The Middleman

The Vampiric Puppet Lamentation

Season 1, Ep 10, Aired 8/18/08
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  • Episode Description
  • To prevent the resurrection of every vampire that has ever lived, The Middleman and Wendy search for a possessed puppet that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler. Meanwhile, Noser pulls a disappearing act.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Matt Keeslar

    The Middleman

  • Natalie Morales (II)

    Wendy Watson

  • Brit Morgan

    Lacey Thornfield

  • Mary Pat Gleason


  • Jake Smollett


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Wendy and the Middleman face off against a mannequin of Vlad the Impaler to prevent a return of vampires to the Earth.

    By jameshay, Aug 20, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Wendy: How could a sex dream with Pip possibly start normal?!?

    • Wendy: I just have one thing I have to know. Was Pip packing? Lacey: The seventh grade called; they want their maturity back.

    • Wendy: At my confirmation I prayed I would one day grow up to kill a vampire. And now I can.

    • The Middleman: Dubbie, I can't help but notice you seem to have rent appendages on your brain. Ida: That's the hippie lettuce talking.

    • The Middleman: If you want to help Mr. Noser right now, you'll dedicate yourself mind, body , and soul to preventing undead creatures of the night from rising from the grave to suck him dry. Wendy: You don't talk to other humans much, do you?

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    Notes (1)

    • Featured Music "Bonafied Lovin" by Chromeo "Baby Please" by Walter Meego

    Trivia (5)

    • Trivia: The Middleman can be seen reading a book on vampires by "A. Dixon". Previously he was reading Bitten by Zombies: A Coping Guide by the same author in "The Flying Fish Zombification".

    • Trivia: One of Ida's sarcastic remarks, "Is it 4:20 already?", references cannabis culture. Four-twenty (4:20 or 4/20) originated at San Rafael High School in the early '70s.

    • Trivia: Wendy's line " encyclopedic knowledge of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing's work for Hammer Films." refers to the two British actors who worked together in four Dracula movies together: Dracula (1958), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) and Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973). They became close friends through their work. However, they appeared in many other movies both with Hammer and without.

    • Trivia: Wendy's line "...and I've laid eyes on at least three of the major Canadian syndicated vampire detective shows." refers to at least two definite programs, Forever Knight (1989-96) and Blood Ties (2007-08). It's not clear what the third series is.

    • Trivia: The Middleman's reference to "Bram Stoker's widow" refers to Abraham "Bram" Stoker, the creator of Dracula in 1897. Stoker took the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler and combined him with Eastern European mythology concerning the undead as the basis for his seminal work.

    Allusions (16)

    • The Cat People Irena Dubrovna and Dr. Judd reference two of the main characters in Val Lewton's Cat People (1942). The movie, starring Simone Simon (Irena), Kent Smith and Tom Conway (Dr. Judd), tells the story of a fashion artist who believes she suffers from a curse bestowed on the women of her village that cause them to transform into panthers when excited or angry.

    • The Body Snatcher Some scenes take place at "The MacFarlane & Gray Hotel Spa & Convention Center". Dr. Wolfe MacFarlane (Henry Daniell) and Cabman John Gray (Boris Karloff) are characters in the Val Lewton-produced movie The Body Snatcher (1945), based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson. The movie was filmed in a hiatus during the production of Isle of the Dead (see below) when star Boris Karloff injured his back on that production.

    • Wendy: You give love a bad name. Referencing the first track on Bon Jovi's debut album, Slippery When Wet, released August 1986. With 33 million sales worldwide, it's the band's biggest-selling album. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1986.

    • Ida: Look, it's trying to think. Referencing a line spoken by FBI Agent Albert Rosenberg (Miguel Ferrer) to Sheriff Truman in the fourth episode of Twin Peaks (1990–1991, 1992). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper's investigation into the death of Laura Palmer.

    • Wendy: Man, I don't even have an opinion. Referencing Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994). The line is spoken by Marvin (Phil LaMarr) before Vincent Vega (John Travolta) accidentally shoots him in the face.

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