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2.07 Patriots and Tyrants
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Original air date: March 25, 2008
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While Hawkins and Jake head for Cheyenne, Major Beck's authorities give the order for the Insurrection to end. Beck must now close off parts of the town as areas of fugitive activity. Mary runs to the Rangers in hiding and tell them that "We're talking Main street! Come tomorrow, Beck will start shooting people!" Russel proposes that Eric make a deal with Phil Constantino to help liberate Jericho. Eric sees the idea as a possibility, but Stanley strongly objects. He and Mimi then leave to bury Bonnie, risking their own capture. Meanwhile Heather complains to Beck about the way he's acting. She says she will not defend him anymore. Beck seems hurt but will not bend.
In Cheyenne, Gray realizes how out of hand the government is. He finds Jake and Hawkins in his room, and they tell him to go back to Jericho because the people need him. Gray returns to Jericho and is deeply effected by the state of the town. Back in Cheyenne, Hawkins and Jake meet up with Hawkins' contact, Cheung. Together the threesome discover that the bomb will be arriving at a nearby hospital. Doing cargo-runs in ambulances was a top-notch Jennings and Rall tactic, Jake explains.
Arriving at the hospital, Hawkins and company find More than they bargained for. Cheung is shot down and presumably killed by an older man guarding the ambulance. The same man shoots Hawkins and introduces himself as Smith. Jake comes to the rescue, shooting Smith in the arm and putting Hawkins in the ambulance. Jake drives following Hawkins' directions.
They arrive at the Texas Embassy where--thanks to an intervention from Chavez-- they find much-needed help. Hawkins is given medical attention, but Jake is informed that he must fly the bomb the rest of the way to Texas. Hawkins tells Jake to go himself while he buys some time. This could cost Hawkins' life, but he claims that he is unimportant. Freedom never comes without sacrifice, Hawkins says. Jake ignores his friend's wish (amusingly enough) and takes Hawkins with him.
Back in Jericho Eric speaks to Constantino about a deal. Disgusted with Constantino's murderous war tactics, Eric backs out of the deal. He stands around the grave of Bonnie with the other Jericho heroes as they wait for the soldiers to arrest them.
Beck, meanwhile, looks at the evidence that was supposed to be shipped to Cheyenne. Among the evidence is Hawkins' laptop, the information on which finally persuades Beck to see the truth. Just as the soldiers are about to arrest the Jericho Rangers, Beck arrives in a Humvee and calls them off. He says he is no longer working for Cheyenne. Beck shows his officers the laptop and they agree to quit Cheyenne too. Heather watches this with a big smile. She seems very happy that Beck turned out good.
Mimi tells Stanley how much he means to her and how worried she was when the soldiers were coming to get him. Stanley tells Mimi that she could never lose him.
As he flies to Texas, Jake is challenged by pursuing jets. They are about to open fire on him when the Texas Guard jets arrive and blow up the Cheyenne jets. From there Jake is safely shown to Texas where he is warmly greeted by Chavez. Jake tells Hawkins that they officially made war on Cheyenne. "Let me guess, not your fist?" asks Jake.
"Jake, this war was coming with or without us," says Hawkins. I just hope we did enough to give us a fighting chance. So how does it feel?"
"What?" asks Jake.
"Making history," answers Hawkins.
Alternate DVD ending for this episode:
Note: the DVD only changed this one storyline, the rest remained the same. I believe this storyline was written in the event that there was going to be a third season. With the cancellation of the series, I guess they opted to go with the storyline that wrapped everything up.
Jake and Hawkins arrive at the airport from the Texas Embassy, ready to fly the jet to Texas with the bomb on board.
As they are driving between the aircraft hangers, Hawkins demands that Jake stop the car and let him out so that he can buy Jake some time to get airborne. At first, Jake is unwilling to stop the vehicle, but Hawkins is firm, reminding Jake that "this event is bigger than both of us". Jake relents and stops the car. Hawkins instructs Jake to head to the plane, wait 10 minutes and if he has not returned at that point, then Jake is to take off in the plane. Hawkins begins limping towards the tower, holding his bleeding gut with one hand and his gun with the other.
Once Jake is on board the plane, he looks out the cockpit window and sees the Airport Tower windows blowing dark smoke. In the distance, he can see Hawkins running towards the plane. The Cheyenne Military is in pursuit. Hawkins stops running, goes to his knees and puts his arms up in surrender. Jake realizes that he must leave now, and closes the plane door and takes off. In the air, Jake is chased by Cheyenne jets who order him back to the ground or he will be put in the ground by their fire. Jake glances at this his controls, grits his teeth and prepares for what will come next, when one of the Cheyenne jets is blown up by the Texas Guard. The Texas Guard quickly dispatch the second Cheyenne plane and escort Jake to Texas, where he is met by Chavez and the Texas Government. Jake turns over the bomb to the Texas Government and goes off to speak with Chavez at the door of the hanger. Chavez asks where Hawkins is and Jake tells him, "He didn't make it".
Meanwhile, in a darkened room, Hawkins wakes up in a hospital bed. He finds himself shackled to the bed rails and his feet in restraints. A man emerges from the shadows to inform Hawkins that he is in a Colorado Prison. His wounds have been tended to and when he is well, there is a secured cell waiting for him, where he will spend the rest of his life. As this man leaves, Valente emerges from the shadows to lean over Robert's bed. In a menacing tone, he tells Hawkins that he will tell him everything he knows. Hawkins gives him a half smile and tells him that he knows that the bomb is on its way to Texas, that Texas will side against Cheyenne and that one day in the not-so-distant future, he and Valente will be in the same room and he (Robert) will not be in shackles at the time. Valente turns on his heel and walks out leaving Robert shackled to his hospital bed, as he is watched by two guards from behind a glass partition.
Back in Texas, Chavez and Jake discuss what will come next. "You're talking the next American Civil War, " Jake says to Chavez, who smiles.
Jake asks Chavez where they (Cheyenne) would take Hawkins. Chavez tells him that most likely Hawkins would be taken to a Black Ops Prison in Colorado. Jake heads back towards the plane and Chavez asks, "Where are you going?"
"To get my friend," says Jake as he continues walking.
Then Jake stops and turns back to Chavez, asking, "Are you coming?"
Chavez grins and heads towards the plane.
The closing scene before the credits roll show the plane taking off from the runway with Jake and Chavez on board.
Questions for next episode:
(discussing an alliance with Constantino)
Stanley: "Eric? I can't believe this."
Eric: "What am I supposed to say?"
Stanley: "You say NO! You say you're not interested in shaking hands with an animal like Constantino!"
Texan Pilot (to Jake): "I don't know what you're carrying, but it better be good because I think I just declared war on Cheyenne."
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