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The first season of 24 introduced two manipulative women whose equal
has not been seen in any movie or show ever since: Jack's colleague
Nina Myers (Sarah Clarke), actually a mole working for the Drazen
family, and David Palmer's wife Sherry (Penny Johnson), whom he left at
the end of the season because of her political scheming. With this
episode, they both return to the series in a positively intriguing way.
Okay, so Nina was brought back two hours ago, but this is her real moment in the spotlight, as the interrogation finally gets underway: with the President willing to grant her a pardon, she feels confident enough to toy with the CTU's expectations and be as elusive as possible regarding the nuke's location. Things take a different turn, however, when Jack asks to be left alone with her: after less than a minute she has a gun pointed at her head. Mason protests, only to realize Jack has a plan: if Nina thinks he'd rather avenge his wife's death than save Los Angeles, she loses her strategic advantage. In the same time-frame, Palmer's staff has to deal with a tragic accident, while the President himself receives an unexpected visit from Sherry, who claims to have proof of a conspiracy within the administration. Is it true, or is she just aiming to regain her ex-husband's trust?
In pure 24 style, that question remains unanswered for the moment, allowing Johnson (now a series regular) to shine in a rare mix of ambiguity, (lethal) charm and faultless wordplay - her character may not be trustworthy, but it's impossible to avert the eyes from her. Clarke is equally brilliant: a pure femme fatale in the first half of the episode, she reveals Nina's more fragile side once Bauer starts having it his way, and the sight of her squaring off with Sutherland again is a delight. Who said there are no meaty parts for women in the thriller genre?
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A furious Jack begins his interrogation of Nina. Palmer is surprised
and suspicious when his ex-wife Sherry Palmer (Penny Johnson Jerald)
returns and claims to have information about a conspiracy against him
from within his own administration. Kim and her boyfriend Miguel (Innis
Casey) plan to kidnap Megan from the hospital in order to take her out
of Los Angeles and away from the nuclear threat.
In summary,here the events that happened during that hour:
1.Reza's parents and find out about the questioning of Reza. Reza tells Tony Almeida that Bob Warner is responsible for the wire transfers into Syed Ali's account.
2.Sherry Palmer warns David Palmer about an alliance against him in his administration.
3.Kim Bauer rescues Megan Matheson from St. Virgil's Hospital. They escape in Gary Matheson's car.
4.Jack Bauer interrogates Nina Myers. He drugs Agent Ed Miller so he will be alone with Nina.
This is one great episode especially when Jack interrogates Nina and does it at all cost.It is truly classic and one reason why this show excelled.
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Jack's interrogation of Nina exceeded my highest expectations. The
blurred lines between revenge and seeking the truth were thrilling,
along with Jack's rationalizations for what he would do to her.
When Sherry told President Palmer that there were people working against him in the White House, it greatly reminded me of what she herself did in season 1 when she covered up murders and told the press he had survived the assassination attempt.
David Palmer did not know whether she was manipulating him or trying to help, but it didn't matter. He decided the country was more important than preventing Sherry's scheme. He swallowed his pride, proving how great a President he was- he put the people before himself.
Reza's story-line story-line finally achieved its potential, and Tony dealt with the situation flawlessly. He forced Reza to choose between getting arrested in front of his parents and revealing information. Of course, he cared his own parents more than his fiancé's parents, creating a solid motivation to reveal that his fiancé's dad- Bob Warner- was responsible for the wire transfers on Syed Ali's account. It is incredible to watch as their family begins to fall apart.
The cliffhanger at the end was stunning, and reminds viewers how fickle the characters truly are. We have no idea what Jack will do to Nina.
The only flaw was Kim's story-line, which has been weak this whole season.
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