By Elaine B
Lesson Learned: Never assume you have any idea what’s going to happen next week.
There is that wonderful exchange in The Dark Knight in which Alfred and Bruce Wayne are discussing the Joker. Bruce is wondering what motivates the villain and Alfred says, “Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
I have a feeling that is where Tony is at in this season of 24. He may think it’s all about the money, but it’s way more than that. The end of last week surprised me. I didn’t want to believe he could be so incredibly evil, but he is. Of course, he may not believe that what he is carrying will ever be used except as a bargaining chip, but he’s seen what the evil deranged can do. He doesn’t care or maybe, deep inside and like the Joker, he longs for chaos.
This was a sad night for me after my near complete certainty at the end of Hour 17 that Moss was not really dead and Tony was still a hero. It was also a sad night for Renee, who has to take charge when all she wants to do is cry for her lost love, and for Kim Bauer, who leaves dad to die alone without knowing that he is a grandpa. That girl never did have much sense or she would be checking into whatever hospital was standing by to help and letting them take a bit of her marrow to possibly save her father without him knowing she had done so.
In other developments, Hodges demands counsel and a hot duplicate lawyer shows up, threatens his family and hands him a poison pill. In a beautiful exchange with a soldier transferring him to lock up, Hodges asks how his soldiers performed in battle. Professionals, the soldier tells him. Hodges looks proud as he swallows the pill and is soon being rushed to the hospital instead of a jail cell.
Evil Tony (what else can I call him now?) instructs his Starkwood contact on how to blow up a bunch of FBI agents but Jack, who is at the search scene in spite of his growing illness, realizes what the man with the can is up to sends a warning in time to save many of his new co-workers, including Renee. With a bit of help from the FBI data geeks, he also figures out that Tony has been lying to him just moments too late to recover the canister. As he confronts Tony, he has another attack and falls to the ground, unable to speak. After contacting a mastermind above Hodges on the food chain of evil to tell him all is well, Tony is still free to continue his ruse. Likely he’ll be getting well away from the FBI soon.
Next: Did Hodges take ALL his poison pill? Did Kim donate marrow for Jack after all? Both men are looking pretty chipper in the rushes for next week’s episode. I’m actually glad Hodges is still around. Who knows? He may even get a chance to redeem himself before the day is over.
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