Season 3 Episode 18

Day 3: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 18, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack and Chase race against time to capture Saunders before the deadline, while Chappelle plans an escape.
Michelle begins a frantic search when she learns that an infected hotel guest may have slipped through her fingers.

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  • Insane National Security State "Logic" Leads to Insane Conclusions

    24 and La Femme Nikita are the creation of Joel Surnow, who, how can I put this delicately, is a fascist, but an immensely talented fascist.

    (Who says fascists can't be immensely talented? Ever heard of Leni Riefenstahl? How about Richard Wagner?)

    Surnow subscribes to the logic of the national security state. To Surnow the end justifies the means. Torture and murder, even the murder of one's own comrades, is necessitated by "exigent circumstances."

    In the world of computers, they speak of Garbage In, Garbage Out.

    In the world of 24, it's Moral Garbage In, Moral Garbage Out.moreless
  • Chappelle was not my favorite character over the last three seasons, but I truly felt sorry for him. The most shocking and emotional episode I've seen so far. Even more so than Tery's death! I've never watched 24 while on the air, thank God for Netflix!moreless

    Great episode, although I have to wonder. If you were to swap Chappelle with Kim, Jack would have went the distance to prevent the fate Chappelle suffered! All in all, 6am - 7am had me gripping my seat. From Chase's covert mission to watching Chappelle in his scared state, great acting altogether! 24 is truly a blockbuster movie cut into short clips to be aired on television. I know nothing of the episodes and seasons to come, and choose not to Google them. That being said, my mind is racing on whether Michelle is infected or not and where is Sherry Palmer?moreless
  • Stopped watching 24 after this episode, and you will too.

    The worst episode of 24 ever. I give the writers leaneancy, but this time they crossed the line. The plot is completely unbelievable. Would the president ever call for the killing of a high ranking memeber of the department of homeland security? WTF

    Jack Bauer acts completly out of charater and the whole show is nonsense. You have a huge threat and one simple demand. Stuff doesn't add up. How did anyone like this episode? I have given up on 24 after seeing this episode, and you will too. Not what I expected. Complete garbage.moreless
  • Best hour of Day 3! And also one of the most emotional episodes!

    This season started not very strong, but managed to rose to a higher level and now keeps the audience hooked and under pressure.

    And this episode is a perfect proof of it. It´s undoubtely the best episode of the season and also one of the most sad and dramatic installments ever!.

    Its plot is really shocking and the tension and the suspense lasts absolutely all the episode until arrive to an impressive and unforgettable ending.

    This challenge is one of the most difficult challenges that Jack Bauer had to do.

    When the episode comes to its end, you will be impressed.

    Best hour of the season!.moreless
  • Shocking Value!!!

    Logic/Details - » What Sell a Episode for 9 or 10? One Scene that is truly Shocking and that the audience never seen before- This is what the writers wanted to do with this episode. Until the End of this episode, the objective is Simple, Kill Ryan Chapelle.

    The way the writers managed the 40 minutes was very well done, since there are scenes that make you think that Ryan would Escape. Progress -» It was just about Killing Ryan until the End of this episode.

    Emotions/Stimulation/Highlights -» The Last minutes of this episode is touching and can really make you cry if you are a sensible person. There are other good scenes besides that featuring Chapelle and some on the Hotel Plaza.

    Ending - » Too Shocking.

    Overall - » This episode is like any other, you have one situation that only will finish in the end of this episode. But this episode could entertain and try to make you feel sorry until the very end, which is very Shocking.moreless
Jenni Blong

Jenni Blong

Susan Cole

Guest Star

Brigid Brannagh

Brigid Brannagh

Kathy McCartney

Guest Star

Roger Ranney

Roger Ranney

Infected Male Hotel Guest

Guest Star

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Chloe O'Brian

Recurring Role

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto

Adam Kaufman

Recurring Role

DB Woodside

DB Woodside

Wayne Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the helicopter with Jack, the headset Chapelle is wearing change after they speak with CTU when they are on the way to the train yard. You can see the headset-mic arm is different right before they touch down, it change back a little later.

    • When Ryan was trying to leave to smoke, why did the security guard tell him to return to CTU? Are they not at CTU already?

    • When Agent Baker and Chase are in the parking structure doing surveillance on Saunders apartment building, the camera pans and the camera man and tech guy are blatently seen. The camera just pans right across them and they show up right in the middle of the frame.

    • Ryan Chappelle says he has no friends or family to call to say goodbye, yet he is wearing a wedding band.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Jack: Sorry we let you down, Ryan. (pauses) God forgive me.

    • Jack: The only thing you need to know is that I need these files decrypted now.
      Chloe: Well, I'm doing my very best. Your tone of voice is not exactly a morale booster.
      Jack: (exasperated) Chloe, please just do it!

  • NOTES (7)

    • This episode marks another rare instance in which the split-screens are not used to transition to the closing moments of the episode.

    • After its initial Sunday airing, additional airings were shown on the cable channel FX on Monday at 11pm ET and Tuesday at 6pm ET in case viewers missed the quickly scheduled Sunday airing.

    • In 2004, this episode was nominated for an Emmy for 'Best Musical Scoring For a Television Episode'.

    • This episode marks the fourth time the silent clock is used on the series. The sound of a distant train whistle is used to close the episode.

    • Due to the move to Sunday, 24 had the show's worst ratings ever, getting a 4.0/6 ratings share.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air on April 13, but was preempted at the last moment because of a White House press conference.

    • This episode was the third and final submission by the producers for Emmy consideration.