2.13 A Stand Up Guy
Original air date: March 14, 1998
Written by: Tony Blake & Paul Jackson
Directed by: Michael Lange
While trying to find a cop killer, Jarod tells Miss Parker that Mr Lyle is still alive, leading to the discovery that the ex-operative stole sensitive information that could jeopardise the Centre.
Jarod’s Discoveries: SnoBall Snack Cakes, Bread Sticks
Jarod’s Occupations: Undercover FBI Agent, Mob Counterfeiter, Public Defender
Jarod’s Aliases: Jarod Puzo
Jarod infiltrates the mob to flush out a cop killer.
Assuming the identity of a wise guy, Jarod accompanies mobsters Joey Fantone and his henchmen, Marco and Nicky, to a warehouse. There, the foursome meet with a man named Morton, who possesses a shipping receipt for counterfeiting plates. Joey hands his gun to Jarod and instructs him to kill Morton. When Jarod grows reluctant to pull the trigger, Marco threatens to shoot him on the spot. Left with little choice, Jarod aims and fires, apparently killing Morton. Afterward, the men make their way to a restaurant operated by a woman named Faye (but which is actually under mob control).
Jarod telephones Miss Parker and informs her that Mr. Lyle is still very much alive… though the Yakuza cut off one of his thumbs. The information is confirmed when Miss Parker is called to her father’s office. The pair view a security tape of Lyle and his cohorts storming a Centre office in Hartford and gunning down workers. Mr. Parker assigns his daughter the unpleasant task of cleaning up the mess and finding out the purpose of Lyle’s action. Miss Parker, Broots and Sydney scour the Hartford office for clues. Broots realizes that Lyle accessed the Centre’s mainframe computer and stole a panel from within.
Jarod views a video cassette containing a news interview with US prosecutor Michael Flanagan. The piece focuses on the murder of undercover agent Ray Knight, who is believed to have been killed by fellow agent Daniel Clark. Pretending to be a public defender, Jarod visits Daniel in prison. During their discussion, Daniel insists he was drinking with Marco at the time of Knight’s murder. Police found Knight’s body in a freezer, a plastic bag wrapped around his head. Daniel also reveals that someone from within the government was tipping off the mobsters. The informant’s identity, however, remains a mystery.
Jarod “tips” Joey about a shipment of raw currency paper being stored in a Brooklyn warehouse. During the conversation, Joey reveals that it was he who locked Knight in the freezer. Jarod accompanies the mobsters to the Brooklyn warehouse and assists in the robbery. During the heist, Joey receives a cell phone call—and suddenly makes a hasty getaway. Moments later, squad cars race to the scene, and Jarod and the others are placed under arrest.
As Jarod rides in a police van, it is revealed that he is, in fact, working undercover. It also becomes apparent that Morton, the man Jarod shot in the warehouse, is also a police informant—and is very much alive. Jarod tells the men he set up the robbery hoping to flush out the mole. Later, at the police station, Prosecutor Mike Flanagan questions Jarod and Marco (Flanagan is aware that Jarod is working undercover). A short time later, Jarod and Marco win release when an attorney successfully argues they weren’t read their rights. Later, Jarod tells Faye that Joey confessed to killing Knight in the freezer. Faye is aghast.
Mr. Parker tells his daughter that the missing computer panel contains highly sensitive information that could jeopardize the Centre. He assigns her the mission of hunting down Lyle. When Lyle is spotted in a Providence hotel, Miss Parker races to the scene. She finds his room empty… only to receive a phone call from Lyle himself. A few moments later, Miss Parker hits the redial button, and learns that Lyle telephoned from a boat rental company in Hillman, Connecticut. Broots tells Parker that the Centre’s data back-up warehouse is located in Hillman. It suddenly dawns on Broots that Lyle intends to infiltrate the warehouse and input the information on the panel into the mainframe, thereby decrypting the files.
Jarod spikes Marco’s alcohol with a laxative, causing him to take a day off. He then volunteers to replace Marco as Joey’s delivery man. The scheme pays off, as the delivery leads him to the mobster’s informant—Mike Flanagan. Joey tells Jarod that the restaurant will close down so that the counterfeiting operation can be run from within. Once the bills are printed, the restaurant will be destroyed and, as an extra precaution, Faye will be eliminated to prevent her from testifying in court. With some help from Faye, Jarod sets a plot in motion. He rigs the freezer with a video camera, then traps Marco, Joey and Flanagan inside. A panicked Joey confesses to the crime, and shortly thereafter, police place the men under arrest. Jarod gives Faye an envelope containing a large sum of money so she can start her life anew in Hawaii after she testifies against the mobsters in court.
Miss Parker locates Lyle on a pier. Convinced Miss Parker hasn’t the wherewithal to kill him, Lyle reaches for his gun. Miss Parker shoots, and Lyle’s body plummets into the water. When Sweepers find the corpse, its head and other identifying features are missing (which is attributed to the propellers of a large boat). It is concluded the body belongs to Lyle due to the missing thumb. Later, Broots tells Miss Parker that he downloaded the files contained on the computer panel before it was confiscated by Raines. The files contain genetic codes—but Broots is unsure of their meaning.