The Pretender Episode Guide
A trip down memory lane.
Episode Guide | The Assassin
Directed by: Michael Lange
Original Air Date: 2-6-99
Jarod helps a young mother rescue her children, who are being held hostage, by a company much like the Centre.
With Jarod, whenever we hit on a character in need, who was suffering from a similar abuse as he was, or had a villain that was reminiscent of the Centre, it usually made for good drama. This one had both. A woman whom we discover was trained and used by ‘the company’ for nefarious deeds is called back into action against her will, when her children are taken (just one more reason for Jarod to care). ‘The Company’, as we learn, was very much Centre-like in its objectives.
On the Centre side, Miss Parker made one of her biggest character growths in this episode by not only meeting the love of her life, Thomas (Jason Brooks), but more importantly, allowing herself to be open to a relationship outside the Centre.
For a while, we had been feeling the itch to give Miss P a relationship, and the timing felt right. But what made this relationship interesting to watch was the vise it was actually putting her character in; if she gives herself over to Thomas, as she clearly wants to, how does she explain her life at the Centre, and more dangerously, how does the Centre feel about her and Thomas? We’ll talk more in later episodes about this, but suffice to say, it went beyond our dramatic expectations.
The idea of Jarod playing in a poker game in the teaser was more than just what we thought would be a fun scene to put him in… Let’s just say that for the Pretender writing staff, the classic writer’s axiom “write what you know” was very much in play here.
Little Known Fact:
The idea of Jarod playing in a poker game in the teaser was more than just what we thought would be a fun scene to put him in… Let’s just say that for the Pretender writing staff, the classic writer’s axiom “write what you know” was very much in play here.Steve and Craig