Apologies for the omission of last weeks recap. You see, President Hassan’s paranoia became so widespread, he had me arrested on suspicion of crimes against his unknown middle eastern state. I pleaded my innocence of course, “I don’t even know what your country’s called Mr Hassan!” Yet he remained unconvinced. After days of interrogation I finally earned my freedom after giving up the location of Simon Cowell, so he could be prevented from commissioning a charity single for the victims of Chile’s earthquake disaster.
So what’s been happening? With Jack captured, tortured and escaped from the clutches of the Bazhaev entourage, it is now up to Sergei to convince his son to return with the nuclear fuel rods. On the checklist of what is required from a series of 24 we’re doing quite well. Jack’s been tortured twice and stabbed once, we’ve had Farhad’s betrayal and recently there has been an offer of immunity signed, sealed and delivered by President Taylor. This offer of immunity expires rather quickly for Josef however as the moment he agrees to hand himself in, he is shot dead by one of Farhad’s men. So near yet so far, another of 24’s staples.
A slightly odd storyline however is that involving Dana, her ex and his bearded buddy. Driven to the edge by Kevin’s demands, Walsh stalks the pair to somewhere in the woods ready to remove her problem by killing it. Sitting in her car placing the silencer on her gun, Battlestar Galactica fans (I’m not really one of them) are treated to the menacing look Katee Sackhoff perfected during that series.
Just as she steps out of the car to essentially ruin her life, Cole arrives on the scene demanding answers for her erratic behaviour. Finally Walsh reveals herself as Jenny Scott, giving Cole the details of her past life. Angry at those who have threatened his fiancé, Cole strides over to Kevin and Perry’s caravan to give them an ultimatum. “Leave Dana alone or I’ll kill you,” is the shortened version.
Kevin accepts the offer content with his $100,000 but his friend has other ideas. He stabs Kevin in the back before grabbing his gun to try and kill Cole and Dana. Kevin’s last act is to warn the couple and the CTU agent delivers a few shotgun bullets to the chest.
Back at CTU headquarters, Renee’s statement surrounding the circumstances of Vladimir’s death is cross examined by a government official, sent from the White House, as Rob Weiss and Hastings look for someone to take the fall for the failure of the undercover mission. Renee’s plea of self defence has more holes in it than Vladimir’s punctured corpse. With the pressure on she finally confesses moments before Jack arrives to deliver a healthy dose of Bauer justice. I wouldn’t normally condone a man putting his hands around the throat of a woman but I’ll make and exception just this once.
Having taken control of the fuel rods, Farhad quickly finds himself in a position he isn’t ready for. His allies in the plot against his brother have wilder more explosive plans. Unable to get the nuclear material out of the country they want to send a message to the US by attacking one of its major cities. Farhad is unwilling to co-operate and attempts to escape. Now I’m prepared to suspend my disbelief as much as is humanly possible for 24 but during his escape Farhad hit one of the guards at least twice with a steal pipe. Seconds later this guard is up chasing after him and Mr Hassan can’t move because he got kicked in the leg. You’ll never be President of anything Farhad!
The slimy toad phones CTU to confess and ask for help, giving them the location of the fuel rods. Finally Jack is forced to see out the days events in their entirety, in exchange for Renee’s release. He replaces an agent who looks like Justin Bieber (whoever that is?) to lead the mission to prevent a nuclear attack on American soil.
Jack Bauer fact for week 5: There has not been a terrorist attack in the United States since Jack Bauer first appeared on television.