I have so many TV shows queued up in my TiVo that I hardly know where to begin watching these days. As a results, some of my reviews inevitably show up on my site a day or two late. Sorry about that! Anyway, let’s jump right into the recap of 24 6×05. (I can’t keep the show “hours” straight, so I’m not even going to attempt to tell you if this was from 9am to 10am, 10am to 11am, etc. It’s the fifth episode; that’s al I know!!)
Last week ended with Jack shooting Curtis to prevent Curtis from killing Assad, and then Jack told Bill that he couldn’t “do this anymore.” Oh, yeah, and there was also something about a suitcase bomb (of the nuclear type) detonating in Valencia. So we pick up from there.
Jack: At first, he looks at the mushroom cloud in disbelief and just stares at it until some random guy comes running up to him to ask for help. That snaps Jack back into “Jack mode” and we can see right away that he’s not quitting anything. After that, he starts heading back to CTU, but gets a phone call on the way saying that his father has a direct connection to a guy who in turn might have a connection to Fayed. Jack hasn’t spoken to his father in nine years, but wants to handle the investigation himself.
Next, we see Jack calling home, where a BUTLER answers the phone! Jack comes from some money, y’all! Sam the butler tells Jack that Mr. Bauer left yesterday without telling anyone where he was going and without bringing his cell phone. All very mysterious. So Jack asks for his brother Graem’s phone number. When Graem answers, we get a shocking reveal: it’s none other than the ringleader of the BlueTooth Gang that controlled President Logan all through Season 5!!! Wow. Later on, Jack shows up at Graem’s house and almost immediately begins to torture him. No, seriously.
CTU: They bring Assad in for questioning, follow up on a few leads he gives them, see that Assad seems to be telling the truth, and that’s about it. Oh, and Morris is the one who uncovers the connection between the terrorists and Phillip Bauer.
Fayed: Pretty much spends the whole episode driving around in a van and casting surreptitious glances at the four remaining suitcase nukes that he’s casually transporting around. He’s looking for more trigger devices and is willing to double up the payment to the guy who’s getting them.
Sandra and Walid: I honestly have no idea what’s going on with this particular thread. Walid is now wearing a wire and is trying to make inroads with a group of guys who may or may not be terrorists. Again, NO CLUE what’s supposed to be happening there — and really, I couldn’t care less.
President Palmer and advisors: Argue a little bit about how to handle the post-nuke national address, try to think up an appropriate plan of action, and move into the subterranean bunker to coordinate everything from there.
Overall, it didn’t feel like very much happened in this episode. Yes, we got the major plot twist regarding Jack’s family, but other than that, nothing else really moved forward. Let’s hope next week changes all that!