Season 4 Episode 23

Day 4: 5:00 A.M. - 6:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 23, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Mandy uses Tony as leverage to try to force Michelle to aid in her escape.

A Chinese security operative captures and interrogates one of the CTU agents involved in the raid on the embassy.

Palmer and Logan argue over the option of evacuating all major cities that may be targets for the missile.moreless

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  • And now what happens

    People watching this episode are more bothered about Tony's plot that they tend to overlook the loop holes in other subplots. Chinese consulate part raises so many trivial questions. We also feel some link is missing. I guess Chinese set up is all for the last episode

  • Mandy filler episode, and a plot that does not really make sense

    The recurring Mandy character serves no purpose than to create filler plotlines such as this and totitillatethe male viewers. Unfortunately for me, the 2000 yard stare is hardly attractive, and her terrible acting is more of a distraction than her constant changing of clothes.

    Besides that, the plot simply does not make any sense. She goes next door and somehow convinces the two people there to play the role of her and Tony, where one has a gun trained on the other while on the phone as they walk to the car. How did she get them to play those roles so perfectly? Who wouldn't simply run as they were released, and what leverage does she have on them to get them to do it? The biggest problem I see is the car bomb. She had just placed a bomb in a car just for that specific situation? Come on. What if she needed a car to get away, then there would have to be another one, or would have to do something to disconnect the bomb. She obviously knew a bomb was there. The questions are too many for the plot to be satisfactory.

    Then the Chinese guys. Why do they want Jack Bauer specifically? They already have the guy they know was there. Jack really isn't the guy who gives orders, even if he lead the team.

    Worst episode of the season. Too bad they feel compelled to make the season 24 episodes long and need to stretch it out with garbage like this.moreless
  • (Home) Stretch (Marks)

    CTU goes off on a largely unnecessary tangent as they look for Tony and Mandy in the apartment complex. Mandy goes the Stephen Saunders route and tells Michelle to either let her escape or let something very bad happen to Tony.

    But let's move on to what does interest me this hour: the kidnapping of Howard Bern by Cheng Zhi. Though I consider the Chinese plotline as ridiculous as anything else this season, I can pardon it simply because of Tzi Ma's delightfully creepy and sinister portrayal of Cheng.

    Back to the bulk of the episode. Mandy appears to kill herself and Tony when Michelle betrays her, so there's a period there when all the characters give up hope on finding the missile in time. But then Jack manages to figure out that Mandy and Tony are alive and well, thanks to the rain. Hey, here's another complaint: I thought it cool that they were finally having it rain on the show, but later irritated that it was only a plot device. I would rather it rain just for the hell of it. And as you all have undoubtedly observed by now, the car door's slam would've been sufficient.

    Does this hour do a good job of gearing things up for the finale? Have I ever had a girlfriend? The answer to both is…uh, nun yer bidness.

    Hourly Highlight:

    Either scene with Cheng. Nah, the second one.moreless
  • Mandy Plot make this Episode Great, more than that is Impossible!!!!!!

    Great Way the writers managed this mandy mini plot.

    Lets talk about the weak point of this episode, of course, the Chinese plot. Until now i didn´t undestand this plot place, but now is clear, is to put jack away or prisioner, until season 5 arrives. So this guy that tell the truth, was nothing that you cannot antecipated, and of course, this was just the details.

    What is great in this episode is of course mandy mini plot. The writers filled the entire episode with this, but since mandy was not explored enough in the past, this is understandble.

    She is very intelligent and I am glad that the writers managed to show us this. If was not Jack guilt and expertise, Mandy could be able to escape.

    However, this Mandy plot is not enough to give this episode a 9, since a 9 episode, is that type of episode where something very important happen with our favorites character and Jack Bauer, twist, suspense, and of course, a ending that will be remenbered forever. Not in this case, this is why the i gave 8.moreless
  • Getting to Mandy..

    So, we are getting to the end of the season, and the tempo is on. First and most it is still about Mandy and now they know she has Tony and Michelle is out of herself and she gets the choice Tony had in the end of last season - which she values more - Tony's life or what she is supposed to do. And she makes different choice and it seems like she has to pay the prize already. But Jack gets the game she plays (and ok.. it was too obvious because there had to be point why the neighbors had to be taken in).

    Anyway, a lot of tears, great emotional stuff from Michelle side and the ending.. they got her.

    And the China storyline.. oo.. it is getting good and bad for Jack. Cannot wait for last episode.moreless
Robert Cicchini

Robert Cicchini

Howard Bern

Guest Star

Darby Stanchfield

Darby Stanchfield


Guest Star

Jonathan Del Arco

Jonathan Del Arco


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 (5)

    • In the scene where Jack discovers Tony and Mandy are still alive it is dark and rainy outside, yet when they cut to Mandy looking out the window of her apartment, sunlight is streaming through the window.

    • Mandy and Gary's apartment number was 202. Shari, Joz, and Ian's apartment number is 205. Mandy and Tony hide out in apartment 208. The numbering of the units indicates that the apartments are in close proximity of each other, which means that the forensic team searching Gary and Mandy's apartment should have probably noticed her going back and forth between the apartments.

    • The timestamp on the photo that Mandy sends Michelle on her cell phone reads 01_02_00_0237 which indicates that the photo was taken at 2:37am instead of 5:08am. The date, depending on the day-month-year order, indicates that the photo was either taken on January 2, 2000 or February 1, 2000.

    • When Jack is going back over the audio tape of the car blowing up... he should have also noticed that he couldn't hear the car door shut on her side of the phone call.

    • While Mandy is negotiating for Tony's life, we see the gag in Tony's mouth with blood spots on it, under his right nostril and covering his mouth. After an angle change, Mandy's silhouette briefly covers the screen, and when it moves out of the way, the blood spots on the gag are now over Tony's cheek.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Mandy: Well, they're heading back in. Looks like my neighbors died for nothing.

    • Mandy: I see your men, Michelle. You lied to me, you bitch. You are not gonna take me alive. Got it?

    • Mandy: Michelle, do you love Tony?
      Michelle: Yes, I love him.
      Mandy: Good. Because if I find out that you're trying to play me, the very first thing I'm gonna do is blow his brains out, and don't think there's anything you can do to stop it, because there's not.

    • Logan: I wish I was as confident as you are.
      Palmer: You need to be. Remain presidential.

    • Mandy: So tell me, Tony. Two years ago, you put Michelle Dessler's life ahead of national security. You let a suspect escape, and you committed treason. Is she gonna do the same for you?

    • Mandy: (holding a gun to Tony's head) Do you really have what it takes to let me kill him while you're looking him in the eye?
      Jack: Yes.
      Mandy: I believe you.

    • (After Mandy blows up the car)
      Jack: They're both gone. She blew herself up in the car and she took Tony with her. They're gone.

  • NOTES (2)