A Day at the Beach:

Defining Jack Bauer: Moments 19-24

A Day at the Beach: CONTINUES...


19. Jack Kills Curtis (Day 6: 9:00 a.m-10:00 a.m.)

“By order of the president of the United States, PUT DOWN YOUR WEAPON!”

Driven by a past altercation, CTU agent Curtis Manning (Roger Cross) attempts to kill terrorist-gone-straight Assad, who knows the location of Fayed’s nuclear bomb, which is set to go off. Jack regrettably shoots his friend so that Assad can bring them to the bomb and thus save more lives. Jack vomits in the street and informs CTU boss Bill Buchanan (James Morrison), “Tell the President I’m sorry, I can’t do this anymore.” Unfortunately for Jack (and Curtis), the nuclear bomb detonates minutes later, killing thousands in the Los Angeles suburb of Valencia. 


20. Jack Tortures His Own Brother (Day 6: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.)

“Not good enough… You brought this on yourself.”

Knowing that his brother Graem (Paul McCrane) is involved in the detonation of the nuclear bomb in Los Angeles, Jack goes to his home to question him. When Graem refused to cooperate, Jack leaves the room for a second. He returns with a plastic bag, which he then places over his brother’s head, pulling tightly. It works: Graem finally reveals that their father’s company was involved in the nuclear attack. And this, Jack finds out as Day 6 progresses, is just the tip of the iceberg with the Bauer family…



21. Jack Kills Fayed (Day 6: 10:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.)

“Say hello to your brother for me”

Jack fights terrorist Fayed in hand-to-hand combat, finally killing him by hanging him with a chain. Jack had killed Fayed’s brother on a past mission, which was the reason Fayed wanted Jack dead at the beginning of Day 6. All in all, one of Jack’s more brutal moments.



22. Jack Tells Off President Taylor (Day 7: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)

“You resigned from government service and the Senate regards you as having been a renegade agent. How am I supposed to know where your loyalties really lie?” – President Allison Taylor

Jack arrives at the White House with Bill Buchanan and Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) and reveals to President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) that her administration has been compromised by African terrorists. She asks how she can trust Jack, a disgraced former government agent who has been subpoenaed by the Senate for committing torture. When she questions his loyalty, he replies: “With all due respect, Madam President, ask around.”


23. Jack Attacks a Presidential Motorcade (Day 8: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.)

“That’s Jack Bauer! Don’t just sit there! He’s coming for me!” – Former President Charles Logan

Jack, wearing full S.W.A.T. gear, attacks former President Logan’s motorcade and kidnaps the man who once again is tied in with a conspiracy to kill Americans, including Jack’s late love interest, FBI agent Renee Walker. He takes out a number of Secret Service before blowing a hole in the bulletproof windshield of Logan’s limo. He then smokes the disgraced politician out with tear gas. Watching Logan all but soil his presidential pants was definitely one of 24’s most satisfactory moments.


24. Jack Thanks Chloe (Day 8: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)

“When you first came to CTU, I never thought it was going to be you that was going to cover my back all those years. And I know that everything that you did today was to try and protect me. I know that.”

President Taylor manages to stop Logan’s men from killing Jack execution style. However, he is still being pursued by agents of the United States and Russian governments. Jack calls Chloe O’Brien (Mary Lynn Rajskub), his right-hand woman and last remaining friend, and thanks her for all of her help over the years. She cuts off the drone feed & Jack’s face disappears….But, as we now know, not permanently.


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