Here is the situation on the ground:
There is barf on the ground. Jack Bauer emitted it last week after shooting Curtis, which Jack had to do because Curtis was about to shoot the evil terrorist Assad, or possibly Fayed. I, personally, am not 100 percent convinced that Curtis is dead -- at least not as dead as Edgar -- but Jack was so sick about the shooting that, despite his three-year contract, he was going to quit being a counter-terrorism agent right then and there, which would have meant the end of this hugely popular award-winning dramatic series. Fortunately, at just that moment terrorists working for Fayed (or possibly Assad) detonated a nuclear bomb in Valencia.This was just the "pick-me-up" that Jack needed. So tonight he's back, trying to track down the other four suitcase nukes, which we assume are located somewhere around Los Angeles, because otherwise there will have to be several episodes consisting entirely of of Jack flying to, say, Chicago ("Dammit, I'm a federal agent, and I want a second package of peanuts NOW!").
In other developments:
-- The official 24 website is conducting a poll that asks: "What other terrorist body part do you think Jack could easily bite off?"
-- Kumar is dead. He was not a very effective terrorist anyway, having been severely wounded by a coffee table.
-- According to the previews of this week's show, the creepy bald scotch-drinking puppet-master guy will return. We don't know whether he is puppet-mastering President Gary Payton of your World Champion Miami Heat, but we do know that President Payton is proving to be the least-effective president this nation has ever had since the last one.
-- There is still no sign of Audrey, knock on wood used to generate dialogue.
So that is where we stand. Everybody get ready.
UPDATE: Whoa. Some guy just shot himself on Prison Break. I'm sure I would be amazed if I had any idea what was going on.
UPDATE: They're saying Saw III is the best Saw so far.
UPDATE: The bunker!
UPDATE: The bunker looks like a steak house.
UPDATE: Does everybody inauthority seem just a little, I dunno, low-key, considering that A NUCLEAR FREAKING BOMB WENT OFF??
UPDATE: OK, who is this guy with the accent?
UPDATE: Jack knows exactly what to do with a roof helicopter.
UPDATE: The nuclear shock wave is causing extras and special effects to occur all over Los Angeles.
UPDATE: The president uses an Apple!
UPDATE: "The only language they understand is force." Thanks, dialogue generator!
UPDATE: Bill doesn't know where Assad's hand has been.
UPDATE: Blah blah. Where's Jack?
UPDATE: OK, just for the record, so far nothing has happened except a helicopter fell off a roof.
UPDATE: MIlo is falling in love with Morris.
UPDATE: Jack's FATHER???
UPDATE: Wouldn't it be cool if Jack's father turned out to be William Devane?
UPDATE: They're gonna wire Walid!
UPDATE: They're gonna give Walid a swirly!
UPDATE: I'm not sure how to spell swirly.
UPDATE: Jack's father lives with Sam. Not that there's anything wrong with that!
UPDATE: THE BALD GUY IS JACK'S BROTHER??????
UPDATE: What if Jack has a sister, and it's Princess Leia?
UPDATE: I wonder if Sam knows that Jack's dad has girlfriends.
UPDATE: The Los Angeles freeways are jammed! Wait, that's normal.
UPDATE: That's Graham's wife? Whoa.
UPDATE: She's not over Jack? And HE WAS HOT FOR AUDREY??
UPDATE: Blah blah blah, Mr. President.
UPDATE: It must take them many takes to record those presidential-advisor scenes without falling asleep.
UPDATE: OK, does anybody have a clue who this couple is?
UPDATE: At the 45-minute mark, the helicopter is still the highwater mark, violencewise. This is not acceptable.
UPDATE: The Walid subplot is slooooooooooooooooow.
UPDATE: Maybe Jack will shoot Graham in the thigh. Is that too much to ask for?
UPDATE: Do we think Jack could be... Josh's father?
UPDATE: I suppose Jack could give Graham a swirly (sp?), but there's not much to swirl.
UPDATE: Hitting! Good.
UPDATE: "Trust me... I'm not." Excellent.
UPDATE: I hate to say this, but President Payton is a bigger handbag than President Handbag was.
UPDATE: It specifically states on those plastic bags that you are not supposed to use them that way.
UPDATE: Next week: Jack's dead wife! AND THE DAD IS THE OLD GUY FROM "BABE" THE TRAINED PIG MOVIE!
In summary: Some shockeroos, but no shooting, no nukes, and way too much talking. We have to do better, people. Take it, Amazing Steve.