Season 7 Episode 5

Day 7: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 19, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack and Tony use creative means to force Matobo out of his saferoom and prepare to leave with their prisoner, when Agent Walker arrives on the scene, prompting Emerson to make some quick decisions.

Agents Moss and Gold are sidetracked from their mission to find Walker when a representative from the Attorney General's office arrives to question them regarding the interrogation of Tanner.

Henry receives new information about the death of his son, when he follows a lead from Samantha Roth.moreless

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  • The DC detour

    First, Emerson has to kidnap the Matobos from their panic room. Since Jack wants to kidnap them for noble, country-saving reasons, this situation makes for some real ironic hilarity (and I believe I used the word "ironic" correctly there). Their solution to get the panic room open seems to rely a bit too much on luck, but whatever; it works and does so suspensefully.Second, Renee arrives only to get captured and taken with the Matobos. As she spends most of the episode staring "evil" Jack in the face, with Jack unable to tell her the truth, the tension in Emerson's van is way better than in Eddie Grant's van from S2. Plus, with Renee kidnapped, the Office mole makes him/herself useful and helps Emerson out from the shadows.Taylor decides not to give in to Dubaku, officially establishing her as a strong character and President. Some people may use double standards and accuse her of letting PMS or something get in the way of serving the US, but not I! I'd only say such things about a non-fictional female President.But the other Taylor still has the more interesting storyline for now. As Henry looks further into the government conspiracy, a betrayal—which I really should have seen coming—puts both his and Samantha's lives in danger.While this episode is filler for Jack, it's pretty great filler. For everyone else, it's pretty great period.No, that wasn't another PMS reference.Hourly Highlight:Ghostly female vocals? A haunting POV shot? A silent clock? Well, it's not like Renee's really dead after only five episodes…right?moreless
  • I just wanted to reply to ENTIL2001 who said that its sad to see Walker go so quickly. LOL, she didn't die! Didnt you hear Jack say that"i'll get you through this alive"and then he shot the side of her neck. He didn't shoot her head.moreless

    I just wanted to reply to ENTIL2001 who said that it's sad to see Agent Walker go so quickly. LOL, she didn't die !!! Didn't you hear Jack say that "i'll get you through this alive" and then he shot the side of her neck. He didn't shoot her head. Only the side of her neck so she's still alive. And didn't you see her move and move her eyes and looked around when they were burying her. She'll live. Other than that, this is exactly why I watch this series. AWESOMELY heart pownding every second of the show. Can't wait till next episode to see what Walker will do and what happens.moreless
  • 24 continue to build solid and interesting episode and this one is not an exception.

    Presentation Phase - » (8/10). Following the last event, until Jack has a idea.

    Complication Phase - » (8/10). Jack idea works, but things get´s more complicated when Renee decided to appear and get caught.

    Climax Phase - » (9/10)*2. Killing Renee, great tension.

    Suspense/Tension - » (9/10). The tension here was great, not only in Renee scenes, but with Matobo situation too.

    Drama - » (8/10). Poor Renee, what Matobo wife´s did was nice.

    Ending - » (9/10)*2. Great ending, will the writers kill one more character?

    Time and Scene Management - » (7/10). Sean scenes continues to be filler, the lawyer appearance was too. The rest of the scenes plays good and was well explored. The interaction in the Van was only to buy more time, but this was not bad.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (8/10). I can´t buy this chemical knowledge that Bauer has or why Emerson didn´t kill Renee or couldn´t notice that Bauer didn´t kill her, but ok, is for the sake of this plot.

    What I liked -» Renee last scenes.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» The lawyers filler and Sean also.

    24 continue to build solid and interesting episode and this one is not an exception.moreless
  • A slightly slower episode than the opening two-day, four-hour salvo but an eminently enjoyable one nevertheless.

    A slightly slower episode than the opening two-day, four-hour salvo but an eminently enjoyable one nevertheless. The decision to concentrate the first twenty five minutes squarely on the 'flushing out' (if you'll pardon the expression) of Matobo is a stroke of genius, as it gives the narrative a headlong focus that strengthens the dramatic gravitas of the situation. It's a curious beast from a viewing perspective too, as one's allegiances are thrown completely out of alignment. Technically, we should be rooting for our protagonist(s) - the erstwhile dysfunctional dynamic duo of Tony and Jack - and willing them on to achieve their goal, but when their goal is to kidnap the peace-loving Prime Minister of a foreign country, regardless of whether or not their intentions are ultimately honourable, one inevitably finds oneself pulled in opposite directions; feeling ambivalence, if you will. You just can't help but secretly hope that Matobo and his wife find the secret trap door that lets them out of the panic room... it's only natural! And as if that wasn't enough, our sympathies are abused still further with the abduction of poor, sweet Renee who's currently on a 'Bauer = bad' kick... a problem only exacerbated by his assignment to, you know, kill her. These sequences play considerably well, in large part thanks to the considerable acting talents of all involved. Granted, the plot is all a bit season one (remember Nina beside all those wind turbine things? Ah, those were the days), and you just know Bauer'll find a way to save her, but it's all good, sincere fun and at least the production staff do a damn good job of representing the situation: the closing moments, juxtaposing shots from above and below of the dirt covering her face, and the clock counting down with the 'tick tocks' replaced by Renee's breathing, are just plain wonderful. This particular plot strand is certainly the best thing about the episode and thankfully, it makes up about three quarters of the whole.

    Elsewhere, things are a little less appetising as things heat up at FBI HQ when we find out that Moss has the hots for Renee and Sean is having his way with Erika (a.k.a. 'some random') and no one actually cares (sorry, but romance is the last thing on any of our minds in the midst of a roller coaster ride of an international crisis... it's just distracting), then some idiotic bureaucrat from the Attorney General's office comes along and actively tries to hinder the resolution of a serious terrorist threat to the stability of the nation by asking to interview blatant mole sweet and innocent Janice about Renee's unsavoury 'interrogation' of Tanner. Which happened about fifteen minutes ago. Sorry guys, but come on... you're telling me that's enough time for the guy to file a complaint, for it to be registered and for it to be pursued IN PERSON? Gimme a break. These narrative strands are just frustrating for the viewer anyway and never prove to be enjoyable: they act as deviations, putting obstacles in the way of progressing the plot. And let's face it, 24 is about plot. No question about it. That's all we want. Really. Plot like Henry being poisoned by gorgeous, gorgeous Brian Gedge. Oh yeah, that wasn't telegraphed at all, was it? Shame really; every fibre of my being was screaming, "No! Not Gedge! Not that pretty face! Don't do this to us!", until I realised just how pathetic I was. I actually didn't mind this development, mostly as it allowed Colm Feore to do one of the most spectacular collapses in recent memory, but it was a bit bloody predictable, wasn't it?

    Wow. That was a bit long. A good episode on the whole, mostly due to the A storyline being strong enough to propel the narrative forward in a satisfying manner. Cut down on the soap opera elements (which, to be fair, have been few and far between so far), get rid of bureaucratic interference and give us more Dubaku, then I'd be a happy man. See, I don't even need Chloe and Bill... (but it would've been nice).moreless
  • 24 is offically back on track. One of the best episodes of Day 7. (Spoilers in Review!)

    Everything in this episode was done in classic 24 style. The Henry Taylor storyline reaches the revelation we've been waiting for. The reveal of Agent Gedge as a traitor was executed perfectly... "This is Samantha's apartment, sir" he says as he puts on his gloves. The writers still have the magic. If you're a long time fan of 24 than chances are you saw this coming from the very first episode but nonetheless it puts a smile on your face just because it is done so well and what would 24 be without close personal betrayals? Speaking of which the final scene with Renee is really what made this episode. 24 still manages to be 100% original even with scenes that are very very similar to ones they have already done. Jack must shoot a female coleague by the demand of a villain... Huh, sounds like Day One when Jack had to shoot Nina. Even the location looked familiar. But I am not complaining. This scene is different in all the right ways and the same all the right ways too. Instead of the old bullet proof jacket trick Jack must be infinitely more clever this time. 24 is always fantastic when Jack has to use his superior intelligence to deceive and accomplish. The multiple angles really helped pull off this scene's believablity. Jack doesn't always do horrible things to get the job done, sometimes he just makes you think he has done them. Possibly realizing they have done something similar before, the writers take the liberty to elevate it to the next level, making Jack and Tony bury Renee alive. This ranks as one of the most chilling endings in the show's history. Great use of the silent clock as well. Sean Callery's score is brilliant as usual... The creepy sound effects during the Taylor/Gedge scenes, the chilling music during the boxes, the score during the debate about the safe room... all perfect. There's also an homage (possibly unintentional) to a Day 2 episode when they use the same score for Jack trying to get into Motobo's safe room in Day 7 as they did when Jack was trying to get into Joe Wald's safe room in Day 2.

    Just an overall classic episode. The writing, the directing, the acting, the pacing, the score... all superb. Day 7 is quickly becoming one of the best!moreless
Tonya Pinkins

Tonya Pinkins

Alama Matobo

Guest Star

Steve Cell

Steve Cell


Guest Star

Marina Black

Marina Black

Christina Hillinger

Guest Star

Ever Carradine

Ever Carradine


Recurring Role

Isaach De Bankole

Isaach De Bankole

Ule Matobo

Recurring Role

Mark Derwin

Mark Derwin

Joe Stevens

Recurring Role

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