Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action drama television series, which centres on the residents of the fictional city of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of a nuclear attack on 23 major cities in the contiguous United States.
A caption states that the episode takes place “4 days after the bombs, 1 day after the fallout has cleared.”
The patrons of the bar are watching the weak signal and distorted picture on the satellite television. It plays only a short loop of video showing fires burning and amateur footage of people trying to escape destruction, presumably that of the nuclear attacks. Eric and Jake discuss whether the footage is from the Midwest, as Hawkins watches on, grimly observing that whoever shot the video is probably dead. Deciding what city it may be, Mary draws a question mark over Cincinnati on a map of the United States, just as the generator runs out of gas, shutting down the bar. Eric promises her that he will find more gas. Then they have a fight and Victor says to stop. Victor goes to Denver, and comes back poisoned.
As Jake leaves the bar, he finds Heather in the street outside and offers to walk her home. They hear breaking glass and discover that someone has broken into the pharmacy. Jake sends Heather to get help and then finds a man, presumably the intruder, suffering from third-degree burns and weakened by radiation poisoning. At the medical clinic, the man identifies himself as Victor Miller and warns that something or someone is coming before he falls into unconsciousness.
At home, Hawkins and his family rehearse cover stories for new identities they have presumably adopted. They are interrupted by one of the two remaining sheriff’s deputies, who needs Hawkins’ help. Hawkins reluctantly follows him and helps break up a party at Skylark’s house, where he is dismayed to find his daughter. Meanwhile, Eric argues with his wife about borrowing some gas for the bar, eventually promising to help her out and find some for the hospital instead. Eventually, Jake, Stanley, and Heather manage to siphon fuel from the gas station using a water pump and transport it to the medical centre just as its generators fail. Eric also returns, but is too late for him to contribute. He gives what he has found to Mary instead.
Later, it becomes evident that Victor had reached town by taking Shep’s car. (Shep had left town to look for help in the previous episode.) Discussing the moral implications of torturing a dying man in an attempt to learn the whereabouts of their friend, Jake and Hawkins revive the unconscious Victor with an injection of adrenaline.
Fully awake but in tremendous pain, Victor reveals that he had found Shep’s car abandoned and had led a group of refugees from Denver, Colorado to a lake outside of town. He appears surprised to see Hawkins, and Hawkins sends Jake away to get morphine. Alone, Hawkins and Victor have a rather cryptic exchange, with Hawkins chastising Victor for trying to return to Denver and bringing non-family members back with him. Victor tells Hawkins of an unidentified traitor that Hawkins apparently knows, then suddenly goes into shock and dies of a heart attack moments before Jake returns.
Jake immediately recruits Emily and a number of citizens to help find the refugees. When they arrive with the remaining Sheriff’s Deputies, and EMS Workers, they find all the refugees from Denver dead from radiation poisoning. This leads to an evening church service, where Mayor Green talks about everyone that had died in the past few days and asks anybody who has lost or is missing friends or relatives to stand. Everyone ends up doing so.
The episode ends with Hawkins talking to his son after sending an email. The message reads, “WE HAVE A TRAITOR. THE RALLY POINT IS NO LONGER SECURE”
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 11 October 2006.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Rating: 15.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.