The Middleman

The Accidental Occidental Conception

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 6/23/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Wendy and The Middleman attempt to stop a revived Terracotta Warrior from unleashing a hail of fire upon Earth.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Matt Keeslar

    The Middleman

  • Natalie Morales (II)

    Wendy Watson

  • Brit Morgan

    Lacey Thornfield

  • Mary Pat Gleason


  • Jake Smollett


  • Fan Reviews (3)

    By SartaqKhan, Sep 21, 2009

  • Lots of mud, but still good fun.

    By TheWompmiester, Jun 28, 2008

  • I liked it!

    By VGFreak8, Jun 27, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Wendy: Uh, the Boy Scouts called. They want their family counseling merit badge back.

    • The Middleman: (about Wendy's worries for Lacey) I can see this development is upsetting, but I must remind you to... Wendy: (interrupting) ... Delay any emotional reaction until we've safely delivered the Earth from peril. I got it without the lecture.

    • The Middleman: The name of the heir to the Qing dynasty is Duncan?

    • The Middleman: Caffeine is a drug, Dubbie. Wendy: I'm holding a molecular stun cannon.

    • Wendy: I wanted to be supportive. When I opened my mouth, my mom came out. No, seriously, I might have even said to buy a nice bag, high heels, and a push-up bra, and get herself a man. (Ida and The Middleman stare) She's from Miami. The Middleman: Ah.

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    Notes (2)

    • Production on The Middleman moved to Los Angeles, California after the series was picked up. The pilot episode was shot in Vancouver, Canada.

    • Featured Music "Sideways" by Let's Go Sailing "Maybe" by The Submarines

    Allusions (10)

    • The Middleman: Guns of Navarone!

      Referencing Alistair MacLean's The Guns of Navarone, a 1957 novel that follows an Allied commando team's efforts to destroy a German fortress. In 1961, the book was adapted into a feature film starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn. The movie won an Oscar for Best Special Effects.

    • Wendy: I too fight for the truth and preservation of American values. Wendy is paraphrasing Superman's slogan: "Fighting for truth, justice and the American Way." As with much of the superhero's early mythology, the line was created for the radio show narration in the fall of 1942 and later incorporated into the comic book. In the movie Superman Returns (2006), the producers upset many purists by changing the line To "Truth, justice, and all that stuff."

    • Frank Herbert's Dune There are a number of references to the Dune novels, first published by Frank Herbert. Frank Herbert (1920-86) is best known as the writer of the six Dune novels. Director David Lynch adopted the first novel into a movie in 1984. The Sci Fi Channel produced their own miniseries based on the first novel in 2000, and subsequently produced Frank Herbert's Children of Dune in 2003. The 2000 mini-series starred Matt Keeslar (The Middleman) as Feyd-Rautha. * Duncan is named after Duncan Idaho, a warrior and secondary character. * 1965 Caladan Lane, the street that Duncan lives on, is the home planet of the Atreides family. 1965 is the year Herbert published the first Dune novel. * Jessica, Duncan's mother, is named after the mother of the main character, Paul Atriedes. * The Middleman's expression "50 Daffodils to Shaddam of Corrino!" refers to the first Emperor of the Dune novels, Shaddam Corrino the IV. * The aliases of Doctors Kynes and Rabban refer respectively to the house physician of the Atriedes family, Dr. Liet-Kynes, a paleontologist, and the Beast Rabban, the over-governor of Arrakis once the Harkonnen family take control of the planet. * Frank Herbert Junior High School is named after the author.

    • Wendy: So the Devil actually does wear Prada. Referencing the 2003 novel by Lauren Weisberger, featuring main character Andrea Sachs working as a personal assistant to obnoxious fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly. Director David Frankel adapted the novel into a movie in 2006 with Anne Hathaway as Andrea and Meryl Streep as Miranda.

    • Wendy: So he's like the Magneto of Mud? Referencing Magneto, the primary nemesis of the X-Men. Magneto first appeared in X-Men (vol. 1, #1) (September 1963) and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Originally portrayed as a standard super villain, Magneto late embraced the cause of mutant rights and acted as a terrorist to achieve his goals. In the feature film series (first seen in 2000), he was played by Ian McKellan. Magneto possesses the ability to manipulate magnetic fields.

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