(Spoilers for the 1/29/07 episode of "24" . . . .)
All in all, that was kind of a bland episode. Things happened, like the blackmail-induced resignation of National Security Advisor Karen Hayes and the discovery that the detainees at the detention facility weren't terrorists (but apparently are thugs willing to beat the crap out of someone just because he was spying on them), but it didn't have much drama.
Take Hayes' resignation. Her adversary, Chief of Staff Tom Lennox, discovered that she covered up the fact that her husband, CTU-LA director Bill Buchanan, had 14 months ago released terrorist Abu Fayed from detention in Seattle. Hayes argued that it was the right decision at the time, since there was insufficient evidence, but Lennox suggested that the public would never accept Buchanan as running CTU after making such a mistake. [On a sidenote, I think the timeline is messed up: Jack Bauer had spent 20 months in the Chinese prison, so this day takes place 20 months after day 5, which Buchanan arrived to take over CTU-LA . . . from Seattle. So why was Buchanan back in Seattle 14 months ago?]
Hayes caved in. But instead of telling the President why she was resigning -- i.e., Lennox is a snake -- she kept it to herself. That just doesn't seem in character. Compare her to how Tony Almeida handled a similar situation back in day 2, when analyst Carrie Turner demanded a promotion or else she would tell Division Director Ryan Chappelle that Almeida was helping Bauer against Chappelle's orders. Almeida picked up the handset and told Chappelle that Turner wanted to tell him something. As we say in the legal arena, that takes the sting out of things.
Oh, and then there was the apparent end of Walid al-Rezani, the unjustly detained head of an Islamic-American advocacy group. He was cooperating with government agents to spy on other Arab-American detainees in the detention camp. Supposedly, the guards were aware of his activities and were watching him closely. Yet, when Chloe O'Brien discovered that the detainees were using a smuggled cell phone to access the web and find out what was going on -- i.e., they weren't terrorists with knowledge of the plot -- and the head agent radioed the others to get al-Rezani out, it took them several minutes to get there . . . during which time, the other detainees figured out what al-Rezani was doing and proceeded to thrash him. Where were the guards?!? What's the point of radioing ahead if the guards aren't going to be right there on the spot?
Oh well, at least the last five minutes were kind of exciting. Up until then, Graem Bauer, aka Jack's brother and also Bluetooth guy from season 5, was looking pretty wimpy. Now, I'll admit that Jack Bauer would probably make me feel pretty wimpy too, but I'm not some powerful cabalist who controlled President Logan. Anyway, at the end, Graem gets the upper hand on Jack and Jack's dad.
It makes you wonder what the sibling rivarly between Jack and Graem was like, doesn't it? *smack* Give me that truck! *crunch* I don't want to hurt you but I need that truck RIGHT NOW! *whack*