(1) Jack’s Testimony
No one knows how to tell off a smug politician like Bauer and he got to do it in the first hour of Day Seven. During a Senate hearing on “human rights violations” perpetrated by CTU and its agents, Jack is brought in to testify.
Former President Logan is my favorite character to hate. This is a man who thought only of himself even when he committed suicide in the show’s finale. Agent Pierce was a former Secret Service agent assigned to protect Logan. Pierce was also a strong patriot and a man who stood by his principles. When he finds out that Logan was the mastermind being Day 5, Pierce would not betray his principles. He tells Logan, “There is nothing that you have said or done that is acceptable to me in the least. You’re a traitor to this country and a disgrace to your office. And it’s my duty to see that you’re brought to justice for what you’ve done. Is there anything else, Charles?” When he called him Charles instead of Mr. President, you knew that any respect Agent Pierce had for Logan flew out the window.
(3) Edgar Stiles’ death
Edgar was likeable and he was the one character the audience could relate to. He was usually stepped all over, but he also stood up for himself when he was pushed way too far and he cared for Chloe dearly. On Day 5, terrorists released Senotex nerve gas at CTU. Some of the personnel made it into airtight rooms. As Chloe seals the room she is in, we see Edgar stumbling into the main control area. Chloe and her fellow coworkers that are in the sealed room watch as Edgar dies from nerve gas poisoning. Edgar’s last word was “Chloe.” I got all choked up there as I watched Edgar die and the look of horror in Chloe’s eyes.
(4) The Voiceover at the beginning of Season 1
For the first time, we hear Jack Bauer say: “The following takes place between midnight and 1 a.m. on the day of the California presidential primary. Events occur in real time.” Those last four words really sent a chill down my spine and it was unique because it was the first a series did not cut ahead or flash back. My ten year old says that it always creeps him out.
(5) Teri’s Death
Nina kills the person who discovers she is the mole. That person is Jack’s wife, Teri. One thing we have learned about 24 is that good guys don’t always get a happy ending and this was just the start. The end of day one was the most emotional moment of Jack’s day. You really felt with him when he held his wife’s limp body and cried, “I’m sorry” as the clock ticked to midnight. Every season I root for Jack and every season Jack’s day ends hellish.
Poor Jack. Maybe, he will have some happy endings when the 24 movie airs on the big screen.
What were your favorite 24 moments?