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Season 4

Meltdown

Meltdown-3270-1Written by: Ethan Matthew Lawrence

Directed by: Krishna Rao

Original Air Date: 5-6-00

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Logline:

In a near real-time episode, Jarod creates a post-heist drama to expose one of the thieves as a child killer.

Meltdown

Meltdown-3267-1This was another germ that had been kicking the writing staff awhile; the notion of an entire episode turning out to be a takedown totally designed by Jarod. This then became the germ to concoct a unique, very play-like episode that would also allow us a chance to play with the form. Uh-oh!

We say “uh-oh” because anytime you play with the form you set the table for potential disaster, since you’re walking the tightrope without a net. But in a fourth season (and always), we especially welcomed the challenge to tackle something different. And it turned out to be a great experience.

 

Meltdown-1074-1Understand, on the surface we were filming six actors in one room almost the whole episode. Sound easy? Think again. To do this, the entire script had to practically be choreographed in chunks so that, again, like a play, each actor could know where they had to be on that ‘stage’ and when. (Not to mention ‘trapping’ your large crew in the same small quarters for almost a full week…)

 

Story-wise this one has a lot of nice nuances, a touching ending, a great surprise ending, when, after Jarod has gotten the confession he’s going for, the curtain literally goes up revealing everything that had happened was by Jarod’s design, right down to making his fellow thieves believe they were dying and had only an hour to live.

Much credit should go to Director Krishna Rao here. He took what was probably one of the hardest assignments we ever tackled on Meltdown-4908-1Pretender and nailed it.

Barbara Babcock, who we introduced as Edna Raines in this episode, was the lead in a short-lived (but a heckuva lot of fun) series that was an apprenticeship of sorts for us, called “The Law and Harry McGraw”

Little Known Fact:

The fact that Jon Gries did a terrific job as a first time director was not too much of a surprise, since directing is in Jon’s blood. His father, Tom Gries directed movies and many, many episodes of television, including such classics as ‘Voyage to The Bottom of the Sea’, ‘I Spy’ and ‘Route 66’, among many others. Steve and Craig

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