24 (2001–2010)
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Jack has a final confrontation with Gaines as a CTU chopper heads to the compound. Nina and Tony talk to Jamey's mother in order to learn why she was helping the assassins. Carl Webb ... See full summary »



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Jack has a final confrontation with Gaines as a CTU chopper heads to the compound. Nina and Tony talk to Jamey's mother in order to learn why she was helping the assassins. Carl Webb threatens Palmer to keep quiet about the murder once and for all. CTU learns that more assassins are on their way to LA. Written by Derfel85

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26 February 2002 (USA)  »

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Had it not been picked up further than its original 13 episodes, the series would have ended with Jack, Teri, and Kimberly in the chopper. See more »


The henchman that is looking for Jack's wife and daughter in the shack is called away to regroup by Gaines, and exits via some steps. After he has finished walking down the few steps, sound effects of footsteps descending steps can still be heard. See more »


Jack Bauer: [over a walkie-talkie] You're losing blood.
Ira Gaines: Not enough to stop me from killing you.
Jack Bauer: Maybe neither of us has to die.
Ira Gaines: Like I said, Jack, I don't have that choice.
Jack Bauer: Well, maybe at least you can tell me what's going on.
[Gaines is silent as he looks for Jack]
Jack Bauer: Cofell. He mentioned something about Belgrade. That was a military operation, how's Palmer connected to that?
Ira Gaines: You were there, Jack, you should know.
Jack Bauer: Let's say I don't.
Ira Gaines: [after a long pause] Neither do I. The less I know, the better I can do my job,...
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"Who's they?"
18 December 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Had the show not been picked up for the entire season, the first day of 24 would have ended with this episode. Luckily, that didn't happen (could you imagine the series being renamed 13?), although that doesn't mean this wouldn't have been a powerful conclusion.

Picking up from the final minutes of the twelfth hour, bullets keep marking the ground as Jack's showdown with Ira Gaines reaches its final stage with a little help from CTU, who have sent a chopper just in case. In another part of the city, on the other hand, David Palmer has a an animated discussion with Carl Webb regarding what looks a lot like the murder of George Ferragamo, Keith's therapist, discovering the situation is more complicated than he had imagined.

Unusually for a thriller series, this episode takes a few minutes to be a bit preachy. Rest assured, though: the message it is trying to send is not tagged on, but plays a vital role in the dramatic construction. "Part of getting a second chance is taking responsibility for the mess you made in the first place." Jack reminds Rick, the boy who kidnapped is daughter and then helped her escape. That phrase doesn't apply to that young man alone: it is certainly an important lesson for Kim, who snuck out of the house and sort of began the whole sorry deal, but most of all it reflects the personality of Bauer himself, who has consistently reminded us of how he is struggling to keep his family together again. It is all in one simple sentence, one that finds its negative counterpart in the words Carl uses to justify his actions: "Every engine leaves waste. It's the physics of the situation.". In the end, it is always about the same thing: power, and how to use it, something that Palmer realizes way too late (his reaction, a mix of anger and true dignity, should have gotten Haysbert an Emmy). Speaking of power, another priceless moment is the look on Michael Massee's face when his character understands it is all over and leaves the show like few villains can, throwing in the remark "They wanted to make it personal" and thus confirming that everyone's initial thoughts about the assassination plot were dead wrong.

Not a bad ending, after all. Thankfully, ratings and reviews were good enough to ensure the remaining eleven shows got to air.

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