24 Season Finale Recap: Jack’s Day 7 is Over, Will He Live to See Day 8?

“24” wraps with plenty o’ melodrama

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Believe it or not, “24” manages to wrap-up Jack Bauer’s seventh day to a most fitting conclusion… the day is saved, yet we’ve only just begun. Also, the character development knob is turned to 11 for the final two hours.

Thanks to the Cisco TelePresence™, Olivia can be interviewed by the Justice department without having to leave the White House. That’s a good thing, because she’s already attracted enough unwanted attention to warrant Aaron calling Ethan. He initially doesn’t believe the Greatest Secret Service Agent EVER, but the power of Aaron’s guilt is too much to deny. Ethan initially succeeds in retrieving the flash drive containing the audio and nearly makes it off White House property, but Olivia puts the kibosh on that. Knowing that card is the only thing keeping her in the position of power, she negotiates with Ethan to give it up. The agent eventually finds the card, which Olivia promptly destroys… except Ethan handed off the real card to Aaron all along! Thanks to automobile technology, he listens to the incriminating evidence in the car while Olivia hyperventilates to Martin. Should have thought about that before you put a bounty on Jonas Hodges head.

Meanwhile, the Tony Almeida convoy is truckin’ down the highway when Cara forces Jack to free the beast. He even shoots the random FBI guy riding along for dramatic effect. Once Tony is free, he and Cara take a very-weakened Jack as hostage, whisking him away to the dreaded undisclosed warehouse. Renee makes an effort to locate Jack, using the combined, yet bitchy forces of Chloe and Janis to locate him. As it turns out, Jack is only being held because once he’s dead, the pathogen can be extracted from his organs to reconstitute more weapons of mass destruction. Who knew Tony could be so resourceful. He recognizes this, which is why he begs Cara to have Alan Wilson formally allow him to join the Coalition Gang.

Back in the Connecticut Avenue tunnel, Renee tries to hail Kim without causing too much of a ruckus. She has Kim paged to the white courtesy phone at the gate, only to keep her long enough to raise Bob and Sarah’s (yes, that’s their names) suspicion levels. Bob takes it upon himself to secure Kim… so he begins shooting up the terminal; particularly the agents headed his way. Sarah takes Kim hostage, yet the spunky blonde Bauer stabs her to not only get away, but to have the bad girl go down in a barrage of bullets. Bob is shot as well, yet he breaks free. Kim gives chase (allowing her to awesomely utter Daddy’s favorite phrase!), but manages to make the smart move by alerting the police. Bob nearly breaks free, but multiple shots through the windshield lead to his car flipping over and catching fire. This gives Kim the chance to put on her common sense hat by reaching into the engulfed car to retrieve the laptop. And that’s just the first hour… the final 60 minutes blow that out of the water.

It took Olivia just over half a day to knock Ethan from his position of power… but he returned the favor in a fraction of that time. When she realizes she didn’t destroy the actual flash drive; well, the look on her face is priceless. All he wants is for her to come clean to Mama President. It’s a touching family gathering when Olivia reveals Jonas is dead (mostly) because of her actions. While she doesn’t directly appeal for Mom to sweep the matter under the rug, she does bring to light that Roger is dead because of Jonas. A weakened Henry takes his daughter’s side by encouraging his wife to cover the whole mess up… for the good of the family. Lucky for us, Allison Taylor comes from the School of David Palmer and does the right thing by having Olivia remanded into federal custody. She may have just lost what family she had left, but she’s earned my respect.

The Jack and Tony chase sequence leads to a taxi garage, which Jack tries to blow up using leaking fuel and a flare. Tony finds a forklift to force open the garage door and take Jack back into custody. Before when I said Jack was a hostage only because of the pathogen inside him? Yeah, no. He’s just using his former friend to gain ultimate access to Alan Wilson, who as it turns out was Tony’s target all along. Alan was the man pulling the Charles Logan strings: the Sentox gas attacks, David Palmer’s assassination, the guy who had Michelle Dessler (and, as it turns out, his unborn son) killed AND colluded with Jonas to help General Juma unleash the terror in DC. The man has been busy, that’s for sure. Tony is ready to end his reign by strapping a bomb to Jack.

Surprisingly, Alan decides to meet Tony in person to determine whether he’s worthy to join the gang. The comprehensive security sweep looks efficient, but when you fail to account for FBI helicopters, you might as well have sat on your hands. Renee and company sweep in to take out most of the redshirt bad guys. Meanwhile, Cara safely moves Alan into the warehouse, only to have Tony kill her in front of her boss. Dude, that’s just harsh. He launches into his monologue against Alan… it appears he’s taking many years of frustration out on Alan’s kidneys. Just before the two reach their most awesome moment, Renee and Jack bust in to wound him. The last we hear of Tony is his telling of the dynamic duo that they’ll be sorry. So much for honoring Michelle.

Since Tony spared his life, Renee won’t be extracting much info from Alan. She even goes as far as to ask Jack (on a gurney) what he would do. Not surprisingly, he can only really suggest “whatever it takes,” so long as it a choice “you can live with.” You can almost see Renee transform into Jack before your very eyes.

What is somewhat surprising is that Chloe and Janis make up in a way you’d expect those two characters to do so. After that, Janis takes a series of forms for Renee to sign, who has just arrived with Alan to the interrogation room. When Janis refuses Renee’s order to leave, Agent Walker goes ballistic; she busts the door keypad and has Janis handcuff herself at gunpoint. Alan is calm and cool in the room… that is, until he catches a glance at Renee’s crazy eyes!

By this point, Jack is clinging to life by the thinnest of threads. He calls for Muthadi, the imam of Jibraan’s mosque, to sit and pray with him. Behind all the tangled webs that is Jack Bauer, he is simply a man. Dr. Sunny confirms nothing more can be done for Jack, aside from morphine that will put him in a coma. It’s at this point Kim arrives, desperately begging the good doctor to go ahead with the radical stem cell treatment. We end with Kim sitting on her father’s hospital bed… taking his hand, not ready to let him go.

07:59:57… 07:59:58… 07:59:59… 08:00:00

So what are your thoughts on Day Seven? Is “24” back and better than ever? Are you pumped and ready for next season?

How I Met Your Mother Season Finale Recap: The Goat, Linda Knievel and the Leap

‘How I Met Your Mother’ Finale: The goat, Linda Knievel and the leap

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I don’t know how else to say this, so I’ll just come right out with it – we got the goat tonight! “How I Met Your Mother” finally gave us the goat! Were you nearly as excited by that I as I was? I hope so, because if you weren’t nothing that follows will seem magical.

What? You don’t want to talk about the goat? You want to talk about Lily announcing to Marshall that she was pregnant? Yeah, that was a lie she told to stop him from plunging to certain doom. That wasn’t as good as the goat.

I guess, perhaps, we could talk about the Barney-Robin thing, after all, I’ve been a ‘shipper for much of the season. It does hurt me a little to talk about it though because Marshall decided that Robin wasn’t all that attractive, and I like Marshall so I don’t want to have to get into a disagreement with him.

Marshall also came up with the terrible idea (if you’re a ‘shipper) of Robin “Mosbying” Barney by declaring her love for Barney so that he would back off. That all may have worked if Lily hadn’t opened her non-pregnant (and yet pregnant in that Alyson is pregnant) mouth.

I did love the back and forth between Robin and Barney in the hospital though – that has to be one of the funniest scenes in a long time. It was kind of like the end of “Chinatown,” but played for laughs, of course. Clearly there’s a lot more to be explored in that possible relationship, but I hope the show doesn’t keep the will they/won’t they thing going on too long, and “too long” may not be that far off.

Enough of that however, on to Ted and the goat!

How is it that Ted couldn’t come up with a design for the Ribtown cowboy hat-shaped restaurant? I have to assume that indicated that Ted was never a terribly great architect, some Imagineer over at Disney probably has 12 different versions hidden away in his desk right now.

Maybe Ted did come up with an idea by his deadline, but if you ask me the restaurant looked more like a 15-gallon hat, not the more traditional 10-gallon one (perhaps due to the size of the patrons?). However, that wasn’t why he didn’t get the job. Let’s face it, Sven’s dino-with-a-cowboy-hat restaurant was truly awesome. At least Ted didn’t take the loss that badly, you know, except for the whole new career thing.

Ted as a professor works, the man loves speechifying. Do you think that just because the mother is in Ted’s first class we’ll get to see her soon? Does this make Ted the horny old teacher sleeping with a comely young student? I can see him in that role, too.

And then there actually was the goat. The show has been building the goat story since the first season, and I think they did a really good job capping it (probably) tonight. It was both funny and a moment which clearly marked Ted for the rest of his life (even if the hoof-print fades). I’d like more from the next slap and Robin Sparkles video, but for the goat story the semi-understated thing worked, after all, it’s not like Ted was going to have sex with the goat, so what more could they do with it. I do have two questions on the goat though: how did the goat keep getting the washcloth and once the goat had it, why did Ted keep trying to take it back (it wasn’t like the washcloth would ever be usable again)?

Odds and ends:

  • Our final quote of the night for this season – Marshall on how to design the restaurant, “it’s a rib joint for fat tourists, just make sure the doors are wide and the chairs are reinforced.”
  • Lily is not Linda Knievel. Yeah, I’m pretty happy with that fact, I like her as Lily, and it was really nice to have her back for a full episode tonight. I actually didn’t realize how much I had missed her presence these past few weeks.
  • What do you think we can look forward to next season? What do you want to see?

One Tree Hill Season Finale Recap 6.24 ‘Remember Me As A Time Of Day’

‘One Tree Hill’ Finale: Blasts from the past

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One Tree Hill” wrapped up its sixth season tonight with an episode full of heartache, triumph, attempted redemption and a slew of very welcome old faces.

The show starts out with a montage of doom that picks up the events of the end of the last episode. It is perfectly set to a tune I do not know the title or artist of, but is quite awesome and perfectly sets the tone of the proceedings. I have to say, this show excels at the montage of doom, probably because no dialogue is involved. Pretty soon, though, dialogue must ensue, this time in the form of Lucas talking to Peyton’s post-surgery, unconscious body. Thankfully, the drama doesn’t last long because Peyton wakes up just in time to name their baby Sawyer. Sawyer Scott. That sort of sounds like an SEC quarterback, but they live in North Carolina. I’ll go with it. I am making fun, but it’s all quite happy and cute, especially when the whole gang (including KAREN!) greets Peyton in her hospital room. It’s good to see Karen again.

Julian stays in Tree Hill to take care of Brooke while Peyton is in the hospital and ends up “taking care of Brooke” if you know what I mean, and I think you do. Strangely, however, although Julian talks about wanting to be with Brooke so bad he leaves the next morning without saying anything. Victoria sees how much Brooke and Julian love each other and finally gives Brooke some sound advice to go after Julian if he is what she wants. Then she gives Brooke back her company and admits to being a horrible parent, and even apologizes and says she loves her! It’s like Bizarro World! Brooke tells Victoria she would like her to stay on and run the company from New York. Brooke ends up taking her mother’s advice and goes to Julian, tells him she loves him, and kisses him. Aw.

Peyton and Lucas aren’t the only ones getting great news this week, as Nathan learns he has just been called up to the NBA to play point guard for the Charlotte Bobcats. Good on ya, Nathan. And so conveniently close to Tree Hill!

After going AWOL for weeks, Dan shows up this week…to visit WHITEY! Man, I thought I was excited to see Karen until I saw Whitey. Whitey rocks, especially when his hospitality to Dan includes sandwich cookies and a revolver on the table to murder Dan with “in self defense.” Hee. Dan’s visit is apparently to clear his conscience, as he apologizes to Whitey for that day many years ago when he refused to play in the state championship, which is the day he figures everything in his life went wrong. He also actually apologizes to Whitey for killing Keith, although that apology would probably be better suited for Karen. Or Lucas. Or Nathan. Hell, or Lily. But whatever. Dan then begs Whitey to kill him, but instead Whitey hugs him and tells him Dan is still alive to gain redemption. Boo. I wanted bloodshed! Instead Dan goes to meet little Sawyer and Peyton lets him hold her.

Also in this episode: Millie decides to stay in Tree Hill to be with Mouth and Mia’s album is being released.

Random thoughts:

  • I still love Dan’s giant headstone. I especially love when Dan visits and stares at it longingly, like he did tonight.
  • Does anyone think it’s strange that Karen couldn’t show up for the wedding (which was yesterday) but has no problem getting to Tree Hill to be in the hospital? It’s like “I will only show up for an emergency, and Lucas’ second wedding totally doesn’t count.”
  • The moment when Jamie found out about Nathan’s promotion via Mouth’s news story was really, really cute.
  • Have Karen and Dan met face-to-face like that since Dan killed Keith? I know she went to see him in jail (and awesomely spit on the window), but I don’t remember if they’ve met in a casual setting until tonight.
  • They played a Kate York song! Kate’s a fellow Nashvillian and very, very talented. Check out her stuff, you won’t be disappointed.
  • Nathan’s Bobcats intro was awesome. Jumbotron!
  • The show ends with Lucas, Peyton and Sawyer driving off in the restored Comet. Seeing as Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton aren’t returning next year, this seems like kind of a lame goodbye.

Gossip Girl Season Finale Recap: Chuck Finally Tells Blair ‘I Love You’

‘Gossip Girl’ Finale: Graduation Day. And Chuck loves…

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Cast_gossipgirl_240 Tonight on “Gossip Girl,” Rufus and Lily bond over a little Mary J (not Blige), Serena wages war on Gossip Girl, and a mysterious stranger who may or may not be the long-lost offspring of reunited Rufus and Lily transfers to NYU.

Graduation

Gossip Girl texts everyone during the graduation ceremony as follows: Nate Archibald: class whore, Dan Humphrey: the ultimate insider, Chuck Bass: coward, Blair Waldorf: weakling and as for Serena Van Der Woodsen, after today you are officially irrelevant. Congratulations everyone, you deserve it. Serena vows to take Gossip Girl right the eff out.

The Scooby Gang works out that it’s someone in their class. It took them until graduation to suss that out? Serena texts a fake tip to GG… and little twinky Jonathan’s phone rings. But it turns out Jonathan hacked into GG’s server over spring break, that’s how he gets her text messages. (Why is it always little twinky guys who are named “Jonathan.” Will he get his own alternate-reality episode of GG where he’s a spy and a trumpet player and total pimp?)

At Nate’s party, Dan and Vanessa are all Preston and Denise from “Can’t Hardly Wait.” Blair takes Chuck into a bedroom and stripteases for him, then asks him how he feels about her. Before he can answer, GG texts: Serena Van Der Woodsen just couldn’t leave well enough alone. Since she had to find out the truth about me, I’m going to tell you the truth about everyone. Every gossip bomb I’ve got is about to drop and if you’ve got a problem with that… take it up with her.”

The Gossip Bombs are as follows:
Ever wonder why Miss Carr left town? Dan Humphrey had sex with her during the school play.
The sparks between Humphrey’s sis and Nate during a hot photo session? Thank God it stopped at PG-13, or someone could’ve ended up in jail. Like her brother.
And as for Blair Waldorf, say uncle. We hear she kept it in the Bass family on New Year’s but rumor has it Chuck spent some time in Brooklyn, metaphorically speaking of course.

So Dan slept with a teacher, Jenny fooled around with Nate, Blair hit Jack Bass and Chuck hooked up with Vanessa. Happy graduation everyone! Blair turns against Serena, blaming her for everything. She goes back to Chuck, though, and tells him she loves him, begging him to tell her back. He won’t and Blair cries.

Nate tries to comfort Serena, who thinks everything is ruined because high school is over and everyone hates her. So she texts GG: meet me at the Oak Room or I tell everyone who you are. Nate sits with her at the Oak Room, then Dan shows up. She confesses that she doesn’t want to be irrelevant and he reassures her that she won’t be. As the entire senior class shows up, GG texts them all that she’s coming with them to college. Blair and Serena make up, as Chuck watches from outside, looking sad.

Queen B Search
Blair’s minions are choosing a new head Mean Girl at midnight, giving it to whomever brings the best piece of gossip to them at Nate’s party. New girl Emma Boardman (who lives on Park Avenue) wants the title. Once Jonathan reveals his access to GG’s server, Jenny and Eric find a piece of gossip that she thinks would crush Emma Boardman for new Queen B but doesn’t think she can use it because it’s about Blair’s New Year’s activities.

When Jenny tries to warn Blair that GG knows, Blair blows her off so Jenny turns right around and tells the Mean Girls what she found out. Unfortunately, GG texts her Gossip Bombs before Jenny can spill the beans. Emma smirks. Is Emma Gossip Girl? Blair tells Jenny the gossip about her and Chuck, but Jenny turns it down. Blair says Jenny is her queen and that she needs to look out for herself.

Rufus and Lily’s Excellent Adventure
Lily doesn’t want to have much to do with Rufus now that he no longer wants to marry her. Women are funny that way. However, Lily gets down-in-the-mouth about her daughter graduating high school and feeling old, so she surprises Rufus with beer and weed. Excellent. They get high and he proposes with a tape measure for a ring.

One Week Later
Rufus and Lily are happy, Eric and Jenny unpack their stuff. Blair gives Serena her mug shot in a frame, snerk, and they hug. Dan, Vanessa and Nate have coffee and Nate says the Deputy Mayor made a pass at him, so he’s going backpacking with Vanessa instead of working for the Mayor.

Blair crashes the coronation of Emma as Queen in order to bestow the crown to Jenny, who told GG all the secrets she was keeping about Nelly.

Dan meets a new NYU transfer named Scott, who is from Oregon and possibly the long-lost child of Lily and Rufus. Georgina calls to tell Dan that his money is back in his bank account, not to worry about Poppy and that she’ll see him at NYU next year. Georgina then requests Blair for a roommate. Exxxxxcellent.

Serena runs into Carter on her way out of town and he tells her that he found her father. In Fiji. She invites him along in the limo.

Chuck then surprises Blair with her favorite macaroons from Paris and favorite stockings from Germany. He says he was a coward and that he had to come back for her. Blair says she can’t believe him because he’s hurt her so much, but he insists that she can believe him this time. He then says, “I love you too” and they smooch. Awwww!

What did you guys think? Excellent finale, I thought. I can’t wait to see all our favorite Upper East Siders in college. Gossip Girl: If you caught tonight’s Gossip Girl, you might be wondering if Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Carter Baizen (Leighton Meester‘s real-life boyfriend Sebastian Stan) are joining the cast as regulars next season. While it certainly looks that way in the finale, sources tell us they aren’t signed to full-time gigs for next year, and of course, Michelle T’s first obligation is to her new NBC series, Mercy. We caught up with her at the NBC “Infront” luncheon in L.A. and she told us exclusively, “It’s definitely a cliffhanger, and obviously very exciting, and obviously one can assume from that dialogue being spoken that there are many more crazy things to come for Georgina.” Source: Kristin on E!Online

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