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'24': Howard Gordon talks about the return of Kim Bauer

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Interested in intel on the return of Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert)? You should know that the 24 producers decided to welcome back Jack’s daughter — who’s no stranger to life-threatening situations, terrorist- or cougar-based — only after cautious consideration. “Kim has been easily targeted and lampooned by fans, so we had to do it very carefully,” says exec producer Howard Gordon. “Elisha was as sensitive to this as we were.”

And what should viewers expect from the comeback Kim? Now the mother of a daughter named Teri (after her own mom), Kim resurfaces tonight in a story tied to Jack’s battle with his deadly disease. “Their relationship was far from healed the last time we saw her, so the capacity for that emotional rift to be healed was the emotional center of bringing her back,” says Gordon, noting that Kim will stick around for the rest of the season. “She’s not a victim or someone who’s going to cause Jack any harm. She tries to save his life…. We took a few stabs at different ways to bring her back, and we think we finally found a way that fans will really appreciate — and, more importantly, that Jack will appreciate.”