You now have permission to pick your jaw up off the floor. We have official confirmation that Logan is indeed, an evil mastermind whose wishy-washy spinelessness has been an act that has fooled us for more than a year.
The subtlety of actor Gregory Itzin’s performance has been nothing short of brilliant. We have seen flashes of the “mastermind Logan” throughout the year. I have commented many times in the past that Logan only grows a pair when the crisis starts to affect him personally or politically. It is then that he digs in his heels and becomes decisive. Witness his insistence that the Summit with President Suburov go forward despite the terrorist threat. It seemed out of character at the time but, in light of Logan’s transformation, makes sense. The President kept the plan on track and in this, he was decisive – even going so far as to risk the life of his wife by not recalling the Suburov motorcade that he knew was going to be ambushed.
The question uppermost in everyone’s mind is why? Logan tells Henderson that the “plan” was to make America “safer and stronger” while protecting our interests. Sounds like a megalomaniac’s idea of an America under dictatorship. I hope everyone caught the fact that during his press statement, Logan did not rescind martial law despite the terrorist threat being now over. Does this presage one more attempt to frighten the American people into accepting his one man rule by initiating a terrorist attack? Or will the rest of the show become simply a political pot boiler as Jack races to take down the President? Somehow, I have faith that the writers won’t take the remaining 7 episodes to simply dethrone Logan and will have a couple of more satisfying twists that will keep us watching until the last minute of the last hour.
A word about Audrey. My Mole-O-Meter ticked considerably upward this week with regards to her association with the bad guys. At the very end of the episode, when Jack told her he had the tape, did you catch the faintest, the most fleeting sense of panic crossing her face when she asked Jack if he had listened to the tape? Was it my imagination? Or will Audrey break our hearts by revealing that she too, succumbed to the siren song of faux patriotism offered by either Henderson or Logan and will, at some point in the future, reveal a betrayal so shocking, that Jack will see no reason to go on living?
Probably not. At least that last part. Kieffer Sutherland has signed on to play Jack Bauer for three more years. Unless, of course, the announcement of Sutherland’s signing is itself a ploy and they have every intention of killing Jack off for real at the end of the show…
I really gotta get a grip here. This show does strange things to your mind.
We discover that Evelyn, who was wounded at the shootout with Henderson’s boys at the plant, made a tape of Logan talking to Henderson about the Palmer assassination just that morning. What we do not discover is 1) Why Evelyn would tape the President in the first place, 2) How Evelyn could tape the phone call of a man whose communications are protected by a billion dollars worth of equipment and an army of technicians.
Maybe she listened in on a hall extension
(Note: Must be over 40 years old to get that joke).
After finding out that Evelyn took the precaution of placing the recording of the incriminating call in a safety deposit box at her friendly neighborhood bank, Jack and Wayne realize that they must get off the streets what with all the military patrols in the area. They pull into a motel so that they can treat the bleeding Evelyn who appears not to be hurt seriously. After getting a room, Wayne informs Jack that the bank’s night manager’s number was “listed” and that his house wasn’t far from the motel. (For the skeptical among you, I refer you to your local yellow pages where you can easily find your branch manager’s address and phone simply by looking under “Bank Robbers: Parts and Services”).
After leaving Evelyn to bleed in peace and quiet, Jack and Wayne head for the bank manager’s home.
At the ranch, Logan and Buckaroo Banzai have another heart to heart with Logan bemoaning the fact that everything “spiralled out of control once you (Banzai) decided to kill Palmer.” Buckaroo assures Logan that he has all the hospitals under surveillance and it would be only a matter of time before Evelyn showed up.
At CTU, Grandma Hayes (whose character is becoming more and more sympathetic as each week passes) and her oily assistant Miles receive word from the President himself that they must issue a warrant for Jack’s arrest. Logan tells Granny that “new evidence” has come to light proving that Jack was involved in Palmer’s assassination. Troubled but obedient, Granny issues the warrant just after Jack calls Audrey giving her the bad news about Logan and asks her to call her father so that the evidence of the President’s treason can be turned over to someone in the government.
Jack’s choice of Secretary Heller is a good one. Not only has Heller proved himself in combat (he offed two terrorists during his escape last year) but he also got off what has to be the best one line in the history of the show. Responding to his anti-military moonbat son who was spouting some leftist claptrap last year, Heller looked his kid right in the eye and said “Spare me the 6th grade Michael Moore logicâ€¦â€
Got that right, dog.
Audrey, being only half geek (on her mother’s side), realizes she needs the services of Chloe in order to help Jack so she brings her up to speed on the plot. Seeing the warrant out for Jack’s arrest, Audrey says “It’s started” as if the previous 18 hours were nothing more than a prelude, a walk in the summer sun. If so, storm clouds are starting to gather and it’s beginning to get very dark.
Slimeball Miles reasons correctly that if they want to capture Jack, best keep track of his girlfriend. He has DHS flunkies attach a tracking device to Audrey’s car so they can follow her, hoping she will lead them straight to Jack.
Calling her father who is airborne, Audrey asks the Secretary to stop off in Los Angeles. Heller, realizing something is up, agrees to divert the plane to Van Nuys where Audrey is now on her way for the rendezvous. Heller, played by veteran actor William Devane, is a stand-up guy, a real straight shooter and if he turns out to be involved in this plot, I will eat my Official Jack Bower Boxer Shorts.
Jack and Wayne break into the bank manager’s house with ease, raising legitimate questions about whether Jack is actually a cat burglar on the side. After threatening both Carl the manager and his wife (a move that elicits a raised eyebrow from Wayne who had never seen Jack in action before) the trio start for the bank to pick up Evelyn’s evidence.
Eight year old Amy has her mother’s blood all over her hands and the entire night has just become too much for the little one. As she breaks down and starts to cry, that strangest and most compelling instinct of human mothers – their ability to hear their child crying even when unconscious or asleep – kicks in and Evelyn rises unsteadily to her feet, trying to answer this powerful call of nature. Alas, blood loss and trauma have taken their toll and she collapses, hitting her head on a table which knocks her unconscious. Amy, not knowing any better, calls 911 and gives her name thus assuring Henderson will pay them a visit.
Logan and the Veep have an interesting conversation about the “executive warrant” (?) issued for Jack. It may be my imagination but did anyone else notice that the Vice President has suddenly become a much more sympathetic character? Perhaps it was the revelation that he is not involved in the plot which has colored our perception but it just seemed that he has lost whatever menace that he had prior to last week and now appears to be on the side of the angels.
Watching her husband giving his statement on TV about the end of the crisis, Martha thinks that she has been too hard on him and offers praise for the President’s handling of the multiple crisis to Aaron. Agent Pierce, realizing things are far from over, let’s on that he is “battle worn” – a perfect descriptive for how many of us feel at this point. Pierce then calls Jack to tell him that there’s an arrest warrant out for him, a development that Jack takes a helluva lot better than I would have if I were in his shoes. Pierce asks Jack if there’s anything he can do and our hero gives the agent advice that all of Jack friends should take to heart: “Keep your eyes open and watch your back.”
Avoiding military patrols by making their way to the bank on foot, the trio of Jack, Wayne, and Carl enter the building and, after giving Jack the codes for breaking into the vault, Carl recognizes Wayne who spills the beans about what they’re up to. Carl should have kept his mouth shut, not realizing perhaps that almost all innocent bystanders who offer to help Jack end up wishing they hadn’t.
Meanwhile, Audrey stops at a gas station and calls Chloe who instructs her in the finer points of how to use CTU’s Magic Walkie Talkie that allows you not only to communicate with anyone in the world at any time, anywhere, but can also sniff out electronic tracking devices that just happened to be attached to your car. Ditching the tracker by placing it on a truck, Audrey speeds off to Van Nuys.
At the bank, Jack retrieves the incriminating tape that proves Logan’s involvement in the plot. The hard part over, Jack makes ready to leave but…too late! Buckeroo’s thugs have the bank surrounded. That’s because Henderson, informed of little Amy’s 911 call, shows up at the motel, offs the two EMT’s treating Evelyn, and was able to get woman to give up where Jack was.
Although pretty horrible to contemplate, it’s hard to imagine Henderson leaving either Evelyn or 8 year old Amy alive to tell any tales.
Back at CTU, Miles has tasked a satellite to find Audrey, a feat of legerdemain easily accomplished, not easily explained. Discovering this thanks to Sweet Sherry’s heads-up, Chloe goes into the server room to corrupt the data and prevent the satellite from tracking Audrey’s car. As the signal fades to black, Miles knows it can only be Chloe and races to the server room. Not finding her there, he sees her coming out of the women’s bathroom and initiates this classic bit of Chloe:
MILES: What are you doing?
MILES: WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
CHLOE: Are you kidding? If you really want the details, I’ll write you a report.
One gets the feeling that she would, in fact, enjoy writing such a report. Miles, of course, is defeated again, becoming something of a running bureaucratic joke.
Back at the bank, realizing his options are extremely limited, Jack decides the only way out is to get some help. He has Carl trip the alarm deliberately which brings a couple of squads of LA’s finest roaring into the bank parking lot at which point Henderson orders his men to take out the cops lest they get their hands on that precious tape. This is exactly what Jack was counting on, hoping not only to get in a little target practice but also use the diversion of the cop/bad guy fire fight to make his escape.
A terrific gun fight erupts on the peaceful street with Jack being able to get two of Buckeroo’s henchmen while sidling away from the gun battle and toward a cop car whose occupants have met an unfortunate end. All seems to be going fairly well for Buckeroo’s boys – that is, until the army shows up. Several APC’s take up a blocking position and open fire with their 50 cals turning what was an even battle between the police and the thugs into a slaughter.
With bullets flying everywhere, poor Carl takes one for the team before being hurled into the police car and with Jack at the wheel, they speed away from the bloody scene. On the phone with Audrey, Jack finds out where to go and starts toward Van Nuys airport to meet Audrey, Secretary Heller, and the potential showdown with Logan.
Two EMT’s make their last call. Two cops go down in the line of duty. Five thugs go down with Jack accounting for two of them. Carl shoulda stayed in bed.
Are we headed for a civil war? As Secretary of Defense, Heller could be in a position to command some troops, especially if he is able to convince some of the Joint Chiefs to back him. Logan, as CIC, also could count on the loyalty of some troops.
What happens if Logan doesn’t want to leave? Farfetched of course. But it would certainly raise some interesting possibilities, wouldn’t it?
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