24: Day 2 (2002 - 2003)

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24's sophomore outing is not as elegantly structured as its predecessor, but the series firmly puts to rest any fears that its propulsive thrills were a one-time novelty.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2002

As the second season of 24 opens, a man being tortured in Seoul, South Korea, reveals a secret that is immediately shared with the U.S. military representatives on the scene. David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), now the president, is interrupted while on a fishing trip with his son, Keith (Vicellous Shannon), and told that there is a good chance that a terrorist-controlled nuclear weapon is on U.S. soil, in Los Angeles, and that the weapon is set to be detonated that very day. Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert) is working as a nanny for Gary (Billy Burke) and Carla (Tracy Middendorf), taking care of their daughter Megan (Skye McCole Bartusiak) and trying to ignore Gary's leering attention. George Mason (Xander Berkeley) is still waiting for the call to Washington. CTU gets a message from the NSA to bring in Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). Jack is still struggling to get over the death of his wife, and Kim's refusal to spend any time with him is not helping. Palmer is briefed about Second Wave, a terrorist organization, and confronts the prime minister of an Arab country believed to support the group. Eric Rayburn (Timothy Carhart), an aide, wants Palmer to involve the military, but the president is not ready to take that step. Marie (Laura Harris) is preparing to marry her Arab boyfriend, Reza (Phillip Rhys), but Marie's sister, Kate (Sarah Wynter), is very suspicious of the young man and has a background check done on him. Paula (Sara Gilbert), a new member of the CTU team, needs reassurance from Tony (Carlos Bernard) to deal with the pressure of the terrorist threat. Jack refuses to come back to CTU, but relents when Palmer contacts him personally. Fox originally broadcast this episode without commercial interruption.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2002

Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) tries to keep the media from learning about the terrorist threat. He explains that he's just as concerned about mass hysteria as he is about the bomb in L.A. Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) takes Megan (Skye McCole Bartusiak) and runs, getting the girl away from her desperate, abusive father, Gary (Billy Burke). Gary calls the cops and tells them that Kim has abducted Megan; then he goes after the two. Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) tries to reestablish an old cover and infiltrate a terrorist-related group, led by Eddie (Douglas O'Keeffe). One member, Dave (Gregory Sporleder), is immediately suspicious of Jack and looks up his prison record (which Paula Sara Gilbert has to fudge, over at CTU). Palmer finds out that a reporter, Wieland (Michael Holden), knows that the nation's alert status has been upgraded and plans to run a story about it. When Palmer can't persuade Wieland to hold off on the story, he has the reporter detained. Mason (Xander Berkeley) sees an intelligence report and realizes there's a high probability that a nuclear device will be detonated in L.A. He decides to "check out a lead" in Bakersfield, leading to a confrontation with Tony (Carlos Bernard), who sees through the ruse. Ralph (Jim Abele) tells Kate (Sarah Wynter) to check out Reza's (Phillip Rhys) passport in order to confirm his terrorist connections. Jack picks a fight with Dave, and breaks his ankle, earning him the right to take Dave's place on the terrorist team. Kim hides Megan and goes to make a phone call. Gary finds Kim and, after a struggle, Kim returns to find Megan gone. After the crew loads up their explosives, Eddie tells Jack they're doing a "conversion" job -- turning a government building into a cemetery. "Which building?" Jack asks. "CTU."

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Air date: Nov 12, 2002

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.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2002

Tony (Carlos Bernard) and Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth) have escaped relatively unscathed from the explosion at CTU, but Paula (Sara Gilbert) is badly injured and trapped under debris, and they need her to decrypt CTU's files on the nuke. Lynne (Michelle Forbes) blames Rayburn (Timothy Carhart) for the deaths caused by the bombing. He warns her to keep quiet about it, and she does. Mason (Xander Berkeley), exposed to radioactive materials, asks a doctor for details about his imminent death. Eddie (Douglas O'Keeffe) calls Joe Wald (Jon Gries) and writes down his address, so Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) takes the address and tries to bust Eddie. There's a shootout, and Jack kills Eddie and his cohorts before racing off to get Wald. He calls CTU and gets details about the explosion from Michelle. He tells her to inform Mason that he's on his way to bust Wald. Tony, thinking Mason is on the run, tells Michelle to give the info directly to NSA instead. Megan (Skye McCole Bartusiak) has some kind of a seizure outside of CTU and is raced to the hospital, where Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) learns that the girl has been physically abused in the past. Kate (Sarah Wynter) reveals her suspicions about Reza (Phillip Rhys) to her father (John Terry), who reassures her that he's already had Reza thoroughly checked out, and he encourages her to go on a drive with Reza. Mason, surprisingly, returns to CTU and refuses to allow Paula to be taken to the ER until after she has decrypted the files. Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) confronts Lynne for withholding the information about CTU. She tells him everything, and Palmer has Rayburn thrown out of their command center. Jack ends up in a showdown with Wald, desperately trying to get him to reveal who hired him to hit CTU.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2002

CTU is in shambles, with parts of the building cordoned off because they might collapse. Tony (Carlos Bernard) tells Mason (Xander Berkeley) he's leaving to investigate a lead -- a local businessman who's had contact with known terrorists. Tony goes to the Warner house to interrogate Reza (Phillip Rhys). Bob (John Terry) and Kate (Sarah Wynter) try to keep Marie (Laura Harris) from finding out about the investigation going on in the house on her wedding day, while an indignant Reza denies any knowledge of Syed Ali. When Marie learns that Kate hired a private investigator to look into Reza's background, she explodes and tells Kate to leave. Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) calls Mason to let him know that Nina (Sarah Clarke) was the source of the terrorists' information. She's being transferred to CTU for interrogation, and Mason is determined to keep Jack, who's returning to CTU for a debriefing, away from her. Nina is brought in, and offers to give up everything she knows in exchange for a full presidential pardon. Jack realizes that Mason has radiation sickness, and uses the information to coerce Mason into letting him handle Nina's interrogation. Gary (Billy Burke) finds Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) at the hospital, and warns her to leave or he'll have her arrested for kidnapping. She calls her boyfriend, Miguel (Innis Casey), for help. Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) meets with an Arab ambassador, who requests an exchange of intelligence information on Second Wave. Palmer agrees, despite the protestations of Lynne (Michelle Forbes) and Roger Stanton (an uncredited Harris Yulin).

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Air date: Dec 3, 2002

Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) promises a full investigation of the ambassador's chopper crash. Sherry (Penny Johnson Jerald) shows up, and tells him that military personnel are being evacuated from L.A. Lynne (Michelle Forbes) finds out it's true. The military was being evacuated against Palmer's orders. Palmer confronts Stanton (Harris Yulin), who claims he was doing it based on earlier orders he got from Rayburn. Palmer agrees to meet with Sherry, and tells her about the terrorist plot. She won't reveal her source, but says she wants to help him, and she's heard that people within his own administration are conspiring against him. Nina (Sarah Clarke) gets her presidential pardon, and, interrogated intensely by Jack (Kiefer Sutherland), says that she has to meet her contact in Visalia. Jack takes Nina there, but Mason (Xander Berkeley) sends another agent along to protect Nina. Nina tries to manipulate the situation to her advantage, but Jack has his own plan. Kate (Sarah Wynter) tries to explain her actions to Marie (Laura Harris), who won't accept her explanation. When Tony (Carlos Bernard) threatens to arrest Reza (Phillip Rhys), Reza tells him that any transactions he made were to cover for Bob (John Terry). Gary (Billy Burke) is plotting to take Megan (Skye McCole Bartusiak) from the hospital and run away with her, but Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) and Miguel (Innis Casey) manage to thwart his plan, and escape with the girl.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2002

Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) and Nina (Sarah Clarke) arrive at the airport and meet with an FBI agent, Phillips (Michael Cudlitz of Band of Brothers), who is determined to keep Nina safe. They fly to Visalia, where Nina meets with Faheen (Anthony Azizi). Things go wrong, Faheen ends up unconscious, and Nina tries to escape, but Jack catches her, and struggles to resist the urge to kill her. Mike (Jude Ciccolella) shows up at Palmer's (Dennis Haysbert) compound. He greets Sherry (Penny Johnson Jerald) warmly, but when he hears about her conspiracy theory, he warns Palmer that she might have her own agenda. Nevertheless, he agrees to keep a close eye on Stanton (Harris Yulin), who Palmer suspects may be involved in the plot against him. Marie (Laura Harris) gets angry with Reza (Phillip Rhys) when she learns that he's accused her father, Bob (John Terry). But Bob suggests they both cooperate when Tony (Carlos Bernard) wants to take them to CTU for questioning. Left alone, a bewildered Kate (Sarah Wynter) calls her private investigator to get help accessing her father's computer files. Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) and Miguel (Innis Casey) steal Gary's car and get Megan (Skye McCole Bartusiak) out of the city, but they're stopped for speeding by a highway patrolman (Michael McGrady). Mason's (Xander Berkeley) condition is worsening. He has his estranged son (Eric Christian Olsen) brought in so he can apologize to him, say goodbye, and warn him to leave the city.

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Air date: Dec 17, 2002

After Carla's body is found in the trunk of the car, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) and Miguel (Innis Casey) are arrested for kidnapping and murder. They try to explain the situation to Brown (Michael McGrady), the patrolman who caught them, and Kim begs him to call CTU to confirm their story. Tony (Carlos Bernard) brings in Reza (Phillip Rhys) and Bob (John Terry) for questioning, and learns that Bob is a consultant for the CIA. Both deny any connection to the terrorists, forcing Mason (Xander Berkeley) to get tough with them. Meanwhile, Paul (Al Sapienza) helps Kate (Sarah Wynter) look into her father's files, where they discover money transfers to Syed Ali, and some top-secret files. There's a growing interest in the whereabouts of Wieland (Michael Holden), the reporter that Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) has detained. Sherry (Penny Johnson Jerald) offers to try to persuade Wieland to keep quiet about the terrorist threat, in exchange for exclusive access later. Wieland doesn't go for it. To make matters worse, he somehow gets out of custody and publicly chastises Palmer for not telling the public about the threat. Faheen (Anthony Azizi) won't talk, so Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) takes him and Nina (Sarah Clarke) back to L.A. But their plane is attacked en route.

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Air date: Jan 7, 2003

Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) suspects Sherry (Penny Johnson Jerald) of freeing Wieland (Michael Holden), but surveillance footage shows that it was someone else. Palmer is considering attacking the reporter's credibility, but Sherry suggests he simply tell the truth. "It's what you're good at," she reminds him. Sherry has another unpleasant encounter with Lynne (Michelle Forbes) when she gets ahold of Palmer's speech and revises it without Lynne's consent. Despite CTU's efforts on their behalf, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) and Miguel (Innis Casey) are being brought back to L.A. Reza (Phillip Rhys), feeling that Bob (John Terry) has been using him, offers to cooperate with CTU's investigation. Meanwhile, Kate (Sarah Wynter) and Paul (Al Sapienza) have been abducted by Syed Ali (Francesco Quinn), who wants to know what they learned in looking through Bob's files, and who they told. They torture Paul, to no avail. Jack's (Kiefer Sutherland) plane is forced to make a crash landing. He's unable to convince Nina (Sarah Clarke) to give up the bomb's location as the plane goes down. On the ground after the crash, Jack revives Nina. The crash site is quickly swarmed by rogue military personnel. Jack and Nina escape and hold them off until a CTU chopper arrives, but Nina manages to get the jump on Jack and has him at gunpoint, demanding to speak to Palmer. She says she'll reveal the location of the bomb if Palmer gives her immunity -- in advance -- for killing Jack.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2003

Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) holds a press conference downplaying the terror threat and explaining that he withheld information in the best interest of the country. While CTU uses Nina's (Sarah Clarke) information to track down Syed Ali (Francesco Quinn), Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) manages to draw her out into the open, where she's shot and wounded by a CTU sniper. Jack tells Palmer that the soldiers who attacked them at the crash site were Americans, from a deep cover special ops unit commanded by an NSA colonel. A CTU team heads to Ali's house, where they arrive just in time to prevent Kate (Sarah Wynter) from being killed. But Ali is not there, having gone to a nearby mosque to pray. Mason (Xander Berkeley) is slowly dying, and he warns Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth) not to waste her life. He tells her to get out of CTU if she's not happy in her work. This prompts her to express her long-suppressed romantic feelings to Tony (Carlos Bernard), who feels the same way. Palmer calls in Stanton (Harris Yulin) to talk about the NSA covert ops team, and doesn't believe him when he denies any knowledge. Sherry (Penny Johnson Jerald) comes up with more evidence that Stanton is working against Palmer. Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) and Miguel (Innis Casey) start a fire in an effort to create a diversion, and inadvertently cause Brown (Michael McGrady) to crash his police cruiser. Kim calls for an ambulance before running off into the woods. Working with a CTU agent at his office, Reza (Phillip Rhys) discovers that one of the transactions involving Ali was made when both he and Bob (John Terry) were out of town, and only one other person had access to his laptop.

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Tv Season Info

Eighteen months after Day 1's foiled assassination plot, Day 2 finds Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) officially stepping into the role of America's protector as he attempts to stop terrorists from setting off a bomb in Los Angeles. During his hunt for the nuclear device, Jack becomes romantically involved with Kate Warner (Sarah Wynter), who suspects her sister's fiancé is working with Middle Eastern terrorists. Behind-the-scenes political intrigue centers on David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), now president of the United States after surviving Day 1's assassination attempts. While Palmer supports Jack and CTU's efforts to track down the nuclear device, Vice President Jim Prescott (Alan Dale) and Palmer's own Cabinet question the president's decision-making ability and seek to undermine his authority at every turn. Meanwhile, Jack's daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), who was rescued from kidnappers in the first season, turns the tables during Day 2. This time, it's Kim who does the kidnapping---or, as she sees it, rescuing---of a child she's been babysitting in order to protect the girl from an abusive father. Later in the day, guest star Kevin Dillon appears as survivalist Lonnie McRae, who takes Kim hostage after convincing her that the nuclear bomb has already been detonated in L.A. Familiar faces returning to action include CTU agents Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) and Michelle Dessler (Reiko Aylesworth), whose relationship begins to develop romantically under the day's stress; CTU director George Mason (Xander Berkeley), who is exposed to radiation during a fierce gun battle; and First Lady Sherry Palmer (Penny Johnson Jerald), who reveals a dark side in her manipulations of the president for political gain.

Critic Reviews for 24 Day 2

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

This, my friends, is the real deal - a show that promises the goods and delivers them.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Serialized stories can be problematic; witness those relatively soft ratings that dogged the original "24." If this season's first two episodes are an indication, though, watch every hour and you'll be rewarded.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Darkly entertaining and as absorbing as ever, this season of 24 reflects a new wartime mentality, one that suits a war lurking in the shadows.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Viewers' stomachs will likely have done a full gymnastics routine, even as they wonder whether the suspense isn't being obtained a touch more cheaply this time out.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

For its calibrated thrill-ride tensions, I will buy into its plot contrivances.

Aug 16, 2017 | Full Review…

One thing is certain, it's going to be another long day on "24." At least early indications suggest it won't be boring.

Nov 6, 2001 | Full Review…

Bottom Line: Time well spent.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

After a stellar opening act, Season 2 had a lot to live up to and did just that by amping everything up a notch.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Day 2 found a nice balance between some of the more intimate stories involving Jack and his "recovery" from the events of Day 1 and the bigger, full-stop terrorist attack stuff that would come to define the show, basically from that point forward.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The plot is expansive yet tighter, the stakes are higher yet still personal, and the mid season plot shift actually improved matters rather than rehashed them.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The second season moves at a much brisker pace, is definitely topical, contains some excellent performances, and never lets you down in the thrills department.

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Season 2 proved there were plenty of opportunities to put Jack Bauer through nightmarish 24-hour periods.

Feb 1, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 24: Day 2

  • Aug 05, 2020
    The story isn't as personal as the first but the great cast and strong writing make season 2 must watch tv.
  • Jun 21, 2020
    The second season is wildly better than the first I thought. It is much more unpredictable and entertaining. I will say though, Kim's side of the story is completely ridiculous and gets more so as the season goes on.
  • Jun 04, 2020
    In it second day, 24 needed a threat to bring Jack out of self imposed retirement that was bigger than an assassination attempt.... so they went nuclear! The first season of 24 was a landmark in serialised TV thrillers, but this season truly morphed the show into what it will become. Fast paced and action packed, this season is full of twists and cliffhangers that the show is known for. Kiefer Sutherland is now fully embedded in the role of Jack Bauer and has now become one of the most captivating, yet tragic, TV characters in history. Sutherland is engrossing as a man trying to protect his country and rebuild his relationship with his daughter. His arc is tragic, emotional and heart breaking. Full of memorable story points and characters. The offices of CTU are getting more fleshed out and are some of the strongest supporting players on TV. The season moves along at breakneck speed and we are carried along into another long day for TV's best Federal Agent.
  • Apr 16, 2020
    بأسلوب سردي جديد يحكي كل جزء من أجزاء المسلسل في ٢٤ حلقة أحداث ٢٤ ساعة لأحد التهديدات الأمنية التي تتصدى لها وحدة مكافحة الإرهاب، وكيف يتم الاستجابة لتهديدات الأمن القومي بكل احترافية.
  • Nov 13, 2019
    This relentless season holds the viewers' eyes on the screen, moving forwards with energy and commitment, as the show continues to deliver on every level.
  • Mar 31, 2019
    "24 Day 2" further establishes it's place in television history.
  • Feb 27, 2017
    Usually, I judge the success of any televised drama by its ability to reinvent itself from season to season. Too much of the same will lead to stagnation, while too much change will actually alienate loyal viewers. 24, however, is a completely new breed of show and thus does not adhere to the typical critiques of TV drama. Essentially, the second season of 24 follows the same parameters as the first. Over the course of a single day, CTU (Counter-Terrorism Unit) agent Jack Bauer must get himself (and the nation) out of a crisis...this time when a nuclear bomb is set to detonate in Los Angeles and could prompt World War 3 if the plot succeeds. Of course, besides Bauer, a host of other characters (Kim Bauer, Tony Almeida, George Mason, etc.) round out the cast. The twists and turns are just as mind-blowing as the first go-round, yet it never seems to get old due to the great acting and straight-forward plot devices (every episode ends with a new huge twist). The biggest reason the Season Two succeeds, though, is that much more time is devoted to the character of Jack Bauer, who really is the fulcrum of the show. The episodes in which the raging, frenetic Jack takes center stage will have you on the edge of your seat and literally cheering out loud! Whereas in the first half of the first season Bauer was little more than a concerned parent, this entire season sees him wriggling his way out of tight spot after tight spot...MacGyver has nothing on Jack Bauer. I never thought I would find an actor who brings more intensity to his role than Matthew Fox gives to Jack Shepard on LOST, but Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer eclipses him. So, if you were intrigued (or completely thrilled!) by the first season of 24, this second season will not let you down. Between the plot twists, the intensity of Bauer, and the surprising return or demise of a few old "friends", this season again will have you watching episode after episode deep into the night.
  • May 25, 2016
    The first 14 of the first half (15 episodes) suck. They made the threat of a nuclear bomb boring. It's slow, dull, and very boring. All boring storylines, with Kim's being pointless too. Season 1 had me so locked in, I was barely ever bored, and pretty much all the cliffhangers made me say or yell something out loud, and then immediately wanna watch the next episode. This didn't do that for me, because all but two of the cliffhangers at the end of the episodes weren't good, and didn't make me wanna watch the next episode. But starting at episode 15 (the last episode of the first half) it picked up, and lasted all the way through the second half of the season. It was almost as good as the first season.
  • Oct 04, 2015
    Really good season. For the best show on e arth.
  • Jun 14, 2015
    super, thrilling, unique plots !

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