Season 4 Episode 21

Day 4: 3:00 A.M. - 4:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 09, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

CTU scrambles to forge an alibi when a Chinese representative produces evidence of American involvement in the raid on their embassy.

Audrey gives Jack the cold shoulder, while Palmer and Logan clash over the consequences of Palmer's decisions.

Jack and Curtis close in on Marwan as the countdown for the missile launch moves ahead.moreless

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  • good

    This episode dragged but it is understandable. Since they are trying to show a real time event you can not hope to have things changing drastically every hour. This episode clearly shows the after affects of previous episodes. It is not easy to get away with the covert operation inside the Chinese consulate.
  • Missile hustle

    The story continues in a somewhat clunky manner as everyone recovers from Paul's death and gets to work on tracking down Marwan. But at the same time, Head of Security Cheng Zhi comes over from the Consulate to question CTU about Howard Bern being spotted without his mask. And those are the two major things going on here. We also find out that Marwan's mounting his stolen warhead onto a missile headed…somewhere.

    With a terrorist threat like that in play (not that it feels tense or anything), the Chinese plot doesn't seem like it should be here; it just encroaches on the A-story. And randomly bringing China into the mix when we've been dealing with Middle Easterners the whole season makes this writing look like the work of manatees. Sure, it'll pay off later, but couldn't they have done something that felt less abrupt?

    There's not much else to say. Audrey gives Jack the cold shoulder, Lee gives Marwan's location, Cheng becomes suspicious of Jack, and Marwan successfully launches the missile from Iowa. Nothing special except for the final act. And of course…

    Hourly Highlight:

    Jack's half-angered, half-horrified glare at Chloe. I'd do the same if she wanted to be my friend. Or not, if it'd increase my chances of finally getting laid. What are you looking at?moreless
  • Not Bad!!!

    After the Last Espisode, I was expecting less form this episode, some filler scenes , since there are only 3 epsiodes left to end this season.

    The writers did the smart move, that was to use the Chinese representative to produce evidence of a American involvement in the raid on their embassy.

    They fill the entire epsiode with this.

    However, what made this episode good was Audrey and Jack interections. The same goes for Michelle and Tony. Only this could be enough to make this episode worth watching?

    There is a unexpected action near the end. I didn´t expected that in this episode, they could get Marwan.moreless
  • Chinese and rocket...

    The episode has little slow motion as most of it is the political mess they have to cover up the tracks of embassy assault and they are doing not well and when the chinese security chief gets a minute with Edgard he talks them all into and who knows what comes out of that mess.

    Anyway, Jack is trying to talk with Audrey but she is not very eager and I totally understand her. And the way Tony looks over it and finally says it out what has been on the air for long hours.

    Anyway, the finally have Marwan position but they get there too late - rocket is off!moreless
  • Review

    This episode dragged a lot with too many filler parts. Everyone hung around CTU for most of the hour and then took off to go and try and find Marwan again. The chinese consolute situation cannot possibly be resolved this season as there are only three hours left. Perhaps Day 5 will explain the ramifications more, but I wonder how a show like 24 will tie that in. The scenes between Audrey and Jack were okay, nothing like they were in the last episode. The only good part of the episode for me was Tony telling Michelle that he cant live without her. The two have a great on screen connection and other then that small part in the episode, nothing in this episode really stands out as amazing. The ending was good, but not enough to save the primarily filler based episode.moreless
Keith Szarabajka

Keith Szarabajka

Robert Morrison

Guest Star

Robert Cicchini

Robert Cicchini

Howard Bern

Guest Star

Gwendoline Yeo

Gwendoline Yeo

Melissa Raab

Guest Star

Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo

Habib Marwan

Recurring Role

Carlos Bernard

Carlos Bernard

Tony Almeida

Recurring Role

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Charles Logan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • William Devane (Heller) does not appear in this episode.

    • As Jack's team prepares to storm the warehouse, the time is 03:56:14. Marwan then orders the launch sequence initiated for the missile about 10 seconds later, and it is set to fire in four minutes. It goes airborne at 03:59:57, which is three minutes and 33 seconds.

    • In the last episode, it took Jack, in an emergency situation, 25 minutes to get from the Chinese consulate to CTU headquarters. In this episode, the chief of security gets from the consulate to CTU in no longer than 8 minutes (the time between his last scene at the consulate to when he shows up at CTU) and possibly as short as 2 minutes (the time between Michelle being notified the chief is visiting to when he shows up).

  • QUOTES (2)

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