The BEST episodes written by Howard Gordon

Prisoners of War
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8.50
2153 votes

#1 - Prisoners of War

Homeland - Season 8 - Episode 12

Events surrounding Saul and Carrie's final mission come to a conclusion.

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Day 8: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
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8.40
3775 votes

#2 - Day 8: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

24 - Season 8 - Episode 24

Heads of state gather at the UN to sign the accord, three at CTU make a final effort to expose a conspiracy, Logan and Pillar tie up loose ends, and justice may elude Jack.

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13 Hours in Islamabad
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8.15
4792 votes

#3 - 13 Hours in Islamabad

Homeland - Season 4 - Episode 10

The security breach at the Embassy has far reaching consequences.

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Pax Abuddin
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8.10
818 votes

#4 - Pax Abuddin

Tyrant - Season 2 - Episode 12

It’s a new dawn in Abuddin, and Jamal’s fate - along with that of the Al-Fayeed family - remains uncertain. Recognizing the situation is ripe for turmoil, Barry encourages Rami to stay and oversee the transition. Leila cooperates with the Arab League, hoping to secure a position for herself and Ahmed in the new world order.

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Gelassenheit
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8.03
1078 votes

#5 - Gelassenheit

Second Chance - Season 1 - Episode 11

Pritchard and Duval race against the clock to save Gracie from Connor and Otto's life-threatening experiment. But time is quickly running out for Pritchard, as well, since there is no tank in which he can regenerate. Meanwhile, Mary, with the help of Alexa, does everything she can to try and unlock the code to save Pritchard's life before it's too late, and Otto wrestles with his conscience and the decisions he's made that have changed lives forever

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My Enemy, My Friend
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8.00
1 votes

#6 - My Enemy, My Friend

Spenser: For Hire - Season 3 - Episode 2

A streetwise young kid gets involved over his head in the underworld. Spenser and Hawk try to protect him from would-be killers.

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My Brother's Keeper
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8.00
1 votes

#7 - My Brother's Keeper

Spenser: For Hire - Season 2 - Episode 18

Spenser becomes embroiled in the seamy Vietnamese organized crime racket after a Vietnamese crime boss uses Spenser to track down a former soldier.

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Day 4: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.
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7.93
1489 votes

#8 - Day 4: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.

24 - Season 4 - Episode 24

As the missile speeds toward its destination, Mandy cuts a deal with Jack and the President to give up Marwan's location in exchange for a full pardon on all of her crimes. Tony and Michelle share a happy reunion, but Jack finds his relationship with Audrey shattered as she makes her feelings known. Logan's advisor suggests a drastic course of action when the Chinese government demands that Jack be handed over to them for trial. Palmer tries desperately to warn Jack of the danger against him. Jack's life changes forever as Tony, Michelle and Chloe help him to evade the trap set for him by Secret Service.

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The Dead and the Living
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7.93
1005 votes

#9 - The Dead and the Living

Tyrant - Season 3 - Episode 3

Barry and Molly employ every means available to prevent a personal tragedy. Fauzi and Daliyah become close through work, emboldening Fauzi to hope for a romantic future. Ahmed makes a dark discovery about Nusrat's past.

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The Litvinov Ruse
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7.92
4770 votes

#10 - The Litvinov Ruse

Homeland - Season 5 - Episode 9

The CIA and BND make a play.

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In Full Flight
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7.88
2044 votes

#11 - In Full Flight

Homeland - Season 8 - Episode 9

Hayes has ideas. Carrie goes shopping. Tasneem has problems.

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Hero
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7.87
842 votes

#12 - Hero

Angel - Season 1 - Episode 9

Doyle is presented with an opportunity for atonement when a band of frightened refugees seek his help.

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Day 3: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.
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7.86
1791 votes

#13 - Day 3: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.

24 - Season 3 - Episode 18

Jack and Chase race against time to capture Saunders before the deadline, while Chappelle plans an escape. Michelle begins a frantic search when she learns that an infected hotel guest may have slipped through her fingers.

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I'll Fly Away
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7.83
8514 votes

#14 - I'll Fly Away

Homeland - Season 2 - Episode 8

Brody heads towards meltdown as he struggles to keep his complicated alliances clear. Carrie stages a risky intervention to keep Brody in line, forcing both of them to confront their mixed emotions. Dana turns to an unlikely source for comfort.

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The Ring
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7.81
751 votes

#15 - The Ring

Angel - Season 1 - Episode 16

In pursuit of a missing man, Angel becomes enslaved to an underground-fighting ring.

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Nor Iron Bars a Cage
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7.81
21 votes

#16 - Nor Iron Bars a Cage

Beauty and the Beast - Season 1 - Episode 7

Vincent is captured and held hostages by two scientists who stick him in a cage. Catherine considers a new job in Providence.

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Day 3: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
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7.81
2145 votes

#17 - Day 3: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

24 - Season 3 - Episode 3

Jack and Hector both search for Kyle, while Chase finds himself out of action at CTU. Wayne and Palmer argue over the implications of Anne's past, while Ramon takes out one of his opponents in a surprise move. Tony leads an operation to get Kyle, but tragedy strikes when Salazar's man gets there first.

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Day 8: 4:00 A.M. - 5:00 A.M.
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7.80
3413 votes

#18 - Day 8: 4:00 A.M. - 5:00 A.M.

24 - Season 8 - Episode 13

Chloe goes up against NSA testosterone, Jack and Cole are in a firefight as the nuclear fuel rods are en route to Manhattan, and an evacuation from the UN is imminent.

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Day 2: 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
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7.78
2074 votes

#19 - Day 2: 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

24 - Season 2 - Episode 9

George pits Bob against Reza in hopes of learning which one is working with Second Wave. Sherry and Lynne clash over Palmer's speech to the press. Kate is interrogated by Syed Ali, who believes she knows too much about the bomb. Jack and Nina fight off a group of renegade soldiers while waiting to be rescued from the crash site. They nearly escape when Nina takes Jack hostage and demands to speak to the President.

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Day 3: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
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7.78
1720 votes

#20 - Day 3: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

24 - Season 3 - Episode 23

Jack pushes the envelope in an attempt to force Saunders to disclose the location of the missing vials. Sherry meets with David to discuss her terms, while Wayne breaks into her home to find the incriminating evidence. Tony finds himself facing a harsh penalty because of his efforts to save Michelle.

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11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
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7.78
2310 votes

#21 - 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

24 - Season 1 - Episode 12

Jack sneaks into the compound and rescues his family, but Gaines catches on to him and gives chase. Jack and his family are attacked by Gaines and his men, causing them to become separated. Palmer tries to talk to Keith's therapist, but discovers that Carl has been there before him. Green tries to turn Nina and Tony against one another.

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Gone Fishing
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7.77
907 votes

#22 - Gone Fishing

Tyrant - Season 1 - Episode 10

On the verge of betraying and displacing Jamal, Barry receives troublesome news that threatens to destroy everything he's worked so hard for. Meanwhile, Jamal's rising suspicions lead him to question the loyalty of those closest to him.

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10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.
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7.77
2178 votes

#23 - 10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

24 - Season 1 - Episode 23

The Drazens threaten to kill Kim unless Jack pays Palmer a visit. Jack complies and is able to save Palmer's life once again. Jack then agrees to trade his life for Kim's since the Drazens believe Palmer is dead. Kim manages to escape from the Drazens and swims to safety. Teri tells Jack about her unexpected good news. A second mole is revealed inside CTU.

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2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
star
7.76
2643 votes

#24 - 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

24: Legacy - Season 1 - Episode 3

After Carter escapes from the police precinct, he must put his trust in the CTU as he plans a meet up with Grimes to do the exchange. Rebecca and Donovan try to isolate the leak and Amira and Harris deal with a slight hiccup in their plan.

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Pilot
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7.75
12723 votes

#25 - Pilot

Homeland - Season 1 - Episode 1

After missing and presumed dead for eight years, Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody is rescued in Iraq, and returns home to his family. But CIA agent Carrie Mathison suspects he might have been turned by his terrorist captors, and believes he could be part of a plan to attack America.

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False Friends
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7.73
2070 votes

#26 - False Friends

Homeland - Season 8 - Episode 3

Carrie arranges a meeting. Haqqani finds trouble at home. Saul cuts a deal.

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Zero-Sum
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7.73
548 votes

#27 - Zero-Sum

The X-Files - Season 4 - Episode 21

Skinner destroys evidence to cover up a woman's death and poses as Agent Mulder to complete the task. Mulder finds out about Skinner's deception and confronts him, and Skinner reveals that he is working for the Cigarette-Smoking Man in order to obtain a possible cure for Scully's cancer.

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Zanjir
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7.73
831 votes

#28 - Zanjir

Tyrant - Season 2 - Episode 10

Despite having depleted forces, Barry prepares to lead a crucial mission. Fueled by his delusions, Jamal takes extreme action that has far-reaching ramifications. When tragedy strikes close to the palace, Leila realizes the severity of their situation and doubts Jamal’s ability to see them through the storm.

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Orphans
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7.73
11 votes

#29 - Orphans

Beauty and the Beast - Season 2 - Episode 12

Catherine's father dies and Vincent allows her to come below to grieve. He also makes her go back above because he knows that she does not belong there no matter how he feels. Catherine finally agrees and goes back above.

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Day 3: 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
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7.71
1837 votes

#30 - Day 3: 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

24 - Season 3 - Episode 7

Ramon holds Jack hostage as he flies to Mexico. Ramon plans to kill Jack, but Jack manages to hold him at bay until the plane lands. Ramon then learns that Jack and Hector are working together to break him out of prison. Gael is captured while trying to escape from CTU. Chappelle interrogates Gael but is interrupted by Tony, who claims that Gael is part of a bigger plan. Anne is given a chance to clear Palmer's name, while Chase heads for Mexico to rescue Jack.

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Day 3: 2:00 A.M. - 3:00 A.M.
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7.71
1842 votes

#31 - Day 3: 2:00 A.M. - 3:00 A.M.

24 - Season 3 - Episode 14

Tony interrogates Nina about Alvers' location, while Chappelle orders Jack to undergo a medical examination in light of his drug use. Kim and Chase have a conversation about the baby. Palmer confronts Sherry about Alan Milliken's death, while Julia begs Wayne for help.

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Game Day
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7.70
1063 votes

#32 - Game Day

Awake - Season 1 - Episode 9

The final play in a big football rivalry happens differently in Detective Britten's two realities; Rex's heart is broken; Vega and Hannah plan a going-away party for Britten.

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Day 2: 4:00 A.M. - 5:00 A.M.
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7.69
1874 votes

#33 - Day 2: 4:00 A.M. - 5:00 A.M.

24 - Season 2 - Episode 21

Palmer's cabinet invokes the 25th Amendment in an attempt to remove him from power. They place him on trial for his extreme actions during the nuclear bomb threat. Jack and Michelle work against the clock to prove that the evidence against the Middle East is false.

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Day 3: 3:00 A.M. - 4:00 A.M.
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7.69
1935 votes

#34 - Day 3: 3:00 A.M. - 4:00 A.M.

24 - Season 3 - Episode 15

Chappelle threatens to pull Jack from the investigation for killing a material witness, but Jack persuades him to hold off when they find a fresh lead on Amador's whereabouts. Amador and Alvers meet with the man who is planning to unleash the virus in LA within the hour. Michelle and Gael locate the target area, but things really hit the fan when they attempt to capture Alvers in the process of releasing the virus. Wayne argues with Sherry over the consequences of Milliken's death as the police turn up the heat on Julia.

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Day 3: 12:00 A.M. - 1:00 A.M.
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7.66
1792 votes

#35 - Day 3: 12:00 A.M. - 1:00 A.M.

24 - Season 3 - Episode 12

Things finally come to an explosive head as Jack, Ramon, Nina and Chase all close in on the virus. But the deal takes an unexpected turn when Amador pulls a fast switch. Kim becomes suspicious of Chloe when her story about her baby doesn't check out. Sherry finds a witness who can damage Milliken, but her advantage is shortlived.

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Day 3: 8:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
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7.65
1876 votes

#36 - Day 3: 8:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

24 - Season 3 - Episode 8

Palmer and Chappelle view a message from Jack, explaining his undercover work with the Salazars. Meanwhile, Hector tries to convince Ramon that they should deal with Bauer so that they can get their hands on the virus. Jack has a private moment with Claudia and she blasts him for leaving her behind when he arrested Ramon. Chase arrives in Mexico, but is captured by Hector's men. Ramon devises a way for Jack to prove his loyalty to them. Anne manages to clear Palmer's name, but she breaks off her relationship with him.

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The Smile
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7.65
9219 votes

#37 - The Smile

Homeland - Season 2 - Episode 1

Months after undergoing Electroconvulsive Therapy, former CIA case officer Carrie Mathison has found a modicum of peace in her family's suburban embrace. But the strides she's made towards mental health are threatened when an asset from her former life comes in from the cold. Meanwhile, freshman Congressman Nick Brody discovers that Abu Nazir may not be content with his nonviolent approach to affecting change in American foreign policy. Brody's daughter Dana lets a vital secret slip.

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Day 4: 10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.
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7.65
1671 votes

#38 - Day 4: 10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

24 - Season 4 - Episode 16

CTU raids Marwan's hideout, but he manages to slip through their fingers. Luckily, Jack locates a lead that may help him identify Marwan's next target. Tony becomes suspicious of Michelle's personal life, while Audrey reunites with Paul and learns the extent of his injuries. Anderson closes in on his quarry, as President Keeler searches for words that will comfort the American public.

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Day 7: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.
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7.64
2262 votes

#39 - Day 7: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

24 - Season 7 - Episode 5

As the threat of terrorism escalates, Jack Bauer is forced to take matters into his own hands to avert the imminent crisis facing the country. Meanwhile, lives are on the line as conflicted Agent Renee Walker copes with the volatile investigation, and FBI honcho Larry Moss is forced to keep a closer eye on his team as the nation's security is in jeopardy. At the White House, international stakes are raised and the First Gentleman proceeds with his personal mission.

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Clarity
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7.64
3241 votes

#40 - Clarity

Homeland - Season 7 - Episode 10

Carrie needs to choose a side. Keane needs an ally. Saul has an idea.

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An Impossible Silence
star
7.64
14 votes

#41 - An Impossible Silence

Beauty and the Beast - Season 1 - Episode 11

Laura, a deaf-mute tunnel dweller, witnesses the murder of a police officer, for which another man is framed. She goes above with Catherine, but is kidnapped by the real murderers, who are also police officers. Cuffed to a pipe in the basement of the murderer's house, Laura taps out an SOS, which is heard by Pascal and Vincent rescues her. She decides to return Above to live.

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Day 8: 8:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
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7.63
2916 votes

#42 - Day 8: 8:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

24 - Season 8 - Episode 5

The Russians mistrust Renee, U.S.-Kamistan negotiations hit a snag, and the past of CTU analyst Dana Walsh becomes her nightmare.

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What's My Line? (1)
star
7.63
575 votes

#43 - What's My Line? (1)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2 - Episode 9

Its Career Week at Sunnydale High and Buffy is faced with the reality that she has no future apart from that of a Slayer. Meanwhile, in order to stop the Slayer from ending his plan to restore Drusilla's strength, Spike sends four deadly assassins to ensure the Slayer has no future. Also, a mysterious girl is following Buffy and Angel around and Xander and Cordelia are trapped in Buffy's house after being attacked by one of the assassins.

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Day 7: 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.
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7.62
1876 votes

#44 - Day 7: 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.

24 - Season 7 - Episode 24

Presented with the evidence of Olivia's actions, President Allison Taylor is forced to make a decision between her family and the Presidency. Thanks to Kim Bauer, Janis, Renee and Chloe are able to save Jack and arrest Tony before he can kill Alan Wilson. With Wilson refusing to talk and Jack about to die, the fight is no longer in the field, it's for the hearts and souls of Jack and Renee.

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Day 4: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
star
7.62
1596 votes

#45 - Day 4: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

24 - Season 4 - Episode 9

Jack and Tony are able to trace Dina's location, but Behrooz slips through their fingers. Dina demands a full pardon for her son in exchange for information on the override device. Edgar wrestles with his emotions when his mother is trapped in the path of the nuclear fall-out. Behrooz turns to his uncle for help, but Navi closes in on him before he can get away.

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Day 2: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
star
7.62
2113 votes

#46 - Day 2: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

24 - Season 2 - Episode 3

Jack warns Lynne about the impending bombing of CTU, but her efforts to alert Palmer are sabotaged by Eric, who has his own agenda. George locates the warehouse where the nuclear bomb was built, but his discovery results in an unexpected tragedy. Kim takes Megan to CTU, believing that it is the safest place for both of them.

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5:00 A.M. - 6:00 A.M.
star
7.61
2543 votes

#47 - 5:00 A.M. - 6:00 A.M.

24 - Season 1 - Episode 6

Jack and Teri are reunited at the hospital. Jack plans to question Janet when she wakes up, but he is interrupted when Gaines contacts him and begins forcing Jack to follow his orders. Palmer is angered when he learns that his family went to great lengths to conceal the truth from him. Kim tries to persuade Rick to help her escape from Gaines. Teri receives a message from Nina and discovers that she is in more danger than she realized.

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Day 5: 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.
star
7.61
1560 votes

#48 - Day 5: 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.

24 - Season 5 - Episode 1

18 months have passed since the events of Day 4. With the exception of David Palmer, Tony Almeida, Michelle Dessler and Chloe O'Brian, the world believes that Jack Bauer is dead. Jack is living near L.A. under the name of Frank Flynn, working on an oil rig and living with Diane Huxley and her teenage son, Derek. In L.A., David Palmer is visiting his brother Wayne, when he is killed by an assassin's bullet. As CTU scrambles to gather more information, an exploding car bomb kills Michelle and injures Tony. Chloe is also pursued by an unknown figure, but she eludes him and manages to contact Jack for help. President Charles Logan and his wife Martha are visiting L.A. and are planning to sign an important arms treaty with the president of Russia. Martha seems to be unstable and is badly shaken by the news of Palmer's murder. Logan refuses to heed CTU's warnings of possible danger and call off the summit. Jack is forced to take Derek along for the ride as he meets with Chloe and fights off a group of men who want him killed. He forces one of the men to confess that Jack has been deliberately framed for the murders of Palmer and Michelle.

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Guilty
star
7.60
1259 votes

#49 - Guilty

Awake - Season 1 - Episode 3

Rex is kidnapped by an escaped convict Michael arrested 10 years ago; an investigation in Michael's other reality gets in the way of an event honoring his deceased son; clues from both realities lead to Michael's sanity being questioned.

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Day 2: 2:00 A.M. - 3:00 A.M.
star
7.59
1929 votes

#50 - Day 2: 2:00 A.M. - 3:00 A.M.

24 - Season 2 - Episode 19

Jack is captured and tortured by men who want the chip. Kate and Yusuf run into a group of angry rednecks before they can deliver the chip to CTU. Tony and Michelle share a tender moment after her brother flips out. Palmer leans towards holding off the attacks, while Lynne discovers a secret operation that the Vice-President is planning against Palmer.

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