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DHS- Gael Ortega (Jesse Borrego) on 24 Season 3

Gael Ortega

Gael Ortega was an undercover CTU agent and supporting heroic protagonist on the third season of "24" and was portrayed by Con Air co-star Jesse Borrego.

Character Summary[]

DHS- CTU agent Gael Ortega (Jesse Borrego) on 24 S3

Gael was a part of a massive sting operation during Day 3 to apprehend the sellers of the deadly Cordilla virus. The only other people involved at the beginning were Tony Almeida and Jack Bauer. As part of this operation, he acted as a triple agent within CTU, having frequent contact with the Salazars behind closed doors and leaking information to them. In order to maintain his cover, he held Kim Bauer hostage within CTU until his capture and interrogation by Agent Johnson under the direction of Ryan Chappelle. However, once Jack had regained the Salazars' trust through a jailbreak of Ramon Salazar and infiltrated the compound, Tony revealed the nature of the operation to Michelle and to President David Palmer. From this point on, he worked in full cooperation with CTU.

DHS- Jesse Borrego in 24

Gael was infected with the Cordilla virus during a field operation at the Chandler Plaza Hotel, while attempting to secure a vial of the virus. When his nose started bleeding, he was immediately isolated in the basement of the hotel. Michelle Dessler went down to speak with him, and he asked her to tell his wife, Theresa Ortega, that he died quickly. Michelle saw how much he was suffering and quietly set her gun next to him. Gael explained that as a Catholic, he had been raised to believe that suicide was a sin and refused her. He died from symptoms of the infection.

When his wife Theresa arrived at CTU to collect his things, she discovered a gun in his desk. Enraged and inconsolable, she shot and killed Stephen Saunders, who was identifying the couriers of the virus, to avenge Gael's death.

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