The sheriff radios in that he's spotted something. The roof of a bus is visible behind the trees. Another cop asks if they should come, but the sheriff says, "No, you keep looking for Jake." Two police cars pull over near the bus. So that's four cops at the bus. Just in case it matters later.
In the school bus, an overawed kid asks Jake, "How'd you learn how to do that?" Jake says, "Military school." The kid asks if Jake was a soldier. Jake laughs, "No, I was a screw-up."
The sheriff climbs onto the bus. Which seems to be empty. Isn't there a moratorium on ripping off that fake-out from Silence of the Lambs yet? The sheriff swings his flashlight around the bus interior and spots pair of cuffs draped over one seat. And a few bodies. The barred door separating the cab from the driver's seat should probably have been a clue, too. And the fact, even in the dark, it's clear that the bus isn't yellow. All things considered, maybe instead of worrying about radiation, the people of Jericho should test their water for lead. Outside, another cop clears some brush away and find something-"worth prison" stenciled on the side. He calls to the sheriff, "Come look at this!" It's difficult not to think that he might need help reading it. But he does at least add, "It's the wrong bus!" The sheriff calls, "Reilly, get over here," and leans out of the bus door. As he turns, a silhouetted figure in the foreground stands up, and then there's a gunshot.
Jake climbs out the bus and looks at the deer, trying to figure out much venison it'll provide. Or maybe he's checking the front for damage, I'm not sure. He groans, "Where's the damn rescue party?"
Mom opens the door to find Dale standing there. She invites him in and soothes, "We're all trying to get through this together." Inside, Dale finds the living room packed with about a dozen people, including Stanley and Bonnie. There are candles covering most of the available surfaces. Bonnie waves and calls, "Hi, Dale." Dale stands awkwardly, and then Mom spots a cassette in his hand. I have no problem with the fact that the answering machine uses cassettes. The fact that it's a regular-sized cassette, not a microcassette, seems slightly more peculiar, but maybe that's just me. Dale looks pained, and says, "It's my mom."
Cut to everyone listening to the message. Stanley signs to Bonnie that it's Dale's mom talking. The message ends with that crash, and then just a dial tone. Everyone gasps, and Mom shuts off the tape. She says, "Oh, Dale, I am so sorry. I didn't know your mother was in Denver." Dale stops biting his lip long enough to say, "She wasn't in Denver. She was in Atlanta." Hubbub, hubbub. Bonnie asks what's going on as Mom says, "I'm sure that they'll have some answers...." Dale exits as Mom's attempt to be reassuring fail miserably. She turns back as the door closes, but doesn't go after Dale.