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1.21 Coalition of the Willing
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Original air date: May 2, 2007
Morse code deciphered: Allegiance
Friends become enemies when Jericho's neighboring town of New Bern begins bombing the streets of Jericho in a battle for resources. - Wikipedia.org
When the town of New Bern begins bombing the streets of Jericho with mortars, Mayor Gray Anderson is faced with the decision to fight their formidable opponents or surrender in order to save lives. - thefutoncritic.com
Jake, Eric, Johnston, Hawkins, and Maggie have all safely returned to Jericho. Stanley and some other rangers are guarding the borders as Jake tells Gray about New Bern's war plans. Stanley is vigilantly doing his duty, when he spots a kid from New Bern coming down the road. The kid delivers a radio communication link to Gray, and then heads back home. Constantino comes through on the walkie-talkie device, demanding seven Jericho farms and half the salt mine. Constantino gives Gray four hours to respond.
Meanwhile, Dale is making more deals to get more profit for himself. He and an "army" of refugees plan to defend the farms on the outskirts of Jericho; if they are successful, they keep the farms. Eric is in the med center feeling guilty about April. Gail gives him some medical attention, when Mary interrupts. Mary and Eric are reunited and for once, Gail doesn't object.
The four hours are soon up. Jake leaves Gray's office and sees Emily, who runs into his arms. Jake informs Emily that Heather was caught sabotaging the factory in New Bern, and was caught. Emily asks what they did to her, and when Jake does not answer, she asks, "Is she dead?" Jake is having a hard time keeping his emotions together.
The conversation is interrupted as a mortar from New Bern crashes into Jericho! Glass is thrown everywhere as the windows break, and Emily and Jake fall on the floor. Jake anxiously asks if Emily is okay. Since she is unharmed, Jake runs outside. He finds Main Street a mess; the pavement is gone and injured people are scattered. Small fires burn here and there. To Jake's horror, his mother is wounded on the ground. Jake bravely defends her as a second mortar crashes into town.
Gray picks up the radio and furiously insults Phil, vowing to make it his purpose in life to see that the sheriff-gone-fascist is held accountable for what he did. Phil demands seven Jericho farms, and if his needs are not met, he will continue to rain mortars on Jericho. Gray grabs Stanley and yells at him to take a squad of rangers and take out the mortars. Stanley is hesitant, but he obeys.
Hawkins meets Darcy in the streets; he is worried that he might not be able to protect Darcy and the kids now that New Bern was attacking. Darcy suggests that they all go back into their old house, bringing them all back together again. Rob shows Darcy his secret room, says "No more secrets," giving you the idea that he will finally tell her everything. Allison peeks into the room and is pleased to find Hawkins giving Darcy a kiss.
Later, Stanley calls Gray on a radio (not the same one from New Bern) and reports. He has found a truck off of which New Bern men are firing mortars. But unless he sends scouts, he won't know what he's up against. Although Eric and Johnston protest, Gray says forget the scouts and take out the mortars. Stanley again obeys. When mortars go off a few moments later, they know that Stanley was not successful.
To everyone's relief, Stanley comes back. But he is alone and his coat is stained with blood. Jake is relieved to find him unhurt but when Johnston and Gray ask where all the other rangers are, Stanley answers that they had no idea what they were up against. New Bern men were guarding the truck on all sides. Stanley tries very hard to hold it together. "They wouldn't--they wouldn't stop f-firing," he says. Johnston asks what happened to the other rangers. "They're all dead," Stanley replies, with more than a little emotion in his voice. "They're all dead." He then breaks into quiet sobs, but Mimi is there for him. Hot-headed Jake realizes that this is Gray's fault, and tries to physically attack Gray. It is broken up by Hawkins and Johnston.
A little later, Hawkins, Jake, Emily, and Eric are out scouting. (I love the horse-riding scenes!) They find a mortar truck and ambush it. They succeed in capturing the truck, but they are suddenly surrounded by men on motorcycles. The man who's leading the riders steps forward. Surprise, surprise, it's Jonah Prowse: Jericho's outcast and Emily's father! Emily makes a deal with Jonah: that if he helps them take out the mortar camp, they will give him half the guns and supplies they plunder. Jonah agrees and they all head back to Jericho.
Johnston reluctantly agrees to honor Emily's deal. Jake, Emily, Hawkins, Jonah, and Johnston set off to take out the mortars. Meanwhile, Eric and Stanley try to convince Gray not to compromise with Phil. By this time Gray has the 7 farmers he needs and is ready to make the deal. Eric and Stanley begin to be forced out the room but Gray's guards. Stanley shouts, protesting vehemently, and pushes the guard off of him. The guard then pulls a gun, and soon every one has followed suit. Gray gets everyone to put the guns down and listens to Eric, who explains about Jonah. Gray then stalls with Constantino over the radio, while the Jericho team is taking out the mortars.
After a fierce gunfight, Hawkins, Jonah, Jake, and Johnston take out the mortar encampment. One New Bern man is still alive, but Jonah shoots him in cold blood, shocking Emily and many viewers. This is very shocking because in episode 1.11 Vox Populi, Jonah seemed to undergo a great change of character. Now he seems to be back to his old robbing, thieving self. He tells Emily to get away from him because he is a thief and "you're a schoolteacher, kid." Jonah drives away, backing out on their deal by taking all the supplies instead of half. This of course worries Emily, Jake and the others because they were counting on being able to use the supplies to fight New Bern.
Hawkins saves the day -- for now -- by taking Jake to what seems to be a storage unit where he has a large store of guns. Jake asks why didn't he offer these guns up for the greater good earlier, to which Hawkins replies, "I never expected to make Jericho my home."
Meanwhile, Phil calls Gray and states simply and coldly, "Now you've brought this upon yourself. No deals, no mercy. This means war." After which, Gray humbles himself, looks up, and says, "...Johnston...I need your help."
Johnston asks Dale to allow the refugees to help defend the town. Dale protests, stating he's using his "army" to help defend the Hastings farm he earlier made a deal for (if he can defend it, he can keep it). Johnston replies that, if Jericho can't be defended, the farm won't matter. Dale says nothing.
That night, every one gathers around and Johnston gives a speech of encouragement. Johnston tells everybody, "Pray for each other. While you're at it, pray for the men and women of New Bern, too. Pray that God forgives us." Then every able-bodied person, 16 years of age or older, lines up and gets a gun, even Sean and Allison.
Stanley grimly takes a rifle and sets out with a few others to scout the borders. There seems to be some kind of New Bern encampment close by. The episode ends as Stanley sees the camp and watches it with grim and vigilant eyes.
Hawkins: Jonah will have our backs, right?
Hawkins: You are filling me with confidence, Jake.
Questions for next episode:
Q. We still don't know what happens to Heather, so where is she? Is she really dead?
A1. I don't think so...I saw her in the preview!!!
A2. We don't know for sure. Jake seems to believe she's still alive, but Eric seems to believe she's dead.
- Guest Starring: Clare Carey (Mary Bailey), Candace Bailey (Skylar Stevens), Bob Stephenson (Jimmy Taylor), Richard Speight, Jr. (Bill), Timothy Omundson (Phil Constantino), April D. Parker (Darcy Hawkins), Jazz Raycole (Allison Hawkins), Sandy Martin (Mrs. Herbert), Robert Reinis (Driver), James Remar (Jonah Prowse)
- Co-Starring: Sterling Ardrey (Samuel Hawkins), Shiloh Fernandez (Sean Henthorn), Beau Dremann (Mr. Fredrickson), Robert Dolan (Mean-Looking Refugee), Brian Silverman (New Bern Captain), Bobby Preston-Weiss (Boy)
- Written By: Frank Military & Josh Schaer
- Directed By: Guy Norman Bee
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Just finished watching COTW tonight. Great episode! One question that comes to mind: What happened to the New Bern guys that Jake et al locked in the truck before the main firefight? I think that there was so much lead flying, esp. from New Bern's troops, that someone in the back of the truck must have gotten hit from stray bullets.
|7Knight-Wolf||Locked||2||Jul 11 2007, 3:30 PM EDT by 7Knight-Wolf|
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