The Pretender

Season 1 Episode 4

Curious Jarod

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Oct 26, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - After spending some time studying probabilities and game theory, Jarod becomes head of security at a the Marquee Casino in Las Vegas. While there, he attempts to solve the mystery behind the death of a showgirl. Jarod also befriends a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator. Meanwhile, Sydney and Miss Parker resort to finding Jarod through the mob.moreless

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  • Jarod gets justice for a comatose Vegas showgirl, befriends an Elvis impersonator, and discovers Curious George.

    I thought this early episode was starting to be too pat: a couple of Bad Guys- one destined to be used against the Truly Bad Guy, a quirky, marginalized ally-to-be, and a cultural touchstone we tend to take for granted.

    The quest to find The Man In The Yellow Hat's name was appreciated by me at least, if not by anyone else he met. The ending sting was logical, yet caught me off-guard all the same.

    The Elvis impersonator was just a couple of episodes after the thoughful William Sanderson's love-lorn loner, but I enjoyed him.

    Gregg Henry, like many men bfore him, almost always signals The Evil Guy. Strangely enough, when I rewatched this recently, I wasn't completely sure if he was the attacker for a while.

    Jarod's leaving him to his 'punishment' was an echo, to me, of the end of the pilot. The leaving the one doctor to be operated on by the drunk one had me gasping, yet this one- leaving Mr.Henry's character to deal with his frame-up- had me feeling okay with that ruthless side of Jarod. I don't know why exactly.

    Nonetheless, a great episode to catch if you can on dvd or cable!moreless
Gregg Henry

Gregg Henry

Peter Morgan

Guest Star

Kara Zediker

Kara Zediker


Guest Star

Paul Eiding

Paul Eiding

Bernie Baxley

Guest Star

Alex Wexo

Alex Wexo

Young Sydney

Recurring Role

Ryan Merriman

Ryan Merriman

Young Jarod

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Miss Parker: My lucky day.
      Security man: Got your radio call, Mr. Felson. Is there a problem?
      Jarod: Yes there is. A couple of grifters, trying a roulette scam. Call the LVPD and have them picked up.
      Miss Parker: (after security grabs her) Let go of me.
      Jarod: You might want to strip search this one; she could be palming chips.
      Miss Parker: Oh, you bastard.
      Jarod: Just doing my job, ma'am. Head of security you know.
      Miss Parker: I will get you.
      Jarod: You wanna bet. (flips half dollar at her and she catches it) Tails.

    • Morgan: People who never even dreamed of gambling now think it's sanctioned by God.

    • Sydney: But look at this page of statistics. He traced over all the number eights. Now, eight is Jarod's favorite number. His favorite figure. He calls it upright infinity because of the way one loop coils into the next, never ending.
      Miss Parker: Maybe your Boy Wonder has turned into Brian Boitano.

    • Jarod: You dress up in a rented costume and pretend to be a dead singer?

    • (Jarod leaves a note for Sydney inside a copy of Curious George)
      Sydney: To the man in the yellow hat. From the monkey who got away.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Jarod's surnames: Woods & Felson (referencing Fast Eddie Felson, pool hustler in the movies The Hustler and The Color of Money.)

    • Simulation: 10/12/1967
      The Marilyn Monroe suicide / murder conspiracy

    • Jarod: It's about this inquisitive little monkey named George...
      Curious George was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1941, and for sixty years he has been capturing the hearts and minds of readers throughout the world. All the Curious George books, including the seven original stories by Margret and Hans Augusto Rey, have sold over 25 million copies. So popular that his original story has never been out of print, George has become one of the most beloved and most recognizable characters from children's literature. His adventures have been translated into many languages, including Japanese, French, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Swedish, German, Chinese, Danish, and Norwegian.