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Season 1
1 -- Pilot -- 9/19/96
2 -- Every Picture Tells a Story -- 9/28/96
3 -- Flyer -- 10/19/96
4 -- Curious Jarod -- 10/26/96
5 -- The Paper Clock -- 11/2/96
6 -- To Serve and Protect -- 11/9/96
7 -- A Virus Among Us -- 11/16/96
8 -- Not Even a Mouse -- 12/14/96
9 -- Mirage -- 1/4/97
10 -- The Better Part of Valor -- 1/11/97
11 -- Potato Head Blues -- 1/18/97
12 -- Prison Story -- 2/1/97
13 -- Bazooka Jarod -- 2/8/97
14 -- Ranger Jarod -- 2/15/1997
15 -- Jeraldo! -- 3/8/97
16 -- Under the Reds -- 3/22/97
17 -- Keys -- 4/5/97
18 -- Unhappy Landings --4/26/97
19 -- Jarod's Honor -- 5/3/97
20 -- Baby Love -- 5/10/97
21 -- The Dragon House -- 5/17/1997
Season 2
22 -- Back From the Dead Again -- 11/1/97
23 -- Scott Free --11/8/97
24 -- Over the Edge -- 11/15/97
25 -- Exposed -- 11/22/97
26 -- Nip and Tuck -- 12/6/97
27 -- Past Sim -- 12/13/97
28 -- Collateral Damage -- 1/3/98
29 -- Hazard -- 1/10/98
30 -- F/X -- 1/17/98
31 -- Indy Show -- 1/31/98
32 -- Gigolo Jarod -- 2/7/98
33 -- Toy Suprise -- 3/7/98
34 -- A Stand-Up Guy -- 3/14/98
35 -- Amnesia -- 3/21/98
36 -- Bulletproof -- 3/28/98
37 -- Silence -- 4/4/98
38 -- Crash -- 4/11/98
39 -- Stolen -- 5/2/98
40 -- Red Rock Jarod -- 5/2/98
41 -- Bank -- 5/9/98
42 -- Bloodlines -- 5/16/98


1 -- Pilot -- 9/19/96

Jarod's Last Names: Russell

Jarod's Discoveries: ice cream, Wheel of Fortune

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a doctor in order to help a paralyzed boy, whose spinal cord was severed during an operation, learn the truth about his injury. Meanwhile, Jarod asks Sydney for information about himself and his parents, while trying to escape Miss Parker's clutches.



2 -- Every Picture Tells a Story -- 9/28/96

Jarod's Last Names: Spitz, Campbell

Jarod's Discoveries: YMCA, Village People, fake dog poop and other Novelty items, Oreo cookies

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a lieutenant in the Coast Guard in order to find the cause of a boating accident, and why the man was never rescued. Meanwhile, one of Jarod's DSAs holds the key to Miss Parker learning what really happened to her mother.



3 -- Flyer -- 10/19/96

Jarod's Last Names: Wright

Jarod's Discoveries: Silly Putty

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a test pilot for Skyvionics in order to clear the name of another pilot blamed folahis own fatal accident. Meanwhile, Jarod finds a DSA recording of the mysterious Mr. Rains, who appears to have information about Jarod's past.



4 -- Curious Jarod -- 10/26/96

Jarod's Last Names: Woods, Felson

Jarod's Discoveries: Curious George, barrel of monkeys

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a casino security expert to investigate an assault on a Las Vegas show girl, which left her in an irreversable coma. Meanwhile, Jarods attempts to dicover who 'Curious George's' Man in the Yellow Hat is, concluding it's Sydney.



5 -- The Paper Clock -- 11/2/96

Jarod's Last Names: Holmes

Jarod's Discoveries: Radio Shack, Rubik's cube

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a lawyer in California to defend a mentally-challenged man on death row, enlisting the aid of a transvestite cab driver along the way. Meanwhile, Jarod strikes a bargain with Sydney to exchange The Centre's records for information on his parents, while Miss Parker tries to prevent the trade.



6 -- To Serve and Protect -- 11/9/96

Jarod's Last Names: Starr

Jarod's Discoveries: doughnuts

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a crooked cop in Miami to clear the name of a security guard framed for robbing a jewelry store, then killed -- only months after being reunited with his father. Meanwhile, Jarod enlists the aid of a 'Family Finder' to try to locate his mother, and Miss Parker lands in jail courtesy of one of Jare 's set-ups.



7 -- A Virus Among Us -- 11/16/96

Jarod's Last Names: Riley

Jarod's Discoveries: roach motels

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a virologist to find a scientist missing from an infectious disease research center in Illinois. Meanwhile, Sydney has a crisis of conscience and Miss Parker has close encounters with Jarod's tricks and Mr. Rains.



8 -- Not Even a Mouse -- 12/14/96

Jarod's Last Names: Marley

Jarod's Discoveries: fruitcake, Christmas

Synopsis: In Baltimore, Jarod celebrates his first Christmas, as he Pretends to be a medical examiner to solve the murder of a homeless man who was Santa Claus for a children's shelter, and to find the identity of a Jane Doe. Meawhile, Sydney and Miss Parker deal with their Christmas plans.



9 -- Mirage -- 1/4/97

Jarod's Last Names: Cochran

Jarod's Discoveries:

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be an instructor at a skydiving school in Texas to uncover the truth behind the death of one of the owners. Meanwhile, a birthday gift from Jarod gives Miss Parker new insights into her mother's life.



10 -- The Better Part of Valor -- 1/11/97

Jarod's Last Names: O'Leary, Vronski

Jarod's Discoveries: Insta-cheese (spray cheese)

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a Pittsburgh fire fighter to uncover the arson death of another fire fighter. Meanwhile, Mr. Raines sends a savant named Angelo to help track down Jarod, and Miss Parker's old flame has motives of his own.



11 -- Potato Head Blues -- 1/18/97

Jarod's Last Names: Nobel

Jarod's Discoveries: Mr. Potato Head

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a bomb squad expert to catch a Detroit serial bomber who blinded a photographer; with the assistance of a police graphics artist, he also obtains an 'aged' photo of his mother. Meanwhile, Mr. Raines uses Angelo to find The Centre's leak and winds up focusing on Broots.



12 -- Prison Story -- 2/1/97

Jarod's Last Names: Bradley, Short, Chance, Ventner, St. James, Marvin, Gardens, Parker

Jarod's Discoveries: Slinkies, Monopoly

Synopsis: Pretending to be a prison guard, Jarod tries to clear a prisoner on Death Row. Meanwhile, Miss Parker, Broots and Sydney share a stakeout and Miss Parker is diagnosed with an ulcer she blames on Jarod.



13 -- Bazooka Jarod -- 2/8/97

Jarod's Last Names: Forrester

Jarod's Discoveries: Bazooka bubblegum

Synopsis: Jarod pretends to be a Lt. Cdr. (Ops officer) aboard a Naval destroyer to investigate the death of a petty officer, apparently due to his own negligence. Meanwhile, Miss Parker follows another Jarod clue to a Deleware orphanage, and finds that Jarod now has a secret of his own about her mother.



14 -- Ranger Jarod -- 2/15/1997

Jarod's Last Names: Forest

Jarod's Discoveries: The Three Stooges, Star Wars, sex

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a former Army Ranger to join a mountain search for a missing ornithology student, and falls in love for the first time with his search partner -- which has an interesting effect on Miss Parker.



15 -- Jeraldo! -- 3/8/97

Jarod's Last Names: Crane

Jarod's Discoveries: pizza, basketball

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a TV news cameraman in Seattle, in order to investigate the shooting of his predecessor. Meanwhile, Miss Parker and a wounded Sydney find themselves trapped in a building scheduled for demolition, and Miss Parker remembers her mother's funeral.



16 -- Under the Reds -- 3/22/97

Jarod's Last Names: Hallstrom, Randolph

Jarod's Discoveries: rabbit's foot

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be an EMT in Atlanta to help a comatose grad student, and uncover the corruption that led to his coma. Meawhile, Miss Parker finds out about Sydney's twin Jacob, who Jarod's coma research has given a new chance; and Mr. Rains orders Miss Parker to commit murder.



17 -- Keys -- 4/5/97

Jarod's Last Names: ???

Jarod's Discoveries: plastic flamingos

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a Marine Patrol officer to catch a colleague killing Haitian refugees, but his Pretend goes wrong as a hurricane blows in, trapping him with a sick little girl, his latest target... and Miss Parker. Meanwhile, records from a safe deposit box gives Miss Parker evidence that her mother was beaten months before her death.



18 -- Unhappy Landings --4/26/97

Jarod's Last Names: Cody

Jarod's Discoveries: Spam

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a U.S. Marshal in Oklahoma City, trying to save a witness in a drug-cartel case. Meawhile, Broots looks for the children Miss Parker's mother rescued, incurring the suspician of Mr. Raines; Sydney consults his psychiatrist; and Jarod remembers a boy named Kyle he met at the Centre.



19 -- Jarod's Honor -- 5/3/97

Jarod's Last Names: Doe

Jarod's Discoveries: animal figurines

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a hitman to save the lives of the real assassin's victims. Meanwhile, a tip send Sydney and Miss Parker to a twin convention, where Sydney finds out more about Jacob's accident; and Jarod tries to track down a PI specializing in missing children, who might have searched for Jarod.



20 -- Baby Love -- 5/10/97

Jarod's Last Names: none

Jarod's Discoveries:

Synopsis: Jarod finds an abandoned baby and devotes himself to tracking down the baby's mother -- and protecting them both. Meanwhile, Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots discover a hidden sub-level beneath the Centre, which may hold the answer to many questions.



21 -- The Dragon House -- 5/17/1997

Jarod's Last Names: Ness

Jarod's Discoveries: Highlights for Children, lollipops

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be an FBI agent tracking down a sociopath -- his brother, Kyle, another Pretender on the run from the Centre and Mr. Raines. Meanwhile, Miss Parker searches for evidence against Mr. Raines; the Centre captures Kyle, leaving Jarod to rescue him (with some inside help); and Jarod comes closer to his family than he's ever been.



22 -- Back From the Dead Again -- 11/1/97

Jarod's Last Names: Howard

Jarod's Discoveries: Halloween

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be an anatomy professor to investigate the disappearance of a medical student. Meanwhile, Miss Parker searches for her missing father, a Cleaner named Brigitte joins in the search for Jarod, and Jarod has flashbacks to an experiment performed on him by Mr. Raines and the mysterious Mr. Lyle.



23 -- Scott Free --11/8/97

Jarod's Last Names: R.H. Cross

Jarod's Discoveries: Wheel-O

Synopsis: Jarod Pretends to be a one-armed safecracker to help a ex-convict blackmailed into participating in a robbery. Meanwhile, Jarod and Sydney both think about fathers, and Miss Parker.



24 -- Over the Edge -- 11/15/97

Jarod's Last Names: Shatner

Jarod's Discoveries: Spider Man, bungee cords, watermelon

Synopsis: Jarod joins an urban surch-and-rescue team to investigate the suspicious fall that put a fellow rescuer in a coma. Meanwhile, a man named Dr. Curtis questions Miss Parker, Sydney, and Broots about the shooting of Mr. Rains.



25 -- Exposed -- 11/22/97

Jarod's Last Names: Adams

Jarod's Discoveries: View Masters

Synopsis: Jarod becomes a fashion photographer to uncover the identity of a celebrity stalker suspected of killing a young model. Meanwhile, Miss Parker discovers that her real father is an old friend of Catherine's named Ben, and Mr. Parker shows up but will not reveal where he has been for the past month.



26 -- Nip and Tuck -- 12/6/97

Jarod's Last Names: Clay

Jarod's Discoveries: Play-Doh

Synopsis: Jarod becomes a plastic surgeon to avenge the tragic and careless scarring of a young woman by another surgeon. Meanwhile, the Pretender team is being terrorized by an unknown stalker who Angello discovers to be Kyle.



27 -- Past Sim -- 12/13/97

Jarod's Last Names: Sedarro, Darell

Jarod's Discoveries: Magic 8 Balls

Synopsis: Jarod is devastated when he discovers that the Centre used one of his past simulations with Sydney to kidnap a woman who witnessed the shooting of her son and killed a Federal agent in the process. Later, learns that Mr. Lyle has cut a deal with relatives of the shooter: the Centre would sell the whit for ten million dollars. Lyle's plan is secretly corrupted by Mr. Parker and Rains who want to remove him from the centre. Note: Broots gains custody of Debbie, his only daughter.



28 -- Collateral Damage -- 1/3/98

Jarod's Last Names: Patton

Jarod's Discoveries: Jell-O

Synopsis: Jarod joins the Army Rangers to help a young woman clear the name of her father, a soldier who died in Vietnam and convicted of treason. Meanwhile, Miss Parker babysits Debbie Broots which brings back more memories about her mother.



29 -- Hazard -- 1/10/98

Jarod's Last Names: Dupont

Jarod's Discoveries: '99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall', Twinkies

Synopsis: Jarod joins a toxic waste disposal company to determine who was responsible for the death of three workers that were exposed to toxic material. Meanwhile, Sydney intends to kill the man who murdered his family in order to preform tests on Sydney and Jacob durring the Holocaust.



30 -- F/X -- 1/17/98

Jarod's Last Names: Lugosi

Jarod's Discoveries: Model cars

Synopsis: Jarod becomes a movie stunt specialist to investigate a suspicious explosion that nearly killed a stunt double. Meanwhile, he provides Miss Parker with security camera tapes that reveal Catherine Parker's attempt to rescue a young boy named Timmy (later called Angello) from Mr. Rains' inhuman experiments in SL-27.



31 -- Indy Show -- 1/31/98

Jarod's Last Names: Jones

Jarod's Discoveries:

Synopsis: Indy driver Jarod Jones investigates the sabotage of an Indy car that caused an accident that seriously injured a fellow driver. Meanwhile, Sydney's brother, Jacob, comes out of his coma but the same virus that woke him up is killing him. After learning that Jacob only has twelve hours to live, Sydney removes him from the nursing home so that they can spend Jacob's last hours together. Just before he dies, Jacob writes a single word on a scrap of paper: GENE.



32 -- Gigolo Jarod -- 2/7/98

Jarod's Last Names: Heart

Jarod's Discoveries: Valentines day candy, Cupid

Synopsis: Gigolo Jarod uncovers the scheme behind the mysterious death of an 8-year-old boy and attempts to mend the marriage of a severed couple. He also expresses to a certain extent an 'interest' in Miss Parker.



33 -- Toy Suprise -- 3/7/98

Jarod's Last Names: Crockett

Jarod's Discoveries:

Synopsis: Jarod helps a teenaged boy face the tragic death of his best friend while Miss Parker struggles to save Mr. Parker (who finally begins to face the death of Catherine) from being assasinated by Brigitte.



34 -- A Stand-Up Guy -- 3/14/98

Jarod's Last Names: Puzo

Jarod's Discoveries:

Synopsis: Jarod poses as an FBI agent working undercover to put several counterfeiters behind bars and clear the name of a cop who was accused of murder. Meanwhile, Miss Parker is sent by her father to kill Mr. Lyle who stole a Centre data chip. Broots discovers that this secret data chip contained sets of genetic codes. My personal opinion is that this has something to do with GENE (see episode 31).



35 -- Amnesia -- 3/21/98

Jarod's Last Names:

Jarod's Discoveries: 'Same bat time, same bat chanel'

Synopsis: Jarod gets amnesia after suffering a blow to the head and ends up in the care of a homeless man who tries to sell him to the Centre (fat chance). Meanwhile, the pretender team is being suspected of leaking information to Jarod and helping him evade the Centre. However, it is suggested that Angello is the mole.



36 -- Bulletproof -- 3/28/98

Jarod's Last Names:

Jarod's Discoveries: Chia Pets/Heads

Synopsis: Jarod joins a SWAT team to uncover the secret behind a cop-killing and sends Sydney the birth certificate of the son that he never knew he had.



37 -- Silence -- 4/4/98

Jarod's Last Names: Leary

Jarod's Discoveries: Chocolate milk

Synopsis: Jarod becomes a DEA psychologist to help a young boy overcome the Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome that resulted in the witnessing of a murder, while at the same trying to protect him from the cop and drug-lord who were involved. Meanwhile, Parker, Sydney, and Broots investigate another one of Rains' 'lab rats' who has a split personality.



38 -- Crash -- 4/11/98

Jarod's Last Names: Lindsy

Jarod's Discoveries:

Synopsis: Jarod gives up his seat on an airline flight to a young man on his way to college who got bumped off the flight. A while later Jarod learns that the plane crashed, killing 11 of the passengers including his young friend, so Jarod joins the investigation of the tragic accident to uncover the truth behind the incident. Meanwhile, Jarod reveals Mr. Lyle's past by sending Parker, Broots, and Sydney to a high school reunion, with Parker and Broots posing as a overseas missionary couple (Parker a missionary? Yeah right!).



39 -- Stolen -- 5/2/98

Jarod's Last Names: Pierce

Jarod's Discoveries:

Synopsis: Jarod impersonates George Harper, a wealthy single father, in order to save the life of his kidnapped son. Meanwhile, the Centre finally learns about Sydney's phone calls with Jarod.



40 -- Red Rock Jarod -- 5/2/98

Jarod's Last Names: Barber

Jarod's Discoveries:

Synopsis: Jarod is mysteriously arrested by a ranger who is being manipulated by Mr. Lyle. When Lyle is about to amputate Jarods thumb in revenge for a past situation with the Japanese Mafia, Kyle comes to the rescue but is later killed in a shootout with Lyle. The thumbless butthead gets away and Kyle's heart is donated to a dieing boy.



41 -- Bank -- 5/9/98

Jarod's Last Names:

Jarod's Discoveries:

Synopsis: Jarod gets caught in a bank robbery with Miss Parker and gives her several letters that were written by Catherine on the last days of her life. They also locate Mr. Finigore who holds the key to both their pasts but is being payed by Mr. Parker to stay quiet and he is shot in the robbery. He is able to tell them to search for the red files called Prodigy.



42 -- Bloodlines -- 5/16/98

Jarod's Last Names: Spock, Kotter

Jarod's Discoveries: Pledge of Allegance

Synopsis: This season finally of Pretender tons of secretes were revealed and many questions were answered, not to mention everything else that went on, so this synopsis is a bit more lengthy than my standard summaries.

First of all, Jarod gets Sydney to begin a therapy on Angello that eventually reconstructs his brain and Timmy returns. This sparks interest in Miss Parker obviously because Timmy may be able to reveal who killed Catherine.

Secondly, Jarod opens an envelope (received from Finigore) that contains a scrap of paper that leads him to a reproduction hospital called New Genesis that was previously an adoption agency as well. There he meets a janitor who knew Jarod's mother who came to New Genesis in hopes of getting a child (apparently her and/or her husband had reproduction problems). They ended up adopting Jarod. The janitor also takes Jarod to a storage room containing an old safe among other things. In the envelope that Jarod received was also a key which opens the save and the pretender locates seven ‘Red Files' that pertain to the seven children that Catherine died trying to rescue. The final item in the envelope was a serial number that led Jarod to a red file of his own.

During this course of events, Timmy leads the pretender team to find a surveillance disk (and escapes from the Centre to meet up with Jarod shortly thereafter) that had captured the birth of Miss Parker. But much to her surprise she had a twin! Catherine Parker was told that her son was still-born but the disk reveal that the baby was alive and sent by Mr. Rains to New Genesis for adoption. Of course Mr. Parker denies knowledge of these events and disposes of the disk but accidentally leaves a second copy of the Red Files behind for Miss Parker to find.

As all this is going on it is revealed that Prodigy is the code name for the project involving pretenders. They take babies that show genetic capabilities of being a pretender, place them in an adoptive home through New Genesis, remain involved in their lives through the disguise of adoptive agents, and take the children back to the Centre when they are old enough to be of use to them.

In this episode the Mr. Parker decides to reopen Prodigy and take another child that they have been keeping track of. Timmy reveals to Jarod the school class that this child is in and Jarod pretends to be a substitute teacher and through that and the ties of a few children to New Genesis he discovers that the child is a by named Davy Simkins. He tries to get to the boy in time but it is too late and Rains has already ‘fried' his brain like he did to Timmy. Jarod takes Davy back to his cabin where his parents stayed during their affiliation with New Genesis. There he meets up with Parker (after creating a vaccine similar to that which Angello takes as part of his therapy) whom he tells that she also has a red file and that there are two possibilities for Parker's brother: Angello (or Timmy) and Mr. Lyle, both of whom have also have a red file and were apparently among the seven to be rescued by Catherine. Then, after some persuasion from Timmy, Parker agrees to let Jarod give the vaccine to the boy but she is bumped by the owner of the lodge, drops the vial, and it smashes on the floor. But Timmy decides to sacrifice his last treatment and give it to Davy. Without his last treatment, Timmy regresses to the state of Angello permanently but the boy recovers completely.

I'd like to point out one more point of interest in relation to the word written by Syd's brother, Jacob, on episode 31. My own conclusion is that GENE is not a reference to genetic code as I stated in the synopsis for episode 34. Jacob was trying to write GENESIS but died before he could complete it.




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