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Herc's Seen 24 2.3!!

24 2.3 FAQ

What’s it called?

“Day 2: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM.”

Who’s responsible?

Teleplay is credited to Howard Gordon.

What did Coax say about this one in its Aug. 5 spoilers?

Jack Bauer’s old CTU boss, George Mason, will get some very, very, very bad news at 11 a.m. Seems he’s been victimized by terrorists in a highly personal way.

What does TV Guide say?

“Kim makes contact with Jack, who tries to warn the immediate target; a new lead detours Mason's plans; Kate is asked to remain calm in the face of disturbing news.”

A new lead detours Mason from fleeing the blast radius like a frightened bunny?

LAPD makes a possible vehicle match with someone on the “watch list.” It’s on the way to Bakersfield.

Jack tried to warn the “immediate target”? What do they mean by “immediate target”? CTU?


Well, what does the “immediate target” have to do with Kim?

Confusing, isn’t it?

What disturbing news is Kate asked to remain quiet about?

Future brother-in-law Reza has had contact with terrorist-linked Syed Ali.

The big news?

In the first half, Mason is exposed to the bombers’ deadly radioactive materials.

What else is TV Guide not telling us?

Megan’s dad talks to the cops. Kim, still without her cell, decides to visit Jack at CTU.

What’s up with little Megan?

Kim finds her almost immediately, chatting up seedy-looking strangers in an effort to find Kim.

What of the weaselly broadcaster, Ron Weiland? Is he tortured by Armus and the blue unit?

Weiland doesn’t seem to be around this week.

Any sign of Nina?

Not this week.

Any sign of Sherry?


Does Michelle Forbes cavort nakedly?

Frustratingly, Ms. Forbes continues to remain clothed. She does, however, learn from Bauer about the threat to CTU, but has difficulty relaying this intel to the president ant to CTU itself.

What’s Forbes' character’s role, anyway?

Lynne is special assistant to the president. The Tamlyn Tomita character, who also turns up again this week, is Palmer’s press secretary.

How does it end, spoiler-boy?

Mason learns how much time he has.

Herc’s rating for “24” 2.3?


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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  • Nov. 12, 2002, 10:17 a.m. CST


    by ZocaloHobo

    This show rules!!!!, Just keeps on getting better and better...:)

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 10:17 a.m. CST

    You know, you got a great body Kim.

    by BLADE

    Work out?

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 10:20 a.m. CST


    by BLADE

    Frist you say? You frag.

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by Matt0518

    Must be a fan of the Senator from Tennessee.

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Frist is a joke....:)

    by ZocaloHobo

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Shoulda started out with "Can't wait, such a huge fan"....nm

    by ZocaloHobo

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 1:51 p.m. CST

    This I Swear! Naked Mandy is doing a Lesbian Series for Showtime

    by Regis Travolta

    Showtime is doing a new series titled "Earthlings" and it stars Mia Kirshner! Jennifer Beals! Pam Grier! As LESBIANS IN LOVE IN LOS ANGELES! Oh and George Mason turns into a GIANT RADIOACTIVE SPIDER!

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I Think Mason Lives

    by NeoAngelus

    I just think that the inviso-text was misleading. In regards to how much time he has, I think that it may actually refer to how much time he has to warn CTU and evacuate the building.

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 3 p.m. CST

    The Inviso-Text


    Mason could not be treated and given a set amount of time left to live in under 30 minutes---Plus, in case anyone noticed, Xander Berkley now appears in the cast, not a Special Guest Star like last season, which means Mason will likely hang out until the end of the year at the least.

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Mason's Death

    by ArchDiver

    He's a goner. Being in the cast means he will die late in the season/day. I'm betting he does something surprisingly heroic, which is easy to do when you have a limited shelf life. AD out

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 3:53 p.m. CST

    hehehe George


    Well you got your wish you wont be at ctu in a year HAHAHAHA. Next maybe in his next life he will learn how to protect Jack's family

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Kim's hot bod

    by zer0cool2k2

    According to miss Cuthbert, no, she doesn't work out. Ah, to be 19.......

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 10 p.m. CST



    But he's the best damn character on the show!!! :o(

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 10:08 p.m. CST


    by Dobby_House_Elf

    three words to decribe tonights ep. HOLY FUCKING SHIT! How are they gonna top this season?

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Good Ep

    by poster_nutbag

    Can't wait until next week, though, when the radioactive materials kick in and give Chicken George super powers. He will be called poultry man and he will be able to balance on one leg and peck at terrorists at the same time.

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Mason's Power Hour

    by Doc Brown

    First a grwat episode of Buffy and then the best ep of 24 so far, this Tuesday rocked. I'd glad they actually blew up CTU, this show has some big honkin cohones, and they better not wuss out over the course of the day. Exposing Mason to the plutonium and giving him less than a week to live is great, sets up him sacrificing his life for the greater episode as 8AM draws nearer. "Aren't you at least going to buy me dinner?" funny line. Gotta love Kim running as well. But as far a Mason goes, his character will get to redeem himself for being a dick by dying to save Kim and/or Los Angeles. Hope they keep up this goodness.

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Another explosive Jack Bauer Power Hour...

    by Diskatopia

    ... but I'm still trying to figure out how one of the three bombs planted in CTU turned over a car in the parking garage? And weren't the "Patriots" expecting the building to come down? Maybe not... great episode anyway... GUESSTIMATES: Mason is now a heat-seeking missile, nothing to lose, he's going to go out in a blaze of glory somewhere around 4:am-7:am I bet... maybe earlier if he "just" stops the "dirty" nuke. Maybe be recognized as a hero by Palmer at the end. I wonder what forces Jack's hand next week? I mean, he doen't take the "patriots" down at CTU, but just has to blow cover and bring them down as soon as they get back to the hills? Or does he find out Kim was in the building? Naaahh, if he found that out he would kill them all -- immediately (except for one, to torture for info). The two bomb scenario is starting to build, what with the President's intell upping the probability of a large nuke... I'm starting to lean toward Reza(?) the groom being a target rather than a terrorist-- why the hell would he plan his wedding for the same time as the bombs... to kill his parents and friends too? No, more likely he and/or his parents are extra targets, or dupes of the terrorists-- maybe his meeting with the terrorist (Sayd Ali?) was a trick by the terrorist to get Reza to help them get something (nuke?) into the country, maybe through use of his future-bride's father's business? If he turns out to be a baddie, some writer had better come up with a reallyreallyreally good reason for it being that way, otherwise it's lame-o.

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 11:13 p.m. CST

    If George turns hero, here's your new foil ...

    by Groovy_Chainsaw

    TONY !! I think he'd make an ideal inside baddie this season. Last year he seemed like he might be the mole ( for the first 12 episodes or so ) but he proved that he was actually a good guy. Wouldn't the revelation that he's in with the Patriots (didn't it seem like he glanced at one of them in their phone company drag, then did nothing) blow you away !?! Losing the soul-patch definately seems an indicator of a character change. Plus -- I hear ya, Doc Brown -- how 'bout a "24" spin-off called "Run, Kim, Run" ?

  • Nov. 12, 2002, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Good episode!

    by mondoz2

    Run, Kim, Run!! Keep running! Stay on that treadmill! Yeah! She's gonna need a shower after all that running, though...

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Ah, Kim and her bouncy running hot but stupid glory.

    by MVisco

    WHY can't she go to the cops? WHERE'S the wife of the pyshco husband chasing Kim all this time? Can't she call the cops herself? It's been like 2 1/2 hours since everyone left her alone at the house. I am probably bring up old points here, but I don't care. Kim is so damn hot but so dumb at the same time. Wouldn't it make sense that if the cops found her, and she were to explain what was going on, that they'd (the cops) would at least check her story out? And will we ever learn about what happened to Nina from last season? It seems as if Victor Drazen wasn't her only boss, perhaps these mysterious people are involved in the new threat. Anyway, I am gonna go look at my FHM issue with the supple Miss Cuthbert layout, and wish for... well you know. Tonite's ep was good, I am still a fan, even if there are some real nagging issues. Let's hope Kim's bouncing breasts wake her brains up next week... heck let's hope we get to see them bounce just for tits sake.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Christ, that kid is even more irritating than Teri was last seas

    by Osmosis Jones

    "I was [sob] wooking faw yoo.. [bawling]" Suck it up, whiner. She can't walk half-a-block with Kim to get to a phone, but she can walk over to a bunch of strangers in a strange, urban neighborhood and ask for help? Why not just wear a T-shirt reading, "I'm young, Im stupid, I have money, kill me"? This whole abusive dad subplot is like last year's amnesia arc: it brings the show to an utter dead stop whenever it gets picked up again. It was cool to see that the writers had the balls to let CTU go up, but if Tony is dead, I'll be pissed. Mason can rot for all I care, but Tony is da man. Hopefully Kim and the brat will get less screentime in upcoming eps, and let the Jack Bauer Power Hour really kick into high gear.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 1:02 a.m. CST


    by DonnaDarko

    These past three eps were better than most films I pay to see in the theatre! You just know the blonde kid sister is going to get snuffed this season - zero character development. I hope she's holding the annoying brat at the time. Why Kim didn't go to the nearest police station - was she fucking adopted?? She sure as hell didn't take after her father.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 1:09 a.m. CST

    A Possible Big Plot Hole?

    by TheSeeker7

    It's safe to assume that thanks to Jack saving the would-be President's life last year, he'd be nationally, if not globally famous. Wouldn't that make an undercover gig a little difficult? Plus, these guys are obviously are fanatics about the government, so you bet your ass they would have found out a lot about the old assassination attempt. A Geographical Hole: (although you might not pick up on this if you live outside of LA) In travel scenes and the like it always seemed implied last year that CTU was in the West L.A. area, however obviously from the explosion scene it's right in the downtown area.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Poor George just can't win

    by 7Cal

    Except in real life... that bastard is marrying Nina! Prick. Too bad he's gone by the end of this season- I've liked him since the last 4 or 5 episodes of last season, when him and Jack went to check out where the power was going to be cut. Great episode, 24 just does shit you don't see anywhere else. I also liked how strict the security was to let the phone guys into the building- every other TV or movie the bad guys would just flash a fake id and be waved right in. Nice that it also looks like the abusive Dad subplot is being minimized. Man I can't wait for next week already.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by niveknivek

    ----1. Stop complaining about Kim. She's hot, she has fantastic breasts, and she runs aroudn a lot. I don't care how stupid she is.----2. Tony isn't "the mole", and there isn't going to be a mole. At least there had better not be, b/c it would be pretty silly to suggest that CTU was compromised three times in a year and a half (Nina and Jamey from Season 1, New Mole).----3. The Arab groom is not a terrorist, for reasons above: namely, if he's a terrorist, what is he doing getting married on the day of the attack? It would seem unlikely that he's a complete red herring, so he must be a target.----4. I hope Darlene doesn't die. I like Sara Gilbert.----5. Agree with the poster above that the first three episodes of 24 are better than most movies. If I was a producer looking to make an action film I'd hire these writers tomorrow.----6. How the hell are we supposed to wait seven days for the next episode?

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Events no longer occur in real time if they did Kiefer would ann

    by Regis Travolta

    And this Kate Warner Arab wedding groom subplot just stops the whole fast pace narrative dead in the water and they minimized it tonight into 5 minutes after the first half hour. Too many soap opera subplots just focus please on Jack Jack Jack Jack Jack Jack.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 1:38 a.m. CST


    by GenericGeek

    Get it? I'm first from the bottom up! I don't think Kim's stupid. Maybe she's no genius, but she can take care of herself. Last weeks tire-iron fight was the coolest, very nicely photographed, dirty and rushed, not slo-mo glamorized. Also, do you remember what happened when she went to the cops last season? No offense, but I would also feel safer in CTU. Let's hope she pulls through by running around, or in place. And BTW, thanks MVisco, I didn't know she appeared in FHM. Must... Buy... Now...

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Why can't he be in on it?

    by DiscoLink

    I have to agree with Doc Brown in that both Buffy and 24 were un-fucking-believeable tonight. I don't believe that there's a person amongst us who wasn't a wee bit scared about whether this years run would be as good as last years (or at least the first half of last years), but...goddamn it's been good so far. And why couldn't the groom-to-be be in on the bombing. I mean, what better way to get the terrorists into LA then under the pretense of a wedding? I know it seems foolish for a person to do such a thing, and maybe the real terrorists are just using this as a front unbeknowest to the groom. But I think that we've all seen the lengths that a person will go to in order to carry out orders from "Allah" (or at least a couple of psycho's interpretation of "Allah's Will").

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Mason Can Go on Like Six More Seasons!!!

    by Donkeybells

    Hey, they said he could have a week at the most, so it's theoretically possible he could be around for quite some time! Wouldn't it be fun to do seven days in a row and watch Jack sleep for sixteen episodes after the bomb scare ends? No? Yeah, I guess not. But maybe the next day Kim could have her gynocologist appointment? Eh? No? Ok. Anyway, I'm excited to see where this Mason thing will go because for me there is nothing more interesting than watching a character on a death clock react. Ever seen DOA? Either one? They're both kind of neat. Anyway, a walking dead man will do some fucked up shit that will probably make for the best moments of the season barring a Kim/ two sisters clam eating contest.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Show Is Great But...

    by dragon268

    I have a few problems with some things. I know not everyone will agree but here I go. 1) Last week there were several posts about stupid things begin done ie. hot kim in peril running away from the manly construction workers when she is in need of help. she may be hot but the cliche dumb blonde is an understatement. 2) How in the hell did the "Patriots" get into CTU so easily and then walk around with not one single person checking them out. I find it hard to believe they could have gotten into all the places and put the bombs without one person taking notice. Tony makes a reference to Homeland Security so the show is taking place after 9/11. You would think the guards at the gate would have pulled everyone out of the van and check them over. Also did they not have to go through a metal detector or have their equipment checked out. Security may not be 100% tight all over but you would think that a government Counter Terrorist Unit would not fall for something as stupid as fake telephone repairmen. 3) you would think that special assistant to the president would have more access to him. They make her seem like palmers right hand person but when the sh*t is about to hit the fan she can not get in touch with him. I know she was stone walled by that guy but come on now they has to be a way she could have gotten to him. 4) two hot sisters. another cliche about "your my baby sister getting married today" so now i can be a complete ass about it. i know she found out some pretty messed up news but come on now she seems like a tought sob. you would think she can fake a smile and put on a happy face know she is really going to stick it to the bastard of a future borther in law. Well i am sure not everyone will agree but hey thats cool. this is still one of the best shows on and along with the west wing and sapranos is one of the must see shows.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 7:44 a.m. CST

    CTU out of the way

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I think it's good that the CTU set is now out of the way. This opens the possibility that all the CTU characters will be out on the field. Maybe there is a mobile unit super Winnebago that will be introduced in Hour 5. I hope they wrap up Kim's current plot. True, it's great to see Kim, regardless, but let's hope her situation with the girl is put to bed within the next few hours and the producers come up with something new to involve her in. For some reason, I see her, with Tony protecting her, on the run through L.A. in the middle part of this season. How or why this will happen, I'm not sure.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Who is the Hotest...

    by dragon268

    no has seem to post this question yet. if someone has i apologize in advance for the repeat but..... how incredibly hot are all the women on this show this year. I would have a tough time picking out the winner so i will leave it up to you fellow talk backers. lets vote and see who would be the winner. I do not know everyone's name so please forgive me as i will just give a description of them. if you know their name please fill it in. So here goes in no particular order. 1) Kim 2) Sister getting married 3) Sister of sister getting married 4) Megans Mom 5) Assistant to the president 6) Presidents Press Secretary 7) Tony's Assistant at CTU 8) Sara Gilbert's character for me it would be a close race but here is mine - 2,1, 4, 5, 3, 6, 7, 8 but then again who am i kidding for the most part this is the hottest looking set of female characters since the silacon set from baywatch. and all of them are natural beauties dont think you will find to much plastic in any of them.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Who's the hottest?

    by GenericGeek

    I have to say Kim, by a long shot, even though I've had a thing for Michelle "Lynn" Forbes ever since she was tough Ensign Ro on ST:TNG. But the hottitude level that Elisha Cuthbert achieved over the summer is astonishing.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Kim's Past

    by Neutron

    What's more disturbing about Kim's recent blossoming into a major babe is that only a couple of years ago she was co-host of 'Popular Mechanics for Kids', which is still being replayed on tv. Too bad her character is so retarded. Is it just me or does anyone else hit the fast-forward to blow through the 'Reza's Big Fat Terrorist Wedding' scenes? Painful.

  • ...are they going to call it "2"? (And then what do you call its sequel?) ...Still the best damn hour on TV, by cracky.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 1:42 p.m. CST

    he's in on it alright

    by fraggleroc

    the bomb's in the cake!!!!

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 1:53 p.m. CST

    what if...

    by fraggleroc

    what if the groom is actually undercover agent somewhere, that guy the sister knows is feeding her lies, i mean they never show us what is on his computer screen or anything else in his office or even him at all, every other character has some extent of developement and he really has none going on except that he's a friend with a good computer! don't know if i'm right but he's just kinda shady, and i really hope that little girl with kim dies next week, so friggin annoying! horrible horrible acting even by little bastard kids! wheres haley joel when we need him! i see dead ctu people!!!

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 2:09 p.m. CST


    by BBanzai

    Last night's 24 outdid even the best episodes of last year. Having said that, it's sad to see that the ratings have gone down a little for each show this year. (Okay enough of being PC ... how about Miss Bouncy-Flouncy running down the street in that opening shot. That is one awesome white t-shirt!)

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Why the date is a "reference"

    by zekerutter

    I thought Hern mentioned in his spolier that there was an homage to "24". Saying "These events take place bewteen 8 and 9 p.m. on November 12" would have been a bit much. All the events take place in "real-time." Buffy talking to the vampire, Dawn in the house, The Nerds of doom getting to/in the school, Williow talking to the Cassie. My guess is that the writers think that "24" is a pretty neat concept and for one episode, emulated the concept. And they did a good job, without the annoying multiple split screens

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Thi is turning into Kims lifetime movie of the week

    by jtp8000

    Watch for next weeks guest stars Valerie Bertinelli and Kim Delaney

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Groom's role

    by pkbabylon5

    The groom is being set up as the "fall guy" by the phony investigator. The investigator can get the sister to do whatever he wants at this point, plant stuff, tell authorities stuff, whatever. If the two bomb theory is true, maybe the groom is supposed to be the fall guy for the distraction bomb so that the authorities don't catch on to the real bomb in time.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 8:37 p.m. CST

    dragon268 you are a complete moron

    by MAlkovich

    For starters learn to fricking spell it seems like you are a 12 year old. All your complaints about the

  • Nov. 17, 2002, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Loving it!

    by AndyDarko

    Fantastic episode, I'd hasten to say the best one yet, even better than the closing hours of the last season. I knew this season would be a balls-to-the-wall affair when Jack shot that child molestor and said "I'm gonna need a hacksaw" but they go and blow up CTU?! I haven't seen a mainstream tv show make as many ballsy moves as this show has. I'm undecided on Riza, he may be the fall guy, it does seem plausible, they are playing him off as far too sinister right now, I'm expecting for it all to be a misunderstanding and he's an innocent. But as always with this show, you can never be too sure it always surprises. Its a shame Masons days are numbered, I genuinely felt gutted when he found out that he's screwed, hopefully he will get to redeem himself. I hope Tony is still alive, I'd like to see him do some more field work, and kicking some terrorist ass, he spent far too long behind a desk last season. And to the person complaining that they didnt get searched thoroughly enough, I'm watching the episode now and they did a hell of a lot of checking, it was a genuine call out to the phone company, they kept a real guy alive so they could check his details, they checked through the truck and also everyone in CTU was pretty busy dealing with the nuke, they didnt have time to inspect the phone repair men thoroughly. 24 is a great tv show with far more integrity and realism than any hollywood produced action film.