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5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. 

Jack poses as Alexis Drazen and goes to meet a contact who has vital information. However, a CTU agent with a grudge against Jack might risk the success of the mission. Dr. Parslow takes Teri back to the Bauer house.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Bauer
... Teri Bauer
... Nina Myers
... Kim Bauer
... Senator David Palmer
... Andre Drazen
... Keith Palmer
... George Mason
... Rick Allen
... Mike Novick
... Frank Allard
... Patty Brooks
... Dr. Phil Parslow
... Jovan Myovic
... Teddy Hanlin


On the day of the California Presidential Primary, between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM, Alexis receives a phone call and Jack discovers that the criminal has scheduled a payoff in twenty minutes. Jack poses as Alexis, but his backup is Teddy Hanlin, the former partner of one corrupt agent that Jack sent to prison that has a deep resentment against Jack and jeopardizes the mission. Mason hides from Jack that his family is missing. Teri still has amnesia caused by the deep emotional trauma, and Dr. Phil Parslow drives her home under her request. Kim is trapped in Rick's house by Dan's brother Frank. David Palmer tests his wife with a fake tape in the safe and decides to call the press for a conference. Agent Williams, who is protecting the Bauer's house, is murdered by a terrorist while Dr. Parslow and Teri are arriving. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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2 April 2002 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Mrs. Palmer is on the phone talking about being happy with the New York showings. These are primary elections, each state holds them on different dates. As the show specifically says the day of the California primary election, we know its the first week or so in June. However, the New York primary would have been over in April. See more »


When the Palmer leaves the room after talking with Sherry, the frame on the wall is opened as well as the safe. When he leaves though, outside, from the mirror reflection you see the frame is closed. See more »


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Trust is running out
20 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Following the thread of the previous show, Episode 18 keeps analyzing trust, or rather the lack of trust that emerges between the series' main characters.

Jack, who seemed to have enough problems already, must deal with the stabbing of Alexis Drazen by Elizabeth Nash, an event that might compromise everything the good people have been fighting for: the assassin was supposed to make a pay-off at 5.20 p.m., so now Jack has to pose as Alexis for the sake of the operation. Teri, still suffering from amnesia, asks Dr. Harslow, an alleged friend of the family, to take her home, unaware of the presence of hit men outside the house. Kim, seeking comfort in Rick's house, finds herself in new trouble as visitors show up with no good intentions. As for Palmer, he tests his wife's loyalty for the last time before deciding whether he should disclose the Ferragamo incident to the public.

A lot of stuff happens in this episode. Fortunately, the writers are able to keep everything together, ensuring all scenes succeed in keeping the viewer alert (minus the pointless Teri storyline, which is thankfully featured less prominently than before). The suspense is kept high as usual, most notably in an unpredictably tense sequence, the tension deriving from the fact no villain is actually present: the problem is Teddy Hanlin (Kirk Baltz, aka the ear-less cop from Reservoir Dogs), whose friends were turned in by Jack for taking bribes, decides to scare Bauer while they're waiting for Alexis' contact to arrive, providing five minutes of thrills by merely talking. Most movies wish they got anywhere near that quality level.

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