Review: '24' - '9:00PM-10:00PM'
by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 2nd 2010 6:20AM
(S08E06) "If you're talking about what I think you're talking about, we don't do that anymore." - Hastings to Jack, on using unsavory methods with the Russians
Oh, snap. The Russians may have bought Renee's cover, but that doesn't mean she's out of danger. Just the opposite, especially given the fact that she's a loose cannon and doesn't seem to care whether she lives or dies at this point. Or maybe that's not necessarily true.
At the beginning of this episode, I wrote in my notes that you just know the relationship she once had with Vladimir will come crashing down eventually. And by the time I got done writing that note, it did. Vlad wants more, and even apologized for treating her badly and trying to rape her one night long ago. "It's good to see you," he said. "You're going to make me start losing sleep again ... you want this just as much as I do."
But Renee is having none of it, which makes me think she's not as tough as she makes herself out to be. If she was, she wouldn't mind cozying up to Vlad in order to stay undercover and keep the mission on track. "I'm going dark," she tells Jack, and takes her bug out. It's really interesting to see the role switch between Jack and Renee. Usually he's the live wire, but now he's in the position of having to look after her.
And that Vlad is some catch, eh? "Look, I was just trying to make things right. You don't have to be such a bitch about it." Way to get the girl. The whole thing is a house of cards.
Meanwhile, Dana is still stressed out over Wade's hold on her. She doesn't seem that far up the food chain at CTU to be able to create a key card and talk him through the security codes to get the impounded drugs out of the warehouse. And .. "I help you do this, and you never call me again," she tells him. "That's the deal." Riiiggghhhttt ...
And the whole situation with Arlo, Chloe and Dana at CTU reminds me so much of the early days of '24,' with Tony, Michelle and Chloe all giving each other the eye at the old CTU. "Oh yeah, I'm jealous," Chloe taunts at Arlo. "Won't you stare at my ass as I walk away?" And of course, he does.
Let's talk about Jack and Ortiz. Jack made no bones about the fact that he's in charge and Oriz better follow his lead. Even though Ortiz has some experience and was involved in a similar operation, Jack knows that one little slip-up can bring the whole operation down. What do you bet that Ortiz will make some bad decision on his own that causes things to fall apart? Fortunately, he had Jack's back tonight.
Jack as a a bespectacled, cigarette-smoking buyer! Don't turn your back on them, Jack! But of course, he was ready for anything, thank goodness.
And what's up with Bazhaev? Josef and Oleg really hit the jackpot with him as a dad, didn't they? "There are rules, Josef, and they must never be broken." Then he pumps several bullets into Oleg's chest. "Never disobey me again," he tells his first-born. Talk about daddy issues.
What did you guys think of this episode?