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Season 8
24 Season 8 poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original networkFox
Original releaseJanuary 17 (2010-01-17) –
May 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)
Season chronology
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List of 24 episodes

The eighth season of the American drama television series 24, also known as Day 8, premiered in the United States on Fox on January 17, 2010.[1] The eighth season was announced as the final season of 24 and its series finale aired on May 24, 2010.[2][3] However, the series returned with a ninth season as 24: Live Another Day, which aired in 2014. The season's storyline begins and ends at 4:00 p.m.

Season overview

Set 18 months after season 7, the story arc involves Jack Bauer contending with assassination threats made during a peace conference between President of the United States Allison Taylor and President Omar Hassan of the fictional Islamic Republic of Kamistan (IRK).[4] The season is set in New York City, with CTU's New York City Office having been re-activated,[5] but while there were originally no plans for filming in New York due to budget constraints,[6] some scenes were shot on-location.[7]

The three main acts of season eight are:

  1. CTU pursues Hassan's brother who is working with the Russian mafia to have nuclear rods transported to his home country.
  2. Multiple government agencies pursue Kamistani terrorists who kill Farhad Hassan and attempt to strike at America directly.
  3. Jack wages a one-man war against the members of the Russian government who are responsible for the conspiracy after Allison Taylor refuses to do anything that could jeopardize the treaty.

Major subplots

  • Jack worries that Renee Walker has become a danger to herself and others.
  • A relatively inexperienced CTU team is limited in its ability to help Jack.
  • Dana Walsh fears that she will lose her job when a stalker threatens to reveal that she has a criminal record.
  • A mole at CTU helps the terrorists evade authorities.
  • Extremists in the Taylor administration believe that the safest option is to give in to the terrorist demands.
  • Charles Logan makes a return and wishes to exact revenge on Jack Bauer.
  • Chloe O'Brian attempts to rein Jack in before his actions either get him killed or cause an international crisis.


The signing of an important treaty between the US and the IRK (Islamic Republic of Kamistan) is about to take place at the UN.[8] Kamistani terrorists, resentful of America and disappointed at Hassan's willingness to concede their attempts at developing nuclear weapons, choose this day to attempt to assassinate the Kamistani president, Omar Hassan. The assassination attempt is initially led by Hassan's brother Farhad.

CTU learns from the rescue of Hassan that terrorists have a plan to acquire nuclear rods from the Russian mob. With the help of Renee Walker, who is struggling to keep her life together, Jack goes undercover and forces the cooperation of Sergei Bazhaev's mob family. The nuclear rods are given to Samir Mehran, when Bazhaev's older son Josef betrays him for killing his younger brother Oleg who was exposed to the rods and was suffering from radiation poisoning who plans to make a dirty bomb on American soil. Hassan's head of security, Tarin Faroush is revealed to be a part of Mehran's group and they present an ultimatum to Taylor's government — she must hand over Hassan for execution or the bomb will be detonated.

When Taylor orders that Hassan still be protected at all costs, a US black-ops team attempts to kidnap him. Jack Bauer and the rest of Hassan's protective detail kill all but one member of the team but upon learning of the ultimatum, Hassan turns himself into Mehran. With the nuclear crisis averted, CTU agents attempt to save Hassan and close in on Mehran. However, they arrive to see that Hassan has already been killed. Taylor is able to resurrect the treaty by convincing Hassan's wife Dalia to assume her husband's position as interim President and to sign the treaty on her country's behalf.

Considering their duties to be over, Jack and Renee return to his apartment where they have a romantic encounter. However, a Russian assassin follows them there and fires through the windows to tie up loose ends. Renee is hit and a frantic race ensues as Jack rushes her to the hospital. She dies on arrival whereupon Jack vows to avenge her death and bring everyone involved in the conspiracy and cover-up to justice. He learns that the Russian government are behind everything as they see the treaty as a threat to their influence in the world and supported and funded Mahran's group to destroy the peace process. Allison Taylor though outraged by the conspiracy, still believes that good can come from the signing and decides to continue with the proceedings. She fears that Jack's actions will be enough to have the treaty called off and orders his lockdown. Jack frees himself and at the cost of a third world war, begins to hunt down and kill every member of the conspiracy that killed Walker and Hassan. Chloe who has assumed control of C.T.U is forced to issue a manhunt for Jack. This leads to a cat and mouse game when Charles Logan approaches Allison Taylor and offers to use the unique resources at his disposal to capture Bauer. Chole has her authority challenged when Logan has Jason Pillar installed at C.T.U and tries to prevent him and Logan from having Jack assassinated before he can expose the cover up.

Jack kills Dana Walsh (the mole at CTU), Mikhail Novakovich (the Russian Foreign Minister) and Pavel Tokarev (the assassin who killed Renee). After ambushing Logan, Jack learns that Russian President Yuri Suvarov, who has arrived in New York for the signing is the mastermind behind the conspiracy. Jack aims a sniper rifle at Logan's office and orders him to lure Suvarov there so he can murder them both. Logan is forced to agree and Jack prepares to pull the trigger, but Chloe talks him out of it at the last second. When President Taylor has free rein to sign the treaty and have Jack permanently silenced she has a change of heart and turns herself in to the Attorney General. Wanted by Russian and American forces Jack says goodbye to Chloe who is watching him through the camera feed of a predator drone. She orders that the feed be turned off and sees Jack disappear from the screen as he disappears from her life.



Special guest stars

Guest starring


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1691"Day 8: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m."Brad TurnerHoward Gordon & Evan KatzJanuary 17, 2010 (2010-01-17)8AFF0111.50[9]
18 months after the events of Day 7, President Taylor is preparing to sign a nuclear treaty with Omar Hassan, the President of the Islamic Republic of Kamistan, in New York City, where Jack has finished his therapy and is preparing to return to Los Angeles with Kim and her family. A friend of Jack's named Victor Aruz survives an attempt made by Russian thugs led by Davros. Aruz visits Jack and informs him that there will be an assassination attempt on Hassan, agreeing to cooperate in exchange for immunity. Jack calls O'Brian, who is working at the reestablished CTU, and informs her. CTU director Hastings sends a team led by agent Ortiz to bring in Jack and Aruz. The duo evades Davros's men until Jack entrusts Aruz to Ortiz and decides to return to Kim, but Davros destroys the helicopter Aruz is trying to board. Before dying, Aruz reveals that the assassin has an inside associate close to Hassan. Meanwhile, Hassan's wife Dalia is revealed to have a personal problem with him while he has a secret affair with journalist Meredith Reed, which is discouraged by his brother Farhad.
1702"Day 8: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m."Brad TurnerTeleplay by : Manny Coto & Brannon Braga
Story by : Howard Gordon
January 17, 2010 (2010-01-17)8AFF0211.32[9]
Jack is brought to CTU, where he is debriefed and released. CTU finds evidence that apparently proves Reed to be the inside person. As a result, she is arrested and brought to CTU. O'Brian is suspicious that it was so easy to find her as the inside person, and asks Jack for help. He refuses and decides to return with his family, however Kim convinces him to help O'Brian. Jack enters the armory to take guns before he is detained by agents. He threatens to reveal Hastings' error of not having enough reinforcements that resulted in Aruz' death, forcing Hastings to let him do his investigation on who the real insider is, with O'Brian's backup. The pair detects Davros on the cameras and Jack heads to the location. Meanwhile, Reed denies the accusation while Farhad is revealed to be the inside person. Davros is revealed to be a police officer, and he pays a visit to his fellow officer, who is preparing to join Hassan's security detail. He holds the officer and his wife at gunpoint and threatens to kill her, forcing him to let Davros replace him. Agent Walsh gets a call from a man named Kevin Wade, who knows her true identity.
1713"Day 8: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m."Milan CheylovDavid Fury & Alex GansaJanuary 18, 2010 (2010-01-18)8AFF0310.56[10]
As Ortiz arrives at the United Nations to lead Hassan's security detail which now includes Davros, Bauer arrives at the alley and finds the house with the help of a local. He finds Davros' partner and wife killed. As Bauer exits the house, he is knocked unconscious by two police officers, one of whom starts torturing him as revenge of the deaths of his partner and his wife. Bauer manages to free himself and convinces the other officer to take him to the UN. CTU gains intel suggesting an attack on the UN, and Hastings orders the evacuation of political figures, including Hassan. Bauer calls Ortiz, telling him about Davros, and that the intel is a ruse. Ortiz pushes Hassan's car out of the route as Davros detonates a bomb in the street. Meanwhile, Hastings continues interrogating Reed, and Hassan reveals the affair to him hoping to prove her innocence. Wade arrives outside CTU and demands sex from Walsh, threatening to reveal her true identity. She agrees for one night and gives her apartment key to him.
1724"Day 8: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m."Milan CheylovChip Johannessen & Patrick HarbinsonJanuary 18, 2010 (2010-01-18)8AFF0411.45[10]
Ortiz and Hassan both survive the attack. Farhad escapes, revealing his involvement. Ortiz starts chasing Davros, who is killed by Bauer. Jack takes pictures of specific tattoos on his body, and sends them to CTU. Reed is freed, and Hassan decides to end the affair. Technicians find radioactive material in Davros' body, and Hassan reveals that people in his government once intended to buy weapons-grade uranium from Russian associates, meaning that the threat is not over. The pictures Bauer sent reveal the involvement of a Russian mafia group led by Vladimir Laitanan. Walker is revealed to have once been an undercover agent in Laitanan's group. Hastings brings her, who was fired after torturing Wilson at the end of Day 7, to CTU and asks her to infiltrate the group again. Bauer convinces Hastings to let him be her partner. She finds an associate and amputates his fingers to remove his GPS device. Meanwhile, Farhad visits Sergei Bazhaev, the seller, and demands proof of the existence of the uranium rods. Sergei reveals his younger son Oleg, who was exposed to radiation. Wade demands that Walsh come home.
1735"Day 8: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m."Brad TurnerTeleplay by : Evan Katz & Alex Gansa
Story by : Howard Gordon
January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25)8AFF0510.69[11]
Walker convinces the associate to take her to Laitanan. Bauer tasks O'Brian with investigating the history between Walker and Laitanan, who is revealed to have attempted to rape her a few times. Laitanan does not trust Walker, and abducts her and the associate to a secluded place, where he kills the associate and holds her at gunpoint. CTU manages to find their location and awaits Bauer's order to attack and rescue her. She manages to make Laitanan trust her, and Bauer orders CTU to stand down. Meanwhile, Oleg's older brother Josef takes him to a physician for treatment against Sergei's orders. Hassan orders making arrests of the opposition members in Kamistan as a result of the attempt on his life. Taylor tries to dissuade him, but to no avail. Dalia finally decides to leave him. Walsh visits Wade and tries to pay him so that he will leave her alone, but he instead demands that she help him and his friend steal a great amount of money.
1746"Day 8: 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m."Brad TurnerManny Coto & Brannon BragaFebruary 1, 2010 (2010-02-01)8AFF069.76[12]
Laitanan sends his men to meet Bauer, who introduces himself as a German dealer willing to buy the rods, which Laitanan has no current knowledge about. After Bauer transfers the first part of the money, Laitanan orders his men to kill him. However, Ortiz kills all but one of the operatives with his sniper rifle, and Bauer threatens to come after Laitanan if he does not honor the deal. Laitanan orders his operative to bring Bauer to the hideout. Meanwhile, Sergei's operatives find and return Josef and Oleg after killing the physician. Sergei kills Oleg. Hassan orders the arrests to continue, including that of one of his closest cabinet members, Jamot. The arrests make some of the delegate countries consider withdrawing from the treaty. Walsh calls Wade and informs him of a police warehouse that contains a lot of blocked money, meeting him and his friend outside CTU and arranging the plan. Wade gets intimate with her, which is seen on the camera by agent Glass.
1757"Day 8: 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m."Milan CheylovChip Johannessen & Patrick HarbinsonFebruary 8, 2010 (2010-02-08)8AFF0710.18[13]
Laitanan starts making calls to find out about the rods. When Sergei gets the call, he discourages Laitanan from searching, saying that no one deals such material. Sergei sends his men to find out the source of Laitanan, who finishes calling every associate without finding anything. Walker demands that he continue searching; he gets abusive towards her but she who stabs him several times, killing him. She also angrily stabs Bauer, who kills Laitanan's remaining operative and tells her to hide as Sergei's operatives enter and abduct him. Ortiz and other agents arrive, and she tells them about Bauer. Meanwhile, Walsh helps Wade and his friend infiltrate the warehouse and find the money, but Wade's friend decides to continue searching for other materials. When they try to leave, an officer enters but they kill him and escape. In the meantime, After security agent Tarin Faroush challenges Hassan's decisions, Hassan has him arrested. Hassan's daughter Kayla is revealed to have a secret relationship with Faroush.
1768"Day 8: 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m."Milan CheylovDavid FuryFebruary 15, 2010 (2010-02-15)8AFF088.49[14]
Bauer is brought to Sergei and offers more money than Farhad for the rods. However, Sergei orders his operative to torture Bauer for his source, believing him to be a law enforcement operative. Bauer manages to free himself and alert CTU, which rescues him in time; and Sergei is arrested. Bauer offers Sergei immunity for him and Josef in exchange for delivering the rods, which Sergei accepts and calls his men; but it is revealed that Josef has betrayed him and stolen the rods. He calls Farhad and arranges a deal for himself. Meanwhile, Kayla reveals her relationship with Faroush to Hassan, hoping to have Faroush released, but to no avail. Wade dishonors his deal with Walsh that he would leave her alone after taking the money. She decides to kill him and his friend. Glass shows the picture of the intimacy between Wade and Walsh to Ortiz, who is her fiance.
1779"Day 8: 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m."Brad TurnerTeleplay by : Chip Johannessen & Patrick Harbinson
Story by : Alex Gansa
February 22, 2010 (2010-02-22)8AFF098.73[15]
Josef gets a call from Sergei about the deal with the government, but is killed by Farhad's associates, who take the rods. Chief of Staff Weiss advises Hastings to put the blame on Walker to avoid his own prosecution. He sends a DOJ agent to interrogate Walker. Samir Mehran, Farhad's associate, reveals to him his plan of attacking the U.S., instead of Kamistan, with the rods. Farhad escapes the compound and calls CTU for cooperation, having been shot by Mehran's operatives. The DOJ agent accuses Walker of killing Laitanan in cold blood instead of self-defense. Bauer reminds Hastings of his team's low skill status, and he offers full cooperation if Hastings stops Walker's investigation, which Hastings accepts. Meanwhile, Walsh prepares to attack Wade and his friend in a secluded place, but Ortiz arrives and confronts her, and she explains part of her past to him. He holds Wade and his friend at gunpoint and threatens to kill them if they do not leave her. Wade's friend kills Wade and attacks the pair before being killed.
17810"Day 8: 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m."Brad TurnerManny Coto & Brannon BragaMarch 1, 2010 (2010-03-01)8AFF108.56[16]
Ortiz and Walsh bury the bodies and return to CTU. Bauer and his team arrive to find Farhad killed by Mehran's operatives. Bauer devises a plan to announce Farhad's survival in order to lure an operative to the hospital. Mehran sends Marcos Al-Zacar to finish Farhad. Marcos calls his mother, Elaine, and advises her to leave the city. He arrives at the hospital and is spotted by O'Brian, who manages to recognize the type of the bomb he is wearing with the help of an agent, and defuses it remotely. Marcos enters Farhad's room and shoots the body several times before finding it already dead. He tries to detonate his bomb which has been defused. Bauer and other agents chase Marcos to a containment chamber which he locks himself inside and calls Mehran, who starts instructing him as to how to manually activate the bomb. Meanwhile, Faroush escapes during transfer and goes to a hotel, where Kayla joins him and they start having sex. Hassan tries to call and inform her about the bomb by telling Dalia, who is about to leave for Kamistan.
17911"Day 8: 2:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m."Nelson McCormickEvan Katz & David FuryMarch 8, 2010 (2010-03-08)8AFF118.91[17]
As Marcos continues working on the bomb, CTU identifies him and brings Elaine to the hospital, where Bauer informs her about Marcos's actions and affiliations. He instructs her to convince Marcos to surrender and cooperate, which she tries, but to no avail. Bauer threatens Marcos with keeping Elaine at the city to die in the upcoming attack, forcing him to open the door. Having already activated the bomb, Mehran triggers the detonation. Before his death, Marcos reveals that Faroush is actually an associate of Mehran's. Dalia manages to call and inform Kayla, who reveals their location and is instructed to act normally until CTU's arrival. Meanwhile, Bill Prady, Wade's probation officer calls Walsh and asks about him. She initially refuses to know Wade, but Prady reveals the phone logs and insists on meeting her soon. They arrange a meeting at CTU.
18012"Day 8: 3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m."Nelson McCormickChip Johannessen & Patrick HarbinsonMarch 15, 2010 (2010-03-15)8AFF129.03[18]
Despite (or perhaps due to) the presence of headstrong NYPD SWAT, Tarin escapes with Kayla and brings her to Samir's hideout, an abandoned bank vault. Samir contacts Hassan and offers to trade her life for "File 33," which turns out to be a detailed how-to document on circumventing America's radiological defenses. Jack urges Hassan to stall while CTU track down the terrorists. Dana meets with Officer Prady, who has clearance to obtain CTU's records of the security-camera footage of Nick and Kevin's robbery; deciding to come clean, she calls Cole to wish him a teary good-bye. Kayla convinces Tarin to help her escape, but Tarin is shot as they flee; Kayla takes his car and calls CTU on Tarin's cell phone. Jack and Cole arrive at the bank vault to find Samir and his confederates gone; Arlo's drones monitor them on the street, and facial recognition identifies one of them as Tarin, very much alive, the entire "escape" having been faked. Jack realizes that Kayla's car, currently arriving at CTU, must be armed with a weapon that can take out the entire office. This weapon is revealed to be an EMP bomb. Kayla is evacuated from the car before the bomb detonates, but CTU, the linchpin of NYC's radiological detection grid, has been incapacitated, giving Samir freedom to launch his attack.
18113"Day 8: 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m."Milan CheylovTeleplay by : Manny Coto & Brannon Braga
Story by : Howard Gordon
March 22, 2010 (2010-03-22)8AFF138.54[19]
While Bauer, Ortiz and two more agents chase Mehran and his men, Bauer calls his friend at NSA and tasks him to send a team to assist CTU to become functional again. O'Brian calls Walker, who has returned home, and informs her about Bauer. Mehran orders his men to hold Bauer's team until he and Faroush leave with the rods on a boat. Bauer and Ortiz survive the shootout after Walker arrives and saves them. Meanwhile, the NSA agents ignore O'Brian's recovery method, and she enforces her opinion by using a gun. When her method proves efficient, Hastings demands that the NSA leave. O'Brian manages to return CTU to functionality. In the meantime, Prady decides to talk to Hastings about Walsh, however she first kills him and hides his body. She calls and reports to Mehran, revealed to be a mole.
18214"Day 8: 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m."Milan CheylovTeleplay by : Alex Gansa
Story by : Evan Katz
March 29, 2010 (2010-03-29)8AFF148.31[20]
Taylor tasks Bauer to lead Hassan's security detail, and Bauer includes Walker in his mission. Taylor gets a call from Mehran who reveals that the rods have successfully been transformed into a bomb capable of mass murder, and it will be used in New York City unless she surrenders Hassan in less than an hour. Faroush is tasked to watch the bomb and detonate it when Mehran gives the order. A debate starts at the Cabinet on whether to surrender Hassan, which Weiss and General Brucker support, but Secretary of State Kanin opposes. Taylor decides not to surrender to the demand and tasks CTU to find the bomb. Brucker and Weiss team up secretly to execute a clandestine operation to capture and deliver Hassan in order to leave the government uninvolved. Weiss recovers Hassan's route from Kanin's computer before Kanin finds out and is locked in his office. Brucker's team attacks Hassan and his detail, and is defeated; Bauer captures their chief, Adrion Bishop, who reveals Mehran's demand and the purpose of the operation. Mehran instructs Faroush to be ready.
18315"Day 8: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m."Brad TurnerChip Johannessen & Patrick HarbinsonApril 5, 2010 (2010-04-05)8AFF156.62[21]
Hassan attacks Bauer and tells Bishop his desire to surrender. Hassan and Bishop lock Hassan's family, Bauer and Walker and leave. Bishop calls Mehran, who tells Faroush to stop the detonation. Bauer frees himself and informs Taylor, who has Brucker and Weiss arrested and sends Kanin into medical care for his heart attack during his lockdown. Bishop and Faroush swap Hassan and the bomb. Bishop is arrested and the bomb is secured. CTU starts chasing Hassan and Faroush on satellite. Hassan tries to dissuade Faroush, to no avail. Walsh alerts Faroush, who drives inside a parking lot, where he secretly delivers Hassan to a woman before luring the agents away and committing suicide. The woman takes Hassan in her car and leaves the lot, and Bauer deduces the presence of a mole inside CTU.
18416"Day 8: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m."Brad TurnerManny Coto & Brannon BragaApril 5, 2010 (2010-04-05)8AFF167.90[21]
CTU finds out about Walsh, who tries to escape, but is stopped by an angry Ortiz. She states that she will talk only to Bauer, demanding immunity in exchange for cooperation. Taylor signs it and Walsh gives Mehran's location. Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Novakovich tells Taylor that Hassan's death will be an end to the upcoming treaty, which makes her believe that Russia does not want to sign it. Bauer, Walker and other agents arrive at Mehran's location, where the latter starts torturing Hassan to force him to confess for a series of crimes in a live broadcast, which he refuses to do. Mehran decides to announce the crimes himself. Bauer's team starts a shootout and Mehran is critically shot before Hassan is found already dead while the broadcast shows his execution. Taylor reluctantly informs Dalia and Kayla.
18517"Day 8: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m."Milan CheylovDavid FuryApril 12, 2010 (2010-04-12)8AFF178.33[22]
Pavel Tokarev, a Russian operative, poses as an FBI agent and lethally injects Mehran. He is recognized by Walker while leaving. She tasks O'Brian to investigate him. Bauer and Walker head to her apartment, where they start having sex. Tokarev calls Novakovich, who is revealed to be involved in the day's events, and reports to him his intention to assassinate Walker and Bauer despite Novakovich being against the idea. Using a sniper rifle, Tokarev critically shoots Walker, but fails to hit Bauer, who takes her to a hospital, where she succumbs to her wound. Meanwhile, Hastings is dismissed for his incapabilities including the failure to keep President Hassan safe and for mistakenly hiring Dana Walsh during the day, and O'Brian is appointed as the Interim Director. Jamot and Taylor convince Dalia to take over from Hassan and sign the treaty, which is not accepted by Novakovich. Kanin convinces Taylor to let Charles Logan, who has a long history with the Russians, persuade them to return.
18618"Day 8: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m."Milan CheylovChip Johannessen & Patrick HarbinsonApril 19, 2010 (2010-04-19)8AFF188.94[23]
O'Brian tells Bauer about the man Walker recognized. Bauer heads to Bazhaev's bail court, where he threatens the rest of Bazhaev's family if he does not talk. Bazhaev reveals that the Russian government is involved in the day's events and Walsh was their operative. Logan pays a visit to Novakovich and forces him to sign the upcoming treaty by threatening to disclose the Russians' involvement. However, Logan initially does not tell Taylor how he forced the Russians. Bauer offers Walsh another immunity in exchange for her evidence incriminating the Russian government. Logan reveals the truth to Taylor and Kanin, convincing her to cover up the story in order to reach the treaty. Kanin disagrees, but to no avail. She visits Bauer and tries to persuade him to let go of the investigation, but he refuses and she tasks O'Brian to detain him and transfer him outside CTU. Bauer manages to escape during transfer.
18719"Day 8: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m."Michael KlickManny Coto & Brannon BragaApril 26, 2010 (2010-04-26)8AFF199.19[24]
Bauer's escape convinces Taylor to decide to disclose the story instead of covering it. Bauer calls his friend, Jim Ricker, and orders a series of weapons and tools for his plan. Logan comes up with a scheme to deliver Walsh to private contractors, who can torture her to find and secure the evidence. Taylor agrees and Kanin decides to resign because of it. Bauer apparently convinces O'Brian to help him find the evidence. She delivers Walsh to Logan's operatives after finding their destination. She gives another location to Bauer, and tasks Ortiz and his men to capture Bauer there. Having anticipated this, Bauer overpowers the agents and locks all of them down except Ortiz, whom he persuades to help him with his investigation. Before leaving, Kanin advises Logan not to cross the lines, which Logan ignores. Taylor holds a press conference announcing her intention to facilitate the treaty's signing no matter the cost.
18820"Day 8: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m."Michael KlickTeleplay by : Evan Katz & Alex Gansa
Story by : Alex Gansa
May 3, 2010 (2010-05-03)8AFF209.00[25]
Ortiz tells O'Brian that he has captured Bauer and asks her about Walsh's location, which she divulges. Ortiz and Bauer head there. They start a shootout and kill all the operatives, saving Walsh, who reveals that her evidence is in a safety deposit box in a bank. The trio heads there. Bauer stays outside while Ortiz and Walsh go inside, where she knocks him unconscious. She then recovers a memory card from the box and calls the police about Bauer. He manages to escape and capture her in a construction site, where he recovers the card and then executes her. Meanwhile, Dalia gives her statement in the conference after Taylor. Logan and Novakovich decide to team up to contain the crisis. Logan's assistant, Jason Pillar, arrives at CTU and assumes command, challenging O'Brian's decisions to protect Bauer. Pillar is tasked with giving Bauer's whereabouts to Tokarev once Bauer is located.
18921"Day 8: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m."Milan CheylovChip Johannessen & Patrick HarbinsonMay 10, 2010 (2010-05-10)8AFF218.51[26]
Bauer finds a video in the card showing Tokarev's involvement. He sends Tokarev's photo to Ricker, who identifies him and promises to help Bauer capture him. Bauer calls Reed and offers the evidence, arranging a meeting at a store. The call is intercepted by CTU and Pillar informs Tokarev while sending agents for help. Bauer manages to escape with Reed while Ricker captures Tokarev. Bauer gives the card to Reed, whom Ricker accompanies outside, leaving Bauer alone with Tokarev. Bauer starts torturing him, demanding his superiors identities. Tokarev does not talk, and Bauer discovers that his SIM card is missing, deducing that Tokarev swallowed it. Bauer kills him by dissecting him and extracts the card from his torso, puts it in the cell phone and finds Logan's number in it. Meanwhile, Ortiz is arrested and taken to CTU, where Pillar starts interrogating him, but he denies knowing anything useful.
19022"Day 8: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m."Milan CheylovDavid FuryMay 17, 2010 (2010-05-17)8AFF228.98[27]
CTU finds Tokarev's body butchered, and O'Brian begins to worry about Bauer, who attacks Logan's motorcade and manages to get to Logan without killing any security guards using his body armor. He forces Logan out of the bulletproof limousine by throwing a smoke bomb inside and abducts him to a secluded place, where Logan gives Novakovich's name. Bauer attacks Novakovich's hotel room and kills him and his bodyguards. Russian President Suvarov arrives in New York City to sign the treaty. He gets a call from Logan, revealed to be the mastermind of the day's events including the assassinations of both President Hassan and Renee. Bauer hears the conversation using a microphone he secretly planted on Logan when ambushed him and his security detail. Meanwhile, Reed calls her boss and tells him about the video. Logan convinces Taylor to order the FBI to confiscate the video before it is disclosed. Reed calls and tells Kayla about the Russians before she is arrested and the card is seized. In the meantime, O'Brian frees Ortiz and tasks him to find Bauer through Ricker.
19123"Day 8: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m."Brad TurnerShauna McGarry & Geoff AullMay 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)8AFF238.39[28]
Bauer infiltrates the building across from the U.N. in Pillar's car by holding him at gunpoint. He forces Pillar to stitch his wound, then knocks him unconscious. He proceeds to the upper floor and prepares his sniper rifle. Ortiz convinces Ricker to help him find Bauer. Kayla tells Dalia about the Russians being involved with President Hassan's assassination. Dalia then asks Taylor who confirms it and demands that she not withdraw from the treaty by threatening to attack Kamistan in retaliation of its alleged involvement in the day's events. Bauer starts recording a video of himself explaining his actions. Jamot convinces Dalia not to withdraw. Suvarov arrives and finds out about Dalia's knowledge. O'Brian finds Bauer and is knocked unconscious by him. Suvarov holds a press conference while Logan gets a call from Bauer, who is watching him by his rifle in the opposite building. Bauer demands that Logan call Suvarov and bring him to his room as soon as the press conference is over.
19224"Day 8: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m."Brad TurnerHoward GordonMay 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)8AFF249.31[28]
Suvarov arrives at Logan's room. O'Brian manages to dissuade Jack from killing him as the Russians would declare war if their President was assassinated on U.S. Soil, promising to disclose Jack's evidence in order to ensure Suvarov's prosecution. Jack gives his memory card containing the evidence and his recorded video, the latter intended for Kim, to O'Brian, convincing her to shoot him in order to avoid her own arrest. Jack is arrested and O'Brian leaves with the card, which is later seized on Pillar's order. Logan gives it to Taylor and convinces her to have Jack killed. Taylor watches Jack's video. During transport, he is abducted by Logan's operatives. Taylor, Dalia and Suvarov arrive to sign the treaty. Taylor has a change of heart and decides not to sign it and announces the crimes that happened during the day and promises due process. Logan kills Pillar and shoots himself. Taylor calls Logan's operatives and demands that they let Jack go, which they do. She apologizes to him for her betrayal and warns him that both the Russian and U.S. governments will be after him for his crimes. Jack says goodbye to O'Brian and starts going on the run.


Starting with episode 18, Chip Johannessen was promoted to executive producer by the production company Imagine Television.[29] An interview with Kiefer Sutherland seemed to indicate that season eight would take place within very close proximity to the closing events of season seven, but ultimately the story picked up more than a year after the events of the previous season. The show got permission to shoot in the UN building in New York City but Kiefer Sutherland said that they would "probably use that primarily for exteriors".[30]


In October 2009, the debut trailer for Season 8 aired on Fox. It was titled "Survive" and hinted that the eighth season would be the last with the line "All Jack Bauer has to do is survive one more day." The trailer shows Jack relaxing with his family and being warned about the impending threat to President Hassan's life. On November 26, 2009[31] a second trailer was released which featured the song "Run This Town" by Jay-Z.


On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the eighth season scored 67 out of 100, based on 19 reviews, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".[32]

Gregory Itzin, who played former President Charles Logan this season, was nominated for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series, four years after getting the nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The series also received the nomination for the Television Critics Association Heritage Award. In a review by IGN, the writing in Season 8 was compared negatively to the writing in other seasons with "It's always difficult to see a once vibrant and exciting show clearly drop in quality...the 24 writers simply didn't play fair – because there was no way the Dana from the beginning of the season could have been the Dana we saw later...This plot twist took an already frustrating character and made her even more of a mess."[33]

Award nominations

Organization Category Nominee(s) Result
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, Dramatic Underscore Sean Callery Won
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series William Dotson, Cathie Speakman, Pembrooke Andrews, Jeffrey Whitcher, Shawn Kennelly, Melissa Kennelly, Daryl Fontenault, Jeff Charbonneau, Laura Macias, Vince Nicastro Won
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Gregory Itzin Nominated
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series Jeff Cadiente Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series, One Hour William Gocke, Mike Olman, Ken Kobett, Larold Rebhun Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Heritage Award Nominated

Home media releases

The eighth season was released on DVD and Blu-ray in region 1 on December 14, 2010 (2010-12-14)[34] and in region 2 on November 8, 2010 (2010-11-08).[35]


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