The Pretender Episode Guide
A trip down memory lane.
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Often times the best way to start breaking or plotting a story, is to know the ending first. While this is usually the best way to flesh out a story, it is not often the best way to come up with an episode idea. Like “Pool”, we fell in love with a single notion, in this case, not so much what Jarod’s pretend would be, but his takedown. The idea of Jarod actually performing surgery to steal a vital organ to save a boy’s life, was dangerous but intriguing. Could we actually have a hero cut open a healthy body and do that? We thought so, as long as the victim was an innocent child and the ‘donor’ was a mean son of a bitch who deserved it. We agreed to go for it.
In many ways, this beat was a way to revisit (in tone anyway) a beat that was in the original Pilot script, but was never filmed. In the Pilot script, after Jarod talks to the doctor on the operating table (whose heart attack Jarod manufactured), and the drunk doctor enters to perform the surgery, Jarod smiles and walks out of the hospital, never looking back, never warning anyone that a drunk doctor was about to do surgery. The powers that be, and we as well, eventually felt Jarod should warn someone, since he’d already scared the guilty doctor enough. In “Countdown”, we let the scary takedown go the distance and it still seems like it was the right move.
Anyway, back to the point — trouble was we fell in love with a takedown, and in the end, the story leading up to it doesn’t measure up. Nobody’s fault, just one of those things where we just couldn’t quite nail that elusive quality that makes a show hit on all cylinders.
The prison warden, was portrayed by Jenny Gago, yet another ‘Alien Nation’ alumni we used for ‘The Pretender.’
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The prison warden, was portrayed by Jenny Gago, yet another ‘Alien Nation’ alumni we used for ‘The Pretender.’Steve and Craig