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The Pretender also stars (although not necessarily in every episode):
Merriman (Young Jarod), Alex
Wexo (Young Sydney),
The episode begins with Jarod dreaming about himself, as a child ... standing in a yard at home, playing catch by himself while his red haired Mother hangs freshly washed clothes on a clothesline to dry.
It's the middle of the night in The Centre's tech room, and Broots is all in a tizzy. He has called Sydney in. Jarod has been calling every two minutes, waiting for Sydney to arrive - he won't talk to anyone but Sydney. Broots gives Sydney a phone, but wants to wait for Miss Parker to arrive. Sydney doesn't care if Miss Parker is there or not - he asks Broots which line Jarod is on. Broots comments that Miss Parker is going to kill him, but initiates a trace and tells Sydney that Jarod is on line 2.
When Sydney answers the phone, Jarod says only that he "had the dream again." Sydney asks him if he's all right. Broots is on the other side of the room motioning for Sydney to keep Jarod talking ... "I've almost got him," he says excitedly. On the other end of the line, Jarod leans forward and flips a switch on an electronic box that is sitting by his phone. Instantly, a high pitched signal screams into Broots' earphones, causing him to leap into the air in order to get them off as quickly as possible. "Tell Broots I discovered Radio Shack," says Jarod dispassionately. Sydney doesn't even try to suppress the smile that immediately crosses his face.
Jarod tells Sydney that it's strange ... feeling homesick ... especially when you don't even know where "home" is. Sydney tells Jarod that "home" is The Centre -- he was never really meant for the outside world. Jarod tells Sydney to spare him the "white leopard speech." Jarod is certain that someone at The Centre knows who he is and he wants the truth. Sydney tells Jarod that if they could resume their work, they could explore the issue of who Jarod really is. Jarod tells Sydney that he wishes he could believe him. Sydney says that whether or not Jarod believes him isn't the point. The point is that the DSA's that Jarod stole are the only record of 25 years worth of research and both The Centre and Sydney want them back. Turning a DSA disk over and over in his free hand, Jarod tells Sydney that perhaps The Centre/Sydney would consider a trade ... a piece of the research for a piece of Jarod's past.
An alarm clock on Jarod's desk goes off and he tells Sydney he has to go ... he's running late. "For what?" Sydney wants to know. "Justice," replies Jarod.
Later that day, Jarod walks into the office of Ben Sloane. Bradley Dumont is there, too, and says that they wanted to be the first to congratulate Jarod on his victory in court that morning. Jarod replies that it was beginner's luck. Bradley says that they heard his client was quite a looker and asks Jarod just how lucky he got. Sloane tells Jarod not to mind Dumont. He tells him that all junior associates get thrown a ringer, their first time in court. Sloane says that there's honor in keeping poor, innocent men out of jail. "Even if they wear chiffon," adds Dumont, laughing. Annie, the receptionist, knocks on the glass door to the office and tells Bradley that Michael Metzger is waiting in reception. Dumont thanks her and remarks that, thankfully, it's a client who is neither poor, nor innocent. Sloane looks at Dumont and says, speaking of poor, innocent men, has he finished his brief on the Whittaker appeal? Dumont tells Ben that he's spending 70 hours a week on the Metzger merger, his plate is full. Bradley tells Jarod that Dumont is a pit-bull in the courts, but sometimes forgets who signs his paychecks. Dumont just snorts and says he'll take care of it. Passing by Jarod, he says that he heard about a 2 for 1 sale in the lingerie section of a nearby store, in case Jarod is interested. Ben Sloane tells Jarod to keep up the good work and goes on to dictate a memo to Annie.
At reception, Michael Metzger is telling the woman behind the desk that if she doesn't find Dumont for him now, he's going to find him himself. Right then, Dumont and Jarod come around the corner ... Dumont is telling Jarod to keep him in the loop. Jarod replies, "You're the boss." Dumont says, "Not yet, but I'm working on it," and walks up to Mr. Metzger, telling him that he just got off the phone with the judge and he thinks that everything is going to work out just the way he wants it.
At The Centre, Sydney is pleading his case, saying that if The Centre will make the trade that Jarod wants, it would go a long way toward establishing the kind of trust that Sydney needs to bring him back to The Centre. Sydney tells her that Miss Parker believes she can "pistol whip" Jarod into coming back, but he knows Jarod and the harder they chase him, the harder he'll run. The director says she will discuss Sydney's proposal with The Tower, but she makes no promises.
At Sloane and Associates, Annie throws a Rubik's cube on her desk in frustration. Jarod picks it up and as he plays with it, asks Annie when she quit smoking and tells her that she should try an Epsom salt bath, because the Epsom salts help to draw the tar and nicotine out of the body through the skin. Annie is amazed that Jarod knows that and wonders if he is a doctor and a lawyer. Jarod laughs and says that he's working on becoming an "Indian Chief," too. Sloane approaches Annie with a stack of 5 tapes and asks her to please transcribe them and hand deliver them to his boat tonight. Annie tries to tell Sloane that she can't do it tonight because her daughter ... but Sloane interrupts her and finishes the sentence with "is a very lovely girl who knows how valuable her Mother is to this firm." After Sloane leaves, Annie tells Jarod that it's too bad that paychecks are harder to quit than cigarettes and asks him if he needed anything. Jarod tells her that Bradley Dumont wants him to go over some old case files ... for Marcus Whittaker. Annie tells Jarod that Mr. Sloane had those files moved down to the basement, but that it's impossible to find anything down there. Jarod smiles and tells her that nothing is impossible, and he hands her the solved Rubik's cube.
In the basement, Jarod finds the boxes that relate to the Whittaker case and looks through them. He sorts what he needs into one box and as he's leaving the building with it, Isaac Dexter runs (as fast as he can, in his gold high heels) up to Jarod and tells him that he wants to repay him for his kindness. He takes Jarod to his cab, which Jarod tells him is beautiful. Isaac is pleased to hear it, but says that it will be even more beautiful after 37 payments, which is when he plans to trade it in for a limousine. Isaac tells Jarod that he offers a very valuable service because Jarod would be surprised how many cab drivers won't pick up a man in a dress. Isaac offers to be Jarod's personal limousine service and Jarod is happy to take him up on his offer.
At The Centre, Miss Parker interrupts Sydney as he is working on an alpha brain wave experiment with a child who shows remarkable ESP abilities. Outside of the room, Miss Parker asks him what's going on and Sydney explains that making the "DSA for information" trade with Jarod is the humane thing to do. Miss Parker looks at the little girl in the other room and tells Sydney that he shouldn't be lecturing anyone on humanity, since she's not the one who kept Jarod locked up for 30 years. She tells Sydney that she's killing his deal, she's going to find Jarod and end this thing, once and for all. After Miss Parker has walked away, Sydney sees that the child has drawn a picture of a frowning woman.
Jarod goes to a bookstore and buys a paperback copy of a book called "My Days In Court" by Alan Edwards. Much to Isaac's amusement, Jarod kicks the book around on the ground to make it appear as though it has been used many times, then puts it in a drinking fountain and runs the water on it. Isaac announces, "Everybody's a critic!"
Back in Isaac's cab, Jarod is listening to the music that Isaac has on the radio. Jarod says that it's very sad and Isaac tells him that "It's the blues, baby!" Jarod says that he likes it. Jarod asks Isaac why he dresses like a woman and Isaac tells him that this is who he is. He tells Jarod that if people go around acting like someone they aren't for long enough, pretty soon they can't find themselves anymore. The statement strikes a chord with Jarod, which doesn't go unnoticed by Isaac. Jarod distracts himself by reviewing the contents of his red notebook. The first article is about a learning disabled janitor who is arrested for a West Los Angeles murder. The next article says that Marcus Whittaker has been sentenced for the murder of Audrey Price. It says that Whittaker claims to be innocent.
At the California State Correctional Facility, Jarod watches Marcus Whittaker while he sits at a table during a recreation break. His left hand is bandaged and when the buzzer sounds, indicating that the break is over, two guards come and take Marcus away. Isaac asks Jarod what Marcus did and Jarod replies ... "Nothing. Nothing at all."
At The Centre, the director is telling Miss Parker and Sydney that The Tower has decided to move forward with the deal for Jarod. Miss Parker tells the director that the Chairman will hear about this, but the director silences her by telling her that her Father cast the deciding vote. The director tells Sydney that the information he requested will be on his desk within the hour.
Jarod is watching one of the DSA's ... in the middle of a simulation involving a terrorist and hostages, the young Jarod tells Sydney that he had "the dream" again. Sydney tells him to forget about it, it's just a dream. Jarod pursues the topic, however, asking Sydney if it is possible to forget who you are and where you came from. He says that he keeps having a dream where he's in the yard and his Mother is hanging up clothes, but he can't see her face. Sydney tells him to finish the simulation and he'll see to it that Jarod sees his Mother's face. Satisfied, Jarod turns around and begins to aim the gun in his hands at the terrorist - but he turns back to Sydney again and says that he can't finish the simulation because if he fires, he might hit an innocent person. Sydney tells him that to save others, one person must be sacrificed.
Jarod shuts off the DSA and looks at the newspaper clipping of Marcus Whittaker. Eating his PEZ, Jarod watches the tapes that were part of the information he sorted into the box. He learns that Marcus Whittaker was the janitor for a building owned by Dumont's client Michael Metzgar and the murder of Audrey Price took place there. Michael Metzgar paid for Marcus Whittaker's defense and he hired Ben Sloane to do it. In a news interview with Ben Sloane, he said that Mr. Metzgar was with him on his boat when word reached him that a murder had taken place on one of his properties. After watching all of the tapes, Jarod has Isaac take him shopping to look at shoes, since one of the pieces of evidence in the Whittaker case was a photo of a footprint. Jarod is attempting to match the marks left by the sole of the shoe that made the print. Jarod ends up buying 7 pairs of boat shoes.
Going back to one of the tapes, Jarod plays an interview with Alan Edwards, who prosecuted the case. Edwards says that Mr. Whittaker is the only possible perpetrator ... the defense has no evidence to the contrary. Jarod looks at the photograph of the footprint again, picks up one of the boat shoes he bought and holds it next to the photo. The soles are an exact match. "You're wrong, Mr. Edwards," says Jarod.
Jarod goes back to the bookstore where Alan Edwards is holding a book signing and hands him the beat up copy of the paperback book he bought there not long ago. Edwards looks at the book and asks Jarod if he dragged it behind his car. Laughing, Jarod says that he paid a kid to drag it behind his bike. Edwards chuckles and starts to sign the book. Jarod tells him that, actually, the book has been like a Bible to him. Edwards asks him to whom he should sign the book and Jarod tells him John Cory, Jr. Edwards pauses and says that he knew a John Cory at Dartmouth. Jarod smiles and tells him that "Dad" has been after him to look Edwards up for years.
Later, over drinks, Jarod tells Edwards that he especially admired the way that he had brought down Ben Sloane a few years ago. Edwards says that Sloane had no case. Jarod asks him, "What about the shoe print?" Edwards is surprised that Jarod knows about that and Jarod tells him that he read all 5,612 pages of the Whittaker case files while he was in school at UCLA. Edwards tells Jarod that Metzger hires the most expensive lawyer in town and then the guy drops the ball. He kept waiting for Sloane to bring up the shoeprint to create doubt, but he never did. Jarod asks him why he never said anything. Edwards says that he had witnesses that said that Marcus Whittaker was obsessed with Audrey Price, his prints were all over her apartment and he was caught in his apartment, cleaning her blood off of his clothes. That was enough for him. Jarod mentions that they never found the murder weapon. Alan Edwards says that Marcus Whittaker was guilty of murder. Ben Sloane was only guilty of being a bad lawyer.
Jarod goes to interview Marcus Whittaker at the correctional facility. Whittaker tells him that Mr. Sloane came to see him at the police station and was nice to him ... brought him a ham sandwich. It's clear that Marcus Whittaker suffers from a learning disability and is "slow." Jarod asks Marcus what he's making and Marcus shows Jarod the paper clock on which he is working. He says that a pen pal taught him how and they really work. He says that they are better with note cards ... the paper the guards give him gets soft. Jarod picks up a stack of 4 x 6 note cards - gestures to the guard outside to see if it's okay to give them to Marcus, and when the guard nods his assent, Jarod asks Marcus if those cards would do. Marcus is very happy to get them. Jarod tells Marcus that he is there to help Mr. Sloane and to help him, too and that he wants to ask him some questions. Already folding the note cards for his clock, Marcus says that it's okay with him. Jarod asks him why he ran away the night that Audrey Price was killed. Marcus tells him that he didn't want to go to jail. Marcus says that when he was living with his Mother some boys were making fun of her. He didn't want to hurt anyone, but he had to fight them. Then he had to go live at Milltown. Jarod adds that it was a detention facility. Jarod asks Marcus to tell him about the night of the murder. Marcus says that he was bring flowers to Miss Price, the way that he always did, and he was finishing up late, but Miss Price always paid Marcus an extra $2.00 for them. But this time, when he went in, he saw her on the floor ... all twisted, her face bloody, with the owl beside her. Jarod asks about the owl and Marcus said that it was made of rock, it was green and Audrey had a whole family of them ... they sat on her coffee table. Jarod asks if Marcus ever noticed anyone coming to visit Audrey and Marcus tells him that Mr. Metzgar used to visit her at lunchtime, nearly every day. Marcus liked his black convertible with the shiny wheels. Jarod asks Marcus if he ever told Mr. Sloane or the police about Mr. Metzgar's visits and Marcus said that Sloane told him not to say anything about that. He finishes his paper clock and shows Jarod ... saying again that they really work!
His computer monitor surrounded by PEZ dispensers, Jarod uses Phone Star, Inc to check Michael Metzgar's cellular phone bill. He finds that on the night of the murder, Metzgar placed a 6 minute and 59 second call to 310-555-1520. Jarod calls the number ... and gets Ben Sloane's answering machine, the one he keeps on his boat.
The next day, Jarod is sitting in the back seat of Isaac's cab, watching Ben Sloane meet with Michael Metzgar. Isaac says that he doesn't understand - why would Ben Sloane put a poor, innocent man in jail? Jarod replies, "To keep a rich, guilty, one out."
Jarod has the dream about his Mother again and calls Sydney to tell him that he needs an answer. Sydney tells Jarod that Miss Parker has removed herself from the case because The Centre agreed to his request. Jarod is surprised, but Sydney says that both he and Jarod have guarantees from the council chairman and the director. He sends a picture from a file that he has to Jarod as they are speaking. Jarod's computer chirps and he turns around to find a picture of a woman on his screen. He asks Sydney is this is his Mother and Sydney tells Jarod that it is. Too moved to continue, Jarod tells Sydney that he'll meet him at the place and time upon which they agreed earlier and hangs up the phone to look more closely at the picture on his computer monitor.
Watching the Whittaker tapes again, Jarod sees Ben Sloane tell the press that since Marcus Whittaker suffers from a severe learning disability that it was both of their decisions that he not take the stand in his own defense. Sloane goes on to say that the prosecution still hasn't produced the murder weapon. Jarod replays that part several times.
Jarod knocks on Bradley's door and says that he has the brief for the Whittaker appeal. He tells Dumont that he made some notes, since he worked from the case files and there are some areas that should be explored. Bradley is upset that Jarod did that and says that there are no areas that need exploring. Bradley is on his way somewhere else, so he hands Jarod his draft, tells Jarod to copy it, change the date, stamp Bradley's signature on it and get it to the court by five o'clock. Jarod waits until Bradley leaves the office, then puts the draft into a shredder.
Dressed as a man, Isaac watches Bradley Dumont in his side mirror as he tries, without luck, to get his car started. As Bradley looks under the hood, Isaac puts on the cap of a limo driver and convinces Dumont to use his service instead of trying to fix his own car. Isaac looks nice in his suit and cap, and Bradley Dumont failed to notice that Isaac was wearing a pair of red, open toed, pumps with the outfit!
In the limousine, Isaac asks Bradley how his lunch meeting went. Bradley says that it was extremely profitable and that arriving in the limo didn't hurt the negotiations, either. Bradley notices that they aren't heading back to the office. Isaac says that it's such a fabulous day that he thought they'd take a little ride ... then he rolls up the window between the back of the limo and the front seat and locks all the doors. Bradley is trapped.
Jarod goes to Sloane's office and tells him that he wants to congratulate him on the Whittaker appeal. Jarod says that Dumont says that the new trial is a slam-dunk. Sloane has no idea what Jarod is talking about with regard to a new trial. Jarod tells him that Dumont is planning on presenting new evidence and is confident that he'll have a warrant for the murder weapon by tomorrow. Sloane buzzes Annie to get Dumont, but he's not in his office. Jarod says that the last he heard, Dumont was having lunch with Ira Klein, the criminal attorney from Los Angeles. Sloane is near panic and screams at Annie to find Dumont, NOW. While Sloane is away from his desk, Jarod lifts a couple of the dictation tapes that Sloane has sitting there.
In the limo, Dumont is threatening Isaac from the back seat. Wagging a finger with an acrylic tipped nail on it at Bradley, Isaac says the outburst is going to cost him another 100 miles. They pass a sign that says, "Welcome to Nevada."
Through binoculars, Jarod watches Sloane carry a brown paper bag onto this boat, Ironclad Alibi. In his room, Jarod is editing Sloane's dictation tapes, pulling out words and sentences. He stops to book a non-stop flight to Los Angeles. Later, eating PEZ, he stops again and calls information to get the number for the city desk of the Los Angeles Chronicle. Jarod's phone rings - it's Sloane telling him to be at the Whittaker hearing at nine in the morning. Jarod plays the first part of the new tape he's made with Sloane's voice. It says, "Annie, top priority. There's something I want you to do for me on my boat ..."
When Annie gets to her desk in the morning, she finds Jarod's doctored message on her recorder.
Walking into court, Sloane tells Jarod to watch, listen and learn because he won't see this kind of dismantling again soon. Jarod says he's looking forward to it. Sloane is dismayed to see the press there, but steps up and tells them that all he'll say is that there will be some surprises.
Sydney is leaving the airport, on his way to the District Courthouse, when he is stopped by Sam and Miss Parker. Miss Parker tells Sydney that he didn't really think that The Centre would cut a deal with Jarod, did he? Sam escorts him into a car and the three of them head for the Courthouse.
In court, the bailiff is bringing Marcus Whittaker in. Sloane asks Jarod what he's doing there and Jarod tells Sloane that he invited him. The judge says that they are there to hear the new evidence on "the People vs Whittaker," nods toward Jarod and says, "Mr. Holmes ..." Sloane stands up and says that Mr. Holmes is only a junior associate and shouldn't be permitted to handle the client. Jarod cuts him off, saying that he wrote the brief and to allow another attorney to present it would be denying Mr. Whittaker a chance at fair representation. The judge allows Marcus to decide and he picks Jarod.
The first witness that Jarod calls is Mr. Sloane! Jarod asks Sloane to tell him at what time of night Audrey Price was murdered. Sloane tells Jarod it was between 9:00 and 9:15 PM. Jarod asks Mr. Sloane how Mr. Metzger could be with him on his boat on the night that Audrey Price was murdered if Metzger made a cell phone call to Sloane, on his boat, at 9:20 PM. The judge asks to see the cell phone records and Jarod gives them to her. Jarod holds up the photo that the DA had catalogued as a partial shoe print from the murder scene. Jarod asks Sloane why the jury never saw that photograph. Sloane says that the police never made a positive match so it proved nothing. Jarod says that perhaps, he could help the police out ... he says the print came from a deck shoe and Mr. Sloane was on his boat that night ... Sloane finds that funny and asks if he's supposed to be the killer now? At that moment, Annie arrives with a white bag and gives it to Jarod. Jarod pulls out a size 11 deck shoe, the sole of which matches the one in the photo. He tells the D.A. that it's from Mr. Sloane's closet and tosses it to them. Sloane says that the shoe proves nothing. Jarod agrees that, by itself, it doesn't. Then he pulls out Audrey Price's green stone owl and says that the owl certainly does. Jarod says it's the murder weapon, stained with the victim's blood. Then he asks Mr. Sloane if he'd care to explain what the long lost murder weapon was doing on his boat. Sloane says that it's ridiculous. Jarod says that Michael Metzger doesn't think so, since Sloane has been blackmailing him with the owl since the murder trial.
Jarod tells the court that Michael Metzger beat Audrey Price to death with the owl and then called on Mr. Sloane to clean up the mess. In between the time that Metzger killed Miss Price and Mr. Sloane arrived, Marcus Whittaker found the body, panicked and ran away. Ben Sloane allowed an innocent man to go to jail in order to protect his rich client. The judge orders Sloane taken into custody as an accessory to murder and orders a bench warrant for the arrest of Michael Metzger. Marcus Whittaker is free.
As Jarod is leaving the courtroom, Sydney, Sam and Miss Parker have just gotten off the elevator. Miss Parker sees Jarod and sends Sam after him. As Sam is chasing Jarod, he runs though a metal detector, which goes off. The guards find Sam's gun and detain him in spite of Sam telling them that he has a permit to carry the gun. Miss Parker is running down the stairs, trying to catch up with Jarod with Sydney close on her heels. Sydney tells her which way to go when they reach the bottom of the stairs. Jarod hurries out of the Courthouse and into Isaac's waiting cab. Miss Parker has missed Jarod again. As she is telling Sydney that next time she's just going to shoot Jarod, she comes upon a briefcase that he left behind on the sidewalk. She opens it and finds a note in there saying, "You double crossed me," a solved Rubik's cube, the paperback book, "My Days In Court," by Alan Edwards which is inscribed to Jarod Holmes, a grape PEZ refill, and his trademark red notebook with the information about the Whittaker case in it.
As Michael Metzger is being taken to his cell, he keeps screaming that he wants to see his attorney. He gets his wish - his cell is right next to Ben Sloane's.
When Marcus Whittaker gets released, he finds Isaac and his new black limo waiting for him. In the back seat is Marcus' Mother, who Jarod had flown in to be with Marcus. Isaac gives Marcus a box and inside is a finished paper clock. There's a note on a 3 x 5 card attached. It says, "Now you have all the time in the world. Cherish your freedom. Your pen pal, Jarod."
Guest Stars: Walter Addison
(Isaak ), Ann Betancourt (Judge Patrick), Jon Bruno (Michael Metzger),
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