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'24' - '12:00PM - 1:00PM' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted May 11th 2010 8:08AM
24 12PM 1PM recap fox(S08E21) Jack Bauer got blood on his hands doing a little exploratory surgery last night on '24.' The show followed Jack's cold-blooded execution of Dana Walsh last week with one of the darkest and most grisly eps we've seen in a while.

It seems like Dirty Dana was right about our hero; he's in pure vendetta mode, and he's more concerned with slicing up and shooting everyone responsible for Renee's death than with seeking justice through the proper channels.

I'll admit that watching Jack spiral down this destructive path is pretty exciting. He's angry and unpredictable and his judgment is completely clouded by his dangerous emotional state. There's no telling what he's gonna do next.

On the other side of the fence, you have Charles Logan manipulating the Prez and the Russians and basically taking over CTU in a bid to get back on top. His agenda is purely selfish (no surprise there) and he'll step on anyone to see his own personal stock rise.

Almost all of the major players have gotten their hands dirty or have been corrupted one way or another this season. Even the Prez, who probably deserves a house call from crazy Dr. Jack at this point, is covering up the fact that the Russians have basically become agents of Sauron. Maybe Ortiz was on to something when he said "there are no good guys here."

But we're still backing Jack. He might be a little nutso right now, but he's still the only one trying to punish the people responsible for almost nuking New York and for killing Omar Hassan.

It's probably best not to gripe about the convenient plot developments that popped up in this ep (Pavel guest starring in Dana's video, the magic mobile hot spot). It's better to just sit back and enjoy watching Jack go rogue in his last TV hurrah. Still, there's no way that he could've orchestrated that department store rouse on the fly or that Jim Ricker (Michael Madsen) could've located Pavel right in the nick of time. But, hey, it's '24.' There's no way that Charles Logan's attaché is gonna get the drop on our man, right? You don't play Jack Bauer; Jack Bauer plays you. And then you die.

Chloe was finally ready to break the rules again to help Jack, and she even convinced Arlo to lend a hand. Independent Chloe is fun to watch. Hopefully she'll get the boss's seat back from Pillar soon.

It'll be interesting to see Chloe reconnect with Jack after she set up that sting operation a few hours ago. I'm sure that Jack has probably already forgiven her for that, and she's eventually gonna forgive herself, but I'm still looking forward to seeing these two make up and work together again.

I wonder where Ortiz is gonna end up as the next few hours unfold. He agreed to help Chloe in her attempt to locate Jack, but he still seems to be stuck in limbo after all that's happened. Jack used him, Dana used him (but she might have loved him), and he's locked up because the Prez refuses to take a stand against the terrorists. His painfully blunt comments to Pillar were pretty hilarious. Freddie Prinze Jr. is finally showing some spark here. I'd like to see him bust out of CTU and maybe even play a major role in the series' final few hours.

Now let's talk torture. It seems like the show is going out of its way to tell us that torture is bad bad bad, and I'm not just talking about Meredith Reed yelling "Hey, that's wrong" as Jack prepared to gut Pavel. Even Jack admitted that his gruesome methods of extracting information (with pliers, a shiv and a blowtorch) were not working.

I winced a few times during this brutal final scene, but thankfully most of the horrible stuff – including Jack digging into Pavel's belly to fetch his SIM card -- happened out of camera range. The stabbing, yanking, burning and cutting were more suggested than seen, but Pavel's horrific screams and the sounds of torture were enough to make watching the scene feel pretty uncomfortable. But it was capped off by a great moment where Jack finally learned about Logan's involvement.

I don't even want to think about the awful things that Jack might do to Logan after watching him slice and dice Pavel. Next Monday can't come soon enough.

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The only thing that would have made it better would have been a moment involving Michael Madsen and Jack and the sniper's ear being cut off!

May 14 2010 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How convenient for Jack that Pavel's SIM card was not protected by a PIN code...

May 12 2010 at 4:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So tell me class what did you learn from watching the last episode of 24?
Yes billy?
Don't swallow your sim card....

May 12 2010 at 1:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
don page

The episodes have gotten much better since Fox announced that they were cancelling 24 after this season. If all of the episodes this season had been as good as the past few weeks 24 might be back next year!

May 11 2010 at 11:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Something funny happened last night-during the commercial break before the torture scene, my mom set some sausages to cook on our crappy stove which either refuses to heat up or catches fire. Well, it appropriately decided to catch fire while we were tied to our seats, cringing at Jack's brutal interrogation. Later, after the fire had been doused with baking soda and we had set a fan up in the window to drive the smoke out of the house, my mom said "I blame Jack for this!"

May 11 2010 at 9:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who else thinks Jack assassinates Taylor to end the show?

May 11 2010 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to AfterwardDeified's comment

That crossed my mind too, but Jack isn't just running around slaughtering just anybody. I don't /think/ she's in deep enough (yet) to be on Jack's radar as far as Renee's death goes.

Now, there is the possibility that Logan could somehow spin a yarn to Jack trying to save his skin the somehow puts her in Jack's path of destruction.

That would be another great series ending scene. Jack, perched somewhere with a sniper rifle, Taylor in the crosshairs, the internal struggle over whether he will actually pull the trigger playing across Jack's face, his finger on the trigger, Jack slowly lowers his eye to the scope, cut to black, BLAM!, silent clock...

May 11 2010 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought Jack picked up the SIM card on the floor and just wanted to kill him. If the guy swallowed the card, wouldn't it still be going down his esophagus?

Michael Madsen is the best!

And the additional viewer discretion warning before the torture scene was a give away.

May 11 2010 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Hello, AT&T customer service" "Yes, If my sim card is swallowed and then forcibly removed from my gut, is any damage covered under my warranty?" "Sir, it's hard to understand you with the groaning, but it should work fine. We make these things to stand up to blood, guts, and bile. Is there anything else I can do for you today? Thank you for calling AT&T"

May 11 2010 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Haven't even read the review yet. Just wanted to say AMAZING EPISODE!!!

WHY couldn't they all have been this good from the start. I still can't get the sour taste out.

May 11 2010 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevin d

Everybody has their hands dirty this season even chloe - she turned on Jack her friend and Cole killed dana old boyfriend - But the most amazing scene that i have seen on 24 in years was the look jack had on his face when he heard the msg from the last phone call stating he had reached Charles Logan's office - i nearly fell off the couch

May 11 2010 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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