Season 8 Episode 20

Day 8: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 03, 2010 on FOX
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Jack enlists Cole's help in tracking Dana Walsh down, while the peace talks continue with Dalia Hassan taking her late husband's place.

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  • A return to bad habits

    In an interview posted to TV Guide Online shortly after this episode aired, Howard Gordon admitted what many fans already knew: that the writers were back to their old ways, making things up as they went along. It's the tactic that satisfied the ennui of the writers' room by keeping things frantic and exciting, but it's also the tactic that led them, time and again, to rely on the same old tropes.

    So it was with the revelation that Dana had always been a mole for the Russians. Gordon gleefully explains how they knew it didn't fit what had been revealed, but that it would be all the more fun to make it work. As Dana's journey comes to an end with this episode, it's clear that the writers didn't try hard enough, since her character's story makes no sense at all.

    So Gordon and his hack writing staff want the devoted fans to believe that a juvenile convict in the middle of the rural South would be chosen by the Russians to become a mole in the latest iteration of the nation's premier counter-terrorism organization as part of a worldwide conspiracy? How does that make the slightest bit of sense? Sure, it may explain how Dana managed to get her expertise and credentials, but it doesn't even begin to explain why she was selected!

    Nor does it explain, at all, why Kevin and his psychopathic partner would be allowed to interfere with Dana's activities in CTU on the day that the Russians' plan came to fruition. Instead of all those secret phone calls and meetings that only made her activities more conspicuous, she could have easily had her Russian handlers take out Kevin and anyone who came looking for him. This was never a good subplot, but this ending makes it completely ludicrous.

    Of course, this is the same executive producer who continues to think that sending Jack on the path of vengeance at all costs is a great idea. Others have defended this notion since Renee's murder, claiming that Jack was never meant to have a happy ending. However, it's not about Jack having a happy ending or even complete peace. Obviously, Jack Bauer will always have one foot in the counter-terrorism world, even if he's living in Kim' house with his granddaughter on his knee (especially with a film franchise on the horizon).

    The problem is that the seventh season was about demonstrating how Jack Bauer, a man with principle willing to take extreme measures for the greater good, had found the perfect balance between person regret, nihilistic amorality, and patriotism. Nearly every other character in the seventh season was closer to some extreme. Jack, over the course of his various trials and tribulations, had come out of self-imposed exile to a newfound personal clarity.

    Instrumental to that end was the contrast provided by Tony Almeida's descent. Tony, much like Jack, had lost everything. This left him with nothing but a desire for vengeance against those who were behind his wife and unborn child's deaths. Nothing was sacred in the face of that goal. And as one would expect, this is ultimately what made him the villain of the seventh season.

    By the end of this episode, Jack is right on the same kind of course. There's no telling how far he will go, if he's willing to gun down an unarmed woman in an act of vengeance. Jack's usual moral compass is shattered. In essence, everything about Jack that stood at the center of the seventh season's focus is rendered obsolete. Jack is no better than Tony was, and Tony had betrayed everything that Jack honored.

    Unfortunately, this is what happens when writers abandon their plans and make things up as they go along, with no eye to consistency. All that matters is the current need for a plot. Hence the ongoing subplot of President Taylor violating her own ideals every time Charles Logan opens his mouth.

    It's still possible that the writers intend for Jack and President Taylor to redeem themselves before the end. President Taylor can realize what Logan is trying to do, purge his influence, and then set Chloe free to talk some sense into Jack. The question is whether or not this will be a convincing enough resolution for this situation, the season, and the series.

    Overall, this episode continues the ill-advised direction that began with Renee's murder. The writers admit to falling back into the bad habits that led to the lackluster sixth season, and don't seem to recognize how the current direction contradicts the entire point of the seventh season. It's becoming less and less likely that this final season will end on a high note.moreless
  • Great Episode with a cameo from J.J. Abrams

    Yes, it's him. In the last act right after the ticking clock when Jason Pillar handed some kind of paper to him. It's like 3 or 4 seconds.

    Could anybody confirm this? The episode itself is one of the best i've seen in 8 seasons of 24, Jack is looking for revenge/justice no matter the cost, all of sudden President Taylor is not that nice anymore and one thing everybody is wisshing is that Jack go after Logan after taking care of the russians.

    Why the writers didn't kept this kind of pace all season long? In the end I think I'm gonna miss this show badly.moreless
  • One of the most Shocking Endings of The Day!

    This last episode is simply perfect!.

    With the greatness from episode 16 itself. It´s really breathtaking, surprising, so well acted, spectacular and shocking... Really shocking!.

    Jack rescues Dana, helped by Cole, in order to has all the proofs that she said him to discover all the people involved in the tragic events of the day.

    Meanwhile, the President continues following Logan advises.

    The ending of 24 looks like an enormous tragedy, which is comming to us since episode 16 and is unstoppable.

    I haven´t seen Jack like this time before, there are so many important people died and the events which are happening now are so fast paced, surprising and with a shocking ending, like in this one.

    The ending of this episode leaves you shocked, without words and in the edge of your seat.

    It´s really unexpected and terryfing the way that Jack´s character takes in the final episodes.

    Simply WOW!.

    The ending is really here!.

    Anything can happens!.

    And i want to see more right now!.moreless
  • Awesome episode. Very exciting and tense! Beware of some big spoilers if you haven't seen it...

    Oh My God! I cant believe Jack killed her in cold blood! He truely has lost it! I was so completely shocked. I still can't believe it. It was exciting and Im glad she's dead, but at the same time it does make me sad, because it just shows that Jack really is losing it. He's never slipped from his morals before even with everything that has ever happened to him. We saw it going when he betrayed the President... even though maybe we all agreed he was right. But even then you could see him starting to slip... and now this! Its sad! There's no going back from this and I can't see now how he won't end up in jail or dead. I have to honestly say, I am hoping if this truely is the last season that they end it by killing him off. He can't end up in jail or anything like that. That would be even worse! I'm excited to see how they play all of this out!moreless
  • Silent Clock #3 may be coming sooner than we think! Jack has not gone over the edge, he simply has reached his breaking point and no longer gives a damn. After all he's endured since Season 1, can you really blame him?moreless

    A few reviews paint Jack crossing over to the dark side' but let's be real. When you take into account all the hardships, tragedies and betrayal Jack has dealt with since season 1, enough is enough. I think the writer's took the ending in a good direction. Honestly, many of you naysayers would probably have reacted the same way Jack did if you were faced with that situation. Who is going to think rational after what Dana did to not only Jack, but anyone who got in her way, even though she technically didn't kill Renee.

    I never cared for Dana Walsh's story and was not surprised when she turned out to be the mole (an ongoing cliche of 24) but she definitely 'kept it gangsta' and pulled no punches when her back was against the wall unlike that squeaky mouse Jamey Farrell from the 1st season. Lol. I laugh every time I think about how Tony and Nina had her backed up against the wall confessing her misdeeds. (squeak, squeak!) Lol.

    This episode was an attention keeper from start to finish with good performances from Keither, Freddie and Katee. The action scenes during Dana's rescue moved the episode along at a great pace. Once Dana was captured, I knew she had another trick up her sleeve and hot damn if she didn't disappoint once Cole took the pistol out of that safety deposit box! The final showdown between Jack and Dana ended very realistic when you take into account someone who looses almost everyone he grows fond of and the only person who has answers is a snake who will kill you in at the drop of a dime. Dana finally got what was coming to her.

    Last but not least, Logan's cowardly deception in full effect doing all he can to stop Jack from finding out about him! I wouldn't be surprised if Logan meets his demise as well before it's all over. Jack is a loose cannon now with nothing to lose. This is the Jack that is a product of 7 seasons of pain and suffering he has dealt with. Hopefully Jack will give them hell and go out with a bang.

    Sure Season 8 started off a tad bit slow and took a minute to gain momentum, but the season started to gear into full steam at episode 8 once Renee made it back to CTU, this season took flight like a space shuttle. Props to the writer's for not being afraid to push the envelope.moreless
D.B. Sweeney

D.B. Sweeney

Mark Bledsoe

Guest Star

Joel Bissonnette

Joel Bissonnette

Pavel Tokarev

Guest Star

Ryan Alosio

Ryan Alosio


Guest Star

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Charles Logan

Recurring Role

Nazneen Contractor

Nazneen Contractor

Kayla Hassan

Recurring Role

Reed Diamond

Reed Diamond

Jason Pillard

Recurring Role

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