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1 - Pilot

Original title : Pilot
First Aired : 19.09.1996 (USA) - 04.04.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Rick Wallace
Writing credits : Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle
Cast : L. Scott Caldwell (Gwen Porter), Dylan Provencher (Kevin Bailey), Jeffrey Shepard (12 year old Jarod), Lynley Swain (Nicole), Lilyan Chauvin (Mrs. Nikkos), Stephen Tobolowsky (Dr. Alan Trader), Peter Michael Goetz (Dr. Miles Hendricks)

The Story : QUEENS, NEW YORK - Miss Parker and Sydney find they had just missed Jarod helping a tanker ship in Alaska. Jarod is now posing as a doctor to uncover the truth behind an operation that resulted in a boy becoming a paraplegic. Jarod also befriends a Greek woman who has trouble with (ahem) bowel movements.

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2 - Chaque tableau a son histoire

Original title : Chaque tableau a son histoire
First Aired : 28.09.1996 (USA) - 11.04.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Michael Zinberg
Writing credits : Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle
Cast : William Sanderson (Roy Abbot), Jacob Vargas (Javi Padillo), Pat Skipper (Paul Bilson), Dennis Cockrum (Seattle YMCA Man), Michael Wyle (Jarod's YMCA Neighbor), Marjorie Monaghan (Martha Poole), Elizabeth Heflin (Meg King), Dell Yount (Vendor), Melissa Kidwell (Twin #1), Hillary Kidwell (Twin #2), Stephanie Sawyer (Kimberly King), Iverson Warinner (Saltz), Ed Evanko (Commander Powell)

The Story : SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - Miss Parker and Sydney once again miss Jarod at the Y.M.C.A. He's now posing as a member of the Coast Guard trying to figure out the truth behind the death of a man who was lost at sea waiting for rescue. Jarod also befriends a hermit who lives out at sea and refuses to come back to land.

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3 - Flyer

Original title : Flyer
First Aired : 19.10.1996 (USA) - 09.05.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : James Whitmore Jr.
Writing credits : Juan Carlos Coto
Cast : Terence Knox (Thomas Matthews), Robert Cornthwaite (Mr. Hollis), Ray McKinnon (Lawson), Gay Thomas (Lieutenant Janice Gant), Gene Lythgow (Gary Dixon), Jay Kopita (Andrew), Jake Lloyd (Ronny Collins), Adrienne Stout-Coppola (Lindsay Collins), William Wellman, Jr. (USAF General), Deanne Bray (Deaf Woman), Steve Wilcox (Kendall), Lillian Hurst (Bartender), Kelly Schmidt (Girl)

The Story : ARIZONA - Sydney and Miss Parker travel a wind farm in Baja, CA where Jarod was last seen testing aerodynamics. Jarod is now flying jets for Skyvionics, which is testing a defense contractor's new computer system. He's really trying to figure out why a test pilot died during one of the tests. Jarod also befriends Mr. Hollis, a conspirator who was involved in the Manhattan Project.

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4 - Curious Jarod

Original title : Curious Jarod
First Aired : 26.10.1996 (USA) - 25.04.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Jesus Salvador Trevino
Writing credits : Kimberly Costello
Cast : Gregg Henry (Peter Morgan), Kara Zediker (Ivy), Paul Eiding (Bernie Baxley), Felton Perry (Buddy), Vito D'Ambrosio (Johnny), James Handy (Steve Hanlon), Pamela Brull (Kitty Morgan), Kerrie Clark (Maggie Blaire), Michael Marich (Junkyard Owner), Nicholas Kusenko (Chief Davis), Carl Sundstrom (Guard #2), Leslie Redden (Showgirl), Michael Ray Miller (Another Man), Christopher Michael (Guard #1), Lee Duncan (Detective), James Willett (Pit Boss), Douglas Robert Jackson (Dealer), Ana Mercedes (Blanca)

The Story : LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - After spending some time studying probabilities and game theory, Jarod becomes head of security at a the Marquee Casino in Las Vegas. While there, he attempts to solve the mystery behind the death of a showgirl. Jarod also befriends a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator. Meanwhile, Sydney and Miss Parker resort to finding Jarod through the mob.

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5 - The Paper Clock

Original title : The Paper Clock
First Aired : 02.11.1996 (USA) - 18.04.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Gabrielle Beaumont
Writing credits : Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Cast : Anne Betancourt (Judge Patrick), Gerry McIntyre (Isaac Dexter), Lawrence Pressman (Ben Sloane), Sean O'Bryan (Bradley DuMonte), Christian J. Meoli (Marcus Whittaker), Janet Hubert-Whitten (Madam Director), Walter Addison (Isaak), Mariangela Pino (Annie), Jon Bruno (Michael Metzger), Alfred Jackson (Kid), Adam Paul (Salesman #1), Steven Stapenhurst (Newscaster), G. Eric Miles (L.A. Sheriff), Sarah Rayne (Dara), Kim Myers (Jarod's Mother (uncredited))

The Story : LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Aiming to help a man wrongly sentenced for murder, Jarod becomes a lawyer and goes after the arrogant attorney protecting the real killer. Meanwhile, Sydney is trying to reach an agreement with The Centre to make a trade with Jarod: A piece of Jarod's past for some of the simulations.

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6 - To Serve and Protect

Original title : To Serve and Protect
First Aired : 09.11.1996 (USA) - 02.05.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : James Whitmore Jr.
Writing credits : Tommy Thompson
Cast : Kim Myers (Jarod's Mother), Charles Rocket (Carl Bishop), Jason Schombing (Frank Meyers), Wendy Gazelle (Detective Karen Swindell), Natalija Nogulich (Susan Granger), James Lashly (Firing Range Owner), Steve Eastin (Sheriff of Cedar Point), Pat Crawford Brown (Millie Reynolds), Greg Lewis (Henry J. Monroe Jr., Esquire), Michelle Bonilla (Maria Sanchez), Gita Donovan (Technician), Darren Campbell (Delivery Boy), Allen Cutler (Young Surfer), Trista Delamere (Jewelry Store Manager), Kerry Michaels (Desk Sergeant), Brian Joel Sauve (Waiter), Cyd Strittmatter (Woman), Carey Lessard (Woman), Ellis E. Williams (Harold Kembrook)

The Story : MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - Jarod, suspecting corruption in the police department, becomes an officer himself to solve the death of an adoptee who had recently been reunited with his birth father. He also befriends an aging lady who's young at heart, but is afraid of losing her wild side due to her fading eyesight. Meanwhile, Miss Parker is spending time in jail for violating criminal code 369.7 - Unlawful Carrying and Possession of Concealed Weapon, thanks to a tip from Jarod. With her in jail, Jarod uses that window of opportunity to hire a private investigator to aid in finding information about his mother.

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7 - A Virus Among Us

Original title : A Virus Among Us
First Aired : 16.11.1996 (USA) - 16.05.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Fred Keller
Writing credits : Lawrence Meyers
Cast : David Spielberg (Dr. Walter Garber), Brenda Varda (Dr. Lisa Hoffman), Raphael Sbarge (Jeffrey Baytos), Jon Polito (Ben Hansel), Cordelia Richards (Kay), Matthew Carey (High School Student), David M. Fabrizio (Jon Florence), Paul Robert Langdon (Boy - 8), José Ramón Rosario (Mr. Briggs), Cara Rose (Cindy Florence), Thomas Tevana (Guest), David Vegh (Stock Boy), Michael Prescott (Priest)

The Story : SKOKIE, ILLINOIS - Miss Parker finds that she just missed Jarod posing as a high school biology teacher, and is then subjected to the flu virus. Jarod now poses as a virologist at an infectious disease laboratory trying to figure out the story behind the disappearance of another virologist. He also befriends Ben, a musician who is trying to perfect his musical talent on various instruments, although his neighbors don't care for it.

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8 - Not Even A Mouse

Original title : Not Even A Mouse
First Aired : 14.12.1996 (USA) - 23.05.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Thomas J. Wright
Writing credits : Juan Carlos Coto
Cast : Wendel Meldrum (Dr. Lizabeth Drake), Tony Plana (Detective Guerra), Bruce Bohne (Homeless Harry), Kimiko Gelman (Dr. Kim Fujimora), Carol Locatell (Jacob's Nurse), Kevin E. West (Timothy Ryan), Roberta Bassin (Sister Magdeline), Michael Gilden (Elf), David Fresco (Homeless Man), Darrow Igus (EMT Man), Bernadette Bowman (EMT Woman #1), Lisa D. Thompson (EMT Woman #2), Jefferey Thiel (Twin #1), James Thiel (Twin #2), Kelsey Mulrooney (Angel), Dan Cashman (Jacob (uncredited))

The Story : BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - Jarod investigates the mystery behind a hit-and-run death of a homeless man known as 'Christmas George' while simultaneously trying to identify a Jane Doe before Christmas. Meanwhile, Sydney anxiously awaits word from Jarod and Miss Parker gets her hopes up spending Christmas with her father.

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9 - Mirage

Original title : Mirage
First Aired : 04.01.1997 (USA) - 30.05.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Ian Toynton
Writing credits : Tommy Thompson
Cast : Kate Hodge (Carol Bates), Ruth Livier (Angela Miles), Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman (Ernie Two Feathers), Chris Ellis (Daniel Crockett), Jim Haynie (Ben Miller), Robert Carradine (Sherriff Dwight Kunkle), Stacey Katzin (Ada, sherriff's secretary), Peggy Miley (Woman), Timothy Dale Agee (Tom Miles)

The Story : HUDSPETH COUNTY, TEXAS - Jarod pretends to be a skydiving instructor looking into the death of a survivalist who died on his annual trip into the desert. Jarod is also visited by Ernie Two Feathers, a man who may (or may not) be a spirit guide. Meanwhile, Miss Parker is given a birthday present from Jarod that leads her to information about her mother.

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10 - The Better Part Of Valor

Original title : The Better Part Of Valor
First Aired : 11.01.1997 (USA) - 06.06.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Anson Williams
Writing credits : Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Cast : Michael O'Neill (Captain Harrigan), Isabel Glasser (Lieutenant Nancy Gleason), Jon Pennell (Roy), Kenneth White (John Zimmerman), Patrick Cronin (Tamara's Father), Vladimir Skomarovsky (Mr. Borodin), Anthony Starke (Michael Patrick), Nikki Tyler (Hysterical Mom), Danielle Keaton (Little Girl)

The Story : PITTSBURGH, PA - Jarod works as a firefighter while investigating the murder of another smoke-eater; Miss Parker seduces a married salesman with more than a few secrets of his own.

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11 - Potato Head Blues (a.k.a. Bomb Squad)

Original title : Potato Head Blues (a.k.a. Bomb Squad)
First Aired : 18.01.1997 (USA) - 13.06.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Terrence O'Hara
Writing credits : Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Cast : Paul Dillon (Angelo), Daniel Roebuck (Daniel Carlson), William Lucking (Lieutenant Chomsky), Jennifer Tighe (Rachel Newton), Lisa Jane Persky (Lamont), Beth Grant (Mrs. Haring), Todd Tesen (Steven Johnson), Andrew Bilgore (Curtis Haring), Earl Bullock (Marlan Marcantel), Gregory Millar (Technician), Reggie Hayes (Froman), Delana Michaels (May), Chaka Forman (Computer Sketch Artist)

The Story : DETROIT, MICHIGAN - Jarod poses as a member of the Detroit police bomb squad, searching for a serial bomber who left a woman photographer blind from one of his attacks. Meanwhile, the Centre puts Mr. Raines in charge of finding the person who's leaking information to Jarod. By utilizing Angelo, he puts Miss Parker, Sydney, and Broots to the test.

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12 - Prison Story

Original title : Prison Story
First Aired : 01.02.1997 (USA) - 20.06.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Oscar L. Costo
Writing credits : Craig Van Sickle, Steven Long Mitchell, Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle, Tommy Thompson
Cast : Brock Peters (Henry Cockran), David Proval (Carl Will), Dean Norris (Tommy Larson), Rebecca Cross (Jessica Will), Sam McMurray (Morris Clancy), Marshall Bell (Warden Michaels), Don Perry (Doctor), Stu Charno (Park Place Motel Owner), Dierk Torsek (Director), Granville Ames (Cowboy), David Riley Shackelford (Local #1), Carolyn Pemberton (Reporter), Trevor Morgan (Kid)

The Story : MARYLAND, OAKFIELD PENITENTIARY - Jarod pretends to be a prison guard who is trying to prove a man on death row didn't commit the crime he's sentenced to death for. Meanwhile, Miss Parker, Sydney, and Broots get a puzzling clue that makes them believe they're now one space ahead in the game of catching Jarod. Or are they?

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13 - Bazooka Jarod

Original title : Bazooka Jarod
First Aired : 08.02.1997 (USA) - 27.06.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : James Whitmore Jr.
Writing credits : Juan Carlos Coto, Juan Carlos Coto, Kimberly Costello
Cast : Leon Russom (Captain Paul Nagel), Christopher Allport (Lt. Commander Chris Nashton), Kevin Patrick Walls (Mike Baker), Vic Polizos (Lieutenant Albert Danes), Jennifer Banko-Stewart (Melina Pratt), Carol Huston (Lieutenant Paula Pratt), Dorian Spencer (Sailor #1), David Kirkwood (Martin Caverly), Leonard Lightfoot (Reb McElroy), Scott Smith (Shore Patrol Officer), Erica Ortega (Dana Knox)

The Story : LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA - Jarod joins the Navy to investigate the drowning of a ship's engineer, but he must outwit a security officer who doubts his credentials. Meanwhile, the latest lead on Jarod pushes Miss Parker to follow clues regarding the children her mother saved.

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14 - Ranger Jarod

Original title : Ranger Jarod
First Aired : 15.02.1997 (USA) - 04.07.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Ian Toynton
Writing credits : Craig Van Sickle, Steven Long Mitchell
Cast : Elpidia Carrillo (Nia Pedron), John Posey (Stan Conrad), Chris Williams (Derek Kobey), Jack Kehler (Big Bob), Brandis Kemp (Mrs. Simpkins), John Griffin (Victor Simpkins), Jeanette O'Connor (Heloise), Gary Newton (Reporter)

The Story : TOLUCA NATIONAL FOREST, OREGON - Jarod falls in love with his hiking partner while on a search-and-rescue for an ornithology student who disappeared in the mountains. Jarod also befriends a man named Big Bob who has many stooge-ish qualitites. Back at the Centre, Miss Parker reminisces about her relationship with Jarod when they were children.

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15 - Jaroldo!

Original title : Jaroldo!
First Aired : 08.03.1997 (USA) - 11.07.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Terrence O'Hara
Writing credits : Lawrence Meyers
Cast : Gregory Itzin (Phil Campbell), Tony Pierce (Dave), Dwayne L. Barnes (D-Mac), Lisa Howard (Annie Lambert), Ron Yuan (Ken Watanabe), Ted Rooney (Acupuncture Building Manager), James Mathers (Mr. Ferren, General Manager), Mark Chadwick (Junkie #1), Michael B. Silver (Chris Rockwell), Adam Clark (Gang Leader)

The Story : SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - Jarod becomes a TV news cameraman to investigate a gang shoot-out that badly injured another cameraman. Jarod also befriends a man who lost his job and his family. Meanwhile, Sydney and Miss Parker get trapped in a condemned building.

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16 - Under The Reds

Original title : Under The Reds
First Aired : 22.03.1997 (USA) - 18.07.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Charles Siebert
Writing credits : David Kemper, Lawrence Meyers, Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Cast : Taylor Negron (Max Vargas), Joseph Kell (Gary Rennert), Katie Mitchell (Dr. Sarah Cory), Lanai Chapman (Julie Thorton), Carol Locatell (Jacob's Nurse), Kevin Cooney (Mr. Chambers), Dorothy Fielding (Mrs. Chambers), André Mayers (Steven Chambers), Dan Cashman (Jacob), Dan Martin (Dr. Fletcher)

The Story : ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Jarod checks into a fellow paramedic whom he believes is responsible for a graduate student's coma. But he first has to outsmart a pushy human resources officer who won't stop digging up everything on Jarod. After their follow-up to a lead on Jarod, Sydney disappears from the Centre. He holes himself up with his twin brother Jacob using a technique Jarod discovered in an attempt to bring him out of his coma. Miss Parker is put in charge of finding Syd and, to make matters worse, Mr. Raines commands her to eliminate Jacob when she finds them.

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17 - Keys

Original title : Keys
First Aired : 05.04.1997 (USA) - 25.07.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Terrence O'Hara
Writing credits : Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle, Juan Carlos Coto
Cast : Jeremy Roberts (Efram Bartlett), Scotty Boyd (Shine Boy), Kiami Davael (Simone), Pato Hoffmann (Ronny Tiger), Leslie Jordan (Pat)

The Story : MIAMI, FLORIDA - During a hurricane, Jarod gets revenge on a corrupt Marine Patrol officer for the deaths of a young refugee's parents. He figures no one will pursue him since, after all, he's in the middle of a hurricane. But he's caught off guard when Miss Parker suddenly shows up. Even further caught off guard when his revenge backfires and his quarry escapes his net. Meanwhile, Miss Parker recalls the Thanksgiving before her mother's death. But she's blocked out certain painful details and Jarod makes her confront them.

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18 - Unhappy Landings

Original title : Unhappy Landings
First Aired : 26.04.1997 (USA) - 01.08.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : James Whitmore Jr.
Writing credits : Terri Treas, Michael Zand, Lawrence Meyers, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Juan Carlos Coto
Cast : Cindy Pickett (Dr. Shafton), Michael Harney (Bob Garrison), Marisa Ryan (Helen), Moira Walley (Karen Michaels), Ellen Travolta (Dara's Mother), Pepper Sweeney (Lane), Johnny Williams (Man of a Thousand Faces), Zachary Browne (Young Kyle), Gregory J. Barnett (Pilot), Joseph Faqua (Jimmy Rayford), Bradley Gregg (Eugene Diggs)

The Story : OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA - Jarod takes the role of a U.S. marshal trying to find and protect a vital witness with information about drug bosses connected to crooked marshals. Meanwhile, Miss Parker puts Broots in charge of digging up any information on the children her mother rescued. And Sydney seeks counseling for his rage against Mr. Raines.

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19 - Jarod's Honor

Original title : Jarod's Honor
First Aired : 03.05.1997 (USA) - 08.08.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Terrence O'Hara
Writing credits : Tommy Thompson, Chris Ruppenthal
Cast : Maury Sterling (Donny Beaulieu), Gailard Sartain (Tug Beaulieu), Darlene Levin (Millie Pilcher), Maureen Levin (Tillie Pilcher), Julie Garfield (Doris Worth), Virginia Capers (Herbert's former secretary), Kyle Colerider-Krugh (Building Owner), Alex Wexo (Young Sydney / Young Jacob), Jerome Guardino (Sonny Herbert), Dennis Pfister (Hotel Patron), Joe Hulser (Hitman), Robert Miranda (Ben Worth), Peggy Doyle (Clare Dumont)

The Story : NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - After completing a pretend, Jarod receives an email offering answers to his past. While investigating the lead, Jarod unexpectedly stubbles upon a dying hitman. When the hitman's last job comes calling, Jarod takes it. Meanwhile, Sydney and Miss Parker, following a lead from Jarod, attend a Twins Convention. And Broots covers for them from Mr. Raines.

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20 - Baby Love

Original title : Baby Love
First Aired : 10.05.1997 (USA) - 15.08.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Joe Napolitano
Writing credits : Debra Pratt
Cast : Paul Dillon (Angelo), Natalie Canerday (Christine), Mike Starr (Axe), Scott Burkholder (Detective David Geary), Lisa Rieffel (Jeanette Connelly), Tony Carreiro (DA Mitch Meyers), Dawn Hudson (Anna), Valeri Ross (Mrs. Horneff)

The Story : WYOMING(?) - After a close call with getting caught by Miss Parker, Jarod stumbles upon a baby who was thrown into a dumpster. Jarod takes the child and cares for it until he can find his parents, while avoiding sinister authorities. At the same time, Miss Parker, Sydney, and Broots follow clues that Jarod has dug up in reference to the meaning of SL-27.

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21 - The Dragon House (1/2)

Original title : The Dragon House (1/2)
First Aired : 17.05.1997 (USA) - 22.08.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Fred Keller
Writing credits : Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle
Cast : Paul Dillon (Angelo), Kim Myers (Jarod's Mother), Jeffrey Donovan (Kyle), Linda Carlson (Harriet Tashman), Zachary Browne (Young Kyle), Doug Spinuza (Joe Bill), David Doty (Jenkins, the Apartment Manager), James Wellington (Guard in Blue (transport guard)), Augie Kirkland (Guard in Grey (prison guard)), Bernard Hocke (Dad), Jason Ronard (Cab Driver), Ryan James (Boy), Kelli Maroney (Reporter), Michael MacLeod (Peter), Cody McMains (Ike), Nik Duphiney (Young Angelo), James Tolkan (FBI Special Agent Korkos)

The Story : FORT REXFORD, NEW YORK - Jarod becomes aware that Kyle, another pretender from The Centre, is on the run from the law. Eager to find him, he becomes an F.B.I. agent to aid the investigation. But he discovers that Kyle may have something to do with his mother. Meanwhile, Miss Parker and Sydney recruit Angelo to go through all of Jarod's red notebooks. They figure he can become Jarod and thus aiding in his capture.

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22 - The Dragon House (2/2)

Original title : The Dragon House (2/2)
First Aired : 17.05.1997 (USA) - 29.08.1997 (FRANCE)
Director : Fred Keller
Writing credits : Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle
Cast : Paul Dillon (Angelo), Kim Myers (Jarod's Mother), Jeffrey Donovan (Kyle), Nik Duphiney (Young Angelo), Linda Carlson (Harriet Tashman), Zachary Browne (Young Kyle), Thomas Tofel (Surgeon), Marisa Petroro (Emily [uncredited]), James Tolkan (FBI Special Agent Korkos)

The Story : UPSTATE NEW YORK - Jarod discovers more about his family through Harriet, and decides that he must return to The Centre to free his brother Kyle. Meanwhile, Miss Parker convinces Broots and Sydney to help her find the answers to her mother's death and believes Kyle may be the key. Finally, Jarod gets the opportunity to reunite with his family, including his sister. But The Centre becomes aware of the rendezvous and intends to stop it.

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