Season 5 Episode 21

Day 5: 3:00 A.M. - 4:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 08, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack searches for a safe place to land the plane, when Logan gives orders to shoot it down. Karen readies Bierko for a transfer to a secure facility, while Audrey receives some good news about her father. Logan becomes desperate as his plans start to unravel, but an unexpected ally at CTU turns the tables in his favor.moreless

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  • Disgusting

    They wasted hours of my life chasing the holy grail of recordings -the same recording that led to David Palmer's and Michele's murder (plus a ton of other stuff) only to have a random C list character magically destroy it in like 10s.

    It is insulting, lazy, extremely annoying and frankly disgusting.
  • An episode filled with tension in the first 13-15 minutes.

    What I liked -» The first 15 minutes were intense. President Logan decision to suicide.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» Hard to say, but Logan talking again to Martha is a replay form the previous episodes.

    Action - » Wasn´t necessary. Drama - » (9/10). President Logan Drama is something unique, since he is the president, was very funny some scenes that he played.

    Suspense/Tension - » (10/10). Great tension because Logan wanted to shoot down the Airplane.

    Surprises/Shocks - » (7/10). You may think that things ended, but there is always that feeling that something will go wrong.

    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10). Very Hard to notice that Scenes that was there only to buy time, but I notice two scenes that managed that.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (9/10). VCI details was nice. The protocols too. The landing is unreal, but this is way a show can be interesting.

    Beginning - » (9/10). The beginning was interesting, with a obstacle that is rare for Jack (ops, this actually happened in season 3, but in another way).

    Complication Phase - » (9/10). Shoot down the airplane was the most complicated situation in this episode.

    Climax - » (10/10). The landing is unreal, but this is why series like 24 are seen. The tension was super great here.

    Ending - » (8/10). This is the type of ending that make you think how the good guys will win.moreless
  • No.. not again!!!

    How to prolong what is going to happen anyway? So.. it looks like Jack is in danger as they are going to shot down the plain but he manages to make a landing.. and what kind of landing.. the look on the pilot's face.. the animation.. the whole plain landing thing.. visually impressive.

    So.. Jack gets to CTU and we not only have great news that Jack is out of the danger and with the recording in CTU.. but Audrey's father survived and is in ICU.. what a great news..

    And it all looks like Logna has it's end.. but no.. on the last second a new opportunity offers himself and the last scene promises that the recording got compromised..moreless
  • I think it's safe to say this season is freakin' sweet

    Heller's alive. Cop-out!

    But the other stuff is killer. From Jack's jillionth bout of death-cheating to an uncharacteristically dark final act, it's high sailing. Jack's got the recording, but now he must land the plane before Logan can shoot it down. The first two acts concentrate on an emergency landing on the highway, which is one of the most absurd and preposterous sequences I've seen in a while, maybe even THE most. I frickin' love it.

    The rest of the hour is mostly low-key. Naturally, Jack slips past the military perimeter and gets back to CTU. It's one thing that I love about this season; the writers just stopped trying to top themselves with threats. And they bring up/utilize other stuff that's happened in the season, like the martial law curfew.

    With no way out, Logan decides to take his own life. This sequence is accompanied by some really, REALLY creepy music that I must applaud. Would I consider Logan's suicide a good ending for the season? Sure! But it's not 7:00 AM yet, so Logan magically does have a way out. Cue your grumbling now.

    Despite the fact that Miles' actions in the last minute render Jack's actions in the last five hours utterly useless (whereas a similar event in S2 still left Jack with a lead), I'll forgive the cheap and lazy writing because this hour overall is a true standout of S5's second half. Given the quality of said second half, that's saying something.

    Hourly Highlight:

    The landing. Statistically, it's still the safest way to travel.moreless
  • A good episode marred with a major contrivance to lengthen the plot through the end of the season.

    This episode brings this season to a difficult crossroad. Jack has the evidence implicating Logan and is in the clear to bringing him down. The only problem is that there are still three episodes left in the season, so the writers had to come up with a way to send Jack two steps back again. Unfortunately, the contrivance at the end hurts what was otherwise a really good hour.

    That contrivance is Miles erasing the only copy of the incriminating recording. The most common nitpick of this episode is why does no one ever think of making a copy or play the recording over one of the secure lines to more people. Chloe could certainly handle turning that into an MP3 file. This is more frustrating because only a few lines could’ve explained why they didn’t copy the recording. Something about how a duplicate couldn’t be completely verified would’ve worked well. But such an explanation doesn’t exist, which makes the characters appear dumb for the sake of the story, which hinders the characterization.

    There is some really good stuff in this episode, particularly the first half with Graham contriving a reason to justify shooting down the plane while Jack and the CTU A-Team try to find a make shift landing strip. While it may be absurd that the plane managed to stop just before crashing into the overpass, it’s still riveting to watch (plus crashing into an overpass would be awfully expensive to stage) because “24” requires that suspension of disbelief.

    With the evidence in Jack’s hand, Logan is trapped, and that has him considering suicide as a way out of a long embarrassing trial and implicating Graham and his co-horts. Logan committing suicide would be an appropriate way to end this tragic figure. However, there are three episodes left, and to kill him off now would be anticlimactic. Plus, he really needs to suffer, as Martha said earlier.

    Novick in the last hours has been privy to a lot of suspicious behavior from Logan that you wonder why no one has gotten him involved in the counter conspiracy sooner, especially considering his relationship with David Palmer. Logan’s insistence on shooting down the plane is just another in an on going series of tells that something is deeply wrong with this picture.

    Heller surviving is a relief, but I wonder why they decided to keep him alive. The bigger question is why no one at the Presidential compound has found out about what happened to him. The Secretary of Defense plunging into a lake should shake everyone, and validate those who know something is wrong.

    Bierko was kept alive for a reason. Clearly, his gesture to the van driver foreshadows the entire escort team getting killed and him breaking out for one more thrill before season's end. I can't wait to see how Bierko and a potential strike will figure paired alongside the conspiracy. Perhaps Bierko's ultimate role will be the one to bring down the conspiracy with the tape destroyed. But how did one of Bierko’s allies happen to be the guy driving the transport? This could simply be another distraction to keep CTU from getting too close to the conspiracy.

    Miles is certainly the least likeable agent CTU’s ever seen. Although he’s been a yes-man to Karen and claims his allegiances are solid, he goes against that by covertly helping Logan cover his back. Obviously, Karen keeping him out was a mistake, but would he have been willing to follow along had he known the truth earlier? Karen’s following is clear after some of Logan’s questionable actions, but Jack playing the recording for her would’ve given her a bit more ground to act the way she has, even though she admits she’s trying to remain skeptical.

    Since this is the 21st episode and everyone is getting ready to unfurl the “Mission Accomplished” banner, there were going to be setbacks to halt the celebration. The only problem is that the ending underwrites the intelligence of the characters by not giving them any reason not to do what the audience thinks would be a logical contingency plan.moreless
Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Admiral Kirkland

Guest Star

Jenny Levine

Jenny Levine

Valerie Harris

Guest Star

Stephanie Erb

Stephanie Erb

Flight Attendant

Guest Star

Jude Ciccolella

Jude Ciccolella

Mike Novick

Recurring Role

Julian Sands

Julian Sands

Vladimir Bierko

Recurring Role

Jayne Atkinson

Jayne Atkinson

Karen Hayes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Bauer could simply play the recording over the telephone. Then the evidence would be in the hands of CTU. They can deal with the physical evidence later.

    • At 3:16 a.m. when there are split screens accompanying the clock, one of the boxes shows Miles Papazian standing still. Once the clock disappears, and the split screens disappear, it cuts to Miles who is now looking down at the desk. Since the show is in real-time, he shouldn't instantaneously be doing something else in less than a second.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Miles: Karen wants to know how long before the tele-conference starts?
      Chloe: Five minutes, get out of here Miles!

    • Karen: I'm doing this because I believe that Bauer is telling the truth.
      Miles: But you don't know...(Karen turns her back on him) Okay,okay. Let's say he is. Let's say that recording implicates Logan. Than what are you gonna do? Are you gonna arrest the president of the United States?

    • Karen: Well I don't have time to explain it right now.
      Miles: What does that mean?
      Karen: It means that I'll brief you when I've got the chance.

    • Miles: I'm just doing my job Chloe
      Chloe: Well, if your job is to slow things down, then you're doing really good work.

    • Logan: I want to tell you how sorry I am for everything.
      Martha: When you forget to give me something for my birthday, that's when you say you're sorry.

    • Karen: I don't appreciate being threatened, Miles.
      Miles: And I don't appreciate being shut out.

    • Admiral Kirkland: From my briefing document, Jack Bauer is a distraught individual with a history of erratic behaviour.
      Novick: Jack Bauer has spent his entire career protecting American lives!

    • Buchanan: I know Jack. I don't always agree with his methods but I trust his judgement.

    • Jack: President Logan's gonna pay for David Palmer's assassination.

    • Curtis: A few minutes is all Bauer needs to escape! We're not prepared to let that happen. Now we're moving out, if you really wanna fire on federal agents, that's your call.

    • Jack: You can either try and land this plane on the freeway or I will.

    • Logan: (to Graem) I still believe we were right. I still believe that we acted in the best interests of the country.

    • Miles: My superior, Mrs. Hayes, is working with Bauer and Bill Buchanan. Their intention is to play the recording for the Attorney General.
      Logan: Why are you telling me this?
      Miles: Because, sir, I feel compelled to intervene and I just wanted to make sure that you would approve.
      Logan: I do, Mr. Papazian. I do approve.

    • Karen: For the past few hours, President Logan has done everything in his power to keep Jack from getting back here alive.
      Miles: You're working against the most powerful man in the world and you haven't actually heard the evidence?
      Karen: This is why I didn't talk to you Miles.

    • Martha: You know what really gets me Charles?
      Logan: What?
      Martha: That you had me going for so long. I had no idea you were such a good liar. If I weren't so horrified by the fact that I married you, I might actually be impressed.

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