The Middleman

The Ectoplasmic Panhellenic Investigation

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 8/4/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Wendy goes undercover as a sorority sister to investigate ghost sightings at a university. Meanwhile, Tyler resurfaces and mistakes Lacey for the woman he met on the day of the lucha libre attack.

  • 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)
  • Funny and entertaining from beginning to end!

    By VGFreak8, Aug 10, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Wendy: What's up with the droid? The Middleman: She's listening to chatter. Wendy: Chatter? The Middleman: CIA, NSA, Interpol, local police. They tend to ignore the important things so we keep an ear to their frequencies for anything that might require our… special touch. Wendy: Just how much "special touching" do we do? The Middleman: Remember the mutant lama invasion of '06? The second werewolf administration?. The day without wheat? Wendy: Wait. The second werewolf administration? The Middleman: Vigilance is the name of the game.

    • The Middleman: When people like he start asking questions, sometimes we have to take measures. Wendy: Define "measures". The Middleman: A local reporter once asked too many questions about our operating parameters. Days later he received a lucrative offer from a TV station in another town. Wendy: That doesn't sound so bad. The Middleman: In Greenland.

    • Ida: I told young Tyler to scram. Wendy: You made the cute boy go bye-bye?

    • Wendy: Ghosts? Sweet. The Middleman: Dubbie, there's nothing sweet about ghosts. Spirits only linger in this world when they have unfinished business, violent vengeful business. Wendy: But Casper's such a friendly guy. The Middleman: It may all seem like light and magic at first, but the next thing you know the walls are bleeding and you've got 25 pregnant women running around screaming "Mary, Mary, Mary!" and clawing their eyes out with knitting needles while your own hair grows to three times its length and tries to strangle you. Wendy: That sounds… specific.

    • Louis: But I swear these boobs may be fake, but that emergency phone call was real. (The Middleman pulls out a scanner) Oh, man, you're gonna rough me up. I've got rights, you know. The Middleman: Louis, I would never hit a man in a dress unless I'd exhausted all other options.

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    Notes (1)

    • Featured Music "Someone Like You" by David Vandervelde "Daybreak" by Camphor "Sumthin About Her" by Time Traveller

    Trivia (2)

    • Trivia: Eleanor June Draper (Ashley Johnson) is named after one of the founding sisters of the Delta Delta Delta (ΔΔΔ/Tri Delta) sorority, Eleanor Dorcas Pond. Episode writer Sarah Watson is a sister of Tri Delta.

    • Trivia: The metal spherical look of the Truth Bomb, BUMMER, and stun field generator are deliberate references on prop master Gregory M. Edgar's part to the thermal detonator belonging to the bounty hunter Boushh in Return of the Jedi (1983).

    Allusions (9)

    • Animal House:
      Louis' sweater, which is blazoned with "COLLEGE" across the front, references Animal House (1978). The toga-wearing heavy-set party guy references John Belushi's similar-looking character John "Bluto" Blutarsky. The movie, starring John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Tom Hulce, and Stephen Furst, chronicles the adventures of the slobs of the Delta House Fraternity. The movie was written in part by Harold Ramis, who also played Dr. Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (see below).

    • Wendy: But Casper's such a friendly guy. Referencing Casper the Friendly Ghost, a child ghost created by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo in 1939. He was first featured in a children's story book and then featured in cartoons. The rights were later purchased by Harvey Studios which created several cartoon series from the 1960s on. Casper has been featured in several live-action movies.

    • Ghostbusters There are several references to the movie Ghostbusters (1984): * Reitman University is named after Ivan Reitman, director of Ghostbusters. * 55 Ray Parker Jr. Ave refers to the singer who performed the Ghostbusters theme. * The Middleman introduces himself and Wendy as Dr. Stantz and Dr. Zeddemore, referencing Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Ackroyd) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson). * Louis refers to Louis Tully (Rick Moranis). * The radio code names Gatekeeper and Keymaster refer to the two possessing spirits that take over Louis and Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver). * The sorority photo identifies two of the ghosts as Dana Barrett and Janine Melnitz: Janine Melnitz is the Ghostbusters' secretary (Annie Potts). * The Egon Spengler Memorial Award refers to Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), another of the Ghostbusters. * "Positron Collider" is a term used by Peter Venkman to describe the Proton Pack, the main device used by the Ghostbusters. * "Total photonic reversal" is a term the Ghostbusters toss around. * "I don't know if she had legs but she definitely had arms" is a line spoken by Louis in the movie. * PKE meters, neutrona wands and Gozarian lenses are pieces of equipment the Ghostbusters use.

    • Tyler: I can't even be friends with someone who likes the Zombies of Mora Tau. Referencing Zombies of Mora Tau (1957), which stars Jeff Clark, George Harrison and Jan Peters. Directed by Edward L. Cahn from a screenplay by Bernard Gordon, the film chronicles the exploits of a team of explorers seeking to recover a sunken ship off the cost of Africa. The undead sailors guard the ship's cargo of priceless diamonds and intend to make sure no one gets them.

    • Wendy: Holy Wachowski brothers! Referencing Larry and Andy Wachowski, who originally worked at Marvel Comics on projects associated with horror writer Clive Barker. They went into movies in 1995 and are best known as the creators of The Matrix trilogy. The scenes from the movie of unconscious persons strapped to tables (while they're in the Matrix virtual reality) are alluded to here.

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