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"24: Solitary" is a story extension to 24: Live Another Day, exclusive to the Blu-ray Disc release.

"Solitary" focuses on Tony Almeida, not seen since the Season 7 finale.[1]

Synopsis

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Tony appeals to the administrator

Tony Almeida - in solitary confinement for the last eight years - is dragged into an interview room with agent Vanessa Diaz, and an administrator. The administrator begins by stating that Anthony Almeida is requesting permission to transfer from Super Max Segregated Housing Unit to General Population. Diaz states that the Department of Justice opposes any reduction to Almeida's sentence. The administrator outlines Tony's crimes - conspiring with a terrorist group, hijacking an airliner, homocide, possession of mass destruction - and asks why Tony should be considered for release from solitary.

Tony explains that within the prison there are gangs, Mexican cartels and Al-Qaeda, and he offers to be a source to relay information he hears back to the government. They would trust him - despite his former CTU credentials - because they know what he has done. He is desperate to reform and hates the man he once was, the man his wife would be ashamed of. He has accepted that he will die within the prison, but wants to help try to save at least one life.

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Tony attacks Diaz

Diaz reveals a file, classified two years ago to protect an ongoing investigation but declassified by the NSA for the purposes of Tony's request. It quotes Tony and an as-yet unidentified man which states, "I want to see that judge's wife and kids murdered in front of him, then see what he thinks. I'll do it myself if I get out of here."

Given the evidence, the administrator decides to decline Tony's request. A guard begins to undo Tony's cuffs, and Tony manages to overpower him and lunges at Diaz. He attacks her, strangling her for a few seconds before two guards pull him from her, tazing him to return him to his cell.

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Tony looks at the escape plans

Diaz leaves the room and heads to the bathroom, checking her attack marks in the mirror. Tony is dumped back into his cell. After a few moments he recovers and, checking out through the window of his cell, sits in a hidden corner of the room. Diaz calls The Handler, asking if it is a secure line. When he confirms, she tells him that Almeida has the plans. She confirms that he had. In the cell, Tony reveals that he took Diaz's glasses during the scuffle. He puts them on, and the glass lights up to reveal escape plans.

Episode credits

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The escape plans

Background information and notes

  • Tony has been held in solitary confinement for eight years, which places this two and a half years after 24: Live Another Day.
  • The special finished with the familiar noise of a 24 end clock, but with no image shown.
  • The Handler is voiced by Xander Berkeley, who played George Mason in the first two seasons of the show.
  • Tony is being held in cell 13-E.

References

  1. Samantha Highfill (September 26, 2014). Tony Almeida wants out of solitary in new '24' Blu-ray feature. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on September 29, 2014.
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