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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Richard MarcusRichard Marcus
Marcus did not begin his career as an actor. His first brush with the big screen came as associate producer ...

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Formerly known as Dr. Raines, William Raines is a long-time Centre staffer and the brains behind the testing that created Jarod, Angelo and countless other individuals who were less fortunate than either. Known for the trademark squeaking of the wheels on his ever-present oxygen tank, Raines is one of the most feared people at the Centre. After a fire in SL27, Raines lungs were badly burned and as a result he is dependent on an oxygen tank. But like all things at the Centre, the actual state of Raines's health disease seems to change depending on the situation. Ms. Parker once yanks the breathing apparatus out of Raines's nose when she believes him to be her mother's killer; Raines merely smiles and continues to breathe normally. Nevertheless, he continues toting his oxygen tank everywhere he goes, though he has regained the use of his voice. Raines's mission is to return Jarod to the Centre at any cost, but his real motives are always kept secret.

Raines was part of the plot to kidnap Miss Parker's twin brother (Mr. Lyle) at birth, and is the prime suspect in the murder of Catherine Parker. Mr. Parker knew that his daughter would try to kill Raines if she believed him to be the murderer. To counteract this, he appears to shoot and kill Raines himself. Ms. Parker is conveniently standing nearby to witness the faked death. He was once married to Edna Raines (now deceased) and had a daughter named Annie, who was murdered in 1975 (thanks to Jarod the criminal was caught, but Annie was already killed and her body was not found until present day). Raines is also the true father of Ms. Parker, having conceived her with her mother Catherine, but the details surrounding Catherine's pregnancy are unclear.

When Jarod reunites with the surviving members of his family on a crowded street, Raines and his team of gunmen arrive to kill everyone on-site. Jarod's family manages to escape, but Raines corners Jarod in an alley. When Jarod demands to know why Raines has done all this to him, Raines simply answered; "because you exist." After a standoff, Jarod turns his back on Raines, who is armed. Raines raises his pistol to kill Jarod, but an unseen gunman fires on Raines's oxygen tank, engulfing him in flames. The shooter is later revealed to be Sydney. Raines remains in an ICU for several months until he recovers from his burns. Mysteriously, following this event his overall health seems to drastically improve.

Dr. Raines' real name is revealed to be Abel Parker, and he assumed the name of his adoptive family, Raines. He is the real father of Ms. Parker and her brother, Lyle. Mr. Parker is the brother of Raines.

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