Emily dreams of the morning of her wedding to Roger, then awakens and realizes that Roger is most likely dead. Meanwhile, outside of town, the Ravenwood mercenaries, led by Goetz, show up at the Richmond farm and steal gas for their two black Hummers. Stanley confronts them, and Goetz asks if he knows Eric. Stanley tells him he "can't help them", and then Goetz rounds up his men and leaves. Stanley heads over to the Green house to warn Jake and Eric about them.
Anticipating the mercenaries' arrival, Gray, Jake, and Hawkins arrange an armed checkpoint, using inoperative cars to block the bridge leading out of Jericho in the direction of Rogue River. Soon the mercenaries arrive, and a confrontation takes place. A minor firefight erupts when a town citizen nervously fires off a shot. Although no one is hurt, Goetz gives an ultimatum: Clear the bridge in four hours, or theRavenwood men will force their way through.
Heather arrives at Emily's house, determined to take her mind off the fact that she was supposed to be getting married. She has a hike along the river planned, but those plans are canceled after hearing news of the impending standoff at the bridge, and that everyone is being ordered to stay indoors for their safety. Announcing that they are proceeding to "phase two," the girls head over to the bar. Mary pulls out what she refers to as "the last bottle of single malt scotch in Kansas," and Emily, Heather, and Mary get drunk to celebrate what would have been Emily's wedding day. Emily begins a flirtatious discourse with Dr. Dhuwalia, who drowns his sorrows at Bailey's after witnessing the death and destruction at Rogue River. He talks about his previous life in Las Vegas, and how he ended up in Rogue River. Emily continues to daydream about what her wedding day would've been like, visualizing all the doubts she has about her relationship with Roger and her lingering feelings for Jake.
Jake, Gray and Hawkins plan to blow up the bridge to prevent Goetz and his men from coming into town. Eric objects strongly, noting that many of Jericho's farms are on the other side of the river, including the Richmonds'. He orders them not to go ahead, but they defy him and rig the bridge with dynamite from the mines and ANFO improvised explosives. Jake heads out to warn the people on the other side of the bridge to head into town, or risk being cut off. At the Richmond farm, Stanley and Bonnie flatly refuse to leave their home, but Mimi heads for safety. Read More...