|Written by:||Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff|
|Directed by:||Brad Turner|
|Original airdate:||March 13, 2006|
Jack Bauer and the rest of CTU take action to protect the remaining isolated areas and plan escape tactics. Chloe wrestles with her grief over Edgar's death, while Tony contemplates revenge on Henderson. Martha bolsters Logan's judgment as he faces political pressure from Hal Gardner.
- Ostroff tells his superior Vladimir Bierko that he successfully reprogrammed Lynn's keycard; Bierko will launch the next phase of attacks after Ostroff's finished at CTU; Ostroff prepares the canister of nerve gas in front of CTU's ventilation fans.
- Vice President Hal Gardner tries to convince President Charles Logan to use Martial Law.
- Jack tells his annoyed daughter Kim Bauer why he chose not to tell her about his death for those 18 months.
- Buchanan tells Tony Almeida that Michelle's death was part of a bigger plan to supply terrorists with Sentox nerve gas. Christopher Henderson is behind it all; Jack Bauer watches Rick Burke interrogate Henderson, who's hiding information.
- Counter Terrorist Unit is compromised; a lock-down is in order. Jack Bauer finds that nerve gas is being deployed into CTU after killing Ostroff and seeing his PDA schematics of the building. Buchanan orders a Code Six evacuation. Audrey, Jack, Kim, Barry, Chloe, and several others witness the death of Edgar Stiles. Overcome with emotion, Chloe begins to cry...
between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
CTU is completely filled with nerve gas with many dead bodies throughout the building. The survivors are either outside of the building or in one of four areas: Holding Cell 6, the Situation Room, the CTU Director's Office, and the medical wing. Bill Buchanan is in his office; Jack Bauer, Audrey Raines, Chloe O'Brian, Kim Bauer, Barry Landes and six other CTU employees are in the situation room; Lynn McGill and Harry Swinton are in a holding cell; and Tony Almeida is in Medical with Christopher Henderson, Rick Burke, and Dr. Marc Besson. All the gas masks and atropine medication are in contaminated areas.
Curtis Manning calls Buchanan from a car phone, and is alerted to the situation in CTU. He has wrapped things up at Tyler Memorial, and will be bringing a CRT team back to CTU with him, but that will take another hour. Jack wants to know if Henderson is okay, so Buchanan tells him to bring up a building grid.
Chloe is crying and broken up, and Jack is trying to get her back to work. Landes intervenes and says he can help her, for he is a psychologist. He gets Chloe to stop staring at Edgar Stiles' dead body, and start concentrating again.
Lynn McGill is broken up about the events, and even admits fault to the other man in the room. Lynn feels bad because his embarrassment led to many CTU agents' deaths, all because he didn't want people to know he was beat up.
Jack calls down to medical. In medical, Almeida gets up to find out what's going on, he looks out the window and sees all the dead bodies. Dr. Besson answers the phone and says an agent was able to get Henderson in before the seal went down, and he is okay. Tony seems surprised and angry to find that Henderson is here. He comes up from behind and knocks Dr. Besson out with a sleeper hold.
Jack asks for a security feed, but they are unable to communicate with Tony immediately, it will take a few seconds to get into the system. Tony sneaks up behind Agent Burke, who is in charge of Henderson's interrogation and steals his gun. He instructs the agent to get away so he can kill Henderson, and is prepared to shoot him. As he does, Jack is able to patch through and calm Tony down. Tony warns Jack that this agreement is only temporary. Burke continues to inject Henderson with hyoscine-pentothal, but Henderson refuses to talk.
Department of Homeland Security, Los Angeles, California. Karen Hayes, the head of the Department of Homeland Security suggests that once the VX Gas is cleared out, her people can take over command of CTU. Vice President Hal Gardner approves the transfer without much regard to the President's feelings on the matter, then again tries to convince President Charles Logan to instate martial law. Logan again argues to point, saying his advisors tell him it will be chaos.
Vladimir Bierko is preparing to release all the gas on one remaining location, and is just awaiting schematics.
07:12:47... 07:12:48... 07:12:49...
Jack gets tired of waiting and pushes Barry away from Chloe, and soon grabs Barry and tells him he doesn't know how CTU works, and that he was taking advantage of Kim. Kim is offended by this, and says that Barry helped her when no one else would.
The argument is able to snap Chloe back entirely into reality, and she gets back to work 'as long as everyone can calm down'. As soon as she does, alarms start going off--the seals are breaking. She deduces that they added a corrosive agent to the gas that is eating through the seals. She tells Buchanan they have less than a half an hour to fix the problem.
Mike Novick is talking on the phone with the Vice President, who accuses Mike of undermining his position. Martha Logan walks in as the phone call is wrapping up. Mike sees Martha and explains to her that Gardner is trying to hijack the Presidency, and points to a trend in doing so. Novick suggest that she is the one person who may be able to talk some sense into him.
Curtis Manning is on his way to CTU, but it won't be in time. Buchanan says that the air has to be flushed out or they will all die, and Jack suggests the air conditioning system. There is a program that shut off remotely blocking access, so Jack volunteers to go in.
07:24:06... 07:24:07... 07:24:08...
Jack Bauer climbs out of a trapdoor into a maintenance cupboard and tapes shut the hatch with duct tape. He informs Chloe that he has sealed the hatch and opens the door, flooding the room with gas. Holding his breath, he makes his way out of the room.
He shuts the door and makes his to the system through the gas, but a wrongly filed update leads to steel bars blocking the way. When he returns too quickly, it causes tension between Chloe, Kim Bauer and Barry Landes. Landes thinks this is a good sign, but Chloe reminds him it could be a bad sign.
Bauer says he can't get in—and asks if there is another way into the room. The only person who can get to it is Lynn. Once Lynn leaves the room, however, there will be no chance of his, or the guard's, survival. Lynn, thinking of all the trouble he caused, is able to reason with the guard, pointing out that if he doesn't do anything then they and everyone else in CTU will just die anyway when the seals fail, and agrees to go down and deactivate the program.
07:34:44... 07:34:45... 07:34:46...
In the situation room, Kim asks Chloe if she talked to Jack when he was 'dead'. Chloe said that she gave him information. Kim asks if any of it was about her, Chloe responds by saying 'almost all of it.'
The guard, Harry Swinton, makes one final heartfelt phone call to his young daughter, and then Lynn heads down. He covers his mouth with his tie and is able to deactivate the program, and make it back to the room.
The door reseals and Jack solemnly thanks the pair for their sacrifice. Before long, the guard removes his tie from the front of his mouth. Bauer turns the room on his screen. The guard says he's all right—then starts convulsing and foaming from the mouth. Lynn can hang on no more, and releases the tie from his mouth. He starts convulsing as well, and dies as he curls up into a ball. Jack watches onscreen and is visibly upset.
Christopher Henderson still isn't talking, and Tony Almeida is growing impatient. He tells the guard that his interrogation is going nowhere, and Henderson seems to be near coma.
Jack wants to talk to Kim before she leaves, but Kim says that they will be leaving as soon as they get out of the room. She blames Jack—even though she admits it's not his fault—for death always seems to surround her when he's around. She says she loves him, but doesn't want to be in his life. Jack says he just wants to sit down with her one day, Kim says nothing and walks away. Audrey comes up and grabs Jack's hand and asks if he's OK. Jack says no.
07:46:54... 07:46:54... 07:46:54...
Martha and Novick are going over the statement with Logan. Mike and Martha question the language, and Logan asks if anyone has any better option. Martha asks Mike to leave, then she tells Logan if he thinks martial law is the only way to go, then she will support him. He says it's the best option, but shows signs on doubt and notices them himself.
He then confesses that he "doesn't know how much more of this he can take" with the assassination of David Palmer, the attack on the airport. He then looks to Martha and says "I almost lost you." He then asks "Did I lose you?" to which, she says no, and takes him by the hand.
Bierko makes a phone call, and Collette Stenger is getting dressed in an apartment or hotel room. She is with a man named Theo Stoller and has just finished having sex. She gets up and answers the phone. Bierko asks her where the schematics are, as they need them to continue the plan. Stenger says they will be a few minutes, and reminds Bierko that she is the only one who can give them to him. He sighs and gets off. Stenger comes back to the bedroom to say goodbye to Theo, claiming she needs to "finish something". He pulls her in close and suggests she "finish this."
Hayes is on her way to CTU with her assistant, Miles Papazian. Hayes calls Buchanan and tells him that she is on the way over. Buchanan is surprised by the quick response, but says okay. Bill seems to know Karen. Miles tells Karen that he has converted all of CTU's servers to their settings and protocols. She tells Papazian that Buchanan won't be in control anymore, she will be. Miles says that he will probably have to make wholesale personnel changes, and Hayes signs off on it.
The air in CTU is safe to breathe again. Jack wants Kim to stay a little bit longer, but she refuses. Jack orders Barry to get Kim out of town without any stops or delays.
At CTU, Burke says that Henderson's nervous system is shot. Almeida tells Burke and Jack that Henderson isn't going to say anything. He is going to kill him to exact revenge for the death of his wife, Michelle Dessler. Jack says it won't bring Michelle back, Tony says it will make him feel better. Jack says it won't, and Tony says "maybe not, I'll let you know."
Jack starts sprinting to medical. Tony knocks out Agent Burke then sets down the gun and attempts to inject Henderson with an overdose of the torture drug. As he is attempting to inject Henderson with it, he can't bring himself to do it. Henderson suddenly awakes and grabs Tony's hand. He stabs Tony in the chest with the needle and Tony falls to the ground. Henderson grabs a gun and runs out of the room.
Jack runs in and spots Tony. Tony says he couldn't bring himself to do it as Jack calls for help. He tells Tony to hang on. Tony weakly whispers "she's gone, Jack". Before Jack can do anything, Tony stops convulsing and appears to pass away. Jack starts to weep.
07:59:57... 07:59:58... 07:59:59… 08:00:00
- Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer
- Kim Raver as Audrey Raines
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian
- Carlos Bernard as Tony Almeida
- Gregory Itzin as President Charles Logan
- James Morrison as Bill Buchanan
- Roger Cross as Curtis Manning
- Louis Lombardi as Edgar Stiles
- and Jean Smart as First Lady Martha Logan
Special guest stars
- Jude Ciccolella as Mike Novick
- Jayne Atkinson as Karen Hayes
- Henry Ian Cusick as Theo Stoller
- C. Thomas Howell as Barry Landes
- Julian Sands as Vladimir Bierko
- Ray Wise as Vice President Hal Gardner
- Stephen Spinella as Miles Papazian
- Stana Katic as Collette Stenger
- Peter Holden as Harry Swinton
- Thomas Vincent Kelly as Dr. Marc Besson
- Martin A. Papazian as Rick Burke
- Yorgo Constantine as Mikhail
- and Peter Weller as Christopher Henderson
- Dana Bunch as Unnamed CTU staffer
- Tracie Dominguez as Unnamed CTU staffer
- Sam Hunter as Crewcut separatist
- Chad Israel as Unnamed CTU staffer
- Callie Thompson as Harry's daughter
Background information and notes
- Even though FOX's 24 website had listed Tony Almeida as "Deceased," and interviews with several cast members indicated Tony was dead, in an interview on March 14, 2006 (the day after the episode aired), Howard Gordon refused to confirm that Tony was dead or alive, and said that viewers would have to tune in to the next episode to find out for sure. The opening moments of "Day 5: 8:00pm-9:00pm" showed Tony's lifeless body as it is covered in a blanket.
- In Season 7, it was confirmed that Tony Almeida was "dead" for almost ten minutes until he was revived by a hypothermic compound and worked for David Emerson for over three years.
- This is the first episode featuring Jayne Atkinson as Karen Hayes who becomes a Main Cast member in Season 6.
- Laurie Metcalf was originally cast in the role of Karen Hayes, but she was later replaced by Jayne Atkinson by mutual agreement.
- This is one of only four episodes this season to feature the entire main cast. The other episodes are "7:00am-8:00am," "11:00am-12:00pm" and "5:00pm-6:00pm." This is therefore the final episode of the season to feature the entire main cast, following the departures of Louis Lombardi and then Carlos Bernard from the line-up.
- There was no split screen at the end of this episode.