24 (2001–2010)
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3:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m. 

District Director George Mason (Berkely) shuts down CTU forcing Jack to escape in order to follow up on a lead on a conspirator. Nina and Jamie try to cover for him. Palmer discovers how a reporter found out about Keith. Jack finally learns that Kim and Janet haven been kidnapped.


Winrich Kolbe


Joel Surnow (created by), Robert Cochran (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Jack Bauer
Leslie Hope ... Teri Bauer
Sarah Clarke ... Nina Myers
Elisha Cuthbert ... Kim Bauer
Dennis Haysbert ... Senator David Palmer
Michael Massee ... Ira Gaines
Daniel Bess ... Rick Allen
Matthew Carey ... Dan Mounts
Vicellous Shannon ... Keith Palmer
Jacqui Maxwell ... Janet York
Karina Arroyave ... Jamey Farrell
Yolonda Ross ... Jessie Hampton
John Hawkes ... Greg Penticoff
Xander Berkeley ... George Mason
Zach Grenier ... Carl Webb


On the day of the California Presidential Primary, between 3:00 AM and 4:00 AM, Janet is left injured on the road, but later they decide to return and execute her. Nina is absolutely upset with Jack Bauer, but she seems to understand his reasons and together with Jamey they try to disclose the scheme and the conspirator in the CTU. However, District Director George Mason is called by Tony Almeida and shuts down the agency. Jack escapes of the lock-down to follow a lead in the key card and Nina and Jamie cover him in spite of being pressed by Mason. The secret service tells the assassination threat to David Palmer, and he tells his wife that a reporter called him telling that Keith had murdered the boy that raped Nicole, and his therapist George Ferragano would have told the truth to the journalist. Jack chases and captures a criminal and he tells that Kim has been kidnapped. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

27 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "events occur in real time" text/narration at the beginning of the first three episodes has been dumped. See more »


When Alan York and Teri Bauer drive away after being pulled over, their license plate is 4IEH746. Minutes later, when they see the ambulance, it's 4TWO520. See more »


Ira Gaines: Be good and you'll be back at the mall in a day or two, be bad and you won't.
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24 Theme
Written by Sean Callery
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Complications arise
6 December 2007 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Day 1, 3:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m. : Jack and Nina come across a new lead, only to be interrupted by George Mason, who shuts down CTU and leaves Bauer with no choice but to break out in order to locate a suspect. Meanwhile, the kidnappers deliver Kim to Gaines, who intimidates her with a recycled, yet still effective threat: "Be good and you'll be back at the mall in a day or two, be bad and you won't". Furthermore, David Palmer tells his wife about the incriminating article: according to the reporter, the Senator's son, Keith, killed a man who had raped his sister, whereas the autopsy indicated it had all been an accident.

Apparently, the show was picked for the entire 2001-2002 season after this episode, and it isn't hard to understand why: with characters and set-ups like these, plus the tension-raising time device, who could possibly switch off the TV before finding out how it ends? The conspiracy thickens, lives are constantly at risk and no one dares to even think of napping with so much going on.

Highlights are far too many to list, but my personal favorites include: Mason verbally abusing Nina (played by the actor's real-life wife), who he refers to as "Jack's lapdog"; Palmer having his first relevant conversation, series-wise that is, with his spouse Sherry (Penny Johnson, an invaluable presence), hinting at interesting events in the future; Jack exposing his rawer side to a policewoman while tracking down a hostile ("Cops have to play by the rules. I might have to break a few with this guy."); and a brief, chilling appearance by a pre-Deadwood John Hawkes, whose killer line (sorry, I can't spoil that one) metaphorically punches the protagonist in the stomach and makes the closing split-screen more harrowing than usual. Who would have thought one's day could get this bad?

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