2.03 Over the Edge
Original air date: November 15, 1997
Written by: Tony Blake & Paul Jackson
Directed by: James Whitmore, Jr.
While Jarod tries to uncover the truth surrounding the apparent suicide attempt of a search and rescue team member, a criminal behavourist at the Centre tries to discover who shot Mr Raines.
Jarod’s Discoveries: Spiderman, Comics, Watermelons, Bungee Cords, She-Hulk
Jarod’s Occupations: Urban Search & Rescue Team, Psychological Re-constructionist, Triage Surgeon, Congressional Advisor, Rodeo Clown
Jarod’s Aliases: Jarod Shatner
Jarod impersonates a rescue worker in hopes of uncovering the truth behind the apparent attempted suicide of another team member. Meanwhile, a criminal behaviorist questions Sydney, Broots and Miss Parker regarding the Raines shooting.
Miss Parker and Sydney question Timothy, a middle-aged hippie, about Jarod’s activities in Serenity Beach, Oregon. Timothy describes Jarod as a simple—yet brilliant—spirit who enjoyed spending days floating in a sensory deprivation tank.
Meanwhile, Jarod, now part of the Spokane Urban Search and Rescue Team, participates in the rescue of a bridge worker who dangles precariously from a broken scaffold hanging under a bridge. With the aid of fellow squad members Jo Ellen Gillespie and Bobby Cain, Jarod snags the man moments before the scaffold plummets to the ground below.
Back at the squad room, the soon-to-be-retired Captain Wright congratulates Jarod for a job well done, comparing him to Spiderman (Jarod is unfamiliar with the comic strip character). The team then deposits money in a collection jar marked “for Chris.” Jo Ellen explains that Chris, a team member, fell into a coma after he attempted to commit suicide by jumping from a practice tower. As a result, he is not covered by insurance.
Meanwhile, back at the Centre, Brigitte introduces Broots, Sydney and Miss Parker to Dr. Curtis, a criminal behaviorist whose job it is to determine who shot Mr. Raines.
While practicing rappelling moves on a drill tower, Jo Ellen tells Jarod that Chris’s mother walked out when he was a little child. When Chris’s father died, Chris began a search for his mother. Unsuccessful in his search, Chris was consumed by a sense of emptiness. Her story meshes with a newspaper clipping Jarod keeps in his red notebook. Jarod tracks down Chris’s mother, Grace Welman, at a methadone clinic. She insists Jarod has the wrong person and walks away.
Jarod speaks with Chris’s physician, and learns details about his injuries—facts that cast doubt on the fall being the result of a suicide attempt. His suspicions are given credence by Spenser, a homeless man who was nearby when the incident occurred. Spencer claims he heard someone say, “no, don’t” moments before Chris fell. He told this to a man wearing gear and a helmet, but his statement did not end up in a police report. Spencer describes how the man pulled a money clip, featuring a web design, from his clothing and gave him twenty dollars to go away. Later, Bobby pulls out just such a money clip in front of Jarod.
Jarod again approaches Grace, having examined the visitor sign-in sheets for the days her son was in intensive care. He noticed her maiden name listed on the sheet. Grace explains she went to the hospital to see her son, believing it might be for the last time. But she didn’t have the strength to open the door.
Jarod notices Jo Ellen recoil when Bobby places his hands on her shoulders. He correctly deduces that Jo Ellen is the victim of sexual harassment. Jo Ellen fears that Bobby is so well connected that filing charges against him would be useless.
When the squad room is all but deserted, Jarod tells Bobby another bridge worker has become stuck on a scaffold. The pair race to the scene and, this time, Bobby goes over the side, rappelling downward on a rope. Jarod suddenly slams on the brake, bringing Bobby to a violent halt. He repeats the process until a terrified Bobby finally confesses that it was he who pushed Chris from the drill tower. The conversation is recorded on audio tape (with some help from Spencer), and Bobby is later charged with murder.
After conducting interviews of Sydney, Broots and Miss Parker, Curtis tells Raines anyone one of them could be responsible for the shooting. Afterward, Curtis meets Jarod at a shadowy location, telling him “I did what you wanted.” Curtis then hands him a photo of the person whom he suspects actually pulled the trigger: Jarod himself.