Lesson #1: Don’t stand next to Jack in the middle of a crowd. This episode threw even more crap at the fan with Jack getting into impossible situations, characters betraying each other, and a really creepy villain being introduced. So, basically the same 24 components that you know and love.
Even with all the action, we managed to get some substantial character development. Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski) showed that she’s more than willing to break the rules to get the job done, so we can bet that she’s destined to eventually side with Jack later. I know some people have said they don’t care for her character, but I’m loving it- especially that awesomely hilarious interrogation in the vehicle. My money’s on her getting Jack out of his situation at the embassy next week.
Audrey’s husband Mark ( Tate Donovan ) has finally proven he’s a controlling scumbag, forging a signature and not letting Audrey (Kim Raver) out of his reach. Initially I actually had sympathized with his point of view more than Audrey’s with his prep methods for the President, but it’s obvious now he’s just looking out for himself. To be fair, at least at this point in time the President’s address to Parliament is more disastrous than a certain Clippers owner speaking at an Obama fundraiser.
We also got some more insight into Choe’s (Mary Lynn Rajskub) transformation. Gosh, both her husband and son gone? I did not see that coming, and for me it was the most emotional moment.
Finally, can we talk about how creepy Michelle Fairley is as “The Yorkshire Widow” Margot? From her touching scene when she semi-tortured her daughter to video-stalking her and her husband, I was literally cringing in my recliner at how awful she’s made her character. It’s good that they’ve managed to already establish a legitimate villain this early in the game. And that’s what has made this season so strong so far- all the normal fat has been trimmed. Can they keep up this tightness for nine more hours? I certainly hope so.
1. Favorite Quote: “They’re shooting at us! They’re shooting at us!!” -funny Jack Bauer
2. “You can’t bring back the ones you love, but you can honor their lives by helping others. It’s the only way to move forward.” – serious Jack Bauer
3. “You have this annoying habit of asking for favors while pointing a gun.”
4. Not as much action this hour, but the day is still young.