We zip into a flashback. A be-suited Hawkins arrives at a company called Higgins Satellite and tells the receptionist he's there to see Mr. Higgins. Hidden by one of those big complicated reception stations that double as both counters and desks, the receptionist aims a hidden gun in Hawkins's general direction. "I've been inside all day," she says half-pleasantly. "How's the weather out there?" The sun is burning down. "You know," Hawkins says, "it looks like rain." The receptionist replaces the gun in its gun cubby -- right next to her Stickies, no doubt -- and punches at a hidden keypad. A door buzzes, and Hawkins continues on to a room full of people, one of whom has a laptop open displaying a map of the United States. The map throbs with red dots in various cities -- twenty-three perhaps? -- across the country. Sarah is there, skankily attired in a fuchsia satin blouse. Hawkins greets Victor -- who looks so healthy and unradiated in this scene! -- and looks around the room. Victor believes Hawkins knows everyone in the room, except for Sarah. They shake hands. Victor starts the meeting and reminds everyone that a shipment of nukes from Project Red Bell is missing. As Hawkins flips through his classified report, Victor goes on: "What you don't know is that we have quality intel that those warheads have been converted into twenty-five small high-yield devices." Oooh! Twenty-three cities were bombed, and Hawkins has one of the undetonated bombs, so who has the other one? The bombs have been disseminated to extremist cells within the U.S. "So, it is Al-Qaeda?" Sarah asks. Nope, not that simple. Victor draws on his overhead projector and says it's a cross-section of domestic militia, anarchists, and religious fanatics. Victor points out that those three groups would never collaborate ideologically or politically, but they bond over their desire to take out the U.S. government. The mission is to get into the cells and find the bombs. They have no idea who the leader is, but he's got deep resources and is probably an American. If they have no idea who the leader is, how do they even know it's a man and not a woman? Oh, right, I'll bet CIA profiling would cite that it's more likely to be a man who would want to drop bombs all over America.
Back in the present, Hawkins tells Jake that the group was broken up into teams of two. One member went undercover in the cell, and the other member acted as a handler. Heh, only because I watched Alias do I know what handlers are. Jake wants to know why Hawkins would be sent to Jericho for undercover work. Why is Jericho so special? "You know, I would show you," Hawkins says, "But..." he gestures lamely with his handcuffed hands. "Yeah, that's clever," Jake snarks. Hawkins tells Jake to get something out from behind the map. Jake pulls out a tube of paper and unrolls it. It's a map of the U.S. from the Defense Department, projecting fallout scenarios in the case of a strategic nuclear attack on twenty U.S. cities. Hawkins points out that Jericho is outside the fallout zones. Jericho also has salt mines, plenty of farmland, and access to an untainted water table. "So, you weren't here to monitor phone calls," Jake points out. Hawkins says Jericho was a rally point in case they failed in their mission. "Failed?" Jake repeats angrily, "Or succeeded?" Well, that is the question of the night, isn't it?