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The Pretender
  Season 1
Episode # 1.09
Airdate January 4, 1997
Writer(s) Tommy Thompson
Director(s) Ian Toynton
Guest star(s) Jim Haynie
Last name (s) Cochrane
Location (s) Texas
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Mirage is the ninth episode of the first season of The Pretender which first aired January 4, 1997 on NBC in the United States.


Following a lead on Jarod, Miss Parker visits Lake Catherine, Maine (Jarod recommends the sandwich with syrup because she could stand to put on a few pounds!) and gets some answers to her past, while Jarod brings closure to a young widow and mother-to-be who lost her husband (Tom Miles) in what appeared to be an accident but turns out to be something else. Jarod uses the alias Buddy Slocum Jr. to get information about Tom Miles.


Jarod joins a jump school that recently lost its instructor/co-owner, a survival expert named Tom Miles. Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots are watching a clip of young Jarod when she receives a birthday gift from Jarod. It contains the "Miss Parker Edition" of a Red Notebook and with a little computer enhancement, the enclosed photograph of a man Miss Parker has never seen in her life, leads them to Maine. Sydney and Miss Parker are staking out a diner when Sydney reminds her the little Red Notebook was the Miss Parker edition, meaning Jarod wanted her there alone. She meets up with Ben, who gives

Red Notebook: Miss Parker Edition

her some insight into her mother's past.

Jarod's sends Miss Parker a birthday gift

Jarod gets help finding out the truth about the instructor, Tom, who lost his life in the desert from Ernie, an old native American who found Tom's body in the desert. Jarod does some digging under the alias of an IRS agent named Buddy Slocum Jr. to get information about Tom's death.

Jarod overhears Carol arguing with her employee, Crockett and does some further investigating and finds out that the jump school that Tom wanted to keep was going to be put on the market and that Crockett was going to share in the profits. He researches Crockett, and finds out he is wanted for a parole violation. Jarod then confronts Crockett about their plans and when he finds out the truth, plans a little revenge on Carol Bates who is responsible for Tom's death. Meanwhile, Miss Parker was immersing herself in the room that Catherine Parker stayed in, when she visited Ben in the Spring, telling her daughter that she was visiting Aunt Dorothy. She finds an interesting envelope but takes nothing else from the place where she felt her mother belonged.


Main Cast

Guest Stars

  • Jim Haynie as Ben Miller
  • Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman as Ernie Two Feathers
  • Chris Ellis as Daniel Crockett
  • Jon Gries as Broots
  • Robert Carradine as Sheriff Dwight Kunkle

Featuring Stars (Cast)


  • Skydiving Instructor


"Save your sweat. It's just another diversion." Miss Parker

"He's reaching out. Taking a leap of faith." Sydney

"Well, I'm on the run from a secret organization. I needed a place to hide out for a while." Jarod

"Sydney didn't always have method, just...madness." Miss Parker

"Is today your birthday? How old are you? Oh...young, I'm sure." Broots

"It's a dead flower Sydney not the Shroud of Turin." Miss Parker

"They said you would need a guide." Ernie

"Nobody's out of my clearance level." Miss Parker

"Because he wants to give me an aneurysm. I don't know why. It's just what he does." Miss Parker

"Skeleton?" Miss Parker "Check your closet lately?" Jarod

"Get out! Try the Monte Cristo, I hear it's excellent." Miss Parker

"So many little time." Ernie

"Follow the path of the iron horse." Ernie

"You look just like her." Ben

"I found the body of the man who walks on clouds." Ernie

"I see your gut talks to you too." Ernie

"Well, that's funny. All he wanted to talk about was you." Ben

"She loved the Spring. She said she liked what it did to the world." Ben

"With instincts like that, you'll catch me yet." Jarod

"Is that all you do Jarod, dig up the past?" Miss Parker

"That's easy for you to say. You have one. Although it's not quite what you thought it was, is it? Happy birthday." Jarod

Am I going the right way?" Jarod

"Just keep listening to your gut." Ernie

Related Links - Watch Mirage online.