Imposter's Home for Um.. Make Em Up Pals (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends)
“Imposter's Home for Um.. Make Em Up Pals” is the fourth episode in season 3 and overall the thirtieth episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends .
Frankie is suspicious of a so-called new imaginary friend named Goofball, who looks very human and tries to prove to everyone that he's a fraud.
Why It Sucks
- This episode is extremely mean-spirited, due to all the mistreatments Frankie gets.
- In general, everything about Goofball, from his voice to his characterization to the fact that he's the one that makes Frankie go through hell throughout this episode to even his design, makes him insufferable.
- Frankie keeps getting blamed for things that Goofball or the others do and is forced to clean them up.
- Mr. Herriman himself is extremely unlikable: he acts like there isn't a thing wrong with Goofball and accuses Frankie of trying to harass him. He treats her unfairly throughout as well, he acts hypocritical towards Frankie and scolds her for suggesting take-out for dinner but was okay with Goofball ordering pizza while Frankie went out grocery shopping, and the worst part when Mr. Herriman has enough of this after seeing Frankie dress up like Goof-goof, he bans Frankie from a concert she wanted to attend.
- Mac's cameo has come off as hated as it’s implied that he betrayed Frankie and told Goofball off-screen that Frankie was going undercover as Goof-goof.
- Many extremely mean-spirited moments. One of the most noticeable examples is the scene were Frankie puts a bunch of babies to sleep, then Goofball comes in and wakes up the babies, and the baby that Frankie is holding says "I hate you Frankie!" with all of the other babies crying. This is one of the most mean-spirited things to appear in the entire Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends series and is probably the main reason as to why everyone hates this episode.
- The ending of the episode comes off extremely insulting. In the ending, Goofball mocks Frankie for missing the Fake-Outs, which causes Frankie to snap and go all out on him. After catching up to him and pulling his clown nose off of him, you think this episode will give Frankie justices after all she went through? Wrong. Because it's revealed that Goofball was an imaginary friend all along (under his clown nose was an elephant trunk), this proceeded to have everyone hate Frankie, and now Frankie is forced to pay Bloo the "Bloo Is Right And Frankie Is Wrong" jar for the very first time. As such, not only did this ending made Frankie look like a complete idiot and fool in front of everybody, but it’s nothing more than the episode delivering one big fat middle finger to her after all she went through.
- When Frankie dress up as Goof-goof, none of the Foster’s residents realize that Frankie is in a frecken costume. This is quite frustrating if you think about it, as this shows that the Foster’s treats her like a servant, not a caring owner.
- Goofball and Mr. Herriman never get punished for their actions.
- The hints to show that Goofball was a human comes off as pointless, considered that Goofball is, indeed, an Imaginary Friend.
- Massive plot-holes, probably the biggest example is the ending, Goofball was in Imaginary Friend all along, in that case, why didn't he show her that in the first place?
- Adding in to that, it’s revealed that Mr. Herriman also knew that Goofball was an Imaginary Friend as well, WHY didn't he just tell Frankie that is beyond anyone's guess.
- There’s a very lame attempt at a heartwarming moment between him and Frankie. It could have been better if (as stated in #11) he showed his nose in the first place.
- It is overall an extremely evil Frankie Torture Porn episode.
- The title is an amusing simplification of the show's name.
- At least Goofball doesn't appear anywhere in the show afterwards.
- Bloo at least gets his punishment during the end credits.
Reception and Controversy
Since today, Imposters Home for Um...Make Em Up Pals has received controversial reviews by critics and fans alike, and has been extremely hated. Many fans considers this as one of the worst, if not the worst, episodes in the entire series, even more so than Everybody Knows It’s Bendy due to Goofball's annoying character, Mr. Herriman being very out of character, the huge amount of torturer Frankie gets and the unfair ending.
The episode was placed at #2 on Jem Reviews' "Top 10 WORST episodes of GOOD cartoons" video.