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Season 3 Episode 1

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

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 28, 2003 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Three years have passed since the events of Day Two.
A van deposits a dead body outside the LA Health Unit, infected with a deadly virus.
Jack and his new partner, Chase Edmunds, witness a deal to be signed with Ramon Salazar, a drug lord that Jack helped take down, working under cover for several months within the organization.
Palmer survived the assassination attempt on his life, and returns to LA for the first time since that attack. He is running for re-election and is preparing for an important debate with a rival senator.
A young boy, Kyle Singer, is seen examining a large, mysterious bag of white powder.
To keep an eye on his daughter, Jack got Kim a job at CTU, but unbeknownst to him, she has been dating Chase.moreless

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  • Jack gets a partner

    It starts of slow this time around, but boy do we get some real good stories. Here we get Tony in love, Jack causing all kinds of trouble... Again. Amazing season opener.
  • Jack's got a problem

    Setup. It's a crucial concept in TV shows like "24," and a season premiere must give the audience some idea of what's going on so that they can follow the rest of the season. Unfortunately, the writers have gone overboard; the S3 premiere is seriously stuck in a rut as Jack et al spend most of the hour establishing and talking about the threat of a virus being released in the US, while some new characters are introduced in slow manners. I'm all for slowness, but it must be interesting slowness. This is just slow slowness.Among the newbies are Chase Edmunds (Jack's Field Ops partner), Chloe O'Brian (a weirdo working with the CTU computers), Kyle Singer (a teenager whose involvement in the virus threat I could not comprehend at first), Wayne Palmer (Palmer's new Chief of Staff/previously unmentioned brother), and Dr. Anne Packard (who kisses Palmer and is extremely boring). Also in the mix are the Bigbads for the first half of S3: Hector and Ramon Salazar. Yep, they're introduced right off the bat. Way to retain any sense of mystery there. Plus, Jack's heroin addiction is kind of a character in its own right. A character that is all but killed off later on. Meh.Then again, it kinda works in that the season gradually speeds up, starting with a couple slow episodes and finishing with a bang. But of course, that only works when watching the episodes back-to-back; the original week-by-week airing format would just make for some great tediousness.Hourly Highlight:Well, at least there was a murder this hour. Ramon and the pen can stay.moreless
  • Good beginning!

    After the climatic ending of season two, Jack Bauer is back in a brand new day. And this new day has an interesting first hour, the longest premiere of the show ever, but a bit weak and not as great as previous. But don´t worry, this third season looks very interesting and strong, specially in it's shocking ending.

    Kiefer Sutherland still being the best of all because his performance is truly golden and with credibility and his Jack Bauer is not as previous seasons and is changing. You cannot expect anything about this character. But the others performances are good, specially Joaquim De Almeida, and the plot is entertaining and engaging although is not very powerful.

    So, although is not a really good beginning, it's a very interesting first hour.moreless
  • Just About Details!!!!!

    The episode started with the last cliffhanger, then 3 years passed, and now it is time to see the new terrorist Plan.

    We have new characters. Kim is working for CTU, this prevent her to be in trouble. Tony and Michelle are married. Palmer is alive. The problem with this episode is that the writers are building the story, so we have to wait for the pay off.

    Until then, is all about details. This is what this episode is all about. Presenting news villains, what happened with our favorites characters and presenting new ones.

    So, with that kind of presentation, it is hard to give it more than a 6 for now.moreless
  • Tree years later

    So, three years have passed and now we learn all what have happened. Palmer survived the attendant on his life but his health is not too good. There are a doctor he seems to be involved and who is worried about him.

    Things are even more interesting in CTU. Kim is there working what looks even promising. I hope they are not going to kidnap her again. Tony is still on lead and Jack is going trough hard time. First there seems to be somekind of break up with Kate and something else too and his health problem what really affects his work.

    So, what the case this time? There is a bio danger as some mad tries to unleash a deadly virus in order to get his brother out of prison.moreless
Sarah Wynter

Sarah Wynter

Kate Warner

Guest Star

Lauren Storm

Lauren Storm


Guest Star

Vincent Corazza

Vincent Corazza


Guest Star

Joaquim de Almeida

Joaquim de Almeida

Ramon Salazar

Recurring Role

Christina Chang

Christina Chang

Dr. Sunny Macer

Recurring Role

Wendy Crewson

Wendy Crewson

Anne Packard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Jack: Luis, come here for a second. Putting him away is not the point here. If he doesn't talk, we haven't accomplished anything. I didn't lose a year of my life to arrest some drug dealer. Salazar does business with terrorist cells around the world. Bringing them down is our only objective, are we clear?
      Luis: I understand, but if you give Salazar everything he asks for, he's just gonna want more. This is the deal, and he's going to take it.

    • Adam: I've had it Tony, I swear to God...
      Tony: What's the problem, Adam?
      Adam: Chloe O'Brian does not touch my data! If Field Ops wants something, she asks Jack or talks to you, then you tell me.
      Tony: Did she damage anything?
      Adam: That's not the point! The reason my department has zero downtime is because of the procedures I put in place.
      Tony: Did she damage anything?
      Adam: No she didn't but...
      Tony: Then let it go. Look, Jack's got his department and I got mine. But we're all under the same roof, understood? (Adam nods) Good. Now lighten up. You're gonna drive yourself and the rest of us crazy.

    • Jack: I need you to replace Chloe for me.
      Chase: Replace her? She is the best analyst we got.
      Jack: No she's not, she's slow.
      Chase: She's not slow. I mean, she may be a little (pauses) wierd, but she knows her stuff.

    • Chloe: I did do it right. If you wanted it saved with the other files, you should have said so. That is the standard, so I wouldn't think of doing it that way, would I?
      Jack: (agitated) Just do it that way from now on.
      Chloe: I can't read minds, Jack, so you are going to have to spell it out for me, otherwise this relationship won't work.

    • Tony: And you'll come along as the wife. Without a job?
      Michelle: I will go anywhere with you... as long as I don't have to cook.
      Tony: Sweetheart, if you promise not to cook I will take you with me anywhere... But if they don't have a job for you then I'm not interested.

    • Chase: (noticing Jack all stressed out) You look like Hell.
      Jack: What did you just say to me?
      Chase: We're on an active protocol OK? I need to know if you're up for it or not.
      Jack: I like working with you Chase, you're a nice kid, but don't you ever come into my office and talk to me like that again, do you understand me?

    • Salazar: It's eating at you isn't it? What am I up to? Come on Luis, you have me in chains, two tough guys waiting for a chance to beat me to a pulp. Do it Luis! See if you can beat it out of me!

    • Palmer: It's just gonna be another one of those days.

    • Salazar: I'm concerned about you Jack. The things you did to get me here I wouldn't wish on anyone. Let's face it, you'll never be the same.

  • NOTES (13)

    • This is the first season to start in the afternoon.

    • This is the only season premiere (excluding the pilot) in which Jack starts out already working for CTU and has been in the interim between seasons.

    • DB Woodside (Wayne Palmer) and Glenn Morshower (Aaron Pierce) both appeared in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer a year earlier called "Help", although they didn't share any scenes together.

    • This episode marks the final appearance of former series regular Sarah Wynter (Kate Warner). Her guest appearance is edited out in the 43-minute version of this episode.

    • Music:
      "Horse Drawn" by Memory Bank
      "One Night in Tokyo" by Colder

    • This episode marks the first time that a flashback is used to start the episode before the real-time clock begins to tick.

    • Ford, the primary sponsor of the premiere, incorporated 24 and the character of Jack Bauer into the two-part commercial that aired before and after this episode. Although Kiefer Sutherland did not appear, nor did any other 24 actor, the commercial featured a Jack Bauer look-alike, foreign spies, a secret tracker, money and a car chase that involved the Ford F-150. Jack Bauer was not mentioned by name, but the commercial was clearly meant to compliment 24 without stepping on any toes.

    • James Badge Dale (Chase) and Reiko Aylesworth (Michelle) are added to the main cast, while Penny Johnson Jerald (Sherry) and Sarah Wynter (Kate) are taken out.

    • Fox aired an edited 43-minute version of this episode with commercials twice after the full-length premier. It was broadcast on 10-30-03 and 11-04-03 before Hour Two.

    • This is the first Season Premiere that doesn't start in another country.

    • The tattoo Kiefer Sutherland has on his wrist during the final scene is real. Sutherland opted to get it permanently instead of reapplying make up everyday.

    • A 3-minute trailer for this season's premiere aired during Fox's presentation of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on September 7th, 2003.

    • This episode aired 100% commercial free in North America.  The "real time" premiere ran for only about 51 minutes.