Season 7 Episode 8

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

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 09, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack and Bill win an audience with the President in order to secure the necessary clearance to continue their hunt for Dubaku. Dubaku counter-strikes by kidnapping Henry and using him as bait to force President Taylor to withdraw her troops from Sangala. Renee has to make a terrible choice when she holds the family of one of Dubaku's associates at gunpoint to obtain his whereabouts.moreless

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  • Look in the dictionary under "funrealistic"…

    Holding Henry hostage, Dubaku tries to salvage his operation to get Matobo and stop the Sangala invasion. Taylor is definitely more broken up about this threat, but it's okay because Jack and the gang (except Tony, who's…um…somewhere) arrive at the White House just in time to start a rescue mission. Moss even becomes useful when Renee contacts him for help finding a lead, prompting a rather cool rendezvous that makes great scenic use out of the Washington, DC setting.

    And how do they get Henry's location from this lead? Well, remember back when Jack's methods of torture were more psychological than physical, sometimes involving a suspect's loved ones? Yeah, he's not out of ideas there, and now he even has a hot female partner to help him by making babies cry. Oh, yes…baby does cry.

    Meantime, here's a new subplot involving Dubaku's girlfriend Marika (that's different) and her sister Rosa, who hates Dubaku. So she tries to blackmail him and only ends up helping him avoid capture again. Hilarious.

    If they had to wring one more hour out of the Sangala pullout arc, this was just about the perfect way to do it. We've got an awesome and geographically inaccurate car chase, an interrogation/fight scene in a stylishly lit room, and some more of Renee getting dragged into Jack's darkness. The tension and excitement here reach near maximum levels as the characters rush to save Henry before the hour runs out. And this all came before a certain production derailment gave the writers a year's break to map out the next sixteen hours. Shirley, we're in for even better things, are we not?

    Hourly Highlight:

    The interrogation/fight scene. And I like to think that Renee was just sticking her tongue out at that baby.moreless
  • ¡Classic 24!

    An action-packed, fast-paced episode with character development and amazing performances. Within the first 17 minutes, we have some very intense moments. First, Jack, Renee, Buchanan and Matobo meet with President Taylor, explaining their undercover operation. Obviously, that is quickly interrupted when Dubaku calls and reveals that he has kidnapped the First Gentleman and he will kill him by 4PM if his new demands are not met. To prove he means it, he cuts one of Henry's finger while on the phone. This brutatlity is pure 24 and it's a very effective moment, both from the suspense and emotional perspective.

    With a awesome response to President Taylor about his loyalty (this guy still delivers cool lines!), Jack takes the task to rescue Henry Taylor before the deadline. What follows is the debate about counter-terrorism methods, top notch action scenes, which includes a car chase, a knife fight and a brief shootout at the end, that makes this episode the best of the season. Exactly the kind of episode for what 24 is famous for!

    And certainly Henry Taylor is having a very bad day.moreless
  • We have a new threat that is over in this episode, which is a surprise, so this episode actually have very good quality and is one of the best episodes of this season so far.moreless

    Presentation Phase - » (10/10). Details, details, details, the usual in 24. Then was time for Jack and Co interaction with President Taylor which was very well done, if not perfect, until the complication arises.

    Complication Phase - » (9/10). Henry Taylor is used for Dubaku to make his demands valid, but Jack plans is to find Henry Taylor and capture Dubaku, seems difficult if Agent Gedge didn’t there is committed a mistake, which allowed Jack to locate his accomplice. This was nicely done.

    Climax Phase - » (8/10). The most high moment is another way that Jack used to torture Gedge accomplice and break him. Another climax was when Jack is trying to save Henry Taylor.

    Suspense/Tension - » (8/10). There are two scenes that had good tension, mix it with the last scene and you have very good tension.

    Drama - » (10/10). President Taylor life´s continues to be difficult, her moral continues to be tested, but like Palmer, she is willing to make some sacrifices. Renee is becoming more like Jack, but she is not got used to use the most aggressive methods of Jack.

    Action - » (9/10). Actually this episode delivery great action, since we have a nice fight here which turned to be rare to see in 24.

    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (8/10). Henry being shot was a nice surprise.

    Ending - » (9/10). Great conclusion for this find Henry Taylor plot, Jack mission was successful but goes wrong at the same time in the end.

    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10). This time, it seemed to me that almost all the scenes was necessary. The only thing here was Sean participation, pure filler, Dubaku drama with his lover is necessary for the next filler to play in the next episodes.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (10/10). Didn´t notice any flaws this time, the usual 24 need to suspend your beliefs is normal, so this doesn´t count. Liked the fact that another threat plot was over only in one episode.

    What I liked -» The episode was very entertaining.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» Hard to say, but as usual, Sean continues to be annoying.

    We have a new threat that is over in this episode, which is a surprise, so this episode actually have very good quality and is one of the best episodes of this season so far.moreless
  • A strong episode that feels confident due to its concentration on a single narrative element: finding Henry Taylor.

    Remember the writers' strike? Oh it was so long ago now, it's so easy to forget the months of desperate turmoil we spent, praying to the televisual Gods above that the execs would just fork out the cash so that our favourite shows could continue running and we wouldn't be bereft of new material until 2009. Well, it did come to a conclusion after a while but sadly, not quick enough to save 24, which had produced a meagre eight episodes of its seventh season before the **** hit the fan. The production crew decided it would be fruitless to try to produce the remainder at such short notice and pointless to give the viewing audience half a season (well, it would betray the show's concept entirely). So they shelved the eight and waited, bided their time, produced the rest of the season and laid off broadcast until this sodding year. Meaning, of course, that there was no 24 in 2008. Bummer.

    The significance for you and I, dear reader, is that this is episode eight: the last to be filmed prior to the writers' strike. It will be interesting to see just how different everyone looks or, perhaps, what ulterior direction(s) the show will go in next week, if any. Curiously, this instalment, like the one before it, seems to signal an impending shift in the direction of the narrative, acting as the culmination of the first stage of Dubaku's plans. The CIP device is gone, Henry Taylor is back in the hands of the good guys (albeit shot... OMG! Think he'll die? No way, mofos! Renee's up and about after that brutal neck wound and being buried alive, with just a plaster on her neck... Taylor's gonna be fine) and the terrorist threat is apparently nullified, if you are to believe the White House anyway, which it seems that irritating p**s weasel Sean just isn't willing to do. "We're being kept in the dark!", "what's going on?", wah wah. You'd think, as an FBI agent, he'd understand that sometimes, operations/developments need to be kept under the radar for a reason and that he is not going to know everything all of the time. Ah but you see, his objections are just a convenient plot device to expose Moss' involvement in the cover operation to more grunts and, eventually, to have the mole exposed. And that's exactly how it feels when viewed, which is the polar opposite of what it should be. Unless, of course, Sean is the mole, in which case his actions are actually rather clever. Hmm. Judgement reserved. For now.

    Casting this potential grumble aside, '3pm - 4pm' does come across as a refreshingly cohesive episode, predicated solely on the retrieval of Taylor within an allotted time frame. This is something that 24 does exceedingly well when it rolls itn out: elevating dramatic tension by keeping the viewer tied to the clock within the hour. We are aware, painfully, of the ever diminishing timespan that Bauer has to find the guy and this suspense builds as the seconds tick down. It's a simple but completely effective dramatic technique and one that should be used more often. Pleasingly, the whining about Henry is kept to a minimum and Cherry Jones does a stellar job of selling her unenviable moral dilemma, particularly in the scene in which Dubaku first contacts her. On the rescue operation front, Kiefer is top notch as always: from 'ask around' to 'are you gonna give me your keys or not?', this episode is packed with classic Bauerisms, one liners that have you punching the air with glee. Yeah, stick it to 'em Jack, you tell those namby pamby idiots that no one's playing by their rules! Go on, stare the President in the face and give her a 'with all due respect' when she questions your loyalties! Go Bauer, go Bauer, go... *ahem*

    And go Renee too. Check out the way she turns from reluctant, law-abiding FBI agent to full blown insanity machine as she threatens Vossler's wife and child with considerable venom. Comes rather easily, no? Sudden change of personality, you think? Little bit unbelievable, maybe? Well yeah, but it kinda rules all the same. It's a brilliant sequence, even if I don't buy that she'd actually do it, and it is tempered a little with her emotive moment with Jack in the aftermath. And speaking of emotive moments, can I get a wholehearted 'meh!' for Sean and his concubine, please? No one cares guys, keep these agency psycho-politics to a minimum, would ya? Thankfully, Dubaku's love interest element isn't too bad but you just know that he's gonna kill lovely Rosa, that the girlfriend will find her, go to the FBI and that's how they'll start to track him down again. Perhaps it's just becoming a bit too easy to read 24 after seven years...

    A strong episode on the whole and one that feels confident due to its concentration on a single narrative element: finding Henry Taylor. There are some less than stellar elements - occasional narrative distractions, a few convenient developments - but generally, this remains encouragingly solid stuff. And if they've had about a year to prepare the next run, I can't wait to see what they can give us next. Optimism: am I a fool to covet thee?moreless
  • Jack and Renee team up.

    Another great installment of one the greatest shows ever made. This was a fast paced on the edge of your seat episode. Jack, Bill, Renee take Matobo to President Taylor so he can explain to her what has happened. While there the President gets work that Dubaku has kidnapped her husband Henry and will kill him if Matobo is not delivered. Jack convinces the President that agencies within the government are compromised and they need to go under the radar in order to rescue the Presidents husband.

    Jack and Renee use Vossler and his family in order to get the location of Henry Taylor. Jack gets Agent Vossler and Renee uses their family by threatening to kill to get the information from Agent Vossler.

    After learning of the location, Jack and Renee gain access to the building where Dubaku is holding Henry Taylor. A gunfight ensues and all of Dubaku's men are killed, but just as the last one is shot he manages to fire a bullet into Henry Taylor. Dubaku has 9 lives, he was somewhere else on his way to tie up loose ends.moreless
Enuka Okuma

Enuka Okuma


Guest Star

Andi Chapman

Andi Chapman


Guest Star

Treva Etienne

Treva Etienne


Guest Star

Isaach De Bankole

Isaach De Bankole

Ule Matobo

Recurring Role

Ever Carradine

Ever Carradine


Recurring Role

Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Colonel Iké Dubaku

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Usually when the President's life or the life of their family is in danger, the President has the option under the 25th amendment of the constitution to step down from the position of power. Because the President's emotional proximity to the events, they might not think reasonably and objectively and thus are unable to discharge the powers and duties of their office.

    • When Jack causes the car accident, neither car's airbag deploys. At that velocity, both cars should have had deployed airbags, and one or both of the persons involved should have had some kind of injury.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Larry: We're supposed to bring suspects in, not kill them!

    • Taylor: According to you, I can't trust any of my law enforcement agencies.
      Jack: You can trust me.

    • Jack: Listen to me, we could not have gotten this far if it wasn't for you, okay? No one would blame you if this was just too much for you to handle. Maybe you should get out.
      Renee: Maybe I will...tomorrow.

    • Larry: Look at yourself! You've lost everyone and everything you've ever had, by doing what you think is necessary. I won't let you do it to her. Renee will not become like you.
      Jack: Are you going to give me those keys or not?
      Larry: Jack. Jack! The rules are what makes us better.
      Jack: Not today.

    • Taylor: You resigned from government service. And the senate regards you as having been a renegade agent. How am I supposed to know where your loyalties really lie?
      Jack: With all due respect, Madam President...ask around.

  • NOTES (3)