After last week's episode and the absolutely crushing death of President Hassan, I thought that we were out of the water for a little while and that this episode might flag in comparison. I was very wrong. This episode equalled, even bettered the emotional turmoil of last week, and was in my opinion exemplary in showing what 24 became famous for: that nobody is ever safe.
I often rely on TV.com to tell me how good or bad episodes of series are, so I am dismayed to see how poorly rated the episode is at no more than 8/10. I can only imagine that such ratings are either from people who are hanging on as best as they can to the (wrong) idea that this season is not as good as previous ones, or from those who wanted to see Jack and Renee to walk off into the sunset. 24 is one of the best shows on TV, because it refuses that tired old requirement for a happy ending - and this season has been the best example of that constant failure. Nothing has gone according to plan this season for the 'good' guys. And that is truly brilliant.