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The Pretender
  Season 1
Episode # 1.17
Airdate April 5, 1997
Writer(s) Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle
Director(s) Terrence O'Hara
Guest star(s) Harve Presnell
Last name (s) Campbell
Location (s) Florida
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Keys is the seventeenth episode of the first season of The Pretender which first aired April 5th, 1997 on NBC in the United States. It features the first appearance by recurring guest star Harve Presnell as Mr. Parker, father of Miss Parker.


Jarod finds himself at the mercy of Hurricane Cassandra with Miss Parker close on his heels. He is distracted by a young and very ill refugee (Simone) from Haiti and his intent on avenging the death of Simone's parents by making the patrol officer who left them to die feel the full onslaught of the storm, tied up outdoors.

Miss Parker is on a mission to prove she can catch up with Jarod without pressure from Mr. Raines, and in spite of the category 5 storm bearing down on them. During the hurricane, she has flashbacks of traumatic events involving her mother on a similar stormy night when she was young, which she believed to be the fault of her father.


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In this episode Jarod has a job in the Coast Guard as Lt. Campbell, so he can get close to the people responsible for the deaths of Haitian refugees. He also learns to be a gator wrestler. He also uses his skill as a doctor to take care of the sick child while they are trapped by the hurricane.


  • While hearing about Jarod's time as an alligator wrestler, Miss Parker comments that he's "a regular Tarzan". Michael T. Weiss would actually voice Tarzan in Disney's The Legend Of Tarzan and its episode compilation movie Tarzan And Jane.


Because I still remember the little girl who gave me my first kiss.


This is about that strip search in Las Vegas isn't it?


To women. Hell hath no fury.

–Miss Parker

It's time for my treasure to shine.

–Mr. Parker

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