24: Season 3, Episode 16

Day 3: 4:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m. (30 Mar. 2004)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sherry Palmer (as Penny Johnson Jerald)
Wayne Palmer (as DB Woodside)


After the interrogation goes nowhere, Jack and Chase let Amador escape hoping he will lead them to his client's location. Michelle places the hotel under quarantine and must make a difficult decision in how to handle the ensuing panic. President Palmer is put into a awkward position when handling the Milliken situation. Written by Derfel85

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After Michelle Dessler gives off two warning shots in the hotel, she is shown in total. One can clearly see that the slide of her pistol is locked back, indicating an empty magazine. Yet in the next close-up, the slide is forward again. See more »


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19 August 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Few TV episodes have had a cliffhanger like that of 24, Season 3, Hour 15, where CTU agent Gael Ortega (Jesse Borrego) was unable to remove the virus vial from the Chandler Plaza Hotel's ventilation system in time, standing there powerless as the virus hit him right in the face before spreading everywhere else.

The sixteenth episode expands on that dramatic event with a shocking revelation: normally, the incubation time of the virus is 14 hours, but Marcus Alvers (Lothaire Bluteau), a chemist working for Amador, has altered its composition to speed up the process, which is why Gael is bleeding heavily mere minutes after being exposed. Michelle, also at the hotel, is forced to put the place under quarantine and does her best to prevent an outbreak of mass panic. In the meantime, Jack and Chase let Amador escape hoping he will lead them to his client, and President Palmer has to decide whether or not to lie to protect Sherry from a police investigation.

This season has already featured some very strong moments (Jack's drug addiction, Chase and Amador being tortured, and, in a more emotional sense, Nina's execution), but nothing can be quite as disturbing as the sight of normal people - the hotel guests - realizing something's very wrong and their reactions when they discover most of them will die within a few hours. Even more unbearable is the notion that one of them could be Michelle, a character the audience has come to love over two seasons. Sure, it's a neat narrative trick to keep us interested, but regardless of that, few mainstream serials can claim to be this bold and, at times, explicit (Gael's agony is almost too hard to watch).

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