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Jason Van Hooten.

Timid husband of Hester Van Hooten.

Jason's pride and joy is his pet hawk, that is until Hester serves it up as the evening meal. Overcome with grief, Jason can bring himself to eat only "a little, with my spaghetti".

When a vital package lands on the roof of the Van Hootens' isolated house, CONTROL agents Maxwell Smart and 99 are sent to retrieve it. In a remarkable coincidence, 99 bears a striking resemblance to Hester's late sister Rebecca and Hester becomes convinced that 99 is in fact Rebecca returned to her despite Jason's assurances that he had buried her 20 years earlier, Jason being "very handy around the house".

Rebecca had married Sebastian, a man who Hester loved, and died mysteriously on her wedding night after drinking a glass of wine. With Hester now attempting to poison 99 in the same way, it seems obvious that she killed her sister in a fit of jealousy and Max makes to arrest her - or Jason who Max claims had a financial motive - until a surprise confession from Hogarth, the family butler, who also reveals that he is Jason's brother.

Portrayed by Bryan O'Byrne [Episode #129: "Rebecca of Funny-Folk Farm"].

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