Season 7 Episode 6

Day 7: 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 26, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

President Taylor is faced with an angry cabinet, after an unpopular decision results in the loss of many American lives in a terrorist attack.

Jack and Tony convince Prime Minister Matobo to go along with their plan, when their undercover mission is revealed in a showdown with Emerson.

Meanwhile, Henry is stuck in an unthinkable situation, paralyzed and unable to help Samantha Roth, when she returns home to find Agent Gedge in her apartment.moreless

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  • The…crash course?

    Hey, it's 1pm! Wasn't that the deadline for Taylor to start withdrawing from Sangala? Well, she ain't budging, so it's time for S7's first mass civilian casualties, a compulsory part of any season. This time, however, it's rather subdued: Dubaku collides two planes, but the crash is seen from a long distance. And it's nothing like that stupid firework in S4, because the scene deliberately focuses less on explosive spectacle and more on Taylor and Ethan Kanin as they witness it from the Oval Office.

    The effect is compounded when Taylor addresses her Cabinet. This takes up an entire commercial-to-commercial act, a rare occurrence reserved only for the heaviest of scenes: Paul's death, Jack and Logan's one-on-one, Richard's coming-out, GAAHH THE WEIGHT! And true, Taylor tearing up afterward is a bit melodramatic. But we knew Cherry Jones would have to show off her acting chops at some point. What better time than in the middle of what was already the most tense and dramatic episode of S7's CIP arc?

    Yeah, it's not smooth sailing for Jack either. Emerson intuits that he and Tony are up to something, so Tony is forced to kill Emerson. Okay, I should say it's not smooth sailing for Tony, who broods and shows signs that the old, noble Tony may not be all there. But Jack doesn't get off lightly…he has an awkward reunion with Renee after having shot her in the neck and buried her alive…pretty funny. And he also learns of the plane collision and…doesn't bat an eye. Whatever.

    You know who's REALLY on the ass end of things? Henry spends most of the hour completely paralyzed and only able to watch as his formerly trusted bodyguard prepares to kill him and Samantha. Let's just say this scheme is only partially successful, but hot damn, are those scenes nail-biting pleasure!

    What else is there to say? I know: the Matobos come into their own as noteworthy characters, we get a fantastically contrived explanation for how Tony survived S5, and the stage is set for a thrilling end to the CIP arc. It's episodes like this that made me a drooling fan of "24" in the first place. And women like Annie Wersching that make me drool period.

    No, that wasn't…

    Hourly Highlight:

    Henry rendering Gedge's scheme only partially successful.moreless
  • So many things went wrong with this episode.

    First of all, why on earth did that guy try to hang the First Husband?

    He could have saved himself a lot of time by just slitting the guy's wrists. Instead he had to carry 150 pounds of dead-weight up to the top of the loft... set up the hanging rope, and try to toss the 150 pound over the railing while making sure the rope stays in place. The answer is simple. Slit the guys wrists. His fingerprints are already on the knife. It would have saved time and energy. I don't get it.

    24 is ludicrous.moreless
  • Tony plants one on Emerson...

    The mixing of the other main storylines was very well done this episode. Chloe and Bill come onto the scene as they not only save the buried Agent Walker but are key to the plan to hand over the Matobos to Dubaku's men with a tracking device. Dubaku followed through with his 1pm deadline threat by crashing two planes over D.C. and then orders an even larger attack when the President refuses to back down. Meanwhile, the President's colleagues are hoping Henry can convince her to just back out, so they attempt to track him down which plays right into Henry's storyline, as his drug-induced paralysis wears off enough for him to fight off his evil Secret Service agent. The Secret Service Agent's plan to frame Henry for Killing Sam blow up in his face as Henry ends up killing him. Emerson ends up dead after receiving a bullet from Tony for thinking that they wanted the diamonds for them-selves.moreless
  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm: the clock is ticking...

    The 150th episode of 24 doesn't disappoint. Bill and Chloe on a race against time to save Renee Walker from suffocation, Henry Taylor storyline and Jack's scenes are well written. Tony has to shoot his long-time friend, Emmerson and Jack must convince President Matobo and his wife to go along with the deal after nearly killing them. This episode was a very speical one for me as I have been with 24 from the start and so far Day 7 is one of the best seasons yet (with Season 1 and 5). And for once, the Henry Taylor Investigations aren't boring...moreless
  • Following the last events, this episode continues to deliver great quality.

    Presentation Phase - » (8/10). Renee being reanimated, Jack wanting explanations about Tony resurrection, very good.

    Complication Phase - » (8/10). President Taylor are in a impossible situation, and Jack situation is not easy too. Climax Phase - » (8/10). The exchange was played in nice mode.

    Suspense/Tension - » (8/10). Some shootings created little tension but President Taylor is what had more impact here.

    Drama - » (10/10). Tony has to kill is best friend, President Taylor has to face the consequences of her decisions, Matobo wife´s wants redemption.

    Action - » (7/10). We have gun fights, but nothing great or very good here.

    Ending - » (7/10). Normal ending.

    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10)*2. With some Jack scenes, the writers bought time they needed but all the interaction was very well explored, Henry situation is now over and President Taylor scenes was very well managed.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (9/10). Didn´t notice any flaws in this episode, but it’s strange for me why Emerson didn´t attack Jack before and buried Jack body with Renee, but ok, it is for the sake of the plot. Henry sudden mobility reaction was convenient, but nothing bad here, he can´t die yet.

    What I liked -» Tony shooting is best friend, the exchange, Henry Taylor scenes and President Taylor impossible decision.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» Hard to say.

    Following the last events, this episode continues to deliver great quality.moreless
Tonya Pinkins

Tonya Pinkins

Alama Matobo

Guest Star

Steve Cell

Steve Cell


Guest Star

David Robert Lewis

David Robert Lewis

Henchman #1

Guest Star

Isaach De Bankole

Isaach De Bankole

Ule Matobo

Recurring Role

Mark Derwin

Mark Derwin

Joe Stevens

Recurring Role

Frank John Hughes

Frank John Hughes

Tim Woods

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Dubaku redirects two airliners on a collision course, the pilots would have been warned by their onboard TCAS systems (Traffic alert & Collision Avoidance System). Onboard TCAS systems communicate directly with other planes in the area in the event that air traffic controllers accidentally (or in this case, deliberately) put two or more planes at the same altitude with intersecting headings. The system would warn both flight crews and give instructions on how to avoid an impact.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (2)