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Teri Bauer, '24'
Season 1, Episode 24: "11:00 P.M.-12:00 A.M. "
Cause of death: Gunshot to the stomach
Why it was a shock: Jack Bauer had saved the day! It took him a full 24 hours, but he kept David Palmer alive, thwarted Dennis Hopper, recovered his daughter, stopped his wife from wandering off with amnesia and set everything right with the world. It was time for a well-earned snack, a bathroom break and several days of prolonged rest and relaxation. But then Nina has to go and ruin everything by shooting Jack's wife in the gut. There are no happy endings in Jack Bauer's world, at least not uncompromised happy endings, and "24" left little doubt with its first season finale that whatever rules we thought existed, "24" wasn't playing by them. Ouch. This one still hurts a little. "Dexter" did the same thing at the end of Season 4. It was also shocking. It wasn't this shocking.
- Daniel Fienberg