Season 5 Episode 23

Day 5: 5:00 A.M. - 6:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 22, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack and Henderson wage an assault on the submarine, as Bierko prepares to launch an attack against L.A. Chloe brings in someone from her past to aid her. Martha and Pierce enlist Novick's help in their plans to expose Logan.

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  • Launch prevented, launch provoked

    A very long first act focuses on the takedown of Bierko and the salvation of the entire West Coast from the terrorist-commandeered submarine. You know what? Even if it is a little too neatly wrapped up, Jack and Bierko's showdown is damn cool. And so ends the Bigbads. The Russian separatist ones, anyway. That's another thing I like: multiple tiers of Bigbads in opposition with both each other and the "good guys."After that, Jack's focus switches back to Logan as he goes to find another way to bring him down. So again, it seems lazy how they brought up one last terrorist threat to fill time before getting back on track. But also again, I'm willing to forgive it because of its execution.Jack pretty much wings it and enlists Chloe, Pierce, Novick, and Martha's help in his new plan: kidnapping Logan. I guess that in the second-to-last episode of a season, you can't tone it down too much.Chloe has an ex-husband. Fancy that. Maybe?Remove the submarine part, and the only thing anybody would remember is the stall. And what a memorable scene it is. The hour could've capsized after the first act, but it stays aloft thanks to Itzin and Smart. Greatly acted. Greatly written. Just an all-around great scene. I'm still vomiting.Hourly Highlight:First Bierko, then Henderson? Finally, Jack gets to kill some Bigbads again!moreless
  • A good episode but I expected something more impressive for this first hour of the season finale. At least, one problem is over and the next episode, another problem will be over!!!!moreless

    What I liked -» Henderson being Killed and the same for Bierko.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» More time expended in Logan and Martha.

    Action - » (8/10). You have action here, the action happened inside of a submarine, so, don´t expect nothing from another world, but still, is great to finally see the deaths of Annoying characters.

    Drama - » Wasn´t a episode for this either.

    Suspense/Tension - » (7/10). The usual tension that 24 can deliver, but nothing great here.

    Surprises/Shocks - » Wasn´t a episode for that.

    Time and Scene Management - » (7/10). There are scenes that are just there to buy time, but overall, I think that was good.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (6/10). There are some flaws, but I don´t have the patient to describe all the details.

    Beginning - » (7/10). Following the events of the last episodes, the usual.

    Complication Phase - » (7/10). This time things was very simple, get inside of the submarine and kill the bad guys. This was nicely done, but nothing great or impressive.

    Climax - » (8/10). Maybe when Jack finally kills Henderson, great way to kill him.

    Ending - » (7/10). The usual ending, A good episode but I expected something more impressive for this first hour of the season finale. At least, one problem is over and the next episode, another problem will be over.moreless
  • After Logan..

    This was a really good episode with strong storyline and all moving to the way the final episodes should go..

    Jack goes dark and with help of Chloe he tries to get to Logan and to get the confession out of him. He tries to contact Aaron.. (how he knew about him?) and via Mike Novac (and why he thought he knew anything?).. ok those things left out it was pretty straight forward try to get to Logan by any means necessary and the end when it is asked from Jack how far his he willing to go proves how much he is ready to risk.. he has now nothing to lose.. I think it was exciting and good episode.moreless
  • Awesome Episode. Just getting to the end of the series.

    Love it. Every series just gets better and better. This series is the latest one I am watching on DVD right now.

    Jack is an awesome character who seems to go against all logic and survive every obstacle that is put in front of him.

    This time he is trying to save an attack of nerve gas which is aboard a US military sub, the hostiles are aboard, and he must do what Jack does best, save the day and come up trumps. Terrorists on board the sub with control of the sub and it's missiles and in full control of the sub. Can he do it?moreless
  • We are getting to the end. A great episode. Henderson is dead.

    This was a great episode. We are now getting to the end of the season and the writer's are starting to close of the longer running stories for this season. The main question that still exsists is will Jack suceed in taking down President Logan? I think everyone was begining to have doubts during this episode if Jack would be able to take the presidnet but if i know Jack he will find a way to incrimiate the president. This was a well written episode. Kiefer gave an wonderful proformance this episode. I really liked the way they finished the episode with Jack riding the helicoper for Logan. This season was been great so far, i can only hope that hour 24 will be equally as god as this episode was. I was not expecting the death of Henderson but that was a great addition to this episode.moreless
Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Admiral Kirkland

Guest Star

Jeremy Ray Valdez

Jeremy Ray Valdez

Tim Rooney

Guest Star

Kate Rene Gleason

Kate Rene Gleason

HS Staffer

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 (6)

    • When Bauer was waiting to kill the terrorist at the missile controls, he was 5 feet away when he took out his switch knife and opened it. The click should have been very audible to the terrorist but yet he didn't show any apparent notice.

    • At the end of the last episode, when Bauer and Manning's team apprehended Molina, they had a whole tactical team with them. At the start of this episode when they were trying to stop Bierko on the Russian sub, they had just three men including Bauer and Henderson and the other teams were apparently too far away to make it to them in the 20 minutes time frame. That if true, is just horrible logistics on the part of the support team at CTU.

    • When Jack asks Petty Officer Rooney, "Which way's the Control Room?" Rooney points to the left and answers, "It's down the hall."
      Rooney is a Petty Officer 3rd Class (displayed on the sleeve of his shirt) and therefore has been in the Navy long enough to know that there are no halls or hallways on a submarine.
      Even in the midst of what was going on a sailor of his rank would have replied, "It's down the passageway," or "passage." If he was truly flustered by the events he might just point and say, "Aft."
      By the time they achieve PO3 rank a sailor will find it almost impossible to use the words "hall", "floor", "wall" or "ceiling," instead they will use the words "passage", "deck", "bulkhead" and "deckhead" without a second thought.

    • The V-Series of nerve gases (of which the VX types are the most deadly) are persistent agents. This means that they leave a film behind, coating every surface that was exposed to the gas. The terrorists would not be able to remove their masks after flushing the air from the sub without exposing themselves to this residue. For proper decontamination the entire sub would have to have every exposed surface scrubbed down.

    • When the terrorists release the nerve gas on the submarine, they only wear gas masks. Nerve agents can be absorbed through the skin. While they wouldn't die by asphyxiation from the gas, it could be harmful and the very least provide some muscular discomfort.

    • There are several similar circumstances surrounding the deaths of Christopher Henderson and, in S1, Victor Drazen.
      First of all, they were both shot by Jack Bauer (which isn't that astonishing a similarity), and at nighttime.
      Both deaths occurred at (approximately) the twenty-minute mark of the hour.
      They both had bad histories with Jack, and Jack had personal reasons to kill them.
      Prior to being killed, they tried to fire at Jack, but their guns were empty. Jack killed them for personal gain when they were unarmed.
      Finally, they were both killed at the Port of Los Angeles.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Jack: Petty Officer Rooney, what is your status?
      Officer Rooney: My status is, uh, he's dead.

    • Chloe: Petty Officer Rooney, you're on with Jack Bauer.

    • Chloe: You know, this is a really good opportunity for you. Why don't you surprise me and not totally screw it up?
      Morris: Okay, I'm going to pretend that this will require all my focus and attention, even though we both know I can do it in my sleep.

    • Chloe: Morris. What are you doing?
      Morris: Just making your people more efficient.
      Chloe: I notice you picked the most attractive one.
      Morris: Wrong. You're the most attractive one.

    • Chloe: I need some comm unit modifications. I need a certified digital audio transfer rate of 6.8. I can only get to 6.5. Can you do that without talking?
      Morris: I could, but it would be a terrible waste of my charm.
      Chloe: Okay, ahh, I'm not listening anymore.

    • Jack: I want you to approach him from behind. Move within 18 inches, then I want you to take your left hand, put it on his mouth, pull his head back into your chest, exposing his neck, and I want you to take your right hand and slit his throat.
      Petty Officer Rooney: Oh, my God.
      Jack: You need to cut deep to sever the vocal cords and the carotid artery.

    • Martha: Confront him? Will he hurt him?
      Novick: Jack Bauer will do whatever it takes to compell your husband to confess the truth. He's the only one I know who can do this.

    • Buchanan: I didn't think Morris was even on the government payroll anymore.
      Chloe: He's not.
      Buchanan: What's he doing?
      Chloe: He's selling women's shoes in Beverly Hills.

    • Pierce: It's probably safer if we don't have any contact.
      Martha: Goodbye, Aaron.
      Pierce: Thank you.

    • Logan: Thank you, Mike. For everything. It's been a hell of a day.
      Novick: Yes, sir. It has.

    • Henderson: One other thing, if I'm going on that sub with you, I need a firearm.
      Jack: I'll cover you.
      Henderson: Well, that's what I'm worried about.

    • Jack: Cut him deep and cut him fast.

    • Henderson: You were never really gonna let me go, were you?
      Jack: No.

    • Novick: Jack, if Logan doesn't confess, how far are you actually willing to go?
      Jack: As far as I have to.

    • Jack: You were responsible for the deaths of David Palmer, Tony Almeida, and Michelle Dessler. They were friends of mine.
      Henderson: That's the way it works.

    • Jack: Officer Rooney, what is your status?
      Rooney: My status is...uh... he's dead.

  • NOTES (2)