They put the "Especially if you like corn" line in the previously! Hee. The mysterious Jonah (who was Dexter's dad, and also Zarek's ex) gets all Darth Vader-y on one of his flunkies when he finds out that Mitchell is in jail. After that, subplots are busting out all over, so try to keep up. Numero one-o: Gray comes back and says that New York survived, but DC didn't. Also, he wants to start his own personal Homeland Security investigation, starting with Hawkins. Numero two-o: Hawkins learns that, during his absence, Darcy had an affair with a guy in DC. Which means that he's dust, so problem solved. Numero three-o: Skylar trades an antique jewelry box to Gracie for a case of soda. But then she finds out NYC is A-OK, and since her parents might be alive, she wants the jewelry box back. Unfortunately, Gracie is turning into Gollum, so Dale steals the box, quits his job, and is rewarded when Skylar offers to put him up. Numero four-o: Dad almost dies. Again. April says that he needs Cipro, which they get can find ninety miles away in a place called Rogue River. Take a deep breath before starting numero five-o: Jonah comes to town, and Jake makes a deal. If they let Mitchell out of jail, Jonah will give the town the food he liberated from Dale's train. But with Dad out of commission, Gray nixes the deal. So Jonah's flunkies go and liberate Mitch. Jake negotiates a new plan: Jonah can sell his pilfered supplies through Gracie's, and buy goods from the town. As a signing bonus, Jonah gets to talk to Emily, who turns out to be his daughter. The kid who died because of something Jake didn't do was Chris, her brother. Dun dun DUN! With that (kind of) sorted out, Jake and Eric prepare to drive off to Rogue River. Before they leave, Heather gives Jake a kiss, and then tells him to "watch out for giant, irradiated hands." Or possibly "ants," but the captions said "hands," and it sounded like there was a "D" at the end. Either way, I hope it was foreshadowing.
Previously: Scouts from Jericho were sent out in "every direction." Except up. Emily and Jake reminded us that this is a show about, and for, people who really like corn. I hope that clip becomes the new "Handsome man saved me from the monsters."
We start out at the "compound" we heard about last week. It looks like a big warehouse-ish building with some adjoining sheds and trailers. A guy named Pete strolls into an area outside where a few guys are working on a truck, and asks for Jonah. Pete announces that Mitchell was arrested. He explains about their horse-thievery. Jonah keeps working on the engine as he says, "Well, Mitchell is an idiot." Pete adds that the horses they took belong to Dad, and nervously mentions that Mom got "knocked around a little -- not bad though!" Jonah stands up with a stern expression, and grabs a propane torch as he approaches Pete. He holds the flaming torch casually, and asks whose idea it was to take the horses. Pete says that it was Mitchell's idea, and whimpers an apology. Jonah turns the torch off, and then quickly presses the nozzle against Pete's cheek. Pete yelps, and Jonah says, "Apology accepted, Captain Needa." Or the first part, anyway. Jonah marches away, and I think that I'd much rather watch a show about these people. Or at least about Jonah. I admit, his flunkies seem about as dumb as the townsfolk, but at least Jonah himself seems competent.
Cut to Jericho, where people are setting up Halloween decorations on a closed-off part of Main Street. I can sorta accept this as being something they decided to do because it'd be a little bit of normalcy for the kids. Though I'd like to see a scene where some parents have to discourage their children from dressing up as anything that might get them mistaken for a zombie.
Cut to the jail. Mitchell is singing, "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" to creep people out. "The Teddy Bear's Picnic" works better. Good Cop tells him to quit it, and Mitchell smirks and asks where Jake is. Good Cop explains that Jake's feverishly working on his "Captain Jake Swallow" costume, and Mitchell says that when Jonah turns up, he'll want to speak with Jake. Good Cop says, "Whatever." Mitchell goes on trying to be ominous that everyone better be ready for when Jonah arrives, and then Good Cop gets bored and wanders off.
Mayor's office. Jake and Eric are sitting there, deep in thought. Finally, Eric breaks the silence, saying, "But how does noncommutative geometry affect K-theory?" No, no, they're reminiscing about candy. Eric recalls that Jake would trick or treat in multiple costumes so he could hit the same house several times. Jake says that everyone but Eric did the same thing. I'm not sure that's less work than just walking a little farther and going to new houses, but whatever.