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President David Palmer is forced to hand Saunders' next assignment to Jack Bauer. CTU does their best to find Saunders before 7 AM. Michelle Dessler finds out someone got out of the hotel before the lockdown. Ryan Chappelle tries to escape, but is stopped by Jack first. Chloe O'Brian is able to trace Saunders through money trails to an address in Los Angeles. Chase Edmunds leads a strike team over there, and all seems to be falling into place, until Saunders is not at the address...

Episode guide[]

Previously on 24[]

  • Michelle Dessler informed Tony of Gael's death and pleaded with him to allow her to offer the hotel guests and staff the option of suicide capsules. As Tony prepared the capsules he informed Ryan Chappelle of the situation and despite it being "against every regulation in the book", Chappelle allowed it.
  • MI6 headquarters was attacked but Jack Bauer and Chase managed to escape with the hard drive concerning Stephen Saunders.
  • At the Counter Terrorist Unit, Jack tells Chappelle that the entire MI6 Building was destroyed. He secured the hard drive that the Saunders Information was on. Chappelle states that he is trying to follow the money trails.
  • President David Palmer was given his third assignment by Saunders: to have Ryan Chappelle murdered.
The following takes place
between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.


President David Palmer contemplates Saunders' last demand with Chief of Staff Wayne Palmer. He doesn't see how he can execute Ryan Chappelle. Wayne says that there is no alternative due to what is happening as they speak. David asks how long he must comply with Saunders, and Wayne replies until they find Saunders. At CTU, Ryan Chappelle is working on following Saunder's money trails. Jack Bauer arrives and tells him about the hard drive from MI6. Chappelle gives him an update on their search for Saunders. It's not going well, but Chappelle is doing good on following the trails, although he has met many dead ends.

Analyst Chloe O'Brian comes in and tells Jack that the President wants to speak to him in private. Jack takes the call. President Palmer tells him about Saunders' call. He states bluntly that Saunders wants Ryan Chappelle dead by 7 AM. Jack asks why. Palmer does not know. He does not feel good about having to go with the demand. Jack says they may find Saunders before then. Palmer apologizes for putting this on Jack. After the call ends, Jack asks Chloe what she is doing to find Saunders. Chloe is relaying all of their data to Division. Jack wants her to start her search here. Chloe will follow the money trails, but wants to clear it with Chappelle. Jack tells her no, even though Chappelle outranks Jack. Chloe still says she will ask him. Jack tells her to do it because of the importance. She agrees.


At the Chandler Plaza Hotel, infected guests are being led into a contained area. Agent Michelle Dessler informs Tony Almeida of what is going on there. Michelle talks about what may happen if Michelle's test comes back positive. Tony wants to stay positive and not talk about it. Michelle tells him that the last 3 years of her life have been the best. She adds that the best thing he can do is allow the suicide capsules to get to the hotel. A child is led into the area as Michelle looks on.

Back at CTU, Jack asks to speak to Tony. He asks Tony if Chappelle and Saunders had a past that would want Chappelle killed. He tells Tony about the latest demand. With his face buried in his hands, Jack doesn't know what to do if they don't find Saunders by 7. He hasn't told Ryan yet. Tony goes to change Ryan's security clearance, as he may be a flight risk. Jack will get Ryan to send his data to Chloe. Tony calls Chloe and lets her know. Ryan asks Jack what the President wanted. Jack says "you", and leads him into a conference room.



Ryan Chappelle knows the truth

Jack locks the door. Ryan asks what is going on. Jack hesitantly tells him about Saunders' latest demand. Ryan asks if it's a joke. Jack tells him the severity of this demand. President Palmer had to go along with this, but only if Saunders is not found by 7 AM. Ryan keeps asking "why me." They have not had any past connections.

Then, Jack realizes that the money trails probably lead back to him. Ryan does not seem optimistic about finding Saunders in less than one hour. Jack asks him to send all of his files to Chloe. Ryan sits and starts the transfer. Jack puts his hand on his shoulder, and apologizes. He walks out the room, as Tony looks at Ryan, who looks completely unhappy.

06:11:28... 06:11:29... 06:11:30...



Ryan and Jack are still working. Ryan is still hitting dead ends. He doesn't believe they can find Saunders by 7 AM. He yells at Jack because Jack might have to kill him. Jack keeps telling him that they may find him. Ryan thinks Saunders might want him dead for another reason. Jack tells him to refuse to give in to Saunders tactics, and to keep working with Chloe.


More people are being led into containment at the hotel. Michelle looks on. Eventually, Head of Security Craig Phillips is brought out, now showing symptoms of the virus. He asks to speak to his wife. Michelle cannot carry out that request by order of President Palmer. Phillips begs to speak to his wife. Unfortunately, Michelle is forced to say no, and Phillips is led into the contained area. Michelle speaks to everyone about the virus, and how they will die.


Kathy McCartney talks to Michelle

She also mentions that there is an alternative, the suicide capsules that she asked Tony to send over. Once the virus appears, there is no chance of recovery. Those who do not take the capsules will die within six hours. The infected guests are crying with sorrow. Dr. Sunny Macer comes and tells Michelle that someone may have gotten out of the hotel. Michelle goes to the room with Kathy McCartney, who came forward. Michelle asks her to be honest. She says that his name may be Bill, and tells her the story of how they came to the hotel. When she woke up at 4:02 AM, he was gone. Michelle confirms that the man was inside the hotel when the virus was released. He is not anywhere in the hotel. She asks Ed Miller for a forensic team.


Jack asks for more processing power for Chloe. Tony asks about Ryan. Jack says that he is scared. Chase has a strike team ready. Tony has a helicopter ready to take Jack and Ryan down to the train yard to avoid rush hour traffic, just in case. Chloe is not having much luck with cracking the money trails. Jack tells her to keep trying, and notices that Ryan has left the office. He tries to find him.


Ryan is close to exiting the building as a security guard, Stevens, stops him. The guard has orders to send him back into the building. Jack gets to the exit, and tells him to go back in. Ryan claims he is going outside to smoke a cigarette. Jack asks for the cigarettes. When Ryan doesn't show them to him, he orders the guards to escort him back in. He further refuses, to which Jack states that under the authority given to him by the president, he is ordering him to do so. Ryan then shows him the cigarettes, and goes back in.

06:23:50... 06:23:51... 06:23:52...



Michelle tells Tony about the man who may have gotten out. She has notified Health Services, but because he was not a registered guest, they are having trouble finding him. Tony inquires more about the situation. CTU will do the workup. Kathy tells Michelle again about what surfaces he may have touched. Michelle takes her belt off, as he may have touched her belt. She asks Ed to dust the buckle. He notices a partial thumb that is not hers. He uploads it to CTU. Michelle tells him that if they don't find him, there may be an outbreak.


William Cole arrives home. His wife Susan wakes up, and he tells her that he was at a meeting. He claims that he didn't call because he didn't want to wake her up. When he goes into the bathroom, his nose begins to bleed: he is symptomatic. He tries to stop the bleeding.

At CTU, Chloe may have something. She cracks the decryption, and finds an address. The address is real, because Saunders just called from it forty-five minutes ago. Jack tells them all great work and goes to tell Ryan. Ryan embraces Jack, instantly grateful. Jack tells him that they still need to go to the train yard, just in case. Ryan agrees. They walk through CTU. Chloe tells Ryan that Division called to confirm his 3:00pm briefing, and asks if that's okay. Ryan tells her to keep it on schedule. Everyone watches as they exit the main offices.


President Palmer gets word from his Press Secretary, Jerry Whitehorn, that Helen Stupin and possibly other news media reporters are starting to pick up on what happened at the hotel and the raised threat level. Wayne says that he should know to hold off the press, and tells him what happened. Jerry is shocked, and asks when President Palmer will go public with the threat. Palmer will do so when the threat is contained. Jerry leaves.


The sun is already up as Jack and Ryan make their way to the helicopter ready for them. Chase catches up with them and asks why Jack is not coming with Agent Tom Baker and himself. Ryan tells him that Jack must go downtown with him to "answer a few questions". Chase then chastises him for calling away their head of Field Ops on a crucial mission. Ryan says that those are the orders, rather unenthusiastically. Chase asks Jack what's going on. Jack tells him to just take care of the strike team. Ryan and Jack get in the helicopter. It takes off as Chase watches. They fly toward downtown as the sun rises.

06:36:00... 06:36:01... 06:36:02...



Chase and Baker arrive at the address they have. Baker inquires about how they should proceed. Chase says covertly, although the building is in the open. Osterlind lets Saunders know that LAX is grounding flights. New York, Washington, and San Francisco got out, but the couriers for Chicago and Cleveland could not depart. The revised casualties are two to five million within the first two days. Osterlind reminds Saunders that there also a chance that the outbreak will spread past the Americas, but Saunders expresses no concern.


Adam Kaufman gives Tony the results from the fingerprint at the hotel. He has almost 300 possibilities. Kathy needs to go through them. Kim Bauer has Ryan on the phone. Ryan inquires why Chase is taking so long to enter the building. Ryan wants them to hurry. Jack tells him that Chase knows what is at stake. Tony gives him the real-time comm feed. Jack has a visual on the train yard, and lands the helicopter there.


Chase enters to Saunders' room

At the address, Chase prepares to enter the building. His team is in two vehicles, and they kill Saunders' guards outside. Chase and Baker enter the building, while Agent Graves and Agent Martinez climb up from the exterior. Saunders has them on surveillance, but he is distracted and does not see them enter. Chase and Baker go up the stairs. Agent Graves and Agent Martinez come down from the roof door. Saunders is still working, oblivious. Chase and Baker are still moving up the stairs as another guard is knocked out by Graves or Martinez. Saunders still doesn't see them on the feed. Chase takes out one final man by the door. Baker sets someone to blow the door. They blow it open, and Chase storms in. However, there is no one there, only a switching node. Ryan realizes what happened, and instantly looks grave. Everyone at CTU is stunned.


Saunders calls Jack from his real location. Jack asks Saunders why he is doing this. Saunders says that he will not understand. A black van will arrive soon, and Chappelle is to be left with them, or else Saunders will release the virus.

06:48:25... 06:48:26... 06:48:27...



Dr. Sunny Macer arrives with a case in the contaminated area. It contains the suicide capsules. As one of the guests weeps, she lets the guests know that they may take them. An old couple is the first to take them, followed by a third man, and others move forward as well. Michelle can do nothing but watch on. Ed lets Michelle know that they have narrowed down the results. Kathy confirms one picture. She is sure.


Bill Cole is still in the bathroom, trying to staunch his bloody nose. His wife asks if he is okay. He says he must have caught a bug, but has to go to the office for a staff meeting.

At the train yard, Chappelle and Jack sit in the helicopter. The black van arrives. Jack lets Adam know that the van is there. Adam will try to use satellite imaging. Jack tells Ryan that they have to leave now. He gets out the copter. Ryan says that his legs are shaking. Jack says that he will catch him, and lets him out. They walk through the yard. Jack asks Ryan if he wants to talk to anyone, to say goodbye. Ryan says that he has a brother he hasn't spoken to in years, and he doesn't have that many friends, just the people from work. Then, he says no.

Jack gets him on his knees. Ryan asks if there are any alternatives. Jack doesn't see any, and cocks his gun. As a tear falls down his cheek, Ryan yells to stop and to let him take his own life. Jack refuses. Ryan tells him how he was right for doing what he did in the past hour when he was trying to leave CTU, but he knows he must die. Jack still refuses, saying he cannot take that chance. Ryan gives him his word that he will not run, even though he is scared, saying he wouldn't be able to live with himself, being responsible for the deaths of all those people.


Chappelle is killed as a train whistles in the distance.

Jack finally decides to give him the gun. Ryan, on his knees, as a train rumbles through, holds the gun to his head, and tries to pull the trigger. However, he cannot do it. He says to Jack, "I can't, I can't..." Jack says it's all right. A train whistle is heard. Jack apologizes for letting Ryan down. Ryan shakes his head, disapproving of his statement. Jack points the gun at Ryan's head, and says, "God forgive me." He then pulls the trigger, shooting point-blank at his head.

Ryan Chappelle is dead. Jack lets his gun down as a train whistle blows again.

(Silent clock) 06:59:57... 06:59:58... 06:59:59... 07:00:00

Memorable quotes[]

  • Michelle Dessler: Tony, I realize we've both been talking around this, but if my test comes back positive —
  • Tony Almeida: Michelle, don't go there.
  • Michelle Dessler: Sweetheart, we both know my chances of survival are low.
  • Tony Almeida: You still have a chance, and while there's still a chance, I don't wanna talk about this.
  • Michelle Dessler: Okay. Okay. Just... no matter what, I just want you to know the last three years have been the best years of my life.
  • Tony Almeida: I should be there with you.
  • Michelle Dessler: You are.
  • Tony Almeida: No, it's not the same.

  • Chloe O'Brian: (to Jack) You know, your tone of voice isn't exactly a morale booster.

  • Ryan Chappelle: You think I'm trying to run? I'm going outside to smoke a cigarette. I wouldn't condemn millions of people to death so I could live.
  • Jack Bauer: Let me see the cigarettes.

  • Chloe O'Brian: Mr. Chappelle, Division called to confirm your 3:00 briefing, is that still good?
  • Ryan Chappelle: Uh, sure.

  • Jack Bauer: Ryan, is there anyone you want to talk to?
  • Ryan Chappelle: What do you mean, to say goodbye?
  • Jack Bauer: To say whatever you have to.
  • Ryan Chappelle: I have a brother I haven't spoken to in years. I don't have that many friends. Just the people at work. So, no. There is no one.
  • Jack Bauer: I am sorry, Ryan, we got to do this. Get on your knees.
  • Ryan Chappelle: There is no way around this, right, Jack? We don't have any outs here?
  • Jack Bauer: Not that I can see.
  • Ryan Chappelle: (In tears) Wait. All right, let me do this myself. At least give me the dignity of taking my own life. That's something you can do.
  • Jack Bauer: No, Ryan, I can't do that.
  • Ryan Chappelle: Yes, you can. You were right back at CTU to put me under watch. I wasn't going out for a cigarette. I was trying to bolt. But I know this has to happen.
  • Jack Bauer: I can't take that chance.
  • Ryan Chappelle: I am giving you my word, Jack I won't run, I swear. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared, but I am not gonna run. I couldn't live with myself knowing I was responsible for the deaths of all those people. You got to believe me.

(Jack takes the magazine from his gun and gives it to Ryan, where he points it to his head.)

  • Ryan Chappelle: (his last words) I can't, I can't.
  • Jack Bauer: It's alright.

(Jack takes the gun back from Ryan)

  • Jack Bauer: I'm sorry we let you down, Ryan... (Ryan shakes his head as Jack points the gun from behind) God forgive me. (Shoots Ryan Chappelle in head, Ryan collapses to ground)

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Background information and notes[]

  • This is the fourth episode with a silent clock.
  • There is no split screen leading into the final moments of the episode.
  • The episode was originally scheduled to air on April 13, 2004 in the United States but was pushed back because of a primetime Presidential press conference that Fox, along with all the other networks, carried. Because of the unique Sunday airing, it garnered the lowest Nielsen ratings of any episode of 24 through its first six seasons. Only 6.2 million viewers tuned in.
  • Sean Callery was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for this episode.
  • In a 2016 interview for Variety, co-creator Robert Cochran, and writers Howard Gordon, Manny Coto, and Evan Katz all chose this episode as their favorite from Season 3, each noting the scene where Jack Bauer kills Ryan Chappelle.[1]


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