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''Jericho'' recap: Delivering the bomb

When Hawkins tries to deliver the nuclear device to Chavez, Smith turns him in to the authorities; plus, Jake is tortured after refusing to betray his friends to Beck

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Lennie James, Jericho

Jericho

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
09/20/06
performer:
Gerald McRaney, Skeet Ulrich, Sprague Grayden, Lennie James, Ashley Scott
broadcaster:
CBS
genre:
Drama

”Jericho” recap: Delivering the bomb

Imagine my surprise when on my flight out to L.A. last week I saw a promo for Jericho and the final 3 episodes of the season. That’s right, season, not series. My heart started pounding, as there was no mention of the show ending. Unfortunately, I think I was the only person on my sold-out flight who was so moved. If you’ve flown American recently, you’ve probably seen this promo, which shows Jake flying a fighter jet. And no, that’s not a spoiler even if you haven’t seen the airline promo, because Skeet Ulrich mentions it in his ew.com Take 5 on the five best moments from Jericho.

But whatever, that’s going to be in next week’s season (or series?)-finale episode. We have more pressing things to discuss. Like John Smith, Hawkins’ informant, formerly of J&R, who is helping him expose the truth of the bombings. Smith was showing too much of his hand, and Hawkins called him on it.

Smith’s cover began to unravel after Chavez called Hawkins, alerting him that he had arrived in Texas, San Antonio to be exact, and that his contacts were ready to accept the package. Granted, I remain unconvinced that Chavez is playing for the right team, since he was calling from a crowded bar. It was a bit suspect. After getting Chavez’s exact location, Hawkins packed up and got ready to leave, with a stolen J&R truck, a company ID tag, and the bomb.

And what do you know, right around then Smith called to ask him what he was doing and inform him that he has contacts ”inside the Texas government.” How deep are Smith’s connections? Was Chavez feeding him information? It stands to reason that if Smith had Hawkins’ number (to the phone Chavez gave him), then he would be able to track calls going to and from that phone. Right? Am I crazy in thinking that? Even now, cell-phone companies can track your location to whatever tower you are near. So Smith told Hawkins to wait a day or two until he could get a ”secure destination” for him to drop off the bomb. But we know Hawkins: He wasn’t going to wait for anyone.

Lo and behold, as he was driving, along came the military, complete with helicopters. (Did Smith have to insinuate that Hawkins was the terrorist? And how did Smith know that Sarah Mason had been dead for a few months?) Please don’t ask me to suspend disbelief here, but why would a helicopter shoot at a car containing a nuclear weapon? I’m not a bomb expert, but wouldn’t the nuclear device have a chance of exploding — or at least releasing deadly radiation — if the car went up in flames? So Hawkins crashed and shimmied his way out of the car into the darkness, sans bag. And the military apparently didn’t look for him. Guess their orders were to secure the ”package” and nothing else. Mission accomplished?

Where does this leave Hawkins? Well, he’s definitely questioning Smith’s motives, and even though he’s not letting us see him sweat, he’s probably not sure who he can trust. But damn if I didn’t love it when he told Smith that he had a problem now and that he’d find him to settle the score. We knew Smith was the author of the government report, but I didn’t expect him to be the mastermind behind the bombings. Gah! If Hawkins is correct in his assumption that the bombs all had tracking devices, then Smith knew all along that Hawkins’ bomb, which was destined for Columbus, never made it to its destination. It stands to reason that he also would have known where the bomb and Hawkins were at all times. Doesn’t that make sense? Hawkins was right in suggesting that Valente and the higher-ups at J&R/ASA would be long out of Cheyenne before the new bomb goes off.

There is a missing piece to this puzzle, and that’s Beck. I’m convinced he has to play a significant role in the resolution to this mess. After all, he’s partly to blame for the current situation.

NEXT: The military goes ballistic

To start with, I can’t figure out why Beck wouldn’t listen to reason when it came to Goetz. I know he’s conflicted, about many things, but did he not get the news that Goetz was fired? Would no one have briefed him on what really went down? (He told Jake he had a ”reliable source” about what happened in the shootout with Ravenwood, but who was this ”source”? If it was Russell, I didn’t think that was clear.) It seems Beck got only a part of the story and then went manic on Jake and the rangers. I get that he told Jake ”no retribution,” but come on! A friend of mine said, ”Hey, that’s the military for you.” Maybe that’s the point the producers were trying to make.

So Jake turned himself in and got crucified for his actions. Beck hoped to break his spirit, but we knew that was never going to happen. His imagined conversation with his deceased grandfather, who told him to remember that people were depending on him, and the visit from his mother, who whispered that Eric was on the way, kept him going. Once again, the talk was about revolution, and his grandfather told him that Beck is the key.

Let’s hope that over time Beck will figure things out on his own. His declaration that Jericho is in ”open insurrection” pretty much blew up in his face. And it seemed to get under his skin when Heather told him that he was becoming like Constantino. Perhaps this will make him finally realize that he’s fighting for the wrong side. Could he become one of the leaders of the revolution?

Here are the questions that I’m still mulling over and that I’d like to hear your opinions on: Who will wind up getting the bomb? What role is Allison (Hawkins’ daughter) going to play in the final showdown? (Did you notice her analyzing all the IDs in Hawkins’ arsenal?) Will Beck figure out what’s really going on? Most important, will there be a revolution, and will it take us into a third season?