Penny Johnson Jerald: Lisa O'Connor/ZUMA Press/Newscom
Gary Susman
December 05, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Move over, Nancy and Hillary. The ex-First Lady who Americans most love to hate, Sherry Palmer, is coming back. Penny Johnson Jerald tells USA Today that she’ll bring her devious divorcée character back to ”24” for ”a handful of episodes,” starting Jan. 13. (That’s 10 p.m., in ”24” time.)

Sherry, last seen dodging a sniper after having double-crossed nuclear terrorists last season, will be up to no good again, though Johnson Jerald is tight-lipped on the details. She’ll only say that, ”the moment Sherry comes on the scene, all hell breaks loose in all areas.”

Of returning to the role, Johnson Jerald says, ”I’m having too much fun. This is scrumptious.” Sherry may not stick around for long this time, the actress says, but she’ll continue to pop up and make mischief for Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer. ”Sherry’s like that Jason character that never dies,” she says.

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