The Pretender Episode Guide
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Episode Guide | PTB
The Powers That Be. PTB is an interesting episode. It is one of the few times that we attempted to use a thematic or a metaphor as commentary on the Centre, and for that matter, Jarod. What we mean is, PTB is less about being an angry radio host’s rant, than it is being about whom the PTB’s are, and the aftermath of their wrongdoings.
It is also the only time that Jarod is caught dead to rights as being the pretender, in a wonderful scene where the paranoid, conspiracy-minded radio host pulls out a file and hands it to Jarod. The file is full of many of Jarod’s past pretends. There’s no running and no need to. The radio host smiles and confides something very important to Jarod, telling him (paraphrasing) he would’ve only trusted this to someone like this Pretender in this file — to someone like Jarod, who risks his life to fight the PTB’s every day.
The Centre side is Miss P’s major step toward true independence. During the episode, she scolds Thomas, when he shows up unexpectedly at the Centre. He tells her he has to leave town and that he wants her to come with him. She looks up to a Centre balcony, spotting Raines watching her — there’s no escape. But later (after some kind words from Jarod), she changes her mind and decides maybe it is time to leave Centre life behind, in a sweet scene with her and Thomas.
One of the joys of what we do, was watching members of our immensely talented crew in the Pretender family (and it really was) take an opportunity and succeed. We’ve always believed in promoting from within and feel good about doing so. In this case, our cameraman, Krishna Rao, directed ‘PTB’, his first directing assignment for us and he did a great job. Krishna has gone on to direct episodes of ‘Angel’ and ‘Dawson’s Creek’. He got a chance to direct old friend, Harve Presnell, aka Mr. Parker, in the latter.
Also, actor Bryan Cranston, who was wonderful as Radio Talk Show host, Neil Roberts, would go on later in the year to make a Pilot, which eventually became a big hit for FOX, “Malcolm in the Middle”, as Hal, Malcolm’s father.
Little Known Fact:
Also, actor Bryan Cranston, who was wonderful as Radio Talk Show host, Neil Roberts, would go on later in the year to make a Pilot, which eventually became a big hit for FOX, “Malcolm in the Middle”, as Hal, Malcolm’s father.Steve and Craig