The Pretender
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The Pretender
First Aired: September 19th, 1996
Status: Ended
Network: NBC
Summary: The Pretender is an American television series that aired on NBC from 1996 to 2000. The series starred Michael T. Weiss as Jarod, a genius and former child prodigy with the ability to become anyone he wants to be, i.e., to flawlessly impersonate anyone in virtually any line of work. Patrick Bauchau and Andrea Parker co-starred as Sydney, Jarod's childhood teacher and mentor, and Miss Parker, a childhood friend. They are both operatives for a mysterious organization called "The Centre", which took Jarod from his parents as a child and developed his special talents with the intention of making him one of their agents, while also using his brilliant intellect for their own evil purposes. After escaping from their custody, Jarod begins traveling the country, searching for clues to his true identity while posing as a doctor, police officer, attorney, or some other character who helps those in trouble. The Centre's directors are determined to return Jarod to The Centre to further their mysterious plan. A team of operatives, led by Miss Parker, attempts to find and capture The Pretender. Jarod's extreme intelligence combined with his childlike innocence create a memorable and endearing character that was popular with viewers.
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# of Episodes: 86
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Season 4
The World's Changing
Episode 1: The World's Changing
Air Date: September 25th, 1999, 12:00 AM
Summary: Once again a prisoner of the Centre, Jarod discovers a plot to murder a team of nuclear researchers, giving him even more motivation to escape. Meanwhile, Sydney and Broots try to find Miss Parker and Miss Parker tries to find her father -- and figure out who to trust.
Survival
Episode 2: Survival
Air Date: October 2nd, 1999, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod joins the Army CID to investigate the suicide of a soldier in POW survival training. Meanwhile, he gives Mr. Lyle and Miss Parker a taste of that training by trapping them together in a shipping container.
Angel's Flight
Episode 3: Angel's Flight
Air Date: October 30th, 1999, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod infiltrates a Goth con game to locate a missing girl. Meanwhile, a faceless wax head sent by Jarod leaves Miss Parker and company trying to fill in the pieces.
Risque Business
Episode 4: Risque Business
Air Date: November 6th, 1999, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod pretends to be a sex therapist to investigate a brutal assault on a doctor. Meanwhile, Broots tries to summon up the courage to reveal his feelings to Miss Parker.
Road Trip
Episode 5: Road Trip
Air Date: November 13rd, 1999, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod finds himself on a road trip to help a mysterious young woman, whom he falls for. Meanwhile, he tells Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots to 'follow the yellow brick road'.
Extreme
Episode 6: Extreme
Air Date: December 4th, 1999, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod Pretends to be an extreme sports enthusiast in order to learn what happened to a comatose young man. Meanwhile, Miss Parker, Sydney, and Broots follow Jarod's "game show" clues, and find themselves investigating Mr. Lyle.
Wild Child
Episode 7: Wild Child
Air Date: December 11st, 1999, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod Pretends to be a psychologist to help a young girl found living alone in the wilderness. Meanwhile. Miss Parker finds out a Centre contract has been taken out on her father's life, leading her to look more closely at Mr. Cox.
Rules of Engagement
Episode 8: Rules of Engagement
Air Date: January 8th, 2000, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod tries to stop a hostage situation in a hospital. Miss Parker is confused by an encounter with her father.
'Til Death Do Us Part
Episode 9: 'Til Death Do Us Part
Air Date: January 15th, 2000, 12:00 AM
Summary: On the anniversary of Thomas' death, Jarod challenges a haunted Miss Parker to resume her hunt for his killer. But the search leads back to her father and Brigitte, who is close to giving birth.
Spin Doctor (1)
Episode 10: Spin Doctor (1)
Air Date: February 5th, 2000, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod tries to track down the killer of a man who helped him escape from The Centre. Meanwhile, Miss Parker tries to help Sydney deal with his past. (Clean Sweep (2) aired on Profiler, season 4, episode 10.)
Cold Dick
Episode 11: Cold Dick
Air Date: February 12nd, 2000, 12:00 AM
Summary: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - After being contacted by Argyle, Jarod becomes a Las Vegas private investigator to save a showgirl in trouble with with the mob. Meanwhile, Broots and Miss Parker try to outwit Jarod by posing as a newlywed couple and checking into the honeymoon suite. But come sunrise, they find they've gotten more involved with each other then they ever have chasing Jarod...
Lifeline
Episode 12: Lifeline
Air Date: February 19th, 2000, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod becomes a bodyguard to reunite an undercover ATF agent and her daughter. Meanwhile. Miss Parker sets out to prove Raines' religious 'conversion' is nothing of the kind.
Ghosts From The Past
Episode 13: Ghosts From The Past
Air Date: February 26th, 2000, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod infiltrates a white supremacist group to stop the bombing of a Unity event. Meanwhile, Angelo fights his way through Jarod's past to find the old enemy currently threatening Jarod's life.
The Agent of Year Zero
Episode 14: The Agent of Year Zero
Air Date: March 11st, 2000, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod tries to help a Cambodian woman avenge the death of her family at the hands of a war criminal -- who is also an ally of Mr. Lyle. Meanwhile, Miss Parker tracks that connection from the Centre.
Junk
Episode 15: Junk
Air Date: March 25th, 2000, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod goes undercover as a junkie in a rehab clinic to help a woman regain custody of her son. Meanwhile, Miss Parker and company find Jarod's connection to the woman through her father and the Centre.
School Daze
Episode 16: School Daze
Air Date: April 22nd, 2000, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod poses as an elementary school teacher to protect a young witness in a murder trial. Meanwhile, Miss Parker encounters a ghost from the past.
Meltdown
Episode 17: Meltdown
Air Date: April 29th, 2000, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod infiltrates a gang of burglars to discover which of them killed a little girl. Meanwhile, an email that isn't there leads Miss Parker to someone who might have answers about her mother's death.
Corn Man A Coming
Episode 18: Corn Man A Coming
Air Date: May 6th, 2000, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod follows the trail of a kidnapping, documented by a camcorder he finds in a pawn shop. Meanwhile, Miss Parker continues her search for Edna Raines, with Jarod's help.
The Inner Sense (1)
Episode 19: The Inner Sense (1)
Air Date: May 13rd, 2000, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod finally locates his sister Emily, just in time to see her nearly assassinated by The Centre. Meanwhile, Miss Parker's search of the secrets behind her mother's death lead her and Jarod to the same place -- and a mysterious young man named Ethan.
The Inner Sense (2)
Episode 20: The Inner Sense (2)
Air Date: May 13rd, 2000, 12:00 AM
Summary: Jarod finally locates his sister Emily, just in time to see her nearly assassinated by The Centre. Meanwhile, Miss Parker's search of the secrets behind her mother's death lead her and Jarod to the same place -- and a mysterious young man named Ethan.
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