24 (2001–2010)
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Day 3: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 

Jack tries to regain the Salazars' trust when they make it to Mexico. President Palmer is angry with Tony over being left out of a secret operation. Chase is captured by Salazar's men.


Ian Toynton


Joel Surnow (created by), Robert Cochran (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Jack Bauer
Elisha Cuthbert ... Kim Bauer
Carlos Bernard ... Tony Almeida
Reiko Aylesworth ... Michelle Dessler
James Badge Dale ... Chase Edmunds
Dennis Haysbert ... President David Palmer
Jesse Borrego ... Gael Ortega
Wendy Crewson ... Dr. Anne Packard
Joaquim de Almeida ... Ramon Salazar
Vanessa Ferlito ... Claudia Hernandez
Vincent Laresca ... Hector Salazar
D.B. Woodside ... Wayne Palmer (as DB Woodside)
Paul Schulze ... Ryan Chappelle
Conor O'Farrell ... Ted Packard
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Chloe O'Brian


Jack tries to regain the Salazars' trust when they make it to Mexico. President Palmer is angry with Tony over being left out of a secret operation. Chase is captured by Salazar's men.

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Release Date:

16 December 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kiefer Sutherland and Greg Ellis previously appeared together in the feature film To End All Wars (2001). See more »


The scientists who created the virus are said to be from "The Ukraine." The country is simply named Ukraine, and has not been referred to with the "The" since the days of the Soviet Union (pre 1991). See more »


24 Theme
Written by Sean Callery
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18 August 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

The previous episode ended with a revelation that changed everything that had occurred up to that point during Day 3. This eighth hour expands on that revelation, and in a certain way the real story of the third season starts here.

President Palmer receives a phone call from Tony Almeida after the latter saved Gael from torture by revealing his treason was part of a bigger plan. The plan is revealed to everyone (including the viewer) through a recorded message Jack left behind: the virus threat at the beginning of the season, Kyle Singer and the escape of Ramon Salazar were just the starting points in a more complex operation whose goal consists of Jack infiltrating the Salazar family again. He's doing this because there is a lethal virus that's being sold on the black market by a Ukrainian organization, and by pretending to help the Salazars acquire it he hopes to destroy it before it causes any real damage. First, though, he will have to convince Ramon, who is still aching to blow his head off. Chase being captured by the Salazars' men doesn't really help in that sense.

With the real truth out of the bag, the proper premise of Day 3 is laid out for us to understand and cherish: such narrative cleverness was unexpected even by 24's standards, and it is more than appropriate that the Writer's Guild of America took note of the of the script's intelligence. Most of all, the episode shows Jack going to some really dark places, not just because he went behind Palmer's back (and the latter's reaction is another example of Dennis Haysbert's talent): in the second season he killed a man to keep his cover; this time he's an addict and has to make his adversaries believe he's after money. This day will most definitely take its toll on his health, both mentally and physically.

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