Season 4 Episode 13

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

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 14, 2005 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Jack and Paul enlist civilian help when they must fight off soldiers sent to kill them by McLennan-Forster.

Tensions flair between Tony and Michelle as she assumes command of CTU. Sarah tests Michelle's authority by giving her an ultimatum.

Audrey reevaluates her feelings for Jack, while Marwan sets the next phase of his plan in motion.moreless

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  • slowness continues

    The plot continues to slow down further. Michelle has hard feelings for Tony and questions his capability. The civilians who helped Jack are also from Middle East, perhaps they just wanted to show a bright side of middle east. Except for Tony there is nothing really exciting in this episode but you have got to watch it anyway for continuity
  • And S4 started off so well

    The craptastic McLennan-Forster arc continues, but fortunately ends, in this dreary hour. The writers again pass up a great opportunity by having Jack and Paul easily escape the place. I might not hate it as much if they had spent the hour inside the darkened building, trying to contact CTU and avoiding the MFers. It would still have completely sidetracked from the main story, but at least it could've been akin to S1's Dunlop Plaza, which we all loved.But Jack and Paul get out and flee into the looted, electricity-free streets of LA, where they befriend two Middle Eastern owners of a gun shop. Apparently, Surnow and crew claim to have planned this "nice Arab" contrast from the beginning of S4, that they didn't just pull it out in response to CAIR's outrage. But I don't care either way—it's pretentious melodrama that I won't stand for. This is not the reason I watch "24."The CTU action isn't a hoot either. Audrey just cries about Jack, and from here to the end of the season, the dynamics between Tony and Michelle are artificial and extraneous.But at least it can't get worse than this, right? (I'll regret that question later)Hourly Highlight:Knife to the brain stem.moreless
  • Michelle and Tony Screen Connection!!!!

    This episode managed to be better than the previous episode, thanks to the screen connection between Tony Almeida and Michelle.

    All the scenes with Tony and michelle was very well done, it wasn´t necessary to create all the scenes, but they do not interfere in the pleasure that this episode can deliver.

    Audrey doesn´t know if her feelings for Jack are the same, because she saw the other side of Jack. This is necessary to create the next drama between her and Jack.

    Jack situation is interesting, however it is hard to believe that these businessmen could take so drastic actions. Worse than that, is the final scene between Jack and Paul, where Paul was shot. How it is possible to leave a man laid in the ground, without checking if he is alive and if he has any type of guns with him? The writers just put the gun in the ground, made blind and dumps CTU agents and then, paul was shot, to create the drama they need for Jack and Audrey.

    The High points of this episode is Tony and Michelle and some action scenes with Jack, Paul and the locals guys against the commando.moreless
  • Struggle to survival

    Oh, when Jack gets in trouble, he finds help from the locals and together they are ready to keep the firefight and keep the commando back until the rescue comes.

    Oh.. main things happens in CTU. Michelle is back and she and Tony are having tensions and Audrey becomes involved in it and playing peace bringer for both sides. And it looks Michelle has been wrong about Tony and in the end, they are getting long much better.

    But Aurdey, she is doing a lot of thinking about Jack as she has never seen him like that.

    And the ending.. again.. we learn that we not know enough of what is going on..moreless
  • Review

    I actually think this episode deserved a higher rating then the one that it got. I think this episode of 24 was good from beginning to end, with little to no filler portions of the episode to distract us which allowed us to get a better handle om everything. Because all of the storylines has basically jumbled into one, the only filler drama is at CTU with Tony and Michelle. Because we havent seen them in a while, there on screen connection is better then ever and I hardly consider the conversations that they had in this episode to be filler quality. With Audrey playing the middle woman between the two and letting Michelle know that Tony still has feelings for her, something is bound to go down in the next couple of episodes. The scene with Jack and Paul at the gun shop was great and I loved seeing Tony get the better of Michelle by calling out what Jack was going to do. The looks that they exchanged once she realized that Tony was right just confirms the fact that Tony is better fit to operate CTU. maybe not at the present time, but overall Tony was just such a great CTU director that I think the writers made the correct call by having him be right and having her be wrong. What Marwan wants with Anderson is still unknown, but the shift has gone to President Keeler now. Overall, I think this is one of the top three episodes of the season thus far and really picked up a slumping season 4.moreless
Omid Abtahi

Omid Abtahi


Guest Star

Christopher B. Duncan

Christopher B. Duncan


Guest Star

Ned Vaughn

Ned Vaughn

Mitch Anderson

Guest Star

Carlos Bernard

Carlos Bernard

Tony Almeida

Recurring Role

Reiko Aylesworth

Reiko Aylesworth

Michelle Dessler

Recurring Role

Roger R. Cross

Roger R. Cross

Curtis Manning

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In this episode when Michelle apologizes to Tony for being so passive aggressive, she says that Tony was in command of CTU for two years, yet according to the fact that Tony gains command of CTU in season 2 and maintains that role until season 3, Tony must have been in command of CTU for three years.

    • The EMP blast took out all electrical activity within an eight-mile radius. Yet, in the previous episode, the EMP blast only affected activity in an eight-block radius.

    • Further adding to the confusion, even in this episode Curtis is first told the EMP affects everything in an eight square mile area. But when they brief Michelle they mention an eight mile radius. An eight-mile radius would be 200 square miles - over 40% of LA.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Audrey: After the hell he's been through today, you think Jack would want to come back here?
      Tony: Some people are more comfortable in hell.

  • NOTES (3)