24 (2001–2010)
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Day 2: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. 

Jack and Sherry head to LA Coliseum to meet Peter Kingsley. Upon hearing evidence via the live audio feed, President Prescott aborts the air strike. David Palmer is reinstated as President, and speaks to the nation about the nuclear bomb.


Jon Cassar


Joel Surnow (created by), Robert Cochran (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Jack Bauer
Sarah Wynter ... Kate Warner
Elisha Cuthbert ... Kim Bauer
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Sherry Palmer
Carlos Bernard ... Tony Almeida
Dennis Haysbert ... President David Palmer
Reiko Aylesworth ... Michelle Dessler
Tobin Bell ... Peter Kingsley
Lourdes Benedicto ... Carrie Turner
Jude Ciccolella ... Mike Novick
Laura Harris ... Marie Warner
Thomas Kretschmann ... Max
John Terry ... Bob Warner
Tamlyn Tomita ... Jenny Dodge
Alan Dale ... Vice President Jim Prescott


Jack and Sherry head to LA Coliseum to meet Peter Kingsley. Upon hearing evidence via the live audio feed, President Prescott aborts the air strike. David Palmer is reinstated as President, and speaks to the nation about the nuclear bomb.

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20 May 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene in the LA Coliseum was originally going to take place at the Hollywood Bowl, but they could not get permission. See more »


When Jack's shirt is open, there are no signs of burns or cuts from his torture session just a few hours before. See more »


Michelle Dessler: The new shift is here, they've been brought up to speed. I was thinking I would get my brother and go home.
Tony Almeida: There's a handful of people that made a big diference here today, and you're one of them, you made some tough choices and went against me and I wanted to let you know, you were right.
Michelle Dessler: Thanks.
Tony Almeida: [as she turns around to leave] So, go home and get some rest. I'll see you tomorrow.
Michelle Dessler: [Smilies and nods]
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References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »


24 Theme
Written by Sean Callery
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The end of another long day
9 July 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Nuclear bombs, torture, heart attacks, betrayals, car accidents: you name 'em, Jack Bauer's been through all of them, and in spite of whatever pain is caused to him, he just won't stop, as he admirably shows in the conclusive hour of Day 2.

Situation so far: Peter Kingsley (Tobin Bell) is officially confirmed as the man responsible for every bad thing that has happened since the season began, although we have been shown he has at least one associate, a terrorist named Max (Thomas Kretschmann), whose role in the story is, however, unknown to the government. In fact, President elect Jim Prescott (Alan Dale) still believes his cause to be just, hence Jack's idea to organize a meeting between Kingsley and Sherry Palmer, who was in on the whole thing, to prove the Cyprus recording was bogus and attacking three Middle-Eastern countries would be a huge mistake.

Season One attracted most of the attention it got for the real-time format, even though praise was also due (and duly granted) for the sharp writing, swift technical execution and astounding acting (Kiefer Sutherland even won a Golden Globe for his work on the first series). Season Two raised the stakes with a more elaborate story, and therefore it was almost impossible not to cherish the narrative first and the timing gimmick later. Of course, it's not so hard to laud something when it's better than its predecessor: as near perfect as it could be, Day 1 had one slight defect plot-wise (the amnesia digression), whereas Day 2 is flawless. If one really has to nag about details, it could be pointed out that Kim Bauer's portion of the script had virtually no ties whatsoever to the main tale, but hey, why complain when it's all pulled off so well?

Another commendable aspect of the second series is the cast, both old and new: Sutherland, Haysbert and Carlos Bernard (not to mention Xander Berkeley and Penny Johnson) improved on their already superb work in Day 1, while good support came in the form of Sarah Wynter, JOhn Terry, Alan Dale and Tobin Bell. It's this seamless combination of well established and unseen, which can sometimes "kill" a show (see how much ER has benefited from continuous cast changes), that makes 24 - Season 2 a superior television product.

Oh, and by the way: how many people can watch the last minutes of this episode and not develop an uncontrollable urge to see Day 3 right away? Now that's what I call an effective cliffhanger.

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