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An electromagnetic surge destroys all the circuit boards in town, leaving Jericho in darkness. Before this occurred, the citizens watched as minuteman missiles where shot into the sky. Meanwhile, each citizen receives a phone message from stating that the Federal government has been shut down and the town is now under the rule of either local or state authorities. The townspeople now realize that it is up to them to keep the peace. Hawkin's daughter Allison, questions why they ever moved to Jericho.
Allison (referring to Jake): Is he a good man or a bad man?
Robert: Baby, there is no such thing.
Mary: Eric. The last time I saw you, you said were gonna tell your wife about us and we were gonna to start our life together. That thought has kept me going. That was nearly two weeks ago. I don’t know what you’re thinking, I don’t know if you’re ok…
Eric: I don’t know if I’m ok, Mary. I know this is not what I wanted. Mary, I think about you every minute of every day. Man, I wake up in the morning and I want it to be you there so badly. I know, I—I’m still married and I have a wife and I owe her…something. I don’t know what to say, Mary, I wish I did but I don’t.