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February 22, 2005

24

I tried to catch up on last night's episode of 24 by reading the Official Tiny Font Episode Guide, and as usual I gave up because of imploding eyeballs, but not before I read this:

Driscoll tells Jack that two thermo readings have popped up in the laundry room of the hospital. There's a chute that leads to that room from the third floor. Jack requests a rappeling harness.

Of course there's a chute! And as for a rappeling harness, there's bound to be one nearby! After all, it's a hospital.

Anyway, can anybody tell me if anything actually happened, nuclear-reactor-meltdown-wise? Has California been turned into a radioactive wasteland? I mean, more so than it is now?

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they conveniently found ways to hold off the melt down for yet another hour.
don't worry, you just missed the anticipation.

To the thought of going down a laundry chute with *Hospital* (read what kind of body fluid is this?!?!?!) laundry...may I just say EWWWWW!!!

Quote from the Official Tiny Font Episode GuideĀ® (sponsored by Bausch and Lomb) Edgar thinks his programmers can slow down the Override but they cannot stop it completely.

They plan on doing this by turning the computer into an EverQuest server.

Unfortunately, it will take four to six weeks, and cost $1.7 million.

Let's see... Edgar was too distraught over his mom's sudden death to do his job. Aisha Tyler got killed and the guy she was sleeping with has been kidnapped by an American on the terrorists side. Adrian is nosing around her husband's apt and he tried to sleep with her. Beruse killed his dad (after Jack rappelled down the laundry shoot -- duh) and his mom told Jack where the drop-off site was. They are on their way there now and who knows what they'll find. Come to think of it Jack busted up into Adrian's husband's apt so maybe his apt was the drop-off site and he is working with the terrorists too... Then the clock stopped ticking until next week.

are you MOCKING me?

because, if you are, I will be forced to SHOOT you.

that is, right after I heal up from these wounds sustained during my laundry chute plunge.

No new meltdowns this week, but they said that the rest of the plants would be melting down in "one to two hours." So the meltdown storyline will last a couple more episodes at most and then there will be twelve episodes left to reveal the terrorist's real plot, for which the meltdowns were a diversion (and the kidnapping of William Devane was a diversion of the diversion and the train robbery was a setup for the diversion of the diversion). What could the real plot possibly be? Does it involve penguins? Will Jack be shooting penguins? Will penguins be hauled into CTU and tortured? Will they be able to stop the penguins in time?

Quote from the Official Tiny Font Episode GuideĀ® (sponsored by Bausch and Lomb) Jack ... has the agents bring Dina and Behrooz with them until they can confirm the story.

Next week:
Jack: Excuse me, but do one of you terrorists have the Override device?
Terrorist: Yes, yes, we've got one. Now go away or we shall blow you up another time. [aside to another terrorist: I told him we already got one. *snicker*]
Jack: [to Dina and Behrooz] Alright. Off you two go.

Just want to say:

Laundry chute?

That is all.

I'm still waiting for Terror Mom to admit she's Carol Channing and break into a chorus of "Hello Dolly!". Or for the reactors to melt down. Either one would be scary.

You forgot to tell Dave that Romantic Plot Element's Ugly Husband owns the building the terrorists used for their hideout. RPE went to visit UH and couldn't fake wanting to talk to him for 10 minutes, but I don't blame her, he is extremely Ugly and British...

For some reason, possibly the two-pay-grade raise, Sarah came back to work after being tasered...

and now Curtis gets to be tortured...which is fair since he's tortured at least 4 people that morning!

No more radiaiton this week, maybe next week...

In this weather you couldn't melt down one of our reactors...

Good news! It only popped for a second or two in the previews of next week's episode, but I think someone gets Taser'ed!! (Gotta check to see whether there's any correlation between 24's weekly zap-fest and Taser's stock price)

And, no one has mentioned it yet, but Soul Patch (former CTU hanger-on guy, former CTU Director, former traitor, former daytime-TV-watching, beer-swilling derelict) has been "officially" reinstated at CTU.

He should be director again by next week. With a two pay-grade bump, no doubt.

I think, at some point, Jack should show up at a nuclear reactor to find that, the dirty secret behind nuclear energy is that it does NOT work by splitting atoms (or whatever).

It works by exposing hamsters to radiation, which turns them into superhamsters, the size of a walmart. They are then put on superhamster exercise wheels, which are connected to generators. It's a clean energy source, other than the superhamster poop, which is being sold on the black market to terrorists, to make a "dirty" bomb.

I thought it was cool that bad girl and Curtis decide to go to the dead guys computer to see if there is any info to assist w/ the override device search. Someone on the show questioned the wisdom of this move but they were assured that it was ok because "a security team will go with them" So two bored looking no name guys, ripe for extinction accompany them. So look what happens.
Love the show but you got to suspend disbelief.

Does this thread have anything to do with "Lost"? And if so, could you get their writers to actually advance the plot some week?

I suspended disbelief a long time ago. That's why I still believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and No Taxation Without Representation.

Balanchine, this thread is 98% responsible for the plotline of "Lost." In answer to your question concerning the plotline advancement, we say:

Concentrate and Ask Again

Lab - snicker We need to butter you because you're on a roll today.

Thank you, MOTW. I'll take that as a compliment, since that's exactly the way you intended it. I'll also have a side of fries, please, and a soda.

I think we are about to discover that Bill Gates is behind this whole thing. ** cross fingers **

By the way, did anyone else think it was strange that only two people could get into the computer because of a thumbprint and NOBODY thought about chopping the thumb off the dead guy. (Nope, we're going to take our one live inside source protected by two nameless soon-to-be-corpses and CTU's No. 2 guy and that should be plenty!)

see, if they watched "Alias", they'd know about borrowing a thumb. And THEY borrowed it from a live guy, who wanted it back when they were done.

You can tell that CTU is in less-capable hands by the way they actually sent Curtis and his captive to the "secret computer office." Jack would've simplified matters and bypassed security by clipping off a thumb (either from the corpse or Aisha) and browbeating out a password...

I think people have hashed out this week's plot (this weak plot?) pretty well, so I'll just add some observations:

1) In the previews for next week, Jack gets incredibly mad at some ceiling tiles, and shoots them. You can almost hear the bodies thumping as they hit the floor from the ceiling above where he shoots. Can you imagine how that staff meeting must have ended?

2) This is the SECOND TIME Jack has been holding a gun on someone, and that person ended up getting shot by someone else. A couple of weeks ago it was the guy by the helicopter by a Terror Sniper, this week it was Terror Boy killing Terror Dad. I'm betting Terror Boy isn't going to get his Terror Allowance this week. I'm also betting that there's going to be a memo or two from Jack saying "If I'm holding a gun on someone, DON'T SHOOT THEM". I half expected Terror Boy to get shot when the ex-CTU-no-I'm-back-on-CTU guy came through the door.

3) Someone's going to start figuring out that at close to the top of the hour, EVERY HOUR, something bad happens. You'd think with all those computers around, they'd have figured that out by now.

4) For weeks now, we've been talking about Terror Mom, Terror Dad (now, Terror Dead), and Terror Boy. Ha! What fools we've been. This week we saw Terror Guys from Terror Corporation, the real guys behind all of this.

I think people have hashed out this week's plot (this weak plot?) pretty well, so I'll just add some observations:

1) In the previews for next week, Jack gets incredibly mad at some ceiling tiles, and shoots them. You can almost hear the bodies thumping as they hit the floor from the ceiling above where he shoots. Can you imagine how that staff meeting must have ended?

2) This is the SECOND TIME Jack has been holding a gun on someone, and that person ended up getting shot by someone else. A couple of weeks ago it was the guy by the helicopter by a Terror Sniper, this week it was Terror Boy killing Terror Dad. I'm betting Terror Boy isn't going to get his Terror Allowance this week. I'm also betting that there's going to be a memo or two from Jack saying "If I'm holding a gun on someone, DON'T SHOOT THEM". I half expected Terror Boy to get shot when the ex-CTU-no-I'm-back-on-CTU guy came through the door.

3) Someone's going to start figuring out that at close to the top of the hour, EVERY HOUR, something bad happens. You'd think with all those computers around, they'd have figured that out by now.

4) For weeks now, we've been talking about Terror Mom, Terror Dad (now, Terror Dead), and Terror Boy. Ha! What fools we've been. This week we saw Terror Guys from Terror Corporation, the real guys behind all of this.

So, after leaving the hospital and following Terrorist Mom's 2 day old lead to the "drop box" house, Jack and the team surround the house, right? And he asks the head CTU task force dude if "any movement had been spotted in the house".

As my wife asked: Didn't Jack just have CTU do a thermal scan of a hospital *basement* for 2 warm bodies? In all the time it took to get from hospital to house, couldn't CTU have done a thermal scan of, like, the entire neighborhood?

And then, why not thermal scan the building where Curtis got kidnapped? Surely, they would have seen the "American terrorist" ahead of time and been a little more prepared. At least stopped for coffee or something to wake up the dunderhead bodyguards. (Loved the dead bodyguard flying through the office door :-)).


Oh, did anyone catch this connection between "Series with a 100% Belief Suspension Necessity": The "American Terrorist" dude is somehow connected to Mr. Paul Raines, right? He also played a Mr. Raines, the guy who headed up the super-secret organization 'The Center' in an earlier series "The Pretender".

Coincidence????

oh, great...now there's a Terror Plot to make computers post double. Where's Edgar when you need him?

Never mind that. Let's instead discuss how this country is going to take AT LEAST ten years before all of its citizen-patients will be able to have an electronic medical record, while apparently the technology and infrastructure ALREADY EXISTS which allows for a real-time, off-site-computer-driven, 3-dimensional THERMAL SCAN of a Los Angeles hospital!!!!!

Disbelief officially suspended.

p.s. Guess Alisha turned out to be the fifth wheel in this lot line, huh?

A few comments on last nights' show:

1) Let me get this straight - CTU can access the 3D schematics to any building at any time AND they have a way to get thermal imaging set up and run anywhere on earth in less than 5 minutes' time, but they can't seem to screen new employees for possible terrorist connections? Wow. I would think that the thermal imaging technology would really be useful in mudslides or earthquakes. Apparently it's only available when Jack Bauer needs it.

2) We laughed very hard at the fact that Audrey has gone from a kidnapping afterthought to coordinating the logistics of the evacuation on an entire town in 30 minutes to telling Driscoll how to run CTU. And did Driscoll's daughter die or what? Last we saw, she wasn't breathing because of an allergic reaction to meds...

3) Speaking of Audrey, by going to her ex-hubby's hotel after everyone told her not to - was she auditioning for the annual "Kim Bauer Stupid Actions" award or what? (This award, in case you didn't know, is the shape of scary mountain lion).

4) My wife and I couldn't believe that they just didn't cut the dead guy's thumb off and take it with them to access the computer. Seriously.

Any yet, I still can't wait to see what happens next week. Stupid addiction to TV...

I think Chaos is behind the whole terrorist movement.

Yes, ripping thumb off of dead guy was my thought as well, sort of Angel & Demonish.

And how many other shows last night do you think used the word expunge in proper context? I'll give you a hint, not many.

Expunge? Like, the fossilized remains of a Mr. Squarepants?

Re California as radioactive wasteland:

Oh yeah. Like Florida's so nice.

GDogg: Re: California as radioactive wasteland: The San Gabriel Nuclear [new-cue-ler] Reactor started melting down at 3:11 p.m. That's the reference.

Southern California as radioactive wasteland? Maybe, but it's not stopping everybody from going about their business as if nothing's happening.

DoD's daughter's shady hubby is checking out of hotel, but is able to get chilled champagne from room service at a moment's notice.

Bauer is cruising down the freeway with moderate traffic.

Terrorists' American allies are still hanging around to guard lone computer with vital info, when they're not out sniping or rigging car bombs.

Nobody's grabbing at iodide pills or lead shielding.

Nobody seems to be doing much of anything outside of over-stretched CTU personnel and Bauer.

Lab - is that Eastern, Central, Mountain, Western, or Blog-server time?

I was a fan of 24 before, but this season...I mean come on, one season of dark skinned foreigners as the "bad guys", sure, two, well okay, three...hmm...FOUR? I can't watch it.

MOTW - it's "24" Time, which apparently works like this: Sixty minutes expire where much more than sixty minutes of activity takes place, and the time is suspended for (usually) one week (minute one hour). Lather, rinse, repeat as necessary. Do not take internally. Not intended for children under the influence of heavy equipment.

Not like real-life time, then, right? Thnx, Lab. Postpone my ticket for the geezer bus today, boys. This blog is just so darned informational!

RE: Ripping the thumb off of "the american-turned-dead-traitor-guy".

That is so "two-seasons-ago". Seriously. Jack did it in either season one or two. Took it to his high-tech Ford Explorer and pressed it to a really little scanner to submit the print for identification.

Then he tossed it in a pot and made soup.

I had a hard time removing the Friends-dinasour-doctor-stereotype off of Mary Ann myself.

What's with Jack being so amazed at what he uncovered in the subterranean hideout? Did't he watch last months episodes where it was all explained?

And when Tony goes back to CTU, who does Driscoll stair at? That guy w/ the headset. What was up w/ him?

What's up w/ Driscoll anyway. She's obviously too much of a clutz to be a bad girl...or is she...who would expect her, I know I wouldn't. And what's with her daughter...is she drugged up to prevent spilling the beans, sort of like desparate housewives storyline (so I'm told)?

And did they gloss over when Edgar's Mom actually did die? Was last weeks 10 minute useless discussion between Edgar and his Mom too much uncomic relief that they just wrote her off dead before last night's show started?

And why didn;t Jack want a vide feed into Raines hotel room? Do we have some fun torture scenes to look forward to for next week?

Are things panning out too well for Jack this season? I think so. And everything's getting too predicatble...something's gotta turn, or I'm going back to 2 1/2 men. Nahhh.

Okay, that's it, Bauer, what the hell? I've HAD black ops training, did you get yours off a cereal box?

in re: Shermo's --
And did they gloss over when Edgar's Mom actually did die? Was last weeks 10 minute useless discussion between Edgar and his Mom too much uncomic relief that they just wrote her off dead before last night's show started?
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No, they are leaving Edgar open to the necessary "22nd hour plot twist" in which Edgar, depondent over losing his mom, breaks into the interrogation room and begin b17ch-slapping (thread crossover there :) ) Terrorist Mom. To save herself from a severe beating, she says to Edgar: "I didn't kill your mother. No, I *am* your mother!!! Come join the dark (no pun intended... ok, pun intended!) side." And Edgar reverses his program and *ALL* the reactors go into meltdown.

For the record, Jeff, you triple-posted ;)

And I don't watch 24. I don't care if Keiffer is Canadian. I chose to suspend my belief on Sundays for "Alias".

However, the blog's "24-recap" posts are absolutely the best read on a Tuesday :)

Every conspiracy show needs a "Mr. Raines"... especially, if he's towing an oxygen tank. They should definitely write that into the show. Then Jack could shoot it and it would explode.

Kewl!

Jesus, why didn't someone tell me about this? I don't watch 24, and the San Gabriel reactor is (cue minor-key backround music) right next door to me! I'm gonna have to start pouring extra iodine in my beer! And the kids' beer, because at their age they're even more susceptible to radiation poisoning!

I can't believe CTU would reinstate a delusional Cubs fan.

ArcaneJ, you really need to get that MacGuyver obsession looked at.

Dave, Um, have you been to California lately? We're drowning. And people don't know how to drive when there is any water on the road, let alone a flood on the 101.

Serioiusly, if San Onofre melted down, there would be an orderly procession of vehicles up the 5 and out the 15 and the evacuation would go great. But when it sprinkles here, everyone with a car turns into a Floridian.

Couldn't at least one of these highly educated government employees come up with another phrase, rather than constantly saying

"bring me up to speed!"

sounds like San Antonio that time it snowed. But unlike in Florida, I don't think anyone got shot.

Also, an aside to AJ; I guess I can cut you some slack, since I am similarly afflicted when it comes to Jennifer Garner/Sidney Bristow.

I was watching the remake of Manchurian Candidate the day before 24. It looks like the Manchurian Corp. (aka Halliburton) is behind this mideast cabal. Is the nuclear meltdown a diversion so that they can then do a remake of Seven Days in May?
Also, on my preview of this posting, the time was 1 hour earlier than EST. Is this blog headquartered in New Foundland?

The blog is located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, just under the tar ponds.

Man, asking about the blog clock cost me BBQ for everyone just a couple weeks ago.

The Blog is located 1,000 miles into the Atlantic and sinking fast.

When Jack was going to the husbands hotel, he calls Erin and asks if the back up team is in place at the hotel. She tells him that they got stuck in traffic.
Was I hearing things?

When Jack was going to the husbands hotel, he calls Erin and asks if the back up team is in place at the hotel. She tells him that they got stuck in traffic.
Was I hearing things?

I just have to comment on the point about Jack facing a gun (FOR THE SECOND TIME) and not killing the guy. Anyone who has seen the past seasons of this show knows this is a family affliction that started with Jack's cougar-fearing daughter. She had the drop on every bad guy since Hitler and let them all get away because she wouldn't pull the trigger. I'm sorry to see Jack showing the same symptoms.

Yup, traffic. I heard that too. Yet Jack can enter and breakout of a federal prison, fly to Mexico, find a Columbian druglords compound, come back to LA, kick his heroin habit, shoot down a helicopter, etc in all of about 8 hours.

Jack O'Neill AT LEAST is FUNNY.

Jilly, I suggest you slip off to someplace quiet, fantasize about MacGuyver, and, uh... tamper with your evidence. Maybe you could borrow that double ended "knife rest" from Eleanor. Just get it over with, already.

Oh crap, I forgot. I was going to cut you some slack about that. My bad.

Okay, I apologize. This is the end of the sarcastic Jack O'neill remarks. Sorry All!

Scat: Poor cat! Poor dubbing, and poor cat.

Am I the only one who was pleasantly surprised to see Jack rappel down a laundry chute instead of through ductwork? Fox is certainly not afraid to come up with fresh ideas.

Poor Dialog recording, and because of the mouth on four legs, poor YOU!

Rappelling Harness = Hens Grill A Snapper.

24 hens, to be exact.

Tell that to Jack.

I just have to comment on the point about Jack facing a gun (FOR THE SECOND TIME) and not killing the guy. Anyone who has seen the past seasons of this show knows this is a family affliction that started with Jack's cougar-fearing daughter. She had the drop on every bad guy since Hitler and let them all get away because she wouldn't pull the trigger. I'm sorry to see Jack showing the same symptoms.

Two thoughts here:

1) When Jack writes his personal ads, does it read something like this: "Three-time savior of the world who never ever goes to the bathroom seeks blonde romantic love interest who is in some way related, either by blood or marriage, to a terrorist"? Because apparently those are the sort of ladies he loves--first it was the girl's sister, now it's the girl's soon-to-be-ex-husband. Lovely.

2) Is it a good or bad sign that I dreamt last night that I was watching this year's season finale of _24_ and Jack accidentally shoots himself in the head? I'm really not making that up. I'm also not making up the fact that in the dream, my response as the viewer was, "Noooooooooooooooooo!" Also not sure if that was a good or bad sign. *sigh*

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Like this, mhfalcon.

Actually, use the greater than and less than signs (). An 'i' for italics or a 'b' for bold. It's 'less than(). The end the italics do the same but add a "/" before the i and >.

Sorry; that doesn't come out when you try to print it. But if you know you're nearly there.

scat: ROTFL at "The third commercial's volume blew out my bedroom windows and my cat's not hearing so well today..."

Jack has whispered since season 1 and Audrey clearly has caught it from him.

Still not working. I give up.

Wait. Try this site.

This is the first season I have been able to watch (due to a long boring lack of a good antenna), and I just love it! I did borrow the 2nd season from the library and watch the whole thing within 8 days. Great experience! Now this season seems slow. Phooey!
I love the way just when you think its clear and figured out......boom......along comes a lovely twisty BAM!

As far as Jack now being able to fire the gun, I think he just wanted to keep Terrorist Guy alive to obtain info. But the kid was so messed up he shot his father.

God, Dave. Use the stupid View menu and adjust the stupid font. The designer is trying to do you a favor.

Jack has some advice for us in the official Fox tiny font episode guide. I've reprinted it here. You can all thank me now.

The CTU guide to italics and bold.
by Agent Jack Bauer

To post in italics, surround the text with <i> and </i>. To post in bold, surround the text with <b> and </b>.

Someone said it looked like Jack was angry at the ceiling... I dunno, that guy shooting looked kind of bald to me. It's hard to tell what's going on in the "Scenes from next week's 24" thing, though. They show all these clips that are about a half a second long each, with people yelling, running, and shooting in each of them. It looked like Jack was going to make a "Do it Yourself Home Tasering Device", so he could taser Romantic Plot Device's ugly husband with strange looking ears. He was cutting wires and stuff, and shocking him.

Can there be any scarier phrase uttered than "we're sending a security team with them"!
Might as well just bend over and kiss your ass goodbye!

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