24

Season 3 Episode 5

Day 3: 5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

3
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 25, 2003 on FOX
9.2
out of 10
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302 votes
10

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Jack's efforts to break Ramon out of prison go awry when they are captured by a group of inmates during the riot.
Chloe unwittingly stumbles on to Jack's drug problem and she is forced to reveal his secret to Kim and Michelle.
Palmer begins his debate with Keeler, while Kyle prepares to sacrifice himself to save Linda.moreless

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  • About this episode

    10
    It had great single-camera sound mixing.
  • Kiefer Sutherland advises you all against gun violence… Now let's get down to the BANG and the BOOM!

    9.0
    As I said before, this episode could've been combined with the previous one without losing much footing. But I can forgive that, since then we wouldn't have the great Russian roulette scenes.

    Yes, this episode is filler; the prison riot scenes didn't HAVE to be shown, but if it has to happen, then it has to happen. And what would be the point of having Jack resort to such a ridiculous escape plan in the first place? No, the riot scenes instead constitute a self-contained crisis that Jack and Ramon must find their way out of before continuing with the main virus threat. It's pretty much the basis for this hour.

    Meanwhile, Palmer starts his presidential debate with John Keeler, which…whatever.

    CTU goes through its own stuff, which is mainly pinpointing Kyle's location, but also with their discovery of Jack's heroin addiction. Darkly funny scene where Chloe tells Kim all about it.

    Strangely enough, the Russian roulette game helps to build some character development for both Jack and Ramon. Specifically, it helps to define what hard-headed badasses these guys are. While we kinda knew that already, what with the first two seasons and the pen stabbing earlier, it's a welcome piece of filler, and it makes for quite an improvement over the last few episodes. The big shootout later is just a sweet bonus.



    Hourly Highlight:

    The wimpy guard shooting himself.moreless
  • First Pay Off!!!

    9.0
    Logic/Details - » This episodes continues where it left. Manage a prison riot is something difficult, but the writers did a good time management and even Palmer Debate was a little interesting.



    Progress -» This episode Jack is trying to free the bad guy but found some complications. In the End he manages to get out, however, the guy with the virus was caught and Jack did all for nothing.



    Emotions/Stimulation/Highlights -» This episode is nerve wrecking, the Russian roulette is a great example of that. The guard who died first, build the necessary tension, since neither Salazar or Jack could die. So, what sell this episode is the great tension and the fact that the virus plot is already over for now, or at least the phase one. Ending - » The ending was great, the fact that Chase found out that they had Kyle Singer just as Jack and Salazar left with the chopper was very well done.



    Overall - » The first pay off of this season that started slowly but it seems that 24 is in fact back on track. This episode deserves at least a 9moreless
  • Wow

    9.2
    This episode.. specially the end was mind blowing. I planned to watch only one episode and now I am on my third and after this there will be forth too. Oh.. it just has so much excitement.



    The whole prison thing - playing Russian roulette. First round was nerve wracking but the second one where Jack is against Salazar. That was brilliant. And Chase really proves himself as a good agent. I like that char. The ending was irony in Jack part. few seconds more and none of the things would happen the way they do now but... And the thing in CTU. Kim in position she is now.. She is not annoying. Could you believe that? And Chloe.. and Michelle.. excitingmoreless
  • What a cracking episode!

    9.0
    How tense was the russian roulette, eek!! I don't think 24 has EVER been that tense. I felt sooo sorry for that guard who ended up killing himself =[[ And then it was Jack vs Salazar, that was so nerve-wracking because we knew it would be terrible if either of them got killed, so it was up to Chase to rescue them! I found it hilarious when Salazar said to the prisoner that if he dies his brother will go after him. It's the best episode so far this season for sure.



    It was the debate between Palmer and Keeler in this episode, but they were hardly in it so that was a good thing. I never thought I'd ever say that because I'm usually interested in whats going on with Palmer, but not this season. I think I'm missing Sherry and Mike.



    The ending was greatt, I loved the fact that Chase found out that they had Kyle Singer just as Jack and Salazar left with the chopper. Now they've found Kyle Singer it looks like the virus threat is over already, which is strange considering its only been five episodes. I didn't expect them to find him so quickly!! I thought he was going to be a problem so its hard to tell exactly where the season is going to go from here. It looks like the only problem now is Jack. Salazar will probably take him hostage and Chase will come to the rescue.



    Quote of the hour! Roman Salazar: "If I die, my brother will find you."moreless
Kevin Chapman

Kevin Chapman

Warden Mitchell

Guest Star

Lobo Sebastian

Lobo Sebastian

Prisoner Peel

Guest Star

Leonard Roberts

Leonard Roberts

Guard Buchanan

Guest Star

Wendy Crewson

Wendy Crewson

Anne Packard

Recurring Role

Joaquim de Almeida

Joaquim de Almeida

Ramon Salazar

Recurring Role

Vanessa Ferlito

Vanessa Ferlito

Claudia Salazar

Recurring Role

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