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David Palmer is notified of the deaths of Sherry and Julia by Wayne Palmer. The sudden deaths cause him to withdraw from the Presidential Race. After shutting down a subway station, and locking down a school, Jack Bauer and Chase Edmunds take down the last courier of the virus, and contain it. Jack has a talk with Kim and President Palmer, and finally breaks down at the end of another long day.

Episode guide[]

Previously on 24[]

The following takes place
between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.


Jack Bauer calls Michelle Dessler and notifies her that they lost Arthur Rabens and the last vial of the virus. They are sweeping the entire station. Jack wants Saunders to make an I.D. of Rabens, so he has him transferred to Chloe O'Brian's station. Michelle is then notified by an agent, Jesse, that Theresa Ortega, Gael Ortega's widow, has arrived.

In a holding room, Rae Plachecki is taking the statement of Tony Almeida in regards to him committing treason. Tony tells the truth about what he did. He put Michelle's life above the security of the nation. Michelle talks to Theresa about how Gael died. She asks if he suffered. In accordance with what Gael wanted, Michelle tells her no. She is crying over the loss of her husband. Michelle tells her that he was a hero. Theresa thanks Michelle, and wants to go pick up his things from his desk. Michelle asks Kim to take her to get his things. Theresa sees the file of Saunders as he is let out to Chloe's station.


Saunders sits at Chloe's station as Kim gets a call from Chloe. Chloe needs her with Saunders. Kim gets another person to watch Theresa as she picks up Gael's things. Theresa finds a gun in Gael's desk.


Passengers in the station matching Rabens' description are being photographed so Saunders can I.D. them. All of the pictures are being viewed by Saunders. Michelle lets Jack know that no one has been I.D.'d yet. Saunders does not see him at all. Theresa is coming down the stairs, near to Saunders. She takes the gun she found and shoots Saunders in the chest. She is taken down as Michelle calls for medical for Saunders. They do their best to keep him alive, but he ultimately dies. Theresa is taken into custody. Chase is notified that Saunders has been killed, just as Rabens' profile appears on the screen at CTU.

12:11:12... 12:11:13... 12:11:14...



Joseph O'Laughlin lets President Palmer know that Saunders was the sole leader in the events of the day. He also lets him know that once Rabens is taken down, the virus threat will be over. Palmer implores Joseph to find him. Wayne Palmer then comes in, and asks to be alone with David. David asks if he got the bottle. Wayne tells him yes. David is happy.

Wayne tells him that Sherry Palmer is dead. David asks how. Julia Milliken came in, killed her, then committed suicide. David cannot believe what has happened and falls into his chair, dumbfounded. Wayne says that they are free of everything that happened in the day. David does not want to think of the politics of what happened. His ex-wife is dead. Wayne's ex-lover is dead.

Wayne says he can create a story to tied the three deaths together, but David will hear nothing of it. Wayne asks David to just listen, but David asks to be alone. Wayne, after trying to talk to David again, gives up and leaves. David calls Jeannie, and asks her to get his son and daughter on the phone.


At the station, Jack prepares the LAPD liaison to have every passenger searched thoroughly in units of 10, with one officer each. He also initiates a search of the station and the tracks. Chase Edmunds comes and gives him some coffee. They cannot do anything else for the time being.

Chase brings up Mexico and says he understands what happened. Jack explains further, that a person who wants to do his job must stay detached. Chase says that he will quit after today, because he does not want to be detached. He will go out of Field Ops. Jack asks if he's sure. Chase still wants to take care of his country. And, Kim will stay with him if he's not in Field Ops. Jack will support whatever Chase chooses.



Arthur Rabens' photo

Some passengers are being organized in a group of ten by an officer to be searched. Rabens is at the back of this line, unknown to Jack. He pulls out a knife and hides it in his pocket. He acts normally. Jack looks over at him, then looks away. Jack then looks back and sees that he is gone.

He asks the confused officer where he went, then runs through the station. He discovers two LAPD officers lying near the foot of the escalators leading out of the station, both sustaining fatal stab wounds. He rushes up the escalators and finds a commotion on the street. A carjacking just occurred, and people are staring at a corpse on the sidewalk. A bystander identifies the route the killer took. Jack takes the wallet off the body, then gets his transportation. Jack lets Michelle know that Rabens is out of the station. He needs an I.D. on the car of Frank Cassar, the victim, and coordination with every resource they have.

12:24:15... 12:24:16... 12:24:17...



Michelle calls Brad Hammond and asks to speak with him in person. He lets Tony know. Tony sees Michelle. Michelle lets Hammond know what is going on. She needs Tony. Hammond is reluctant to let Tony out. Michelle tells him that they cannot lose Rabens, she really needs Tony. Hammond goes and lets him out. Tony looks at Michelle. Jack asks Chloe where Rabens is. Chloe gets a match. Adam Kaufman gets a shot of the license plate.


Tony comes out, and has been brought up to speed. Adam gets a match on the plate. Jack sees the car. Rabens knows that he is being followed. A car chase ensues. Tony is getting backup for Jack when Jack is cut off by a construction vehicle. Rabens gets a few blocks ahead. The backup goes to cut him off, but Rabens makes a full U-turn and heads onto the main pathway of a school.


Rabens runs into the middle school. Jack and his team arrive right behind him. He orders that they do not evacuate the school to ensure that Rabens is trapped. Beginning with Haynes covering the west exit, Jack assigns his team members positions. Rabens makes his way throughout the school and sees the arriving agents. Jack has the entire school searched.

12:33:44... 12:33:45... 12:33:46...



Jack makes his way through the school, and comes up on a door. He points a gun at the students, but then backs off when he doesn't see Rabens. Chase makes his way into one of the labs. Jack goes through a teacher's lounge, and searches the next room.


Chase is still searching the lab when Rabens appears and cuts his arm. A fistfight ensues, and Chase is knocked onto the desks. Chase then knocks Rabens onto the table. Jack lets Chase know that the second floor is clear, but does not get a response. Chase knocks Rabens' bag over and the virus container gets out.

Rabens steps on Chase to prevent him from taking the virus. But, Chase kicks Rabens over first. When Rabens gets up, he kicks Chase in the stomach, and finds out that Chase has clamped the virus to his arm. Rabens lashes out in anger. He then arms the device, and prepares to shoot Chase, but Jack shoots him first. Rabens is dead.

The dispersal device, however, is armed. Chase tries to get up, but Jack tells him to lay still. Jack tries to pull the virus clamp off. Chase tells him that it is not coming off; Rabens didn't even try to unlock it. Jack lets Tony know that Rabens is dead and the virus is with them. He doesn't know how much time is left before the virus goes off. Jack needs one of the teams that has already disarmed the device. Chase tells Jack to tell Kim that he's sorry, but Jack interrupts him and tells him to tell Kim himself.

Chase is laying down on one of the tables. He is then put in touch with one of the teams that already disarmed the timer. Roger Sommers tells him that the clamp will not come off. Jack needs to open one of the plates. He does, and sees that the virus will go off in 03:51. Jack separates the six wires to the left, and then cuts the red wire. However, the timer still counts down. Sommers tells him that the timer will stop at the next cut.

Jack needs to cut the green wire, but cannot locate it. There is no green wire. Sommers tells him not to do anything else until he and his colleague can figure out what is wrong. The virus has less than two and a half minutes. Chase tells Jack to go, but Jack isn't going anywhere without Chase. He then looks behind Chase. Chase then looks behind himself and sees an axe. Chase tells Jack to do it.

Jack insists that they will call back, but Chase tells him that he has to. With one and a half minutes remaining, Jack goes and takes the axe. Chase, with his free arm, releases his belt, and ties it around his clamped arm, and holds on to the belt with his teeth. Jack aims the axe at his arm, takes one deep breath, and chops Chase's hand off.


Jack removes Chase's hand, and the viral dispersal device. The virus has less than thirty seconds before going off. Jack runs down the hallway with eighteen seconds left, while at the same time calling CTU for medical attention for Chase. He runs into the teacher's lounge, and puts the virus into a refrigerator. It then goes off, contained. The virus threat is over.

12:47:09... 12:47:10... 12:47:11...



Michelle is working in Tech 1 when Tony comes in. They share a moment alone. Tony tells her that he's being taken back into custody. Hammond is taking him to be processed. Michelle can't believe what they are doing. Tony tells her that he put her life above the country's security. Michelle does not want him to go to prison. She doesn't want him to talk like how he is. She can't accept it. Then, they kiss. Tony tells Michelle that she is alive, and no one else was hurt because of his actions. Tony can live with that fact, even in prison. He is then taken back into custody as Michelle looks on sadly.


At St. Thomas Hospital, Jack finishes talking with a doctor on Chase's condition. Jeannie then calls him with the President. They talk. President Palmer thanks him for everything he has done for this country. He asks for forgiveness for being asked to take the life of Ryan Chappelle. Jack says that there is nothing to forgive.

Palmer wants to talk to Chase after he is done with his surgery. Jack says that he would appreciate that. President Palmer is humbled by Jack's commitment. Palmer also tells Jack that he is not going to seek reelection. Jack thinks that is a mistake, but Palmer has decided that is what he is going to do. He hopes to become better friends with Jack when he is a private citizen. Jack would consider it an honor.

They thank each other, and then the conversation ends. David looks at Wayne. Secret Service Agent Aaron Pierce lets President Palmer know that their motorcade is ready. Wayne puts on David's jacket. They walk down the hallway of District into an elevator. The elevator then closes.


At the hospital, Kim is shown the way towards her father. They embrace. She asks if Chase is going to be okay. Jack says that the doctors are optimistic. Kim is happy. They share another embrace. Jack tells her that he knows that she and Chase are going to make some changes, and he is happy for her.

Kim tells him she thought that he would be upset. However, Jack is going to support whatever choice she makes. She asks if he will be okay. Jack says yes. He has to deal with some things, but he will be okay. Kim will wait for Chase to leave surgery. Jack has to leave. They tell each other that they love each other. Jack then leaves.


Split screen: Kim waits at the hospital. Chase is in surgery for his arm. Tony is led out of CTU in handcuffs as Michelle watches on. President Palmer drives away from District Command, oblivious to his supporters outside the window. Jack walks to his car.


Jack breaks down at the end of the day.

Jack gets in the car. Finally alone, he cries for several seconds. The moment is cut short by a call on his radio: CTU needs his help to interrogate one of Saunders' surviving couriers. He replies simply: "I'm on my way." His work still not done, Jack swallows his tears, starts the car, and drives away.

12:59:57... 12:59:58... 12:59:59... 01:00:00

Memorable quotes[]

  • Chase Edmunds: Jack, listen, about Mexico...I hope you know I understand you were just doing your job.
  • Jack Bauer: Look, it took me a long time to understand that if you want to do this job well you have to stay detached. If you can accept that, you will be fine.
  • Chase Edmunds: Yeah...Well, I have accepted it. That's why I am thinking after today, I am done. I don't want to be detached, Jack. Not from Kim, not from my daughter. I am going to request a transfer to the floor.
  • Jack Bauer: You sure about this?
  • Chase Edmunds: I'd still be serving my country, and take care of the people I care about. I owe them that, Jack.
  • Jack Bauer: What did Kim say?
  • Chase Edmunds: I think she's willing to give it a try as long as I am not in Field Ops. What do you think, Jack?
  • Jack Bauer: I think I am the last person you should be asking. This is between you and Kim. Whatever you choose, I would support...You are a good man, Chase.

  • Jack Bauer: There's some things I have to deal with, but I'm going to be fine.

  • Tony Almeida: (To Michelle) Baby, you're alive—and nobody else got hurt because of what I did, and that's more than I hoped for. I can live with that, even in prison.

  • David Palmer: Jack?
  • Jack Bauer: Mr. President.
  • David Palmer: I wanted to thank you personally. Not only for what you have done today, but for everything, This country continues to owe you a great debt of gratitude.
  • Jack Bauer: Thank you, sir.
  • David Palmer: I put you in an unimaginable position earlier today, when I asked you to take the life of one of your colleagues. Please forgive me for that.
  • Jack Bauer: Mr. President, there is nothing to forgive. It's what had to be done. It wasn't the only sacrifice made today.
  • David Palmer: I understand. How's agent Edmunds doing?
  • Jack Bauer: He's in surgery now. It's going to be a few days before we know whether or not he can use his hand.
  • David Palmer: Well, when he's strong enough to talk, I'd like to thank him personally.
  • Jack Bauer: He would appreciate that, sir.
  • David Palmer: You know, Jack, men and women like you, your courage and level of commitment humbles me.
  • Jack Bauer: Thank you, Mr. President. I will let everyone know at CTU that you appreciated the job they did.
  • David Palmer: Jack, there's one more thing and please don't discuss this with anyone until it becomes public. But I wanted you to hear it from me, personally. I have decided not to seek reelection. This will be my only term.
  • Jack Bauer: Mr. President, I hope you don't mind me saying so, but I think you're making a mistake.
  • David Palmer: Well, mistake or not, it's what I have decided. When I am a private citizen, I hope we can become better friends.
  • Jack Bauer: That would be an honor, sir.
  • David Palmer: Thank you, Jack.
  • Jack Bauer: Thank you, Mr. President.

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Background information and notes[]

  • This episode's and the Previously on 24 music of "Day 3: 11:00am-12:00pm" is different from all the other episodes of Day 3.
  • The murdered motorist's name was Frank Cassar. Cassar is the last name of Jon Cassar, a prominent 24 director.
  • This is the first season finale to not use a Silent clock at the last countdown.
  • This is also the first season finale where Jack Bauer and David Palmer have a line of dialogue together (despite being the 2 characters until then to have appeared in every episodes of the show)
  • This is the only season finale where Jack has a line of dialog with all the other series regular: with Michelle Dessler when Stephen Saunders is being shot, with Tony and Chase Edmunds during the operation the stop Arthur Rabens, with David Palmer when he told Jack it will be his only term, and with Kim Bauer at the hospital when waiting for Chase.
  • While Michelle tries to convince Hammond to let Tony back in play, she says that Rabens is on a light blue Malibu, but Chloe says the car is a light green Malibu seconds later.
  • This is Dennis Haysbert's, Elisha Cuthbert's, Reiko Aylesworth's and James Badge Dale's last episode as series regulars. Carlos Bernard was a guest star in the fourth season but is regular in the fifth and seventh seasons.
  • Dennis Haysbert, Reiko Aylesworth and Carlos Bernard all appeared as guest stars in the fourth season.
  • This is the last episode of the show with James Badge Dale.
  • Jack Bauer, Kim Bauer, Tony Almeida, David Palmer, Michelle Dessler, Chase Edmunds, Chloe O'Brian and Wayne Palmer appear in all 24 episodes of the third season.
  • In reality, refrigerators have ventilation systems that recycle the air inside of them. For the virus to have been properly contained within the refrigerator, Jack should have turned off the power to stop the ventilation system pumping it out.
  • Kiefer Sutherland had broken his foot (similar to Carlos Bernard's incident while filming Season 2 of the show) and had to do the final episode with his foot in a black cast. As a result, every camera angle had to be filmed at shoulder level.

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