Written by: Shûkei Nagasaka
Directed by: Kento Kiuchi
Original airdate: October 30, 2020
Start the Clock: As Suzu comes back into consciousness, Ken and Go force Miyu back into the van. Genba pulls Itsuki aside to apologize. She is (rightly) pissed but is also able to regain her professionalism. He fills her in on the keycard and has her help Akechi get the information off the keycard, despite being told to trust no one but Akechi.
Urara is brought back, and a security officer gets ready to give her a remedial discussion about safety but she calls Joshu for an update. He reminds her that he just got the assignment, and it is early. She does not really care and gives him until the end of the episode, er, end of the hour to find out who released the information. She does not share details of the meeting with Yohei but finds out about the assassination intelligence.
Itsuki and Akechi pull off an address. They tell Genba but no one is familiar with it. He decides to go directly but they are put into a lockdown. He tries to leave but finds Genji approaching. Genba retreats to the main office, orders Akechi to hide the card and makes a beeline out of there. Genji shuts down the office. When Itsuki asks if that is a good idea with the plot, he says that the deaths of two CTU personnel make it a requirement. Just as Genji has everything under control, he hears that Genba left. Itsuki says she does not know where he is.
Urara gets a talk from Agent Tadashi and is placed on double secret probation. He urges her to cancel the breakfast party but that it too critical for her campaign. Hina comes in and gets consoled by his mother. Miyu pleads with Go to help Suzu but Ken is sure she is dead. Go becomes convinced, but only enough to go back and take a look.
Yogo is pulled over for speeding. He and Rikka try to explain, including Rikka pleading that they made a call to emergency services. The beat cop goes to confirm but Yogo gets out and asks him to work faster. Things escalate and he is arrested for getting out of line. Go passes by and the bound Miyu cannot get their attention.
3:24:50 Genba calls Rikka to get an update but does so juuust moments after Rikka leaves to plead with the officer. Genji reads Itsuki the riot act telling her she will be in trouble if she does not reveal Genba’s location. She replies that she will talk about the embezzlement to his supervisors first. He gets more personal, but she is resolute.
Genba arrives at the address, a seedy warehouse. He finds someone who fires at him. Officer Yokota and her partner hear the gunfire and investigate. They cannot catch the suspect but find Genba. He shows his identification, and they agree to help him pursue the suspect.
Ken and Go are not sure if Suzu is alive or not. Go puts the pedal to the metal to run her over but a cruiser arrives on the scene. They make a hasty exit, unsure of her status.
3:38:28 Itsuki is released and talks to Akechi telling her not to say anything. How two material witnesses to the situation are able to talk freely is an exercise for the viewer. Akechi then meets with Genji. As Genba and the officer pursue their suspect, Joshu relays information to Urara. The source is a counselor, Toko Aoi. Also, Madoka is staying at the same hotel as Urara. Yohei comes in and she gives him the information. They doubt their son is a killer, but Madoka is good at vetting stories.
After getting verification of the emergency call, Rikka and Yogo are set free. Backup arrives at the warehouse and more people will complicate the situation. Genba needs to hurry things up. The three split and Yokota is taken hostage.
3:46:10 There is a confrontation in the warehouse and while Genba takes down the suspect for custody, Yokota pays the ultimate price. Yogo and Rikka pass an ambulance. On a hunch, Rikka asks Yogo to pull over and they ask a passerby what happened. Finding out about the accident they get in the car and rush to the hospital.
Tamizo arrives to Ken and Go’s location and asks about Suzu. Go says she was killed, and the body disposed of. Tamizo is not ready to give them their money but has them put Miyu in the back of his car.
3:52:24 Genji is pressing hard at Akechi, telling her she is not fully trusted by Genba and Itsuiki, dangling a promotion in front of her. He gets a call and suddenly stops and lifts the lockdown. The incident with Genba has been found out and Genji leaves.
Genba asks for custody of the suspect but shooting a cop means that is impossible. The chief lets him talk to the suspect. There is little time, but the suspect identifies Genba by name and tells him about Miyu. Genba wants to get more information, but the suspect is hauled off to the station. An undeterred Genba jumps into his car and follows.
iMagic: When going to search for a suspect, Genba forgets to turn off his ringer. Turns out being silent is a useful skill for a shootout.
Stormtrooper Accuracy: Go and Ken screw up pretty badly. Why this terrorist cell leader decided to subcontract that portion of the plan is an exercise for the viewer.
Dunder Mifflin: No one really bats an eye for the lockdown.
[REDATED] it!: Genba gets a lot of mileage showing off his ID badge to three officers.
The Cubbies: Nanjo never tells Itsuki that he called for the internal investigation, but it takes her all of five seconds to figure it out.
I’m Not a Spy: Genji tells Itsuki that Genba bragged about their affair as a ‘conquest.’ It takes her five second to realize that it was Nanjo.
Five Minute Rule: Miyu spends the first part of the episode ranting and raving. She spends the remaining portion bound and gagged.
Amnesia Bait: Pulling over Yogo and Rikka, the cop presumes they are a couple. Rikka clarifies that they are not a couple to which the cop responds “That kind of relationship.”
24-Gate: When Urara returns after a surprising disappearance, her staff gets up from their table but do not cheer, express relief or any other emotion.
Let’s Up the Rating: Genji’s main tactic with Itsuki is her affair with Genba. He gets nowhere and that might not be the best tactic for an internal review.
THAT kind of topless: Needing to leave during a lockdown, Genba asks, says he has permission, asks to get something from his car and punches a guard. Only the last is successful in making his escape.
Day Player of the Week: Lots of cops this hour but the one due for praise is the one who arrests Yogo. It is entirely justified, and he even gives out a citation afterwards. There is a wide range of skill involved as he expresses little remorse but allows them to continue searching for their daughters.
Employee of the Month: For someone who is a supervisor, Genji sure knows a lot about the personal lives of the staff in this branch.
One More Time: “Are you still angry?” “Yes, I’m still angry. Naturally.” “Sorry.”
Genba asking the obvious to Itsuki, getting an obvious response and apologizing.
Hour Time: “Do you know anything yet?” “It’s been thirty minutes. Not that easy.” Every series has to have an episode where not much happens. The plot moves forward but they can skip over some things as they need. Not so in 24 which takes place in real time. Granted not all the plotlines have to be amazing but there is trouble when they all take the week off for the most part.
Forward progress is made; we know about the allegations against Hina, Genba gets closer as does Rikka, but all in all you can see the proverbial wheels spinning.
The best of the bunch is the interrogation scenes in CTU. Genji is much better this time around. He does not have to fight off the effects of being tranquilized but he was not all that great before being shot. Here, he knows how to conduct an interrogation. He gets nowhere but he uses different tactics with Itsuki (going after her personal relationship) and Akechi (putting her in her place, offering to help her professionally) and you can see a different demeanor with the two. He is clearly the boss in the later all but looking down at Akechi. Mind you, these strategies are borderline cause for removal, but it is good to see them in action. Nanjo gets some glances here and there and you can see he is deflated when everything ends.
Genba’s plot is mainly there to spin wheels. The chase goes on far longer than needed mainly because the plot has to happen over a certain length of time. We can take only so much searching and telling why it is important. Having two cops almost telegraphs one of them will die and when Genba bonds with one and not the other, you know which one is not going to make it. He is respectful to the authorities as they are to him but there is a limit as to how far they will ultimately go.
Rikka and Yogo are more literally stopped, with Rikka having precious little to do beyond have a flash of insight, though this is more luck than talent. There really wasn’t much more to do with these characters so have them be stopped by police was the best option. I do like how the cop still gave Yogo a ticket for being disorderly whereas his counterpart in the American series was let go.
Miyu was literally tied up with little to do beyond cry out. Ken and Go are grossly out of their league, it really is surprising that Tamizo did not have them meet with one of his goons or something. He had the assassin follow up last week to get the ID card, after all.
Urara has good moments with her staff and husband but were not as impressive as they were last week. The scene with her filling in Yohei was more to get the information out about their situation, ditto the exposition with Joshu. She is good when she takes her medicine, and she is genuinely shocked that there is a plot against her, but the rest is not engaging. We are being told, not shown and the acting is passable but not great.
You can have a slow plot but not everything can be sub-par as that leaves the entire episode feeling poor. The actors really cannot save this. Overall, a middling hour.