Season 1 Episode 5

Federal Response

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 18, 2006 on CBS
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The children of Jericho start to return back to school. A power line that has fallen causes an accident on the playground when the power returns. Jake has an argument with his mother regarding a secret that Jake hasn't disclosed to his dad.

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  • The power's back, but an unexpected spike causes more trouble than good.

    Jericho continues the treatment of a nuclear catastrophe in the same way that Lost showed us about being on an abandoned island: no power and no running water sucks. In this episode, the power comes back on, but a spike causes several fires to start around the town as transformers explode. It results in a series of "turn-the-power-off-oh-no-now-there's-no-water-pressure-turn-it-back-on-oh-no-now-the-fire-is-back" moments which would be comical if it weren't for the fact that the residents, despite their intricate knowledge of post-nuclear emergency situations, are completely useless when it comes to dealing with normal run of the mill emergencies, like, for example, house fires.

    Jake seems to know everything about everything along with Hawkins, which leads me to believe that their secrets are one and the same – they are Joe 90. That, or they're in the Matrix and they loaded up every program into their heads before jacking in. This week, Jake turns the water back on without the grid, which makes me wonder why they didn't do that in the first place. Hawkins also has a nifty umbrella which doubles as a satellite dish to receive covert communications. Considering he was implanted in the town before the strike, we are to believe that he either knew about it or is just in the middle of another conspiracy when America went and got itself into a fight. Silly boy.

    All in all, it was a good episode, and at least it's slowly revealing plot unlike the aforementioned similar show Lost, which didn't tell you anything and instead just asked more questions. Thank you, Skeet Ulrich.moreless
  • Ok,ok,ok. This episode rocks. Lots of stuff happens and the story is just starting to take a real nice shape. First there is this strange feed. Then there is a missile at the end of the episode.moreless

    Jake's sees his brother Eric holding hands with Mary. And Eric says that he will tell April that he wants a divorce. As the power gets back on, the LAN phones everywhere starts ringing and as they pick it up they here a message from Department of Homeland Security that if they were safe to stay where they were and that help was on the way and the tv screen everywhere pops up with the massage "Emergency alert system, Stand by". This part is where that everything starts to get totally freaky! With the power lines going crazy and fires erupting everywhere. And what is Hawkins doing? He is there finding stuff about Jake and what did Jake do? Is Hawking and Jake like some sort of undercover guy or something. Anyways at the end is the great part where these missiles go off. This episode is full of thrills that's all i can say.moreless
  • Fires break out around town as the citizens of Jericho struggle to keep a handle on their situation. We learn a bit more about Hawkins and Jake, explore the tangled triangle of Eric's doing and finally glimpse the federal response to the attack.moreless

    Up to this point, Jericho has had a steady rise in quality and realism. This episode outshines all of the ones previous to it, but you'd need to have seen the others to truly appreciate it.

    One of the complaints that I had about Jericho in previous reviews was the love story between Dale and Skylar. Here, their fawning is minimal and easily ignorable. That and the way that Jake seems to be the answer to every single problem ever always seemed to be what I fixated on. What drew my eye in this episode was the development of Hawkins and Jake, both of which had been major players, but both of which had also been so enigmatic that I felt like I was watching Lost. I also throughly enjoyed the way that the government angle was played. (possible spoilers ahead; I can't avoid it)

    When the power clicks back on and the phones start ringing, there is a sense that a sleeping giant has awoken and snapped into attention with cold, calculating eyes. Up to this point, we assume that the power structure was simply wiped out completely, and that all that was left was local governments degrading into anarchy, but now we get the impression that dark, vengeful eyes have turned to see the source of the wounds inflicted on America, and that the gloves have been taken off.

    This was a very good episode.moreless
  • This show starts to suck me in more and more as characters are deepened and the plot finally gets a definite direction.

    This episode had a lot of different elements in it: action, drama and suspense. But it all played out very nicely. It was good that they started to flesh out a couple of the main characters (as witnessed during the Jake-Johnston conversation and the confrontation between Eric and his wife April) which is something I felt the show desperately needed at this point. In the end I think this is what's going to keep me watching.

    They also still found the time to pack the episode with action and mysteries. I didn't really like how they approached the library fire (how is it possible that everyone, including a whole class of little children, was allowed to stand so close to a public building on fire?) but the overall plot was good. The ongoing suspense about the tv and its governmental (?) message made me sit on the edge of my seat. And the cliffhanger at the end? It definitely made me crave for more.

    All in all, a well-balanced episode that shows us that this series has a lot more in store for us!moreless
  • Jericho receives their first message from the government and the restoration of electricity brings new problems.

    The electricity is suddenly restored, every telephone starts ringing and a mysterious and incredibly annoying message appears on every television across the town. For the first time since the bombs went off, there appears to be government action… or did someone just flip the wrong switch? Most people end up sitting staring at the screen, just like they did the last time satellite images came through.

    The electricity causes as many problems as it solves when fires start breaking out. The fire department is spread thin as it tries to fight fires across town, leading Jake to go to save Eric's house. But when he goes to check on the fires from the roof, he sees something else: Hawkins has a fold-up satellite dish! And to top it off, he sees Jake. There's a tense confrontation and interestingly, Hawkins seems to want Jake as an ally, trying to reassure him. (Of course, Hawkins is a really scary guy so reassuring doesn't work very well on him.) Working together, they put out the fire but Eric's house is trashed. Then the fire department, while Eric's neighbourhood is burning, are saving books from the library! Once Eric and April go home, Eric discovers he's not the only person who wanted out: April has divorce papers. Incredibly, like so many males would, he acts all shocked and wounded! Hello! You're having an affair!!!

    One of the highlights of the episode is that Gail nudges Jake to talk to his dad about what he's been doing in the five years he's been gone. This has clearly been eating away at Jake but he is touched and relieved when his father acknowledges that wherever Jake was, whatever Jake did, it changed him into a decent man.

    Just when things seem to be a bit more normal, the buildings start to shake: the government (?) has fired its missiles!!! Can you imagine how frightening that must be to witness? The question is: with the government presumably gone, who had the authority to fire the missiles, not to mention the codes?!

    An exciting and important episode, the world outside is taking action but as always, Jericho can only see bits of it.moreless
Hailey McCann

Hailey McCann

Ashlee McVee

Guest Star

Stevie Walsh Junior

Stevie Walsh Junior


Guest Star

Mackenzie Hannigan

Mackenzie Hannigan


Guest Star

Shiloh Fernandez

Shiloh Fernandez

Sean Henthorn

Recurring Role

Darby Stanchfield

Darby Stanchfield

April Green

Recurring Role

Kristen Rodriguez

Kristen Rodriguez

Lisa Whalley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Goof: When attempting to access an Internet web site by its IP address, Skylar enters "027.750.304.001". The numbers 750 and 304 could not be part of an IP address because they are greater than 255.

    • Goof: In one shot, Hawkins turns his American Express card upside down to read the numbers upside. However, in the next shot, you can see the back of the card, with the magnetic strip on the top, meaning the cards is right-side up, not up-side down.

    • Goof: When trying to put out the fire, they lose water pressure because the electricity in the area was cut, even though the hydrant was connected to a fire engine. The purpose of connecting the hydrant to the fire engine is to create water pressure.

    • Goof: When Heather picks up Alice in Wonderland, in the library she hides it in her jacket. On the next shot we can see her with the book in her hand.

    • In the first episode Jake states that he is 32 years old. If his birthday is 21 January 1977 then Jericho takes place in 2009.

    • Jake Green's birthday is listed on his passport as 21 January 1977 - a good seven years younger (less a day) than Skeet Ulrich.

    • The Morse code message heard over the title is:

    • Jake Green's name is Johnston Jacob Green, Jr.

    • The Centurion Card, popularly known as the Black Card, is American Express's most exclusive charge card. The card is available only by invitation and, as of January 1, 2006, requires minimum annual spending of $250,000 on another American Express card and exceptional credit history among other requirements.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Lisa Whalley: I wonder what Lindsay Lohan is doing right now. Do you think she's still alive?

    • Mimi: First thing I'm going to do when I get back to DC is burn these clothes. So what's on your agenda when things settle?
      Mary: No agenda, just, looking forward to living my life.
      Mimi: With Dudley Do-Wrong? Never gonna happen.

    • April: Somebody has to go in there and help them!
      Fire Chief: Ma'am, stand back, please!

    • Stanley: Mary, keep my tab open will you?
      Mary: Your tab Stanley?
      Stanley: Yeah, keep the Irish coffee's coming. Until I get my farm back at least.
      Mimi: You heard the hillbilly. Keep em' coming.

    • Heather: Everybody, do you remember the emergency drills we did at school?
      Kids: Yeah.
      Heather: Ok, go find your buddy and sit behind the fence. 1, 2, 3, go!

    • Lisa: Hey Skylar, any luck?
      Skylar: No, I really need to check my email. I mean my parents could have tried to contact me from New York.
      Lisa: Well have you tried typing a straight IP address?
      Skylar: A what?

    • Lisa: Why do you like that freak?
      Skylar: Why do you like stupid, bulimic actresses?

    • Sean: Hey, you guys got to check it out. The library is burning, and I didn't even do it.

    • Stanley: You got a family back home?
      Mimi: I have fish.
      Stanley: I'm sure they really miss you.

    • Mimi: I wonder when they're going to come.
      Stanley: You really can't wait to fly this coop, huh? (pauses) Are you still gonna file that IRS report on my farm?
      Mimi: It's not exactly my first order of business, but it is the reason I fell into this godforsaken hellhole in the first place.
      Stanley: So is that a yes, no or maybe?

    • Allison: Well, the Internet was built by the military. It's supposed to survive nuclear war.
      Skylar: So why can't I check my email?

    • 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.

    • Robert: What are you planning to do?
      Jake: Put out a fire.
      Robert: Do you need a hand?
      Jake: I'm good.
      Robert: If I knew anything. I would tell your mayor.
      Jake: What do you know?
      Robert: Not much, I got the same message as everyone else. Do you want my help?
      (Jake gets in the truck and slams the door)
      Jake: Get in. (Jake starts the engine)

    • Robert: Fire knocked out the power, so I found my own. (Robert unplugs the pump and plugs it into his truck) Got it?
      Jake: Yeah. That was quick thinking.
      (Jake and Robert are holding the water hose and are spraying the house.)
      Robert: Yeah, I was a pool guy, too.

    • Robert: What now?
      Jake: Water. Let's use the pool pump.
      Robert: Filter system. That's pretty smart Jake. So where'd you learn to do all this?
      Jake: I was a pool guy.

    • Lucas: Is she gonna wake up?
      Heather: Yes.
      Lucas: With superpowers?
      Heather: Probably not.

    • 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 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. (electrical crackling) What was that?
      Jake: It's a power spike.

    • 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's why…(Allison walks away and into her room) (Darcy walks towards Robert)
      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.

    • Johnston: You look like crap.
      Jake: I didn't sleep.
      Johnston: Next time put the cards down, go home. Sooner or later the phones are gonna free up. Let's keep calling out until we reach somebody.

    • 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.

    • Mimi Clark: I'm betting captain of the football team, prom king... most likely to succeed. Am I right?
      Jimmy: Don't quit your day job.
      Mimi Clark: Why? What am I missing here?
      Stanley Richmond: I think he beat up the prom king.
      Jake Green: Oh yeah. I did.
      Stanley Richmond: Eric, you must have a million stories about your brother screwing up, right?
      Eric Green: Yeah, at least that many. Can we get a couple coffees to go, Mary?

  • NOTES (2)


    • After Emily is electrocuted, one of the school children asks Heather if she'll wake up with super powers. In various comics many super heroes and villans get their powers from accidents or explosions similar to this.

      Although not alluded to specifically, both Spider-man's enemy Electro, who got the ability to create electricity, and the superhero The Flash, who obtained super speed, got their powers by being electrocuted.