Original air date: April 5, 1997
Written by: Juan Carlos Coto
Directed by: Terrence O’Hara
When Miss Parker corners Jarod during a hurrican in Florida she’s forced to come to terms with her mother’s death and its startling connection to Jarod.
Jarod’s Discoveries: Pink Plastic Flamingos
Jarod’s Occupations: Gator Wrestler, Marine Patrolman, Weatherman in Puerto Rico, Infomercial Saleman
Jarod’s Aliases: Jarod
While trying to rescue a young girl during a hurricane, Jarod gets trapped with Miss Parker and forces her to confront some truths about her mother’s life and death.
Miss Parker visits the site of Jarod’s last job, as an alligator wrestler in the Florida Keys, and is given a safe deposit box key from the Dover Town Bank. Miss Parker goes to the bank and, in the box, finds a medical report and photos of her mother, taken after a severe beating. Meanwhile, Jarod, now working for the Florida Shore Patrol, helps another officer, Bartlett, capture a wayward alligator. Later, Miss Parker is summoned by Mr. Raines, who reveals he has been spying on Miss Parker, and demands to know what she found in the safe deposit box. She asks him how her mother really died, but then Mr. Parker enters and says Mrs. Parker committed suicide. Miss Parker says she remembers a terrible fight her parents had the day the beating photos were taken, but Mr. Parker insists she was too young to understand. Finally, Miss Parker asks, once again, to be taken off the Jarod assignment, but Mr. Parker refuses. Meanwhile, in Florida, Jarod mails an old engagement ring to Miss Parker…then gathers up a thick rope and a gun, and reads a newspaper story about a young Haitian girl, rescued when her refugee parents were abandoned by Bartlett and left to die in fierce storm. Back at the Centre, Broots and Sydney tell Miss Parker that Jarod is still in Florida, directly in the path of an oncoming hurricane…and she insists on going there. A bit later, Jarod visits the Bahia Cove Hotel, where a man, Watson, is watching the orphan girl, Simone, who is sick with a fever. Jarod asks Watson to drive Simone to a doctor in Miami, then returns to the Marine Patrol boathouse and tells Bartlett he has been asked to gather evidence on Simone’s parents’ deaths before the new hurricane blows in. As Sam and Miss Parker drive toward Florida, she flashes back to the fight her parents had the night her mother was beaten…and Jarod and Bartlett go into the woods, where Bartlett steps into a snare and is snapped up in a big rope net. Bartlett begs Jarod to cut him down, but Jarod leaves him, just as Bartlett left Simone’s parents. As the storm hits, Jarod returns to the hotel and is surprised to find Miss Parker and Sam there with Watson and Simone.
As Miss Parker gloats about finally cornering Jarod, he asks if Mr. Parker has told her the truth about her mother’s death. Miss Parker says the beating photos were fake, but Jarod insists they are real. Meanwhile, out in the swamp, Bartlett starts chewing at his net. Back at the hotel, Simone takes a turn for the worse, and Jarod begs to get her some penicillin from the boathouse. Miss Parker relents, handcuffs Jarod and starts to drive him there. But the storm forces their car of the road, and they’re forced to continue on foot. Finally, they get to the boathouse and find the medicine, but just as they do, Bartlett bursts in…with a gun.
Back at the Centre, Sydney worries when he doesn’t hear from Miss Parker, and Mr. Parker worries Jarod is telling Miss Parker “lies” about her mother. Sydney reminds Mr. Parker that he was Mrs. Parker’s doctor, and knows the truth…and we see Mr. Raines listening in on the conversation. Back at the boathouse, Bartlett handcuffs Jarod and Miss Parker, then goes out to prepare a boat. While he is gone, Miss Parker asks why Jarod is so interested in her mother, and he says she was planning his rescue when she died. Finally, Jarod asks how Miss Parker can trust her father after seeing the beating photos, but she insists she never saw her father hit her mother…and starts slipping out of her handcuffs. Back at the Centre, Sydney asks Mr. Raines how he strayed so far from his mission as a doctor, but before Raines can answer, Broots says the hurricane has abated. Meanwhile, Bartlett returns to the boathouse, but the captives are now free, and while Jarod holds a flare gun on Bartlett, Miss Parker punches him. They lock Bartlett in a cage, and the fight prompts another flashback…in which Miss Parker remembers seeing Mr. Raines leave the house after her mother was beaten.
After Jarod locks Bartlett in the cage, he turns the flare gun on Miss Parker, re-handcuffs her, and leaves. After Jarod’s gone, Miss Parker tricks Bartlett into rolling his cage over to a spare handcuff key, and then, when he does, and they get free, she knocks Bartlett out and runs. Meanwhile, Sydney and Broots fly to the hotel in a helicopter. Jarod finally gets back with the medicine for Simone, and administers it. But as he does, he hears the helicopter, grabs Simone, and runs out. A few minutes later, Sydney and Broots rush into the hotel, looking for Jarod. Meanwhile, Miss Parker returns…just in time to see Jarod load Simone into the helicopter and fly away. Later, back at the Centre, Miss Parker tells her father she will continue hunting Jarod…but insists that Mr. Raines cease spying on her. That night, at home, Miss Parker opens the package Jarod sent, and finds the ring, which belonged to her grandmother. Then Jarod calls, and Miss Parker says she realizes her mother died trying to save him, and that she is through chasing her past. Finally, as Jarod talks, we see he is on a shoeshine stand…wearing shiny new alligator boots.