24 (2001–2010)
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5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m. 

Jack meets up with Teri at the hospital where they wait to talk to Janet about Kim. Palmer confronts his family about the cover up.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Bauer
... Teri Bauer
... Nina Myers
... Kim Bauer
... Senator David Palmer
... Ira Gaines
... Rick Allen
... Dan Mounts
... Janet York
... Jamey Farrell
... Mike Novick
... Carl Webb
... Milo Pressman
... Susan Collier
... Sherry Palmer


On the day of the California Presidential Primary, between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM, Jack Bauer asks for security in the hospital for Janet, who is recovering from a cardiac arrest in the surgery, since he believes her life is in danger. Kim helps Rick to bury Dean. Carl tells David Palmer that he had covered up what Keith did with Gibson and Sherry knew. He finds that Nicole also knew that Keith killed Gibson, and feeling that he is losing more than the election, he goes to the campaign advisor of the party Mike Novick and tells him the truth. Mike tells David to disclose the truth to the press early in the morning before Maureen Kingsley since the electors could forgive him. Jack goes to the hospital, tells the truth to Teri and explains that the wall he had built between his work and his family was falling apart. Ira Gaines calls Jack and forces him to leave the hospital. Meanwhile Alan, who actually works for Gaines, kills Janet and lures Teri, driving her to a distant location to meet... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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18 December 2001 (USA)  »

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Up to this point, Fox had been showing repeats of each episode on Friday evenings at 9:00 P.M. in an effort to allow viewers to catch up on missed programs. Fox decided to stop the re-runs due to bad ratings, though they continued to rebroadcast each week's episode on their cable outlet, F-X. See more »


(at around 30 mins) A crew member's fingers enter the shot on the left side next to Teri. See more »


Carl Webb: [to Palmer, about the cover-up concerning Palmer's son] Before you finish crucifying me, save some nails for your wife.
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24 Theme
Written by Sean Callery
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"That's right, we're watching you."
8 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

The first five episodes of Day 1, no matter how brilliant (and believe me, they are), can now be considered a warm-up: this sixth hour is when things start turning in a more complex, suspenseful and occasionally shocking direction.

Following the discovery of a corpse in Greg Penticoff's car, Jack has it sent to CTU for identification, whereas he, having convinced Mason he is innocent, goes off to the hospital where his wife and Alan York are still monitoring the fate of Alan's daughter Janet. Alas, he barely manages to enter the building before he receives a phone call from Ira Gaines, the man who is holding Kim prisoner and now controls all of Jack's moves. Simultaneously, David Palmer confronts his family about the incriminating news and faces a shocking truth.

Previously, the real-time technique alone gave a sort of "I'm watching you" impression; now, with the introduction of an actual watchman, tensions and complexities are brought to a whole new level. The real attraction of this episode, however, is Penny Johnson's character: as I saw Season 2 first, I already knew Sherry Palmer was a manipulative, untrustworthy woman, but seeing her unveil her darker side for the first time still provides me with a genuine thrill. That, and the truly imaginative twist at the end of the hour - one of the show's finest cliffhangers.

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