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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 8

    The End of the Beginning

    Aired 11/23/03

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    For Love of Country

    Aired 11/16/03

  • S 1 : Ep 6


    Aired 11/9/03

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Emotional Rescue

    Aired 11/2/03

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    Rules of Engagement

    Aired 10/26/03

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mitch Pileggi

    Richard Clayton

  • Lucy Lawless

    Kathleen Clayton

  • Miguel Nunez, Jr.

    Detective Sam Sullivan

  • Leighton Meester

    Nicki Porter

  • Travis Fimmel

    John Clayton Jr./Tarzan

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  • show Description
  • This thrilling, contemporary twist on the timeless legend of Tarzan turns the popular tale into an urban adventure, an intriguing mystery and, most of all, an unconventional crime drama. Two decades ago, young John Clayton's parents died in a plane crash and left him alone in the African jungle, where he grew up among apes and other wild animals. A solitary human in the pure and primal order of this untamed world, John Clayton emerged as the fearless Tarzan (newcomer Travis Fimmel). Captured by his billionaire uncle, Richard Clayton (Mitch Pileggi, The X-Files), the CEO of powerful Greystoke Industries, Tarzan is returned, against his will, to his family's home in New York City.Within the Clayton family, Tarzan's return has unleashed rivalries that have festered for decades. His uncle Richard is bitterly estranged from his younger sister Katherine Clayton the witty, sardonic and beautiful newspaper publisher who is Tarzan's aunt. While Richard believes that his desire to rehabilitate Tarzan and make him a real member of society is in Tarzan's own best interest, Katherine believes that what Tarzan really needs is their help and support as he finds his own way in this strange new world. Now that their nephew has returned from the dead as Tarzan, Richard and Katherine have squared off in a new battle. While they are both driven by love - for Tarzan and for the family - they also know that whoever controls Tarzan, controls Greystoke Industries as well. Resisting captivity, Tarzan escapes into the concrete jungle of New York City where he encounters the strong-willed NYPD detective Jane Porter (stage actress Sarah Wayne Callies). Jane's perfectly ordered life is turned upside-down by her attraction to Tarzan and his dangerous yet profoundly untainted morality. Romantically involved with another member of the force, Detective Michael Foster (Johnny Messner, Tears of the Sun), Jane is left to choose between reason and instinct, civilization and pure humanity, her head and her heart. While the rivalry between Tarzan and Michael quickly becomes explosive, the sudden shift in Jane's world also affects her partner Sam Sullivan (Miguel A. Núñez, Jr., Scooby Doo). Though he appears brash and irreverent, Sam is a dedicated cop, and he is stunned by Jane's reckless behavior and her obsession with this mysterious fugitive. Now that Tarzan is a part of her life, Jane sees everything differently, especially her work with the police force. Crimes of violence, greed and revenge suddenly take on a deeper and more disturbing meaning, and she is more troubled than ever before by what she sees. Looking at society from Tarzan's perspective, Jane begins to wonder what it really means to be "civilized." Drawn together from different worlds, Tarzan and Jane share passions that are only heightened by the gulf between them. Tarzan's feelings for Jane now keep him in New York, but his view of the world is unchanged. Confronted with a city that exists in shades of gray, Tarzan still sees everything in black and white. When he comes across an innocent person in trouble, he reacts swiftly and sometimes brutally, guided by the sense of justice that is the core of his being.Driven by his devotion to Jane and his unwavering sense of right and wrong, Tarzan makes his way through New York City, using instinct, his unique physical abilities and wits sharpened by years in the jungle. Tarzan is a modern day hero - an extraordinary man living in the real and all-too-brutal modern world. Tarzan is from executive producers Laura Ziskin (Spider-Man, Pretty Woman), David Gerber (The Lost Battalion), P.K. Simonds (Party of Five, Beauty and The Beast) and co-executive producer Eric Kripke (Battle of the Sexes) and is produced by Laura Ziskin Productions and The Gerber Company for Warner Bros. Television Production Inc.- TheWB.com Press Releasemoreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (46)

    • (Jane walks in to find Richard shooting baskets on a small basketball court) Jane: Well. This is quite a set-up you have here, Mr. Clayton. Richard: Yeah, well, I won't make the Knicks without practice.

    • Jane: How about those dishes from last night? Nicki: I move away from Mom, only to move in with Mom, the sequel. Wish I lived in the dorms. Jane: You can live in the dorms. Just get two jobs and work your way through school like I did.

    • Tarzan: I am glad I am here. Jane: What? How can you say that after everything you've been through? Tarzan: Because I found you.

    • Jane: How did you get out in the first place? How did you find me? Are you some kind of bloodhound or something? Tarzan: I hunt. I hunted for you. Jane: Why? Tarzan: What are you called? Jane: My name? Jane...Porter. Tarzan: Jane...Porter, I am Tarzan. Jane: Uh, I thought your name was John. Tarzan: (looking up at Greystoke) He calls me John.

    • Jane: I think Richard's found a way to control the trust. I wanna stop him. I wanna help you stop him, but first I need to know where you stand.
      Kathleen: I wanna give it away.
      Jane: Excuse me?
      Kathleen: To charity. That's how I want the trust spent. My father and my brother John cared about a lot more than profit. Greystoke used to invest in people and ideas. And then Richard took over and he changed all of that. So I'm fighting for this trust for my brother's memory. It's what he would've wanted.

    • Tarzan: These men, they fight for food?
      Jane: No.
      Tarzan: Then, for their, for their home?
      Jane: There's no reason. They just do it for fun.
      Tarzan: Fun?
      Jane: You know, for the thrill of hurting people, I guess. For the rush.
      Tarzan: Why would they do that?

    • Jane: You were in a fight this morning. With a group of guys, in a park. They, they were attacking a woman.
      Tarzan: Yes.
      Jane: Okay. John, this is what I'm talking about. If someone had seen you...
      Tarzan: They were hurting her.
      Jane: I understand that. But it's, it's not that simple.
      Tarzan: When someone needs help, I help them. Don't you?

    • Jane: I met with your aunt today. Uh, your father's sister.
      Tarzan: My father?
      Jane: Yes. And, uh, she doesn't like your uncle very much so I think she might help you.
      Tarzan: Help with what?
      Jane: You could stay with her.
      Tarzan: I want to stay with you.

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    Notes (30)

    • Music: "Everybody Got Their Something" - Nikki Costa "I'm With You" - Avril Lavigne

    • The exterior of Jane's apartment building is the same as the one used for the exterior of Brian Kinney's apartment on "Queer as Folk."

    • This show is broadcasted in HDTV on the WB.

    • Music: "Everybody Got Their Something" - Nikki Costa "Phobic" - Plumb "Go" - Plumb "I'm With You" - Avril Lavigne

    • Lucy Lawless (Kathleen Clayton) does not appear in this episode.

    • The show premiered in Canada on October 4, one day earlier than the states.

    • Preview clips of "Tarzan and Jane" began airing on May 20, 2003 during the season finale of "Smallville."

    • Michael "Mike" Foster was originally named Rob Canler in early drafts of the pilot script. The name was later changed.

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    Trivia (15)

    • According to this episode, the original title of the show was Tarzan and Jane.

    • Remember, the locket that John has shows him and and his parents when he is about 7 or so. At that age you would be able to hold a conversation.

    • Response to response: Then why wouldn't the chief of police let Jane get involved? Shouldn't a little investigation be in order? Maybe the chief is under Richard's thumb. . .

    • Beginning with this episode, the song "Try" by Paloalto is played during the opening credits.

    • If you look closely towards the end of the episode, when he rescue the child, he is badly cut, has bloody hands and his bandage shows that the wounds has opened...

    • Amazing that John/Tarzan can go through a fight, get all bloody and torn, and yet emerge without a single bruise, scab, or scar.

    • Jane obvouisly doesn't have a case against Gary, so he decides to give her one for what reason? To get his girlfriend to talk to him?

    • If all Gary wanted Nicki to do was call and tell Darcy that Nicki had misjudged his character, why did he take her for a car ride?

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    Allusions (4)

    • Richard: Yeah, well, I won't make the Knicks without practice. The Knicks are an US basketball team. The New York Knickerbockers,[2] known familiarly as the Knicks, are a professional National Basketball Association team based in New York City. The organization was a founding member of the Basketball Association of America in 1946 and would join the NBA after the BAA and National Basketball League merged.

    • Jane Porter: I saw it on Dr. Phil. Jane tells her partner where she got her advice from when talking in the police car. She says it was Dr. Phil. Dr. Phil is a psychologist turned TV talk-show host after being discovered by Oprah Winfrey, which helped launch his TV career of helping people and their problems.

    • The title for this episode comes from The Bible verse Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

    • Sam: Good plan, you almost had him, he was just about to swing at you, until Goldie Locks jumped in. Sam refers to Tarzan as Goldie Locks while talking to Jane. Goldie Locks is a fairy tale character with very long blonde hair in the tale of the 3 bears. This brings reference to Tarzan who has long blonde hair.

  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • I love it

    By ramonajohnson24, Oct 07, 2013

  • Short but sweet.

    By starfire2_2, Mar 26, 2009

  • The thing i really liked about TARZAN was the way they made the actor look and act like the original TARZAN.

    By seblyokofan, Jun 05, 2008

  • I may have just watched it for Travis Fimmel...

    By treehillbabe_xo, Jan 05, 2008

  • They need to bring it back!!!!!! Tarzan was amazing!!!

    By treehuger01, Apr 03, 2007