24 (season 5)

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24 (season 5)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original network Fox
Original release January 15 (2006-01-15) – May 22, 2006 (2006-05-22)
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List of 24 episodes

The fifth season of the American drama television series 24, also known as Day 5, premiered on January 15, 2006, on Fox and aired its season finale on May 22, 2006. The season five storyline starts and ends at 7:00 a.m. – the same time frame as the previous season.

The season received overwhelming critical acclaim and is widely regarded as the show's best season. It received twelve Primetime Emmy Award nominations with five wins, including Outstanding Drama Series.

Season overview[edit]

The fifth season is set 18 months after season four. Former Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer begins the season, working as a day-to-day laborer at an oil refinery under the alias "Frank Flynn" in Mojave, California. On a monumental day in Charles Logan's presidency, an anti-terrorism treaty with Russian President Yuri Suvarov is about to be signed when events take a tragic turn.

Season 5 is one of the 24 seasons that can be divided into three main acts:

  1. In the first act, two murders force Jack to reveal himself. He attempts to save innocent people from a plot involving Russian separatists that is rapidly unfolding.
  2. In the second act, the terrorists gain control of nerve gas canisters with help from corrupt officials.
  3. In the final act, Jack discovers how deep the conspiracy goes and fights against numerous threats to get hold of a recording that implicates President Logan.

Major subplots[edit]

  • Jack is distraught by the loss of David Palmer. This motivates his crusade throughout the day, with him stating "this is personal" several times.
  • Jack comes into contact with people who thought he was dead, including his daughter Kim Bauer and his former girlfriend Audrey Raines.
  • The First Lady attempts to correct the President's perceived mistakes.
  • The Vice President convinces the President to impose martial law in Los Angeles without approval from the U.S. Congress.
  • Chloe loses two men in her life when one of them dies and the other is apprehended for his involvement in a murder.
  • Bill Buchanan's authority at CTU is undermined first by Lynn McGill and then by Karen Hayes, though both eventually come around to his way of thinking.


Former U.S. President David Palmer is assassinated in Los Angeles, California and Jack Bauer is framed for his murder. The assassins also plan to frame Jack for murders of Tony Almeida, Michelle Dessler and Chloe O'Brian, all of whom helped Jack fake his death. Michelle is killed when her car explodes and Tony is critically injured in a secondary explosion but Jack manages to save Chloe. After investigating David Palmer's death, Jack goes looking for further information at LA/Ontario International Airport which is subsequently attacked by terrorists.

The terrorists are Russian separatists in contact with an official named James Nathanson. They take 40 people hostage in attempt to dissuade President Logan from signing a landmark anti-terrorism treaty with Russian President Yuri Suvarov. Terrorists, led by Vladimir Bierko, use the plot as a diversion to steal 20 canisters of VX nerve gas. While searching for the nerve gas, Jack discovers the involvement of James Nathanson and White House Chief of Staff Walt Cummings. They plan to release nerve gas on Russian soil and to use that as an excuse to invoke the military clauses of the treaty, allowing Logan to secure American petroleum interests in Central Asia. David Palmer was killed because he was beginning to find out about their plan.

The nerve gas is deployed at Sunrise Hills Shopping Mall (resulting in 10-20 fatalities out of eight-nine hundred shoppers) and Tyler Memorial Hospital (unsuccessfully due to the actions of CTU and Curtis Manning). Jack questions a former co-worker of his, Christopher Henderson, whom he believes is willing to help. Instead Henderson locks Jack in a room with a bomb nearly killing him. Jack has Henderson brought to CTU and tortured where he refuses to reveal additional knowledge about the conspiracy. When terrorists break into CTU and release nerve gas there, Christopher Henderson, Tony Almeida, Jack Bauer, Kim Bauer, Chloe O'Brian, Audrey Raines and others are spared in sealed safe-rooms. 40% of the personnel including Edgar Stiles and Lynn McGill are killed. When CTU is decontaminated, Jack rushes to the medical room and sees that Henderson apparently killed Tony and escaped.

The fallout from this attack convinces the Vice President to absorb CTU into Homeland Security (DHS). CTU and Homeland Security agents race to find the location of the remaining nerve gas canisters. This turns out to be Wilshire Gas Co. By incinerating the pipelines, Jack stops the nerve gas from being released and captures Vladimir Bierko. Through the assistance of Wayne Palmer (David Palmer's brother) and Evelyn Martin (Special Assistant to the First Lady), Jack discovers that President Logan is responsible for the attacks. He is at the center of a conspiracy involving Cummings, Henderson, Nathanson, a mysterious man known as Graem and a group of men who monitor and influence the actions of Logan from an undisclosed location.

Jack and Wayne retrieve a recording that implicates Logan from a bank vault and attempt to turn it over to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Heller. However, Heller's plan to get Logan to quietly resign backfires when Christopher Henderson uses Audrey as leverage to get the recording from Jack. Jack and Audrey recapture Henderson but they find that he has passed the recording on to a co-conspirator aboard a diplomatic flight. Jack boards the plane and reclaims the recording by taking the co-pilot hostage. This triggers a response from Charles Logan who tries to have the plane shot down, citing that it could be used to attack civilian targets on the ground. This causes others in Logan's inner circle to become suspicious of his motives. Jack Bauer lands the plane and delivers the recording to CTU. Logan decides to commit suicide to avoid the spectacle of a public trial, but before he can do so, a Homeland Security employee intervenes and destroys the recording, and is rewarded with a promotion by Logan.

Meanwhile, Bierko escapes CTU custody, and uses his last nerve gas container to take over a Russian submarine and gain control of twelve multiple-warhead non-nuclear missiles, each one capable of wiping out approximately seven city blocks. After cutting a deal with Christopher Henderson, Jack and Henderson together stop the attack from the submarine, and kill Bierko and his men. During a final standoff, Jack kills Henderson, who tried to shoot Jack with an unloaded pistol.

With the help of the First Lady, Mike Novick, Aaron Pierce, and Chloe, Jack is able to hijack Marine One and attempts to force Logan to confess. Though this venture proves unsuccessful, Jack manages to place a listening device on Logan which informs the U.S. Attorney General of his deception. At a memorial service for David Palmer, Logan delivers a eulogy while Secret Service agents are informed of his actions, and soon is taken away by U.S. Marshals.

However, Jack Bauer is kidnapped by Chinese agents, who had somehow discovered he was still alive. The season ends with a bound and beaten Jack on a cargo ship headed for China.

Plot twists affecting future seasons[edit]

  • The deaths of David Palmer, Michelle Dessler, Edgar Stiles and Tony Almeida.
  • The end of Charles Logan's presidency.
  • Growing tension between Jack Bauer and James Heller.
  • The capture of Jack Bauer by the Chinese government.
  • The friendship developed between Bill Buchanan and Karen Hayes.
  • Chloe and Morris O'Brian reuniting.


For a more thorough list, see List of 24 characters § 24: Season 5.


Special guest stars[edit]

Special guest appearance by[edit]

Guest starring[edit]


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
97 1 "Day 5: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Howard Gordon January 15, 2006 (2006-01-15) 5AFF01 17.01[1]
18 months after the events of Day 4, President Charles Logan is preparing to sign a treaty with Yuri Suvarov, the Russian President. Bauer is revealed to be living with another identity while dating a widow named Diane Huxley, whose son, Derek, suspects Bauer. While visiting Wayne Palmer in Los Angeles, David is assassinated by a man. Michelle Dessler is killed in an explosion and Tony Almeida is struck by another one, taken to CTU for medical care. CTU acquires evidence that accuses Bauer of David's assassination, also revealing that Bauer is alive. Agent Chloe O'Brian, revealed to be dating her assistant, Spenser Wolff, hears about the incidents and nearly escapes the assassin and his men. She calls and updates Bauer, who leaves to save her. He notices Derek following him and abducts him. They save O'Brian and Bauer kills the assassin and his men. Meanwhile, Charles' wife, Martha, revealed to have mental disorders, tells him that David wanted to talk to her about a national security issue involving Charles before his assassination; but he pretends not to believe her.
98 2 "Day 5: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Evan Katz January 15, 2006 (2006-01-15) 5AFF02 15.48[1]
Bauer deduces that they can find out more in David's computer, which is in Wayne's apartment. The trio infiltrates the perimeter set by FBI; and Bauer poses as an agent and enters the apartment using O'Brian's help. He intercepts Wayne and convinces the latter of the former's innocence. Bauer and O'Brian find the name of a Russian person who works in an airport. Bauer and Derek escape the perimeter using the help of O'Brian, who is arrested and delivered to CTU, where she updates Director Buchanan. Bauer delivers Derek to Diane, enters the airport and finds the target, who kills himself. Derek sees armed men entering the airport and goes in to warn Bauer. But the armed men start a lockdown and take everyone hostage. Meanwhile, CTU believes that there will be an attack on Suvarov at the time of his arrival at Charles' retreat; but Suvarov and his wife arrive safely. Charles plays an audio of David talking to Martha stating that he wants to talk about something unimportant; but she believes the audio is fake.
99 3 "Day 5: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m." Brad Turner Manny Coto January 16, 2006 (2006-01-16) 5AFF03 14.08[2]
Bauer hides in a scouting position and contacts Buchanan. The boss man, identified as Anton Beresch, broadcasts a live video demanding Charles not to sign the treaty with threatening to kill the hostages. Charles states that he will not surrender to the demand and orders CTU to save the hostages. Beresch kills one of the hostages as a warning, aired live. He brings Derek next. Bauer demands agent Manning to start the rescue fast; but the latter states that they are not ready yet. As Beresch attempts to kill Derek, O'Brian manages to detonate an explosive vest worn by one of the armed men, diverting the attention from Derek. Walt Cummings secretly informs Beresch about Bauer. Beresch holds Derek and gunpoint and forces Bauer to surrender. Meanwhile, Martha decides to find the original recording and convinces her personal assistant, Evelyn Martin, to cover for her so that she can escape her room. When she does, she forces a technical staff member to let her enter the archive room, where she finds the recording printout and takes it.
100 4 "Day 5: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m." Brad Turner Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff January 16, 2006 (2006-01-16) 5AFF04 15.70[2]
Beresch kills another hostage. He forces Bauer to tell CTU to attack from an entry that is already guarded by the former's men. Agent Lynn McGill arrives from District Command for supervision. Charles announces in his press conference with Suvarov that he will not surrender to the demand. Bauer notices Beresch giving an item to one of the hostages. As Manning and his men prepare to breach the exposed point, McGill informs Buchanan of a hidden message in Bauer's report that implies he is under duress. As Charles and Suvarov sign the treaty, Manning's team storms in from a surprise point and a shootout starts. Beresch kills himself. McGill orders Bauer to be arrested anyway, although the evidence against him was proved to be fake. Bauer tells Manning about the hostage associated with the kidnappers, now disappeared. The man meets his associates and recovers chemical weapon canisters from an underground chamber. Cummings knocks Martha unconscious and recovers the paper from her.
101 5 "Day 5: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff January 23, 2006 (2006-01-23) 5AFF05 14.22[3]
Bauer, Diane and Derek are brought to CTU, where the former reunites with Audrey Raines, who is a D.O.D. liaison there. Manning and his team track the man and find the empty compound, where traces of Sentox nerve gas are found. Cummings orders his operative to kill Bauer. The operative manages to enter CTU by Wolff's help. O'Brian finds out about Wolff's bypassing and Buchanan arrests him, who refuses to talk. Cummings' operative lures Bauer to the medical subunit and attacks him; but Bauer manages to kill him. He informs Wolff and the latter reveals Cummings' involvement. Since CTU can not arrest him without hard evidence, Bauer suggests to confront him alone. Meanwhile, Martha tells Charles what happened to her; but he does not believe her. Cummings convinces him to send her to a psychiatric institution. She escapes her room and Secret Service is ordered by Charles to find her. Raines is tasked by McGill to debrief Diane.
102 6 "Day 5: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m." Jon Cassar David Fury January 30, 2006 (2006-01-30) 5AFF06 13.82[4]
Bauer convinces McGill to let him capture Cummings and interrogate him personally, leaving CTU uninvolved. The former contacts Mike Novick and arranges a secret meeting at the Presidential retreat. Martha is found by Secret Service and returned, arranged for transfer. Bauer confirms his love to Raines. Cummings reveals his involvement to a seemingly ignorant Charles, stating that he and his American associates have aided a group of Russian separatists to acquire the gas and carry it to the Russian region, where the disclosure of the existence of the gas will allow the U.S. Armed Forces to enter the region according to the treaty Charles has signed with Suvarov. Cummings convinces Charles to arrest Bauer instead of the former. Bauer persuades agent Aaron Pierce to free him; and they capture Cummings and Bauer starts torturing him, who reveals a location. Charles has Cummings arrested. CTU fails to find the canisters; and Cummings receives a call from the operative, who promises upcoming attacks on the U.S. soil with the gas. Charles tells Martha that she was right and thus keeps her at the retreat.
103 7 "Day 5: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m." Brad Turner Manny Coto February 6, 2006 (2006-02-06) 5AFF07 13.70[5]
Ivan Erwich, the operative Bauer recognized at the airport, contacts a man named Jacob Rossler, who instructs him how to prepare the canisters. One of Erwich's men challenges his decision to attack the U.S. instead of Russia; but Erwich insists on it. Charles gives Bauer provisional authority at CTU, which intercepts the call between Erwich and Rossler. Bauer, Manning and other agents move to Rossler's residence. They storm in and capture him before finding a scared teenage girl at the bedroom. Rossler agrees to help acquire the canisters in exchange for immunity and a safe way abroad with the girl. Bauer starts torturing him instead; but Lynn orders him to accept the deal. Erwich kills a technician after the latter successfully prepares the canisters. The girl fatally shoots Rossler, making the mission improbable to succeed. Meanwhile, Lynn's sister, Jenny, convinces him to meet ber outside the building, where he is attacked by her boyfriend, who robs Lynn's wallet. Cummings is found dead as a result of apparent suicide.
104 8 "Day 5: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m." Brad Turner Robert Cochran & Evan Katz February 13, 2006 (2006-02-13) 5AFF08 12.82[6]
Jack poses as Rossler, the programmer, and manages to trace one of the Sentox nerve gas canisters. Two of Erwich's henchmen take Jack to the target — a shopping mall and prepare to release it into the ventilation system. Buchanan and McGill advise Logan to allow this canister to be released to maintain Jack's cover, in order to track the terrorists back to the remaining 19 canisters which Logan authorizes. However Jack goes against the President's orders and attempts to intervene. Some of the gas is released, inflicting casualties but Jack is able to evacuate the mall and kill one of the terrorists. The other one manages to escape as CTU track him back to Erwich. However Erwich takes evasive actions and spots CTU moving in, before ordering his henchman to commit suicide to avoid capture. Logan and Martha argue when she learns that he intends to cover up the real reason for Cummings's suicide.
105 9 "Day 5: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m." Tim Iacofano Howard Gordon & David Fury February 20, 2006 (2006-02-20) 5AFF09 13.70[7]
Vladimir Bierko (Julian Sands) kills Erwich, angry that he wasted a canister of gas. Jack is contacted by James Nathanson, Cummings' middleman and goes to meet him. However the terrorists having discovered their deception send a team to eliminate him. Nathanson is killed but Jack manages to fight off the terrorists and obtains a data chip from Nathanson before he dies. Chloe finds the name Omicron Corporation on the chip, to whose CEO Jack has ties. McGill, faltering under enormous pressure, goes on a warpath at CTU, putting personnel under surveillance and detaining Buchanan. Bierko demands the Suvarovs' motorcade route from Logan, threatening to release more of the Sentox nerve gas if he refuses. Martha demands Logan to stand up to the terrorists but he refuses. In an attempt to force the President to call back the motorcade and save the Suvarovs, Martha decides to go with them to the airport.
106 10 "Day 5: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m." Tim Iacofano Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff February 27, 2006 (2006-02-27) 5AFF10 13.87[8]
Jack meets Christopher Henderson (Peter Weller) at Omicron who has some history with Jack — Henderson was formerly head of CTU Field Ops and recruited Jack until Jack turned whistle-blower on Henderson after discovering evidence of corruption. Henderson initially protests his innocence and helps Jack, however this was all an act and Jack narrowly escapes death when Henderson attempts to cover his tracks with a bomb. Having detected evidence indicating a possible attack on the Suvarovs' motorcade, Audrey goes to McGill, who dismisses it as a unsubstantiated threat and refuses to devote anymore manpower to warn Secret service. Audrey, Chloe and Edgar go behind McGill's back to warn Secret Service but are discovered by McGill who is about to have them removed from their posts for insubordination until Audrey convinces Manning to have McGill removed instead. Curtis does this and reinstates Buchanan. Secret Service are warned just as Bierko's men attack the Suvarovs' motorcade. Thanks to the timely intervention of Aaron Pierce, the Suvarovs survive the attack.
107 11 "Day 5: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Nicole Ranadive March 6, 2006 (2006-03-06) 5AFF11 11.89[9]
Jack Bauer interrogates Henderson's wife at his home. He then tries to access Henderson's computer but Chloe is unable to hack into it. Henderson arrives home and is apprehended by Jack, who goes to extreme measures to get the information out of him, even shooting Henderson's wife in the leg. Bierko targets a hospital but CTU is able to get a warning out and evacuate the hospital. Curtis kills the terrorist and manages to seal the canister into an airtight containment apparatus. Meanwhile Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) wakes up and asks about Michelle's fate. Buchanan and the doctor's vague assurance that she is all right causes Tony to access the CTU server and discover that Michelle died in the explosion. Meanwhile, Martha tries to avoid her husband.
108 12 "Day 5: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Duppy Demetrius & Matt Michnovetz March 6, 2006 (2006-03-06) 5AFF12 13.98[9]
Jack has an emotional reunion with his daughter Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert) at CTU. He then interrogates Henderson, but with no success. A Bierko associate reprograms and uses McGill's key card (which was stolen earlier in the day) to access CTU with a canister of nerve gas. McGill, upon being informed that his sister and her boyfriend have been murdered, confesses to Buchanan that they stole his key card. Buchanan initiates a lockdown, and although the terrorist is killed by Jack, they are too late to prevent the gas from being released. Several members of CTU are killed, including Edgar Stiles (Louis Lombardi) while Jack, Kim, Chloe, Buchanan and a small number of CTU personnel manage to seal themselves into some safe rooms. Meanwhile, Logan debates martial law with Vice President Hal Gardner (Ray Wise). Mike Novick objects, and enlists Martha's help to talk Logan out of it.
109 13 "Day 5: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m." Brad Turner Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff March 13, 2006 (2006-03-13) 5AFF13 13.72[10]
Jack and the rest of CTU take action to protect the remaining isolated areas while Chloe wrestles with her grief over Edgar's death. The fact that a corrosive agent had been added to the nerve gas means that it is slowly eating away at the seals of the isolated safe-rooms and forces them to take immediate action to slow it down so that Curtis can arrive with a Haz-Mat team. Lynn McGill sacrifices himself to shut down the controls of the ventilation system, allowing Chloe to override and slow down the pathogen, saving the lives of the survivors. Meanwhile Tony contemplates revenge on Henderson. Martha bolsters Logan's judgment as he faces political pressure from Gardner about imposing martial law. As Tony prepares to kill Henderson with a lethal injection, he hesitates and Henderson, waking up, plunges the needle into Tony, killing him.
110 14 "Day 5: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m." Brad Turner Teleplay by: Howard Gordon & Evan Katz
Story by: Sam Montgomery
March 20, 2006 (2006-03-20) 5AFF14 13.71[11]
Henderson manages to escape while CTU investigates a new lead on Bierko, but finds resistance from German intelligence officer Theo Stoller (Henry Ian Cusick) who is also tracking the same lead — Collette Stenger who has links to Bierko. Martha Logan is skeptical of the administration's move for a curfew. New Homeland Security officials led by Karen Hayes attempt to change operating protocol involving CTU after the Sentox attack. Meanwhile, Wayne has some critical information he has to get to Pierce but is attacked by armed men. Jack apprehends Stenger, having offered Stoller a copy of the NSA WET list much to the dismay of Karen Hayes. However after Stoller takes his leave the memory card self-destructs — Jack has deceived him and had no intention of handing over the WET list. During interrogation, Stenger implicates Audrey Raines.
111 15 "Day 5: 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m." Jon Cassar David Ehrman March 27, 2006 (2006-03-27) 5AFF15 14.50[12]
Jack is forced to interrogate Audrey when he learns that she might be connected to Bierko and the terrorists. Although he is convinced of her innocence Karen Hayes is unconvinced and decides to push Audrey harder, forcing Jack and Chloe to search for evidence that Stenger is lying. Eventually Stenger admits that implicating Audrey was a ploy to throw CTU off, and informs them of Bierko's next target. Wayne and Pierce manage to link up and flee from armed men who have orders from Henderson to kill them. Bierko and his men execute the next phase of attacks by targeting a gas company and releasing the Sentox gas throughout Los Angeles. Jack and Curtis lead a TAC team to stop Bierko, but are too late to prevent the Sentox being released. Jack then sets C4 charges on the main gas pipe to destroy the gas before it can reach the main gas tank. Jack captures Bierko just as he is trying to escape.
112 16 "Day 5: 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Manny Coto & Sam Montgomery April 3, 2006 (2006-04-03) 5AFF16 12.47[13]
Jack teams up with Wayne to help Palmer's source in the White House: Martha Logan's aide, Evelyn Martin (Sandrine Holt) whose daughter Amy has been kidnapped by Henderson in order to blackmail her to give up evidence. Gardner has a run-in with Wayne, and Jack suspects Gardner might be behind the day's events. Jack, with help from Wayne secretly sets up a meet with Henderson to exchange Evelyn's evidence for her daughter, during which Jack manages to save Amy and kill Henderson's henchmen but not stop Henderson himself from escaping. Audrey goes along with a plan to remove Buchanan from power in order to keep Chloe at CTU to assist Jack. Jack then learns from Evelyn that it is not Vice President Gardner who is responsible for the day's events, but President Logan.
113 17 "Day 5: 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m." Brad Turner David Fury April 10, 2006 (2006-04-10) 5AFF17 12.49[14]
New discoveries regarding the day's horrific events keep Jack away from CTU as he learns from Evelyn that the evidence against Logan is stored at a bank. He and Wayne kidnap the manager with the help of Chloe as they attempt to retrieve it but Henderson, having tracked down Evelyn Martin, discovers Jack's location and sends a team to kill him and retrieve the evidence. Jack and Wayne manage to escape, setting off a bank alarm which brings LAPD to the area causing a firefight between Henderson's men and LAPD. Meanwhile CTU is absorbed by Homeland Security. Chloe and Audrey team together to assist with Jack's field operations and the investigation takes an unexpected turn.
114 18 "Day 5: 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m." Brad Turner Howard Gordon April 17, 2006 (2006-04-17) 5AFF18 13.26[15]
Although Logan claims the country is no longer under attack, martial law is still enforced, and CTU remains under intense pressure to find the remaining fugitives. Meanwhile, Jack, Audrey, and Secretary of Defense James Heller (William Devane) reunite for a pivotal meeting. Heller has Jack detained, believing that if Logan's complicity was made public and prosecuted, it would destroy the integrity of the U.S. presidency. Heller, attempts to force Logan to step down as President, but Henderson locates Jack and manages to recover the recording, which forces Heller to stand down.
115 19 "Day 5: 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m." Dwight Little Steven Long Mitchell & Craig Van Sickle April 24, 2006 (2006-04-24) 5AFF19 13.03[16]
Jack recaptures Henderson, but his men have been shadowing Heller with a helicopter and sniper and threaten to kill him unless released. Heller, chooses to drive his car off the cliff into a lake rather than allow Jack to release Henderson, who is taken into custody. Tensions at the President's retreat escalate as Martha grows suspicious of her husband. Meanwhile Curtis Manning helps in the struggle against Henderson. A surprising new ally in the form of Karen Hayes joins Buchanan and O'Brian as they continue to assist Jack, who boards a diplomatic flight searching for an associate of Henderson's, to whom the evidence has been passed on.
116 20 "Day 5: 2:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m." Dwight Little Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff May 1, 2006 (2006-05-01) 5AFF20 13.15[17]
Although Karen wishes to help Buchanan, he is still taken into CTU to maintain the cover while Chloe escapes. Meanwhile, Jack hijacks a plane in search for the recording that Henderson handed off and discovers that the Henderson's associate is actually the co-pilot, and not the passenger he apprehends. At the retreat, Martha grows increasingly unstable, causing further dispute between Logan and Mike, who begins to suspect something is wrong. Graem (Paul McCrane) continues to manipulate Logan into taking drastic measures, and suggests that the flight Jack has boarded, be shot down to prevent him recovering the evidence.
117 21 "Day 5: 3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m." Brad Turner Manny Coto May 8, 2006 (2006-05-08) 5AFF21 13.86[18]
With Graem's help, Logan decides to launch one final attempt to destroy the plane Jack Bauer has hijacked, thus securing the recording that implicates him in the conspiracy surrounding the day's events. The military scrambles an F-18 from Point Mugu with orders to shoot down the plane. At CTU, several agents begin working with Jack, Chloe, and Buchanan. Jack is able to land the plane, having recovered the recording and is extracted by Curtis as Logan sends in the military to take him into custody. Tensions continue to rise in Logan's retreat as the President, on discovering that Jack has escaped with the recording, contemplates suicide. Meanwhile, Bierko is transported to another facility, and Miles Papazian (Stephen Spinella), one of Karen Hayes' people, attempts to further his career by helping President Logan to gain a favor from him.
118 22 "Day 5: 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m." Brad Turner David Fury & Sam Montgomery May 15, 2006 (2006-05-15) 5AFF22 13.16[19]
Jack, Chloe, Buchanan, and Karen Hayes (Jayne Atkinson) realize that the recording was erased by Papazian. However, CTU is soon forced to switch tracks and focus on a new threat: the team transporting Bierko is attacked and Bierko escapes, and he plans to seize another powerful weapon to use against the US — an armed Russian submarine being serviced in the Port of Los Angeles as part of the US-Russian treaty. Using the last canister of Sentox nerve gas to kill the submarine crew, Bierko and his men take over and prepare to launch the submarine's missiles. With the new threat quickly approaching, Jack must use Henderson in a delicate sting operation. Meanwhile, the drama at the retreat turns deadly as Martha discovers Aaron Pierce about to be killed, and rescues him, killing Logan's henchman in the process.
119 23 "Day 5: 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Howard Gordon & Evan Katz May 22, 2006 (2006-05-22) 5AFF23 13.75[20]
Jack and Henderson, with help from a surviving member of the submarine crew, infiltrate the submarine and secure a missile submarine seized by Bierko, killing Bierko in the process. Afterward Henderson attempts to escape and pulls a gun on Jack, believing that Jack would not have honored his original deal to help Henderson 'disappear' in exchange for his help. Henderson pulls the trigger but the gun is empty, and Jack executes Henderson, exacting his revenge for David, Tony and Michelle. Martha and Pierce form an alliance with Mike and eventually also bring in Jack to help. Meanwhile, Logan prepares to leave for Palmer's sendoff, which Jack exploits to his advantage to acquire evidence against him.
120 24 "Day 5: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Robert Cochran May 22, 2006 (2006-05-22) 5AFF24 13.75[20]
Mike, Aaron, Martha, and Jack conspire to kidnap Logan as part of a plan to secure a confession about the original conspiracy behind the day's events by posing as an HMX-1 pilot, and taking control of the helicopter. Jack takes him to an abandoned building and attempts to acquire a confession with help from Chloe and Morris — Chloe's ex-husband. When Jack's gambit fails, Martha and Chloe initiate a back-up plan to incriminate the President — Jack had planted a mic on Logan, who during an argument with Martha, implicates himself in the day's events. This is broadcast to the Attorney General and Logan is duly arrested by Secret Service. Meanwhile, Jack's plan to disappear again is ruined when the Chinese abduct him for the events that occurred 18 months prior at the Chinese consulate and put him onboard a ship to China.


A 10-minute prequel to the season was available with the fourth season DVD.[21] The prequel, which takes place one year after Day 4, shows Jack and Chloe meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Based on computer intrusion that happened when Chloe accessed Jack's autopsy report, she expresses concern that others might know Jack is still alive. This is confirmed when he tries to leave the meeting place and gets chased by agents in a black car. It was broadcast on Sky One in the United Kingdom before the showing of the fifth season.


The trailer for the fifth season recapped the Season 4 ending and emphasized that the show would be continuously aired. Many scenes shown were from the Season 5 premiere but a scene that shows an aerial view of Jack Bauer was unique to the trailer. Such a scene would not have been used in the show because the camera department prefers to shoot all scenes at eye level.[22]


This season is notable for the high number of major characters killed off. Significant deaths included David Palmer, Michelle Dessler, and Edgar Stiles. Actor Dennis Haysbert was against the killing of David Palmer and refused to film the scene. He relented after a meeting with the showrunner, though he still disapproved of the storyline.[23] Spoilers released by Ain't It Cool News revealed that two major characters including a politician would die in the premiere episode.[24] Guest characters who died were Walt Cummings and Lynn McGill. The life of Aaron Pierce was threatened, but Martha Logan helped save him.


"7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m." was the most watched episode and premiere in 24's history.[25] Reviews of "7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m." were almost universally positive, with a score of 89/100 from Metacritic.[26] In positive light The Hollywood Reporter called the episode, "heart-pounding, mesmerizing adventure unlike anything else up or down the dial." while praising the new and returning actors, giving it a perfect 100,[27] likewise USA Today gave the episode a 100 and praised Kiefer Sutherland, who portrayed Jack Bauer.[28]

The New York Times gave the fifth season a 70 out of a possible 100, saying, "all the villains, be they Islamic fundamentalists, drug smugglers, American oil brokers or Russian separatists, keep picking Los Angeles as a target for attack."[29] The Boston Globe gave it an 80, praising returning performances and strong plot.[30] Season five of 24 was nominated for twelve Primetime Emmy Awards, becoming the most nominated series.[31]

Award nominations[edit]

Organization Category Nominee(s) Result
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Jon Cassar, Robert Cochran, Manny Coto, David Fury, Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Michael Klick, Evan Katz, Stephen Kronish, Michael Loceff, Joel Surnow, Kiefer Sutherland, Brad Turner Won
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Kiefer Sutherland Won
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Jon Cassar Won
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) Sean Callery Won
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series David Latham Won
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series Scott Powell Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Gregory Itzin Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Jean Smart Nominated
Outstanding Stunt Coordination Jeff Cadiente Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series Rodney Charters Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series William Gocke, Mike Olman, Ken Kobett Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series William Dotson, Cathie Speakman, Pembrooke Andrews, Jeffrey Whitcher, Shawn Kennelly, Jeff Charbonneau, Laura Macias, Vince Nicastro, Rich Polanco Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Drama Series Nominated
Best Actor in a Drama Series Kiefer Sutherland Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Kiefer Sutherland Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Jayne Atkinson, Jude Ciccolella, Roger Cross, Gregory Itzin, Louis Lombardi, James Morrison, Glenn Morshower, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, Jean Smart, Kiefer Sutherland Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Drama Series Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Jean Smart Nominated
Directors Guild of America Awards Best Directing for a Drama Series Jon Cassar Won
Writers Guild of America Awards Dramatic Series Robert Cochran, Manny Coto, Duppy Demetrius, David Ehrman, David Fury, Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, Stephen Kronish, Michael Loceff, Matt Michnovetz, Steve Long Mitchell, Sam Montgomery, Nicole Ranadive, Joel Surnow, Craig Van Sickle Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic - Drama Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran, Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Evan Katz, Jon Cassar, Stephen Kronish, Michael Loceff Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Best Program of the Year Nominated
Individual Achievement in Drama Kiefer Sutherland Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Drama Nominated

Home media releases[edit]

The fifth season was released on DVD in region 1 on December 5, 2006 (2006-12-05)[32] and in region 2 on November 6, 2006 (2006-11-06).[33]


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