The Universe and Me

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

24: 12-1 p.m.

24. 5.6. Congratulations to Kiefer Sutherland on the SAG award. I’m sure he’d like to thank Marwan, without whom Day 4 would not have been possible. As for Day 5, they haven’t got time to build a case so Jack text messages Mike to call him on a secure line that Blofeld easily tapes. Since the jig is about to be up, Walt confesses to Logan that he leaked information on the gas so the terrorists could take it. But it’s no threat because as soon as they reach their base, Viggo Mortenson’s older brother Shaffer, who’s reprogrammed the detonators, will blow up the canisters by satellite. All this will prove there are weapons of mass destruction in Central Asia. Using phrases like “limited collateral damage” for murdered hostages and “unfortunate but necessary intervention” for a murdered Palmer sound traitorous to Logan, but he’s scared of being implicated. Suddenly Jack’s channeling Radar from MASH and hears the choppers arriving long before they make a sound. He’s taken to Class 3 Detention, held in study hall, but finds a cahooter in Aaron who brings him to Logan. Before Walt can call for help, Jack pounds him and threatens to cut out his eyes, to start with, if Walt doesn’t spill all. Copy that. The canisters are in a container of medical supplies scheduled to leave Long Beach at 2:30. CTU sends a retrieval team but finds no canisters, only the dead Shaffer. Though dead, he manages to call. Or Ivan, a chemical engineer and member of the separatist movement who’s stolen his cell phone, calls. He knows Walt altered the codes. Ivan doesn’t negotiate with his enemies. He eliminates them. Meanwhile, Martha is found in the stables. Why she didn’t leap on a horse and gallop away, I’ll never know. Logan stops her transfer to the dreaded Vermont but she wants no more of his weasely kisses. Good for her because it was making me sick. I suspect Grunge Boy has a crush on Jack. I also suspect we haven’t seen the last of him and Diane, even though they left CTU. Best threat: Jack’s “I’m done talking to you, you understand me?” Next: someone else is in the penthouse. Could it be Zorro?


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