Season 5 Episode 13

Day 5: 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 13, 2006 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack and McGill must take action when they discover that the nerve gas is breaking through the protective seals that are keeping the CTU survivors alive.
Chloe wrestles with her grief over Edgar's death, while Tony contemplates revenge against Henderson.
Martha bolsters Logan's spirit as he wavers under more political pressure from Gardner.moreless

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  • What an amazing episode

    We get a "death" that fooled us all for years. I dont see The Walking (Crawling) Dead do this kind of chracter kill ever. Back in the time we never saw it coming either. Its basically one of the best ever episodes, on any show.
  • The End of An Era..... SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

    One major flaw is the death of Carlos Bernards character Tony Almeida. The death is very unjustified and not to mention only used for pure shock value. If one is to think about it the major character deaths of the past 13 hours can be summarized as so: David Palmer\\\'s death was to jolt the storyline for the season, Michelle Dessler\\\'s death was to pull the main character Jack Bauer into the days events, Edgar Stiles death was merely a casualty of war, while Tony\\\'s death was used for shock value to add to the high pile of past character deaths for the season. The whole premise of the previous 40 minutes prior to this itself is a interesting but the final project has its fair share of clichés and flaws. 4/10moreless
  • Hard Eight

    Fine, I admit it…my eyes kinda welled up with salty discharge.I can't think of an episode more polarizing than the one currently under discussion. Most reviewers either love it or HATE it. You can count me among the former. The previous hour was ace, but this one just blew my mind and swept away the cerebral remains.This is disputably the darkest episode that "24" has ever churned out; there's a reticent sense of foreboding that I just can't shake. We have here a standalone plot: most of the main protagonists are confined within CTU and must vent the gas before it burns through the seals and kills them all. A very nice twist on the regular progression of an episode, even nicer than the one in S2, because whereas the bombing still allowed the (uninjured) characters to move around and get help freely, the nerve gas forces everyone into a sealed-off area. Jack himself is one of those trapped people, so there's no cutting to him in an outdoor firefight whenever things get boring (which they never do, fortunately).There's also Medical, where Tony seeks revenge on Henderson. The conclusion of this little story caught me off guard, and I loved it. Which brings me to something else. S5 is praised by some for boldly killing off major characters, while despised by others for stupidly killing off major characters—that seems to be the number one gripe. But after S4 played it so ******* safe and predictable, I was aching for a bloodbath. And I assure you that my evaluations are not the result of season-to-season comparison. I watch an episode and then try to judge it on its own merits or in perspective to the season; I usually factor in the episodes immediately preceding/following it, and maybe a few others in the same season, but that's all. This fifth longest day of Jack Bauer's life just happens to have a LOT of merits for me, "7pm - 8pm" in particular.Two 10-scorers in a row, and Kim Bauer is in both of them. Something is very wrong here, but damned if I care.Hourly Highlight:The death of Tony Almeida. Cannot believe how many people at the time disregarded the sad music and (!!!) Jack's tears, thinking that Tony had just FALLEN ASLEEP. Denial is an ugly thing…Wait, what's that? He really did fall asleep and he's gonna come back in S7? …mmm, I'll leave that 10 there anyway.moreless
  • Ok, I will rate it a 7,5, just because of the surprises, since this episode is not a normal episode (50% relevant material mixed with 50% filler) of 24, it is just different because you have more characters deaths!!!moreless

    What I liked -» Hard to say.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» Another unnecessary death of one of the Best character in 24. I am starting to think that the writers run out of ideas and are making deaths to create superb episodes. Too much filler scenes.

    Action - » Wasn´t a episode for that. Drama - » (10/10). The sacrifices played a great drama, unfortunately another unnecessary death of one of the Best characters.

    Suspense/Tension - » (6/10). Wasn´t a episode for tension, was more about sacrifices and making a surprise.

    Surprises/Shocks - » (10/10). Unfortunately, another death serves as a surprise.

    Time and Scene Management - » (5/10). Things were simple, after CTU suffered the Attacked, they had another dangerous situation that not only serves as a filler, it doesn´t make any sense in terms of physics and chemistry, but ok. To resume this episode, was only necessary to create 7 minutes, they use 33 than the necessary and put a surprise in the end.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (6/10). It is ok that they use Physics and Chemistry to make a filler to gain time.

    Beginning - » (7/10). Following the consequences.

    Complication Phase - » (7/10). A complicated situation that was a filler just to gain time until the finals scenes, the situation was fatal, but only made more victims.

    Climax - » (8/10). When the sacrifice occurred.

    Ending - » (10/10). A surprise that i didn´t liked, but caught many people by surprise, like me

    Ok, I will rate it a 7,5, just because of the surprises, since this episode is not a normal episode (50% relevant material mixed with 50% filler) of 24, it is just different because you have more characters deaths!!!moreless
  • The aftermath of gas in CTU

    So.. some of them are safe, for some time but soon the realize they are still in danger - the seals may not hold and they have to take down a program in a computer and who does it.. that dies.. Jack tries one way but is not able to make it and so McGill has to be the one - ok, little self redemption as he was the one thanks to who the terrorist got there.

    Kim is acting hard and just.. weird but I think this is normal for her.. and she is gone, so good for that..

    But it does not go so well for Tony who is in dilemma of paying back for Michelle but he doubts and then.. he is the one who dies.. (but we all know now that he did not as he will be back in season seven.. so it would be exciting to know how that happened)..

    Anyway.. loosing many important people in so few episodes in row...moreless
Henry Ian Cusick

Henry Ian Cusick

Theo Stoller

Guest Star

C. Thomas Howell

C. Thomas Howell

Barry Landes

Guest Star

Stana Katic

Stana Katic

Collette Stenger

Guest Star

Jude Ciccolella

Jude Ciccolella

Mike Novick

Recurring Role

Elisha Cuthbert

Elisha Cuthbert

Kimberly Bauer

Recurring Role

Sean Astin

Sean Astin

Lynn McGill

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Louis Lombardi (Edgar) appears in this episode but (for obvious reasons) does not have any lines.

    • Although the exact nature of the centox is never specified, it is implied that it is a V-series agent. One of the reasons such weapons are favored is their persistence. VX would contaminate every surface and even permeate Jack's clothes during his run through the contaminated areas, poisoning him and anyone he came in contact with.

    • Tony's "death" and the way that Jack is holding him is almost identical to the way that Teri Bauer died in episode 1-24.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Barry: (to Jack) Look, you're not helping her, you're just making things worse.
      Jack: I'm sure you're qualified to help someone through this kind of distress for an extended period of time but you see we do not have an extended period of time.
      So if you don't mind stepping aside so I can do my job I would appreciate it.

    • Chloe: (about Edgar) He was such a good guy. I just treated him like crap all day.

    • Barry: What's it mean that he finished so quickly?
      Audrey: I don't know.
      Barry: Well, it could be a good thing, right?
      Chloe: It could be a good thing, or it could be a bad thing. That's what "I don't know" means.

    • Barry: Listen, we're in a crisis situation here, okay? Tempers are bound to flare, let's just everybody breathe.
      Chloe: What's with you and the breathing? Is that your solution to everything?

    • McGill: I was embarrassed. I didn't want anyone to know I got beat up.
      Harry Swinton: So, we're all going to die because you were embarrassed?

    • Tony: You've had your chance with him. He's mine now.
      Jack: Tony, killing Henderson won't bring Michelle back.
      Tony: Yeah, but I'll feel a lot better
      Jack: Trust me, you won't.
      Tony: You're probably right ... I'll let you know.

    • Kim: So how have you been doing?
      Chloe: This morning I woke up with a guy in my bed. Now, I doubt I'm ever going to see him again... and one of my best friends just died in front of me. So I guess I'm not doing that great.

    • Jack: Don't be in such a hurry to cut me off.
      Kim: You cut me off. Listen to me, I'm not angry, I love you. There's nothing left to say except I don't want to be around you. Everytime I am, something horrible happens, people die. I know that's not your fault, but I can't be a part of it.
      Jack: I don't want you to be a part of that, all I want is for one day you and I able to spend time together. Kim, I had to give you up once, I'm not going to let that happen again.
      Kim: Dad. I can't.

    • Tony: (To Henderson) You remember me? My name's Tony Almedia. You killed my wife Michelle Dessler this morning. She was my life, and you took her, and now I'm going to take yours.

    • Tony: She's gone, Jack.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Although it did not seem like it, Lynn and Jack held their breaths for equal periods of time with Jack at 1:45 and Lynn at 1:47. However, Jack did not use any materials to make a mask.