Imposter's Home for Um... Make 'Em Up Pals
Season 3, Episode 4
Episode name pun on: Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
Title card - Imposter's Home
Airdate: September 16, 2005
Director: Craig McCracken
See also
"Camp Keep a Good Mac Down"
"Duchess of Wails"
"Imposter's Home for Um... Make 'Em Up Pals" is the fourth episode in Season 3 of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. It was aired on September 16, 2005.


SPOILER: Plot details follow.

A strange character known as Goofball John McGee comes to Foster's and makes a total nuisance of himself. Frankie thinks Goofball is actually a teenager passing himself off as an imaginary friend, as he always needs help with homework and someone to wash his football jerseys, and eats all the food that Frankie buys from the store, but everyone else believes otherwise. So now, Frankie is out to prove him as a fraud.

Spoilers end here.


  • Running Gags:
    • Frankie proving Bloo wrong with flashbacks, and getting 25 cents (a quarter) every time into a jar reading "FRANKIE'S RIGHT AND BLOO'S WRONG.".
    • Goofball calling Frankie "Franny".
    • Frankie trying hard to disprove Goofball as being an imaginary friend, but only gets into more trouble.
    • Goofball making Frankie finish the same chores again.
    • Bloo calling Goof-Goof McGoof (Frankie disguised as an imaginary friend) "Melanie."
  • Madame Foster does not appear in this episode.
  • Mr. Herriman was humming the show's theme song before he got stuck in the goo in the beginning of the episode.
  • Coco appears in this episode, but has no dialogue.
  • One of Goofball's friends highly resembles Nazz from Ed, Edd n' Eddy, except Nazz is a girl while Goofball's friend is a teenage boy.
  • Even if Goofball was causing problems to Frankie during the episode, Mr. Herriman could be considered the true main antagonist, because Herriman for unknown reasons, he never scold Goofball for his naughty actions, even when was obvious that Goofball was culprit, instead Herriman simply overlooked this and treated Frankie unfairly. Even he was strangely too kind with Goofball despite to has a bad behavior.
    • When Goofball and Bloo ate all the food, Mr. Herriman only scolded Frankie to accuse her for not buying the food and ignores to Goofball and Bloo, despite to that they have the stains and crumbs of the food in their mouths to the sight.
    • When Frankie suggested order pizza as a solution for the lack of food, Mr Herriman outright refuses this and forced her go to the store again to buy more food. But when Frankie returns with the food, she finds that Mr Herriman ordered pizza by the suggestion of Goofball, even he claimed that Goofball had a "good idea", despite that Frankie suggested this early. Furthermore, he forced to Frankie to pay for the pizza when Goofball asks this.
    • When Goofball brings his friends and they leave a mess in all the corridors and halls within the mansion, Mr Herriman don't even scolds or punishes him for brought this kind of people to the mansion, instead he blamed Frankie for the mess by claimed that she was doing a mediocre job.
    • Also, Mr Herriman cruelly forbade Frankie to go to the concert when she was disguised as Goof Goof, causing that all the effort of Frankie during the episode was a waste, as she worked so hard to could go to the concert and she ends banned from it, because Mr. Herriman, as he never scolded Goofball, but simply was causing more difficulties to Frankie during the episode than help her with Goofball.
    • Finally, what is probably the most infamous and enraging part, is that it is revealed that Mr. Herriman secretly knew that Goofball was an Imaginary Friend all along, but instead of simply telling Frankie, he just made Frankie look like a complete idiot in front of everyone when she uncovered Goofball's clown nose after she ultimately snaps at him for mocking her that she missed the Fake-Outs.
  • Comcast refers to this episode as "Imposter's Home for Imaginary Friends".
  • Frankie's cleaning sequence, with tiny mice added, was an homage to Cinderella.
  • Mr. Herriman states that Goofball's false nose made him "wacky" as a metaphor for his true identity.
  • We learn Frankie's favorite music group is called "The Fake-Out's".
  • Mac and Bloo have no interaction with each other for the first time in the series.
  • Due to this episode's very poor reviews by fans and critics alike, and how Goofball never appears or gets mentioned again after said episode, many fans considered Imposter's Home for Um... Make 'Em Up Pals non-canon to the entire series.


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