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Format Drama, Science Fiction, Action
Starring see below
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 29 (List of episodes)
Producer(s) Jon Turteltaub
Stephen Chbosky
Carol Barbee
Karim Zreik
Running time 43 minutes
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run September 20, 2006 (2006-09-20) – March 25, 2008 (2008-03-25)
External links
Official website

Jericho is an American serial drama that centers on the residents of the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas in the aftermath of nuclear attacks on 23 major cities in the contiguous United States. Produced by CBS Paramount Network Television, with executive producers Jon Turteltaub, Stephen Chbosky, and Carol Barbee, the show was broadcast in more than 30 countries.

The show ran on CBS from September 20, 2006 through March 25, 2008. It was initially canceled after its first full season due to poor ratings. While a fan campaign was able to convince the network to bring the show back for a seven-episode second season, it was canceled for a second time after that run. On November 20, 2008, TV Guide reported that the CW television network is planning to air repeats of Jericho in order to replace cancelled series Valentine.[1]

In 2009, plans were announced for both a feature film version of the series,[2] and a continuation of the Jericho storylines in a comic book series.[3][4] The show still remains cancelled.




First season

The storyline centers on the residents of Jericho, a small, rural Kansas town, in the aftermath of nuclear attacks on 23 major cities in the United States. The series begins with a visible nuclear detonation of unknown origin in nearby Denver, Colorado, and a loss of power and modern communications, effectively isolating Jericho. Later, power is restored to Jericho by what is alluded to as the efforts of the U.S. government, but soon after, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) disables all electronics. Several themes regularly addressed in the show included the gathering of information, community identity, public order, limited resources, the value of family, hardships of fatherhood and internal and external threats. The show also features several mysteries involving the backgrounds of major characters, the perpetrators of the attack, and the extent of damage to the United States and its government.

The pivotal character in this story is Jake Green, the 32-year-old son of Mayor Johnston Green. Jake Green fled the town of Jericho five years earlier when he became mixed up with the wrong people and involved in questionable activity. Jake briefly returns home to claim his inheritance before becoming stranded as a result of the catastrophe. After a somewhat awkward return home and a tense reunion with his father, Jake steps up to become a leader in Jericho, fighting to protect the town and its citizens. As the people of Jericho struggle to survive in a changed world, most remain unaware that one of the newest residents, Robert Hawkins, knows a lot more about the attacks than he is letting on.

Second season

The Allied States of America's military forces have since restored order to Jericho and its surrounding region, putting an abrupt end to the conflict between Jericho and its rival town, New Bern. As a sense of normality returns to town, the plot shifts away from the day to day survivalist issues facing Jericho's inhabitants to life and political intrigue under the ASA government.

Known only to Hawkins and a select few, the September attacks were neither a foreign nor domestic terrorist act, but a conspiracy of unknown perpetrators within the highest level of the former government. Hawkins must calculate his every move to avoid capture, to piece together the trail of evidence, and, ultimately, to bring the truth to light before the conspiracy's mastermind buries it forever.

Meanwhile, Jericho's residents deal with the reality of the Cheyenne-based ASA government. Initially welcomed as saviors, the government's military and mercenary agents transform life in Jericho into a repressive police-state. When a Jennings & Rall contractor kills Bonnie to conceal his embezzlement, the town is put on the edge of open revolt.

Hawkins unsuccessfully attempts to transport the bomb to his contacts in the Republic of Texas. The ASA military is tipped off and after a brief chase seize the weapon. Hawkins narrowly escapes. The ASA military then transport the weapon to Cheyenne for safe keeping.

Hawkins makes contact with Jake, and the two travel to Cheyenne where they retake the bomb from J&R contractors. Hawkins is wounded in a brief gun battle. The two make it to the Republic of Texas embassy in Cheyenne with the only undetonated bomb from the September attacks. The ASA's military is right behind them. The Republic is considered the swing state in the struggle for power between the Eastern United States and the Allied States, and the ambassador manages to secure a small jet to carry Jake, Hawkins, and the device to Texas. While in flight two ASA fighter jets intercept Jake and Hawkins and order them to turn around or be shot down. When Jake refuses to be escorted back to Cheyenne, the two ASA fighter drop back in order to open fire. Suddenly two Texas [United States Air National Guard|Air National Guard]] F-16 fighters appear and shoot down the ASA planes. Jake and Hawkins make it to Texas with the evidence, and Hawkins ominously intones that the Second American Civil War was always coming, and that the two of them have made history by giving the United States a fighting chance in the war to come.

Third season

The third season is not a live-action show such as the first and second seasons, but a six-part comic book series, Jericho Season 3 (comics). There have also been rumors of a motion picture version, beginning where the second season left off.


Jericho features an ensemble cast of characters, along with a number of minor and recurring roles. The series web site lists eleven cast members.[5] In addition, Alicia Coppola and Esai Morales moved from recurring roles to regular characters in February 2008. Gerald McRaney did not have a regular role in season two.[6][7]


Early development

The series originated as a feature film idea of co-creators Jonathan Steinberg and Josh Schaer: a post-apocalyptic plot set amidst the trappings of "a little character drama" movie, in the vein of The Day After, Threads, and Testament. However, they soon realized that a two- or two-and-a-half-hour-long film would still not carry the necessary length they felt such a concept required to properly explore the setting and the characters — thus, Schaer and Steinberg decided instead to reconceive the entire project as a television series, producing a treatment out of the original feature screenplay. Director Jon Turteltaub and producer Carol Barbee then entered the picture, the pair having pitched the project to them. Turteltaub soon commissioned writer Stephen Chbosky to pen the pilot teleplay based upon Schaer and Steinberg's series treatment.

One of Chbosky's major contributions to the structure of the series was the introduction of a greater feminine element to the storyline, opining that, "[We] could use some girls, a little kissing, and some laughs." Another significant developmental influence were the four impacts of the September 11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina, and the sense of "[being] a spectator to a disaster, while not quite being part of it." Co-creator Steinberg in particular felt that after 9/11, the United States saw some of the "best of people," and after Hurricane Katrina, some of the "worst of people," and sought to include both in the fabric of Jericho, with Katrina providing "lots of inspiration" for the show's overall premise.[8]

Filming locations

Brad Beyer, who plays Stanley Richmond, on the set of Jericho

Jericho is set in northwestern Kansas, but the series is filmed in Van Nuys, California.[9][10] The pilot and all episodes involving New Bern, Kansas, were filmed in Fillmore, California.[9][11] Filming also occurred in Pasadena, California, including in front of the city hall. The final episode to air included portions filmed at the Santa Anita race track. Some filming also took place in Canada. The commentary for some episodes on the Jericho Season 1 DVD includes the location of their filming.

First season

The first season of the show premiered Wednesday, September 20, 2006 and concluded with a cliffhanger episode on May 9, 2007. Lackluster ratings prompted concern, as the show hit a ratings low in early April.[12] The ratings were down 25% when the series returned following the nearly three-month hiatus.[13] During its first season, it ranked 48th, with an average of 9.5 million viewers in the United States. Other Wednesday night programs it competed with were Bones, Deal or No Deal, and ABC's comedy block.[14]

Though the producers seemed confident that the program would be picked up for a second season,[15] CBS officially announced Jericho's cancellation on May 16, 2007.[16][17][18]

Several online communities, including the official Jericho forums, launched campaigns in an effort to revive the show. Fans also sent just over 20 tons of nuts to CBS headquarters; this referred to a scene from the season one finale "Why We Fight" where Jake Green repeats General Anthony McAuliffe's historic phrase "Nuts!" from the Battle of the Bulge.[19] The peanuts and other proceeds from the donations have been donated to charities,[20] including the rebuilding effort in Greensburg, Kansas,[21] a town that was largely destroyed by a tornado in 2007.

Second season

In a response posted on the Jericho forum, CBS president Nina Tassler acknowledged the fan response, stating, "We hope to develop a way to provide closure to… the Jericho story."[22] CBS officials acknowledge the campaign was the largest the network had seen using digital means to protest a show cancellation.[23] President and CEO Leslie Moonves acknowledged that he was filtering emails from Jericho fans,[24] while senior vice president of communications Chris Ender said, "You have to tip your hat to their ability to get attention and make some noise."[23][25]

On June 5, 2007, Jericho executive producer Carol Barbee announced that CBS was discussing the possibility of the show's return for an eight-episode mid-season run.[26] A day later, Tassler posted an announcement on the forum stating that seven new episodes of Jericho had been commissioned as a midseason replacement for the 2007-2008 television season, with the possibility of an extension based on viewership.[27] The last of these seven episodes was broadcast on March 25, 2008, and was not affected directly by the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike.[28][29]

On August 2, 2007, a video was released on YouTube showing clips from the first day back at work for the Jericho cast and crew. It included a "thank you" from the cast and crew to the fans for their efforts to revive the show.[30] Several months later, CBS released trailers announcing the second season premiere,[31] including Morse code spelling "SPREAD THE WORD".

Jericho returned for its second season on February 12, 2008 to mostly favorable reviews[32][33] but with the lowest numbers the ratings had seen yet.[34] In the early days of January 2008 the first three episodes of the second season leaked on the internet via a DVD screener source.[35] The show's second season has also premiered in Canada on CTV, mirroring the US broadcast.[36]

The first two episodes of the 2008 season received the lowest ratings to date for the series.[37] Jericho's ratings did increase somewhat for its third episode, but dropped back down to fairly consistent but still low ratings. The second season averaged 6.2 million viewers.[38]

On March 21, 2008 CBS announced that the network would not be renewing Jericho for a third season.[39] CBS entertainment boss Nina Tassler stated that "The March 25 episode... will be the series finale. Without question, there are passionate viewers watching this program; we simply wish there were more. We thank an engaged and spirited fan base for keeping the show alive this long, and an outstanding team of producers, cast and crew that went through creative hoops to deliver a compelling, high-quality second season.... We're proud of everyone's efforts."[40] According to SyFy's source, two endings were shot for the March 25 episode. One involved a cliffhanger leading in to a third season, while the other would wrap up the series and provide closure for fans who had worked to secure the series' return. "There are a lot of people here who really care about what happens to Jericho, and I think we all wanted to see it succeed," the source, who asked not to be identified, said. "Numbers are numbers, and [CBS] had to do what [CBS] had to do."[41]

Post second season

In early 2008, executive producer Carol Barbee said talks were ongoing to find another home for Jericho, perhaps on a cable network, and raised the possibility of the Sci Fi Channel[42][43] and broadcast networks such as The CW (co-owned by CBS).[44] Other possibilities may include a television or theatrical movie.[44]

On April 7, 2008, The New York Times website reported that CBS Paramount Network Television has held talks with Comcast about finding a new home for Jericho.[45] Possibilities included an arrangement whereby Comcast would pay part of the series' production expenses and then offer episodes in High-Definition before they air on CBS.[46][47][48]

Jericho fans have also continued efforts to resurrect the series,[49][50] including a one-page advertisement in the April 25, 2008 edition of Variety magazine.[51] A second advertisement appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, as well as banner ads on the Variety and Hollywood Reporter websites.[52]

On Jan 15, 2009, reported that a Jericho feature film is in development.[2]

On March 12, 2009, Devil's Due Publishing announced that all storylines from the TV series will be continued in a comic book series due to start in the summer or fall of 2009.[3][4]

On November 25, 2009, Devil's Due Publishing released the first issue of the six issue series story continuation of the Jericho saga. Jericho Season 3 (comic)

In 2009, a 144-page paperback book appeared, and remains, on with the title, "Jericho Season 3 (Paperback)" as the name of the product. The publishing date is set for 17 January, 2010. The publisher is listed as Devil's Due Publishing, meaning it is likely a compilation or set of the previously announced comic series.


In January 2008 the SCI-FI Channel announced that it had acquired off-network cable rights to seasons one and two of Jericho from CBS Television Distribution. Jericho made its debut on SCI-FI with a four-episode marathon on February 11, and began airing in its regular timeslot on February 18.[53]

March 3 was the last air date for Monday 10 p.m. reruns on SCI-FI. Reruns moved to Fridays 8pm on March 14 and March 21. Episodes 16 and 17 were scheduled to air Friday March 28 but were pulled before they aired. No further episodes were scheduled in April 2008.[54] SciFi will show Episodes 1-8 beginning at 8 AM August 13.

Sci Fi Australia started airing Jericho starting June 5, 2008 with a three episode mini marathon and two episodes are currently being shown a week, on a Thursday evening between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sci Fi Australia Aired the Episodes 20, 21 and 22 as a three-episode feature-length season finale of Season 1, on Thursday, August 7. Season 2 aired on September 4, 2008.

SciFi also re-ran Episodes 1-5 on March 9, 2009.

ITV4 repeated the first series starting July 29, 2008 at 20.00 broadcasting three episodes per week. Season 2 started on the September 24, 2008, with a new episode every week. As a result, the Region 2 DVD of Season 2 has been available before the show finished on ITV4, in contrast to the DVD of Season 1 which became available just after Season 1 finished on ITV4.

The CW announced on November 20, 2008 its intention to air reruns on Sunday nights from 7-8 p.m. EST through March 2009. They continued to air the show past that date, with the series finale re-run airing on Sunday, June 14, 2009.

Episodes were available on Hulu but were removed February 11, 2009, and links posted to CBS' site.


Clips from the pilot episode became free to watch on Yahoo! TV several weeks before the episode actually aired on television.[55] CBS is still showing most, but not all, of the Jericho episodes on their Innertube website as of January 2009,[56] although they cannot be accessed from outside the U.S. CBS repeated the first three episodes on the Saturday nights following their original airings, as did Australia's Network Ten.

Each episode's opening title sequence is accompanied by an audio message in Morse code. The messages vary from generic references to cryptic clues, and are always related to the current episode in some way. The messages were broadcast at 15 words per minute at a frequency of 1000 Hz, often in an unsteady hand (known as a poor fist). In addition to these messages, in the second episode, Robert Hawkins received several additional Morse code messages through a radio that he was fixing.



Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale TV season Viewers
1 22 September 20, 2006 May 9, 2007 2006–07 9.24
2 7 February 12, 2008 March 25, 2008 2008 6.16

DVD releases

DVD name Release date (Region 1) Release date (Region 2) Ep # Additional information
The First Season October 2, 2007 March 10, 2008 22 Featurette: Building Jericho
Featurette: What If?
Commentary and Deleted scenes on select episodes.
The Second Season June 17, 2008 September 29, 2008 7 Featurette: Rebuilding Jericho
Featurette: Nut Job
Commentary and Deleted scenes on select episodes.
Unaired Season finale alternate ending
The Complete Series June 17, 2008 n/a 29 Featurette: Tick Tick Boom
Featurette: Behind the Scenes "Thank You"
100 Reasons to Watch Jericho
Table Read
Napalm Action Sequence (from Season 2)
Train Action Sequence (from Season 2)
Cast Members' Memorable Moments.

Web-based tie-ins

An online companion to Jericho is called Beyond Jericho. The television program gave the web address for the online companion. Beyond Jericho was to feature the "other survivors" of the nuclear attacks. According to Barbee, the story was intended to be unique to the site, but as the season of Jericho progressed, the online story would dovetail into the episodes themselves. However, the site and "webisode" are now unavailable, having been removed from the CBS website before the second episode of the TV show was broadcast.

CBS since decided to scrap the current webisode storyline, and instead released a new series of "prequel" webisodes named Countdown that take place before the first explosion. Each of these new webisodes appeared concurrently with the broadcast of new episodes during season 1, and showed Robert Hawkins gathering information before the attack.

Beyond Jericho

The first installment of Beyond Jericho began with an unknown man calling someone on a cell phone, requesting a ransom of $1.2 million for a woman he kidnapped. He then disappears underground through a metal trap door. While climbing down, he hears and feels a bang, but thinks nothing of it. After conversing with an associate about their next plans, he picks the woman up and climbs back up to the roof. When he opens the door, it's surrounded by rubble. The entire city around them has been destroyed. Shortly after, rubble falls through the trap door. With the cell phone (apparently actually the victim's cell phone) dead, and assuming that the man's associate is dead as well in the collapse, they start to climb through the rubble to find out what happened. Nearby, a hand with a surgical glove on emerges from the rubble, as the vignette ends.


Starting on October 26, Beyond Jericho was replaced by Countdown, which documents Robert Hawkins' efforts to learn as much as possible about the effects of nuclear bombs before he moved to Jericho.[57] The webisodes do not feature any of the regular characters, consisting primarily of Hawkins, draped in shadows, watching mini-documentaries.

The mini-documentaries feature expert interviews about the effects of a nuclear attack. They are only minimally connected to each episode's plot. For instance, CBS's episode 8 plot summary reads: "A shadowy military unit bursts into the chamber Hawkins has just vacated. On his computer, they find a video." The video was a short documentary about FEMA's response to Hurricane Katrina and their use of paramilitaries. The "shadowy military unit" then patiently waits until the documentary ends to resume its search for Hawkins.

Countdown's sponsor, AT&T, is very heavily promoted in the series using product placement. Nearly all dialog takes place as SMS messages on an AT&T cellular phone, and a full-screen AT&T logo appears in every episode when Hawkins views the expert interviews. This web-based programming is not accessible from outside of the United States.

Created for the Tom Tooman game, is the purported website of Jennings & Rall, the corporate giant which plays an increasingly prominent role in the second season of the series. The site contains a wealth of information about the company's post-holocaust global operations, with significant hints regarding events in the show.

On November 1, 2008, the domain name expired. The site can still be viewed, however, at

Tom Tooman

Tom Tooman is an alternate reality game that CBS ran in conjunction with Jericho beginning in August 2007. The game began with a cryptic letter posted on a web site, supposedly from a Tom Tooman of Lame Deer, Montana.[58] This letter was accompanied by a series of bar codes, some with decimal numbers and others with Mayan numbers. These numbers were used to create an IP address for a second website. More clues were released, as well as a blog on the CBS web site connecting the game with Jericho.[59] The game abruptly ended with the cancellation of the series, with no closure offered. A synopsis of the game and the puzzles appear at[60]

See also


  1. ^ CW Cancels Sunday Slate, Fills Gap with Jericho Repeats!" TV Guide. November 20, 2008. Retrieved on November 21,] 2008.
  2. ^ a b Report: Jericho movie in development
  3. ^ a b Devil's Due press release
  4. ^ a b Jericho Continues As Comic"., March 10, 2009. Retrieved on March 10, 2009.
  5. ^ CBS web site - Jericho cast page
  6. ^ The Hollywood Reporter "Three going full time in primetime"
  7. ^ Jericho Stars
  8. ^ "Paley Fest - Jericho". Retrieved 2007-09-01.  
  9. ^ a b "A Visit to the Town of Jericho". Coming Soon Media. Retrieved 2007-06-23.  
  10. ^ "Insiders' Commentary: Pilot Episode#2". CBS. Retrieved 2007-06-21.  
  11. ^ "Jericho in Fillmore this week". March 8, 2007.  
  12. ^ Flop sweat: 'Jericho' dips to new low April 5, 2007
  13. ^ "Ratings, Not Bombs, Doom 'Jericho'".,0,5645801.story?coll=zap-news-headlines.  
  14. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: 2006-07 primetime wrap". May 25, 2007.  
  15. ^ Ask the Producers - Jericho
  16. ^ "TV Series Finale - 2007 Cancelled Shows: CBS Cancels Several Series".  
  17. ^ "CBS cancels 'Jericho,' two others".  
  18. ^ "CBS Rolls Out 5 New Shows for Fall, The Wall Street Journal".  
  19. ^ Fans Make CBS Reconsider 'Jericho' Axing
  20. ^ "Fans make CBS reconsider 'Jericho' axing". Yahoo! News/Associated Press.;_ylt=AkPpFW5xFQ33Z82eE6kELsDMWM0F. Retrieved 2007-06-07.  
  21. ^ "TV show gets nutty about helping residents". Kiowa County Signal. 2007-06-06.  
  22. ^ ""A statement from CBS Entertainment"". CBS Jericho Message Board. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  
  23. ^ a b ""Jericho" Fans Go Nuts". CBS ShowBuzz. 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  
  24. ^ ""Interview with Leslie Moonves"".  
  25. ^ ""Jericho" Cast, Crew Willing To Stick Around". SyFyPortal. Retrieved 2007-05-25.  
  26. ^ Maria Elena Fernandez (2007-06-05). "Resurrection?: The fans might have saved 'Jericho'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2007-06-05.  
  27. ^ Nina Tassler (2007-06-06). "A Message From CBS Entertainment". CBS. Retrieved 2007-06-06.  
  28. ^ "Casualties of the Hollywood writers strike, The Gazette (Montreal)".  
  29. ^ Bill Carter, "TV Shows See Strike as a Second Chance," The New York Times, November 15, 2007
  30. ^ Jericho Comic Con video
  31. ^ IGN: CBS Sets Premiere Date for Jericho: Season 2
  32. ^ "Game Show, Popular Reality Series, News Magazines, The Season Premieres of Two Returning Scripted Programs, and the Debug of a New Comedy Join CBS's Primetime Schedule in January and February"
  33. ^ Metacritic - Jericho, Season Two
  34. ^ Jericho: The Numbers Are In
  35. ^ Jericho Season 2 Leaks on Internet
  36. ^ "'Jericho' joins CTV primetime schedule".  
  37. ^ Nielsen Ratings for Tue Feb 19: Idol, Jericho and Big Brother
  38. ^ Nielsen Ratings for Jericho
  39. ^ "Low Rated 'Jericho' Axed by CBS".  
  40. ^ Aw Nuts: CBS Pulls Plug On Jericho
  41. ^ "Sources: 'Jericho' To Wrap It Up". SyFy Portal. Retrieved 2008-02-23.  
  42. ^ Lee, Patrick. "Jericho's Time Is Near", SciFi Wire, February 25, 2008
  43. ^ Lee, Patrick. "Jericho Seeks A New Home", SciFi Wire, March 25, 2008
  44. ^ a b Ferrante, A.C. (2008-03-28). "Exclusive Interview: Jericho Producers Dan Shotz and Jon Steinberg Talk About The End And Perhaps A New Beginning". Retrieved 2008-04-01.  
  45. ^ DirecTV Deal Will Subsidize ‘Friday Night Lights’ - New York Times
  46. ^ Could Comcast Save Jericho?
  47. ^ Can Comcast Save Jericho?
  48. ^ SyFy Portal
  49. ^ Jericho Message Board
  50. ^ Jericho Message Board
  51. ^ Save Jerhico Campaign Redux
  52. ^ Ifmagazine.Com: 'Jericho' Fans Raise Cash, Questions About Tv Rating Services
  53. ^ "SCI FI To Air Jericho Reruns".  
  54. ^ Schedule| On Air| SCIFI.COM
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  56. ^ " Innertube". Retrieved 2007-09-30.  
  57. ^ "Jericho on CBS - Countdown".  
  58. ^ "Tom Tooman discussion on".  
  59. ^ "Tom Tooman blog on".  
  60. ^ "Tom Tooman synopsis and review".  

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From Wikiquote

Jericho (2006-2008) was an American television series, airing on CBS, about the residents of a small Kansas town who must come to terms with a new and very different reality after a nuclear disaster caused by several terrorist attacks destroys most of America.


Season 1

Pilot [1.1]

Deputy: Are we under attack?
Johnston: Son, I don't want to hear that word again. Now look, this could have been a test. It could have been an accident. There's, uh, military bases near Denver. One explosion does not make an attack. If we stay calm, the town stays calm, okay.

Johnston: Hey, Shep? You said earlier that you had heard that speech before. Ever ask yourself why I say it? ‘Cause I happen to trust you people. ‘Cause I love my town. Now, something happened in Denver, in Atlanta, and it could be that we wake up and find out that’s where it stopped. But, until we know, are we going to use our imaginations to solve problems or to cause them? Now, we can get the power back on. We can find out how big this thing is. If we have to we can fight. We can fight anybody, we can fight all enemies. The only way that’s going to happen is if we work together. Now, go on home. We’ll meet tomorrow at the town hall. And folks, don’t you break my heart again.

Robert: You might want to get some black spray paint, you know, cover that. [Points at the word "Jericho" on the police car] Look, I know that you're telling people that is was an accident, and I hope it was, but if it was an attack, Sheriff and there's chaos out there, you might not want the wrong people to know that Jericho is still here.

[Johnston knocks on the door, Old Man Oliver answers the door cocking his shotgun]
Johnston: Oh, Oliver, would you stop that.
Old Man Oliver: Sorry, Johnston. Thought you were Aliens. Well, we're under attack, by Aliens. Don't you know that?
Johnston: Yes, we do. That's why we're here. Do you have your Ham radio?
Old Man Oliver: Yeah, for you....50 cents.

Johnston: If you convince me that you are living a more productive life, then..
Eric: That's right Jake.
Jake: We were both born on third base, stop pretending you hit a triple. When are you going to realize I am 32 years old?
Johnston: When you do.

Fallout [1.2]

Fallout Alert: Attention, attention. There is radioactive fallout coming from the nuclear blast. You have less than 90 minutes to get indoors. I repeat, you have less than 90 minutes to get in doors. Use your basements. Put duck tape or leather tape to seal your homes. You have less than 90 minutes. There is a shelter at town hall and at the medical centre. There is radioactive fallout coming. You have less than 90 minutes to get indoors.

Mary: You're not from around here are you?
Mimi: I came from DC to supervise a little audit on a farm. Is God punishing me?
Mary: You really should get to the basement at town hall.
Mimi: You think?

Johnston: Gail, who is in charge here? You or me?
Gail: You do not want to play that game.

Jake: Bonnie, take them to the storm cellar now!! Go, guys, go!! Emily, we've got to get inside. Emily? Emily, hey. It's going to be ok? Alright I promise. Everything is going to be ok, alright. We've got to go in now, babe. Babe? We've got to get inside before the rain, okay? Come with me. Come on. Run. Run. Get inside!

Eric: Do you realize a nuclear bomb went off yesterday?
Pool Player: So? If I'm going to die in a nuclear blast, so be it. I'll be right here, playing pool with my buddies.
Eric: But you're not going to die in a blast. You're going to get radiation poisoning. Within the first couple of hours you're going to be vomiting and have crippling diarrhea. Your hair is going to fall out in chunks. Your skin is going to blister. Your internal organs are going to start to shut down. Because, well, frankly....they're being cooked from the inside. You're going to get sicker and sicker until you can't move. And then you will die. Over there on the floor by the pool table....with your buddies.

Four Horsemen [1.3]

Gail: You know I keep thinking about when we were kids and how they used to make us practice hiding under our desks in case of an atomic bomb.
Johnston: Yeah and duck for cover.
Gail: That's the first thing I thought of when I saw that mushroom cloud. Did they have enough time to hide under their desks? It's pretty stupid, huh?

Stanley: Are you okay?
Mimi: Huh, if you call radiation poisoning "okay".
Stanley: Were you out in the rain, too?
Mimi: Heavens no! I touched a building when we came out of the shelter.
Stanley: Oh.
Mimi: Look, you can stop pretending.
Stanley: What do you mean?
Mimi: I audited your farm. Why do you care?
Stanley: Maybe I'm a nicer person than you.
Mimi: Right. Were you in the rain?
Stanley: Yeah, for about twenty minutes.
Mimi: Well, you look pretty good.
Stanley: Thanks. You know, try to work out.
[Mimi laughs]
Stanley: Look, um, you know I think I got the worst of it, so as long as I'm okay, you should be fine.
Mimi: You're really sweet. And you still owe the IRS $180,000.
Stanley: Yeah, I know.

[Mimi rests her hand on a column, and when she lifts it, her hand is covered in black]
Mimi: What's this black stuff?
Mary: That used to be Denver.

Johnston: In my office. Now.
[Punches Gray Anderson]
Johnston: Right now these people need our leadership. I will not have you tearing this town apart. And when all this is over, if you and I are still alive, you investigate your ass off. In the meantime, if I hear anymore talk like that out of you, you and I are gonna have a problem. Do we understand each other?

Johnston: I can’t just sit around here all day. We’ve got to find the sheriff and his men; we’ve got to get the power back on.
Gail: Okay, now you’re going to stay here as long as it takes. Now, don’t make me take your pants with me.
Johnston: I can run this town without my pants.
Gail: It wouldn’t be the first time.
[Jake walks in]
Jake: There's a story I don't want to hear.

Walls of Jericho [1.4]

Dale: That's a dollar 69.
Allison: Ok.
Dale: You got the last bag of corn chips.
Skylar: I'll give you $20 for them!

Stanley: I couldn't find an empty pesticide container so I thought this water tank might do.
Heather: No no no, we can't use steel, there is to much risk of static. One spark and the whole thing could blow sky high.
Jake: We don't have time to look for something else!
Heather: We can't, well, who's gonna fill it?

Johnston: Earlier today we buried 20 people, refugees from Denver. People we, we didn't know but, were prepared to welcome into our town. Unfortunately they died of radiation poisoning before we could reach them. For those people from Denver and for our own people, for Sheriff Daurs and Deputy Riley, for Deputy Connor and Deputy Saleam. For people out there somewhere out there that we know nothing about that might be suffering and dying right now, I ask that we take a moment of silence.
If you've lost a loved one would you please stand? If someone you love is missing would you please join those standing? We stand because we know that every life matters... we have to fight for every life, even when it seems hopeless, even if we're afraid. Because the battle ahead isn't just for our survival, its for our humanity.

Jake: We’ve seen it. We’ve seen it 100 times. A man just died in our clinic. Our clinic! He was traveling with his daughter and about 20 other people. Alright, it could’ve been Shep or Gray or any of us. They need our help. Are we going to help them, or are we just gonna sit here watching the same three images over and over?

Johnston: Any word from Shep or Gray?
Jimmy: No, Mayor. Still can’t get them on the radio.
Bill: Maybe they got captured by those tanks that Stanley saw?
Jimmy: Those tanks are probably just National Guard, okay?
Bill: You don’t know that, they could be China.
Johnston: Shhh!
Bill: They could be China, they could be Iran, Al Qaeda, North Korea; anybody who hates us. They could be coming here and what’s our line of defense? You’re looking at it.

Federal Response [1.5]

Jake: You know what the hardest part about growing up your son was? It’s not the politics or the expectations, it’s… It’s that I always knew you were a good judge of character and you thought mine was lousy. When I left town, I was determined to prove you wrong but…but instead, everywhere I went I seemed to prove you right. Dad, I wasn’t just in San Diego.
Johnston: I don’t care.
Jake: What?
Johnston: I don’t care. If you need to tell me, I’ll listen, but…wherever you went, whatever you did, it changed you. And a stupid little punk may have left home but a pretty decent fellow came back. I can live with that.

Jake: You were always good at blocking out the bad. Dad, not so much.
Gail: He’s had more to block out. When you left, you left quite a mess. You have no idea the lengths your father went to try to square things.
Jake: Then why didn’t he talk to me?
Gail: Because he knew you’d resent it. And there’s a stubborn streak that runs in the family. Honey….I think you owe him the truth.
Jake: You want me to tell him about my…about my time away?
Gail: This house is too small for big secrets.

Robert: You take a shower?
Allison: Nothing gets past you.
Robert: Go clean the tub and fill it up.
Allison: Why?
Robert: The water doesn’t get to that shower by magic. If the power goes out again, so do the pumps that get it there, so we store what we can. That is why.
[Allison walks away and into her room]
Darcy: She is your daughter, Rob, not your employee.
Robert: Well, she needs to talk less and listen more.
Darcy: You need to learn to ease up on her.
Robert: Darcy, I don’t know how long I’ll be here, so whatever I gotta teach her, it needs to happen now.

Phone Message: Hello, this is Assistant Secretary Walsh from the Department of Homeland Security. Do not be alarmed. If you are safe, stay where you are. Do not attempt to leave. We will be in contact again shortly. Until then, know that help is on the way.

Jake: I'm tired of war, no one ever really wins.
Stanley: Me too.
Mimi: We could play crazy eights instead or hearts?
Stanley: No, I'm calling it a night.
Mary: Call it whatever you want but it stopped being night hours ago. Ya'll want coffee?
Mimi: Make mine an Irish.
Jake: So Mimi, what would you be doing if you were back home in DC?
Mimi: Sleeping. You know the hardest thing about sleeping in this dump? The quiet, yeah I don't know how you stand it, it's like my brain is an echo chamber.
Jake: Why do you think I left town?

9:02 [1.6]

Robert: Come on out here. Hey!
Allison: Are all those cities gone?
Robert: What do you think?
Allison: How do you know?
Robert: I don’t for sure [sighs] Okay. Those are the cities I heard about through the HAM radio, and the satellite feed before the EMP.
Allison: How come your laptop isn’t fried like everyone else’s?
Robert: It’s ruggedized. It is built to withstand an EMP. The, um…the government issues them, baby.
Allison: So you’re some kind of spy? That’s why you moved us here. You knew this was going to happen. Why do you have that gun, what’s it for?
Robert: Shooting. And I think it’s probably time you learned how. You see the way things are going you may have to defend yourself one day. Do you understand?

Johnston: Now look…you know I would like nothing better then to string up the guys who did this, but that’s not the way we do things. Last time you got mixed up with Mitch Cafferty, you left town and a boy was dead.
Jake: I’m not that guy anymore.
Johnston: Yeah? (removes gun from Jake’s waist) Let’s just make sure that it stays that way.
Jake: Look, if I don’t take care of him he’ll come back.
Johnston: We’ve got to do this right.
Jake: He could be out….
Johnston: If this family starts breaking the law how are we supposed to enforce it?

Mimi: I have a proposition. The hotel I was staying in closed and since you owe the government more than $180,000
Stanley: No one’s heard from the government in weeks.
Mimi: Consider me the government.
Stanley: Fine then I still get to call you Uncle Sam. Nice watch.
Mimi: It’s a Rolex.
Stanley: You got the time?
Mimi: It’s, um….It just stopped working after the pulse, just like everyone else’s.
Stanley: Well, how about I pay you when it starts up again?
Mimi: You’re being an idiot. I am trying to give you a chance to protect your interests.
Stanley: You’re too kind.

Darcy: So why you heading off to play cop?
Robert: Because people are starting to react to the fact that no one is coming to save them. Okay? No one. Because the world we knew does not exist anymore. So if we can’t keep order, we will not survive.
Darcy: Allison give me a minute with your father.
Allison: Mom, I just--
Darcy: Now! (Allison walks away) What the hell are you doing scaring our kids about the end of the world Robert?
Robert: Well, they have to understand what’s going on.
Darcy: You haven’t been around in four years. I’m the parent here. I’ll decide what they need.

Eric: Well, if we’re sending missiles they must have figured out who attacked us.
Jimmy: God Bless America.
Jake: Could have just decided to take out one of the usual suspects.
Johnston: Which means there could be more missiles headed in our direction.
Gail: Well, is this the federal response we’ve all been waiting for?

Long Live the Mayor [1.7]

Gray: Are you going somewhere?
Eric: My father needs medication, stuff we don't have in town. Me and Jake are going to Rogue River to find it.
Gray: Are sure that that's a good idea?
Eric: Not really.
Gray: You be careful out there. You don't stop for anything. You don't even slow down. I mean it.
Eric: We'll be back before morning. Do you mind keeping an eye on things here?
Gray: Of course, don't worry about it.

Gail: What are you doing?
Johnston: What?
Gail: You were cooling your thermometer in that glass of water. Weren't you?
Johnston: No I wasn't. Fine, so what if I was, I'm tired of being sick.
Gail: You have a temperature of 350 degrees. You are going to rest. You are going to take the pills that April gave you. You are going to admire this ridiculous pumpkin with me and then we are going to try and eat the pumpkin together because we use every part of the buffalo in this house. Is that understood?
Johnston: Most of it.

Heather: Watch out for giant irradiated ants out there.
Jake: Always do.

Jake: I can talk to Jonah.
Gray: You can talk to Jonah? Find him---
Jake: He lived up to his end of the deal.
Gray: And why the hell are you protecting this guy?
Jake: I’m protecting this town. He can get things we’re gonna need.
Gray: What can he get?
Jake: He can get food; he can get gas, he can get ammo. Could you get that stuff if we needed it tomorrow? Could you? ‘Cause he can. We’ll do this my way now.

Jonah: I want to talk to Emily.
Jake: She doesn’t want to see you.
Jonah: She blames me for Chris’s death. Things might be different if she knew whose fault it really was.
Jake: I didn’t send him on that job, all right, you did. I tried to talk him out of it.
Jonah: He needed a lookout; someone to watch his back. You left him alone.
Jake: A lookout? He needed a father.
Jonah: All right. Maybe it is time Emily learns the truth about what you did.
Jake: I told her. I told her, I told her everything.
Jonah: Did she forgive you?
Jake: No.
Jonah: Neither do I. Get her to see me, or I’ll do business wherever the hell I please.
Jake: I can’t.
Jonah: Then I guess we don’t have a deal.

Rogue River [1.8]

Jake: You haven’t said anything for miles, stay sharp.
Eric: What happened to you Jake?
Jake: What do you mean?
Eric: The last five years, where were you? I’m assuming jail. Why won’t you tell me?
Jake: Why does it matter?
Eric: Because all that time, I stood and I watched Mom and Dad suffer. Every time the phone rang they thought it was you. I used to hate calling the house because we sound the same on the phone. I couldn’t listen to them realizing it was only me.
Jake: I’m sorry, all right. I’m sorry for what I did to our family. But don’t use me as an excuse for not getting on with your life.
Eric: What’s that suppose to mean?
Jake: You wouldn’t be the first guy to leave his wife, Eric. Look, I’m not telling you to leave her. I’m just saying….

Gray: Thanks for talking with us, Robert.
Robert: No problem Gray. What’s this all about?
Gray: Well, when I was in Topeka people were saying that all of this could be a first step in a foreign invasion except that getting all of these bombs into the country would be difficult…
Robert: Without help on the inside.
Gray: Exactly.

Gail: How long can he hold on like this?
April: I can’t say for sure. Maybe 12 hours.
Gail: 12 hours?
April: I am so sorry.
Gail: I---I’ve been married to that man for a long time. I refuse to believe this is the way it ends.

Eric: I didn’t know Rogue River had a SWAT team.
Jake: They don’t. These guys aren’t cops. They’re government contractors; a private army, a firm, called Ravenwood.
Eric: What are mercenaries doing in Kansas?
Jake: The same thing they’ve been doing in Iraq and New Orleans. The military’s been stretched so thin the past few years mercenaries became a commodity. The real question is did they kill these people?

Robert: How do you even know that that badge is real?
Gray: I guess, I don’t.
Robert: The fakes are usually made of aluminum. It’s cheaper, lighter. If it’s heavy (drops badge on the table) that’s how you know. Don’t just assume that just because someone has one of these that it’s real, especially not these days.
Gray: But why didn’t you say anything?
Robert: Because I don’t know you. I don’t know who I can trust. You see, the bureau was tracking some suspicious contacts between unknown people in this area of Kansas and terrorist groups abroad.
Gray: What kind of contacts?
Robert: Pay phone calls, money transfers. You know I was relocated to investigate undercover, Mr. Anderson and as far as I’m concerned, I am still on the job so I would appreciate your discretion.
Gray: No, of course, Jimmy’s the only one that knows I’ll make sure it stays that way.
Robert: The people who did this they will try to do this again. We can’t let that happen.

Crossroads [1.9]

Goetz: You know, one day, things are gonna start to get back to normal around here. The federal government is going to put itself together. And when it does, they're going to want to send someone to help all of you get back on your feet. You know who they're gonna send? Me.

Heather: Oh, and, um, if the engine starts to shake, just slide over and gun the gas. And, uh, keep your eye on the temperature. If the needle hits the red, cut the gas ‘cause you’ve got about two seconds before its about to explode. Okay?
Emily: Wait, wait, wait, wait. Why can’t I just go in?
Heather: Aw, no, no, no. I don’t want you to go through the trouble.
Emily: Right.

Robert: This isn’t your first run in with Ravenwood, is it?
Jake: Why?
Robert: You go off on your road trip; all of a sudden they’re headed for Jericho. Would’ve thought you’d be more careful is all.
Jake: You think I led them here on purpose?
Robert: Hey, I’m just trying to put the pieces together, Jake.
Jake: Let me make it easy for you, my family lives in Jericho.
Robert: So does mine.
Jake: Everything I do, I do to protect them.
Robert: Same here, man.
Jake: Well then let’s stop screwing around and get it done.

Jake: Let me guess—this isn’t your first run in with these guys either, is it?
Robert: You know there’s only one thing I need to know from you, Jake.
Jake: What?
Robert: Would you even know when you’re in over your head?

Eric: Okay, let’s talk.
April: When I, uh…had the divorce papers drafted. I did that because I couldn’t see a future for us, [holds Eric’s hand] but now I can.
Eric: I can’t.
April: What?
Eric: Look, the last thing I want to do on this Earth is hurt you April, but I’m in love with someone else.
April: [gasps] Who?
Eric: Mary Bailey. April, look April….April..I’m sorry
April: No, you don’t get to do this. You son of a bitch. [April walks away]

Heather: Before we head over to the church, I’d like to make a toast to the blushing bride and banker boy.
Emily: Banker man
Heather: Well, it’s still a banker any way you slice it. Who here would ever match Roger with Emily. Talk about high risk investment.
Emily: There’s nothing risky about him.
Heather: Exactly. To Emily and Roger, may they live happily together in eternal blandness, never questioning their life, never looking too closely, never wondering if they weren’t meant for something else. Down the hatch, everybody.

Red Flag [1.10]

Gail: This is nothing like what we went through.
Johnston: I seem to recall when my mother thought your name was ‘the other woman’. And I ignored her, just the way Eric’s ignoring us. Now, if this is so different, I’m not seeing it.

Gail: It’s all from China.
Emily: Are we being invaded?
Johnston: I doubt it. If they wanted to invade they’d send troops.
Emily: So this is charity?
Gail: We’re getting aid from China. Why isn’t our own government helping us, the United Nations or the Red Cross?

Gray: That stuff wasn’t half bad and I’m still alive.
Johnston: The only thing that proved is that you’re clinically stupid.
Gray: When are you going to hand out that food, Johnston?
Johnston: We are not having that debate here.
Gray: What, should we have it in your office again? Maybe this time I sucker punch you.
Johnston: Listen, if you’re still breathing this time tomorrow maybe we’ll distribute this stuff, in the mean time do the town a favor and forget you want my job for one second.

Eric: What are you talking about?
Johnston: April’s pregnant, I just found out myself.
Eric: And I got to hear this from you?
Johnston: Well, I shouldn’t be the one telling you. I’ll probably be in the doghouse till next Thanksgiving but I thought you ought to know.

Johnston: Let me get this straight. We’re talking about Vietnam era planes flying through Kansas airspace doing a Chinese drop and they’re using U.S. Air Force equipment to do it.
Robert: Sounds about right.
Eric: In what world does that make sense?
Jake: Ours.

Vox Populi [1.11]

Mimi: What we did (sex), it’s not what you think. I had a weak moment. It was a mistake.
Stanley: I’m really good at making mistakes.
Mimi: Yes, you are.

Gray: I love this town. And I just want to keep it safe; the way it always was.
Johnston: What it was was a democracy. that's easy when everything is going well, but when you get mad or angry it gets a whole heck of a lot harder.

Gray: We just had our first murder in 30 years.
Johnston: And I’ve been Mayor of this town for 25 of those years.
Gray: Maybe that’s the problem. You still think Jericho is the same sweet little town it was before the bombs. We need someone who understands….
Johnston: Save it for the election, Gray.
Gray: This is what the election is about.
Johnston: You wanna get this civilian off the crime scene?

Jake: It’s up to you Gray. Go on…no? [Jake puts Jonah on the ground and points a gun to his head] This is what you want, right? You make the rules? Decide who lives and dies? Go ahead and do it, you do it here in front of me and Dale, in front of everyone. Not in some back room with your buddies. Don’t let someone else do the dirty work for you, mayor. You want him dead, you take this gun and you blow his brains out. [Gray takes the gun from Jake and points it at Jonah] You better be damn sure he’s guilty because if he’s not, you’re a murderer. Justice will be swift. [Gray lowers the gun]

Mimi: This will never work.
Stanley: Ah, that's what they said about Brangelina.
Mimi: Are you seriously quoting US magazine right now?
Stanley: Yeah, what do you think they'd call us? Stimiley? Mimiley? [Pause] St... Stimi!
Mimi: [Laughing] You are such an idiot!

The Day Before [1.12]

Gail: It’s time for some changes, Johnston, starting with your diet.
Mayor Green: [indicates his mostly empty plate] A man can’t live on that.
Gail: He can if he wants to stay married to me.

Stanley: It’s nice to meet you, Miss Clark.
Mimi: Do you not read your mail?
Stanley: Nope. Nothing but bills and bad news. Why?
Mimi: Well, this would be a little of both. I work for the IRS and according to our records you owe $180,000 in back taxes. It’s nice to meet you.

Jake: You finally pulled the trigger, Freddy? All right.
Freddy: You know it baby. Hey she’s got some good looking sisters, man? Unless you’re still all hung up on that farm girl in Iowa.
Jake: Kansas.
Freddy: Same thing.
Jake: No, not the same thing.

[Robert throws Darcy’s cell phone to the side]
Darcy: You let them out of there right now Robert or so help me I’ll start screaming.
Robret: No, you listen to me very carefully, in 5 seconds I’m getting on this truck and I am leaving Washington for good and I did not come here to discuss this with you, now you can either trust me and come with us or you can stay here, but you will never ever see your children again.

Stanley: Well, now, who doesn’t like corn? I mean you got corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn nuts, corndogs, cornsicles.
Mimi: Cornsicles?
Stanley: It’s a joke, lady.
Mimi: Can you not talk to me please?

Black Jack [1.13]

Johnston: [listening to Gray speak to the town] There’s a way of doing this without scaring the crap out of everybody.
Gail: He was elected. Means he’s gonna do it his way.
Johnston: Ahhh, I’m gonna need a hobby.

Heather: I shouldn't have sprung this on you. This is too weird.
Jake: What? What's weird?
Heather: Okay...I kissed you...a month ago. We haven't spoken since. Generally people speak after something like that.
Johnston: I'm just know...uh... [walks away]

Jake: Did you ask Mom?
Johnston: Son, I’m 59 years old. I was Mayor of this town since the Carter Administration. I’m a retired U.S. Army Ranger and a combat veteran. Of course I asked your mother.

Heather: I’m coming too.
Jake: Not a chance in hell.
Heather: Would you know a working mechanical governor for a wind turbine if you saw one.
Jake: Yes. [Heather tilts her head in disapproval at Jake] No, I’m not taking passengers out there, no, no, no.

Heather: You know why things didn’t work out between us? I’m not dangerous. I’m crossword puzzles and flannel pajamas and the occasional light beer. I was never gonna be hazardous to you. That’s how you tick.
Jake: No it isn’t.
Heather: Of course it is but it’s okay. If it wasn’t, your dad would probably be dead right now. You and I would’ve never met on that bus. So I’m taking a page out of your book, I’m throwing caution to the wind. I’m gonna help turn the lights on for everyone back home.
Jake: Just for a few days.
Heather: You worried about me?
Jake: Come back in one piece.
[Jake hugs Heather]

Heart of Winter [1.14]

Mimi: The closest I ever got to the outdoors was the Ralph Lauren section of Neiman Marcus.
Stanley: Bargain hunting. Same thing but with a gun.
Mimi: Bargains? At Neiman's? Sometimes I forget that the biggest designer in your closet is Wrangler.
[Jake chuckles]
Stanley: What are you laughing at?
Jake: I’ve never seen you in a domestic squabble before.
Stanley: Knock it off.
Mimi: This isn’t squabbling.

Robert I have something in my possession, and there’s people out there that want it, that will stop at nothing to get it. And that puts you, me and the kids in danger here.
Darcy: Ok, so th-then we go. I trust you. Robert, you trust me?
Robert: Yeah.
Darcy: Then listen to me. Okay, Sarah is not on our side. Now whatever’s gone on between the two of you, I’m telling you, Robert she’s not here to help us.

Jake: I can see her.
Johnston: See who?
Jake: The girl.
Johnston: What, girl? Jake I think you’re hallucinating son?
Jake: No, listen to me. When I was in Iraq….there was a girl, she couldn’t have been more than 10 or 12.
Johnston: Shh, shh, shh…don’t talk now son, save your energy. We’ll talk when we get home.
Jake: I killed her dad. I killed a little girl.

Mimi: Your lips are still cold.
Stanley: Well...maybe you can warm them up.
Mimi: That's the worst line I've ever heard!

Jake: Wager for the first kill.
Stanley: I’m in for a dozen eggs.
Jake: Two hours chopping wood.
Mimi: Tax Return consultation.
Stanley: How about foot massages for a week? For me, not for him.
Mimi: We’ll talk.

Semper Fidelis [1.15]

Mimi: I just realized.
Stanley: Hmm?
Mimi: If the government is up and running, you know what that means, right?
Stanley: No.
Mimi: Paperwork. They’ll need accountants again.
Stanley: Does that mean I’m back in debt?
Mimi: Don’t be so negative. New York made it. Come next summer I’ll be taking walks through Central Park. [Stanley shakes his head] What?

Robert: This is my family, Sarah.
Sarah: It never mattered before.
Robert: Yeah, well, now it does.
Sarah: What’s it going to take, someone slitting your wife’s throat before you get it?
Robert: Hey, Hey…..You’re right. We will drop them at the safe house and then we’ll keep moving.
Sarah: It’s the right thing for them.
Robert: Yeah.

Sarah: How can I be sure you won’t follow me?
Robert: I won’t follow you.
Sarah: Not if I take your son with me you won’t.
Darcy: My God.
Sarah: I’ll leave him just outside of town.

Jake: Hey.
Maggie: Our own personal escort out of town?
Jake: Look, you’re a smart girl; you need to get out before these guys get you killed.
Maggie: And go where? Towns aren’t taking refugees and there’s only one thing they want women for.
Jake: Stay here, all right, you’ll be safe.
Maggie: It’s not going to work, not after the story we told.

Stanley: Not now, Mimi.
Mimi: Like hell right now, Cornhusker.
Stanley: Cornhuskers are from Nebraska, I’m a Jayhawker...What? What?
Mimi: You drive me so crazy and you know that I can’t stay here forever but, the truth is I can’t live without you, either.
Stanley: Really?
Mimi: Yes, really.
[Stanley kisses Mimi]

Winter's End [1.16]

Mimi: In this crazy world, we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow and I don’t wanna leave anything unsaid, so I’m just going to say it, okay? So here I go..
Stanley: I’ve loved you since the first day I saw you at Bailey’s.
Mimi: You said it…you said it first. No one’s ever said it first to me before.
Stanley: I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, plus I can hold it over you for the rest of our lives. [kisses Mimi]
Mimi: I love you Stanley Richmond.
Stanley: But I said it first. [kisses Mimi]

Gail: Honey, you look tired, you getting enough sleep?
April: Almost seven hours.
Gail: Where?
April: In my office.
Gail: Sleeping in your office doesn’t count. You’re going to give the baby a crick in its neck.
April: You’re going to make a terrific grandmother.
Gail: I know.

Mimi: I’ll pick you up at 5:00
Bonnie: I’ll walk.
Mimi: Look, Stanley thinks that you’re using this whole volunteering thing as an excuse to go see Sean Henthorn. I’m just following orders to keep an eye on you; personally I don’t give a damn who you date.
Bonnie: I’ve been volunteering here since I was 16, it’s not about Sean. You volunteered for anything? Ever?

Mary: I’m so cold my mouth is numb.
Eric: We need the logs or we’re going to freeze to death.
Mary: Isn’t that what we are doing now?
Eric: All right. Let’s get in the car. A blanket.
Mary: Let’s turn on the heat.
Eric: We can’t I’m sorry, we won’t have enough gas to get home. You know we could make our own heat.
Mary: Don’t get any ideas I ‘m not taking my clothes off.
Eric: You know how happy you make me.
Mary: I’m still not taking my clothes off.

One Man's Terrorist [1.17]

Kyle: Ma’am, there are empty houses all over Jericho and we sleep in a shelter.
Gail: Those are our neighbors’ homes. They were gone when the bombs went off. They’re coming back!
Kyle: Well, wherever your neighbors are, I hope nobody’s kicking them out of town in the middle of winter.

Gail: [to townsfolk about evicting the refugees] You can’t let them go out there. A woman died on Main Street today. I didn’t even know her name. Did you? Think of our neighbors who didn’t make it back yet. That’s who they are! Now my family can feed two people. Who else here is willing to share their rations?

Reverend: You can't do this Gray, I have given these people sanctuary.
Gray: This is a police matter now.
Reverend: You have no right to assault these people, they have committed no crime. They will be my responsibility.
Gray: What, are you going to feed them? Have you got a little hospital down there Reverend? No, I didn't think so!

Hawkins: So...I just wanted to know how you were doing. Settling in okay at Jimmy's place.
Allison: Yeah, he just never stops talking.
Hawkins: No [chuckles] he doesn't. How's Sam?
Allison: You know, he gets scared.
Hawkins: And you?
Allison: I'm fine.
Hawkins: Look, that thing you had to do to Sarah...I know how that can change people.
Allison: Dad, don't worry about me. I'm not Sam, and I'm not Mom. So... you're not going to live with us anymore, are you?
Hawkins: I don't think it's a good idea right now.
Allison: Then don't worry. I'll take care of them.
Hawkins: Hey, hey, hey. Come here. [He grabs and hugs her] You are not me.

Man on radio: In New York, the terrorists who were apprehended were all carrying nearly-perfect fake FBI badges. Their identities have not been released. Authorities have increased security at all critical sites. Counter-terrorist forces are working to capture those responsible. In the meantime, all citizens are encouraged to be vigilant. As we receive more information, we'll bring it to you. Until then, all news is local. Take care of each other, Kansas.

A.K.A [1.18]

Mimi: [to the chicken she is about to slaughter] So it’s come to this. I want you to know that this is nothing to do with you personally. I’m sure you’re wonderful. But, let’s be honest here. You’re the one that lays the fewest eggs and I distinctly told all of you that this was going to happen. I believe I made myself perfectly clear in that regard...Here's my concern. I've heard stories about how you're going to react to this and if I see half of you running around, well I just know that I'm going to freak out. So if you could do your best to minimize that part of it, well I'd just really appreciate it.

Emily: [to class] Five months ago this was a map of our country. Now it’s an antique. It’s a picture of the way things used to be.

Jake: At the FBI what were you working on?
Hawkins: I was sent here to monitor phone calls made in the area to a suspected terrorist cell.
Jake: And what'd you find out?
Hawkins: Nothing. Trail went dead. We about done here?
Jake: Not even close.
Jake: Tell me about her: Sarah Mason.
[while Jake's distracted,Hawkins reaches behind his back and pulls a gun from a drawer]
Hawkins: She's gone. [realizing gun's empty, chuckles] You're pretty thorough.
Jake: I also took care of the one in the cabinet and the one behind the water heater. There's only one loaded gun in this house, and it's mine. Sit down.

Hawkins: Those are Defense Department projections. They've been doing them since the 50's. They're fallout scenarios in the event of a nuclear attack on 20 US cities. Do you see Jericho? It's outside the fallout zones, Jake, it's got a salt mine, plenty of farmland, and access to an untainted water table.
Jake: So you weren't here to monitor phone calls?
Hawkins: Jericho was a rally point in case we failed in our mission.
Jake: Failed or succeeded?

Jake: Did you wipe out 23 American cities?
Robert: Get out of my house!
Jake: Answer the question!
Robert: Why would you even think that?
Jake: You've got a working generator and a food supply. It's like you knew the attacks were coming!

Casus Belli [1.19]

Jake: Was that doing it your way?
Hawkins: You asked me to come along.
Jake: What were you gonna do?
Hawkins: To get the truth? Less than you would have. You see, I've done—I've done enough, Jake, to know better. It's the fear of torture that gets results. Actual torture...only works in the movies.

Bonnie: [signing] Thank you.
Stanley: For what?
Bonnie: Letting Sean stay.
Stanley: You're welcome.
Bonnie: And for not calling him an idiot, even when he is one.
Stanley: Okay, if you know that...
Mimi: [clears throat] Sorry, just a little frog in my throat. Don't let me interrupt your nice sibling bonding moment. That's what it is, right?
Bonnie: [continues signing] Sean can be an idiot, but he can also be really great. All guys are like that, you have to put up with the "idiot" get to the "great" stuff.
Stanley: [chuckles] Yeah? And where did you come by that little pearl of wisdom?
[Bonnie points at Mimi]
Mimi: What'd she say about me?

Darcy: It’s the least I can do to make myself useful. I feel like such a freeloader sitting around your house all day.
Jimmy: Are you kidding me? You’re like the best house guest ever. You cook, you do the dishes, you never get bored playing Boggle. We’re dreading the day you and your husband work things out. [laughs awkwardly] That sounded a lot less insensitive in my head.

Johnston: So anyhow, it’s like 3 am, I’ve got this flashlight in my face. Gail’s over on her side of the bed trying to find the phone to call the cops and finally I located the light switch. It’s Eric, who’s standing there and he says, “I can’t go to sleep until I confess – I’m drunk.” I said, “You’re what?” He said, “I’m drunk. It won’t ever happen again, I don’t know what I was thinking.” Meantime he looks perfectly normal, his speech isn’t slurred or anything. Gail starts grilling him, turns out he has had a beer and a half. I said to him, “Son, do you have any idea how much beer it takes to get drunk?” He said, “No, I don’t.” I said, “Well get out of here and don’t wake me up again until you do!”

Mimi: You know, you listen to me, Stanley. Your sister's not a child any more. You can't just throw this fit and kick Sean's ass and think that's going to be the end of it.
Stanley: Well, I hope you're going to explain to me why I can't.
Mimi: Because if you do, she's just going to latch on that much tighter; unless they get really angry, in which case the age-old teenage remedy is to run away, which used to mean that you'd hear from them in a few days when they ran out of bus money. Nowadays, chances are much better that you'll find their bodies on the side of a road. Look, right now it is under our roof and it's a pain in the ass, I know. But it's a safe and manageable pain in the ass and I suggest you let him stay here before it turns into more than that.

One if by Land [1.20]

Constantino: Jericho’s continuous acts of aggression against this town are unjustified.
Johnston: What ‘continuous acts of aggression’? We’re neighbors, for God’s sake.
Constantino: I didn’t hear much talk of neighbors when you sent Ravenwood to our front door.
Johnston: We blew everything to hell and gone trying to defend ourselves against those mercenaries. We had no idea where they were heading next.
Constantino: You didn’t try and warn us? You couldn’t help us while they were raiding what little we had left? Shooting whoever got in their way? My deputies, my friends?

Eric: [about his torture] It’s not about Hawkins. They wanna know about Jericho. What our defenses are like, do we have any troops, where are they posted, do we have a stock pile of weapons, that sort of thing.
Jake We have to get back, we have to warn them.
Eric: We will. We’re not gonna die in here.

Emily: For what it's worth, you and Mary have a lot in common.
Gail: What -- we both love Eric?
Emily: No, I was actually going to say you're both pretty tough broads. You're both a little hard-headed. In a bar fight -- even money.

Maggie: So, what's the plan?
Hawkins: Plan? There's gonna be an explosion in town. Hopefully it'll cause enough chaos that we can somehow get Jake and Eric out of there.
Maggie: I think I can help you with that. I have an in with Constantino.

Constantino: I want you to tell me who your friend is and where I can find him. Things are gonna get very bad for you and your brother if you don't help us, Jake.
Jake: Why would I want to help you?
Constantino: This is what I know is that you, your friend, and your brother were caught attempting to sabotage this town's sole means of manufacturing.
Jake: You were manufacturing weapons. You were-
Constantino: So I'm gonna repeat the question -- Where is your friend?
Jake: Why don't you tell me what happened to Heather Lisinski?
Constantino: Take him back.
Guard: Let's go, boy.
Jake: Word's going to get back. It's going to get back to Jericho about what you're doing and there is nothing you can do to stop it!

Coalition of the Willing [1.21]

Refugee: You want us to risk our lives for a promise? [refugees begin to leave]
Dale: Listen – listen! Since you’ve been here you’ve been asking for a place to live, food. You came here as refugees and you’re still being treated as second-class citizens. That’s no way to live. If you fight for my farm and we win, then everybody gets an equal split. It’ll be your farm. You’ll have a stake in this town that nobody can take away from you. You’ll never have to ask anyone for anything ever again. So, who wants a future?

Emily: Help us fight. We'll give you half. Half of all the weapons, food, and fuel that we take. And if New Bern's army is as big as you say it is, you'll do a lot better than hittin' one truck at a time out here.
Jonah: You've got more of me in you than you're ever going to admit.

Johnston: Stanley, what happened out there?
Stanley: I don't know. We were moving towards the mortar truck. And they were waiting, they were waiting on both sides of it for us. They wouldn't, they wouldn't stop firing.
Gray: Stanley, where's everybody else?
Johnston: Where are they, son?
Jake: Stanley?
Stanley: They're, they're all dead. They're all dead.

Johnston: Most of you have no idea what to do or what's coming, some of you do. This isn't a fight about land or about this town. Its a fight for our very existence. Pray for each other; and while you're at it, pray for the men and women of New Bern and pray that God forgives us.

Constantino: We're still cleanin' the blood of eight deputies off the sidewalks of New Bern. So you need to understand our position. We need seven farms, including the Jackson farm, the Herbert farm, and the Richmond farm. And we need half the salt mine. You have four hours to respond.
Gray: I don't understand. What are you askin' us to do?
Constantino: Jericho is about to be invaded. For the sake of your people, I'm asking you to surrender.

Why We Fight [1.22]

Mimi: [to Stanley's parents' graves] I really love your son. And, of course, Bonnie is just wonderful and I've really enjoyed living with them…
Stanlay: [under his breath] Great.
Mimi: What?
Stanley: I didn't say we were living together. We're not married!
Mimi: Oh, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry, I… [Bonnie starts laughing]

Darcy: So there were dozens of these things used in the attacks, right? And now you have the last one.
Hawkins: Yeah.
Darcy: I don't, I don't think these people are looking at this thing as a weapon. It's more than that. It's...
Hawkins: Evidence.
Darcy: It's the smoking gun behind the greatest crime in the history of the world.

Hawkins: This satellite must remain a secret.
Johnston: [pauses briefly] Sounds good.
Jake: What, that's it?
Johnston: What do you want me to say? I get it, man has a satellite, doesn't want anyone to know.
Jake: Yeah, but...
Johnston: I am about to go to war with New Bern, Kansas, the home of the nearest Costco - today is already just about as weird as I can handle. I'm not asking any more questions.

Jake: [about his father] He's been shot.
Hawkins: I'm sorry. OK.You know what to do, right? Keep pressure on the wound. And there should be some morphine curettes in the supplies I gave you.
Jake: Yeah, we've got it.
Hawkins: Listen, Jake, people are gonna be looking to you now. You know what I mean?
Jake: Yeah.

Hawkins: [to Stanley] Hey, I need to borrow your tank.

Johnston: [to Jake] One day, I know you're gonna become the man I know you can be. The man you were born to be. By God, that day's gonna be something to see.

Constantino: Jake, you're outmanned and you're outgunned. There's too many of us and we are too desperate to give up. You cannot win this. I'm giving you one last chance to walk away, to put your guns down and return to town, and no one else will be harmed. Jake, I need an answer. What's it gonna be?
Jake: NUTS!
Constantino: Sorry, what was that?
Jake: You can go straight to hell.

Season 2

Reconstruction [2.01]

Mimi: [about Trish] Did you see that skin? It's like porcelain. That girl's never had a restless night's sleep in her life. And here I am running five miles a day so my butt doesn't hit my ankles!

Hawkins: You know, if you were smart, you'd let three months go by. Wait until everything calms down and then you would go in there quietly in the middle of the night and you would kill Constantino in his sleep. 'Cause that I would understand. But this, this is just you making a big show out of it, Jake, and it is both dangerous and stupid.

Mimi: I'm sorry I asked you to marry me.
Stanley: No, look, I was gonna ask you!
Mimi: You were?
Stanley: I was, yes. I had it all planned out. I was gonna propose the way my father proposed to my mother.
Mimi: How'd he do it?
Stanley: He asked her.

Mimi: What's that?
Stanley: It's my mother's wedding ring, now please, be quiet. I've never loved anybody the way I love you. And I can't remember my life before you and...and, uh [gets down on one knee] now I really don't think I could live without you. Listen, I'll do whatever it takes to make you happy, I swear to God. So, will you marry me?
[Mimi nods and gasps out a laugh]
Stanley: See, you can talk.
Mimi: Yes. Yes.

Mimi: Tell me you didn't sign this contract.
Stanley: I didn't sign that contract.
Mimi: Oh good.
Stanley: I signed another one. That's a copy.

Condor [2.02]

Stanley: This is a big day! You get to be an accountant again. Account things, add things up, maybe even a little subtraction, right?
Mimi: I have to say, I cannot wait to work in that office. You wouldn't believe how organized the Jennings and Rall people are. Everything is bar-coded. I have so missed bar-codes and spreadsheets. I mean every component and package and foodstuff, every ounce is accounted for; where's its been and where its going. Oh, I had forgotten how beautiful order can be.
Stanley: That's probably the most boring story I've heard in months.

Beck: Sheriff Green? Nice uniform.
Jake: [lifting up casual jacket to show badge pinned to jeans] I'm pacing myself.

Mimi: I'm still trying to figure out how to make our wedding registry vital to national security.
Stanley: You're already planning our wedding registry?
Mimi: Oh, since I was twelve. And I've already taken off the list luxury items that we already have such as your Star Wars collectors' glasses.

Tomarchio: You've lost loved ones, and here you are again; still strong, still proud. This is the best of America. But infighting has left us weak and vulnerable to our enemies. Remnants of the old Federal government has fallen back to Columbus, Ohio. After the attacks that government endlessly debated our response. So, in a vacuum of leadership I acted to let the world know that America was down, but not out! The Federal government of the eastern block states no longer has any governing authority beyond the Mississippi. You've seen the flag. This is the flag of a new country, flying from the Mississippi to the Pacific. The thirteen stripes of red and white still represent the thirteen colonies, but they run in a new direction, just as we must chart a new direction for ourselves. In a few short weeks Mayor Anderson will represent you as we ratify a constitution for this new nation, that will be known to the world by a new name; The Allied States of America! And with this new name, a clean slate. Our debts have been forgiven, and we are open again for business. That means jobs, stocked shelves, a return to life as we knew it. And in the fall we'll have elections where we can all take part in building a new government, as a safer, stronger America. God bless you, and God bless the Allied States of America!

Eric: [about his mother] You should be glad she's not here. She would have thrown that new history book right in the president's face.
Gray: Oh, come on…
Eric: He wasn't elected, Gray. How does a government no one voted for change the constitution? We found time to have an election. Of all people I think you would have remembered that.

Jennings & Rall [2.03]

Beck: Mr. Goetz has already informed me of your previous run-ins.
Jake: Yeah, did he tell you about the massacre he and his men carried out in Rogue River? Did he give you a head count on how many people he murdered in New Bern?

Goetz: [to Jake] This is a brand new building, and this is my office. In that office is a desk, and on that desk is a folder; the Jennings and Rall corporate dossier for Jake Green. Let me try to put it in perspective for you, Jake. You got a very interesting period of employment with JR. Especially Safa, Iraq. Remember Safa. You heard stories about me, you think you know who I am… I wonder what the people of Safa must think about you?

Heather: Three doctors on this radio frequency said the risk of the generic stuff being dangerous is almost nil. But somehow there's only one legally approved source.
Jake: J and R.

Heather: How many people have you lost since then?
Woman on Radio: Hard to say… about [static]…twenty.
Heather: I'm sorry, you're breaking up. It sounds like you've lost twenty people in the last week?
Woman on Radio: Sorry, two hundred and twenty. Around two-twenty.

Beck: My wife was in Santa Fe when the attacks came. After that, uh…
Heather: I'm sorry.
Beck: I have to hope that she's okay. Until then I do my job. And I, uh, I trust that wherever she is, some army major is looking after her the way I try to look after the people under my charge.

Oversight [2.04]

Deputy Sheriff Kohler: It's Fort Knox back there.
Jake: What is that?
Deputy Sheriff Kohler: Thumb-print scanner. Getting that room ready to house 'classified' information, pretty short list of people that will have access.
Jake: Let me guess, I'm not on it?
Deputy Sheriff Kohler: But, if it's any consolation, you now hold the distinction of being the first Jericho sheriff, in history, who doesn't have a key to the sheriff's office.

Jake: Stanley asked me to return this to you. [hands over bottle of alcohol] Find another way into town, quit using his property.
Dale: It's the safest way in.
Jake: It's not a suggestion, Dale.

Termination for Cause [2.05]

Jake: It's not gonna wait twelve hours.
Beck: Well, it's gonna have to. Things are coming apart at the seams in New Bern right now. And you have my word, tomorrow I'm gonna get into this but for tonight I'm trusting that you can keep things under control here. That means Goetz is off limits. No threats, no retribution, no exceptions. Do you understand?

Russell (to Heather): The resistance in New Bern has placed a bounty on your head. We were sent to collect it. Is there a place we can talk?

Eric: When April died all I could think about was I hadn't done enough. That it was my fault.
Stanley: When my parents died I did that. I blamed myself, and I hated myself for being alive. But there was this little girl to take care of.

Sedition [2.06]

Jake: It's not about convincing one man he's wrong. It's a whole system.
E. J. Green: You think it's impossible? This has all happened before. If the names weren't Jennings & Rall, they would be names like... the British East India Trading Company. If it wasn't Ravenwood, it'd be the Hessian Mercenaries. And it all comes down to the same thing...
Jake: Revolution.

Patriots and Tryants [2.07]

Hawkins: How does it feel? Making history?


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