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24 (season 7)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseJanuary 11 (2009-01-11) –
May 18, 2009 (2009-05-18)
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List of 24 episodes

The seventh season of the American drama television series 24, also known as Day 7, premiered in the United States on Fox on January 11, 2009, and concluded on May 18, 2009. The season was originally scheduled to premiere on January 13, 2008, but was delayed due to the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike.[1] On November 23, 2008, Fox aired 24: Redemption, a two-hour TV movie set between seasons.[2] Unlike all of the other seasons, this season's DVD set was released one day after the season finale. The season's storyline begins and ends at 8:00 a.m.

Season overview[edit]

The seventh season takes place 46 months after season six. Jack Bauer is on trial for alleged crimes he committed while working for CTU. Senator Blaine Mayer has disbanded CTU and strengthened the policies of Allison Taylor's administration against torture. Bauer is brought into another counter-terrorist operation when FBI agent Renee Walker interrupts the hearing to tell him about an imminent threat.

Day 7 can be divided into four main acts:

  1. Warlord Iké Dubaku breaches a government firewall and attempts to cause massive damage, then tries to manipulate President Taylor by kidnapping her husband.
  2. A unit of soldiers from Sangala invades the White House and takes President Taylor hostage.
  3. Mercenaries from Starkwood acquire a prion weapon and threaten to deploy it on major American cities.
  4. Tony Almeida betrays Jack and the FBI by stealing the last canister of the pathogen and attempting to use it against civilians.

Major subplots[edit]

  • Senators are trying to send Jack to prison for life to make an example out of him.
  • Members of the Taylor family are still mourning the loss of Roger Taylor.
  • Tony Almeida's return to the series.
  • While Jack is happy to have his old friend back, he feels that something is not quite right.
  • Larry Moss tries to keep Renee Walker on the side of the law rather than adopting Jack's ruthless ways.
  • Renee has difficulty accepting situations that put civilians at risk for the greater good.
  • Allison Taylor begins to rethink the position she took against torture.
  • A rivalry between Ethan Kanin and Olivia Taylor unfolds at the White House.
  • Chloe clashes with an FBI analyst named Janis Gold.
  • Jack becomes infected with a lethal pathogen and struggles to make peace before he dies.
  • Kim Bauer has one last opportunity to reconnect with her father.

Summary[edit]

Day 7 begins in a U.S. Senate hearing during which Jack Bauer defends the necessity of his actions to Senator Blaine Mayer. Agent Renee Walker postpones the proceedings saying that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) urgently needs Jack's help. Even though Jack refuses to believe it at first, she reveals that Tony Almeida is still alive and that he is launching an attack against the government that betrayed him. When a contact agrees to talk to Bauer and Walker and is assassinated, the sniper leads them to Tony's location. Jack captures Tony and brings him to the FBI but learns that he is part of an undercover operation involving Bill Buchanan and Chloe O'Brian that aims to expose corruption in the government.

Jack breaks Tony out of the FBI's headquarters and meets with Bill and Chloe at a hideout that serves as a sort of underground CTU. There, he learns that Benjamin Juma and Iké Dubaku have infiltrated the government in order to stop the U.S. from invading Sangala. Dubaku plans to attack government infrastructure using the "CIP device" and have the Sangalan President, Ule Matobo, kidnapped. Jack and Tony team up with one of Dubaku's contacts, David Emerson, and proceed to kidnap Matobo. Along the way, Renee Walker discovers them. Instead of killing her, Jack manages to keep his cover safe by shooting her in the neck, burying her alive and sending her location to Chloe and Bill. After Tony reluctantly kills Emerson, the group hand Matobo over to Dubaku's henchmen and begin an assault once they learn Dubaku's location. During the assault, they rescue Matobo and destroy the CIP device but Dubaku escapes.

Dubaku attempts to manipulate President Taylor by kidnapping Henry Taylor but Jack and Renee find the First Gentleman by interrogating a U.S. Secret Service agent. During the rescue, Henry Taylor suffers a gunshot wound from which he eventually recovers. With Dubaku on the run, Walker and Bauer are able to find him with the help of his girlfriend Marika. Although Dubaku's vehicle crashes in a car chase killing Marika, Dubaku survives with enough strength to provide Bauer with a list of names of his co-conspirators. Buchanan uses this list to begin making arrests. When the arrests are in progress, Tony informs Jack that General Juma is planning an attack and tells him that Senator Mayer's chief of staff Ryan Burnett knows the details. Jack begins to torture Burnett but he is apprehended before he can finish. Juma is able to attack his target—which turns out to be the White House—and Jack, Bill and Taylor find themselves held hostage.

Although Jack plans to save the hostages by sacrificing himself, Bill Buchanan does this instead, saying that a dangerous conspiracy still remains and that Jack is the only person he trusts to unravel it. When Jack tries to get further information out of Burnett, a mercenary arrives who kills Burnett and frames Bauer for the murder. When Jack escapes, he learns that the mercenary, John Quinn, works for Starkwood—a defense contractor with an interest in developing bioweapons—led by a man named Jonas Hodges. After he is framed for the murder of U.S. Senator Mayer, Jack kills Quinn and learns the location of a bioweapon that just arrived from Sangala. He and Tony initiate a raid, which results in Tony's capture by Starkwood. Jack drives the weapon away from the port but is delayed when he stops to seal one of the leaking canisters. This not only exposes him to the pathogen but allows Starkwood to recapture it as well.

Jack learns that he is dying and tries to see the operation through to the end before he dies. He has an emotional meeting with his daughter Kim and tells Kim that he does not want her to try to save him with stem cells. FBI and military forces land in the Starkwood base and meet Tony Almeida but Starkwood forces outnumber them and force them to retreat. Tony sneaks away from the group and is able to remain at the base unseen. Co-ordinating with Jack, he destroys the canisters of the prion which allows the government to move in and arrest Hodges. To everyone's surprise, a Starkwood operative, Robert Galvez is seen with a surviving canister of the pathogen and a helicopter with Tony Almeida and Larry Moss on board gives chase. Tony betrays the FBI by killing Moss and helping Galvez escape the perimeter before escaping himself. Furious, Jack learns from Hodges that Tony has been in league with private military contractors all along and that he is working to have Islamic-Americans carry out a biological attack.

Tony and a co-conspirator named Cara Bowden force an innocent Muslim man to frame himself for a subway attack, by making a video and riding the subway, without knowing the details of what he's being framed for. Bowden delivers the canister of pathogenic agent, with a fifteen-minute timer on it, to the subway car the young man is riding, then exits. Jack intercepts the canister just in time but is forced to turn on the FBI and free Tony when he learns that Bowden's operatives are following Kim. Tony convinces Cara and the leader of their group named Alan Wilson to harvest the pathogen from Jack's body. Tony tells Jack in private that his plan is really to bring Alan Wilson into the open so that he can be murdered; Alan Wilson was the man behind Charles Logan, who had Michelle Dessler killed. FBI agents arrive at the compound having learned of Jack's location from a rescued Kim Bauer. A firefight ensues which is ended by Jack and Renee who stop Almeida from killing Wilson. Renee decides to torture Wilson when she learns that he has covered all his tracks. After Jack's doctor induces a coma, Kim arrives and begs her to begin the stem cell procedure that Jack told her not to undergo. The season ends with Kim at her father's side, left with a thread of hope that he may survive.

Plot twists affecting future seasons[edit]

  • The death of Bill Buchanan.
  • The arrest of Tony Almeida.
  • The retooling of CTU.
  • The friendship developed between Jack Bauer and Renee Walker.
  • The friendship developed between Jack Bauer and Allison Taylor.
  • Renee Walker embracing torture.
  • Allison and Henry Taylor getting divorced.
  • Kim Bauer trying to save Jack and starting a family of her own.

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1451"Day 7: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m."Jon CassarHoward Gordon & Joel Surnow & Michael LoceffJanuary 11, 2009 (2009-01-11)7AFF0112.61[3]
Two months after the events of Redemption, CTU is revealed to be disbanded for illegal interrogation methods. In a Senate Hearing presided by Senator Mayer, Bauer is answering for one of his previous torture cases, which Bauer believes to be justifiable. FBI agent Walker interrupts the Hearing and takes Bauer to the Bureau, where she tells him that a technician named Michael Latham was just kidnapped for the purpose of creating an override device called a CIP which can be used for terrorist purposes, in this case intercepting air traffic control. She shows Bauer a camera image of Almeida, who was believed to be dead, proving Tony's involvement. FBI Director Moss tasks Walker to accompany Bauer as he helps them to find a man associated with Tony. The duo arrives at his house, but he is killed by a sniper. Bauer gets a call from Almeida, who warns him not to interfere. Meanwhile, President Allison Taylor is preparing to attack Sangala to overthrow Juma while her husband Henry is investigating the death of his son, Roger, who is believed to have committed suicide. Latham manages to complete the CIP, which Almeida plans to use to send a warning to the airlines instead of causing two planes to crash.
1462"Day 7: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m."Jon CassarTeleplay by: Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff
Story by: Howard Gordon & Evan Katz
January 11, 2009 (2009-01-11)7AFF0212.61[3]
Bauer tells Walker that there is a mole inside the FBI, but they must work without reporting for now. Alan Tanner, the sniper, poses as an agent and leaves the perimeter, but is spotted by Bauer who convinces Walker that they follow Tanner to find Almeida and the CIP. Meanwhile, Almeida intentionally causes a near crash of two planes using the CIP, sending a warning to the government. He gives the CIP to his boss man, who delivers it to Juma's henchman, Iké Dubaku. Moss gets suspicious of Bauer and Walker because the latter does not report her status properly. The duo follows Tanner to the location associated with Almeida and the CIP, and Tanner is critically wounded. They storm in and manage to capture Almeida. Having tracked the location, Moss and other agents arrive. In the meantime, Allison convinces de jure Sangalan Prime Minister Ule Motobo to subject Juma to due process instead of immediate execution after the U.S. military assault. Henry meets Samantha Roth, Roger's former girlfriend, who claims that he did commit suicide.
1473"Day 7: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m."Brad TurnerManny Coto & Brannon BragaJanuary 12, 2009 (2009-01-12)7AFF0312.31[4]
Moss puts Almeida under arrest. Upon arriving at the Bureau, Bauer and Walker reveal to Moss their belief about the mole. Bauer convinces him to let him talk to Almeida first, and Moss warns him not to use extreme methods like he did in the past. Almeida makes Bauer angry during the conversation; as Bauer attacks him, Almeida gives him a secret message. When Bauer is taken outside, he calls a number interpreted by that message, and Buchanan answers. Buchanan reveals that Almeida is working with him and O'Brian in a covert mission. Bauer manages to break Almeida out, and with O'Brian's help they escape the Bureau and get into Buchanan's car. Meanwhile, Dubaku sends a message to the White House demanding that Allison abort the attack on Sangala, and threatening to use the CIP for mass murder. She refuses to surrender to the demand. Henry gets a call from Roth, who reveals that Roger was actually murdered. They arrange a meeting.
1484"Day 7: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m."Brad TurnerDavid Fury & Alex GansaJanuary 12, 2009 (2009-01-12)7AFF0412.31[4]
Almeida and Buchanan reveal to Bauer that when Almeida's body was moved outside of CTU at Day 5, he was revived by a man named David Emerson, an associate of Henderson. Bauer and Almeida head to meet Emerson. Almeida reveals that he was angry with the government and committed a series of crimes during the past years, but when he found out about the CIP and its capabilities he contacted Buchanan to help recover it. Bauer and Almeida are both able to convince Emerson to include Bauer in his plan, which involves capturing Motobo and delivering him to Dubaku. This will get Bauer and Almeida access to Dubaku. Meanwhile, Walker and agent Janis Gold arrive at the hospital where Tanner is kept. Walker convinces Gold to cover for her so that she can torture Tanner; he reveals that Emerson's targets are Motobo and his wife, Alama. The FBI warns Motobo's security detail in time, and he and his wife manage to get into their bunker. Bauer finds it apparently impenetrable. In the meantime, Roth reveals to Henry that Roger was investigating a corruption in Allison's government which could be the reason he was killed. She gives him a storage device containing clues.
1495"Day 7: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m."Jon CassarHoward Gordon & Evan KatzJanuary 19, 2009 (2009-01-19)7AFF0512.10[5]
Emerson tries to force Motobo to open the door by threatening to kill the chief guard, but to no avail. Bauer finds the ventilation pathway of the bunker and manages to prepare a toxic gas, which he pumps into the bunker. Alama is forced to open the door. She and Motobo are captured by Bauer and Emerson. As the latter two leave, they spot and capture Walker, who has come alone. In the van, Emerson reveals that Henderson never intended to kill Almeida because he was too valuable. Emerson tasks Bauer to kill Walker to prove his loyalty. He shoots her, making her look dead. He and Almeida start burying her alive. Meanwhile, an agent from DOJ arrives at the FBI to investigate Walker's torture of Tanner. Gedge, Henry's bodyguard, states his intention to help. He takes Henry to Roth's house where Henry collapses as a result of being poisoned with a paralytic agent. Gedge is revealed as the one to have killed Roger. Vossler, another Secret Service agent, approaches Roth and claims that Henry has ordered him to put her under protective custody. He offers her to take her necessary belongings from her house first.
1506"Day 7: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m."Jon CassarManny Coto & Brannon BragaJanuary 26, 2009 (2009-01-26)7AFF0612.22[6]
O'Brian and Buchanan arrive and revive Walker, explaining the mission to her. Emerson's team arrives at a warehouse, where he and his men turn on Bauer and Almeida, who manage to kill them. O'Brian, Buchanan and Walker arrive and they tell the Motobos of their mission, convincing them to cooperate until the CIP is secured. They plant a tracker on Ule Motobo. Dubaku's operatives arrive and attempt to kill Almeida, but Bauer warns them with his sniper rifle. The Motobos are taken by Dubaku's men. Meanwhile, Dubaku causes two planes to crash, threatening another attack in an hour. The Secretary of State demands that Allison abort the attack, which she refuses to do. She demands his resignation, to which he complies. Ethan Kanin, the Chief of Staff, believes Henry could dissuade her. Dubaku picks another high casualty target in Ohio. In the meantime, Roth arrives at her house where Gedge fatally stabs her and puts the knife in Henry's hand, but Henry manages to kill him.
1517"Day 7: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m."Milan CheylovTeleplay by: Manny Coto & Brannon Braga
Story by: Michael Loceff
February 2, 2009 (2009-02-02)7AFF0711.34[7]
The Motobos are brought to Dubaku, who plans to send them back to Sangala and force Ule to reveal intel using his wife as leverage. Buchanan's team has already followed Dubaku's men to his location. O'Brian provides support while the others infiltrate the compound and secure the CIP during the shootout. Dubaku manages to escape with the help of Latham, who is killed by a bomb planted on him. Ule calls Allison and arranges a meeting at the White House. Dubaku hides in his safe house, and is revealed to be involved with an American waitress named Marika Donoso. Meanwhile, Vossler captures Henry as he tries to leave the house. He is ordered by Dubaku to deliver Henry to him alive. The situation at Dubaku's next target, a chemical plant, starts getting critical. The lead technician manages to contain it using Gold's help, but at the cost of sacrificing his own life.
1528"Day 7: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m."Milan CheylovTeleplay by: Robert Cochran & Evan Katz
Story by: David Fury
February 9, 2009 (2009-02-09)7AFF0810.61[8]
Motobo brings Buchanan, Bauer and Walker to the White House with him. They inform Allison of the corruption in the government and offer to help uncover the accomplices. Dubaku calls Allison and informs her about Henry, demanding the invasion be aborted, but she decides not to surrender. She approves Bauer's request to help find Henry. Bauer and Walker find out about Vossler's involvement. Bauer goes after him while Walker goes to his house. Bauer overpowers Vossler in a duel and calls Walker, who threatens to kill Vossler's child, forcing him to reveal Henry's location. Vossler attacks Bauer and is killed. Bauer and Walker arrive at the location and kill Dubaku's men, but find Henry critically shot. Meanwhile, Dubaku demands Ule be delivered to him in exchange for Henry. A double is taken to the location, where he is killed by Dubaku's men. Marika's sister, Rosa, feels uneasy about Dubaku, who has introduced himself as Samuel, and warns her. Rosa calls him and reveals her knowledge of his illegal immigration and fake name. She demands he leave Marika alone.
1539"Day 7: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m."Milan CheylovDavid FuryFebruary 16, 2009 (2009-02-16)7AFF0911.22[9]
Henry is taken to a hospital. Buchanan takes command of Allison's security detail and takes her to the hospital as a protection measure. Dubaku convinces Marika to pack up so that they can leave the country together. He meets with an associate, Ryan Burnett, who also happens to be Mayer's chief of staff, and reveals to have a list of all his associates, including Burnett. He threatens to disclose it if anything happens to him, essentially blackmailing Burnett into complying with his demands. Bauer finds Marika's location. As she tries to leave home, Bauer and Walker storm in and reveal Dubaku's identity to the sisters. Marika agrees to help them capture Dubaku. O'Brian arrives at the FBI to assist Moss in the covert operation, since there is still a mole. Gold gets suspicious of Moss' activities and forces agent Sean Hillinger to give her access so that she can find the truth. Hillinger looks over Chloe's discovered information. As Bauer and Walker are following Dubaku and Marika, they are stopped by the police. They were alerted by Hillinger, who is revealed to be a mole. Burnett informs Dubaku about Marika's plan. Meanwhile, Aaron Pierce arrives and informs Allison's daughter Olivia about Henry, and he starts transporting her to the White House.
15410"Day 7: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m."Milan CheylovManny Coto & Brannon BragaFebruary 23, 2009 (2009-02-23)7AFF1011.68[10]
Marika reluctantly agrees to get in the car to leave the country with Dubaku. The FBI manages to track them in their car; Bauer and Walker intercept them, causing a car crash that kills Marika and critically wounds Dubaku. Bauer extracts a chip planted in Dubaku's body, deducing it contains the list of his associates. Bauer sends it to O'Brian. Hillinger kills his girlfriend, a fellow agent, and tells Moss that she was the mole, temporarily diverting attention from himself. He tries to escape the Bureau, but O'Brian has already opened the list and he gets arrested as a result. Walker is confronted by Rosa for Marika's death, then she in turn confronts Bauer for what he forced her to do during the day. Almeida has discovered there will be another attack on a high-value target, and he informs Bauer. He adds that Burnett has the information they need to try to stop the attack. Burnett receives a message from an associate that the attack operation is ready to be executed. Meanwhile, Buchanan requests that Allison consider getting Jack's hearings cancelled. Allison requests that Mayer and Burnett come to the White House to discuss Bauer. She does not allow Olivia to leave the White House for the hospital.
15511"Day 7: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m."Brad TurnerAlex GansaMarch 2, 2009 (2009-03-02)7AFF1111.14[11]
Bauer secretly convinces O'Brian to delete Burnett's name from the list so that he can question him personally. Mayer and Burnett arrive at the White House, and Allison tries to convince Mayer to cancel Bauer's hearings in gratitude of his actions during the day, threatening to negate all of Mayer's efforts by pardoning Bauer. The FBI finds out about O'Brian and arrests her. Bauer starts torturing Burnett, but the agents storm in and arrest him. Meanwhile, Juma is revealed to be in Washington. He sends an operative to kill Iké in the hospital. The operative is spotted by Walker and followed to the boat where Juma and his men are planning. They leave for their mission while Laurent, Iké's son, stays behind to protect the boat. Walker infiltrates and finds out that the White House is the target. She narrowly escapes Laurent and rushes to contact and alert the government while he gives chase. Juma and his operatives start infiltrating.
15612"Day 7: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m."Brad TurnerTeleplay by: Evan Katz
Story by: Manny Coto & Brannon Braga
March 2, 2009 (2009-03-02)7AFF1211.14[11]
Walker continues running before she engages Laurent, who overpowers her before he gets killed by Moss. Buchanan is alerted and orders Secret Service to be ready, freeing Bauer for help. Having already infiltrated the White House, Juma and his men start engaging Secret Service. Buchanan removes Allison's tracker and starts carrying it in order to lure the assailants away from her. Bauer manages to enter the bunker with her and lock the door while Pierce and Olivia hide. Juma tells Secret Service that he has taken Allison captive, forcing them to exit the White House. Vice President Hayworth refuses to authorize a rescue attempt until he is sure that Allison is safe. Juma's men take everyone hostage and find the bunker impenetrable. He calls his associate Hodges and demands his help, threatening to cancel a specific shipment, which is heard by Buchanan. Hodges informs Juma of Olivia's presence. Pierce and Olivia try to give a signal to agents outside, but Juma's operatives manage to capture them. Juma threatens to lynch Olivia, forcing Allison to open the door and surrender. Juma's plan is to force her to give a statement on a live broadcast before killing her.
15713"Day 7: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m."Brad TurnerManny Coto & Brannon BragaMarch 9, 2009 (2009-03-09)7AFF1311.37[12]
Bauer secretly reveals to Buchanan that he has filled the bunker space with explosive gas. Buchanan convinces Bauer to let him do the sacrifice, also revealing about the shipment he heard, proving that there are other people involved. As Allison begins stating the forced confession, Buchanan performs the plan, killing himself. The explosion prompts Moss to order a rescue assault, against Hayworth's orders. In the shootout, Juma is killed along with his operatives. Bauer tells Moss about the shipment, which Moss ignores. Walker informs Kanin, who orders Moss to agree with Burnett's interrogation by Bauer. However, Moss decides to suspend Walker. Having anticipated the interrogation, Hodges' assistant sends the assassin Quinn to kill Burnett. As Bauer starts intimidating Burnett, Quinn disables the camera, temporarily paralyzes Bauer and kills Burnett with a knife containing Bauer's fingerprint. He escapes before Bauer regains his motor ability and gives chase. Moss believes that Bauer committed the murder. Meanwhile, Allison decides to appoint Olivia as her special advisor. Kanin disagrees because of Olivia's reckless previous actions, but to no avail.
15814"Day 7: 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m."Brad TurnerEvan Katz & Juan Carlos CotoMarch 16, 2009 (2009-03-16)7AFF1411.36[13]
Bauer sends Quinn's image to Walker for identification. She informs Bauer that Quinn is affiliated with Starkwood, a military company that is run by Hodges. She also reveals that Mayer is currently investigating Starkwood's activities, so Bauer heads to Mayer's. Once there, the two men start working on Mayer's computer for clues. Meanwhile, Moss finds out that Walker is aiding Bauer, and he has Gold check her computer. She finds an encrypted file that needs a skilled technician. Morris arrives and agrees to decrypt the file in exchange for Chloe's release. Quinn arrives and kills Mayer before Bauer escapes to a construction site, where he manages to kill Quinn. Bauer checks Quinn's cell phone and finds a location that may be a clue about the shipment and who else is involved. Bauer calls Almeida and tells him to meet him there with the necessary tools. Meanwhile, Ken Dellao, a reporter, asks Kanin about his authorization of the interrogation that caused the death of Burnett. Kanin confronts Olivia for leaking the information, which she denies and persuades Allison that she was not involved.
15915"Day 7: 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m."Jon CassarTeleplay by: Alex Gansa
Story by: David Fury
March 23, 2009 (2009-03-23)7AFF1510.37[14]
Bauer and Almeida head to the location found on Quinn's phone, a freight yard, where they intercept a security guard who confesses his involvement with Starkwood mercenaries. Moss tells Kanin about his belief that Bauer has killed Mayer, which prompts Kanin to resign. The guard opens the door to the mercenaries on Bauer's order. As they start unloading the shipment, a mercenary takes the guard away to kill him. Almeida tries to dissuade Bauer from saving the guard in order to proceed with the mission, but to no avail. A shootout starts and Almeida is captured while a mercenary starts driving the truck carrying the shipment. Bauer intercepts it and takes the wheel before finding the shipment damaged. When he enters to check it, he finds a biological weapon that exposes him. The mercenaries arrive and reclaim the weapon. Bauer calls and informs Moss, who has found evidence proving Bauer's innocence, and tells him to send a Hazmat team to evaluate him for the biological agent. Olivia is revealed to actually have leaked the information to Dellao.
16016"Day 7: 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m."Jon CassarManny Coto & Brannon BragaMarch 30, 2009 (2009-03-30)7AFF1611.27[15]
The Hazmat technicians start examining Bauer. Almeida is brought to Starkwood, where Hodges orders his men to torture him for information. Bauer is revealed to have been exposed to a non-infectious pathogen that causes seizures, dementia, and eventually death. The FBI obtains evidence that Starkwood was using the Sangalan population to test the pathogen as the result of a deal made with Juma. Moss reinstates Walker now that she is revealed to have been right to aid Bauer. Greg Seaton, Hodges' assistant, frees Almeida, claiming an intention to stop Hodges in exchange for immunity, which Allison signs. Seaton informs Almeida, Bauer and the FBI as to the location of the bio weapons. Moss informs Bauer not to come along due to his condition. Seaton takes them to a compound, which they find empty. Starkwood mercenaries surround the FBI and demand that they leave, and Seaton is revealed to be loyal to Hodges after all. Meanwhile, Allison appoints Olivia as the Chief of Staff. Olivia convinces Pierce, who has been retired, to stay with her until the crisis is over.
16117"Day 7: 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m."Brad TurnerChip JohannessenApril 6, 2009 (2009-04-06)7AFF1710.96[16]
The FBI agents leave Starkwood, but Almeida secretly separates from them to continue searching for the bio weapons. Allison orders the Air Force to prepare for an air strike. The FBI finds out that Doug Knowles, the Starkwood chairman, was secretly assisting Mayer with his investigation. They contact Knowles and instruct him to help Almeida, who is able to enter a locked door with Knowles' help. However, Knowles gets captured and is brought to Hodges, who kills him. Almeida locates the canisters and informs the FBI, who gives them to the Air Force. Hodges informs Allison that he has armed missiles with the pathogen ready for launch to populated regions, demanding that she abort the air strike, which she does. Meanwhile, Jack starts showing symptoms of the exposure. The physician informs him of an experimental therapy that requires the genes of family member, suggesting Kim, which Jack declines. Meanwhile, Dellao forces Olivia to meet him in his hotel room, to disclose the situation and have sex with him. She secretly films this and later plays it to him, threatening to disclose it if he does not leave her alone.
16218"Day 7: 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m."Brad TurnerTeleplay by: Manny Coto & Brannon Braga
Story by: Howard Gordon
April 13, 2009 (2009-04-13)7AFF1810.86[17]
Hodges arranges a meeting with Allison at the White House. Jack offers her a covert mission by Almeida to destroy the missiles. She approves it by saying nothing. Almeida manages to find the missiles and captures the chief operative, forcing him to open the hatch to the chamber. Almeida plants explosives and detonates them. Hodges is arrested, but reveals that he is part of a bigger secret society. The FBI starts arresting Starkwood operatives and securing the premises. An operative named Robert Galvez is revealed to be carrying a canister of the pathogen. He kills some agents and engages Moss and his team, with only Moss remaining. Almeida arrives and kills Moss, instructing Galvez to leave. Meanwhile, Walker informs Jack that Kim has arrived, angering him for involving Kim. He visits her, and she tells him that she is ready to try the therapy. However, he convinces her to let him die, and she leaves. Almeida finds out about Kim's presence.
16319"Day 7: 2:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m."Michael KlickDavid FuryApril 20, 2009 (2009-04-20)7AFF1910.34[18]
Jack and Walker arrive at the scene, and he begins to suspect that something is wrong. Galvez is tracked to a building, and the FBI surrounds it. Galvez lures the agents inside and causes an explosion that inflicts massive casualty. He poses as an agent and Almeida helps him leave the scene in an ambulance without attracting attention. Jack realizes that Almeida has been lying about his adventures and confronts him before collapsing as a result of his condition. Almeida takes his medications and leaves him. The agents arrive to check on him while Galvez takes control of the ambulance. Meanwhile, a woman named Cara Bowden disguises as Hodges' lawyer and visits him in detention, revealed to be working for his associates. She gives him a pill to commit suicide, threatening his family if he does not comply. During transfer, Hodges takes the pill, and the guards call for medical care. Kim calls her husband, Stephen, with whom she has a daughter named Teri, and informs him of her flight back to them in Los Angeles.
16420"Day 7: 3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m."Michael KlickTeleplay by: Alex Gansa & Chip Johannessen
Story by: Juan Carlos Coto
April 27, 2009 (2009-04-27)7AFF2010.43[19]
Almeida kills Galvez and claims the canister. Jack tells the FBI about Almeida. Bowden visits Almeida, and the two are revealed to be romantically involved. She starts a secret internet conference between the members of the secret society. Almeida suggests instead of replicating the remaining pathogen, using it instead for one final attack to cripple the government, and shifting the blame to someone else. In a private chat with Alan Wilson, a member, Bowden convinces him to support Almeida's proposal. Thus, the members vote in favor of Almeida, who leads a team and captures two Middle-Eastern brothers named Jibraan and Hamid Al-Zarian. Meanwhile, Hodges is revealed to have survived his attempt and is taken to a hidden location, where he reveals that the secret society consists of military company owners who planned the day's attacks in order to paralyze the government, who would then enlist the help of the private sector. Jack deduces that Almeida is planning another attack while diverting attention from the companies. He enlists the help of Chloe. Hodges is granted witness protection, which infuriates Olivia as he had killed her brother. She calls a man named Martin Collier and arranges a meeting to discuss Hodges.
16521"Day 7: 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m."Brad TurnerManny Coto & Brannon BragaMay 4, 2009 (2009-05-04)7AFF2110.11[20]
Almeida threatens Jibraan to kill Hamid, if Jibraan does not follow Almeida's instructions. Jibraan announces responsibility for the upcoming attack and promises more in front of the camera. Then he is forced to tell Hamid that he is actually working with Almeida's team to attack the U.S. Almeida's team and Jibraan leave while one operative stays to watch Hamid. Chloe finds out about Jibraan by his internet activity, which is faked by Almeida. Jack and Walker head to the neighborhood mosque and question the cleric, who agrees to take them to the Al-Zarians'. The FBI storms in and Hamid critically wounds the operative. Almeida's target is revealed to be a subway station. Meanwhile, Olivia is paid a visit by Collier in her office. She says that she is determined to have Hodges killed, and he leaves to arrange for the plan. A mercenary calls Olivia and tells her to transfer the money to his account for the job. She finally changes her mind and does not transfer it. However, Hodges is killed. She calls Collier, who arranges another meeting outside.
16622"Day 7: 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m."Brad TurnerEvan KatzMay 11, 2009 (2009-05-11)7AFF229.79[21]
Jack tortures the operative, who reveals a phone number for Almeida, which he calls, and the FBI tracks Almeida's location. Jibraan is given an ear piece and instructed to enter the station where he tries to alert the cops, but a corrupt officer demands that he follow the instructions in the earpiece. He enters a train, where Bowden leaves the canister in a bag. Jack's team captures Almeida and contacts Jibraan, who manages to find the canister and get it to Jack. Jack puts the canister in a chamber for safe detonation, causing no casualties. Jack starts torturing Almeida, who does not talk. At the airport, a man, who along with his female partner has befriended Kim, kills an FBI agent assigned to ensure Kim's safety. The pair secretly records live footage of Kim. Bowden calls Jack and shows him the footage, demanding that he free Almeida. Meanwhile, Collier convinces Olivia to transfer the money. Pierce gets suspicious of her activities and asks Kanin how to access her phone conversation logs, which Kanin states that only he can do. Kanin arranges a meeting with Pierce at the White House.
16723"Day 7: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m."Jon CassarDavid Fury & Alex GansaMay 18, 2009 (2009-05-18)7AFF239.65[22]
Jack tells Walker about Kim, freeing Almeida by force. Almeida decides to take Jack with him, telling Bowden that they can extract the pathogen from Jack and replicate it. Jack is taken to a warehouse, where technicians start experiments on him. Bowden arranges a meeting between Wilson and Almeida now that the latter has proven his capability and apparent loyalty. Jack manages to free himself and escape, with Almeida and Bowden giving chase. Meanwhile, Walker alerts Kim of Bowden's operatives. They start a shootout and the woman is killed while the man tries to escape. Kim follows him to his car, which burns with him inside. She manages to extract his laptop, which can be used to trace Almeida and Bowden. In the meantime, Kanin arrives and Pierce explains his belief about Olivia's involvement in Hodges' death. Kanin accesses the logs and takes a memory card. Olivia detains him, destroys the card he is carrying and frees him. Having anticipated that, Kanin is revealed to have given the real card to Pierce, who returns it. Kanin listens to the recording.
16824"Day 7: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m."Jon CassarTeleplay by: Howard Gordon
Story by: Manny Coto & Brannon Braga
May 18, 2009 (2009-05-18)7AFF249.65[22]
Jack is captured by Almeida, who reveals that Wilson was one of the masterminds of the events of Day 5, and thus, Dessler's death. Almeida reveals that his real plan is to kill Wilson, while he has tried to save the country as his secondary objective during the day. Almeida puts a bomb on Jack, intending to kill Wilson and Jack with it. Wilson and his operatives arrive. The FBI attacks and a shootout starts. Wilson and Bowden run together. Jack manages to remove the bomb and chases Almeida, who kills Bowden and tries to kill Wilson, but is stopped by Jack and arrested. Wilson denies any involvement in the day's events. Jack is taken back to the FBI and advises Walker to make choices that she can live with, not those aligning with the law. As he chooses to accept his apparent fate, Kim convinces the physician to prepare for the treatment mentioned. Walker enters Wilson's detention room and decides to torture him for information. Meanwhile, Kanin plays the tape to Allison and entrusts it to her. Henry tries to convince her to destroy it; but she decides to inform the Justice Department.

Production[edit]

Producers were determined to reinvent the series after receiving criticism over the sixth season.[23] They initially devised a storyline which would have Jack Bauer traveling to Sangala trying to find himself, and becoming caught up in a coup with Black Hawk Down-style results.[24]

The decision to scrap the storyline and start over delayed production from July to late August.[25][26] Filming was delayed a second time (from August 27 to September 10) in order for writers to complete additional scripts.[27]

The crew was scheduled to film scenes with Kiefer Sutherland at the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro on Monday October 22, 2007; however, filming was canceled for health reasons due to raging wildfires in the area. Cast and crew had blurry vision and difficulty breathing from the smoke.[28] United States Navy SEALs helped battle fictional terrorists at Camarillo Airport during filming of an episode on August 12–13, 2008.[29]

After completion of the 18th episode, production was temporarily shut down on September 15, 2008, for two weeks in order to perform script rewrites for the final six episodes. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, Howard Gordon responded "We just couldn't get this direction to work, and we found another one that we liked better, so we wound up retooling it."[30]

Executive producer and 24 co-creator Joel Surnow left the series on February 12, 2008. His contract with 20th Century Fox was due to expire on April 30 but he requested an early release.[31] "I did some soul-searching. I took [the strike] as an opportunity to write on my own and do other things. After doing 24, I don't know if I want to do a mainstream show again. I like what's going on in cable; there is an opportunity to stretch dramatically there, which is something I'm trying to do."[32] Series co-creator and executive producer Robert Cochran also left the show after the twelfth episode. The position held by Surnow was filled by showrunner Howard Gordon.

Season 7 was dedicated to the memory of Larry Davenport, who was the assistant editor and editor since the first season. He died January 19, 2009.

Tony Almeida was seeming killed in Season 5, but was revealed to be alive in this seventh season. Showrunner Howard Gordon mentioned in an interview that they purposely filmed Tony's death in a way that would allow his eventual return.[33]

Trailer[edit]

Jack Bauer testifying.

The debut trailer aired on October 25, 2007.[34] In the trailer, Jack is seen testifying before Congress concerning his past extralegal activities, including the torture of terrorist Ibrahim Haddad. The international version of the trailer is largely identical but features an additional line where Bauer implies personal enjoyment from torturing a suspect. This line is cut from the US version.

A second trailer emphasized the plot concerning the United States losing control of its power lines, water supplies and air traffic control. Jon Cassar confirmed on the Fox message board that the 24: Redemption DVD would have a new alternate trailer for the season as an extra feature and that it contains scenes from the first fourteen episodes.

Writers Guild of America strike[edit]

On October 25, 2007, Fox premiered the first trailer and announced the return date for season 7 as January 13, 2008.[34] Just eleven days later, on November 5, 2007, the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike began. Rather than airing the eight completed episodes, Fox executives immediately postponed the season to ensure that it "can air uninterrupted, in its entirety."[1] Fox scheduling chief, Preston Blackman, admitted "It's not a decision we wanted to make, but it's one based on how we feel the viewers expect us to schedule the show."[35]

Following the conclusion of the writers strike, production resumed on April 22, 2008.[36]

Kiefer Sutherland claims the strike was beneficial to the show: "The time allowed us to do something that has never been done before — create a map of the entire season before we started shooting. So I can tell you without hesitation, I know for a fact, that season 7 is going to be the best season yet."[37] Sutherland reiterated this in an interview with TV Guide on August 18, 2008.

24: Redemption[edit]

To make up for the lack of any 24 episodes in 2008, Fox aired a two-hour TV movie on Sunday, November 23, 2008, that bridges the gap between seasons 6 and 7.[2]

The storyline takes place during Inauguration Day for the next U.S. President, Allison Taylor, and is shot partially in South Africa.[2][38] "[Jack] is a soul in turmoil and has been moving from place to place trying to find somewhere he can be at peace," says co-executive producer, Manny Coto. "But he winds up in Sangala, an imaginary country in Africa in the middle of a military coup." While at Sangala, Bauer is subpoenaed to appear before the Senate hearing, but he doesn't want to go.[36] Redemption takes place approximately 42 months after Day 6 and Day 7 takes place 65 days after Redemption.

Energy reduction[edit]

Howard Gordon said that 24 cares about the issue of global warming and takes fighting climate change seriously. Measures were taken during the filming of season 7 to make the show carbon neutral. These measures include increased energy efficiency (hybrid vehicles), burning of cleaner fuels (natural gas, biodiesel), and purchase of renewable energy. Through these efforts, the crew was able to reduce the carbon emissions of the show's production by 43%. The remaining emissions will be eliminated with the purchase of carbon offsets.[39] In addition, a series of PSAs with Kiefer Sutherland and other main cast members were produced to educate the public on what they can do to help with the issue.[40]

Reception[edit]

Cherry Jones, who played President Allison Taylor, won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, becoming the second Emmy Award-winning performer of the show, after Kiefer Sutherland in 2006. IGN's review of Season 7 praises Jon Voight's performance as Jonas Hodges saying "Hodges ends up being more of a Bond villain than a 24 villain – over the top at times, but creative and willing to stop at nothing to execute his plan." The same review disapproves of the season's focus on the politics of torture saying "it was a bit much, putting too much real world politics into what in the past has been great escapist entertainment."[41] On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the seventh season scored 72 out of 100, based on 21 reviews, indicating "Generally favorable reviews" and was considered a huge improvement over the previous season.[42]

Award nominations[edit]

Organization Category Nominee(s) Result
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Cherry Jones Won
Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, Dramatic Underscore Sean Callery Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series, One Hour William Gocke, Mike Olman, Ken Kobett Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series William Dotson, Cathie Speakman, Pembrooke Andrews, Jeffrey Whitcher, Shawn Kennelly, Melissa Kennelly, Daryl Fontenault, Jeff Charbonneau, Laura Macias, Vince Nicastro Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series Scott Powell Nominated
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series Jeff Cadiente Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series Jeff Cadiente, Brian Hite, Norman Howell, Christopher Leps, Dustin Meier, John Meier, Gary Price, Jimmy Sharp, Jr., Erik Stabenau, Justin Sundquist Won
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress Cherry Jones Nominated

Home media releases[edit]

The seventh season was released on DVD and Blu-ray in region 1 on May 19, 2009 (2009-05-19)[43] and in region 2 on October 19, 2009 (2009-10-19).[44]

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