Scott (Michael Angarano) on Day Six of 24 (2007-8), terrorist chaser Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) struggles with his own “bad father,” Phillip Bauer (James Cromwell), an industrialist who has been secretly selling nuclear devices to the terrorists. Philip Bauer is the most villainous of the “bad fathers” on 24, not only capable of murdering his children, like Navi, but of murdering them purely in the interest of financial gain.
He kills his son Graem (Paul McCrane) and then abducts his teenage grandson, Josh (nineteen-year old Evan Ellingson). He uses Josh to set up a trap for Jack, but Jack manages to elude capture and rescue the boy, with a hug that seems more paternal than the one he bestowed upon Derek last season. Later Josh is captured again, and again Jack rushes to the rescue. This time the hug is a little more effusive.
Like Derek, Josh seems to actually enjoy the adventure. He rejects the idea of returning to his mother and begs Jack to take him along. Jack promises that they will end up together, but he has something that he “needs to do” before their relationship can become permanent. After another teary-eyed full-body hug, he grudgingly lets Josh go.
Josh, for his part, never treats Jack as an uncle or surrogate father, but always with a feverish sort of physicality, always with an arguably romantic passion. Again, the bond is not deferred by heterosexual imagining: Josh never mentions a girlfriend or expresses any interest in girls.