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Season 2

Bloodlines

2.21Bloodlines[22-59-51]-1Written by: Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle

Directed by: Fred Keller

Original Air Date: 5-16-98

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Logline:

Jarod poses as a doctor at a fertility clinic to find secrets to his past and discovers the Centre is planning to take another child to make into a Pretender.

Bloodlines

2.21Bloodlines[23-29-30]-1We’d set the table for twenty episodes for the second season finale. Secrets and lies and their consequences were always very much at the heart of The Pretender. In the second season finale, these issues were explored, revelations for the characters were exposed, and choices and sacrifices had to be made. Jarod finds out how and why the Centre chose him, why they stole him, and while doing so, discovers they are planning on doing it to another boy. This is something he can’t allow and he does everything in his power to stop it.

Meanwhile, Miss Parker discovers more secrets and lies of her own, secrets and lies that tie her closer to the man she’s supposed to capture. She discovers that her mother had given birth to her and a twin brother – whom she was never told about, who supposedly died at birth, but in reality was sent to the same clinic from which Jarod had come. She’s not sure who her brother is, but suspects it may be Angelo, who while in the midst of neurological treatment that could give him back his mental clarity, goes to help Jarod save the boy from facing a Centre fate they both shared and in so doing, sacrifices his own possibility for normalcy so that the boy can have his life back.

221 Bloodlines_08939-1The second season finale is one of our favorite episodes. It helps Jarod get closer to discovering who he is and why he was stolen in the first place. It also allows him to stop the Centre from doing to another young boy what they did to him. And it lets us see Angelo in a whole knew light. It was about gifts given and gifts taken away and in the midst of casting the show we got one of the greatest gifts we’d ever gotten on the series…
221 Bloodlines_08674-1A little boy walks into our casting office to read for the part of Davy Simpkins. He pulls up a chair to read the two scenes. In the first scene, the character of Davy is a normal albeit quite bright young boy, and the young actor was really genuine and pure in his portrayal. The second scene, is after Davy has been kidnapped and his mind damaged by the Centre doctors. The young actor climbed under the chair and as he did, he slipped into an internal realm of dark betrayal, a place of exploitation and pain the like of which none of the ‘grown ups’ in the room had ever experienced. But this little actor was there. He reached into a depth of soul and understanding of humanity that many of the wisest of wise men strive to find. When he was done with the scene, he stood and quietly asked if we’d like him to do it again, that he could do better he thought. But this little boy with the soul of a wise man was looking at a room of producers, in which there was not one face without awe, not one eye with out tears. We told him he was just fine and we’d be very proud if he’d do our show. He smiled like a kid, said he’d love to and left to go tell his parents the good news. We looked at each other truly amazed at what we’d witnessed, neither of us had ever seen anything like it in all the years we’d been in the business. The little boy’s name was Haley Joel Osment, and we knew we had someone special.

Little Known Fact:

We hired an ex-thief to come in one day to teach us the ins and outs of such criminal pursuits as pick pocketing, car hotwiring and forgery. Steve and Craig

Creators of The Pretender

The little boy’s name was Haley Joel Osment, and we knew we had someone special.

Steve and Craig

Creators of The Pretender

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2×12 Toy Surprise

2×1 Back From The Dead Again

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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

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2×5 Nip and Tuck

2×5 Nip and Tuck

1×14 Ranger Jarod

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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

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