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)
Season chronology
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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 the 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 use that as an excuse for invoking 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, who 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. About 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 and Edgar Stiles.
  • The apparent death of 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.



Special guest stars[edit]

Special guest appearance by[edit]

Guest starring[edit]


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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 narrowly 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 the 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 DOD 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 her 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]
Bauer answers Rossler's phone. The meeting is arranged and Bauer heads there while wearing an earpiece. Erwich's operatives take the arranged item from him and force him to accompany them to their destination in order to confirm it. Bauer sees a canister in the van and informs CTU, they arrive at a shopping mall, being followed by CTU. Bauer and Erwich's operatives enter a room with access to the ventilation system and prepare to release the gas, they demand a code from Bauer necessary to activate the canister. A debate starts at CTU on whether or not to let the operatives kill the people at the mall in order to maintain Bauer's cover and recover the other canisters, they ask Charles, who approves the sacrifice. Bauer disobeys the order and gives the wrong code, leading to being locked. Erwich instructs his operatives to activate the canister by another way. Bauer frees himself and kills one of the operatives while the other escapes, some of the gas is released before Bauer disables the system. He orders an evacuation before joining agents to chase the operative, who is informed by Erwich and ordered to kill himself, which he does.
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]
Manning arrests Bauer on Lynn's order. Bauer gets a call from James Nathanson, an associate of Cummings', offering to help if the former comes alone, he escapes from Manning and heads to the location. Erwich is killed by his boss, Vladimir Bierko, for wasting a canister on Americans. Bauer arrives at the location, where Bierko's men also arrive to kill Nathanson. A shootout starts and Nathanson dies after giving a chip to Bauer, who escapes. O'Brian finds the name of Christopher Henderson, a person Bauer knows, from the chip. Meanwhile, Lynn has Buchanan detained for facilitating Raines' communication with Bauer, the former calls Jenny and requests his keycard in the wallet. She agrees; but her boyfriend stops her. Bierko calls Charles and demands the path of the Suvarovs' motorcade, threatening to release the rest of the gas on American soil. Charles accepts it although Martha disagrees, she enters the Suvarovs' limousine, hoping to force Charles to cancel the scheme.
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]
Bauer heads to Henderson's workplace. The former distracts the latter's secretary and enters the office, where he is knocked unconscious by Henderson. Lynn ignores O'Brian's intel of an attack on the Suvarovs. Raines and Manning manage to depose Lynn and detain him while returning Buchanan in charge, he alerts Secret Service about the motorcade. It is revealed that Henderson was Bauer's superior in CTU previously before the former was framed of leaking classified information. Bauer led the investigation and had Henderson fired, the latter never accepted the accusation as he denies the current one. The duo heads to an underground room to search a computer for leads. Henderson leaves while locking the door and setting a bomb to detonate. Bauer manages to survive the explosion. Bierko's men attack the motorcade; but Pierce and other agents manage to protect the Suvarovs and Martha. Bierko calls Charles, accusing him of betraying the deal and promising upcoming attacks as retribution.
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]
Bauer heads to Henderson's house, where he captures him and his wife. The former tries to force Henderson to talk by torturing her; but to no avail. Bauer arrests Henderson and orders truth serum to be prepared for him. Meanwhile, CTU finds a hospital to be a target. Manning leads a team there, they start checking the camera footage and identify Bierko's operative, who is killed. Manning manages to find and secure the canister without any casualties. Jenny's boyfriend reveals that there is a man who will pay a large amount of money for Lynn's keycard, the man is revealed to be one of Bierko's operatives. He arrives, kills the pair and recovers the keycard, revealed to be planning to infiltrate CTU. Martha gets angry with Charles for not caring for her life, she thanks Pierce for saving her life while the two get intimate. Almeida regains consciousness; but Buchanan does not reveal Dessler's death to him on the physician's advice. However, Almeida secretly accesses the archive and finds the truth.
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]
Raines tells Jack that Kim will arrive at CTU soon; but she is not informed that he is alive yet. The former convinces him to let her reveal it to Kim before the two reunite. An agent starts using the truth serum on Henderson. Buchanan informs Lynn of Jenny's death. Lynn finally reveals that his keycard is stolen. However, Bierko's operative has already infiltrated CTU and starts setting the canister at the ventilation system. Kim arrives with her boyfriend, it is revealed that Chase Edmunds left her after she became depressed following news of Jack's death. Raines tells her about Jack, who arrives and reunites with Kim; but she gets angry with him for hiding the truth. She later confronts O'Brian, who remarks the fates of the few people who knew Jack was alive. CTU finds out about the infiltration; and Jack manages to kill the operative. CTU initiates a lockdown. While some manage to enter the rooms and be protected from the released gas, others, including agent Stiles, are exposed and die. Meanwhile, Vice President Hal Gardner convinces Charles to initiate a martial law to stop Bierko's men from easily moving and operating.
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]
CTU starts working to pump the gas out of the building air. O'Brian is still depressed because of Stiles. Kim's boyfriend reveals that he is a psychologist and starts working on O'Brian to get her to cooperate; in another room, Henderson's interrogation continues until Almeida interrupts, intending to kill him for Dessler's death. Jack dissuades him, since Henderson is the only lead to find the canisters. Jack uses the walls to get to a room where it leads to the main computer controlling the ventilation. Lynn is informed in another room that he should activate the computer from his side in order for the plan to work; but he will be exposed to the gas without the chance to be saved. He activates it before dying. CTU manages to pump out the gas. Jack encourages Kim to leave the city. Almeida finds interrogation useless and makes another attempt on Henderson, who injects the former with a dangerous substance, apparently killing him, before escaping. Meanwhile, DHS agent Karen Hayes is tasked to go to CTU with replacing personnel and assuming command. A woman named Collette Stenger is revealed to be associated with Bierko.
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]
Almeida's body is moved away. Stenger meets Bierko and sells him the schematics of a specific building. CTU finds Stenger's identity in Henderson's PC and Bauer leads a team to capture her, they arrive at her hotel room, where they only find her boyfriend, Theo Stoller, who reveals that he is a German intelligence operative and Stenger is his mission. He states that she is too valuable to be handed to the Americans. Bauer secretly makes a deal with him to hand over an important NSA list. Stoller accepts after seeing the list, which is recovered by O'Brian secretly hacking the NSA server. Stoller takes CTU to an airport, where Stenger is arrested. Bauer hands over the chip containing the list to Stoller, who leaves; but the chip self-destructs later, which was Bauer's scheme. In exchange for immunity, Stenger states that her associate inside CTU is Raines. Meanwhile, Wayne calls Pierce and informs him that a government authority was behind David's assassination, they arrange a meeting at the retreat; but Wayne is attacked on the road and has a crash.
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]
Hayes prepares the truth serum for Raines. Bauer arrives and is informed that Raines previously had a one-night stand with Cummings, which supports the claim that she is involved in the plot. Bauer convinces Hayes to let him talk to Raines first, she denies the accusal and claims to be innocent. Bauer believes her and tries to free her by himself, being tazed and move away. An agent starts using the truth serum. Using O'Brian's help, Bauer proves that Stenger has other connections with Henderson, which she has not revealed, this annulls the deal, giving Bauer the chance to interrogate Stenger, who is forced to confess Raines' innocence. Stenger reveals that she sold the schematics of a gas distribution company. CTU locates the company and Bauer leads a team. Bierko's plan is revealed to be releasing a large number of the canisters in the gas pipes, which would kill hundreds of thousands of people. CTU stops the plan; but an explosion leaves Bauer and Bierko's fate unclear. Meanwhile, Wayne is rescued and transported by Pierce.
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]
Bauer and Bierko are revealed to be alive; and the latter is arrested. Hayes is ordered to absorb CTU as planned in the first place, her assistant, Miles Papazian, advises her to find someone to testify against Buchanan so that he can be fired. They try to convince Raines, who initially refuses. Wayne reveals to Pierce that David's source in the government was Evelyn, who tells the duo that her daughter, Amy, is taken hostage by Henderson. Wayne enlists the help of Bauer, who informs Raines, she agrees to sign the testimony with the condition of O'Brian being kept temporarily. Buchanan is fired as a result. Raines secretly informs O'Brian of the situation and tasks her to provide satellite support for Bauer, who joins Wayne near the location where Evelyn is tasked by Henderson to bring her evidence. Bauer and Wayne infiltrate the compound and kill most of Henderson's operatives, they save Amy; but Henderson escapes, wounding Evelyn. She is asked of the political figure involved, who is revealed to be Charles.
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]
Bauer informs his secret teammates, including Pierce, about Charles. The former and Wayne take Evelyn and Amy to their house before heading to recover a recording that proves Charles' involvement, the duo breaks in a house and take a man hostage. The man is revealed to be working at the bank keeping the deposit box containing the tape, on Bauer's advice, Raines calls Secretary Heller and arranges a meeting. The trio arrives at the bank and recovers the tape. When they head out, they are attacked by Henderson and his men, who found the location by interrogating Evelyn, the Army arrives and intervenes in the shootout, giving Bauer and Wayne the chance to escape. Meanwhile, Raines leaves CTU, being planted a tracker by Hayes, as she knows the former is working secretly with Bauer, while Hayes and the others are not aware of Charles' involvement. Raines removes the tracker and arrives at the airport Heller will land. Papazian and Hayes realize that O'Brian is aiding Bauer.
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]
Bauer arrives with Wayne at Buchanan's house and informs him of the situation. The latter takes Wayne to safety while Bauer heads to the airport with the tape, he plays it to Heller and gives it to him, asking him to contact the Attorney General for Charles' arrest. Instead, Heller locks down Bauer and Raines, revealing that he intends to blackmail Charles with the recording to make him resign without prosecution, as the former believes the disclosure of Charles' involvement will become a political scandal for the nation. Heller arrives at the retreat and offers his deal to Charles. Henderson and his men attack the airport. Bauer recovers the recording, but surrenders it to Henderson when the latter takes Raines hostage. Henderson critically wounds her and escapes before informing Charles, who expels Heller from the retreat, demanding his resignation. Meanwhile, Charles tasks the Army instead of CTU to find Bauer. O'Brian escapes CTU and continues aiding Bauer in Buchanan's. Pierce arranges a secret meeting with Martha to tell her the truth before he is abducted.
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]
Henderson decides to keep the tape instead of destroying it. O'Brian traces his whereabouts, and Bauer captures him, but does not find the tape on him, he reveals that there is a helicopter following Heller's car and will destroy it if Henderson is not released. They inform Heller, who decides to sacrifice himself in order not to have Henderson released. Heller drives his car into a river in order to avoid the helicopter. O'Brian finds an airstrip on Henderson's route and deduces that he must have entrusted the tape to someone in there. Bauer leaves for the airstrip while Raines guards Henderson until Manning and his team can arrive. Bauer infiltrates the plane that is about to take off. Meanwhile, Henderson's operatives arrive to free him before being neutralized by Manning's team, who arrest Henderson. Hayes begins to believe in the accusation of Charles and warns O'Brian to leave Buchanan's before DHS agents can arrive. Martha is locked in her room by a Secret Service agent. When she asks for the reason, Charles reveals the truth to her, who gets shocked to hear it.
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]
Bauer finds the Air Marshal using O'Brian and knocks him unconscious. Then she identifies the potential associate; and Bauer abducts him and takes him to the maintenance room below, where he starts interrogating him, who denies any knowledge. An attendant awakens the Marshal, who orders the pilot to pump out the air of the room below in order to force Bauer to surrender. Bauer accesses the control panel of the plane and diverts its course to crash, forcing the pilot to reverse the pump and open the hatch of the room. Bauer secures the Marshal and O'Brian finds the actual associate to be the co-pilot, who kills the pilot before Bauer arrives and secures him, recovering the tape and informing CTU. Charles' unknown co-conspirator advises him to shoot down the plane in order to avoid the disclosure and his prosecution. Meanwhile, DHS agents arrest Buchanan; and Hayes orders them to bring him to CTU instead of interrogation on site, making the investigation slow in order to aid O'Brian, who continues her work at a bar. Papazian begins to suspect Hayes.
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]
Raines is informed that Heller has survived the crash. Charles' associate reveals that a technical distress signal is sent to the Air Force that can justify the shootdown. Charles is soon notified of the signal, which indicates that Bauer might be targeting populated civilized regions or even the retreat. Thus, the Air Force requests for authorization to shoot down the plane, which he grants. Bauer orders the co-pilot to land the plane on the highway, the Air Force informs Charles that the threat is gone now that Bauer is trying to land. Charles is forced to abort the shootdown, but orders the Army to arrest Bauer. Manning and his team arrive and secretly extract Bauer from the perimeter without the Army noticing. Bauer arrives at CTU with the tape. Hayes and Buchanan prepare a conference with the Attorney General, she informs Papazian, who gets angry for not being told earlier. Charles' associate advises him to kill himself before he can be arrested, as Charles prepares, he gets a call from Papazian, who makes a deal to destroy the tape in exchange for a better job.
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]
During transfer, Bierko is rescued by his operatives. It is revealed that Bierko has saved one of the canisters, which he believes to be enough for his plan. O'Brian finds the tape empty; and Bauer and Hayes confront Papazian, who gets transferred to another organization on Charles' order. CTU is notified of Bierko. Bauer offers Henderson immunity in exchange for helping in stopping Bierko. Henderson demands disappearing like Bauer did, since the people the former worked for are too dangerous to be stopped by immunity. Bauer apparently agrees; and Henderson takes the team to a location where an associate resides. Henderson enters alone and alerts the associate, who is killed by CTU. Henderson claims that was part of his plan; but Bauer ruined it because of his suspicions. CTU finds the target to be a Russian submarine, which is in Los Angeles as a result of the treaty. Bierko's men releases the canister at the submarine, killing almost everyone on board, they enter the submarine and prepare to fire missiles on the city. Meanwhile, Martha saves Pierce from an agent ordered by Charles to kill him. Pierce advises her to enlist the help of Novick.
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]
CTU team and Henderson arrive at the submarine. They enlist the help of an engineer inside to open the hatch and enter. A shootout starts and all of Bierko's men are killed while Henderson manages to stop the launch. Bauer kills Bierko while Henderaon tries to escape before being stopped by Bauer, who considers him responsible for the deaths of his friends before fatally shooting Henderson. Bauer secretly tells Chloe that he is going after Charles now. Meanwhile, Pierce and Martha reveal the truth to Novick. Bauer meets Pierce outside the retreat, where the former plans to abduct Charles on his way to David's funeral. Martha is tasked to seduce Charles in the bedroom in order to delay him so that Bauer and Pierce can proceed with the plan. Bauer tells Novick that he intends to do anything to force Charles to confess. Meanwhile, Chloe brings her former husband, Morris, who previously worked at CTU, and tasks him to modify a hearing device.
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]
Bauer knocks a helicopter pilot unconscious and wears his uniform, entering the chopper set to transport Charles, who finishes with Martha and enters the helicopter with two Secret Service agents. On the way, Bauer knocks the other pilot and the agents unconscious before capturing Charles and taking him to a warehouse. Morris arrives and gives the necessary tools to Bauer before leaving. Bauer starts recording a video of Charles, who refuses to confess anything. Agents arrive and Bauer surrenders to them. Charles heads to the funeral, where he takes Martha to a secluded place and confronts her for playing with him, meanwhile confessing to his involvement in David's assassination and the day's attacks, which is recorded by the device planted in his pen. O'Brian plays the audio file to the Attorney General, who has Charles arrested. Bauer is abducted by operatives of Cheng Zhi, who reminds him of his attack on the Chinese consulate. Hayes decides not to absorb CTU and gets closer with Buchanan. Bauer asks Cheng to kill the former; but the latter states that he is too valuable to be killed. They are revealed to be on a ship.


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 a 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.[27] likewise USA Today gave the episode a positive review, and praised Kiefer Sutherland, who portrayed Jack Bauer.[28]

The New York Times also reacted positively, 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 praised the 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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