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Published at: Jan. 8, 2002, 2:08 a.m. CST by staff

24 1.7 FAQ

What’s it called?

“6:00 AM - 7:00 AM.”

Who’s responsible?

Teleplay is credited to Andrea Newman (“Felicity,” “Ed”).

What does TV Guide say?

“As day dawns, so does a new dynamic as Gaines (Michael Massee) takes his control over the situation to another level. Kim is his hostage and Jack his unwilling puppet, thanks to state-of-the-art surveillance that shows his every move. Teri, however, is able to gain the upper hand over York, whose impostor status is made known to Jack. Meanwhile, Rick (Daniel Bess) agrees to join Kim in an escape attempt; and Palmer decides to go public with Keith's secret, sparking controversy within the family.”

The big news?

We were told in episode one that the bad guys had somebody inside CTU. Tonight that evil gets a (very familiar) face.

Seven episodes in, you still think “24” is the best new show of the year?

I do.

How does Teri gain the upper hand?

As she and “York” drive along Mulholland in the Hollywood Hills, she pretends to be carsick and wanders off. As she flees, “York” phones for messages.

Is Mandy (of naked-Mandy fame) back yet?

Not yet.

What does the murderous Gaines do with Jack?

Sends him back to work.

What’s good?

The surprises.

What’s not so good?

I don't get why the murderous bad guys aren't keeping a closer eye on hot young Kimberly. They’re willing to pay a million dollars and destroy a commercial jetliner to obtain a photographer’s credential; with stakes like these, shouldn’t Kimberly be at least shackled to something heavy?

How does it end, spoiler-boy?

With a shot of Nina.

Are “Buffy” and “24” the only big shows with new episodes tonight?

No. There’s a new “Undeclared” opposite the last half hour of “Buffy.” And “Real World Chicago” kicks off at 10 p.m. on MTV.

Herc’s rating for “24” 1.4?

***1/2

The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:

  • ***** better than we deserve
  • **** better than most motion pictures
  • *** actually worth your valuable time
  • ** as horrible as most stuff on TV
  • * makes you quietly pray for bulletins

I am – Hercules!!





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  • Jan. 8, 2002, 2:19 a.m. CST

    24

    by Murf1701

    Should I continue to tape this show? That is the question.

  • Jan. 8, 2002, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Scrubs

    by elryano

    Dont forget, a new episode of Scrubs tonight too, which is the best new comedy of the year in my opinon.

  • Jan. 8, 2002, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Predictions: Gaines is CIA, Jack will be set up

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Here's my blatant speculation: Gaines (the bad guy), who we've been assuming is probably the head of a racist organization, will in fact turn out to be part of the CIA -- specifically, the company's assassination death squads which operated in South America throughout the '80s. Jack is being set up to be the patsy for the assassination of Palmer. Teri (Jack's wife) will be killed by the end of the season. Also, (fake) York killed the real York, and after he killed the man, he called Teri on the phone from the home-office den of the real York's home (which we saw in the Pilot). For next season, widower Jack and his motherless daughter will be coping with this loss still. The tragedy that Jack will need to prevent in season two will be a nuclear bomb going off somewhere within Los Angeles. There will be a reference or two to an off-camera "President Palmer."

  • Jan. 8, 2002, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Scrubs

    by Kcir

    Undeclared is ok but by far SCRUBS is the best new sitcom this year. Why Herc ignores it is beyond me.

  • Jan. 8, 2002, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Scrubs

    by Spoons

    I thought I was the only one who liked that show. I avoided it at the beginning because the promos looked stupid. It turns out to be hysterically funny. Oh, and I'm madly in love with the cute blond chick (f.k.a. Becky 2.0 from Rosanne).

  • Jan. 8, 2002, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Nina is wearing a flank jacket!!

    by Mozer

    Jack will give Nina a flank jacket before he shoots her (unknown to you know who). Also, the hacker chic is the inside bady! You heard it here first!

  • Jan. 8, 2002, 3:06 p.m. CST

    You can tell the future of this series by the lack of posts...

    by VarietyWriter

    here on this TalkBack for it, and there are about almost as many posts for Scrubs!

  • Jan. 8, 2002, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Hey MOZER!!!

    by ianiiixvi

    Damn!!! Who'd a thunk that cheap cuts of beef could be so effective at stopping large caliber handgun rounds? I believe you mean FLAK vest. The same kind I wear at work every day. If you need my I'll be in my car somewhere.

  • Jan. 8, 2002, 11:36 p.m. CST

    What no one knows about hacker chick back at HQ ...

    by Groovy_Chainsaw

    ... is that she's a CYBORG with a BOMB in it's RIBCAGE !!

  • Jan. 9, 2002, 1:10 a.m. CST

    24 = Best TV Series Ever!

    by Bari Umenema

    It just keeps getting better and better. Why'd he give her a flack jacket? Because this is one smart show that's why! Yeah he's being forced to shoot "at" Palmer which will give us four or five hours of him being interrogated and trying to rescue his wife and daughter from a holding cell. Then 10 more hours of I don't know what. That's what makes this The Best Damn TV Series Ever!

  • Jan. 9, 2002, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Predictions

    by MGTHEDJ

    Jack is being set up to stop the "fake" photographer at the breakfast. When Jack succeeds, he will be taken away and be discredited. The mole in the CTU will be exposed (possibly killed), and everyone will relax thinking the hit has been averted. THEN at the victory speech Mia will return to pull of the real assasination. Victory speeches in California elections are usually given around 10-11pm local time.-----later-----m

  • Jan. 9, 2002, 1:56 a.m. CST

    SECOND SEASON?!?!?! Bwaahahahahaha!!

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Sorry, I love the show but there definitely won't be a season two. Where is futureguy when you need him...back me up on this buddy...lol. Unfortunately, the subplot with the wife has really, really gotten old at this point...she has made bad choices and appears that she'll keep up with this...her delivery is very flat, not much range. Watching to see how Jack gets out of this; also think Dennis Haysbert is great, as is the young girl playing Jack's daughter (what is her name??) Best wishes everybody!

  • Jan. 9, 2002, 6:11 a.m. CST

    The Major Stands Alone...

    by Major Reisman

    Oh, dear Lord, the STUPIDITY! Since my normal foil isn't here to joust with me just yet (and believe you me darlin' - I miss ya) I have to be content to contend with what's already been put up on the Talkback. Let's start with the 24. To whoever really believes Teri Bauer is actually going to die - PLEASE. C'mon. You're embarrassing yourself in public here. They are NEVER gonna kill off Jack's wife or kid. Too dark. If they do that, any kind of victory he may achieve in the final episode by thwarting the Palmer assissination attempt (and I don't mean to ruin anything for you, but Jack IS going to thwart it) would be way too undercut by his personal loss. I, myself, don't have a prediction for 24's second season because I firmly believe it'll never happen. Although I love the show, Fox has already lost too much money on it and it won't be renewed. As for Scrubs, which is th best new show (sitcom or not) this season, I feel fully justified in saying that anyone who does not find it funny does not (and I truly stand by this) have any kind of a sense of humor. Someone is bitching about it because of the SOUND EFFECTS?! True, I'm not the biggest fan of hearing a "FOOSH" everytime there's a whip-pan, but you really feel that's taking away from the show? I mean, are you the type of guy who gets distracted everytime you see something shiny on the ground? For my money "Scrubs" is the best new show this season - a comedy that combines truly hilarious situations with serious drama in a way no series since MASH has. Not that I'm saying it's up to par with Gelbart's best stuff on MASH (and for those of you who don't know who Larry Gelbart is, you are hereby disqualified from chiming in on the Scrubs discusssion) but for a show that's only eight odd episodes in, it's already tackled some fairly serious stuff while still maintaining a fantastic comedy veneer. In any case, that's all I've got for the new Tuesday Night until my glorious nemesis rears his ugly head. Dismissed.

  • Jan. 9, 2002, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Don't patronize us.

    by VarietyWriter

    Stating your opinion is one thing, Major, but tellling people that they're stupid for not liking a favorite show of yours is patronizing. I've seen Scrubs (saw the pilot months before its premiere) and I simply didn't like it. I think The Simpsons can still be pretty funny, and I enjoy Futurama and South Park, so please do not assume what my sense of humor is like, and I won't assume about yours (which I haven't). To whomever compared Scrubs to Parker Lewis but in a bad way, I thought the same thing -- could the same producers be involved? Actually, Scrubs reminds me of a younger, medical intern version of Ed -- but not in a good way, either. Scrubs is that kind of cloyingly cute and "clever" shit-scriptwriting that always annoys the fuck out of me. As for 24's Teri Bauer, I could see her getting killed because the irony would be, while Jack saved an important person from getting killed (Palmer) and succeeded at his job, he failed when it came to his own family. Yes, it would be dark, but it would also be very dramatic and compelling. If a second season happened (and I myself doubt that there will be one), I can easily see Jack dating Nina again, and the tension between them and Jack's daughter Kim over their relationship. That would be interesting territory to explore. And, admittedly, I've grown quite annoyed of Teri. To me, she comes across as unsympathetic, whiny and unfairly demanding -- no wonder Jack and her separated for a time.

  • Jan. 9, 2002, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Why he didn't make Jack shoot her again.

    by RobRed1

    Monterey Jack, First, the flack jacket didn't LOOK like a flack jacket. It looked like a windbreaker. Second, it's a VERY hard thing to shoot someone in the head. Especially someone you know and care about. They need Jack COHERENT and CLEAR MINDED, not an emotionally destroyed wreck haunted by the image of Nina's HEAD EXPLODING.

  • Jan. 9, 2002, 4:31 p.m. CST

    "24" is a Golden Globe nominee!?

    by Ensign Throwaway

    In what catagory? Chunkiest action hero? Largest number of plot holes in a single episode?

  • Jan. 9, 2002, 8:08 p.m. CST

    24 2nd season etc.

    by Cuppa Joe

    I honestly love this series with a passion. I get giddy at every plot twist, and anxiously await each thrilling chapter of this show. And of course I want it to succeed, and of course that would mean a second season, but a second season would be stale. What makes this show so DAMNED great, what makes it the best fucking show of the year, is that you don't know who you can trust. You don't know what's going to happen. Plot twists come in 2s and 3s and each pack a realistic punch. But for a second season you'd have a better idea of what the characters stand for. Who's who, and what's what. It'd be really, really tough to keep that kind of spontanaity. BUT, I'll bet if anyone CAN do it right, it'd be the awesome writers of 24. I love this show. And even though most deem the Golden Globes a sham and a blight... I still hope 24 wins best drama and actor. I like Undeclared a lot too, hope that gets renewed. And what happened to the Tick was predictable...but also a damn shame.

  • Jan. 10, 2002, 1:12 a.m. CST

    One last time...

    by Ensign Throwaway

    How the hell can "24" have thrilling "plot twists", when everyone and their grandmother can predict what happens next? Plot twists are supposed to be UNexpected, dammit.

  • Jan. 10, 2002, 11:02 a.m. CST

    I'm enjoying 24 quite a bit actually save or one thing...

    by lostoptimist

    The daughter, Kim. Yeah, she's nice to look at but she's a terrible actress. All through last night's episode the words that came out of her mouth sounded like stilted stage readings and her motivation for staying imprisoned, while justified (I suppose), came out like "Oh, see this, Mr. Audience Person? Here's the reason I can't escape. Guess I have to turn back now". She's not coming across as scared, tough, desperate or anything. She's incapable of emoting now, it seems, yet she was doing fine freaking out when her friend, Janet, got her arm broken. Over the last 2 or 3 episodes it's like she's lost the ability to play a human being. Weird.

  • Jan. 12, 2002, 8:56 a.m. CST

    The nature of true cult TV shows is...

    by Scarlett'sACups

    They are great but don't appeal to the masses: Homicide My So Called Life Oz so live with that reality, realize this great show won't last and enjoy the rest of the season