By admin|Tuesday, March 7, 2006 | 9:51 pm | 56 Comments
Well, there really isn’t much to describe this latest episode of 24. People know that I am a heartless bastard, but by the end, there was some sort of salty discharge that was rolling down my cheek. Before all you sick bastards make fun of me, and start making money shot jokes, I think I may have shed a tear. That’s not to say that last night’s episode was all melancholy. To the contrary, it was some of the best two hours we have had all season, and shows that the writers still have a few things in their bag of tricks to keep us on the edge of our seat. None of us expected what happened at the end, so it was even more shocking. And I have a sneaky suspicion that we will be in for a whole lot more where that came from.If you are reading this recap without having first seen the episode, you are probably wondering who died. Well that happened at the end, so why don’t I start with who didn’t die: Tony Almeida. The CTU doctor tells Buchanan that Tony has been asking about Michelle, but they don’t want his blood pressure to get out of control and do vascular damage. Obviously, this doctor doesn’t know that Tony was able to suffer a bullet through the neck and come back to lead CTU hours later. Buchanan tells Tony that Michelle was taken to Cedars (that’s Cedars-Sinai hospital to those in the know) and they don’t have any new information. Although he was in too much shock to remember he already saw his wife blown to bits, he had the presence of mind to ask if Jack made it, and tells Buchanan that he must talk to Jack, who as we know is busy not getting blown up over at Omicron.
It’s just not the same being a terrorist these days. Bierko killed Erwich because he messed up with his plans on killing Suvarov. Bierko thought it would be easy to kill the Russian President, and he would then have plenty of time for some polo and a spot of tea. Everything was all set until those stupid bastards at CTU messed up his plans. Now he is going to have to go back to killing civilians, which is such a messy business, don’t you know. Killing a few people in a mall is so pedestrian; it barely gets you on the front page, what with all the Presidential assassinations and airport hostage crises going on. Bierko decides that he must kill some civilians, so he tells his technicians to set the canisters for maximum casualties. I was unaware that centox had some sort of power setting. I guess it gives the worldly conscious terrorist the option to show a little mercy. Start off with some choking, move up to paralyze, and finally, convulse until the nerve gas herpes suffocates you completely.
While we are on the subject of terrorists and unsuccessful motorcade assassinations, Martha Logan was quite shaken up after everything that happened. It was bad enough that her husband was willing to let her die, but she had to witness Mr. and Mrs. Suvarov all lovey-dovey, happy that, through it all, they were still in each others’ arms. I would feel bad for Martha, but you can’t honestly tell me that she just noticed how much of a bumbling fool her husband was within the last twelve hours. She must have had other clues that he didn’t really want to take charge, like when she found his gimp suit on their wedding night and he asked to wear her lingerie. And you know that Mrs. Logan was quite the looker in her day, so how did Logan land a woman like her? It’s gotta be either the checkbook or the package, and I’m guessing Logan’s biggest endowment is for the fine arts.
President Logan was also in shock after the failed motorcade attack. It was bad enough that he gave up his wife to be killed, but having her alive might even be worse. He was unable to control her when she was crazy, but now he is going to have no leverage in the argument. When you can come back with the “Well, at least I didn’t try and have you killed” card in an argument, you are going to look like the winner more often than not. Logan is so horrified at what he does, Mike has to slap some sense into him. OK, so your wife knows you tried to kill her. It’s still not as damaging to your Presidency as 19 canisters of centox killing hundreds of thousands of people.
Mrs. Logan, the Suvarovs, and I believe Aaron, were flown back to the presidential retreat. President Pussy was worried about how his wife would react, and considering everything, it could have been worse. If only she had kept her mouth shut, she would be at some nice recovery center in Vermont with nothing on her mind except skiing and maple syrup. Now she has to deal with her wimp of a husband, who wouldn’t stand up to the terrorists. Perhaps worse for Logan was that the Russian President noticed that Mrs. Logan was acting strange. Personally, I am not sure who he could tell, the President decides he doesn’t want to explain how he was about to let his friend and wife die, and instead tells Yuri that his wife is crazy. And although Logan had no intention of honoring the treaty he just signed, he wants to Suvarov to live up to he bargain and have his intelligence services share information that they may have about these terrorists. Yuri, being a man of his word, says of course, now all they need is a lead on what these terrorists are going to do.
CTU gets that lead after bringing in the body of some of the dead terrorists from the assassination attempt. Curtis may not be killing people like he used to, but he still has some skills including, apparently, those of a medical examiner. He finds the schematics of a building’s ventilation system and sends them up to Chloe and Edgar to start searching for a match. The numbers 18:00 were written on this piece of paper, which probably meant military time, which meant that if this was a target, they were planning on hitting it within the hour.
While all of that was going on, Jack was still trying to get more information on Henderson considering he is, you know, the only lead that they have. Henderson destroyed all of the information on his office computer, but Chloe was able to detect that he left a socket open to an off-site backup facility, which just so happened to be Henderson’s house. Buchanan wants to send a tactical team, which gets me all excited for Curtis to get some more work done, but Jack believes it would be best to go alone because A) Henderson would hear a tactical team coming since he is just as bad as Jack, B) Henderson won’t expect Jack to look for him since Jack is dead and C) Jack wants to prove that he can take Henderson out after his mentor got the jump on him, twice.
Back at the CTU infirmary, Tony is starting to sense that something is wrong. The new doctor won’t tell him anything about his wife, so he decides to find out himself. He gets up for bed, and decides to find a computer terminal, but before he can do that, he must first look at himself in the mirror. He has a bandage on his face and we get this dramatic scene of him pulling it off, like we are going to discover he has a huge foramen where his cheek should be. Instead he pulls it off, and it doesn’t look that disturbing. He looks like a toddler after you give them a peanut butter jelly sandwich, and the jelly only ends up on their face, except the jelly in this case was blood, and he was missing part of his ear. Tony makes it to a computer just as his doctor and Buchanan get there. He pushes them away with more force than I could have mustered after all that surgery, and learns that Michelle is dead. Luckily, they have plenty of pictures of her dead body in case he thought it was a prank. I am wondering how they got a picture of their car in mid-explosion, but maybe they left a socket open, and I shouldn’t be asking such stupid questions.
Now would be a pretty good time to check in on Lynn McGill. He put up a good fight as he was being shown the door, but he doesn’t have much fight left in him. There is one thing left on his mind, however, and that is his key card. Since he’s not in a position of power, he won’t be bullying anybody around, and if there should be any question about his key card, he might actually get in trouble. McGill begs Buchanan to let him make a phone call to his sister, and since Buchanan isn’t an overinflated prick like McGill, he agrees. Lynn calls his sister and tells her that he is not mad about the wallet or anything else, but he will need his key card back. Although his sister is a crazy junkie, she does ask a very reasonable question, like why he can’t get a new one. She lost her laundry key and got a new one, so why doesn’t he just ask. I agree, does admitting you lost your key card somehow become a bigger disgrace than being taken out of power because you were a head case? Besides, his sister has important uses for it, like cutting cocaine, and so does her boyfriend, who is selling it.
Yes, the boyfriend, Dwayne, decided to sell it to the terrorists, who have said that without the key card, the rest means nothing. That sounds like an interesting statement, but we have more important things to worry about, like getting Curtis some work. Luckily, Edgar was able to match the description of the ventilation system to that of Tyler Memorial hospital in Brentwood. Curtis put a tactical team together and got to work with the business of evacuating a hospital. These terrorists used to be so considerate, and now look what happened. Attacking a hospital? That’s so Erwich; I thought Bierko was better.
After a commercial break and another ten minutes, Jack makes it to Toluca Lake. Henderson lives in a nice neighborhood, and I bet Julies would love to use his garage. Jack is able to sneak up on Henderson pretty easily, and after what happened to Tony and Michelle, sort of makes me wonder why more ex-CTU people don’t get ADT or at least a guard dog or something. When Jack sees that only Henderson’s wife Miriam is at home, he decides that he’ll just make his way inside at start asking some questions. Miriam is a nice lady, but when Jack comes in and says he needs help because her husband is a terrorist, she doesn’t just stand up and agree with him. She remembers the last time Jack accused Henderson of being a traitor, so why should she believe him now. Well, for one, Jack points a gun at her, but we know that he’s not going to shoot an innocent bystander, so he tells her to sit on the couch, and decides to go through Henderson’s home computer by himself.
At the hospital, Curtis is still doing his thing. I would be wearing a gas mask if I knew a deadly nerve agent could go off at any time, but Curtis doesn’t want to cause a panic, so he does his job without the mask. Soon enough, hospital security is able to identify an orderly they see on camera in an area where he doesn’t belong. Passing the image to CTU for facial recognition, they identify him as a terrorist, and follow him to the sub-basement. His name is Viktor and Bierko told him to do whatever it takes to complete his mission, but he clearly didn’t expect Curtis to show up and make things difficult. Viktor is able to make it to the sub-basement and arm the canister, but Curtis, finally wearing a gas mask, is able to find him, and after a short chase scene, Curtis kills him and calls for a chemical response team to clean up the mess.
Jack is still trying to get information off of Henderson’s computer, but it is using an encryption that Chloe can’t crack, even if she had all of the sockets in the world available to her. Miriam is still wondering what the hell was going on. She couldn’t understand why Jack would hate her husband so much, especially after she said how much they still loved his family. They even looked in on Kim after Jack died. Miriam kept talking because she saw her husband’s car was back and was hoping to distract Jack enough so he wouldn’t notice. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, well, we won’t be fooled again, and that includes Jack. Henderson walks into his house, and before his wife can worn him, Jack knocks him over the head and has Henderson handcuff himself and sit down next to his wife.
Time is running out at the hospital, so Jack is going to have get serious at some point. To prove that her husband was hiding things from her, Jack shows Miriam the contents of Henderson’s briefcase, which was filled with money. Still, Henderson won’t talk, not even when Jack puts a gun to his leg. Henderson knows all the tricks; he was faking his death long before Jack was ever in CTU, so how is some torture going to convince him to speak up. He does have a point there Jack, what are you going to do? There were a lot of scenarios in my head, but none of them came close to what actually happened. Jack shot Miriam instead! Yes, that’s right. And contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t hurt less when you are not expecting it. Henderson now knows that Jack is serious, but he still doesn’t say anything to save his wife. This surprises not only Miriam, but Jack as well. He was counting on Henderson’s love for his wife to get information, but the only thing he got was a middle-aged woman with a bullet in her leg.
Who was shot and who is having the orgasm?
It is now a few minutes until the canister detonates inside the hospital. The chemical response team can defuse it, but not in 60 seconds. What can they do to save all of those innocent lives? I got it. How about double slot, monkey zebra, go, hot shot, curl, pepper 14, on 2, on 2. For those of you who haven’t played football or didn’t watch Varsity Blues, that roughly translates into “hand the canister off to Curtis and let him run like hell”. Curtis takes the canister and runs through the hallways like Barry Sanders, but he’s not doing it alone. Just in case some stray dialysis or chemotherapy patient gets in the way, Curtis has his chemical response team blockers. The gas masks sort of look like helmets, making Curtis sort of like a Barry Sanders playing for the Hazmat All-Stars. He makes his way outside, where the chemical response team has parked in the same lot where they have evacuated all the patients, and is able to place the canister in a containment unit. Good job Curtis! One solid kill and you showed you have the speed to take it to the house. You even managed to carry the LCD timer with your other hand, so you dramatically count down the last two seconds before the canister exploded. Now that’s showmanship!
As relieved as I was that Curtis made it out safely, it looked like there would be bad mojo coming. Lynn’s sister started to get worried about her brother’s key card, and even though she got a bad feeling when Dwayne said that they could sell it for $20,000, she went along with the plan. We saw it coming from a million miles away, but the terrorist came, took the key card, and instead of making sure their hands were full of money, he made sure their heads were full of lead. The terrorist goes to his G-wagon, informs Bierko that it will take him five minutes to reprogram the card, and we are left to wait until and wonder what, exactly will happen to CTU.
I didn’t think that any attack on CTU would be successful, but that was before it became complicated, and complicated’s name is Kim Bauer. That’s right, Kim finally made it to CTU, and it looks like chase isn’t in the picture any more. Luckily, Henderson knows all about Kim. After Jack died, Chase left her, which doesn’t make any sense. If he can get through a field amputation, you would think that dealing with Kim would be easy. Besides, if Kim ever thought about leaving him, he would just need to put a bear trap in their bed, and she would find her way back home. After Chase left, Kim hit rock bottom. I mean, life was tough. She was young, beautiful, had a great body, and since she no longer has to take care of her stepdaughter, she is now free. THE HORROR! Jack decides that it would be best if Audrey tells Kim that he is alive. Let those facts sink in before he has to come in and make fun of her new boyfriend. Honestly people, who out there didn’t think “this guy is dead within three episodes” after taking a gander at Barry Landis?
Steve Buscemi called, he wants his ugly back
If there is one no-name character that is making a name for himself, it is our favorite Secret Service agent, Aaron. You can tell this guy has no life outside of protecting Presidents. Balding, redhead, a face only a mother could love, he finally got a chance to kill somebody. And now Martha Logan is hot for him, and the way he, you know, protects the people that he says he will protect. Now, it may be his job, but Martha really appreciates him. She takes his hand, and I’m thinking that this would have to be one of the most surprising events to come out of this season of 24. Martha and Aaron, those would be some crazy, pale, sharp-shooting kids of theirs! I think Aaron was so stunned he didn’t know how to respond, and so Mike found him there with the First Lady. It’s not that he really cares that Aaron sleeps with Martha, because “I let you die” is still worse than “I slept with the bodyguard”, but President Logan is in a fragile state and it better not happen again.
Get a room!
You know, there is nothing that will really screw up your day as President like an untimely visit from your Vice President, especially when the veep looks to be smarter than you and actually has a backbone. The Vice President comes in, has done his own projections of casualties, and has come up with a death toll far larger than anything CTU has offered. He decides that the best idea would be to declare martial law, and although Logan doesn’t seem to like the idea, it also seems like he would rather somebody else make a decision. He is much better at complaining about things not getting done than actually telling people what they need to do. Thankfully for all of us citizens, it takes an act of Congress for the President to deploy troops, but the VP even had an excuse for that, and it was called “There’s a fish in the percolator!!!” OK, sorry, I saw like three episodes of Twin Peaks, but had to throw that in there. Actually, the Vice President said they would massage the language a little bit, and they would never have to get approval from Congress. As long as the people want to be protected, they won’t complain about boots on the ground.
At this point, Mike knows that this is real trouble. He goes to Martha, and after some small talk, he basically begs for her to support her husband. He wasn’t worth a whole lot before he chose to send her to her death, and he was a complete mess now. Listening to the VP would be really bad for the country, so he convinces Martha to at least pretend she is not mad at the President, because he needs to make decisions with a clear head, and she is one of the people he will listen to. She speaks to her husband, and it looks like Novick has avoided another disaster, at least for the time being.
Those drapes won’t hang themselves!
Jack finally gets back to CTU, and after telling some people to put Henderson in an interrogation room, he goes to see Kim. If your father comes back from the dead you are either going to be super excited or super pissed. Kim never had a great relationship with her father, so she is pissed. She doesn’t understand why he lied to her, and when Jack says he had to protect her, Barry chimes in and says that Jack “could have chosen to trust her”. Wow, do we need to take a look back at all the times Jack has trusted Kim? Even before Chase left her, she couldn’t hold down a job, even if it was babysitting. Oh, and if you haven’t noticed, the terrorists were able to kill a former President of the United States. I am pretty sure they would have been able to find Kim and this Radio Shack manager that she decided to go out with.
Kim wants to leave, but Jack is called away to some Henderson interrogation and asks that she stay a little longer. Jack really doesn’t want to hurt Henderson, but when he keeps saying things like “You don’t want to know what I know”, isn’t that an invitation for some torture? What would be so awful for Jack to hear? At this point, I was kind of feeling sorry for Henderson. He is kind of old, and Jack just found out his daughter is now dating a psychologist who used to be her therapist. He can’t kill Barry Landis with good conscience, but he can take as much of his anger out on Henderson as he wants.
I know, I know, this is all basically bullshit. The real item of interest is our terrorist friend and what he is going to do in CTU. They already sent somebody to kill Jack, well, a couple of times, so were they really going to try and kill off CTU? I guess it would make sense, and it would make it easier for them to get a lot of casualties from other places without CTU to coordinate response. Still, this nerve gas wasn’t a bomb, so there would be no random deaths. This would be mass casualties. And is anybody else wondering about the timeline a little? Didn’t Dwayne steal the key card back when the Russians still thought they were going to be killing the Russians? What would be the purpose of paying somebody to steal the key card back then? Just in case?
The important thing was that our terrorist friend got inside, and he was looking to do some real damage. He made it inside and down to the ventilation system. He was able to plant the canister, and it looked like nobody was going to notice. Well, somebody did notice, and it was Carrie, the CTU tech who Lynn fired after she got a little lippy with him earlier. She noticed that something was wrong, but when she told Edgar, he was too busy helping coordinate first responders to be able to take care of minor problems like ventilation. It’s not like the terrorists have been targeting ventilation systems and you’d want to be extra careful or anything. Carrie decides to check it out herself, sees the canister, and picks up her phone, just in time to stabbed in the back! The timer for the centox canister is set to 15 minutes, and now we wait to see how long it is going to take before Edgar notices that Carrie is missing.
Although I figured that the LAPD would be really busy today, they were able to find the bodies of Lynn’s sister and her boyfriend pretty quickly. Word traveled to CTU, and Buchanan decided to break the bad news. Lynn looked upset that his sister died, but he almost seemed relieved that he would no longer have to worry about his key card. At least he no longer worries until he hears that the two of them were killed execution style and that it was the work of a professional. When Lynn asks if they found his key card, Buchanan is a little confused, but that confusion quickly turns to “oh shit” as he realizes that anybody could have used Lynn’s key card to gain access with a little bit of know-how.
Oh man, things are starting to hit the fan. Let’s see. Kim wants to know why her dad is taking so long, and she is looking to work up some anger for Chloe, who dared to hide the truth of her father’s death from her. Then Chloe reminds her that half of the people who knew Jack was alive were killed, Tony was in critical condition, and Chloe was only safe after Jack found her in time. When he said he wanted to protect you, he wasn’t making it up. Kim decided to stick around a little longer, which might be exactly what Jack wants to hear, until he realizes nerve gas is going to kill them all. Her father was with Henderson, who wasn’t speaking, but the chemical methods they were using to compel him to talk made his situation bad enough that he had to be moved to the infirmary. That would be an interesting move, because Tony was in the infirmary as well, and Tony just learned that Henderson might be behind a lot of this. Anybody sense a beat down coming from the soul patch?
By this time, Chloe had discovered that somebody had used Lynn’s key card and Buchanan ordered a complete lockdown. Nobody would be able to get out, and when you combine that with deadly gas about to pour in, this could be a disaster. Jack is able to find the terrorist and kill him, but he is not going to be able to stop the nerve gas. Jack finds the schematics and the timer on the terrorist and Buchanan orders a Code Six. A bunch of big “E”s pop on the screens of the CTU computers and it’s time to evacuate.
As Edgar hears the alarms, he calls Chloe to find out what is going on. Oh God, I thought that Edgar was a goner because he was going to the source of the gas, but it looks like he will have time to get out. I mean, it’s not over yet because, you know, he can’t run that fast, but at least he has a chance. It looks like nobody is going to make it. Jack, Chloe, Audrey, Bill, and Kim are all in the main room, but people are starting to die in the rooms around them. The only places that can be sealed shut are the situation room, some offices upstairs, and the parts of the infirmary. Anybody who is a name that we would remember seems to be safe, but everybody else is dropping like flies around them.
And then it happens.
Everybody is silent, contemplating what happens, until we hear Audrey say “Oh no” and Edgar appears on the screen. He didn’t make it out of the building, and he is shuffling his way into the main hall just as fast as his stubby little legs can take him. Suddenly, he notices that there is nobody else alive where he is. Chloe walks up to the glass of the situation room, and their eyes meet. Edgar can barely come up with words, but says “Chloe” with one of his lasts breaths. It is so cliché but there is so much that he wanted to tell her and never had a chance. Chloe looks like she is about to burst into tears, but can’t come up with any words. She can only watch him die as Edgar falls to the ground.
I don’t know why it is, but Edgar’s death really got to me, perhaps even more than President Palmer. We loved David, but he was a strong man who accomplished a lot in life, and he will be remembered for his greatness. Edgar is not attractive, has a lisp, and is a low-level civil servant. It’s up to us to remember him. As my friend SA said, perhaps there is an emergency bucket of kielbasa in the infirmary to bring Edgar back to life, but I don’t think that is the case. We’ll all remember the loss of Edgar and all of the people at CTU, and we got another silent clock at the end to let it all soak in.
Click Edgar to play
Rest in peace big man, the angioplasties are free and painless in heaven.
What did you think of this episode? Will you miss Edgar? Do you like Kim’s new boyfriend? Will anybody survive CTU?