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Season 4

Junk

junk_jarodWritten by: Harry Dunn

Directed by: Michael Zinberg

Original Air Date: 3-25-00

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Logline:

Jarod pretends to be a junkie to help an innocent former addict regain custody of her son.

Junk

junk_yjarodWhen coming up with new pretends for Jarod to employ, occupations are usually where the discussion starts. Yet being a Pretender is more than just what you do, it is the ability to “literally become anyone you want to be”. We also wanted to find ways to have Jarod become people who weren’t always glamorous, but on occasion to have him become one of the unwashed masses someone from the underbelly of society, but who none the less, embodied the same caring and humanity as anyone else – and sometimes more so. So, much like in the episode ‘CRAZY’ where Jarod has to be convincing as a psychiatric patient, in ‘JUNK’, we wanted Jarod to have to become someone that is usually looked away from in life, stepped over in the gutter of society; a junkie at a rehab clinic.

 

Beautifully scripted and deftly directed, JUNK was an important episode that dealt with a confrontational subject and our performers were more than up to the task. Addiction and its relationship to society as reflected through the eyes of a few addicts, juxtaposed to the revelation that Young Jarod had suffered a Centre-induced addiction of his own as a child, was a heart wrenching dual storyline. Jarod’s Pretend as a junkie was one of Michael T.’s best performances ever. Ryan Merriman as Young Jarod, going through withdrawals as a child is chilling. Andrea Parker and Jon Gries’ performances confronting the reality of the Centre’s unspeakable act and Patrick Bauchau’s disquieting guilt over it are first class all the way.

junk_carrieWinner of the PRISM award for outstanding creative contribution demonstrating the accurate depiction of addiction in a television drama, ‘JUNK’ is an episode we are very proud of.

Carrie Hamilton, the actress who so insightfully portrayed Jill Arnold, the junkie wrongfully being held in the clinic, is the daughter of legendary television funny lady Carroll Burnett.

 

Little Known Fact:

This episode won the PRISM award for outstanding creative contribution demonstrating the accurate depiction of addiction in a television drama.

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Creators of The Pretender

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