Season 4 Episode 24

Day 4: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.

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

As the missile speeds toward its destination, Mandy cuts a deal with Jack and the President to give up Marwan's location in exchange for a full pardon on all of her crimes. Tony and Michelle share a happy reunion, but Jack finds his relationship with Audrey shattered as she makes her feelings known. Logan's advisor suggests a drastic course of action when the Chinese government demands that Jack be handed over to them for trial. Palmer tries desperately to warn Jack of the danger against him. Jack's life changes forever as Tony, Michelle and Chloe help him to evade the trap set for him by Secret Service.moreless

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  • Best tv show episode ever

    This is by far my favorite episode of any tv show ever. I would give it a score of 20 out of 10. Legendary actor performances, lots of action, jack saving the world. DSacrificing him self by playing dead. Too bad this was the last we saw of Michelle. Some great Tony moments.
  • About this episode

    It had great single-camera sound mixing.
  • "Meh" finish to a "meh" season

    This season surrendered all hope of going out with a mindblowing bang hours ago. It could only pray for something a few decibels higher than a whimper. The ending we get is bit louder than that, but it's still my least favorite finale of the eight.

    It follows the structure of the S1 finale; the first twenty minutes focus on the main threat, and the rest on a mini-threat that recently emerged. The end of the Marwan/warhead arc is quite anti-climactic. I admit that both the sequence leading to Marwan's suicide and the suicide itself are pretty cool, despite the worst greenscreen effect I've ever witnessed. But it's cheap that CTU still realized the missile was heading to Los Angeles (doy), and all that buildup for a little firework was just as cheap, if not cheaper.

    Logan then prepares to hand Jack over to the Chinese government, but Novick and Palmer learn of Walt Cummings' secret plan to kill him instead. So Jack formulates a plan with Tony, Michelle, and Chloe to fake his death, and it's all over with before 7:00 AM.

    "Rushed" is a good way to put it, but "reckless" and "clumsy" are better. The show has certainly seen worse episodes, but this one nonetheless has too much crammed into it (the same could be said for the entire second half of this season), and what should've had me biting my nails instead had me scoffing. However, what really worries me is that my least favorite finale is the first one without a sappy Jack-and-Kim reunion.

    Hourly Highlight:

    Jack walking off into the sunrise. It can't make up for a moderately crappy S4, but I wouldn't worry...moreless
  • makes it up

    This episode makes it up for all dullness in previous episodes. Second half of it is more interesting than first. Though there are logical loop holes it is entertaining enough.
  • The end of the first half of the adventures of Jack Bauer!

    As the show has eight seasons and this finale is much closer than the last, i personally consider this season ending like a little stop that envolves all the events of the seasons 1-present 4. And this season (i found it better than the third) ends in a spectacular fashion!.

    The fact that Jack Bauer must fake his death to escape from his enemies is sad, but intelligent and too much shocking and surprising (something that i was looking for in previous finale!!) and, despite that this finale has drama, surprises and action (and everything is perfect) but it doesn´t surpass the classic first season ending, it gives us the best final shot of Jack Bauer: walking free under the watch of the rising sun!. Extremely awesome!.moreless
Patrick Kilpatrick

Patrick Kilpatrick

Dale Spaulding

Guest Star

Robert Cicchini

Robert Cicchini

Howard Bern

Guest Star

Ping Wu

Ping Wu

Su Ming

Guest Star

Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo

Habib Marwan

Recurring Role

Carlos Bernard

Carlos Bernard

Tony Almeida

Recurring Role

Glenn Morshower

Glenn Morshower

Agent Aaron Pierce

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In the previous five episodes Palmer had no markings at all on his hand, now all of a sudden he has a red mark right where the scaring was in the previous season.

    • Just after the telecom from the Chinese Consulate, there is a brief view of a TV with a FOX News Alert stating "Air Force One Crashes in Desert."

    • When Marwan lets go of Jack and falls to his death, he falls backwards, but when the camera angles on a view of his body, he is lying flat on his face.

    • Near the end, you can see where they've stuck tape on the road to mark where Carlos Bernard should stop the car in front of the camera.

    • During that commercial at the end of the episode, the first line is "on the first day, he saved the President." But he didn't. The first season was about how Jack was assigned to protect Senator Palmer. He wasn't elected President until the second season (a year later).

    • Not exactly a goof - maybe it's for morale purposes for the female staffers. But the locker room where Jack and Tony change clothes has a glass wall and glass doors. (Watch when Jack comes.) Who builds a locker room like that?

    • Marwan has his helicopter at "Global Center." Despite its pretentious name, it becomes clear as Jack and Curtis chase him through the levels that it's simply a multi-floor parking garage. Who calls a parking lot "Global Center"?

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Audrey: Bill! I just talked to my father. He said that Jack was being handed over to the Chinese government?
      Bill: He was supposed to be. But he, uh...tried to escape.
      Audrey: I...I don't understand.
      Bill: (shaking his head) Neither do I.
      Audrey: (realizing) No...
      Bill: Audrey...
      Audrey: No, don't say it. No! (starts walking away)
      Bill: (calling out, softly) I'm sorry.
      (leans against the wall for support; she drops the file folder she is holding, scattering papers everywhere and cries)

    • (after Tony resuscitates Jack)
      Tony: Hey...hey, can you hear me? Do you know where you are?
      Jack: (groaning) Yeah...

    • Palmer: Hear no evil.
      Logan: I beg your pardon?
      Palmer: You heard me.

    • Jack: Audrey, I love you. I want to spend the rest of my life with you. That's all I want.
      Audrey: We both know that you belong here, Jack. At CTU. Doing what you do best and thank god that there are people like you that can deal with that world. (pauses) But I can't.
      Jack: Please don't say that.
      Audrey: Jack. Oh, Jack. I love you, but after today, it's just... it won't work. (she kisses him) I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

    • Palmer: This is probably the last time we'll ever speak. Jack, you do understand when you hang up, for all intents and purposes, Jack Bauer is dead.
      Jack: I understand that, sir. Mr. President, it's been an honor.
      Palmer: Same for me, my friend.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode won the 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing For A Series.

    • This is the only season to not make use of the silent clock.

    • As of this episode, there are four people (excluding Jack himself) who know Jack is still alive: Tony Almeida, Michelle Dessler, Chloe O'Brien and David Palmer.

    • The finale was followed by a short preview that contained a montage of scene clips from the first four seasons. The announcer said:
      "On the first day, he saved the President. On the second day, a city. On the third day, a nation. And on the fourth day, the world. But if you think you know what's coming next, you don't know Jack. 24 A new day begins next January, on Fox."
      This was the first such preview to air after a season finale.