Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 27, 2006 on CBS
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The fallout from the nuclear blast in Denver will hit Jericho in an hour and Jake has to get the residents inside. The official shelter is not adequate and Jake must find another shelter to protect them. Emily faces troubles of her own while being picked up by who she thinks are two officers.


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  • Day 1: the rain is coming…

    As Jericho still reels from the knowledge of the two explosions, there's exceptionally bad news: there's a storm coming from Denver… and it's bringing the radiation with it. The leaders of the town are startled to discover they have an expert in their midst: Hawkins, who provides much needed help on the subject. Though the town has two fallout shelters from the 50's, only the one at town hall is working, the one under the med centre (which should have been the one maintained of the two!) has no working ventilation system.

    Not surprisingly, Jake takes the lead again and starts trying to fix it and when they can't, Jake comes up with plan B – the salt mine. Clearly Jake and Hawkins are men to have around in a crisis! As if there wasn't enough to worry about, Emily – who somehow didn't notice the mushroom cloud and dead birds weren't enough to freak her out – manages to get picked up by the escaped prisoners and then, thanks again Emily, takes them straight to the Richmond farm… where Bonnie is alone. Emily gets a message out and Jake has to ride to the rescue. Though the group gets in out of the rain, Stanley doesn't arrive. Hawkins works on the radio, intercepting a message which seems to be a list of cities attacked, including Chicago, Philadelphia and San Diego. He then lies about the radio, saying it's not working.

    Last thoughts:

    - We discover Eric is having an affair with bartender Meg. This destroys my 'good brother/ bad brother' theory. So many shows fall into that trap, but this show quickly establishes that Eric isn't the perfect son.

    - An unlikely love story appears to be starting – teenage loser Dale and spoiled brat Skylar.

    A very exciting episode, fast paced and riveting.moreless
  • This is an adrenaline rush!!!

    This is an adrenaline rush just to watch. There was so much happening in this episode that it went by in a flash. That's what shows are supposed to do ... they're not supposed to drag on and on each episode so you're ready to fall asleep. They're supposed to be packed with action, drama, suspense, or fun. This episode didn't fail to deliver. We definatly had action, and suspense, and plenty of drama. Between trying to find shelter from the fall out and outlaws trying to plunder whatever they can get ... you see peoples true colors coming through. The writers did a terrific job in showing how differently people react to stressful situations. This was even better than the pilot. I look forward to what happens next week.moreless
  • A lot of interesting things went on during this episode. Emily has her problems.

    A lot of interesting things went on during this episode. Emily has her problems. She thought she got a lift by two policemen, but ultimately she realises they are two escaped convicts. Whilst using the radio for help, Jake gets her plea for help, but the convicts get her plea as well and go after her. Jake manages to arrives just in time to help her and kill the convicts.

    Rain is coming, and everyone needs to get into a shelter due to the nuclear. Unfortunetely the one at the hospital can't be used. Hawkins manages to get a morse code message, but doesn't tell anyone about it. He seems to know more about the nuclear than he is really telling. His character is quite interesting, but I am not trusting him. And the fact that at the end of the episodes he starts putting pins where cities were hit by nuclear continues to raise my suspicions in him.moreless
  • More trouble in Jericho.

    Fallout is exactly what it says. The fall out of a nuclear war. After the mushroom cloud in Denver, there is some pretty bad nuclear rain heading straight for Jericho. Most shelters are degraded to the point where they are unusable. The coal mines seem to be the logical point to escape the killer rain. The cop scenerio was an interesting twist as was Mr. Hawkins, whom seems to know just how bad it is getting in the rest of the United States. Jake races to save his girlfriend while he seems to be hooking up with another. A great show that leaves you wanting more.moreless
  • Nuclear rain is coming.

    The fall-out shelters are in a bad condition. The one at the hospital is unusable so Jake decides to take shelter in the mines. While wiring up explosives to collapse the entrance, he hears Emily on the radio.

    Emily had an encounter with the escaped prisoners and in the resulting gunfight she is forced to kill one of them while Jake shoots the other one. They manage to get into the storm shelter just in time before the rains begin to fall.

    Dale goes to the house of the girls he loves. She's a rich, spoilt brat who refused to go to the shelter, so he tries to save her. She does relent and even asks him to stay and they tape the windows againt the nuclear fall-out.

    Hawkins hears morse code on the radio and the episode ends with him sticking pins in a map, presumably cities hit by a bomb.moreless
Jonno Roberts

Jonno Roberts

JP Achor

Guest Star

Aaron Hendry

Aaron Hendry


Guest Star

Todd Giebenhain

Todd Giebenhain


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 (7)

    • Even though the Jericho's population is of about 6,000 people, there are only two large-capacity fallout shelters: one with a capacity for 300 people under the town hall and the other under the hospital.

    • In addition to the 5 cities listed in the recap, (Philly, Atlanta, Chicago, San Diego, and Denver) there is also a red pin in Dallas.

    • Goof: When the caravan is going to the salt mine for shelter there is a black truck leading the line. But then in the next shot Jake's bus knocks down the fence leading to the mine. The truck is parked before the fence. It is weird as the truck was going before the bus all time. Why park the truck?

    • The Morse code message heard over the title in this episode was JERICHO FALLOUT.

    • When Dale tells Skylar his parents are dead, she says so are her's. Her parents were in NY, so it's possible it was hit too.

    • One of the books which was brought from the library is called "Our Friend, The Atom."

    • The Morse code message that Hawkins picks up is as followed: When he picks up the signal it reads: DELTA CODE DELTA 2 MINUTE WARNING The second time it reads: SCORE REMAINS SCORELESS

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Jake is setting dynamite charges to blow up the mine shaft)
      Heather: Hey, where'd you learn how to do that?
      Jake: Knew a guy once.
      Heather: Did you blow him up?

    • Heather: Mind if I pitch in?
      Jake: Do you know how to strip wires?
      Heather: Ever since junior high.
      (Jake stares at her)
      Heather: Yeah, I was that popular.

    • 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?

    • 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 in doors.

    • Skylar: Dale, Dale stop! Please! (he looks at her) Stay here. It's not safe out there. Please, stay here.

    • Mayor Johnston Green: Jericho has two underground shelters. One right here, under the town hall, the other under the medical clinic.

    • Jake: April, does the clinic have a fallout shelter?
      April: Yes. What's going on?
      Jake: It's bad, come on.

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

    • Prison Escapee #1: So we'll just use your pump and be on our way.
      Bonnie Richmond: Stanley has the key.
      Prison Escapee #1: What did she say?
      Emily Sullivan: Umm, her brother Stanley has got the key to the pump.
      Prison Escapee #2: Wait, she's deaf?
      Bonnie Richmond: Yes. (pause) I read lips.

    • Jake: (thunder rumbling) Bonnie, take them to the storm shelter now! Go, guys, go! Emily, we've got to get inside. Emily? Emily, hey. It's going to be okay, all right? I promise. Everything is going to be okay, all right? 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!

    • Robert: Could you use some help ma'am?
      Gail: No, we need you on the radio.
      Robert: You know, I can't get this old thing to work.
      (Robert takes the Morse Code message and puts it in his pocket)

    • 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.

    • Gray Anderson: Any signs of the Sheriff, Mr. Hawkins?
      Robert Hawkins (looking up in the sky): No sir, I need to speak to your mayor. We got trouble coming.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: September 28 2006, Network Ten
      Denmark: October 10 2007, SBS Net
      Estonia: May 16 2007
      Finland: August 29 2007
      Germany: June 4 2007, Pro7
      Hungary: December 17 2006
      Mexico: October 2 2007
      Netherlands: May 26 2008
      United Kingdom: January 19 2007, Hallmark
      Slovenia: September 25, 2008 on Kanal A

    • Featured Music:
      "Hold On" by David Lawrence and Joon Turtletaub

    • We learn that Chicago, Philadelphia and San Diego were also presumably nuked, an interesting note on how Hawkins avoided placing thumb tacks on Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, at least three more cities were nuked but we don't know which ones.