Season 8 Episode 21

Day 8: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 10, 2010 on FOX
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Jack makes contact with journalist Meredith Reed, offering her the true story of her lover President Hassan's death. Having detected this communication with CTU's resources, Pillard and the Russians set an ambush -- but thanks to an unforseen ally, Jack turns the tables on those hunting him. To the horror of Meredith Reed, Jack uses drastic measures to make the Russian assassin Pavel reveal who should be the next targets of Jack's vendetta.moreless

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  • The ends justify the means...

    ...a constant theme in 24, throughout all 8 seasons and the series' run. In short, this episode was astounding. It was exciting all the way through, filled with action, great twists and a significant cliffhanger. Jack has gotten more aggressive and violent in these last hours; he wants the conspirators to face justice and he is dishing it, one by one. Next week: Logan. When Jack picked up the phone and called back the last number, we all knew he was about to find out it was Logan. But there is a great significance with this. Charles Logan was involved in a conspiracy that killed many of the people Jack cared about, and in the end, never really faced justice. So, of all the people for Logan to be messing with, the LAST ONE should be JACK BAUER, especially on his last and most personal day yet.

    Other interesting scenes were the shootout in the mall, President Taylor's ability to look in Dalia Hassan's eyes and know that her husbands assassins haven't been brought to justice. Also, Logan picking his tie, his control over President Taylor and how "revolutionary" this treaty must really be, stained with the blood of hundreds. Ironically, killing is what brings peace.

    Also, Chloe can't make up her mind on who she's with and decides to find Jack to help him. Cole seems betrayed by Jack over Dana's "execution". And in one of the GREATEST scenes of 24 ever, Jack Bauer tortures Renee's assassin and realizes that sometimes, the end doesn't justify the means. Only three hours left of 24 ever! And its becoming extremely hard to go from week to week. In these last hours, 24 has sky rocketed to new levels and has become my weekly shot of adrenaline, building up to the most anticipated 24 finale ever! Its been an awesome 8 seasons, and 24 will be missed...

    Next week: Jack wears full cover body armor and attacks Logan's motorcade and kidnaps him....... need I say more. Oh yeah.

    [Jack]: "You're gonna tell me everything I wanna know!"

    The look in Logans eyes are priceless.moreless
  • The character assassination of Jack Bauer

    This final stretch of episodes of "24" has caused quite the division among fans. Some see everything since the death of Renee Walker as a slow but steady example of character assassination, both for Jack Bauer and President Taylor. Others (including Howard Gordon, executive producer for "24") see this as the usual tragedy that befalls Jack. There's little question where this reviewers stands.

    This episode continues the process that began in earnest with Dana's murder. Jack's torture and killing of Renee's killer has absolutely nothing to do with justice; it's turned into a cold, calculated vendetta. And frankly, it's still one that is hard to reconcile. The thing about Jack is that he has rarely tortured someone out of vindictive anger. There may be some of that in the mix, but the point is always the mission.

    In this instance, that's not necessarily the case, especially since he keeps bringing up Renee in the midst of the agonizing bloodletting. And if it's about revenge, then once again the question is: how is that different from what Tony was doing in the seventh season, when it was clearly an amoral choice, especially in Jack's eyes?

    More than that, why wasn't Jack ready and willing to go to such lengths with Nina Myers? After all, Jack knew Nina was the one who killed Teri, and Jack had been married to Teri for a hell of a lot longer than he even knew Renee. Why, then, the disproportionate response? Considering that Jack was repeatedly dealing with Nina for the first three seasons, he had the opportunity to let personal feelings overcome his better judgment. And for some of that time, he was strung out on heroin!

    Compare that to his relationship with Renee. It made sense for the two of them to fall into a relationship because of their similar personal crises. Jack had just overcome his own time in the abyss, and he had to feel partially responsible for Renee's own descent. The attraction was palpable between them in the seventh season, so the eventual progression was no surprise. But if Jack was willing to all but ignore Renee for nearly two years after she was dismissed from the FBI, does it make sense for his response to her death to eclipse his response to Teri's death?

    Of course, the writers try to justify this by having Jack uncover direct evidence that Charles Logan was behind Renee's killing and the attempt on Jack's life. This will inevitably be used as the justification for why the Russians made the ridiculous decision to take out Jack and Renee, when they were overtly out of the game. (Because killing them wouldn't be a massive red flag to the counter-terrorism world that something was still amiss. Not at all.)

    It was clear from the moment that Logan appeared on the scene that he was neck-deep in the terrorist plot, and that he was using the situation to regain power and prestige. And of course, the writers will point to that as justification for Jack's actions. But here's the problem: Jack didn't know that his actions would result in meaningful intelligence. It was all about getting the name of his next victim. To defend Jack's actions in this instance is to say that the ends justify the means, which was exactly Tony's point of view last season.

    What the seventh season underscored was the principle underneath Jack's actions. Jack was capable and willing to use horrible means to achieve his ends, but only when there was a higher purpose to his actions. There had to be a logical rationale, based on experience or information. The road to Hell may be paved with good intentions, but Jack would happily agree that his personal hell of conscience and consequence was his willing tradeoff for the good and security of his country.

    It's not about giving Jack a "happily ever after" ending. Jack has done too much and gone too far to ever have complete piece of mind. That, too, was part of the point of the seventh season. Jack came to terms with the cost of his years of service. It's hard to imagine how he could end his journey (since the producers have already said the film will not be connected to the series' continuity) by betraying the principles he has demonstrated since Day 1.

    The predictable connection between Logan and the terrorist plot, now that it is revealed, further undermines whatever facile argument might have been offered for President Taylor's decision to rely on Logan's judgment. With Jack now on the rampage, not caring about who gets caught in the crossfire, Taylor is completely compromised, and her character assassination is effectively complete.

    There may come a time, before the final tick of the clock, when Jack decides that his thirst for vengeance has been fulfilled. Inevitably, the audience will be expected to accept that moment for what it is. But for many fans, the line has already been crossed.

    Overall, this episode continues the mind-boggling character assassination of Jack Bauer, with no end in sight. While the action continues to live up to the "24" standard, it's hard to reconcile the logic behind Jack's current descent.moreless
  • Good ole Jack

    Well that was a ride. I must admit season 8 is a mixed bag. There is absolutely no doubt that the season had its down, trading water and all but hell it also had its up and the second half of the season had some impressive episodes so far. All and all, I`m satisfied with this last season and there is potential for some memorable ending.

    Right now, Jack Bauer is as bada** and unpredictable as ever...the writers are giving us the best of Bauer for this last run: the good ole Jack Bauer. The torture scene was absolutely intense, brutal and epic. I used to hate seeing torture scenes in the show cause after 8 seasons, they`ve become dull and boring but here is the proof they can still be done well. Words cannot express how I am thrilled to see Charles Logan back this season and the ending was fantastic. Hell, we even got Michael Madsen raising hell with Jack. Can`t ask for more, the writers are doing a perfect job to end this 8 years run in style.moreless
  • This Is The Final Countdown!

    24 is finally comming to a full circle and in its finale is better than ever!.

    It´s a shame that the season started so weak and dissappointing because i could be talking about one of the best days of Jack Bauer.

    But despite its start, the day is getting better so much.

    And this episode is another perfect proof of it.

    Kiefer Sutherland makes a perfect performance. He makes that the audience can see a never seen before Jack Bauer.

    The level of the episode is the highest and also this episode is so special because it contains the best torture scene in the show EVER!.

    Finally we get the final four episodes!.

    Can you predict how everything will end?.moreless
  • Why make the last season another save the world cliche with a 'do the right thing' outlook? I like the direction the writers took making Jack's last vendetta a personal one.moreless

    Take names in the morning, kick butt in the evening then move on to the next target. Whether we like it or not, this is the Jack we all wanted to see since season 1 episode 24. We all know that Jack will not 'walk off into the sunset' this time, but it's good to see him finally getting some sort of justice for everything he has endured.

    This episode didn't disappoint after last weeks climatic ending. The only thing I didn't care for was Cole's 'emotional love sick puppy' attitude towards wanting to avenge Dana's death despite her constant double crossing and humiliation she bought upon him. 'Jack executed her in cold blood'. Lol, give me a break, after the lies she told him, I wouldn't be too mad about that. I guess in the real world (or tv land) you have to have a character who wants to 'do the right thing' even though he should be glad that Dana is no longer a problem. Maybe Cole represents the innocence and naive outlook on life that Jack might have had during his early years in CTU before discovering how shady things really are.

    Even though you can smell a showdown between Jack and Cole coming with Chloe possibly being caught in the middle, maybe even Jack's hostage, it will still be exciting to see.

    And last but not least, Logan may be Silent Clock #3! As long as Jack can finish him off, I'll be happy. The look on Jack's face when he heard Logan's name on the voice mail was priceless. With the excitement of these last episodes, I would much rather a season 9 of 24 then a 2 hour movie with everything crammed into one short story.

    Anyhow it looks like Jack will be going out with a bang and even though you can feel his demise coming, he'll hopefully be able to take most of the conspirators with him.moreless
Michael Madsen

Michael Madsen

Jim Ricker

Guest Star

Joel Bissonnette

Joel Bissonnette

Pavel Tokarev

Guest Star

Thomas Ryan

Thomas Ryan

Gary Klausner

Guest Star

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Charles Logan

Recurring Role

Reed Diamond

Reed Diamond

Jason Pillard

Recurring Role

Graham McTavish

Graham McTavish

Mikhail Novakovich

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Jack is watching the video of Dana talking to Pavel it has him getting up to get a drink and then all of a sudden she is on screen and they are facing each other. When Ricker is watching the video later, you see her walk on screen.

    • The loop that Arlo made shows Cole sitting in a corner, however, when the loop ends, Cole is standing at the door of the cell. That would easily reveal the loop.

    • When Chloe asks Cole about Jack, she mentions that she only has 90 seconds before Arlo's hack is traced. However, Arlo's earlier text reveals that Chloe is safe for only 60 seconds.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Dana becomes the first character to have lines in an episode after they have been killed, but this is only due to the fact that it is of a video that she made.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: June 8, 2010 on 7TWO
      Norway: June 28, 2010 on TV2 Zebra
      Latin America: July 12, 2010 on FOX
      Finland: November 22, 2010 on MTV3