The Middleman

The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 8/11/08
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  • Episode Description
  • A former Middleman, Guy Goddard, is revived from his cryogenic slumber to do battle with his arch-foe, The Candle.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Matt Keeslar

    The Middleman

  • Natalie Morales (II)

    Wendy Watson

  • Brit Morgan

    Lacey Thornfield

  • Mary Pat Gleason

    Ida

  • Jake Smollett

    Noser

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Two Middlemans?

    By VGFreak8, Aug 14, 2008

  • A terrific guest turn also shines new light on MM and Wendy.

    By SWERJ321, Aug 12, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • The Middleman: Fire and brimstone! We do not smoke in the Middlemobile! Guy: Why not? Is there something combustible in here? The Middleman: Only my temper, when I see a man willingly invite cancer into his body! Guy: Cancer? Everyone knows the Surgeon General is a red dupe.

    • Wendy: I just wish I wasn't having such a difficult time of this. Lacey: Sex, waffles and video games? What am I missing? Wendy: Can you keep a secret? Lacey: Have I told anybody about that thing with the blueberry pudding pops and the elliptical machine?

    • Wendy: The Batter of the Bulge Pancake House? Well, in the pantheon of places I like to be taken to by a gentleman caller… Tyler: You don't find the promise of Luftwaffles and Panzer cakes irresistible? Wendy: While I do admire the culinary genius who thought to forge the human drama of the Allied struggle against Nazi Germany with the tasty goodness of all-day breakfast…

    • Tyler: Step this way, please. Wendy: But I was just about to order a crueler named after the invasion of Crete.

    • Lacey: You got to stop looking for the emotional rip-cord, Dub-Dub, or you're going to find out that your parachute is really a backpack. Wendy: What's that even mean?

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    Notes (4)

    • The name "Guy Goddard" is an homage to the two male leads in a '60s science fiction television series, Lost in Space: Guy Williams and Mark Goddard.

    • "He cut off my leg!" and "Tyler Ford shall smite you!" are lines from a Javier Grillo-Marxuach-written episode of Jake 2.0 (2003), "The Good, The Bad, and The Geeky". The latter line was dubbed "too geeky" and he wasn't allowed to keep it in the script.

    • The name of Ricky/Raviv Ullman's character is Derek, according to a casting call. It is never mentioned on-screen.

    • Featured Music "Me and Armini" by Emiliana Torrini "Morning Tide" by The Little Ones "Said So What" by The French Kicks

    Trivia (1)

    • Trivia: An ångström is a measure of length (equivalent to 10^(-10) meters). Nonsensically measuring a fuel source in terms of length was a deliberate reference to Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), when Han Solo boasts of making the Kessel Run in "less than 12 parsecs".

    Allusions (11)

    • Titanic Gogol's stake in the game of Shibumi is the necklace Le Coeur da la Mer, seen in the movie Titanic (1997). It's the necklace that Cal (Billy Zane) gives to Rose (Kate Winslet) and that she keeps with her until dropping it into the sea near the end of the movie.

    • Action-Thrillers Numerous spy movies and television series are referenced throughout the episode: * Klebb's Fine Jewels refers to Rosa Klebb, the SPECTRE villainess in From Russia With Love (1963). * The Middleman's IDs of Alexander Scott and Kelly Robinson refer to the two main characters of I Spy (1965), starring Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, respectively. * The Candle's alias, Lloyd Cramden, is the name of Derek Flint's superior (played by Lee J. Cobb) in the two Flint movies (1966-67). * The boy's name is Derek, alluding directly to Derek Flint, portrayed by James Coburn. * The alias "Harry Lime" refers to the villain in the movie The Third Man (1949), played by Orson Welles. * A fifth of Fleming's Commander Jamaica rum refers to James Bond creator Ian Fleming and his fondness for Jamaica. * Govinda alludes to Gobinda, the henchman in the James Bond movie Octopussy (1983). * Guy and Wendy's aliases of Harry Rule and the Contessa Caroline di Contini refer to the character played by Robert Vaughn and Nyree Dawn Porter in the British action-adventure series The Protectors (1972-74). * The villain named Anatol Gogol refers to the recurring KGB head played by Walter Gotell in five James Bond movies. * Count Manzeppi refers to the villainous magician in the Wild Wild West Western/spy series of the sixties played by Victor Buono in two episodes. * The odd cheek-poking gesture Guy does to Vilma Schnipp is taken from the spy parody Top Secret! during a dance between Val Kilmer and Lucy Gutteridge. * As noted, Wendy's bikini is the same one worn by Ursula Andress in Doctor No (1962). * Shibumi references the 1979 spy novel of the same name by Trevanian (aka Dr. Rodney William Whitaker). * Lord Jeremiah Purcell references the Destroyer novels featuring Remo Williams and Chiun. Purcell is the protégé of one of their opponents, Nuihc. * "You bet your sweet Brioni" references James Bond's preferred tuxedo manufacturer.

    • Guy: I do have a plan: the DSV-4600 Middlesub. Referencing seaQuest DSV (1993-1996). The series follows the adventures of first Nathan Bridger (Roy Scheider) and then Captain Oliver Hudson (Michael Ironside) and his crew aboard the seaQuest DSV 4600. Javier Grillo-Marxauch's first Hollywood script was for the episode "Destination Terminal".

    • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Balthorium-G is a fictional element originally used in the making of "doomsday" devices, as mentioned in the 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The black comedy, directed and written by Stanley Kubrick, based on Peter George's novel, stars Peter Sellers (in three different roles), George C. Scott, Slim Pickens and Sterling Hayden. In it, General Jack Ripper goes insane and launches a nuclear bomber strike which, if the Russians retaliate, will cause the destruction of all life on Earth.

    • The Middleman: What this group needs are stakeout treats! Guy: Will you pick me up some Jelly Babies while you're out there, Hazel. Referencing Doctor Who (1963–1989, 1996, 2005–), the longest-running science fiction television series in the world. The protagonist of the British series is The Doctor, an alien Time Lord who can regenerate up to 12 times and gain a new body, and travels through time and space in a TARDIS. He's typically accompanied by one or more attractive female sidekicks. Jelly Babies are a favourite confection of the Fourth Doctor (the Second Doctor, the Seventh Doctor and the Eighth Doctor also shared an affection for them).

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