2.01 Back From the Dead Again
Original air date: November 1, 1997
Written by: Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle
Directed by: James Whitmore, Jr.
As Jarod continues to deal with the death of his brother, Miss Parker and Sydney suddenly find themselves dealing with two new operatives at the Centre, Mr Lyle and Brigitte.
Jarod’s Discoveries: Halloween, Orange and Black candy, Dog Poop in a bag on a doorstep
Jarod’s Occupations: Monk, Anatomy Professor
Jarod’s Aliases: Jarod Howard
On Halloween, Jarod impersonates a college professor in hopes of unraveling the mystery behind the disappearance of a med student’s brother.
Sydney, Broots and Miss Parker travel to a monastery in Cuernavaca, Mexico, the location where Jarod was last seen. Parker phones the Centre, and learns that her father has not shown up for work in two weeks. Both Sydney and Broots agree that the Tower has been abuzz with peculiar activity of late… ever since Raines was shot. The threesome meet with a monk, who describes how “Brother” Jarod was plagued by nightmares before his disappearance. Jarod’s room at the monastery contains skeletal icons. Sydney believes that the morbid images clearly indicate Jarod is seeking closure in the loss of his brother.
Jarod turns up at a medical school in Philadelphia in the guise of a college professor. There, he introduces himself to three first-year med students: Chloe, attractive and caring; Joel, a trouble-maker; and Fernando, a 22-year-old whose brother, a fellow med student, mysteriously vanished. Their discussion is interrupted by Dr. Christopher Fein, who warns the group not to use cadaver parts for Halloween parties. Jarod tells Fein he joined the college so he could take part in Fein’s groundbreaking research with a cardiac resuscitation drug. Later, Jarod meets Fein’s brother, Sheldon, a mortician who supplies the school with corpses.
When Miss Parker returns to the Centre, she discovers a charismatic charmer, Mr. Lyle, in her father’s office. Lyle explains that the powers that be have grown tired of the office’s inefficiency and its inability to capture Jarod. As a result, he will be filling in for Miss Parker’s father for the foreseeable future. But Lyle isn’t the only new addition to the office: Brigitte, a stunning blonde with an ice-cold demeanor, has been chosen as the new Cleaner. Sydney suspects that Lyle is part of the Triumvirate, who, he surmises, are now seizing control until Raines’ shooter can be identified.
A bond slowly develops between Jarod and Fernando (both men lost their brothers). During one of their conversations, Jarod experiences a flashback in which he is shoved inside a tubular chamber. Jarod telephones Sydney. He states that every moment of his life is catalogued on DSAs…except for the last three weeks in October during the year before he fled. Later, Sydney realizes Mr. Raines sent him out of the country to attend a symposium on the exact dates Jarod mentioned.
Joel tells Jarod that he and Enrique recruited transients for Dr. Fein’s research projects. One night, Dr. Fein gave Joel and Enrique money to locate a homeless man named Broad Street Bill. The pair were successful, but at eleven o’clock that same night, Enrique, behaving strangely, left to bury a dead woman by the name of Marisa Hall. The lateness of the hour strikes Jarod as unusual. He accesses Hall’s burial record for further details. By using fingerprint identification, he determines that Hall’s body is still in the lab. Later, Jarod exhumes the coffin at a graveyard. He discovers Enrique’s corpse inside… and realizes he was buried alive. Jarod tells Sheldon that a detective stopped by with an exhumation order for Marisa Hall. He then “lets slip” that the detective discovered Hall’s corpse inside the lab. Realizing the game is over, Sheldon reveals that Enrique grew upset when Fein asked that the transient’s body be quietly cremated. Shortly thereafter, Enrique disappeared.
Meanwhile, Broots sneaks inside Raines’ office and makes off with the DSA files. As he, Miss Parker and Sydney view the footage, Jarod gains access to Fein’s lab. Parker and the others realize that Raines and Lyle subjected Jarod to an experiment during which his heart was deliberately stopped—and then revived with an experimental medication. Back at Fein’s lab, Jarod reaches the same conclusion: He was killed, if only for a moment, by Raines and Lyle.
Jarod tricks Fein into returning to the graveyard. He knocks Fein into a coffin and swings down the lid, trapping him inside. As Jarod begins shoveling dirt onto the coffin, Fein admits he used a homeless man as a human guinea pig for his experiments—knowing full well that no one would investigate if he disappeared.
Miss Parker visits Raines at the Centre’s infirmary. She begins pulling away his skin grafts, layer by layer, asking Raines to identify Mr. Lyle. In great pain, Raines tells her that Lyle is “the boogie man.” Later, Jarod dresses up for Halloween, telling Sydney he is disguised as the scariest creature he could think of—Mr. Raines.