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24: Day 7 | 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.

January 20, 2009 by  

This was, mostly, what I call a bridge episode. There wasn’t a lot of action, but all of the plotlines got moved along to their new springboards for the next phase of the series. Let’s get started with a little clarification of the rules on “24.” Be warned there is a huge spoiler in the next paragraph, so if you haven’t seen last night’s episode stop reading now!.

According to Wiki 24 (24.wikia.com), the silent clock is used to, “punctuate highly emotional scenes, surrounding the death of a significant character.” It does NOT automatically mean that someone has died. Previous instances of the silent clock, aside from Teri, Chapelle and Edgar dying, include the attempted suicide of President Palmer by Mandy, and the final moments of both Season 6 and “Redemption.” So, I am going on record that I don’t think Renee is dead. I think that the silent clock is being used against us.

Alright…now that that’s settled…


  • Renee is under investigation by the Attorney General for the torture of Tanner at the hospital. Renee went rogue, trying to fix the mess she perceives she made, letting Jack and Tony escape. She was found at Matobo’s compound and was taken captive. When it was confirmed that she didn’t know enough to be a liability, Jack had to “shoot” her. Then, Tony and Jack had to “bury” the “corpse” (Read below for more information on the excessive quotation.)
  • Henry was lured to Samantha’s apartment by his Secret Service detail, Brian. He was poisoned by Brian, who killed his son Roger and is planning both Henry and Samantha’s deaths.
  • President Taylor was ready to authorize the invasion of Sangala until she found out about the capture of Matobo and his wife.
  • Sean used Moss’ clearance to get his wife’s plane grounded. Also, he and Erica hooked up last night (meaning, before the season started.)

Agent Philboy’s Assessment

Like I said at the beginning of the review, this episode had a lot of plot and not a lot of action. But, these episodes are necessary to move us to the next point in the story.

The tensions are building all around. President Taylor wants to invade Sangala, but can’t rationalize the negative consequences to anyone else, including her self, I think. Like I said last week, I love the fact that she struggles with this decision and she isn’t just a complete caricature of a politician.

Janis is going to come under the gun shortly for helping Renee torture Tanner. Moss has done a pretty good job at stalling the Attorney General’s office, which has garnered a lot of respect from me. But, eventually, she’ll have to talk to them, and I have a feeling she doesn’t have the best Poker face.

The big moments of tension were coming from Renee and Jack. First of all, Renee has apparently never had to heckle a referee at a sporting event, because she just kind of kept coming back with the same insults over and over. Jack really wanted to tell her the truth, partially to get her to shut up and partially because I think he really does like her and didn’t want her to be mad at him. It seems simple, I know, but I think it’s the truth.

The Henry Taylor storyline is being folded into everything else. Now, it seems to me the dangling, random fragment of a plotline is anything having to do with Sean. I’ll be very interested in how, and if, his affair or his use of Moss’ clearance will matter…at all.

Everything I Need to Know in Life I Learned from Jack Bauer…
Each week we learn valuable lessons from Jack Bauer. I will share with all of you what the great man taught me this week.

  • When people aren’t doing what you want, smoke ‘em out with household cleaners.
  • If I tell you I am going to shoot you, but not kill you, trust me.
  • Just because I make you bleed a lot, doesn’t me I screwed up.
  • It’s OK if I bury you alive, but only if I look sad about it.

The Weekly Kill Count = 0; The Total Kill Count = 9

I am going to work under the assumption that Renee isn’t dead and that the Kill Count is a big ‘ol zero.

Is Renee dead? Plus, who are your early predictions for the moles within the FBI and White House?

–posted by Philboy

Philboy is GMMR’s resident Dexter and 24 analyst. He spends his days studying Communications at Purdue University and his nights failing at keeping up with all of the TV shows he loves. His can’t miss shows are “24”, “Chuck”, and “Life on Mars”. The thoughts running through his head for this week are, “Tomorrow (Tuesday) is a brand new day in America.” and “How in the heck did Damages pull me back in?”


7 Responses to “24: Day 7 | 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.”

  1. Amrie on January 20th, 2009 8:55 am

    The silent clock is killing me – I mean, she’s been the big “face of Season 7 24” in all the interviews, so they can’t possibly have killed her 5 hours in! Did you notice that it looked like Tony thought Jack had actually killed her, and then he was totaly surprised when her eyes were open. Fingers crossed she can dig out of there quickly!

    I definitely think either Sean or Erica is the mole – the random “I can’t stop thinking about last night” is too out there and seemingly irrelevent to mean nothing. It’ll come up again, I’m sure.

    I missed Chloe and Buchanan in this episode, though 🙁

  2. Michele on January 20th, 2009 8:56 am

    I think in the beginning moments of next week we will see something happen that calls them away from having to bury Renee too deeply and she’ll get out. She does have the plastic over her, so at least the dirt is not filling up her lungs, and if she has any sense at all she’ll put up her arms and make a bubble to give herself a little extra air. I think she gets out.

  3. Jesse on January 20th, 2009 1:02 pm

    I totally agree that Renee isn’t dead. And I didn’t think the silent clock was appropriate at all. I mean, moments that popped up in my head really felt more important than last night’s. Overall, great episode, though.

    Erica is my vote for the mole. Of course, they have done the double trick mole before, having accused Sean already and then disproving it, he could actually be the mole (Nina, anyone?)

    Great post, Philboy.

  4. TheHandStrikesAndGivesAFlower on January 20th, 2009 3:42 pm

    I thought the last scene was just techincally awesome. Brilliant job on the director’s part. They kept putting dirt on but it wouldn’t stay over her face. Then the final shot through the tarp–someone wants an Emmy. And the silent tick just sends a great shiver down your spine right after it.

    But yeah, I don’t think she’s dead either.

    As for the FBI mole, I think Sean may be a mole but he’s not the main mole. The writers know us well. Usually, the moles sleep with people inside to get info, but that girl doesn’t look like she’s important, so I think he’s a decoy placed by the writers. I could see Larry Moss being the mole because he’s higher up, he’s against Jack, he’s got the security clearance, and he has an emotional attachment to Janice. He just hasn’t done anything sinister or deceptive on camera.

    But am I wrong in that there’s also a mole in the White House? That’s only getting touched on. But I think the Secretary of State is one of them (or the only one). The actor usually plays good guys turned dirty.

  5. Philboy on January 20th, 2009 11:15 pm

    I’ve been lacking in my coverage of the White House mole, only because it’s such a vague thing right now. Plus, does it play into the Secret Service evil that is lurking right now? Too many questions and not enough information for me to cover in the reviews each week

  6. Ryan on January 21st, 2009 5:34 am

    Isn’t the FBI mole the guy who went into the basement and gave the sniper a fbi windbreaker?

  7. sveg on January 22nd, 2009 9:56 am

    I don’t think Renee will die either.
    And if we are right I can only see one possible continuing.
    Jack or Tony will tell Bill to hurry over there and dig her up. Remember that both Chloe and Bill are listening to everything and the only way to not blow Jack and Tonys under cover is if he gets there before everyone else.