History Series / ThePretender

7th Oct '17 4:03:00 AM PaulA
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** In "Scott Free", reluctant criminal Scott reveals to Jarod that the gun he carries is just a replica, and remarks that sometimes it's enough to just ''appear'' dangerous. At the climax of the episode, gang leader Nick threatens Jarod with his own gun, only to find that Jarod has rendered it harmless, and Jarod remarks to Scott that sometimes just appearing dangerous isn't enough.
7th Oct '17 3:57:59 AM PaulA
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* ContinuityNod: In "Scott Free", it is revealed that Sydney keeps a collection of Jarod-related mementoes; apart from the one introduced in the episode, it includes the Onisius sculpture Jarod left as a message when he escaped from the Centre ("Pilot"), and the toy monkey he sent as a taunt in "Curious Jarod".
7th Oct '17 3:53:49 AM PaulA
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** Used by the gang in "Scott Free".

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** Used by During the gang heist in "Scott Free".Free", the gang uses an electronic version of the "polaroid punk" method, taking a photo of the room with a digital camera and then connecting that to the security camera. (And the transition is noticed by the man in the monitor room, because he's expecting it.)



* OnlyALighter: In the episode "Scott Free" Nick threatens to shoot Jarod with a gun, but when he pulls the trigger it's revealed to be a lighter.

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* OnlyALighter: In the episode "Scott Free" Nick Free", Scott threatens to shoot Jarod with a gun, but when he pulls the trigger it's revealed to be a lighter.lighter; he keeps it for intimidation, but doesn't have it in him to actually shoot someone. At the end of the episode, [[spoiler:the gang leader, Nick, threatens Scott and Jarod with his own gun, only to find that Jarod has sneakily remodeled it and now it's also just a lighter]].



* ReverseMole: The end of Season 1 reveals [[spoiler:Angelo]] to be this.

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* ReverseMole: The end of Season 1 reveals [[spoiler:Angelo]] to be this.the mysterious "C.J." who has been helping Jarod from inside the Centre.
* RightBehindMe: In "Scott Free", Miss Parker sweeps into Broots's office, gloating that she's got a lead that will put her ahead of Brigitte and Mr Lyle, only to realise from Broots and Sydney's frozen expressions that Brigitte and Mr Lyle are behind her.


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* StatingTheSimpleSolution: In "Scott Free", the newly-arrived Mr Lyle and Brigitte take over an operation to catch Jarod during a heist being planned by the gang Jarod is undercover in, and insist on waiting to grab him dramatically at the last moment. Miss Parker repeatedly tells them that they shouldn't take any chances and should grab Jarod immediately, but is overruled, giving Jarod a chance to get away.


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* TakeOurWordForIt: In "Scott Free", Miss Parker secures a police detective's co-operation by giving him an envelope containing papers detailing the blackmail material she has on him. The contents of the papers are not revealed.
8th Sep '17 4:32:04 AM PaulA
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* CrammingTheCoffin: A variation in "Back From the Dead Again". [[spoiler:The victim is hidden in a coffin that's due for burial, while the rightful occupant of the coffin is hidden among the practice cadavers in the medical school where the killer works.]]


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* SkywardScream: In "Back From the Dead Again", the villain of the week does one when he thinks Jarod's going to bury him alive. For extra effect, the camera pulls up into the sky as he does, having to go a bit further since it's starting at the bottom of a six-foot-deep hole.


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* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: In "Back From the Dead Again", one of the signs that Dr Fein's research isn't as innocent as he makes out is that the inner room of his lab has a chair with restraints fitted.
16th Aug '17 5:08:49 AM PaddyMurphy
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* EvilCripple: William Raines

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* EvilCripple: William Mr. Raines



* NoNameGiven: To a ridiculous extent; of the main recurring characters, only William Raines, Debbie Broots, and Catherine Parker (née Jamieson) get full names.

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* NoNameGiven: To a ridiculous extent; of the main recurring characters, only William Raines, Debbie Broots, and Catherine Parker (née Jamieson) get full names.names and only the latter two have their full names mentioned more than once.
12th Aug '17 11:43:52 PM PaulA
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** This seems to be the main way of infiltrating and escaping the Centre, especially during the first season finale. The air vents may have been made for this very purpose, considering how big they are.

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** This seems to be the main way of infiltrating and escaping the Centre, especially during the first season finale. The air vents may have been made for this very purpose, considering how big they are.are: large and sturdy enough for a grown man to stand upright in and run through.



** In "The Dragon House", Broots hacks the security camera feed to the room where [[spoiler:Kyle]] is being held and loops it so that Miss Parker can have a private and unauthorized conversation.



* CutApart: A tense sequence in "The Dragon House" cuts between Jarod escaping through the Centre's air vents and the Centre staff tracking him down using motion sensors. The pursuers catch up with the motion in the air vents, pull open a hatch, and find... Angelo, being a distraction.



* EveryCarIsAPinto: In "The Dragon House", a van goes up in a huge fireball while the FBI are shooting at it.



** The evil Mr Raines is usually seen smoking in flashbacks, which is implied to be the cause of his present-day VaderBreath.



* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: In the first season finale, Jarod has Mr Raines at gun point with nobody around to intervene, but can't bring himself to kill him in cold blood, and says that if he killed Raines now he would be no better than the kind of killer Mr Raines has been trying to create.



* MomentOfSilence: The first season finale, "The Dragon House", has a non-death-related example; when [[spoiler:Jarod's mother arrives]], the diegetic sounds fades out and the vision goes into slow motion to represent the depths of Jarod's emotional reaction.



** [[spoiler:Jarod's brother]] in the first season finale -- and sure enough, he eventually turns out to have survived.

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** In the first season finale, [[spoiler:Jarod's brother]] apparently dies in the first season finale an explosion and fire that leaves no remains -- and sure enough, he eventually turns out to have survived.



* VaderBreath: Mr. Raines

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* VaderBreath: Mr. RainesRaines has wheezy, labored breathing (and is permanently hooked up to an oxygen tank he wheels around behind him).
14th Jul '17 2:06:43 PM Doogie2K
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* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: Every week, Jarod assumes a new job and identity that allows him to save some innocent victims whose plight has caught his eye.
7th Jul '17 5:49:11 PM PaulA
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* BriarPatching: In "The Dragon House", Jarod takes part in an FBI investigation where the agent in charge takes a disliking to him, and at one point gets himself out of chasing off after what he knows will turn out to be a false lead by making a point of how much he wants to follow the lead and would hate to be stuck doing desk duty.


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* HollywoodDarkness: When Miss Parker, Sydney, and Broots are exploring the abandoned SL-27 in the last few episodes of the first season, they have only flashlights to illuminate the darkness, but the audience can see the entire scene dimly lit. Among other things, this lets the audience see their reactions to what they discover.


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* WouldHurtAChild: Mr Raines is shown to have done terrible things to the children who were his study subjects.
12th Jun '17 6:24:06 PM Az_Tech341
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** In "Baby Love", Jarod and friend-of-the-week Christine take an abandoned baby Jarod found to child services, but while they're waiting in a crowded noisy waiting room full of unhappy people, Jarod starts to think it would be better if he looked after the baby himself. Christine, following his line of sight, realizes what he's thinking and starts to say something encouraging, then turns to find he's already disappeared.

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** In "Baby Love", Jarod and friend-of-the-week Christine take an abandoned baby Jarod found to child services, but but, while they're waiting in a crowded noisy waiting room full of unhappy people, Jarod starts to think it would be better if he looked after the baby himself. Christine, following his line of sight, realizes what he's thinking and starts to say something encouraging, then turns to find he's already disappeared.



* SuperCellReception: In "Baby Love", Miss Parker receives a phone call while she's in an abandoned room 27 floors underground.

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* SuperCellReception: In "Baby Love", Miss Parker receives a phone call while she's in an abandoned room 27 twenty-seven floors underground.
12th Jun '17 6:30:08 AM PaulA
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* InsistentTerminology: In "Baby Love":
-->'''Jarod:''' You're a garbage man?\\
'''Ax:''' ''Sanitation engineer.''



* MissingFloor: Sub-level 27.

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* MissingFloor: Sub-level 27.Officially, the Centre has 26 sub-levels. There is another, secret sub-level -- SL-27 -- which doesn't appear on the Centre's floor plans and is accessed through a hatchway that's supposedly for sewer access.


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* SecretOtherFamily: In "Baby Love", when Christine is recounting her parents' shortcomings to explain why she doesn't feel ready to become a parent herself, she mentions that her father was rarely around because, it turned out, he preferred to spend his time with his other family on the far side of town.


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** In "Baby Love", Jarod and friend-of-the-week Christine take an abandoned baby Jarod found to child services, but while they're waiting in a crowded noisy waiting room full of unhappy people, Jarod starts to think it would be better if he looked after the baby himself. Christine, following his line of sight, realizes what he's thinking and starts to say something encouraging, then turns to find he's already disappeared.


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* SuperCellReception: In "Baby Love", Miss Parker receives a phone call while she's in an abandoned room 27 floors underground.
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