24: Day 3 (2003 - 2004)


Day 3

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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.



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Air date: Oct 28, 2003

Three years after the biological attempt on President Palmer's (Dennis Haysbert) life (which ended Day 2), Palmer is back in Los Angeles, campaigning for re-election. He's hired his brother, Wayne (D.B. Woodside), as his chief of staff, and he has a clandestine romantic relationship with his personal physician, Dr. Anne Packard (Wendy Crewson). Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) has spent a year undercover, getting close to and then arresting Ramon Salazar (Joaquim de Almeida), a Colombian drug lord. Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) is now a technician at CTU, and is secretly having an affair with Chase (James Badge Dale), a young agent who is working with Jack. Tony (Carlos Bernard) and Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth) are involved, and Michelle is hoping to find a job at Langley when Tony moves to his new position there. Jack and Chase go to the prison where Salazar is supposed to sign an agreement to identify all his terrorist contacts. After signing the agreement, Salazar kills his lawyer with the pen, and warns Jack, "What happens next is on you." Meanwhile, terrorists deposit a diseased corpse at the National Health Services. Dr. Sunny Macir (Christina Chang) eventually tells Tony that the victim died from a weaponized strain of a deadly virus they were studying. The virus will spread rapidly if it is not contained. The FBI gets a call from a terrorist, who threatens to unleash the virus on L.A. if Salazar is not released within six hours. As work begins on the case, Chase confronts Jack about his unsteady mental state, a result of his undercover work. This episode was originally aired without commercial interruption.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2003

Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) is battling heroin addiction after going undercover to bust Ramon Salazar (Joaquim de Almeida). Chase (James Badge Dale) is the only one who knows that Jack is going through withdrawal as CTU addresses the biological terror threat. Wayne (D.B. Woodside) tells Tony (Carlos Bernard) that the president will not give in to the terrorist demand to free Ramon, but promises that CTU will have all the resources they need. Wayne tells David (Dennis Haysbert) that he might be able to get a copy of their opponent's playbook for that night's debate. David rejects the offer, but Wayne does it anyway, and later tells David that the opposition intends to use some new information about Anne (Wendy Crewson) against him. Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), going against Chase's wishes, decides to tell Jack about their relationship. Jack later expresses his displeasure to Chase. Jack explains that the job has ruined every relationship he's ever had. Later, Jack sends the resentful Chase back to CTU to conduct a routine interrogation, in order to keep him out of harm's way. CTU discovers that the virus might be in powder form, which leads them to pursue Kyle Singer (Riley Smith), who has just returned to Los Angeles from Mexico with what he thinks is a bag of heroin. And, in a surprise twist, Hector Salazar (Vincent Laresca), running the operation from Mexico, and his brother have an inside link to CTU.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2003

With the presidential debate looming and a terrorist threat in play, Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) learns that Anne's (Wendy Crewson) disgraced ex-husband has changed his earlier testimony in an SEC fraud case, and is now accusing her of perjury. Wayne (D.B. Woodside) urges Palmer to distance himself from her, and suggests that they pay the ex-husband off to keep quiet. Luis Annicon (Carlos Gomez) is called to the prison to meet with Ramon (Joaquim de Almeida), who has a surprise for him. Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) is on his way to Kyle Singer's (Riley Smith) apartment, and he's fiending, but he's joined by a HAZMAT team before he has a chance to shoot up. Gael (Jesse Borrego), working inside CTU, tells Hector (Vincent Laresca) that they have a man on Kyle, so they don't have to worry about CTU reaching him. After an argument with his parents, Kyle tries to leave his house, but his father (Ted Marcoux) grabs his duffle bag and finds the "drugs" inside. Kyle struggles to get the bag back and it rips open. He runs off. When the CTU team arrives, Kyle's mother (Lucinda Jenney) panics and flushes the white powder down the toilet, setting off a desperate effort to close off the local sewer system. But Jack soon learns that there's no trace of the virus in the powder, and surmises that because the virus has a 14-hour incubation period, Kyle might have been infected, and they have about three more hours to find him before he'll become contagious.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2003

Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth) gets word that Tony (Carlos Bernard) has been shot and critically wounded while trying to apprehend Kyle (Riley Smith). As Tony goes into surgery, she reluctantly decides to stay at CTU and run the critical anti-terrorism operation. Realizing he's being pursued, Kyle gets in touch with his girlfriend, Linda (Agnes Bruckner), and convinces her to come and pick him up at the mall. Then he tells her that he could maybe be infected with some kind of deadly virus. Terrified, she tells him to take her car and go, but before she can get away, a group of men grab the young couple and take them to an airtight chamber, where they'll presumably be kept until the virus is contagious. David (Dennis Haysbert) is ready to pay off Anne's (Wendy Crewson) ex, but Anne appeals to his conscience, and convinces him to call it off, much to Wayne's (D.B. Woodside) chagrin. Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) can't convince David to release Ramon (Joaquim de Almeida), so he proposes another plan: he'll go "rogue," break Ramon out of prison, and deliver him to Hector (Vincent Laresca). This way, the biological terrorism threat will be thwarted, without the president appearing to have given in to the Salazars' demands. Jack proceeds to the prison, but is furious when Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) tells him that Chase (James Badge Dale) has disobeyed his orders and gone to the prison himself to interrogate Ramon.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2003

Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) has caused a riot at the prison, and he and Ramon (Joaquim de Almeida) attempt to escape by knocking out two guards and putting on their uniforms. Unfortunately, they're overtaken by a gang of heavily armed prisoners, and the riot leader, Peel (Lobo Sebastian) forces the two "guards" to play Russian roulette. Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth) learns that Jack is trying to break Ramon out of prison, and orders Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) to search his office for anything pertinent. She finds evidence of his drug use. With Gael (Jesse Borrego) sabotaging their efforts, the CTU team inches closer to finding Kyle. Studying surveillance video, Adam (Zachary Quinto) determines that Kyle (Riley Smith) has been abducted, and Kim discovers the van's license plate number. In an effort to save Linda (Agnes Bruckner), Kyle attempts to kill himself, but she manages to stop him. At the debate, Keeler (Geoff Pierson) makes his accusation against Anne (Wendy Crewson).

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Air date: Dec 2, 2003

As Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) and Ramon (Joaquim de Almeida) escape in the helicopter, Ryan Chappelle (Paul Schulze) returns to CTU, and contemplates shooting them down. He has to make a decision before the helicopter flies over a populated section of Los Angeles, and Chase (James Badge Dale) reminds him that he'd better clear it with Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) before killing the man who saved the president's life. Wayne (D.B. Woodside) gets word to Palmer during the debate, which Palmer decides to interrupt in order to deal with the crisis. He gives the order to shoot down the chopper, but it's too late. Once on the ground, Jack is able to contact Ramon's personal pilot, and make plans to get out of the country. Since Jack's work appears to be done, Ramon decides to kill him. Back at CTU, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) realizes that Gael (Jesse Borrego) has been thwarting the team's efforts to contact Jack. Meanwhile, Kyle (Riley Smith) is brought in and examined by CTU's medical team, which makes a surprising discovery.

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Air date: Dec 9, 2003

Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth) and Adam (Zachary Quinto) find Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) bound and gagged, and Gael (Jesse Borrego) is quickly captured. Michelle convinces Ryan (Paul Schulze) to let her go to the hospital to see Tony (Carlos Bernard), while he handles the interrogation. Anne (Wendy Crewson) gets a call from her ex, Ted (Conor O'Farrell), who tells her that if she comes to meet him at his hotel, he'll turn over documents proving her innocence. While Ramon (Joaquim de Almeida) parties on the plane, he contemplates killing Jack (Kiefer Sutherland), who is tied up in the cargo hold. Jack manages to get loose, though. He gets a gun, and holds Ramon at gunpoint until the plane lands in Mexico, where Hector (Vincent Laresca) waits with a small army. Chase (James Badge Dale) disobeys orders again. He finds out where Ramon is headed, and flies there himself, telling Kim that he'll have to "go dark" to complete his mission. When Tony wakes up and finds out about Gael, he checks himself out of the hospital and races back to CTU, where he fills in the rest of the team on Jack's secret plan.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2003

A lot of people are pissed off when Tony (Carlos Bernard) reveals that the terrorist threat and Jack's (Kiefer Sutherland) "rescue" of Ramon (Joaquim de Almeida) were all part of an elaborate sting operation. Jack left a video explaining his actions, which is played for Palmer (Dennis Haysbert). Jack is going undercover with the Salazar brothers again, in an effort to buy a deadly weaponized virus on the black market. Palmer leaves Tony in charge, and warns him that there will be serious consequences if Jack's plan doesn't work. Palmer's problems with Anne (Wendy Crewson) and Ted Packard (Conor O'Farrell) go away, albeit in unpleasant fashion, and Anne ends their relationship. Jack arrives at Hector's (Vincent Laresca) compound. Ramon still doesn't trust him, so Hector has to try to convince his brother to wait until they make the lucrative deal for the virus before they kill Jack, who's in contact with the dealer, Amador (Greg Ellis). When they get a moment alone, Claudia (Vanessa Ferlito) angrily confronts Jack about reneging on his promise to take her away when he busted Ramon. Jack's plans are further complicated when Chase (James Badge Dale) arrives in Mexico, and is quickly captured by Hector's men.

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Air date: Jan 6, 2004

Not long after Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) finishes dealing with the Anne fiasco, one of his major contributors, Alan Milliken (Albert Hall) calls and asks for a meeting. Alan tells the president that Wayne (D.B. Woodside) had an affair with his wife, Julia (Gina Torres), while he was recovering from a stroke. Alan orders Palmer to fire Wayne and warns him that there will be serious consequences if he doesn't. At CTU, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) notices a couple of apparent oversights on Tony's (Carlos Bernard) part, and suggests to Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth) that he has not recovered sufficiently from his gunshot wound, and should be relieved of command. Down in Mexico, Chase (James Badge Dale) is being tortured, and Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) enlists Claudia's (Vanessa Ferlito) help, promising to get her, her little brother, and her father out if she'll get him a cell phone (his transponder was broken during his brief struggle with Chase) and help Chase escape. Jack gets an unpleasant surprise when Amador (Greg Ellis) shows up and announces that there's another buyer competing for the virus, and the Salazars will have to bid for it. The situation grows more complicated when Jack learns that the other buyer has sent an all-too-familiar representative to their makeshift auction.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2004

While Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) and Ramon (Joaquim de Almeida) go after Nina (Sarah Clarke), Claudia (Vanessa Ferlito) helps Chase (James Badge Dale) escape. Chase manages to get away, and arranges for a Delta team to pick him up, but Claudia is shot as they drive off. When Amador (Greg Ellis) goes to get the virus for Nina, Jack makes his move, dispatching a couple of her men. But then he gets distracted, and Nina gets the jump on him. Jack desperately offers her a lot of money in hopes of convincing her not to kill him, but she can't believe he's betrayed his country. Back at CTU, Chappelle (Paul Schulze) catches Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) hiding an infant under her desk. He wants to send her home, but he can't because they're in the middle of a crisis. Alan (Albert Hall) uses his political influence to punish Palmer (Dennis Haysbert). After his offer to resign is refused, Wayne (D.B. Woodside) meets with Julia (Gina Torres) to try to convince her to help, but Palmer decides to fight back. "We have to lower ourselves to his level," he says.

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Tv Season Info

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
Salvator Xuereb
as Arthur Rabens
Randy Thompson
as Roger Sommers
Ed Wasser
as Jason Carusone
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 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…

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…

Initially dismissed by some as a questionable gimmick, 24 has become an accomplished exercise in storytelling that takes full advantage of the television form.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

What we are discovering in the third season of 24 is that if you set up a series in which anything can happen, anything will, whether it makes sense or not.

Aug 30, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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 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…

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

  • Aug 05, 2020
    Incredibly intense and powerfully acted day 3 is a must watch for fans and keeps them on the edge of their seat.
  • Jul 01, 2020
    Here is the problem with this show: Having a single main character that the entire show hinges on means that the viewer knows that character won't die no matter how hard the writers try to make you think he will. When I see Jack playing Russian Roulette with the criminals, I feel nothing cause the show could literally not exist without Jack. I know he will be fine, and I know he will succeed (even if there are consequences for that success).
  • Jun 25, 2020
    Like most television, 24 is about social engineering. The entertainment value of watching out for its embedded messages makes it a 5/5. As far as good fiction, it's a 2.5-3 at best.
  • Jun 04, 2020
    The show still moves along at breakneck speed, but this season showed the flaws in the real time format. Trying to create twist and turns with lasting repercussions in real time has a negative affect on this seasons chemical weapon plot. Jack undercover with a Mexican cartel sounds good on paper but the execution is lacking when Jack spends 2 whole episodes flying to and back from Mexico. Even the shocking twist of an agent shot down during a botched sting fells less impactful when they are back working at the office hours later. This season is still full of the same thrills, but its clear by now they are struggling to find room for Jack's daughter Kim in the narrative. This season is still some fine television work and the actors are still amazing in there roles, but this feels like 24 trying to do something too different and end up with an over stuffed season that doesn't have the same memorable feel as the two previous 'days'.
  • Nov 13, 2019
    Season 3 still has the energetic storytelling and great acting, but the show has seemed to drop in quality compared to its predecessor season; even if it's just a small fraction. 9 points out of 10.
  • 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.

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