SPOILER ALERT: This recap for 24: Live Another Day contains storyline and character spoilers.
For all you 24: Live Another Day fans who suspected tech whiz Chloe O’Brian had performed a bit of computer magic to ensure POTUS Heller didn’t really die in that Wembley Stadium drone attack in last week’s episode: right you were. Heller’s alive and kicking — thanks to persistent efforts by Chloe and, of course, Jack Bauer.
Chloe hacked her way into the computer feed of terrorist Margot Al-Harazi (Michelle Fairley) and patched in a video loop of Heller standing in the middle of the field. Margot assumed Heller was dead, and, keeping up her end of the bargain, began dumping the rest of her drones.
Victory! Until… Margot’s son Ian spotted the loop and realized he and his mama had been fooled. Heller’s still alive, and Margot immediately takes back control of her last drone and aims it right at Waterloo Station, a busy London public transportation hub.
The president was safely in the hands of Jack’s pal Belcheck, but the citizenry of London was once again in danger, and that led to our new favorite Jack moment of the LAD season. Jack Bauer, the man cast out of his own country, was commanding a helicopter through the London skies, while both the American and British government and militaries were hanging onto his every command with him as the de facto leader of the effort to stop Margot’s last big play.
Jack Bauer is the man. With key assistance from Chloe and CIA agent Kate, who helped Jack track down and surround Margot’s new base of operations, and provided a last chance to thwart the Al-Harazi fam’s scheme.
Jack Bauer is the man, part 2: Using a bit of heavy electrical wiring he ripped from the building, Jack rappelled down the side of the hideout to find mother and son. When Ian spotted Jack doing his best Spider-Man impersonation, he shot at the window to hit him, but Jack instead yanked him out of the window and tossed him to his death below.
Climbing through the window, Jack shot and wounded Margot and then quickly gained control of the last drone, steering it away from Waterloo Station and right into the River Thames.
“Hundreds of people died today because of you and Heller,” Margot spouted at Jack as he bound her hands. “You think you won, but this is all on your head.”
Jack: “The only death tonight on my head is yours!”
And, in what is going to make for the best TV GIF of the week, he pushed her over to the window and threw her out of it.
Threw. Her. Out. Of. It. With a smirk on his face.
Jack Bauer, a different kind of cat these days. Mama Stark, a loser in the Game of Thrones and the game of drones.
But, there are still three episodes left in this latest Jack Bauer-saves-the-world day, which means there’s yet another big disaster for Jack to avert. Namely, CIA tech guy Jordan is dead, and sneaky Steve Navarro (Benjamin Bratt) knows that means he’s about to be exposed for… well, we don’t know specifically what wrongdoing he’s done. But it’s bad, and it’s put him at the mercy of Chloe’s equally sneaky boyfriend, Adrian Cross (Michael Wincott). Cross will help Navarro flee the country only if Navarro gets him the override device Jack secured after killing the Al-Harazis with that window. Or rather, the ground below it.
So, setting the scene for next week: Chloe is back with Adrian, who is about to meet up with the override-toting Navarro, who’s being chased by Jack, who just figured out Navarro is a nogoodnik. Chloe, as of yet, has no idea what evildoing Adrian is plotting with the override device (the phrase “nuclear sub” was mentioned in next week’s preview), and Jack has no idea Navarro is working with Adrian.
We have no idea when in the action leading up to the July 14 season finale that big time jump is coming, but showrunners Evan Katz and Manny Coto promise us it is.
In the meantime, we have this to carry us over ’til next week: He. Threw. Her. Out. Of. The. Window.
24: Live Another Day airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox.