Season 1 Episode 4

Walls of Jericho

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 11, 2006 on CBS
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Jake finds a stranger who is sick with radiation poisoning and he must make a decision whether or not to help him. The hospital’s generator is running out of gas and the residents find that their supplies are also running low.

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  • Reality finally starts setting in on Jericho 4 days after the mushroom clouds bloomed across the nation. Now the city must scramble for supplies and resources, and accepted ethics splinter under the weight of desperation.moreless

    It is good to see more people in Jericho beginning to take their situation seriously.

    As always, resident white hat, Jake Green takes the lead in just about everything. As always, resident enigma Hawkins skulks around being suspicious, protective and secretive. As always, Dale acts all emo. As always, Skylar snubs Dale, even though the writer seems to be pushing them together.

    But, even though this episode was predictable in many ways, it had the added punch of reality. In this episode we learn a little more, and see a little more tragedy. It's apparent that the resources at hand are limited and we have a long way to go before we get a clear picture of what is really going on. I liked this episode more than the previous one, primarily because the writers decided to focus on the whole nuclear attack aspect of things.moreless
  • This episode is totally cool. With the fact that there are some strangers coming and all.

    There are still a lot of unanswered questions. First of all there is a broadcast on air which shows people running and all. After Jake and Heather find a guy in a medical store he tells Jake that "THEY" were coming. And Dale brings the food from the train all the way to the store. But i wonder how he could have done it when he said that the Train was 5 miles away. I mean he is still too young to be driving something and gas is running low everywhere.

    The final thing is what is this Hawkins guy up to. He knew the guy Jake and Heather picked up and he uses this freakish laptop. I think he is planning to blow Jericho off.

    So all and all the episode was good.moreless
  • After receiving fragmented images from the satellite, a sick stranger arrives in town.

    A radiation exposed stranger breaks into the pharmacy, putting a strain on the med centre's rapidly failing resources. Jericho faces it's first supply shortage: gas. Without electricity, the gas pumps no longer work. Jake saves the day again when he, Heather and Stanley convince a garage manager to help them. By the time Eric arrives at the clinic, the crisis is over and Eric, tail between his legs, slinks off to his mistress and supplies the bar with gas.

    Hawkins' mysterious past comes into play again when he recognises the stranger as someone he works with. This man also returned for his family, but arrived in Denver too late. Before he dies, he delivers the ominous message "They're coming." which turns out to mean his family and friends. Jake shames people into coming with him but the people, without any medical attention, are all dead. Beautifully done and filmed.

    Last thoughts:

    - Just to be a total girl for a moment, Skeet Ulrich in nothing but a towel!

    The town's first face-to-face with radiation sickness and adding to the mystery surrounding Hawkins. Very interesting.moreless
  • Not very believable.

    I just got done watching the first four episodes of 'Jericho.' The story initially drew me in. After this episode however I'm begining to have my doubts about the show. Am I suppose to believe that days after a nuclear attack that the majority of a town would still be hanging out at the bar drinking and shooting pool? Or that a teenage girl would throw a party and parents would let their kids go? Quite unbelievable to me. I understand that a second season has started and that I have alot of catching up to do. I'm tempted to jump ahead and find out who Rob is and what the conspiracy is and get it over.moreless
  • A little more information.

    One of the things that I appreciate about this show is that we have so little information about what really happened. So every little piece of information that the folks of Jericho recieve is vital. This was a really great episode because they showed the real threat of radiation poisoning. I think the creators did a formidable job in making that happen. Another accomplishment of this episode was to show how vital it is for the townspeople to help eachother out and pull together as a group in order to make sure everyone's safe and cared for. The writers did an excellent job showing these aspects in this episode.moreless
Darby Stachfield

Darby Stachfield

April Green

Guest Star

Thomas Bankowski

Thomas Bankowski

Fred Taylor

Guest Star

Adam Donshik

Adam Donshik

Victor Miller

Guest Star

Bobby Stephenson

Bobby Stephenson


Recurring Role

Beth Grant

Beth Grant

Gracie Leigh

Recurring Role

Clare Carey

Clare Carey

Mary Bailey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: Even though only hours have passed and she's presumably been in the storm cellar waiting for the radioactive rain to subside, Emily's earrings change from a pair of turquoise-colored ones to a pair of white dream-catcher pair.

    • Goof: When Victor tells of "the twenty" from Denver, the doctor places the oxygen mask over his face upside down.

    • Nitpick: In the clinic, they are worried that using a ventilator will use up power and Eric says that the baby has a better chance for survival and they should save the generator for the baby. Generators have a limited capacity on the total amount of power that can be used at any one time. But as long as the generator is rated to push that much power they should be pushing it as hard as they can because it will run out of gas at the same time.

    • Nitpick: This episode occurs four days after the bombs. In the first episode Heather breaks her leg and is on crutches in the next two episodes, but at the beginning of this episode she's gotten rid of the crutches and she only has a slight limp. Four days after a broken leg most people would have just gotten to the point where they could walk with crutches. Heather seems to be getting along just fine already.

    • 1 Day After The Fallout Has Cleared
      This is shown at the bottom of the screen at the beginning of the episode.

    • When Robert Hawkins is sending a computer message about the traitor amongst them, the disclaimer in the background sites the name Mackay several times. This may presumably be the leader of their organization.

    • The Morse code which is heard over the title is:

    • In this episode, three more US cities are presumed destroyed; Minneapolis, St. Louis and Detroit based on the markings on the map. The city Cincinnati could also be one of them but it is marked with a question mark.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Robert: Where did you go to school Sam?
      Sam: Crow Island.
      Robert: Who is your dad?
      Sam: You.
      Robert: Who loves you more than anything in the world?
      Sam: You.
      Robert: And Sam, who is always going to take care of you?
      Sam: Mommy.

    • (talking about the video on the TV at the bar)
      Eric: I'm telling you it's the Midwest, with the skyline I'm thinking Cincinnati.
      Jake: I wish we could read the license plates.
      Eric: Let's make Cincinnati a question mark.

    • Emily: Jake, hey, you're a good man for trying to help someone you didn't even know.

    • Dale: Why are you such a jerk when you're with your friends?
      Lisa: Did I interrupt a lovers' spat?
      Skylar: Stop it Lisa!
      Lisa: You know what, I'm gonna go home. I only came here because you begged me to.
      Skylar: Just... go home.

    • Dale: That's a $1.69.
      Allison: Okay.
      Dale: I got the last bag of corn chips.
      Skylar: I'll give you $20 for them!

    • Stanley: I couldn't find an empty pesticide container, so I though this water tank might do.
      Heather: No no no, we can't use steel, there is too much risk of static. One spark and the whole thing could blow sky high.
      Jake: We don't have time to look for something else!
      Heather: We can't... well, who's gonna fill it?

    • Johnston: Right now, hire as many deputies as you can and use them to help get gas, the clinic's running low.

    • Johnston: Earlier today we buried 20 people, refugees from Denver. People we, we didn't know but, were prepared to welcome into out town. Unfortunately they died of radiation poisoning before we could reach them. For those people from Denver and for our own people, for Sheriff Daurs and Deputy Riley, for Deputy Connor and Deputy Saleam. For people out there somewhere out there that we know nothing about that might be suffering and dying right now, I ask that we take a moment of silence.

    • Darcy: I thought you were going to a party hun? (pause) You're worth ten of her.
      Dale: Ten of who?
      Darcy: Skylar Stevens...
      Dale: She's not a bad person.
      Darcy: Hmm, we're not like them. They can be nice sometimes, don't be fooled.
      Dale: That's what my mum used to say.
      Darcy: Well, she was a smart lady.

    • April: What's going on in there?
      Eric: They're asking him a few questions.

    • Jake: We've seen it. We've seen it 100 times. A man just died in our clinic. Our clinic! He was traveling with his daughter and about 20 other people. Alright, it could've been Shep or Gray or any of us. They need our help. Are we going to help them, or are we just gonna sit here watching the same three images over and over?
      Mary: Jake. I'll donate gas if you need to fill your car to get them.
      Jake: Thank you, Mary.
      Emily: I'll go with you.
      Jake: Thank You. Anybody else?

    • Robert: Hey. Hey!! We said families only, hmm? Why? Why, did you go back to Denver?
      Victor: I... (gasping) I couldn't let them die.
      Robert: It was a mistake, Vic, because now we are a man down.
      Victor: No. Some...s-some...someone…someone flipped. A trai…traitor. (loud, gasping breath) There's a traitor.
      Robert: Do you know who it was? Come on, man, tell me. Vic, who was it?
      Victor: (gasping for air) I...
      Robert: Tell me. Do you know who it was?
      Victor: (gasping, coughing) You….know.
      (life support machine is beeping, alarm is buzzing) (flatline)

    • Robert: Sam, where'd you go to school?
      Sam: The Crow School.
      Allison: (sighs) Crow Island School. God, we've gone over this so many times.
      Robert: And we'll go over it again and again until we get it right.
      Allison: Mom… You know what, I can't keep doing this, keep Samuel inside. I've got my story.
      Robert: Hey
      Allison: We lived in a two bedroom house. We drove a green Volvo, we had a stay at home mom, which is bull because she worked all the time because our dad was never around.

    • April: Can you tell me your name?
      Disfigured Man: (gasping) Victor (breathes faintly) Miller.
      Jake: Victor. Victor, you're in a medical clinic. We're going to take care of you.
      Victor: No. No. (gasping for air) They're coming (gasping for air) They're coming.

    • Jake: Bonnie.
      Bonnie (staring at the disfigured man): This could be my brother. Is this how they die?
      Jake: No. Stanley didn't get it this bad.
      Bonnie: He could still get cancer?
      Jake: No, we don't know that.
      Stanley: Listen. (signs to Bonnie) Don't worry about me, I'll be fine.
      Bonnie (speaking to Jake): Take care of him.

    • Johnston: Any word from Shep or Gray?
      Jimmy: No, Mayor. Still can't get them on the radio.
      Bill: Maybe they got captured by those tanks that Stanley saw?
      Jimmy: Those tanks are probably just National Guard, okay?
      Bill: You don't know that, they could be China.
      Johnston: Shhh!
      Bill: They could be China, they could be Iran, Al Qaeda, North Korea; anybody who hates us. They could be coming here and what's our line of defense? You're looking at it.

    • April Green: Some of the nurses are spooked. They're worried about contamination.
      Gail Green: Honey, I'll do anything I can to help you.
      April Green: If you could, keep an eye on this baby. Then I could see to the other patients.
      Gail Green: Sure.
      April Green: I hope to God the power doesn't go.
      Gail Green: Look, we'll do everything we can until we can't.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: October 12 2006, Network Ten
      Denmark: October 24 2007, SBS Net
      Estonia: May 20 2007
      Finland: September 12 2007
      Germany: June 18 2007, Pro7
      Hungary: December 31 2006
      Netherlands: June 2 2008
      Slovenia: September 30 2008, on Kanal A

    • Featured Music:
      "Someone Must Get Hurt" by She Wants Revenge
      "Crushing Yer Head" by Slot
      "Kevin is Gay" by Giant Drag