Season In Review: 24 (S1)

1×01 – 12:00AM – 1:00AM

Jack Bauer is called to his office because there’s a threat on the life of a US Senator who’s running for President; Jack also discovers that his daughter has skipped out her bedroom window.

  • Show was originally going to be named 24 Hours. I like 24 better, it’s gets right to the point.
  • The show aired two months after 9/11. There was some criticism about the plane explosion near the end of episode. Rightfully so I do believe.
  • Richard Burgi was originally cast as Jack Bauer until they decided to go with Kiefer Sutherland. Richard Burgi was then recast as Alan York.
  • Sarah Clarke was cast as Nina Myers on the first day of filming. The costume department didn’t have time to fit her, so she wore her own outfit for the entire season. – Well I hope that was a comfortable outfit.
  • Kiefer Sutherland (Jack Bauer) and Xander Berkeley (George Mason) appeared in A Few Good Men (1992) together.

1×02 – 1:00AM – 2:00AM

An assassin has stolen the ID of a photographer scheduled to meet a presidential candidate; Jack’s wife searches for their daughter; Jack gets more evidence of a rogue within his unit.

  • I seen Xander Berkeley in Nikita and his character in that show is also not to be trusted.

1×03 – 2:00AM – 3:00AM

Jack thinks he’s identified the mole inside CTU. Kim and Janet realize they are being kidnapped and try to escape. Palmer orders an employee to get dirt on a reporter who might jeopardize his campaign. Ira Gaines’ plans come to a halt when he must renegotiate with a conspirator.

  • Having seen the whole season now Jack should’ve kept questioning Nina about her being the mole.
  • I’m sure in different circumstances he would’ve, but it just sucks that a lot trouble could’ve been avoided if he had figured out the truth before everything had transpired.

1×04 – 3:00AM – 4:00AM

District Director George Mason shuts down CTU forcing Jack to escape in order to follow up on a lead on a conspirator. Nina and Jamie try to cover for him. Palmer discovers how a reporter found out about Keith. Jack finally learns that Kim and Janet have been kidnapped.

  • The events occur in real time narration at the beginning of the first three episodes was dumped starting with this episode.
  • It’s the rookie season and it seems like they dump or try a lot of stuff that doesn’t work. So I think next season the show will be more figured out presentational.
  • The show was picked up for the rest of the season after this episode aired.
  • I can see that, the show was probably getting a lot of buzz at this point.

1×05 – 4:00AM – 5:00AM

Jack follows the arrested conspirator to the police station in order to get more info on Kim’s whereabouts. Palmer meets with a reporter who has some damaging information. Kim realizes just how dangerous Ira Gaines really is.

  • This was the episode that hit me about the time in the show. How it works and seeing the characters deal with this stuff in real time is such a good original concept.
  • Sad we can’t get that originality anymore.
  • This episode also made me realize this show was definitely ahead of it’s time in so many different ways.
  • With a black president and the political scandals, everything feels like it’s set in current time.

1×06 – 5:00AM – 6:00AM

Jack meets up with Teri at the hospital where they wait to talk to Janet about Kim. Palmer confronts his family about the cover up.

  • I immediately recognized Milo Pressman (played by Eric Balfour) from Buffy The Vampire Slayer as he played Jessie in the first two episodes in that series and the first two episodes of Six Feet Under (which is a another show I’m reviewing from my 19 Greatest Shows list).
  • Eric Balfour also appears in Stand By Me (1986), which also stars Kiefer Sutherland.
  • Kiefer Sutherland appeared on The Tonight Show on November 12, and forgetfully gave away the entire ending of this episode. – LOL
  • That’s a shame because of the ending was really well done and I have to say I did not see that Alan York reveal coming at all.

1×07 – 6:00AM – 7:00AM

Jack returns to CTU to switch the key card with a fake per Gaines’ orders. Palmer tries to convince Keith and Sherry to go public about the murder.

  • Jamey being the mole was another reveal I didn’t see coming. I could have seen Jamey being the fun quirky character who becomes a fan favorite. So that was a good expectation subversion.
  • I must say though I didn’t even think for a minute that Nina had died.

1×08 – 7:00AM – 8:00AM

Jack delivers the briefcase to the assassin at Palmer’s press conference. Palmer wants to let the press know what happened with Keith and the murder.

  • Definitely one of my favorite episodes of the season.
  • The whole episode was suspenseful and the Jamey plotline was so intriguing to me.
  • This episode introduced the opening monologue that will apparently be a part in every season.
  • This episode won an Emmy for editing and received an additional nomination for dramatic underscore. – Not that I care about awards, some of my favorite tv shows have never even been recognized by the academy.

1×09 – 8:00AM- 9:00AM

Jack is taken into custody by the Secret Service after he stops the assassination. He quickly escapes in order to check on another name from the key card. Palmer tries to deal with the assassination attempt.

  • On January 20, 2002, Kiefer Sutherland won a Golden Globe for best actor in a television drama. The series was also nominated, but didn’t win. – Kiefer Sutherland has been great during the course of this season. He makes Jack Bauer into a iconic character.
  • While filming the scenes at the power plant, Kiefer Sutherland bruised his forehead on a pipe. If you look closely you can see it at the beginning of this episode despite the makeup. – Did not notice that at all, but ouch I would expect that would have hurt.
  • Elisha Cuthbert (Kim) couldn’t run in the sandals so the costume department painted sneakers to match. – Sandals are the worst shoes and I can indeed confirm it is a chore to try and run in them.
  • I thought that Jamey killing herself was weird, but obviously that comes back in the finale…
  • I recognized Kathleen Wilhoite from Gilmore Girls, she plays Jess’s mom/Luke’s sister.
  • The r*pe scene made me uncomfortable, it felt out of place. I don’t think it was necessary at all.

1×10 – 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Jack is on the run after escaping custody and rushes to intercept Ted Cofell before he leaves the city. Nina receives a phone call from Teri and tries to trace the call. Palmer still wants to go ahead with the press conference despite objections. Alberta Green temporarily takes over as Director of CTU.

  • This was the first episode to make me emotional. The phone call between Teri, Jack, and Kim was really sad and sweet. Definitely shear a tear or two.
  • We’re introduced to Tamara Tunie from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

1×11 – 10:00AM – 11:00AM

Jack takes Ted Cofell hostage after finding his name on the key-card and tries to get whatever info he has about the conspiracy which only amounts to the name of another conspirator, a one Kevin Carroll. Palmer starts to piece together his connection to Jack. Gaines receives orders to kill Teri and Kim from his boss Andre Drazen.

  • I loved the interrogation scene with Jack and Ted. It just confirms that Jack is a complete badass.
  • The producers changed Jack’s recap monologue again. Apparently people like “Right now, terrorists are plotting to assassinate a Presidential candidate” better than “There are terrorists plotting to assassinate a Presidential candidate.” – Was that really necessary? It wasn’t that much of a difference.

1×12 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Kevin Carroll (the man who pretended to be York) leads Jack to Gaines’ compound where he is quickly discovered. Nina and Tony try work around Director’s Green’s strict new protocols to help Jack. Palmer discovers that Carl Webb, one of his financiers is handling the Keith situation his own way.

  • Glad to see Kim, Teri, and Jack reunited that was a feel good moment which I believed is going to be rare and very few between.
  • This was a another favorite episode of mines.
  • Episodes 11, 12, 13 is the peak of 24 season 1 in my opinion.

1×13 – 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Jack has a final confrontation with Gaines as a CTU chopper heads to the compound. Nina and Tony talk to Jamey’s mother in order to learn why she was helping the assassins. Carl Webb threatens Palmer to keep quiet about the murder once and for all. CTU learns that more assassins are on their way to LA.

  • Had it not been picked up further than its original 13 episodes, the series would have ended with Jack, Teri, and Kim in the chopper.
  • I would of been okay with that honestly. I like the rest of season, but it dipped in quality when a certain storyline happens in a few episodes πŸ˜‰
  • Misha Collins at the end threw me completely.

1×14 – 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Director Green and Regional Director Ryan Chappelle question Jack about the day’s events. Nina takes Kim and Teri to a safe house after getting them medical attention. Palmer wants a meeting with Jack.

  • Misha, that hairstyle was quite a choice….and not a good one.
  • Same with the accent…
  • This is apparently the only episode in the whole series where you see Jack Bauer eat any food. – LOL, okay…I sure hope Jack doesn’t starve himself for the rest of the series.
  • The show really knows how to make you want to watch the next episode. It’s a quite addicting show.

1×15 – 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Palmer and Jack finally meet for the first time and discuss Operation Nightfall. Nina talks to Teri about her and Jack’s past relationship after they reach the safehouse.

  • I enjoyed seeing Jack and Palmer meet for the first time. After spending so much time with these characters, it’s nice to see them finally interact with each other.
  • I believe this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
  • So Teri’s pregnant, not surprised that was one of the few things I had actually correctly predicted while watching this show.
  • I have been warned that Kim is awful and everybody hates her character. I hadn’t had a problem with her yet, but I will say she started to annoy me at this point. We will see where that goes.
  • I recognized Wade Williams (Robert) from Prison Break (another show from my 19 Greatest Shows list I’m currently watching).

1×16 – 3:00AM – 4:00AM

After handing out photos of all the assassins, Jack and Mason discover that one of Palmer’s campaign staff is in a romantic relationship with Alexis Drazen. Teri and Kim are attacked in the safehouse. Keith confronts Carl Webb about the cover-up.

  • I hate amnesia storylines in films and television before watching this show so I knew I was going to hate the storyline with Teri the moment I realized Teri had gotten amnesia.
  • This show also has to be the worst offender of using that trope, it comes out of nowhere and it’s meaningless.
  • I get having to write 24 episodes has to be hard to make them all interesting and with no filler, but this has to be the worst filler.
  • This indeed the episode where the show dipped in quality for me, it picks back up with the last two episodes before the finale, but wow this was bad.

1×17 – 4:00PM – 5:00PM

Jack and Mason use Palmer’s campaign staffer Elizabeth Nash in a sting against Alexis Drazen which backfires badly on them. Kim makes a run for Rick’s house after getting separated from Teri following the attack.

  • Co-executive producer and director Stephen Hopkins, once had amnesia for eight hours where he could only remember small details of his life. This was the basis for the season 1 plot regarding Teri. Hopkins himself helped Leslie Hope (Teri) to make the acting experience, and the plot-line more credible. – Doesn’t make the storyline any better.
  • When Teri was wandering around while she had amnesia, it felt very Mulholland Drive (2001) which had came out only a year earlier than when this aired.
  • The Kim and Rick storyline is also hilariously dumb. Just a waste of time that not even entertaining.
  • I recognized Navi Rawat (Melanie) from The O.C where she played Theresa.

1×18 – 5:00PM – 6:00PM

Jack poses as Alexis Drazen and goes to meet a contact who has vital information. However, a CTU agent with a grudge against Jack might risk the success of the mission. Dr. Parslow takes Teri back to the Bauer house.

  • I have to say this and the last episode weren’t my favorites to say the least.
  • Hence why I don’t remember much about this one.

1×19 – 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Jack and Mason search for location of the address found in Victor Drazen’s confidential file. Palmer finally lets the press know about Keith’s past. One of Drazen’s goons closes in on Teri; Kim is arrested after the police raid Rick’s house.

  • I start to like George Mason here, he’ll be an interesting character to see more of and explore more deeply with.
  • Palmer’s speech here is great.
  • Teri is a hypocrite, she complains to Nina about Nina and Jack having a relationship when they were separated, but she was in one too.
  • The show just does not write her character very well in my opinion.

1×20 – 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Jack discovers a top secret detention center houses someone from his past. Tony takes Teri back to CTU as Kim finds herself in jail. Andre Drazen and his soldiers raid the detention center.

  • The show’s creators named Lou Diamond Phillips’ character after a fan who won a Fox auction benefiting the victims of 9/11. The real Mark DeSalvo bid $10,000 to name the character. – Glad the money went to a good cause.
  • It is really nice seeing Dennis Hopper show up on the show. Didn’t expect that.
  • Sherry is just terrible, glad David is standing up for himself against her.

1×21 – 8:00PM – 9:00PM

Jack is captured by Victor Drazen and Andre when they escape the detention center. Palmer learns he is dominating the California polls. Drazen’s men capture Kim after she is released from jail.

  • Kim being kidnapped again is just another showcase they ran out of things to write for her.
  • Very lazy writing.

1×22 – 9:00PM – 10:00PM

In order to buy himself more time Jack puts Victor and Andre in contact via Mason with a hospitalized Alexis Drazen. Palmer becomes involved with a campaign staffer. Tony and Nina learn that Kim has been recaptured.

  • Did not see Sherry working with that staffer coming. Sherry really is the worst.
  • But we won’t have to deal with her for much longer apparently…

1×23 – 10:00PM – 11:00PM

Jack delivers a cell phone that is unknowingly rigged to explode to Palmer. Kim manages to escape. The identity of the real mole inside CTU is exposed.

  • The twist! The twist with Nina was fantastic!
  • I know I should’ve probably seen it coming but I didn’t so I was really surprised. It really caught me off guard.
  • I didn’t think Mason was the mole, but I wasn’t expecting Nina after Jack had already dismissed her as a suspect.
  • For every Teri amnesia storyline there’s a Nina twist reveal which makes everything worth it.
  • There’s a very subtle clue about Nina’s involvement as the mole most of the way through the latter half of the series. In the opening credits, when Jack says “people that I work with may be involved in both”, Nina is shown. – I noticed that, but had just chalk that up as a red herring.
  • Also why is Dennis Hopper always trying to blow people up????!
  • I just watched Speed (1994) for the first time and he does the same thing but to a bus full of people.

1×24 – 11:00PM – 12:00PM

After being falsely informed his daughter has been killed, the enraged Jack Bauer goes to the dock to kill the Drazens whilst the traitor at CTU tries to make a quick escape.

  • First finale and it felt like one, great culmination to every story line.
  • Ranked 10th on TV Guide’s top 100 episodes – Wow, not sure if I would go that far, but still a fantastic episode nevertheless.
  • This episode received an Emmy nomination for editing.
  • Jamey being killed by Nina makes way more sense than Jamey killing herself to avoid jail time.
  • Teri’s death didn’t surprise me I figured she would die and I think it will probably be a huge turning point in Jack’s character.
  • I wasn’t sad with Teri’s death, but I was sad for Jack. I never connected with Teri, but I do like Jack and not only did he lose his wife, he also lost his unborn child.
  • During the summer of 2002, many fans were so shocked by the fate of Teri Bauer that they worked up every explanation they could to keep her alive, even going so far as to claim that the stain on her shirt was not blood. It wasn’t until her fate was actually stated in season 2 that some fans gave up the denials. – I thought it was pretty clear she was dead, but wow we sure have changed as viewers a lot since 2002. Game Of Thrones must of been a culture shock to those people.
  • There were three endings to this episode. In the first one, Nina does not shoot Teri. In the second one, Nina shoots her but Teri does not die. Finally, the one that was aired showed Nina shoot and kill Teri. The first ending is available as an extra on the season one DVDs. – I’m glad we got the ending we got is all I’ll say.
  • TV Guide voted Teri’s death the second most shocking death in television history, behind only Henry Blake’s death in “M*A*S*H. – What? Really? I’m going to chalk this up to being shocking for the time because that does not hold up. Game Of Thrones changed the game when they killed main characters every week. In hindsight that makes something like this not as surprising anymore.


What a season of television. I really enjoyed that, I binge it in a matter of three days. I thought the season overall started strong, dipped in the middle, and picked back up at the end. My favorite episode is probably 11:00AM – 12:00PM, but I don’t think you can really go wrong with picking any of the others. Even the episodes I didn’t care for still had something you could have enjoyed. My favorite character was Nina, until the end there so I’ll just go with Jack because that’s a safe bet and that was the first season of 24. I’m looking forward to starting season 2 soon and see where this story goes and there’s a lot of story since it lasts 9 seasons!

Pros: Jack Bauer, great twists particularly the Nina one, the death of Teri, lot of great episodes.

Cons: Teri’s amnesia storyline, lot of filler episodes near the end, Kim becoming useless by the end.

Other Seasons In Reviews: The Office S1, Breaking Bad – S1, Dexter – S1


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