Season 3 Episode 12

Day 3: 12:00 A.M. - 1:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 03, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Things finally come to an explosive head as Jack, Ramon, Nina and Chase all close in on the virus. But the deal takes an unexpected turn when Amador pulls a fast switch.
Kim becomes suspicious of Chloe when her story about her baby doesn't check out.
Sherry finds a witness who can damage Milliken, but her advantage is short-lived.moreless

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  • The End of Mexico Arc!!!

    Logic/Details - » This episode objective was to make a closure about Salazar Storyline. So, the writers job was to create a minimum of 20 scenes and tie this all. They did a good job this time, better than the last episode. But like the last episode, the time and scenes management seems a little filler.

    Progress -» Salazar is dead. There are some action, but besides that, the situation still in the same point.

    Emotions/Stimulation/Highlights -» The highlight in this episode is the action and some tension provided by Jack Scenes. Amador is the Main Bad guy now.

    Ending - » Nothing special or particularly new, since there are 12 episodes left, so the virus plot will play all the season after all, contrary to the past seasons.

    Overall - » Better than the previous episode, but continues to manages one situation throught the entire episode.moreless
  • *blows whistle* GET IT ON!

    Here it is at last: the end of the Mexico arc, and the last of the three big twists that piss everyone off.

    Except for Palmer, all the storylines converge on the virus, giving us a little time away from that baby, though it's still present in the episode, so thumbs down there!

    With Hector dead, Ramon goes it alone to get the virus from Amador. Jack and Nina go with him, of course, as well as Chase and the Delta team. But in the end, the operation is all for naught, since it turns out Michael Amador deceived everybody for monetary gain and is taking that vial for himself.

    The hour concludes with Amador getting away with the virus, Ramon dead, and Jack and Chase searching for Nina in the woods. It's a good setup for the ensuing episodes, and it gives us a reason to keep watching.

    But the episode's biggest advantage is that it has what many people were probably wanting to see throughout the Mexico arc: action. Lots of it. A shootout here, an explosion there, another explosion there, a stabbing here, etc. You won't be disappointed.

    Nobody (as in, the fans) seems to appreciate having been played by the writers for the first twelve hours of S3, but you know what? I do! That's right, I enjoy the fact that the first half was essentially pointless, because huge twists such as this, as completely ludicrous as they are, are what make "24" what it is. Quit your whining and embrace it! Cherish it! Nurture it! Have sex with it! ……………

    Hourly Highlight:

    Amador's escape from the Delta team.moreless
  • Everyone is after the virus

    This is really a episode where all the sides are together and after the virus in one little place and it looks so explosive. Nina tries to prove Jack still works to CTU. Jack wishes everything would work out and Tony has so many things what have to go right. Chade is there and giving updates and thing around Chloe get really weird as things are not like they seems.

    And then this happen. The virus is on their sight and everything goes wrong. It was so easy to see when he switched the viruses, delta team is almost late as Salazar wants to take out Jack. When backup arrives, hell broke lose. It is very chaotic and exciting.. and the end.. and they are back where they began..moreless
  • Woo, very explosive indeed!!

    This episode had lots and lots of action. I believe that the switch of the virus was the best thing that could have happened to the season. It would have been very boring for Jack to obtain the virus and thats that. Now that Amador has escaped with the virus, the chances of it being released are very high... very interesting. And now the Salazar's are out of the picture, this season should return back on top! I knew the Salazar's werent the main villians and I don't think Amador is the main villian either, he's probably working for someone else.

    The Palmer storyline is great now. But my god, CTU is a big fat whimper, it really is. Kim accusing Chloe was so annoying. She told Chloe that she should have reported the abuse, and then said that kidnapping was wrong? I can't believe how much shes contradicting herself after what she did in season 2. It's completely LAUGHABLE. I can hardly see Chloe being some psycho woman either, I'm glad that Tony owned her. Sort it out, writers. Stop putting all the attention on Kim and Chloe, its boring. Sort out what is going on with Tony and Michelle because they've had hardly any screen time lately, and where has Gael disappeared to?

    Quote of the hour! Tony Almeida: "You're going to look after this baby, I don't want Chloe distracted."moreless
  • Review

    The first parts of this episode dragged on a lot, with everyone getting ready for the events in Mexico with Amador and the virus. The action the unfolded after everything feel apart at the switch off was pretty intesne. At first I didnt know what was going to happen - with Amador virtually pinned down that would be the end of the threat that everyone was working so well together on. In the end though, the Salazar situation has been eliminated and now everyones attention is going to shift to retriving the virus from Micheal, which should make for some interesting new drama. I really like his character and he should be an interesting villian then in years past. I just wonder if he really is the top or if we will be introduced to a new boss this time around. Sherry Palmer going to the trailer to try and get information from Mr. Kelly was also pretty filler. Her going the Milikin residance herself should be very interesting in the next couple of episodes...moreless
Jack Kehler

Jack Kehler

Kevin Kelly

Guest Star

Rick Ravanello

Rick Ravanello

Captain Reiss

Guest Star

Gonzalo Menendez

Gonzalo Menendez


Guest Star

DB Woodside

DB Woodside

Wayne Palmer

Recurring Role

Greg Ellis

Greg Ellis

Michael Amador

Recurring Role

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto

Adam Kaufman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Kim gets upset with Chloe and tells her that kidnapping is a felony no matter what. However Chloe claimed that it was done to save the baby from abuse, which is the exact same reasoning Kim used last season when kidnapping Megan. It seems odd that she does not sympathize even a little considering that she also did the exact same thing, even if she has changed her opinion based on what she went through.

    • How did Kelly get out of his trailer? Or someone get in to grab him? There's only one door, and Sherry seems to be watching it the entire time. And even if she wasn't watching the door...why wouldn't Sherry keep an eye on the only door to make sure Kelly doesn't leave?

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