Season 3 Episode 24

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

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 25, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack and Chase must make a powerful sacrifice when dealing with the virus.
Tony is able to help Jack one last time before he is taken into custody, while an angry victim seeks vengeance on Saunders.
 Palmer makes a surprising career choice in the wake of Sherry's death.moreless

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  • No Thanks!

    I am a huge 24 fan but wow, I hated this season.

    My favorites by far were seasons 1, 2, 4 and 5. And most people I noticed agree with that, in no specific order.
  • The ax factor

    No other "24" finale has made my heartbeat race as fast as the S3 finale did. If I'd been in a seat while watching this episode, I would literally have been on the edge of it.Just to raise the stakes placed on this final vial of the Cordilla virus, the environment shifts from the subway to a middle school.There's a cool fight scene between Chase and Rabens, followed by a nail-biting sequence where the "race against time" thing is used to maximum effect. The timer on the dispersal device just drives you crazy. They don't cop out with the "they're gonna call back!" thing, I can tell you that.And there's Tony, who's off to jail. And there's Palmer, who decides to resign. And there's Saunders, who dies—there's my big gripe, by the way. I'll make this brief: pure retardation!The episode follows the formula of the S2 finale more than the S1 finale; it follows the main threat all the way through to the approximate 45-minute mark, after which all the storylines are nicely, cleanly, and warmly wrapped up with soft and quiet music in pure "Lord of the Rings" fashion. Jack, Chase, Kim, Palmer, Tony, and Michelle all get their final scenes in the closing minutes, and then there's something that not many fans were expecting: no last-second twist or surprise. Instead, a soft moment of drama for Jack. It's a fine way to end the season, better than my prediction that he would shoot up. S3 has come and gone, and there are no more episodes to review. My quest is finally over!…oh, wait.Hourly Highlight:I just gotta hand it to this show. It's the greatest, hands-down. We should all give the cast and crew a big hand. Chase is so handsome.moreless
  • Not so powerful...

    This third season is a strong entertaining and pretty exciting long day in Jack Bauer´s life. It´s more complex and depends much more on the spectacular way of the episodes than of the intelligence in the plot. But, in the end, the ride of emotions and entertaining is pretty good.

    Now, i have a problem with this finale. It´s a good ending, (the most relaxing for Jack Bauer due to everything looks like to come to a close end), but it lacks of some shocking surprise or some emotional tragedy. What it happens with Chase is important, okay, but maybe i was looking for something more.moreless
  • End of one chapter

    Somehow the end of season three looks like end of first chapter of the serie as some important characters are out - Palmer won't be president, Sherry is dead, Tony goes to prison.. Nina is dead...

    But to look back, this season has been amazing. I think the first season is still my favorite but this one really showed off with the very stable and always exciting episodes. There were no slow episodes and always was something major happening and that made is so enjoyable.

    But on the last episode - the intense at the beginning was good. The whole thing with Saunders but it was so visible that they are going to kill him. I would have prefered little more surprise on that as much there was not too much surprise that Chade got badly hurt. If you are having talk like that on the final episode - we all know how that can end.

    Somehow the end of this episode was not as good as the start. After they had got the virus, the tempo just died and even if Michelle's and Tony's departure was emotional and there is no way to describe Jack's emotional brakedown, it was somehow... and the ending did not had something shocking as season 1 and 2 had.moreless
  • Another superb finale!

    This present season of this fantastic show has been improving after the first episodes until have a great level.

    In fact, this season is even a bit better than the previous. For me, this third season has a 9,7 out 10.

    But in it's finale, the show goes down again althought giving us a satisfactory ending, overwall perfect and being one of the best episodes of the season, but weaker than the first and second season.

    But despite that things, the ending is very good and so powerful, with an excellent action, superb performances (look closely last seconds of the season the emotional performance of Kiefer Sutherland) and tension in a lot of moments.

    Overview, a superb ending to a superb season.moreless
Kamala Lopez Dawson

Kamala Lopez Dawson

Theresa Ortega

Guest Star

Michael Cavanaugh

Michael Cavanaugh

Homeland Security Director Joseph O'Laughlin

Guest Star

Salvator Xuereb

Salvator Xuereb

Arthur Rabens

Guest Star

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Chloe O'Brian

Recurring Role

DB Woodside

DB Woodside

Wayne Palmer

Recurring Role

Paul Blackthorne

Paul Blackthorne

Stephen Saunders

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Michelle calls Chloe to her give the description of the high-jacked getaway car, she states it is a light blue Chevy Malibu. Yet, when Chloe tells the team she thinks she has found the car on satellite, she states the car is a light green Malibu.

    • During the car chase, Jack and Rabens drive past the same cars multiple times. Since the show is in real-time, this shouldn't happen.

    • When Mrs. Ortega shoots Saunders, 2 bullet holes appear on his shirt simultaneously after the first shot, yet before the second.

    • The geography for the fight between Chase and Rabens is very off for a real-time show. This is because a cut down version of the fight was used in the episode. The full fight can be seen on the Season 3 DVD. For example, when Chase goes to clamp the device to his wrist, Rabens was at his feet, becuase he was heading to the window to see his helicopter. But when he goes to grab Chase, he is at Chase's head, on the other side of the room. In the full version, Chase had flipped Rabens over his head, to get him on the other side of the room.

    • Stephen Saunders' height is given as 5'10" in this episode, even though Paul Blackthorne is significantly taller at 6'4½".

    • It is unlikely that a middle school would be open on a day when the President issued a Code Red.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Tony: Michelle, I put your wellbeing above the country's. Nothing anybody can say will ever change that fact.
      Michelle: But they can't...they can't put you in prison.
      Tony: Yes they can, and they will for a long time believe me. Michelle: Tony don't talk like this...
      Tony: Michelle,... Michelle: I can't...
      Tony: Michelle, come on... Michelle: I won't give up on you...
      Tony: Please Michelle don't do this.
      Michelle: I can't.
      (Tony and Michelle kiss)

    • Rae Plachecki: Tony, did you put Michelle's life ahead of public safety or national security?
      Tony: Yes...I did.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The name of the person whose vehicle Rabins stole from was Frank Cassar. The name comes from Jon Cassar, who is a producer of the show and directed this particular episode.

    • Although only credited as Guest Stars Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe O'Brian) and DB Woodside (Wayne Palmer) both appeared in every episode this season.

    • In the original ending to the season Chase Edmonds was to die of complications of surgery. This was kept in the script until almost the day before the show was to air. It was pulled at the last minute.

    • Several scenes were deleted from the final print of this episode. In one scene, Saunders explains to Jack that Rabens' objective is to get out of the country with the remaining vial so he can replicate the virus and plan another attack. In another scene, a chopper radios Rabens for a pick-up after he fights with Chase.

    • The episode started approximately two minutes late due to the delayed ending of American Idol.

    • This is the first season finale that played the ticking clock sound during the final seconds of the episode.

    • The finale was followed by the final webcast of 24Inside for the season, featuring special guests DB Woodside ("Wayne Palmer") and writer/producer Stephen Kronish.