24

Season 7 Episode 7

Day 7: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

4
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2009 on FOX
9.1
out of 10
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349 votes
13

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Dubaku begins another strike against a chemical plant in Kidron, Ohio, but his plans are cut short, when Jack's team arrives at his hideout. Janis helps the plant manager avoid any casualties by manually overriding the valves. Meanwhile, Ethan becomes increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of the First Gentleman and informs the President that Henry is missing. Dubaku orders Henry to be brought to him.moreless

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  • A milestone for "2pm - 3pm"

    8.0
    Gotta give the writers credit for stretching out the season's first terror threat for this long, but now it's time to top it off and bring things to an action-packed head! As Jack and company track the Matobos to Dubaku's hideout, Dubaku uses his CIP powers to wreak havoc at a chemical plant in Ohio. The episode takes its sweet time drawing the havoc out, which gives Jack enough time to sneak into that unrealistically dark control room and start shooting.

    At the Office, Janis gets some room for development when she calls the chemical plant's manager to warn him of the threat. Yeah, I guess she needed at least one hour in the spotlight, since she's in the main cast. And it's fine development. It's not like an ex-boyfriend's blackmailing her into helping him steal $120,000 from some evidence lockup………

    As for the action-packed head itself…eh, it's fine too. The darkness looks cool, and it's fun to see Bill Buchanan shoot people. Not the most memorable action piece of "24," but it's still the best 2-3PM we've had and it does its job by destroying the CIP device and…not capturing Dubaku.

    And now we get to see what Henry's story arc was leading up to: a second terrorist threat after the CIP failure. With this and Jack's decision to go to the White House, things are gearing up for an even better post-action-packed head.



    Hourly Highlight:

    Latham totally blowing everyone's chances to capture Dubaku.moreless
  • This episode could end the Dubaku threat, but only ended the CIP device plot that could be more explored. At least, you have a threat and in the same episode it is eliminated.moreless

    8.0
    Presentation Phase - » (7/10). The presentation was about details, until Jack, Bill, Tony, Renee and Chloe arrived in Dubaku location.



    Complication Phase - » (7/10). Save Matobo and his wife´s, destroy the CIP device and capture Dubaku, seems normal for 24 formula.



    Climax Phase - » (8/10). The action happened in the middle of the episode and this was the best part, the tension was high, but everything goes right.



    Suspense/Tension - » (8/10). Very good tension, but wasn´t great, Drama - » (7/10). It seems that President Taylor will be the main drama for this season, she will be explored like David Palmer was explored before.



    Action - » (9/10)*2. Great action, many gun fights that 24 producers could made and one explosion.



    Ending - » (7/10). I think the ending bring bad news, since we will have some filler time in the next episodes.



    Time and Scene Management - » (8/10). Sean was participating in the Main plot, but the chemical plant scenes seemed pure filler, but was not bad explored, the white House scenes was fine, the same with Bauer scenes and Henry too.



    Plot Details/Holes- » (10/10). I didn´t notice any flaws, maybe if when I re watch this episode, I will find something, until then this rate maintains.



    What I liked -» The little action that this episode delivered. What I Didn´t Liked -» The chemical plan scenes.



    This episode could end the Dubaku threat, but only ended the CIP device plot that could be more explored. At least, you have a threat and in the same episode it is eliminated.moreless
  • Prepare yourselves for an about turn ladies and gentlemen because season seven of 24 just tied up its central narrative strand after seven episodes and if my maths is correct, there's another seventeen hours to go.moreless

    8.5
    Prepare yourselves for an about turn ladies and gentlemen because season seven of 24 just tied up its central narrative strand after seven episodes and if my maths is correct, there's another seventeen hours to go. Michael Loceff's script manages to shift the emphasis of the season away from the horror of the wonder device that controls everything and towards the politics of governmental corruption by destroying the gizmo in a wonderfully executed shoot-out sequence in which our heroes get to kick ass, take names and fail miserably to capture Dubaku, despite annihilating everything else within sight. Oh well, I suppose they had to keep the terror levels stoked somehow, right? Shame it means connecting this narrative with the First Gentleman's because if we spend the next seven hours desperately trying to rescue the poor sod while the President whines, I might throw things at my TV. Still, that's a little harsh: at least it (hopefully) puts an end to the whole 'paralysis thing and signals the start of something more substantial for poor Colm. And to be fair to the writers, at least this is fairly original; it hasn't really been done too many times before. Nor, for that matter, has the aborting of terrorist activity. While the 'chemical release' plot is arguably a show staple, and the whole 'sympathise with the brave plant manager' thing was about as predictable as a Pendulum album, the overall narrative was salvaged by the decision to have Dubaku back down, to withdraw and regroup. This has subsequently opened up a rather intriguing narrative avenue, as the FBI and the White House desperately fumble around in the dark, completely oblivious to the reality of what is occurring. Of course, this will soon be rectified with the marriage of the Bauer and Presidential narratives (nice of them to keep Tony out of the way of this one and reaffirm his mild bad ass credentials) but all the same, it makes for some captivating viewing. Oh, and then there's Dubaku's missus... when will these women ever learn? From the Presidential aide banging Alexis Drazen in season one to the First Lady in season five, the show seems to be littered with innocent individuals blinded to their significant other's inherently evil nature. I mean come on... are you really telling me she hasn't noticed his furrowed brow? His sinister tone? The way he angrily addresses everyone he speaks to?! Or has he put on his nicey-nicey voice every time he's spoken to his fellow terrorists on the phone when in his girlfriend's diner? Nah, sorry, don't buy that for one second.



    Aside from this gripe, there isn't much to criticise in '2pm - 3pm'. Loceff's script is a decidedly solid and cohesive effort, concentrating firmly on one excellently orchestrated narrative strand and generating a truckload of tension, suspense and intrigue as a result. The cogs begin to turn on the season-long plot and we see the beginning of a shift in dramatic emphasis, suggesting that next week's episode could be a bit of a corker. I honestly don't really know where they're gonna go next. But I can't wait to find out.moreless
  • Jack Kicks @$$

    10
    A very exciting, nail biting episode. Dubaku is about to make a chemical plant to "blow a gasket" that will lead to toxic chemical clout that will kill upwards to 18,000 Americans. Jack and team storm the compound where Dubaku is and pretty much kill everyone but him. The CIP device is recovered by Jack and team but is broken. Matobo and his wife are rescued.



    On the other front, Henry can finally move again as the toxin wears off. As he tries to leave the other dirty agent storms into the apartment and threatens to kill Henry. Henry convinces him that all all trails of the dead agents in the apartment will lead back to him and he will be blamed. The agent calls Dubaku and Dubaku tells him to bring Henry to him.



    This is a great episode with a lot of plot building and a few twists. The look on Tony's face when Jack and Bill leave the compound makes you wonder where his loyalties actually lie.moreless
  • Bauer and Co get closer to Dubaku

    8.5
    A key part of this episode was the infiltration of Dubaku's secret location. The set-up and plan weren't bad. Walker getting in past security and then letting Jack, Tony & Bill in through the roof access, the assault on Dubaku's control room from both above and through the door were all executed pretty well. Dubaku escaped the attack and ended up blowing the guy who made the C.I.P device away but ended up getting Henry as a new bargaining chip. Henry who himself was passed out woke up just in time to open the door and see Vossler running toward the apartment. Vossler got Henry and took him to Dubaku. The F.B.I and the White House tried to figure out how an attack in progress at a chemical plant in Ohio, the CIP breach was stopped.moreless
John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Michael Latham

Guest Star

Enuka Okuma

Enuka Okuma

Marika

Guest Star

Tonya Pinkins

Tonya Pinkins

Alama Matobo

Guest Star

Isaach De Bankole

Isaach De Bankole

Ule Matobo

Recurring Role

Frank John Hughes

Frank John Hughes

Tim Woods

Recurring Role

Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Colonel Iké Dubaku

Recurring Role

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