching, but they aren't as impressed with Palmer's candor. "I'll take care of it," Carl says menacingly. Another man tells him that its too late for that.
6:38 PM - 6:42 PM
Palmer continues his speech, telling the press that he will stick by his son, and that his daughter is a rape victim and not a source. He reiterates that he had no knowledge of what his backers were doing.
At CTU, Nina confronts Tony when she learns that the safehouse was hit. Tony tells her that he was under orders from Mason not to say anything to her or Jack. Tony assures Nina that they are looking for Kim and Teri, but she's not satisfied. Nina says Jack has the right to know about his family and storms off to call him.
6:43 PM - 6:47 PM
George's phone rings and Nina blasts him for not telling Jack about his family. George smoothes over the conversation by pretending to talk about something else, then he hangs up on Nina. Nina tries to call Jack's cell, but George pretends that his battery is dying and borrows Jack's phone, tying up the line so Nina can't reach him. They finally reach their destination and pull up to a fence. They get out and head toward some trees. They come upon a power transformer and Jack reasons that it can't be a wildlife preserve, since there is no water around.
At Rick's place, Frank and his buddies get set up as the dealers arrive. They enter and ask about Rick and Kim, but Frank brushes them off and gets down to the deal. The dealer asks about the money and Frank tosses a bag on the couch. The Dealer goes to look it over, when Frank's buddies pop out of hiding with drawn guns. The two dealers draw their guns, resulting in a standoff. Finally, the two dealers drop their weapons and sit on the couch. Frank slams Rick on his wounded shoulder with his gun. "That's for not keeping my brother alive," he says.
6:51 PM - 7:00 PM
At CTU, Tony finds Nina checking the hospitals in case they've picked up Teri and Kim. Tony assures Nina that he's doing all he can. "Are you," Nina says and walks away.
At Rick's, Frank takes the drugs and points a gun at the dealer. At first he acts as if he's going to shoot him, but then he only breaks the guy's nose and tells him to get out. The dealer hesitates and then tells Frank that he has the right to remain silent. BUSTED! Cops bust in and gunfire erupts, killing one of Frank's pals, as the rest are taken into custody, including Kim.
Palmer wraps up his press conference by asking the public to forgive him, as he's not the first elected official to make a mistake. He walks off and he and Keith share a father-son moment together.
At the Bauer home, Teri looks at pictures of Phil's family. The kettle starts to whistle in the kitchen and Phil goes to get the tea. Chris comes in and asks to use the bathroom. Jovan comes in right behind him and shoots Chris in the head. Phil walks back in with the tea tray and Jovan shoots him in the arm, sending both tea and doctor crashing to the floor. Jovan stands over Teri, who is now terrified. "Tell me where your daughter is and I'll make it as painless as possible, I promise," he says. "I…don't…know," Teri gasps. Jovan goes to shoot her, but Tony appears behind him and shoots him twice in the head. He tells Teri to step away, but Teri can't move. She suddenly gets her memory back and remembers about Kim and the car accident.
The highlight of this episode is when Tony saves the day. We heard Tony say that he was going to check up on the agent who'd been assigned to the Bauer house, and without cutting back to CTU to clue us in, he went there to save Teri with only minutes remaining before the assassin's trigger was pulled.
Jack and Mason investigate the area where the power is going to be turned off, with Mason continuing to cover up the fact that Teri and Kim have gone missing. Nina tries to tell Jack about it, but Mason prevents it which shows us the extent of his character. Not much else happens with Jack in this episode to be honest.
And finally, Palmer announces the story involving his son to the press. It was a good moment and it will be interesting to see what happens to Palmer from here and whether it will affect his chances of becoming President.
Quote of the hour! George Mason: "Have you noticed there's always a body count wherever you go?"
Jack and Mason investigate the area where the power was to be turned off. Nina tries to warn Jack about his family's disappearance, but Mason hampers her efforts- Jacks involvement in this episode wasnt very big and in the end it wasnt very useful in helping him get to the bottom of things, but this was still one of the better parts of the episode. Teri explores her home in hopes of regaining her memory as Drazen's man closes in for the kill- As stated before I think this is one of the worst storylines ever and it has gone on for far too long. Its been almost three hours and Teris Amnesia story is really starting to get old.
Kim finds herself in the middle of a botched drug deal- At least her story got a little exciting there for a while, I didnt see any of that coming. While Palmer breaks the story about Keith to the press- Hopefully that means the end of the random fights between the Palmer family as it really brought the show down I thought.
Jack and Mason investigates an isolated area where the power was going to be turned off. It turns out that there\\\'s something there that\\\'s an interest to Drazen. Teri, still having amnesia goes to her home to regain her memory. She\\\'s not aware that an assassin is hunting her down. Kim gets trapped in a middle of an FBI operation and gets mistaken for a criminal. She tries her best to convince her arresting agents that has nothing to do with drug dealers she got arrested with. This episode is another surprise in the plot, things go on an interesting turn. It\\\'s great.
This episode shows the honor and courage of Senator David Palmer who, in order to step out of the trap that his former supporters set for him, orders a press conference where he describes the events of the day that led to blackmail and unsubstantiated accusations, which puts the criminals to shame, and likely behind bars. Unlike real well-known conspiracies such as Watergate, this episode shows that the public will accept a person who is honest. Palmer soon learns that telling the truth does, in fact, lead to a better outcome. This part of the episode was very well-written.
Meanwhile, Teri (who is experiencing amnesia due to shock after her daughter flew off a cliff in a car) is trying to figure out who she is, which is also known as episode filler. This season is one of television's best, but this particular plot damages its reputation.
Also, in this episode, Kim makes a poor decision as she decides to go to Rick's house to find out clues to where her mother is. I can see why she doesn't trust the police at this time, but going to one of her kidnapper's house, is not going to solve anything.
Despite the episode's flaws, it is well-presented and the David Palmer plotline makes up for any other distracting ones.
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