The Middleman

The Clotharian Contamination Protocol

Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 8/25/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Infested by evil nanobots from outer space, Ida dupes The Middleman and Wendy into initiating a lockdown at Middleman HQ, in a Clotharian plot to destroy Earth's technology.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Matt Keeslar

    The Middleman

  • Natalie Morales (II)

    Wendy Watson

  • Brit Morgan

    Lacey Thornfield

  • Mary Pat Gleason

    Ida

  • Jake Smollett

    Noser

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Another brilliant episode of staple sci-fi themes but with the middleman twist that makes this show so watchable. They even managed to get a Dr Who Reference in there (did ya miss it)!

    By GallifreyanWho, Sep 10, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Wendy: I'll be shredded... The Middleman: ... like a White House phone log.

    • Lacey: Look, I don't care what you say, you are going to that interview and I'm driving you there. Tyler: Lacey, I'm a musician. Lacey: And this is like Bono offering you a job. Noser: Bono, Buddha and the Wizard of Oz.

    • Tyler: Seriously, Dubbie, since you and I met, I've been writing like a song-nado. Wendy: A tornado made of songs? Tyler: You know it.

    • Noser: If you saved his life using kung fu, he owes you what the Chinese sifus, the Japanese sensei, and the Jedi Knights refer to as a "life debt". Lacey: Every kung fu movie ever made can't be wrong. Noser: In terms the common man can understand: you own his ass.

    • The Middleman: Son of a monkey's uncle, Wendy Watson, which part of "this is an emergency" didn't you get? Lacey: Wendy, why is your boss standing outside our door wearing a hazmat suit?

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    Notes (4)

    • The Clotharian writing ("Made in Clothar") is actually a public domain variant of the Aurabesh alphabet from Star Wars.

    • In The Middleman graphic novels, F.A.T.B.O.Y. (Federated Agents of Tyranny, Betrayal and Oppression's Yoke) is run by the villainous Kanimang Kang and Manservant Neville is his primary henchman.

    • Featured Music "Let's Get Ready to Crumble" by Russian Futurists

    • In the graphic novels, guest star Mark Sheppard—a friend of creator/executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach—was used as a template for Manservant Neville.

    Trivia (3)

    • Trivia: Wendy comments that Maximum Aldwin sounds "like Graham Chapman and [dresses] like a Vestal virgin". Graham Chapman is one of the six members of Monty Python's Flying Circus. He played many roles on the show, mostly authority figures, and is best known for playing the Colonel, who interrupted many of the skits to insist that they stop because they were offensive. He also played King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Chapman passed away in 1989.

    • Trivia: Tyler mentions The Return of Bruno, Bruce Willis' 1987 debut album. The album peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

    • The term "nanobot" appears in dozens of science fiction films, television shows and novels. And yet somehow Wendy doesn't recognize the term despite her vast knowledge of science fiction trivia.

    Allusions (19)

    • Ida: It's what you get for being made out of meat! Referencing Terry Bisson's Nebula-nominated 1991 short story "They're Made Out of Meat" about two alien intelligences who visit Earth and are astonished to discover carbon-based life forms. It was adapted into a film in 2005.

    • The Godfather: Part II The scene with The Middleman strangling the Interrodroid with a coat hanger alludes to the scene in The Godfather: Part II (1974) where Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) has his bodyguard execute Johnny Ola (Dominic Chianese) in a similar manner.

    • Ida: Today John Wayne does not get to ride of into the sunset with Grace Kelly. The Middleman: That's Gary Cooper. Referencing High Noon (1952). The movie stars Gary Cooper as Marshal Will Kane, who finds himself forced to confront a gang of killers by himself when the town's folk refuse to help.

    • Fantastic Voyage Wendy shrinking in an effort to save Ida from nanobots infesting her brain references the premise of a 1966 film, Fantastic Voyage, starring Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence. Scientists shrink a team of specialists to microscopic size to save the life of a scientist who suffered a head injury during an assassination attempt. The film is also referenced in a chyron, "It's like Fantastic Voyage. Or Die Hard. Inside an android."

    • Tyler: Is this gonna be like that Saved by the Bell where no one would tell Jessie how bad her music really was so she had a caffeine pill freakout? Referencing the second season episode of the series, "Jessie's Song", where (despite Tyler's errant memories) Jessie actually takes caffeine pills so she can sing and keep up on her grades, not because she's a bad singer. She manages to pass an important test but collapses on the day of the audition and Screech takes her place.

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