The Pretender Episode Guide
A trip down memory lane.
Episode Guide | Risque Business
Jarod as a sex therapist – it doesn’t get much better than that. And while the A story of Jarod helping a traumatized therapist put her fears behind her and rejoin the outside world was poignant and heartwarming, the real fun of this episode was the B story with Miss Parker and Broots following Jarod’s trail though a bizarre road of sexual escapades; from his time as a animal behaviorist where all he did all day was “watch the monkey’s do it”, to a online sex toy company where he’d become a good friend of the whacked-out couple who ran the place. All this sex talk has Broots confused about his feelings, as he admits to Sydney, he has a crush on Miss Parker. The fun twist being that this whole investigation by Broots and MP is in fact a fake one, set up by Lyle, to test their loyalty to the Centre.
There was a line in the script saying a box of evidence confiscated from Jarod’s lair is brought to the Centre and opened, revealing a myriad of sex toys. Well, the prop master, Frank Escobedo, took that phrase literally and got so many different and unique items made of silicone (and God knows what else) that the whole set shut down in astonishment as our crew got an education on marital aids that only a swingers convention could appreciate. In a script, you had better be careful what you ask for.
Also, our Pretender crew’s assistant casting director, Wendy Gigler, plays the sex-crazed female of the couple that goes to Dr. Jarod for therapy, throughout the episode. While casting this episode, Wendy would read that part opposite the male actors auditioning, and did such a great reading, we had to cast her. Wendy says that as much fun as it was, it was also incredibly hard doing those scenes with Michael T., because of the topic and their friendship she had to fight the incredible urge to laugh with Michael.
Little Known Fact:
Wendy says that as much fun as it was, it was also incredibly hard doing those scenes with Michael T., because of the topic and their friendship she had to fight the incredible urge to laugh with Michael.