Scott Free

The Pretender
Scott Free
  Season 2
Episode # 2.02
Airdate November 8, 1997
Writer(s) Juan Carlos Coto and Tommy Thompson
Director(s) Joe Napolitano
Guest star(s) Drake Bell and Louis Ferreira
Last name (s) Cross
Location (s) Middletown, DE
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Scott Free is the second episode of the second season of The Pretender which first aired November 8, 1997 on NBC in the United States. It features an appearance by recurring guest stars Jamie Denton as Mr. Lyle, Jon Gries as Broots and Pamela Gidley as Brigitte.



Mr. Lyle is redecorating Mr. Parker’s office, as the latter is under the radar, as Miss Parker gets in, mad as hell, as Lyle has cut him out of the loop in the chase of Jarod, which is conducted by Brigitte, as well as from the fact that Jarod had taken 15 million dollars from The Centre and donated it to charity. Miss Parker sees a Bunny amongst her fathers things, a bunny that she gave to her father for Father's Day.

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Scott and his son Shawn
In Middletown, Delaware, Jarod witnesses Scott, an ex-con who is trying to rebuild his honest life with his son Shawn, being bullied to commit another crime by a man named Nick Avani. Consequently, the pretender tracks down the identity of one of the men supposed to commit the crime, R.H. Cross, a one-handed safecracker. After that, Jarod sends Mr. Cross to do an assignment of his own (to rob The Centre's office in Indianapolis, leaving behind a Wheel-lo – his interest of the week) and assumes R.H.'s place.
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Jarod as R.H. Crosser
While observing Scott and Shawn, Jarod thinks back when he saw Miss Parker as a little girl giving a present to her father, when he asks for an explanation from Sydney, he tells Jarod of Father's Day.
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A little later, Jarod has drawn Sydney a Father's Day card, which Sydney throws away, while saying that he cannot accept it.

Detective Harold Evans - of the Middletown Police Department - takes pictures of Scott and Jarod as they leave the building in which they are working out the details of Avani's first "job". Not being able to find any record of the last one, Evans puts Jarod's picture up on the National Police Net. At The Centre, Intella-Research 5 pulls the image, giving Miss Parker the opportunity to have Broots dig up something that would ruin Detective Evans career - which she uses to blackmail the officer into giving her all the information that he has regarding Jarod's whereabouts

After completing the first job successfully, it turns out that they stole a plastic key card to pull off a heist in Federal Diamond Depository in Wilmington. Scott is mad as they had promised him only this one job and than out of the game, so he left, only to find that his son has been kidnapped by Avani to force him to cooperate.

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Jarod sees Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots in one of the surveillance photos that Avani takes of the depository and realizes that they plan to ambush him at the depository. Brigitte has taken over the chase for Jarod and Ms. Parker's grasp has been reduced severely by Mr. Lyle. Brigitte wants the depository locked down and uses Broots to do this. Jarod, in the other hand plots both how to get back Scotty's son, set justice and get away from the depository without being captured.

They break into the depository, Miss Parker is ready going out of their surveillance room and taking Jarod in, but Brigitte pulls out her gun and after that Lyle confiscates Ms. Parker's gun, and she is left out altogether, just to watch and wait. In the meantime Jarod has trapped Avanti in to the vault and forced him to call and set Shawn free. The depository was locked down just as Broots planned, but what he did not expect was that Jarod hacked into the system, unlocking every room in the depository except the surveillance room. Lyle and Brigitte are failed with doing the chase in their way and Miss Parker seems to be happy with the outcome.

Jarod and Scotty get away and go to Scotty's place where Shawn was supposed to be brought back. They find the kid standing at the door. Jarod gives them money to start a new life somewhere. As he sees them, he again think of Sydney and the Father's Day card he made, and calls Sydney. After the call ends, it is shown that Sydney has kept the card for all these years.


Main Cast

Guest Stars

Featuring Stars (Cast)

  • Nicole Fellows as Young Girl
  • Audrey Baranishyn as Detective Harvey
  • Joe Garcia as Cabbie


  • Jarod pretends to be a one-armed safecracker R.H.Cross.


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