Season 1 Episode 22

Coalition of the Willing

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 02, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary


The residents of Jericho and New Bern fight over precious resources. Gray has to make a tough decision after the streets of Jericho are bombed.

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  • Great show in an amazing series.

    This episode has the best use of a popular song in it. When the acoustic of Times like These by the Foo Fighters is played and Stanley (with no Armed Forces experience) scouts the activities in New Bern. It almost seemed like the song was written for that moment. "I'm . . I'm a little divided, do I stay or run away, and leave it all behind" while Stanley is running for cover to get into a better position, made the hairs on my arms stand up. It is already a powerful song but used in this episode made for one of the greatest TV moments I have ever witnessed.moreless
  • Fantastic!!! The plotlines are all coming together. The story is riveting! I can't wait for the season finale. Next season is seeming years away.

    Wonderful program. I can't wait to see it every week. This episode is a stand alone great one. I love how they are inclusive to each episode but still lead you to the next full force. Classic serial, wonderful plot driven television. The characters seem as you could know them yourself. And it's interesting to see how "normal" people react under incredible duress. Amazing show!!!
  • Coalition of the the many!

    Although Hawkins managed to blow up the mortar weapon factory in New Bern, New Bern has stockpiled several hundreds. Those mortars find their way to Jericho's streets. A demand by that S.O.B. mayor from New Bern for farms or Jericho gets it falls on deaf ears and Jericho is hit again. Gray freaks when he realizes his town is under attack and realizes he has to do if! Heather is no where to be seen but Jonah reappears. Hawkins comes through again with an armory full of guns and ammunition. It's no longer the United States, it's no longer brotherly American love, it's down to survive or die.moreless
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  • New Bern starts to bomb Jericho with mortar shells.

    Fabulous episode full of tension and drama, major drama and human drama.

    The human drama was shown by Mary welcoming back Eric and by Emily, witnessing her father shooting someone from New Bern in cold blood. Johnston's appeal to Dale for help was very poignant.

    Gray finally has to admit that he needs Johnston's help in dealing with what amounts to civil war and a hostile invasion.

    I loved Hawkins' comment about how he never expected Jericho to become his home and I loved that he and his wife seem to have resolved at least some of their differences.

    The scene were Jake is offering a weapon to everyone willing to accept one is scary.

    Outstanding episode!!moreless
Richard Speight Jr.

Richard Speight Jr.


Guest Star

Clare Carey

Clare Carey

Mary Bailey

Guest Star

April Parker-Jones

April Parker-Jones

Darcy Hawkins

Guest Star

Bob Stephenson

Bob Stephenson


Recurring Role

James Remar

James Remar

Jonah Prowse

Recurring Role

Timothy Omundson

Timothy Omundson

Phil Constantino

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Gray (about Constantino): What is he actually going to do, march in here and just start shooting us? We were high school football rivals five months ago!

    • 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?

    • Johnston: You already own half the salt mine and a percentage of every farm in the county. Now you want more?
      Dale: It's just business.
      Johnston: This isn't about business. I'm asking you to do this for me.

    • Jonah: It's a new split. I get all the weapons, the food, the fuel, the guns…everything.
      Jake: And what do we get?
      Jonah: You get to have bombs not falling on your head.

    • Jake (about the weapons): You had this the whole time and you didn't say anything?
      Hawkins: I never thought I was gonna call this town my home. Let's get 'em loaded up.

    • Jake: You just gonna let them go? We need those guns!
      Hawkins: Guns? (pause) Guns are easy!

    • Hawkins: So we pop out of here, it gets bad, Jonah will have our backs right? (Jake shrugs, seeming as if he doesn't really believe it) You are filling me with confidence, Jake.
      Jake: (chuckles) Emily's with him. He'll be there.

    • Robert (to Darcy): No more secrets.

    • (On the radio)
      Gray: Constantino, you son of a bitch, what the hell are you doing?!
      Constantino: I'm sorry for your troubles...
      Gray: We've got a dozen injured people on the street here!
      Constantino: I warned you what would happen if you didn't meet our demands...
      Gray Demands!? I will make make it my purpose in life to see that you are held accountable for what you've just done!
      Constantino: Take another hour.
      Gray: You do not fire any more of those things in here!
      Constantino: One hour, Gray. We need seven farms. It was just two mortars this time. Next time there will be three. Try to retaliate or refuse our demands we will send more. We will do this day and night for as long as it takes!
      Gray: (To Stanley) The patrol said that it looked like they were fired from the west. Get as many rangers as you can, all right, go out there and find those mortars and we are gonna take them out!

    • 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.

    • Jonah: This is going to be a bloodbath. The best thing you can do is come with me.
      Emily: Jericho's my home.
      Jonah: And I'm your father. It's survival of the fastest and strongest out here.
      Emily: You think I'm safer with you robbing trucks?
      Jonah: I haven't lost a man yet. And if New Bern doesn't get Jericho, somebody else will. Come with me.

    • Jonah (To Jake and Emily): Well, you two finally turned to a life of crime.

    • Emily: I'm coming with you. It was not a request.
      Jake: All right. (Gives her a handgun.)

    • Johnston Green: 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 Anderson: Stanley, where's everybody else?
      Johnston Green: Where are they, son?
      Jake: Stanley?
      Stanley: They're, they're all dead. They're all dead

    • Darcy: So why now?
      Hawkins: You know, I always thought that I could keep you safe. Now, today, I'm just not so sure.
      Darcy: Nothing is safe. Not any more.
      Hawkins: But you know in, in the middle of all of this, in this madness, the only thing that makes sense to me, I mean really the only thing, is you and the kids. It took me a while to realize that, and I'm sorry, I am so sorry.
      Darcy: I missed you. I missed you.

    • Jake: Something happened to Heather. She found out New Bern was building mortars, she tried to stop them and they, they caught her. Nobody's seen her since.
      Emily: What'd they do to her?
      Jake: I don't know.
      Emily: Is she dead? Jake, is she dead? Jake?
      (Jake drops head, closes eyes.)

    • Mrs. Herbert: The bank owns half of that farm, anyway. You...just do whatever you want, Dale.
      Dale: Wait, let's be clear on this. If I defend it, then it's all mine?
      Mrs. Herbert: If you can defend it.
      Skylar: How are we going to defend that farm?
      Dale: Get me every refugee you can find.

    • Johnston Green: They have made hundreds of mortars.
      Hawkins: My guess is they can hit us from as far as two miles out.
      Gray Anderson: Well, having the weapons and using them on people are two different things.
      Hawkins: Yeah, that's what they said about nuclear bombs.

    • Johnston Green: 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.

    • Johnston Green: We got a major problem, Gray.
      Gray Anderson: Where's Eric?
      Johnston Green: He's fine. He's at the med center.
      Gray Anderson: Well, is it about the mine?
      Johnston Green: It's a lot worse than that.

    • Constantino: Now you've brought this on yourself, there's no deals, no mercy, we're comin'. This means war. Do you hear me, Gray?
      Gray Anderson: Johnston, I need your help.

    • Jake: I think we killed six in New Bern?
      Hawkins: Eight, I counted eight.

    • Phil 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 Anderson: I don't understand. What are you askin' us to do?
      Phil Constantino: Jericho is about to be invaded. For the sake of your people, I'm asking you to surrender.

  • NOTES (4)


    • The title of this episode "Coalition of the Willing" is the phrase used by the Bush Administration, during the build up to the Iraq War in 2003, to describe the nations that signed on to assist in the invasion of Iraq.