1.21 Dragon House
Original air date: May 17, 1997
Written by: Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle
Directed by: Fred K. Keller
Jarod is shocked to learn the truth concerning another boy who was at the Centre, and Miss Parker continues delving into the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death.
Jarod’s Discoveries: Highlights Magazine, Kyle is his brother
Jarod’s Occupations: Orthodontist, FBI Agent
Jarod’s Aliases: Dr. Jarod, Jarod Ness
Jarod tries to find an escaped convict…whom he recognizes as his old friend from the Centre.
When Jarod sees a TV news story about an escaped convict, he sees a distinctive scar on the man’s hand and flashes back to a Sim in which Mr. Raines tricked him into burning the hand of another boy, Kyle. A bit later, Jarod, pretending to be a psychologist, visits the prison and, in the escapee’s cell, finds a blue notebook filled with the phrase, “I decide who lives or dies” and a photo of a farm…while a guard tells him that the escapee’s doctor, who breathes with an oxygen tank, visits frequently. Meanwhile, at the Centre, Sydney gives Jarod’s red notebooks to Angelo, hoping he can absorb enough of Jarod’s thoughts to find him. A bit later, a woman named Harriet Tashman is abducted, and a team of F.B.I. agents, led by a man named Korkos, but also including Jarod, investigates. As they search the apartment, Jarod finds a Bible with a marker from the St. Catherine of the Hills convent, then learns the escapee was sent to prison for abducting Harriet 10 years earlier…and that another F.B.I. agent visited Harriet morning. Then we see that “agent”—the escapee—dump his uniform in a trash can and get into a cab. Back at the Centre, as Angelo reads more notebooks, he suddenly becomes upset, grabs Miss Parker and starts choking her. And as Sydney pulls Angelo away, Broots sees the notebook that set Angelo off was blue, not red. Meanwhile, at the F.B.I., Jarod watches old news tapes about Harriet’s first abduction…and is shocked to see his mother in one of the tapes.
A bit later, Jarod finds the farm shown in the escapee’s picture, and learns it belongs to Harriet Tashman. Jarod shows the photo of his mother to the caretaker, who says she and her husband used to live in an apartment over the barn. Before he can go in, however, Jarod is summoned back to the F.B.I., where Korkos says a cab driver was found in shock after an encounter with the escapee, who tied him up and left him on a train track, repeating, “I decide who lives or dies.” Back at the Sim Lab, Sydney says the blue notebook Angelo reacted to belonged to another Centre subject—Kyle—who was supervised by Dr. Raines but was also released years before the date on the notebook. Broots says Kyle must have been held secretly after his release, and Miss Parker realizes he was probably kept in the secret sub-level, SL27. The three of them descend to SL27, and find the cell where Kyle was kept, which has huge gouges in the door, as if the boy had tried to claw his way out. Down the hall, Broots finds the charred remains of an early supercomputer, which Raines used to store data on Kyle. Meanwhile, Jarod watches old DSAs, which show him and Kyle discovering that neither knows his own history. Back at the Centre, Broots reconstructs one of the DSAs from the supercomputer, which shows Raines putting Kyle through a Sim in which he pretends to be James Earl Ray, preparing to assassinate Martin Luther King, Jr. Sydney is horrified, and realizes Raines actually achieved his long-time goal of creating a psychopath through the Sim process.
A bit later, Jarod watches another DSA, in which he admires a medal Kyle wore around his neck…and then shows Kyle how to make origami birds. The boys also realize their rooms are next to each other, and figure out how to communicate using a wire that runs through a common air duct. Back at the Centre, Sydney confronts Raines about Kyle, while at the F.B.I., Korkos puts out a shoot-to-kill order on the escapee. Back at the Centre, Broots watches TV and is interrupted by Angelo, who becomes fascinated by a story about the escapee and writes “SL27” on the screen…leading Broots to realize that the escapee is Kyle. Meanwhile, Jarod returns to Harriet’s farm, and explores the barn apartment. There, he finds another Bible with a St. Catherine’s marker in it…and also learns his parents had a baby while living there. Back at the Centre, Broots recovers another old DSA from the supercomputer, which shows Raines teaching Kyle to shoot at a life-size cutout of Catherine Parker. Meanwhile, Jarod goes to St. Catherine’s convent, and arrives just in time to see a man in a monk’s cowl—Kyle—grab Harriet, push her into a car, and drive away, leaving a blue notebook behind.
Later, Miss Parker tells her father about Raines and Kyle, but stops short of saying she suspects Raines trained Kyle to kill her mother. Back in his lair, Jarod calls Sydney and asks him about the Dragon House, which Kyle mentioned. Sydney says he will check on it, then asks Broots to hack into Mr. Raines’ computer. Meanwhile, Jarod makes a quick trip to Boson, pretends to be Kyle robbing an ATM, and sends the F.B.I. off on a wild goose chase. A bit later, Sydney calls Jarod and says the Dragon House is in New Jersey, but warns Jarod he will be followed if he goes there. Later, at the Dragon House, Kyle prepares to torture Harriet to find out where his parents are, but then Jarod arrives…and so does Mr. Raines. Raines’ sweepers chase Jarod, Harriet and Kyle, and Jarod and Kyle draw guns on each other. Just then, however, Sydney and Miss Parker arrive, and Harriet bats Jarod’s gun away. The sweepers go after Kyle, while Jarod and Harriet jump in a car. And as they drive away, Jarod asks why Harriet didn’t let him kill Kyle…and she states that he is Jarod’s brother.