By Dan Snierson
May 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Did anyone else have dialogue deja vu while watching 24‘s season finale last night? After Jack urged Tony not to kill the man who’d ordered the hit on Michelle, Tony showed him a belt of explosives and said, “I’m not going to kill him, Jack. You are.” Less than a week earlier on Lost‘s season finale, en route to visit the mysterious Jacob, Locke told Ben, “I’m not going to kill Jacob, Ben. You are.”

So, the question is begged: Which show used that line/twist more effectively? One could argue that the stakes were higher on 24, as our handcuffed hero was being forced to serve as a suicide bomber. (Tony’s plan failed, of course.) On the other hand, the Lost scenario was more provocative, as we wondered why Locke (or a supernatural version of Locke) was making such a loaded request and whether Ben would actually choose to follow Locke’s instructions (which he did, in that cryptic, eerie scene).

Guess what? I’m not going to decide…. YOU ARE! Cast your vote: Should the Outstanding Use of “I’m Not Going To Kill [Blank]. You Are” Award go to Lost or 24? And have you noticed key dialogue similarities on other shows this season?

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