The Middleman

The Flying Fish Zombification

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 7/14/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Wendy and The Middleman work to contain a trout-eating zombie outbreak.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Matt Keeslar

    The Middleman

  • Natalie Morales (II)

    Wendy Watson

  • Brit Morgan

    Lacey Thornfield

  • Mary Pat Gleason


  • Jake Smollett


  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Trout!!!!!!!

    By VGFreak8, Jul 23, 2008

  • Zombified trout eating comedy at its best!

    By rat_bastage1, Jul 15, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • The Middleman: In times of extreme stress, crying is an inevitable physiological response. Ida: Sure it is, cupcake.

    • Wendy: And I get the feeling you don't share my enthusiasm. Ida: Then I'm wearing the right expression.

    • The Middleman: Dubbie, I wish I had more time to prepare you for your first session with Sensei Ping. Ida: What he's trying to say is it's been nice knowing you. Wendy: It's not going to be that bad. Ida: The man likes pain and suffering like tornadoes love trailer parks. Wendy: I get it, I get it, it's like Bruce Lee coming back from the dead. Ida: And beating you with his own coffin.

    • (as Wendy trains) Ida: I'm devoid of human emotion and that made me want to wince. The Middleman: You should have been more supportive of her. The psychological advantage in a case like this is crucial. Ida: Oh sure. I'll get to it after I powder your diaper.

    • The Middleman: My gut says we may be dealing with the seminal stages of a zombie outbreak. Wendy: Entrail-ripping brain-chewing zombies? The Middleman: The very same. Wendy: Cool.

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    Notes (1)

    • Featured Music "Everyone You Know" by Now, Now Every Children "Merry Go Round" by The Polyamorous Affair "That Time" by Layton

    Trivia (1)

    • Trivia: There are several reference to the band The Zombies. Wendy's alias of "Mrs. Blunstone" refers to Colin Blunstone, the band's vocalist. The group formed in St. Albans: the duo talk to victim Rod Argent is the St. Albans Hospital. Rod Argent is the name of another member of the Zombies. The Atkinson Memorial Insane Asylum refers to band member Paul Atkinson (who also attended St. Albans). Mr. White is named for band member Chris White. The fishery, Odyssey & Oracle, is named after the band's 1968 album.

    Allusions (9)

    • Wendy: I swept the leg! Referencing the The Karate Kid (1984), starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. In the finals of the movie's karate tournament (Johnny Lawrence vs. Daniel LaRusso), "Sweep the leg" is the command that Cobra Kai Sensei John Kreese gives to Johnny before the match, in an effort to exploit an injury Daniel received in the semifinals (the result of an illegal knee attack, also orchestrated by Kreese).

    • Lacey: There's no valet parking this month because Joe 90 lost his license. Referencing Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Joe 90, a 1960s Supermarionation television series. It chronicles the adventures of 9-year old Joe McClaine, whose adopted father develops a device that lets him transplant skills directly into his son's brain so that Joe could work for a secret spy organization.

    • Ida: And the Big Green Cheese is supposed to be Sensei Ping's favorite apprentice. Obliquely referencing the muscular strong-jawed old-fashioned comic book superhero Captain Marvel, nicknamed "The Big Red Cheese". As created by C.C. Beck and Bill Parker in 1939, Captain Marvel is often portrayed as a somewhat naive but good-hearted superhero. His alter ego is a young Billy Batson, who transforms into Captain Marvel by speaking the magic word SHAZAM and gains the wisdom of Solomon; the strength of Hercules; the stamina of Atlas; the power of Zeus; the courage of Achilles; and the speed of Mercury.

    • Wendy: Sure, Opie, whatever you say. Referencing Opie Taylor, the red-haired son of sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith). Opie was portrayed by actor Ron Howard in The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68). Howard would continue to play the role in the spin-off Mayberry R.F.D. and returned in 1986 for a reunion movie.

    • The Middleman: Flowers for Algernon! We're on our way! Referencing the science fiction short story of 1959 (later novel) by Daniel Keyes, chronicling Charlie Gordon, a man of low intelligence who is given treatments to triple his IQ. However, the treatment wears off and Charlie reverts to his former IQ level. Adapted numerous times, the best-known adaptation would be Charly (1968), with Cliff Robertson in the title role.

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