Jericho: Rogue River
(S01E08) A question for all you mothers and wives out there: if your husband was dying and needed medicine, would you send your only children out to the unknown, where they could be killed or lost or made sick? I would think that since you might lose your husband, you'd at least want one of your kids to stay behind. Maybe send out one of your sons and someone else from the town.
I ask this because Gail sends both Jake and Eric to Rogue River to get the medicine he needs or he'll die in 12 hours...
Meanwhile, Grey questions Hawkins about why he came to town and how an ex-cop was able to afford to buy a new home - in cash. Nice scene: lots of tension and everyone plastering on fake smiles. Gray doesn't trust Hawkins, and Hawkins is keeping a big secret.
Gail frets that not only do they not have medicine, she can't even cool Johnston's fever with ice. That's when Heather remembers an old school project, where she learned how to make ice using water, fertilizer and some chemicals. That's what this town needs, MacGyver! He'd be able to figure out how to make ice.
Jake and Eric make it to Rogue River, but it's completely deserted, with flyers saying the water supply is contaminated and FEMA markings on the wall (shades of Hurricane Katrina). Suddenly, shots ring out, and they have to take cover in the hospital. Inside, they find who was shooting: a veteran of the Iraq war who was hired with other mercenaries (Ravenwood) when the bombs dropped. A doctor is there too, trying to help whoever he can, and the man tells Jake and Eric that the governor might still be alive too. Just when the ask the doc for the meds, Ravenwood shows up in trucks. They are going to kill everyone and take supplies.
Back in Jericho, April tells Johnston she's pregnant with his grandchild. Allison accuses Gray of racism and isn't happy her dad is making her answer all of Gray's questions. Emily and Heather work together to make the ice.
The doc tells Jake and Eric that their dad is probably going to need an intravenous drug, which is in another part of the hospital. So they need a plan. Eric poses as the doc and announces himself to Ravenwood and offers to help their injured member. The soldier shoots at Ravenwood as Jake, Eric, and the doc escape in the car with the meds.
They make it back to town and give Johnstons the meds. Now they'll have to wait til morning to see if it works.
Solid little ep. At first I thought it was just going to be filler (they get out of town but only for a day, new characters are introduced for no reason, the plot not really advanced), but this actually had some revelations. Besides the fact that FEMA knows what's going on and the governor possibly being alive, and Gray and Jimmy find Hawkins' government ID (planted by Allison - Hawkins explains he was sent in undercover to find out who was making phone calls from a pay phone and money transfers in the Jericho area). Oh, and a new character, the doctor, is now in town.
At the end, Eric tells Jake he's in love with the bartender, and realizes that he left his jacket back in Rogue River. Ravenwood finds his wallet in the jacket, and they're coming to Jericho...