Season 6 Episode 1

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

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

20 months have passed since the events of Day Five. For the past 11 weeks, the U.S. has been under siege by a series of terrorist bombings, with Muslim extremists as the prime suspects. L.A. joins the list of casualties when a bus is bombed in a suicide attack.

President Wayne Palmer is torn when he receives conflicting advice from his top advisors. Tom Lennox suggests that the government begin rounding up all Islamic-Americans for detention, but NSA Director Karen Hayes argues that it’s too drastic a step in finding the terrorists.

CTU Director Bill Buchanan and Curtis Manning meet with Chinese diplomats, who have agreed to release Jack Bauer from custody. Jack is ragged and dirty and hasn’t spoken for 20 months. Bill informs him that they’ve been contacted by a terrorist, Abu Fayed, who can lead them to the man behind the attacks, but he wants to take revenge on Jack for the murder of his brother in return. Jack meagerly accepts his fate, relieved that his death will have meaning.

An average family comes to the aid of an Islamic boy when his father is arrested by the FBI, but it soon becomes clear that the boy may be more involved with the terrorists than they realize.

Chloe and Morris O'Brian attempt to intervene on Jack's behalf, but their efforts may jeopardize the deal between CTU and Fayed.

Jack is turned over to Fayed. Fayed begins to torture Jack, but Jack finds the will to fight for his life when he learns that his death may be in vain.moreless

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  • Formula

    I liked this episode as I liked any of the 24 seasons. But I think I am getting used to the concept too much that I do not find anything exciting really.

    1. Chinese handing over Jack Bauer and president paying such a huge price for it only to give him away to terrorists. We do not know yet what the price was.

    By the way how did he became president. Last time I checked he was just more like a mere assistant to Palmer. Anyway I can not comment much on that as I don't know much about Politics

    2. To say the least, he is not as good as David. My first impression was that he tried to act a president but he could not even come any near to Palmer or even Logan to that matter.

    3. So now we know that Bill and Karen are married and Chloe, is she back with her ex-husband yet? We do not know that for sure yet but what they have done together - I am surprised Bill did not do anything except yelling. They might have just sabotaged the deal, though by the end of episode we know that the deal was a fake one.

    4. The last part to the least made some sense - that the terrorists were using Asad to get revenge on Jack and also to continue their mission. Otherwise it would be absurd to know if the terrorists aborted their entire mission just for sake of Bauer.

    5. By the way the torture scenes seemed too much - I do not know for sure because I skipped those parts. The last scene though made me little sick - Jack killing a guy by biting his neck. Can not blame him - that was his only chance

    Overall, if you have not seen previous episodes of 24, this seems like a great beginning. The terrorists continuing the attack - entire state in a panic condition.

    I half expected that this season - at least to an extent will be shot in Japan - may be he will plan for some kind of prison break. I was surprised to see Jack being bought back to action immediately. Well, otherwise it would not be 24 - it would be titled prison break.

    I do really hope they bring some fresh elements into the show this time. It feels that we have seen it all in last seasons.

    The first episode sets the pace for it.moreless
  • Lost (Boy) and Found (…uh, Boy)

    Yes, I just made a Kiefer Sutherland character reference and I feel quite ashamed.And so starts another season of mayhem. In fact, we join said mayhem already in progress. Terrorists are blowing things up in the US, and CTU must trade Jack Biter—I mean, BAUER—for the location of the big bad Bigbad. Jack is returned to Los Angeles by the first commercial break, thanks to the negotiations of President…Wayne Palmer.Meanwhile, Buchanan and Karen are married, Chloe's back together with Morris, Tom Lennox is one shifty Chief of Staff, Nadia Yassir is new at CTU, and Milo Pressman might as well be new. The suburbanite Wallace Family is also somehow important. The Bigbad is Hamri Al-Assad, whose underling Abu Fayed is offering Assad's location for the opportunity to kill Drac—I mean, JACK. The reason being that Jack killed his brother sometime ago. Also, Fayed's the real Bigbad (how'd I let that slip?!).Not the greatest opener ever, but pretty sweet. S4 and S5 had the threats unfold without any formal setup, but S6 takes it further. With the premise of already ongoing terrorist attacks, this hour has an "already ongoing" mood. A s***load happens here, and it all feels like a midseason episode rather than an intro. Not that that's bad. And with tension, twists, and violence aplenty, how isn't this a worthy premiere?Hourly Highlight:Doesn't look like Jack's getting long in the tooth. He's just as efficient at taking a bite out of crime. Seems that he'll easily sink his teeth into this season. Those terrorists better watch their necks. Or else Jack might just chomp the hell into them BWAAAAAH!!!!!moreless
  • More violent and darker than you could expect.

    This beginning of the new season of 24 is so solid and darker than you could expect.

    I can say that is one of the darkest episodes of whole series. And my reason supports in the violence in the plot.

    Your feelings are so darker and different from the other seasons. The plot is not very well explained and the writers could have invented a better history or a better reasons, due to i looked for a beginning as perfect as previous season starting.

    And this one is worse than the last, but in a very good level. Also the phenomenal quality from the season five made us expected a new season with a greatness which is not fully here, and the suspense is not as terrific as the last season.

    But another great things of this beginning is Kiefer Sutherland, like always, and the ending of the hour, so gory and shocking.moreless
  • Solid beginning of the sixth season

    The sixth season of "24" starts with a premise reminiscent of real world concerns about Islamic terrorism. A series of terrorist attacks has been invading the US for 11 weeks, and once again the only person who can stop this crisis is Jack Bauer. Only this time there's a difference, Jack is being returned from China after the unexpected cliffhanger of Season Five. Jack's appearance and evident psychological and physical damage is one of the highlights of the episode, as is Kiefer's performance, who proves again that he's the only actor born to be Jack.

    "24" has gained the reputation of incorporating delicate terrorism threats, like nuclear bombs, biological weapons and now constant bombings, and I praise the bravery that the show has in showing all of this in such a realistic way. However, there's always a weakness. In this case, it's the aspect that myself and the other fans of the series have criticized, the unnecessary and stupid bickering between CTU employees, which is also more unlikely to happen during a major terrorist crisis. This is the only weak aspect in this strong episode.

    Jack's torture scene is a little unnecessary, given that he has received this kind of treatment for the last twenty months. Fortunately, it's well done, although with a reasonable amount of graphic violence. More disturbing for several viewers will be Jack killing a terrorist like a vampire. (For God's sake). Like always but not at the same level as the fifth season opening, "24" gives us a great start to another promising season.moreless
  • This season 6 premiere is very good, here you don´t have a poor family drama or an slow presentation, you already enters inside the problem. The news and the emotions played here was great. The situation itself it is interesting and complex this time.moreless

    Presentation Phase - » (10/10). At least, the presentation phase is interesting and perfect, a terrorist attack, new president, new villain, CTU with new characters and a traumatized Jack, they couldn´t do better.

    Complication Phase - » (20/20). A terrorist that supposed has great informatics with him and a vital information and more stranger, that can manage to deceive everyone and to do his demands. I only rate this high because Jack situation is really Sad, I think being dead is what really could bring he peace. With a villain with so many powers over the presidency administration, the situation seems impossible to be solved and Jack fate´s seems certain.

    Climax Phase - » Wasn’t the time for that yet.

    Suspense/Tension - » (7/10). Maybe you were guessing how Jack could escape from Fayed, but the tension was traded more for sadness.

    Drama - » (10/10). Poor Chloe and Jack, Jack situation is great, they only they rescued him because they need him, to sacrifice him for hope.

    Action - » (8/10). You don´t have action here, but you have one explosion and some torture, is good enough for me for now.

    Ending - » (9/10). What Jack did was new, very cool, at least, this ending is unique in 24.

    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (9/10). Little surprises, Karen and Bill Status, Chloe and her boyfriend, new president and a traumatized Jack.

    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10). For a season premiere, was hard to identify one or two scenes that was there to buy time.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (8/10). I don´t Buy it. A terrorist that supposed has great informatics and technology with him and a vital information and more stranger, that can manage to deceive everyone and to do his demands, for now I will accept it.

    What I liked -» Jack actual condition, remember me his beginning in the second season. All Jack scenes was great.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» Hard to say

    I rate it 9, this episode managed to be better the season 2 premiere, here you don´t have a poor family drama or slow presentation, you already enters inside the problem. The news and the emotions played here was great. The situation itself it is interesting and the situation is very complicated this time, for a season premiere, it is deserves a 9.moreless
Michael Angarano

Michael Angarano

Scott Wallace

Guest Star

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Ahmed Amar

Guest Star

Raphael Sbarge

Raphael Sbarge

Ray Wallace

Guest Star

Roger R. Cross

Roger R. Cross

Curtis Manning

Recurring Role

Tzi Ma

Tzi Ma

Cheng Zhi

Recurring Role

Adoni Maropis

Adoni Maropis

Abu Fayed

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • KRLH, the TV station the Wallaces are watching, are actually call letters for a religious radio station in southern California. It is the same channel the Araz family was watching after the train derailment on Day 4.

    • Stephen Merchant, long time writing partner of Ricky Gervais and co-star of the British comedy Extras, makes a guest appearance as an office worker at CTU early in the episode.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Lennox: Our country is under siege! Now, you're the National Security Advisor, Karen. Frankly, I'm surprised by your resistance!
      Karen: These places that you keep building...they're nothing more than concentration camps!
      Lennox: 'Detention facilities.' And the criteria for determining who shall be detained are very reasonable.
      Karen: Reasonable?! This revised plan of yours justifies locking up every American who prays toward Mecca!
      Lennox: (scoffs) That's a ridiculous exaggeration, and you know it.

    • Fayed: Because of your deception, I will now have to think about giving you Assad.
      Nadia: But what about our deal? Fayed (in Arabic) where's your honor?

    • Morris: You're really settling well into the whole middle management thing, aren't you?
      Milo: What's your problem with me?
      Morris: I liked you just fine as an analyst- actually, you were very good. As a boss- bit of a bore.

    • Buchanan: Chloe, look at me.
      Chloe: I'd rather not, sir.

    • Fayed: That's right, Jack. CTU is about to kill the wrong man. Assad isn't behind these attacks. He's come here to stop them. He's come here to stop me.

    • Karen: If we don't take out Assad...
      Buchanan: I don't need a lecture, Karen, I know what the stakes are.
      Karen: I don't think you do. If these attacks don't stop, there are people in this administration who are willing to tear up the Constitution in the name of National Security.

    • Lennox: For what it's worth, your brother would be doing just the same thing.
      Wayne: But it doesn't make it right.

    • Jack: (quietly) Audrey...
      Buchanan: Audrey doesn't know that you're back.
      Jack: My daughter.
      Buchanan: Kim doesn't know either.
      Jack: You keep it that way.

    • (Curtis and Bill waiting for Jack's plane to stop)
      Curtis: The president must have given up a lot to make this happen.
      Buchanan: I wish he were coming back under better circumstances. We don't know what his state of mind will be. If he doesn't cooperate, we must be prepared.

    • Morris: You're a hottie.
      Chloe: No, I'm not.
      Morris: Yes, you are, now deal with it.

    • Milo: I've told you 20 times, you don't send out a report without a certified header on it.
      Morris: Well, this makes 21, you should update your count.
      Milo: Do you, and I'm just curious, ever open your mouth without sarcasm spilling out of it?
      Morris: (sarcastically) Sorry, are we done here?
      Milo: Look, I'm just trying to tell you, be careful, otherwise you will find yourself back selling ladies shoes in Beverley Hills.

    • Lennox: (yelling at Karen) Security has its price!
      Wayne: So does freedom, Tom.

    • Buchanan: Chloe, look at me.
      Chloe: I'd rather not, sir.

    • TV Reporter: America has been victimised again. Last night's terrorist attack in San Antonio is now the latest in a series of bombings that began 11 weeks ago in 10 different cities. Over 900 people have been killed thus far, and while no-one is claiming responsibility for this wave of death, evidence points to Islamic Militants.

    • Wayne: Jack, I've been trying to think of what I could possibly say to you, after all that you've sacrificed for this country; what you've done for me in the past, and of course, what you've done for my brother, David. This is a desperate measure, Jack, believe me, I know, but it is also a measure of our desperation. People are afraid to come outside, they are afraid to leave their homes, Jack, I mean, they are starting to turn against each other.
      Jack: Bill Buchanan explained the situation, sir. I know what's happening; I understand what's expected of me.

    • Buchanan: (To Chloe) Don't think you're the only one mourning Jack; you're not.

    • Buchanan: I don't know what to say Jack.
      Jack: Do you understand the difference between dying for something and dying for nothing? The only reason I fought so hard to stay alive in China was because I didn't want to die for nothing. This day I can die for something. My way, my choice. To be honest with you, it will be a relief.

  • NOTES (8)

    • This episode marks the first time that the Oval Office has been depicted on-camera on 24.

    • This episode marks the third time that CTU has traded Jack Bauer for a terrorist. Each time it turned out to be part of the terrorist plot the whole time.

    • The DVD box set for Season 5 contains a 10-minute bonus prequel that gives us a look at Jack's life while he was held in China. It takes place seven months after Day 5. It shows him being brutally tortured for information by Cheng. When Jack stays silent, Cheng uses an elaborate escape set-up to trick Jack into outing a Chinese spy. The prequel was again sponsored by Toyota and is exclusive to the Region One DVDs.

    • In the stand-alone DVD, containing the first 4 episodes of Season 6, Kiefer Sutherland does not appear in the main cast credits at the beginning of the episode; however, in the episode's original TV airing, his name is there.

    • Eric Balfour smashed the record of longest break between appearances. He last appeared on episode 16 of Season 1, making it a 105 episode gap. The previous record was 46 episodes, held by Mia Kirshner.

    • This episode, along with the next 3, was released on a standalone DVD the week it was broadcast. However, advance copies were leaked onto the internet a week before it was aired.

    • Carlo Rota (Morris), DB Woodside (President Wayne Palmer), Eric Balfour (Milo Pressman), Jayne Atkinson (Karen Hayes), Marisol Nichols (Nadia) and Peter MacNicol (Tom Lennox), are added to the main cast, while Gregory Itzin (President Charles Logan), Jean Smart (Martha Logan), Kim Raver (Audrey Raines) and Roger Cross (Curtis Manning), are taken out of the main cast.

    • Fox again aired the first four hours of the season as a two-night, four-hour premiere.


    • Jack Bauer biting his enemy in the neck may be an allusion to Kiefer Sutherland's role as David in the 1987 movie, The Lost Boys, where he played a vampire.