Jericho: The Day Before
In the first scene we find out that Jake (Skeet Ulrich) is a licensed pilot and he's in desperate need of a job. Doesn't he know there's plenty of money to be made as a Johnny Depp impersonator?
We're also given a peek into the history of Robert Hawkins (Lennie James) and his "family." Apparently, Hawkins had a girlfriend who, like him, was very involved in impending Armageddon. Most importantly, it's made clear that Hawkins is not the type of person to be trifled with.
For the two of you who actually care, there's all kinds of back story between Emily (Ashley Scott) and her fiancee, um... whatshisname.
Also, we get to see how Stanley (Brad Beyer) and Mimi (Alicia Coppolla) first met. Big surprise, she was a total bitch. I heard her character was originally more likable but producers had to change that when the actual IRS insisted Mimi be a more realistic character (i.e. evil soul sucking vampire).
Then there's a revealing discussion between Johnston (Gerald McRaney) and Gail (Pamela Reed) about how Johnston was considering not running for Mayor and backing his son, Eric (Kenneth Mitchell) for the job. Ah the irony of reverse foreshadowing.
Before the end of the episode, we're all brought up to speed with a reminder about how a group of refugees arrived in town including Emily's fiancee. Lastly, right before the credits roll, it's revealed that another refugee is Hawkins' lost girlfriend.
Sadly there are no flashbacks about the ruthless survivalists or the evil clique of teenagers. I can only assume that it was impossible to distinguish between the two.
What I liked about this episode is what I like about Jericho as a series. Life is hard enough, what with bad marriages, unplanned pregnancies and debilitating illnesses. How much harder is your day-to-day after every major city in America is destroyed?