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- Episode: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Season 1, Episode 10)
- Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Yvonne Strahovski, Tate Donovan, Mary Lynn Rajskub
- Written By: Joel Surnow (creator), Robert Cochran (creator)
- Directed By: Milan Cheylov
- Network: FOX
- Studio: Imagine Television, Teakwood Lane Productions, 20th Century Fox Television
24: Live Another Day: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Review
Invitation to a World War
By Jessica Bauer
July 01, 2014
This week starts with Adrian Cross (Michael Wincott) telling Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) his plan for the over ride device that he and Yates created. What could possibly go wrong with his plan for “world peace” where everyone can control everyone else’s weapons?
As Chloe contemplates this, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is closing in on Steve Navarro (Benjamin Bratt), who knocks out a military man in favor of a bigger, more rapidly firing weapon to fend off Jack. Good luck with that buddy; Jack cannot be fended off. Navarro makes it to the drop off location, gets his passport and traveling papers, drops the over ride device as instructed and is then left hanging with no car and the gentle click of the phone line telling him he’s done for. Jack and the CIA tag team take Navarro into custody; and Jack is off after the over ride device, now possessed by Cross and Chloe, who are traveling via the Tube with Jack left behind on the platform. The train won’t make it to the next station though, as Cross is quite skilled at crawling around creepy underground locales. He and Chloe make their escape via the emergency brake, and Jack is without a much-needed lead.
Agent Erik Ritter (Ghenga Akkinagbe) assumes the Station Head job and calls President Heller (William Devane) to fill him in on the latest developments, interrupting a heated conversation between President Heller and Audrey about his stepping down ASAP.
Back at the CIA station, Agent Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski) finds out that Navarro set up her husband while pretending to be her friend all along. He’s responsible for giving the Chinese secrets, and now there’s evidence from Agent Reed’s computer. If the look on her face can be any indication of what she’ll do to Navarro when she gets her hands on him, please let her get her hands on him. When Jack finds out, he asks to speak to Navarro himself. He lays the solid reasoning and groundwork to convince Agent Ritter to say yes and then adds, “Just so we’re clear, I wasn’t asking. That was me being courteous.” Could I love this man anymore? The answer is no.
You can’t help but have a moment of, “Kate-come on! You can get your husband out of jail now,” before she delivers the blow. Her husband is dead. He hung himself a month into his life sentence. As Jack readies to interrogate Navarro, Agent Ritter reminds him to follow the “ground rules.” Like that would ever happen. Rules are meant to be broken . . . or are those records?
At first, Jack is all accommodating and takes Navarro’s cuffs off. But I’m fan enough to know, this is done for easier access. Navarro doesn’t waste any time demanding full immunity. Bauer tells him he’ll ask one more time nicely; but Navarro gets cocky, tips his head to the side, reminds him that there’s a device out there that can destroy the world, and says, “Tick Tock.” Jack is instantly reminding Navarro that the only thing on the table is his hand as he continually smashes it with his gun. The Captain Hook reference was not lost on me. (I have three kids-remember). I hope you weren’t a lefty Navarro. Oh, who am I kidding? Yes I do.
As Boudreau (Tate Donovan) relays the immunity agreement information to his aid, he gets all creepy in front of Audrey (Kim Raver). In his office, Audrey apologizes for snapping at him earlier, but Mark uses this to call her out: things have not been the same since Jack showed up. Instead of gushing with affection for her husband, Audrey gets all politically correct and references “honoring her commitment” to him. Oh Audrey, why not just declare your love for the undeniable Jack Bauer? As Audrey storms off, probably to daydream about Jack, Boudreau tells the Russians how to find Jack via a tracker on his phone.
Near a port-a-pot somewhere, Cross checks in with his base camp and Chloe tries to walk away from him. Unfortunately, she lacks the finesse of Jack and starts screaming like a crazy woman at a trash truck driver. Cross orders her back in the car with his gun. Chloe picked the wrong dude to fall for, clearly.
Back at the CIA headquarters, Kate busts into Navarro’s room looking all crazed and psychotic. She orders the guards away and jams a gun into Navarro’s chin, then forehead. Brilliantly, she appears to have completely lost it, enough to make Navarro believe she’s going to unload her gun into his head any second. He spews out that the over ride device has a tracker on it, gives the code to find it, and Kate suddenly becomes completely calm. Jack relays the tracker code, and it’s clear that there will be no immunity for Navarro. Nicely played Kate and Jack.
Boudreau comes in late to a meeting and learns that Jack is leading the operation to retrieve the over ride device. He may have just made himself responsible for bad things.
As Kate and Jack close in on the tracker, they share a conversation about their lost loved ones. They are truly kindred souls. It’s good that Cross arrives at the tech lab first, because all of his hackers are in various stages of being dead or mostly dead. As Chloe surveys the carnage in disbelief, Cross can barely look and keeps saying they need to leave; but it’s not soon enough. Cheng (Tzi Ma) walks in with his men. The man responsible for torturing Jack and Audrey, the one whose own country had him arrested, has entered the building. And now Chloe learns that Cross has been working with him all along. After initially refusing to help Cheng, he places a bullet in Cross’s leg and she is persuaded. Cross is not such a smart hacker after all. How does he not know this Cheng guy is insane?
At President Heller’s headquarters, Boudreau is frantically calling the Russians and demanding they call off their men. But the phone calls are going to voicemail and there are no returned calls. Boudreau, you’ve been dumped, teenager style.
Back in the massacred hacker station, Chloe opens the virtual door for Cheng’s men, and is then horrified to learn from Cross that he has known the truth all along. The accident that killed Chloe’s husband and son was truly just an accident. No one was trying to kill her. Across the room, Cheng has now accessed U.S. Naval Command. He tells his hacker to draft an order and states that they are almost done. Cheng wastes no more time and kills Cross, right before drafting an order to a nuclear submarine, to sink a Chinese carrier.
The peaceful drive Jack and Kate were having is suddenly turned to chaos as they are flipped onto their side by a truck. They take heavy fire as the Russians are determined to finish the job; but Kate and Jack hold their own as in the ocean somewhere, the Chinese carrier begins to explode. Chloe gasps, knowing she has made some seriously bad choices in the last two hours. Next week, the past comes back to haunt Jack, but something tells me he’s prepared to deal with it this time.
Jessica Bauer (yes, that’s her real name) is a married mom of three, who lives in the suburbs, runs a non-profit USA Swim Club, and answers “like ‘Jack Bauer’” whenever asked how to spell her last name. She credits Kiefer Sutherland for the extra push she needed to obtain her black belt in Okinawan Kenpo and Kobudo, and dreams of writing the perfect memoir someday. In the meantime, you can read more of what she writes on her blog, Black Belt Mama (www.blackbeltmama.com) or follow her on Twitter @blackbeltmama.