Season 5 Episode 24

Day 5: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.

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

Jack takes his fight directly to the President, as he attempts to force a confession from him that will prove his involvement in the day's events. Martha vents her hatred for her husband in front of the press, as Logan gives an eulogy over Palmer's body. Jack and Audrey share a tender moment, when it seems the crisis has subsided, but Jack finds that his problems have only begun, as his past catches up with him.moreless

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  • About this episode

    It had great music score.
  • Good ending - an Overview

    Well I liked this season. There are few things which actually seems for a reasonable thinking man as silly mistakes. When Logan realizes that it is the member of his office that is in possession of key witness, why did not he take her down first. Why did he not do something that he did with Aron? At least how come those great minds behind the scene who are running this entire plot and even controlling the president did not even get this thought. Also one more scene when Lynn McGill lost his key card - why did he not report - okay he thought it would be embarrassing. How did he enter the CTU without it? Also how did those brilliant villains rely so much on Lynn not complaining about his lost key card. That would sabotage their entire plan.

    Well Jack Bauer has taken all his chances as he would take in any other episode. But things could have gone horribly wrong for him. He kidnapped US president!!! There is one in 100 probability that Logan confesses in front of his wife. But things went well as Jack planned, as always.

    Andrey episode is very good. This season managed to keep plots such that not a single plot was boring. Even though there are fillers they did not make them look like so. There are things that saddened me - like Edgar, Miller, and even Lynn.

    We are not yet sure whether Henderson was really killed or not. Because he told Jack that he was counting on his word. Probably we may see him again ? The character I think I disliked is Kim. Her anger is understandable on Jack. But after what he had done and after his explanation, and after the attempts on lives of his friends, Kim should be wise enough to understand and accept her father's love instead of going for a man twice her age and getting comforted by him. She had been bad daughter throughout the series and that continued in this episode too. There are other characters which were well portrayed:

    One such character was Chloe: She has been entertaining enough since last three seasons. But in this season we not only see weird Chloe but also emotional Chloe. We found that she had been married and her husband is a geek too - probably better than Chloe at things.

    Aron was a perfect suit for a character of secret service. I was glad there was some action for him this season. Curtis character has also been built well and he did great as Jack's aide.

    Finally Martha - Her action was awesome. Credit goes to writers for making her character not boring.

    This is one such season where every character is a key to main story line. Everyone has something to contribute, though Jack does the crucial part

    Ending is something which I predicted in one way. Because we know it very well that Chinese will be after him once they find out that he is alive. And the same happened. This actually presented an interesting wait for the next season

    I am not sure how well the next season is presented. But this season had it all. I can compare the quality with season one. Will Audrey wait for Jack? Has CTU or to that matter anyone, been aware of what happened to him.

    Lets wait and watch....moreless
  • Season Finale, could be more fantastic, at least, managed to be great.

    What I liked -» The way that Logan was caught, but you could guess before you have the confirmation how he would be caught.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» The ending for Jack. The scenes that bought time.

    Action - » This wasn´t a episode for action.

    Drama - » (9/10). Was really any drama in this episode in this episode? Maybe you will feel sorry for Chloe and Audrey, they both lost someone important in their life´s. Wasn´t impressive, was quick, the way I like it.

    Suspense/Tension - » (7/10). I think the majority of the audience could guess in one point or another how Logan would be caught, this killed any type of tension that you could feel, right? If not, than this tension is good, not great because you can feel that Logan will go down.

    Surprises/Shocks - » (8/10). Ok, the ending was a surprise, because it just happened in the ending.

    Time and Scene Management - » (7/10). So much filler scenes, but ok, too little affairs to cover in this episode.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (7/10). Logan brain froze or the audience is more smart, but that was necessary, but Martha did a plan with Bauer from the beginning, where? She is great in acting, for a person that has psychological problems, don´t you think?

    Beginning - » (7/10). Starts fine, following the last events.

    Complication Phase - » (9/10). Capturing the President of the United States and trying to get a confession from him.

    Climax - » (8/10). When Logan confessed and when the general attorney ear Logan´s confession.

    Ending - » (18/20). The ending caught me by surprise, but make sense, since Logan had a plan, but I don´t know if that plan was intelligent, anyway, Jack exposed himself, so was normal for the Chinese to find him. The rest of the conclusion was good.

    This season can be considered darkest in 24, since Palmer, Michelle, Tony, Edgar are dead and Jack ended up in bad hands.

    I only rate this episode 8, because confronting a president isn´t something that you will see in any TV Show out there, is something very unique and funny to see, so I think because the situation itself is great and not the episode itself, 8 is a worth rate.moreless
  • The best finale of 24 since Season 1's classic.

    The 5th of 8 horrible, horrible days in Jack Bauer's life is my favorite so far. Absolutely amazingly exciting with amazing plot twists and turns. There was never an episode without some kind of revelation at the end and plotlines didn't drown themselves.

    But these final 8 episodes....holy crap how much more intense can you possibly get? Some of my favorite characters that were previously just in the background - Aaron Pierce and Mike Novack - finally get their chances to shine this season. Also the fact that Logan was behind everything was completely shocking when they revealed it in Episode 16, and the execution of the big reveal was even more impressive.

    In this episode everything comes to a head. No loose ends from the season are left untied. No plot holes. The fact that the president was behind it all made no sense at first, and with this finale it is all explained. Charles Logan's actor (forgetting the name) shows some true acting talent with the emotional scenes with Martha and the scene where Jack hijacked the helicopter literally had me jumping up and down.

    Day 5 killed off a lot of our favorite characters. Palmer, Michelle, Tony and Edgar. New characters that I was beginning to like such as McGuillwas killed off, which puts them in the "gone too early" club, which is not something easy to get into.

    Kim is annoying as hell and I wanted to punch her boyfriend in the face. Thank god she is not a main character anymore.

    But the best thing about this finale, is the ending cliffhanger. Jack's past comes back to bite him in the buttox. Extremely shocking and well written.

    My favorite seasons of 24:

    Season 5 - Best

    Season 2

    Season 4

    Season 1

    Season 3 - Least Favoritemoreless
  • Logan's Run

    Here we have the most downbeat finale of "24" yet, for one because the President of the United States is kidnapped. I hate politics, but you'd have to whack me in the head with a shovel multiple times to make me believe that the subject matter of this episode isn't seriously bleak. Compare Jack's actions in previous finales to threatening to kill the President; it's quite different, I say.Something else that sets this finale apart is the absence of a big set piece. We've had shootouts and chase scenes galore in the past, but nothing here really qualifies as an action sequence. There aren't even any deaths; a few people are rendered unconscious, Jack included, but nobody kicks it. My favorite episode—let alone finale—remains "Day One: 11pm - 12am," partly because S1 had relatively few action scenes up to that point. S5 is the opposite; episodes WITHOUT action are somewhat sparse. So the finale's focus on high-end drama and suspense, albeit with a big climactic shocker, makes it a special one.And here's something else: this is probably the best that I've seen Jon Cassar. Would the great Stephen Hopkins have done a better job? Possibly. However, this is the only finale that I found myself not wishing to see how Hopkins would've directed (ignoring the one that Hopkins actually did direct, of course).You know that reticent sense of foreboding I mentioned in my "Day Five: 7pm - 8pm" review, as well as the dark, gritty, paranoid, claustrophobic feeling in my "Day Two: 2am - 3am" review? Well, they both come back for the final scene of S5, with the chill factor increased about tenfold. This last scene (and even the last shot, I'd say) provides a stark contrast to its S4 counterpart. There had to be some sort of surprise ending; Jack and Audrey were just too damn happy, and it was only the fourth act. And I'm glad there was, because a reunion with Audrey AND with Kim via phone would've been way too much. I'm also glad we got the surprise that we did; that plotline wasn't wrapped up very well at all last time we saw it.Admittedly, S5 rips S2 off, with the main villain accidentally confessing to a hidden transmitter, and the mysterious villain above him remaining at large, but it's such a damn great way to end the season! Chloe, Karen, Buchanan, and Martha all get their due closure, and the sight of Logan being brought to justice juxtaposed with that of Palmer's casket being carried onto the plane brings the season full circle. It began with Palmer's death and a eulogy by Logan, and it ends with another eulogy followed by Logan's downfall. The first finale since S1's that, to me, feels planned from season's beginning, and you know what that means? The writers are back in form. But do they stay in form throughout S6? Well…to each his own.Hourly Highlight:The sight of Logan being brought to justice and whatever else I said up there. Tom Clancy couldn't have done better.moreless
Dan Ziskie

Dan Ziskie

Attorney General

Guest Star

John Lacy

John Lacy


Guest Star

David M. Fabrizio

David M. Fabrizio

Strike Team Member

Guest Star

Glenn Morshower

Glenn Morshower

Agent Aaron Pierce

Recurring Role

Jude Ciccolella

Jude Ciccolella

Mike Novick

Recurring Role

Jayne Atkinson

Jayne Atkinson

Karen Hayes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The container ship's name has two Chinese characters, one meaning light and the other meaning color. Together, they form the word Brilliance. Underneath, it reads Shanghai, which is probably the port of registry of the ship.

    • One minute before the end of the previous episode, President Logan and Martha were preparing to "get romantic". Logan had just called to delay the helicopter and the episode ended one minute later (at 6:00am). The next episode began at roughly 6:03am, and in the opening scene, the President and First Lady were through with their romantic interlude and had redressed.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Jack: So Mr. Logan I hope you understand, I have absolutely
      nothing to lose.

    • Jack: David Palmer was a great man and he was a great president, but he was also my friend.

    • Logan: You blow up like this one more time, I will fill you so full of drugs you won't even know your own name. And then I will ship you off to an asylum and you can stay there for the rest of your life. Are we clear? Are we clear?!
      Martha: (broken) Yes.
      Logan: Good. Now clean yourself up. You're a mess.

    • Jack: (to Logan) Right here, right now, you are going to face justice!

    • Jack: I'm going to ask you one last time: Who are your coconspirators? You have until the count of three, or I will kill you. One.
      Logan: You'll make me a martyr. I'll go down in history with Lincoln and Kennedy but you'll go down with John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald. Is that what you want?
      Jack: Two!
      Logan: You're a man of honor. How can you assassinate a President of the United States in front of the entire world? If you love your country, you won't pull the trigger.
      Jack: Three!
      (Following a clear and interminable inner struggle, Jack begins to stand down)
      Logan: You can't do it, Jack. No, Jack, it's alright. Jack. It's alright. It's alright. It's right that you can't; I'm the President.

    • Jack: Captain, I can fly this thing if I have to which leaves you with one of two choices - you either do what I say and you live or you don't and you die for nothing, do you understand me?

    • Logan: Jack, I'm the President of the United States, I'm not carrying any weapons.

    • Chloe: Listen, Jack, I don't mean to put any added pressure on you but if you don't have a confession by then, we'll all be arrested for treason.
      Jack: Yeah, I know.

    • Cheng Zhi: You surely must be aware, Mr. Bauer, that China has a long memory. Only eighteen months ago, you invaded our territory and killed our Consul. Did you really think that we would forget? Hmm?

    • Jack: I'll be right back, I promise.
      Audrey: Take as long as you need, I'm not going anywhere.

    • Logan: Why did you help them?
      Martha: Because you killed David Palmer!
      Logan: Marty, I told you, I didn't realize that was going to happen.
      Martha: Your people killed him to protect you! You covered it up, that's just as bad!
      Logan: I covered it up because I had to!
      Martha: More others died to cover that up!
      Logan: That's right, for the good of the country.
      Martha: You sold nerve gas to terrorists! You're insane! You're insane!!
      Logan: I did it for the good of the country as I saw it at the time!

    • Logan: Mr. Clark, arrest these men and get them the hell out of here.
      Agent Clark: I'm sorry, Mr. President. We have our orders.
      Logan: You take your orders from me!
      Agent Clark: Not anymore.

    • Jack: A year and a half ago, I was warned that my life was in danger by someone within the government. I was told the only way I could stay alive was to create the illusion that I was dead. I was forced to deceive people that I loved. My only daughter will never forgive me. As I see the depth of your corruption unfold, I have no doubt that you are that source of danger. David Palmer was a great man, and he was a great President, but he was also my friend. He tried to warn me about you, and now he is dead. Other people tried to help me, and they are dead too. So, Mr. Logan, I hope you understand, I have absolutely nothing to lose. You are going to be held accountable for you part in everything that happened today. You will not be able to hide behind the Presidency. Right here, right now, you are going to face justice! And make no mistake about this, this is personal, and if you think for a second I am scared to put a bullet in your brain, you don't know me!

    • Jack: Mr. Logan, I'm not going to torture you. But you are going to tell me what I want to know. Or so help me god, I will kill you.

    • Logan: What are you trying to do, Jack? Whatever it is, you know you won't get away with it. Are you going to kill me? I suppose you want some sort of revenge, I understand that. Bad things happen. I didn't want them to happen. People who work for me, they went too far, they did things I thought I wanted them to do, but they were wrong. You have to understand, I have always acted in the country's best interest. But you're just trying to get even. Do you realize what effect this will have on the American people? This day has been trying enough, and now the President is being attacked. If you want to do what's right, you were turn this thing around, and go back.
      (Jack keeps looking at Logan and doesn't say a word.)
      Logan: ...Damn it Bauer, SAY SOMETHING!

    • Jack: Kill me...just kill me.
      Cheng: Kill you? You're far too valuable to kill Mr. Bauer.

    • Jack: I know how this works. Please just let me make one phone call ... please.

    • Jack: If you think for one second that I would hesitate to put a bullet in your brain then you don't know me!

  • NOTES (8)

    • In 2006, musical composer Sean Callery won his second Emmy for his work on this episode.

    • The tune playing as David Palmer's coffin is taken from the hearse is called Eternal Father (also referred to as the Naval Hymn) and was composed by John B. Dykes in 1861 as accompaniment to the words of William Whiting from 1860.

    • In an interview, executive producer Howard Gordon revealed that Logan was originally going to "get away scott free" with everything he had done in Season 5.

    • The unit patch Jack is wearing on his flight suit belongs to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 45 (HSL-45) which is part of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Wing, Pacific. It is stationed at Naval Air Station, North Island in San Diego, CA. This squadron flies the SH-60B Seahawk, which is the naval variation of the Black Hawk helicopter, and can be seen transporting President Logan in this episode.

    • The scenes at the airfield were likely shot at the Point Mugu Air Station which is part of Naval Base Ventura County, located 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles. One of the aircraft seen, likely an F-18 Hornet, had the word "Bloodhounds" painted on the fuselage. This is the name of the Naval Weapons Test Squadron designated as VX-30 which conducts research, development and testing of naval combat systems. It's purpose is to "put missiles in enemy cockpits and strike weapons through their front doors."

    • This is the first time that a season has ended without a split screen showing the other characters. In the first season finale however, there was a split screen ending, but it was a flashback of Jack & Teri from the pilot episode.

    • Tzi Ma is uncredited in this episode.

    • On the back of the photo that Buchanan gives to Chloe, you can see the words "DAED SI KCAJ", which spelled backwards is "Jack is dead".
      Also, written at the top is "ENOHP NAF" which is "Fan Phone" spelled backwards. Along the right side of the paper is a series of numbers:
      310-597-3781 is the show's "fan phone" number.


    • The freighter that Jack Bauer is kidnapped onto is named the Shanghai. Despite the villains being Chinese and heading there with Jack Bauer, it works on another level in the act they did to Jack Bauer, which was they shanghaied him. To shanghai derives from a phrase in the late 19th century on the West Coast, where men who were alone were forcibly boarded onto boats to work, with the common destination of the boats being Shanghai, thus deriving the term.

    • When Logan opened the door of his limo to get onto the helicopter, the time was 06:06:06. 666 is of course the anti Christ's number (see Rev. 13:18).