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Being the first episode of The Pretender, we first learn about Jarod and how he escaped from The Centre. Miss Parker and Sydney hunt after Jarod as he pretends to be a doctor, revealing the truth about a hospital mishap.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 03101
Airdate: Thursday September 19th, 1996
Special Airtime: 10:00 pm

Guest Stars
Peter Michael GoetzPeter Michael Goetz
As Dr. Hendricks
Stephen TobolowskyStephen Tobolowsky
As Dr. Trader
L. Scott CaldwellL. Scott Caldwell
As Gwen Porter
Lilyan ChauvinLilyan Chauvin
As The Greek Lady
Jeffrey ShepardJeffrey Shepard
As 12 year old Jarod

Jonathan OsserJonathan Osser
As Younger Jarod
Dylan ProvencherDylan Provencher
As Kevin Bailey
Lynley SwainLynley Swain
As Nicole
Main Cast
Episode Notes
Location: Queens, New York

The Centre, first seen here and will appear in nearly every episode, is actually the R.C. Harris Filtration Plant, located in Toronto, Canada.

Jarod discovers soft ice cream

Episode Quotes
Sydney: The Centre wants him alive.
Miss Parker: Preferably.

Miss Parker: Hell of an environment you keep him in, Syd. With input like this maybe we'll find him masquerading as a postal worker.

Jarod: And, by the way, ice cream is good.

Miss Parker: Your little monster need his teddy bear, huh, Sydney?
Sydney: Jarod is not a monster.
Miss Parker: Call him what you want, Dr. Frankenstein. Just tell me where he is!

Andy: (pointing to x-ray film): Any special reason you're looking at those?
Jarod: Any special reason you're in here half-naked?

Miss Parker: Make up your mind, Sydney! Be a scientist or a mommy. You can't be both.

Sydney: You were such a happy little girl. What happened to you?
Miss Parker: I grew up, Syd. So should you.

Sydney: (to the camera) This one has only been with us for thirty-six hours and he's already demonstrating more talent than any of our others. (to Jarod) Hi, Jarod. I'm Sydney. I'll be taking care of you for a while.
Younger Jarod: Why? Where's my mom and dad?

Mrs. Nykos: Are you a doctor?
Jarod: I am today.

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