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Season 7 Episode 16

Day 7: 11:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 2009 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Tony leads a group of FBI agents into Starkwood with the help of Hodges's aide, but finds that his intel might not be as accurate as he thought. Olivia moves her way deeper into her mother's inner circle, when she is appointed as acting Chief of Staff, and chooses Aaron Pierce to be her personal bodyguard. Jack learns harsh news about his future after being examined by CDC.moreless

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  • Stark insider

    Jack's come down with a bad case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob, which will force him to stay at the Office for the next few hours. And that refreshing little break from the norm is all right with me.Meanwhile, both Tony and the biological prion weapon are brought to Starkwood, where the latter is taken away to be harvested for a yet-unrevealed delivery system, and where the former is beaten. But Hodges' right-hand man Greg Seaton seemingly decides to betray him and help the FBI locate the prion. I say "seemingly" because if the Starkwood arc really concluded like that, it'd be a pretty lame end.But Tony and Moss fall for it, while Renee learns of Jack's impending "death" and gets all weepy, and Taylor appoints Olivia her replacement Chief of Staff and grants Seaton immunity. That's really all this episode has. Its main backbone is Tony and Seaton sneaking around Starkwood and directing the FBI to the warehouse where the canisters "are." I jest in hindsight; the first time I watched it, at least, it felt pretty compelling and unpredictable. But unlike many other episodes, this one loses a certain I-don't-know-what on rewatch.Hourly Highlight:Tony's creepy and weird-as-hell face pat from Hodges.moreless
  • Another episode where details was very well explored and 3 twists are made, which make this episode superb. The writer’s decision to make Jack sick is great for caring fans and for Jack character, since this will be a big complication for him.moreless

    Complication Phase - » (9/10)*2. Jack illness is the first complication, but the biological weapon is the main complication and getting inside Starkwood seems problematic. Tony is being captive, but he get his help and like the last episode, seems that this episode can end all, but…things get worse.

    Ending - » (9/10)*2. The ending is filled with tension, what they will do? The twist helped too.

    Time and Scene Management - » (10/10). Details were very well explored in this episode, so was very hard to notice unnecessary scenes.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (10/10). Nothing that I could point.

    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (9/10). Almost perfect. Tony and Jack had their share of twist, but Tony part was excellent.

    Suspense/Tension - » (7/10). This episode doesn´t deliver the tension that you can expect form 24, only in the ending,

    Drama - » (9/10). Jack drama is something great, Renee plays the emotional part.

    What I liked -» Jack scenes and little twist. Tony part had a excellent twist.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» Hard to say, but I don´t care for Olivia scenes.

    Another episode where details was very well explored and 3 twists are made, which make this episode superb. The writer’s decision to make Jack sick is great for caring fans and for Jack character, since this will be a big complication for him.moreless
  • Fantastic Build-up.

    This episode of 24 truly built up the plot that will develop over the next 8 episodes. The ending will make you wish that you could watch the next episode because it's that tense! There is a certain twist that, while some may have foreseen it (Including me) still took the episode somewhere I wasn't expecting. Not only that, but there was no certainty that even the hero will prevail, as Jack was announced to have been infected. (However, it seems unlikely that he will die as producers have already stated that he will never die, and that the movie will take place after season 8). The White House story was interesting, if not the most logical, as I am not sure who could be so blind about the way that their daughter would react, let alone the president of the United States, however in this episode the initial suggestions of just how evil and controlling the presidents daughter was became obvious, and far more chilling!

    I'm really looking forward to the next episode.

    If you have any complaints, or disagree with my views on anything, please hit me up!moreless
  • While it is certainly refreshing to see Kiefer Sutherland taking a back seat, one has to question the writing staff's decision to have Jack genuinely be infected by the pathogen.

    While it is certainly refreshing to see Kiefer Sutherland taking a back seat and allowing one of the innumerable other characters in the show to take centre stage and prove their mettle (and also to see him removing his clothes for the first time in a couple of seasons, much to the delight of many fans across the globe, no doubt, but not this particular one... euww!!), one has to question the writing staff's decision to have Jack genuinely be infected by the pathogen. The reality of this situation is that every person watching 24 is well aware that Sutherland is signed on for at least another season of the show. If you're a bit of an aficionado, you'll know that Cherry Jones and Annie Wersching at least are also on board for year eight (that'll be President Taylor and Renee Walker for those not in the know... so you can rule out their deaths any time soon) and so it is a 99.9% certainty that next year will not be some form of 'prequel' season, set years ago. Therefore, with Bauer guaranteed to be present and correct in the subsequent season, he will not die in this one. Any shred of suspense that may have been generated by this storyline is completely obliterated. The viewer becomes detached from the supposed horror of the situation because it is inevitable that it will not come to pass. Oh sure, it is likely that Coto and Braga will argue that it's not all about the question of Jack's survival, but rather about giving him a handicap that will complicate matters in the next few hours, or perhaps about giving Sutherland some serious acting challenges and harrowing emotional scenes (which he will rise to, as always), but that doesn't escape the fact that the audience will not be as invested in these because, ultimately, they'll turn out to be an overblown red herring. Surely it would've been more sensible to have infected any other character?! Ah well, the decision's been made now and I suppose we'll simply have to relish all the fine beats that Kiefer's going to unleash at us in the next few hours and take comfort in Carlos Bernard's step up to centre stage, where he proceeds to be just about as bad ass as his fellow ex-CTU agent. It's a shame, then, that Seaton's duplicity is completely obvious from the moment that Jonas tells him to 'get creative' with Almeida and so it takes the wind out from under the sails of the Starkwood storyline somewhat. Still, with Jack's life falling apart on one hand and the FBI investigation amping up on the other, there's a great deal at stake and, therefore, a lot to sink our teeth into. Let's hope the promise that we see here is fulfilled better in the episodes to come.moreless
  • A nail biter. Jack gets infected with the bio-agent.

    These episodes just keep getting better and better. Jack, Tony, and Renee all get back in good graces with Larry and the FBI once it is uncovered that Starkwood was responsible for all of the days attacks, killing Senator Mayer and bringing in WMDs that use bio-agents. Jack learns from the CDC that he has been infected with the bio-agent.

    Olivia Taylor becomes interim Chief of Staff after Ethan Kanin resigns. Olivia is hiding something and may even be involved in what is going on.

    The FBI think they catch a break when a Starkwood employee appears to give up the information as where the WMDs are at, but it is only a ploy to buy Jonas Hodges and team more time to man the weapons for use.

    This was a great episode with a lot of plot developments and surprises. I hope the next episode is as good as this one.moreless
Michael Rodrick

Michael Rodrick


Guest Star

Scott Lawrence

Scott Lawrence

Dr. Ben Landry

Guest Star

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez

Tom Chapman

Guest Star

Glenn Morshower

Glenn Morshower

Agent Aaron Pierce

Recurring Role

Christina Chang

Christina Chang

Dr. Sunny Macer

Recurring Role

Rory Cochrane

Rory Cochrane

Greg Seaton

Recurring Role

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