Season 1 Episode 13

The Day Before

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 21, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • April's attorney's name is William Garity, as seen when she exits his office with her divorce filing papers.

    • Here we learn that Robert was part of a several man team that was supposed to deliver the packages to several major cities. Hawkins was supposed to deliver his package to Columbus, Ohio.

    • Nitpick: In "Vox Populi", we found out that Johnston Green had been mayor for about 25 years. In this episode, we learn that he took office when Eric was in second grade. Assuming that Eric was a normal age for his grade level, that would put Eric around 32 years old. Previously his age had been established as about 27.

    • Jericho Geography: The second line in the heading on April's divorce papers reads "County of Jericho, Kansas". This would make it likely that Jericho is the county seat.

    • The following locations are indicated as "Final list of intended targets" on Hawkins' computer screen:
      Washington DC: 38 53' 55.00" N 77 01' 37.00" W
      This is on 11th St NW near corner G St NW
      Philadelphia: 39 57' 34.00" N 73 02' 38.02" W
      This has to be an error because the location is in the Atlantic Ocean! The correct location should be around 75° W.
      Los Angeles: 34 03' 00.95" N 118 14' 22.08" W
      The Japanese American National Museum
      New York: 40 43' 01.79" N 74 00' 18.38 W
      Leonard St between Church St and Broadway
      Denver: 39 44' 29.28" N 104 58' 57.89" W
      Parking lot at 16th E St corner Logan St.
      Dallas: 32 47' 00.61" N, no longitude given.
      St. Louis, Chicago: no coordinates given.

    • The timeframe for the bombings has been established as occurring in 2009. The TV announcer mentioned the "mid-term elections" while discussing the President's address. This would make it the year 2010.

    • Jake Green is a pilot and an Embry-Riddle graduate. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is a non-profit, non-sectarian, coeducational private university with a history dating back to the early days of aviation.

    • The Morse Code in the title is:

      It is the answer to the contest riddle and goes with the phrase "it begins with 6 and ends in BLOODSHED"

  • Quotes

    • Roger (on answering machine): Hey Emily, it's Roger. I just tried your cell but I couldn't reach you. I hope you haven't run off with the milkman yet. Last night was terrible. I kept wanting to get up and tell the captain I'd made a horrible mistake and turn the plane around. My home is where you are babe, and if that means Jericho, Kansas for the rest of my life, it'll be a happy one. I'm flying back tonight and get into Wichita at 10:30. I can't think of anything I'd rather see than your beautiful face when I get home. In case you're wondering, I didn't go on that interview.

    • Gail: I studied French and Italian for four years and after all those years, all I can remember is my name, how to count to ten, and Would you please pass that packet of sugar?

    • Gail: Something happened, watching April listen to your heartbeat. I began to wonder: how many good years do we have left together?
      Johnston: Did you hear something I didn't? 'Cause all she told me was I might be getting a cold.

    • Gail: It's time for some changes, Johnston, starting with your diet.
      Mayor Green (indicates his mostly empty plate): A man can't live on that.
      Gail: He can if he wants to stay married to me.

    • Stanley: It's nice to meet you, Miss Clark.
      Mimi: Do you not read your mail?
      Stanley: Nope. Nothing but bills and bad news. Why?
      Mimi: Well, this would be a little of both. I work for the IRS and according to our records you owe more than $180,000 in back taxes. It's nice to meet you.

    • Eric: Dad, there are worse things in the world than a venti cappuccino!
      Mayor Green: Speak English!

    • Cell Leader: Take a look around you, gentlemen. (pause) These are the faces of the men that will change the world.

    • Sarah: I have to say that…when they recruited me I thought I was prepared for just about anything but nothing like this.
      Robert: Well, that's because nothing like this has ever happened before.
      (cell phone rings)

    • Jake: You finally pulled the trigger, Freddy? All right.
      Freddy: You know it baby. Hey she's got some good looking sisters, man? Unless you're still all hung up on that farm girl in Iowa.
      Jake: Kansas.
      Freddy: Same thing.
      Jake: No, not the same thing.

    • (Robert throws Darcy's cell phone to the side.)
      Darcy: You let them out of there right now, Robert, or so help me I'll start screaming.
      Robert: No, you listen to me very carefully. In five seconds I'm getting on this truck and I am leaving Washington for good and I did not come here to discuss this with you. Now, you can either trust me and come with us, or you can stay here, but you will never, ever see your children again.

    • Freddy: Do me a favor, skip ahead in your mind a couple months, visualize yourself on a Mexican beach, knee deep in bikinis and Benjamins.
      Jake: I try not to think that far ahead; keeps me from being disappointed when things go to hell.
      Freddy: My pop once told me, "if you don't keep an eye towards where you're going, you'll never get there."

    • Stanley: Well, now, who doesn't like corn? I mean you got corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn nuts, corndogs, cornsicles.
      Mimi: Cornsicles?
      Stanley: It's a joke, lady?
      Mimi: Can you not talk to me please?

    • Darcy: I don't know what's going on, Robert and right now I'm…I'm too exhausted to fight but I promise you one thing, come tomorrow one way or another I will have you arrested.
      Robert: You know, come tomorrow, a whole lot of things will be different.

    • Emily: I can't imagine what you've seen out there. (Roger has a dazed shock look on his face) Roger….I said, I can't imagine what you've seen.
      Roger: Couldn't have imagined it either.

    • April: Do you have a place to stay? Do you know anyone in Jericho?
      Sarah: Actually, I do.

    • Darcy: Robert, you're scaring Samuel.
      Robert: Well then un-scare him.

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: December 12, 2007 on SBS Net
      - The Netherlands: June 30, 2008 on Veronica

    • As of this episode, Alicia Coppola (Mimi Clark) is now a regular cast member rather than her previous status of recurring.

    • Featured Music:
      "Santeria" by Sublime
      "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor
      "Starlight" by Muse
      "Nothing Left to Lose" by Mat Kearney (played when Eric and his father are in the bar)
      "Acquiesce" by Oasis

    • This will be the first of all new episodes up to the season finale with no repeats.

  • Allusions

    • The episode title is a twist of The Day After, a 1983 TV-movie which dealt with the life in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion...the exact opposite of the events of this episode.