Season 4 Episode 16

Day 4: 10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 04, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

CTU raids Marwan's hideout, but he manages to slip through their fingers. Luckily, Jack locates a lead that may help him identify Marwan's next target.

Tony becomes suspicious of Michelle's personal life, while Audrey reunites with Paul and learns the extent of his injuries.

Anderson closes in on his quarry, as President Keeler searches for words that will comfort the American public.moreless

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  • One of the best ever

    One of my alltime favorite 24 episode. Lots of action. Airforce one shot down, great scenes between edgar and chloe and tony and michelle. We also have the introduction of Gregory Itzin's character. Which became president and traitor later.
  • Relief

    This episode comes as relief after several episodes of boring agony - who would have thought that they will be going after president. And I was absolutely sure president will be saved and I could not believe when they actually managed to hit. As said in the episode they were deceived by their own technology. This episode is lot cooler than many previous episodes. Hope this seasons regains its original momentum with this episodemoreless
  • After a few mediocre episodes, this one brings 24 back to life


    This episode has been very well done. I enjoyed the scenes at Mitch Anderson's apartment with the pretend FBI Agent, they were very good. I think that it is because there is FBI it is something more believeable than the fictional CTU - which makes me think that the new FBI storyline in Season 7 will be very successful.

    Who would of thought that Air Force One would be blown up? In hindsight, I would have to say that it was rather obvious. Stealth plane, President is in the air, "president has a tight schedule" were good indicators.

    The tense drama with the realisation that AF1 is a goner was awesome, definatly the best parts of 24.

    Overall, this episode was very, very good. Only way to make it better would have been me not knowing AF1 was going to blow up. In Australia, it was advertised as a pivitol episode that US aired again, again and again - so I wanted to know what happened!moreless
  • Impressive

    The really had it all back in track with this episode. It starts with big bang and ends with even bigger.

    Again, they managed to put so much in one episode. First trying to catch Marwan who luckily gets away and almost blows everyone else up. Then there is the apartment search thing and false FBI agent. I loved that storyline there.

    And then they finally figured out something that I got quite many episodes ago. Ok, we all got it I think.. it was just almost like said out.

    And between all the action, some drama too - what Tony finds out and Chloe and Edgard...

    Eager for next episode.moreless
  • The Last Scene Saves this episode!!!

    In 16 episodes of 24 season 4, only 4 can be considered above the normal ou something special.

    24 format was 8 in 8 episodes we have small resolutions, with the preparation of the next threats. This episode 16 should do exactly this, however with episodes below the usual level of 24, I could not predict anything special from this episode.

    The Final Scene changed my opinion. 24 sometimes do some things that are impossible, however, sometimes this is what make an episode good or special.

    This wasn´t a great episode, but you are not going to forget what happened in the final scene.moreless
Dagmara Dominczyk

Dagmara Dominczyk


Guest Star

Anthony Azizi

Anthony Azizi


Guest Star

Ned Vaughn

Ned Vaughn

Mitch Anderson

Guest Star

Carlos Bernard

Carlos Bernard

Tony Almeida

Recurring Role

Reiko Aylesworth

Reiko Aylesworth

Michelle Dessler

Recurring Role

Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo

Habib Marwan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Roger Cross (Curtis) and William Devane (Heller) do not appear in this episode. This marks the first time only two people appear in the main cast.

    • When the F-117A takes off the pilot makes a call "...in the air, heading 552". Headings only range from 000 to 360.
      Then he gets cleared to 35000 feet, but above 10000 feet clearances are given in flight levels, not feet. The correct clearance would go to flight level 350.

    • Everyone in the episode calls it a stealth fighter, but the F-117A Nighthawk can not carry any air to air weaponry, only precision bombs, so technically, it is not a fighter, but a bomber, that cannot fire onto airborne targets, although it is often called an attack fighter.

    • When the doctor tells Audrey about the extent of her husband's injuries, he is in an adjoining room, awake and able to talk. It would take hours for a patient to wake up from such drastic surgery and perhaps days before they were coherent enough to communicate.

    • At 10:56 p.m. or thereabouts when Jack says, "That'll put you on a fast track to Edwards Air Force Base." the closed-captioning says Andrews Air Force Base...which is in Maryland.

    • Phone lines don't spark - there's not enough voltage.

    • An F117 Nighthawk Stealth fighter could use passive scanning radar to find Air Force One, since using passive radar would not give away his position to the escort fighter jets.

    • When Jack and the other agent go to Anderson's house, and the other agent pushes the table aside to plug in the laptop, he finds the hard drive and gets killed. Jack kills the girl, finds the hard drive, but he doesn't plug the computer into the wall to access the hard drive.

    • After Jack shoots Nicole through the wall, there are smears of her blood on the wall. When Jack comes down the stairs, the blood is gone.

    • Michelle says Air Force 1 has an escort of 4 fighters, but Chloe's radar screen shows 1 large and 5 small planes. Anderson's screen shows 1 large and 4 small blips before he fires, but after he fires there are 1 large and 5 small blips.

    • In the shootout scene between Jack and Nicole a bullet hole appears in the wall behind which Jack is hiding. This happens after Nicole has fired, while Jack is not being shot at.

    • During the episode, we see shots of Air Force One flying, and being 10pm, it's rather dark. However, in the first shot of the escort aircraft exploding (an exterior shot of the plane), it is much lighter.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode was rebroadcast on April 8, 2005 and April 10, 2005, due to what FOX called the "most shocking and pivotal episode yet." The original broadcast aired against the NCAA championship game; an event that usually dominates in the ratings and in the fanbase of 18-49-year-old viewers that 24 usually attracts. Fox opted to continue with their "non-stop season," and broadcast two repeats that would allow viewers to catch up, rather than pre-empting the show.

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

    • Roger Cross does not appear in this episode, making it the first episode to have only 2 actors as main cast (Kiefer Sutherland and Kim Raver).