Season 2 Episode 5

Termination for Cause

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 11, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Jake and the Rangers take on Goetz and Ravenwood while a Jericho Ranger makes a choice that will alter his life. An old friend comes to warn Heather that her loyalties to Major Beck have placed her in serious danger.

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  • Yet another incredibly exciting episode which again proves how hard the writers are trying to save the series.

    I finally get around to doing this review only to find out that Jericho's been cancelled again. My heart's not in this review but I'm gonna write it anyway but it's gonna be short.

    It shows how much Jake has come to trust Beck that he's the first person Jake goes to. With bigger fish to fry – New Bern again – he leaves Jericho in Jake's hands and though Jake tries, the situation quickly gets out of hand. Without Beck to keep Goetz on a leash, Goetz actually declares the med centre a hostage situation and starts kidnapping people's families! Our traitor Fred is finally exposed, he's lucky no-one shot him. The siege was excellently done. After the disclosure about Jake's semi-military past, we see him searching with Hawkins, very efficient, very cool.

    Stanley killing Goetz was a shock – usually in tv series, the hero will always stop his best friend from doing something bad, the bad guy will get his justice in the end. Not in Jericho, which has not been pulling the punches in season 2, and Stanley actually does kill Goetz. Which of course, is incredibly bad. No matter what they do, Beck will find out, too many people know what really happened. Gotta admit, the look on Goetz's face when he gets fired is one of those little moments that make you all warm inside. Brilliant to get him fired before he dies, J&R won't retaliate.

    New Bern is a powder keg that's been waiting to blow since the New Bern War and no surprise that Heather's on their short list, a prestigious list that includes Goetz too.

    Some truly great moments in this episode but my favourite was Stanley signing a conversation to Bonnie. Very touching. Beautifully done. Another scene I enjoyed was Stanley going to see Mimi. Naturally she starts apologising, she'll always blame herself for Bonnie, but Stanley doesn't allow it, instead saying that Bonnie would glad she was able to save Mimi.

    Another very intense episode in a series of such episodes in season 2, the writers are managing to keep up the tension effortlessly with each episode, without ever being repetitive. Really impressive.moreless
  • Thrilling episode...

    Oh.. Again a really superb episode - they really are doing amazing job with those and to cancel after this - the ones making decisions are crazy.

    It starts like a bitter aftermath of last episode happenings and soon turns into the crises between Ravenwood and Rangers who stand on their way to luckily survived Mimi. And it is not so easy - one of their own turns against them, a lot of excitement and action, cleverly plotted storyline. And then the end on the field - the way it was done - a little victory and then the end of the things what had boiling all episode - Goetz is killed by Stanley. And the way it was done - so much speaking, so impressive, emotional. Thing he would never do but for revenge for his sister.. he is able to over come that line..

    And the totally last scene - the picture.. it was again.. well done.moreless
  • great episode

    Jake and his rangers defy Goetz authoritarian rule over jericho. a jericho ranger betrays his own fellow rangers. heather's friends from new bern comes to jericho to warn her that there is a bounty on her head for being closely associated with major beck. they tell her that the bounty for her will be disregarded if she helps them catch goetz. this is a really exciting episode, the ravenwood threat makes everything so exciting. i can't wait for the next episode. the writers are coming up with a really cool episode each week. the stories are tight, the characters are fleshed out. great episode.moreless
  • Jericho takes on Ravenwood

    When Jericho takes on Ravenwood I remembered exactly why I watch this show! The first season was thrilling and exciting and I could not wait to see every next episode. Season two was even better when you look at the new developments and new characters but I missed the thrill I had during the first season. Untill now that is! This show continues to provide drama, excitement, action and has an original cliffhanger at the end of each episode. The way humans and their greed/ego/fight for survival are shown makes it even more interesting to watch. And this episode is a great example and I hope Jericho stays on for a long time.moreless
  • The countdown to the end?

    I had to say goodbye to one of my favorite characters this week, when Bonnie is shot by Goetz. 'At least she died a hero,' I thought, but that didn't stop me from bawling when Stanley said goodbye to herI don't think I could have picked between her and Mimi though. It might not have been as tough as April's passing, but I hated her being killed. Was it even for the benefit of the story?

    The fight for Goetz ends with help from Hawkins and Mimi. Even Trish helped, but seeing as in she was in with Goetz, I can't cancel out all her bad points. But neither New Bern or Jericho can take credit because Stanley did the deed, shooting Goetz in the head. I can't say what he did was wrong. I felt that someone had to pay for Bonnie's death. And if it made him feel better, why not? Luckily, New Bern cleans up the mess by stringing up the dead body up a tree for Beck to see. Wow, he does not look happy....

    Seven episodes was never a good idea, was it? CBS just did it to pacify all the angry nut-throwing fans, myself included. But here it is again, the dreaded final two episodes. Thanks a lot, CBS!moreless
Geno Monterio

Geno Monterio

Aide De Camp

Guest Star

Bill Tangradi

Bill Tangradi


Guest Star

Patrick Rowe

Patrick Rowe

Fred Drummond

Guest Star

Sprague Grayden

Sprague Grayden

Heather Lisinski

Recurring Role

Shoshannah Stern

Shoshannah Stern

Bonnie Richmond

Recurring Role

D.B. Sweeney

D.B. Sweeney


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Goetz: Is this a road you really want to go down?
      Jake: Come in this building and you'll find out.

    • Jake: It's not gonna wait twelve hours.
      Beck: Well, it's gonna have to. Things are coming apart at the seams in New Bern right now. And you have my word, tomorrow I'm gonna get into this but for tonight I'm trusting that you can keep things under control here. That means Goetz is off limits. No threats, no retribution, no exceptions. Do you understand?

    • Jake (aiming gun): You're not getting inside this building.
      Goetz: Then I think we have a problem.

    • Goetz: Be very careful about this decision you're making, Jake, because if you kill a Ravenwood contractor Cheyenne will classify this town as an insurgent enclave. When they crack down, everyone suffers. You don't want that.
      Jake (still holding gun on him): Then it looks like this is gonna be a long night.

    • Russell (to Heather): The resistance in New Bern has placed a bounty on your head. We were sent to collect it. Is there a place we can talk?

    • Hawkins: So why not just blow the whistle? What do you need me for?
      Voice on Phone: I don't need you. I need your bomb.

    • Darcy: Is she okay?
      Kenchy: Well, she has been shot…

    • Eric: When April died all I could think about was I hadn't done enough. That it was my fault.
      Stanley: When my parents died I did that. I blamed myself, and I hated myself for being alive. But there was this little girl to take care of.

    • Stanley (to Bonnie): You okay? I know, I'm an idiot. You definitely would be making fun of me, right? I just wanted to tell you Mimi is alive because of you. And I wanted to say thank you. Thank you. I miss my sister. Tell Mom and Dad I love them. I love you.

    • Jake: They tried to use you as bait?
      Hawkins: Oh, they tried.

    • Mike: Punish Goetz in New Bern, we show Beck we're not going away any time soon.
      Heather: I know things are bad, but the minute you threw in with Constantino you gave up the high ground. Beck's gonna fight you. I'm sorry, but I'm gonna be helping him do it.

    • Jimmy: God, I hope this works.
      Bill: It'll work. Just have to make it a little bigger.
      Jimmy: Too small? What, you think I won't fit through that hole?
      Bill (eyes Jimmy's girth): You're gonna wanna make it bigger.

    • Mimi: I never should have opened my mouth, I should have kept my mouth shut.
      Stanley: Listen to me. You were in danger, Bonnie did what she needed to do to protect you and you're alive. Wherever she is now I swear she's glad she did it.

    • Goetz: What are you talking about? You can't fire me.
      Trish: No, I can't. But he can. In fact he already did.
      Goetz: Feel better?
      Trish: I hope you rot in hell.

    • Eric: I know that this is harder. When your parents died, that was an accident. An act of God.
      Stanley: Aren't they all?

  • NOTES (4)


    • Title reference: The name of this episode is a business phrase meaning that an employee has been fired due to bad behavior or other specific failures.