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24 Season 2
24 Season 2 Cast.jpg
Season 2 Cast
Country of origin United States United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Original run October 28, 2002 – May 20, 2003
No. of episodes 24
DVD release date September 9, 2003 (NTSC)
Previous season Season 1
Next season Season 3

Season Two of 24 (aka Day 2) was first broadcast from October 28, 2002 to May 20, 2003. The season begins and ends at 8:00 a.m. The first episode is a full hour and commercial free.


Season overview

Season Two (2002–2003) is set 18 months after Season One. The season's main plot follows the work of now-President David Palmer and agent Jack Bauer to stop terrorists from detonating a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles. Introduced into the situation is Kate Warner, a woman who ends up getting vital information related to CTU's mission.

Like Season One, this season can also be essentially broken into two acts:

  1. The first act involves CTU attempting to stop a Middle Eastern terrorist cell from detonating a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles.
  2. In the second act, Jack, Kate, and CTU try to prevent a misdirected retaliatory strike from the U.S. by exposing the real masterminds who let the terrorists acquire the bomb.

Major subplots

  • Kim is on the run, having rescued a young girl from her abusive father.
  • Kate Warner suspects that her sister's Middle Eastern fiancé is a terrorist.
  • CTU is blown up with C4 to divert resources away from the bomb and to cripple their ability to stop the bomb.
  • George Mason, Director of CTU, is dying of radiation exposure.
  • Jack's personal anguish: worried about Kim; develops a heart condition after being tortured by terrorists.
  • President Palmer faces traitors in his own cabinet, who attempt to remove him from power to advance their own agenda.
  • The personal relationship between Tony Almeida and Michelle Dessler begins to develop
  • The relationship between Jack Bauer and Kate Warner begins to develop


The season starts and ends at: 8:00 a.m. (LA time); the first scene of the season occurs in Seoul, South Korea (midnight, Seoul time).

The first fifteen hours deal with finding and disposing of the nuclear bomb. After the bomb is disposed of safely, the story focuses on the United States' response to the thwarted attack, and in particular the nation's retaliation against the people responsible for planning it. A recorded conversation between a terrorist involved with the bomb and high-ranking officials of three Middle Eastern countries (which are never specified) is used to implicate those countries in the plot. However, Palmer is reluctant to order military action against them until he has absolute proof that the recording is genuine. Several members of his Cabinet then vote to relieve Palmer of his position under Section 4 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment, believing his hesitation to be a sign of indecision and weakness. The Vice President then orders military strikes against the three countries to continue.

Jack, Michelle and Tony race to find the evidence that the recording is a forgery, resulting in the discovery that a group of European and American businessmen fabricated it in order to wage war with the Middle East, and who planned to benefit from rocketing oil prices caused by the conflict. The strikes are called off and Palmer is reinstated as President after the proof is produced, thanks largely to his ex-wife Sherry Palmer (who risks her life). The eight cabinet members and Vice President tender their resignations (Palmer does not accept them), and Palmer then tells his staff that he believes that the strictest evidence of hostile intent is required before waging war. The President does however, relieve his Chief of Staff Mike Novick, who did not support him until the eleventh hour, despite being his most trusted confidante.

Like in Season One, Season Two ends with a surprise twist. The nuclear bomb situation is resolved without massive loss of life, but President Palmer collapses after being attacked with a biological weapon by Mandy, presumably in an assassination attempt. Viewers were forced to wait until the third season to see whether Palmer survived the attack. The sudden shift from a nuclear to biological threat also foreshadows the third season, which initially centers on the threat of an engineered virus being set loose on the public.

24: The Game dealt with the time between Seasons Two and Three. President Palmer is sick from the bio weapon inflicted by Mandy, and many of the duties are being handled by his Vice President.

Plots and twists affecting future seasons

  • The death of George Mason.
  • The relationship regained between Jack and his daughter.
  • The relationship developed between Tony Almeida and Michelle Dessler.
  • The relationship developed between Jack and Kate Warner.
  • The friendship developed between Jack and Michelle.
  • The firing of Mike Novick from David Palmer's staff.
  • The assassination attempt on David Palmer.
  • Bombing of CTU office.
  • Nina Myers' immunity agreement.


This is a list of the main cast for Season Two. See List of 24 characters for a more thorough list.




Series # Episode # Title Directed by Written by Prod. Code Original airdate
25 1 "Day 2: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff 2AFF01 October 29, 2002 (2002-10-29)
Retired federal agent Jack Bauer is pulled back into field work at President Palmer's request after CTU learns of an impending nuclear attack in Los Angeles. Kim Bauer, working as an au pair for Gary Matheson's daughter Megan, runs away with her after suspicions of his being abusive. Meanwhile, Kate Warner prepares for her sister, Marie Warner's wedding, only to soon realize that her sister could be marrying a terrorist. 
26 2 "Day 2: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff 2AFF02 November 5, 2002 (2002-11-05)
Kim Bauer and Megan continue to run from the abusive Gary Matheson. Meanwhile, Kate Warner grows continually more suspicious about her soon-to-be brother-in-law. President David Palmer must prevent a snooping journalist from breaking the threat to the public. Jack goes deep undercover and learns that Joseph Wald's gang is planning to plant a C-4 explosive inside CTU. 
27 3 "Day 2: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m." James Whitmore Jr. Howard Gordon 2AFF03 November 12, 2002 (2002-11-12)
Jack warns Lynne Kresge about the impending bombing of CTU, but her efforts to alert Palmer are impeded by Eric Rayburn, who believes Jack must stay undercover in order to get to Wald. George locates the warehouse where the nuclear bomb was built, but is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Kim, unaware of the potential disaster, takes Megan to CTU, believing that it is the safest place for both of them. 
28 4 "Day 2: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m." James Whitmore Jr. Remi Aubuchon 2AFF04 November 19, 2002 (2002-11-19)
George returns to CTU where he orders the medics to revive the unconscious Paula, who has vital information. Palmer becomes aware of Eric's deception. Kim takes Megan to the hospital. Jack locates Joseph Wald, and learns that Nina Myers gave him the inside information on CTU. 
29 5 "Day 2: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Gil Grant 2AFF05 November 26, 2002 (2002-11-26)
George refuses to allow Jack to assist in Nina's interrogation. Jack resorts to blackmail to try and change George's mind. Palmer and Stanton meet with a Middle Eastern ambassador who may be in league with Second Wave. Tony visits the Warner home and questions Reza about his possible connection with Syed Ali. 
30 6 "Day 2: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Elizabeth M. Cosin 2AFF06 December 3, 2002 (2002-12-03)
A furious Jack begins his interrogation of Nina. Palmer is surprised and suspicious when his ex-wife Sherry returns and claims to have information about a conspiracy against him from within his own administration. Kim and her boyfriend Miguel plan to kidnap Megan from the hospital in order to take her out of Los Angeles and away from the nuclear threat. 
31 7 "Day 2: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m." James Whitmore Jr. Virgil Williams 2AFF07 December 10, 2002 (2002-12-10)
Jack must persuade Nina to help with a sting operation against her contact who may know the location of the nuclear bomb. Palmer and Mike Novick try to gage Stanton's loyalty when they investigate the chopper crash. The ailing George Mason has an emotional meeting with his estranged son. 
32 8 "Day 2: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m." James Whitmore Jr. Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff 2AFF08 December 17, 2002 (2002-12-17)
Kim and Miguel are arrested and the police plan to take them back to Los Angeles. Tony questions Bob Warner at CTU. Palmer's suspicions of a traitor in his ranks are confirmed. Nina sets herself up as the main player in the search to locate the bomb. 
33 9 "Day 2: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m." Rodney Charters Howard Gordon 2AFF09 January 7, 2003 (2003-01-07)
George pits Bob against Reza in hopes of learning which one is working with Second Wave. Sherry and Lynne clash at Palmer's headquarters. Kate is interrogated by Syed Ali. Jack and Nina fight off Coral Snake while waiting to be rescued from the crash site. 
34 10 "Day 2: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m." Rodney Charters David Ehrman 2AFF10 January 14, 2003 (2003-01-14)
Jack travels to Ali's location in an attempt to rescue Kate. Kim and Miguel risk their lives in order to escape from the police, who are taking them back to Los Angeles. Reza discovers Syed Ali's American contact, and pays a heavy price because of it. 
35 11 "Day 2: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m." Frederick K. Keller Gil Grant 2AFF11 February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)
Jack needs Kate's help in locating and identifying Syed Ali. Palmer goes to extreme lengths to uncover Stanton's hidden information. Kim's day hits a low point when she encounters a predator in the woods. 
36 12 "Day 2: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m." Frederick K. Keller Evan Katz 2AFF12 February 11, 2003 (2003-02-11)
Jack threatens Syed Ali's family in order to break him. George questions Bob Warner to learn more about Marie's motivations for helping the terrorists. Kim is rescued by a mysterious hunter who offers her asylum. Lynne receives a dire warning from Sherry. 
37 13 "Day 2: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Maurice Hurley 2AFF13 February 18, 2003 (2003-02-18)
Jack and his men prepare for a confrontation with Stanton's renegade soldiers as they converge on the bomb. Kim becomes suspicious of her unusual host. Stanton finally breaks down and gives Palmer the location of the bomb. 
38 14 "Day 2: 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m." Jon Cassar Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff 2AFF14 February 25, 2003 (2003-02-25)
Jack and Kate try to break Marie's resolve so they can learn the specific location of the bomb. Palmer confronts his ex-wife with the information that Stanton gave him. The fatally-ill George Mason steps down from duty and appoints Tony new director of CTU. 
39 15 "Day 2: 10:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m." Ian Toynton Robert Cochran 2AFF15 March 4, 2003 (2003-03-04)
Tony and Michelle become suspicious of a Middle Eastern intelligence agent who is asking questions about the evidence against Syed Ali. Palmer departs for Los Angeles. Jack determines that one man must pilot the plane carrying the bomb and, choosing to fly the plane himself, bids a tearful goodbye to his daughter. However, wanting to make what could be the last few minutes of his life count, George boards the plane un-noticed by Jack, gives him a parachute on his last opportunity to pull out, and flies the plane to his own death, thereby saving the people of Los Angeles. 
40 16 "Day 2: 11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m." Ian Toynton Howard Gordon & Evan Katz 2AFF16 March 25, 2003 (2003-03-25)
Jack and Michelle question Syed Ali. Palmer comes across a startling piece of evidence that leads him to prepare for war against three countries who appear to have been involved in the nuclear strike. For the first time in a year, Kim becomes a hostage. Jack is contacted by a man who offers him critical information in exchange for a crucial witness. 
41 17 "Day 2: 12:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Evan Katz & Gil Grant 2AFF17 April 1, 2003 (2003-04-01)
Jack meets with Jonathan Wallace, the surviving Coral Snake Commando, who demands Kate Warner in exchange for evidence about the recordings. They agree and as Kate is being put into the trunk a mysterious man fires on them from a fire escape ladder from the adjacent building. Tony and Carrie spy on Michelle when they suspect that she is working with Jack. Mike and Vice-President Prescott turn up the heat on Palmer when he expresses his doubts about the impending war. 
42 18 "Day 2: 1:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff 2AFF18 April 8, 2003 (2003-04-08)
Jack, Kate, and Wallace fight to escape from a deadly band of commandos. Palmer decides to take a stronger stance against the civil unrest resulting from the bomb explosion. Tony's trust in Michelle is broken when he suspects her of betraying him. Jack learns that Wallace's intel is literally "inside" information. 
43 19 "Day 2: 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m." James Whitmore, Jr. Howard Gordon 2AFF19 April 15, 2003 (2003-04-15)
At the hospital, Jack, Kate, and Yusuf are pursued by men wanting the chip. Palmer leans towards holding off the attacks, while Mike tells Lynne that Prescott is plotting to assume the presidency. 
44 20 "Day 2: 3:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m." James Whitmore, Jr. Neil Cohen 2AFF20 April 22, 2003 (2003-04-22)
Jack finds an ally who may help him escape from Kingsley's men. Lynne is forcibly held before she can warn Palmer of the conspiracy against him. Chappelle interferes with Tony's efforts to assist Jack. Kate offers her captors money in exchange for the chip. 
45 21 "Day 2: 4:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m." Ian Toynton Robert Cochran & Howard Gordon 2AFF21 April 29, 2003 (2003-04-29)
The cabinet debates invoking the 25th Amendment to remove David Palmer from office. Jack Bauer finally gets a hold of the chip, but when he follows up on his next lead, he discovers Sherry Palmer is involved in the threat. 
46 22 "Day 2: 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m." Ian Toynton Virgil Williams & Duppy Demetrius 2AFF22 May 6, 2003 (2003-05-06)
Jack locates Alex Hewitt, the man who forged the audio evidence, but his efforts to break him down are sabotaged. Kim returns to the Matheson home to retrieve her belongings, where she has another confrontation with her abusive employer. Palmer searches for an ally who will help him get a message out to CTU. Tony and Michelle realize that Chappelle will do nothing to help Jack. 
47 23 "Day 2: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Gil Grant & Evan Katz 2AFF23 May 13, 2003 (2003-05-13)
When Jack hits a dead end with his lead, he realizes he must persuade Sherry to help him get evidence against Kingsley. Things go awry at CTU when Division becomes suspicious of Chappelle's absence. Michelle goes off-site to work with Jack. 
48 24 "Day 2: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Story by Robert Cochran & Howard Gordon
Teleplay by Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff
2AFF24 May 20, 2003 (2003-05-20)
Jack and Sherry head to the Los Angeles Collesium for Mrs. Palmer's meeting with Kingsley, where they hope to obtain confirmation that the recordings are false. Mike Novick suddenly has a change of heart. Palmer, Prescott, and the cabinet gather to listen to Sherry's pivotal meeting with Kingsley as the bombers close in. 


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