It is a 24/7 kind of job when you are the head of the CIA’s Los Angeles branch of the Counter Terrorist Unit. This kind of time commitment has obviously made Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland) pay a heavy price. We see that his family relationships have been stretched to the limit. Especially that between him and his wife, Teri (played by Leslie Hope). Jack and Teri, who were separated for a time, are now back together and trying to patch up their marriage. That will have to wait when Jack gets the call that there is going to be an assassination attempt on the life of President hopeful, Senator David Palmer (played by Dennis Haysbert). Doing his job and protecting the politician will lead to the longest day of Jack’s life.
There are rumours that there is going to be a film version of this extremely popular television that ran for eight seasons. It was popular because of Kiefer Sutherland, the continuous action and the fact that it was different in that it told its stories in real time. The pace takes some getting used to but once you do the show is quite engaging.
Episode 1: 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.: Senator David Palmer is identified as the target of an assassination. Jack Bauer has just moved back into his home and is trying to put his family back together.
Episode 2: 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.: A bomb explodes on a 747 flying to Los Angeles. A woman (played by Mia Kirshner) who was on it parachutes into the Mojave Desert, where she is picked up by a man in a jeep.
Episode 3: 2:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.: After the shooting of Richard Walsh (played by Michael O’Neill), Jack speaks to his wife Teri about the disappearance of their daughter, Kim (played by Elisha Cuthbert). Security around Senator Palmer is increased due to the death threat just as David disappears.
Episode 4: 3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.: Nina (played by Sarah Clarke) is upset about Jack believing she was working for the people behind the hit. David’s wife, Sherry (played by Penny Johnson) tells him about the assassination attempt but he doesn’t take it seriously until he hears it from government agents.
Episode 5: 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Janet (played by Jacqui Maxwell) is brought to the hospital in critical condition. The two young guys hand over Kim to one of the guys involved in the assassination plot named Gaines (played by Michael Massee).
Episode 6: 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.: Tony (played by Carlos Bernard) continues to warn Nina about Jack’s erratic behaviour. David finds out that Carl (played by Zach Grenier) covered for Keith (played by Vicellous Reon Shannon) seven years ago.
Episode 7: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.: The assassins seem to have control of Jack. David is having trouble with his family in convincing them to come clean.
Episode 8: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.: The California Presidential Primary is officially underway and polls are saying David Palmer is going to win in a landslide. The assassin is closing in.
Episode 9: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: The Secret Service gets David Palmer out of the breakfast safely but thinks Jack is the threat. Jack tells them that Palmer is still in danger as the shooter disguised as a photographer has escaped.
Episode 10: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Jack is on the run from the police and Secret Service. Jamey (played by Karina Arroyave) tries to commit suicide after Tony and Nina discover she has been working for the assassins.
Episode 11: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Nina and Tony have to deal with a new boss, Alberta Green (played by Tamara Tunie). Jack has the businessman named Ted Cofell (played by Currie Graham), who he thinks is connected to the kidnapping of his wife and daughter.
Episode 12: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Kevin Carroll (played by Richard Burgi) has agreed to take Jack to his family. Alberta tells the CTU team that David Palmer is still in danger as Jack Bauer is still on the run.
Episode 13: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Jack has gotten to his wife and daughter at the compound and with the help of Rick (played by Daniel Bess) manages to get away from Gaines. Alberta has sent a tactical squad after Jack and his family.
Episode 14: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Jack and his family are brought back to CTU safely. Jack is placed under house arrest than will be handed over to the FBI.
Episode 15: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: After being told about Jack leading a unit into Kosovo and coming out the only survivor, David comes to CTU to talk to Jack. CTU knows there are back-up shooters already in the U.S.
Episode 16: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Jack has been reinstated provisionally as Director of CTU for the day on David Palmer’s word. In New Orleans Bob Ellis (played by Wade Williams) is killed.
Episode 17: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Kim has survived the exploding car and is searching for her mom, who does not remember anything. Elizabeth Nash (played by Kara Zediker) from the Senator’s advance team agrees to help get information from Alexis Drazen (played by Misha Collins), who she has been sleeping with without knowing his family is behind the plot to kill David Palmer.
Episode 18: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Jack poses as Alexis for a meeting with a guy for a pay off. Kim goes to Rick’s house to try and find clues on the terrorists in Dan’s stuff.
Episode 19: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: One of the assassins is outside the Bauer house and Teri is inside still suffering from amnesia. Dan’s brother Frank (played by Edoardo Ballerini) is keeping Rick and Kim trapped in the house.
Episode 20: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Tony kills the second assassin just as he was about to kill Teri. Kim, Rick and the others are arrested during a drug sting.
Episode 21: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: The emergency press conference about the scandal seems to have helped rather than hurt Senator Palmer in the polls. Kim is alone and in jail on a drug bust.
Episode 22: 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: The government refuses to make the trade of Alexis Drazen for Jack; he’s on his own. The celebration in the Palmer camp continues.
Episode 23: 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.: The Drezans once again have Kim and they want their $200 million back and for Jack to kill David Palmer. The distance between David and Sherry grows and someone is looking to occupy it.
Episode 24: 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.: Jack is racing to save Kim not knowing that she has managed to escape the Drezans. The media is still running with the story that Senator David Palmer has been assassinated.
Special Features: Introduction to Season One with Kiefer Sutherland, Extended and Deleted Scenes, 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Alternate Ending, The Genesis of 24, The Rookie