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A situation room was a name given to large room in a government building where a group of people could discuss and manage tasks they had to perform.

CTU Edit

Situation rooms were used in the offices of the Counter Terrorist Unit on numerous occasions. Department heads and notable CTU staffers met in the Situation Room with either the CTU Director, Chief of Staff, or the Director of Field Operations to exchange intelligence amongst each other. The President, along with any other relevant experts were also sometimes conferenced into the room via monitor.

After Day 3, when CTU Los Angeles relocated to a new building with a new design, a Situation Room was introduced to replace the old conference room space. The new room included more visibility to the outside main floor, a monitor on the wall to allow teleconferences and more seats around the table.

Day 4 Edit


Many briefings were held there during Day 4, and often involved top analysts Sarah Gavin, Edgar Stiles and Chloe O'Brian. Meetings were usually held by Erin Driscoll or Curtis Manning.

Day 5 Edit


On the morning of Day 5, after David Palmer was killed, Bill Buchanan had a teleconference with President Charles Logan to brief him. After that, Buchanan briefed the CTU staff there, telling them that Michelle Dessler and Tony Almeida had also been targeted. He then left to greet Audrey Raines, who had arrived as DoD Liaison. Later, Bill and Audrey worked together in the situation room when Edgar Stiles called and said they had traced Chloe O'Brian to Wayne Palmer's apartment. Not long after that, Agent Jennings called to say Chloe was in custody, and Bill spoke to her about Jack over the phone. ("7:00am-8:00am", "8:00am-9:00am")

After terrorists took control of Ontario Airport, Bill briefed Logan about the situation before Chloe entered with a backtrace of Anton Beresch's cell. Bill attempted to negotiate with Beresch but did not succeed. Audrey joined him after the that and two worked together, while Curtis Manning explained his assault profile over the phone. Beresch then called back and announced his intention to kill Derek Huxley, and Bill and Audrey watched on the monitor as an explosion stopped the execution. He found out Jack caused the explosion, and explained this when Logan called. However, Curtis lost contact with Jack, so Buchanan had him abort the operation. ("9:00am-10:00am")

Just after 10am, Buchanan briefed staff while ordering Curtis to work up an alternative mission profile. When Lynn McGill arrived at CTU, he greeted Bill in the situation room and told him he would be taking over his office. At that moment, Jack Bauer called and told them the assault plan had to change. Lynn left for Bill's office, but later returned to the situation room to ask for the full transcripts of their communication with Jack. Bill then prepared for the assault, but Lynn burst in to tell them to abort as Jack had used a distress code. Bill had Curtis fall back to his original plan and the hostages were saved. Bill then apologised to Lynn for ignoring his earlier concerns, and Lynn told him to take Jack into custody. ("10:00am-11:00am")

When Jack Bauer returned to CTU, he greeted Bill in the situation room. He debriefed there with Lynn McGill until CTU medical called, saying Tony had woken up and was asking for Jack. Just after noon, Jack returned to the situation to plan his takedown of Walt Cummings. Audrey brought up satellite of the retreat, and told Jack she was still getting used to him being alive. Bill returned to the situation room later, and asked Audrey about road stops looking for the Sentox gas. Audrey called Jack from there asking if he would be returning. Later Lynn McGill entered telling them the White House had pulled them off the Sentox search, and Bill stepped outside with him to tell him to disregard the order. Later, Jack called into CTU and gave them the location of the gas. ("11:00am-12:00pm", "12:00pm-1:00pm")

Shortly after 1pm, Lynn McGill entered the room and asked about the progress of them tracking the canisters, explaining that Civil Defense estimated the potential casualties could be as high as a million. Later Lynn, Bill and Audrey monitored Jack's arrest and torture of Jacob Rossler, and Lynn ordered Jack to give Rossler what he asked for. After that they oversaw the sting operation with Jack undercover at the Sunrise Hills Shopping Mall, and called the president who ordered Jack to allow Polakov to release the nerve gas. Jack disobeyed the order and Polakov escaped, so Chloe tracked him to Cal's Bikes where he committed suicide. After being put under more pressure from the president, Lynn returned to the situation room to order Jack Bauer's arrest. ("1:00pm-2:00pm", "2:00pm-3:00pm", "3:00pm-4:00pm")

Audrey and Bill briefed President Logan at 5:40pm, telling him that Russian Intelligence had identified the man behind the attacks as Vladimir Bierko, and told him that Jack was investigating a man named Christopher Henderson, who had links to the Sentox gas. Just after 6pm, Audrey and Bill briefed Logan about the foiled attack on Tyler Memorial Hospital and their current plan of action, when Audrey was informed Kim Bauer had arrived. Later, when CTU was placed under lockdown, Jack, Kim, Audrey, Chloe, Barry Landes and other CTU workers took refuge in the situation room to avoid the Sentox gas. Metal seals stopped the gas from entering the room. They watched as Edgar Stiles died outside the room, as he didn't make it in time. ("5:00pm-6:00pm", "6:00pm-7:00pm")

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The situation room during the gas attack

As Chloe grieved for Edgar, Jack and Barry Landes attempted to comfort her and tried to get her back to work. After Jack and Barry came to blows, Chloe agreed to bring up a building grid for them. She discovered that the gas was corroding the seals on the rooms - and she was unable to use the air conditioning to flush the gas out as a program was blocking access to the controls. Jack broke through the false wall at the back of the room to get to the terminal, but could not access it. After Lynn McGill shut down the program, the gas was flushed and they were able to leave the room. ("7:00pm-8:00pm")

After Homeland Security turned up at CTU and Miles Papazian noticed that Chloe O'Brian had accessed the NSA WET List, she was summoned to the situation room. She admitted giving the WET List to Jack so he could trade it to Theo Stoller, and Karen Hayes admonished her for her actions. Karen called Jack, telling him not to give the WET List to Stoller, but it was too late to call off the sting operation. After Collette Stenger was arrested, Karen organised her Presidential pardon from the situation room, telling Bill Buchanan she expected results from the deal. ("8:00pm-9:00pm")

When Collette Stenger implicated Audrey Raines, Karen brought agent Burke to the situation room to discuss her interrogation. Bill argued against using invasive methods but Miles argued that it was necessary. Jack then arrived and told them he wanted to lead the questioning. Karen agreed to let him question her for ten minutes. When Homeland began to take over CTU, Bill watched from the situation room. Miles then spoke with Audrey there, asking her to sign a statement detailing CTU's failings throughout the day, but Audrey refused to sign it. ("9:00pm-10:00pm", "10:00pm-11:00pm")

At 12:16am, Karen Hayes closed a "Class 3" briefing in the room that included Shari Rothenberg, but specifically excluded Chloe O'Brian. Chloe, shocked that she wasn't notified of the meeting, asked Marcy what it was about, and then approached Shari. Shari, working under Karen's guidance, tricked Chloe by telling her that Audrey had been located. Miles and Karen then worked from the room to track Chloe's call to Van Nuys Airfield, giving them Audrey's location. Karen called Logan, who ordered her to recall her TAC team so he could handle Jack directly. ("12:00am-1:00am")

Miles and Karen monitored Ed and his team of agents as they searched for Chloe at Bill Buchanan's house, with Karen ordering Bill to be brought in for questioning. Later, Bill and Karen worked in the situation room when they found out Flight 520 was going to be shot down. They informed Jack and Bill instructed him to land on the 118 Freeway. When Jack got the recording back to CTU, Chloe prepared it for broadcast in the situation room, but Miles entered and wiped the equipment, deleting the evidence against Logan. ("2:00am-3:00am", "3:00am-4:00am")

While preparing for a conference call with the Attorney General, Chloe noticed the recording had been wiped. She realised that Miles had tampered with her equipment and Karen had to cancel the call. Charles Logan then called to report that he was dropping all charges against Bauer. Shortly after, Davis called in to report that Vladimir Bierko had escaped custody. Jack returned with a list of numbers from Christopher Henderson, who was brought into the room for a debrief. He told them about Joseph Malina, and how the only way they could find Bierko was if he went undercover to meet Malina. Chloe, Karen and Bill monitored the operation from the situation room and Chloe recovered Malina's files, learning that Bierko's target was the Natalia submarine. ("4:00am-5:00am")

A few hours later, Chloe O'Brian set up another conference call with the AG, this time playing a recording between Charles Logan and his wife. Karen and Bill came in and apologised for not knowing about what Chloe had done, but once the recording started playing it became clear they had sufficient evidence to impeach the president. ("6:00am-7:00am")

Day 6 Edit


Mike Doyle was introduced in the situation room. Later during the day, he also had many verbal agreements with Milo Pressman and Nadia Yassir.

Before Day 8 Edit

After CTU was re-instated as an agency, the CTU New York building was used again. A situation room was located on the ground floor, underneath the office above the main floor entrance. It had a circular table, but was used less frequently because of the large screen on the main floor.

Day 8 Edit

Renee seated S8

Brian Hastings briefed Renee and Jack about the undercover operation with Vladimir Laitanan in the situation room.

Presidential situation rooms Edit

Day 2 Edit

A situation room was located in the Northwest Regional Operations Complex, in the underground bunker. Eric Rayburn addressed David Palmer and his staff about the nuclear threat during Day 2.

A situation room was also located at the White House, where James Prescott prepared to invoke the 25th Amendment.

Day 7 Edit

President Allison Taylor conducted many meetings in the situation room of the White House during Day 7.

Features Edit

  • Conference table and chairs.
  • Wall-mounted monitor, continuously displaying relevant intelligence and highlights. Also used as a video conference phone and television screen.
  • Metal seals, used to block out any potential biohazard, provided that the room had not been previously contaminated. Had potential to disintegrate and prove useless if affected by a corrosive gas.

Background information and notes Edit

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