A Day at the Beach:

Defining Jack Bauer: Moments 13-18

A Day at the Beach: CONTINUES...


13. Jack Threatens Torture With a Towel (Day 1: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.)

“Maybe you didn't understand me. This man is our only connection to a stolen nuclear warhead. If you don't save him, millions of people could die! Do you understand that? Millions of people. Start working on him now!”

Jack forces CTU doctors to halt surgery on Paul Raines (James Frain), the estranged husband of his girlfriend Audrey (Kim Raver) who had taken a bullet for Jack, because a terrorist suspect in critical condition needs to be kept alive. Paul dies minutes later, despite Jack’s futile efforts to revive him with CPR. Jack’s actions and decisions in the field may save American lives, but they sometimes put a crimp in his personal life.


14. Jack Shoots Christopher Henderson’s Wife (Day 5: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.)

“I shot her above the kneecap! She can still walk! You make me shoot her again, she'll be in a wheelchair the rest of her life.”

Former CTU boss (and mentor to Jack until Jack ratted him out for taking bribes) Christopher Henderson (Peter Weller) is involved in the botched distribution of nerve gas to Russian terrorists. Jack shoots Henderson’s innocent and oblivious wife in the kneecap when he sees that harming Henderson himself will not cause the man to talk. Henderson does not break even after Jack threatens to shoot her again, showing how committed he is to the conspiracy. Jack doesn’t go that far—after all, he isn’t completely heartless—instead opting to have Henderson taken into CTU for official questioning.


15. Jack Avenges His Friends (Day 5: 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.)

“You were responsible for the deaths of David Palmer, Tony Almeida, and Michelle Dessler. They were friends of mine.”

After the successful assault on a hijacked Russian submarine and the prevention of a nuclear attack, Jack double-crosses Christopher Henderson (who was the only one able to disarm the missiles) and prevents him from escaping. Henderson attempts to shoot Jack with the gun Jack had given him before the assault, but it is unloaded. Jack kills his former mentor for his role in the deaths of his friends. 


16. Jack Interrogates President Logan (Day 5: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.)

“So, Mr. Logan, I hope you understand… I have absolutely nothing to lose. You are going to be held accountable for your part of everything that happened today. You are not going to be able to hide behind the presidency. Right here, right now, you are going to face justice! And make no mistake about this—this is personal. And if you think for a second that I am scared to put a bullet in your brain…you don't know me.”

Jack sneaks aboard the president’s helicopter and kidnaps President Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin). He then confronts Logan about the government conspiracy that resulted in the deaths of former President David Palmer, Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), and Michelle Dessler (Reiko Aylesworth), and nerve gas falling into the hands of Russian terrorists. Surprisingly, Logan doesn’t crack, but little does he know that Jack’s “interrogation” is a ruse; before the Secret Service arrests him, Jack plants a micro-transmitter on Logan. This leads to Logan’s ultimate downfall, as he later confesses his crimes in a fit of rage while arguing with his wife, Martha (Jean Smart). 


17. Jack Goes to China (Day 5: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.)

“Kill me… just kill me.”

Jack is released from Secret Service custody, as it is clear that Logan was culpable in the day’s events. He reunites with girlfriend Audrey before receiving word that a phone call from Kim is waiting for him. Jack arrives at the payphone…only to be chloroformed by men in masks. He is awoken in the dark, dank room of a tanker bound for Shanghai; the Chinese government has kidnapped Jack as revenge for the accidental death of their consul, which had occurred when he invaded the Chinese consulate during Day 4.


18. Jack’s a Vampire (Day 6: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.)

The United States government has reached a deal with terrorist Abu Fayed (Adoni Maropis): Jack Bauer in exchange for the location of supposed terror mastermind Hamri Al-Assad (Alexander Siddig). The government frees Jack from his torment in China, only to turn him directly over to Fayed. Jack accepts his fate, as he’d be dying for the greater good. However, he soon learns that Fayed himself is the mastermind, so rather than die for nothing, he escapes by biting the jugular of the terrorist who is guarding him.


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