4 from 24: More on hour 15
*If you haven't watched the new episode of 24 yet, don't read any more, unless you want to find out what happened.*
Viewers are getting restless. And they're grumbling. Across the blogosphere. Among TV critics. And the buzz isn't good. People are hoping that things turn around for 24 and their boy Jack Bauer soon. 'Cause the most recent episode . . . well, 'twas disappointing.
Nonetheless, I'll try to be positive (and snarky) as I recap four select moments from this week's episode:
Quote of note: It's a Chloe O'Brian "quote of note" victory. Again. Three weeks in a row. "We all thought she was guilty. This is gonna be awkward," our gal Chloe said as Nadia Yassir prepared to rejoin her CTU colleagues after Yassir was briefly detained for suspected treasonous behavior.
Moment of tension between White House staffers: This one goes to Vice President Noah Daniels when he learned that Sandra Palmer was screwing him out of his power play and was planning to attempt to wake her presidential brother from his coma in order to stop Daniels from nuking the Country Whose Name We Shall Not Mention. Daniels started screaming at President Wayne Palmer's doctor over the phone telling him not to rouse the president. When the ballsy doctor refused to obey him, Daniels barked, "Cut the crap! We both know what's going on here!"
Quote of note II: "You are the only one who can give him the chance to do what he believes in . . . Give him that chance. Ask yourself what Wayne would want you to do," pleaded National Security Advisor Karen Hayes to Sandra Palmer. Maybe it's that it's so close to Easter, but this made me think that the writers have inadvertently happened upon a new catch-phrase, "What would Wayne do?"
ACLU nightmare moment of the week: On most weeks, it's pretty easy to select a scene from 24 that would be objectionable to the ACLU. But not this week. The best I could come up with was the scene where Jack and his team infiltrated the home of Mark Hauser, the security consultant, and shot Mark while his scared brother Brady shielded his own face. Other than shooting Mark from My So-Called Life, for the first time this season, I was pretty stumped on this one. Maybe the 24 writers are absorbing the barrage of torture criticism after all.