Season 3 Episode 20

Day 3: 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2004 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack attempts to use Saunders' daughter as leverage to gain control of the virus, while Palmer must deal with the discontented press.
Michelle gets the results of her test, while Adam finds that the virus has struck too close to home.
Tony finds himself compromised when Saunders exploits his only weakness.moreless

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  • uurgh

    For an action-melodrama star -Jack sure plays the inaction card pretty hard when Saunders was trapped, almost like the writers wanted to give him enough time come up with some ridiculous way for Saunders to escape.

    Saunders: I have your wife and I'm going to cut her eye out.

    Tony: Well I have your daughter, so If you harm my wife; I will do the same to your daughter and then my randomly/inappropriately procrastinating field agents will attack you.

    So how about a straight swap? -my wife for your daughter, we will still have you trapped but that is life.moreless
  • So long, Chandler Plaza! Hellooo, character-altering twist!

    Okay, we'll actually see the hotel again in a few hours, but that's beside the point.Jane cooperates and gives Jack a chance to capture her father. Via a phone call that lasts too long, CTU finally gets Saunders' location and goes to arrest him. Unfortunately, the slippery Bigbad has a pretty big ace up his sleeve…This is implied rather early on, but only to throw the viewers off. Are Saunders' people keeping an eye on Jane and Kim, waiting for the right moment to take them hostage? Hey, I'm not one for seeing yet another Kim kidnapping. And huzzah: no Kim kidnapping! Instead, the kidnappee has an emotional connection to Tony Almeida. He must go through what Jack went through during S1's Gaines arc, as Michelle finally leaves the damn hotel and lands herself in another mess. Not as messy a mess as the mess inside the hotel, but still, not a lot of people would want to be in her messy shoes right now. Mess, mess, mess.It almost feels sorta cheap how the writers build up the red herring only to focus on a completely different sleeve-hidden ace entirely. Almost. Sorta. But I'll take it, because as I've said in previous reviews, this IS "24", and one of the greatest shows in the history of the universe must be allowed a break every now and then.Hourly Highlight:Saunders nonchalantly strolling down the street, with a bunch of CTU and LAPD units none the wiser.moreless
  • Hunting!!!

    Logic/Details - » So, this episode leads to Hunt Saunders. Was not difficult for the writers to managed this episode, since the Hotel Plaza plot is finally over for now. This lead to another focus which is the involvement of Saunders and Tony. Scenes like Kim and Saunders daughter were only to buy more time. Even some scenes with Palmer managed to do that. So, if this is about to buy time even Adam has his time on screen just because his sister was one of the infected.

    Progress -» Saunders daughter Helped and Jack hunt Saunders but since there is 4 episodes to end this season, this was not possible yet.

    Emotions/Stimulation/Highlights -» Knowing about Michelle results make you feel relief, Tony action here was understandable Ending - » Good build up for the next episode.

    Overall - » This episode continues to structure the many way that Jack and CTU try to find Saunders, but in every way, the leads fails and they have to restart again and go after another lead. In My opinion, 6 continues to fit this episodes well.moreless
  • Something unexpected...

    So, now when Jack has Saunder's daugther and he is free to use it against him. They even find a way as even if the girl denies everything first, Jack does find a way and when she makes a call to his father, they are able to get his location. Hunt for Saunder is on.

    But things get even more exciting as Saunder is not planning to leave the place he is in and seems not even a bit worried. We all have to ask why and when he mentions something about taking her in phonecall I think we all are sure this is Kim.

    On the other storyline Michelle finally gets her test results and she is clean. She has amazingly moving phonecall with Tony and it just leads to the end of the episode - the have taken Michelle and Tony has to do what he is asked in order to not to lose it. Wow.. that was something..moreless
  • Review

    Another episode with a great surpring twist at the end of it. Without Palmer at his disposal to give into his needs, Saunders pulls a sting operation to capture Michelle Dessler and opts to use Tony Almedia to allow him to safely walk into the unknown. I thought this was great writing and should provide with the final confrontation between Jack and Saunders within the next two or three episodes. I dont know whats going to happen once Jack finds out about Tonys involvement in letting Saunders go, but I can assume that Jack and David will not be happy of the devolopment in light of what is going on. Since Jack Bauer still has Jane Sauners, I can assume a trade will be set up so that Michelle can be traded for Jane. This episode was pretty action actions throughout, with no more boring storylines clogging up the episodes. Sherry Palmer is out of the scenerios and there is no more Alan Milikin mess. Kim is on her way back to CTU where she will regain her normal duties. Overall, a very well written episode.moreless
Maria del Mar

Maria del Mar

Rachel Forrester

Guest Star

Joe D'Angerio

Joe D'Angerio


Guest Star

Forbes Riley

Forbes Riley

First Reporter

Guest Star

Paul Blackthorne

Paul Blackthorne

Stephen Saunders

Recurring Role

Christina Chang

Christina Chang

Dr. Sunny Macer

Recurring Role

DB Woodside

DB Woodside

Wayne Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Wayne: David, are you sure we're doing the right thing?
      Palmer: The only thing I'm sure of is we cannot let this country be taken over by this madman.

    • (Tony on the phone with Michelle)
      Tony: Michelle
      Michelle: Yeah
      Tony: I can't believe I almost lost you.
      Michelle: I almost lost you too, but we're still here.

    • Jane: What are you going to do to my father?
      Jack: I'm going to stop him.

    • Saunders: Jack, you know how many vials I have, and what I am capable of.
      Jack: You know what I'm capable of too.

    • (on phone with Tony and Jack)
      Palmer: Okay gentleman, time is upon us. Having considered all the possible scenarios, I see no other choice than to draw a our line in the sand. I will not give in to Saunders' latest demand.
      Jack: Mr. President, I hope you understand that that leaves us with one option and that's to use Stephen Saunders' daughter as a hostage and hope that will stop him.
      Palmer: I understand. Alright gentleman, get to it.

    • Pierce: Sir, I'm afraid this isn't a request.
      Palmer: Excuse me?
      Pierce: Secret Service is invoking Section 32 for your own protection and we are requiring you to accompany us to Air Force One.
      Palmer: You're ordering me?
      Pierce: Yes, sir, for your own protection.

    • Jack: Jane, I know how hard it is to believe everything everyone's been telling you about your father, but I'm going to show you some things that will change your mind. The sooner you stop resisting me, the sooner you can help us start saving lives.

    • Tony: We're all tired, I know that, and some of you have been working for 24 hours straight. So I don't have to tell you how serious this situation is, but we can't drift. If there ever was a worst-case scenario, this is it. We're in it. Everyone has to stay on point. We've switched from prevention to containment. The virus is out!

    • Tony: Chloe, I'm getting really tired of your personality!

  • NOTES (1)

    • The IP address that Saunders gives Tony was made to be over 255 since that address doesn't work, much like 555 is the fictional prefix for phone numbers.