24 (season 4)

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24 (season 4)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original network Fox
Original release January 9 (2005-01-09) – May 23, 2005 (2005-05-23)
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List of 24 episodes

The fourth season of the American drama television series 24, also known as Day 4, premiered on January 9, 2005, on Fox and aired its season finale on May 23, 2005. The season four storyline starts and ends at 7:00 am.

Season overview[edit]

The fourth season is set 18 months after season three. Jack is now working for Secretary of Defense James Heller after being fired by CTU due to his heroin addiction. As the day begins, he gets caught up in an elaborate terrorist plot which involves James Heller and his daughter Audrey Raines.

Unlike previous seasons as well as later ones, which focus on a singular threat, multiple enemies, and conspiracies, this season is based around one main enemy: a terrorist named Habib Marwan who controls a series of Middle Eastern terrorist cells that launch attacks against the United States.[1] Rather than large acts, this season is divided into several smaller acts depending on which terrorist threat Marwan is focusing.

  1. A train bombing is a diversion to kidnap the secretary of defense and his daughter.
  2. A device from the train is used to initiate the forced meltdowns of nuclear power plants across America.
  3. Terrorists steal a stealth fighter to shoot down Air Force One.
  4. The terrorists steal the nuclear football, allowing them to launch a nuclear missile towards Los Angeles that must be intercepted.

Major subplots[edit]

  • When Jack Bauer returns to field work, he clashes with other members of CTU over how operations should be run.
  • Jack's relationship with Audrey is strained because she is horrified at the pain he is willing to inflict to acquire information.
  • Audrey's brother Richard withholds information that could help CTU by claiming they have no right to invade his privacy.
  • The Araz family is torn apart by conflicting opinions about the morality of inciting a nuclear catastrophe.
  • Curtis suspects a co-worker, with whom he was previously involved, of being a mole.
  • The crisis prevents Erin Driscoll, the new director of CTU, from being able to look after her daughter who suffers from schizophrenia.
  • Tony Almeida and Michelle Dessler although divorced, find themselves working in the same office again.
  • Charles Logan feels overwhelmed when he unexpectedly takes over the presidency during a crisis.
  • David Palmer begins to discover corruption within the government.
  • After the Chinese consul dies of friendly fire, CTU attempts to cover up the fact that Jack Bauer invaded the Chinese consulate.


Day 4 begins with the bombing of a commuter train which (unbeknownst to CTU at the time) enables the theft of a device known as the Dobsen-type Override which could be used to take control of (and melt down) United States nuclear power plants. With Jack Bauer working for Secretary of Defense James Heller, his job brings him to CTU as a visitor on this very day.

Believing that something terrible is about to happen, Jack begs CTU director Erin Driscoll to reinstate him and begins to interrogate a suspect. The suspect reveals that James Heller and Audrey Raines are the primary targets just as they are kidnapped. When Jack saves a civilian programmer who discovered evidence of a cyber-attack in progress (a friend of Chloe O'Brian), he allows one of the terrorists to escape and lead him to where Raines and Heller are being held. Even though Jack rescues them, the mass streaming of the planned execution video gives the terrorists the opportunity they need to launch an attack on the firewalls and begin using the override.

CTU finds out about the override with the help of Bauer and Tony Almeida and identifies the man responsible for using it: Habib Marwan, an employee of the defense contractor that developed the override. Marwan is able to sabotage one plant, the San Gabriel Island reactor, before Jack's team puts him on the run. Seeking extra intelligence, Bauer and Paul Raines (Audrey's ex-husband) travel to the headquarters of the defense contractor McLennan-Forrester. However, in an effort to cover up their complicity and erase computer records, McLennan-Forrester activates an EMP, causing a blackout over an 8-square-mile (21 km2) section of downtown Los Angeles.

McLennan-Forrester sends mercenaries after Bauer and Raines. They critically injure Raines just as agents arrive sent by Tony Almeida and Michelle Dessler. The resulting turmoil allows a stealth fighter to be stolen from an Air Force base in Southern California. The pilot of the fighter shoots down Air Force One, which crashes into the Mojave Desert, almost killing President Keeler in the process. Vice-President Charles Logan takes over for Keeler and seeks the help of David Palmer, when the role proves too much for him. Ultimately, Marwan's terror cells steal the nuclear football from the Air Force One crash site and they attempt to use it to commandeer a nuclear missile in Iowa.

Chloe nearly loses her life finding a lead about the missile. It leads Jack to a complicit Chinese national, Lee Jong, hiding at his nation's consulate in Los Angeles. When negotiations break down, Jack leads a clandestine raid against the Chinese consulate and kidnaps Jong. Poorly placed shots by Chinese guards kill the Chinese consul and injure Jong. Paul Raines dies in surgery when Jack insists that saving Lee Jong is a priority. This destroys his relationship with Audrey Raines. The nuclear missile is subsequently launched and CTU begins a last-ditch effort to discover its trajectory and intercept it. As Jack closes in on Marwan and the missile's location, Chinese agents find proof that Jack Bauer invaded their territory. To prevent American secrets from falling into Chinese hands, government officials propose that Jack be conveniently killed.

In a reversal of the events of Day 1, David Palmer warns Bauer of the attempt on his life, shortly after the nuclear missile is shot out of the sky. In response, Bauer fakes his own death with the help of Tony Almeida, Michelle Dessler and Chloe O'Brian. When Bauer is safely outside CTU, he says a final goodbye to his friend and president David Palmer. He then leaves his old life behind and disappears into the sunrise.

Plot twists affecting future seasons[edit]

  • Bill Buchanan's introduction to field operations.
  • The friendship developed between Jack Bauer and Curtis Manning.
  • The friendship developed between Chloe O'Brian and Edgar Stiles.
  • The decision of Tony and Michelle to leave CTU.
  • Cheng Zhi's personal vendetta against Jack Bauer.
  • Jack Bauer faking his death and hiding the truth from those closest to him.
  • The beginning of Charles Logan's presidency.


For a more thorough list, see List of 24 characters § 24: Season 4.

When the season began, every character from the first three seasons was absent except for Jack Bauer, President Keeler (Palmer's Republican opponent in season 3), and Chloe O'Brian. However, as the season went on several characters returned, including Tony Almeida, Michelle Dessler, Mike Novick, David Palmer, Aaron Pierce, and Mandy, the assassin from seasons 1 and 2. To make room for these characters, other characters left. Alberta Watson left after 12 episodes, Lana Parrilla—upgraded from recurring to the main cast in episode 7—was gone by episode 13 and William Devane left after episode 14 making one brief appearance afterwards. Also, Roger Cross was upgraded from recurring to main cast in episode 14, making him the only other actor along with Parrilla to be upgraded to main cast mid-season in the history of the series. As a result, season 4 featured more cast changes than any previous season.

Two members of the season 4 main cast: Kiefer Sutherland and Kim Raver


Special guest stars[edit]

Special guest appearance by[edit]

Guest starring[edit]


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
73 1 "Day 4: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff January 9, 2005 (2005-01-09) 4AFF01 15.31[2]
18 months after the events of Day 3, Bauer is revealed to be working for Secretary of Defense James Heller while secretly dating his daughter Audrey Raines. The former arrives at CTU Los Angeles on James' behalf to discuss a financial matter with Director Driscoll, who fired the former. CTU finds out about a terrorist attack, which is connected to an earlier attack when an important briefcase was robbed by its carrier in a crashed train, intended to launch that day, tracks an associate and Ronnie Lobell, the head of field ops, is instructed to arrest him. Using Bauer's help, Lobell manages to find the associate hiding. He is brought to CTU for questioning. Meanwhile, James visits his son, Richard, to convince him not to talk against the government at a lobby. Bauer enters the interrogation room by force and tortures the associate, who reveals James as the target; but CTU is too late to warn and James and Raines are abducted. Meanwhile, Andrew Paige, a hacker, finds suspicious activity in the Internet and informs agent O'Brian. Paige escapes the terrorists who target him for his finding. Navi Araz, a Middle Eastern patriarch, receives the briefcase.
74 2 "Day 4: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Howard Gordon January 9, 2005 (2005-01-09) 4AFF02 14.34[2]
Driscoll detains Bauer. She notices O'Brian's report of Paige and frees Bauer to find him, ordering Lobell to supervise Bauer. Paige is tracked by Kalil Hasan, an operative, to a station, where Bauer and Lobell also arrive. Hasan captures and abducts Paige, seen by the other duo. Bauer suggests following them instead of arresting Hasan, which Lobell refuses and moves to arrest Hasan, who fatally shoots him. Bauer gives chase. Meanwhile, CTU believes Richard to be involved and starts questioning him. James and Raines are brought to Omar, the leader, who starts a broadcast showing James and promising a trial. Navi instructs Behrooz, his teenage son, to deliver the briefcase to the compound James and Raines are taken. Behrooz gets a call from Debbie Pendleton, his former girlfriend, with whom he ended his relationship as Navi demanded. Behrooz delivers the case before noticing Pendleton, who has followed him there. When he returns, Navi gets angry at him for revealing the location to her.
75 3 "Day 4: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m." Brad Turner Evan Katz January 10, 2005 (2005-01-10) 4AFF03 11.91[3]
While chasing Hasan, Bauer calls and updates Driscoll, disobeying her order to arrest Hasan and continuing his chase. She orders the agents to find and arrest Bauer. O'Brian starts helping him secretly. Hasan takes Paige to a secluded place and starts torturing him before he leaves and orders his men to kill him. Bauer kills the operatives before they can finish Paige and continues following Hasan, who stops at a road store. O'Brian tells Bauer that satellite support isn't ready yet. He decides to make time by wearing a mask and beginning an armed robbery. Meanwhile, CTU uses truth serum on Richard initially; but agent Curtis Manning convinces Driscoll to use sensory disorientation instead. Omar forces James to sign a document of confession of committing war crimes by threatening to kill Raines. James states that his signature will become a scandal for the government. Dina, Navi's wife and Behrooz's mother, states that they need to be sure Pendleton doesn't talk to anyone about the compound and thus, invites her to the house; and she arrives.
76 4 "Day 4: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m." Brad Turner Stephen Kronish January 10, 2005 (2005-01-10) 4AFF04 13.34[3]
Bauer secures the hostages. A police officer arrives and Bauer is forced to capture him too. The former forces him to tell his superiors on the radio that everything is fine; but one of the hostages shouts and the police surround the store minutes later. Bauer takes Hasan as human shield and exits the store, forcing the police to let them get in a car and leave. The former abandons Hasan on the road and leaves. The latter hijacks a car and continues to his destination while being tracked by satellite. Bauer is stopped and arrested by the police. Meanwhile, Marianne Taylor, a consultant who has a personal problem with Manning, arrives at CTU, trying to gain intel; but everyone ignores her. She finds out that agent Edgar Stiles is helping O'Brian in her assistance of Bauer. Erin finds out about O'Brian and arrests her; and Taylor threatens Stiles to reveal his involvement if he doesn't perform her demands. Dina fatally poisons Pendleton, stating that she could have been a risk. James and Raines attempt to break out, but fail. Erin finds out that Maya, her daughter who suffers from schizophrenia, is arrested for violence and has her transferred to CTU.
77 5 "Day 4: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Peter M. Lenkov January 17, 2005 (2005-01-17) 4AFF05 11.51[4]
Erin orders the police to free Bauer. CTU starts tracking Hasan, who finds out and and informs Omar before committing suicide to avoid interrogation. With the potential destinations narrowed down, CTU finds the location using thermal imaging of satellite. Bauer heads there for reconnaissance. President John Keeler is told that there isn't enough time for a rescue mission; and considering the broadcast and the execution will become a political scandal, he is convinced to order the compound be bombed, which would kill James and Raines. Erin informs Bauer and tells him not to go in; but he does. Meanwhile, Omar delivers the briefcase to an American associate before James and Raines are saved from suicide. She recognizes the American. Dina convinces Behrooz to shoot Debbie's body, making Navi believe that he carried the kill. Karen, Debbie's mother arrives at the Araz's to find her before she is convinced that Debbie is not there. Erin offers O'Brian, the latter's resignation in order to avoid prosecution, which she accepts.
78 6 "Day 4: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Matt Michnovetz January 24, 2005 (2005-01-24) 4AFF06 12.20[5]
Bauer infiltrates the compound, finds Audrey in her cell. He heads to save James, who is taken for the broadcast. As the operative tries to execute James, Bauer arrives and a shootout starts. The duo heads outside and resists until the Marines arrive and neutralize the operatives, including Omar. She tells Bauer about the briefcase and the American man. They are returned to CTU, where Erin decides to reconcile her deference with Bauer. James orders CTU to continue torturing Richard. Paul, Audrey's husband whom she is filing a divorce against, arrives to see her and finds out about the affair. She recalls the place she saw the man. CTU finds out that the briefcase belongs to McLennan-Forster, a government contractor, and contained an override device that can cause meltdowns at the nuclear reactors across the country. Taylor reports CTU's discovery to an unknown person. Navi instructs Behrooz to help another associate bury Debbie's body outside the city. They arrive and Behrooz realizes that the associate intends to kill him on Navi's order and thus kills the associate.
79 7 "Day 4: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m." Ken Girotti Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff January 31, 2005 (2005-01-31) 4AFF07 11.52[6]
CTU estimates millions of casualties as a result of the upcoming meltdowns. Bauer and Audrey head to the building she recalls. Stiles offers a way to stop the meltdowns; and James allows it. Bauer and Audrey arrive and start checking the camera footage. They are attacked by operatives and a shootout starts. Audrey suggests to call CTU for backup; but Bauer states that CTU can not be trusted because there is a mole who informed their mission. He calls someone he says he can trust; and the duo heads outside, where Tony Almeida arrives and saves them; and the trio escapes. Stiles manages to stop the meltdown of all the reactors except five, which James states can only be stopped by Bauer's lead. Meanwhile, Richard is freed as he seems not to know anything. Dina gets angry with Navi for having Behrooz killed. The latter calls her and she arranges a secret meeting. Navi finds out and forces her to help him capture Behrooz. She arrives at the location, informs Behrooz and they escape; but she is shot in the arm by Navi. Navi convinces Habib Marwan, the mastermind, to aid him capture Dina and Behrooz.
80 8 "Day 4: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m." Ken Girotti Teleplay by: Stephen Kronish & Peter M. Lenkov
Story by: Matt Michnovetz
February 7, 2005 (2005-02-07) 4AFF08 11.10[7]
Bauer calls Heller and and tells him to find the mole. They trio arrives at Almeida's, where they continue investigating the camera footage. Heller instructs a specialist to find the mole. Taylor is advised by Henry Powell, the man Audrey recalled, to divert attention to a false mole; and agent Sarah Gavin is picked. Erin orders the truth serum on the latter. It is revealed that Bauer helped Almeida avoid incarceration for his actions. He was angry and unable to find a job and pushed Michelle Dessler away from himself; and now he blames her for leaving him. Audrey detects Powell before agents arrive and return her to CTU. Bauer and Almeida head to Powell's location and manage to capture him; but the latter is killed by a sniper after the duo captures him. Meanwhile, Stiles reveals that Taylor is the real mole; she escapes before being captured by Manning. A bomb explodes, revealed to be intended to kill her. Behrooz gets Dina to a hospital, where she is treated before the staff calls the police and the duo escapes.
81 9 "Day 4: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m." Brad Turner Howard Gordon & Evan Katz February 14, 2005 (2005-02-14) 4AFF09 11.42[8]
As Taylor managed to enter CTU by having leverage over Erin and Manning in the first place, Erin delays her report to Division in order to make time for him to manipulate the report. Bauer finds Dina's number in Powell's cell phone and calls it. CTU manages to track its location. Behrooz leaves for a hospital to ask his uncle, who works there, for belp. CTU forces storm in and capture Dina. Bauer convinces Keeler to sign immunity for Behrooz and offers it to Dina in exchange for her cooperation, which she accepts if Behrooz is secured first. Navi arrives at the hospital and kills Behrooz's uncle, who informed the former, and captures Behrooz. The former tries to kill the latter, who reveals CTU's arrival. The former takes Behrooz as human shield and proceeds to the basement. Meanwhile, Stiles notices his mother being in the exposure zone of the meltdowns and makes calls to get her out; but she asks him to let her die. He tries to leave in order to save her himself; but Erin convinces him to stay and do his job, protecting thousands of people.
82 10 "Day 4: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m." Brad Turner Stephen Kronish & Peter M. Lenkov February 21, 2005 (2005-02-21) 4AFF10 13.16[9]
Bauer infiltrates the basement, where Navi receives a call from Dina, who intends to distract him for Bauer. Behrooz fatally shoots Navi and is arrested. Dina reveals a location. Bauer's team heads there and finds it to be a planning room. They find Paul's company to be involved somehow. Audrey is informed and goes to his hotel room to keep him occupied. Paul thinks she has come for romantic purposes before getting angry for her weird behavior. Bauer and the team arrives and arrests Paul. Almeida returns to CTU and Erin gives him provisional access to do his job. Meanwhile, Stiles states that his procedure can only delay the meltdowns, not stop them. Gavin accepts to continue working if her arrest report is expunged. Taylor states that she will talk if she is granted immunity; but Manning states that she can only get to survive the attempts made by her former associates by cooperating. She agrees to help the investigation and heads to a company with Manning. Forbes, an operative affiliated with Powell, arrives with his men, kills Taylor and captures Manning.
83 11 "Day 4: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff February 28, 2005 (2005-02-28) 4AFF11 14.55[10]
Forbes orders his men to torture Manning for information while Bauer does the same on Paul, making Audrey believe she was wrong about Bauer's personality. CTU manages to find a company's name by Paul's help. It is revealed that Marwan has been using a fake identity to work at McLennan-Forster. Almeida forces Dina to talk; and she reveals that Marwan is the mastermind and all the cells report to him. She confirms the company is Marwan's place of operation and where the override is. Bauer and other agents head there, which is where Manning is held. He manages to free himself and joins other agents after knocking Forbes unconscious. They kill an associate of Marwan and manage to find the override at Marwan's office. He escapes by causing a panic after shooting a bullet. Manning manages to stop the meltdowns by Stiles' help. Marwan kills an agent and wears his uniform in order to escape. Bauer finds out and warns the agents. Meanwhile, Maya causes disturbances at CTU and gets upset because of Erin ignoring her. The former commits suicide.
84 12 "Day 4: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Howard Gordon & Evan Katz March 7, 2005 (2005-03-07) 4AFF12 13.09[11]
Paul suggests Bauer help in investigating Marwan's office computer at McLennan-Forster; and heads there with Bauer. Heller suggests Erin to drop her command of CTU because of her loss; but she decides to continue her job. She continues to show emotional compromise; and Almeida suggests to Heller that the former can assume provisional command. McLennan, the head of the company, is informed about Marwan. Bauer and Paul arrive at the company; and are introduced to Dave Conlon, the head of security. They start working on the computer while Erin leaves CTU for Almeida to take over. McLennan is convinced to order an EMP device be exploded to fry the computer, since the information discovered can incriminate the company too. Paul finds an encrypted file and Bauer prints it before the system can turn off. He leaves in order to stop the bomb. Paul is captured by Conlon, who demands the paper. The bomb explodes and the nearby buildings lose power. Dessler arrives from Division to assume command.
85 13 "Day 4: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m." Rodney Charters Anne Cofell Saunders March 14, 2005 (2005-03-14) 4AFF13 12.05[12]
Almeida updates Dessler on Bauer's situation. Conlon orders his men to torture Paul for the paper and leaves. Bauer arrives, kills the mercenaries and saves Paul. They escape to the streets, where is almost dark as a result of the power loss. Conlon assembles the company's skilled mercenaries and leads them to find the duo and kill them. The duo takes shelter in a gun store, which is owned by two Middle Eastern brothers, who decide to stay and help them. Bauer intentionally misses his shot at a mercenary, who informs the others. They arrive and a shootout starts. Satellites detect the heat signature and Almeida deduces that it is Bauer's plan to inform CTU of his whereabouts. CTU agents arrive and neutralize the mercenaries. Conlon tries to shoot Bauer; but Paul interferes and takes the bullet before the former is killed. Meanwhile, Almeida and Dessler begin to settle their personal problem. She fires Gavin when the latter demands her arrest report be expunged immediately. Mitch Anderson, a former Air Force pilot, is revealed to be hired by Marwan to attack Keeler.
86 14 "Day 4: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m." Tim Iacofano Howard Gordon & Evan Katz March 21, 2005 (2005-03-21) 4AFF14 11.55[13]
Paul is taken to the medical subunit. Dessler convinces O'Brian to return. CTU decrypts the writings of the paper and finds the name, Joseph Fayed. Bauer offers Dina a new deal for her immunity in exchange for infiltrating Fayed's cell and helping CTU capture Marwan. She accepts and CTU makes a scenario where she has managed to capture Bauer. They go to Fayed's house. The latter calls Marwan, who orders him to bring the duo to him. Meanwhile, John Hansen, an Air Force pilot, is informed by Marwan's mercenaries that the former's family is taken hostage and will be killed if the former does not follow the instructions. Fayed delivers the duo to Marwan's men and separates before committing suicide to avoid capture. The duo is brought to Marwan, who tests Dina's loyalty by ordering her to shoot Bauer. She attempts on Marwan; but the gun is revealed to be empty. She is killed on Marwan's order. Hansen enters his Air Force base while secretly transferring Anderson, who kills the former and uses his fingerprint to enter the hangar.
87 15 "Day 4: 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m." Bryan Spicer Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff March 28, 2005 (2005-03-28) 4AFF15 11.58[14]
Anderson informs Marwan that there is a technical problem with the plane, which will be repaired in an hour. The latter tells the former to deal with it fast. Marwan deduces that CTU will find out his plan in time to stop it and decides to keep them occupied with another issue. O'Brian is informed that her position has been swapped with Stiles' after her reinstatement. Marwan offers CTU an exchange of Behrooz with Bauer. CTU starts investigating the connection between Behrooz and Marwan, using truth serum on Behrooz. Bill Buchanan arrives from Division and assumes command. O'Brian offers two trackers to be planted on Behrooz; one being easily found and dissuading the searchers from continuing. Bauer secretly manipulates a phone line while in captivity. Buchanan approves the exchange and orders the trackers to be planted. The exchange is successful; but Marwan's operatives find and destroy the trackers. Anderson boards a stealth fighter and takes off.
88 16 "Day 4: 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m." Bryan Spicer Teleplay by: Howard Gordon & Evan Katz
Story by: Robert Cochran
April 4, 2005 (2005-04-04) 4AFF16 11.06[15]
Bauer tells CTU about the phone line; and they manage to track the location before storming in. Marwan escapes and a bomb explodes, destroying most of the data. CTU recovers the identity of Nicole, an associate of Marwan's. An FBI agent is sent to question her, who kills the agent and assumes her badge. Bauer arrives at the house and encounters her as an agent. They start searching until Bauer finds the truth and kills her. He finds out about the fighter and informs CTU, which deduces that Air Force One is the target. Keeler tells Vice President Charles Logan to be ready to assume the Oval Office if the former is attacked; but Logan shows anxiety. Bauer tries to dissuade Anderson, who is revealed to have been fired because of his addiction; but to no avail. Air Force One is shot by Anderson. Meanwhile, Paul regains consciousness. Almeida notices the intimacy between Dessler and Buchanan. The former finds out that the pair have a long history and confronts her, accusing her of infidelity during the time they were legally married, which she denies.
89 17 "Day 4: 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Duppy Demetrius April 11, 2005 (2005-04-11) 4AFF17 11.64[16]
Air Force One crashes and Keeler is revealed to be critically wounded. Anderson is revealed to have been shot down. Mike Novick, revealed to be working for Logan, informs the latter of the situation, prompting him to invoke the 25th amendment. Audrey informs Bauer that CTU needs to recover the "football", a briefcase which contains crucial information about the U.S. nuclear arsenal, from the crash site. A couple on a picnic arrives at the crash site and finds the briefcase. Bauer contacts and orders them to remove the tracker of the briefcase. Marwan and his men arrive and start looking for the duo, who is found and captured in an abandoned factory. Marwan forces them to yield the complete contents of the briefcase. Bauer and his team arrives and saves the couple, acquiring the nearly complete contents before realizing that Marwan has taken a page showing the location of the warheads. The cabinet approves Logan's ascension with a unanimous vote and Logan swears as the President. Meanwhile, Buchanan tells Almeida that Dessler still cares about Almeida.
90 18 "Day 4: 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff April 18, 2005 (2005-04-18) 4AFF18 11.08[17]
CTU is informed that a warhead has been stolen. One of Marwan's operatives uses a forbidden credit card, traced by CTU. Marwan orders him to meet an associate named Joseph Prado for help. CTU storms in and finds the operative killed by Prado, who claims it to have been in self-defense; but he is arrested anyway. Marwan calls a human rights defending organization and informs the upcoming torture of Prado, who is brought to CTU for truth serum; but a lawyer arrives and demands to visit Prado in order to ensure the enforcement of Prado's legal rights. Buchanan has no choice but to allow it. Bauer contacts Logan and requests for permission to torture Prado. Novick supports it; but Walt Cummings, another assistant, opposes. Logan refuses the request. Bauer convinces Buchanan to fire him and release Prado so that the former can torture the latter while leaving CTU out of the crime. The plan works and Bauer gets a location from Prado.
91 19 "Day 4: 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m." Bryan Spicer Howard Gordon & Evan Katz April 25, 2005 (2005-04-25) 4AFF19 11.03[18]
Logan finds out about Bauer and orders Secret Service to arrest him. Bauer leads a team to the location, where they manage to identify Marwan, who records a video of himself addressing the American people, promising upcoming attacks. Secret Service arrives and causes the notice of Marwan's operatives, with the latter managing to escape, but leaving the tape behind. Logan realizes that he is incapable of running the office and decides to resign; but Novick dissuades him and calls former President David Palmer for help. Bauer is released on Logan's order. The girlfriend of Sabir Ardakani's, one of Marwan's operatives, gets suspicious and questions Ardakani, whose supervisor decides to handle the problem. The woman calls and informs CTU. O'Brian is tasked to investigate it and heads to her house, where she starts analyzing the computer before an operative arrives and attacks them. O'Brian manages to kill him.
92 20 "Day 4: 2:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m." Bryan Spicer Peter M. Lenkov May 2, 2005 (2005-05-02) 4AFF20 10.88[19]
Palmer arrives at the White House and is updated on the situation. Logan gives him full authority to manage the crisis. CTU realizes from Marwan's video that the attack will happen at dawn. O'Brian gets the identity of Lee Jong, an associate of Marwan's. CTU learns that Lee is granted asylum in the Chinese consulate. The Chinese government agrees to extradite Lee, but through legal channels, which takes too long to stop the attack. Palmer approves a clandestine operation to capture and extract Lee out of the consulate. Bauer infiltrates the consulate before abducting Lee and escaping. Masked agents storm in and help Bauer. A shootout starts and the consul is killed while Lee gets critically shot. Another guard manages to lift the mask of Howard Bern, one of CTU agents, who escapes with the others. Paul has another incident and goes under surgery. Bauer brings Lee and orders the surgeon to leave Paul and save Lee. Paul dies as a result; and Audrey gets angry with Bauer.
93 21 "Day 4: 3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m." Kevin Hooks Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff May 9, 2005 (2005-05-09) 4AFF21 11.00[20]
CTU gets a location from Lee and Bauer leads the agents there. Marwan is captured. A video shows the warhead being launched; but CTU fails to find the location and the destination. Meanwhile, Chinese operative Cheng Zhi is tasked to investigate the assault. He gets Bern's face in the camera and tasks the intelligence system to identify him. Logan gets angry with Palmer for the operation; but Novick convinces the former to trust Palmer's decisions. The latter tries to make a scenario accusing one of anti-Chinese terrorist organizations for the assault. Cheng finds out that Bern is a CTU agent and contacts Dessler, who refuses to cooperate. The Secretary of State orders CTU to help Cheng's investigation. Cheng presents his findings to Buchanan and suspects Bauer to be involved. Bauer states that Bern is not the one in the picture, since he is in vacation. Cheng debriefs Audrey and Stiles, and gets certain that Bauer led the attack.
94 22 "Day 4: 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m." Kevin Hooks Matt Michnovetz & Duppy Demetrius May 16, 2005 (2005-05-16) 4AFF22 11.67[21]
Bauer tries to convince Marwan to talk; but to no avail. While being transferred, the latter is rescued by his operatives. CTU finds Richard's number in Marwan's cell phone and arrests him again. James convinces him to talk. He reveals that he met a couple a few nights ago and invited them to his house, where he had sex with the man; and that must have been the time the woman called Marwan by the former's phone. Bauer includes Almeida in his team to capture the couple. Almeida and Dessler decide to leave CTU after the crisis is over in order to be together again. Bauer's team storms in the house, where they find the man killed by the woman, revealed to be Mandy. She is found by Almeida, whom she captures and disappears. Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House tries to prove Logan's incapability to run the office in order to assume command, since the former is the next in line according to the law. Palmer encourages Logan to be strong against the Speaker, who backs down.
95 23 "Day 4: 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Sam Montgomery May 23, 2005 (2005-05-23) 4AFF23 12.23[22]
Mandy believes that Dessler will prefer Almeida to her job like he did the same for her. The former contacts Dessler and threatens to kill him if Dessler does not help her escape from CTU. The former attacks her neighbors and takes them hostage. Dessler opens the way for Mandy, but decides to reveal the truth to Buchanan. Bauer formulates a plan to chase Mandy to capture Marwan. Two people get out of the building and get in a car. Mandy tells Dessler on the phone that she prefers to die in order to avoid capture. The car explodes and kills the pair inside. As CTU agents begin to leave, Bauer realizes that the explosion was a deception; and Mandy and Almeida are revealed to be alive. They leave; but he manages to leave a trace of himself. Bauer manages to find them and capture her. The former offers her immunity in exchange for her cooperation, which she accepts. Meanwhile, CTU attempts to transfer Bern to a safe house; but he is captured by Cheng's men. Cheng threatens to send Bern to China, where he will continue his life in misery. As a result, Bern reveals Bauer's name.
96 24 "Day 4: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Robert Cochran & Howard Gordon May 23, 2005 (2005-05-23) 4AFF24 12.23[22]
Secret Service reveals that Mandy is involved in many previous terrorist activities, one being the attempt on Palmer's life at the end of Day 2. Logan signs her immunity anyway; and she reveals Marwan's location. Bauer leads his team and a shootout starts. Marwan kills himself. CTU finds the specifics of the warhead and Los Angeles is revealed to be the target. The Air Force manages to shoot down the warhead. The Chinese contact Logan and play a video in which Bern confesses his and Bauer's involvement. The Chinese demand Bauer to be surrendered to them. Cummings offers the murder of Bauer in order to prevent the latter from revealing the U.S. government's involvement; but Logan seemingly disapproves it. Cummings orders a Secret Service agent to arrest Bauer and kill him somehow. Palmer finds out and informs Logan, who refuses to stop the scheme. The former informs Bauer, who starts a shootout with the agent before appearing to be dead. The agent leaves before Almeida and Dessler secretly reviving Bauer and O'Brian tasked to fake Bauer's death. The latter leaves to start a new life.


Season 4 was the first of three 24 seasons to be promoted with a prequel. The 10-minute prequel to the season was available with the third season DVD. It shows Jack being fired from his previous position at CTU and the beginnings of his relationship with Audrey Raines. It was broadcast on Sky One in the UK before the showing of the fourth season in that country. It was also available in the UK release of the fourth season DVD.

Additionally, "24: Conspiracy," 12 one-minute-long Mobisodes (mobile phone episodes), were created in 2005 as a promotion for Season Four. The episodes were originally seen by cell phone users in Europe and later in the United States as part of a Fox promotion for the show. The storyline continues to follow the Los Angeles branch of CTU.


FOX's trailer for the fourth season of 24 begins with Jack telling Audrey that he is glad he no longer works for CTU. This discussion is interspersed with flashbacks to action sequences from previous seasons, implying that such experiences are a part of Jack that will never go away. The end of the trailer touches on differences between season 4 and previous seasons - e.g. "the enemy is more unpredictable". This echoes comments that Kiefer Sutherland made before the season 3 finale. He said "For three years, we've done the same scenario: A specific issue generates a 24-hour response. Next season will be dramatically different."[23]

Continuous airing[edit]

The Fox Network decided to implement a year-round schedule because episodes of the show would be broadcast irregularly due to the fact that Fox had recently obtained the rights to air the World Series for several years. Thus, FOX chose to air all 24 episodes, without any hiatuses, over 19 weeks beginning mid-season—with back-to-back episodes airing twice in the first week, and again at the season finale.[24] Utilizing the extra time this opportunity afforded the writers, Season Four's later premiere date allowed the creators to go back to previous episodes and fill in continuity errors and plot holes, making the episode transitions more fluid and realistic.

Depiction of torture[edit]

In the wake of the real-life Abu Ghraib scandal and similar allegations at other U.S. military facilities housing suspected terrorists, commentators accused the show of legitimizing the use of torture in the war on terror.[25] Unlike other 24 seasons which featured them incidentally, torture scenes were crucial to the theme of Season 4 which examined the consequences of Jack Bauer's belief that the end justifies the means. Despite preventing a nuclear attack, there are several consequence to his actions: Dina Araz is killed in a risky sting operation, Paul Raines dies when Jack forces the only available surgeon to save a suspect, Jack loses the love of Audrey Raines and ultimately has to fake his own death and start a new life. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Kiefer Sutherland commented on the show's use of torture and how it relates to the recent controversies over government-sanctioned torture. "Do I personally believe that the police or any of these other legal agencies that are working for this government should be entitled to interrogate people and do the things that I do on the show? No, I do not."[26]


The fourth season of 24 received positive reviews with a Metacritic score of 79 out of 100.[27] Kiefer Sutherland won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, two years after his previous win. 24 also won a Satellite Award in 2005 for Outstanding DVD Release of a Television Show. A trailer released for the fourth season premiere summarized some of the critical praise for the season. The Houston Chronicle said "it grabs you and never lets go", The New York Times gave it four stars and Vogue said "the series that reinvented suspense has become an addiction".[28]

Award nominations[edit]

Organization Category Nominee(s) Result
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Jon Cassar, Robert Cochran, Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Tim Iacofano, Evan Katz, Stephen Kronish, Peter M. Lenkov, Michael Loceff, Joel Surnow, Kiefer Sutherland Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Kiefer Sutherland Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series David Latham Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series Scott Powell Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series Chris Willingham Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series William Gocke, Mike Olman, Ken Kobett Won
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series William Dotson, Cathie Speakman, Pembrooke Andrews, Jeffrey Whitcher, Shawn Kennelly, Jeff Charbonneau, Laura Macias, Vince Nicastro Won
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, Dramatic Underscore Sean Callery Nominated
Outstanding Stunt Coordination Matthew Taylor Won
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Debi Manwiller, Peggy Kennedy, Richard Pagano Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series Rodney Charters Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Kiefer Sutherland Won
Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Drama Nominated
Individual Achievement in Drama Kiefer Sutherland Nominated

Home media releases[edit]

The fourth season was released on DVD in region 1 on December 6, 2005 (2005-12-06)[29] and in region 2 on August 8, 2005 (2005-08-08).[30]


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