After Beck and his men break down the doors of nearly every house in Jericho looking for Jake and all the Rangers, Jake turns himself in and takes the fall for Goetz's execution. Of course, Beck's not that much of an idiot, and he already knows that Stanley's the one responsible. How does he know? Because dumb-ass Russell from New Bern is too much of a pussy to withstand Beck's interrogations. Lucky for Jericho, Jake is not only made of much sterner stuff, but he has his dead grampy communicating to him from the great beyond, telling him to hang tough and spark a revolution.
Hawkins finally gets the all-important phone call from Chavez in Texas and is on his way down to the Lone Star state with the bomb when John Smith calls him up and asks, all stalkerish, why he's taking the bomb to Texas. Hawkins is next cornered by John Smith's personal SWAT team, but it's in the dead of night, so Hawkins crashes his stolen J&R truck and escapes. The bad part is that he leaves the bomb behind. When John Smith has the nerve to contact him the next day, Hawkins learns that John Smith didn't just author the J&R report that was used as the blueprint for the attacks, he acted on the report. So, John Smith, not Valente, carried out the September attacks that killed millions of people across the country. Yeah, you're not the only one completely and utterly confused.
After untold days and nights in a dirty, well-lighted place for torture, Jake finally gets a visit from Ma Green. She pleads with her swollen, dehydrated son to give Beck whatever he wants, but then she hisses -- sort of scarily, actually -- in his ear to tough it out, since Eric and the Rangers are about to bust him out, which they do. The people of Jericho also wreak havoc on J&R's headquarters with homemade Molotov cocktails (you just know they lit them with their never-ending stash of candles), which makes Beck very sad.
Now that John Smith has Hawkins' bomb, he's going to finish the job he started by taking out all of Cheyenne. Totally and completely freaked -- combined with extreme rage at being played -- Hawkins meets up with Jake, barely notices that he's been through his own hell, and tells him they need to get their asses to Wyoming to stop that nuclear attack.
Will next week be the last Jericho ever? Only time and CBS executives will tell. Sigh.
I've had the hardest time beginning this recap, and I think I know why. I'm now trying to draw my recaps out as long as possible, because that means Jericho will last longer. Somehow. I don't know. It makes sense in my head.
Okay, so Beck has definitely not cooled off in the week that has passed for us between episodes. Quite the opposite, in fact, because he has mobilized his men to go out looking for the Rangers. On a bulletin board are posted index cards of every Rangers' "last known" address. Uh-oh, Beck is really serious. He's using index cards. Eric has a different address from Jake, but presumably, that's because he lives with Mary at her place. Even though he drinks at Jake's place. I wonder who's living in Emily's house. Trish? There's a yellow sticky note on Emily's address, but I can't read it. It looks like it has Russell's name on it, though. Huh, Bill's last name is "Koehler." Ooh, and Jericho has three streets named for founding fathers, we've got Adams, Washington, and I caught a Jefferson for some guy named Richard. Oddly, Bill lives on "Flora Street," which manages to crack me up through my tears. Obsess, obsess, obsess. Delay, delay, delay.
Beck and his men bust into the Green house but find no one. Beck picks up a photo of Ma Green holding a baby. It's not drooling, so it's probably Jake. Beck's men also bang through the hospital while Mimi watches with concern from her hospital room. Mary's all indignant when Beck and Co. swarm through her bar and she insists she hasn't seen any of the Rangers since Bonnie was killed. A solider comes out to report a locked door in the kitchen. "It's a pantry," Mary insists. You can't be too careful, Mary, there might be some insurgent pickles in there, or, at the very least, some rebellious squash. Plus, I've heard that grapes like to ferment trouble.
Somewhere, the Rangers load up their weapons. Jake glances up to look worriedly at Stanley, who is sitting hunched over with his hand over his eyes. Jimmy passes through, fretting that his kids must be freaking out because he's not home. Eric reminds him that Beck is already watching their houses and getting arrested isn't going to help his family. Bill thinks they should plead their case to Beck. Goetz was a murderer and he had to be killed. Jake reminds them that Beck specified there were to be no revenge killings, so they're SOL. This makes Stanley get up and stride purposefully across the room. He's going to take responsibility for Goetz's murder. Jake tackles him against a wall, Stanley shoves him back, and there's a fair bit of yelling. Aw, guys, we're all upset about the cancellation, but there's really no need to fight! Quickly, the Rangers are at Jake's side to help hold Stanley back, while Jake informs Stanley that he's staying there with them. Period. Hawkins then bursts in, and he and Jake have a little tête-à-tête. Hee, when they do this, I sort of imagine them telling the others, "Okay, go and play quietly, the grownups need to talk now." Jake and Hawkins are the My Two Dads of the Rangers.