24: Day 3 (2003 - 2004)


Day 3

Critics Consensus

24's third day marks the series' most ruthless season yet with a breathless race to avert chemical catastrophe, a myriad of shocking surprises, and an unnerving disregard for treating any character as safe.



Critic Ratings: 14


Audience Score

User Ratings: 159
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Air date: Oct 28, 2003
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After thwarting last season's attempted nuclear attack on Los Angeles, Day 3 finds Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) again fighting to protect the city, this time from a weaponized virus. But Jack is also battling a personal demon---a heroin addiction he picked up while working undercover in a drug-smuggling ring run by terrorist Ramon Salazar (Joaquim de Almeida). At Jack's side throughout Day 3 is his daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), who took a desk job at CTU in the time between Seasons 2 and 3. Complicating matters is Kim's relationship with Jack's new partner, Chase Edmunds (James Badge Dale), whom she has been secretly dating. Further CTU romance is found between agents Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) and Michelle Dessler (Reiko Aylesworth), whose working relationship has blossomed into marriage. But it's a rocky union that's tested throughout Day 3, by everything from charges of terrorism to exposure to a deadly virus. Following the dissolution of his marriage to the first lady, President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) is deep into his reelection campaign. But privately he is still grappling with the lingering effects of the viral attack carried out by assassin Mandy (Mia Kirshner) during Day 2's final moments. New to the series is Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), a CTU senior analyst whose computer skills prove helpful during Jack's mission this season and beyond. Day 3 also features the first appearance of Wayne Palmer (DB Woodside), who serves as the new chief of staff for his older brother. While lacking in major guest stars, Day 3 does feature Zachary Quinto ("Heroes") as rookie computer analyst Adam Kaufman, and Daniel Dae Kim ("Lost"), who returns for a second go-round as CTU agent Tom Baker.


Kiefer Sutherland
as Jack Bauer
Dennis Haysbert
as David Palmer
Elisha Cuthbert
as Kimberly Bauer
Carlos Bernard
as Tony Almeida
Reiko Aylesworth
as Michelle Dessler
James Badge Dale
as Chase Edmunds
Zachary Quinto
as Adam Kaufman
D.B. Woodside
as Wayne Palmer
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Chloe O'Brian
Jesse Borrego
as Gael Ortega
Joaquim de Almeida
as Ramon Salazar
Vincent Laresca
as Hector Salazar
Paul Schulze
as Ryan Chappelle
Paul Blackthorne
as Stephen Saunders
Riley Smith
as Kyle Singer
Greg Ellis
as Michael Amador
Sarah Clarke
as Nina Myers
Andrea Thompson
as Dr. Nicole Duncan
Wendy Crewson
as Dr. Anne Packard
Glenn Morshower
as Agent Aaron Pierce
Gina Torres
as Julia Milliken
Alexandra Lydon
as Jane Saunders
Christina Chang
as Dr. Sunny Macer
Jamie McShane
as Gerry Whitehorn
Lothaire Bluteau
as Marcus Alvers
Doug Savant
as Craig Phillips
Carlos Gomez
as Luis Annicon
Daniel Dae Kim
as Agent Tom Baker
Randle Mell
as Brad Hammond
Michael Cavanaugh
as Joseph O'Laughlin
Maria Del Mar
as Agent Rachel Forrester
Joe D'Angerio
as John Osterlind
David Herman
as Dalton Furelle
Albert Hall
as Alan Milliken
Missy Yager
as Susan Cole
Sarah Wynter
as Kate Warner
Mark Rolston
as Bruce Foxton
Lucinda Jenney
as Helen Singer
Andy Umberger
as Dr. Linzer
Conor O'Farrell
as Ted Packard
Rick Ravanello
as Darren Reiss
Kevin Chapman
as Warden Mitchell
Jenette Goldstein
as Rae Plachecki
Ted Marcoux
as Sam Singer
Lorry Goldman
as Doug Shaye
Brigid Brannagh
as Kathy McCartney
Neal Matarazzo
as Agent Graves
Jack Blackthorne
as Stephen Saunders
Simon Templeman
as Trevor Tomlinson
Sean Smith
as Pharmacist
Kevin Fry
as Kevin
Shawn Woods
as Fredrick
Jack Kehler
as Kevin Kelly
Kamala Lopez-Dawson
as Theresa Ortega
Salvatore Xuereb
as Arthur Rabens
Ed Wasser
as Jason Carusone
Randy Thompson
as Roger Sommers
Darin Cooper
as Landlord
Deena Dill
as Rita Cullens
JD Cullum
as Margolis
Matt Salinger
as Mark Kanar
Tony Todd
as Det. Mike Norris
Carlos Sanz
as Simon Cullens
Scott Klace
as Irate Man
Paul Vincent O'Connor
as Chief of Police
Ty Upshaw
as Jeff Benson
Shiloh Strong
as Frank Lennox
Butch Klein
as Richards
Bill Kalmenson
as Red Shirt
Steve Rankin
as Major John Blanchard
Alan Dale
as Vice President Jim Prescott
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Critic Reviews for 24 Day 3

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

24 has become a shadow of its former self, substituting pointless violence where surprising plot twists used to suffice. This year's story has yet to become edge-of-your-seat entertainment and none of the new characters make much of an impact.

May 3, 2019 | Full Review…

That 24 was willing to dispatch with established characters to move the story ahead shows the confidence the writers had that there was more where that came from.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Season 3 hit the ground running and never looked like slowing down, but crucially had that 24 magic which meant you never knew what would happen next. Handy.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Was it all good? No way. But was it entertaining? Oh yes.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

24 has rediscovered its footing and is preparing to shock, thrill and hook us with some of its best twists yet.

Nov 7, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/54 | Full Review…

24 now seems an efficient thrill machine that repeatedly threatens to veer off in cockamamie plot torques: in taking such risks, it's not always perfect, but it is consistently admirable and frequently excellent fun.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The series that strains our nerves and our credulity returns with more hour-by-hour suspense, and amazingly it still works.

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Season Three is faithful to the 24 formula and is a complete weekend killer. We defy you to sit through a single episode and then walk away.

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

It's unclear how long the producers can keep pulling the same trick, but for now there's enough magic in the formula to make all the gumption-swallowing worthwhile

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In Season Three the key word is "deception", and nothing throughout ends up quite as it first seems in any storyline. To say more would be to spoil the surprises that lie within.

Sep 21, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 24: Day 3

  • May 07, 2014
    New dangers are faced in Season 3 of 24 as the series takes on biological terrorism. This season Jack Bauer goes undercover with the Salazar drug cartel in order to acquire the Cordilla virus and stop it from falling into terrorists hands; meanwhile President Palmer faces a scandal that could end his presidency. The plot structure is a lot like Season 1 and takes a twist every few episodes; ramping up the action with each new plot development. And as usual, the tone is incredibly edgy and dark. Featuring James Badge Dale, Joaquim de Almeida, Vanessa Ferlito, Paul Blackthorne, and D.B. Woodside, the season has a strong supporting cast. Full of exciting thrills, 24's third season is a game changer for the series.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2019
    While not a good as previous seasons, "24: Day 3" is still worth watching.
  • Mar 09, 2018
    one of the very best seasons of maybe the greatest show ever to grace the television screen. highly RECOMMENDEd
  • Feb 27, 2017
    After watching the first season of 24, I was completely hooked by the political angle. After watching season two, I was inspired by the intensity of lead character Jack Bauer. This season, the third installment, combined both of those factors, making it my favorite 24 hours of the series so far! Whereas the format of the show is basically the same as its two predecessors, the drama is ratcheted up even further (as hard as that is to believe) with the web of emotions surrounding each character. Whether it be Bauer, daughter Kim, boyfriend/agent Chase, or the entire CTU staff (Almeida, Dessler, Chappelle, and O'Brien), all have character arcs that will have you dying to know what happens next. The basic premise of the season (although true 24 fans know how much that changes from episode to episode) sees a terrorist threatening to release a deadly biotoxin in Los Angeles, while Bauer and CTU race against the clock to track him down. Every episode is (as usually) filled with new twists and turns at every commercial break, and the subject matter changes so much from beginning to end that you will feel as if you have watched multiple seasons! Each season of 24 that I have seen (I am currently working my way through them on DVD) has left me with one defining moment. Season One was the treachery of Nina Myers. Season Two was the brutal interrogation that Bauer orchestrates. This season, the moment that really stuck out for me was the (potential) disastrous effects of the biotoxin that is threatened to be released on the city. How much damage is ultimately caused I will not tell you here, but suffice it to say that even just the threat of it will having you rooting for Bauer and his cause more than at any time in the past.
  • Dec 27, 2016
    Pure heart pounding tension, action, politics and drama.
  • Jun 02, 2016
    I have some problems, but it's still a little better than Season 2! The first few episodes were brilliant, especially Kyle Singer's storyline. But then they got rid of it stupidly and too fast, and the rest of the first half, and the second half, were just alright.
  • Oct 04, 2015
    Great season. 24 never has a bad episode.
  • Jun 19, 2015
    edge of the seat thriller !
  • May 30, 2014
    While its use of a British villain is a bit clique and you wait for him to get better development that never comes but this season still offers more than enough twists turns and suspenseful moments to make it riveting television. Its use of the possible horrors of germ warfare is often terrifying and a great device for action and suspense. It continues its 5 season winning streak
  • May 12, 2014
    Day three of house features Jack as head of field ops for CTU with Chase Edmunds as his new partner. Kim is now working at CTU and is in a relationship with Chase that's hidden from her father. Between day two and three, Jack went undercover with a group of Mexican drug smugglers and got hooked on heroin, which is a recurring issue he's forced to deal with in day three. Jack is forced to break Ramon Salazar out of prison and bring him back to Mexico in what we later find out is a massive sting operation to find and take a new lethal virus off the open market. Once they meet with the dealer, the deal goes south when Nina Myers makes an appearance for the third straight season (eventually getting what she had coming to her at the hands of Jack) and the dealer keeps the virus. The rest of the day follows an ex-patriot releasing the biological weapon on unsuspecting citizens in order to blackmail the government into getting what he wants. This season marks the first appearance of Chloe O'Brian, who reappears in every subsequent season as Jack's most trusted employee/friend; however, in this season, he's feeling her out as she learns the job. Day three is the best season of 24. It is the most complete and most well written season this show has to offer and I'd recommend it to everyone, but unless you watch these seasons in order, you'll miss important details.

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