24 Episode Recap: 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.

In hour three of 24, we learn the truth behind Tony's involvement with the terrorists - and the breadth of their operation.

As it turns out, this season's two seemingly disparate antagonists - the terrorist group Tony is involved with and the violent regime in Sengala - are working together to create one massive 24-style crisis of conscience.

On one side is the practical: How does the FBI stop General Dubaku (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) from taking innocent American lives through the compromised communications network? And on the other side is the ethical: Are American lives more important than those of the Sengalans President Taylor hopes to save through military force?

Unsurprisingly, the hour's most compelling moment is an interrogation-room showdown between Tony and Jack, during which the former seemingly tries to convince the latter to come around to his worldview: "You need to start living in the real world, because every second you help the government, you're spittin' on Terry's grave!"

That's all it takes to push Jack over the edge, and he chokes Tony to within an inch of his life, roaring, "I will kill you, and you will stay dead this time."

And then - here comes another twist! - Jack makes a fateful phone call that reveals former CTUers Bill Buchanan (James Morrison) and Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) are involved in a deep-cover terrorist infiltration operation, with Tony as said infiltrator. Definitely didn't see that one coming, so good job 24 writers.

On the flip side, I definitely got that feeling when Janis was sneaking around the FBI building, looking for information on whether agent Sean Hillinger (Rhys Coiro) was the organization's supposed leak. But it turned he was just concerned about the safety of his wife's flight and on 24, I guess someone not being a double agent actually counts as a minor twist.

Hour three brought the action in the last 15 minutes, with Jack breaking Tony out of interrogation and leading a harrowing (and destructive) escape from the FBI building aided, of course, by Chloe's hacking skills. ("Someone at the FBI is blocking my every move. It's really starting to piss me off.")

Stray Observations:

* Jack looks really cool in those red-lensed aviator sunglasses at the beginning of hour three, but when doesn't he?

* As mentioned above, great surprise revealing that Tony is still one of the good guys - and that Bill and Chloe are helping him. I had my suspicions that Mr. Almeida hadn't really gone terrorist, but I definitely didn't guess the extent of the operation.

* Classic Chloe comment to Jack: "I saw the hearings on C-Span. I can't believe what that Senator said to you. You looked good though."

* I also got a chuckle from this exchange during Jack and Tony's escape:

Jack: "I'm just glad I didn't break your neck."

Tony: "Well, uh, you came close."

Jack: "Yeah, sorry about that."

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Jan 14, 2009 6:02AM EST

i knew it that Tony still one of the good guy.....

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