24 Recap: Window of Opportunity

And just like that, Fox’s 24: Live Another Day switched gears, swiftly segueing from this season’s primary narrative engine to a (slightly) different one, with three TV hours now left on the clock.

Oh, and there was that whole “return from the dead” thing, too.

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As the hour opened, it was promptly revealed that — as some/many of us suspected, President Heller was not in fact blown to smithereens by the Wembley Stadium missile, but instead was rushed to safety as Chloe hacked into the drone’s video feed to play POTUS on a loop.

Ian Al-Harazi however spied this glitch/ruse before destroying the final drone. That set up a ridiculously thrilling, edge-of-your-seat sequence of about 10 minutes, as Chloe (with an assist from Adrian) pinpointed Margot’s hideout, paving the way for Jack, Kate et al to storm the place, where they were met with heavy fire. With hallway access to Margot’s lair not available, Jack raced to the roof, grabbed some crackling electrical cables and proceeded to rappel down the side of the building, nearly sneaking up on Ian and his mum. Ian, however, fell for the old “lean out the window” trick, inviting Jack to yank the punk and hurl him down to the pavement far below, with a splat.

Jack then climbed inside and put a non-fatal bullet into Margot before taking control of the drone’s already-fired missile, which was on target for a major metro station. And by hook or by crook, Jack was able to sink the missile into the Thames.

For good measure, he then lobbed Margot out onto the street below, with another satisfying splat.

Crisis over! Will Fox fill the remaining three hours with Dads repeats…?

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Er, maybe not. And this is where the Dirty Navarro/Jordan Reed subplot dovetails with the bigger picture. Now that Reed’s body has been found (and in the company of a trained killer), Navarro knows the heat is on, so he makes a deal with his mysterious puppetmaster (aka Adrian): safe passage outta town in trade for the override device that was used to hijack the drones. (Turns out, this gizmo can be used to hack any defense system.) So, when Jack is briefly distracted in the CIA bunker, Navarro KOs the DoD techie analyzing the device and then absconds with it — but rest assured, Jack is in hot pursuit!

Meanwhile, Chloe — fresh off giving Jack a “Dear John…” phone call — meets back up with Adrian, with whom she has patched things up. (Sealed with a kiss, even! Knew it.) But little does she know that the “friend” of his they are about to pick up is a traitorous CIA station chief, toting tech that could give Open Cell immeasurable access to destructive villainy.

What did you think of 24: LAD‘s ninth hour of 12?

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  1. raven64 says:

    I loved it!! Gonna have Jack withdrawals in 3 wks!!

  2. Tran says:

    What a great episode with a lot of action involved and President Heller is alive (thank you Chloe). Can’t believe it’s down to the final three episodes and I hope that it still may very well be the end of 24 before the finale on July 14th if Fox decides to do so (fingers crossed).

  3. JeffDJ says:

    Another crackin’ episode! I could not believe Jack tossed Margot out the window! Sure, she deserved it, but damn, that surprised me!

  4. Brian says:

    OK so the word “spoiler” would have been nice in the title of this article… Recap doesn’t quite sell it…

    • Keith says:

      Don’t read it if you haven’t seen the episode

    • maggie says:

      Recap means they are going to give you a synopsis of the episode. Everything about the word “recap” means there will be spoilers.

    • eye says:

      If the main page had a spoiler you’d have a point, but you made a conscious decision to enter the article, knowing what the concept of a recap is. That’s on you.

  5. Dawn says:

    Okay this can’t be ending in 3 weeks….ugh! We need jack back on a permanent basis! Sighs…..

  6. Lisa says:

    Awesome! Classic 24 plot twist!

  7. maggie says:

    D@mn you 24!!!! I thought Heller was dead and Jordan was alive. All those people who commented that Heller didn’t get a silent clock so he had to be alive, were right.

  8. James D says:

    Oh 24 you never change and I love you for it. Classic 24 episode it’s been so great to have this show back on the air and i really hope they will bring it back again. Not sure if Kiefer is up for it but if he is I would watch the heck out of it, such a great show. is there a bigger BAMF in fiction then Jack Bauer? he got some good distance on that throw, poor lady stark can’t catch a break :)

    • Pat D. says:

      Michael Samuelle from 24 producer Joel Surnow’s previous series was arguably just as much of a BAMF. Matter of fact, I think they originally cast that actor to headline 24, but he turned it down. Then Kiefer stepped up and made history.

  9. Brandon says:

    Anybody else just love the toss? I thought it was fantastic. 24 is back and it is marvelous

  10. Suz says:

    When Jack rappeled down, I asked: Who does he think he is; Jason Bourne?

    Only Jack still has CIA contacts that are faster than the everyday CIA!

  11. rainey13 says:

    I’m loving 24:LAD and the compressed format. Not having to cover all 24 hours of a day means less trite filler and a tauter story. I’m hoping Fox will see fit to bring back another 12 episodes next summer!

  12. Overthinking says:

    Am I missing something? The chief of staff looked disappointed (sorta) when they learned the president was alive. Did he want the president to die or was he disappointed because (a) Jack never clued him on saving the president (b) that Jack came out as the hero to everyone especially COS wife?

    • Mary says:

      I think (b) is the correct respose. He doesn’t like how Jack gets to be the hero. Plus, now he’s totally screwed because he has to find a way to give Jack to the Russians.

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        Yeah, during the closing montage, one of the “boxes” was a close-up of that forged signature…. Must still be in play.

      • Overthinking says:

        and also because the Russians found out that he forged the president’s signature. Oh he is totally screwed………ok let the games begin!!!

      • Chris Coburn says:

        It could actually be both. If Heller died, he wouldn’t be able to charge Boudreau with treason for the forged Presidential signature..He doesn’t like that Jack helped save Audrey’s father, on his own, without help from US officials.

    • Probably (b). And (c): He may not know about the presidential pardon, and Heller being alive complicates his efforts to carry out the rendition order he forged. That said, Heller is like a father to Mark and I don’t think Mark was unhappy that he lived (I hope not, at least). It just complicates things for him, both in terms of the rendition order and in terms of Jack getting to be the hero to his wife. As if he stood a chance even before that :)

  13. If Michelle Fairley gets brutally killed on a TV show in 2015, we’ve got a new annual event.

    Adrian repeatedly saying he’s the middle man gives me hope they can pull off a decent twist. I think I missed that the first time he was revealed to have ties with Navarro. I mean, Michael Wincott a bad guy? Next you’ll be telling me Alan Rickman, Kevin Spacey and Peter Greene are the villain! Come on evil Stephen Fry, come on evil Stephen Fry…

  14. slara1961 says:

    Really enjoyed it, but disappointed Jack could catch Navarro. Perhaps Jack is too old? Follow me on Twitter @scottlara1961

  15. spotteddog says:

    Jason Bourne is the president of the Jack Bauer Fan Club.

    So I am assuming we are about to time jump? Seems like the right time for it.

    • Chris Coburn says:

      According to the wiki? No. It’s supposed to take place in the final episode somehow. It would make SENSE now, though.

      Jack gets back to where President Heller is, Boudreau captures him and hands him over to the Russians. Then, the last three hours could be Chloe tracking Jack and getting the US Government to help free him.

  16. katedfw says:

    This show is hitting on all cylinders! What a great hour of TV! This is what 24 is all about!

  17. Paulina says:

    P.S. The main cast of MTV’s Scream already been cast: Amy Forsyth (Reign), Willa Fitzgerald and Dillon Lane will be three of the six main characters. Jill Blotevogel wrote the pilot.

  18. Bonnie says:

    The window toss was a wink at Game of Thrones! Clever little FOX. (Michelle Fairley was a major character on GoT; her son was pushed from a window)

    • irishrose4583 says:

      I made far too many got references this season but especially in this episode! I mean they even gave her a red haired daughter who was kind stupid at times and tossed her son out the window.

  19. mejie71 says:

    What an adrenaline rush! But wait, wait, wait.. Did anybody else found it weird that both keifer and benjamin used to date julia roberts? Now, they’re both running around primetime tv, one chasing the other.. just saying..

  20. cjeffery7 says:

    best episode so far this season! storming the al-harazi’s buliding was INSANE!!

  21. Texas Mike says:

    The U.S.A. needs more Jack Bauer’s taking care of business!

  22. Chaya says:

    Would someone please explain how two good guys with single shot guns kill an infinite number of bad guys with automatics. This isn’t the only program this happens on. Whenever they trot out this conceit, I tune out. Ok, the whole show is unbelievable, but it was good till that tired old shoot out.

    • Texas Mike says:

      A trained marksman is a lot more deadly with well placed shots than a person spraying ammo. All the person with the full auto is doing is burning ammo. That’s why most military full auto weapons have a single shot mode. On full auto all of your ammo is gone in seconds.

  23. JAO says:

    What an episode!! Glued to the screen and could hardly contain myself it was so fast paced and thrilling ! Great show!

  24. Ed says:

    not sure i buy into the time jump only being in the final episode…couldn’t they just do a series of 12 hours?…call the series Jack Bauer

  25. Tw3 says:

    Just. So. Awesome.

  26. MAC says:

    Chloe knows that Adrian had something to do with her kid & Morris’ accident. She’s going to take him out before the day is out.

  27. Brad R. says:

    Jack is back! This is seriously one of the best shows on major network television of the past decade. I can’t believe more people do not watch. Come on Fox, don’t give up!