The Pretender

Season 2 Episode 7

Collateral Damage

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Jan 03, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • At one point Jarod's rank is a 2nd Lieutenant, then it changes to 1st Lieutenant.

    • Jarod's Pretend: Special Forces soldier

    • Jarod's Discoveries: Jell-O

    • There has never been a female in the Ranger regiment, and never has one completed the Ranger Training Course (the ranger tab above the shoulder patch is awarded to those that complete the program).

    • While Jarod has a combat patch of the 25th Infantry Division on his right shoulder, the only confict he would have served in to receive it, and the Combat Infantry Badge (the rifle on his chest), would have been the Gulf War. Members of the 25th did serve there, but Jarod has none of the campaign medals on his chest.

    • Captain McLaren would have either been a full Colonel or at least a general by the time frame. He would not have been a captain for so many years after vietnam, and a captain would never have the position of responsibility that McLaren had.

    • The beret flash (where the rank goes) on all the soldiers is upside down.

    • There's a bit of confusion on how to spell 'McClaren's' last name. During the episode, when Jarod is looking at McClaren's bank account, it's spelled McLaren. But during the credits, it has it spelled McClaren. I'm putting down the official spelling as McLaren, as it's the name that is featured in the episode.

      Re the confusion: I would suggest the spelling McClaren holds more merit because it appears both in the end credits and is printed on the war footage shown near the beginning.

  • Quotes

    • Young Jarod: I missed it.
      Young Sydney: Most people would, Jarod. Their eyes can only perceive the obvious. But to maximize your gift, your eyes must perceive everything.

    • Congressman Beckwith: You a registered voter, son?
      Jarod: No, sir, but I did help manipulate the Nixon landslide in 1972.

    • Debbie: How did you get to be so mean?
      Miss Parker: I was born that way.
      Debbie: No you weren't.
      (places a picture of Miss Parker and her mother in front of her)

    • Jarod: (to McLaren) Don't wet your pants, sir, it's only Jell-o. It's a dessert. Yummy.

  • Notes

    • The section of the Vietnam War Memorial wall on which Mark Stevens' name is finally written upon is actually filled with the names of people related to The Pretender universe, among others: Ray Bunch (music compositor), Craig Van Sickle and Steven Mitchell (creators).

  • Allusions

    • Jarod's surname: Patton (referencing General George Patton)

    • Miss Parker: And what am I so angry about, Dr. Spock?
      This is a reference to the well-known psychatrist, Dr. Benjamin Spock, who wrote books on child-rearing. Miss Parker and Sydney were talking about her relationship with her mother and her new relationship with Debbie (Broots' daughter).

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