24 Recap: 8:00-9:00 A.M. & 9:00-10:00 A.M. - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

24 Recap: 8:00-9:00 A.M. & 9:00-10:00 A.M.

January 16, 2007 by  

Title: 8:00 – 9:00am, 9:00 – 10:00am
Original Airdate: 1/15/07

Oh no they didn’t!! Oh. No. They didn’t. But they did. Wow… this is the 24 that I’m talking about, people. The kind of shocking, no holds barred, genre defying – nay, genre gleefully-laughing-in-the-face-at – that we’ve come to love and expect from this show. I mean, a freaking nuke exploded in Valencia! Valencia!! The home of Six Flags Magic Mountain! No way 24, you did not just nuke Six Flags. (oh, and, of course, all the hundreds of THOUSANDS of people who live there as well!!) Not only that, but Jack freaking killed Curtis!!! (though if I’m being honest, I had a strong feeling that Curtis would be goner as soon as I saw that he was just “guest starring” in the episodes this season, whereas last year he was a regular… and then when he wouldn’t let go of his hatred for former terrorist mastermind Assad, even after Assad’s Presidential Pardon, well, I knew something really bad was going to come of it).

But man… I did not think that Jack would actually shoot Curtis with a kill-shot in order to stop him from revenge-killing Assad. I thought Jack would at least shoot him in the arm or someplace non-deadly so that they could have time to get the gun away from Curtis, and then just arrest him. Man… That was HARSH. (Once again, this is what I mean when I say that Jack will do ANYTHING to get the job done and ultimately save lives) Oh Curtis, Rest in Peace my friend. You served CTU, Jack, and your country well. It’s just too bad you made the deadliest mistake you can make on 24: you didn’t trust Jack implicitly.

I did like, however, that Jack had a breakdown and vomited as a result of killing Curtis, a man who had saved his life many times. And then Jack’s subsequent “I can’t do this anymore” phone call to Bill was a very believable next step in the story, especially after everything that Jack had gone through. Because realistically, after enduring the kind of horror that Jack has, there’s no WAY he could continue on. Unless… of course… a freaking NUKE explodes in Valencia!! Yep. That’ll bring him back.

In other news, I first want to mention what I failed to mention last night: Bill and Karen are married. Awwwww. Who knew that going out to get breakfast together two years ago after exposing the President of the United States for the villainous traitor that he was could lead to a romance? Actually, after what they went through together, it is actually totally believable – and sweet. So I just want to say congrats you two crazy not-so-young-kids on your marriage, which is so strong it can apparently stand the two of them living apart on separate coasts. Good luck with that. Also, I thought that I was crazy last night (since I had just been watching Extras), but it turns out I was right: Stephen Merchant, i.e. Ricky Gervais’ creative partner, had a brief cameo on 24 last night as a CTU analyst!! How freaking cool is that?! Here’s hoping Kiefer Sutherland makes a cameo on Extras some day, because that would rule!

Anyhoo, as for the rest of the happenings in these two stellar episodes, several moments stood out for me. First, I really loved the moment when teenager Scott was holding a knife behind his back and lingering in front of Ahmed, trying to decide whether or not it’s worth it to try and stab him. I mean, here is a kid who has no experience or training in how to effectively defend yourself and disarm someone, let alone kill someone. Yet, if he succeeds, he could save his family and many other lives. If he fails, he’s dead. So is it worth it? Man, what a hard, hard choice that must be for hostages in that situation, and I thought that moment was done brilliantly. Many kudos to Michael Angarano and Kal Pen for their stellar work in these past 4 episodes. Here’s hoping Michael Angarano will appear on the show again, even though Scott has been rescued – though unfortunately Kal Pen’s character was killed. And hey, speaking of stellar young men on 24, I’m still waiting for Brady Corbet, who was so excellent in the opening episodes of Season 5 last year, to make a comeback on the show. Jack did promise Brady’s character that they would get together and have a chat when “all of this” was over. Still waiting for that chat, people.

Speaking of returning characters that you thought were gone for good, though, I have to say: I’m not really digging the return of Milo’s character, who was an annoying systems analyst in Season 1, and is now back as… an annoying Internet Protocol Manager. Yes, I know that Morris was mostly the one who was being difficult and combative to Milo, and yes, I know their tension stems from the fact that Chloe has dated both of them (by the way, I LOVE that there are two men fighting over Chloe – girlfriend deserves it!). But still… I can’t blame Morris for being hostile to Milo: the dude is just plain annoying. Though, in his defense, I have to say that he’s not nearly as annoying as Sandra Palmer. Several major cities in the U.S. are bombed only hours ago, her brother the President is in the middle of trying to handle the situation and find the terrorists, and all she cares about is that her boyfriend has temporarily been put in jail by the FBI and that thus his civil liberties are getting violated? And she’s willing to embarrass her brother’s administration because she can’t wait a few hours to talk to him about it? I mean, how incredibly selfish and irrational is that?!?! Thank goodness her boyfriend, who is obviously a far better person than her, finally forced some sense into her. Not only that, but he nobly wants to stay in jail so he can spy on the terrorists and supply crucial info to CTU – like that there are four MORE nukes out there. Yeah… that should definitely take Jack about 20 more hours to get a handle on.

Finally, the last thing I want to mention is how these two episodes in particular seem to be making a strong argument for why you should NOT negotiate with terrorist masterminds who are currently attacking your country. If Wayne hadn’t trusted Fayed and agreed to release all those terrorist prisoners in exchange for the violence supposedly stopping, than nuclear terrorist extraordinaire Namir would not have been able to escape, and thus that nuke would not have gone off just like Fayed planned all along. I mean seriously, I can’t believe Wayne trusted this man who, only a few hours ago, majorly lied and broke his word to them even after he got what he wanted (i.e. Jack). Wayne: you sir, are a moron. If 24 has taught us anything, it’s that you cannot negotiate with terrorists like Fayed who will not be satisfied until every American is dead – and you certainly can’t trust them to keep their word, for Pete’s sake! At least Scott’s mom was smart enough to realize that her husband and son would be killed anyway because they knew too much, even though they were following the terrorists’ demands. Thank goodness she didn’t listen to her naïve (and now dead) husband, and went ahead and called 911, because if she hadn’t, Scott would be dead and CTU would have no lead on Fayed. Here’s hoping President Naïve – who partially redeemed himself by putting Jack in charge and doing whatever Jack said – will soon follow her example.

LaLa is a writer who currently resides in LaLa Land, aka Los Angeles. LaLa also likes to sing. LaLa also knows some lawyers in a law office. LaLa is also prone to making bad jokes, like this one. And of course, LaLa also loves her some quality television shows with quality actors on them, like House… and The Office… and 24… and, well, pretty much any smartly written show that doesn’t include a fat guy with a hot skinny wife or the words “two and a half men” in the title.

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12 Responses to “24 Recap: 8:00-9:00 A.M. & 9:00-10:00 A.M.”

  1. Clare on January 16th, 2007 7:37 am

    Oh Yes they Did!!! Kapow!! Just when he thought he was out they pull him back in. That was seriously mind blowing!! (TWSS! -oh wait not in here 😉 ). Hope I didn’t spoil during the blog last night but it totally shocked me, two big surprises back to bcak. Whew baby it’s gonna get ugly.

  2. Ched on January 16th, 2007 8:29 am

    you should NOT negotiate with terrorist masterminds who are currently attacking your country.

    No Joke. This was quite the season premiere. I really didn’t think that Jack would shoot Curtis. By far the most gripping moment of the premiere. Looks like 24 will not dissapoint this season.

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  4. Christopher on January 16th, 2007 2:00 pm

    Great recap, LaLa. I sure hope you’re right, and Mr-suddenly-president-obviously-from-a-sympathy-vote-because-of-the-assassination-of-his-beloved-brother, Wayne Palmer, is finally growing a spine, not to mention some COMMON SENSE!

  5. Emmaxoxlee on January 16th, 2007 11:49 pm

    jack really had no other choice but to shoot Curtis in the throat. that area and his face were the only part of his body visible. the rest was covered. so there was no possibility for a non-substantial injury.
    gonna miss that kid. =(

    this is going to be an interesting year and i love it!

  6. Kris on January 17th, 2007 7:32 pm

    I knew it! I freakin KNEW that was Stephen Merchant! As soon as he came on screen i was like, “Is that Stephen Merchant? Holy crap!” I want to see more from him this season, even if they’re small little scenes like, “Uh, here’s your coffee, Bill.” ha ha

    I have been loving these episodes and i love your recaps b/c you basically say what is on my mind when i watch them. I was a little depressed when Jack killed Curtis. I, too, thought he would just shoot him in the leg or something, but kill him? Really? I was absolutely shocked! Stupid Curtis, not trusting Jack. I understand why Curtis wanted revenge, but they need Assad to get rid of Fayed and you’d think Curtis would consider that of higher priority than his revenge. I guess the straw that broke the camel’s back was that Assad was going to be pardoned. Sigh. Farewell, Curtis 🙁

    I definitely agree about the not negotiating w/ terrorists comment you made. Doesn’t Palmer realize that, even if he does set the terrorists free for Fayed that Fayed would still continue the attacks? If that’s the case, and he knows this since he did mention that to Tom, wouldn’t it be better just dealing w/ Fayed’s inevitable attacks than to deal w/ Fayed’s inevitable attacks AND more attacks from more terrorists that he has freed? I suppose Palmer meant well since he figured it would give them more time to find Fayed, etc. but still…just doesn’t add up.

    On a final note, the whole fighting thing between Milo and Morris: what the heck?! I realize that they are fighting over Chloe, but aren’t there more pressing matters at hand?! Morris, just listen to Milo (as annoying as he is) for the good of the freakin country, please?!

    Anyway, LOVE the recaps! You do such a good job! Can’t wait until next Monday!

  7. Kris on January 17th, 2007 7:35 pm

    Oh, and Sandra Palmer is really starting to annoy me. I’m glad her boyfriend told her like it is. She actually argued that, even though there were terrorists being detained w/ him, that they were being held illegally and needed to be set free. So glad she listened to him.

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