Counterpart (2017–2019)
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The Sincerest Form of Flattery 

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Clare's past is revealed. Quayle suffers through his own birthday party.


Alik Sakharov


Justin Marks (created by), Gianna Sobol | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
J.K. Simmons ... Howard Silk
Harry Lloyd ... Peter Quayle
Nazanin Boniadi ... Clare Quayle
Stephen Rea ... Alexander Pope
Guy Burnet ... Claude Lambert
Richard Schiff ... Roland Fancher
Christiane Paul ... Mira
Jakob Diehl Jakob Diehl ... Aldus Fray
Ingo Rademacher ... Friedrich
Jacqueline Antaramian ... Ava Fancher
Rachel Kylian ... Mariel
George Lako ... Prime Visa Guard #2
Sandi Todorovic ... Prime Visa Guard #3
Linn Bjornland ... Delivery Room Nurse
John Funk ... Joel


Clare's past is revealed. Quayle suffers through his own birthday party.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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The title of this episode comes from the proverbial expression, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." It is a proverbial expression that dates from the early 19th century, although versions of it existed well before then. An expanded paraphrase by Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900): "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness." [02.17.2020] See more »


Mariel: [gruffly] You're not some stupid little girl who gets to make friends boyfriends and hopes and dreams. You are a soldier. If that makes you angry, think of who took it from you and focus on that.
Young Clare: [grimaces but doesn't cry]
Mariel: Congratulations.
Young Clare: For what?
Mariel: You're truly suffering now. It's beautiful. It means you're growing.
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Waste of an Episode
6 March 2018 | by bmorrow1See all my reviews

This is why I have a hard time watching cable and Netflix shows. There are very few episodes each season which makes it even more irritating when they waste one. I did not need to see a complete backstory on one of the least interesting characters. I'm barely a fan of backstories on the best characters when you have so few episodes. They gave Clare the same story they give all these spy types. She was a good person who was forced to do bad things. I could have guessed that without a 40 minute explanation. Any time you only have about three minutes of the main character being onscreen in an episode there is a problem. I wish they would stop making these cable shows so good, so I can stop only having it for about ten episodes then having to wait close to a year to see it again. I wouldn't be so mad if they were wasting one out of like twenty-four episodes. Knowing more about the characters might even be a welcome addition even though Clare's story would probably still bore me since it's used so much. I'm giving it four stars for about the four minutes of the episode that actually interested me. That's how great the overall show Counterpart is.

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4 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital


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