24 heads towards the 2/3 done point with Episode 8 and Simone’s status is tanking as she’s taken to CTU in a critical condition. At the same time, Jordan’s hobbling about due to the disability of being shot with a bullet and also having a terrible moustache that makes him look like he’s from the Victorian era.
Shortly after that, Jack Bauer starts moaning at Heller that he wants to die for what he believes in, in surrendering himself to Margot Al-Harazi, despite the fact that only a few seasons in, Bauer, himself, was prepared to come out of hiding after a year, purely to die for what he believes in. Hello, Mr Pot, Bauer, meet Mr Kettle(!)
Simone being in a coma isn’t helping them give her the information they need, so Jack demands “Wake, the bitch, up!” to get the info, even though she’ll most likely die soon after. Shame, since she’s fit!
Luckily, she gives just enough information which will spill the beans on her Mum, but how does she get on after that?
In order to give Jack what he needs to get Heller to the church on time… I mean, to deliver him to Margot bang on 7pm at Wembley Stadium, he also needs Heller to get just one other person he can trust in on the act. And he picks Audrey’s hubby, Boudreau. So, the odd couple have to put up with each other, and Jack escorts Heller out the building with bodyguards showing up on his phone map as red dots, just like a game of Hitman.
Along the way, we also see an old photo of the Heller family together, with William Devane clearly in his Dallas days. There’s also a gruesome-ish moment where, to remain undetected, Jack removes Heller’s sewn-in transponder with a scalpel…. Do they really have one of those?
And how on Earth did Jack manage to land a helicopter in the car park of Wembley Stadium without anyone noticing? I know Boudreau called a staff meeting, but this stretches credibility.
And if Jordan dies… will anyone care?
As we reach 7pm, it’s clear that Wembley’s going to need returfing…
Dammit count: 0
Director: Jon Cassar
Producer: Iain Smith
Screenplay: Robert Cochran
Music: Sean Callery
Jack Bauer: Kiefer Sutherland
Chloe O’Brian: Mary Lynn Rajskub
Kate Morgan: Yvonne Strahovski
Margot Al-Harazi: Michelle Fairley
Ian Al-Harazi: Liam Garrigan
Adrian Cross: Michael Wincott
Ron Clark: Ross McCall
Gavin Leonard: Adam Sinclair
Steve Navarro: Benjamin Bratt
Mark Boudreau: Tate Donovan
President James Heller: William Devane
Erik Ritter: Gbenga Akinnagbe
Simone Al-Harazi: Emily Berrington
Jordan Reed: Giles Matthey
Audrey Raines: Kim Raver
Prime Minister Alastair Davies: Stephen Fry
Belcheck: Branko Tomovic
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