Season 7 Episode 14

Day 7: 9:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 16, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Jack seeks Senator Mayer's help to help discover the connection between Juma and the company that hired the man who killed Burnett. In an effort to track down Jack, Larry recruits Morris O'Brian in exchange for Chloe's immunity. Ethan becomes suspicious of Olivia when a reporter obtains leaked information about the internal affairs of the White House after Juma's attack.moreless

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  • The execution

    Jack's not about to let himself get framed for Burnett's death, so it's time for some sleuthing into henchman John Quinn and his employer Starkwater…uh, Starkwood…uh, Xe. And because the universe loves laughing at him, Jack has to ally himself with Blaine Mayer for this investigation.Renee helps Jack from her laptop, which leads to Moss putting her in lockdown. And Morris helps Moss find Jack's location in exchange for getting Chloe immunity. Because she got arrested earlier. It didn't seem important at the time.The action at the White House is bland, since the action actually stopped an hour ago. Instead, we get something about a leak to the press and Olivia falling under suspicion only to be cleared after finding apparent evidence of the real leak…yeah, you should be able to tell where that's going.The final two acts are mostly gold. First, after determining Hodges' end game and learning why he was helping Juma, Jack and Mayer finally achieve some semblance of mutual respect. Then for something completely different, Quinn comes along for the climactic piece. It's not quite Jason Bourne, but still, another one-on-one fight is just what the mortician ordered. And it nicely sows the seeds for the next hour's events of chaos and general rogueness. Hint: cargo containers.Hourly Highlight:Then again, Bourne never did use a screwdriver in battle.moreless
  • Quinn not so bad after all

    A lot happened in the episode. A manhunt for Jack Bauer ensues. Jack finds the name of man and who he is that kill Burnett. Larry seeks the help of Morris O'Brien to find Jack Bauer; in return Cloe is given full immunity for tampering with data in the previous episode. Renee Walker gets put on suspension, then gets put in a holding room for help Jack. Jack goes to Senator Mayer for help in finding out who is behind the attacks and is killed by Quinn in the process, but while researching Jack finds the connection between Sangala and the group responsible for the attacks. Quinn chases Jack to kill him, but Jack outsmarts him and ends up killing Quinn.

    A busy episode, not quite as good as the last one but still a 10. Jack has a long road to haul.moreless
  • underrated but brilliant, season 1, 2 and 3 worthy

    This episode had little action in it and slowed down the pace slightly but it was surprisingly one of my favourite eps of the whole entire season. It is underrated and maintains tensions with a bad vibe acting as an undercurrent throughout the whole episode. The ending with Jack knocking over the cabin was pure genius and Mayers deaths, completely unexpected. They finally give the character some depth and make him support Jack like David Palmer used to and then when you think the FBI have caught up with Jack, he gets shot and dies...completely unexpected, brilliant ep, strangely eerie, perfect.moreless
  • This episode doesn´t present anything new: Jack running and being pursued, but at least, this brings a nice fight, a new lead, a great interaction and some setups.

    Presentation Phase - » (8/10). Ok, Jack is trouble with the Law again, this is nothing new, he have to ask for help, and the person who helps him or will be detained or killed, this time is both.

    Complication Phase - » (8/10)*3. Jack running and being pursued, the fight was nice, I reality, this is hard to make. The end of the episode, a new complication appears.

    Time and Scene Management - » (9/10). This time was hard to me to notice fillers.

    Plot Details/Holes- » (10/10). Nothing here that I can point.

    Suspense/Tension - » (8/10). The tension played better in the end, when the fight was happening.

    Drama - » (9/10)*2. Senator Myer and Jack interaction was spectacular, different point of views debated. Chloe appeared here to have her light drama, Olivia plot continues to be annoying and Ethan is her next victim.

    Action - » (9/10). I liked the fight.

    What I liked -» Senator Myer and Jack interaction. Chloe is free.

    What I Didn´t Liked -» Larry and Olivia performance.

    This episode doesn´t present anything new: Jack running and being pursued, but at least, this brings a nice fight, a new lead, a great interaction and some setups.moreless
  • Oh look... everyone's chasing Jack again! Well, there's a turn up for the books, eh?

    Oh look... everyone's chasing Jack again! Well, there's a turn up for the books, eh? While I have bleated on and on in previous reviews about the necessity of suspending your disbelief when watching 24, this is about seventeen steps too far. Come on guys, are we really supposed to accept that every single person in the FBI, never mind the White House, actually believes that Bauer, the man who has saved America and the entire world countless times in the last ten or so years (that's show chronology, by the way) and has halted TWO terrorist attacks on the country in the last fourteen hours, would just abandon his MO and start ruthlessly killing valuable suspects and, even worse, a perfectly innocent United States Senator? Give over. Every time Jack's loyalty is called into question, he proves it. Every time someone questions one of his decisions, they are ultimately shown to be wrong and he is right. President Taylor would know this by now. Larry Moss would know this by now. Hell, the entire population of the Northern Hemisphere knows this by now. I cannot buy a single second of the clambering to accuse him of the deaths and while, yes, they sensibly have him contact the FBI and profess his innocence, the ease with which everyone jumps to the conclusion that Jack is a killer is just laughable and, above all else, bloody annoying. Presumably, the writers orchestrate this in the belief that it will create engaging conflict. Actually guys, it's about as engaging as watching twenty kids drag their nails down a chalkboard. While screaming. Get the analogy? If you can put all this aside, '9pm - 10pm' is actually quite enjoyable, however, and it's largely down to some stellar writing and acting in Bauer and Mayer's sequences together. There's a real believability to their conversation and the pair come across as actual flawed human beings rather than two dimensional ciphers for opposite sides of a political debate. Jon Voight's scenes continue to delight in their screwball lunacy, Carlo Rota actually gets something decent to do as the doting Miles O'Brien, completely owning Larry and Janis in the scene where he helps them, and Ethan looks like he's about to unravel after the revelation that his (supposed) misstep has led to a potentially crippling situation for the White House. Good to see this excellent actor getting something he can really sink his teeth into. Oh, and then there's that lovely trick with the screwdriver that Kiefer pulls off at episode's end. Now if only they could do all this without resorting to the frankly tired 'Jack vs. the world' motif. Sigh.moreless
Tim Guinee

Tim Guinee

Ken Dellao

Guest Star

Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché


Guest Star

Lucas Ford

Lucas Ford

FBI Administrative Agent

Guest Star

Carlo Rota

Carlo Rota

Morris O'Brian

Recurring Role

Sprague Grayden

Sprague Grayden

Olivia Taylor

Recurring Role

Rory Cochrane

Rory Cochrane

Greg Seaton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Senator Mayer enters his house, he switches off his alarm. Later, he walks into his office and we see Jack waiting for him. How did Jack get in without tripping the alarm?

    • At the end of the episode, when Jack is fighting Starkwood's mercenary Quinn, he throws a screwdriver through Quinn's bullet-proof vest.

    • When Agent Moss and his team assemble in the FBI office before going after Jack, you can see tape on the floor indicating where the actors should stand.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Senator Mayer: If you want me dead, Bauer, you will have to kill me where I stand.
      Jack: If I wanted to kill you, Senator, you'd be dead already! Now take a seat!

    • Jack: Of course I have regrets, Senator. I regret losing my family. My wife was murdered because I was responsible for protecting David Palmer during an assassination attempt. My daughter can't even look at me. Everyday I regret looking into the eyes of men, women and children knowing that any moment their lives might be deemed expendable in an effort to protect the greater good. I regret every decision or mistake that I might have made which resulted in the loss of a single innocent life. But do you know what I regret the most? Is that this world needs people like me.

    • Jack: Trust isn't my strongest asset.

  • NOTES (2)


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