24: Season 4, Episode 17

Day 4: 11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. (11 Apr. 2005)

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Jack's only hope of keeping the President's nuclear football (a computer containing the codes of America's nuclear facilities) out of Marwan's hands lies in two innocent campers who ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Girard
Kelly Girard
Steve Simmons
Abdul Mahnesh (as Matt Gallini)


Jack's only hope of keeping the President's nuclear football (a computer containing the codes of America's nuclear facilities) out of Marwan's hands lies in two innocent campers who witnessed the crash of Air Force One. Meanwhile, Mike Novick wants to immediately have Presidential authority shifted over to Vice President Charles Logan. Written by Derfel85

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When the rescue team enters Air Force One, the people at CTU see what happens due to the simulcast of the camera of one of the agents present. You can see his name in the upper left corner of the picture. It is Cassar, a reference to director Jon Cassar. See more »


Air Force One was reported as going down in the vicinity of Indio, California, which is approximately 120 miles due southeast of Los Angeles. Also, telemetry showed Air Force One on a southwesterly course before disappearing from radar. But when Audrey told Jack about the "nuclear football", she said it was 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles, "in the desert". Drawing a line 40 miles northeast of Downtown L.A. would mark a location in the vicinity of the Crystal Lake Recreation Area, in the San Gabriel Mountains, due north of Asuza, and not in a desert. Also, it would be impossible for debris from a plane to be thrown that far off-course. It would've been more logical to say the "football" was somewhere north of the Salton Sea. See more »


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Show Is On A Roll - Another Outstanding Episode!
13 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, this is really cool stuff. So far, this is an excellent season of "24" with one interesting dramatic scene after the other, and quite varied in the action. Most of the recent weeks have been outstanding shows, and this one is, too.

We find out Air Force One is down but not everyone on board was killed. The President is still alive but severely injured. The Vice President, oddly portrayed as a reluctant leader who has a too gung-ho adviser, is told he has to take charge.

The main focus is on rescue teams going to the plane crash scene and retrieving a "nuclear football," a briefcase loaded with the codes and location of the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal. It is so valuable it goes wherever the President goes. It has a tracking device, and the terrorists know this, too. The drama in this episode is regarding that, and a young married couple out camping in the area of the crash who come upon this "football." Without going on and on, suffice to say it's very tense and fun to watch as good guys and bad guys all race to get that information. The long action and suspense scene with the campers, Jack and the terrorists at and abandoned warehouse is very intense.

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