Just finished watching the first four episodes of season six of 24, and once again, Chloe stood out for me. Her scene opens with her ex-husband and colleague Morris (we later find out they reconciled) grabbing her bottom, only to receive a stern warning and a threat of complaint for it. She doesn’t care that he’s her boyfriend and a complaint would be a black mark against his name, she will not stand to be treated so unprofessionally, especially not in her workplace. And I figured if she’d complain about her boyfriend, she’d complain about any man who treated her like that.
Later, Morris and Chloe’s ex, Miles, who’s also their boss, have been squabbling constantly, until Chloe steps in, calls them on the fact they’re involved in an immature pissing contest over her, and to bloody well get over it, there’s work to be done. The two men realise what they’ve been doing and come to a truce. In a single scene, this woman has exposed two men to be squabbling over a woman, and made them act professionally.
In another storyline, Chloe has found that our hero, Jack Bauer, a man she greatly admires, who’s been languishing in a Chinese prison for two years, has been released, only to be traded for a terrorist. Jack is facing certain death, and without even the concession of seeing the people who he cares about once more. In one scene, Chloe cries unashamedly.
What really struck me about that scene was that, while she was crying over a man she greatly admired, had saved her life, had helped save his, she wasn’t crying over a man she was in love with. It took me the better part of a week to work out exactly what I loved about that scene, because it’s so much easier to pick up what you hated rather then what you loved.
24 has never played Jack and Chloe’s relationship as anything but platonic. They hold each other in deep fondness and respect, maybe even love, but not infatuation. There has never been any hint that Chloe might be in love with this older man who’s saved her life, who’s always been there for her, who she greatly admires. There’s never been any hint that Jack might have the hots for this attractive young woman who has sometimes been the only one to believe in him.
I loved that their relationship, for all its intense feelings borne of what they’ve done for each other, was always platonic. I love that it never occurred to all involved to play it otherwise.
To all those involve, I send you a huge thankyou.