Imposters (TV series)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Villa Walk Productions|
Universal Cable Productions
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original release||February 7, 2017– June 7, 2018|
Imposters is an American dark comedy television series. The show premiered February 7, 2017, on the Bravo cable network with a 10-episode season. Announced in April 2015 as My So Called Wife, series follows con artist Maddie, played by Inbar Lavi, who gets involved in relationships with men and women before leaving them "used and robbed of everything – including their hearts". On April 17, 2017, Bravo renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on April 5, 2018. On June 1, 2018, Bravo canceled the series after two seasons.
Maddie Johnson (Inbar Lavi) is a con artist who works with Max (Brian Benben) and Sally (Katherine LaNasa) at the behest of a mysterious figure called "The Doctor" (Ray Proscia) who has teams of con artists working for him in multiple cities. Their method of operation is to make their targets (male or female) to fall in love with Maddie while ingraining themselves into their lives and then steal all their valuables shortly after marrying them. After Ezra Bloom (Rob Heaps) becomes the latest victim of their con, he is visited by Richard Evans (Parker Young), one of Maddie's previous targets, who is looking for her. Together they find Jules Langmore (Marianne Rendón), a lesbian artist, who also was married to Maddie before. The three decide to look for Maddie together and get their money back.
The trio manages to track Maddie down who was in the middle of trying to con an undercover FBI agent, Patrick Campbell (Stephen Bishop), whose team is trying to arrest the Doctor. For their plan, the FBI allows Patrick to use a ring with a saffron diamond, worth more than $1 million, to propose to Maddie. At the wedding, the trio, who teamed up with Maddie and Max, turns the tables on the FBI and steals the ring.
After failing to sell the ring, the trio flees to Mexico without the ring which Richard had hidden in his mother's house but is forced to return to the US when Max and Sally kidnap Ezra's parents. The Doctor forces the trio to work together with Max and Sally to get back the ring from the woman who unwittingly bought the hiding place. They manage to find the ring and decide to sell out the Doctor to Patrick in exchange for immunity. At a medical conference, the Doctor attends because he expects to be awarded a prize but is killed by Sally without the others knowing who in the mean time manage to erase the Doctor's information on them and steal his savings. In the end, the team splits up with the stolen money while Patrick arrests Maddie. Ezra, who kept some of the Doctor's burner phones, is seen answering a call reporting on a con in progress.
- Inbar Lavi as Maddie/Ava/Alice/CeCe/Saffron
- Rob Heaps as Ezra Bloom
- Parker Young as Richard
- Marianne Rendón as Julia "Jules" Langmore
- Stephen Bishop as Patrick Campbell
- Brian Benben as Max
- Katherine LaNasa as Sally (season 2; recurring in season 1)
- Uma Thurman as Lenny Cohen
- Aaron Douglas as Gary Heller (season 1)
- Denise Dowse as Auntie Colleen / Agent Cook
Season 1 (2017)
|Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||Prod.|
|1||1||"My So-Called Wife"||Adam Brooks||Adam Brooks & Paul Adelstein||February 7, 2017||101||0.655|
|Ezra Bloom is newly married to Ava and works successfully in the family business until his whole life breaks down when Ava disappears with all his savings and turns out to be a con artist. Ezra is devastated until Richard appears, who also fell victim to Ava. Together they go in search of her. Ava, with her real name Maddie Jonson, is already preparing with her accomplices Max and Sally for the next assignment, which Max gets from their dangerous boss, the "Doctor": Maddie has to con banker Gary Heller in Seattle.|
|2||2||"My Balls, Dickhead"||Adam Brooks||Kathy Greenberg & Emily Cook||February 14, 2017||102||0.621|
|Maddie starts as an assistant to Heller at the bank and gets closer to him, while Sal finds large amounts of cash in his house as a cleaning lady and Max gains access to Heller's computer as an IT expert. Ezra and Richard are running out of money in search of Maddie, so they try themselves to trick others. They only steal from people who deserve it in their opinion and soon find it appealing. When they finally arrive at the destination of their search, they don't meet Maddie, but another victim of Maddie, this time a woman.|
|3||3||"We Wanted Every Lie"||Adam Brooks||Andy Parker||February 21, 2017||103||0.627|
|The artist Jules, who is still suffers mentally from the marriage fraud, turns out to be a talented con artist and joins the search for Maddie. Together, the three of them discover Maddies home town and drive there. Meanwhile, Maddie falls in love with the chance acquaintance Patrick, a tech millionaire, neglects her work and rejects Heller's advances against her orders. Max finds out that Heller's betraying the doctor on money laundering. The doctor then orders that Heller be completely destroyed. Besides, he's worried about Maddie and puts the tough Lenny Cohen on her.|
|4||4||"Cohen. Lenny Cohen."||Adam Brooks||Adam Brooks & Paul Adelstein||February 28, 2017||104||0.745|
|Jules and Richard invite themselves to Maddie's mother as acquaintances of Maddie. Meanwhile, Ezra explores the house and meets the demented father, from whom he steals a cell phone. They can use it to locate Maddie's position in Seattle. Heller surprises Maddie when she dates Patrick and doesn't trust her anymore. Lenny Cohen visits Maddie and urges her to do her job more conscientiously. Heller notices that Sal has found his money, he suspects that she is working for the doctor and it becomes a fight. Maddie finds Heller dead and Sal bloody with Heller's money and sends Sal away.|
|5||5||"Is a Shark Good or Bad?"||Adam Brooks||Adam Brooks & Paul Adelstein||March 7, 2017||105||0.701|
|Ezra, Richard and Jules are using short cons to raise money for the trip to Seattle. Lenny Cohen clears up the crime scene, Maddie leaves a false trail on work, that Heller has departed abroad with embezzled money, and Max finally finds Sal, who wants to flee with Heller's money and Max. He pretends to accompany her. Instead, he drives her into the arms of Lenny Cohen, who takes her away. Maddie's looking for consolation from Patrick. In the morning Max welcomes her with a new doctor's assignment: Maddie has to con Patrick. She resists, but her life is threatened by the doctor. When she is alone again, she is surprised by Ezra, Richard and Jules.|
|6||6||"The Maddie Code"||Marta Cunningham||Neena Beber||March 14, 2017||106||0.872|
|Ezra, Richard and Jules demand their money from Maddie. But she manages to escape. The three of them watch Maddie with Patrick and decide to get their money back if Maddie cons Patrick. They appear at Patrick's party and pretend to know Maddie. But Max comes, threatens them and breaks Richard's finger. When the three of them therefore leave, Ezra learns that his father had a heart attack and goes home. Richard decides to warn Patrick about Maddie. When he follows him, however, he notices that Patrick and his supposed family are working for the FBI.|
|7||7||"Frog-Bikini-Eiffel Tower"||Wayne Yip||Sheila Lawrence||March 21, 2017||107||0.804|
|Ezra's father decided to hand over the family business to his sons. However, Ezra decides against the offer and returns. Meanwhile, Richard and Jules fear being under surveillance of the FBI and seek advice from lawyers. Patrick's taking Maddie on vacation with him. There he proposes to her with a precious engagement ring, but she doesn't accept it because she has genuine feelings for him and proposes to flee together, but Patrick rejects the proposal.|
|8||8||"In the Game"||Wayne Yip||Kathy Greenberg & Emily Cook||March 28, 2017||108||0.637|
|Ezra, Richard and Jules tell Maddie that Patrick is an FBI agent. She wants to flee first, but then comes up with another plan. Maddie suggests that Patrick makes a deal: the wedding should take place and the doctor shall be lured to the wedding with 500,000 dollars from the FBI, which Heller supposedly left behind. In return, Maddie wants immunity and to start a new life. In reality, however, together with Max she is teaching Ezra, Richard and Jules to steal from the FBI, pay off the doctor and then flee from the FBI. But then Ezra gets arrested by the FBI for trick fraud.|
|9||9||"Ladies and Gentlemen, The Doctor Is In"||Paul Adelstein||Andy Parker||April 4, 2017||109||0.805|
|Ezra has to investigate against Maddie. He's pretending to cooperate with the FBI, but he's working secretly with Maddie. Preparations are underway for the big coup for the wedding. They make the FBI think the doctor's coming to the wedding, but it'll be Max pretending to be the doctor. Jules is working on a artwork to exchange the money with. Richard practices breaking into and shorting cars with Max and gets along with him better and better. About Richard, Maddie discovers that Max must have betrayed Sally and is shocked.|
|10||10||"Always Forward, Never Back"||Adam Brooks||Adam Brooks & Paul Adelstein||April 11, 2017||110||0.801|
|The wedding day begins and the plan is thrown into motion. During the wedding, the FBI's briefcase is exchanged using Jules art piece and Max (in disguise as the Doctor) drives away with it due to Richard short-circuiting the FBI agents' cars so they can't follow him. Maddie escapes with the help of Jules and Ezra. Max and Maddie planned to betray the other three. But as revenge for Sally, Maddie deceives Max; it is revealed that the briefcase was never switched and the FBI still has the money, leaving Max with nothing. Meanwhile Maddie goes to steal the engagement ring from Patrick's safe, however, it is already gone. Ezra, Richard and Jules wait at the bus stop for Maddie and Max, but neither show up, so they leave on a bus for San Francisco. While unbeknownst to them Maddie did actually turn up, but didn't get on the bus and watches them leave. While on the bus Ezra reveals that he has the ring, which he stole while everyone was busy heading to the church. The end scene shows Lenny Cohen receiving a call from the doctor, ordering her to find Maddie and Max as well as Ezra, Jules and Richard.|
Season 2 (2018)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|11||1||"Fillion Bollar King"||Adam Brooks||Jeremy Boxen||April 5, 2018||201||0.441|
|The Bumblers head to Richard's hometown to sell the ring. Richard's old girlfriend, who is now a police deputy, interrupts the attempted sale when she recognizes Ezra from an FBI poster. The trio are forced to go to Mexico, where Richard confesses en route that he hid the ring, meaning they are bankrupt. Patrick is now considered a joke at the FBI, banished to a low-level office and out of the investigation. Maddie sets herself up in a small town hoping to finally live a quiet life, but Lenny's ex-husband, the equally ruthless Shelly, appears at her door.|
|12||2||"Trouble Maybe"||Adam Brooks||Adam Brooks & Paul Adelstein||April 12, 2018||202||0.394|
|In Mexico, Richard and Jules are troubled by how Ezra is jumping into the con games, and are worried he is becoming as bad as Maddie. Ezra also flirts with pickpocket Rosa. Maddie injures Shelly badly and flees to a rehab center to hide out. Max goes to the Doctor for a second chance. He is confronted by someone with a gun: a very much alive Sally.|
|13||3||"Old Unresolved Sh*t"||April Mullen||Andy Parker||April 19, 2018||203||0.397|
|Shelly escapes from the hospital. Sally is revealed to now be working as one of the Doctor's enforcers. Jules and Richard are upset to find Ezra with Rosa. Ezra hears from Max that he and Sally are holding his parents hostage and the Bumblers have to return to the U.S. fast. Patrick gets a clue and takes personal time to track Maddie down.|
|14||4||"Andiamo"||April Mullen||Kathy Greenberg||April 26, 2018||204||0.349|
|The Bumblers' plan to get over the border is complicated by the arrival of Jules' overbearing sister Poppy. Richard soon realizes that Maddie based her act of "Alice" completely on Poppy, which just makes him attracted to her. Patrick's former boss is worried he still feels for Maddie, who is now on the run again.|
|15||5||"Maybe/Definitely"||Sheree Folkson||Dean Imperial||May 3, 2018||205||0.453|
|A flashback shows how Max and Sally recruited Maddie. Richard learns that his house was foreclosed on and the Toby Jug with the ring is missing. Patrick and Cooke nearly check into the same hotel where Sally and Max are holding Ezra's father. They leave when they hear Maddie is back in town, but Ezra's father has a heart attack and dies. Maddie receives a mysterious cell phone promising aid. The Bumblers hide out at the Langmore family cabin in Buffalo.|
|16||6||"That's Enough. Off You Go."||Sheree Folkson||Elisa Lomnitz Climent||May 10, 2018||206||0.407|
|Richard and Poppy sleep together but Richard is upset when Poppy leaves to meet up with her husband in Europe. Jules ends up at a bar with Lenny and confesses her dark secret: she had stolen the work of her late roommate/lover for her college thesis, which her family covered up. Ezra and his brother deal with their father's death. Cooke realizes Patrick is out to get Maddie back and quits their search. Maddie seeks help from the Doctor's former partner. Ezra is now forced to work for the Doctor.|
|17||7||"Maid Marian on Her Tip-Toed Feet"||Nick Gomez||Jeremy Boxen||May 17, 2018||207||0.444|
|Lenny compels the Bumblers to do a job for the Doctor: retrieve the ring from the collector who bought Richard's Toby Jug. Sally lures Maddie to the cabin, and enlists everyone in her plan to destroy the Doctor and gain their freedom. They flee as Patrick and the FBI raid the cabin.|
|18||8||"Phase Two Sucks"||Nick Gomez||Andy Parker||May 24, 2018||TBA||0.469|
|Ezra attempts to charm Charlotte to gain access to the jug. Maddie, Max and Sally try to determine the Doctor's identity and track him down. Sofia appears at Charlotte's door.|
|19||9||"The World Needs Heroes. Over."||Tobias Datum||Story by : Kathy Greenberg & Emily Cook |
Teleplay by : Dean Imperial
|May 31, 2018||TBA||0.412|
|Ezra secures the ring, and Sofia joins the operation to take down the Doctor. The group lures the Doctor to a medical conference with Patrick's help, but Sally appears to be secretly still allied with the Doctor. Maddie has her own plan: to kill the Doctor.|
|20||10||"See You Soon, Macaroon"||Adam Brooks||Adam Brooks & Paul Adelstein||June 7, 2018||TBA||0.487|
|Max, Sally, and the Bumblers execute their plan to trap the Doctor, and Sofia thwarts Maddie's attempt to kill him. Sally pretends to kill Max for the Doctor's benefit. Shelly appears at the hotel, but Jules stops him from killing Maddie. Sally changes the plan and kills the Doctor. Max collects all of the Doctor's assets, which he splits with the group. Patrick arrests Maddie, and the Bumblers say goodbye to each other. Ezra takes over the Doctor's business.|
The show has received largely positive reviews. On the site Metacritic, it received a score of 70, indicating "generally favorable reviews". On Rotten Tomatoes, the show is rated 100% fresh, with the site's consensus reading, "Imposters meshes slapstick comedy, top-notch writing, unexpected twists, and a noteworthy lead performance, with satisfying -- and surprisingly ambitious -- results".
Season 1 (2017)
|1||"My So-Called Wife"||February 7, 2017||0.21||0.655|
|2||"My Balls, Dickhead"||February 14, 2017||0.22||0.661|
|3||"We Wanted Every Lie"||February 21, 2017||0.22||0.627|
|4||"Cohen. Lenny Cohen"||February 28, 2017||0.27||0.745|
|5||"Is a Shark Good or Bad?"||March 7, 2017||0.23||0.701|
|6||"The Maddie Code"||March 14, 2017||0.31||0.872|
|7||"Frog-Bikini-Eiffel Tower"||March 21, 2017||0.29||0.804|
|8||"In the Game"||March 28, 2017||0.22||0.637|
|9||"Ladies and Gentlemen, the Doctor Is In"||April 4, 2017||0.29||0.805|
|10||"Always Forward, Never Back"||April 11, 2017||0.28||0.801|
Season 2 (2018)
|1||"Fillion Bollar King"||April 5, 2018||0.14||0.441|
|2||"Trouble Maybe"||April 12, 2018||0.12||0.394|
|3||"Old Unresolved Sh*t"||April 19, 2018||0.12||0.397|
|4||"Andiamo"||April 26, 2018||0.11||0.349|
|5||"Maybe/Definitely"||May 3, 2018||0.13||0.453|
|6||"That's Enough. Off You Go."||May 10, 2018||0.12||0.407|
|7||"Maid Marian on Her Tip-Toed Feet"||May 17, 2018||0.12||0.444|
|8||"Phase Two Sucks"||May 24, 2018||0.14||0.469|
|9||"The World Needs Heroes."||May 31, 2018||0.11||0.412|
|10||"See You Soon, Macaroon"||June 7, 2018||0.13||0.487|
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