The Pretender Episode Guide
A trip down memory lane.
Episode Guide | Jaroldo!
Sometimes the genesis for an episode comes from someone mentioning one phrase. In the case of this episode that phrase was, ” If it bleeds, it leads”. That was the inspiration of this episode. How messed up is the media if they’ll show us that anything is news if someone gets hurt – and we get to see it. How many news editors and field correspondents have exploited someone else’s pain for their gain? This concept seemed to go hand in hand thematically with the Centre and how they exploited others for their benefit. That and the opening where Jarod uses acupuncture to purposely deaden the nerves in his arms to see what it’s like to be paralyzed really intrigued us to this concept. Not to mention the idea of putting a TV talking head in the line of fire and leaving them there so they could get a taste of their own medicine, worked for us all as well.
We also were intrigued with the idea of having Miss Parker and Sydney trapped together and seeing a softer side of her having to help Sydney who was injured. As well as flashing back to when Sydney had comforted her as a little girl after her mother’s death. Throughout the run, we loved finding moments that allowed us to reveal sides of Miss Parker she would have otherwise not have revealed in the normal course of events. The sides she keeps hidden, the side Jarod always tries to reveal to her and us. This is how the audience came to know more about her than those around her.
Some of the onscreen acupuncture was actually self administered by Michael T. Weiss.
Little Known Fact:
Some of the onscreen acupuncture was actually self administered by Michael T. Weiss.Steve and Craig