Spoiler Warning: If you have not watched episode 11 of '24: Live Another Day', stop reading now…
The last episode of 24 before the finale saw everything fall apart, all hope lost, and begs the question: How can even Jack Bauer salvage this situation?
Before they leave Cross’s compound, Cheng removes the override tracker, spots Jack on a security camera, and fleas with Chloe in tow. Chloe surreptitiously records Cheng’s voice and leaves the phone. Meanwhile, Jack and Kate kill off the Russian hit men with help from their CIA backup.
Cheng then gives a call to Russian foreign minister Anatol Stolnavich, who was the same man Mark leaked Jack’s CIA tracker code to. Stolnavich promises Cheng he’ll arrange safe travel out of
Jack calls Heller, Audrey, and the generals and clues them in to the Cheng connection, which freaks Audrey. She has a brief moment of that catatonic state Cheng left her in after season six. Meanwhile, Audrey asks Heller to let her back channel with an old Chinese official she knows. He agrees.
Jack calls Audrey in the car and spills his emotional guts. Asking her not to hate him and how sorry he is about everything that happened. Audrey reciprocates, poignantly telling Jack, "I could never hate you." She concludes by demanding, “Do what needs to be done, do you hear me Jack?"
You don’t have to tell that to Jack twice.
The CIA techies figure out the Russians were tracking Jack’s CIA code. They also know that Mark was the one who had to have leaked it. Jack arrives unannounced at the Presidential residence to confront Mark and Heller. Mark then spills his whole plan. He was unaware of Stolnavich’s connection to Cheng and Russian intelligence. It would be the Russians who would most benefit from a U.S./China war.
Heller wants to arrest Mark for treason, but Jack wants to send him to the Stolnavich residence in
Chloe is traveling with Cheng in a semi truck when she attacks the men with a pipe and jumps out of the moving vehicle. She rolls down into a ditch. Cheng’s men hunt for her, but after British military officers bump into Cheng, they leave Chloe in the ditch.
Mark is wired with an earpiece and a flag pin camera. Mark talks his way into the Stolnavich mansion. The CIA kills the security cameras as Mark is talking to Stolnavich and they begin to brawl. Mark ends up throwing them both through a glass wall as Jack and Kate swoop in. Stolnavich ends up with a shard of glass in his neck which eventually kills him. He refuses to provide Jack with Cheng’s location before he dies.
Meanwhile, Audrey meets with her Chinese contact. She seems to convince her to provide the information to her government. But as she leaves, she’s shot along with Audrey’s two Secret Service agents. Audrey gets a call from Cheng ordering her to sit down. There’s a sniper trained on her.
With just one episode left, President Heller's health is falling apart, Audrey is in peril, Chloe is left for dead, the
I’ve been watching 24 since its inception and I have no idea how all of this will get resolved. Next week is positively the most must-see 24 episode in the show’s history.