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  • Sacrifice

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 8/9/06

    Blade tries to solve the murder of a cop named Flanigan who helped care for him while growing up. Flashback scenes tell how Blade's father brought in Abraham Whistler once he could no longer do anything about Blade's need to feed. Krista copes with her mother's critical condition.moreless
  • Revival

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    S 6 : Ep 16 - 7/21/00

    Ezra Burnham and his daughter Sarah are old hands at the business of faith healing. Ezra, a preacher who lost his faith when his wife died, is the front man, the one who lays his hands on the deaf and lame. But Sarah is the key to the act, working backstage and communicating with Ezra through a tiny earphone about the plants she's scattered through the audience. It's all going well until one day a strange young man in a wheelchair approaches Ezra near the end of a revival meeting. Luke is not a plant, but when Ezra lays his hands on him, he not only rises from his wheelchair, he begins to float six inches off the ground. After the meeting, Luke and his mother Serna approach Ezra with a proposition. If Ezra will teach Luke the secret of the revival circuit, Luke will continue to work his mysterious magic at Ezra's side.moreless
  • Better Luck Next Time

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    S 5 : Ep 22 - 8/20/99

    When Detective Terry Russo is called to investigate a double murder, it looks like an open and shut case. However, as Russo questions the man caught fleeing the murder scene, she discovers to her horror she may be solving not one crime, but possibly hundreds. Gerard makes the improbable claim that he is an alien energy being who can move from one human host to another. He tells Russo that he is a kind of cop who has been tracking another energy being like him for centuries - a psychopath responsible for some of history's most infamous crimes. When he causes Russo to see key events to support these claims by instilling visions in her mind, the detective reluctantly begins to believe him. Gerard contends that the target of his hunt killed his own host body and slipped into someone near the scene of the crime. It doesn't take the homicide detective long to find out who. Russo's partner, Detective Frank Daniels, has been questioning a security guard, Kimble, and has gotten a similar story. Only in Kimble's version, he's the cop and Gerard is the master criminal. As Russo struggles to discover the truth, she realizes that there may be only way to end this reign of terror for good.moreless
  • Star Crossed

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    S 5 : Ep 21 - 8/13/99

    It is 2056, six years after the Hing, a humanoid race, invaded earth. While America fights on, Russia has reached an uneasy truce with the aliens, leaving some regions under their control and other declared neutral. In the neutral city of Archangelsk, on the White Sea, cynical American expatriate Michael Ryan (Nathan Fillion) runs Heaven, a small coffee bar and music club, where shady Russians mingle with Hing soldiers and other dubious characters. Everything is agreeably corrupt until Alexandra Nevsky (Natasha Vasiluk) informs Michael that Hing commander Sulat Ray (Derek de Lint) is on the lookout for two NATO soldiers who might be interested in buying a Hing scout vehicle that has gone missing. Those soldiers, Winston Meyerburg (Justin Louis) and Cass Trenton (Angeline Ball) have dodged Hing patrols and found their way Michael's bar. Cass, who was Michael's lover before the war - she only took up with Winston because she thought he was dead - suspects Michael can get them the scout vehicle. She appeals to his sense of patriotism, revealing that she is carrying a deadly parasite that she and Winston stole from the Hing and, if it can be replicated, might defeat the Hing. But it becomes clear that it's going to take more than flag-waving and high ideals to get Michael to risk his neck in this situation.moreless
  • Fathers and Sons

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    S 5 : Ep 20 - 8/6/99

    From the outside, the Golden Sunset looks like any other rest home, but Dr. Benton Adler's facility is different in a few unsettling ways. The residents seem to develop Alzheimer's almost overnight and after they do, they live - or are stored - in tiny chambers in a human warehouse. It's the last place you'd expect to find Joe Dell, a high-living, low-income old musician who lives with his son Hank and spends his time teaching the secrets of the blues to his grandson Ronnie. But Hank, a tightly-wound insurance salesman, is wary of his father's influence and after one fight too many, he sends his father to Golden Sunset. But Hank and Benton don't count on the power of Ronnie's love for his grandfather. With the help of Tara, a young woman who lost her grandmother to the rest home, Ronnie discovers Golden Sunset's secret - Dr. Benton has developed a technique to harvest the skills and talents of the old folks in his care. And he's selling them on the open market. Suddenly, a perfect stranger is playing Joe Dell's songs. Suddenly, Hank has a livelier libido and a renewed joie de vivre. Ronnie, determined to save Joe, heads to the rest home, armed with a gun. But even if he can rescue the old man, will there be anything recognizable left?moreless
  • Stranded

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    S 5 : Ep 19 - 7/30/99

    Thirteen-year-old Kevin Buchannon (Adam Hann-Byrd) lives at the bottom of the high-school food chain, scorned by other geeks, picked on by the jocks. At home, he lives in the shadow of his older brother Josh, a football star whose every accomplishment is celebrated by the boys' father, Alex (Daniel Hugh Kelly). Then one day, Kevin sees a plane crash in the woods near his house. He rushes to the scene with his dog Cody to find a mysterious ship occupied by the severely injured Captain Turner (Chris Potter). Turner tells Kevin the ship is a top-secret experimental aircraft and instructs Kevin on how to bandage and heal his wounds. But Turner reveals more than he intends to, when the strain of his injuries causes him to briefly lose consciousness. When he does, he inadvertently reveals himself to be a shape-shifting alien, lapsing into his real form - that of a monstrous alien. Once the secret is out, Turner admits that he is actually Tyr'Nar, an alien bounty hunter who was escorting a murderous prisoner back to his world when their ship crashed. Tyr'Nar gives the boy a mysterious patch that allows him to fight back against his tormentor. He also offers the support and understanding that Kevin never got from his father. But it soon becomes clear, to us if not to Kevin, that Tyr'Nar is not that alien he claims to be. While Alex Buchannon is anything but the ideal father, the real evil lies in the alien who wants to be take over that role.moreless
  • Deja Vu

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    S 5 : Ep 16 - 7/9/99

    Dr. Mark Crest (Kevin Nealon) has built a teleportation device that uses tactical nuclear weapons to open a wormhole in the space-time continuum. The device is intended to transport some animals eight miles across the desert, but during a test, the wormhole grows out of control and Mark finds himself hurled back in time, to the day before the test took place. It happens again, but when Mark warns his colleagu, Dr. Cleo Lazar, (Terri Hawkes), and the project's military overseer Lt. Col Lester Glade (Ronny Cox) about the time loop, they think he's crazy. The time loop continues, each time returning Mark to a point in time closer to the test, and Mark figures out that someone has sabotaged the device. At first he suspects Julie (Jennifer Copping), a young woman who seduced him on the night before the test. And, he's right - Julie is an eco-terrorist opposed to Mark tampering with nature - but she's not the only saboteur. Glade has his own plans for the device and it may be beyond Mark's power to stop him - no matter how many chances he gets.moreless
  • Ripper

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    S 5 : Ep 11 - 5/7/99

    In Victorian London, someone is killing prostitutes, someone the police have dubbed "Jack the Ripper." On the face of it, John C.V. York (Cary Elwes) is a likely suspect. A once-respected doctor who sunk to absinthe and laudanum addiction after his misdiagnosis killed the young daughter of a Duke. He retains a connection to polite society thanks to the devotion of Lady Ellen Chamberlain (Clare Sims), who loves him and hopes to marry him. But, he is also a habitue of the seedy district where the killings have taken place and has the medical knowledge to make the precise, surgical cuts that are the Ripper's modus operandi. But, this Jack is not the killer. Instead, he is a witness to the strange alien force that inhabits the prostitute's bodies, leaving them drooling a strange green bile, and then kills them when it jumps to another host. After seeing the alien force kill one woman, he does battle with a prostitute named Lizzie Stride, whose body has been taken over by the alien. He succeeds in fighting her off, but is then arrested for her murder by Inspector Langford (David Warner) when her body turns up dead, apparently murdered by the Ripper. After Ellen lies to provide Jack with an alibi, he sets out to prove his theory and hunt down the evil power that is behind the killings. But can he do it before it kills him or the woman he loves?moreless
  • Blank Slate

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    S 5 : Ep 8 - 4/2/99

    Hope Wilson (Robbie Chong) knows there's something different about the bruised and breathless man who stumbles into the homeless shelter she runs with her mentor, Jack Parsons (Larry Musser). He looks like a junkie, but his hands are soft and his fingernails manicured. Tom Cooper (Dale Midkiff) doesn't know who he is, where he is and why two well-dressed men, Vincent (Michael Tiernan) and Cole (Brian Jensen), are chasing him. He only knows that the small metal case that he defends so fiercely contains five vials that hold all his memories, reduced to crystal form, as well as a specially designed injector that can delete or restore those memories. With Hope's help, he uses the injector to restore his memories in an attempt to piece together his identity. But there are unforeseen consequences to this. With each injection of memories, Tom' s personality becomes slightly darker. As he injects one crystal and then the next, Tom recovers his unhappy childhood and adolescence, his time in medical school and, to Hope's dismay, his memories of his marriage to his high school sweetheart Paula. With the injection of the fourth crystal, Tom remembers some terrible things. First, that Paula is dead, killed at the hands of a random rapist and murderer. Second, that he was the doctor who developed the process to delete and restore memories, which explains why the government agents are so eager to recapture him. And third, that the government has been testing his device on homeless people without their consent. Horrified at how his invention has been abused, and fearful that the last crystal will change him so much he will lose the new love he has found with Hope, Tom destroys the fifth crystal along with the knowledge it contains, vowing to start life anew with Hope. But with the government hot on his tail, that choice may not be his to make.moreless
  • The Grell

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    S 5 : Ep 4 - 2/12/99

    The Grells were rescued from their dry and dying planet by humans, only to be turned into slaves on earth. Now the aliens are rebelling against their masters, fighting a guerilla war against a government lead by men like High Secretary Paul Kohler (Ted Shackleford). When a jet carrying Paul, his wife Olivia (Marina Sirtis) and their children is shot down by a missile, his Grell slaves Jesha (Maurice Dean Wint) and Ep (Gerry Currie) have the opportunity to escape. Ep breaks for freedom and is killed when Paul activates the electronic slave collar all Grells must wear. Jesha, driven by his love for Paul's children Sara and Ken, stays and rescues his master's family from the jet's twisted wreckage. Despite his horror at Ep's death and Paul's brutal treatment of him, Jesha remains loyal to the humans. He rescues Sara when the rebel slave leader Shak-El (David McNally) captures her. Then he uses Grell alchemy to heal Paul, who has been mortally wounded in a fire fight with a Grell rebel. When Jesha saves Paul, however, the master becomes a half-breed; his skin changes to a mottled yellow, like a Grell's, and he is able see ultraviolet light by day and heat at night. Paul also begins to see the world from a Grell point of view. He's horrified when he comes across a rebel settlement, where men, women and children have been massacred by federal troops. And he's terrified when a federal soldier, Lt. Lockhart, captures him and slaps a slave collar on him, believing him to be a Grell rebel. The experience changes Paul, but will he or his family or Jesha live long enough to change the world?moreless
  • In Our Own Image

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    S 4 : Ep 26 - 12/18/98

    The Mac 27 is the Innobotics Corporation's most advanced android. It is incapable of emotions- in order to avoid the murderous failures associated with earlier models. But, the new prototype begins showing some disturbing glitches, and escapes during a debugging session, killing a scientist, a security guard and taking Celia (Nana Visitor) hostage. They drive to a deserted warehouse where Celia becomes a reluctant nurse, patching up Mac's mangled circuitry. Along with instructions for his repairs, Mac transfers visual data on the history of different android projects directly to Celia's optic nerve. As she becomes more comfortable with her captor, she detects some very human qualities in the motivations behind his flight. As Innobotics' security closes in, Celia tries to convince Mac that the act of rebelling against his creators is emotionally based, and that he does, in fact have feelings. But why is Celia really so interested in helping an android that moments before has threatened to kill her?moreless
  • Black Box

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    S 4 : Ep 25 - 12/11/98

    A missing package contains powerful secrets, and everyone wants a piece of the action.
  • Promised Land

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    S 4 : Ep 21 - 8/21/98

    Dlavan (Rene Auberjonois) and his family are Tsal-Khan, offspring of the handful of aliens who remained on Earth after a bitter war of conquest with the human race. Today they live on a tightly guarded farm where they must grow all their own food, since their forebears poisoned all the plants during the war with mankind. Most of the aliens believe that the human race was wiped out in the war, but there is a group of humans in the woods near the farm. This group, is led by Rebecca (Caroline Goodall), escaped from the alien's robot run camps and includes David (Joseph Kell), Ruth (Jane Sowerby) and the mute, orphaned child Tali (Jessica Harmon). They are desperately hungry and have seen their children die from eating poisoned fruit. So, when they spot Dlavan's grandson Ma'al, wandering in the woods, they follow him home to the farm. After they see the well-fed aliens, Rebecca leads the group to raid the farm for food. At first, Tali figures out how to get around the farm's deadly defensive measures. But, things escalate and individuals are hurt and killed on both sides. When Rebecca captures an alien weapon and Tali is seriously injured, the scene is set for the final showdown, a battle that could destroy both groups. But, is this the only solution?moreless
  • Monster

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    S 4 : Ep 18 - 7/10/98

    The four people gathered in the top-secret research facility seem at first to have nothing in common: Ford Maddox (Harry Hamlin) is a former spy, Rachel Sanders (Nicole De Boer) is a nurse, Roger Beckersly (Aaron Pearl) is an Army Ranger and Louise McDonnaugh (Bridget O'Sullivan) is a computer programmer. What has brought them together is their telekinetic ability, a talent that Mr. Brown (Robert Guillaume), a CIA project head, hopes to exploit through the use of Teeks, devices that amplify telekinetic power. At first, Brown tries these individual's talents out on simple tasks - moving or crushing a granite block with their minds - but soon his true intentions are revealed. Their first real assignment, says Brown, is to use their powers to kill a Balkan terrorist leader and war criminal. Rachel objects to the assignment on moral grounds, but Brown forces her to take part by threatening to send her brother, a junkie and small-time crook, to jail for life. With Rachel on board, the assassination is a success, as is the elimination of a pesky African revolutionary leader. But, the telekinetic powers produce unexpected side-effects and soon the killers find that they have become the prey.moreless
  • Mary 25

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    S 4 : Ep 15 - 5/29/98

    Charlie Bouton's (Tom Butler) last project for the Innobotics Corporation was a sexy female companion robot named Valerie 23. It almost put the company out of business when it went berserk and attacked someone. So, his bosses are skeptical when he and scientist Melburn Ross (Michael Shanks) introduce Mary 25 (Sophia Shinas), a nanny robot adapted from the earlier model. In order to overcome their doubts, Charlie proposes letting the robot take care of his own children - - a move that is met by serious resistance from his wife Teryl (Cynthia Geary) and his children Brad and Brook. From the beginning, there are problems. Unlike the human nanny, Carmen, Mary doesn't grasp the subtleties of child care and Melburn must fine tune her. But, Melburn sees that the problems go beyond Mary's programming. Charlie is smitten with his inorganic creation and has begun to abuse Teryl - - a woman with whom Melburn was once romantically involved. Torn between emotion and intellect, between love and duty, Melburn finds the lines between human and machine becoming dangerously blurred.moreless
  • The Joining

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    S 4 : Ep 13 - 4/17/98

    When a transport ship crashed and wiped out the colony on Venus, Capt. Miles Davidow (C. Thomas Howell) was the sole survivor. But, after he's rescued by a team that includes his fiancee, Kate Girard (Amanda Tapping) and Scott Perkins (Jeffrey Jones), it soon becomes clear that Davidow did not escape unscathed. Removed from the high radiation atmosphere of Venus, his body is reacting to the Earth's air like that of a chemotherapy patient. When doctors give him the radiation his body seems to crave, strange things start to happen. Davidow's body begins to spawn duplicate parts - a hand, a torso and more from wounds that miraculously heal. In spite of this, Miles and Kate get married while he's still in isolation, but his time on Venus and the strange creatures he encountered there have had a profound change on Miles. As the mysterious changes continue, it becomes clear that although Davidow did what it took to survive, the price of survival may be exile from everything he knows and loves.moreless
  • Identity Crisis

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    S 4 : Ep 10 - 3/27/98

    Captain Cotter McCoy (Lou Diamond Phillips) is the first of a new breed of soldier. As part of a top secret program overseen by Dr. Greg Olander (Robert Joy), General Langston Chase (Dale Wilson), and Cotter's friend, Colonel Pete Butler (Scott Kraft), the contents of McCoy's brain can be temporarily transferred into an android version of himself. This process creates a virtually indestructible fighting machine with the smarts and experience of a human being. But, one day something goes wrong. During the transfer, the real McCoy's body is blasted with electricity, stopping his heart, inflicting serious brain damage and leaving Cotter's mind trapped in the android body. To make matters worse, the interface between his mind and the android body is flawed. McCoy's motor control is already beginning to break down and the interface will likely collapse within 12 hours. The general is prepared to sacrifice McCoy to keep the program secret, but McCoy uses his enormous strength to break out and visit his wife, Sally (Teri Polo). Together, they track down Olander and begin a desperate search for what went wrong. All the signs point to sabotage, but who would do such a thing? And, more important, how can it be undone?moreless
  • Glyphic

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    S 4 : Ep 9 - 3/20/98

    When Tom Young (Peter Flemmming) from the Department of Health travels to a small town in the Pacific Northwest to examine an old case file, it appears as though long ago the town had stopped trying to live in the present. Twelve years have passed since a tragedy killed many of their young children and left the residents without hope, without a future. Many of them are still angry with the medical community for not finding a cure to save the children in their small community. The town's physician, Dr. Malcolm Boussard (Lane Smith) has felt the brunt of their anger -- especially since his own two children did not die during the epidemic. Although they were spared, his son Louis (Brad Swaile) still lays in a coma while his daughter Cassie (Rachel Leigh Cook) has learning disabilities and expresses herself through abstract sculpture and artwork. Through hypnosis, Tom begins to probe Cassie's mind and unravels a memory of 'alien' proportions.moreless
  • Josh

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    S 4 : Ep 7 - 3/6/98

    Tabloid TV reporter Judy Warren (Kate Vernon) knows she's come across a big story when she sees the videotape shot by two tourists in a remote Alaskan park. The tape shows Josh Butler (Alex McArthur), a recluse who lives in a cabin near the park, bringing back to life a young girl who has died after a fall, a feat he accomplishes by generating a mysterious blue glow. But, she only discovers how big a story it is when her pursuit of the strange young man is cut short by a top-secret military unit that is also chasing him. It seems that the blue glow sent out electromagnetic pulses that knocked out two satellites orbiting 20,000 miles above the Earth and the Air Force wants to know what's going on. A battery of tests doesn't produce any answers, leaving the brass, lead by Col. Roger Tennent (Scott Hylands) and Major Samuel Harbeck (Larry Musser) to debate whether Butler is an alien or an angel -- someone to be dissected or to be worshipped. Warren doesn't know what Josh is either, but she knows she doesn't trust the soldiers to make the right choice. Can she stop being a reporter long enough to help Josh? And if she does, will she find the answer she seeks?moreless
  • Relativity Theory

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    S 4 : Ep 6 - 2/27/98

    A survey team is sent on a mission to Tau Ceti Prime in search of resources for Earth, which has squandered its own. Scans of the planet reveal it to be uninhabited with an abundance of minerals, but things aren't always as they seem.moreless
  • The Hunt

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    S 4 : Ep 2 - 1/30/98

    The hunting of animals has been made illegal, but a black market has emerged where people now pay to hunt outdated androids. These androids, though good at surviving, can not fight back due to a chip which prevents them from causing harm to humans, but that's not to say it can't be disabled.moreless
  • The Dragon House (1)

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    S 1 : Ep 21 - 5/17/97

    FORT REXFORD, NEW YORK - Jarod becomes aware that Kyle, another pretender from The Centre, is on the run from the law. Eager to find him, he becomes an F.B.I. agent to aid the investigation. But he discovers that Kyle may have something to do with his mother. Meanwhile, Miss Parker and Sydney recruit Angelo to go through all of Jarod's red notebooks. They figure he can become Jarod and thus aiding in his capture.moreless
  • The Dragon House (2)

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    S 1 : Ep 22 - 5/17/97

    UPSTATE NEW YORK - Jarod discovers more about his family through Harriet, and decides that he must return to The Centre to free his brother Kyle. Meanwhile, Miss Parker convinces Broots and Sydney to help her find the answers to her mother's death and believes Kyle may be the key. Finally, Jarod gets the opportunity to reunite with his family, including his sister. But The Centre becomes aware of the rendezvous and intends to stop it.moreless
  • Baby Love

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    S 1 : Ep 20 - 5/10/97

    WYOMING(?) - After a close call with getting caught by Miss Parker, Jarod stumbles upon a baby who was thrown into a dumpster. Jarod takes the child and cares for it until he can find his parents, while avoiding sinister authorities. At the same time, Miss Parker, Sydney, and Broots follow clues that Jarod has dug up in reference to the meaning of SL-27.moreless
  • Jarod's Honor

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    S 1 : Ep 19 - 5/3/97

    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - After completing a pretend, Jarod receives an email offering answers to his past. While investigating the lead, Jarod unexpectedly stubbles upon a dying hitman. When the hitman's last job comes calling, Jarod takes it. Meanwhile, Sydney and Miss Parker, following a lead from Jarod, attend a Twins Convention. And Broots covers for them from Mr. Raines.moreless
  • Unhappy Landings

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    S 1 : Ep 18 - 4/26/97

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA - Jarod takes the role of a U.S. marshal trying to find and protect a vital witness with information about drug bosses connected to crooked marshals. Meanwhile, Miss Parker puts Broots in charge of digging up any information on the children her mother rescued. And Sydney seeks counseling for his rage against Mr. Raines.moreless
  • Keys

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    S 1 : Ep 17 - 4/5/97

    MIAMI, FLORIDA - During a hurricane, Jarod gets revenge on a corrupt Marine Patrol officer for the deaths of a young refugee's parents. He figures no one will pursue him since, after all, he's in the middle of a hurricane. But he's caught off guard when Miss Parker suddenly shows up. Even further caught off guard when his revenge backfires and his quarry escapes his net. Meanwhile, Miss Parker recalls the Thanksgiving before her mother's death. But she's blocked out certain painful details and Jarod makes her confront them.moreless
  • Under The Reds

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    S 1 : Ep 16 - 3/22/97

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Jarod checks into a fellow paramedic whom he believes is responsible for a graduate student's coma. But he first has to outsmart a pushy human resources officer who won't stop digging up everything on Jarod. After their follow-up to a lead on Jarod, Sydney disappears from the Centre. He holes himself up with his twin brother Jacob using a technique Jarod discovered in an attempt to bring him out of his coma. Miss Parker is put in charge of finding Syd and, to make matters worse, Mr. Raines commands her to eliminate Jacob when she finds them.moreless
  • Jaroldo!

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    S 1 : Ep 15 - 3/8/97

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - Jarod becomes a TV news cameraman to investigate a gang shoot-out that badly injured another cameraman. Jarod also befriends a man who lost his job and his family. Meanwhile, Sydney and Miss Parker get trapped in a condemned building.moreless
  • Ranger Jarod

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    S 1 : Ep 14 - 2/15/97

    TOLUCA NATIONAL FOREST, OREGON - Jarod falls in love with his hiking partner while on a search-and-rescue for an ornithology student who disappeared in the mountains. Jarod also befriends a man named Big Bob who has many stooge-ish qualitites. Back at the Centre, Miss Parker reminisces about her relationship with Jarod when they were children.moreless
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