In Gray's office, Dad also hears the whistling and orders, "Get away from the winders!" Everyone hits the floor as windows explode. Jake and Emily also hit the floor, and Jake intelligently covers his head as candy glass shatters around them. After determining that Emily isn't hurt, he orders her to wait there and rushes off to be his usual heroic self. Outside Town Hall, people are running in and running out. Small things are flaming on the steps and in the street. Jake's horrified eyes briefly take in the carnage of the town center before he rushes over to check on people lying in the street. He calls out for someone to help but then catches sight of Mom lying in the road with a cut on her head. He yells at her, hoping for a response, but he hears more whistling, so he throws his body over his mother's and covers her head as a mortar explodes in a nearby truck. Jake casts stricken eyes up to the smoke-choked sky as we go to commercials.
After the break, things are burning, people are running, and Jake has dragged himself and Mom over to rest against the side of a building. Dad finds them and grabs at his wife, who mutters, "I can't hear." Eric joins them and tells her, "I'm right here, Mom." "What's happening?" Mom bawls, frightened. Gray and his deputies have finally left Town Hall to survey the damage, and Gray yells at everyone to take cover in shelters, Town Hall, etc. A stunned Jimmy informs Gray that Connie is on the line.
Inside, Gray bellows at Connie for being a sonuvabitch and demands to know what he is doing. "I'm sorry for your troubles," Connie says. You know what? I don't think he's sorry at all. Gray keeps bellowing, and Connie keeps up his calmly shrugging tone, saying that he warned them. Connie gives Gray another hour to think on his demands before New Bern starts another larger attack. Gray grabs at Stanley's jacket and orders him to gather as many rangers as he can find and go west, where they think the mortars were launched. Jowels shaking, Gray decides, "And we are going to TAKE THEM OUT!"