24 (2001–2010)
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1:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m. 

An assassin has stolen the ID of a photographer scheduled to meet a presidential candidate; Jack's wife searches for their daughter; Jack gets more evidence of a rogue within his unit.


Stephen Hopkins


Joel Surnow (created by), Robert Cochran (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Jack Bauer
Leslie Hope ... Teri Bauer
Sarah Clarke ... Nina Myers
Elisha Cuthbert ... Kim Bauer
Dennis Haysbert ... Senator David Palmer
Mia Kirshner ... Mandy
Michael O'Neill ... Richard Walsh
Michael Massee ... Ira Gaines
Rudolf Martin ... Jonathan Matijevich
Daniel Bess ... Rick Allen
Matthew Carey ... Dan Mounts
Jacqui Maxwell ... Janet York
Karina Arroyave ... Jamey Farrell
Vicellous Shannon ... Keith Palmer
Megalyn Echikunwoke ... Nicole Palmer


On the day of the California Presidential Primary, between 1:00 AM and 2:00 AM, Richard Walsh meets his inside informer Scott Baylor in the Dunlop Plaza, who delivers a key card with data of the CTU conspirator. However, they are ambushed, there is a shoot-out, Scott is killed and Walsh calls Jack Bauer to come to help him. In Mojave Desert, Mandy hides the ID of David Palmer's photographer in the sand with a beacon and is rescued by her contractor; later her partner picks the ID up in a motorcycle. Meanwhile, Kim and her friend Janet are abducted while Teri and Alan seek their daughters. Jack helps Walsh, who gives the key card to him after being shot, dying soon after. Jack is very surprised with the identity of the rogue of his agency. David Palmer contacts a friend and sneaks out from his suite. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Mandy's landing in the Mojave and Gaines' nearby safe house exterior were filmed in Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park near Agua Dulce, CA. See more »


(at around 14 mins) When David is talking to Sherry, a camera comes into the shot behind him. See more »


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Written and Performed by Perry Farrell
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Who is on whose side?
3 December 2007 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Following the brilliant pilot, the events in Jack Bauer's longest day become more complex and riveting, introducing a plot factor that has now become a trademark of the series: double-crossing.

Firstly, Jack gets a phone call from his boss, Richard Walsh (Michael O' Neill), whose life has been endangered by his acquisition of data regarding a traitor inside CTU; secondly, Jack's daughter Kim, who went out to have fun with her friend Janet York (whose father Alan is currently looking for them with Teri Bauer), is shocked to discover things might not go as planned; in addition, Mandy (Mia Kirshner), who blew up an entire 747 to cover up the theft of an ID, is having trouble with her employer (Michael Massee) because her partner wants more money; and as if that weren't enough, word reaches Senator Palmer of a scandal so massive it might ruin his Presidential candidacy.

The first episode alone was a masterclass in intricacy and suspense, with this second hour adding more shades of mystery and tension and giving more dramatic meat to the characters. This doesn't only ensure even the briefest cameo is above stereotype, it also makes it hard to draw a line between "good" and "evil": in 24, trust is in very short supply - as are pauses for breathing!

New characters are introduced, old ones are killed off all of a sudden (apparently, a running joke among the show's writers is that besides Jack, everyone is expendable), loyalties are questioned, the stakes get higher for every passing minute and the real time brings the adrenaline to a dangerously high level. What's no to love?

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13 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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