'24' recap: Smoke 'em out! | EW.com

TV Recaps | 24

'24' recap: Smoke 'em out!

As the suspense heats up, Jack goes after Matobo, the first gentleman is in peril, and our hero takes aim at Renee

(Kelsey McNeal/FOX)

‘24’ recap: Smoke ‘em out!

Whoa. Did you guys see that? I think that was tonight’s 24 flying by. Maybe it just felt that way because we’re back in the one-episode-a-week zone after a four-eps-in-26-hours ambush. But there definitely were a few moments that relocated my rear a little closer to the edge of the sofa. Shall we relive the Jack-tion as it unspooled before our eager eyes?

The clock starts ticking with Larry, who’s finalizing the field op for the Matobo mansion, where Tony’s crew is attempting to kidnap the former prime minister. Oh, and Larry wants Almeida alive, so take it easy, itchy-trigger-fingered Tac team leader Remick. At Casa Matobo, the terrorized security chief tells Evil Emerson again that the safe room can only be opened from the inside by the Matobos. It’s an impossible situation. Unless your name is Jack Bauer. Then it’s more like having to solve a New York Times crossword puzzle — perhaps the Wednesday one. And Jack is scribbling with his metaphorical pencil….

Back in Fedville, analyst Erica (the one Sean clashed with while he was helping his wife) informs Larry that Tanner the Sniper’s lawyers have filed a complaint with the Attorney General against the bureau. An unhappy Larry calls Renee, who explains that Tanner wasn’t terribly cooperative. ”So you tortured him?” retorts Larry. ”You know as well as I do: Coercive interrogation is unreliable.” Is this lip-service, or will the show continue to tackle the tangly torture issue and show consequences for by-all-means-necessary behavior? Remember, on 24 playing hardball produces results. And right now, Renee swears Tanner’s intel is legit. Larry doesn’t care; he wants her back at HQ to answer the AG rep’s questions. ”I’m sorry, Larry, but I need to make this right,” she says, hanging up. Boss Moss doesn’t like it when Renee plays hard to get.

Sean takes a call from his wife: Did he make her flight land with FBI magic? He lies and denies. (Take the credit, man! You might get lucky tonight!) Sean informs her that he’ll be home late, to which she purrs, ”I thought we could spend some time together. Dinner and…maybe…you know?” (Told ya! Tonight’s the night!) Alas, Sean blows her off — and now Larry wants him to get Matobo’s security chief on the line.

Hiding in the safe room, Matobo tells his wife that Dubaku is after the names of his Sangalan allies. Knowing her husband would sooner die before cooperate, she realizes: ”They want to use me to get you to talk?” (Her thought bubble: Exactly how much pain/death is our cause going to cause me?) Emerson threatens to kill the security sidekick in one minute if Matobo doesn’t end this game of hide-and-seek. Team Motobo stays strong. As time expires, Emerson prepares to fire when…Security’s cell rings. Is it his cousin, asking if he should pick up chips and bean dip for the BBQ tonight? No, caller ID reads: FBI. ”Does the FBI know we’re here?” growls Emerson, who deduces that Tanner spilled. Henchman Litvak — who dead-rings for Maroon 5’s Adam Levine — says they should skedaddle before the feds arrive. But Jack has devised a way in: Gas them out. Not with bean dip, but an ammonium compound made from household products and fed through the safe room’s ventilation system. (I’m all about MacGyvery concoctions, but shouldn’t a legit safe room have secure air flow from a remote location to avoid this scenario?)

NEXT PAGE: Jack’s gas attack