Season 3 Episode 13

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

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 10, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack and Chase interrogate Nina, but the worm turns when she tricks them and causes havoc with the CTU computer systems.
Chappelle puts Chloe under guard when she refuses to answer questions about the baby, but is forced to release her when she is the only one who can deal with the crisis.
Sherry takes her battle directly to Alan, forcing Julia to act as her accomplice.moreless

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  • Back to the drawing board

    Jack and Chase find Nina and drag her onto a plane back to LA in hopes of milking her for info on Amador. But because Jack needs something to occupy him for an hour, the writers have thrown in this dumb self-contained plot where he inadvertently triggers a worm in CTU's computer system. This part of the story also gives us the name of one Marcus Alvers, an associate of Amador who will play a somewhat prominent role in the near future. But that's overshadowed by the lameness of the worm.No, this episode actually belongs to Sherry Palmer, who's taken it upon herself to go to the Milliken house. There's a little twist when Sherry's big plan doesn't exactly go well, so she improvises and ends up doing something that Daffy would label "dethpicable." It's one of the most hilarious scenes ever on "24," and I can't touch upon how great it is—you must see it yourself.But that scene is the only thing keeping the episode afloat. The things that nearly sink it are the worm arc, the revelation about the baby that doesn't make me care any more than I did prior, and the fact that the best scene in the episode still took place in the Palmer storyline. Unless we're talking about a presidential coup, that last one's not good.Hourly Highlight:What did I just say?moreless
  • Nice???

    Logic/Details - » With Nina caught and with so many episodes left, was time to manage every objective better. So the plan was take the action to the computer Systems by Nina. Palmer Storyline seems to be advancing, since Sherry did what she never did before. The system worm made by Nina was unrealistic in terms of informatics but ok, just to make some action, it is understandable.

    Progress -» One more death, For Jack Side, things still the same. Nina Caught.

    Emotions/Stimulation/Highlights -» There was some tension with the computer systems CTU. Chloe revealing who´s baby is, was surprising for some part of the audience.

    Ending - » Nothing Special, since this revelation was expected by many people.

    Overall - » There is some action and the rest is a nice setup, so this episode is watchable. The bug at CTU was a great plan by the writers to make sure that there was some action in this episode.moreless
  • Virus in CTU

    And how they just manage to do it again and again? Nina tries to make a deal and tells something and they all buy it and make a phone call and everything goes crazy. That was amazing storyline and the all intense atmosphere.. Chloe at the lead and the whole trying to stop the worm. It was such a great part of the episode.

    Also the thing around the baby was somehow interesting as we all wanted to know whose the baby is. 24 always comes up with most shocking storyline so.. I think tension was up.

    And Sherry.. she did a great job I think.. let us see what comes out.moreless
  • This episode kicks ass, I love it!

    This episode was brilliantttt. It was a nice little twist with Nina and the worm. I loved how she was so confident that the worm would bring down the computer systems at CTU. She totally owned Jack!! There was an amazing development in character for Chloe in this episode too considering she is the one who manages to fix the worm. It shows us what a geek Chloe is at her job, so now I can forgive her for that stupid storyline with the baby!!

    What Chase said to Nina about Jack killing her made me think, 'Hmm, I wonder if the end for Nina Myers is near'. Nina is going to go to CTU to be interrogated and when they don't need her anymore, I believe that Jack will kill her if he gets the chance.

    Sherry was ace in this episode!! she always manages to bring up the quality of the show. I was in hysterics watching her tiptoe through Miliken's room. The highlight of the episode were the insults Sherry threw at Alan which eventually led to his death. I couldn't help but laugh my ass off at what Sherry was saying to him, which I feel bad about considering he was in the middle of having a heart attack.

    Quote of the hour! Sherry Palmer: "You're just a little boy, Alan! A pathetic little boy!"moreless
  • Review

    The ending wasnt as dramatic as I would have hoped, as we suspected that the baby was going to be Chases all along. This episode was pretty much a filler, with Jack, Nina, and Chase needing to be on an airplane to get back to LA where they would be able to get there hands on Amador. The bug at CTU was a great plan by the writers to make sure that there was some action in an episode that looked like it would be nothing but fillers. Sherrys involvement with Milikin took a surprising turn for the worse. I would have thought that Alan would have caught them near the end of the episode, but his death was a pretty big shock. It should send shockwaves through David and all of the Senators of his administration, for the better or for the worse for him I dont know. But with drama needing to happen with the white house end of things (to keep with the "three storylines" thing) Im sure that Julia wont be able to do everything that Sherry said once the cops arrive and start to ask questions...moreless
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Christine Devine


Guest Star

Thomas Hildreth

Thomas Hildreth

Delta Pilot

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Dalton Furelle

Guest Star

Paul Schulze

Paul Schulze

Ryan Chappelle

Recurring Role

Greg Ellis

Greg Ellis

Michael Amador

Recurring Role

Glenn Morshower

Glenn Morshower

Agent Aaron Pierce

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Jack, Chase and Nina head back to L.A. from Mexico in a C-130 Hercules aircraft. It takes approximately the same amount of time that it took to fly down on a personal jet. The Hercules is a prop driven plane and averages about one third the speed of a jet a/c and would have taken three times as long to fly the same distance, even at its top speed.

    • Another violation of the real-time format; Sherry asks Julia where the cell phone is, takes off her coat, and then the camera immediately cuts to her in Alan's bedroom grabbing the cellphone.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Chappelle: Great work today, Chloe. You averted what could have been a major loss.
      Chloe: I know.

    • Chase: Nina, I have heard all about you. I know what you've done, how you've managed to stay alive. It's impressive. But if you play Jack one more time, he's gonna kill you.
      Nina: Is that so?
      Chase: Yeah.

    • Sherry: (to Milliken) So why don't you chew on that a bit, and maybe we can talk about it more tomorrow?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Lothaire Bluteau is uncredited in this episode.

    • Much of the technological computer terminology tossed out during CTU's efforts to stop Nina's computer worm are simply random terms and phrases nonsensically strung together.

    • David Herman's role was meant to be larger during his run on the series, but producers cut many of his scenes due to time constraints. His deleted scenes can be viewed on the Season 3 DVD set.