Season 2 Episode 15

Day 2: 10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 04, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Palmer, Mike and Lynne discuss various ways to dispose of the ticking bomb. They conclude that the desert is the best place to set it off.
Jack determines that one man must pilot the plane carrying the bomb to a safe distance. He chooses to fly the plane himself and bids a tearful goodbye to his daughter.
Tony and Michelle become suspicious of a Middle Eastern diplomat who is asking questions about the evidence against Syed Ali.
Palmer departs for Los Angeles so he can be on hand when news of the nuclear bomb reaches the public.moreless

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  • Best episode of 24 to this point.

    This episode was as good as any other on TV With no way to disarm the bomb everybody has agreed it will go off but when the decision comes through the one pilot has to die to save millions I couldn't believe it was Jack who would leave Kim behind with nobody I never thought that Jack would die but when he was flying to the desert I was wondering how he won't die and the answer to that was the dying Mason who is probably the best person to do it because he is already dying Before Jack decided to step down things got really emotional when he he thought he was speaking to Kim for the last time At the end we see how dangerous the bomb really was and why it had to be taken to the desert.moreless
  • About this episode.

    It had great music score.
  • 24: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    The Good: 24 argues that the US government must not behave like a trigger-happy cowboy. 24 argues that the US government must not be too eager to retaliate against enemies without first determining whether they are in fact guilty. 24 denounces lying the nation into war by citing WMDs.

    The Bad: 24 implies that Americans must accept a never-ending "War on Terror" and in Benjamin Franklin's words, "trade essential liberty for temporary safety." 24 implies that a national security state, however regrettable, is necessary.

    The Ugly: 24 argues that in our post-9/11 world, "extraordinary renditions" (kidnapping and illegal detention) and "enhanced interrogation techniques" (torture of suspects) are indispensable.moreless
  • Norton Airfield: Part 3 pair of nylon stockings

    One of you is bound to get that reference. Right?This episode is astounding in nearly every way. I'm even willing to forgive the Kim plot, because it's not all that ridiculous this hour. And she fires a gun to boot! But the hallmark for many people is her tearful conversation with Jack as he flies the nuke into the Mojave Desert.If the Kim storyline is good, just imagine what the others are like. It's a testament to the high quality of this episode that everybody pretty much does nothing for the whole hour—the grand scale of the situation overshadows everything else. In fact, this is literally the only episode of the five seasons aired so far where absolutely no villains, as I define them, make an appearance.Just to keep the ball rolling, Tony and Michelle concentrate on a recording in Cyprus between Syed Ali and diplomatic representatives for three Middle Eastern countries. Also introduced is foreign intelligence liaison Yusuf Auda, who plays a vital role in the episodes to come, as well as the Cyprus recording and the seventh Coral Snake commando.With the nuke being taken care of, Palmer decides to fly to Los Angeles, which sets up some great conflict for himself in the hours to come.But everything discussed so far is mere background noise; what really matters is that Jack's flying to his doom. If you seriously haven't watched this episode yet…I'll be uncharacteristically nice and not tell you how he gets out of this alive, but I will tell you that he gets out of this alive. And it's awesome. And sad. And a little poignant. But mainly awesome. By the way, WATCH IT!!!Hourly Highlight:4…3…2…1… We'll meet again, don't know how, don't know when…moreless
  • Amazing.

    This is not the season finale, but it deserves a review!. This episode shows us that 24 continues being as strong and surprising as its first season, with amazing moments and incredible episodes like the present. This is one of the best episodes ever and it has one of the most emotional and tearfully scenes. George Mason saving Jack´s life and giving him an important advice and to watch how the bomb detonates before everyone´s watch is simply awesome.

    I thought that 1x24 won´t never be surpassed by any episode. But i think that i was quite wrong. Just Amazing!.

Max Martini

Max Martini

Agent Steve Goodrich

Guest Star

Dylan Haggerty

Dylan Haggerty

N.E.S.T. Tech #1

Guest Star

Dean Norris

Dean Norris

General Bowden

Guest Star

Reiko Aylesworth

Reiko Aylesworth

Michelle Dessler

Recurring Role

Jude Ciccolella

Jude Ciccolella

Mike Novick

Recurring Role

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes

Lynne Kresge

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Penny Johnston Jerald (Sherry) does not appear in this episode. She is the first main character to not appear in an episode. Although she was not credited, she was previously and continues to be a main character in the later part of the season.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Palmer: I've been thinking all day about something Lincoln said during the civil war, "I don't claim to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me."

    • Jack: You really think you can do this?
      Mason: Yes.
      Jack: You are absolutely sure you can do this?
      Mason: Jack, I'm supposed to do this.

    • Mason: You wanna be a real hero? Here's what you do. You get back down there and you put the pieces together. Find a way to forgive yourself for what happened to your wife, you make things right with your daughter, and you go on serving your country. That'd take some real guts.

  • NOTES (5)

    • President David Palmer misquotes a famous line by Lincoln during the civil war. As said by Lincoln, the line is, "I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that have events have controlled me."

    • This episode marks the first time on 24 that the president goes for a trip aboard Air Force One. Reportedly, this set is the same set used in the film Air Force One. Of course, several 24 alum were in that film, including:

      Wendy Crewson (season 3)
      Xander Berkeley (seasons 1 and 2)
      Bill Smitrovich (season 4)
      Glenn Morshower (seasons 1 through to 7)
      Mark Thompson (seasons 2, 3, and 4)
      J. Scott Shonka (season 3)
      Timothy Carhart (season 2)

    • This episode marks another rare instance in which the split-screens are not used to transition to the closing moments of the episode.

    • This episode won a Creative Emmy for Outstanding Dramatic Underscore. It was also nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing and Outstanding Sound Editing, but lost to The West Wing's 25 ER's Chaos Theory and CSI's Fight Night respectively.

    • The second of two episodes being circulated among Emmy voters at the time of the 2003 Emmys, along with the season 2 premiere.