Season 2 Episode 19

Day 2: 2:00 A.M. - 3:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 15, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack is captured and tortured by men who want the chip they found in Wallace.
Kate and Yusuf run into a group of angry men before they can deliver the chip to CTU for analysis.
Tony and Michelle share a tender moment after her brother flips out.
Palmer leans towards holding off the attacks, while Lynne discovers a secret operation that the Vice-President is planning against Palmer.moreless

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  • Jack and company's attempts to get the chip to CTU run into some terrible obstacles.

    This episode is a black mark on what is overall a terrific season. Torture scenes are always tough to watch in general in any movie or television show. However I found the scenes of Jack being tortured to be way over the top. I know they are not supposed to be pleasant, but even with a series like "24" there is such a thing as too much. I also cannot understand why Jack had Yousef and Kate wait for him and meet him at the park. He should have just told them to go directly to CTU because it s of vital importance the chip get to CTU as soon as possible. In a way Jack is indirectly responsible for Yousef's death. Speaking of which I had a lot of trouble with the three "Super Patriots" who beat Yousef to death and rob him. While you can certainly say that there are people who would act in that way given the circumstances as has been well documented, I found the characters to be a stupid thing put in the episode solely to stretch things out. I also did not buy that they showed up at just the time Yousef decides to go to CTU. One positive thing I will say is Nick Offerman played the part well. His wardrobe was perfect for the character. It also in general shows the hypocrisy of these people who think they are heroes when they are nothing but murderers and thieves. No better than the scum they say they are defending us against. I never thought I would say this about "24", but this is an episode worth missing.moreless
  • "Meet me at the park?!"

    I'm sorry, but season 2 lost me with this episode. I've been enjoying it greatly until this point. I won't go into the torture, and I won't hit any of the good points, as the rest of the episode is fine (and that's why it gets a 4 instead of 0)...

    But one jarring, insane moment ruins it for me.

    (paraphrasing) "Meet me at the park at (so and so). If I'm not there in 15 minutes, take the chip directly to CTU"

    What? This chip has the potential to stop a war and to save thousands of lives. The bombers are in the air, strikes are readying. Every second counts in getting this chip back to CTU and analyzing it...

    And Jack has them WAIT FOR HIM?! And they wait longer than the 15 minutes?

    I'm sorry, that is just ridiculous. Then they have the gall to make the time element critical again, with tension attached to them getting waylaid by the "redneck" assault..."oh no, will they make it in time, now?!"

    I just can't believe this made it on the air. Nobody saw a problem with them hanging out at the park with the chip?

    I'm disappointed because I don't think I can enjoy the last episodes of the season.moreless
  • Torture scenes with just go way too far.

    I love '24', but the torture scenes with Jack in this episode were just WAYYY too over the top. We slash him open, taser him on his open wounds, force him to vomit (then go through the vomit looking for the missing chip) and finally KILL HIM?!? Um, a bit much. I know they go out of their way to 'make up' for this in the following episode ("Jack's Revenge basicially") but still - a bit too much to have to sit through - I wouldn't want to see one of the BAD GUYS tortured like this, let alone my hero Jack.moreless
  • Second Pay Off!!!!

    After two initial episode filled with details, we began in the last episodes to feel the pay off.

    And this episode is no different. Jack found the chip, that proves that the cyprus recording is false, however, there are new obstacles arrive.

    Tony is not annoying anymore. But this is a fix, since chapelle is back. Palmer also believes in Jack, but not Mike Novick.

    Palmer Administration plot come to a interesting twist, regarding Mike.

    Michelle and Tony has nothing anymore that interfere with their attration and something finally happens in this episode.

    JAck is tortured in this episode after he was caught and that was beautiful. That are people that don´t like it, but it is different.

    Things don´t go well in Kate sides too.

    Overrall, great episode, with most of the things that make a episode worth watching.

    Great Ending that create more Tension.moreless
  • Yay, graphic violence

    Jack's naked.

    This episode progresses the Cyprus storyline by having the good guys split up in an effort to confuse the bad guys and deliver the chip to CTU. Doesn't really work as Jack gets captured, Kate gets knocked unconscious, and Yusuf gets beaten up by redneck hicks. And the next Bigbad is introduced: Peter Kingsley. He looks intimidating and all, but I've said before and I'll say it again: too little, too ******* late!

    Jack's sweaty.

    We also get a payoff with Tony and Michelle, even though it had to come from an incredibly stupid plotline. That's right: Danny Dessler, an awful character and an awful decision by the writers. There are much better ways to get Tony and Michelle to make out, but that's life. Though I must tip my hat for the choking of Carrie.

    Jack's screaming.

    The hour starts the storyline of the Cabinet and the 25th Amendment, which involves voting a reluctant Palmer out of office and resuming the war on the Middle East. This subplot is a very good way to keep Palmer busy for the rest of S2, and it creates some new tension as Mike Novick turns out to be in on the whole thing and locks Lynne in a closet.

    Jack's still naked.

    The dank torture scenes succeed at bringing a dark, gritty, paranoid, claustrophobic feeling to this episode, but while the episode is good, I feel it relies too much on the shock value of those scenes.

    I'm straight.

    Hourly Highlight:

    Jack's dead.moreless
Mark Ivanir

Mark Ivanir


Guest Star

Raymond Cruz

Raymond Cruz


Guest Star

Brian Goodman

Brian Goodman

Raymond O'Hara

Guest Star

Paul Schulze

Paul Schulze

Ryan Chappelle

Recurring Role

Alan Dale

Alan Dale

Vice President Jim Prescott

Recurring Role

Donnie Keshawarz

Donnie Keshawarz

Yusuf Auda

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Elisha Cuthbert (Kim) and Penny Johnson Jerald (Sherry) do not appear in this episode.

    • It is interesting to note that when Kingley's crew were down in the basement of the urgent care clinic, no one could hear Jack's screams when being tortured by Ronnie.

    • Jack is supposed to be naked, but you can see Kiefer's knickers in one of the torture scenes.

    • In the season 1 episode, 2:00-3:00 A.M., Jack changes his shirt revealing (Kiefer's real life) upper arm tattoos. In this episode, the tattoos are missing, covered in foundation make up.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Michelle: You did the right thing, Tony.
      Tony: We'll find out when Jack gets here with that chip.

    • Kingsley: Look let's not waste each other's time, trying to bridge our differences, okay? There's only one thing that we need to agree on -- a price.
      Jack: I already gave you my answer.
      Kingsley: When Ronnie's finished working on you, you'll give me another.
      Jack: No, my answer's final.
      Kingsley: Ronnie!!
      Jack: I think he wants to talk to you.
      Ronnie: I heard what he said. I'll get you your answer.
      Kingsley: This man, Bauer. I've read his file.
      Ronnie: So have I.
      Kingsley: Then you know he won't be easy to break.
      Ronnie: He'll break.
      Kingsley: Well, I appreciate your confidence.
      Ronnie: I've earned it.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The writers originally planned to use O'Hara as Jack's tormentor in this episode, but they decided to use the character of Ronnie Stark instead, saving O'Hara's action for the next hour.

    • This episode received minor controversy (mostly due to Jack's torture scene) from the Parents Television Council (an anti-violence/sex/language organization), being named the least family-friendly program on television that week.