24 (2001–2010)
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Day 2: 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m. 

Jack is captured by a group of men working for an oil magnate named Peter Kingsley who's looking to capitalize on the coming war. Lynne Kresge discovers that Vice-President Prescott is ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Warner
President David Palmer
Michelle Dessler
Mike Novick
Lynne Kresge
Carrie Turner
Yusuf Auda
Jonathan Wallace
Vice President Jim Prescott
Ronnie Stark
Danny Dessler (as Justin Louis)


Jack is captured by a group of men working for an oil magnate named Peter Kingsley who's looking to capitalize on the coming war. Lynne Kresge discovers that Vice-President Prescott is planning on seizing the presidency by way of the 25th Amendment. President Palmer deals with some increasingly impatient Joint Chiefs of Staff. Kate and Yusef are attacked by angry American citizens when they try to get the chip behind the Ali recording back to CTU. Written by Derfel85

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15 April 2003 (USA)  »

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The writers originally planned to use O'Hara as Jack's tormentor in this episode, but they decided to use the character of Ronnie Stark instead, saving O'Hara's action for the next hour. See more »


The phone lines go down due to the heavy phone traffic after the nuclear explosion. So CTU and the presidential staff switch over to using SAT-phones. Yet, Tony is able to call Chappelle's cellphone. Tony is using a SAT-phone himself, but if all the networks are down, He should not be able to call Chappelle's cellphone. See more »


Jack Bauer: It's not for sale.
Peter Kingsley: If somebody wants to buy it, it's for sale.
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Hello, Tobin
1 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Day 2, hour 19: things get really ugly for Jack and President Palmer, as the imminent war with the Middle East seems increasingly less likely to avoid and the real interests behind the conflict are revealed.

Palmer-wise, the situation escalates when the President has to deal with impatient Joint Chiefs and Jim Prescott reveals his plan to Chief of Staff Mike Novick (Jude Ciccolella): to take over the Presidency through the 25th Emendment. Meanwhile, Jack has managed to retrieve a chip from Wallace's corpse and instructs Kate and Yusuf to take it back to CTU as it can prove the Cyprus recording was manufactured by the men behind the nuclear bomb. However, Kate and Yusuf are attacked by angry citizens who mistake the Arabic agent for a terrorist, while Jack himself is abducted and tortured by a group of men working for the cynical businessman Peter Kingsley (Tobin Bell).

This is one of the most violent episodes of the series, in fact it received some criticism when it originally aired, thanks to the torture scene. It is also brilliant in establishing the motive the villains have for unleashing the conflict with the Middle East: they don't care how many people will die in the process, as long as their oil stocks benefit from the war. Such a revelation is very relevant in that it reflects our time perfectly: it's all about business.

Plus, there's Tobin Bell, aka Jigsaw, Agent Dreyer from Alias and other notorious bad guys, most of them of the small-screen type (see Seinfeld too, for example). Introduced quite late in the game, as befits a criminal mastermind, he uses his one-minute appearance to instill an immediate sense of menace that doesn't lift after-wards. Now, who said the villains on 24 are rubbish?

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