Monday’s episode of 24 took place between 3PM and 4PM. Let’s get right to the recap of the program.
- Milo gets shot in the arm while trying to defend Marilyn from Gredenko’s men. Then, just as he’s about to get killed, Jack comes storming to the rescue. He takes out two of the three baddies, and then quickly turns his attention to Marilyn.
- Marilyn tells Jack that it was Philip who ordered her to send the CTU team to the wrong house. She then explains that Philip is holding Josh and threatened to kill him if Marilyn didn’t do as she was told. Jack is surprised by this info, but quickly processes it and calls Buchanan to request a backup team. Bill wants to know exactly what’s going on, but of course Jack doesn’t “have time to explain right now.” He goes on to say, “It’s personal,” so Bill relents.
- Jack uses the surviving baddie to find out Philip’s location. He has Marilyn say that she won’t give up Gredenko’s address until she sees Josh. Philip agrees, but of course he’s not in the hotel room when Jack and Marilyn arrive. Instead, he’s watching from across the street. Jack gets Philip to agree to let Josh go and take Jack hostage instead.
- The hostage exchange takes place. Philip tells Jack to get “on his knees,” a phrase we’re so used to hearing Jack say to others. It looks like Philip’s about to shoot Jack in the back of the head or something, but before that Jack wants to unburden himself so he launches into a long-ass speech about not wanting to abandon the family or let his father down, blah, blah, blah. Philip apparently wasn’t interested either because when Jack turns around, his father is gone.
- Jack finds a cell phone with instructions to call a certain number. Who should pick up on the other end except Charles Logan, the disgraced former President of the U.S.!
- Morris is still acting all angst-y about giving Fayed a working device to trigger the nukes. It doesn’t help when he hears that Milo was shot in the field and will be receiving a commendation for bravery. Morris basically goes off the deep end and heads out to purchase some whisky and Altoids to make everything better. Oh, did I mention he’s a 12-stepper? So he takes a big swig of alcohol, but decides to puke it up right away.
- Chloe and Milo both realize Morris has been drinking, but they decide not to go to Buchanan with the info. Instead, I guess they’re going to wait until Morris makes a huge mistake or something.
- Just when we thought Tom Lennox was willingly going to take part in a plot to remove Wayne Palmer from power, we see that he was actually trying to set up a trap for Chad Lowe. (Hold on. I have to look up this character’s name. It’s Reed Pollock, according to IMDb.) But Reed somehow realizes that Tom wasn’t going to go along with the plan, so he knocks him around in the boiler room for awhile.
My Reaction: I don’t like how the suitcase nukes are being pushed to the backburner while we deal with the Bauer Family Drama. That’s two eps in a row that we’ve seen next to nothing of Fayed, even though he’s had a working trigger all this time. I know the writers wanted to take the show in a different direction this year by working in all this “character development,” but I’m not interested at all. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Jack Bauer. But he’s definitely one of those guys where the mystery of his background is part of the appeal. I don’t want to know any more about him than I have to.
I’m still not interested in what’s going on in Washington, D.C. either. I think the pacing of that whole storyline is just way off. Things should be happening much quicker over there considering what’s going on in California.
Overall, I’m afraid I’m just watching 24 out of habit now. There were so many times in previous seasons where I could not wait to see what would happen in the next ep. That hasn’t happened yet this year, so I’m just not excited about the show anymore. There’s still time for it to get better, but I wish the writers would realize that the appeal of 24 has always been the action, not backstories and personal drama.