Sep. 19, 1996
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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The Pretender

Jarod is a pretender, a very intelligent person with the ability to slide into somebody else's personality. He was taken from his family as a child in order to work for a secret agency called The Centre. But he escaped. His new mission in life is to help people in need with his gift, and to find out what happened to his parents.

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Michael T. WeissMichael T. Weiss
A native of Chicago, Weiss began acting as a child, appearing in local TV commercials. While in high ...

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A 'Pretender'; a super-genius with eidetic and working memory; who has the ability to be anyone, learn any skill and function in any situation - a chameleon who takes on identities as easily as most people change clothes. Due to being of a rare genealogy, Jarod is genetically dispositioned to being a 'Pretender', as are a rare few, but Jarod's is more pronounced. Jarod & his brother, Kyle, share a rare blood type, AB- blood.

In 1963, Jarod was taken from his parents as a young child, and grew up within the Centre as a virtual test subject until his escape in 1996. Since then he has been searching for his family: his mother Margaret, his father Charles (aka "Major Charles", an ex-Air Force officer), and his surviving sibling, Emily. The second motivating factor in Jarod's life is atoning for the deaths he inadvertently caused by working for The Centre; because of this, he identifies himself with Onysseus, an Ancient Greek God of Retribution.

Jarod usually avoids being caught by The Centre at the end of every episode. Following his escapes, Jarod enjoys sparring with Ms. Parker over the phone. Often comically using her name in many of his insults at his job prior to the episode.

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01x18 - Unhappy Landings
Season 1, Episode 18
03x02 - Hope and Prey
Season 3, Episode 02
04x16 - School Daze
Season 4, Episode 16
03x05 - Betrayal
Season 3, Episode 05
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