Jericho

Season 1 Episode 14

Black Jack

2
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 28, 2007 on CBS
9.1
out of 10
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442 votes
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Jake, his dad, Heather and Dale visit Black Jack to try and find the parts needed to fix the windmill. Sarah goes home with Hawkins against the rest of his family's wishes.

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  • Winter is coming, and Jericho is running out of fuel for the generator. If they don't figure out a way to get energy soon, people will no doubt die from the cold. Jake, Johnston, Dale and Heather set out to a trading city to get parts for a windmill.moreless

    7.5
    Despite my numerical review, I think that this show was pretty well done. We know what the problem is from the outset, and things seem to fall into place nicely.



    This episode focuses on the mission to Black Jack Fairgrounds and the current situation with Hawkins. There is also a smattering of Mary sparring with Mrs. Johnston, which wasn't as gross as I thought it was going to be.



    The story with Hawkins still has some huge holes in it. I'm glad that we were given some pieces in the recent filler episode, but I wish that the writers were a bit more forthcoming. Their secretiveness says that they are going to either drag this out, or that they are planning a twist. I just wish they weren't being so coy with it.



    The fairgrounds is a good device. I like the fact that the creators foresaw how things would work in a pretty detailed manner. I can't tell you if this is how things would really go down, but it sure seems plausible, and Black Jack Fairgrounds is a well conceived place. I didn't buy the serendipitous arrival of friends who came out of left field and were blood brothers within seconds of meeting. During the negotiations, one of the new friends vouches for Jake and the city of Jericho. The guy who vouches knows no one from Jericho, and has no reason to stick his neck out for anyone. A minute later (I'll get there), this same guy has to pull a gun on people to keep them from lynching Dale; guns are illegal in the Fairgrounds, so pulling one is a hangable offense. Then a little later, when things look like they are in trouble for these newfound brothers, they get in an army truck and blast through the gate so that Jake et al. can escape. This is sloppy, and it sells out whatever progress the writers made in regards to authenticity.



    It's a bleak world, and people have gotten ruthless and will kill you if you break their rules. Either that, or random strangers will risk their life and break all the rules to save you repeatedly. No. I don't care if their friend does know Heather, it does not make sense.



    Now. On to Dale. Ahhh, Dale. Early on in the episode, Roger says outright "...it's not the thieves you gotta worry about, it's the guards. They've got a reputation of being really ruthless." Then, upon arrival at the Fairgrounds, there is a sign that says "Thieves will be strung up" (Heather reads it out loud at the gate). When they park Heather asks if they mean "strung up" literally and they whole group pans over to see someone dangling with a noose around their neck. Now... what do you think is going to happen in the story?



    That's right. And it's like watching a train wreck. You can see it coming, you know what is going to happen, but there isn't anything that you can do to stop it. The writers could have only made it more obvious if they named this episode "Dale steals some stuff despite being warned about it". It is with a heavy heart that I had to rate this episode a full point lower than I would have if the writers hadn't gotten so sloppy. It's a good episode, just watch out for the dumb parts.moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes!!

    9.5
    I partially enjoyed this episode as much as I did because there were some pretty funny lines, mostly from Johnston (who I just adore). But that isn't to say this is a lighthearted episode. We get to check out the world outside of Jericho, and how screwed up things are (six presidents? I mean really.). It was also fun because we got to check back in with some characters we haven't talked to in a couple episodes - Heather, and her post-kiss ordeal, as well as Dale and Skylar and what's going on with the store. All in all, I really loved watching this episode.moreless
  • The world outside of Jericho

    8.8
    In order to get parts for the windmill Jake and others set off to head to the "trading post" that Roger tells them about. There they see what is really happening outside of their town. Things are horrible all over the country. Several people are fighting / insisting they are the President. Some places are not liveable and people are searching for missing and lost relatives.



    Hawkins friend arrives and they go in search of the man who had been siphoning information to Hawkins. I still wonder exactly how involved he is in the bombings themselves. All in all a great show.moreless
  • Jake, Johnston, Heather and Dale go to a trading post.

    9.1
    In order to get some windmills working they need parts and Roger tells them about a newly established trading post. Dale wants to find stuff to sell and Heather has the technical expertise and Johnston just wants to see the world outside of Jericho, so the four of them go to the trading post. Dale uncovers some secret and then tries to steal the part. THe four need the help of one Heather's old friend to escape and and Heather decides to go with them to help with building energy sources.

    Robert and his family get a visit from his girlfriend, the one who helped with planning the bombings. He tells his wife he has to trust her, but it's shown that she cannot be trusted.



    Mary and Eric's mom have a heart to heart...moreless
  • Review

    9.5
    I like the road trip idea, and the people that they decided should go on it for the good of the town. I like that the mayor (former mayor) went with them just to show he still cares about this town. The young boys actions once again confuse me - hes becoming what Jake was in his past it seems, killing a man a couple of episodes ago and trying to steal something right in front of someone in the episode.



    Hawkins storyline has been exciting for pretty much the entire series, minus only two episodes I can remember. While some of the scenes are just filler, I like the overall story arch that he has for himself. Im excited to see how this whole "mole" thing works out and if this old man is someone that we all ready know or if it is going to be someone new. All in all - I thought it was a really strong episode behind only the mid season finale and Crossroads.moreless
Christopher Weihl

Christopher Weihl

Roger Hammond

Guest Star

Dan Sachoff

Dan Sachoff

Harry Carmichael

Guest Star

Dustin Seavey

Dustin Seavey

Teddy

Guest Star

Bob Stephenson

Bob Stephenson

Jimmy

Recurring Role

Siena Goines

Siena Goines

Sarah Mason

Recurring Role

Clare Carey

Clare Carey

Mary Bailey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The map of the United States has the following US cities.
      Marked in red (nuked cities): Seattle WA, San Francisco CA, Los Angeles CA, San Diego CA, Phoenix AZ, St. George UT, Denver CO, Houston TX, Dallas TX, Lawrence KS, Minneapolis MN, Chicago IL, Detroit MI, Miami FL, Atlanta GA, Charlotte NC, Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Pittsburgh PA, Philadelphia PA, Hartford CT, and Boston MA. There are 22 red marks altogether.
      Marked in blue (federal capitals): Sacramento CA, Cheyenne WY, San Antonio TX, Montgomery AL, Columbus OH, Rome NY.

    • Goof: In the final scene of the episode, Sarah's keystrokes clearly do not match the words appearing on-screen.

    • News posted on the giant news message board at the Black Jack trading post.

      NATION
      "NORTHWEST POWER GRID BEYOND REPAIR"
      "CHEYENNE (Wyoming) NEARS ACCORD WITH SACRAMENTO (California)"

      WORLD
      "P.M. CLEMENTS BRINGS NEUTRALITY TO VOTE"
      "JENNINGS & RALL WINS AK (Alaska) PIPELINE CONTRACT"

      REGIONAL
      "WEATHER LAB PREDICTS WORST WINTER IN DECADES"
      "15 DEAD IN I-70 ATTACK"

      LOWER BOARD LEFT
      "BEJING (China) VOWS TO CONTINUE AID THIRD ROUND OF SHIPMENTS EXPECT-ED TO ARRIVE FOR DISTRIBUTION BY YEAR'S END"
      "MOSQUE BURNINGS CONTINUE; THIRD ATTACK IN PAST (?) STRIKE CINCINNATI COMMUNITY; DEATH TOLL RISES (?)"

      LOWER BOARD CENTER
      "FLORIDA DELEGATES SENT TO MONTGOMERY (Alabama); TALLAHASSE (Florida) VOTES TO BACK SEN. SNOWDENS CLAIM TO PRESIDENCY; FRAUD CHARGES PERSIST"
      "SENATOR TOMARCHIO SUSPENDS POSSE COMITATUS; AS EXPECTED, PRESIDENTIAL CLAIMANT GRANTS WYOMING GUARD BROADER AUTHORITY"

      LOWER BOARD RIGHT
      "CHICAGO-CAMP WEST Violence Continues; MAGISTRATE DOWNS ENLISTS SPRINGFIELD..."

      JUST BELOW MAIN BOARDS
      "THANK YOU FOR NOT ASKING ABOUT THE EMP"

    • In this episode it's revealed Johnston Green is a retired army Ranger. In "Crossroads" we learned that Johnston's father (Jake's grandfather) was an army ranger at D-day. This makes being an army ranger a family legacy. Jake is seen wearing dog tags in an earlier episode. Was he too an army ranger?

    • The Morse Code Message heard over the title is:
      BLEEDING KS

    • There are six capital cities in the United States representing the Federal Government. There are five additional "Presidents" bringing a total of six people claiming to have power in the United States.

  • QUOTES (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.

    • Jake (looking at map): Federal government? But, there are six stars up there. Where's the president?
      Mike: Which one?

    • Gail: To be honest, I have difficulty understanding how many ways I dislike you. (picks up paper)
      Mary: You made a list?
      (Later Mary finds that piece of paper and reads the following: "Be nice. She's going to be family someday.")

    • Samuel: Dad, we're out of the good toothpaste.
      Hawkins: Oh, well here's the new stuff Mr. Daly made. (hands him baggie filled with powder)
      Samuel: This isn't toothpaste.
      Hawkins: Yes, it is.
      Samuel: Are you playing a joke on me?

    • Heather (to Jake): 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 gonna...you 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.

    • Robert: You just punched me in the face and I didn't hit you back
      Sarah: Who else is here?
      Robert: No one. Victor showed up just after D-day, but he only made it for a couple of hours.
      Sarah: Did you kill him?
      Robert: It was the radiation from Denver.
      Sarah: No one else made it back here to the rally point.

    • Robert: I'm glad you made it.
      Sarah: You left me.
      Robert: I know.
      Sarah: So, what now?

    • Mary: Mrs. Green.
      Gail: What?
      Mary: Eric told me that April's pregnant. If there's anything that I could..
      Gail: Mary, I think you've done quite enough.

    • 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.

    • Stranger: Hey, how much?
      Heather: Beg pardon?
      Stranger: How much?
      Heather: How much for what?
      Stranger: I don't know, an hour?
      Heather: An hour of what? Wait, what, no!!
      Stranger: How about a half hour?
      Heather: I'm not a hooker pal.

    • 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)

    • Jake: Joe.
      (Jake pulls a blanket off of a dead Joe Bitner)
      Jimmy: The temperature dropped so fast.
      Jake: It's gonna be a long winter.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Bleeding KS, the Morse code at the beginning of "Black Jack", along with the reports under the big US map concerning the killings on nearby highways, refers to the murder, mayhem and destruction in Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri between 1854 and 1861.

    • At the Black Jack trading post, just before Jake, Johnston, Dale and Heather read the gigantic news board, off to their left in the background are bulletin boards with photos and messages of people who are presumably missing since the bombings. This is similar to the boards posted by families of the 9-11 World Trade Center attack.

    • Carter Administration
      James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924) was the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981
      Johnston: Son, I'm 59 years old. I've been Mayor of this town since the Carter Administration. Mayor Green was the Mayor from at least 1981 to Jericho present.

    • Dale: It's like eBay. (A man gets hit with a stick)
      Heather: Not like eBay.
      eBay Inc. (EBAY) is an American Internet company that manages eBay.com, an online auction and shopping website where people and businesses buy and sell goods and services worldwide.

    • The episode name "Black Jack", along with the preview clip featuring a hanged criminal, may be a reference to the 1901 hanging of Tom "Black Jack" Ketchum. His hanging is remembered more than most because his head snapped off due to an inexperienced hang man.

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