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TV Round-Up: 24
24: Day Five, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
If the first four hours of day five of 24 were about hitting the ground running and a non-stop rollercoaster ride, then hour five was all about setting the groundwork for what is to come for the rest of the season...and by the rest of the season, I mean at least the next three to four hours. After that, all bets are off becuase this is 24 and the plotlines can spiral out of control at anytime and go off on a multitude of different tangents (just please dear heavens, no Kim being stalked by a cougar again this year!)

Hour five basically says a lot of the huge events of the first four hours were smoke and mirrors--a distraction to cause CTU and the viewers at home to focus on one event while others were lurking in the background. I noticed this week's episode was written by two of the series creators and so I was expecting a lot of new plot threads to come out of it--and for the most part, I wasn't disappointed.

One thing that CTU does not really encourage is healthy, stable relationships--either friendship or romantic-wise. It's interesting to me that the only person at CTU who has been able to form any kind of lasting friendship or long-term relationship with anyone is Tony Almeda. He's buddies with Jack and while he and Michelle hit a rocky patch, at least they were able to communicate and get things back on track. Others at CTU don't fare so well--such as Jack and Audrey who have that awkward moment of--hey, I was pretending to be dead and you were really upset with me last time we checked in. Also, I may or may not have been sleeping with the new woman who you have to interrogate. Yeah, I think Jack is gonna have some major 'splainin' to do when this day is over and done. The awkward tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife. And Audrey's wanting to hug Jack and then not being able to....so well done. I love seeing these awkward scenes where you don't quite know how you'd react under similiar circumstances but you feel as if the show is getting it just about right.

Meanwhile, we find out that Spencer is the new mole inside CTU. This makes his whole sleeping with Chloe thing cast in a whole new light. Chloe is already brutally honest and awkward as it is..I can only imagine that therapy bills this is going to ring up for the CTU insurance company. Cause let's face it--even if we find out Spencer really did like Chloe, she will always wonder--was he using me for information. And I loved his attempted defense of--well, she's crazy cause we slept together and now she's feeling spurned. Yeah, we cut through that in about five seconds flat. I'm glad to see that didn't drag out his interrogation. Also, I kept talking to the TV and saying, "Tell him you'll have Jack come interrogate him." Seriously, you tell me Jack is gonna come question me and I'll tell you pretty much everything you want to know. Cause Jack has pretty much no rules to how he interrogates a suspect. And you'd think that'd be some kind of urban legend around CTU headquarters . Of course, when Jack does come in at the end, it takes all of three seconds before Spencer is spilling what he knows to Jack.

Speaking of Spencer--I think CTU needs to reconsider who's running background checks on new employees. Seems like every year we've got some new mole or security threat in there....

Meanwhile, Jack is kicking behind and taking names. In five hours, he's gone from a man on the lam to being the number one suspect in the assignation of his friend and former president and now he's back as the CTU golden boy. He's got level two access, but how long before that's bumped up to super Jack Bauer clearance. I'm betting about ten minutes becuase dammit, Jack is gonna need it. And he's even going so far as to say--well, you know what? I am going after the president's chief of staff since he's in on the conspiracy. And no one at CTU blinks an eye...oh, it's just Jack and he doesn't work for us anymore since he's supposed to be dead. Now, I didn't watch the previews for next week (FOX tends to give away too much in them) and so I have no idea what was teased. I'm going into next Monday's episode fresh and with no expectations--other than being entertained that is.

And back at Logan's camp, I love how we can get his wife committed to the Vermont rehab center in under forty minutes. They must have that place on speed dial.

posted by Michael Hickerson at 1/24/2006 07:42:00 AM | |
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