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More Exciting Details On 24

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Word on the street is the “start time” for “24’s” fourth season was moved from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. because they went very young with casting 15-year-old Jonathan Ahdout to play Behrooz, and there are special rules regarding shooting minors at night. It smells like the real deal to me, but will anyone agree? Remember that Herc will not be shy about reminding readers of talkback appraisals when “24” returns to Fox in January…


Im sure you get alot of fake spoilers from people seeking to get one over on you, so I'll let you make the choice to believe what Im going to say and ask for more or not. I've read the scripts for episodes 1-4 of 24.

Here are some KEY details you should be able to verify:

It begins with a bang and a briefcase.
The first episode starts at 7am. It opens with a train being blown apart near Los Angeles. A hooded biker kills one passenger who's still alive after the blast and removes a briefcase thats attached to his arm.

CTU fired Jack.
Jack is introduced next staring into a mirror as if "he doesn't know the man he's look at." We find out that Jack was fired by CTU by the new director, a woman named Driscoll, over his drug problem.

Jack is still in Los Angeles.
Jack leaves and we learn that he is *NOT* in D.C. as some rumors have suggested, he's still in L.A. -

CTU looks different.
CTU is introduced and according to the action lines its gotten a major face lift, so much so that jack barely recognizes it. Chloe still works there and runs up to Jack.

Kim and Chase remain a couple.
Chloe asks how Kim and Chase are and we learn that Chase is working for a private security firm, they bought a new house, and Kim is caring for Angela. Chloe is as neurotic as ever... So enough indepth detail, lets get to some quick hits

Jack’s girlfriend is married and has a Cabinet-level dad.
Jack's love interest, Audrey Raines, is introduced. We learn that she has separated from her husband who lives in Washington D.C. and that no one knows about Jack's relationship with her, especially her father, who is the secretary of defense. She tells Jack that she has somethign to say but doesnt want to freak him out. She is in love with him, and also tells him she doesnt want a response back, she just wanted him to know. blah blah blah.. Jack will reciprocate later.

The son of the defense secretary is a peacenick.
Audrey's brother is rebellious and is planning a protest at a Lockheed plant where the director is set to speak later that day.

There’s a new young Arab with a hot American girlfriend.
A middle eastern family is introduced. The son, Behrooz, has a girlfriend named Debbie who is non-muslim. After Behrooz brings his girlfriend home in hopes of persuading his parents he's in love with her, he gets a weird feeling. His mother starts acting nice and accepting, As he's trying to get Debbie out of the house quickly, she starts convulsing and foaming at the mouth. Turns out the mother has poisoned her and she just stands there smiling and watching her son hold Debbie while she dies. The mother ends up cleaning up a very nasty mess... This is a really creepy scene and one of the best in the episodes I've read.

Jack’s girl and big-deal boss are kidnapped by terrorists.
Jack uncovers that the terrorists are targeting the secretary of defense (who just happens to be Audrey's dad) . Just as jack figures out that Audrey's dad is the target and tries to warn her, his call is interrupted by a missile blowing up a service vehicle near where shes' standing. She and her father are kidnapped by "Middle Eastern" terrorists while Jack gets to listen on Audrey's cell phone. The terrorists are planning a live execution on the Internet of Audrey's father for his crimes against humanity. Audrey attempts to seduce a guard in a BLATANT rehash of season 1 (but fails).

Terrorists kidnap Chloe’s friend too!
A friend of chloe's, Andrew, has some info on the terrorists and gets kidnapped.

Chloe’s friend is first to die.
Andrew (chloe's friend) stumbles across something in arabic and calls chloe. At first Chloe brushes it off, but then Andrew sees some of his co-workers being tortured by terrorists for information and leaves the building and calls Chloe. Andrew gets on the phone with Jack, after the CTU director, Driscoll, realizes whats going on. In any case, Andrew is freaking out and Jack arranges a meeting with him. Driscoll lets Jack go with the head of field ops to pick Andrew up, but before they get there Andrew bumps into one of the terrorists at the meeting place. Andrew says "are you Jack Bauer?" and the terrorist says yes. Jack then arrives and doesnt find Andrew and calls him, which makes Andrew realize he's with a terrorist. Jack decides they should follow andrew. CTU wants the terrorist and andrew brought in, but jack doesnt agree, he cold cocks the field ops guy and secures him to the car. Then Jack watches the whole torture scene which leads to Andrews death. This seems very out of character for Jack, unless you consider the Chappelle death from last year, in which case, Jack has lost it.

Chloe gets in trouble for helping Jack.
Chloe helps jack and gets caught and sent to detention in CTU by the new director.

Jack grows more at odds with CTU.
Jack notices that the new CTU director is screwing up and interrupts her during a LIVE interrogation and of course uncovers some information. Jack knows the train bombing isnt the terrorist act that was being planned but the CTU director ignores his warnings. Chloe helps him figure out that something major is being planned for 8am.

Jack goes rogue.
Jack ends up (per norm) being a fugitive, roaking over a convenience store and holding the customers hostage (including the terrorist), the CTU director finds the rogue Jack in episode 4 and ends up nabbing jack. At this point the terrorist/hostage thinks that its all a robbery and the CTU director realizes that Jack's plan has a chance of working if they allow the terrorist to leave unhampered and pretend to arrest Jack.

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  • Aug. 16, 2004, 1:18 a.m. CST


    by Ravenwing263

    I think. Sounds like it could be brilliant or crap. We'll see.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 3:47 a.m. CST

    It wasn't out of character to kill Chapelle - he was doing it to

    by ScarranHalfBreed

    Sounds great, if any of this is true. The first two seasons were OK, but the third was terrific! It had a really cool slow start and ended up being SOOOO friggin' tense, hence the poor ratings at the start due to impatient viewers. I hope they do the same with this season, although they probably won't. I loved that last scene when Jack suddenly bursts into tears. The whole day has just been too stressful for him - slicing off Chase's arm, killing Chapelle, etc. It's such a fantastic ending. Let's hope they don't drop the ball.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Jack Bauer is actually a vampire

    by Purgatori

    Nah...just wishing right there. What a cool idea though huh? That's what happened to David after being "antlered" in Lost Boys, he became a black ops agent. I have to say from being only a casual viewer of 24 that this is starting to sound very rehash of the terrorist plots of the past 3 episodes. I mean how many times can he go off on his own before the government gives him his own agency or shoots him? It sounds very forced to me. The other thing that I think would add some life to this would be to make the terrorist americans...give it a twist of some kind like that, someone protesting the government, disenchanted citizens. That would be a great twist since then they would probably much harder to track and have more knowledge of where to run and hide along with local supporters and the like. I think 24 has about ran it's course which is sad because its such an original idea and Kiefer Sutherland is the man. But it seems like careers taking off and the limits of its own idea is putting it into a corner of its own making. They have to do something different, or its just not going to survive after this season. Which would suck.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 9:39 a.m. CST

    It's very early

    by Purgatori

    By episodes I meant seasons...duh...

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 10:10 a.m. CST

    i love 24

    by andyrew

    the first 2 seasons were excellant but season 3 blew me away!!!!i had never watched on episode up untill the third episode of season 3 and i was hooked at once,i cant believe people think it was slow,the bit in the shopping mall,the prison break,the sting op all brilliant,while the series was on i got the first two on dvd,i love it ill be getting series 3 this weekend. Bring on the next 24

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Totally fake...thanks anyway, herc!

    by aceattorney

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Chloe's on another show next year

    by somethingreal81

    I have some reservations about this scoop because the actress who plays Chloe is on another show next year, Kelsey Grammer's Sketch Show. Granted, that show is for midseason and probably won't start filming for a few months, and since it's also on Fox they might be able to work something out, but unless Chloe's detention lasts a REALLY long time it seems strange to me that the 24 writers would use that character when the actress's availability is questionable.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 3 p.m. CST

    24 Jumped the Shark with Chapelle's murder.

    by CynicKil

    It definitely jumped the shark with this storyline. Mainly because he had Jack kill Chapelle for investigating his daughter but Jack was infinitely more crucial to his capture then Chapelle. If he really wanted to send a message he would've had Tony shoot Jack. No one ever brought up the fact that having Jack out of the picture would've been more productive to his cause. Bad direction for the show.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 6:18 p.m. CST

    The big twist...

    by yneway

    ...Audrey Raines is Ira Gaines in drag!

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Jack Bauer goes rouge? No way! I don't believe it!

    by My Ass Smells

    Gee, i wonder how many times we can expect Jack screaming at the top of his lungs "THERE IS NO TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!"

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute...

    by mag7man

    You're saying that other than Jack, the only returning character from previous seasons is the overly irritating Chloe?!! That's just fucked up!!

  • Aug. 17, 2004, 1:04 a.m. CST

    by duchuvney_post_x

  • Aug. 17, 2004, 7:06 a.m. CST

    What about all the details of Doctor Who's return in 2005?

    by TheTARDIS

    Surely that's bigger news to us geeks.

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 2:10 p.m. CST

    best show ever

    by Chaka015

    i just borrowed the first 2 seasons off my roommate and i'm so addicted to this show it isn't funny. i'm in the last 8 hours of season 2 and it's just incredible. I can't wait for season 3... then 4. Though being able to watch them in a row on dvd is so much better than just once a week... i may just wait for season 4 on dvd.

  • Aug. 24, 2004, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by ScaryJim

    middle eastern terrorists AGAIN?! come on we had that in season 2 how about disenchanted scottish nationalists with a perverse hate for hollywood films about loch ness monsters? I mean i don't care about it being offensive or stereotyped but it just gets boring - like all those films with the russian or german baddies OR am i right in thinking there's not been an ENGLISH terrorist yet ? They were all the rage 5 yr ago ?Where's Alan Rickman when u need him ! I'm sure it'll be cool , haven't seen season 3 yet tho . R lovely (ahem) BBC can't afford it anymore :0/.. Like the guy said earlier, at least we get Daleks...

  • Jan. 9, 2005, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Just saw eps 1 and 2 tonight

    by kdoc13

    Pretty close as far as spoilers go. A few things must have been redone. Andrew didn't die yet. Probably tomorrow. Good Job Herc! Keep them spoilers coming.