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The Pretender
Not Even A Mouse
  Season 1
Episode # 1.08
Airdate December 14, 1996
Writer(s) Juan Carlos Coto
Director(s) Thomas J. Wright
Last name (s) Marley
Location (s) Baltimore, MD
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Not Even A Mouse is the eighth episode of first season of The Pretender. It first aired on December 14, 1996 (almost a month after the previous episode) on NBC in the United States.

It features appearances by recurring guest stars Ryan Merriman as young Jarod, Ashley Peldon as young Miss Parker, Kimiko Gelman as Dr. Fujimora, Kelsey Mulrooney as Angel and Alex Wexo as young Sydney.


It's Jarod's first Christmas outside the Centre and he is pretending to be an M.E. to uncover the truth about the death of a local hero to the young orphans, known to them as Christmas George. Also, Jarod discovers fruit cake and sends a present to Miss Parker, in remembrance of their early years at the Centre.


Jarod (Michael T. Weiss)

The episode opens with young Jarod and we see how he longs to experience real snow so much that he manages to escape his confinement in The Centre for a few brief moments to enjoy the privilege of seeing it outside. In the present time, Jarod spends his first Christmas outside The Centre experiencing the joy of holiday giving by sending Miss Parker and Sydney's brother Jacob each a special gift. Jarod discovers fruit cake and learns to make one as well as how to prepare Puffer fish. He comes face to face with the idea of Santa Claus, whose existence he attempts to puzzle out using reason and logic and his innate intelligence. The nun explains to him however that at Christmas, anything's possible.

Miss Parker (Andrea Parker)

For his main pretend in this episode, Jarod has to find out what happened to Christmas George, the local Santa for the kids in the nearby home for children, one year before. He hacks into the archives as a 911 operator in order to get the information needed to bring justice for George.

Sydney (Patrick Bauchau)

He also helps out the kids by bringing them toys and reading "The Night Before Christmas", something that Christmas George would normally do. He also manages to solve an LGL (Little Girl Lost) case and find the family of a girl whose body was found in the snow with no id, and who would have gone unidentified except for Jarod's tireless efforts, using all his powers of observations and Pretender skills to track down her identity.


Main Cast

Guest Stars

  • Wendel Meldrum as Dr. Lisabeth Drake
  • Tony Plana as Detective Guerra
  • Bruce Bohne as Homeless Harry
  • Kimiko Gelman as Dr. Kim Fugimora
  • Ryan Merriman as Young Jarod

Featuring Stars (Cast)

  • Roberta Bassin as Sister Magdeline
  • Michael Gilden as Elf
  • David Fresco as Homeless Man
  • Darrow Igus as EMT Man
  • Bernadette Bowman as EMT Woman #2
  • Lisa D. Thompson as EMT Woman #1
  • Jeffrey Thiel as Twin #1
  • James Thiel as Twin #2


  • Medical examiner Dr. Jarod Marley
  • 911 operator


Is that...Santa Claus? (Jarod)

Well, that was my first instinct, but further examination revealed the truth. (Jarod)

I don't kn

Jarod and Fujimora

Daddy breaks her heart

ow who Lambada is, but yes, lividity was affected by the cold. (Jarod)

Geez, Jarod, don't tell me you never got a Christmas present before. (Fujimora)

A cake with fruit baked right in. Thank you, this has to be delicious. (Jarod)

Well, it's Christmas. (Miss Parker)

Relax. He's probably holed up in Whoville experiencing the Grinch for the first time. (Miss Parker)

Young Jarod and Young Miss Parker

Merry Christmas. (Jarod) Christmas has its way of bringing people together. (Jarod

Jarod sends her joy.


Don't go hanging mistletoe. See you after the first. (Miss Parker)

And a Merry Christmas to you too, Miss Parker. (Sydney)

Don't you love Christmas? It's so Christmassy. (Jarod)

Wow, I never got to work on a boss before. We'll start cutting after lunch. Who wants puffer fish? (Fujimora)

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