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Episode Guide | The Pilot

Season 1

The Pilot

Pilot-10975-1-300x227Written by: Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle

Directed by: Rick Wallace

Original Air Date: 9-19-96

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Logline:

Jarod pretends to be a surgeon to expose the cover up by two doctors who contributed to the paralysis of a little boy.

The Pilot

pilot-feet-300x204When you write a pilot and create a character, you get to know them very well in your mind and on paper. But, you never know how they will transfer to the screen. In the casting process you hear hundreds of actors interpret your words, some sound like the character, but a rare few become the character, literally before your eyes. With Michael T. Weiss and Andrea Parker, we got to see our characters leap from the page in a way that we’d never experienced before.

The only question was, whether the camera could capture it. Those questions were put to rest during the first days filming. It all happened on a hospital rooftop in Toronto, Ontario. The first scene shot was of Dr. Jarod drawing massage points on the feet of Mrs. Nikos, the elderly Greek patient who was afraid of modern medicine. During the first take when Michael T. looked at Mrs. Nikos, we knew it would work. He was so caring, so intelligent, so human – so Jarod.   Next, it was Andrea and Patrick’s turn.

The scene where they thought they’d chased Jarod to the rooftop of the hospital only to look over the side and see he’d duped them for the first of many times to come. Andrea and Patrick became Miss Parker and Sydney, before our eyes, and our smiles couldn’t have been larger. It was working.

Pilot-11740-1-300x227Michael T. Weiss was the only actor brought to the network for the part of Jarod. We knew he was the only actor right for the part, and decided that if NBC didn’t want him to play Jarod then there was no reason to go forward with the show. To the credit of Warren Littlefield and the other NBC executives at the time, they agreed with our choice – and we were, and are damn happy, they did.

Little Known Fact:

Michael T. Weiss was the only actor brought to the network for the part of Jarod.

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2×12 Toy Surprise

2×12 Toy Surprise

2×1 Back From The Dead Again

2×1 Back From The Dead Again

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Pretender 2001

4×5 Road Trip

4×5 Road Trip

3×15  Countdown

3×15 Countdown

1×11 Bomb Squad

1×11 Bomb Squad

3×17  Ties that Bind

3×17 Ties that Bind

2×5 Nip and Tuck

2×5 Nip and Tuck

1×14 Ranger Jarod

1×14 Ranger Jarod

4×16 School Daze

4×16 School Daze

4×8 Rules of Engagement

4×8 Rules of Engagement

3×8 Flesh and Blood

3×8 Flesh and Blood

1×6 To Serve And Protect

1×6 To Serve And Protect

2×20 Bank

2×20 Bank

4×19-20 Inner Sense

4×19-20 Inner Sense

3×20 Qallupilluit

3×20 Qallupilluit

2×16 Silence

2×16 Silence

4×14 Agent of Year Zero

4×14 Agent of Year Zero

3×10 Mr. Lee

3×10 Mr. Lee

1×17 Keys

1×17 Keys

1×8 Not Even a Mouse

1×8 Not Even a Mouse

2×13 A Stand Up Guy

2×13 A Stand Up Guy

4×4 Risque Business

4×4 Risque Business

3×7 Homefront

3×7 Homefront

1×21-22 The Dragon House

1×21-22 The Dragon House

2×8 Hazards

2×8 Hazards

3×13 Pool

3×13 Pool

1×13 Bazooka Jarod

1×13 Bazooka Jarod

2×9 FX

2×9 FX

4×12 Lifeline

4×12 Lifeline

2×6 Past Sim

2×6 Past Sim

3×3 Once in a Blue Moon

3×3 Once in a Blue Moon

1×5 The Paper Clock

1×5 The Paper Clock

3×22-22 Donoterase

3×22-22 Donoterase

4×3 Angel’s Flight

4×3 Angel’s Flight

1×15 Jaroldo!

1×15 Jaroldo!

1×10 The Better Part of Valor

1×10 The Better Part of Valor

4×13 Ghosts From The Past

4×13 Ghosts From The Past

3×16 PTB

3×16 PTB

2×21 Bloodlines

2×21 Bloodlines

1×2 Every Picture Tells a Story

1×2 Every Picture Tells a Story

4×17 Meltdown

4×17 Meltdown

3×12 Unsinkable

3×12 Unsinkable

2×3 Over the Edge

2×3 Over the Edge

1×7 A Virus Among Us

1×7 A Virus Among Us

4×10 Spin Doctor

4×10 Spin Doctor

2×18 Stolen

2×18 Stolen

3×6 Parole

3×6 Parole

1×19 Jarod’s Honor

1×19 Jarod’s Honor

4×2 Survival

4×2 Survival

2×7 Collateral Damage

2×7 Collateral Damage

3×5 Betrayal

3×5 Betrayal

1×4 Curious Jarod

1×4 Curious Jarod

2×19 Red Rock Jarod

2×19 Red Rock Jarod

1×12 Prison Story

1×12 Prison Story

3×1 Crazy

3×1 Crazy

4×9 Til Death Do Us Part

4×9 Til Death Do Us Part

2×11 Gigolo Jarod

2×11 Gigolo Jarod

3×18 Wake Up

3×18 Wake Up

4×18 Corn Man A Comin

4×18 Corn Man A Comin

2×14 Unforgotten

2×14 Unforgotten

3×4 Someone to Trust

3×4 Someone to Trust

4×11 Cold Dick

4×11 Cold Dick

1×20 Baby Love

1×20 Baby Love

1×16 Under the Reds

1×16 Under the Reds

4×7 Wild Child

4×7 Wild Child

2×2 Scott Free

2×2 Scott Free

3×19 End Game (Profiler Crossover)

3×19 End Game (Profiler Crossover)

1×18 Unhappy Landings

1×18 Unhappy Landings

3×11 The Assassin

3×11 The Assassin

4×15 Junk

4×15 Junk

4×1 The World is Changing

4×1 The World is Changing

2×15 Bulletproof

2×15 Bulletproof

3×9 Murder 101

3×9 Murder 101

1×3 Flyer

1×3 Flyer

1×9 Mirage

1×9 Mirage

2×4 Exposed

2×4 Exposed

3×14 At The Hour Of Our Death

3×14 At The Hour Of Our Death

4×5 Extreme

4×5 Extreme

1×1 The Pilot

1×1 The Pilot

2×10 Indy Show

2×10 Indy Show

3×2 Hope and Prey

3×2 Hope and Prey

2×17 Crash

2×17 Crash

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