Season 1 Episode 23

Why We Fight

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 09, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • In this episode there is a series of flashbacks of April and Eric's wedding titled "6 years ago". In one of the previous episodes Eric found divorce papers that said they got married on June 15, 2001. So, Jericho probably takes place in 2007 (6 years after 2001).

    • Goof: Rob uses his satellite to scout for the New Bern soldiers, however, when he types in the co-ordinates, the satellite is suddenly able to give him a side-on view! Satellites can't give oblique views.

    • Lennie James (who plays Robert Hawkins) gives away his British heritage in this episode; when he rides in on the horse, he is holding the reigns "English", as opposed to "Western", which is the way most American riders learn.

    • Goof: In the scene where Rob talks to Jake over the radio after Jake's father was shot, in one of the times where Jake talks back to him he talks before pressing the button, yet somehow Rob hears everything he says.

    • When Hawkins accesses the satellite imagery, he inputs the co-ordinates 39°06'38.38" N and 99°27'17.38" W. The co-ordinates are the location of the road that the New Bern fighters take to the Richmond farm. This location is "miles" from the Jericho Townhall.

    • The flag in the army compound where Heather is, is made up of only 21 stars with 13 vertical stripes as opposed to the more commonly known 50 stars and 13 horizontal stripes.

    • The Morse code message heard over the title is:

    • Nitpick: On their way into town in the opening teaser, the soldiers check the pulse of the victims to see if they are alive. Problem is, they're wearing gloves. You can't feel a person's pulse when you're wearing gloves.

  • Quotes

    • Stanley (talking to his parents' graves): Remember I told you about that witch from the IRS, the one that wanted to take everything you've ever worked for? Mom, Dad, this is Mimi.

    • Mimi (talking to Stanley's parents' graves): I really love your son. And, of course, Bonnie is just wonderful and I've really enjoyed living with them…
      Stanley (under his breath): Great.
      Mimi: What?
      Stanley: I didn't say we were living together. We're not married!
      Mimi: Oh, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry, I… (Bonnie starts laughing)

    • Jake: (at Eric's wedding) If I'm such a joke, why'd you want me as your best man? (Eric looks over at Gail) You didn't want me, did you?

    • Stanley: I'm gonna ask Mimi to marry me.
      Jake: Yeah?
      Stanley: Yeah. She can't cook, she's never seen nine innings of baseball in her life, she hates my clothes, but I love her, and I'm happy.

    • Johnston: Quite a speech you made in there. I had no idea you were such a sentimental fool.
      Jake: Mom wrote it.
      Johnston: You think?

    • Bill: Did you see what I just did? (referring to blowing up the car)
      Stanley: Holy crap.

    • Constantino: Jake, you're outmanned and you're outgunned. There's too many of us and we are too desperate to give up. You cannot win this. I'm giving you one last chance to walk away, to put your guns down and return to town, and no one else will be harmed. Jake, I need an answer. What's it gonna be?
      Jake: NUTS!

    • Johnston: Sometimes doin' what you feel like doin' and doin' what needs to be done are two different things.
      Jake: You don't have to worry about me, Dad. I'm fine.
      Johnston: I somehow get the feeling that my worrying days are far from over. But they will be one day. One day, I know you're gonna become the man I know you can be, the man you were born to be. My God, that day's gonna be something to see!

    • Stanley: The throttle's there on your left and the steer...
      Hawkins: This is not my first time. Jake, good luck out there.
      Jake: Yeah. You too.

    • Jake: Tell me you have a plan, a really good one.
      Hawkins: Hey, I need to borrow your tank.

    • Stanley: Jake, I don't want to die today.
      Jake: You're going to make it out of here. That I promise.

    • Darcy: So there were dozens of these things used in the attacks, right? And now you have the last one.
      Hawkins: Yeah.
      Darcy: I don't, I don't think these people are looking at this thing as a weapon. It's more than that. It's...
      Hawkins: Evidence.
      Darcy: It's the smoking gun behind the greatest crime in the history of the world.

    • Hawkins: This satellite must remain a secret.
      Johnston: (pauses briefly) Sounds good.
      Jake: What, that's it?
      Johnston: What do you want me to say? I get it, man has a satellite, doesn't want anyone to know.
      Jake: Yeah, but...
      Johnston: I am about to go to war with New Bern, Kansas, the home of the nearest Costco - today is already just about as weird as I can handle. I'm not asking any more questions.

    • Col. Hoffman: I've also been told by a patient in our medical unit to expect a significant skirmish between two towns in northwest Kansas, New Bern and Jericho.
      Valente: What is the location of those towns?
      Col. Hoffman: CZ-12, Quadrant 4.
      Valente: We've tracked the terror suspect to within 200 miles of that area. Capture of this suspect is a top priority for President Tomarchio and the administration, do you understand?
      Col. Hoffman: Should I re-prioritize, sir?
      Valente: Immediately. Go to Jericho and crush the skirmish. Once the area is clear, we will begin our search for the terrorist.

    • Darcy: Where are you going?
      Hawkins: I have to stop a train.

    • Hawkins: You've got a very large train coming from New Bern. They've got three cargo cars.
      Jake: What's in them?
      Hawkins: I think it's men and there's hundreds of 'em and there's a whole set of reinforcements.

    • Jake: My Father's dead. We'll get through.

    • Johnston (to Jake): I was hard on you. I pushed you away. I'm glad you came home. I'm proud of you.

    • Johnston: I guess I zigged when I should have zagged out there, huh?

    • Col. Hoffman: The new federal government has been restored in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

    • Heather: Excuse me, sir.
      Col. Hoffman: You don't have to call me 'sir', not unless you intend to enlist.
      Heather: There's a city called New Bern. It has a munitions factory. It's planning to overrun the town of Jericho. People are going to get killed. They tried to kill me, but I got away. You've got to help these people.
      Col. Hoffman: Where is this?
      Heather: Kansas, not far from the Colorado border.

    • Jake (to Constantino): You can go straight to hell.

    • Jake (to Constantino): About my father... you're the one I'm coming for.

    • Jake: He's been shot.
      Hawkins: I'm sorry. OK. You know what to do, right? Keep pressure on the wound. And there should be some morphine curettes in the supplies I gave you.
      Jake: Yeah, we've got it.
      Hawkins: Listen, Jake, people are gonna be looking to you now. You know what I mean?
      Jake: Yeah.

    • Jake Green: My father expected us to make a stand here, to defend our home, and that's what we're going to do.

  • Notes

    • National Football League player Kassim Osgood has a cameo role as one of the soldiers who finds Heather on the side of a road.

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: January 30, 2008 on SBS Net
      - The Netherlands: August 4, 2008 on Veronica

    • This episode was nominated for the 2008 C.A.S. Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series.

    • After this episode, CBS decided not to renew Jericho for a second season. However they later changed their minds after a protest with fans sending peanuts to the network. The show will be back!

    • Featured Music:
      "Canon in D major" composed by Johann Pachelbel
      "Wonderful" by Everclear
      Bones Theme" by The Crystal Method

  • Allusions

    • "Why We Fight" was also the name of a series of propaganda films created by famous director Frank Capra during World War II.

    • The Army camp, of the forces loyal to the Tomarchio Administration in Cheyenne, that Heather is taken to is "Camp Liberty". Which is also the name of one of the US bases in Iraq (which also happens to contain the infamous prison Abu Ghurayb.

    • US Army General Anthony McAuliffe:

      McAuliffe commanded elements of the 101st Airborne who were surrounded in the town of Bastogne, during the Battle of the Bulge, the German Wehrmacht's last desperate offensive of World War II. Utterly surrounded, he was given the choice to surrender and avoid further casualties. He sent back a one word response to the German commander, "Nuts!" The General needed the help of American POWs to translate the colloquial phrase.
      In an interview given in 1954, Gen. McAuliffe stated that his actual one-word reply to the German commander had been "S***"; and that this was sanitized for release to the press.

    • The flag shown at the US military post where Heather was taken is similar in design to the "Civil Flag". Proponents of the flag say it is for use by the US military and is the true flag of the US, while opponents say the flag is a hoax.
      The flag with vertical stripes was proposed in the XVIII century for use where civilian authority was in place; the canton was proposed to have blue stars over a white field, in opposition to the military flag with white stars over a blue field. US Customs and the Cost Guard actually use the flag originating from this proposition, with the service insignia replacing the stars.
      The disposition of the stars forming a diamond were never used. When the 21st State (Illinois) was admitted to the Union, the stars were disposed in 4 lines (with 5, 4, 6 and 6 stars).
      Public Law 829 (1942 - now in USC Title 4 Chapter 1) describes the Flag of the United States with thirteen horizontal stripes, but leaves to the President to rule over the disposition of the stars.

    • The title of this episode "Why We Fight" is also the name of a book by conservative author William J. Bennett to justify the fight against terrorism and the invasion of Iraq.