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1/27/2009
WHEN WILL TONY FLIP?
CATEGORY: "24"

For all you Tony Almeda fans out there, I have very bad news.

Tony will, very soon, return to the Dark Side and be Jack’s enemy while working to bring whatever the final goal of the conspiracy might be to fruition.

You could see it in his face while Emerson, his “brother” was lying severerly wounded. (Is he Dead? The fact that they carried his body to the back of the hangar before the traitors came to pick up Maboto would seem to indicate that he is, in fact, dead. Or Jack would be the perfect customer in the Monty Pythons “Dead Parrot” sketch.)

Even before then, while Tony was describing how he felt after Emerson revived him you could see he still believes he’s been screwed by the government. And this begs the question; what happens when the CIP Module is safely in the hands of the good guys? Tony’s rationale for being on the government’s side evaporates which I believe will cause him to flip and rejoin his comrades in the conspiracy.

This sets up some pretty high drama with Jack probably being the one who is forced to kill Tony (permanently) in the end. Judging by how fast this plot is moving, that might not happen for a few years.

I will reiterate my complaint about the pace of the show. It is deadly slow with precious little suspense, very little action, and some god-awful speechifying by Maboto, President Taylor, and others. That blather the President spread around the cabinet room should be grounds for her impeachment. She would rather see 200,000 American die than Sangalese? Being a “force for good” in the world is hardly relevant when you have dead Americans all over the place. The point is, she has a choice. And she is choosing dead Americans over dead Sangalese. Nobody said the choice was easy. But in the end, she is violating her oath of office by protecting foreigners at the expense of American citizens.

The story lines are interesting but, as I said last week, are not converging. At all. They continue in a straight line with their own exposition and character development. It appears that next week, we will finally have convergence as the Tony/Jack/CTU thread will merge with the Dubaku/Emerson thread. The First Gentleman thread and the White House thread appear static with the president in the dark about Jack’s op as well as her husband’s efforts to uncover the conspiracy that killed their son. The FBI thread is off in limbo somewhere.

We know they have to stretch the show out for 24 hours but this is awful. Six hours into the show before Jack gets his first full Kill? This is not the 24 that I knew…

SUMMARY

Agent Larry Moss is frantic with worry about Renee, after NSA intercepted a domestic call without a warrant from Emerson to the traitors working for Dubaku indicating that Walker was a gone goose. Seeing Larry’s distress (he is madly in love with her) Agent Hillinger offers condlolences only to have his head bitten off by Moss for even suggesting she might be dead. And the hunt for Maboto continues at the FBI.

Chloe and Bill arrive at the still empty construction site where Jack and Tony have buried Renee. One might ask how they got there until we recall that they implanted a listening device on Jack so they know everything that has transpired. One might also ask how they knew exactly where Renee’s body was but then, we wouldn’t have to suspend belief and where would we be?

After pulling the unrealistic “Adreniline in the heart” move, Renee gasps and sits up. Lazarus was probably a little groggy after being told to “come forth,” but Renee pops right up, dead one minute, ready to kill terrorists the next. When they fill her in on Jack and what he’s really up to, she is strangely hostile. She gets even crabbier when Bill tells her she can’t call Larry and tell him she’s ok. The threesome heads for the rendevous where Jack will be.

On the way there, Jack gets around to asking Emerson how they revived Tony after he was dead. Well, it seems that Tony was never really dead - it just looked that way when his heart stopped beating. It turns out that old Buckaroo Banzai, Henderson himself, only faked injecting Tony in the vein - missing it just enough to make him appear to be dead.

What can you possibly say about such idiocy? I was laughing out loud listening to this crap as Jack ate it up and never blinked an eye. I hate it when the writers take us for dolts and that explanation was so incredible that they must have no respect for the intelligence of their audience at all.

At any rate, it gave Tony a chance to emote. Well, given Carlos Bernard’s “talent,” he emoted as much as we can expect any cheesy actor to emote. He scowled a little bit more. His eyes became even more hooded. And in his monotone growl, he nearly whispered that Emerson convinced him that the government was the enemy for killing his beloved Michelle. “No honor left,” he grunted.

That Tony. What an actor.

But Emerson saw something he didn’t like from Jack. And when Jack got out of the van and moved to the rear to get Maboto and his wife, Emerson suddenly grabbed Jack’s gun, placed Bauer in a choke hold, and asked Tony what was going on.

Of course, Jack screamed at Tony to shoot Emerson - his friend and brother. Tony hesitates just long enough to let us know that he really is torn at this point (which gives life to my theory that he will, in fact, betray them all) but finally fires and hits Emerson in the shoulder. Before the terrorist can raise his gun to kill Tony, Jack puts one in his neck.

Tony tries to minister to the stricken terrorist but it is apparently too late. Emerson spits his last breath at Tony, telling him to go to hell, that he’s not forgiven.

In the meantime, Jack opens the back of the van to find a surprised and distrustful Maboto. Very politely, Jack explains that he really didn’t mean to almost kill he and his wife with poison gas, that they were only trying to get to Dubaku. And by the way, Mr. Prime Minister, would you please get back in the van so we can hand you and your wife over to your deadly enemy anyway?

Maboto looks dubious until his wife tells him “He has no reason to lie.” Besides, one look at Jack and you know he’s trustworthy. He’s the kind of guy that when he was a kid would impress all the adults in the neighborhood with his good manners and respectful attitude, while at night, he would go into their back yards and rip up their gardens and garrotte their cats.

The Prime Minister finally agrees and Chloe springs into action. She has a device that fits on to one of the Prime Minister’s teeth that will allow the gang to keep track of him. But Maboto is still a little confused about who he’s dealing with.

Maboto (to Chloe): Are you with the FBI?

Chloe: No. I’m just a stay-at-home mom.

Thoroughly confused now but trusting in Jack, Maboto gets back in the van.

Walker is still mad at Jack. What’s she got to complain about? Aside from shooting her in the neck and burying her alive, Jack hasn’t really done anything to her. For Jack, that’s just a little foreplay. Anyway, Walker finally realizes that Jack didn’t have a choice which, as we all know, is the first step toward true love.

Back at Dubaku’s hideout, the genocidal colonel is getting antsy. The deadline has passed and the American military is still poised to deliver some shock and awe to his boss, General Juma. After sending Nichols off to pick up Maboto - ordering him to eliminate Emerson and his crew - Dubaku orders the American techies to change the course of an aircraft over Washington.

At the White House, Kanin once again tries to get the President to pull the troops back to save American lives. Her stubborness now has a price tag as Dubaku calls and tells her to look out the White House window. He has vectored two planes on the same flight path and suddenly, they collide. We are told that 270 people died in the middair collision with more dead on the ground. Dubaku - his point made - threatens to kill 10,000 more Americans unless the troops are withdrawn.

Taylor heads immediately into a cabinet meeting where everyone recommends pulling back - except her. This proves too much for the Secretary of State Joe Stevens who resigns after predicting that once all the information was made available she would be impeached for her “reckless” foreign policy.

This resignation calls for a patriotic speech from Madame President. We hear that the world looks to the US for hope, that we have always been a “force for good” in the world and that by gum! we’ve got to live up to that credo by sacrificing American boys on a distant battlefield where there’s no possible vital interest at stake for America as well as allowing the deaths of thousands more innocent Americans at home. All this to save some foreigners who are in danger.

How brave! How noble we are!

How sickening.

I did find it interesting that the show ignored the dominant liberal narrative of the past 8 years by saying we have always been a force for “good” in the world and that we had what amounts to a moral authority in that regard. But the idea that our reputation rises or falls based on how willing we are to sacrifice our blood and treasure for someone else is lunacy.

Anyway, it seems to buck up some of the cabinet. But not Kamin and the Homeland Security Secretary Woods. They think they can use the First Gentleman to intercede and try to make his wife listen to reason. Kamin decides to call him and see if he will do it.

Henry is a little busy at the moment. More accurately, he’s a little tied up - by Secret Service Agent Brian who spiked Taylor’s coffee with a nerve agent. He’s sitting on the couch when dark haird Samantha arrives. And since he can’t speak a word to warn her, Gedge is able to sneak up behind her. She dies bloody, as I wrote in my first summary, and as all dark haired women on the show eventually do, right in front of Henry.

Kamin chooses that moment to call Brian. He can’t get through to Henry. Well, of course not, says Brian, he’s in Sam’s apartment and I’m out here in my car waiting. Kamin orders Brian to tell Henry to buzz him immediately but Brian has other plans.

Taking a hunk of telephone wire, he throws it over a beam on the upper floor. But Henry is getting feeling back in his hands and when Brian goes to hang him, the two struggle breifly before they topple over the railing and fall on a table below. Henry is fortunate enough to have been on top and thus endeth the life of Brian, crooked Secret Service Agent.

At the hangar, Nichols shows up to collect Maboto. Tony gives him a cock and bull story about killing Emerson because he wanted the diamonds they were going to receive in payment all for himself. Nichols never bats an eye, allowing Tony to examine the diamonds. Then, when he has Maboto and his wife in hand, he gives the 24 head nod that all bad guys give instead of just saying “Shoot the mother.” However, Jack and his high powered rifle has Tony’s back and Bauer gets his first real kill of the show when he knocks off Tony’s would be assassin. Tony tells Nichols to get lost and the traitor gets in the car with Maboto and his wife in tow.

Back at Sam’s apartment we have a “situation” as it were. The First Gentleman is lying on the floor, still barely able to move, with two dead bodies and a knife that has his fingerprints on it. What’s a presidential spouse to do? Run, rabbit, run.

After the planes crash, Dubaku sees that the President is still not doing as she has been told. Cooly, he orders the next target to be primed. It’s a small anytown America in Ohio with a chemical plant on the outskirts of town. We are informed that casualties will be close to 18,000 unless Jack can get there in time and foil Dubaku’s evil plans.

Will the First Gent be wanted for murder? Will Jack be able to save the town from disaster? Will Tony ever learn how to act?

Stay tuned until next week.

BODY COUNT

We hear that 270 are dead on the plane - a number that may rise if they tell us how many died on the ground.

Tony got one of Emerson’s men in the hangar.

The First Gentleman made sure there is one less bent Secret Service agent.

Jack got his first kill all his own - a bullseye with the sniper’s rifle. Since it would pain Tony to share in killing Emerson, we will give him a half and Jack a half.

Jack: 2
Show: 281

By: Rick Moran at 3:01 pm
26 Responses to “WHEN WILL TONY FLIP?”
  1. 1
    Mark J. Goluskin Said:
    3:24 pm 

    Thank you for the body count. I agree, it should go up by next week’s episode. And, yes, it is kind of slow and grinding. It looks like next week is more promising in the violence department.

  2. 2
    The MaryHunter Said:
    4:04 pm 

    How brave! How noble we are!

    How sickening.

    Finally the bloodbath begins, staining Pres. Taylor’s hands. It’s a great commentary on the swings of politics: we went from last season’s cowboy president who was willing to go to war to protect our national interests, to this padded bra filled by a Liberal who is far too concerned about how the world views us, and willing to kill innocent Americans to prove it. I like to think that this simplistic dingbat Lib-Do-Good president and her pathetic foreign policy is a perfect way for the writers to preemptively dope slap The Anointed, in anticipation of God-knows-what-kind of ground action in Darfur or elsewhere he might gin up to appease some of his sheeple. The only good point Pres. Taylor makes is that “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” but of course, they wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for that LDB policy.

    Aah, we learned of another thing, besides grunting and resurrection, in Tony’s tool bag: he’s a diamond expert.

  3. 3
    The MaryHunter Said:
    4:06 pm 

    LDB — oops — should be LDG (Lib-Do-Good)

    And to hell with blockquotes… :P

  4. 4
    Ron Said:
    4:55 pm 

    All I can say with this season so far is the Charlie Brown standard…..”Aaaarrgh”

    1 kill for Jack in six hours. I am waiting for Chloe to get back to handling Garrafalo’s character on the computers.

  5. 5
    Juan Paxety Said:
    5:29 pm 

    At least Chloe put to good use her year off due to the writer’s strike. She obviously attended both medical school and dental school.

  6. 6
    sara in va Said:
    5:35 pm 

    I just want it known that I really hate President Taylor. I hate her, with all my heart. I even hate her more than that.

  7. 7
    jazplyr Said:
    6:56 pm 

    Keep it up Moran, you could make a believer out of me yet. Truth be known, I’ve had a few uncertainties about Tony. I really liked the ’stay-at-home mom’ retort from Chloe. At least one of the characters has remained true to form. A nagging question still remains; should the USA negotiate with terrorists?

  8. 8
    The MaryHunter Said:
    8:16 pm 

    Good nagging question, jazplyr. Short answer: sure, but have Jack do the negotiating.

  9. 9
    Bruce Smarjesse Said:
    8:44 am 

    I do have to say your blog is more entertainment than the show. I now don’t have to worry about missing an episode this year. Keep up the good words.

  10. 10
    mpro Said:
    11:02 am 

    Damn, what did the Amish do to tick of Sangalese terrorists? Just for the record, Kidron has a population of about 12, and none of them have TVs. Wooster, Ohio is the biggest city in that county, and they only have a population of about 25,000.

    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/437160

    BTW, I agree with the post above, I HATE (HATE!!) President Taylor. That speech was infuriating!

  11. 11
    Neo Said:
    11:34 am 

    The Emerson/Tony relationship seems to parallel the Lord Palpatine/Anakin Skywalker relationship.

    What have I done !!!
    My Master ….

    … and the writing is just as bad.

    George Lucas .. call your office.

  12. 12
    Neo Said:
    11:36 am 

    Did you count Samantha in the body count ?

    (Slaps head to forehead!) Yikes! No I didn’t.

    ed.

  13. 13
    jazplyr Said:
    12:07 pm 

    A note for Bruce Smarjesse along with anyone who may be interested. The “24″ episodes are available to view at your convenience on ‘fancast’ which links to ‘hulu’. I know, this looks complicated but, it works. I check ‘fancast’ yesterday morning and it was there. Your speaker audio can be greatly enhanced with a low frequency response woofer. I purchased a set locally for less than $30. They can shake the whole house. Another nice feature; commercial ads on ‘fancast’ only run about 30 seconds or less.

    Also, every episode is available here:

    http://www.fox.com/24/

    15 sec commercials for the most part.

    ed.

  14. 14
    soccer dad Said:
    2:01 pm 

    President Taylor is a Republican isn’t she?

    I assume that Wayne Palmer, like his brother, is/was a Democrat. So his Vice-President and successor, Noah Daniels is also a Democrat. And since Taylor apparently beat Daniels in a general election, she would be a Republican.

  15. 15
    The MaryHunter Said:
    5:48 pm 

    Nah, wasn’t Noah Daniels the VEEP from that other corrupt president whose name escapes me, who is now under house arrest? So, that presumably Repub pres succeeded the presumably Dem Palmers and again the tide as turned.

    Is that right, Rick?

    Don’t know. But any Republican who would care more about dead sangalese than dead Americans deserves to be impeached.

    ed.

  16. 16
    Mark J. Goluskin Said:
    11:34 pm 

    This President Taylor is a White Obama in a dress. That “speech” made me want to yak! And her SOS was spot on to resign right then and there before her “speech”. Maybe the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs should have just pulled a gun and ended her misery! UGH!

  17. 17
    Neo Said:
    1:25 am 

    other corrupt president whose name escapes me, who is now under house arrest

    I think his wife killed him.

  18. 18
    Doug Mataconis Said:
    10:54 am 

    Maryhunter,

    No, Daniels was Wayne Palmer’s VP. He took over after Wayne was incapacitated during a fairly implausible terrorist attack inside the White House itself. Then, he took over again after Wayne’s recover proved short-lived. Palmer was never shown as dying on screen, but the fact that Daniels was President when Taylor took over would indicate than he never did.

    Charles Logan’s Vice-President was Hal Gardner who took over at the end of Season 5 when Logan was arrested.

    We know Logan was a Republican because he was VP to John Keeler, who ran against, and apparently defeated, David Palmer after the end of Season 2.

    David Palmer was a Democrat and, presumably, Wayne, who served as his Chief of Staff for a time, was as well.

    That means Daniels was a Democrat and Taylor is a Republican.

  19. 19
    Doug Mataconis Said:
    10:55 am 

    Neo,

    Rumor has it that Logan is still alive in the 24 universe (Renee Walker said as much in the season premier when she said he was still living at his ranch)

  20. 20
    Doug Mataconis Said:
    10:56 am 

    Okay, here’s what ruined the episode for me (in addition to the disaster that is President Allison Taylor):

    At the very beginning when Bill and Chloe rescue Agent Walker, they say that Jack told them where to find her.

    When did that happen ? We certainly didn’t see Jack do it on screen, and it’s hard to believe that he would have been able to call Bill or Chloe while sitting in a delivery truck with Emerson and his goons.

    Before they left “CTU East” as I call their hideout in Washington, Chloe affixed a listening device to Jack.

    But that still doesn’t explain how they knew exactly where to go to find Renee.

    ed.

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    headhunt23 Said:
    12:14 pm 

    On location….he may have said “ditch” at some point which would have clued in Cloe and Bill where to find them…or, bill and Cloe may have parked in a location to get a site line on the van and see where they were, which is how they were able to get there about 2-4 minutes after Jack and company left.

    On the political affiliations…uh…I dont’ think anyone shoud read too much into that. Why is it necessary to assume that David and Wayne Palmer were necessarily Democrats? Why can’t they just all be of some nameless, faceless party? Personally, I would find it hard to believe that a guy like Noah Daniels could get the Veep nod in the same party that was nominating Wayne Palmer. I think you need to suspend analysis a little bit here.

  22. 22
    Doug Mataconis Said:
    1:32 pm 

    headhunt,

    In Season One, David Palmer was running in the California Democratic Primary.

    But I agree that political analysis doesn’t really make sense here. After all, the whole Keeler to Logan to Gardner transition (where we’re supposed to believe that America had three Presidents over the course of 4 years) is something that has never happened in American history and likely never will

    On the Walker thing, are we supposed to believe that Bill/Chloe still had Jack wired when she was shot ? There wasn’t that much on-screen evidence of that, but I guess it’s possible.

    It’s also worth noting that, right now, we’re still watching shows that were written and filmed before last year’s writers strike. As I understand it, the “new” post-strike content starts with Episode 9.

  23. 23
    jazplyr Said:
    11:33 am 

    “Also, every episode is available here:

    http://www.fox.com/24/

    15 sec commercials for the most part”.

    ed.

    My favorite browser (Mozilla) for some mysterious reason doesn’t like the Fox server and prevents downloading yet another media player (and I thought I had every player available). Maybe I’ll use MSIE, AIM, Safari, etc. to get the download but, thanks for the tip.

  24. 24
    jazplyr Said:
    2:16 pm 

    Whoops! I put my ignorance out there for the world to see. The browser cooperated when I came to my senses. Now the system contains yet another player. Again, thanks Rick, for the tip.

  25. 25
    The MaryHunter Said:
    7:57 pm 

    Doug, thanks for the clarifications. My brain can’t keep up with all the admin and party flip flops. Comes from having three kids under 9 y.o.

    Wikipedia has a synopsis of all this craziness with length of term information. Man, Jack has been at it a long time.

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    headhunt23 Said:
    12:49 am 

    Doug,

    I don’t think they ever say “Democrat”…and, on David Palmer’s bio on the 24 site, no party affiliation is given…I could be wrong…haven’t seen that season in a few years, but I don’t recall either the D or the R words used.

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