You just had to know it wouldn't take Jack very long to get out of trouble with the police. After all, it'd kind of be a bummer of an episode to see Jack sitting around in the back of a police car for ten or fifteen minutes of the story. But again, I'm always amazed at how quickly things occur between segements of the show. Last week ended with Jack, face down on the ground, cops approaching him. This week, in les than two minutes, Jack is cuffed, on the back of the car and the officers have heard his story, believed some it and got through the CTU voice mail hell and are talking to Director Driscoll about it. Yeah, seriously..that's gonna take at least five maybe six minutes .
And as the epiosde unfolds, you have to wonder how CTU manages without Jack around. Because just about every succesful idea that comes along comes from Jack. I did enjoy Jack's attempt at a trump card of saying, "Let me talking to the president" which would have worked the past two years. But unforunately for Jack, Palmer is no longer POTUS and Jack doesn't have the inside track he once did.
This episode had its moments--Khalid's run in with the police that tipped him off that Jack was on his trail (a good move by the show since for him not to suspect would make him way too unobservant) and his subsequent taking one for the team. Why is it that only his truck bursts into flames and that the fire department is only one minute away from scene of the accident? (Again, I am thinking too much, I suppose, but you see my point). Why didn't the other truck also burst into flames. Also, Jack just stands there after Khalid's truck blows up and doesn't try to see if the driver of the other truck is OK. I also liked Heller's idea that if he kills himself, he ends makes the terrorists look foolish. And the debates between the president and his advisors about how they may have to kill Heller rather than letting the terrorists conduct their trial and killing Heller on Amercian soil. That all worked.
I was also amazed by the cell phone service Jack gets. Not since Mulder and Scully has anyone had service that good. (I mean, Mulder and Scully's phone worked in the middle of the desert, in a boxcar, underground, in elevators, in top secret government facilities, everywhere...about the only time it didn't work was when Scully was taken by the "aliens"). I can barely drive around metro-Nashville without my phone service occasionally cutting in and out and I'm not even out on a deserted highway like Jack is. And you've got to wonder if he's got that Sprint plan where extra minutes are only $5 a month because otherwise I'd had to see his cell phone bill. (Also, I need a cell phone like Jack has becuase that thing NEVER runs out of power).
Of course, Jack is the only one who arrives in time to the compound where they're holding Heller and Audrey. I am sure Jack will save them, because I'm not sure the man could handle the guilt from losing first Terri and now Audrey.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 1/18/2005 08:17:00 AM