Assuming nothing untoward happens to her between now and the end of the current season, Chloe O’Brian will overtake Tony Almeida in second place in the list of characters who have appeared in the most episodes of 24. She’s certainly already taken his place as Jack Bauer’s most trusted friend, having never gone completely loopy or tried to blow him up. She’s certainly come a long way from her introduction in Day 3 (still the best season). Or has she, really?
Back then, she was a Senior Analyst (basically, a techie) at CTU, who was surly, moody, difficult and fiercely loyal to those she considers worthy of her loyalty. At the moment in Day 8, she’s pretty much the same person, still capable of hilarious moments of bluntness and awkwardness, but putting her neck on the line to give Jack whatever help he needs, whenever he needs it, and working against whoever she needs to work against to do so. She’s also handy with a gun, when necessary.
Does she love Jack? Well, possibly, but it’s never really come close to happening between them, and her relationship with on-off-on husband Morris seems pretty much perfect for her, so maybe her love for Jack is just on a different level. Perhaps ‘love’ is a strong word for Chloe. Maybe Jack’s just near the top of her list of people who don’t piss her off… And that’s a pretty short list.
And that’s what makes Chloe such a great character, the fact that she is a hero, but one who scowls most of the time, distrusts and dislikes almost everyone, reacts to praise the same way she reacts to criticism (ie, she gets annoyed and defensive) and talks to her superiors the way we’d all like to, but gets away with it. No wonder there are ‘Chloe For President’ posters around the net.