Season 2 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 12, 2008 on CBS
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Following the battle of New Bern, Jericho begins the rebuilding process, while the Cheyenne government shows a particular interest in the town. While the dispute between Jericho and New Bern is being sorted out by the Cheyenne government, Hawkins has an old friend come to Jericho.

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  • great episode

    the US army arrive at jericho and forces both new bern and jericho to stop fighting. those who are caught fighting are arrested. but the animosity between the the two towns doesn't stop, revenge attacks are constantly happening between the two towns. Hawkins find another former colleague disguised as an army soldier. This is a really cool episode, the writers continued the flow of the story. it's got the same feel and pacing. the arrival of the army adds a new element to the story. it's really exciting, i can't wait for the next episode. the writers really did a good job with this episode.moreless
  • Concludes the New Bern war quickly but it doesn't waste any time, episode is executed it perfectly

    When a series is canceled like this, it's nothing short of tragedy. When fans brought it back, it was a miracle, but not a real miracle until the first episode airs that actually exceeds already very high expectations. I was a bit overwhelmed on how fast some of the events are moving, but the stakes are high and tensions are high, and the suspense is becoming even more intense than an episode of 24. However, what I found a little problematic is that Jake was acting a little too childish with getting revenge against Constantino. Luckily, the problem is out of play quickly. If these new episodes get better, and Jericho gets canceled again, then there is no god.moreless
  • Great start to beginning of Season Two...!

    Reconstruction was a decent episode, it wasn't one of the best but it had to explain many things in a time period of one hour, a doable but hard task. For the most part, the beginning was decent (it didn't really explain much about the war and I felt empty in my stomach where I thought the "battle" would be). You could say that most Jericho fans got ripped off because of the "battle" in very little detail, but I think that the way they told the story was a good enough excuse for pretty much dismissing the cliff hanger. At the end of this episode, the adrenaline began pumping and it made me want to watch episode 2.moreless
  • Excellent start to the renewed series!

    I had been patiently waiting for so many months when I heard the show was going to be renewed. When the time came I had my PVR ready to tape but I didnt' get around to it for 3 weeks. But it was worth the wait.

    Watching Jericho struggle to stay afloat for a whole season made for very interesting drama, as a 'what-if' scenario for the United States. Now that the government is sort of back on track, things are still up in the air for everyone.

    And now there is a lot of animosity between these two towns. When everything settles down I am sure that all the bad blood won't go away, which should make for some really good drama down the road.

    Robert and his 'friends' don't want the current government to take over the country since it's most likely they are behind the attacks. And we learn that they leveled 2 countries that they blamed for the attacks so that they couldn't prove that it wasn't them.

    Skeet's acting is superb. He did a great job of the grieving son. And he definitely makes a good choice for sheriff. He might not be that experienced but he had seen combat and had been instrumental in organizing the Rangers to help defend the town.

    I am really looking forward to getting to the other episodes on my PVR today!.moreless
  • The power of the fans was rewarded with this wonderful show returning with a solid episode!

    It was great writing, great direction and great acting that brought back this once dead series and I, for one am totally happy for it! But Jericho fans are like no other and CBS learned quickly not to mess with them! Things happen rather quickly in this episode. The war with New Bern is halted with the arrival of Beck who asks Jake to become Sherrif of Jericho. Jake is bent on revenge, however and turns down Beck. Finally he accepts. The Hawkins storyline continues with the revelation that he still has a bomb. Now is the time to worry that the cat will get out of the bag about it.

    Stanley thinks his IRS worries are over but he's in for a surprise. Thank God for CBS renewing this great show!moreless
Chris Kramer

Chris Kramer


Guest Star

Matthew Taylor (IV)

Matthew Taylor (IV)

New Bern Gunman

Guest Star

Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

Gray Anderson

Recurring Role

Sprague Grayden

Sprague Grayden

Heather Lisinski

Recurring Role

Esai Morales

Esai Morales

Major Edward Beck

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In one scene at the clinic, a visiting patient is seen eating peanuts. This is an obvious reference to the tons of peanuts sent to CBS after they threatened to cancel the show after the end of the first season.

    • Nitpick: The 10th Mountain Division is the unit depicted coming to the aid of Jericho. That division is based in Fort Drum, NY, and would likely be supporting the Columbus-based government. Even if the 10th did support the western government, the logistics of transporting their equipment, supplies and manpower across the country in its current state would be daunting.

    • Nitpick: The soldiers are wearing a U.S. Army tag on their chest, but the Cheyenne-led nation goes by the title Allied States of America. The tags should read A.S. Army. Perhaps the new government hasn't taken the time to mass produce more accurate tags and are just using the ones they have in stock, but that is doubtful considering Lt. Parker joined post-blasts and has a personalized name tag on the opposite breast. The process for making both is the same.

    • We learn that the Cyber Jolt cafe has been remodeled and turned in to Jennings and Rall, a new government agency to help put Jericho back to order.

    • Bill (Richard Speight Jr.) was eating on some peanuts at the beginning of the episode. A nice touch by the film makers to remind us of the "Nuts" campaign that saved the show.

    • The Morse code message heard over the title is:

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Constantino: We needed food, water and supplies. Jericho had those things. We tried to trade peacefully, Jericho responded with hostility, ending with the cold-blooded murder of eight of my deputies. Starving facing a hostile neighbor, we had to take action.
      Major Beck: (to Jake) Your story?
      Jake: My story? He held us hostage, tortured my brother and terrorised us with mortars. Peace. You didn't want peace. You wanted everything we had. They attacked us. They cost us I don't know how many men and women. Cost me my father.

    • Major Beck: Go home. Be with your family. Treat your wounded and mourn your dead. Then, help us rebuild this place. Nightmare's over. Order will be restored.

    • Mimi (about Trish): Did you see that skin? It's like porcelain. That girl's never had a restless night's sleep in her life. And here I am running five miles a day so my butt doesn't hit my ankles!

    • Jake: Constantino is responsible for the deaths of over sixty men and women in this town, including my father! There isn't gonna be any reconciliation until he's dead.

    • Hawkins: You know, if you were smart, you'd let three months go by. Wait until everything calms down and then you would go in there quietly in the middle of the night and you would kill Constantino in his sleep. 'Cause that I would understand. But this, this is just you making a big show out of it, Jake, and it is both dangerous and stupid.

    • Emily: I bake… sometimes.
      Jake: Since when?
      Emily: Okay… when I was a kid.
      Jake: No you didn't.
      Emily: Once, I did, in home-ec.
      Jake: Ah! And?
      Emily: It ended… badly.
      Jake: Because…?
      Emily: Because of the fire.

    • Jake: You think you lost more than me? Huh? You think you lost more than me?
      Eric: I think you had a few good months!
      Jake: He was my father!
      Eric: Well, he was everything to me! You have no idea what I've lost.

    • Chavez (holding a gun on Hawkins): You're getting lazy, old man. Ten years ago there's no way I'd get this close.
      Hawkins: Maybe.
      Chavez:That doesn't bother you? (Darcy cocks a gun behind Chavez)
      Hawkins: Not really.

    • Mimi: I'm sorry I asked you to marry me.
      Stanley: No, look, I was gonna ask you!
      Mimi: You were?
      Stanley: I was, yes. I had it all planned out. I was gonna propose the way my father proposed to my mother.
      Mimi: How'd he do it?
      Stanley: He asked her.

    • Mimi: What's that?
      Stanley: It's my mother's wedding ring, now please, be quiet. I've never loved anybody the way I love you. And I can't remember my life before you and...and, uh (gets down on one knee) now I really don't think I could live without you. Listen, I'll do whatever it takes to make you happy, I swear to God. So, will you marry me?
      (Mimi nods and gasps out a laugh)
      Stanley See, you can talk.
      Mimi Yes. Yes.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: March 26, 2008 on SBS Net
      The Netherlands: August 4, 2008 on Veronica
      Czech Republic: October 20, 2008 on AXN
      Hungary: October 20, 2008 on AXN


    • The episode title "Reconstruction" alludes to the period of American history, referred to as Reconstruction, between 1863 and 1877 as a divided nation healed itself. On Jericho, instead of a North/South division, America is divided East/West - each with its own capital as stated in the season 1 finale.