Last episode set up the meeting with President Taylor quite nicely, as Matabo, Jack, and Rene explain the situation, how Jack and Tony have been undercover, and how deep the conspiracy may lie. So after Dubaku calls the president and informs her he has Henry Taylor, the President must deliver Matobo within the hour or Taylor dies. Just for good measure, they cut off Henry's finger while still on the line.
So Jack does what he does best, find bad guys on a deadline and make them pay…often with their life or by taking body parts. Jack focuses on tracking down Agent Gredge, and Renee goes to his house to kidnap his family, in the best scene of the episode. While Jack tracks down Gredge, Rene must be prepared to do what is necessary to his family for Gredgeto talk. Annie Wersching does a wonderful job showcasing her acting ability. You can see how much she is struggling internally with what she is doing, particularly during the moments where she may do something terrible to the baby. Renee must be prepared to do what it takes to get them to talk, and clearly she is not OK with it.
Agent Larry Moss is skeptical of the entire situation, and doesn't want Jack corrupting Rene with this "no holds barred " tactics. Prior to the encounter at Gredge's house, Larry gives Jack and Rene the intel they need to locate him. It really is a moral dilemma on what one should do. Should they break a moral code to accomplish the task at hand, or stand by the rules and let the president's husband die on your watch? You get the sense after watching Jack for this long, that he is probably not a Democrat.
A concern that is now growing is just where will the subplot go with Dubaku's new girlfriend and mother. So far this season Henry Taylor's subplot has obviously been the weakest, and this feels like similar territory. It will be interesting to see how the writers handle this.
One of the minor quibbles with the episode is that people in high positions of power within the government still tend to question Jack Bauer. Why would they do that? This man has saved the president a countless amount of times starting with David Palmer, and has done more for his country than pretty much anyone in history. Mrs. Taylor needs to do her homework.
This was another strong episode of 24
that featured a great action scene in the assault on Dubaku's hideout and the shocking and satisfying conclusion with Henry Taylor getting shot. With the terrorist plot all but closed, you have to wonder where the story will go from here. The conspiracy is still not fully realized nor is Dubaku's next move, so where will the next threat come from?
Grade: 8.5 out of 10
24 Cast: Kiefer Sutherland
, Leslie Hope
, Elisha Cuthbert
, Sarah Clarke
, Dennis Haysbert
, Penny Johnson
, Tanya Wright
, Mia Kirshner
, Carlos Bernard
Story by Anthony Liccardello
Starpulse contributing writer