24: 11:00PM - 12:00AM
(S07E16) "But I don't know anything... Mr. Hodges." - Tony
Nooooo! Jack Bauer cannot die! After last week's shocking conclusion, two questions have been on everyone's mind - just what exactly was Jack exposed to and more importantly, is he actually infected? Now that we have our answer, something tells me 24 might never be the same again.
So Jack did get infected and this toxin isn't some minor thing either - it's a variation of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and instead of killing slowly over a string of many months, this one does its job in two days. Think "mad cow" for humans. Turns your brain to mush. If you want to know more about CJD, I highly suggest reading "Deadly Feasts" by Richard Rhodes. Great book, but it'll scare the sh*t out of you because it's true.
So Jack has this variant of the disease and Sunny is quick to point out that there's no cure but at least Jack isn't contagious. Which is good... Jack Bauer stuck in an isolation tank for the final eight hours of this season wouldn't have been much fun. (Oh and speaking of Sunny, did anyone else find it weird that there wasn't at least one season three reference between her and Jack? Even a brief mention of something along the lines of "this CJD is ten times as worse than what the Salazar brothers were trying to buy" would have been fine. I just don't get the point of bringing back a minor character like that if there's no mention of the past.)
Anyway, there is supposedly no cure and that certainly ratchets up the tension for the remainder of the season. My gut says that there is a cure (I can't see Hodges getting near this stuff if there wasn't) and Jack will certainly get a dose of it at some point, but not before it does a little damage to his brain. We saw him with his shirt off this hour and his chest clearly has no more room for scars, so I guess his brain will have to pick up the slack.
As for the Starkwood mess, at first I thought Greg and Hodges (couldn't they pick names that aren't the same as CSI?) were trying to fool Tony. I thought that maybe they were playing him based on that brief "know your enemy" exchange. But it turns out that Greg was just really trying to save himself, despite the fact that he still had some loyalty to Jonas. So he duped Tony and Larry, got immunity for himself, and managed to lead the strike team to a different building. From his perspective, it's win/win. I'm guessing he gets killed next week - no way Jonas lets this one slide.
A few more thoughts...
How stupid is the President?!? Does she really not understand that her daughter is quite possibly the worst candidate for chief-of-staff?
Speaking of Olivia, bringing on Aaron as her personal CIA escort will be her own downfall. He might be trustworthy but he'll defend his country over Olivia in a heartbeat. I can't wait for the moment when he sees her doing something she shouldn't be.
Alright, so I've got to know what everyone else thinks about Jack. He obviously isn't going to die (he's already signed to do Day 8), but will the CJD have any adverse affects on him? Or is this just a gimmick to add tension? Any chance Jack turns into a zombie?