Season 7 Episode 13

Day 7: 8:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 09, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The siege on the White House reaches an explosive end, after Jack and Bill work together to try and save President Taylor. Meanwhile, Jonas Hodges makes moves to cover his own tracks, starting with Ryan Burnett.

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  • The setup

    I do love double entendres, even those not of the sexual variety.The suspenseful situation at the White House continues into this hour, but only for the first act. Jack's quick thinking allows for an explosive stop to Juma's assassination attempt. It's by far the best part of the episode, and I'm not sure how to feel about that. On one hand, HELL YEAH! On the other, the rest of the hour kinda suffers in trying to reinflate the tension.Jack plans to go after Ryan Burnett to find out who Juma was working with. Thanks to a couple of behind-back goings, he gets this privilege, which gives our new villain Jonas Hodges a reason to frame Jack and set the authorities on him once again.In other news, Taylor decides to let her daughter Olivia into her presidential inner circle. Yeah, that should work out just fine for both of them.The episode's final act does also amp things back up a little, as Jack's interrogation of Burnett goes horribly wrong and Hodges' henchman gets away cleanly. But that bookending doesn't help the middle three acts much. They're just boring and forgettable, and their downtime feels almost completely disconnected from the rest of this season so far. Well…Renee's screentime helps…barely.Hourly Highlight:Jack seeing Bill Buchanan's corpse. I mean…spoiler alert!moreless
  • Shocking Ending and a New Plot Openning.

    After the terricfic last episode and its incredible ending, the last half of the day begins introducing what looks like the new plot of the season.

    A new plot which links very well with the last and the main plot of the day.

    But the day can´t begin a new threat whithout end the last.

    So, this episode is also the shocking follow up from the White House attack.

    And what an ending!.

    It takes place at the beginning of the episode and you won´t believe how it is planning and how it begins and ends.

    I only can say one thing, apart from the excellent action secuence and the great visual style: Bill Buchanan will be missed so much!. His silent clock is one of the most painful silent clocks in 24 ever, and the moment in wich Jack is sitting beside him and crying is so hard to forget.

    10/10, and at the same perfect level than the last episode!.moreless
  • This episode give the White House attack plot a closure and as everyone can expect, the main emotion here is sadness, because one more character was sacrificed to give a episode a meaning.moreless

    Climax Phase - » (10/10)*3. Like season 5, episode 11 and 12 presented a very complicated problem which only was solved in episode 13. This season is no different the problem is solved in this episode when a new one is presented. The writers had created a excellent climax, however, Bill Buchanan dead is not something I did like, because the characters was one of the best, but since Jack can´t die so soon, Bill Is the sacrifice, also this type of big event, eventually end up with at least one dead and Bill was the better Choice, not Tony that returned this season or Chloe that is protected in the FBI building, they could choose Aaron, but Bill would create more impact.

    Action - » (10/10). As everyone could expect, the action was excellent, and the bad guys deserved to die, they dead are more meaning because of Bill sacrifice.

    Drama - » (10/10). Bill dead created the necessary drama for this episode, I think is dead is very sad, Jack reaction was great.

    Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (10/10). Again, Bill dead shocked me, is not a twist, is just shocking

    Suspense/Tension - » (9/10). The gun fights provide great tension, this Hodges assassin´s seems very good, why I didn´t kill Jack?

    Ending - » (8/10). Jack was framed, but we already saw that before, was not a bad ending, this can be interesting,

    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10). It is hard to notice filler, but they were there, however this doesn´t affect this episode quality and some scenes was filled with some necessary details.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (9/10). Jack plans was improvised by the writers, still, you can suspend you belief since it is nothing serious. Other details were nicely done.

    What I liked -» Jack scenes was great. Bill dead was sad. Renee attitude´s.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» Hard to say, but Olivia is annoying.

    This episode give the White House attack plot a closure and as everyone can expect, the main emotion here is sadness, because one more character was sacrificed to give a episode a meaning.moreless
  • Bill s death.

    8pm and 9pm was an amazing followup of 7pm and 8pm. Benjamin jumba takes everyone in the white house hostage and starts to threaten the president to open the door or her daughter will die. After a few shouts the door is opened and the president is forced to make a speech to apolozise her actions to Sangala. Meanwhile, Jack says to BIll to get ready to save the president as he released some natural gas cannisters in the lockdown room, he was going to ignite the cannister to create a diversion and kill most of jumba s men. But before jack could move, Bill says to Jack that he heard JUmba talking to someone and believed JUmba was not the lead operative to this scheme. Bill asks JAck to find out who JUmba is working for then races off and triggers the explosion killing most of jumbas men. then jack fights off the remaning soldiers while Aaron PIerce tries to guard the president and Olivia. Few moments later the FBI and secret service breaks and cleans up all of Jumbas garbage. Jack sees Bill s dead body inside the lockdown room, and mourns next to him over his brave death... Jack then knowing this is not over goes over to interrogate with BUrnett... and Bill was right... it is not over.moreless
  • good episode

    Well, they left us with a huge cliff hanger last week with the president being captured in her own white house and they ended things pretty quickly. In the first ten minutes, Jack unfoiled his plan by telling Bill of explosives he planted and that triggered the cops to come in from the outside. I was shocked with Bill went in and triggered the explosion... I just wasn't expecting it at all. Bill is one of my favorite characters... but at least he got a heroic death. I liked how it showed the emotional side of Jack, though it was short-lived. The whole story with Jack being framed was interesting and it's nice seeing someone who is as good as Jack (well, maybe not as good...). Overall, solid episode with plenty of action and twists and turns... I'll miss Bill!moreless
Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché


Guest Star

Tony Todd

Tony Todd

General Benjamin Juma

Guest Star

Eyal Podell

Eyal Podell

Ryan Burnett

Guest Star

Glenn Morshower

Glenn Morshower

Agent Aaron Pierce

Recurring Role

Rory Cochrane

Rory Cochrane

Greg Seaton

Recurring Role

Sprague Grayden

Sprague Grayden

Olivia Taylor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 9:00 pm
    Dateline NBC
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