The Pretender

Season 4 Episode 5

Road Trip

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Nov 13, 1999 on NBC

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  • Jarod helps a woman named Zoe through her problems. Miss Parker, Broots, and Sydney find items of their pass. Each of these items reminded them of special memories of their home. Jarod asks them to leave him alone so that he can find his home.

    I liked this episode so much becuase of the fact that Jarod met someone that I could see him be with (Zoe). It also gave a little history on Broots and Sydney which is very rare. Miss Parker is her usual jolly self but, what makes this episode even more intriguing is that, to my recolection, the only time Jarod sasks Broots, Sydney, and Miss Parker to stop chasing him. I was upset to see Zoe and Jarod part ways, and the rest of the season I was hoping they would bring her back...I wasn't dissapointed. I just wish that they could have done a 5th season to develop their relationship even more.
  • Road Trip is a sweet character-driven episode of The Pretender that periodically dips its toes into sappy territory.

    If Jarod's trek searching for a lost hiker in the mountains could be described as his first time with a woman, perhaps this episode could be his second. While sitting in a diner marveling at the bizarre names people come up with for food, he spots a woman doing a pretty poor job hiding from a man outside. Naturally, he offers to help her - she kisses him to temporarily cover herself from her pursuer, and then bolts out the door. Like a lovestruck puppy, Jarod hurries after her and instead of simply closing the car door like she requests, gets in first. They speed off, start talking, and decide to take a bit of a road trip.

    This is where the episode gets a little touching in and around the barrage of cliches. The ex-boyfriend pursuing her is a useless plot device and he pops up a couple times more than is necessary. Her brave front is concealing the exact sort of trauma you'd expect, although it's not milked to extremes a la Autumn in New York or Sweet November or some other godawful sappy 'love' story. It serves as a welcome counterpoint to the often hectic pace of Pretender episodes, a chance to take a step back and focus on the characters rather than their pursuit.

    Even the secondary plot is introspective, serving up plenty of Wizard of Oz references in and around tales of childhood from Miss Parker, Broots, and Sydney. It advances little of the series' main story, but that's okay. We get a further glance into each of them and a handful of amusing little jokes.

    But it's Jarod's episode. In and around the road trip are visits with the family, giggling as turtles are carted off the road, skinny-dipping in a pool, handcuffs, and a farewell. As the credits roll you can ask yourself if anything meaningful really happened and safely say "no." But you know what? After so much running from The Centre, Jarod deserves a brief reprieve. And it's hard to argue when he seems happy - even if only for a moment.
  • Very endearing episode. A must see.

    I can hardly describe this episode. It was beautiful! Jarod, Miss Parker, Broots, Sydney… The yellow brick road adventure was pretty cool. Jarod gave and reminded them old childhood things and memories. When Miss Parker was telling her “story” about the thimble and Broots said: … and you all sewed something? And Miss Parker gave him a friendly punch; I thought that was so cute! And the note that Jarod left for them at the end, was very moving.
    The road trip, along with the short lived love story between Jarod and Carrie was so endearing and sweet and adorable… I loved it. They made such a nice couple. You could tell, if they had spent more time together, they wouldn’t stay as friends, if you know what I mean. The pool scene, the hotel, at her gramas house, all very touching scenes. When Jarod found out that Carrie had cancer and tried to help her, as always, it was very Jarod like of him. I must admit, when we saw Jarod with his bags, saying goodbye to Carrie, I really didn’t want him to go. I wanted him to stay and be with Carrie. Ok, I admit it, I did shed a tear at the end =P lol I loved this episode, who ever hasn’t seen it yet, doesn’t know what they’re missing.