I had to TiVo the April 23 episode of 24 and I just got around to watching it this morning. Since I’m so late with this post, I’m just going to give my reaction instead of running through an entire recap. The episode was 6×19 and the action took place between 12:00am and 1:00am.
I can’t believe the writers went ahead and made Karen (of all people) fire Bill Buchanan from his post as CTU director! I think Bill is the most competent director they’ve had in the six years I’ve been watching the show, and I don’t understand why they’d fire him now — especially for something that happened off screen. I mean, if he’s gonna go, at least let him go out with a bang.
I haven’t been reading any gossip magazines or websites lately, so I don’t know if James Morrison (the actor) is leaving 24 or not. I hope this is just a temporary thing for the character and that he’ll be back once the current Chinese threat is resolved and CTU gets back to normal. Oh — Nadia is acting director now until Division sends over someone more qualified. Gah.
Jack’s plan to rescue Audrey and destroy the circuit board didn’t go over very well (how could it? There are still five hours left in the day!). He arranged to meet Cheng in an abandoned motel, got there early, and wired the place with C4, planning to blow the place as soon as Audrey was safe. But Doyle figured out where Jack would be and he arrived there before Cheng also and had to muck things up.
I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating: when will CTU operatives learn to TJB (Trust Jack Bauer) and not go sticking their noses in his plans? He’s saved the U.S. countless times already. Why would any of his actions be questioned?
Anyway, by the end of the episode, Cheng escaped with the circuit board containing algorithms to Russia’s entire defense system. But hey, at least Audrey Raines is safe (albeit a bit twitchy and mentally disturbed).
There was more White House nonsense as well, but I haven’t cared about that stuff all season and still don’t.
Overall, this was an OK episode. I would have liked it a lot better if they hadn’t canned my beloved Bill Buchanan though…. He better be back at CTU before the day is over!