Season 7 Episode 20

Day 7: 3:00 A.M. - 4:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The nation remains vulnerable as Jonas Hodges' life lies in the balance, and his boss stands at the epicenter of the mounting terrorist threat. Meanwhile, Jack hurries to expose Tony Almeida's doublecross.

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  • Devil's hour? More like…disheveled Bauer… Yeah!

    I didn't want to think it was possible, not this late in the season and not with that year off the writers got, but S7 has brought us a kinda mediocre episode. The interesting bits: Hodges gives the FBI information in return for witness protection, and Tony decides to release the prion within the next few hours (which was already a given).Olivia is pissed about Hodges avoiding prison, 'cuz of her brother's death and all. First, directly blaming Hodges for that seems like a stretch. Second, even though it's her brother we're talking about, this new side to Olivia's character feels sudden and unearned, mainly because she's barely addressed Roger until now, if at all. They should've removed that reporter sex crap and instead given Olivia some emotional investment in Hodges/Starkwood's takedown. Without at least that, her behavior, while understandable, comes off unnatural. Kinda like Marwan's cost-effective yet cartoonishly phony greenscreen tumble. No, I'm never letting that royal screwup of a season go!Also, this episode has its nose buried seriously deep in CTU's ass. Chloe's return and the CTU server reactivation are clearly designed to moisten our panties, and I'm not falling for such blatant glorification.This is supposed to be an improvement over whatever the writers initially brainstormed? I guess I can only hope.Hourly Highlight:Jack confronting Hodges. Though it's not quite how I pictured it, especially with one of them lying in bed.moreless
  • CTU Owns.........

    Jack Manages to Bring CTU back from the Dead.......lol it was funny when he had a break down in front of Janice. He said David Palmer. Twice lol. and CTU screens pop up all on the FBI's Desktops that was sick. When I saw that Happen I was like. Damn CTU is back with only 4 episodes Left. I wonder what CTU-lite as Janice calls it. I wonder wat CTU-lite is gonna do...and as for tony I can't believe his Bull crap. He picks the arab and holds him at gun point at the end of the episode. When I saw that. I was like F'K Tony Almedia.moreless
  • 3am to 4 am

    Jack calls Chloe to come back to the FBI to reprogram CTU on to the FBI database.

    7/10- drama filled episode, but good to get Chloe back and CTU back. Janis is so annoying !!!

    Tony gains the pathogen into his control and decides to blame an innocent muslim man for the actions that happened today.

    8/10- cool story,all cards are on deck to decide what to do with the cannister.But slow.

    Jonas Hodges life hangs in the balance.

    7/10- Jonas hodges is interrogated by Jack toughly,he is in a hospitable bed, he has to change his name, His bosses ultimatum is still onto him. this is not hodges day !!moreless
  • This episode focused more in Drama and setups for the next events.

    With so few episodes to end this season, now was time to slow down and shows us more details and setups for the big event, which is still a little unpredictable.

    Tony scenes in the beginning was excellent, that guy tried to take advantage of Tony, which is a dangerous thing to do and his dead proved it. Than Tony and this woman (which is his partner and they are hooking up), Tony have his own plan for the last canister. The conspiracy is larger than I expected, we have a group and somehow they have to be caught, how is a mystery for now. Then we saw Jibraan and his brother and Tony already entered in their house, couldn´t care for them in those scenes.

    Jack scenes were interesting as usual. After he tells Renee about Tony, he has to tell President Taylor the same and after that, he has a interesting interaction with Hodges and Chloe is back because Jack asked her to help him, Chloe scenes was touching, nice drama. Then we have more details about the operation to find Tony or the person that they will use to make another attack.

    The white House scenes was a little interesting, with President Taylor has a difficult choice to make, like David Palmer, President Taylor are gaining points with the audience little by little. Olivia seems more like Sherry and instead of supporting her mother, she decided to make another plan to take down Hodges.

    Presentation Phase - » (8/10). Nice beginning, this episode centered in more setups.

    Complication Phase - » (8/10)*2. Finding Tony or discover where the next attack will happen, doesn´t seems impossible with CTU servers in Chloe hands.

    Ending - » (7/10). Nothing special, just setups.

    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10). Seems that the majority of the scenes were necessary.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (10/10)*2. I didn´t notice any flaws.

    Drama - » (8/10)*3. The white house scenes centered in Drama. Chloe scenes too.

    This episode focused more in Drama and setups for the next events.moreless
  • Tony sets the plan into motion

    The hour starts off with Jack telling Renee that Tony was in on the whole killing Larry thing and getting the deadly bio-weapon out of the perimeter. They tell the president whose not pleased but knowing Jack he comes up with a plan, Jack knows exactly what it will take to get Jonas to talk: proof of death. Tony meets up with Galvez in his motel, Tony wires the money into his account for the canister but Galvez plays hard to get with him ending up dead. Cara comes and Tony tells her of his new plan, instead of waiting 6 months for the next attack why not do it now? The plan gets the green light looks like they launch it during the morning rush hour. Olivia doesn't like the fact that mummy dearest is gonna give Jonas Hodges a get out of jail free card, Olivia gets in contact with a pal of hers probably to discuss in killing Mr. Hodges. Jack goes one on one with Jonas, Jack wants answers Jonas tells him what he knows. The plan was to launch simultaneous attacks in the next year, then outsource the blame to a random terrorist, who has a grudge with the government. When Renee confirms he's telling the truth, Jack recommends the President haul the old CTU servers out of storage and re-activate them immediately. Jack gets Chloe back into game; Janis doesn't like the Idea of re-vamping CTU servers that's when Jack gives her a piece of his mind.

    Tony and his gang is outside their targeted terrorist is place, this is the guy they wanna use in their plan. They move in cutting power to the apartment before busting in.moreless
Omid Abtahi

Omid Abtahi

Jibraan Al-Zarian

Guest Star

Rafi Gavron

Rafi Gavron

Hamid Al-Zarian

Guest Star

Leland Orser

Leland Orser

Martin Collier

Guest Star

Glenn Morshower

Glenn Morshower

Agent Aaron Pierce

Recurring Role

Carlo Rota

Carlo Rota

Morris O'Brian

Recurring Role

Christina Chang

Christina Chang

Dr. Sunny Macer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the FBI office, when the CTU servers were loaded onto the FBI servers, when they show a close up of one of the computer monitors with the familiar CTU logo, note that the eagle is facing the arrows to its left side. A nod that they are at war. The eagle is usually facing right in times of peace.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jack: (yelling at Janis) Look, if you think your need to complain is more important than the lives of the people that are counting on us, go whine somewhere else!

    • Janis: ...so if you're going to be doing anything grossly illegal-
      Jack:(cutting Janis off) We'll make sure to notify you so you can leave the building.

    • Aaron Pierce: Ms. Taylor, I have seen the guilty walk free many times. I understand your anger and frustration and I am genuinely sorry.

    • Jack: My name is Jack Bauer. And right now, I'm the only chance your wife and children have to stay alive.
      Hodges: Explain that to me.
      Jack: The people that wanted you
      dead don't know you survived. Tell us who they are, and we'll keep it that way. The president has agreed to provide you with a death certificate and witness protection in exchange for actionable information.
      Olivia: I can't watch this anymore.
      Jack: If you refuse, it'll be released to the press that you are alive and in our custody and that you're cooperating. We'll
      let your friends take care of the rest.
      Hodges: My family is innocent. The president would never allow that to happen. She doesn't have the stomach for it.
      Jack: You might be right about that. But make no mistake about it, sir. I do. Trust me. Do your family a favor.

    • Tony: You finish your enemy off when he's down. You don't let him get back up and reload.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Olivia: It's a get-out-of-jail-free card for Jonas Hodges, the bastard responsible for my brother's death, and so many others.
      This is an allusion to the card from the board game Monopoly. As the card implies, the player is let out of jail for free.