Season 4 Episode 17

Day 4: 11:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 11, 2005 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Mike pushes for the Vice-President to be sworn into office as the White House waits for news of Keeler's fate.

Two innocent bystanders are dragged into the fight as Jack and Marwan both pursue a briefcase that contains the launch codes for America's nuclear arsenal.

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  • What an amaizing episode

    Rescue Jack, Air force one crashed, lots ofchloe and Tony and Audrey, new bad president etc. One of my favorite episodes of 24 of all time.
  • Exciting

    This episode is equally entertaining. We do not know initially what they were up to and what was the intention behind targeting AF1. Now that we knew that they wanted so called football to get the nuclear codes. Quite a plan. Villain's action is at best. He maintained his cool head and his head never stops thinking. He was quick enough to realize that someone found the football as soon as the transponder stops responding.moreless
  • tense as hell

    This episode is sheer brillance, I don't know why it was given such a low score overall. Every bit was full of action and a great storyline. Even though it may be slightly filler, the storyline with the couple and the nuclear football was just excellent all thoughout the ep. It is one of the only times that you really care and root for the two guest characters who do not make any ridiculous decisions like other guest characters have done though the shows seasons. You just didn't want the couple to be hurt or killed, it was so great, the whole ep was outstanding and is a highlight of the whole season. An episode has not been this good in this season since episode 10.moreless
  • A New President and The Football!!!!

    After a impressive episode like the previous one, it was probable that this episode would manage to maintain the audience interested in what would be going to happen.

    The president situation seems serious, thanks to CTU preoccupations , but the problem increases when we know exactly what the terrorists want, a very important briefcase, with the codes of nuclear arsenals.

    Even not knowing the couple, their situation is a least a little interesting, it allows Jack to have an opportunity to prevent this and of course, fails.

    However Jack situation it is filler, since the terrorists will get something, this part loses his value. The most attentive ones, will notice that the writers filled out the episode with this.

    Bill and Edgar are the only new characters introduced in this season of 24 that I appreciate, and Bill shows exactly why in this episode.

    The most comic situation is the new insecure president, that is afraid of assuming the presidency, he probably fears for his life, this must be interesting, since it seems that we have a great new character.

    Overral a good episode, but if this episode deserved a 9 pontuation, then the finals episodes and some previous episodes should get a 10+.moreless
  • Exciting

    Oh.. I felt myself pushing fast froward button turning this episode on my control a many times. And not because it was boring - oo no. It was just in some part too exciting that I could not stand waiting much longer. I loved the storyline that some totally random people got something very important and now they have to protect it but in the end, they are just ordinary people and they have totally different way of thinking that Jack does and I really loved that down-to-earth feeling on those two in contrast with Jack who seems to be pretty good on those "longest days of his life" days.moreless
T.J. Thyne

T.J. Thyne

Jason Girard

Guest Star

Claudette Mink

Claudette Mink

Kelly Girard

Guest Star

Mesan Richardson

Mesan Richardson


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 (4)

    • Roger Cross (Curtis) and William Devane (Heller) do not appear in this episode.

    • It is interesting to note that when (Vice) President Logan is sworn in he does not say "So help me God" at the end of the oath of office. It has been tradition (not official) that every president after George Washington say it after being sworn into office.

    • During the previouslies when Air Force One is hit, you hear a voice on a radio saying, "Air Force One has been fired on!" This dialogue did not appear in the previous episode.

    • When Jack says he's 20 minutes away from the crash site, the closed captioning says "30 minutes."

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Henchman: We've lost the signal.
      Marwan: How is that possible?
      Henchman: I don't know. Maybe it was damaged on impact.
      Marwan: And it just happens to malfunction now that we're getting closer?

    • Tony: Marwan gave us the football device for his freedom?
      Jack: Yeah, that doesn't sound right to me either.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Jason mentions wanting to give Kelly a "romantic weekend in the desert," which means that Day 4 starts on either a Friday or Saturday. However, it is more likely to be a Saturday as Behrooz and Debbie both weren't at school.

    • Jack gives Jason his direct cell number (310-597-3781.) This number is the same one that appeared on Debbie's caller ID in episode #77. It leads to the 24 "Fan Phone" that callers can use to talk to the cast and crew on the set.

    • If you watch the upper-left corner of the video feed coming from Air Force One, you will see the name Cassar. Jon Cassar is Co-Executive Producer, and directed this episode.

    • Jude Ciccolella ("Mike Novick") is back after being gone for 40 episodes. He was last seen in the second season finale (episode 48). He is the actor with the third-longest break between appearances. The second being Mia Kirshner ("Mandy") with 46 episodes and first being Eric Balfour ("Milo Pressman") with 104 episodes