Forget about HBO, Netflix or AMC … the most daring show to debut on television recently may have dropped on TV Land, of all places.
“Impastor” follows a “Fletch”-like con man with a wicked smirk and a wit to match, pretending to be a gay priest in a Norman Rockwell-inspired small town. But just when the show threatens to get saccharine sweet, someone gets murdered in cold blood; every time the main character seems like he’s straightening out his act, we see him doing drugs or re-acquainting himself with a hooker. Where is the show going? By the end of Season 1, nobody had a clue … but it sure was a fun ride.
Now, Season 2 is getting ready to debut September 28 (10:30 ET/PT), aiming to continue its unique mix of dark humor, religious themes and standout performances. To get ready, let’s go over everything we know about Buddy’s upcoming missionary positions.
It takes the ‘Halloween II’ approach
Which is to say, the second season will pick up immediately where Season 1 left off. When last we saw Buddy Dobbs, his assumption of the identity of gay Lutheran pastor Jonathan Barlow was threatening to crash down around him. According to the show’s official synopsis: “The second season of ‘Impastor’ picks up with Buddy’s life hanging in the balance as he tries to escape capture from both the police and a dangerous criminal from his past. All the while, he must juggle his godly responsibilities to his still unsuspecting staff.”
Things aren’t looking so good for the cops
One of the many ways “Impastor” subverted cliches in Season 1 was by presenting the two policemen on Buddy’s trail as not only inept, but largely indifferent. It was really hilarious, even if it was just a tiny part of the overall plot.
At the end of Season 1, Detectives Hyde and Lovello finally caught up to Buddy and charged him with the murder of Barlow. But as you can see from the trailer below, Season 2 seems to begin with them putting him in the back of their car — only to have it shot at by an assassin.
The next shot of Michael Rosenbaum in the backseat is classic “They’re dead, now’s my chance to escape!” Also, “Impastor” has demonstrated a shocking willingness to kill off characters, and a new police presence seems to be on the case. Also, there’s the old trick of looking at the show’s IMDb page, which seems to indicate that actors Matthew Kevin Anderson and Jonathan Young are only in six episodes between the two seasons, or in other words: off the show.
If so, it’s too bad, because their take on the police characters was very funny.
Russell makes his move
In the aftermath of everything, Russell (played by the very funny Mike Kosinski) offers to move in with Buddy “until this crisis is over.” If you’re a fan of the show, you know what this means: The gay Russell is going to continue making moves on the supposedly-gay Buddy. Turning up the heat, it’s going to become harder and harder for Buddy to keep track of where the lie ends and the truth begins.
Until now, Buddy’s home has been the only place where he is safe to unwind with his alcohol or drug of choice and be his true self. Instead, he can now look forward to more moments like this…
Alexa’s past is still in play
Similarly projecting an image of wholesomeness to cover a dangerous past, Mircea Monroe’s Alexa Cummings (aka “Tina”) bonded with Buddy over the course of Season 1. When her old boyfriend came back into the picture, it was Buddy who called upon his old ways to keep her secret.
But in the Season 2 trailer, we see Buddy getting threatened by another tough-looking dude (who even throws him off a bridge!), then talking it over with Alexa. Putting two and two together, it seems like Alexa’s ex comes floating back to the surface (“Man, you let one dead body float to the top, they never let you forget it,” Buddy jokes) and it somehow leads to the guy below wanting “My 20 g’s.”
Ashlee and Alden
This is gonna be good. Season 1 had the uptight Alden (David Rasche, aka “Sledge Hammer!“) leaving his long-time wife for a hot blonde who had just arrived in town — and was actually Ashlee, a prostitute that Buddy frequently employs.
Judging by the Season 2 trailer, the Ashlee-Alden relationship seems to be growing, and the president of Ladner Trinity Lutheran Church seems to remain oblivious to her origins. But is she really falling in love with him, or is this just another con?
“Keep your mouth shut?” the pastor whispers in Ashlee’s ear as they hug.
“That’s the first time you ever wanted that,” she whispers back, once again demonstrating the unique mix of bawdiness, danger and sweet-natured humor that we can’t wait to see more of when “Impastor” finally returns.