History Series / ThePretender

18th Jun '16 3:22:19 PM DomineeringScorpion
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** "Mr. Lee" (Season 3): Miss Parker's team learns someone else is after Jarod (the titular Mr. Lee) and has tracked down various people Jarod has encountered. They all proceed to interview these people to gain insight into his psyche and his current whereabouts.

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** "Mr. Lee" (Season 3): Miss Parker's team learns someone else is after Jarod (the titular eponymous Mr. Lee) and has tracked down various people Jarod has encountered. They all proceed to interview these people to gain insight into his psyche and his current whereabouts.
5th Jun '16 9:33:40 PM PaulA
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* BilingualBonus: Several episodes have Jarod conducting conversations with people in their own language, with no subtitles. In the pilot he speaks Greek with a woman keen to avoid surgery for something that can, lucky for her, [[YouFailYourMedicalBoardsForever also be fixed by some tea and a foot massage]]. In "Flyer", he converses with a deaf woman in sign language. In "Curious Jarod", he speaks with a Hispanic woman in Spanish.

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* BilingualBonus: Several episodes have Jarod conducting conversations with people in their own language, with no subtitles. In the pilot he speaks Greek with a woman keen to avoid surgery for something that can, lucky for her, [[YouFailYourMedicalBoardsForever [[ArtisticLicenseMedicine also be fixed by some tea and a foot massage]]. In "Flyer", he converses with a deaf woman in sign language. In "Curious Jarod", he speaks with a Hispanic woman in Spanish.



* ElvisImpersonator: in "Curious Jarod"

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* ElvisImpersonator: Bernie in "Curious Jarod"Jarod".



* SwissBankAccount: In "Collateral Damage", Jarod hacks into the villain of the week's Swiss bank account to confirm that he's been receiving payoffs from a drug cartel.

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* SwissBankAccount: SwissBankAccount:
**
In "Collateral Damage", Jarod hacks into the villain of the week's Swiss bank account to confirm that he's been receiving payoffs from a drug cartel.cartel.
** In "Curious Jarod", part of Jarod's payback to the villain of the week involves making it appear that he's been embezzling money into a Swiss bank account.
16th May '16 7:06:33 PM PaulA
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: "Ma'am, the materials on board are highly explosive!"
--> '''Miss Parker:''' ''(stubs out cigarette)'' So am I.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: "Ma'am, In the pilot, Miss Parker and Sydney are first seen being shown around a cargo ship Jarod had been working on:
-->'''Guide:''' Ma'am,
the materials on board are highly explosive!"
-->
explosive!\\
'''Miss Parker:''' ''(stubs ''[stubs out cigarette)'' cigarette]'' So am I.



* LampshadeHanging: From "Crazy":
-->'''Dr. Blythe:''' What's your name?
-->'''Jarod:''' Jarod.
-->'''Dr. Goetz:''' What's your last name?
-->'''Jarod:''' I don't know. It changes every week.



-->"What's your last name?"\\
"I don't know. It changes every week."

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-->"What's -->'''Dr. Blythe:''' What's your name?\\
'''Jarod:''' Jarod.\\
'''Dr. Goetz:''' What's
your last name?"\\
"I
name?\\
'''Jarod:''' I
don't know. It changes every week."



* TheOneThatGotAway: In "Every Picture Tells a Story", Jarod meets a man living as a recluse and regretting his life choice, particularly regarding a woman who might have married him if he'd had the courage to ask her. At the end of the episode, with Jarod's encouragement, he sets out to find her again.



-->'''Sydney''': The Centre wants [Jarod] ''alive''.
-->'''Miss Parker''': ''Preferably.''

-->'''Old Woman''': Are you a doctor?
-->'''Jarod''': I am today.

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-->'''Sydney''': The Centre wants [Jarod] ''alive''.
-->'''Miss
''alive''.\\
'''Miss
Parker''': ''Preferably.''

-->'''Old Woman''': Are you a doctor?
-->'''Jarod''':
doctor?\\
'''Jarod''':
I am today.



--->'''Jarod''': No, but I do enjoy that ''{{ER}}'' program.

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--->'''Jarod''': No, but I do enjoy that ''{{ER}}'' ''Series/{{ER}}'' program.
10th Apr '16 7:24:59 AM PaulA
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* DonutMessWithACop: "To Serve and Protect", the first episode in which Jarod pretends to be a police officer, is also the episode in which he discovers donuts. A minor character, seeing his enthusiasm, jokingly asks if he's a cop, and is confused when Jarod asks in all seriousness how he knew.



* HometownNickname: One of the characters in "Hope and Prey" gives Jarod the nickname 'Delaware'.

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* HometownNickname: HometownNickname:
** In "To Protect and Serve", a character addresses Jarod as 'Chicago', the hometown of the person he's pretending to be.
**
One of the characters in "Hope and Prey" gives Jarod the nickname 'Delaware'.
23rd Feb '16 6:53:26 AM PaulA
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* YouLookFamiliar:
** Jake Lloyd had a one-off role in the first season, as the son of a pilot whose death Jarod investigates, then had a recurring role as young Angelo in the second and third.
** Kelsey Mulrooney had a one-off role as the littlest orphan in the first season's Christmas episode, then returned in the second season for a recurring role as Broots's daughter.
23rd Feb '16 6:49:48 AM PaulA
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* ExpositoryHairstyles: Jarod begins the series with a rather dorky haircut that suits his initial characterization as someone who's had a sheltered upbringing and is out of place in the real world. As he gets more worldly, so do his hairstyles.


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* GoingPostal: Alluded to in the pilot episode, with Miss Parker snarking that after the way the Centre has treated Jarod she won't be surprised to find him pretending to be a postal worker.


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* SwitchToEnglish: The pilot episode has a subplot where Jarod helps out a grumpy old Greek woman who doesn't speak English. After he gains her trust, she admits that she ''can'' speak English when she feels like it, and they stick to English for the rest of the episode, except when they're saying goodbye to each other at the end.
9th Jan '16 2:56:22 AM jormis29
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** In the first season, Angelo is said to have a variant of the Pretender ability that allows him to study a specific person's possessions, assume their personality, and instinctively predict their present and future actions; on his first appearance, it takes most of an episode of study before he's ready to start predicting. By the end of the series, this has developed into full-blown psychometry, where he can pick up an object and know what the person it's associated with is doing right now. (At each stage, everybody else acts as if his powers have always been what they currently are.)

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** In the first season, Angelo is said to have a variant of the Pretender ability that allows him to study a specific person's possessions, assume their personality, and instinctively predict their present and future actions; on his first appearance, it takes most of an episode of study before he's ready to start predicting. By the end of the series, this has developed into full-blown psychometry, {{psychometry}}, where he can pick up an object and know what the person it's associated with is doing right now. (At each stage, everybody else acts as if his powers have always been what they currently are.)
19th Nov '15 2:59:14 PM KidDynamite
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* HalloweenEpisode: Jarod's discovery of the week once was Halloween. At the end of the episode, he goes trick-or-treating dressed as the scariest thing he knows: [[spoiler: Mr. Raines]].


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* HowWeGotHere: in the second and third episodes featuring Argyle, the guy who tried to sell Jarod back to the Centre in "Amnesia". The episodes start with Jarod and Argyle in some predicament, then go back to show how they wound up there.
18th Oct '15 7:05:45 AM Morgenthaler
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** Seemingly averted in "A Stand-Up Guy" after Mr Lyle is shot and falls into a river: Miss Parker sends somebody down to make sure he's really dead, and a body is found. A badly-damaged body that's only identifiable by the clothing and the [[{{Yubitsume}} thumb]]. GenreSavvy viewers are instantly and rightly suspicious.

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** Seemingly averted in "A Stand-Up Guy" after Mr Lyle is shot and falls into a river: Miss Parker sends somebody down to make sure he's really dead, and a body is found. A badly-damaged body that's only identifiable by the clothing and the [[{{Yubitsume}} thumb]]. GenreSavvy Experienced viewers are instantly and rightly suspicious.
16th Jul '15 8:22:05 PM PaulA
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* AdultFear: In "End Game," Jarod works a case involving a kidnapped boy. Looking at the devastated parents, an agent assisting on the case remarks he doesn't even want to think about what they're going through. This leads to Jarod having an ImagineSpot of his parents reacting to his abduction.

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* AdultFear: In "End Game," Game", Jarod works a case involving a kidnapped boy. Looking at the devastated parents, an agent assisting on the case remarks he doesn't even want to think about what they're going through. This leads to Jarod having an ImagineSpot of his parents reacting to his abduction.



* BerserkButton: The point of the series is Jarod helping those that have been victimized in some way, but he really does not like it when someone's misery is caused by the misuse of his own Simulations. In "Past Sim," Jarod's hostage rescue Simulation is used by Mr. Lyle to abduct a murder witness (which also leads to the death of a federal agent) - prompting Jarod to declare war. In "Betrayal," Jarod's work is corrupted for terrorist operations. [[spoiler:Damien, the man behind it, also murdered one of Jarod's friends at the Centre just to break him. When Damien threatened to kill Broots in a final confrontation, Jarod shot him dead.]]

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* BerserkButton: The point of the series is BerserkButton:
**
Jarod helping those that have been victimized in some way, but he really does not like it when someone's misery is caused by the misuse of his own Simulations. In "Past Sim," Sim", Jarod's hostage rescue Simulation is used by Mr. Lyle to abduct a murder witness (which also leads to the death of a federal agent) - prompting Jarod to declare war. In "Betrayal," "Betrayal", Jarod's work is corrupted for terrorist operations. [[spoiler:Damien, the man behind it, also murdered one of Jarod's friends at the Centre just to break him. When Damien threatened to kill Broots in a final confrontation, Jarod shot him dead.]]



* BittersweetEnding: "Under the Reds." Jarod foils a hospital scam that was bilking families out of insurance money, but the person he was there to help (a wrestler who slipped into a coma after a head injury) dies.

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* BittersweetEnding: "Under the Reds." Reds". Jarod foils a hospital scam that was bilking families out of insurance money, but the person he was there to help (a wrestler who slipped into a coma after a head injury) dies.



* BolivianArmyCliffhanger: "Bloodlines" ends with SL-27 blowing up with everybody inside. [[spoiler:Everybody survives except a character who wasn't even present in the scene.]]
** "Inner Sense" ends with Jarod, Miss Parker, and Ethan jumping off a subway train mere moments before it explodes. [[spoiler:As before, they all live.]]

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* BolivianArmyCliffhanger: "Bloodlines" BolivianArmyCliffhanger:
** "Bloodlines", the second season finale,
ends with SL-27 blowing up with everybody inside. [[spoiler:Everybody survives except a character who wasn't even present in the scene.]]
** "Inner Sense" Sense", the fourth season finale, ends with Jarod, Miss Parker, and Ethan jumping off a subway train mere moments before it explodes. [[spoiler:As before, they all live.]]



* ChristmasEpisode: "Not Even a Mouse." Jarod pretends to be a coroner in order to learn the circumstances of a homeless man's death.

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* ChristmasEpisode: "Not Even a Mouse." Mouse". Jarod pretends to be a coroner in order to learn the circumstances of a homeless man's death.



** CigarFuseLighting: Near the end of the episode, he uses his cigar to light the fuse on a diversionary explosion, then throws it away and is cigarless thereafter.
* CleanupCrew: The "sweepers". In "A Stand-Up Guy", we see them in action cleaning up one of the Centre's branch offices after a rogue Centre executive kills everybody there and steals an important file.
-->'''Broots:''' ''(watching a bodybag being carried out)'' What happens to them?\\

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** * CigarFuseLighting: Near the end of the episode, he "Homefront", Jarod uses his the cigar he affected as part of his pretend persona to light the fuse on a diversionary explosion, then throws it away and is cigarless thereafter.
* CleanupCrew: CleanupCrew:
**
The "sweepers". In "A Stand-Up Guy", we see them in action cleaning up one of the Centre's branch offices after a rogue Centre executive kills everybody there and steals an important file.
-->'''Broots:''' --->'''Broots:''' ''(watching a bodybag being carried out)'' What happens to them?\\



** There were also Centre mooks called "Cleaners", which Brigette actually was and what Miss Parker used to be. They seem to be more active assassins, going after people the Centre wants kept quiet permanently.

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** ** There were also Centre mooks called "Cleaners", which Brigette Brigitte actually was and what Miss Parker used to be. They seem to be more active assassins, going after people the Centre wants kept quiet permanently.



* ConspiracyTheorist: Jarod meets one (of the "{{Black helicopter}}s! My television is watching me!" persuasion) in "Flyer", listens sympathetically to his concerns, and gives him some information about the Centre to spread around the conspiracy-theory underground.

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* ConspiracyTheorist: ConspiracyTheorist:
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Jarod meets one (of the "{{Black helicopter}}s! My television is watching me!" persuasion) in "Flyer", listens sympathetically to his concerns, and gives him some information about the Centre to spread around the conspiracy-theory underground.



* DeadPersonImpersonation: In "Stolen", a suspicious character does a background check on Jarod's current identity, and finds that Jarod borrowed it from someone who's been dead since 1979. (In "Under the Reds", another suspicious character does another background check, but on that occasion the proper owner of the identity is still alive, though a house-bound invalid on the other side of the country.)
** Jarod pulls this earlier in "Jarod's Honor," after he enters the wrong hotel room and a man drops dead in front of him. He turns out to be a hitman, so Jarod pretends to be him in order to protect the targets and bring down the people after them. Unlike the other examples, no one finds out until Jarod chooses to come clean.

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* DeadPersonImpersonation: DeadPersonImpersonation:
**
In "Stolen", a suspicious character does a background check on Jarod's current identity, and finds that Jarod borrowed it from someone who's been dead since 1979. (In "Under the Reds", another suspicious character does another background check, but on that occasion the proper owner of the identity is still alive, though a house-bound invalid on the other side of the country.)
** Jarod pulls this earlier in In "Jarod's Honor," after he Honor", Jarod enters the wrong hotel room and a man drops dead in front of him. He turns out to be a hitman, so Jarod pretends to be him in order to protect the targets and bring down the people after them. Unlike the other examples, no one finds out until Jarod chooses to come clean.



* DisposableVagrant: In "Not Even a Mouse," Jarod investigates the death of a homeless man known as Christmas George. He was run over and gravely injured, but Jarod learns the culprit was a doctor who was drinking and driving. It was a hit and run, but when George's friend made a 911 call, she returned to the scene and injected George with a drug that would paralyze him. He looked dead to the casual observer, but he was alive and fully conscious ''during the autopsy''.
** In "Back from the Dead," Jarod investigates the disappearance of a med student named Enrique. It turns out his teacher, Dr. Fein, was developing a new resuscitation drug. Fein tested it on homeless people and one of them (Broad Street Bill) died. Enrique discovered this, which was why he disappeared.

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* DisposableVagrant: DisposableVagrant:
**
In "Not Even a Mouse," Mouse", Jarod investigates the death of a homeless man known as Christmas George. He was run over and gravely injured, but Jarod learns the culprit was a doctor who was drinking and driving. It was a hit and run, but when George's friend made a 911 call, she returned to the scene and injected George with a drug that would paralyze him. He looked dead to the casual observer, but he was alive and fully conscious ''during the autopsy''.
** In "Back from the Dead," Dead", Jarod investigates the disappearance of a med student named Enrique. It turns out his teacher, Dr. Fein, was developing a new resuscitation drug. Fein tested it on homeless people and one of them (Broad Street Bill) died. Enrique discovered this, which was why he disappeared.



*** A straighter example for Jarod is Alex from ''2001''. Unlike Kyle (who was clearly warped by a bad upbringing), Alex wants revenge because Jarod left him behind (thinking he had died) during his escape and because everyone thought he was inferior to him.

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*** ** A straighter example for Jarod is Alex from ''2001''. Unlike Kyle (who was clearly warped by a bad upbringing), Alex wants revenge because Jarod left him behind (thinking he had died) during his escape and because everyone thought he was inferior to him.



* FunWithAcronyms: In "Bazooka Jarod," Jarod befriends a troubled teen who keeps lashing out at her mother and misses her father (who's stationed on a submarine on the other side of the planet). She gets a tattoo "I.L.Y." but won't say what it stands for. Later on, she admits to Jarod it's from her father's messages back home (which she says can only be 40 words long). It's short for "I love you."

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* FunWithAcronyms: In "Bazooka Jarod," Jarod", Jarod befriends a troubled teen who keeps lashing out at her mother and misses her father (who's stationed on a submarine on the other side of the planet). She gets a tattoo "I.L.Y." but won't say what it stands for. Later on, she admits to Jarod it's from her father's messages back home (which she says can only be 40 words long). It's short for "I love you."



* HerrDoktor: Sidney's old nemesis in "Hazards."

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* HerrDoktor: Sidney's old nemesis in "Hazards.""Hazards".



* HowUnscientific: "Island of the Haunted.". It's exactly what it sounds like. And the series finale to boot.

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* HowUnscientific: "Island of the Haunted.".Haunted". It's exactly what it sounds like. And the series finale to boot.



* IAmAMonster: In "F/X," Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots investigate a boy named Timmy that was subjected to then-Dr. Raines' experiments. Something went horribly wrong, [[spoiler: with Timmy gaining empathic powers at the cost of his own mind. Timmy became Angelo, who is aware of his past and mourns his former self.]]

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* IAmAMonster: In "F/X," "F/X", Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots investigate a boy named Timmy that was subjected to then-Dr. Raines' experiments. Something went horribly wrong, [[spoiler: with [[spoiler:with Timmy gaining empathic powers at the cost of his own mind. Timmy became Angelo, who is aware of his past and mourns his former self.]]



*** And later when [[spoiler:Kyle]] appears. "They said you were dead." "Not hardly."



* KangarooCourt: In "Amnesia," Miss Parker's team is put before the T-Board (administered by Mr. Raines and Brigette), as it is believed one of them is the one leaking information to Jarod. Brigette actually arranged this herself - cutting a deal with the Triumvirate at the others' expense and save herself reprisals for previous actions.

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* KangarooCourt: In "Amnesia," "Amnesia", Miss Parker's team is put before the T-Board (administered by Mr. Raines and Brigette), Brigitte), as it is believed one of them is the one leaking information to Jarod. Brigette Brigitte actually arranged this herself - cutting a deal with the Triumvirate at the others' expense and save herself reprisals for previous actions.



* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler: Sydney]] shoots out Raines' oxygen tank, immolating him.
** A subversion, though, as [[spoiler:Sydney hit the oxygen tank ''by accident''. He was quite willing to just shoot Raines dead]].

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* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler: Sydney]] [[spoiler:Sydney]] shoots out Raines' oxygen tank, immolating him.
**
him. A subversion, though, as [[spoiler:Sydney hit the oxygen tank ''by accident''. He was quite willing to just shoot Raines dead]].



-->"What's your last name?"
-->"I don't know. It changes every week."

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-->"What's your last name?"
-->"I
name?"\\
"I
don't know. It changes every week."



* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: Invoked in "Red Rock Jarod." A captured Jarod proceeds to push all of Lyle's buttons, which sets him off.

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* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: Invoked in "Red Rock Jarod." Jarod". A captured Jarod proceeds to push all of Lyle's buttons, which sets him off.



* LongestPregnancyEver: Brigette provides a curious example. We learn she is pregnant towards the very end of Season 3, and she gives birth about the half-way mark in Season 4 - roughly spanning nine months in real-time. However, because of other continuity it actually has been one year InUniverse. [[spoiler:Brigette gives birth on the anniversary of Thomas' murder, but she didn't learn she was pregnant until one episode after it.]]

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* LongestPregnancyEver: Brigette Brigitte provides a curious example. We learn she is pregnant towards the very end of Season 3, and she gives birth about the half-way mark in Season 4 - roughly spanning nine months in real-time. However, because of other continuity it actually has been one year InUniverse. [[spoiler:Brigette [[spoiler:Brigitte gives birth on the anniversary of Thomas' murder, but she didn't learn she was pregnant until one episode after it.]]



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Jarod has a number of these moments when he discovers how his simulations were twisted to hurt people rather than help them.
-->"How many people died because of what I thought up?"

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
**
Jarod has a number of these moments when he discovers how his simulations were twisted to hurt people rather than help them.
-->"How --->"How many people died because of what I thought up?"



** In "Crash," Jarod gives a college freshman he befriended his plane ticket so he won't miss registration. When the plane goes down and his young friend is a confirmed fatality, Jarod is beside himself with grief.

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** In "Crash," "Crash", Jarod gives a college freshman he befriended his plane ticket so he won't miss registration. When the plane goes down and his young friend is a confirmed fatality, Jarod is beside himself with grief.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In "Betrayal," viewers learn that while Jarod was still at the Centre, he was befriended by Damien. He gained Jarod's trust and convinced him to complete a potentially dangerous Simulation. However, it was all a ruse to force Jarod's compliance [[spoiler:and Damien kills Jarod's janitor friend Kenny to further break him]]. All this did, though, was confirm Jarod's doubts and fears about the Centre. He escaped a few weeks afterwards.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In "Betrayal," "Betrayal", viewers learn that while Jarod was still at the Centre, he was befriended by Damien. He gained Jarod's trust and convinced him to complete a potentially dangerous Simulation. However, it was all a ruse to force Jarod's compliance [[spoiler:and Damien kills Jarod's janitor friend Kenny to further break him]]. All this did, though, was confirm Jarod's doubts and fears about the Centre. He escaped a few weeks afterwards.



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: There's always the infrequent reference to an unseen pretend, where Jarod has resolved an unpleasant situation. The most notable may be the one referenced at the start of "Til Death Do Us Part," where Jarod has dealt with [[MonsterClown a clown that molested children]]. According to Broots, the clown was found locked in a tiger cage and with a piece of meat tied to his privates.

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: There's always the infrequent reference to an unseen pretend, where Jarod has resolved an unpleasant situation. The most notable may be the one referenced at the start of "Til Death Do Us Part," Part", where Jarod has dealt with [[MonsterClown a clown that molested children]]. According to Broots, the clown was found locked in a tiger cage and with a piece of meat tied to his privates.



** In "Hazards," Jarod meets Dan Healy, who's been blamed for an accident that killed three co-workers. It turned into a media circus and Dan thought he could take the pressure off his family by throwing himself in front of a bus. Jarod saves his life, but Dan's son Todd still takes all of this pretty hard.

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** In "Hazards," "Hazards", Jarod meets Dan Healy, who's been blamed for an accident that killed three co-workers. It turned into a media circus and Dan thought he could take the pressure off his family by throwing himself in front of a bus. Jarod saves his life, but Dan's son Todd still takes all of this pretty hard.



** In "Once in a Blue Moon," a teenager is kidnapped by a serial killer's copycat:

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** In "Once in a Blue Moon," Moon", a teenager is kidnapped by a serial killer's copycat:



* PerpSweating: The Centre tribunal in "Amnesia" takes place in a darkened room, with the subject and the tribunal sitting on opposite sides of a table that has built-in bright lights shining into the subject's eyes. Broots's session also includes a variation on the taunting-glass-of-water routine: nobody keeps it out of his reach, but he can't bring himself to drink it once it occurs to him to wonder what might be in it apart from water.
** In "A Stand Up Guy," an undercover agent was found out by some mob guys and locked in a freezer. To get the truth and exonerate an innocent man framed for the murder, Jarod ends up trapping the most likely suspects in the same freezer. He messes with the thermostat to force them to fess up. Once he gets the information, he makes it seem like he's going to leave them to die, but he's just messing with them.

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* PerpSweating: PerpSweating:
**
The Centre tribunal in "Amnesia" takes place in a darkened room, with the subject and the tribunal sitting on opposite sides of a table that has built-in bright lights shining into the subject's eyes. Broots's session also includes a variation on the taunting-glass-of-water routine: nobody keeps it out of his reach, but he can't bring himself to drink it once it occurs to him to wonder what might be in it apart from water.
** In "A Stand Up Guy," Guy", an undercover agent was found out by some mob guys and locked in a freezer. To get the truth and exonerate an innocent man framed for the murder, Jarod ends up trapping the most likely suspects in the same freezer. He messes with the thermostat to force them to fess up. Once he gets the information, he makes it seem like he's going to leave them to die, but he's just messing with them.



* RedHerring: "School Daze" has a two-fer. Jarod learns a boy is being targeted so he can't testify at a murder trial. In trying to figure out who the child is, Jarod initially believes him to be an introverted boy who just moved to town (unaware the actual kid is already in Witness Protection and lied about where he came from). As for the hired killer, Jarod suspects the school's creepy janitor, but he's actually an undercover federal agent. The real threat is another member of the school faculty that Jarod had met.
** In "Nip and Tuck," a girl's face was permanently disfigured after surgery. Working at the clinic where it happens, Jarod initially suspects the doctor who operated on her, a guy with admitted dislike of pro bono work. Actually, it was the head of the clinic, who harvested the girl's nerve tissue for a celebrity client's chin implant.
* RevealingCoverUp: As a child, Jarod had been told his parents died in a plane crash. In the pilot, he discovers the truth by comparing his medical record to his supposed parents'. He has a genetic anomaly in his blood; they don't, meaning he can't be their son.
** In "Past Sim," Jarod is out to save a murder witness in a Yakuza trial who was kidnapped using one of his old Sims. An agent remarks he was able to draw a weapon and open fire on the attackers, but when Jarod saves the witness, she says he never fired any shots. This clues Jarod in on the surviving agent getting a pay off from the Yakuza.
** In "Spin Doctor," Jarod investigates the supposed suicide of Todd Baxter. Evidence suggests he was arrested for drugs in college and simply jumped out a window after shooting up, but Jarod learns otherwise. Baxter was murdered because he was about to expose an agent on the take and his good name is being blemished so no one looks into what he had been investigating. After being informed that the campus police officer who busted Baxter doesn't exist, Jarod baits a couple agents leading the investigation. Jarod asks to contact the supposed campus officer for an interview and the one who says he already did so is the dirty agent.

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* RedHerring: RedHerring:
** In "Nip and Tuck", a girl's face was permanently disfigured after surgery. Working at the clinic where it happens, Jarod initially suspects the doctor who operated on her, a guy with an admitted dislike of pro bono work. Actually, it was the head of the clinic, who harvested the girl's nerve tissue for a celebrity client's chin implant.
**
"School Daze" has a two-fer. Jarod learns a boy is being targeted so he can't testify at a murder trial. In trying to figure out who the child is, Jarod initially believes him to be an introverted boy who just moved to town (unaware the actual kid is already in Witness Protection and lied about where he came from). As for the hired killer, Jarod suspects the school's creepy janitor, but he's actually an undercover federal agent. The real threat is another member of the school faculty that Jarod had met.
* RevealingCoverUp:
** In "Nip and Tuck," a girl's face was permanently disfigured after surgery. Working at the clinic where it happens, Jarod initially suspects the doctor who operated on her, a guy with admitted dislike of pro bono work. Actually, it was the head of the clinic, who harvested the girl's nerve tissue for a celebrity client's chin implant.
* RevealingCoverUp:
As a child, Jarod had been told his parents died in a plane crash. In the pilot, he discovers the truth by comparing his medical record to his supposed parents'. He has a genetic anomaly in his blood; they don't, meaning he can't be their son.
** In "Past Sim," Sim", Jarod is out to save a murder witness in a Yakuza trial who was kidnapped using one of his old Sims. An agent remarks he was able to draw a weapon and open fire on the attackers, but when Jarod saves the witness, she says he never fired any shots. This clues Jarod in on the surviving agent getting a pay off from the Yakuza.
** In "Spin Doctor," Doctor", Jarod investigates the supposed suicide of Todd Baxter. Evidence suggests he was arrested for drugs in college and simply jumped out a window after shooting up, but Jarod learns otherwise. Baxter was murdered because he was about to expose an agent on the take and his good name is being blemished so no one looks into what he had been investigating. After being informed that the campus police officer who busted Baxter doesn't exist, Jarod baits a couple agents leading the investigation. Jarod asks to contact the supposed campus officer for an interview and the one who says he already did so is the dirty agent.



* SadlyMythtaken: The pilot episode has a scene in which a winged sculpture created by Jarod is identified as "Onisius, the Greek god of retribution"; according to one of the DVD extras, the show's script editor spent months trying to obtain reference material on Onisius before the series creators admitted they'd just made him up.

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* SadlyMythtaken: The pilot episode has a scene in which a winged sculpture created by Jarod is identified as "Onisius, the Greek god of retribution"; according to one of the DVD extras, the show's script editor spent months trying to obtain reference material on Onisius before the series creators admitted they'd just made him up. Nemesis, the actual winged Greek deity of retribution, is female, which would have made it more awkward to describe the parallels between the deity and Jarod.



* ShoutOut: Jarod's Character Name Aliases.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Jarod's Character Name Aliases.



** In "Countdown," after being told he is not a doctor:

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** In "Countdown," "Countdown", after being told he is not a doctor:



* StalkerWithoutACrush: In "Nip and Tuck," Broots gets the feeling he's being watched and is later sent photographs of him doing everyday things. At the end of the episode, Miss Parker and Sydney receive similar photographs. It turns out to be [[spoiler:Kyle, who is stalking them in the hopes of being reunited with Jarod]].

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* StalkerWithoutACrush: In "Nip and Tuck," Tuck", Broots gets the feeling he's being watched and is later sent photographs of him doing everyday things. At the end of the episode, Miss Parker and Sydney receive similar photographs. It turns out to be [[spoiler:Kyle, who is stalking them in the hopes of being reunited with Jarod]].



* TangledFamilyTree: Originally it's just Jarod searching for his parents, but then [[spoiler: he finds he has a long lost brother, a sister, a clone, and a genetically altered half-brother. Said half-brother is also Miss Parker's half-brother, and her EvilTwin brother is Lyle, neither of whom are really sure who their father is. Mr. Raines and Mr. Parker are actually brothers, and could both be Lyle and Miss Parker's father. Both Jarod and Parker regard Sydney as a father-figure, and he may have been sleeping with Catherine Parker as well as being her psychiatrist, thus possibly being Lyle and Miss Parker's father. Sydney also has a mysterious twin brother named Jacob. Basically everyone but Angelo, Brigette, and Broots are related.]]

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* TangledFamilyTree: Originally it's just Jarod searching for his parents, but then [[spoiler: he finds he has a long lost brother, a sister, a clone, and a genetically altered half-brother. Said half-brother is also Miss Parker's half-brother, and her EvilTwin brother is Lyle, neither of whom are really sure who their father is. Mr. Raines and Mr. Parker are actually brothers, and could both be Lyle and Miss Parker's father. Both Jarod and Parker regard Sydney as a father-figure, and he may have been sleeping with Catherine Parker as well as being her psychiatrist, thus possibly being Lyle and Miss Parker's father. Sydney also has a mysterious twin brother named Jacob. Basically everyone but Angelo, Brigette, Brigitte, and Broots are related.]]



* VillainEpisode: "Toy Surprise", which relegates Jarod to the B-plot and focuses on Miss Parker uncovering and defeating a plot to assassinate her father.
** She also gets "At the Hour of Our Deaths" and "Wake Up" in the third season.

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* VillainEpisode: "Toy Surprise", which relegates Jarod to the B-plot and focuses on Miss Parker uncovering and defeating a plot to assassinate her father.
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father. She also gets "At the Hour of Our Deaths" and "Wake Up" in the third season.



** Also Jarod and his father-figure, Sydney. In both present and flashback scenes of "Scott Free," Jarod actually asks for acknowledgement, but Sydney won't give it to him because he feels it would be improper for a host of reasons. Of course, viewers then see that Sydney has kept several mementos of Jarod, including a Father's Day card made by him.
* WhamLine: The end of "The Dragon House, Part 1," after Jarod questions why he was stopped from opening fire.
-->'''Harriet:''' I stopped you because [[spoiler:Kyle is your brother]].
** In "F/X," the big revelation to then-Dr. Raines' work:

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** Also Jarod and his father-figure, Sydney. In both present and flashback scenes of "Scott Free," Free", Jarod actually asks for acknowledgement, but Sydney won't give it to him because he feels it would be improper for a host of reasons. Of course, viewers Viewers then see that Sydney has kept several mementos of Jarod, including a Father's Day card made by him.
* WhamLine: WhamLine:
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The end of "The Dragon House, Part 1," 1", after Jarod questions why he was stopped from opening fire.
-->'''Harriet:''' --->'''Harriet:''' I stopped you because [[spoiler:Kyle is your brother]].
** In "F/X," "F/X", the big revelation to then-Dr. Raines' work:



** Sydney has one in "Indy Show," which is highlighted above in PapaWolf.
** In "Bloodlines," Jarod and Miss Parker ask Mr. Fenigor about their pasts. He refers to Catherine Parker's murderer as "the man in the dark suit."

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** Sydney has one in "Indy Show," which is highlighted above in PapaWolf.
Show":
-->"Since your accident, I've done things--terrible things--to protect Jarod, to protect you. I even [[spoiler:tried to kill Dr. Raines, but the bullet hit his oxygen tank]]."
** In "Bloodlines," "Bloodlines", Jarod and Miss Parker ask Mr. Fenigor about their pasts. He refers to Catherine Parker's murderer as "the man in the dark suit."



* WhatHaveIBecome: In "Hazards," Sydney has the opportunity to exact revenge against a Nazi doctor that had his parents killed and performed experiments on him and his brother. However, he can't pull the trigger because of Jarod. Sydney feels this makes him NotSoDifferent from the monster from his past.

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* WhatHaveIBecome: In "Hazards," "Hazards", Sydney has the opportunity to exact revenge against a Nazi doctor that had his parents killed and performed experiments on him and his brother. However, he can't pull the trigger because of Jarod. Sydney feels this makes him NotSoDifferent from the monster from his past.



* YouAreNotAlone: In "Collateral Damage," a woman has spent years trying to prove her father was framed as a traitor and that his name deserves to be on the Vietnam Memorial, but she keeps suffering one setback after another.

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* YouAreNotAlone: In "Collateral Damage," Damage", a woman has spent years trying to prove her father was framed as a traitor and that his name deserves to be on the Vietnam Memorial, but she keeps suffering one setback after another.
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