24 Airs Monday Nights at 9/8c on Fox

Synopsis: Hearing about Agent Moss, Walker and Jack head up a unit to try and contain the man that stole the gas canister. Tony, still undiscovered as the villain, is helping the man get through the FBI blockade.

Review: I’m glad Kim Bauer hasn’t gone home just yet. Something tells me she won’t board that 6:10 to L.A. and that Jack will learn about his grandchild, “Teri” Bauer. Awww. Plus IMDB has her listed through the end of the season.

“24” submitted another thrilling hour last night. I really hope Tony can step it up as the bad guy, although I’m sure his motives will be explained in the coming episodes – whether it’s strictly monetarily or because he lost a piece of himself when Michelle was blown up – I’m sure the writers will come up with some way to justify why the character we’ve seen for 6 seasons as a loyal sidekick to Jack is now a villain.

Seeing Walker deal with Agent Moss’ death was interesting*. Say what you will about Jack having to deal with people he cares about dying all the time, at least he takes some time to soak it in before moving on. When Bill Buchanan died earlier this season, Jack took a whole commercial break to be sad about it; Renee just gave a few blank stares and went on her way. Although it seemed awkward to have Jack giving her advice, he was right. She has to feel something or else it will effect her judgment. Or something. Either way, it lead to a tense moment between the two of them, which it seems like all serious moments in this season have been inevitably created to do. They’re definitely setting up Walker as the next “Audrey Raines” or “Kate Warner,” except she seems to have some balls and won’t just be the damsel-in-distress. So that’s nice.

Looks like we’re not done with Hodges yet, either. A “replica” of his lawyer, Trisha, is sent to him and it reminded me of the second episode of “24” Season One when “Naked Mandy” (as she’s been known on the Internet) gets the security card of someone before blowing up a plane (a scene, you’ll remember, that had to be cut on-air because of 9/11) and then gives it to a dude that looks exactly like him when she lands. Neat throwback. But anyway, Hodges was supposed to give himself a nice, clean death via pill via heart attack but it looks like he’ll survive only to come under the interrogation practices of Jack Bauer next week.

As for Jack, I hope every climactic moment of each episode remaining isn’t squelched because Jack is in too much pain, that will get irritating. It’s already irritating. It’s another throwback, this time to Season Three when Jack was going through withdrawals from heroin, except that’s a plotline many “24” fans would like to forget.

BTW: Whatever happened to Naked Mandy? She got immunity when she tried to blow up Tony in Season Four, I just don’t remember what happened to her after that. Help me out.

* In hindsight, shouldn’t we have gotten a silent send-off for Moss? I figured that when we heard the “beeps” in last week’s episode, it was either because this was such an “OMG” moment or because Moss may not actually be dead (even though he clearly was). We should’ve at least gotten the silent transition to commercial when Renee found out about it. Or was Moss never a character we were supposed to care about?

What did you think of this week’s episode of 24?

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