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Season 3

Pool

313 Pool_01349-1Written by: Harry Dunn

Directed by: Fred Keller

Original Air Date: 2-20-99

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Logline:

Jarod becomes a pool shark to smoke out a racist.

Pool

313 Pool_05023-1Almost invariably during a season of TV, there are episodes that start out as one thing and end up as another. One such episode is “Pool”. The mistake we made initially in putting the story concept together was hanging way too much on the idea of Jarod being a pool shark (a notion that’d been kicking around awhile). Sounds good, right? You can have fun seeing our genius learning the game, put together some visually great game sequences, lots of smoky ambiance, etc. But at the end of the day, what is the emotional core, what is the story about?

 

Unfortunately, when the theme of racism was decided upon, the clock was already ticking on the pre-production (the period of planning before an episode is filmed) of this episode.

 

A side note here, one of the main rules in series television to remember is that producing episodes is like having a snarling, chained-up Raptor as a pet. If you don’t feed it (Raptors like meat, productions survive on completed scripts), it will eventually break its chains, and eat you. Even if that steak isn’t fully cooked, you’d better toss it to that hungry Raptor, before he gets free. In TV, even if the script isn’t fully cooked, you’d better toss it to the production, because productions don’t wait.

 

313 Pool_05484-1That said, with each draft of “Pool”, the racial themes clearly took on more importance and were emotionally the most interesting element. Unfortunately, much of it got abbreviated because we simply ran out of pre-production time.

 

There is much to admire in this episode, but it has always been one that you say to yourself, ‘if only we had more time, it could’ve really been great’.

 

On the Centre side, Miss P’s dinner party where Thomas ‘meets the parents’ is very funny, especially when Brigitte and Mr. P announce their wedding plans, as is the moment when Thomas innocently asks Lyle “How’d you lose your thumb?”

313 Pool_02113-1The actor who portrays the minister who marries Mr. Parker and Brigitte, is portrayed by Director/Co-Exec Producer Fred Keller’s father, Fred A. Keller, a well respected and world-traveled stage actor.

 

Little Known Fact:

The actor who portrays the minister who marries Mr. Parker and Brigitte, is portrayed by Director/Co-Exec Producer Fred Keller’s father, Fred A. Keller, a well respected and world-traveled stage actor.

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