The Pretender

Season 1 Episode 8

Not Even A Mouse

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Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Dec 14, 1996 on NBC
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - Jarod investigates the mystery behind a hit-and-run death of a homeless man known as 'Christmas George' while simultaneously trying to identify a Jane Doe before Christmas. Meanwhile, Sydney anxiously awaits word from Jarod and Miss Parker gets her hopes up spending Christmas with her father.moreless

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    Wendel Meldrum

    Wendel Meldrum

    Dr. Lizabeth Drake

    Guest Star

    Tony Plana

    Tony Plana

    Detective Guerra

    Guest Star

    Bruce Bohne

    Bruce Bohne

    Homeless Harry

    Guest Star

    Ryan Merriman

    Ryan Merriman

    Young Jarod

    Recurring Role

    Alex Wexo

    Alex Wexo

    Young Sydney

    Recurring Role

    Ashley Peldon

    Ashley Peldon

    Young Miss Parker

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • When shown the close-up of the bottle of phenotripticol, the label shows that it came from "Janeway Pharmacuticals, Chocago, Il 60609." It's hard to believe that a pharmaceutical company would ever misspell the word "pharmaceutical" or "Chicago" on its own drug labels.

      • Jarod laces the fruitcake he bakes for the villanous Dr. Drake with tetrodotoxin, fugu toxin. Fugu, or Japanese puffer or blowfish, are considered a rare yet daring Asian delecacy. The fish's skin and glands produce a deadly neurotoxin and only specially trained and licensed chefs are allowed to prepare them by law. Still, 50 to 100 people die from fugu toxin worldwide every year, mostly due to untrained preparation. Even as little as 1.4 oz of fugu flesh is enough to kill or render a body so close to death trained medical personnel have difficulty telling the difference.

      • In this episode Jarod gives Miss Parker a Christmas bunny to commemorate a pleasant childhood memory they shared. He also leaves--by the ailing Jacob's bedside--a small snowglobe of New York City for Sydney to find during his annual visit. It was the only gift he ever received at the Centre.

      • Jarod's Pretends: Forensic doctor & 911 dispatcher

      • Jarod's Discoveries: fruitcake, fugu (blowfish), The Night Before Christmas, snow (as young Jarod).

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    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Episode Title: Not Even A Mouse
        This is a reference to the ballad 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Major Henry Livingston Jr. It famously starts with the quote:
        "'Twas the night before Christmas,/when all through the house/Not a creature was stirring,/not even a mouse."

      • Jarod's surname: Marley (referencing Scrooge's deceased partner Jacob Marley from Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol)

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