24 (season 2)

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24 (season 2)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original network Fox
Original release October 29, 2002 (2002-10-29) – May 20, 2003 (2003-05-20)
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List of 24 episodes

The second season of the American drama television series 24, also known as Day 2, was first broadcast from October 29, 2002, to May 20, 2003 on Fox. The season begins and ends at 8:00 a.m. The season premiere originally aired without commercial interruption, and has an extended running time of approximately 51 minutes, as opposed to the standard 43 minutes.

Season overview[edit]

The second season is set 18 months after season one. The season's main plot follows the work of now-U.S. President David Palmer and agent Jack Bauer to stop terrorists from detonating a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles. Introduced into the situation is Kate Warner, a woman who ends up getting vital information related to CTU's mission.

This season can essentially be broken into two acts:

  1. The first act involves CTU attempting to stop a Middle Eastern terrorist cell from detonating a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles.
  2. In the second act, Jack and the CTU try to prevent a misdirected retaliatory strike from the U.S. by investigating a possibly forged piece of evidence, for the strikes

Major subplots[edit]

  • Following the death of Teri Bauer and his unborn baby at the end of Season 1, Jack Bauer retires from CTU.
  • Kim is on the run, having rescued a young girl from her abusive father.
  • Kate Warner suspects that her sister's Middle Eastern fiancé is a terrorist.
  • CTU is blown up with C4 to divert resources to cripple its ability to find the bomb.
  • George Mason, Director of CTU, is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation.
  • Jack tries to repair his relationship with his daughter Kim and spends much of the day worrying about her safety.
  • Jack develops a heart condition after being tortured by terrorists.
  • President Palmer faces traitors in his own cabinet, who attempt to remove him from power to advance their own agenda.
  • The personal relationship between Tony Almeida and Michelle Dessler begins to develop.
  • The relationship between Jack Bauer and Kate Warner also begins to develop.


The season starts and ends at: 8:00 a.m. (L.A. time); the first scene of the season occurs in Seoul, South Korea (midnight, Seoul time).

The first fifteen hours deal with finding and disposing of the nuclear bomb. After the bomb is disposed of safely, the story focuses on the United States' response to the thwarted attack, and in particular the nation's retaliation against the people responsible for planning it. A recorded conversation between a terrorist involved with the bomb and high-ranking officials of three Middle Eastern countries (which are never specified) is used to implicate those countries in the plot. However, due to Jack Bauer's doubts, Palmer is reluctant to order military action against them until he has absolute proof that the recording is genuine. A majority of his Cabinet then vote to relieve Palmer of his position as President under Section 4 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment, believing his hesitation to be a sign of indecision and weakness, and is therefore indicative of his inability to lead the country effectively. The vice president, James Prescott, is elevated to the presidency and orders military strikes against the three countries to continue.

Jack, Michelle and Tony race to find the evidence that the recording is a forgery, resulting in the discovery that a group of European and American businessmen fabricated it in order to wage war with the Middle East, and planned to benefit from the resulting skyrocketing oil prices. Once the evidence is produced, the strikes are called off and Palmer is reinstated as President, thanks largely to his ex-wife Sherry Palmer (who risks her life for the evidence, and who also had an indirect hand in the day's events). The eight cabinet members and Vice President tender their resignations (Palmer does not accept them), and Palmer then tells his staff that he believes that the strictest evidence of hostile intent is required before waging war. The President does however, relieve his Chief of Staff Mike Novick, who did not support him until the eleventh hour, despite being his most trusted confidant.

Like in Season One, Season Two ends with a surprise twist. The nuclear bomb situation is resolved without massive loss of life (besides George Mason, who had radiation poisoning and convinced Jack to let him fly the plane) but President Palmer collapses after giving a speech, having been attacked with a biological weapon by Mandy in an assassination attempt. Viewers were forced to wait until the third season to see whether Palmer survived the attack. The sudden shift from a nuclear to biological threat also foreshadows the third season, which initially centers on the threat of an engineered virus being set loose on the public.

24: The Game dealt with the time between Seasons Two and Three. President Palmer is incapacitated from the biological weapon inflicted by Mandy, and many of the duties are being handled by his Vice President.

Plot twists affecting future seasons[edit]

  • The bombing of the CTU office
  • Nina Myers' immunity agreement.
  • The death of George Mason.
  • The relationship regained between Jack and his daughter.
  • The relationship developed between Tony Almeida and Michelle Dessler.
  • The friendship developed between Jack and Kate.
  • The firing of Mike Novick from David Palmer's staff.
  • The assassination attempt on David Palmer.


Season 2 main cast: (from left to right, back row) Sarah Wynter, Carlos Bernard, Xander Berkeley, Penny Johnson Jerald, and Dennis Haysbert; (from left to right, front row) Kiefer Sutherland and Elisha Cuthbert
For a more thorough list, see List of 24 characters § 24: Season 2.


Guest starring[edit]


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
25 1 "Day 2: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff October 29, 2002 (2002-10-29) 2AFF01
18 months after the events of Day 1, President Palmer is informed that a terrorist group called the "Second Wave" is planning to detonate a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles on the day. CTU Los Angeles is ordered to call back resigned agent Jack Bauer, who is trying to talk to Kim; but she refuses, as seeing him reminds her of her mother's death. Kim lives at the Mathesons' house, watching after their daughter, Megan. Jack arrives at CTU, where Director Mason and agents Almeida, Dessler, and Schaeffer update the former of the situation. Jack leaves a message for Kim to get out of the city. He is informed that Joseph Wald, a criminal he previously worked for as cover, is affiliated with Second Wave and there is a witness who will testify against Wald. The witness is brought to CTU, where Jack kills him and prepares for his mission. Kim finds out that Megan is abused by her father Gary. Meanwhile, as the Warner family arranges for the wedding of their daughter, Marie, with Reza Naiyeer, a Middle Eastern man, their other daughter, Kate, is informed by her private investigator that Naiyeer is apparently affiliated with terrorist organizations.
26 2 "Day 2: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff November 5, 2002 (2002-11-05) 2AFF02
Jack goes to the location Wald's men work and proves his loyalty by showing them the witness's head. Eddie Grant, their boss accepts Jack into the team; but another member still doubts him and searches the criminal record server for Jack's identity, which is found by CTU's hacking into the server and Grant gets certain. They take him on their mission, which is to explode CTU. Meanwhile, Mason gets a message and leaves CTU. Palmer meets Ron Wieland, a journalist who is informed by his sources that the threat level has been raised, and tries to convince the latter not to talk to the press in order to avoid panic; but he denies and is detained by Secret Service. Kate's investigator requests Naiyeer's passport for his errand and she steals it. Carla, Gary's wife, helps Kim escape with Megan on the former's car. He stops the car and the duo continue on foot. Kim tells Megan to stay still until she can make sure Gary has lost them. He confronts her and tries to convince her of his benevolence; but she knocks him unconscious and returns to see Megan gone. She starts searching.
27 3 "Day 2: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m." James Whitmore, Jr. Howard Gordon November 12, 2002 (2002-11-12) 2AFF03
Jack warns Palmer's assistant, Lynne Kresge, about CTU; and she informs the NSA Deputy Director Eric Rayburn, who convinces her not to warn CTU in order to maintain Jack's cover. Grant's team takes a power supply contractor hostage and forces him to get them inside CTU, which Jack notices not to be evacuated yet. The team poses as contractors and goes in to plant the bombs while Jack stays to watch the hostage. He frees him and instructs him to go in and warn Almeida. Kresge finally decides to inform Palmer, who orders the evacuation of CTU. Grant's team leaves while Kim and Megan arrive at CTU. The bombs detonate while several agents including Schaeffer are still inside. Meanwhile, Mason joins LAPD to investigate a garage, where he is exposed to radioactive substance. He is informed that he only has hours before his death. Gary reports to the police that Kim has kidnapped Megan. The investigator tells Kate that Naiyeer has certainly been in contact with the terrorists and also tells her to act normal until the authorities, whom he has alerted, arrive.
28 4 "Day 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m." James Whitmore, Jr. Remi Aubuchon November 19, 2002 (2002-11-19) 2AFF04
Jack calls Kresge and blames her for the CTU incident. Having found Wald's location, he kills Grant and his team and heads to the house, where he captures Wald and starts interrogating him until the latter's dog attacks the former, giving the latter the chance to escape and take refuge in his concrete room. Jack finds breaking the door impossible and manages to convince Wald to open it. He gives Jack the identity of a contact before committing suicide. Jack finds the contact to be Nina Myers. Meanwhile, Palmer learns from Kresge that Rayburn stopped her and fires him. Mason returns to CTU. Kim takes Megan to a hospital, where the nurse confirms Megan's abuse and believes the former to be responsible. She calls and informs Carla, who states she is on her way. Kate tells Bob, her father, what she has discovered and he tells her that Naiyeer is not a terrorist and instructs her to get in the latter's car. She gets scared in the car; but it is revealed that he only wanted to show her the house he has bought.
29 5 "Day 2: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Gil Grant November 26, 2002 (2002-11-26) 2AFF05
Jack informs Mason about Myers and Mason issues her transfer to CTU, where she demands pardon in exchange for helping them. Palmer tells Jack, whose wife was murdered by Myers, about his decision to pardon her as there is no other choice. Jack finds out about Mason's condition and threatens to reveal it to Division command if the latter doesn't appoint the former as Myers' handler. Meanwhile, Schaeffer succumbs to her wounds and Almeida leaves to investigate Naiyeer's case. His team arrives at Bob's and starts interrogating Naiyeer. Marie gets shocked and Kate explain everything to her. Palmer is joined by Roger Stanton, the NSA Director, and they meet a Middle Eastern ambassador for intel exchange. The ambassador's helicopter crashes when leaving. Gary arrives at the hospital and forces Kim to leave by threatening to call the police. She gets a call from Jack, who tells her about the bomb. She calls Miguel, her boyfriend, and tells him to join her. When he does, she tells him about the bomb and convinces him to help her break out Megan.
30 6 "Day 2: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Elizabeth M. Cosin December 3, 2002 (2002-12-03) 2AFF06
Jack shows the pardon document to Myers, who demands to be released before she reveals the location. Jack threatens to kill her if she doesn't talk. She claims to know the location of a Second Wave insider. Jack arranges Myers to be transferred to the location. An agent is instructed to accompany them in order to watch Jack, who poisons the agent, making him unconscious. Meanwhile, Marie gets angry with Kate for her investigation. Naiyeer reveals to CTU that Bob instructed him to transfer the funds to Second Wave accounts. David's former wife, Sherry Palmer, visits him and reveals that there has been an evacuation ordered in Los Angeles. David finds out that Stanton ordered it. The latter claims that he believed that to be David's order; but the latter cancels it. David accepts Sherry in his team and tells her about the bomb. Gary leaves Megan's room to answer a call made by Miguel; and Kim arrives and takes her. The trio manages to escape.
31 7 "Day 2: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m." James Whitmore, Jr. Virgil Williams December 10, 2002 (2002-12-10) 2AFF07
Jack, Myers and other agents arrive at the location. Myers is planted a microphone and a camera before she goes in and visits the insider. The agents storm in and capture him. Myers tries to escape, but is stopped by Jack, who hesitates to take revenge and she is rearrested. Meanwhile, Bob and Naiyeer are issued for transfer to CTU after the former is interrogated. Mason calls his son, who dislikes him, and tells him to meet him at CTU; but the latter denies and the former brings him by force. The former reveals his condition and they say goodbye. Novick, David's Chief of Staff, joins him; and David states that he is trying to find Sherry's source. David begins to suspect that Stanton is working against him and teams up with Sherry, Novick and Kresge to investigate Stanton. Kresge begins to dislike Sherry, who has an argument with her that is seen by David, who warns her. Kim, Miguel and Megan keep traveling on Gary's car until a policeman stops them, finds Carla's body in it and arrests them.
32 8 "Day 2: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m." James Whitmore, Jr. Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff December 17, 2002 (2002-12-17) 2AFF08
Myers tries to make the insider talk at the location, but fails. They get in the plane back to CTU. In the air, Myers manages to get a location before she kills the insider. She tells Jack that she is the only one to know now. The plane is shot by an unknown party. Meanwhile, three Second Wave operatives have an argument while transferring the bomb. Two are killed and the third one continues alone. At CTU, Bob reveals to Almeida that he is a CIA consultant and states that he is not a terrorist. Kate meets an analyst, who investigates the accounts more. They find the name Syed Ali, a known terrorist affiliated with Second Wave. As the two leave the house, they are abducted by Second Wave thugs. David notices Wieland, revealed to have escaped detainment by an agent's help, revealing his knowledge to the press. Kim tells the policeman, who has brought them to the office, about the bomb, hoping to get released and Megan not be returned to Gary.
33 9 "Day 2: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m." Rodney Charters Howard Gordon January 7, 2003 (2003-01-07) 2AFF09
David accuses Sherry of breaking out Wieland. The plane crashes and Jack sees military operatives killing the survivors. He and Myers escape and resist until CTU forces arrive and kill the attackers. Having secured a rifle, Myers takes Jack hostage and demands a pardon for an upcoming crime, the murder of Jack. He tells David to accept it. Myers reveals the location of Ali. Meanwhile, Naiyeer states that he is ready to cooperate, making Bob angry, and that needs to go to his office for that. An agent is instructed to accompany him. Almeida and Dessler find out about Mason's condition and decide to let him remain in charge in his last hours. Sherry and Kresge continue having arguments. Kate and the analyst are brought to Ali, who instructs his henchman to torture him. The analyst is killed at last. The policeman decides to take Kim and Miguel back to Los Angeles. Megan is entrusted to her aunt and says goodbye to Kim.
34 10 "Day 2: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m." Rodney Charters David Ehrman January 14, 2003 (2003-01-14) 2AFF10
Jack is rescued from Myers. He recognizes the attacking group by their tattoos and tells David that they are a covert special ops unit working for NSA. David deduces that they were sent by Stanton. Sherry reveals the latter's secret communication network, which can be evidence against him. She is revealed to be conspiring with him and disclosed the network in order to maintain her cover. Jack leads the team to the house, where Kate is being tortured. Ali leaves to say prayers. The henchman kills himself using a cyanide capsule in his mouth. Knowing some Arabic, Kate states Ali's intention for prayers. Jack orders a list of nearby mosques. Meanwhile, Naiyeer and the agent find out that the account was hacked. Marie arrives and kills them both, implied to be the hacker and also affiliated with Second Wave. Almeida and Dessler get emotionally close. While being transferred, Kim and Miguel force a crash. He gets stuck and unable to escape. She calls for medical response and escapes when they arrive.
35 11 "Day 2: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m." Frederick King Keller Gil Grant February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04) 2AFF11
CTU team tracks Ali to a mosque. Kate is instructed to dress as a Muslim woman, enter the mosque and identify Ali, which she does. Almeida informs Bob about Marie, who accesses an accomplice's workplace locker by seducing his foreman. CTU team waits for Ali to exit the mosque and be followed; but everyone gets out without signs of Ali. They storm in the mosque and find a man burning with Ali's clothes on. Jack finds out that it is a deception and Ali is still alive and hiding. He orders the agents to maintain protecting the exits. Meanwhile, David has Stanton arrested and tries to convince him to talk, but to no avail. The former orders a professional agent to start torturing Stanton for information. Sherry fails to persuade David to give her a post in his staff. Kim keeps running in the woods until she gets stuck in an animal trap. She notices a cougar approaching.
36 12 "Day 2: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m." Frederick King Keller Evan Katz February 11, 2003 (2003-02-11) 2AFF12
Jack informs the mosque cleric of the situation. CTU manages to find Ali and Jack stops him from taking the cyanide capsule. Jack finds torture useless and the cleric tries to convince him to talk, but to no avail. CTU recovers burnt papers from Ali's clothes and hires a forensics agent to recover the writing on it. Jack instructs Kate to call Marie and keep her on the line so that she can be traced; but the latter already knows the plan and throws the phone away. Bob tells Mason that Marie studied in London when her mother died. She escaped home because of the grief; and returned after weeks and that must have been the time period she was introduced to the terrorists. The writing is recovered and Jack forces Ali to talk by apparently killing one of his sons and threatening to kill the other. Ali reveals the airport where the plane carrying the bomb will take off. Marie joins other Second Wave operatives at the airport and they manage to prepare the bomb. It is revealed that Ali's son wasn't shot and is still alive. Kresge finds out Sherry's involvement. Kim is saved by Lonnie McRae, a hunter.
37 13 "Day 2: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Maurice Hurley February 18, 2003 (2003-02-18) 2AFF13
CTU team arrives at the airport. Stanton finally decides to talk and reveals a special ops team to be at the airport ordered to kill Second Wave operatives and recover the bomb, an action that will trigger a more strict military policy by the U.S. government. David orders Secret Service to grant Sherry access to the inside facility as she has connections with a Senator revealed to be Stanton's accomplice. CTU finds six commandos with the tattoo dead at the place. Stanton reveals that they were seven. CTU finds the plane and stops it, capturing the pilot and recovering a device, which the experts find to be a decoy and not the bomb. David asks Stanton for more information; and he reveals Sherry's involvement. Meanwhile, Kim takes refuge in McRae's jungle house. He is informed by a policeman of her charges; but she convinces him of her innocence. She tells him about the bomb and he shows her a bunker he has made for nuclear catastrophes. He listens to radio and states that the bomb has just detonated. They rush to the bunker.
38 14 "Day 2: 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff February 25, 2003 (2003-02-25) 2AFF14
David confronts Sherry, who manages to prove him that she was leading a secret investigation with an agent of CIA against Stanton and offered cooperation to the latter as cover. David decides to expel her from the facility instead of having her arrested. CTU starts interrogating the pilot. Kate tracks Marie, who tries to kill her; but CTU manages to capture her. Jack starts torturing her and Kate tries to persuade her to talk. She finally gives a location; but Jack deduces that it is another decoy and orders a full search of the perimeter. They manage to find the bomb, which experts say could blow any time. Mason leaves CTU and appoints Almeida as the Director. Carrie Turner, an agent from Division sent for assistance, is revealed to have a personal problem with Dessler. Kim finds out that there has been no explosion and pulls a knife on McRae, who states that he only wanted company. She insists on leaving and he decides to let her go after giving her a gun to be able to defend herself.
39 15 "Day 2: 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m." Ian Toynton Robert Cochran March 4, 2003 (2003-03-04) 2AFF15
CTU discovers that defusing the bomb is impossible and it must be delivered to the Mojave desert for a safe detonation while the pilot can't leave the plane in order to make the hit accurate, making it a suicide mission. Mason arrives and offers to be the pilot; but Jack refuses and chooses to do it himself. Kim is disturbed by a driver; but she forces him to leave by her gun. A woman picks her up. She calls Jack and finds out about his mission. She leaves the car and continues on foot. Meanwhile, CTU recovers a recording from Ali's house seemingly proving the support of three Middle Eastern governments of the terrorist attack. Yusuf Auda, an agent working for one of those governments is at CTU for updates; but Almeida doesn't tell him anything. The Joint Chiefs prepare the Armed Forces for Palmer's decision to retaliate; but he decides to hold for now. Jack flies the plane to the location. On the way, he finds out that Mason has boarded. He convinces Jack to let him do it and save his own life. Jack jumps out with a parachute, lands and watches the explosion along with Palmer and Kim, who believes Jack has died.
40 16 "Day 2: 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m." Ian Toynton Howard Gordon & Evan Katz March 25, 2003 (2003-03-25) 2AFF16
Jack is returned to CTU. Dessler asks Ali about the recording, which he denies. Almeida doesn't believe his claim and tells Palmer that the recording is authentic. Dessler tells Jack about Ali's claim. While Ali is being transferred outside, Jack tells him that his son is alive and asks him about his claim, which the former confirms before he is killed by an unknown sniper. Jack gets certain that the recording is fake; but Almeida still doesn't believe it. The authorities push Palmer to order the assault before he gets a call from Jack. Palmer says Jack has a few hours to prove his claim before the assault starts. Jack gets a call from an unknown man with the tattoo who claims to have evidence that disproves the recording and the latter will yield it if Kate is delivered to him. Dessler helps Jack abducts Kate. Turner witness that and informs Almeida, who intercepts Jack and the latter breaks his ankle and the duo escapes. Meanwhile, Kim gets in a store for the bathroom. A man gets inside by force to shop. The police arrive and surround the store and the intruder critically shoots the salesman in an ensuing struggle.
41 17 "Day 2: 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Evan Katz & Gil Grant April 1, 2003 (2003-04-01) 2AFF17
While Jack and Kate head to the location, they notice Auda following them and Jack includes him in the plan. They arrive and Jack goes in alone. The man introduces himself as Jonathan Wallace, the seventh member who killed the other six at the airport. He explains that the people he worked for control petroleum in the Caspian Sea. They wanted to trigger a U.S. assault on the Middle East in order to make a huge revenue. He claims to have the source recordings that were assembled to make the faked one. His employers has killed his transport team and he needs Kate's contacts to leave the country. As Wallace puts her in the trunk, they are attacked by a third party. Meanwhile, Vice President Jim Prescott gets angry for Palmer's decision to hold the invasion. Almeida questions Dessler, who denies helping Jack. He instructs Turner to watch her. Dessler gets a call from her brother, Danny, who seems to be the one hating Turner. Kim manages to escape from the store; and the police storm in, critically shoot the intruder and capture him.
42 18 "Day 2: 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff April 8, 2003 (2003-04-08) 2AFF18
Auda holds the attackers while the others return in the building, where Jack calls Michelle and asks for satellite images showing the place of the mercenaries. The four manage to kill some of the attackers and escape on the car; but Wallace is critically shot. Almeida finds out about Michelle's deed and she gets him on the phone with Jack, who explains that Wallace doesn't want CTU involved. They get to a hospital, where Wallace succumbs to his wound. Jack recovers a chip planted under Wallace's skin. Meanwhile, riots start in various cities across the U.S. with hostility towards Middle Easterns. Palmer orders the National Guard and the Army to protect the foreigners and settle the riots. Kim explains her adventures to the police. She calls Almeida, who reveals to her that Jack is alive and promises to free her. She talks to Miguel on the phone; who says that he doesn't want to see her again and hangs up before he is revealed to have lost one of his legs in the crash.
43 19 "Day 2: 2:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m." James Whitmore, Jr. Howard Gordon April 15, 2003 (2003-04-15) 2AFF19
Auda finds a transponder on the chip. Jack omits and escapes with it while Auda and Kate escape with the chip. Jack is captured by the mercenaries and they start torturing him for the chip. Jack dies as a result of the pressure. They try to revive him. In the meantime, Auda and Kate are attacked by three street criminals, who start beating up Auda for his race. At CTU, Michelle explains to Almeida that Turner got involved with Danny, who was married and had children. She ended the affair while he lost his family and his job for it and attempted suicide. Danny arrives at CTU to talk to Michelle before he sees Turner and assaults her. Almeida and Michelle get romantically involved. Kresge notices that Prescott is assembling the Cabinet members and asks Novick about it. The latter reveals that Prescott is trying to invoke the Section 4 of the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, which gives the Cabinet the authority to depose the President and replace them with the Vice President. Kresge tries to inform Palmer; but Novick locks her in a room and orders an agent to watch her.
44 20 "Day 2: 3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m." James Whitmore, Jr. Neil Cohen April 22, 2003 (2003-04-22) 2AFF20
The mercenaries force a doctor to revive Jack. Peter Kingsley, one of the masterminds, orders the second in command to kill the boss man and continue the torture, which he does. Jack convinces the doctor to help him escape. The former kills the mercenaries and gets Kingsley's name. Meanwhile, the thugs take Auda's belongings and decide to leave. Kate demands the chip and offers money in her house in exchange for it. Jack arrives and a dying Auda reveals Kate's whereabouts. The former arrives at Kate's and kills two of the thugs while the third one hides in a room with the chip. Ryan Chappelle arrives at CTU and designates the preparation of domestic response to the invasion as the sole task. Turner finds out that Almeida and Dessler are still following Jack's lead and tells Chappelle, who decides to keep Almeida because of the lack of human resources. Kresge escapes the room, but falls from the stairs and is critically injured, unable to talk to Palmer. Prescott assembles the Cabinet and they discuss Palmer's capability to run the Office in his absence.
45 21 "Day 2: 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m." Ian Toynton Robert Cochran & Howard Gordon April 29, 2003 (2003-04-29) 2AFF21
Jack captures the thug and recovers the chip. He finds it damaged and tells Almeida to check Kingsley's name. Kate blames herself for not watching after Marie decently; but Jack tells her that it was out of her hands. He talks to Kim, who is released and being transferred. Almeida and Dessler find an affiliated hacker named Alex Hewitt. Jack heads to the latter's location, where he hides when Sherry arrives to find Hewitt for her own plan. Meanwhile, Novick tells David about the meeting, which they join. Prescott questions David's ability. The former brings Wieland for testimony. Then Stanton joins them on a video chat, revealing that he was innocent and tortured for nothing. David asks the play of the rest of the interrogation tape; but Prescott states that there is no rest. Finally Prescott asks for the evidence David claims to disprove the recording; and David states that it isn't obtained yet. The voting begins and David is deposed with 8 votes against 7. Prescott detains David, swears as the President and orders the troops to move towards the three accused countries.
46 22 "Day 2: 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m." Ian Toynton Virgil Williams & Duppy Demetrius May 6, 2003 (2003-05-06) 2AFF22
Jack locks Sherry and her bodyguard and finds out her involvement and intention to help. They capture Hewitt, who will testify in exchange for immunity. David convinces agent Aaron Pierce, appointed to watch him, to get the former a cell phone so that he can talk to Jack for updates. CTU is informed of David's deposition and Almeida informs Jack about it. Almeida tells Chappelle about Hewitt and asks for a helicopter to pick up Jack, which he denies. Chappelle also tells Almeida that he has been reassigned, essentially firing Almeida. Kim arrives at Matheson's to collect her belongings, not knowing that Gary is there. He kills the police officer and attacks Kim, who hides in the ceiling. Dessler lures Chappelle to a room, where Almeida locks him unconscious and sends the helicopter. Novick finds out about the phone and takes it from David, having Pierce arrested and another agent assigned to watch David. Kim overpowers Gary and takes his gun. She calls Jack for help; and the latter tells her to kill Gary in self-defense, which she does. He calls Kate and asks her to go and pick up Kim. Hewitt stabs Sherry and escapes; and Jack gives chase.
47 23 "Day 2: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Gil Grant & Evan Katz May 13, 2003 (2003-05-13) 2AFF23
Hewitt gets critically wounded, needing the helicopter fast. Division agents arrive and find Chappelle, who returns the helicopter and has Almeida arrested while Dessler is working in a van outside. Hewitt succumbs to his wound and Jack returns to Sherry and asks her for another way. She explains that they need to use Kingsley's confession. Dessler helps Jack produce Hewitt's phonetic template before she is found and arrested. Sherry calls Kingsley and plays Hewitt's forged voice, proving his presence. She arranges a deal to deliver him in exchange for taking the evidence Kingsley has against her. While driving to the location, Jack has a heart attack as a result of the immense torture he experienced previously, resulting in a crash. Meanwhile, Max and Trepkos are revealed to be Kingsley's co-conspirators. Novick informs David that a nearby country needs the latter's authorization to allow the U.S. military planes to pass, as David's deposition hasn't been made public yet. David agrees to talk to that country's head of state. David enlists the help of an operative from the Justice Department for his claim. Kate arrives and recovers Kim.
48 24 "Day 2: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Teleplay by: Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff
Story by: Robert Cochran & Howard Gordon
May 20, 2003 (2003-05-20) 2AFF24
Jack and Sherry hijack a car and continue. The DOJ operative tells Novick about his findings; and the latter orders Chappelle to help Jack prove his claim. Sherry is planted a microphone and enters the arranged stadium, where she manages to deceive Kingsley to confess the recording's forgery and his involvement in it. Jack kills the snipers and attacks Kingsley's men while Sherry escapes. Jack manages to kill the mercenaries before he has another heart attack. Kingsley attempts to kill him before being fatally shot by CTU agents. Prescott decides to abort the attack as a result of the new evidence. He revokes his succession and offers David his resignation, which the latter refuses. However, the latter tells Novick that he expected his complete support and thus fires him. Kate and Kim arrive and reunite with Jack. Max tells Trepkos that he has another plan to trigger the war. Almeida and Dessler are released and the former humiliates Chappelle, who leaves the CTU building with Turner. Palmer gives a speech outside before he collapses as a result of being poisoned by Mandy.


Season 2 marked the first of three uses of the show's Air Force One set. Xander Berkeley's character spent much of the season dying of radiation poisoning and various actors commented that they thought the story played out very well.[1] Kiefer Sutherland became a producer for the second season. In an interview, he joked that "Fox originally did not want to give me a raise so they gave me a title."[2] In the same interview, Sutherland mentions that he tried suggesting a storyline detail which got rejected by the writers.[2] One idea that did get accepted by the writers was Carlos Bernard's idea to mention London's "Finsbury Park Mosque" during an interrogation scene.[1] Shortly after the season aired, authorities raided this mosque, having discovered that radical groups were indeed meeting there.[3]


The original trailer titled "Get Ready" aired in early September 2002, slightly more than a month before the season premiere. It is only 15 seconds long and features a number of shots from season 2 in quick succession. It ends with Jack telling his daughter that she has to leave Los Angeles.[4]


The second season received critical acclaim, scoring a Metacritic rating of 83/100 based on 23 reviews.[5] For this season, Kiefer Sutherland won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (for the second time in a row). Sean Callery, the show's composer won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series. The alleged absurdity of Kim Bauer's run-in with the cougar has created an enduring reference in the television review community.[6][7][8][9]

Award nominations[edit]

Organization Category Nominee(s) Result
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Jon Cassar, Robert Cochran, Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Michael Loceff, Tony Krantz, Norman Powell, Joel Surnow, Kiefer Sutherland Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Kiefer Sutherland Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Ian Toynton Nominated
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, Dramatic Underscore Sean Callery Won
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series Chris Willingham Won
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series Chris Willingham, David Latham Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Debi Manwiller, Peggy Kennedy, Richard Pagano Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series William Gocke, Mike Olman, Ken Kobett Nominated
Outstanding Stunt Coordination Eddy Donno Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Drama Series Nominated
Best Actor in a Drama Series Kiefer Sutherland Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Dennis Haysbert Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Kiefer Sutherland Won
Satellite Awards Best Drama Series Nominated
Best Actor in a Drama Series Kiefer Sutherland Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Sarah Clarke Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Dennis Haysbert Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Episodic Drama Evan Katz Won
Producers Guild of America Awards Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic - Drama Brian Grazer, Tony Krantz, Howard Gordon, Robert Cochran, Joel Surnow, Cyrus Yavneh Won
Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Drama Nominated
Individual Achievement in Drama Kiefer Sutherland Nominated

Home media releases[edit]

The second season was released on DVD in region 1 on September 9, 2003 (2003-09-09)[10] and in region 2 on August 11, 2003 (2003-08-11).[11]


  1. ^ a b Kiefer Sutherland (2003). 24 Season 2 DVD Commentary (DVD). Fox Home Entertainment. 
  2. ^ a b "Cast of "24" discuss TV show". Larry King Live. CNN. January 20, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Fact and Fiction Mix on 24". Fox News. May 11, 2003. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ "24 Season 2 Promo: Get Ready". 24 Spoilers. September 14, 2002. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ "24: Season 2". Metacritic. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ Wasserstein, Ben (March 27, 2007). "The 24 Absurd-oMeter: Kim vs the Cougar, Redux". NYMag. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ Young, Susan (January 21, 2010). "Plausibility? Huh? 7 wacky moments from 24". MSNBC. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ Marnell, Blair (May 24, 2010). "The Top 5 WTF Moments From 24". Crave Online. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ Keveney, Bill (August 12, 2003). "Damsel Kim is back to distressing 24 fans". USA Today. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ "24 - Season 2". TVShowsOnDVD. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ "24: Complete Season 2". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved January 2, 2009. 

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