Season 5 Episode 22

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

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 15, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Bierko escapes from the transport taking him to Division and uses his last canister of nerve gas for a surprise strike. Jack is forced to work with Henderson to find Bierko, but Henderson wants something in return. Logan takes drastic steps to deal with Pierce, when he won't go along with the cover-up.moreless

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  • Setups.

    What I liked -» Aaron is ok, that is enough, for a season where the writers are killing every important character that you may like. Aaron and Logan conversation.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» Bierko is free again. Almost the same for Henderson and is deal.

    Action - » (7/10). Little action, but don’t expect anything great.

    Drama - » Don’t expect anything Suspense/Tension - » (7/10). The writers tried to create the tension with Henderson, but overall, this wasn´t at least great.

    Surprises/Shocks - » (6/10). Bierko escaped, nothing new here or surprising enough. Time and Scene Management - » (7/10). For a episode that is a filler plus setup, the management wasn´t bad. Can entertain you.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (8/10)................

    Beginning - » (7/10). The usual beginning, following the consequences.

    Complication Phase - » (7/10). Nothing different from the same formula â€" we don´t know where the terrorist his and where the attack will occur, so we make a deal with another terrorist to find a clue where the main terrorist his and what he will do.

    Climax - » (7/10). When the action took place.

    Ending - » (7/10). The usual ending, the bad guys are making their move.moreless
  • One last try by the terrorists..

    So.. Logan has succeeded on his plan and the threat is out, so he gets more breathing space and lets people around run him their own agendas.. Martha finds Aaron and saves him.. oh, that was good.. I do not know but somehow that storyline caught me from the start of this season and I have really kept my fingers crossed that they all come alive from that.

    On CTU Jack has to makes a deal with Henderson and they have to let him on a house alone.. they are afraid that he will ruin it and storm it not realizing that he was having a plan.. Anyway, they got it is all about a submarine and try to worn it but it is too late.. terrorist got it..

    Just two more episodes to go.. I do not know.. even thought all the good storylines, I was expecting something better..moreless
  • Out of gas (not literally)

    Ah, Formula. How I've missed you. NOT!

    CTU is forced to forget about the Logan thing when Bierko escapes and plans another attack using (ta-da!) his last Sentox canister. Guess this is just the reason that the writers kept him alive instead of having him go down in flames. Yes, I'm kidding myself.

    You all know the drill: Henderson works with CTU to track down a lead and find out what Bierko's up to. Henderson and Jack working together is a nice twist, but for the most part, I don't want to talk about the crap that happens there. Let's skip to what Bierko's up to: commandeering a Russian submarine to launch missiles around the West Coast. Hey, it still doesn't seem to me like the writers are trying to top themselves, so shut it.

    I'll tell you what is consistent in quality here: the Logans and their mishaps. While dealing with Bierko, Logan reverts back to the wimpy version of pre-11:00 PM, but there's something more interesting going on: Pierce is back. And Martha saves him from certain death, then decides to bring her husband down! This story development starts the plot thread that leads us to the finale, so keep watching.

    Hourly Highlight:

    "Is there anything else…Charles?" Pierce pwns the UNIVERSE!!!!!moreless
  • A little garbled, but there's some good stuff heading into the finale.

    While last episode had a more transitional feel, this one was more about setting stage for the grand finale (some may say that’s the same thing). The cat and mouse game between Logan and Jack was really great to watch, but unfortunately, they got to the point where it was completely illogical for Logan to be using his resources to track Jack openly. However, it seems like they may have put too much on the table with Bierko on the loose. With a show like 24, the writers must’ve felt they needed more action, even with the political conspiracies being rich with drama.

    The episode starts with them addressing the tape being erased. Unfortunately for the format of 24, there’s little the writer of a new episode can do to work around the shortcomings of certain plot points. I’m not going to fault this episode for that, since the aftermath was quick and it gave us not one, but two Miles smackdowns. Jack throttling him was expected, but seeing Karen get a smack in wasn’t, making it rather satisfying.

    Like they did with Nina back in season two, they had to come up with a way to get Jack and Henderson to work together to stop Bierko from striking. We don’t need to go over why Jack wants to kill Henderson, or why the lack of trust between the two would be problematic. But Henderson is a little naïve in his belief that Jack and the cavalry wouldn’t come rushing in as soon as he told Malina to destroy whatever evidence he had if they didn’t know he was putting it on a storage device. Obviously he’s not on anyone’s favorites list, but why not explain to someone who isn’t so personally invested in killing him what he’s about to do?

    This gives us a little bit of character for Jack. He’s had to give immunity to someone who betrayed him and killed someone he cared about before, and he wasn’t willing to do it again. Karen wisely reminded Jack of Palmer, and how he would go through with it for the greater good. We saw an instance of that in the season four finale, as he granted Mandy her pardon (speaking of which, where is she?)

    Henderson’s demand not only for immunity, but to disappear like Jack did so they won’t find him is a nice nod to his earlier use of the recording as insurance should the conspirators find him not useful anymore. Even if the tape only implicated Logan, there was enough weight on it to possibly topple everything. These conspirators have been proven to be very powerful, with people all over the government that could make Henderson have an accident or “commit suicide”.

    Henderson even hints at that during Jack’s offer. Had he not said anything, CTU would’ve been completely clueless as to who appears to be the real masterminds behind the day’s attacks. It would be too risky to have President Logan himself actively getting into bed with the terrorists/conspirators and it wouldn’t fit his character. He needed people like Henderson and Graham doing the dirty work for him so they can deflect responsibility. One can hope that Graham and his co-horts don’t wind up like Max from season two, forgotten after a monster cliffhanger.

    Pierce, after being absent a few episodes, comes back in a big way. His forgotten cell phone on the compound lawn was an indicator that something went wrong, but little was mentioned as to what since then. Pierce has been through a lot already, but now he has been beaten and held in an empty room in the stables. However, he is far from out.

    While Pierce is known for being professional, respectful of orders and loyal, he is also a man of honor. There’s no way he would accept Logan’s smarmy offer to work anywhere but on his detail. That makes Pierce’s condemnation, capped with the perfect “Charles?”, a cheer inducing moment. This was improvised, but it fits the character. Glen Morshower as Pierce has had a juicy role this season, so he knows this character better than ever.

    The botched hit on Pierce shakes Martha out of her heavily medicated complacency. She was willing to stay quiet for the sake of the country, added to her perception that what Logan was involved in seemed to be already done. But with someone she’s grown close to in the past 24 hours in immediate danger, she knew there was too much to ignore. There have been some sparks between Martha and Pierce all season, and this is probably the closest they’ll get to satisfying any shippers. It also finally gives Novick enough reason to side with the counter conspiracy.

    At this point, Bierko’s attack on a Russian sub feels like an afterthought. There is evidence of the writers making it up on the fly because Bierko gave no hint that they decided to hold one of the canisters for a contingency plan. Last season, we had about the last quarter of the season devoted to Marwan obtaining a nuclear warhead and sending it flying straight toward LA. Bierko manages to get there in about an hour. As a result, it comes off as rushed, like in the ending where it only takes about ten seconds to contaminate the sub and kill its crew. This nitpick does take a backseat to the high stakes it raises for the two hour finale that would air the following week.

    Despite some of the garbled nature of the narrative, this episode does a good job of setting up the players in interesting scenarios for the final act. It has been one of the most devastating days for 24, which has made it very entertaining, and there are still two hours left!

    Overall Score: 7/10moreless
  • Review

    This episode was originally scripted to have Aaron Pierce killed by one of Logan's agents but, Actor Glenn Morshower recommended that his character remain alive- not because he wanted to keep his job but because he felt it helped the story for his character to remain alive. They rewrote the script having Aaron be saved by Martha Logan and Mike Novick. Im glad they opted not to kill Aaron in this episode. I think that his role in the remaining episodes helped them to be as good as they were. I think that this episode was a filler for the remaining two episodes, it was still good though.moreless
Tracy Howe

Tracy Howe

Agent Adams

Guest Star

Don Fischer

Don Fischer

Lieutenant Southern

Guest Star

Michael Yavnieli

Michael Yavnieli

Agent Cole

Guest Star

Glenn Morshower

Glenn Morshower

Agent Aaron Pierce

Recurring Role

Jude Ciccolella

Jude Ciccolella

Mike Novick

Recurring Role

Julian Sands

Julian Sands

Vladimir Bierko

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At the beginning of the episode Jack refers to the Attorney General as a "her", but the Attorney General is a man.

    • When Jack talks to the officer in charge of the submarine, he calls him "Lieutenant", although the rank he is wearing is that of a Lieutenant Commander, usually called "Commander".

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Miles: I've been transferred. I was told to report immediately. The orders should be coming through any minute.
      Karen: Transferred to where?
      Jack: The White House.

    • Karen: How could you do this, Miles? This is not over. There will be an investigation.
      Miles: Do what you have to do, Karen. But, I work for the President now.

    • Jack: You son of a bitch!
      Miles: Let go of me, Bauer!
      Jack: You know how many people lost their lives so I could bring that evidence in?!
      Miles: I don't know what you're talking about!
      Jack: We know it's you!

    • Henderson: Come on, Jack, you can't really believe that Charles Logan masterminded all of this by himself.
      Jack: Give me the names.
      Henderson: You can't touch them but they can touch you.

    • Jack: If he tries anything, I swear to you, I will kill him.
      Karen: Then don't let it get to that point.

    • Jack: You're coming with me!
      Henderson: I found Bierko's target for you.
      Jack: The deal was Bierko's head on a plate!
      Henderson: So what do you want me to do now, kill him for you?!

    • Henderson: Jack, don't be stupid. You know you can't get anything out of this guy and his computer makes this place look like an Internet cafe.

    • Jack: What makes you think that I'm not going to kill you the second this is over?
      Henderson: Because you're going to give me your word and I know what your word is worth to you, so it's all I need.

    • Buchanan: Jack, what would David Palmer want you to do if he were here? The best way to honor his memory is to make the choice to save others.

    • Karen: (about Henderson) He will [talk] if we offer him a deal.
      Jack: And that's not going to happen.
      Buchanan: Jack...
      Jack: No! Not this time, not this man.

    • Pierce: There is nothing that you have said or done that is acceptable to me in the least. You're a traitor to this country and a disgrace to your office. And it's my duty to see that you're brought to justice for what you've done. Is there anything else, Charles?

    • Terrorist: We have one in reserve just as you ordered, but I still don't understand why. We can't do much damage with one canister of nerve gas.
      Bierko: You're so wrong.

    • Jack: Bierko escaped about a half an hour ago. He's gonna carry out another attack.
      Henderson: I'm sure he will. You bruised the man's ego when you stopped his first attempt.

    • Jack: Anything less then Bierko's head on a plate, then this deal's off.

    • Jack: No games Christopher. I don't need another reason to put a bullet in your brain.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was originally scripted to have Aaron Pierce killed by one of Logan's agents but, Actor Glenn Morshower recommended that his character remain alive- not because he wanted to keep his job but because he felt it helped the story for his character to remain alive. They rewrote the script having Aaron be saved by Martha Logan and Mike Novick.

    • This episode was delayed by 20 minutes following a live presidential address.