Well, they didn\'t have a silent clock for President James Heller in
24 episode 9.8 tonight, but he was apparently killed - as I predicted wouldn\'t happen - in one of the best episodes of 24 in many a season.
Jack has a history of bringing his bosses to be killed - in one case, doing the actual killing - but never his ultimate boss the U.S. President. And the episode tonight pulled out all the stops to do it right - Chloe not quite coming through with the goods, the location of the drone command, which have made Heller\'s self-sacrifice unnecessary; Audrey grieving the imminent death of her father and blaming her husband Mark for not telling her; and, most of all, stoic Jack, unwilling to help make this happen, until Heller tells him about his Alzheimer\'s. A potent brew indeed.
And there was no shortage of memorable lines tonight, as well. My favorites were Jack telling Kate to "wake the bitch up" in a not quite successful attempt to get information from Simone which would have stopped Margot without Heller giving up his life, and Heller\'s jibe to Jack, "you\'ve done enough damage as a Federal agent - thank goodness you didn\'t become a surgeon," when Jack excises the location device from Heller\'s arm. Often missed in 24 is the gallows humor which crops up amidst the reigns of terror.
And there were some important new plot lines that became clear tonight. Heller tells Jack that he pardoned him of all charges, four years back and relating to tonight. How will that affect Mark\'s presumed plan to turn Jack over to the Russians? And it looks as if Jordan may yet be alive - how will that affect Steve and whatever his ongoing plot with Adrian is about? For that matter, it\'s still not clear where Adrian\'s ultimate loyalties reside, in addition to himself. Are they with Margot?
Although this short series is more than half over, tonight\'s heart pounding episode felt as if the desk has been cleared for a whole back end of which we\'ve so far caught just fleeting glimpses. I\'m looking forward.
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