The Pretender Episode Guide
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Episode Guide | Ghosts From The Past
Ghosts From The Past
Directed by: Michael T. Weiss
Original Air Date: 2-26-00
Jarod infiltrates a group of white supremacists in order to subvert the bombing of a rural African-American church whose pastor has organized a “Unity Rally” to promote racial and religious tolerance and harmony within the community.
Ghosts From The Past
In our first meeting with NBC after they had picked up the show, we pitched them a show opening where a bunch of hooded white supremacists burn a cross and when they take off their sheets, one of them is Jarod. It always seemed like a hell of a hook and in this episode, it turned out to be a great opening that more than lived up to the wonderful and provocative show that followed.
Racism, hate groups, church burnings are obviously difficult subjects to tackle but tackled they were with great sensitivity and aplomb by Michael T. Weiss in his directorial debut.
This episode was also a disguised clip show. The device Mark Dodson utilized so cleverly to get in the clips with out feeling like we were ripping off the audience was by having Angelo empath that Jarod was in danger from one of the people with whom he had crossed paths. Therefore, with the help of Miss Parker, Broots and Sydney, Angelo had to go through much of the physical remnants and evidence left behind in Jarod’s wake of his many pretends and empath those items, flashing us to the past to help Jarod in the present. It was a hell of a clever device and one we’re quite proud of.
The piano player in the church at the end of the episode is none other than Billy Preston. World famous for having played with the Beatles and Rolling Stones, many of you remember him best for his hit ‘Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing’.
Little Known Fact:
The piano player in the church at the end of the episode is none other than Billy Preston. World famous for having played with the Beatles and Rolling Stones, many of you remember him best for his hit ‘Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing’.Steve and Craig