Season 4 Episode 22

Day 4: 4:00 A.M. - 5:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 16, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack finds that his efforts to bargain with Marwan for the location of the missile strike are futile.

Heller pushes his son for information when CTU discovers that he may have had contact with Marwan before the attacks.

Logan finds himself in the middle of a power struggle between Palmer and the ambitious Speaker of the House.

Tony and Michelle explore their rekindled passion for each other, but their hopes for the future may be short-lived when a familiar player enters the game and takes a hostage.moreless

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  • Would Tony really have surrendered his weapon to a baddie???

    24 is usually a skillfully written show. But this episode contains a major faux pas.

    A baddie holds a pistol to a CTU agent's head and demands that Tony surrender his weapon.

    Out of fear for his fellow agent's life, Tony complies. He sets his pistol down on the ground, kicks it over to the baddie, and allows himself to be taken hostage.

    The baddie promptly shoots and kills the CTU agent, then takes Tony hostage.

    Really??? Give me a break.

    CTU agents are of course fictional. But must they be depicted as that obtuse? Would they really assume that shooting it out or surrendering are the only choices?

    In the real world Tony would have held on to his weapon, but backed off to avoid forcing the baddie's hand, That would have denied the baddie a second hostage and enabled Tony to go after the baddie after the CTU agent was either released or killed.

    Screenwriters and television writers are often the whipping boys for bad films and bad TV series. But sometimes they deserve it. This is one of those times.moreless
  • Thrilling

    This is a thrilling episode - had much to offer. Michelle and Tony getting back together. Tony being held hostage. And of course Marwan escapes. All in all makes it great episode. Not many dull moments with final episode approaching
  • Marwan escapes! Egads, who could've seen that coming?! And guess what Jack does? That's right, he finds a new lead! Where do the writers get these ideas?!?!

    It's true that a terrorist's escape is kind of a staple for "24." But the escapes in other seasons tend to be better written than this cheap crap. And at least the other seasons have the decency not to overdo it; even S6 knows better than to pad itself by having henchmen come out of nowhere to help our main villain escape for the umpteenth time. No, S6 pads itself a bit more subtly, but we'll get there later.So, S4 uses The Formula once again as Marwan miraculously gets away, leaving the good guys to try and stop the missile from reaching its unknown target. Their latest lead turns out to be Richard Heller, the guy who wouldn't divulge information last time he was at CTU.When his father comes back from his eight-hour absence, Richard finally cracks, coming out of the closet in the process. Not that there's anything wrong with that (except that in the final few hours, with a deadline regarding a nuclear warhead, this seems rather arbitrary). His info leads CTU straight to Mandy. Yes, that Mandy. Some plot contrivance causes Curtis to stay behind, so Tony has to accompany Jack instead and get his life endangered, potentially disrupting his newly rekindled relationship with Michelle. Hey, for all I care at this point, Mandy can off him.Logan, Palmer, and Novick do some dumb filler crap.As the final Formula episode of the season, this one had to be special in some way: one of the first leads of the season returns to guide Jack to one of the first villains we ever met in the show. Wish I were more excited, though—S4 is like milk that went sour when the carton was still half full. Hey, I like that.Hourly Highlight:Sweaty, topless Mandy. I like that more.moreless
  • Great Setup!!!

    Compared with the previous episode, this one is much better.

    A old character is back and this was unexpected. It also provide to make a good ending, since with two episodes left, it could be difficult to find a good ending, before the end of the season.

    President Logan e Former President Palmer mini - Plot was not bad, but was only meant to fill this episode and to make them appear in this episode.

    Jack and Audrey scenes was great, with her brother providing to create even more tension between then. His role into this crisis, was well tied and explained.

    Tony and michelle too did great scenes, since they have a great screen connection and if you like them, their scenes can make you like this episode, no matter what happened for the rest of the 40 minutes.

    There are some things that are unnecessary like marwan escaping again, but since he is the ultimate villain of this season, finally he will die in the next episodes.

    This episode is more like a Setup for the 2 final episodes, however, was very well Done.moreless
  • And more "old friends"

    So, we are getting back where we started. Heller is back in the play as his son is brought in again as there is vital lead that he had contact with Marwan. He ofcourse denies it and this time Heller and Audrey manage to get truth out of him without Jack involved.

    Anyway, Audrey is still shocked what he had learned about Jack. Michelle says she is going to leave everything for Tony and when things look perfect for them, Many comes out and takes Tony for hostage. What a great surprise - I mean, Mandy. Anyway, a lot of action, lot of going on and exciting.moreless
Denis Arndt

Denis Arndt

Don Ashton

Guest Star

Vic Chao

Vic Chao

Agent McCallan

Guest Star

Jake Muxworthy

Jake Muxworthy


Guest Star

Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo

Habib Marwan

Recurring Role

Cameron Bancroft

Cameron Bancroft

Lee Castle

Recurring Role

Carlos Bernard

Carlos Bernard

Tony Almeida

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Richard Heller: This is BEYOND BELIEF. I CANNOT BE BACK HERE.
      (Richard scrambling as he's being dragged into CTU)

    • Gary: You gotta be joking. One of us is going to get caught to save the other.
      Mandy: Exactly. It's gonna be you.

    • Richard: So now you know. I suppose you're even more disgusted with me, huh, dad?
      Heller: This is not about how you choose to live your life, son. This is about how you put this country in jeopardy. If you had told us this information yesterday, maybe these terrorist attacks would not have occurred.

    • Richard: Go to hell. I didn't do anything wrong. I don't have to tell you anything.
      Heller: There is a nuclear warhead gonna detonate somewhere over this country. Those lost lives will be on your head. You will be a murderer!

    • Jack: The last thing I ever wanted to do was push you away from me. God, Audrey, I love you, but this is how the job has to be done.

    • Michelle: Tony, wait. I... I can't... I can't spend another day without you. I'm ready to leave here. I'm ready to go with you.

    • Don Ashton: Mr. Palmer, I'm sure that we all appreciate your desire to help, but the Constitution has determined who the decision makers should be at this time. I think you're overstepping your bounds.
      Palmer: In the first place, it's "Mr. President," Don. And it is the content of my statements you should be addressing.

    • Tony: People start over every day, if it's important to them.

    • Tony: It's funny, this morning Jack and Audrey were planning their future. Now he's responsible for her husband's death, and he may have to torture her brother.
      Michelle: And yet, every move he's made has been the right one.
      Tony: Not if he wanted to be with her.

    • Marwan: Your president sees me in only one dimension - evil.
      Jack: As you see us.
      Marwan: Yes. And vulnerable.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Mia Kirshner is uncredited in this episode.

    • Mia Kirshner once again broke her own record of longest break between appearances. Her last appearance was episode 48, the second season finale. She re-appears in this episode, 46 episodes later, breaking her previous record of 45 episodes. Both appearances were uncredited. Her record was then smashed by Eric Balfour in season 6.

    • This episode was followed by the final webcast of 24Inside for the season, featuring Arnold Vosloo (Habib Marwan).


    • When Don Ashton is talking to Mike Novick about Palmer being involved in the situtation, he says that he's glad that President Logan is in "good hands". Dennis Haysbert, who plays David Palmer, is also the spokesman for Allstate Insurance, whose slogan is "You're in good hands with Allstate."