24

Season 2 Episode 24

Day 2: 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.

7
Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 20, 2003 on FOX
9.4
out of 10
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395 votes
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Episode Summary

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Jack uses Sherry to lure Kingsley out into the open, but Kingsley suspects a set-up and lays his own trap.
Kate and her father have a final, ominous conversation with Marie.
Palmer's attorney finds evidence involving Kingsley and convinces Mike to release Palmer from custody. Palmer and his cabinet gather to watch as Sherry meets with Kingsley, while Mike orders Chappelle to reinstate Tony and Michelle.
Jack sends Sherry in for the meeting with Kingsley, but his mounting heart troubles cause problems for him at the crucial moment.moreless

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  • Terrific Cliffhanger!!

    10
    Season 2 finale of 24 was excellent!. It doesn´t came to the first one level, but if the episodes gives you more action than the drama or surprises of the past, and you only have to judge about the action of the episode... i say that the action is fast and truly exciting. It doesn´t play with your emotions despite the final scene with Palmer (this is the unique finale which doesn´t ends with Jack). And the action is top notch and spectacular. See Jack Bauer fighting and shooting is the answer about why everyone consider this carachter as one of favourites of any TV show!.moreless
  • Heart pounding finale!!!

    10
    This second season of 24 is not as perfect as the first season. But it has great twists, an engaging plot, unforgettable and necessary moments and some characters which makes you have a suspenseful time. So, it's a very great season. For me has a 9,6 out 10.

    And it's finale is on it's overview level: a superb ending, fast and light, suspenseful and with an ending twist that leaves you with a shape of a "O" in your mouth.

    I mentioned that is not as perfect as the previuos season ending, but it´s cliffhanger is really unexpected and leaves at the edge of your seat.



    A really great ending and a really worthwhile season.moreless
  • Fantastic way to end Things and Star Others!!!!!

    9.5
    I think the writers might not have arranged better ending than this one.



    It´s only behind Season 1 finale by little.



    Michelle and Tony are free and the way the writers did it, was very well done, however, you had to suspende your believes a little.



    Also sherry Palmer finally did a good job by Jack Side.



    Jack Scenes was very suspenseful and , because you think that kingsley will not fall for Jack Plan. Jack health condition help too.



    Good action too for a Season Finale. The Final Scene between Jack and Kingsley was very good, its like a inverted situation for what´s happened in season 1.



    Palmer Plot is over and its a pleasure how the writers closed this situation about Palmer administration and mike too.



    The Final Scene it is a surprise and leave you with a great Cliffhanger for the next Season. Not everything in 24 is supposed to end well.



    Overral a great Season Finale for a great season with a badass Jack, nina return, CTu attacked, A conspiration plot, some impossible and helpless situations, make this one of the Best seasons, Until some season comes to surpass this season 2.moreless
  • Good episode

    9.4
    Yes it is, a good episode. And as with last year, the last seconds of the ending make it worth a lot. But if I think this was a season ender and with all the things going on, this is the end. I am not all happy. I think the season in full was little slow and many filler parts that not been needed and the ending was what we all expected. Maybe it felt because in first year, 24 was something totally new and shocking and now we all know what to wait. Maybe.



    Anyway, I liked how everything worked out very well for everyone. I like the plot twist in the end with Maggie.. Jack getting his prove, Palmer back in office (for not long)... It was a good episode.. a really good one but... it could have been little better.moreless
  • End zone

    9.0
    Just to get one thing out of the way, the whole plot thread surrounding Alexander Trepkos and Max is overkill.

    To get another thing out of the way, Novick suddenly requesting CTU's help in bringing Kingsley down is a little cheap. Just last hour, Palmer was locked in a room while the bombers were heading for the Middle East, and Tony and Michelle were arrested for conspiring against CTU. But now, some new information solves those problems and causes Jack to get help from pretty much every direction. Well, there's less than an hour to go until S2's end; I guess the writers need all the help they can get to resolve the story with a happy ending. Yes…happy…

    Kim's problems are over, or rather, the Kim problem is over. Sure, she's still in the episiode, but when the writers actually come up with something good for her, she isn't all bad. Kate's story has ended as well, though the Warners still get a creepy reunion in Marie's holding room. Yay for closure!

    Jack quite literally saves the world by proving that the Cyprus recording is BS and getting Prescott to call off the war. In the process, he gets involved in a grand shootout Kingsley and his gun-toting minions at the LA Coliseum. This action sequence alone gives the S2 finale high points, and brings the WW3 crisis to a very good climax. The main characters all get their "goodbye" scenes, and Palmer's public press conference brings a large feeling of grandeur to the season's closing moments.

    And another crisis pops right back up, but you needn't pay attention to that. S3 certainly didn't.



    Hourly Highlight:

    Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Jack Bauer: the amazing, wall-running CQC neckbreaker!moreless
Fred Saldone

Fred Saldone

Driver

Guest Star

Lilas Lane

Lilas Lane

Maggie

Guest Star

Chuti Tiu

Chuti Tiu

Mae

Guest Star

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim

Agent Tom Baker

Recurring Role

Paul Schulze

Paul Schulze

Ryan Chappelle

Recurring Role

Alan Dale

Alan Dale

Vice President Jim Prescott

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This is the only season where Jack does not appear in the final scene of the finale.

    • When Mrs. Palmer asks Jack if he'll take care of things if something happens to her, Jack says "I'll take care of it, Mrs. Palmer" on the audio. Close-captioning
      reads "Nothing's going to happen, Mrs. Palmer."

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Kingsley: Jack Bauer...you've caused me a lot of trouble today, Jack.

    • Marie: Kate? You think you'll be safe out there? You won't be.

    • Chappelle: I need you to get me in contact with Jack Bauer.
      Tony: Oh, I see. Jack got some support above you and now you're being squeezed, right?
      Chappelle: (annoyed) Can you do it or not?

    • Novick: Ryan, this is Mike Novick.
      Chappelle: How can I help you, sir?
      Novick: I know there's been some confusion today about the veracity of the Cypress audio.
      Chappelle: Not really. Our teams came to the same conclusion as Langley.
      Novick: Do you happen to know if Jack Bauer is still trying to find evidence that the recording was fabricated?
      Chappelle: Yes, I believe he is, but he's operating outside of our authority.
      Novick: I want you to assist his investigation.
      Chappelle: Sir, I don't even know where he is.
      Novick: Then find him!

    • Jack: Mrs. Palmer, Please don't do this!
      Sherry: I'm sorry, Jack, but I have to take care of myself. When I'm free, I'll call an ambulance for you.
      Jack: You can't do this!!
      Sherry: I don't have a choice. You're a very impressive man, Jack, but you see everything as either good or bad, just like David, and the world is so much more complicated than that.
      Jack: No, it's simple! There's a war about to start, and you're the only preson who can help me stop it! What about the president?!
      Sherry: He turned away from me!! After 25 years of building a life together; a family, he turned me away!!
      Jack:Eventually, they will connect you to this conspiracy,
      Sherry: That bomb was never supposed to go off! None of this was supposed to happen this way!!
      Jack: I know, I believe you. You can put an end to it now! If you help me get Kingsley, your husband will get his presidency back. That will be because of you. Mrs. Palmer, please!!
      (Sherry runs away, sobbing)

    • Palmer: Jim...gentleman, ladies, we came dangerously close to war today. That all of us reacted emotionally to a nuclear detonation is understandable, but leaders are required to have patience beyond human limits. The kind of action we nearly took should only be exercised after all other avenues have been exhausted; after the strictest standard of proof has been met. By casting me aside so quickly, you have effectively lowered those standards, and that was a profound mistake. (pauses) It was not, however, a mistake you're likely to make again. Therefore, I do not accept your resignations. We have a nation to heal today, and all of you play a vital role in that healing process.
      Prescott: Mr. President, I don't know what to say...
      Palmer: There's nothing to say. We have work to do.

    • Palmer: I urge you in the strongest possible terms not to indulge any rumors or theories that you may have already heard, or may soon hear. Once the facts are known I will present them to you myself. Until then, know that we are all safe and will continue to be safe. The most patriotic thing we can all do today is keep living our lives. So I urge you all, go back to work, go back to school. The freedom we enjoy, the freedom we earn everyday is the very thing that will defeat our enemies and keep us strong. God bless America! God bless us all!

    • Chappelle: You damn near put me in a coma! That's assault!

    • Sherry: No. I want all the recordings. Including Cyprus.
      Kingsley: Now why would you want that? You had nothing to do with that.
      Sherry: Insurance.
      Kingsley: Insurance? Once this country goes to war, the government is never going to let that be exposed. Hewitt is the only one who can hurt us now.
      Sherry: Because he forged the recording?
      Kingsley: That's right.

    • Jack: Say something.
      Sherry: I'm scared.
      Jack: Okay, it's working.

    • Sherry: I may not make it out of this.
      Jack: I'm not going to lie to you. That's a real possibility.

    • Chappelle: Listen, Jack, this is Ryan. We need to talk.
      Jack: Ryan, you son of a bitch.

    • Chappelle: Bauer's evidence may have some relevance.
      Michelle: Which means we were right.
      Chappelle: No! You damn near put me in a coma. That's assault!

    • Peter: I won't bore you with the details.
      Max: Bore me.

    • Tony: It's like this, either fire me, or get outta my chair.

  • NOTES (10)

    • In a "Special" making of this episode featurette on the DVD they list Sherry's name as "Sheri" however it is actually Sherry according to the episodes in which her name has been shown. Why this one DVD special spelled it differently is unknown.

    • The resolutions to many of the storylines from the finale of Season 2 were never fully wrapped up on the show. However, the 2006 release of 24: The Game for the PlayStation 2 did in fact answer many questions, including who was behind the attack on Palmer's life.

    • As an April Fool's joke on the crew, producer/director Jon Cassar revealed this fake ending to Day 2. Palmer's press conference ends and he goes down to his limo. He gets in successfully and rides off. After a while, we find out that someone is sitting next to him. That someone is Nina Myers. We realize that Palmer was in on the whole thing. We then shift to a scene in the desert. We close in on a parachute, then pan over to reveal George Mason, who jumped out of the plane before the bomb exploded.

    • Mia Kirshner is uncredited in this episode.

    • An additional scene was filmed, but never really intended to air. It is additional footage of Max after Mandy's call. A woman places her bandaged hand on Max's shoulder. He whispers something to her, then she bends down to kiss him. It is then we realize the woman is Nina, who has been behind it all along. They cut it because they realized they couldn't possibly explain it given the show's time frame.

    • The producers of the show needed to make sure that none of the extras in the final scene would leak the ending to the press. So they ended up shooting an extra part of the scene that features David Palmer getting up and getting into his limo after being attack by the unknown weapon. People would just say that Palmer got knocked out but he got back up, only to find the last part of the scene cut in the final product.

    • While doing the location shooting at the LA Coliseum, the crew played football on the field during their lunch breaks.

    • The scene in the LA Coliseum was originally going to take place at the Hollywood Bowl, but they could not get permission.

    • This episode marks the third time the clock ticked silently, being replaced instead by the sound of Palmer's heartbeat as the show closed. This is the second time it ticked for someone who didn't die, however at the time it was unknown whether he would survive or not.

    • The man who fought with Jack is uncredited, as are Kingsley's snipers.

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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