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.
Following the Rangers’ decision to take justice into their own hands, Major Beck goes to extreme measures to prove he is in complete control of the town, while Hawkins receives a call from Chavez telling him that it is time to transport the bomb.
Beck declares that the Rangers are fugitives and demands their surrender to him. To protect Stanley and the other Rangers, Jake offers himself in return for their amnesty. Beck proceeds to arrest Jake, but does not allow the Rangers amnesty. Jake is imprisoned in an unknown location for days while Beck tries to break him, hoping that he will reveal the location of the Rangers. He continually emphasizes that anything that happens to the citizens of Jericho will be his fault because of the Rangers’ actions.
Meanwhile, after Chavez and Hawkins agree for him to bring the bomb to Texas, Smith calls Hawkins and requests for Hawkins to meet him in another location. Hawkins agrees, but instead continues with his plan to bring the bomb to Texas. Upon realising this, Smith reveals Hawkins’s true identity along with his plan to Beck.
As Hawkins travels toward Texas, Beck’s soldiers chase after him in Humvees and a helicopter, cause him to crash, and force him to abandon the bomb and his laptop. Smith calls Hawkins the next day and Hawkins begins to accuse Smith, and through paranoia finally understands who Smith really is. “You’re not just some innocent whistleblower.” Smith then reveals he is the true mastermind behind the attacks, “I believe that I am, only the last time I blew the whistle, I took out 23 American cities,” and that he needs the last bomb to finish his main objective from when he started Red Bell, the destruction of Jennings and Rall and the corrupt federal government. He claims he can retrieve the final bomb and use it to destroy the main base of Jennings & Rall and the corrupt government in Cheyenne – now home to over a million inhabitants.
Hawkins makes his way back to the cabin, where the Rangers have taken Jake after freeing him from Beck’s prison at a local hog farm. He tells Jake that Beck and the Cheyenne Government now know who he is, and that he needs Jake’s help to stop Smith’s plan – since if the bomb goes off, J&R and Valente will be able to “do whatever the hell they want” and that we would lose this country forever. Jake, although still weary from Beck’s tactics in prison, simply asks Hawkins “When do we leave?” with a handshake. The episode ends with an Army truck, containing the bomb, seen passing the city limits of the growing city of Cheyenne.
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 18 March 2008.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Rating: 15.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.