The Pretender Episode Guide
A trip down memory lane.
Episode Guide | Road Trip
Directed by: Fred Keller
Original Air Date: 11-13-99
Jarod teams up with a free-spirited woman named Zoe, who secretly blames herself for the death of her twin sister. Although diagnosed with cancer, Zoe refuses to take treatment. In the end, Jarod reunites Zoe with her family and convinces her that her life is worth fighting for.
Jarod takes a trip with a wild, free spirit named Zoe, and finds adventure, fun and love. A person with whom he could share a life and home, and yet the very fact that this is possible with her, is the very reason it’s impossible. As long as the Centre is on his trail, he’ll never truly be able to have a home. As poignant as it is fun, Jarod’s road trip is one of which he’ll never forget.
Lisa Cerasoli played the character of Zoe with a sexy, vivacious quality that knocked us to our knees. She instantly became a favorite at the Pretender and we look forward to watching her star rise.
On the Centre side, we finally used a thematic we’d been searching for a way to use for some time. The thematic was ‘The Wizard of Oz’. We knew Jarod’s character once exposed to this classic would become enthralled with it. Using it to send Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots on a yellow brick road of their own seemed like something that would come right out of Jarod’s mind. Along the way, he gives them all a piece of treasure mined from their childhoods, an item that reconnects them with the magic of ‘home’, a magic Jarod so desperately wants for himself. There is no place like home and all Jarod wants is for them to leave him alone, so he can have one for himself.
The yellow brick road set that was constructed by Michael Clausen’s wonderful art department, set in the middle of the warehouse stages, was completely mystical. Much credit is due to that talented group of people in our art department for the rich look of the series. They would have to create many challenging sets each week, as our Pretender was someone new each week, so were the sets; one episode was yellow brick roads, the next a police station, hospital rooms, a Las Vegas hotel room for Miss Parker and Broots… This group had to roll with the punches… and they always did.
Little Known Fact:
Also, this was the second episode in which Katie Mitchell, my sister appeared. Having her wake up with a surgically disfigured face was every “little brother’s payback fantasy” – And I still have some photos. (S)
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