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Joshua "Josh" Bauer was the son of Graem Bauer and Marilyn Bauer, as well as the nephew of Jack Bauer. He lived with his parents at 226 Pine Crest Road in Indian Falls, California.

Day 6 Edit

Josh and his mother Marilyn were watching news coverage on the nuclear explosion that occurred in Valencia, California. Graem arrived home and Josh expressed his fear that another attack would occur. Graem assured his son that the nuclear explosion was the terrorist's end game, and the next attack would be in a different location.

Josh was later introduced to his Uncle Jack, who came to the house to interrogate Graem. Both Jack and Josh grew an instant interest in getting to know each other, but Marilyn insisted on Josh leaving his father and uncle alone to talk. When Graem returned home, Josh overheard his parents engage in an argument. After Josh demanded for his parents to stop, Jack and a TAC team breached the front door and found their way into the house. Graem attempted to control the situation by drawing a firearm, but he surrendered once he realized he would be gunned down before getting to the door. Marilyn and Josh were pulled out of the room, as Agent Rick Burke prepped Graem for an interrogation.


Josh becomes suspicious of his grandfather.

After speaking to Phillip, Josh's grandfather, Marilyn joined Josh and they were brought back to CTU Los Angeles. Once they arrived, Special Agent in Charge Bill Buchanan requested to speak with Marilyn in private, and Josh assured his mother he would be fine. After speaking with Mr. Buchanan, Marilyn broke the news to her son that his father had died from a seizure. When Marilyn had to leave CTU with Jack, she asked for Phillip to stay with Josh. Phillip suggested on bringing Josh back to his house, and after getting permission from Buchanan, Marilyn agreed on it. After making a phone call, Phillip told Josh he wouldn't be able to get into his house and they checked into a hotel.

When Phillip began to have secretive phone calls, Josh became suspicious of his grandfather. Josh overheard Phillip talking to his mother on the phone, and Phillip threatened to kill Josh if Marilyn didn't help him find Gredenko. Josh attempted to leave the room, but Phillip caught him. Josh claimed he wanted to get a soda, but Phillip pulled out a gun and told Josh, "No one's life is worth the destruction of everything I've built."

Phillip later agreed to let Josh go in exchange for Jack. Phillip had Jack and Josh slowly walk towards each other, and Jack informed Josh his mother was waiting for him in the stairwell. Josh ran off and reunited with his mother, then left the building. Josh and his mother waited outside, and Jack eventually returned. He told them they needed to go back to CTU and he promised Josh he would sit down with him and explain the situation once the crisis was over.

By 2am, Josh and his mother were still at CTU. Josh watched news reports that regarded the attacks of the days and he told his mother that he couldn't believe his father was involved. Marilyn told him that he wasn't responsible for the nuclear detonation in Valencia, but Josh still felt his father was partially responsible. Josh's mother suggested for him to get some sleep, so they would be ready to leave in the morning. Josh began to rest and Marilyn left the room quickly, to talk with Chloe O'Brian and comfort Jack on Audrey Raines' condition.


Josh takes cover with his mother after Chinese mercenaries took over CTU.

Around 2:42am, an alarm went off and woke Josh up. Marilyn attempted to use the phone, but communications were down. When she noticed Chinese mercenaries outside of the room, she and Josh pushed the couch against the door. The armed men were able to find themselves into the room and one of them reported that they found "Bauer with his mother." As the guards began to escort Marilyn and Josh through the hallway, Jack arrived and gunned them down. He then took them into a ventilation room, in order for them to escape. Jack managed to stop the movement of a fan by using his firearm. He told Josh to crawl through the fan and find his way through the vents. Josh refused to leave his mother behind, but Jack and Marilyn assured him that they would be right behind him.

As Josh began to crawl through the vents, mercenaries arrived in the room and took Jack and Marilyn into custody. The leader, Zhou Yong, discovered that Josh had escaped and both Marilyn and Jack wouldn't give up his location. Zhou made an announcement that he would kill Marilyn if Josh didn't surrender himself to one of his guards. Zhou began to countdown to ten and he prepared to shoot Marilyn in the head, but Josh went back towards the ventilation conduit's opening. One of the guards heard Josh moving and reported to Zhou. Josh surrendered and was taken to the CTU main floor by the guard.

Josh was lifted onto the shoulder of one of the guards and carried through the underground sewer tunnels by the mercenaries. He was eventually brought to a parking garage, where Cheng Zhi was holding his base of operations. Cheng greeted Josh and called Josh's grandfather. Josh didn't want to speak with his grandfather, but Cheng forced him. Phillip revealed to Josh that he would be looked down for his father's mistakes for the rest of his life. He wanted to take him out of the country and bring him to China, where they could start a new life together. Phillip informed his grandson that China would surpass the United States in every possible way within a decade. He also told Josh that he was just keeping his promise to him that he made when he was born.

Cheng loaded Josh in his limousine, but Josh refused to go in. Josh confessed that he was afraid of his grandfather and Cheng insisted that he should be honored, as Phillip was a visionary. As Cheng's driver began to leave the parking lot, Jack and Field Unit Bravo intervened. Cheng grabbed Josh and used him as a human shield. Jack saw this and ordered Doyle's men hold their fire around Cheng. Cheng brought Josh to the roof and Josh successfully escaped. Jack allowed Cheng to flee in order to rescue Josh from falling from a dangerous height. After Josh was rescued, he thanked Jack, who grabbed him into a hug.

Due to everything that his Uncle Jack had did for him, Josh felt very grateful towards his uncle. He told his mother, on the phone, that Jack was the reason why he was saved. When Jack and Josh prepared to head back to CTU, Doyle grabbed Josh and loaded him into a CTU helicopter. Josh yelled for his uncle, who demanded for Josh to be released into his custody. Jack began to run after Doyle, but he was held back by field agents. Josh was informed that he had to be turned over to his grandfather, as he possessed sensitive material that the government needed to be destroyed or retrieved. Doyle informed Josh that his bravery would prevent a war between the US and Russia. Josh pleaded for Doyle to not hand him over to his grandfather, but there wasn't any other choice. Doyle assured Josh that he would be rescued afterward. He then embedded a tracking device into Josh's lower right arm.

Phillip contacted Doyle and demanded for CTU to shut down satellite surveillance of the area. CTU was forced to comply and Doyle then handed over the phone to Josh. Josh told his grandfather that he hated him and didn't want to be with him. Phillip assured Josh that he didn't understood what was going on and after some time, he would have an understanding of things. Phillip then angrily hung up the phone on his grandson. When Jack escaped from custody with help from Bill Buchanan and Karen Hayes, Doyle was informed. When Josh asked if his uncle was coming, Doyle confirmed it. Doyle brought Josh to the beach, where Phillip wanted the exchange to take place. Two hostiles arrived on a watercraft and Doyle had Josh take cover behind rocks. Doyle told them he would hand-over the boy once he confirmed with CTU that the component was legitimate. While Doyle uploaded the component to his PDA, the component exploded in his face and the hostile grabbed Josh. Though Jack and Buchanan arrived on the scene, the hostiles managed to escape with Josh.

Josh was brought to an offshore oil rig, where his grandfather and Cheng were. Josh would be brought to China and a Chinese submarine was already on course to the rig. When a helicopter landed on the rig, Phillip grabbed his grandson and began to advance away. Josh managed to knock Phillip to the ground with a wrench and he grabbed his handgun. Phillip told his grandson that he wouldn't shoot him and he asked for him to hand it over. Josh refused and he shot his grandfather. Josh was willing to kill him, but Jack arrived and assured Josh that everything would be all right. Jack had Josh go to the helicopter and told him that he would be behind him. Buchanan knew that an air strike would happen within the next two minutes, so he began to fly off the rig.

Josh pleaded for Bill to go back, as his uncle was still on the rig. Buchanan told Josh that he wasn't going anywhere and Jack gave his location to Bill. Jack managed to get a hold of the helicopter, but he jumped into the sea. Jack managed to make his way to shore and Josh asked for Bill to go back for him. Bill told Josh that his uncle didn't want to go back to CTU. Buchanan eventually arrived back at CTU with Josh and Cheng. Josh ran to his mother and the two of them had an emotional reunion.

Background information and notes Edit

  • In an interview with IFilm, executive producer Howard Gordon revealed that the writers believed Josh was Jack's son (link).
  • Alternately, an issue of the 24: The Official Magazine mentioned that in a scene which was cut from the final episode of Day 6, it was revealed that Phillip Bauer was Josh's father, as he had raped Marilyn years ago. However, this was dropped from the show for being "too twisted".

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