Every week, actor Dan Bucatinsky, who plays CTU analyst Andy Shalowitz, a.k.a. the new Chloe O’Brian, will take EW readers behind the scenes of the action-packed 24: Legacy with his blog. Here, he takes us into episode 103, “2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.” Take it away, Dan!
Welcome to my weekly blog of 24: Legacy. If you’ve never seen 24 or, like so many, been distracted by your weight or online shopping or Trump tweets to notice, the entire season takes place over the course of ONE day. Each episode is one hour in real-time of that fateful day.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (’cause you’re late to the party):
24: Legacy takes place on one single day and in real time. On THIS day, we meet Eric Carter, played by Corey Hawkins, an ex Army ranger previously involved in a secret mission to take down terrorist leader Bin-Khalid. Today, fellow ranger Ben Grimes (Charlie Hofheimer) alerts Eric that the other rangers have been killed! Turns out Bin-Khalid’s people are after a flash drive with a list of sleeper cells to trigger terrorist acts across the land. And Grimes has it!
WHAT YOU MISSED: (Highlights from episode 103)
The episode opens on Andy (uh, me, looking like my two carry-on bags are being stowed UNDER MY EYES… Uh, hello, make-up?! Anyone?!). With glasses off, and lie-detection cuffs on — retinal detection scans confirm he’s not lying about the operation to help Eric Carter steal $2 million from a police evidence locker in exchange for the flash drive with the list of sleeper cells. As if Andy could ever get away with lying — about ANYthing.
As SWAT teams arrive at the police station, Carter enlists the help of one police officer to blow up the back wall of the evidence locker and make his escape with the cash. But when the police chief speaks with Rebecca from CTU – all is explained and Carter gets full cooperation.
Rebecca, now convinced CTU Director Mullins CAN be trusted — is able to convince him SHE can be trusted too. Together they assemble a team to protect Eric Carter as he hurries toward Grimes at the 7th Street train station to exchange cash for the flash (drive).
Still in Isaac’s drug-dealing crib and concerned about Aisha’s suspicious phone call, Nicole tells Eric she thinks Isaac is in danger. Eric takes the details of Aisha’s call to CTU.
Rebecca shares evidence with Donovan that his campaign manager, Nilaa, used Rebecca’s CTU access code to leak the names of the fallen rangers to terrorists. Stunned and skeptical, Senator Donovan agrees to let Rebecca question Nilaa, who is adamant about her innocence. Later, more evidence emerges — a photo of Nilaa at the time and place in question — which corroborates their suspicions. Behind closed doors, we learn the evidence was fabricated by Donovan’s father and uncle, Luis, to cover their role in revealing the rangers’ identities. (Can you say “dysfunctional family”?)
Mariana, Andy’s CTU work-frenemy, asks him about his relationship with Agent Locke. Andy lets down his guard and comes clean: “He broke it off,” he admits, blaming Tom for being afraid to be out at work. (First Cyrus – now Agent Locke… what is it about dangerous men?)
Meanwhile, Phelps and Amira (in that classic girl-meets-teacher, teacher-falls-in-love-with-girl-who-then-convinces teacher-to-help-with-a-terrorist-plot kind of story) face their own obstacle when they realize that Drew, whose body they’d planned to dispose of at nightfall — has gotten up from his pool of blood and escaped! He struggles his way to a soccer field and collapses in plain sight of the players. But a determined Amira, after calling her terrorist brother, convinces EMTs to let her, Drew’s “girlfriend” ride in the ambulance with him! Uh-oh!
Carter makes it to the train station — with Agent Thomas Locke stealthily keeping a close eye a few paces behind. Grimes leads Carter to the location of the stolen flash drive.
Meanwhile, Jadalla, Bin-Kahlid’s Oxford-educated son, has his own team in place — to follow Grimes and Carter and stop them before the drive winds up, once again, in the wrong hands.
In the final moments, gunfire erupts at the train station as a clash between CTU agents and terrorists thwarts the efforts. Ben Grimes is wounded, as is Agent Locke — and Jadalla snags the drive and runs off. Naturally, Eric Carter takes off into the train tunnel in hot pursuit of the bad guys.
WHAT YOU COULDN’T KNOW (’cause it happened while we were shooting and you need me to tell you.)
1. Corey Hawkins banged his head against a metal door during the police station scene. The huge gash on his head was well hidden by his FAKE gash from the previous episode. His embarrassment? Tougher to hide. But we love him – bumps and all.
2. “The Case of the Nose-Ring Switcheroo.” Mariana, played by Coral Peña, realized only after shooting, the diamond nose ring we see established in the pilot on the RIGHT side of her nose – was mistakenly put on the left for one scene. (See photo.) Let’s see if anyone tweets about it.
3. In the midst of the CTU train station shootout, Charlie Hofheimer, (Ben Grimes) remembers: “They didn’t shut down the public platform entirely so trains full of average pedestrians were riding into a station riddled with gun wielding terrorists and corpses. Their faces were priceless.”
24: Legacy airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.