Season 6 Episode 22

Day 6: 3:00 A.M. - 4:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 14, 2007 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack runs a desperate tactic to free the CTU hostages from their captors. He manages to intercept Cheng, who plans to deliver Josh to his grandfather in exchange for the circuit board. Jack is forced to allow Cheng to escape in order to save Josh's life.

Lennox continues to monitor Lisa as she plants evidence for Mark to deliver to the Russians. The situation takes a nasty turn when all does not go according to plan. Meanwhile, Daniels tries to run a bluff on the Russian president, but finds he's playing a bad hand.

Nadia finds herself facing a hostile investigation over the security breach, while a decision from Daniels pits Doyle against Jack.moreless

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  • Sins of the Farmer

    Yes, I just made a James Cromwell character reference and I feel quite ashamed.Instead of a satisfying and prolonged battle, Cheng's remaining commandos are dispatched in about a minute, and Jack's free to go save Josh from Cheng's clutches. Which also happens pretty quickly and renders the previous episode rather useless (thank you again, spontaneity). Back where they started, Cheng and Phillip get into an argument—which the writers will naturally ignore later—and the latter calls the White House to carry out his own Josh-napping plan.Right on time, too; the sting operation turns out to have been a TOTAL waste of time and paper. As a last-ditch effort to fuse the CTU and White House storylines together for season's end, Phillip offers to hand over the component in return for Josh. Since the Russians aren't backing down, why not seize this opportunity to catalyze the events of the hopefully exciting finale hours?At least more exciting than the current one. What we get here are an okay shootout, an okay chase scene, some student film-esque fight choreography, and lotsa narrative meandering. I can stand the "evil dad" angle, and I'll tolerate the "must save important teenager" scenario, but next time there's potential wackiness like this lying around, they should try boosting the pace like crazy. I might not always be so forgiving.Hourly Highlight:He slides, he shoots, he scores!moreless
  • Great dilemma in the end

    So.. most of the episode we do cleaning ups for previous ones and to be honest, there are just so many "just talk" parts what can be fast fowarded without loosing much.

    I most say I like the whole story development with Josh - his grandfather did not manage to work it out with chinese so now he tries it with USA government. And it looks like they are going this way as it is their only way out of this mess.

    Other than that - the same thing as always - things are too predictable, they never work out - the whole undercover thing with that woman - ended quite the same way expected and of course russians did not bought those lies.moreless
  • The siege is broken, and Jack recovers Josh....VP Daniels has no choice but to agree to the terms of Philip Bauer

    This episode i felt had something missing, although it did proved the necessary action and unpredictability, not to speak of the unexpected turns of event...The siege on CTU is broken, thanks to Jack...i must say that the way in which it was done seemed to me a little simplest...Jack manage to easily to neutralize the Chinese commando...Jack goes after Josh and Cheng and manages to recover the first...The operation to make the Russians believe that the component has been recovered fails, so the VP has no choice bu to surrender Jash to Phillip in exchange for the component...The Russian president gives them 2 hours to recover the component so Phillip Bauer is their only chance.moreless
  • Hey guys, look! Phillip's back! ...yeah, I don't really care either.

    Hm. What to say here?

    Well, this one was better than last week's abysmal excuse for an "episode" - although one has to admit that there was a lot of room for improvement after last week.

    The main plot had such potential to be interesting. Keep the focus on Cheng and Jack, and Jack's desire to both fix his previous "mistake" (although it wasn't REALLY a mistake) and to exact revenge on the man who hounded him and tortured him for years, and you've got some halfway decent character drama there. You might even be able to justify the invasion into CTU if you say the mercenaries were going after Morris - because you draw some interesting parallels to earlier in the season with that.

    But is that what happens here? No. Cheng is suddenly bumped back to bit player here in favor of the perennially boring Phillip Bauer. This season has done nothing to make me care about Phillip, Graem, Josh, or Marilyn Bauer, and I've gotten the feeling that a lot of other people agree with that sentiment. If that's the case, why bring back the Bauer Family Drama on full-burn for the last three episodes of an already floundering season? What happens here with Cheng and Phillip is kind of the same thing the writers did with Fayed and Gredenko earlier in the year. Fayed is set up as a big, semi-personal villain for Jack to take down, but as soon as Gredenko shows up Fayed is suddenly pushed to the sidelines. Even though he's still an important player, all of the attention is on Gredenko. That's what's happening here, methinks.

    That said, this episode wasn't all bad. As previously stated, definitely not as bad as last episode.

    I've been saying for a few episodes now that I'm not really into all of the inter-personal drama within the CTU staff this year, and this episode is no different. As I suspected, Milo's death is pretty much used only to make Nadia feel as bad as she possibly can, but given the way Milo's death was pretty much void of any kind of real meaning, her grief doesn't work as well as the writers hope it does.

    The presidential stuff this week is kind of interesting, if only because it gives Tom Lennox some more story to chew on. I've got to say of all of the insane missteps this year has taken, the writers have really done a good job of taking Tom Lennox - a character who was originally nothing more than a charicature of an extreme neo-con - and making him interesting and dare I say likeable. However the writers decide to overhaul the show next year (thank goodness), I hope that Lennox stays on board (that is, if they keep the presidential stuff around). That said, all of the rest is kind of ho-hum. I've warmed to Daniels as President now that he's not a blatant villain anymore, but I'm not finding all of this stuff with Lisa Miller all that interesting this week. Previous weeks yes, but this time not so much.

    And seriously now - WHY isn't someone placing any blame on China? For real? This is bothering me beyond belief, and it takes any kind of credibility or believability out of the Daniels/Suvarov scenes. Next up: Season finale. Whoo-hoo?moreless
  • I hope season 7 brings something fresh

    I really hope they change alot of things next season like they have been saying. If not next will season will almost definitely have

    a. a spy inside government/ctu

    b. someone from division who will take control of ctu of review the sitution (and that person will be an ass)

    and many other things that happen every season on 24.

    This episode really had no tension what so ever, it just feels bland and emotionless (Mylo was killed infront of everyone and then everyone went back to business)

    Marilyn and Josh are also terrible characters and bad actors aswell. I would like to see the combo of Jack and Mike together next season they seem to play well off each other and are pretty with a gun. Hopefully the finale will be a good episode, considering for the last few episodes the show has dragged and has been very dull and repetitive.moreless
Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Mark Bishop

Guest Star

Ian Anthony Dale

Ian Anthony Dale


Guest Star

Spencer Garrett

Spencer Garrett

Ben Kram

Guest Star

Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe

Noah Daniels

Recurring Role

James Cromwell

James Cromwell

Phillip Bauer

Recurring Role

Evan Ellingson

Evan Ellingson

Josh Bauer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nadia says CTU only sustained one casualty (Milo), but in the previous episode we see many security guards being shot and killed by Cheng's men.

    • During the Washington, DC scenes, it is still dark as late as 6:45 AM (Eastern Time). Based on the show's time line, Day 6 takes place sometime in the beginning of May (of an unknown year). In Washington, the sun rises at approximately 6 AM during that time of the year.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Lennox: Mr. Bishop, I'm Tom Lennox and I believe you've already familiarized yourself with the White House staff...

    • Daniels: It was all for nothing.
      Karen: Excuse me sir?
      Daniels: This ruse, it bought us nothing. We're about to go to war over a piece of circuitry.

    • Lennox: (after covertly observing a lengthy lovemaking session between Lisa and the Russian mole)
      And finally, we're done!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Eric Balfour (Milo) is taken out of the main cast, although he does appear in this episode. However he is not credited in any way. He is the first person to be taken out and then still appear in an episode in the same season. Any other character that has died and then appeared as a dead body in the following episode has still been credited, and if it was a main character, has still appeared in the main cast.

    • When Lennox is taking the phone call from Philip Bauer he then enters the Oval Office and is holding his phone closed. In the next shot he is holding it open.