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Jack Bauer works to get undercover with the group of terrorists and discover their target is a place Jack knows very well. Kim Bauer takes Megan Matheson from her house but Gary Matheson pursues the two. David Palmer and Eric Rayburn disagree on how to deal with the nuclear crisis.

Episode guide[]

Previously on 24[]

The following takes place
between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Lynne and Palmer talk


Northwest Regional Operations Complex. Lynne Kresge is advising President Palmer about the NSA's response to the nuclear threat and requests permission to advise the staff at their Quantico division, a staff of roughly six or seven hundred. Palmer approves upon condition that the information will be contained and warns that the concern of mass hysteria is just as serious as the nuclear threat itself.


Jack is briefed by CTU

In a warehouse, Marko Khatami, Basheer, and Omar are loading nuclear materials onto an American Delivery van which is then shipped out.

Gary Matheson continues a phone call with a business associate. Kim sneaks Megan out of the room while Gary is distracted, and a bruised Carla gives her the keys to her car, telling them to get away as far as possible. Gary realizes they are gone, and abruptly ends his call. He runs downstairs just as Kim is pulling away. He threatens to kill her if she leaves, but she drives off anyway. He calls his Star-Sat operator and asks for her to find the location of his car.


Michelle briefs Jack on several possible accomplices of Joseph Wald, one of which Jack recognizes as Eddie Grant, a friend of his from when he was undercover before. Jack cautions that, once he's in place, he wants no CTU personnel in sight. He looks over the Los Angeles skyline to see what could be destroyed in the event that the nuclear bomb explodes over the city.


Jack after revealing Goren's head

Lynne advises Palmer that the press wants to know why he cut short his fishing trip and offers to have Jenny address the media, but Palmer insists on addressing them personally. When Eric Rayburn objects, Palmer re-emphasizes the need to prevent mass hysteria.

Jack's helicopter lands, and he calls George Mason to ask about Kim's status. Mason informs him that Kim was not at the house when his man Roy Grothy arrived and insists that Jack relax. Jack simply insists that Mason and his people find Kim. He then calls Kim's cell phone (which she left behind) and leaves her another voicemail asking her to wait for Grothy and go with him to Aunt Carol's.

Tony Almeida asks Paula Schaeffer to give him an update. She asks if they should be working from outside Los Angeles due to the nuclear threat, and he tells her to try and tune out from the rumors that she hears. Mason reports that a coyote was caught crossing the Mexican border bringing forged Second Wave passports to an address in Culver City, and redirects Agent Grothy from the Matheson house to investigate. Tony protests, re-emphasizing the promise made to Jack to get Kim out of the city, but Mason rebuffs this, insisting that this lead be followed up.

Jack arrives at Atlas Auto Wreckers and asks Chris Jones to get Joseph Wald for him. Chris denies that Joseph is there, but Jack insists on speaking to him. Eddie Grant appears and accuses Jack of being the one who put Joe in prison, which Jack denies. One of Joe's thugs attack Jack, but Jack tells them he knows about Marshall Goren and tells Eddie he has a present for Joe. Eddie's thug Frank retrieves the "present", which is Goren's decapitated head in a bag. With Eddie's trust secured, both he and Jack smile as Eddie says, "Jack's back."

09:12:01... 09:12:02... 09:12:03...




Kim and Megan run from Gary

While President Palmer jokingly deflects an inquiry from Jane, one of the reporters, he notices Ron Wieland speaking with Jenny. Once the press is dismissed, Jenny informs Palmer that Ron is putting the pieces together despite the fact that Palmer only learned an hour before. When asked how he discovered the secret, Jenny tells Palmer that he most likely pulled in many favors with Palmer's staff. Palmer instructs Jenny to keep her eye on Ron, but not to go out of her way to distance the press.

2x02 Eddie loads

Eddie prepares to shoot Jack

As Kim drives towards the police station, Megan rubs her head where she was hit and complains about the pain. Kim is blocked by construction and turns down an alley, but Gary blocks them in with his car, and they are similarly blocked in back by a backing van. Gary tells Megan to get out of the SUV; she refuses. Gary uses the remote to unlock the car, so Kim and Megan get out and run. Gary chases them but is unable to find the girls after they hide. Gary attempts to lure Megan out of hiding by telling her that Kim will only try to hurt her.


Jack arrives at the back lot to be introduced to Dave who criticizes Eddie for allowing Jack to arrive. Eddie and Jack try to reassure Dave, who doesn't believe Jack's cover story, and insists on checking the story against the Corrections Offender Network on the State of Florida Department of Corrections website. Paula, Tony, and Michelle scramble to enter the data about Jack's time in a Gainesville prison to corroborate his story. Meanwhile, Dave and Eddie disbelieve Jack's lie about his prison sentence, which Jack reassures will check out. Finally, the data is uploaded and appears on Dave's computer just as Eddie prepares a pistol to kill Jack. Eddie chastises Dave for mistrusting Jack, who he then reminisces with about Jack's '64 Mustang.

09:24:03... 09:24:04... 09:24:05...




Rayburn updates Palmer

Palmer asks Rayburn for an update, which is not optimistic. Rayburn assures the President that he is doing everything in his power to prevent an explosion, but still encourages a discussion with the Pentagon in the event that his efforts fail. Lynne informs Palmer that Ron Wieland has secured network airtime to break the story about the rumor of the threat in spite of having no factual leads. Palmer instructs Lynne to set up a private interview with Wieland on condition that no one knows about it. He also instructs her to summon Secret Service Agent Armus, which gives her pause, but she accepts both instructions.

Jack is maintaining his cover by provoking an argument with Dave, which Eddie intervenes in. Eddie informs Jack that Joe is busy and to come back around four tomorrow. Jack protests, but finally relents and tries to leave. Jack calls Mason and lets him know that he's being shut out, but that he knows they're packing charges, and that they're involved. Mason instructs Jack to stick with Eddie's group, and Jack improvises by causing a false start in the car he is sitting in so that he has an excuse to stay a little longer to buy him some time. He watches as the men carry a large bag into the back of a van, but tries to cover his curiosity when he notices Dave watching him.



Tony accuses Mason of trying to escape the blast radius

Mason looks at a briefing from Division regarding the terrorist attack which shows the probability of a nuclear blast to be 89-93 percent. He packs his briefcase and prepares to leave. Before he can exit the building, Tony asks him where he's going, and he responds that he's going to Bakersfield. When Tony points out that Peter is assigned there, Mason simply says, without explanation, that he has reassigned him elsewhere. Tony accuses him of trying to get outside the blast radius. George counters that Tony doesn't have access to his intel and tells him to simply do his job.


Kate calls Ralph

09:36:21... 09:36:22... 09:36:23...


Gary pulls up his car in view of where Kim and Megan are hiding. Megan complains about the pain, and that she feels funny. Kim insists that they have to leave the hiding place, but Megan doesn't feel well enough to leave. Kim instructs Megan to wait in hiding under some boxes while she goes to make a phone call.

Kate Warner calls Ralph Burton and tells him that she failed to obtain Reza's wallet. As Reza and Luis work outside, Ralph instructs Kate to acquire Reza's passport to learn where he has travelled over the last six months.


Kate walks out to Reza's car to search for the passport, write down the dates, and replace the passport before Reza arrives asking her what she is doing. She lies to him, saying that she was trying to move his car for Craig and the catering vans, but Reza asks her how she can do so without the keys, which he has. She says that she was just looking for them. Reza informs her that Marie asked him to go get some strawberries, and he would park in a different location when he returns.

While Jack notices Eddie's crew packing up, Dave starts an argument with Jack and insists that he leave. Jack tells Eddie that Dave packed the fuses too tight, which angers Dave, and he attacks Jack. Jack breaks Dave's ankle and leaves him lying on the ground to return to his facade of attempting to fix the car.

09:46:27... 09:46:28... 09:46:29...



Kim runs to a pay phone where she can call 9-1-1 for assistance, but she is stopped by Gary, who informs her that the police are already pursuing Kim for kidnapping Megan. He then tries to reassure Kim that he means no harm towards Megan and asks to take her home. Kim suggests that Gary make amends with Carla first, which angers Gary. Kim once again breaks loose from Gary and flees, but soon becomes cornered. As she tries to escape, Gary claws at her feet. Kim gets ahold of a lug wrench and hits Gary, but he relents. She manages to get another hit on him, which this time sends him to the floor.

Kate calls Ralph to tell him Reza's travel dates, which Ralph says he will compare with Syed Ali's to determine if they were ever in the same location at the same time. Marie enters to inform Kate that Reza's parents are arriving early, and they will be ordering lunch from Brent's. Marie says she feels like everything is under control and thanks Kate for her help with the wedding.


Palmer greets Wieland


Secret Service escorts Ron Wieland to meet with President Palmer at the Presidential retreat. Wieland tells Palmer that he thinks that the alert level has been raised, although he can't reveal his sources. Palmer tries to stall him, telling him he's barking up the wrong tree, but Wieland disagrees. Palmer offers him a seat at a briefing the next day, but Wieland appears insulted by the offer. Palmer tells him that breaking a story of an unsubstantiated threat can cause a panic that is worse than the threat itself. Wieland confirms that there is a threat, but Palmer dismisses it, saying they receive them every day. Wieland protests, but Palmer attempts to assure him that this is a rare exception to his typical openness with the press, and that it is in the best interests of the public. Ron offers to think about it, which Palmer accepts. As soon as Wieland leaves, Palmer calls Armus and instructs him to detain Wieland.



Eddie tells Jack that he's short a man for a job, for which Jack asks for a thousand dollars a day. Eddie tells him that the compensation will be he withholds the information from Joseph, but the price of refusal is that Jack will face the constant threat of retaliation. Jack agrees and gets in the van.

Kim runs back to get Megan, only to find she is no longer hiding underneath the cardboard boxes where she was left. Kim panics.


Jack learns about the attack on CTU

Split screen: Kim frantically calls out Megan's name. Ron Wieland paces his cell, while President Palmer watches him on video. Kate and Marie look at a scrapbook together.

As Eddie and his crew drive off, Jack asks what the job is. Eddie answers that they are going to turn a government building into a cemetery. When Jack asks which building, Eddie answers that their target is the Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit. Jack responds positively and dons his sunglasses in preparation for the job.

09:59:57... 09:59:58... 09:59:59... 10:00:00

Memorable quotes[]

  • Eddie Grant: Jack's back!

  • George Mason: I don't have to tell you that.
  • Tony Almeida: Well, I guess I disagree. I mean if you're just trying to get outside the blast radius.
  • George Mason: Who the hell do you think you are? Do you have access to my information?
  • Tony Almeida: No, George, I don't.
  • George Mason: Then keep your mouth shut and do your job!

  • David Palmer: You're barking up the wrong tree.
  • Ron Wieland: Well, I don't remember the last time a journalist got a private interview with the President. So my 22 years of professional experience tells me I'm barking up the right tree.

  • Jack Bauer: He shouldn't have been playing with adults.

  • Eddie Grant: Well, today, we're turning a government building into a cemetery.
  • Jack Bauer: (laughs) Which building?
  • Eddie Grant: This branch has been dogging us for years. They call it the L.A. Counter Terrorist Unit - the CTU
  • Jack Bauer: Good.

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Background information and notes[]

  • "Jack in the Limo", the track from 24: Original Television Soundtrack that was featured in "Day 1: 10:00am-11:00am" is used again in the scene where Jack meets up with Eddie Grant.
  • Michelle is seen dropping Jack off in a helicopter to retrieve the car for his cover, across town. In the next scene, she is back at her desk conferring with Tony. In real-time such a journey would not have been possible.
  • During the majority of this season, the 24 on-screen ticking clock appeared during various commercial breaks with an announcer voice saying, "It's a whole new day. Jack will be right back." The clock served to remind viewers that, even though they were watching commercials, time in the 24 universe still continued to tick. The clock was dropped near the end of Season 2 and was not used again.
  • The company that was catering Marie and Reza's wedding was Cabalos Catering.

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