As season 1 begins we meet Tony an agent at the Counter Terrorist Unit, who clearly doesn’t like Jack Bauer, his boss very much. We later on find out that it is partially because he is now dating Nina, the second in command and unfortunately Jack’s ex. As the day goes on, we find out, that Jack’s daughter and wife have been kidnapped and that there is a threat out on the first African-American presidential candidate, David Palmer. Problem is, Jack doesn’t really go by the book and every now and then we see Tony make suspicious phone calls, he keeps wondering what Jack is up to. As we go on, we find out that there is someone inside of CTU who is working for the people who have Jack’s family. Tony becomes more and more suspicious, just until Jack’s supervisor George Mason shows up and we find out that Tony has been talking to his supervisors about Jack. Nobody likes his behavior; it isn’t nice to go off book as often as he did! But as the day goes on, Jack and Tony get over their differences and realize that there is a lot more to do than have mental fist fights. As they dig in deeper to see who is behind the attempts to murder Mr. Palmer, we find out that the mole working at CTU was Nina all along. Not only Jack is destroyed, but Tony was falling for her. The mole is found, Mr. Palmer and Jack’s family is safe, but the day is not over just yet... As season one wraps up, they find Jack’s wife Teri murdered by Nina, before she tried to make her escape.
- Michelle. I put your well being above the countries. Nothing anybody will say will ever change that fact.
- But they can't--- they can't put you in prison.
"- Listen Michelle... I'm sorry you had to find out like that.
- It is really none of my business.
- Yeah it is, I should've told you I was living with somebody.
- I don't wanna talk about this right now.
- Yeah, well I do. Listen to me. When you left, everything fell apart. And Jen happened to be there for me.
- You don't have to make excuses for your relationships---
- I'm not making excuses. I am just telling you how it is.
- Do you love her?
Michelle seems to tremble, but she is relieved. Tony tells her that he really wants them to be together again, but it has to be away from CTU. This place destroys people. Michelle tells him that that is a really hard decision, this is the only thing they know how to do and they have been doing it for 12 years. Tony is asked to accompany Jack on a mission, but "Tony wait. I can't--- I can't spend another day without you. I'm ready to leave here, I'm ready to go with you."
But Michelle is put into an impossible situation as Tony is captured and it is up to her now: "treason or Tony?". Michelle isn't able to do it and she asks Jack's help. It is assumed that Tony is killed when a car bomb goes off, but actually the hostile keeps him to make sure she gets out of the building. Jack manages to save him. Michelle feels guilt that she didn't do what he did, "We both did the best we could, alright? Now it's over." He kisses her again and finally they can stay together.
I hated this. Michelle gets up to help CTU because President Palmer has been murdered. Tony stops her, saying that they will call if they need their help. Michelle leaves, she tells him that she needs to do this. But as she gets out to their car, the car blows up and kills her instantly. Tony gets hurt in the blast as well. I had so many swear words I wanted to say in that second, I just ended up yelling from the bottom of my throat. I couldn’t believe they killed Michelle. WHY DID YOU KILL MICHELLE??!!! About 8 hours later Tony wakes up, suffering from short term memory loss. He thinks that Michelle is in a hospital as well. But the doctor, even though he wants to protect him from further trauma, can’t lie very well and Tony decides to find things out on his own. He gets to a computer. He does a quick search just as the doctor comes back in. Michelle’s file pops up, and in red the word ‘deceased’ appears, along with crime scene photos. Tony’s legs give up and he falls just as the doctor catches him. He starts to cry and murmur Michelle’s name.
It is one of the most touching and beautiful moments I have ever seen. That sincerity in his eyes; the pain of the loss. It is an incredible scene. Also, I would like to point out something a very wise reviewer said, I am talking about Suede, when he mentioned that “Crying shouldn’t be sexy because sadness isn’t attractive.” That is what is beautiful about this scene, and all the crying scenes with Tony, that they are honest. They don’t just let out one tear, so you know they are in distress or just sob so you know you should feel bad for them. You can feel their voice tremble, their eyes sparkle. It is above all honest, as I said before.
Tony prepares to inject him with something, but hesitates for a second, because of what Jack said and the suspect wakes up and pushes the needle into Tony’s heart. He falls on the floor and he dies in Jack’s arms. “She’s gone Jack.” His good heart was what got him killed. I cried for three consecutive hours after this episode. I still do. Mostly because after 4 seasons, if they kill of a character, it either means that the actor wanted to quit or the writers couldn't use him anymore. This, besides the laws of 24 that stipulates that everyone who is dead will sooner or later come back to life, I believed wasn't one of these cases. I was really sad.
Also, I am really pissed at 24! They took very good care of Tony's character, and one of his distinctive features was that he had a silver gun. You can see it season 1, 2 and 3 as well. But for some reason the gun never returned, and I missed that...
First of all, you might argue, that there are many things I didn't write down, and you would be right. Understand that 365 things happen in each season while I have only so much time to write my reviews! Also, I tried to concentrate on the story lines that defined Tony and not the series or Jack's story alone.