Season 5 Episode 20

Day 5: 2:00 A.M. - 3:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 01, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After stowing away aboard the flight containing Henderson's contact and the incriminating recording, Jack finds himself having to deal with a pilot who refuses to cooperate.

Martha begins to break down, and Novick becomes suspicious of what she is hiding from him, while Logan tries to calm his financial backers.moreless

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  • Who needs snakes?

    When Jack Bauer takes out his gun and starts ordering people around on a diplomatic flight, one might wonder exactly what the hell was going on in the writers' minds. I might not, however. I might just sit back and enjoy this kickass episode while ignoring any 9/11 undertones that may be present. In fact, I think I'll do just that.The day doesn't get much easier for other people. Buchanan's brought back to CTU in cuffs while Chloe takes refuge in a hotel bar and encounters a horny drunkard. Two words regarding that latter storyline: HIGH! LARIOUS!!Actually, the entire episode is pretty damn funny, in both intentional and unintentional moments. Jack hijacks, Chloe keeps the drunkard at bay, Buchanan calls Miles an asskisser, and Martha's pseudo-PMSing all the way. Way too many classic moments to discuss at length in a single review. If I could, I'd cram 'em all under "Hourly Highlight."Lastly, this could be the most technologically dependent episode of "24" yet. We've got phone calls and patch-throughs up the wazoo, with Graem eavesdropping on pretty much all of them. Which gives you more of an idea on who he is. But not really.Hourly Highlight:Guess I have to pick one at random…Chloe stunning the drunk guy. With her stun gun, that is.moreless
  • Continues....

    What I liked -» There is one scene that was funny when Chloe was approached by a guy. The complicated situation in the Baggage Hold. The ending.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» Martha Scenes.

    Action - » Don´t expect any action like the previous episodes.

    Drama - » (6/10). Wasn´t a episode for drama but they put Martha in reaction mode, and that was like a filler.

    Suspense/Tension - » (8/10). The situation in the baggage hold and before that, when Jack took the suspect and was trying to put him inside the Baggage Hold.

    Surprises/Shocks - » (7/10). There is a surprise about the suspect.

    Time and Scene Management - » (7/10). The management was good, but you can notice the filler scenes.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (7/10). The situation is unreal and all that on the plane was unnecessary, but the writers needed to create a complication.

    Beginning - » (7/10). Nothing special here, just the usual.

    Complication Phase - » (8/10). Is all about finding the man with the tape in the airplane but things are not what they seem to be. Also there are some complication in there. Jack scenes was the only interesting things, because his situation was complicated.

    Climax - » (8/10). Maybe the situation in the Baggage hold Ending - » (8/10). Whoo, the idea for the next episode is great.moreless
  • Trying to control the plain

    Jack is on the plain and now it is all about him getting the right person and they do it wrong on the first time - Jack crabs a man who is not involved and soon air marshal gets concious and they know someone is on the plain and it gets all out of control... so many nervous moments there.. Also, the game Karen and Mike Novice are playing.. who gets the truth.. and Mike.. he has seen Martha.. and for me see looks really like in a way to suicide and they gave her the bills.. it was a mistake.. and Mike should already get the clues.. And the whole thing in the plain.. the ending.. so exciting..moreless
  • Review

    This was a good episode, mainly a filler episode for the final 4 episodes to close out the great season. I liked the way Jack handled some of the things on the plane, but it got kind of stale after a while.

    Marth Logan and Presidant Logans sceens together were kind of good this go around, with Logan trying to tell martha why he did what he did. CTUs involvment in helping Jack Bauer is sure to come to an end soon, perhaps within the next episode or two. The one guy that keeps asking questions is still on my watch list.

    Good episode, there have been better this season.moreless
  • Another good episode to show the blurry line between criminal and hero Jack operates in.

    This episode, which coincidently aired the same week as the United 93 film release, deals with our hero hijacking a plane to get that vital piece of evidence implicating Logan in the day’s events. Some may believe that is in poor taste, but considering the scheduling, it's doubtful that 24 was aware of when this episode would air and any 9/11 films scheduled for release around that time. Also, the impact of that coincidental airing has been diminished over time (this review is being written January 2007).

    It is certainly a lot to consider as Jack has to hijack a plane to get the terrorists. Often Jack resides on a blurry line, often acting like a criminal to prevent a major terrorist attack from happening or in this case, to bring those to justice. This episode brings Jack dangerously close to the negative extreme. It’s surprising more passengers don’t try to turn the tables on Jack.

    Given the way Jack is behaving, screaming "people will die", waving a gun around, messing with the plane’s engine, and demanding to get in the cockpit, it's no wonder that the pilot (played by Jean Smart's real life husband) wouldn't want to let him in. He causes turbulence by playing with the He is behaving like a terrorist to foil the conspirators. Of course, it doesn’t help him that he has no idea who he’s looking for, and any of them could be likely candidates until Chloe tells him otherwise.

    It is great that Karen is able to keep at least Chloe functioning in the CTU A-Team. I want to see her wheel in a cart with chicken wings, beer and ice cream to interrogate Bill just because it would make Miles even angrier. He'll certainly be mad when he learns that not only did Chloe sneak out, but operated covertly in a hotel bar! If his head doesn't explode by the end of the season I'm going to be disappointed.

    Bill is definitely the best CTU head ever, besides when Jack held the position. He, like many members of the cast this season, have gotten plenty of good moments to shine, in this episode protecting Chloe and telling off the weasel Miles are two great examples. It would’ve only been better if he made himself look more disheveled when the CTU agents came to his house.

    The drunken jerk at the bar could've blown out into another lame story, but thankfully that storyline was tasered out before it got there. Jack and Chloe are probably the two worst people you could approach at a bar, especially when they are on the job.

    Getting Martha her medication, when we saw her start self medicating last episode, is placing her in a very bad situation. Anyone who can read a pill bottle knows mixing alcohol with medication is dangerous, and she was obviously drunk by the end of the episode. It’s no mystery why: she just found out her husband is involved in the conspiracy that’s responsible for all the bad things that have happened, including the murder of someone she cared about.

    It is also the realization that their marriage is over, only functioning to keep up appearances. Logan and Martha draw certain comparisons to Palmer and Sherry from the first three seasons. This time the roles are reversed, and this time Logan’s tragic flaw is his obsession with legacy opposed to Sherry’s lust for power. Also Sherry’s association with Kingsley only came after the Palmer’s divorce and her entrenchment with the conspirators wasn’t nearly as active.

    While the comparison has been made in this episode between these two first couples, it is hardly a retread. First, because Palmer is what every American (except a racist ignoramus) would want as a president. Logan is the antithesis, a man who is so tragically obsessed with how he’ll go down in the history books that he’ll help orchestrate a terrorist plot to help boost his image. It’s too bad they overdid Sherry and killed her off in season three, because it’d be really interesting to see what she’d be doing with Logan.

    The end development, with Graham demanding Logan shoot down the plane, was foreseeable back when they talked about the hostage situation earlier. Had this been paced quicker, Graham would've suggested the plane be shot down, and the episode would've ended with the plane being shot down or not. Although I don't mind seeing it put into two episodes, it could've easily been thrown into one.

    The main plot of this episode is an interesting examination of Jack being pushed the edge for the greater good, whereas the B and C storylines appear to be transitional, as repercussions continue throughout these final episodes.moreless
Kirk Acevedo

Kirk Acevedo

George Avila

Guest Star

Kirk B.R. Woller

Kirk B.R. Woller

Hans Meyer

Guest Star

Andrew Hawkes

Andrew Hawkes

Scott Evans

Guest Star

Jude Ciccolella

Jude Ciccolella

Mike Novick

Recurring Role

Jayne Atkinson

Jayne Atkinson

Karen Hayes

Recurring Role

Paul McCrane

Paul McCrane

Graem Bauer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Jack: You don't strike me as a man who's willing to die for Christopher Henderson, give me the recording. Do it!

    • Hans Meyer: Air's coming in.
      Jack: It's not coming in, it's going out.

    • Novick: We've uhh... been through some tough times before, Martha. Just follow the doctors orders for now.
      Martha: (Crying) This is more than just a tough time, Mike. None of this is gonna go away, I just have to live with it.
      Novick: What do you mean it's not going to go away? What are you talking about?
      Martha: I shouldn't have said that.
      Novick: Martha... It's me. You say what needs to be said.
      Martha: (Still crying) What needs to be said I can't say to you.

    • Martha: I don't need counseling, Mike, I just want a damn pill!

    • Martha: You don't have much of a personality, do you, Justin?

    • Martha: I just called the President of the United States a son of a bitch, no reaction? He must have some kind of law in the books against that. Or am I immune? Just like he is.

    • Jack: You're gonna land this plane or I'm gonna put a bullet in your head.

    • Jack: You don't strike me as a man willing to die for Christopher Henderson.

    • Jack: (while hijacking a plane) Do as I say and no one will get hurt, if you don't, people will die!

    • Graem: You're going to have to shoot down that plane Mr. President.
      Logan: What?!
      Graem: It's the only option we've got. Otherwise, you go to prison for treason and murder.

    • Logan: (about Jack) Listen to me, this man is desperate. He will say or do anything. He's not to be trusted. We need to take him down now, dead or alive.

    • Ross: Hey, what ya got - a little voice over ip going on there?
      Chloe: Please leave me alone.
      Ross: No, seriously, I can help. I know a way for you to get some free bandwidth.
      Chloe: Really?
      Ross: Absolutely!
      Chloe: Sit down!
      Ross: Cool. Wow, nice piece. Never seen one of these before, what is that?
      (Chloe zaps Ross with a stun gun. Ross passes out.)
      Chloe: It's a CTU series 4.

    • Novick: I just spoke with the President and I got the same feeling from him that I get from you.
      Martha: Which is?
      Novick: That you're both covering something up.
      Martha: You know Mike, I'm the one around here that's supposed to be paranoid, not you.

    • Logan: I don't see where it becomes your business Mike.
      Novick: I'll tell you where Mr. President. I'm your Chief of Staff. If there's something going on that I don't know about that involves national security it is my business.

    • Novick: Jack Bauer has been on the right side of everything that's happened today up until now.
      Logan:Well right now he's hijacking a plane.

    • Buchanan: You have no idea what you're dealing with, you little asskisser.

  • NOTES (1)