Our Rating: ★★★½☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content – 3 episodes
Short Take: Terrorists threaten a presidential candidate.
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Year: 2001
Duration: 42 min
Language: USA/English
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Carlos Bernard, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Elisha Cuthbert, Dennis Haysbert

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“24” was a new concept show. Each year includes 24 episodes, and each episode covers one hour in real time, so a whole season only covers the action in of one day. Sometimes there is so much going on that we see the action in split screen. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is a federal agent who runs the LA Counter Terrorist Unit. The story begins on the day of the California Presidential Primary.

The first three episodes of the series, and then more episodes in seasons two and four, include the character of Mandy (Mia Kirshner, The L Word), a professional assassin and terrorist who also has a girlfriend.

101 12:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. 
Air date: November 6, 2001
Part of the action of the first episode involves a plot to kill presidential candidate David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert). A photographer (Rudolf Martin) is on a flight from Europe on the way to California to interview Palmer. Mandy has sex with him and steals his wallet and ID card. She parachutes out before the plane explodes with the bomb that she planted.

102 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. 
Air date: November 13, 2001
Mandy hides the ID card in the desert and is picked up by her accomplices, who want the card to get access to kill the presidential candidate. Mandy’s girlfriend Bridget (Kim Murphy) comes in with her motorcycle and moves the identification to a new location. She now demands more money before handing it over.

103 2:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. 
Air date: November 20, 2001
Mandy tries to reason with Bridget to go with the original arrangement. While trying to figure out how to make the deal work, Bridget and Mandy share a kiss. They hand over the card to Ira Gaines (Michael Massee), but Bridget’s demands turn out to be deadly. Gaines asks Mandy if she is “in” for another job, and when she agrees, she is not killed as well. Seeing her in tears, Gaines tells her he’s sorry, but he had no choice but to kill Bridget.

224 Day 2: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  
Air date: May 20, 2002
Mandy tries to kill now-President Palmer with a toxin transferred by shaking his hand.

422 Day 4: 4:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m.  
Air date: May 16, 2005
Mandy and her boyfriend Gary (Jake Muxworthy) pick up Richard Heller (Logan Marshall-Green) in a bar. He is the Secretary of Defense’s son, and Gary sleeps with him. Mandy takes this time to activate a tap on his phone. Mandy and Gary are almost caught, but Mandy is able to take an agent hostage, killing her boyfriend to slow down the search.

423 Day 4: 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.  
Air date: May 23, 2005
She takes more hostages in a neighboring apartment. She lets two of them go and blows up their car to make it look like she and the agent are dead.

424 Day 4: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.  
Air date: May 23, 2005
Mandy is captured. In a deal for her help with tracking down terrorists and a nuclear warhead, she is given a pardon.

Mandy also appears in 24: The Game.  (AB)