Renee Asks Jack Bauer for Advice
Renee Walker tells Bauer that Alan Wilson is denying everything. She says that she “can make him talk” (torture him), and asks Jack for advice. He tells her to make choices that she can live with and then caresses her face just before being transported away to the hospital. Jack and Renee’s final scene together in 24 Season 7.
Paramedic: I’m giving you hydromorphone to make the ride to the hospital easier. It’ll make you a little sleepy, but it will break the pain cycle.
Jack Bauer: No. Not yet. Please.
Renee Walker: Jack.
Jack Bauer: Could you give us a moment?
Paramedic: Dr. Macer wants you at the hospital.
Jack Bauer: It’s all right. She can wait. Thank you. What happened?
Renee Walker: He’s denying everything. Claims that we don’t have a case against him.
Jack Bauer: Is he right?
Renee Walker: Maybe – which means he has absolutely no reason to tell us who else is involved in this with him. But I can make him talk. If we don’t find these people, one day they will launch another attack… and I don’t see how I an live with myself knowing that there was something I could have done to stop it. I don’t know what to do.
Jack Bauer: I can’t tell you what to do. I’ve been wrestling with this one my whole life. I see fifteen people held hostage on a bus, and everything else goes out the window. I will do whatever it takes to save them – and I mean whatever it takes. I guess maybe I thought if I save them I could save myself…
Renee Walker: Do you regret anything that you did today?
Jack Bauer: No. But then again, I don’t work for the F.B.I.
Renee Walker: I don’t understand.
Jack Bauer: You took an oath. You made a promise to uphold the law. When you cross that line, it always starts off with a small step. Before you know it, you’re running as fast as you can in the wrong direction just to justify what you started in the first place. These laws were written by much smarter men than me. And in the end, I know that these laws have to be more important than the fifteen people on the bus. I know that’s right. In my mind I know that’s right. I – I just don’t think my heart could ever have lived with that. I guess the only advice I can give you is try to make choices that you can live with.
Renee Walker: I don’t know what to say.
Jack Bauer: (Bauer touches Renee’s cheek and then her hand) Don’t say anything at all.
Paramedic: Mr. Bauer, we really need to go. (Paramedics take Jack away)