I love this show. At first I thought it was the best show on Bravo. I still do but now I sort of wish it was on a major network. I really would not be recapping or discussing it except for the fact I want to get it all the free publicity I can, because from my experience, good shows don’t last on Bravo. This show would be huge on a station with a different kind of audience.
I was thinking today that Patrick, Maddie’s love interest is well, an Imposter. I’m thinking he is doing to her what she is doing to everyone else. I think he is out for revenge just like the crazy, goofy, trio of past victims. Only he’s not as gullible as her former victims.
We pick up where we left off last week. Sally has murdered the latest mark, Gary Keller and Maddie is stuck with the cleanup after Sally leaves with the money. Max arrives and Lenny shortly behind him. Apparently Lenny (Uma Thurman) is the official cleaner. This is Maddie’s first dead body and she seems to be fairly nonchalant about it. Lenny walks up the alley with a little boy out at night in a superhero costume carrying a hammer of justice. He is patrolling the alley to keep the bad guys aways. First, he must identify the bad guys so he asks Lenny if she’s a bad guy. Lenny gives the boy a morality lesson by asking him if sharks are good or bad. The point is, perception is everything.
Lenny’s assessment of the bloody body? “Ouch. I can see why you didn’t want to fuck the guy.” I love this show.
Meanwhile, the trio of victims (TOV) are perfecting their own con artist skills. I love how they are playing with the concepts of good and evil and how the circumstances of the situation sway our beliefs. It reminds me of a situation where a group of people claimed righteousness in online trolling. It’s a very interesting concept to study. Anyway the TOV have made a poster that says “Beware of Pickpockets” which of course causes all who pass to check their wallets to make sure they still have them. The TOV watches each person and now knows where they keep their cash. Then they photograph the people using their ATM. They also hustle women out of their receipts for major purchase then walk in the store and pick one up and return it. They are becoming really good criminals and liars. But you know, the good kind. At least that is what they keep telling themselves.
Meanwhile, the imposters are furiously scrubbing the crime scene. Amateurs. Mr. Kaplan from The Blacklist would already be done by now. Max and Maddie try to cover for Sally but Lenny is too smart for that.
Inbar Lavi (Maddie) is so fucking good with her characters, when you combine that with the fact that I have crappy facial recognition, it took me quite awhile into the bar scene to realize she is the hipster bartender who has already moved on to her next mark, another brunette female. I hope she doesn’t join up with the TOV because I just gave them an acronym, dammit! It appears the new mark’s name is Jules and she is an artist. I don’t get how this works because Maddie is going to need to stay in Seattle for Patrick to hustle her. He’s a headliner on the show. Oh hell, I really don’t have any facial recognition skills. Jules is the ex wife of the TOV. This is why I don’t recap scripted shows. I have a hard time following along. This is a flashback. Wrong again. It was a daydream. At the end of it the two boys stole away Maddie. She tells the boys they need a “Maddie Code.” You see, these morons started off just doing crap all willy nilly. So the boys decided they needed and ethics code on how far they were willing to go morally to exact revenge. The longer they are together the more rules they seem to need. Now Jules wants some agreement about what to do when they finally get to Maddie. You see, they are all still in love with her despite their quest for revenge. They all agree to a lot of rules about their anticipated upcoming interaction. All three of them are lying to each other. And themselves.
Max is busy tracking down Sally who freaked out after killing Keller and ran off with the money. He finally finds her at the train station. Sally didn’t know that Keller was skimming money from “the doctor.” Max knew but didn’t tell her. She says if he turns her in they will kill her. Sally wants to take the money and run for their lives. He decides to go for it and they take off to start a new life. They’ll rent a car and hid the $300K in the spare tire like they did in Sarasota. They are ready to retire. Later we get a flashback to when they first took the gig. Max tells Sally he doesn’t know who the doctor is. Sally was skeptical but they went for it anyway. They had a year to get out unscathed. Clearly they went much longer than that.
Finally we see the incredibly dreamy Patrick (Steven Bishop). Maddie needs some post homicide cleanup sex. My GAWD this man is hawt. During the post-coital afterglow, Patrick remarks on her anklet. She tells him it was a gift from a previous lover. She couldn’t get the clasp off and she just got used to wearing it. It’s a gift from Ezra. During the Maddie Code meeting Jules and Richard felt like Maddie’s persona with Erza was the closest to being real because Maddie was in French club in high school and she pretended to be Belgian with him. I think she may have liked him best too because they showed him first on the show. Patrick opens the clasp and tells her now she can move on.
Sally and Max were staying on a boat they had taken as their own on the docks. As they set out to their happy retirement on the beach, the walked down the docks right into Lenny who was there to intercept them. As it turns out, Max who was reliving all of his happy times with Sally moments earlier had turned her in after all. She dead. Lenny tells Max, ” Chin up Max! It’s better to be sad than dead.”
When Maddie makes the morning walk of shame out of Patrick’s house, Max is there waiting for her. Oh, this is not good. Well I didn’t expect this. Patrick is the next target. Only this time Maddie has a big case of feelings for him. And if she doesn’t fleece him, then Lenny is going to kill them both. Maddie begins to realize that Sally is dead. She also knows Max loved her and couldn’t save her. She’s in way over her head now. With Patrick and The Doctor. Max tells her he will see her at work at the bank. When Max arrives the FBI is there investigating. Lenny has tipped them off that Heller embezzled a ton of money and used it to by a Russian bride and has disappeared.
We see Maddie, not at work but at a diner. A man approaches and asks “Tu n’as pas faim?” and she replies “Pas maintenant.” HOLY FUCK! It’s Ezra! And Richard! And Jules!
God I love this show!