1.13 Bazooka Jarod
Original air date: February 8, 1997
Written by: Juan Carlos Coto
Directed by: James Whitmore, Jr.
While Jarod poses as a Navy Commander in order to investigate the death of a sailor on board the USS Monroe, Sydney delivers a warning to Miss Parker.
Jarod’s Discoveries: Bazooka Bubble Gum, Blowing Bubbles, Bazooka Joe Comics, REM
Jarod’s Occupations: Naval Commander, High School Guidance Counselor
Jarod’s Aliases: Jarod Forrester
Jarod goes undercover as a Naval commander to avenge the shipboard death of a young sailor.
As Miss Parker and Sydney check out Jarod’s last known job, as a sewer worker, they realize a manhole Jarod used is right in front of the orphanage where Miss Parker’s mother may have taken children rescued from the Centre. Meanwhile, on the U.S.S. Monroe, Jarod, as a U.S. Navy commander, works with Captain Nagle and Commander Nashton to guide their crew through a tense encounter with a rogue Russian submarine. The crew dodges the sub’s torpedoes, then scores a direct hit of their own. But as the sub explodes on the radar screen, we learn the whole encounter is just a training exercise. Later, Nagel says the crew still needs to improve its discipline, and Nashton leads the sailors on a rigorous run on a California beach. During the exercise, tensions escalate when one of the sailors, Dana Knox, accuses another man, Mike Baker, of negligence in a recent incident that caused the death of a fellow crew member, Scott Seaver. Later, Nashton tells Jarod that Seaver died during a leak of JX-5 gas in the ship’s pump room…and introduces Jarod to security officer Lieutenant Paula Pratt, who’s concerned about some gaps in Jarod’s personnel file. Meanwhile, Miss Parker visits the orphanage, but learns all records from the 1960s were destroyed in a fire in 1970, the same year her mother was killed. Back at the naval base, Jarod sees a teenage girl, Melina, running from a shore patrol officer after trying to hotwire an officer’s Jeep. Melina says she is Lieutenant Pratt’s daughter, and that her father is a navigator on another ship that has been at sea for four months. A bit later, Jarod visits the Monroe’s pump room, and finds Lieutenant Albert Danes doing some welding with an oxyacetylene torch. Nagel and Nashton find Jarod there, and tell him Seaver died because some retrofit work he did in the pump room was shoddy. A bit later, Jarod watches as Baker, who was Seaver’s best friend, tearfully delivers Seaver’s footlocker to Seaver’s parents.
Later, Jarod answers a summons from Pratt, who tries to call the admiral who signed Jarod’s orders…but the admiral is on vacation and can’t be reached. Just then, Melina barges in, angry that her mother hasn’t given her an answer about a concert she wants to go to. That night, Miss Parker goes through files of missing children in the Dover Hall of Records, but finds a note from Jarod, saying, “Sorry, I was here first.” Meanwhile, on a San Pedro street, Jarod sees Melina coming out of a tattoo parlor (where she has just received a tattoo of the letters “ILY”), and realizes she iss acting out to get her mother’s attention. Jarod tells Melina that her mother really does love her, even if she is very busy, but Melina doesn’t buy it. Later, Jarod breaks into Pratt’s office, and finds videotaped testimony from the investigation of Seaver’s death. The next day, Jarod talks to Baker, who insists Seaver didn’t botch the retrofit. Baker also says he was with Seaver during the gas leak, but while he escaped from the pump room, Nashton came in and sealed the hatch before Seaver could get out, too. That night, Jarod watches the videos and sees Nashton testify that closing the hatch was necessary to save the ship, even though he knew Seaver would die…but Jarod knows he’s lying.
That night, Sydney goes to Miss Parker’s house and warns her that if she is not careful, she could end up like her mother. Meanwhile, Jarod goes through photos from the Seaver investigation, and the next day, takes one of the pictures, showing the faulty weld Seaver supposedly made, to Danes. Jarod points out that the picture shows an oxyacetylene weld, when Seaver was only rated for gas tungsten welding, and says he has realized Nashton must have ordered Danes to frame Seaver. Danes finally admits this, saying Nashton was trying to preserve his own career, which could have ended if the ship had been put in mothballs for the more extensive repairs it really needed. That night, Jarod finds Melina in San Pedro again, and although she says she’s not going home, she admits to Jarod that she really misses her father (the “ILY” in her tattoo was his abbreviation for “I love you”), and Jarod comforts her as she cries. Later, Jarod drives Melina home, and her mother welcomes her back and thanks Jarod for his help. The next morning, Baker tells Jarod that he is resigning, but Jarod asks him if this is what Seaver would have wanted. Meanwhile, back at the Centre, Sydney and Miss Parker learn, thanks to Lieutenant Pratt’s inquiries, that Jarod is on the Monroe.
A few hours later, on the Monroe, Jarod takes Nashton to the pump room, and asks him to test the JX-5 gas valve. Nashton goes down the hatch and turns the handle, but as the gas begins to flow, Jarod locks him in, just as he did to Seaver. And as Nashton starts to panic, Jarod gets him to admit what he did, and broadcasts Nashton’s confession on the ship’s PA system. A few minutes later, as Nashton is led off in handcuffs, Pratt, Sydney and Miss Parker arrive. But just as Miss Parker gets a glimpse of Jarod, he drives away. Later, Pratt finds a note from Jarod, containing the concert tickets Melina wanted…Melina finally gets a note from her father…and we see Jarod, riding a camel in a vast desert, as far away from the ocean as he can get.