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1.15 Semper Fidelis
WARNING: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS
Original air date: March 14, 2007
Morse code deciphered: They will need it.
U.S. Marines claiming to be on the forefront of reconstruction efforts arrive in Jericho and tell the citizens of nuclear attacks on Iran and North Korea; Hawkins confronts Sarah.
When Marines come to town, the citizens of Jericho consider what their lives will be like when the nation begins to recover from the bombings. -- From cbs.com
The show opens with both the dismal realization that their food most likely won't last the winter (Gray suggests kicking the refugees out to protect Jericho's own -- to which Roger objects vehemently) and the sight of several Jericho families packing up to head south.
Not long afterward, a tank rumbles into town surrounded by Marines. It rolls up to town hall where Gray greets the group warmly.
The Marines provide the following information:
(1) The war is coming to a close.
(2) The United States "nuked the hell" out of North Korea and Iran because Iran financed North Korea's delivery of the bombs.
(3) The six governments of the U.S. are now consolidated under one with the capital in Columbus, Ohio.
(4) The former Secretary of Heath and Human Services is now President.
(However, later in the episode these "fake" Marines admitted that they heard only snippets of information and that they fabricated pieces of the story. What they heard and what they made up is unclear.)
Jake helps Maggie, the Marines' radio technician, find parts for the group's radio. They end up dismantling the ham radio in the sheriff's office that Hawkins used many months ago. Almost immediately, there's a message from base in Dodge City that the group is to return there. Gray bribes the group leader, the Gunnery Sergeant, with food and gas to extract promises that Jericho will receive the earliest possible help. Earlier, Gray and Johnston had been told, in effect, that because they'd planned well enough and were stable, the town wasn't high on the list to receive aid. The gunnery sergeant promises Gray that Jericho will be at the top of the list to receive aid from Red Cross planes due to arrive in 12 days.
Meanwhile, Hawkins and his family are packing up to leave Jericho. He suspects Sarah and pickpockets her pseudo-Blackberry, UPC, and finds her messages to her boss about using his family against him. He discovers Sarah is holding Samuel hostage in return for both the pseudo-Blackberry and "the package." Darcy returns, Sarah orders her to fetch Allison from upstairs, and before long everyone is in the living room at gunpoint. Hawkins seems to give in and we find out that he'd concealed the package behind a block wall he built in the basement. He retrieves the package and brings it upstairs on the same dolly he used to remove it from the storage unit "The Day Before,"
Sarah orders Hawkins to choose his job or his family. When he's indecisive for too long, she offers to help him make the choice by taking Samuel with her as she escapes with the package, promising to leave him on the edge of town. Darcy objects and attacks Sarah. In the ensuing physical brawl, Sarah knocks Darcy out and injures Hawkins in the leg before Allison kills Sarah with Sarah's gun.
In the end, though, Darcy is both horrified and terrified. She leaves with the children. In the silence that follows, Sarah's UPC beeps. Hawkins masquerades as Sarah and tells her handler that Hawkins is dead and the package is secure. "Sarah" is to await instructions on where to deliver the package.
Jake, with the now-fixed radio, is there to hear a communication from the group's "base." In the background, he hears the fireworks going off outside. Big red flags go up for Jake since fireworks in Jericho shouldn't be heard in Dodge City. He finds Stanley and sends him out to scout around the edge of town.
Jake confronts Maggie in Gracie Leigh's old store. Maggie confesses that they aren't really a group of Marines, but were in a refugee camp. The "10,000 hungry people" there overwhelmed the guards. The band she's with took the uniforms and a tank and now are essentially marauders, going from town to town and taking food and supplies from people who honestly believe them to be there to help. Maggie ends up pulling her gun on Jake so he won't talk, he tells her she doesn't have it in her, but he's then walloped on the back of the head by the "Gunnery Sergeant" and is knocked out cold. [Should there be some running tally of Jake's injuries? He's also nursing frostbite from last week's episode.]
They have a discussion, Sergeant says he is a physical education teacher, and remember the incident in Greenville that ends in them shooting their way out ? killing the town people ?
Johnston, Gray and others corner the group in the store and disarm them. Gray wants "the town to decide" what to do with them, but Johnston says the town needs hope. Therefore, his suggestion is that they make it seem as if the "Marines" are moving on and not to let the town know anything is wrong. Johnston gets his way and the "Marines" get an armed escort out of town. On the outskirts, their weapons are disarmed and their tank confiscated. Gray looks highly annoyed, Jake looks pensive and Johnston looks satisfied. He also suggests the tank be hidden in Stanley's barn.
After multiple episodes in which residents of Jericho lose weapons to outsiders this time the towns people not only retain their guns but get some automatic weapons ammo and a tank.
The next group of raiders that come to town are in for a shock.
There is some hope here for Stanley and Mimi. Mimi is in paroxysms of delight when she sees the Marines -- "Government means paperwork and they'll need accountants again!" -- but Stanley isn't exactly as happy. Later on, Mimi confesses that while she can't see herself staying in Jericho, she can't see herself leaving him.
Stanley is very angry at Sean during this episode, since he is hanging out with (and kissing) Bonnie. He openly insults the adolescent, and further mocks him by saying something currently unknown in sign language. My guess: it wasn't something nice. It's obvious Sean is interested in Bonnie, but whether or not Bonnie returns the feelings or is just looking for a way to make Stanley angry, remains to be seen.
As mentioned above in the Recap, Stan and Mimi have a slight altercation. Stanley is hopelessly a "hill-billy", and wants to steer away from the subject that Mimi wants to discuss. She says she doesn't want to leave him, but that she longs to go back to D.C. Ultimately, the problem isn't really solved. The thing that is solved, however, is that no matter what happens Mimi doesn't want to leave him.
"You drive me crazy!" she says, sounding exasperated. "And you know I can't stay here forever. But the truth is... I can't live without you either."
Stanley's serious face suddenly changes to a flattered grin. "Really?"
"Really," Mimi replies.
Stanley kisses her. Yay, happy ending. For now.
Sean (excitedly): "Dude! I could SO be a marine!"
Stanley: (mockingly): "Dude! I can totally see that happening!" --Gets serious--- "Except for everything about you."
Johnston: "Stanley, you got room in your barn?"
Stanley (grins): "Seriously?"
Johnston: "Why not? Never know when you might need a Tank."
Questions for next episode:
Q: How is Jake going to respond when Heather returns next week? He certainly seemed to fall hard for Maggie this week.
A: I think, what happened between Heather and Jake is coming to an end. Although right before Heather left, Jake started to show some feelings toward her.
A2: Jake's a decent guy is all and he really doesn't see Heather as anything other than a friend. IMHO
Q: How much of the "news" that the phony Marines provided is true?
A: Some of the information that surfaced was heard along the way of their arrival to Jericho, but I think some of it was made up.
A2: Gunnery Sergeant admitted that some was true and some was made up and he didn't specify what was what.
Q: Will Maggie show up later in the show and fall in love with Jake again? (ANY PREDICTIONS?)
A: NO, she won't
A2: I think that there's a possibility that she will. I mean, why would they have something start between Maggie and Jake, if they weren't going to bring her back.
- So what does the phrase "Semper Fidelis" mean?
- Jayhawks and Corn-huskers
- Guest Starring: Clare Carey (Mary Bailey), Christopher Wiehl (Roger Hammond), Darby Stanchfield (Ann Green), Erin Daniels (Lance Corporal Maggie Mullin), James MacDonald (Gunnery Sergeant Hill), Siena Goines (Sarah Mason), April D. Parker (Darcy Hawkins), Jazz Raycole (Allison Hawkins)
- Co-Starring: Sterling Ardrey (Samuel Hawkins), Shiloh Fernandez (Sean Henthorn), Jason Collins (Ridley Cooper), Tim Barraco (Private Wymore)
- Written By: Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia
- Directed By: James Whitmore, Jr.
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|7Knight-Wolf||Maggie and Sara||8||Mar 30 2007, 7:57 PM EDT by 7Knight-Wolf|
Thread started: Mar 16 2007, 6:34 PM EDT Watch
This was an awsome episode. I'm glad Sara is out of the picture. But it was also a very sad episode. Poor Mr. Hawkins! Is his family walkig out on him, even after he risked so much for them?! I love it how how he calls Allison "Baby girl."
Oh, and the other problem I had with this episode is Maggie. Hello, what happened to Jake's character? He's supposed to be insecure and secretive, and now he goes around telling his life story to a girl he's never met before!!!!!!! And kissing her!! That's so stupid! Meaning no offense to the writers. But I do hope Maggie doesn't come back!
|Anonymous||HUA||0||Mar 29 2007, 12:03 AM EDT by Anonymous|
|Anonymous||Private Wymore in Semper Fidelis||1||Mar 28 2007, 11:45 PM EDT by Anonymous|
Thread started: Mar 28 2007, 11:05 PM EDT Watch
They guy that played Private Wymore, Tim Barraco, is soooo cute! :) He was the one who blew the marines' cover at the dinner when they yelled Hu-ah. Any word if this character is coming back or if there's anything else he is in? Thanks guys!
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