Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Jack and Renee are stunned by the death of Larry Moss and that places Renee in control. Jack tags along to provide support but insists that he won’t allow his rapidly worsening condition to compromise any operations. Tony shoots himself to allay suspicion but Jack sees through that right away and declares that there must have been two people involved unaware that the second person was Tony himself. Meanwhile, Jonas Hodges has a visit from his not-terribly-happy superiors.
I think it’s clear now that 24 is slipping into some bad old ways with hope-you-won’t-notice plot devices and Jack saying "I’m alright" as he’s spacking out. At the moment, though, we’ll give them a pass as we love Jack seeing things others don’t (it takes him about two seconds to twig that evil Tony’s gunshot wound is well iffy) and we’re dying to see what evil Tony is playing at and how invading the United States and trying to assassinate the President can possibly be to anyone’s benefit (ah, yes, they may be spoilers). While I’m hoping that Tony has access to an antidote (he seemed a bit surprised that the FBI had declared Jack’s exposure incurable), Jack really is in more serious trouble than ever before in this show. There is real doubt whether he’ll make it to the end of this day (martyrdom?), let alone to a day 8. For a show built on a previously indestructible hero (and that without the benefit of Mysteron interference), to genuinely put his life in the balance is remarkable.
This 24 episode contains graphic gun violence, unpleasant scenes.