Season 4 Episode 1

Day 4: 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.

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

Eighteen months have elapsed since the conclusion of Day 3.
A commuter train bound for Los Angeles is derailed by a vehicle on the tracks. A man steals a suitcase from a passenger in the wreckage and then kills him.
Jack has been dismissed from CTU and now works for Secretary of Defense James Heller. Jack is involved with Heller's daughter, Audrey, and their relationship is growing serious. Jack is in LA for a meeting with CTU Director Erin Driscoll, who fired him over a year ago, but he finds himself alienated at CTU by Driscoll and the new staff when reports of a possible terrorist strike come in.
A young computer hacker named Andrew Paige sees something that he shouldn't on the Internet. Suddenly, he finds himself running for his life as he is pursued by terrorists. Luckily, he is able to warn Chloe O'Brian before it's too late.
The Turkish Araz family are not what they seem and it becomes clear that they are heavily involved with the day's events. Meanwhile, Heller has a confrontation with his estranged son.
Jack finds that Chloe is his only ally as he tries to prove that the train explosion is merely a diversionary target.moreless

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  • One of the best season openers i have seen

    After being fired from CTU, Jack is work for Secretary of defence, but has a meeting at CTU that morning. Ofcourse, at the same time, there is a plot of terrorism going on, and Jack recognices one of the suspects, it isnt long before we get old Bauer, torturing suspects and getting results. Here we see Chloe and Edgar fighting but the chemistry is already present. Having seen the whole series this was planned, but how could we have known how great Edgar's character would be, and that Chloe would be at CTU at the end of the series.moreless
  • Best way to begin

    I have to stay the first 3 seasons took a while to take off and the first episodes in all these seasons had been to set the pace. The first episode in season 4 on the other hand plunges right into the story and keeps us on the edge of the seat always. My first question was what happened to Tony and where is Michelle. Is she with him? Is Tony still in jail. It is kind of surprising and little refreshing to see a whole lot of new faces. Another good thing here that there is no Kim :) so no more kidnapping. Jack not working for CTU is something I felt little hard to believe, particularly after what he has accomplished, it seemed to me kind of foolish to have him fired, that too, when he had presidents approval for what he has done. This season appears to be more promising than earlier ones.moreless
  • Best beginning since Season one!

    After the suspenseful season three, 24 is back again in this new season, with a lot of changes in visual aspects and brand new faces. So it can be explained as a new era. And Jack Bauer looks very well in this new season. And this new season looks well too.

    At first, this is the best beginning yet, since the beginning from the season one.

    Any season had a beginning as powerful and so engaging like this new series.

    The acting is perfect, and the new characters are very good. The suspense is great and the action is so powerful.

    Very good beginning.moreless
  • A Great Way to Begin This Season!!!!

    Producing too many seasons can be bad, since the writers began to run out of ideas.

    For the time being 24 escapes, because this season promises to be good, with enough news.

    Beginning for the CTU, we have several new characters, it gives a new air to the show. Jack does not work in CTU anymore, palmer is not the president, and probably Tony is in jail.

    This season starts with action and it ends with action and with a good ending.

    Jack now has a new love in his life, Andrey play both kim and teri role , since she is captured alive by the terrorists, because she is a daughter of a politician.

    Since Palmer is out, Heller will play a vital role for jack, because now jack had lost is influence over the presidence.

    With this in mind, Audrey and Heller are Captured, and now Jack has to save them. Nothing particulary new of course, but done in a diferrent way.

    Until now, this season seems nice. We are going to see for how much long.moreless
  • A new day...

    Oh.. it looks weird.. Some time has past and they have redone everything in CTU as the place looks totally new but I think this is the point - Jack is having totally different life, it looks like Kim is happy and living far away from all the trouble but trouble is just around the corner for Jack.

    Oh, the episode is just a perfect build up of excitement - the train that really gets it all going on the first moment, then the family breakfast what brakes it all with sentence - so far everything is going just like planned. And CTU.. and then Jack figuring out what is going on.. oh.. have to see more..moreless
Thomas Tofel

Thomas Tofel

Maurice Landstrass

Guest Star

Shawn Doyle

Shawn Doyle

Ronnie Lobell

Guest Star

Lukas Haas

Lukas Haas

Andrew Paige

Guest Star

Logan Marshall-Green

Logan Marshall-Green

Richard Heller

Recurring Role

Nestor Serrano

Nestor Serrano

Navi Araz

Recurring Role

Louis Lombardi

Louis Lombardi

Edgar Stiles

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • KRLH, the TV station the Araz family is watching, are actually call letters for a religious radio station in southern California.

    • Ronnie goes into the dry cleaner and sets down the two-direction camera. He's clearly behind the camera and should appear in its "rear view," but back at CTU the rear view monitor shows no sign of him.

    • Jack somehow gets from the hotel to CTU for his visit in two minutes of on-screen time, during 7 a.m. L.A. morning traffic. Maybe if he had a catapult...

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Jack: The bombing this morning was diversionary. Your father is the real target! You got to get out of there now!
      Audrey: (confused) Target?
      Jack: Audrey...!
      Audrey: Oh my god. (missile hits limo)

    • Chloe: What are you thinking, Jack?
      Jack: Sherek didn't come here for a train bombing. Something is going to happen at 8 o'clock.

    • Jack: Erin, listen to me. This doesn't make sense. I know this guy's file, he's a major handler. He wouldn't risk exposing himself here in the United States for a train bombing, it's not big enough.
      Driscoll: We'll take that into consideration when we interrogate him. Give my best to Secretary Heller.

    • Navi: (to Behrooz) What we accomplish today, will change the world. We are fortunate that our family has been chosen to do this. We cannot fail.

    • Audrey: We better go.
      Jack: Yeah.
      Audrey: Secretary Heller is going to be in the lobby in five minutes.
      Jack: Secretary Heller?
      Audrey: Yeah, I called him "Dad" once in a press conference, so I decided then and there to use his title all the time.

    • Audrey: Do you miss your old job?
      Jack: I could have joined other agencies if I still wanted to do field work. But I didn't. I wanted something different from my life. (kisses Audrey It may not seem like a lot to you, but for me, to be able to have this kind of connection, I couldn't do that before.
      Audrey: I'm glad you can now.

    • Driscoll: Open up channels with Division, start investigating this bombing. And work up with what you have with Sherek; we'll brief in a few minutes.
      Chloe: What about the Defense Department meeting? It's in a half-hour.
      Driscoll: Who is Secretary Heller sending?
      Chloe: Jack Bauer.
      Driscoll: Jack? Are you sure?
      Chloe: Yeah, he hasn't been back, well, since you fired him.

    • Chloe: You know, you're really transparent, Sarah. Stop trying to be Driscoll's pet, she doesn't like it.

    • Chloe: As usual, Edgar, we can't hear you. Also, where's your laptop in case you need to pull data?
      Edgar: I'm sorry, I'll speak up. And, uh, I don't need my laptop, I have everything memorized.

    • Heller: We do not live in a utopia. America has enemies.
      Richard: Enemies that were are friends a year ago!

    • Heller: Spare me your 6th grade Michael Moore logic!

    • Navi: What we accomplish today will change the world. We are fortunate that our family has been chosen to do this.

  • NOTES (10)

    • With Dennis Haysbert absent from this episode, it makes Kiefer Sutherland as the only actor to have appeared in all of the episodes.

    • Season 4 is the first season in which the premiere episode does not feature the line "Events Occur In Real Time" in its opening.

    • Alberta Watson, who plays Erin Driscoll, is no stranger to 24 creators Surnow and Cochran. She played Madeline (a character quite similar to Driscoll) on their earlier TV show Nikita.

    • Faran Tahir appeared previously in Day 2: 6:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. as the Mosque Greeter. It's possible that he was the same character. If you look closely at his profile, you can see that he was a member of Second Wave, the terrorist organization from Day 2.

    • Shohreh Aghdashloo and Jonathan Ahdout previously played mother and son in the 2003 feature film House of Sand and Fog.

    • Fox decided to deviate from their normal 24 airing schedule and delay the season premiere until January 2005. This gave viewers a longer break in between seasons, but ultimately allowed the show to run without preemption for its fourth season. Fox further decided to move 24 from its usual Tuesday night time slot to Mondays, kicking off the season with a special two-night "miniseries" premiere consisting of the first four episodes airing on Sunday and Monday evenings.

    • Throughout Season 4, Shohreh Aghdashloo receives the "and" credit.

    • The Season 3 DVD set contains an exclusive six-minute prequel that sets up events for the beginning of the fourth season. The first scene occurs six months after the conclusion of Day 3 and shows Driscoll firing Jack from CTU because of his drug use. The second scene takes place three months before the events of Day 4 and shows a terrorist sneaking across the U.S./Mexican border, and then killing his accomplices. The third and final scene occurs six hours before Day 4 begins and shows Jack and Audrey in a love scene. The prequel is available on the Region One set, but not Region Two.

    • This is the first season opener since the series premiere to be aired with commercial interruptions.

    • Alberta Watson (Erin Driscoll), Kim Raver (Audrey Raines) and William Devane (James Heller) are added to the main cast, while Carlos Bernard (Tony), Dennis Heysbert (President David Palmer), Elisha Cuthbert (Kim), James Badge Dale (Chase) and Reiko Aylesworth (Michelle) are taken out.


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