The Middleman

The Palindrome Reversal Palindrome

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 9/1/08
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  • Episode Description
  • When The Middleman and Wendy investigate a series of strange thefts, a supervillain named The Palindrome opens a portal that sucks Wendy to a bleak alternate universe, run by the ironfisted Fatboy Industries.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Matt Keeslar

    The Middleman

  • Natalie Morales (II)

    Wendy Watson

  • Brit Morgan

    Lacey Thornfield

  • Mary Pat Gleason


  • Jake Smollett


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • An alternate reality means a delightful romp and a fitting close to the season.

    By SWERJ321, Sep 02, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • The Middleman: If we don't crack this, we're going to end up manacled to a doomsday device while a friendly female voice counts down the seconds to detonation. Wendy: Will this scenario involve me wearing a bikini again? The Middleman: Not necessary. But it will involve a carefully worded monologue, which will be the last thing we hear.

    • Wendy: So you want a cold pocket? Tyler: Oh for the love of… you cooked, too? Wendy: Hot Pockets are the American empanada.

    • The Middleman: Dubbie, it is I, The Middleman. Wendy: Really? Calling me on the Middlewatch that only we have?

    • Wendy: Who leaves a palindrome? The Middleman: Typical supervillain horse feathers. Can't wait to hear this guy's monologue. "I am the Palindrome. Feel my power. Power my feel. Palindrome the am I". Peter piping weirdos.

    • Mirror Pip: I'm sorry? Mirror universe? Wendy: A parallel universe, where everyone who's good is evil and evil is good. It's like that episode of Star Trek where Spock had a goatee and Chekov tried to… Mirror Pip: Star Trek. You mean the sci-series from the 60s starring the great George Takei? Wendy: It is an evil universe.

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    Notes (4)

    • The phased polaron cannon is the same prop used in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008). Both production companies bought their props from the same company.

    • Featured Music "I'm Not Scared" by Ladytron "Humanitarianism" by Zeigeist "Light of Love" by Music Go Music

    • This episode was dedicated to Neil Levin, a script coordinator who was born 25 January 1969 and died in July 2008 after suffering a hemorrhage from a fall. Although never credited, he had a brief cameo in "The Accidental Occidental Conception" and can be seen as a photo on the wall behind The Middleman.

    • The Middleman was originally given a 13 episode order, though this was later trimmed to 12. ABC Family stated, "[We] want to put all our creative forces into making a great season finale."

    Trivia (2)

    • Trivia: Mirror Noser greets Wendy with the same musical password/guessing game lyrics ("Theme from Shaft") that he greets her with in the first episode, "The Pilot Episode Sanction".

    • Trivia: Many times given in the chyrons for this episode are palindromes, such as 6:16 PM for the opening. This also applies to the time chosen to fire the phase polaron cannon within the episode: 9:29 PM.

    Allusions (21)

    • The Middleman: Three days ago an unknown criminal stole a Beryllium Sphere. Referencing The Shadow (1994), starring Alec Baldwin. A Beryllium Sphere is used by Shiwan Khan to create an atom bomb.

    • Outland Polydichloric Euthymol is the addictive drug of choice in the 1981 movie starring Sean Connery as a U.S. Marshal assigned to the moon of Io and finds himself involved in a drug-smuggling scheme run by a company executive (Peter Boyle). The movie is in turn a remake/homage to High Noon (1952), starring Gary Cooper.

    • Escape From New York There are several references to Escape From New York (1981): * The duos' aliases of Russell and Van Cleef refer to two of the movie's stars, Kurt Russell and Lee Van Cleef. * The Duke of New York Toy Factory refers to the Duke of New York, the main antagonist of the movie, played by the late Isaac Hayes. * Carpenter Rd. Transformer Station refers to John Carpenter, the movie's director. * The security guards' uniforms resemble those worn by the movie's prison police. * The mirror Middleman's appearance with an eye patch, long hair and a beard echoes that of Snake Plissken, the protagonist in the movie. * 1997 Plissken Circle refers to Snake Plissken, the main character played by Kurt Russell and the year the movie is set in.

    • Galaxy Quest A Beryllium Sphere is used to power the NSEA Protector in the 1999 movie Galaxy Quest, starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Tony Shalhoub. The movie, which has aliens mistaking the actors of a '60s science fiction television series as real space travelers, parodies numerous science fiction television shows, primarily Star Trek.

    • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension The Oscillation Overthruster is used in the movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Clancy Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Ellen Barkin and Christopher Lloyd. The Overthruster allows its user to jump across dimensions and pass through solid matter, and is sought by the evil Lectoids who try to steal it from adventurer Buckaroo Banzai and his Hong Kong Cavaliers.

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