24 Episode Recap: Day 8: 5 PM - 6 PM

As hour two kicks off, we're already in the thick of it, and Jack is easing back into in the saving-the-world game again. "Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in." The story of Jack's life.

Thanks to the intel Jack extracted from Aruz's dying breath - not to mention some relatively quick work from Chloe - CTU determines that the inside assassin is intrepid reporter and would-be presidential girlfriend Meredith Reed. So agents swoop in, grab Reed and haul her into CTU. Threat eliminated, right? Not so fast!

Chloe smells a rat, and of course, no one will listen but her old friend Jack. He's more reluctant than ever to get involved, though, with Kim and family on their way to whisk him off to the airport, and a new life together.

I was a little surprised that Jack refuses to stay and help Chloe despite her heartfelt pleading: "You've come to me for help many times, and I've never let you down. You've asked me to do crazy things, and I've always taken your side." But I'm even more surprised it's Kim who ultimately convinces him to stay.

Say what you will about Jack's daughter - I've never had a problem with her character, though a lot of fans have - but it's impressive the way she's grown from the petulant, selfish teen of Day 1 into a mature wife and mother willing to put the greater good, at least temporarily, above the dream of a picture-perfect Bauer family.

Once resolved to see this through, Jack jumps in feet first, procuring some weapons from the CTU armory and going rogue - with Chloe running ops, of course - to hunt down the real assassins.

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