Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 20, 2006 on CBS
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After a nuclear disaster caused by several terrorist attacks wipes out most of North America, residents of a small Kansas town have to come to terms with a very different reality.

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  • Wow… what a start to the series.

    I have decided to rent the dvd out. And wow… did I love this episode a lot. Interesting character they bought in. Jake has a secret… and I want to find out what it is. And who is Hawkins. Very interesting. Great use of sign language… hope they show more of Bonnie. Caring brother too.

    The bus scene with Jake and Heather was great, in an emergency Heather was still able to keep calm, which I can be like her (I'm a preschool teacher here in New Zealand). How Jake didn't panic under another situation with the Stacy in the bus, that was really well done.

    I love Jake relationship with his mother, love how they get along, and Jake seem to still have a love interest in Emily, I do hope he will be Heather instead. But we see.

    Great first episode, nice introducing new characters, can't wait to watch more of this season, and I hope I will get to see second season…

    I can't believe this show has ended… so far I have watched 6 episode, and I love them… well… another series for me to buy and savour every moment of it.moreless
  • What a good idea for a show.

    I've been living without cable for almost 3 years now, so all my television comes from the web. I stumbled upon this show and decided to check it out. From jump street I was hooked. I've watched 5 episodes today alone! This is a great idea for a show and it asks all kinds of questions along the way. Where was Jake? Who is Mr. Hawkins really? What is really going on?? It's so exciting and scary at the same time thinking that this could really be a possibility of happening. I love seeing Skeet Ulrich in something interesting. I only remember him from like 3 movies. I look forward to watching all of these episodes, I'm just sorry I'm only watching it now and it's cancelled. boo.moreless
  • This episode was really a great way to introduce someone to Jericho. I mean the thrill is just awesome.

    So like is said all and all this is a great first episode. So the episode started with with Jake going to meet his parents. And after his dad refused to give money to him which his Grandfather gave he left. So he left and while he was on the heading out of Jericho he also sees the mushroom cloud in the sky, then all of a sudden BAM someone on the other side of the road hits him. On the other side the towns school bus is missing and Jake's father is trying to plan it out. And Gray is all over his but trying to make peoples confidence in Johnston go away. Then Jake saves the School bus. Dale's mother calls and her tragic death is recorded on tape. Serif sees a prison bus and he gets killed. At the end Emily finds something while going out of the city.moreless
  • This episode is superb in terms of what would happen if a nuclear attack happened in the US!

    Amazing episode i cant stop watching it! I watch it over and over again its that good. Its extremely accurate, showing what would/could happen in the case of a nuclear attack on the US. fights over gas, power going out. Compared to other people who made nuclear attack movies and shows, their work pales in comparison to this show/episode alone. amazing CGI work for the mushroom cloud (five times in appearence. Very catchy theme song, dramatic music that fits the show EXACTLY. The way the music is placed is amazing and it fits whats happening that very minute. The title is incredible with the morse code beeps. cool show and i keep watching this episode almost every day!moreless
  • An excellent intro for a fascinating series. The prodigal son returns home just before a nuclear explosion destroys Denver.

    A fascinating and disturbing concept for a tv series and the writers do a fantastic job building this world and populating Jericho with it's townsfolk. Each episode deals with a different crisis facing the town and how the town must learn to stand together… or die.

    Skeet Ulrich is perfectly cast as Jake – the black sheep but shares the family traits: strength, courage, leadership and charisma. The Green family effectively run Jericho and though Jake left under a cloud, it's clear that his five years away have changed him into someone his family can be proud of. This show has something I love in a series: a close, loving (but never mushy) family. It's not easy to establish an intense complex family relationship in one episode, but the writers do a great job. I hope they build these relationships, I have a thing for brothers so I'd like to see Jake and Eric become close.

    I could easily go on about the fantastic casting of the others but that would take pages, suffice it to say this is an impressive line-up. Next we have the fascinating Robert Hawkins – he and Jake are destined to be allies, they'll make a very effective team. Knowing far too much about the explosions and having gotten his family out just in time, he also possesses a truly remarkable ability to think ahead and improvise, which Jake also does, and it's clear that had Hawkins not been there, things would have gone far worse than they did.

    Others worth mentioning: there's funny farmboy Stanley and his delightful deaf sister Bonnie; scary sharp-tongued IRS lady Mimi; Jake's cheating brother Eric; Jake and Eric's formidable mother Gail; the boy's tough father Johnston… there are many to choose from…

    The entire sequence with the explosion was excellent, very disturbing. Jake shows impressive ingenuity and calm, saving the little girl's life and returning the bus to town. When things go bad, you see the best and worst in people and Jericho handled the crisis better than most, though for a while there it was close. People looting, fighting for gas – if Jake hadn't returned at that moment, there would have been violence. Just returning the children to their parents is the calmer needed and people are then willing to be more reasonable. The one person who is easy to immediately dislike is Gray – he's running for mayor so he should be thinking of the wellbeing of the town, not his political career. Instead of trying to help calm people down, he's stirring them up against Johnston. He's going to be a problem. Dale's news is released: it wasn't just Denver, Atlanta's gone too. As if there weren't enough immediate problems, there's prison escapees and the sheriff and some of his deputies are dead, which the town doesn't know yet. Johnston does the only thing he can do – sends everyone home and arranges to meet tomorrow.

    The pilot quickly and strongly establishes the main characters before the explosion occurs. The casting is top-notch and there are a lot of familiar faces here. Then there's the fast pace and exciting action. The pilot really sets a standard which the rest of the series maintains.moreless
Germaine De Leon

Germaine De Leon


Guest Star

Tiffany Thornton

Tiffany Thornton

Staphanie Lancaster

Guest Star

Marlene Forte

Marlene Forte

Teresa Clemons

Guest Star

Kristen Rodriguez

Kristen Rodriguez

Lisa Whalley

Recurring Role

Beth Grant

Beth Grant

Gracie Leigh

Recurring Role

Clare Carey

Clare Carey

Mary Bailey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: When Jake first returns home, Stanely embraces him in a big hug, clearly pinning Jake's arms down. However, from the reverse shot immediately after, Jake's arms are clearly free.

    • Goof: The answering machine should not have recorded a dial-tone after the call ended.

    • When the episode originally aired in the U.S., you were able to go to a page on the CBS website that had the first webisode of a second storyline detailing what was happening in places outside of Jericho. Sadly, this storyline seems to have been stopped because of an overall general dispute between writers and networks over whether they should be paid for the webisodes. It was replaced by the "Countdown" webisode series which focuses on Hawkins.

    • Nipick: When Jake is driving the bus back to town the bus is running low on fuel. The bus driver would have known where the field trip was going and would have planned the distance and how much gas would be needed. The bus was not running when Jake found it so unless it had a gas line leak there should be no reason that it would be running on empty.

    • Goofs: The procedure that Jake performs on the school bus for the little girl Stacey is called a tracheotomy. It is sometimes performed in an emergency situation where breathing is prevented by a blockage in the throat. Jake says he was trained to perform the procedure in military school. Whoever trained him did a poor job. In an emergency tracheotomy the incision should be vertical, Jake makes a horizontal incision. While the horizontal incision would work, it is much more dangerous in that if the incision is too long it could sever the carotid artery. A vertical incision is much safer. Another error with this scene is when the girl regains consciousness she gasps in air with her mouth, which makes a dangerous tracheotomy defunct, although you hear the sound of air rushing through the straws after the initial gasp.

    • Jake's grandfather's full name is: Eric Jacob Green, and was also a mayor; both pieces of info are listed on his tombstone.

    • At the beginning when the logo for the series is shown, the letters JERICHO PILOT can be heard in Morse code.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Johnston: We had all hoped this was an accident, but the unfortunate truth is there was another explosion in Atlanta.

    • Heather: Okay... kids... Listen to me. If the bus stops again, we're going to need you to walk back to town and get help, okay?
      Lucas: I don't know where we are!
      Jake: Get to the stop sign. Turn left. Take a left.
      Lucas: Which way's left?
      Jake (dropping head and getting frustrated): Ahhh!
      Heather: Hold up your hands. Stick out your thumbs. The one that makes the L, that's your left.

    • Boy (amazed at Jake): How'd you learn how to do that?
      Jake: Military school
      Boy: Were you a soldier?
      Jake (laughing): No, a screw up.

    • Gail (sneaking money into Jake's pocket): Just stay one more day.
      Jake: I've got to get back to San Diego by tomorrow. Mom, one more thing.
      Gail: Hmm?
      Jake (hands her the money): You have clumsy hands.
      Gail: I love you.

    • Gail: I'm glad you're home.
      Jake: Yeah, we'll see.

    • Jake: I go away for a few years and the town goes to hell.

    • Gail: Oh God, look at you. You're a mess.
      Jake: I'm fine. Stop worrying about me.
      Gail: Yeah, good luck with that.

    • Johnston: Sheriff, Chief. Damage? Fire? Buildings?
      Sheriff: Nothing Mr. Mayor, the town's fine.
      Johnston: Let us hope you're right.

    • Mayor Johnston Green: Hey, Shep? You said earlier that you had heard that speech before. Ever ask yourself why I say it? 'Cause I happen to trust you people. 'Cause I love my town. Now, something happened in Denver, in Atlanta, and it could be that we wake up and find out that's where it stopped. But, until we know, are we going to use our imaginations to solve problems or to cause them? Now, we can get the power back on. We can find out how big this thing is. If we have to we can fight. We can fight anybody, we can fight all enemies. The only way that's going to happen is if we work together. Now, go on home. We'll meet tomorrow at the town hall. And folks, don't you break my heart again.

    • Stanley: Oh, I can't believe it. Jake Green. How you doing man? When did you get back to town?
      Jake: Just now. Is that Bonnie? (Bonnie waves at Jake, Jake signs to Bonnie) You grew up.
      Stanley: Well, wait a minute, where the hell have you been?
      Jake: You know, around.
      Stanley: Jake, no one's been around for five years.
      Jake: The Army. I've been in the Army.
      Stanley: Good for you.

    • Jake: What's your name?
      Heather: Heather.
      Jake: Jake.
      Heather: Nice to meet you, Jake.
      Jake: You, too.

    • Gail: Johnston!
      Mayor: What?
      Gail: Dale Turner's mother died tonight in another explosion, Atlanta...
      Mayor: Oh my God!

    • Robert: You might want to get some black spray paint, you know, cover that. (points at the word "Jericho" on the police car) Look, I know that you're telling people that it was an accident, and I hope it was, but if it was an attack, Sheriff, and there's chaos out there, you might not want the wrong people to know that Jericho is still here.
      Sheriff: With all due respect, Mr. Hawkins, this is no St. Louis. (walks away)

    • Robert: Excuse me, Sheriff, Robert Hawkins.
      Sheriff: Well it's good to meet you Mr. Hawkins but as you can see, we have got our hands full.
      Robert: Could you use an extra man?
      Sheriff: No civilians, mayor's orders.
      Robert: Well I use to be a cop, St. Louis.
      Sheriff: Do you know the roads around here?
      Robert: No, I just moved to town.
      Sheriff: Then I'm afraid you'll just slow us down, I'm sorry.

    • (A group of people gather around listening to an answering machine message.)
      Dale's Mother: Baby, what are you staring at out the window?
      Man: Get over here and look at this.
      Dale's Mother: What, what is that? Oh my god, Oh my god!
      (A sound of an explosion is heard and the message ends abruptly.)
      Gail: Oh, Dale, I am so sorry, I didn't know your mother was in Denver.
      Dale: She wasn't in Denver. She was in Atlanta.

    • Female Student: Miss Lisinski, are we going to have school tomorrow?
      Heather Lisinski: We'll figure it out honey.
      Female Student: I vote no.

    • (Johnston knocks on the door, Old Man Oliver answers the door cocking his shotgun)
      Johnston: Oh, Oliver, would you stop that.
      Old Man Oliver: Sorry, Johnston. Thought you were Aliens. Well, we're under attack, by Aliens. Don't you know that?
      Johnston: Yes, we do. That's why we're here. Do you have your Ham radio?
      Old Man Oliver: Yeah, for you....50 cents.

    • Deputy: Are we under attack?
      Johnston: Son, I don't want to hear that word again. Now look, this could have been a test. It could have been an accident. There's, uh, military bases near Denver. One explosion does not make an attack. If we stay calm, the town stays calm, okay.

    • Emily: Uh my-my fiancé he's in banking, so...
      Jake: Oh, that helps.
      Emily: Yeah, Roger really loves it here.
      Jake: Well, I'm happy for you, Emily.
      Emily: How about you, you got somebody?
      Jake (nervous laughter): No.
      Emily: I'm sorry, I shouldn't...
      Jake: No you're not, you love it
      Emily: Where have you been?
      Jake: The Navy. (Emily looks away) Oh why even bother?
      Emily: Seriously, where have you been?

    • Johnston: If you convince me that you are living a more productive life, then..
      Eric: That's right Jake.
      Jake: We were both born on third base, quit pretending you hit a triple.
      Jake: (to Johnston) And when are you going to realize I am 32 years old?
      Johnston: When you do.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: September 21 2006, Network Ten
      Denmark: October 3 2007, SBS Net
      Estonia: May 9 2007
      Finland: August 22 2007
      Germany: June 4 2007
      Hungary: December 10 2006
      Mexico: September 25 2007
      Netherlands: May 19 2008
      Sweden: July 12 2007
      United Kingdom: January 12 2007, Hallmark
      Slovenia: September 24, 2008 on Kanal A

    • This, the 'pilot' episode is also alternately titled "Pilot: The First 17 Hours," or, simply, "The First 17 Hours."

    • In Australia, Jericho premiered on Network Ten just hours after each episode had aired in the US. This was a first for an Australian Network to premiere a program that had started broadcasting in the US.

    • Featured Music:
      "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers (at the start of the episode)
      "Pieces" by Rascal Flatts
      "Who Says You Can't Go Home" by Bon Jovi
      "Better Days" by The Goo Goo Dolls
      "Run" by Snow Patrol (at the end of the episode)
      "Nach Deutschland" by John Powell

    • This episode was filmed on location in Fillmore, California, USA and Santa Clarita, California, USA.