24 (season 6)
|24 (season 6)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Original release||January 14– May 21, 2007|
The sixth season of the American drama television series 24, also known as Day 6, premiered in the United States on Fox on January 14, 2007, and concluded on May 21, 2007. The season's storyline begins and ends at 6:00 a.m. It is set 20 months after the events of the fifth season.
The sixth season is set 20 months after season five. Over the last 11 weeks before Day 6, the United States has been targeted coast-to-coast in a series of suicide bombings. A man named Abu Fayed agrees to give the U.S. the location of Hamri Al-Assad, the supposed terrorist mastermind of these attacks, in exchange for former CTU Agent Jack Bauer with whom he has a personal grudge. As a result, President Wayne Palmer has negotiated the release of Bauer, who was illegally captured by Chinese government agents, under "high-price" terms.
Season 6 can be divided into two main acts:
- Jack is released from the Chinese prison, and works with CTU to take down suitcase nuke-armed terrorists, and discovers links to his own family in the process.
- After the nukes are recovered, the Chinese manipulate Jack into giving them one of the circuit boards, elevating tensions between the United States and Russia.
- Karen Hayes clashes with Tom Lennox over the ethics of suspending civil liberties for Muslim Americans.
- Corrupt members of Wayne Palmer's administration attempt to have him killed so that they can take more extreme measures to find the nukes.
- Jack discovers that his father and brother both conspired with Charles Logan during the nerve gas crisis.
- Milo Pressman develops feelings for his boss Nadia Yassir and becomes alarmed at the way CTU agent Mike Doyle treats her.
- Morris O'Brian struggles with the guilt he feels over giving Fayed a working detonator and almost relapses into alcoholism.
- Jack becomes attached to his nephew Josh and insists that losing him as collateral damage is not acceptable.
- Jack struggles with the fact that Audrey has been tortured by the Chinese and will need long term care.
Agent Jack Bauer, having been taken prisoner by China 20 months earlier, is released under a deal arranged by President Wayne Palmer. Jack is immediately asked to sacrifice himself to Abu Fayed, who has offered CTU Hamri Al-Assad, who is believed to be the terrorist mastermind behind the suicide bombings of the last 11 weeks. Jack finds out, however, that Assad is actually trying to stop the attacks, which were orchestrated by Fayed. Jack escapes and saves Assad, which requires him to kill Curtis Manning who is bent on revenge for an earlier incident. Having found out that Fayed is planning to detonate five suitcase nuclear bombs, CTU agents attempt to retrieve one of them but they are too late. While crying over the loss of his friend Curtis, Jack watches in horror as a nuclear blast destroys Valencia.
Jack discovers that his father Phillip and brother Graem are working against CTU and have been for some time. This reunites Jack with his nephew Josh Bauer and sister-in-law Marilyn Bauer who tells him that Audrey Raines is dead. Morris O'Brian is lured out of CTU, captured by Fayed and forced to arm the remaining nuclear bombs. After defusing one of them, Jack is aided by former President Charles Logan. Logan claims that his connection with the Russian Consulate General, Anatoly Markov can help Jack find Dmitri Gredenko, a former Russian general planning to arm RQ-2 Aerial Drones with the bombs to attack the U.S. Dissatisfied with Wayne Palmer's leadership during the crisis, Reed Pollock and a co-conspirator named Carson plan to assassinate Palmer and frame Al-Assad for it. Before Tom Lennox can prevent the attack, their bomb explodes, killing Assad and leaving Palmer in critical condition.
Vice President Noah Daniels assumes executive powers and threatens retaliation. Logan fails to blackmail Markov into giving up Gredenko, so Jack breaks into the Russian Consulate and tortures information out of him. President Logan convinces his ex-wife Martha to call the Russian First Lady, Anya Suvarov. As a result, Yuri Suvarov authorizes action against the consulate by a CTU team (led by new Director of Field Operations Mike Doyle). Jack immediately gives CTU Gredenko's location, but it is too late, as Gredenko has already launched a drone toward San Francisco. Jack manages to locate the drone's pilot and crash land the drone, but radiation is released during the crash. Noah Daniels authorizes a nuclear strike against the Middle-East, but Wayne Palmer is brought out of his coma to intervene.
Gredenko is captured by CTU and he agrees to help bring in Fayed in exchange for amnesty, but warns Fayed instead. Gredenko dies and Jack manages to track down Fayed. After a struggle, Jack single-handedly kills Fayed and finds the two remaining bombs. Jack then receives a phone call from Audrey, who is apparently still alive and is then turned over to Cheng Zhi. Cheng demands a Russian circuit board from one of the nukes, information that could start a war, in exchange for Audrey's freedom. President Palmer reluctantly authorizes Jack's plan but collapses during a press conference, allowing Daniels to assume executive duties and reverse the order. Jack goes rogue and goes through with the exchange, learning that Audrey has endured pharmaceutical torture. His plan to destroy the board fails and Cheng gets hold of it.
Russia discovers that the Chinese have the circuit board and threatens military action. Cheng discovers that the board has been damaged and calls Phillip Bauer to fix it. Jack gets a lead from Audrey about Cheng's location but before they can use it, CTU is infiltrated by Chinese mercenaries, led by Zhou, and most members of CTU are taken hostage. Milo is fatally shot when he steps up to protect Nadia. Jack Bauer, Mike Doyle and others are able to kill the mercenaries and they learn that one of Phillip Bauer's conditions for helping the Chinese was that his grandson Josh be delivered to him. Phillip Bauer calls the White House and offers to give the circuit board for Josh, and they agree. Doyle takes Josh from Jack to go ahead with the exchange.
Jack finds out about the deal and gets help from Bill Buchanan who is working against the government. The exchange fails as Jack predicted and Phillip Bauer manages to capture Josh on an offshore oil rig while still in possession of the circuit board. Daniels decides to launch an air strike against the oil rig but Jack and Bill commandeer a helicopter in order to save Josh. They arrive in time to kill Cheng's men, capture Cheng alive and rescue Josh. Phillip Bauer dies in the subsequent airstrike. Jack confronts Audrey's father, James Heller, by whom he feels abandoned and lashes out. Heller apologizes, but convinces Jack that Audrey would be safer without him. Jack tells a sleeping Audrey that even though he loves her, he must let her go for her own sake. He walks outside to a cliff and stares off at the ocean at an uncertain future.
Plot twists affecting future seasons
- The death of Curtis Manning.
- The retirement of Bill Buchanan.
- Martha Logan's mental breakdown.
- Critical injuries sustained by Charles Logan and Wayne Palmer.
- Chloe and Morris becoming parents.
- Jack's desire to no longer work for the government.
- Audrey's suffering at the hands of the Chinese.
- Jack's estrangement from Audrey and her father.
- Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer (24 episodes)
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian (24 episodes)
- D. B. Woodside as President Wayne Palmer (17 episodes)
- James Morrison as Bill Buchanan (21 episodes)
- Peter MacNicol as Tom Lennox (24 episodes)
- Jayne Atkinson as Karen Hayes (18 episodes)
- Carlo Rota as Morris O'Brian (24 episodes)
- Eric Balfour as Milo Pressman (19 episodes)
- Marisol Nichols as Nadia Yassir (24 episodes)
- Regina King as Sandra Palmer (9 episodes)
Special guest stars
- Powers Boothe as Vice President Noah Daniels (14 episodes)
- James Cromwell as Phillip Bauer (8 episodes)
- Kim Raver as Audrey Raines (5 episodes)
- Gregory Itzin as Charles Logan (4 episodes)
- William Devane as James Heller (2 episodes)
- Jean Smart as Martha Logan (1 episode)
- Adoni Maropis as Abu Fayed (16 episodes)
- Ricky Schroder as Mike Doyle (12 episodes)
- Rena Sofer as Marilyn Bauer (12 episodes)
- Evan Ellingson as Josh Bauer (10 episodes)
- Kari Matchett as Lisa Miller (10 episodes)
- Tzi Ma as Cheng Zhi (9 episodes)
- Chad Lowe as Reed Pollock (8 episodes)
- Rade Šerbedžija as Dmitri Gredenko (8 episodes)
- Alexander Siddig as Hamri Al-Assad (7 episodes)
- Jim Holmes as Dr. Arthur Welton (6 episodes)
- Nick Jameson as Russian President Yuri Suvarov (6 episodes)
- Harry Lennix as Walid Al-Rezani (6 episodes)
- Ryan Cutrona as Admiral John Smith (5 episodes)
- Michael Angarano as Scott Wallace (4 episodes)
- Roger Cross as Curtis Manning (4 episodes)
- David Hunt as Darren McCarthy (4 episodes)
- Ajay Mehta as the Middle Eastern Ambassador (4 episodes)
- Kal Penn as Ahmed Amar (4 episodes)
- Bob Gunton as Secretary of Defense Ethan Kanin (3 episodes)
- Paul McCrane as Graem Bauer (3 episodes)
- Michael Shanks as Mark Bishop (3 episodes)
- Shaun Majumder as Hassan Numair (2 episodes)
- John Noble as Anatoly Markov (2 episodes)
- Ian Anthony Dale as Zhou (2 episodes)
- Kathleen Gati as Russian First Lady Anya Suvarov (1 episode)
- Glenn Morshower as Aaron Pierce (1 episode)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.
|121||1||"Day 6: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m."||Jon Cassar||Howard Gordon||January 14, 2007||6AFF01||15.79|
|20 months after the events of Day 5, U.S. cities have been the targets of terrorist attacks for weeks. Jack Bauer is delivered by Cheng Zhi to CTU as the result of an agreement between the two governments. Buchanan tells Bauer that a known terrorist named Hamri Al-Assad is believed to be responsible for the attacks. A rogue operative named Abu Fayed has demanded Bauer in exchange for giving Assad's location. It is revealed that Fayed's brother died while being tortured by Bauer years ago. Bauer agrees without resistance. President Wayne Palmer talks to Bauer on the phone and expresses his gratitude. Fayed takes Bauer and gives Assad's location to CTU. Bauer memorizes the coordinates before Fayed starts torturing him and revealing that he is the person behind the attacks; and Assad has actually come to stop him. Bauer manages to escape. Meanwhile, there is a debate at the White House between Tom Lennox, the Chief of Staff, and Karen Hayes, Palmer's national security advisor and Buchanan's wife, on how to treat Muslim Americans in order to stop the attacks. Ray Wallace saves Ahmed Amar, a Middle-Eastern neighbor, from local assailants. Amar is revealed to be working for Fayed.|
|122||2||"Day 6: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m."||Jon Cassar||Manny Coto||January 14, 2007||6AFF02||15.79|
|Bauer contacts Wayne and shares his knowledge; but Hayes and Lennox do not believe him. Wayne decides to continue with his plan to neutralize Assad. Bauer heads to the location alone and warns Assad, who finds Fayed's spy among his operatives. The Army helicopters shoot the house; and Bauer, Assad and the spy survive it. They hide in an empty house, where Assad tortures the spy and finds the next target before killing him. Bauer and Assad head to the location, which is a subway station. Bauer picks the bomber and Assad chases the handler. Bauer manages to throw the bomber outside the train before he detonates his suicide vest. Wayne realizes that Bauer was right. Meanwhile, Amar is attacked again by locals. Scott, Ray's son and Amar's friend, intervenes before Amar kills the assailants and shows hostility towards Scott. The FBI arrives at an Islamic American community organization and starts investigating the records. Sandra, Wayne's sister and the community's lawyer, deletes the records. As a result, she is arrested along with Director Walid Al-Rezani.|
|123||3||"Day 6: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m."||Brad Turner||Evan Katz & David Fury||January 15, 2007||6AFF03||15.73|
|Bauer has an intentional car crash with the handler, damaging the latter's car. Assad arrives and offers the handler a ride, which he accepts. Bauer contacts CTU and tasks them to track Assad's car in order to reach Fayed, who calls Wayne and demands the transfer of dozens of inmates of a specific prison. Wayne orders the process. Agent Manning questions Wayne's decision to ally with Assad, believing the latter's past actions to be unforgivable. The handler separates from Assad, who joins Bauer and other agents chasing the handler, who spots them and commits suicide with a grenade, which almost completely destroys his laptop. CTU manages to recover the identity of the associate Hasan Numair, who is one of the prisoners scheduled for transfer. Numair manages to escape by the help of a guard. Assad reveals that Numair is a nuclear engineer; and CTU deduces that Fayed is planning a nuclear attack. Meanwhile, Amar takes Scott and his mother hostage, forcing Ray to go to a location and acquire a device. The FBI brings Sandra and Rezani to a detention facility; but frees her on Wayne's order.|
|124||4||"Day 6: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m."||Brad Turner||Robert Cochran||January 15, 2007||6AFF04||15.73|
|Ray calls Amar and demands him to release one of his family members. Amar releases Jillian, Ray's wife. She calls and informs CTU. Bauer deduces that Manning has a personal grudge against Assad and tasks Agent Chloe O'Brian to investigate it. Bauer leads the team to the Wallaces', where Amar is critically shot. Scott recalls the location, which is in Valencia. CTU sends a team to the location, where Numair starts preparing the nuclear bomb by the device Ray has brought. Chloe reveals to Bauer that when Manning served in the Army after Desert Storm, Assad killed Manning's soldiers in a live broadcast. Manning tries to kill Assad before being fatally shot by Bauer, who gets depressed afterwards. CTU agents storm in the Valencia facility; but Numair explodes the bomb, killing himself, Ray and thousands of other people nearby. Meanwhile at the detention facility, Rezani detects a message, which CTU interprets as that there are four more bombs.|
|125||5||"Day 6: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m."||Milan Cheylov||Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff||January 22, 2007||6AFF05||14.47|
|Wayne and his staff are moved to the bunker. Jack starts helping people in trouble after the explosion. CTU checks the records of a Russian associate named Dmitri Gredenko, and finds the name of Phillip Bauer, Jack's father. Buchanan informs Jack, who reveals that he has not talked to Phillip for years, but convinces Buchanan to let him investigate Phillip alone. Jack's brother, Graem, who is revealed to have been Charles Logan's co-conspirator during the events of Day 5, finds out about Jack's investigation before he gets a call from Jack, who tasks him to find Phillip. Jack pays a surprise visit to Graem at his house, where he meets Graem's son, Josh, and wife, Marilyn, with whom Jack was previously involved. Jack and Graem go to his working room, where Jack locks the door and starts torturing Graem. Meanwhile, with Numair gone, Fayed convinces his associate Darren McCarthy to find a new engineer. Rezani is welcomed into a group of inmates by the help of the agents.|
|126||6||"Day 6: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m."||Milan Cheylov||Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff||January 29, 2007||6AFF06||14.04|
|Graem states that he made a mistake by dealing with Gredenko; and Phillip got involved trying to fix it. Jack and Graem head to the family company, where Jack reunites with Phillip. Jack convinces him to let CTU investigate the case and stop the upcoming attacks. However, Phillip's mercenaries are revealed to be loyal to Graem, who takes Jack and Phillip captive and orders his men to take the duo to a secluded place and kill them. Meanwhile, Hayes continues to question Lennox's restrictive measures on the Muslims. Lennox tasks Reed Pollock, his deputy, to find something to blackmail Hayes into resignation. Pollock finds evidence that Buchanan had Fayed in custody months ago. Since Buchanan could be blamed for the day's attack, Lennox convinces Hayes to resign quietly for the good of Buchanan. Rezani steals a cell phone an inmate secretly carries and the FBI gives the call record to Chloe, who finds out that those inmates are not associated with Fayed. Rezani is beaten by the inmates for spying before he is rescued by the guards.|
|127||7||"Day 6: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m."||Jon Cassar||Howard Gordon & Manny Coto||February 5, 2007||6AFF07||13.60|
|Jack and Phillip manage to free themselves. The former alerts CTU; and Graem is arrested in his house, where the truth serum is used on him. Marilyn reveals to Jack that she knew of Graem's illegal activities, but stayed silent because of Josh. Graem reveals his involvement in the events of Day 5, making Jack so angry that he orders excessive serum to be injected, which gives a trauma to Graem. Phillip has a secret talk with Graem; and it is revealed that Phillip was involved in the events of Day 5 and his association with Gredenko is much more than what is believed. He kills Graem, making it seem as a result of the injections. Meanwhile, CTU intercepts the message between Fayed and McCarthy and starts decrypting it. Agent Morris O'Brian gets a call to visit his brother in a hospital. As he leaves, he is revealed to be McCarthy's proposed engineer. McCarthy and Rita Brady, his girlfriend, abduct Morris. Lennox apparently convinces Wayne to approve his project; and the latter convenes the Cabinet, where Wayne reveals that he will not sign it. Vice President Noah Daniels disagrees, but to no avail.|
|128||8||"Day 6: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m."||Jon Cassar||Evan Katz & David Fury||February 12, 2007||6AFF08||13.73|
|Lennox gets angry with Wayne's decision. Pollock secretly offers him a plan to assassinate Wayne so that Daniels, a proponent, can ascend. Lennox initially denies it and tasks Pollock to type the former's resignation paper. Phillip, Marilyn and Josh are brought to CTU while Jack leads a team to rescue Morris. Brady kills McCarthy and takes Morris to Fayed alone. Fayed kills Brady instead of paying her. He starts torturing Morris to make him activate the bombs. Morris finally accepts. Jack's team storms in and saves Morris. They find Fayed gone with one armed bomb left behind. Jack manages to defuse it. Morris reveals that the other bombs are now functional. When Lennox hears the news, he decides to hear Pollock's offer instead of resigning. Meanwhile, Assad is transferred to Washington, D.C. and brought to Wayne, who offers Assad a peace initiative proposed on a live broadcast. Wayne believes Assad can dissuade some of Fayed's followers.|
|129||9||"Day 6: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m."||Brad Turner||Adam E. Fierro||February 12, 2007||6AFF09||13.73|
|Gredenko is revealed to be preparing the delivery mechanism for the bombs. Marilyn tells Jack that she remembers an address that is associated with Graem's activities. Phillip secretly tasks his operatives to find and kill Gredenko. The former abducts Josh and takes him to a hotel. The former calls Marilyn and forces her to give another address to Jack, who enters with his team before finding bombs inside and running outside. Jack manages to survive the explosion. Marilyn and agent Milo Pressman are attacked by Phillip's operatives. The truck crashes; and Pressman and Marilyn continue on foot while the operatives give chase. Meanwhile, Morris is returned to CTU before he gets depressed for helping Fayed, pushing Chloe away. Lennox secretly meets Pollock, who reveals that there are other people, but not including Daniels, that support the plan. Lennox approves the plan and starts gathering the necessary tools and information.|
|130||10||"Day 6: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m."||Brad Turner||Howard Gordon & Evan Katz||February 19, 2007||6AFF10||13.05|
|Jack arrives and saves Pressman and Marilyn, arresting the boss man. Jack confronts Marilyn for lying to him; and she reveals the truth. The former forces the boss man to tell Phillip on the phone that he has successfully captured Marilyn. Phillip gives him the address. Jack heads there and finds the hotel room empty. Phillip, revealed to have knowledge of the plan, calls from the building across the street. Jack offers himself in exchange for Josh, which Phillip accepts. Jack heads there and Josh is freed. Phillip tells Jack that he aided Gredenko because he had evidence that proved Phillip's involvement in the events of Day 5. Phillip spares Jack's life and leaves a cell phone with a phone number on it. Jack calls it and Logan answers the call, revealed to know the situation and offering help. Meanwhile, Morris drinks some liquor while at work. Pressman informs Chloe; but Morris convinces them that he will not do it again. Pollock's associate enters the bunker by the aid of Lennox, who later changes his mind and decides to warn Secret Service before he is knocked unconscious by Pollock.|
|131||11||"Day 6: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m."||Tim Iacofano||Manny Coto||February 26, 2007||6AFF11||12.80|
|Jack calls Buchanan, who reveals that Logan's trial was never made public. He made a deal to resign and go into house arrest. Jack visits Logan, who offers to help without anything in return. Jack informs Wayne, who expresses his doubts, but approves it eventually. Logan reveals that Anatoly Markov, the Russian consul, is associated with Gredenko; and the former can convince him to talk. They prepare to head to the consulate. Meanwhile, Chloe gets worried that Morris is still drinking and confronts him at several points. He throws away the bottle he is keeping. Gredenko's delivering devices are revealed to be drones. Pollock locks Lennox in a room, where the associate arrives and prepares a bomb with the tools he has brought inside without detection. The associate instructs Pollock how to detonate the bomb, which Pollock sets at the conference room. Lennox makes an unsuccessful escape attempt. The bomb is detected by Assad, but too late. Pollock detonates it and Wayne is found critically wounded.|
|132||12||"Day 6: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m."||Tim Iacofano||Teleplay by: Evan Katz & David Fury
Story by: Howard Gordon
|March 5, 2007||6AFF12||13.05|
|Logan meets Markov and reveals that he has evidence that can incriminate the latter and will disclose it if the latter does not help CTU find the bombs. Markov insists that he does not have any more connection with Gredenko; and Logan leaves. Jack decides to infiltrate the consulate and torture Markov. Logan tries to dissuade him, but to no avail. Jack learns from Markov that Gredenko is in Shadow Valley; but he is arrested by Russian guards before he can contact CTU. He convinces a Russian assistant to give the information to CTU. The assistant is killed by an associate of Markov before he can make any calls. Meanwhile, Assad is revealed to have died in the explosion. Pollock apparently convinces Lennox not to reveal the truth and frees him, who warns Secret Service and is arrested along with Pollock and his associate. Daniels assumes command and demands Lennox to announce that Assad was complicit in the attempt by threatening to reveal Lennox's involvement to the Justice Department. As Hayes prepares to leave D.C, Buchanan calls and informs her of the attempt.|
|133||13||"Day 6: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m."||Jon Cassar||Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff||March 12, 2007||6AFF13||12.39|
|Agent Mike Doyle arrives from Division Command and takes over for Manning. He sets his agents outside the consulate. Charles states that his former wife, Martha, is friends with Russian President Yuri Suvarov's wife. Charles calls and informs Aaron Pierce, who has married Martha. Charles meets Pierce and Martha, who shows displeasure upon him, but finally decides to call Suvarov's wife. However, she critically stabs Charles. Markov disobeys Suvarov's order to free Jack. Suvarov allows CTU to attack the consulate. A shootout starts; and Markov is killed. Jack informs CTU of Gredenko's whereabouts. Meanwhile, Daniels forces Lennox to tell the ambassador of the country from which Fayed and Assad are that Assad was complicit. This gives Daniels the opportunity to force that country to start cooperating with CTU to find the other bombs. Daniels threatens to attack that country if another bomb explodes.|
|134||14||"Day 6: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m."||Jon Cassar||Teleplay by: Howard Gordon & Evan Katz
Story by: Manny Coto & David Fury
|March 19, 2007||6AFF14||11.80|
|Jack returns to CTU and informs the others about Shadow Valley. Marilyn tells Jack that she heard a report that Audrey Raines has died. Jack tasks Chloe to check it. She finds the report, which states that Raines died in a car crash in China, where she had come to find him. He confronts Buchanan for hiding the report from him. Chloe states that Gredenko has an inside agent in CTU. Doyle tasks her to check agent Nadia Yassir first, since she is a Muslim. This makes Pressman, who is involved with Yassir, angry. However, Chloe states that Yassir is actually the mole. The latter is arrested; and Doyle starts interrogating her; until the pilot of the drone is located. Jack and Doyle lead a team and kill the pilot. Jack manages to stop the drone, which gets damaged along with the bomb, leading to radiation. Daniels orders Secretary of Defense Ethan Kanin to prepare for a nuclear strike on the Middle-Eastern country. Lennox and Hayes, who has returned to help with the crisis, disagree, but to no avail.|
|135||15||"Day 6: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m."||Brad Turner||Howard Gordon & Manny Coto||March 26, 2007||6AFF15||11.78|
|An agent finds evidence that proves Yassir's computer was hacked, proving her innocence. He shows it to Doyle, who decides not to reveal it for now. The agent finally reveals the evidence himself. Pressman gets angry with Doyle, who reveals that he was investigating more. Yassir is freed and decides to quit; but Pressman dissuades her. CTU locates an associate named Mark Hauser. Jack leads a team and they storm in Mark's house. Mark gets shot and reveals that Gredenko will meet him there. Mark tasks his brother, Brady, to cooperate with CTU. Brady meets Gredenko before CTU forces attack and arrest the latter, who offers to surrender Fayed in exchange for pardon and the guarantee not to be returned to Russia. Meanwhile, Hayes convinces Sandra to consent with reviving Wayne, who orders the Air Force to stand down. Daniels claims that Wayne is unfit to run the office and decides to invoke the Section 4 of the 25th Amendment of the Constitution.|
|136||16||"Day 6: 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m."||Brad Turner||Robert Cochran & Evan Katz||April 2, 2007||6AFF16||10.95|
|CTU plants a tracker in Gredenko's forearm. Gredenko meets Fayed and reveals his deal with CTU. The agents storm in and find Gredenko's forearm containing the tracker amputated. Fayed and Gredenko escape into a bar, where Gredenko reveals to the customers that Fayed is a terrorist before escaping. The crowd starts beating Fayed until Jack arrives and arrests him. Gredenko succumbs to his wound in the coast. Meanwhile, Yassir begins to get attracted to Doyle. Daniels convenes the Cabinet. Both Wayne and Daniels defend their positions before the voting is held, with both parties earning an equal vote. The Attorney General interprets it as Wayne's victory. However, Daniels claims that Hayes' vote is invalid, since she resigned earlier. The Supreme Court starts checking the case. Daniels tasks Lisa Miller, his assistant, to manipulate the records. Having recorded the conversation, Lennox forces Daniels to drop the case. However, Wayne announces his plan to strike as Daniels intended.|
|137||17||"Day 6: 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m."||Bryan Spicer||David Fury||April 9, 2007||6AFF17||11.45|
|Wayne's plan is revealed to have been a ruse to force the Middle-Eastern country to fully cooperate. The country reveals that it has arrested a military general associated with Fayed. Wayne forces the country to threaten the general's family in addition to torturing him. Jack finds Fayed's torture useless. During transfer, CTU forces are attacked by armed people who rescue Fayed and tell him that they are sent by the general. This is revealed to be CTU's plan to lure Fayed to find the bombs. Fayed talks to the general on the phone for confirmation; and the latter gives a hidden message alerting the former, who kills the others and escapes. Jack starts chasing Fayed alone to his compound, where the former manages to kill the latter and his men, securing the two remaining bombs. He gets a call from Cheng, who has taken Raines hostage, and threatens to kill her if Jack does not perform his demands. Meanwhile, Wayne learns from Lennox about his leverage on Daniels.|
|138||18||"Day 6: 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m."||Bryan Spicer||Matt Michnovetz & Nicole Ranadive||April 16, 2007||6AFF18||11.32|
|Cheng demands Jack to remove a specific board, which contains advanced Russian military technology that China currently does not possess, from one of the bombs and trade it for Raines. Jack attempts to remove the board, but is stopped after Chloe is detected by Morris aiding the former, who calls Wayne and makes an offer: to plant explosives in the board and detonate them after Raines is secured, meeting both wishes but sacrificing his own life. Wayne approves it and Doyle is tasked to accompany Jack. Wayne demands Daniels to resign by Lennox's leverage. The former collapses during a press conference; and his physician states that Wayne's status is critical and he can not run the office anymore. Thus, Daniels takes over again, aborting Jack's plan. The latter abandons Doyle on the road and continues.|
|139||19||"Day 6: 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m."||Brad Turner||Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff||April 23, 2007||6AFF19||10.41|
|CTU starts tracing Jack, who manages to lose them temporarily. Jack arrives at the location and forces Cheng to let Raines leave until she is safe. CTU agents intervene and save Raines; but Cheng escapes with the board. Jack learns that Raines' traumatic experience has inflicted psychosis on her. Meanwhile, Daniels fails fails to convince Lennox to destroy the tape. The former is revealed to be involved with Miller. A DOJ agent meets Hayes and plays a video of Pollock revealing that Buchanan had Fayed in custody months before the attack and freed him. The agent advises Hayes to fire Buchanan in order to avoid her own expulsion. Since the farther the outcast is from the President, the less political scandal it will be. She agrees to do it, leaving Yassir in command of CTU.|
|140||20||"Day 6: 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m."||Brad Turner||Howard Gordon & Evan Katz||April 30, 2007||6AFF20||10.93|
|Jack claims he can get information from Raines, who is entrusted to a psychiatrist from Division for the purpose. Doyle frees Jack, who reaches to Raines and escapes with her to a room and locks the door. He starts working on her. CTU agents break in before she mentions a location. Yassir orders the psychiatrist to leave and sends Jack back to detention. James Heller arrives and takes Raines home after showing displeasure upon Jack and warning him to stay away from her. Meanwhile, Miller is revealed to be involved with another man named Mark Bishop, a lobbyist who is actually spying for the Russian government. Suvarov contacts Daniels and reveals his knowledge of the board, threatening to attack a U.S. Army base in the region if the board is not recovered. Lennox starts investigating and finds out about Bishop and also his affair with Miller, whom Daniels confronts and orders her to cooperate with Lennox to end the crisis and make the Russians believe that the board is recovered.|
|141||21||"Day 6: 2:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m."||Bryan Spicer||Manny Coto||May 7, 2007||6AFF21||10.92|
|CTU confirms the address Raines revealed; and Doyle leads a team. On arrival, they find it full of weapons and explosives. Cheng's mercenaries, led by a man named Zhou Yong, attack CTU and take the agents hostage. Zhou demands the Director to step forward. Pressman introduces himself instead of Yassir and is killed by Zhou. The mercenaries start looking for Josh. Jack instructs him to escape using the ventilation system. The former and Marilyn are captured; and Zhou announces on the speaker that he will kill Marilyn if Josh does not surrender, which he does. Cheng is revealed to have made a deal with Phillip to deliver Josh to him in exchange for repairing the damaged board. Meanwhile, Lennox plants information stating the recover of the board in Miller's PDA and instructs her to rendezvous with Bishop at his hotel room and act normal until he can upload the false intel and persuade the Russians. She visits him and they start having sex.|
|142||22||"Day 6: 3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m."||Bryan Spicer||Howard Gordon & Evan Katz||May 14, 2007||6AFF22||10.57|
|As the mercenaries prepare to leave with Josh, the captive agents turn on them; and some of the mercenaries, including Zhou, are killed. The others take Josh to Cheng; but Jack arrives and saves Josh, with Cheng managing to escape. Phillip calls the White House and offers the trade of Josh with the board. Daniels approves it and Doyle gets Josh in a helicopter while other agents hold Jack from stopping the mission. Meanwhile, Miller leaves bed as planned to give Bishop the chance to upload the intel; but he finds out and attacks her. The agents storm in and capture him. She is taken to medical care and Lennox demands Bishop to upload the intel and cooperate to avoid death penalty. Bishop agrees and Daniels contacts Suvarov and tells him the same news. However, Suvarov reveals his knowledge of Bishop's capture and threatens to attack the American base soon. Daniels, Lennox and Hayes deduce that Suvarov is under pressure from the military generals to fight the U.S.|
|143||23||"Day 6: 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m."||Brad Turner||Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff||May 21, 2007||6AFF23||10.30|
|As Doyle and Josh head to the location, Jack calls Hayes and convinces her that Phillip will never honor the deal and will keep the board. He asks her to free him so that he can stop Phillip. She contacts Buchanan, who has an intentional car crash with the CTU vehicle transporting Jack, who manages to lock the agents and escape with Buchanan. They head to the location, which is seaside. Karen is arrested for aiding Jack. Phillip's operatives arrive on a boat and exchange Josh with an item, which is actually a bomb that explodes at the hands of Doyle, who loses his eyes. The operatives and Josh board the boat and head to Phillip's location, which is an oil platform owned by his company. He is revealed to have made another deal with Cheng for asylum along with Josh in China. Meanwhile, Daniels keeps updating Suvarov, hoping to delay the conflict. Lennox advises Daniels to free Hayes now that she and Jack are revealed to be right about Phillip. Chloe collapses while working.|
|144||24||"Day 6: 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m."||Brad Turner||Robert Cochran & Manny Coto & David Fury||May 21, 2007||6AFF24||10.30|
|Chloe is informed that she is pregnant. She decides to move back in with Morris. Jack and Buchanan arrive at the platform on a helicopter. A shootout starts and Jack manages to captures Cheng and free Josh. Phillip gets injured and unable to leave. The Air Force destroys the platform to ensure the destruction of the board. Jack, Josh and Cheng manage to board the helicopter in time and the four leave. Jack separates from them; and Cheng is arrested by CTU while Josh reunites with Marilyn. Buchanan convinces Yassir to let Jack go and not pursue him. Suvarov aborts the attack. Daniels frees Hayes and convinces her to resign and leave. Lennox gives the tape to Daniels. Jack breaks in Heller's and confronts him for his actions. Heller begs him to leave Raines alone for her good. Jack visits her while she is sleeping and says goodbye to her before leaving.|
A shocking twist from the fourth episode was the detonation of a suitcase nuke that killed twelve thousand civilians. The subsequent episodes, however, hardly showed any of the panic that would result from this. David Fury explained the development by saying that the intended writing direction kept fluctuating. "In the early seasons of 24, [the writers tried] to map out stories and arc out stories [beforehand] a little bit more than they did, say, in seasons four and five, and four and five turned out to be two of most successful seasons." The nuclear threat was defused before the end of the season, leading to a story that was more personal for Jack. A panel of writers at Comic-Con said that they originally planned for Tony Almeida to return in the sixth-season finale.
A ten-minute prequel to the sixth season of 24 is available on the Region-1 version of the Season 5 DVD. The clip begins seven months after Day 5 and shows the Chinese torturing Jack trying to learn the identity of a double agent in their ranks. What appear to be American covert-ops soldiers break into the complex and free Jack, bringing him to a Chinese man named Hong Wai. As Jack flinches in recognition of Hong, the Chinese show up and thank Jack for identifying the double agent they had suspected all along. Cheng Zhi then executes Hong.
The original trailer for the sixth season opens with Kiefer Sutherland breaking the fourth wall and thanking the fans. The trailer features scenes from the first four episodes and sets Jack Bauer up to be sacrificed. It was released on October 24, 2006.
Eddie Izzard was cast as Darren McCarthy but left the show after one day of filming. According to Izzard, producers wanted to option further dates, but he was unavailable due to working on The Riches. He was replaced by David Hunt.
Some members of the production staff cite Season 6 as their most disappointing season. In a 2010 interview, Howard Gordon said "I feel as though the story made a very wrong turn in season 6". Also, when speaking about Season 7, Kiefer Sutherland said "We hit a couple rough spots with a lot of our viewers in Season 6, and we really wanted to remedy that". Nevertheless, the season received many positive reviews, and holds a Metacritic score of 79 out of 100. For this season, Jean Smart received the Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series and Kiefer Sutherland received his sixth nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series||William Dotson, Cathie Speakman, Pembrooke Andrews, Jeffrey Whitcher, Shawn Kennelly, Jeff Charbonneau, Laura Macias, Vince Nicastro, Rich Polanco, Vic Radulich||Won|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Kiefer Sutherland||Nominated|
|Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Jean Smart||Nominated|
|Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)||Sean Callery||Nominated|
|Outstanding Stunt Coordination||Jeff Cadiente||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)||William Gocke, Mike Olman, Ken Kobett, Jeff Gomillion||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series||Jeff Cadiente, Terri Cadiente, Troy Gilbert, Tracy Hite, Dustin Meier, Laurence Rosenthal, Erik Stabenau, Justin Sundquist||Won|
|Producers Guild of America Awards||Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic - Drama||Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran, Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, Jon Cassar, Michael Loceff, Michael Klick||Nominated|
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