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Jack and NHS close in on the virus. President Palmer faces a problem in his reelection campaign. Nicole Duncan finds out about Jack's addiction. Tony closes in on Kyle Singer, but fortunes take a dramatic turn.

Episode guide[]

Previously on 24[]

  • Wayne Palmer acquires John Keeler's playbook for President David Palmer. Palmer is upset, but Wayne says that something about Anne could damage them.
  • Kim Bauer tells Jack that she and Chase Edmunds are going out and that it's getting serious.
  • At the Counter Terrorist Unit the staff listens to the terrorist demands. Dr. Sunny Macer tells Michelle Dessler of that unit that the virus looked like cocaine or heroin.
  • Kyle Singer's mother asks him where he received the money to pay their rent. Linda finds the powder and Kyle tells her that it was just a delivery. Jack tells Chase that if Kyle is walking around with the virus, he has to stop him from putting it into circulation.
  • Jack Bauer tells Chase that he (Jack) is not going on the record with his heroin addiction.
  • Hector Salazar is updated by Gael Ortega, who is in Tech 1 at CTU.
The following takes place
between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Jack prepares to shoot up


Tony Almeida asks Adam Kaufman if he has the information ready for the meeting. Adam asks what they need to know. Tony says all they need to know is that it kills in 24 hours and Kyle Singer has it. Tony adds that Jack will meet with Nicole Duncan and take a HAZMAT team to Kyle Singer's apartment.

Jack is on the side of the highway waiting for Nicole Duncan. Jack is sweating and panting. He finally reaches into his bag and pulls out a syringe and a vial of heroin. As Jack is ready to insert the needle into his arm, 3 white vans pull up next to him. He scrambles to put everything away, just as a woman gets into Jack's vehicle. It's Nicole Duncan from health services. She tells Jack that the initial estimates were wrong: 20% of the population would be infected in a week, not 9%. She also tells Jack that it is 95% lethal.


Hector calls Gael for an update


Sam finds the powder

Nicole asks Jack if he is feeling okay. She points out that he is perspiring. Jack says that he is fine, hes been running non stop since noon. She then notices the heroin vial on the floor, but doesn't say anything.

At CTU, Michelle Dessler is listening to the phone call received ordering the release of Ramon Salazar. Michelle tells Gael Ortega that she is closing in on the origin of the call. She sends it to Gael's system and asks him to make a match. Michelle tells Gael that Jack is closing in on the virus.

At the Salazar Ranch in Mexico, Claudia Hernandez asks Hector how it will be when Ramon gets back. Hector says it will be like it was before. Claudia points out that he has been in charge while Ramon has been in prison. She asks if he would give that up so easily.

Hector receives a call from Gael. He tells Hector that Bauer is about to intercept the package. Hector wants to know how, but Gael doesn't know.


Sam Singer, Kyle Singer's father, returns home after his job interview. Sam asks how Kyle was able to pay three months rent. Kyle says he came into a little money. His father asks how does a 19 year-old kid with no job come into a little money. Kyle tells his father that he won the money at the tracks, but Sam doesn't buy it.

Tony Almeida is explaining who Kyle Singer is and what he is transporting. Adam asks how he wouldn't know what he is transporting. Tony and Michelle explain that it was made to look like cocaine or heroin.

Sam and Helen Singer talk about Kyle. Kyle packs some clothes in a bag. His father makes Kyle open his gym bag. Sam finds the bag of "drugs". Kyle and his father fight over the bag. Kyle runs out of the house, leaving the bag, which now has a hole in it. A fan blows the powder into the air.

03:11:54... 03:11:55... 03:11:56...




Ramon's guard kills Annicon


Helen tries to dispose of the powder

Michelle tells the employees at CTU how urgent the situation is. Kim Bauer talks to Chase Edmunds. She wants to know why he isn't with her dad. Chase said that Jack is sidelining him for having a relationship with Kim. Kim apologizes for getting Chase into this.

At the prison, Ramon Salazar tells his guard, Jeff Benson, that he is ready to talk to Luis Annicon. The guard informs Annicon, who says he will be right there.

On the campus of Southern California, where David Palmer is for a debate, he tells Wayne that he should get a refund from whoever sold him the document about Anne Packard. Wayne tells David that Keeler will bring this up during the debate. David says that Anne is not a felon.

Luis Annicon asks Salazar what he wants to talk about. Salazar says that in a few hours he will be released, and all of the work Annicon did to put him there will be gone. Salazar closes by saying that he wanted this information to be the last thing Annicon will ever hear. Jeff Benson then hits Annicon from behind and chokes him to death. Salazar claims that Benson's son will be returned to him now.


Kyle Singer's parents talk about hiding the "drugs". She thinks that if they leave it alone that the whole thing might go away. Helen Singer then notices shadows outside of their window. All of a sudden, a chainsaw goes through their front door. Helen takes the bag and runs into the back of their apartment. Several agents in bio-suits run into the house. Jack breaks open the bathroom door as Helen flushes the powder down the toliet. Jack tells CTU that the virus is out in the sewage system.

03:24:13... 03:24:14... 03:24:15...



Anne Packard meets with President Palmer. Anne's husband, Ted Packard, was arrested for fabricating documents on tests of a hypertension drug. Ted claims that Anne knew about the fabricated documents. Anne says that she is not Sherry, and she will not betray David.



Dr. Macer briefs Tony

David receives a call from Wayne. Wayne remains suspicious about Anne, even though David trusts her. Wayne tells David to meet him alone in the auditorium.

Tony Almeida is on the phone with Sunny Macer. She says she is optimistic of them containing the virus at the Singer's apartment. Sonny says they will receive test results in less than 10 minutes. Tony receives a phone call from Warden Mitchell.


Jack tells the Singers that they may have been exposed to a virus. Jack gets a call from Tony at CTU. Tony tells Jack that Luis Annicon was murdered by Salazar's guard. Jack runs out of the room, showers off, and then throws up. Dr. Duncan is then informed by a virologist that the tests all come back negative; she tells Jack that the powder was just a harmless silicate.


Kyle asks Linda for money

After thinking for a moment, Jack figures that the Kyle was infected with the virus in Mexico. Jack says the incubation period is 14 hours. Kyle was in Mexico 11 hours ago, and Salazar is going to release the virus in 3 hours.


Kyle calls Linda after getting off of a bus. He tells her that he got into a fight with his dad. He needs $20,000 to pay the guys for the drugs. Kyle tells Linda that he will meet her at the mall. In a car, a man is talking to Gael Ortega. Gael tells him not to let the kid out of his sight.

03:36:46... 03:36:47... 03:36:48...




Wayne and David consider paying off Ted Packard

President Palmer is on the phone with an official named Stan. David tells him there is no way that Salazar will be released to appease terrorists. Wayne Palmer arrives and informs David that Ted Packard wants some money to keep his mouth shut. David says he won't give in to blackmail. Wayne reminds David that Anne is not Sherry: she isn't capable of handling this much scrutiny from the press. David relents, and tells him to pay off Ted.


Jack tells Helen and Sam Singer that the virus was harmless. However, CTU still needs to find Kyle. Helen tells Jack that Kyle took her phone this morning. Jack tells CTU to triangulate the number. Jack needs Sam to call Kyle and keep him on the line as long as possible. Kyle's father tells him that he may have gotten a virus. Kyle argues, but CTU is able to get a lock on his location: Los Feliz Mall, between Vermont and Sunset. Tony tells Jack that he can land a team there in 10 minutes, but Jack tells Tony not to bring Chase. However, Chase finds out and runs out to catch Tony. Chase tells Tony about the situation about him and Kim. Tony says to take it up with Jack.

03:48:53... 03:48:54... 03:48:55...



Chase calls Jack, but Jack decides not to pick up. Kim confronts Chase and tells him that Jack will come around. Adam Kaufman pulls Kim away, telling her Tony is about to land.


Dr. Duncan finds Jack's heroin supply

Jack and NHS get a police escort to the mall. Tony's chopper arrives, and as he enters the mall, a security guard informs him that Kyle has been spotted. Tony sends field agents Jimmy Bronson and Brian Pierson out to accomplish specific tasks. En route to the mall, Nicole Duncan asks Jack how long he's been using. After an initial denial, Jack admits to a prior addiction and explains it was part of his cover. She decides to let it go, betting that Jack is more of an asset than a liability. Jack gets a call from Tony saying he's closing in on Kyle Singer, and arrives at the mall.

Salazar's man, Gomez, calls Gael and tells him CTU is closing in on the boy. Gael tells him to stand down, but he doesn't listen. Tony closes in on the kid. Tony tells Kyle that his dad was telling him the truth about the virus. Kyle doesn't believe him, but Tony tells him to come with him.

However, Gomez approaches from behind. He points the gun and shoots Tony in the neck. Terrified, Kyle runs away amid the chaos of fleeing shoppers.


Tony is shot

Split screen: Tony lies on the ground, bleeding profusely from his wound. At CTU, Chase sits down at his desk. Helen Singer begins to sob, and embraces her husband. Wayne speaks to Ted Packard on the phone.

Jack runs up to Tony and attempts to stop the bleeding. Jack informs CTU field agents via walkie-talkie that Kyle Singer is not in custody.

03:59:57... 03:59:58... 03:59:59... 04:00:00

Memorable quotes[]

  • Luis Annicon: (last lines) Unless Hector has a key to this place, you aren't going anywhere.
  • Ramon Salazar: But he does have a key. And when he turns it, the last two years of your life, all the hours you spent away from your family, all the work you've done to put me here will go away just like that. I wanted you to hear it from me. I wanted it to be the last thing you ever heard.

  • David Palmer: Ever since I started seeing Anne, you've picking every chance to undermine our relationship, just because you don't like her?
  • Wayne Palmer: You're absolutely right, I don't like her.

  • Jack Bauer: The virus is out!

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Background information and notes[]

  • Goof: When Jack is talking to the Singers about their exposure to the virus, the camera pans around to the side of him and it can clearly be seen reflected in his mask.
  • When Kyle is asking Linda for money, he says that the cocaine he thinks he is selling is worth around $20,000 on the street. In "Day 3: 2:00pm-3:00pm," Zach Parker says that it would not be worth $10,000, the amount Kyle was paid to get the substance across the border.
  • Even though Tony was shot in the neck, he appears to be holding his hand to the side of his head.
  • The commentary mentions that in the close-up of Tony bleeding from his wound, they had him squeeze a rag soaked with fake blood against his head. The rag is visible between his fingers.
  • Chase's phone number is given as 818-749-5115.

See also[]

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