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Season 3 premiered in the United States on October 28, 2003 on the Fox Network with a commercial-free presentation sponsored by Ford (as with Season 2).

24: Season Three was released on DVD in the US and Canada on December 7, 2004.


It's been three years since the events of Day 2. This time, another day begins for Jack Bauer as bioterrorists are attempting to release viral capsules into Los Angeles and eventually throughout the United States. President Palmer must deal with a scandal as he seeks re-election against a Republican senator, John Keeler. Jack is again thrust into action as he tries to tie Ramon Salazar to the viral threat; however, presumed-dead Operation Nightfall operative Stephen Saunders turns out to be the mastermind behind the release of the Cordilla virus.

The season can essensially be broken up into three acts:

1. The first act of the season revolves around drug kingpin Ramon Salazar's release from prison against the threat of the release of an engineered virus if he is not set free.

2. In the second act, Jack, Tony and Gael Ortega enter the final phase of a complex sting operation to eliminate the virus.

3. During the final act, the original purchaser of the virus uses the disease during his call to vengeance against the United States for abandoning him on a covert mission.

Major Subplots

  • Sherry Palmer complicates things as David tries to be re-elected amid political scandal.
  • Jack's personal life: Trying to recover from a heroin addiction while trying to stop the viral threat. Soon, he learns the relationship between Kim and Chase.
  • Tony Almeida, now director of CTU, is injured in the attempt to apprehend a suspect
  • Kim now works for CTU and has a personal relationship with Jack's partner, Chase Edmunds.
  • A strained relationship between Tony and Michelle causes conflict throughout the day.
  • Saunders' personal life: his daughter attends college in California, in close proximity to the viral threat.
  • Tony is forced to make the choice between his career and the love of his life.

Jack threatens to kill Saunders' daughter unless he confesses where the other vials are. Arthur Rabens, a courier, is under orders by Saunders to release the virus. Chase stops him but must sacrifice his arm. Jack places the virus in a fridge and the threat is neutralized. Jack breaks down and cries at the end of another long day....

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Picture Time Episode Number Production Code Original Airdate
S3ep1 1:00pm-2:00pm 49 3AFF01 October 28, 2003
A body infected with a deadly virus is dumped outside National Health Services. President Palmer returns to Los Angeles for the first time since the attempt on his life. Kim is working at CTU and secretly dating Jack's partner, Chase.
S3ep2 2:00pm-3:00pm 50 3AFF02 November 4, 2003
Chase and Jack argue about Chase's relationship with Kim. Kyle Singer's girlfriend leaves him when she finds out he's dealing drugs. Wayne Palmer approaches the President with potentially damaging information about his girlfriend. Someone at CTU isn't who they seem to be.
S3ep3 3:00pm-4:00pm 51 3AFF03 November 11, 2003
Chase finds himself on the sidelines when CTU and Hector Salazar both search for Kyle Singer. Tony leads an operation to bring Kyle in, but things take a disastrous turn when Salazar's man gets there first.
S3ep4 4:00pm-5:00pm 52 3AFF04 November 18, 2003
Kyle and Linda are abducted by Hector's men. Michelle struggles between her personal and professional obligations. Jack takes drastic action in response to the Salazars' threat, but Chase gets in the way and complicates matters.
150px 5:00pm-6:00pm 53 3AFF05 November 25, 2003
Jack and Ramon's plan hits a snag when a group of inmates take them hostage. Chloe discovers Jack's addiction and reveals his secret to Kim and Michelle. Palmer begins his debate with Keeler. Kyle decides to kill himself to save Linda.
S3ep6 6:00pm-7:00pm 54 3AFF06 December 2, 2003
President Palmer postpones the debate because of the prison break. Jack and Ramon continue to evade CTU and the police. Kim discovers Gael's secret, but she isn't able to warn Michelle in time. Doctors reveal a startling revelation about Kyle's health.
S3ep7 7:00pm-8:00pm 55 3AFF07 December 9, 2003
Ramon wants to kill Jack on the way to Mexico, but learns that Jack and Hector are working together. Gael is captured while trying to escape from CTU. Tony stops Gael's interrogation and reveals that Gael is part of a secret operation. Chase heads for Mexico to rescue Jack.
S3ep8 8:00pm-9:00pm 56 3AFF08 December 16, 2003
Hector tries to convince Ramon to let Jack live in order to purchase the virus. Claudia expresses her fury about being left behind when Jack arrested Ramon. Hector's men capture Chase and Ramon forces Jack to prove his loyalty. Anne ends her relationship with President Palmer.
S3ep9 9:00pm-10:00pm 57 3AFF09 January 6, 2004
President Palmer learns of a conflict involving one of his biggest contributors and Wayne. Kim and Michelle question Tony's ability to make decisions. Jack and the Salazars face an unexpected competitor when they go to buy the virus.
S3ep10 10:00pm-11:00pm 58 3AFF10 January 13, 2004
President Palmer asks Sherry to help him deal with Alan Milliken. Jack and Ramon decide to intercept the virus. Chloe's work at CTU is disrupted by a baby. Claudia helps Chase escape, but tragedy strikes during their getaway.
S3ep11 11:00pm-12:00am 59 3AFF11 January 27, 2004
President Palmer meets with Sherry, who agrees to help him with Milliken. Jack convinces Nina to work with him to get the virus from Amador. Hector wants to pull out of the deal.
S3ep12 12:00am-1:00am 60 3AFF12 February 3, 2004
A firefight ensues as Jack, Ramon, Nina and Chase all attempt to secure the virus. Kim becomes suspicious of Chloe when her backstory about the baby doesn't check out. Sherry discovers a witness who can damage Milliken.
S3ep13 1:00am-2:00am 61 3AFF13 February 10, 2004
Nina gives CTU a phone number that ends up initiating a computer worm. Chappelle detains Chloe when she refuses to discuss the baby, but releases her to deal with the computer crisis. Sherry goes to see Julia, but ends up confronting Alan.
S3ep14 2:00am-3:00am 62 3AFF14 February 17, 2004
Chappelle insists that Jack undergo a medical exam because of his addiction. President Palmer confronts Sherry about Alan Milliken's death. Tony questions Nina about Marcus Alvers. Julia Milliken asks Wayne for help.
S3ep15 3:00am-4:00am 63 3AFF15 February 24, 2004
Jack is almost removed from the investigation for killing a material witness. CTU sends a tactical team to the hotel where the virus is scheduled to be released. Gael finds the armed mechanism that contains the virus, but cannot disarm it in time.
S3ep16 4:00am-5:00am 64 3AFF16 March 30, 2004
Jack and Chase allow Amador to escape, hoping that he will lead them to the man behind the virus attack. Sherry blackmails President Palmer and forces him to support alibi during the time of Milliken's death. Michelle deals with mass hysteria at the hotel.
S3ep17 5:00am-6:00am 65 3AFF17 April 6, 2004
Steven Saunders threatens to release more vials if President Palmer doesn't comply with his demands, and one of his requests tests CTU on how far they are willing to go to stop the virus from being released. Michelle proposes a solution to the suffering at the hotel.
S3ep18 6:00am-7:00am 66 3AFF18 April 18, 2004
CTU races to capture Saunders before his next deadline. Michelle initiates a frantic search when she discovers that a potentially infected hotel guest may have slipped through her fingers.
S3ep19 7:00am-8:00am 67 3AFF19 April 20, 2004
Kim goes undercover in a mission that may help CTU gain a bargaining tool for Saunders. Chase finds the man who left the hotel. CTU learns that the virus has begun to spread to the general public. Saunders makes another demand.
S3ep20 8:00am-9:00am 68 3AFF20 April 27, 2004
Michelle finds out the results of her test as Adam finds out the virus has infected someone he knows. Jack tries to use Jane Saunders as leverage to force Saunders to surrender. Tony commits treason when Saunders exploits his only weakness.
S3ep21 9:00am-10:00am 69 3AFF21 May 4, 2004
Tony attempts to free Jane from CTU before Saunders' men hurt Michelle, but Jack and Chloe become suspicious of his behavior. Sherry offers Senator Keeler a chance to guarantee victory in the Presidential election.
S3ep22 10:00am-11:00am 70 3AFF22 May 11, 2004
Jack catches Tony and forces him to work with CTU on the hostage exchange. Senator Keeler meets with President Palmer and demands his resignation. Wayne participates in a covert operation to recover Sherry's incriminating evidence.
S3ep23 11:00am-12:00pm 71 3AFF23 May 18, 2004
The tables are turned as Jack exploits Saunders' weakness to disclose the location of the other vials. President Palmer meets with Sherry to work something out, but she becomes suspicious of his offer and leaves. Tony faces a harsh sentence as a result of saving Michelle.
Jackcries 12:00pm-1:00pm 72 3AFF24 May 25, 2004
Jack and Chase track down the last vial and Chase makes an incredible sacrifice. Gael's devastated wife visits CTU and seeks vengeance on Saunders. President Palmer makes an unexpected announcement after Sherry's death. The day's events take a toll on Jack.

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