The Pretender Episode Guide
A trip down memory lane.
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When we first came up with the Thomas/Miss P runner, we always knew that this would most likely be the fate of Thomas. In television, we have to work and plan so far ahead, there is little room for major deviation, even when the character you have to kill off, plays so well with your lead actress. Jason Brooks and Andrea really worked well together, but we knew that the dramatic impact of what we’d been planning, would be so rich, so intense, that there was no choice but to, no pun, pull that trigger. And we were right. As interesting as their relationship was, this episode paid off hugely on the impact scale.
An Andrea Parker note here — from the very first day we always knew she could do tough, the snappy lines, et al, and later, a more vulnerable Miss Parker. But, with the multiple storylines with Thomas, she took her character even deeper, moving us with subtly and detail, showing us, so believably, yet another side (especially the pain) of this complex woman. We never doubted that she could, we’re only ticked off that she never got the recognition for this role that she deserved. One reviewer once commented, that Miss Parker is the most interesting female character on TV and so much of that belongs to our Miss P. Take a bow, Andy!
A great show.
Tommy Thompson knew from the beginning that he wanted to use Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” to set the tone of the final scene with Miss Parker by Thomas’ gravesite. Sarah, a talented and wise artist, has to personally view what her songs will be used in before she gives approval. She was touched by Tommy’s script and Andrea’s performance. The combination was perfect.
Little Known Fact:
Sarah, a talented and wise artist, has to personally view what her songs will be used in before she gives approval. She was touched by Tommy’s script and Andrea’s performance. The combination was perfect.