Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 25, 2006 on CBS
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After an electromagnetic pulse leaves Jericho in the dark, crime runs rampant. Plus Hawkins must step in when an argument between Jake and an old adversary becomes heated.

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  • The power is out again and now the residents of Jericho have more trouble from some lowlifes.

    At the end of the last episode, the televisions showed a picture of the empty presidential podium. Before any answers were given, an EMP fried all the circuits and everyone was left in the dark – quite literally.

    Now, it's two weeks later, and the writers, possibly afraid of having no conflict, have brought in a pack of bandits from outside the town. Why these bad guys were left out of the story until now is a mystery, especially since they want to cause some trouble for our man Jake. How, in a town of five thousand, the same characters bump into each other and the others stay away until the plot allows them is strange, but, hey, that's TV.

    The guys from outside town are old friends of Jake and their past adventures were his reasons for leaving the town. They waited until now, almost a month after the bombs hit, to make their attacks. Why? Ploooot. Anyways, the baddies steal some of Jake's mom's horses and he goes medieval on them, like the mysterious tough nut that he is. Then the town has a harvest party. Really.

    Hawkins reveals some of his past and tells his daughter the difference between good guys and bad guys. Forgetting the bandits from earlier, he tells them there's no such thing.

    Good episode, but very family friendly, where everyone smiles and apologizes.moreless
  • The time stops at at 9:02 after another Nuke goes off somewhere.

    First of all before i start my review i just wana remind everyone that Gray is not back with news. I really think that something really soon is going to happen. So in this episode Michel gets to meets Jake and he tries to hurt Jakes mother for some past stuff. This was the reason why Jake left town and Michel had to go to jail. At the end he tells that, "someone is coming". We will have to see who it is that is coming!

    All and all in this episode people are really getting there tempers high due to thefts and due to the lack of knowledge from the outside world. And Hawkins is still freaking, he has admitted that he knew this was going to happen and that he is a spy. So the story is going very deep.moreless
  • The city of Jericho is starting to revert to more primal motives. We begin to see how close we really are to total anarchy. Crime and exploitation begin to creep in with insecurity, and law abiding citizens begin to be more self centered.moreless

    In many ways, this episode of Jericho continues to press home the fact that the world is now a completely different place. For the first time, we see how respect for the laws is fading, and how people begin to exert their leverage to get what they want. I was impressed to see how the economy begins to change, and how many of the main characters adopt more self centered motives.

    There is some good character development in this episode, Dale actually has a few lines and seems almost like a real boy, and Hawkins stops frowning and being the most serious person in the world. Some connections between the citizens are explored and flushed out, and we begin to get an idea of what's really going on.

    (spoilers ahead)

    I did not like the ending, however. The sentimentality just did not seem to have any rational reason behind it. Stanley needed pesticide, Gracie had pesticide. She made him an offer, and he refused, then the pesticide vanished. She accuses him of stealing it, then he walks over to where the pesticide is and gives it back to her. Then the entire town uniformally agrees to go over to his farm and help him out picking his crops. What began as an exploration of post nuclear capitalism and the barter system turns into a love in. I never pictured a love in to be a part of the apocalypse; maybe it's me.

    Again, I see the writers pulling a punch to save the audience from the harsh reality of their world. "Look at the mushroom cloud!!! Millions have died... BBQ time!" and now "Supply and demand is a harsh reality after the bombs, but don't worry, because the uniform cooperation will make it all better." They let me down here, because what could have been a vehicle for more drama and tension was resolved by the inherent goodness of the collective. Even the bad guys end up helping in the end, and we get the impression that even after the nukes go up, people are still going to go out of their way to help you with no strings attached.

  • When an electromagnetic pulse plunges Jericho in darkness once more, a wave of crime hits town.

    I honestly don't know what to think of this show. It has its moments (the wonderful "Federal Response" for example) and then they present us something like this. The dull and flat plotlines of this episode hit me harder since the writers seemed to be building up a lot of tension in the previous installments.

    What I didn't like about "9:02": The power dying yet again. What was the point here, people? Again Dawkins was up to his mysterious ways - which has been nice up until this episode, now it's just quickly becoming irritating. And what was the corn situation all about? The cheesy harvest scene (which totally reminded me of the communal barbecue scene in episode 2) felt totally out of place in the general atmosphere the writers are trying to establish. We really don't need to see a thousand examples of how Jericho's inhabitants "try to cope with disaster while maintaining their good spirits". The plotline involving the group of young criminals (finally some foreshadowing to an explanation of Jake's dissapearance!) was a step in the right direction though.

    Look, I am intrigued by this show (otherwise I wouldn't bother to watch) but if they don't start giving us some substantial answers soon I'm going to lose interest fast.moreless
  • When the power goes down for the last time, crime becomes an issue.

    There are always people who take advantage in a crisis, and those people now come out of the woodwork.

    We learn a little more about the cloud Jake left under (a boy was dead) and run into one of the people involved, Mitchell. Mitchell then steals Jake's family's horses, getting Gail trampled in the process. Naturally, this sends Jake into a rage and against family wishes, goes to find Mitchell. Jake gets caught and discovers that Dale has gotten involved with them. His brother saves Jake and by treating Dale with understanding, Dale volunteers information (the secret food) which leads to the capture of Mitchell.

    Evil IRS lady Mimi needs a place to live and offers Stanley a deal: if she can stay on the farm, she'll deduct the 'rent' from what he 'owes' the IRS. As if that wasn't enough bad news, Stanley discovers bugs in his crops. Gracie, saint that she is, agrees to help with pesticide… if he gives her part of the harvest. Mimi pays kids to steal the pesticide and Stanley barely manages to fix the situation before someone gets arrested. Then the town shows it's best side and a large group comes to help Stanley harvest what he can.

    Every episode offers a new crisis the town must deal with and this is only the first time people will take advantage of the new world, and it won't be the last.moreless
Clayne Crawford

Clayne Crawford

Mitchell Cafferty

Guest Star

Cari Zoch

Cari Zoch


Guest Star

Musashi Alexander

Musashi Alexander


Guest Star

Alicia Coppola

Alicia Coppola

Mimi Clark

Recurring Role

Darby Stanchfield

Darby Stanchfield

April Green

Recurring Role

Bob Stephenson

Bob Stephenson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • The EMP hit at 9:02, as evidenced by the wall clock, which apparently stopped at this hour.

    • Robert's claim that his computer was a "special" type given him by the government is untruthful. The only way that electronic circuit boards can be protected from the effects of an EMP is to shield with heavy layers of material that would absorb the radiation. This is the likely explanation of Robert's masonry work in laying a concrete block enclosure in his basement at the end of an earlier episode: he was creating a shielded place for his laptop.

    • On Hawkins' basement map, we get to see where he placed the last three pins he picked up in Episode #2: Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Detroit. No pins yet to identify the city in the Northern Rockies that showed on the Chinese satellite broadcast as being possibly Spokane or Boise.

    • Goof: When Eric, Dale and Jake are going to Mitchell's shelter and Dale tells them about the crashed train full of food, he finishes talking, but when the camera cuts to Eric's expression, you can see Dale talking, but there is no sound. In advance, his face expression changes during shots. Drastically.

    • Two Weeks Later
      This is shown at the bottom of the screen after the title. This confirms that it has been between 3-4 weeks since the bombs.

    • Jake's record on Hawkins computer states that Jake was born on January 21, 1977, In "Pilot" Jake stated that he is 32 years old, if both records are true that would mean that the series would be set in 2009. Unless Jake was lying about his age, which means he would be 29.

    • Screw This Town
      Jake Green '92

      This is carved into the jail cell's bench.

    • The CD that Allison Hawkins shoots is a CD by Vanilla Ice.

    • The Morse code heard over the show's opening title is:

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Gail: If you'd have favored your father a little less and your dinky Uncle Dennis a little more, you'd have made a hell of a jockey. Talk to me. I'm tired of listening to my own voice.

    • Mimi: Oh my God, I wish I prayed!

    • Stanley (referring to the stolen pesticides): I can't believe this is what we've come to.
      Mimi: We don't really have a choice, it's every man for himself now.

    • Allison (in reference to Jake): Is he a good man or a bad man?
      Robert: Baby, there is no such thing.

    • Gail: You said you need to harvest today. We're here to help, no strings attached.

    • Skylar: Dale, why are they keeping you here? What did you do?
      Jake: I'm just talking to him.
      Skylar: Well you can't talk to him with out an attorney.
      Jake: I'm not a cop.
      Skylar: I know the machines are down but you have to take this anyway. (Offers credit card)

    • Stanley: Gracie, do you still have those crop pesticides?
      Gracie: Everything I have got left is right there on that shelf.
      Stanley: Thank God, I'm gonna need everything you have got to protect my corn.
      Gracie: Can anyone even eat that corn. What about that rain we had?
      Stanley: No, it's ok, the husks kept it ok from the fallout.

    • Robert: We can not have photos up, it might raise questions about us as a family. I am not in this. Get rid of them!

    • Jake: Any idea of what you're doing?
      Robert: Not a clue!
      Jake: Thanks for your help.
      Robert: This is our home too.

    • Gracie: These are for you. I lost my head Stanley, I'm sorry.
      Stanley: Thank you.

    • 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 rubberized. 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?

    • Jake: If you or anybody comes near my family again, I will kill you.
      Mitchell: (whispering) Now that's the Jake I know. (aloud) Alright, now get up. I'm taking you to go see John.

    • Mary: Eric. The last time I saw you, you said were gonna tell your wife about us and we were gonna to start our life together. That thought has kept me going. That was nearly two weeks ago. I don't know what you're thinking, I don't know if you're ok…
      Eric: I don't know if I'm ok, Mary. I know this is not what I wanted. Mary, I think about you every minute of every day. Man, I wake up in the morning and I want it to be you there so badly. I know, I—I'm still married and I have a wife and I owe her…something. I don't know what to say, Mary, I wish I did but I don't.

    • 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?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: October 26 2006, Network Ten
      Belgium: July 9 2007
      Denmark: November 7 2007, SBS Net
      Estonia: June 13 2007
      Finland: September 26 2007
      Germany: July 2 2007, Pro7
      Hungary: January 8 2007
      Netherlands: June 9 2008
      Slovenia: October 2 2008, on Kanal A

    • Featured Music:
      "Stardust Universe" by Jakob Dylan


    • Episode title: 9:02

      The title of this episode "9:02" is a probable reference to the Oklahoma City bombing. On April 19th, 1995, 9:02 a.m. CST, a bomb exploded in front of the 9-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on the north side of downtown. 168 people were killed.

      It´s also the time in which the EMP hit on Jericho. All the clocks stopped at 9:02.