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HERC's Seen Hour 18 of 24!!

Published at: April 2, 2002, 3:11 a.m. CST

24 1.18 FAQ

What’s it called?

“5:00 PM - 6:00 PM.”

Who’s responsible?

Teleplay is credited to Maurice Hurley (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “La Femme Nikita”). IMDb credits him with creating the Borg.

What does TV Guide say?

“Following a new lead, Jack must work with a fellow CTU agent who harbors resentment toward him; Dr. Phil Parslow tries to diagnose Teri and explain their history; Kim meets Dan's brother (Edoardo Ballerini).”

What is TV Guide not telling us?

Neither Dan’s brother nor Melanie the nose-ring girl know that Dan is dead. And Rick is determined to keep it that way.

Why is Rick so determined to keep Dan’s death a secret?

Dan’s brother is enormous and probably an enormous coke fiend. Herc’s guess is: if Dan’s sib learns what’s going on, he’ll sell Kim to the Drazens for drug money.

The big news?

Rick’s on probation. His role in the kidnapping could get him tossed back in stir.

The bigger news?

Palmer confirms an ugly suspicion about his wife.

Is Dr. Phil aware the amnesic Teri got back together with Jack?

He is.

What are the first words out of the mouth of Teddy, the resentful CTU agent?

“Hey, Jack! Haven’t seen you since you put my partner away!”

So things are uncomfortable?

Teddy spends way too much time with his sniper-scope trained on Jack as Jack tries to find the guy with the red ballcap. Then Teddy uses his commlink to give Jack some big news: the wife of Teddy’s jailed partner just committed suicide.

Is any Bauer reunited with any other Bauer this week?

No.

Does Jack at least get the word that Teri and Kim have fled the safe house?

Not this week.

Do we learn who red-ballcap boy is?

The Drazens contracted him to shut down a power grid for five minutes starting at 7:20 p.m.

Is Naked Mandy back??

No. And with six episodes to go, one begins to fear Mandy may never return to nakedness. (Mandy alter ego Mia Kirshner might get naked again, however, on “Wolf Lake,” the troubled CBS weresoap UPN relaunches on Wednesday.)

Do we get to see Kim in the shower?

Not this week.

Does Jack learn of Teri’s rape?

Not this week.

But he will before midnight?

This I swear.

What’s good?

George Mason’s chat with Teddy.

What’s not so good?

Kim’s seeking out Rick really is pretty insane. And amnesia seems a desperate way for the writers to put Teri back in harm’s way.

How does it end, spoiler-boy?

Inviso-text on: Kim is again detained. Palmer calls a press conference. There’s a fresh casualty. And Teri is about to encounter grave danger.

Herc’s rating for “24” 1.18?

***

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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  • April 2, 2002, 3:33 a.m. CST

    First?

    by travisc

    Just what the heck is supposed to be the big deal?

  • April 2, 2002, 3:44 a.m. CST

    But anyway...

    by travisc

    I'm starting to feel melancholy at the thought that this story is 75% finished. I had no hopes for this show before it started. I found the promos ("WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR!?!") rediculous, and Sutherland just never seemed to be the kind of actor on which you could hang a whole show or movie. What a welcome surprise this show has been. The story and acting on everyone's behalf has been exceptional. If they have a plan for this show next year, I'm on board. Even if everyone in CTU is fired for all their major protocol violations, I'll be there, whomever the new cast might be. Good thing we have enough VCR's and ReplayTV here for everything great on Tuesdays.

  • April 2, 2002, 4:31 a.m. CST

    the usless kim and teri

    by seankc2001

    what the hell is with these two lame characters. If I were jack I would give them both to Drazen and call it even. Kim is must be the quickest case of Stolkholm Syndrome in history and Teri is either a neurotic anorexic (forgive me if I spelt that wrong its early) or a crank whore. Hell she might be both! The stupid antics just bog down the story. It has gotten to the point where I tape the show and fastforward through their scenes.

  • April 2, 2002, 4:32 a.m. CST

    the usless kim and teri

    by seankc2001

    what the hell is with these two lame characters. If I were jack I would give them both to Drazen and call it even. Kim is must be the quickest case of Stolkholm Syndrome in history and Teri is either a neurotic anorexic (forgive me if I spelt that wrong its early) or a crank whore. Hell she might be both! The stupid antics just bog down the story. It has gotten to the point where I tape the show and fastforward through their scenes.

  • April 2, 2002, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Sigh...it was the best show on TV until noon...

    by happywaffle

    Just a shade of its former self, although it MIGHT be picking up some steam again. Even so I don't foresee an ending nearly as slam-bang as the beginning. Oh well, at least we still have Undeclared...WHAT? SHIT!

  • April 2, 2002, 9:23 a.m. CST

    PLEASE KILL KIM PLEASE KILL KIM PLEASE KILL KIM

    by Buddy.Lembeck

    PLEASE KILL KIM PLEASE KILL KIM PLEASE KILL KIM PLEASE KILL KIM PLEASE KILL KIM PLEASE KILL KIM ...FOR THE LOVE OF FUCKING JESUS H. CHRIST AND ALL THAT IS FOREVER HOLY KILL THE STUPIDEST, MOST RETARDED, DUMBEST OF THE DUMB BLONDES EVER TO WALK THIS HELL PIT WE CALL EARTH...KIM!!! Love you, Smooshie!

  • April 2, 2002, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Harry's cartoons get scarier every week

    by wolfman911

    Just had to throw that in there, sorry Harry. As far as the double affairs and Teri's reaction, I think that is just how people react in the real world. Teri KNEW that Jack was with someone else, and had moved on past that since. What wigged her out was that it was not just some coworker, but NINA. I don't think either of them are hypocritical because of the affairs. As far as where the plot is going, I agree with the minority here, that you can't have twenty four hours straight action. And remember, this is entertainment, not a documentary. I do wish that the Teri amnesia would resolve itself soon, but we will see. And as far as Mr. KILL KIM over and over, please tell me why they should kill off the hottest woman on the whole show. Please! This show is still rocking, can't wait to see how it ends.

  • April 2, 2002, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Teri in danger

    by amp236

    "Grave danger?" "Is there another kind?" This show has become a gimmick with a very weak story. Amnesia? What is this, Guiding Light? Watch NYPD Blue instead. Who knew that Zack could make the transition from Bayside to the Blue. Now if only they could get Principal Belding signed on as the new Captain and somehow work in Tiffany Thiessen. One last thought: I believe David Caruso is in danger of having his house foreclosed on by the bank. Grave danger? Is there another kind? Does anyone miss that hack?

  • April 2, 2002, 10:05 a.m. CST

    a bonus spoiler

    by Hercules

    Dr. Phil wanted a little Teri action during her separation from Jack, but none was forthcoming.

  • April 2, 2002, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Well, Kim IS a teenager

    by Orange Crush

    So her stupidity is understandable. "Sure he kidnapped me, but he tried to do right, and he's dreamy, so I'll start calling him every 10 minutes." Now if TERI were the one calling her former kidnapper on the sly, then I'd be playing the Doubting Thomas like everybody else.

  • April 2, 2002, 10:26 a.m. CST

    That's a lot that's not so good

    by ArchDiver

    and were some things that have been bothering me too. WHat the hell is Kim thinking?!? AD out

  • April 2, 2002, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Ugly suspicion about Palmer's wife?

    by Drath

    Mrs. Palmer is bad then? Darn it, I was hoping she was just ambitious. I'd like it better if she was on our side, but I guess she has her own agenda like everyone else surrounding her husband. Come to think of it, David Palmer would be a TERRIBLE president. He's far too naive to be a politician. He's only just now discovering all these plots that have been right under his nose. He's a nice guy, sure, but he doesn't have a clue. I'd hate to think our President would be nothing but a glorified sock puppet for all his "underlings." Someone like that could never become President...oh wait. Nevermind.

  • April 2, 2002, 11:22 a.m. CST

    The Kim and Teri Solution

    by Mr. Smegma

    Put them on a plane to Montana! A WAY safe house, a cabin in the woods. A HAUNTED cabin. (Hey, no less stupid than what we got now.) Then we can pop in for Evil Dead foo every now and then. No frickin' cell phones! Just coochie nailin' trees. Either that or have Retarded Kim try to pet a grizzly and get eaten alive. Teri buries what is left and hangs herself. SOME damn thing besides kidnap-o-rama. Oh, and if Rick doesn't slide the beef to Smokin' No Ring Skank soon, it's proof positive he was blowin' Dan in exchange for blow. I BET he doesn't want to go back to prison.

  • April 2, 2002, 12:37 p.m. CST

    A good 24 drinking game

    by Chilli Kramer

    Whenever (a) Anyone asks 'what's going on?' (b) Senator Palmer speaks gruffly to someone OR (c) Anyone talks on the phone, THEN sip a beer. Any two at once, shot of vodka, and If Palmer gruffly asks 'What's going on?' on the phone, finish your beer bottle. You may need your stomach pumped after this. 24 Talkback drinking game: Whenever someone points out a plot hole, sip beer. If someone calls other talkbackers 'whining bitches', then shot of Vodka. If Herc talks back or someone says 'Some motherfuckers are always trying to iceskate uphill', then drain that beer. I love this show, and Herc's well judged reviews, and the talkback, so these gamesh are, are ma tri, tribut, tributshe to all of tish (hic). Going to pump my stomachsh now.

  • April 2, 2002, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I still love this show

    by neovsmatrix

    But I never thought Kim and Teri's storylines were really that interesting aside from further complicating Jack Bauer's life. They're not that interesting, and they do behave like idiots. But I watch the show for the main plot, which is still very interesting, IMHO.

  • April 2, 2002, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Herco, Throw Dennis Hopper Into That List Of Questions

    by Son Of Batboy

    I bet I'm not the only one still waiting for him to show up. Now I'm just waiting for Ira Gaines' Brother to make an introduction. Maybe a twin brother with an eye patch or a goatee?

  • April 2, 2002, 1:40 p.m. CST

    2 weeks ago, after the "Teri Gets Amnesia" went into affect, a S

    by Munchinsonton

    Teris amnesia better have a good payoff. People I know that were watching it gave up after that night. And yes, KIM MUST DIE!! She is to stupid to live. Rick should kill her himself. Or the ghost of Gaines. Ha!

  • April 2, 2002, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Where's the Kim-philes?

    by Stile

    On the last talkback I was losing it when someone kept talking about how he wanted to break his d*ck off in Kim's ass. Where's that guy, he was hilarious.

  • April 2, 2002, 2:44 p.m. CST

    This show is sinking fast

    by Regis Travolta

    I'm still hopeful that it will recover by Hour 20 but hope is also fading fast. Can 24 pull out of its nosedive before it goes SPLAT?!

  • April 2, 2002, 3:31 p.m. CST

    all the women on this show should die

    by theyak

    sorry girls... but it's true

  • April 2, 2002, 3:51 p.m. CST

    again, i argue

    by majorq007

    that this show's problem is that its meandering, which is glaringly obvious since it was so tightly fast-paced in the first half. at this point in the 'day,' things should be coming together, building up to a mighty finish. but its just going nowhere. introducing brand new plot points for teri and kim just derail their momentum, especially since their 'danger' no longer has anything to do with the terrorists (this is my problem with the whole palmer-son plotline from the begining). keep it focused, that's the key. and when is hopper arriving? too late, by the looks of it. having said that, i'll still be watching when the clock strikes midnight.

  • April 2, 2002, 3:57 p.m. CST

    This show is going through villains too quickly.

    by Christopher3

    Gaines made a good bad guy for the first thirteen. But Drazen was dispatched in less than two eps! I think the reason the show is sagging a bit is because the villain replacements haven't been up to snuff, or too short lived. The writers need to bring Hopper in quick.

  • April 2, 2002, 3:57 p.m. CST

    To wolfman: Why we should kill Kim...

    by Buddy.Lembeck

    BECAUSE SHE'S FUCKING ANNOYING...that's why. I used to want them to kill Keith too, until he taped that conversation and FINALLY did something useful and entertaining and something that had a purpose. Before that he was just annoying. Kim being the hottest woman on the show is completely pointless. Who fucking cares? I...have a girlfriend. Who gives a fuck about TV chicks? This show is supposed to be about drama...not some stupid fucking blonde running around with "Stockholm Syndrome in 5 Minutes or Less" tattooed on her forehead! They should have let Rick go with the bus, it was a perfect ending for his character...although it made NO SENSE that he would sit with his SHOT UP SHOULDER TO THE OUTSIDE! Wouldn't it be juuusstt a bit more practical to put the bullet wound against the wall...you know, OUT OF SIGHT! But anyway, that's just nit picking. The point is, Kim is useless, boring, and adds nothing to the plot. I hate her! KILL KIM! WHO'S WITH ME! Love you, Smooshie.

  • April 2, 2002, 4:26 p.m. CST

    They can't kill Kim!

    by mondoz2

    Think of the Cleavage!! They can't kill that off! It's too powerful! No one can resist!

  • April 2, 2002, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Finally I can add something to AICN TV

    by Schnorbitz

    Even though we in Britain are only just past episode 5 (mised it, but recorded midnight to 4 am in a BBC2 marathon (no adverts! therefore lasted 3 hours!) and watched them all today - wow). I could really kick myself for looking here and on the Fox website for Spoilers. Had no idea about death of Jamey - before the time of day I normally get up. Is every day in Los Angeles this eventful. And couldn't the (to quote one talkbacker) "redundant" plotline about Palmer's son provide powerful motivation for someone to bump off Palmer? Or something. Oh, why can't British TV drama be this gripping? All we're getting is a remake of The Forsyte Saga

  • April 2, 2002, 6:44 p.m. CST

    What are the odds...

    by flopdoodle

    ....that the menstrual cycles of all the women on this stupid show synchronized on the day of the California primary.That is the only explanation for the extremely erratic behavior displayed by the females on this show. If I were a woman I would be extremely pissed at the writers of this mess who seem to pin key plot developments on the utterly stupid behavior of the distaff characters.

  • April 2, 2002, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Deac Speaks... why 24 will always rule

    by Deacon

    Because of Nina and Kim, they are the two Hottest women ever to grace a television set, besides Kristin Kreuk from Smallville, but anyways Nina and Kim, i would severe to fingers and two toes for the chance to buttfuck Nina and Kim, first nina, then kim, right in their plump bubble butts... Anal baby.......

  • April 2, 2002, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Just the girls?

    by CherryWishniak

    Seems to me there's a lot of stupidity going on around the boys too. Solution: Dennis Hopper, a sniper rifle, and lots of extra bullets. Not Jack! Not Palmer! No not Tony! Well OK, maybe Tony. LOL. Seriously, If I gave a rat's ass about Senator Palmer's character I would still be passionate about this show. This is 24's biggest shortcoming IMHO. I really need to believe that he'll make a wonderful president and if anything happened to him it would be a tragedy akin to say, RFK, or better yet, MLK. Why are they skirting the race issue? There is SO much timely and quality drama just waiting to be exploited. Well go ahead, exploit me, I can hack it.

  • April 2, 2002, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Someone help me, I have amnesia!

    by CherryWishniak

    I can't remember anything that happened after episode 13. I do know that 24 is the best TV show I've seen in years. I can't remember the last time I've looked forward to a show so much. Not even the X-files at its peak had me this excited. I sure hope they can keep this up. Hmm, now I better do the smart thing and see a doctor.

  • April 2, 2002, 9:15 p.m. CST

    The Man in the Red Baseball Cap tonight

    by Regis Travolta

    Will turn out to be Al Gore trying to get back in the spotlight, this show takes place two years from now you know, that's when the next California presidential primary will be, so Albert is in the right place at the right time. The Democratic ticket will be Palmer/Gore 2004

  • April 2, 2002, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Pretty Decent Ep....Esp towards the end

    by nospoon_31

    Liked Palmer finally tellin his wife to fuck off. Still think Teri's amnesia storyline is horribly uninteresting. Kill her off, but not Kim!! She's too damn hot!

  • April 2, 2002, 10:21 p.m. CST

    24

    by dougie

    I agree with all the comments about Teri and Kim and the agents assigned to protect them aren't too swift either. Even the woman who temporarily had Jack's job was pretty impotent. No irony there, just some bad writing thrashing from episode to episode in search of the next cliff-hanger. I'm ready for this series to end and it may come early, courtesy of the power button on the remote.

  • April 2, 2002, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Good to see Jack out in the field again, but he amnesia still su

    by Osmosis Jones

    The writers need to end this inane little plot detour NOW (as well as Kim's ridiculous empathy with Rick. Hey babe, he KIDNAPPED you, dig?). Still, maybe the best overall ep since the rescue. This power grid thingy sounds interesting, although the agent with a personal beef with Jack was just another example of how the writers will throw ANYTHING into this week's plot to insure another "omigod!" cliffhanger. Sad to see the series degenerate from superb to merely good within a single season, but blame the brass at Fox for that one ("Let's order only 13 episodes of a show called '24'!"). Nina is the second mole, BTW.

  • April 3, 2002, 12:11 a.m. CST

    To Dog Star's Q: YES! I lost interest when the she got amne

    by Ralph Cifaretto

    The creators obviously had no story when they started. After Jack got his wife & little girl back, the show STALLED. I was waiting for Palmer to take center stage for the 2nd half, but instead... nothing is happening. the characters are becoming mindless puppets of terrible cliches. I didn't watch tonight.

  • April 3, 2002, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Here I Am Stile, and I'm Pissed

    by Mr. Smegma

    Yeah, plugging Kim's suburban butt so deep cum shoots out her nose would be momentarily diverting, but shit, it doesn't seem like she'd even notice. She is SLOW. Special bus slow. "Oh, Rick you are ever so smart." Based on what? That gaping hole in his arm? His dead friend? His abs? His role as a pawn in a murderous conspriracy? His failure to pin Smokin' Nose Ring Skank's knees behind her ears and FUCK HER until she sees God? Kim is useless and now hot, neatly-shaven Nina is being turned into a CTU crewslut. Mason talking shit about her to Tony makes her look lame. Oh sure Mason would luv to Nina's sub, lace panties, butt-plug and all, but it isn't going to end that well.

  • April 3, 2002, 12:57 a.m. CST

    What's with all this fantasy talk of butt plugging?

    by Z0D

    Give it a rest you guys. You may see porn on the internet and think of Kim and Nina while stroking, but it aint happenin! ---->So, what do we learn tonight? 1)Teri is TOAST, either mentally or physically. I dearly want physically to happen next week so Jack can live a normal life of killing baddies without worrying about stupid women getting held hostage. Being a covert operative, Jack NEEDS to be single and without family. 2)Kim is just DUMB. Granted, she is a teeniebopper who listens to N'Stync and Backdoor Boys. I like bitching about her stupidity because nearly all teenieboppers are like her: naive and stupid. Oh, "you saved us Rick"...while she should say "Even though you saved me, I hate you! I never wanna see you again you bastard! You fucker! You kidnapped me, got my friend killed, and my mother raped! You FUkkER!" 2)Another redshirt CTU agent dies. 3)Linux man gets shot by *Teddy*. (By the way, Teddy is the partner of that CTU agent that Jack put away due to that money laundering thing mentioned in the first episodes) 4)Teddy is pretty cool, but needs to be put in his place. And lastly = 5)Palmer setting his wife up with a phony tape to see what she would do. She failed the test, and I was happy he confirmed his suspicions: His wife is IN with Palmer's dirty financial backers (the ones who set up Keith on Farragamo's death).------->The story is moving along fine! I see plenty of action and suspense going on between the slow and detailed parts. -------->Some of you guys really need to get girlfriends....

  • April 3, 2002, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Aren't they running out of CTU agents??

    by fordat1

    They seem to be dropping like flies, hell Red Shirts on STAR TREK have a better survival rate then they do.. :-)

  • April 3, 2002, 3 a.m. CST

    "You Stupid Girl"

    by MGTHEDJ

    Garbage was so right. God, Kim is STUPID. What was with the "go to college speech?" To score some points with the ONDCP since she was in a drug dealers' house is the only motive I can see. And that one CTU agent was an idiot. His carreer is over. Ship that boy off to a listening post in Alaska. Folks, Jack's boss, Nina, and Teri's doctor boyfriend are the moles. The Serb killer will back off next week when he sees the doctor with Teri. Yes, Mrs. Palmer is in with the money-men, what her motive is has yet to be determined. Oh one last thing, Kim saw the scale and still did not run out of that house. Did I mention she was stupid?-----later-----m

  • April 3, 2002, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Perhaps we are getting back on track here after all but whoever

    by Regis Travolta

    the actor who plays Keith looks nothing like Dennis Haysbert or what's her name the black Hillary Rodham bitch. Why not cast Keith Partridge just for fun? You know get David Cassidy in the show for eps 23 and 24 he can be the mastermind behind all this confusion. Kim could've escaped easily tonight Rick could've helped her when Frank was in the kitchen getting a beer but nope instead she sits there lecturing the guy on how he can become successful like her friend Todd who got a scholarship to Harvard! Soap Opera Soap Opera Soap Opera! Please get back to the action and suspense and intrigue that this show did so damn well in the first half of the season. And if next season is going to be a nuclear bomb hidden somewhere in L.A. then believablity goes right out the window if they don't EVACUATE THE FUCKING CITY IN HOUR 1 which is what would happen I hope if the feds ever confirmed that there was a bomb hidden here!

  • April 3, 2002, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Is This Show Turning Into A Comedy?

    by Son Of Batboy

    Teddy, what a total boob! Now there's an excercise in miscasting. They should have gone in the opposite direction and played it real still. Instead its completely overplayed. Even his name was funny. People saying Teddy all the time just cracks me up. In fact, I couldn't help laughing through the whole segment. "I got him! I got him! I'm just gonna clip him!" Oops! Reminded me of that cartoon character who's always doing dumb things and saying stuff like "Sorry George. Did I do a bad thing George?" At times I pictured him wearing a wife beater and holding an open can of beer. And way to go Mr.RedCap! "What happened to your accent? You're not Alexis." Duh!!! Smooth move figuring that out AFTER you tell him about the power grid. Just how many souces of info are gonna wind up in the hospital? Hey guys, next time you decide to stage a meeting, just make it the hospital and save yourselves the trip. And ya gotta love Dr.Phil and his exam session with Teri. "Mind if I examine you?" Someone cue the 70's porno music! "It hurts here Doctor." God where's that funky guitar when you need it? So many good moments in this ep. Rick's brother, nice bit of squinty eyed stoner casting. Kim's stupidity, always a source of true hilarity. Sheri Palmer, easily the woman you love to hate. When Sen. Palmer whipped out that tape. WhoooBoy!!! Nice!!! Let me just take a moment to say DENNIS HAYSBERT RULES! That guy is too cool for words. God, this show is endlessly entertaining.

  • April 3, 2002, 9:20 a.m. CST

    All the good characters are dead

    by jtp8000

    The show really has gone downhill since ep 13. Gaines (coolest villian in a while) is dead, Kevin (sleaziest villian in a long time is dead), Al Leong's character (coolest bad guy flunky in a long time )is dead and the guy down in New Orleans (coolest character since Roger Lococco) is dead. And who are we left with? Eurotrash is almost dead and the bad guys are a stoner(Dan's brother), a guy who can't speak English and manages to kill every well trained government agent who comes his way and Andrei Drazen who looks like my mother in law could take him in a fight.

  • April 3, 2002, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Palmer's aide contradicted himself about that tape

    by Drath

    First he said, correctly, that it is inadmissible as evidence, but then in the same scene he says that once Palmer is President, with the tape, he'd have evidence against some of the most powerful men in the country. Wha? No, he doesn't, and the guy just said so! And Palmer can't threaten to give the tape to the media after he's already President because then it WILL look like a cover up; it would be used as a scandal against the First Family and not his enemies. That wackiness aside, I liked the scene between Palmer and his wife. I liked the way she hides behind this "I'm just trying to protect my family, does that make me a bad person?" line. The selfish vixen, she's covering her own political ass is what she's doing! And Palmer finally anticipated one of the betrayals! About time! ***** On another note, is Alexis Drazen coming back? I was surprised they bothered showing him in the recap at the beginning, and it got me thinking that really, he never had a chance to actually *do* anything. He killed those other conspirators, but they were bad guys anyway and it didn't really contribute to the conspiracy. He was told to kill the girl in the hotel, but he never got around to it and it was never clear if he was actually going to go through with it either. An interesting turn might be that he was sincere when he said he was in love with her. Add that to the tragedy of his family, and he might have turned into an interesting character(at the very least as interesting as Rick the deadbeat). Too bad he's not going to be in action the rest of this season with that knife wound. It would have been interesting to have a villain who had pathos too. The other brother is too much of euro-trash shark in a suit. Maybe daddy Drazen...

  • All of the plots tonight with the exception of Palmer's wife seem to be coasting, waiting for nightfall. "Magic Hour" (the hour just before sunset) is when the lighting is always the coolest. They never took advantage of that except in the restaurant scene. Between Jack sitting around waiting for the red baseball cap, Kim stuck at Ricks waiting for a guy who is never going to show, the Assassin waiting around at the Bauer house for Kim or Teri. The Palmer entourage waiting for the polls to close, there was a lot of waiting going on. This ep and its plots were obviously filler until the sun sets again and we have more night time episodes.

  • April 3, 2002, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Hey, Regis:

    by JudgeDredd

    Regarding the L.A. nuke idea for next season: Here in New York City there was a report that a nuke was somewhere Manhattan a little after 9/11, and the Feds never informed either the NYPD or the Mayor. Turned out not to be a real device (obviously), but you shouldn't expect a full-scale evac if in the real world the cops aren't even alerted. Kinda scary, actually.

  • April 3, 2002, 1:19 p.m. CST

    People on the show who SHOULDN'T get punched in the throat

    by JudgeDredd

    Jack Senator Palmer Nina Soul-patch Tony (for now) ... Yep. That's it.

  • April 3, 2002, 1:27 p.m. CST

    PS

    by JudgeDredd

    Still the best show on the air.

  • April 3, 2002, 4:15 p.m. CST

    iz all good

    by BBanzai

    Why do I always have to start with a dis, though? I'm not sure. But the Bauer house should be crawling with agents/police/medical examiners after the bad guys killed all those agents. Gotta take points off for that. And what's with this guy having to turn off an electrical grid? I'm not complaining, just wondering. Remember, the Senator should be dead by now according to the Drazen's plan, so what's with the grid. I don't think it's part of their post-Gaines "Plan B," but something else (cue dramatic music). One other thought: If the producers are able to do 24 again next year, they have to do it with Kiefer Sutherland. Having said that I think they need to kill off Mrs. Bauer before season's end 'cause her involvement has really been trying and they can't carry her over to next year even if Jack's in D.C. or London or wherever.

  • April 3, 2002, 4:42 p.m. CST

    I also vote to Kill Kim

    by Micmac

    She used to be attractive, yes, but her annoying personality has tainted what allure she once had. That Todd going to Harvard story was ridiculous and what was up with her compliment to Rick? "You're smart, you're good-looking, you're funny." FUNNY? Rick's funny? When in the past 18 hours did Rick crack a joke? Did he put on some kind of comedy routine in the barn to keep Kim and Teri in high spirits during the hostage situation? I must have missed that episode. These writers have gotten so lazy.

  • April 4, 2002, 12:15 a.m. CST

    WOAH! I've never seen an entire series take a nose-dive so b

    by hudsucker

    That was by far the worst 24 yet. Boring, badly conceived, terribly acted (who is that horrible actor who played the sniper? They should really strip him of his SAG card), and completely lacking in any realistic motivation or palpable suspense. The Kim thing is a retread, the amnesia thing is almost embarrassingly soap opera in origin, and Jack is just spinning his wheels. The show is getting SO off-track it's really sad. Just compare this episode to any of the original 14 episodes. In fact, it's a completely different show than it was just three episodes ago, and that's REALLY NOT a good thing in this case. So disappointed.

  • April 4, 2002, 3:03 a.m. CST

    "coochie nailin' trees"....beautiful, Smegma, how subtle.

    by Lenny Nero

    I shouldn't be disgusted, though, seeing that I just watched Army of Darkness. *********** This show has not jumped the shark at all. I think it's just as even as the first 13, maybe even better. All we got in the first 13 was half of the time Kim and Teri locked in a shack. Preferable? I don't know. At least we can move on with plot points each week instead of dragging them out to five episodes each. Kim is kinda dumb, but where else is she going to fucking go? Rick didn't really kidnap her if you want to get technical. It was all Dan, and look where he is now? Keith's son rules (Vicellous Shannon, that his name?) and he ruled as well in HURRICANE and HART'S WAR (even with a small part in the latter). Dennis Haysbert will always kick ass. And as much as the acting and the dialogue for Teddy was insanely bad, it was still a tense scene. Kiefer handled it well. No shark jumping yet.

  • April 4, 2002, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Shouldn't everyone be a lot more tired at this point ?

    by Groovy_Chainsaw

    I mean we're going on 30 hours awake here. Maybe that explains Kim's major lapses in judgement, or is she really dumb as a bag of hammers ? Jack & the CTU crew are holding up remarkably well. If it was me I'd be getting all cranky and shit ... or giggly, where you've been up so long everything is hilarious. ( PS -- here's a casting note -- I think 'Teddy' is played by the same actor who played Officer Marvin Nash ( the one who got the Van Gogh treatment from Mr. White) in "Reservoir Dogs". What a difference 10 years makes ! )