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The Pretender

which aired on Saturday, March 21, 1998


The Pretender was created by Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle

The series stars:
Michael T. Weiss as Jarod
Andrea Parker as Miss Parker
Patrick Bauchau as Sydney
Jon Gries as Broots
with Jamie Denton as Mr. Lyle

The Pretender also stars (although not necessarily in every episode):   Sam Ayres (Sam the Sweeper),  Paul Dillon (Angelo),  Willie Gault (Willie the Sweeper), Pamela Gidley (Brigitte), Richard Marcus (Mr. Raines), Ryan Merriman (Young Jarod), Kim Meyers (Jarod's Mother), Jonathan Osser (Younger Jarod), Ashley Peldon (Young Miss Parker) Harve Presnell (Mr. Parker), and Alex Wexo (Young Sydney). 

This is EPISODE #36
Written By: Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle
Directed By: Steven Long Mitchell

The Pretend:  Truck Driver

One of Jarod's pretends goes wrong when he fails to realize that a drug running truck driver has a partner.  The accomplice hits Jarod in the head with the butt of his shotgun and leaves him, unconscious, by the side of the road to freeze to death.  

Jarod is discovered by Argyle, an opportunist who sees in Jarod a chance to collect some kind of reward.  Going through Jarod's belongings, Argyle at first thinks that Jarod is a doctor, but soon realizes that Jarod has multiple ID's.  Perfectly willing to profit from receiving whatever bounty  might be on Jarod's head,  Argyle makes the mistake of calling The Centre to try to make a deal for Jarod.

Jarod is feverish, drifting in and out of consciousness - alternately dreaming and hallucinating.  By the time he regains his senses and remembers who he is, Argyle has already given Brigitte their location and Jarod has to work fast to keep her from killing Argyle and taking Jarod back to The Centre. 

In the end, Jarod makes certain that the truck driver who started it all gets what he deserves.  Jarod ties the man to the grill of his truck and takes off down the highway.

Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots are taken from their homes in the middle of the night and subjected to a Centre tribunal, called a "T-Board."  Mr. Raines and Brigitte are certain that the only reason that Miss Parker's team hasn't been able to capture Jarod in the past year and a half is because one or more of them have been giving him "inside" information.

The T-Board doesn't yield any new information from Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots, but Miss Parker finds out something about her father that she wishes she hadn't, when she realizes that he was a part of the T-Board investigation and was there, the entire time.  Although he tells her that the set-up was necessary to get rid of Brigitte once and for all, he also tells her that, at The Centre, every now and then, "you have to toss a bone to the hungry dogs" so they will stay away.  Miss Parker isn't all that certain that she wasn't just used as the "bone" to keep The Centre "dogs" away from her father.

Guest Stars:  M. C. Gainey (Sharpton),  Juddson Keith Linn (Corbin) and Leland Orser (Argyle)

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