President Hassan is brought to CTUNY where they are feverishly researching the tattoos that Jack has sent across his Sprint-provided cell connection. Thankfully, Dana has run the tattoos by the folks over at the FBI who have almost instantaneously sent over detail about an undercover operation they had going years ago. Its main operative? One still Sexy Agent Renee Walker, who thankfully is only 9 minutes away via CTU helicopter. Yes!
Being the “only one that ever got close” to the Russian mobsters, it’s almost fate that they’ve used Jack’s videoed tattoo intel, and found the person that can best help them solve this next leg of the case in less than 4 minutes. Outstanding work, CTUNY!
As the commercial music rises, the next Russian-accented gravely voice takes a phone call from the ball-pen wielding Omar and ensures that not only will he have a nice meal ready, but he’ll be ready to sell off some weapons-grade nuclear rods! Whoohoo! Weapons-grade nuclear weapons on American soil!
President Taylor calls President Hassan at CTUNY to provide her first volley of American mea culpas and urges him to continue the almost-completed peace process. They both agree that it’s in the best interest of the storyline and countries in question. Peace is good, peace is great.
Chloe informs Jack that Renee is being brought back into the storyline fold, and tells him what befell her while Jack was in a coma and recuperating in the land of grandpa bliss. Will we see fisticuffs or kisses when Renee arrives? It’s going to have to wait because there goes the haz-mat alarms inside of CTUNY! Oh my! The dead Russian mobster has apparently been exposed to weapons-grade uranium. Where could that have come from? President Hassan confides to Hastings that his brother has apparently come across the weapons grade uranium and is attempting to buy it and assures his full cooperation to bring his brother and the materials to justice.
Renee arrives in dramatic fashion with an empty, stolen-soul look and follows Chloe through no security stations at all and begins giving juicy Russian mob-based intel about The Red Square Gang. The bottom line: It’s time for Renee to go back under cover inside the Russian mob like she had for 2 years previously to ferret-out the weapons-grade material before it’s too late. She agrees. Jack saunters in and doesn’t agree. They both agree to agree that the storyline will be best served if they team up and continue on together to get the best ratings for the collective network buck by wreaking havoc on those that would do America and President Hassan harm. Those of us here at Screen Rant heartily agree!
President Hassan has a short, tender moment with his blonde reporter concubine and sends her on her way.
Renee and Chloe provide an excellent exposition scene that details the hunt for a man named Zia (Russian for “right-handed”). Jack and Renee grab their respective manpurse and wo-manpurse bags and head off into the night to search out the right local Queens-based auto parts store that Zia works at.
Omar, President Hassan’s brother arrives at the Russian mob boss’ restaurant to confirm that the nuclear rods exist before payment is made. The boss shows Omar his dying son, who at this point is doubled over in pain because of overexposure to the aforementioned nuclear materials. Payment is planned, ruthlessness showcased, and pus sores and uncontrollable sweat are terribly evident.
Renee and Jack pull up in front of the right auto parts store where Zia is closing up shop for the evening. Renee and Jack sync comm units and Renee heads inside to give Zia a hand. After wooing him with her Sexy Agent Walker feminine superpowers, and assurance that she can help him with a parole bracelet clamped to his wrist, Renee provides what will surely become one of the most memorable moments in 24 history by placing Zia’s left arm into a vice and digging into it with a handheld buzzsaw!
Jack makes his way inside after the blood-curdling screams cease, only to find that Renee needs help to find something to help cauterize the Zia’s wound. And then the clock keeps counting…
Tonight’s double-header of 24 provided some great satisfaction, memorable moments and originality that I was hoping we’d have seen last night as well. The suspense missing last night was here. The chemistry between players (frankly from Renee’s interaction I think) was here. More of that over-the-top, seat-of-your-pantsness was here and it was all very welcome.
I also wanted to ask the audience: Who are the people that like the Kevin/Jenny banter? These inserts take me completely out of the moment and slam the breaks on what I feel are vital areas of the episodes. Akin to this are the moments when we have inane, internal social banter about how Dana is with the wrong man whilst reviewing drone footage. All of that could disappear and the show would be much better off.
I’m glad to see the addition of Jürgen Prochnow who has been one of my favorite character actors for a long time. Here’s to hoping that he has a longer stint on 24 than our most recent dead uranium-infected Russian mobster.
I think tonight’s program was a perfect sample of what little detail and staff additions/alterations can make in a show like 24. I am very curious to know what you thought of this evenings program.