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“The Ultimate Imposter”

S4 E12

Production 45125
Original Airdate: January 2, 1977
Steve Austin and Joe Patton
Produced by
Lionel E. Siegel
Teleplay by
Lionel E. Siegel
Story by
William T. Zacha
and Lionel E. Siegel
Directed by
Paul Stanley
Guest Cast
Guest Star(s)
Stephen Macht as Joe Patton
Pamela Hensley as Jenny
David Sheiner as Stenger
Margaret Fairchild as Lily Stenger
George Ball as Mal
Mark Thomas as Mark
Kim Basinger as Lorraine Stenger
Broadcast Order
Season 4
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Steve's longtime pal, Joe Patton, is the world's first and only computerized human, having been "fed" masses of information directly into his brain. Capable of speaking any language, adapting to any environment, and of performing virtually any task, from milking a cow to flying a jumbo jet, Joe becomes the OSI's latest super agent.


  • Nielsen ranking for the week ending January 2, 1977 — 5th.
  • This episode features future Oscar winner, Kim Basinger in one of her earliest acting roles
  • This episode was intended to serve as a pilot for a spin-off series that never materialized. As part of the spin-off effort, the first act credits are presented in a "computer" typeface that wipe on and offscreen from left to right, accompanied by a "computer" sound.
  • In May of 1979, director Paul Stanley and writers Lionel E. Siegel and William T. Zacha would try this story premise again as a CBS TV pilot unrelated to The Six Million Dollar Man. Again titled The Ultimate Impostor (notice the alternate spelling), it told the story of secret agent Frank Monihan who undergoes the procedure to rescue a Russian defector. But in this version of the story, his new skills start to fade after 72 hours. It never became a series.