The Middleman

Season 1 Episode 2

The Accidental Occidental Conception

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jun 23, 2008 on ABC Family
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The Accidental Occidental Conception
Wendy and The Middleman attempt to stop a revived Terracotta Warrior from unleashing a hail of fire upon Earth.

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    Episode starts of as Wendy bails out her roommate from jail after she protests a sushi joint in the nude. Something about tuna.... TV14 DSL material abounds. The CGI was lame. The story was worse. A reformed succubus and incubuses who work in fashion are the Middleman's afterlife/magical contacts. On the way through hell Wendy wants to know about her father. So she pesters an individual best classified as a homosexual cliche( in hell LOL that is so not politically correct) to look through his files. I can see the niche groups tuning out during these moments. The PETA roommate is a dumb blond, homosexuals in hell, people in fashion are blood sucking harpies from hell, Chinese people own restaurants, and on and on... Mediocre filler episode not worth watching.moreless
  • Lots of mud, but still good fun.

    This episode built on the great work of the pilot to present something even better. I found this episode to be funnier, punchier and much more engaging. It really seems as if the show's creators are well on the way to finding a winning formula.

    The Middleman now has his own vehicle with it's own name "The Middlemobile". Not much of it was shown apart from the fact that it is a black 1970's muscle car. I am supposing that the lack of detail was so that they can add sci-fi gadgets and gizmos as the series progresses, something that many viewers such as myself look forward to eagerly.

    I don't know who is responsible for costuming but their decision to stick with the choice in the pilot of short shorts for the female actors is excellent. I say you can never have too many short shorts and they can never be too short.

    The only criticism I have is that the writers don't seem to know that the saying is "a sticky wicket" not "a sticky widget", it comes from the game of cricket which is played with wickets.

    An excellent episode that left me eager to see the next episode.moreless
  • I liked it!

    Wendy must bail Lacey out of jail after a radical act of protesting the rights of animals. Wendy and The Middleman have to find a Terracotta Warrior that had supernaturally come alive. He wants to find and kill the heir to the Chinese throne. It will unleash death unto the world though. Wendy and The Middleman must go to the Underworld to stop it all. They sucessfully rescue him, but Wendy gets distracted while trying to look up whether her dad is dead or not. Lacey gets sucked into the fashion world when Roxy, a famous fashion designer, offers her a job. Lacey seems to lose her animal rights way, but she has a secret plan.

    This episode was great! The Underworld clerk guy was funny, but he seemed gay This episode had funny parts and I liked it. I give it a 9.5 out of 10!moreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Wendy: Uh, the Boy Scouts called. They want their family counseling merit badge back.

    • The Middleman: (about Wendy's worries for Lacey) I can see this development is upsetting, but I must remind you to...
      Wendy: (interrupting) ... Delay any emotional reaction until we've safely delivered the Earth from peril. I got it without the lecture.

    • The Middleman: The name of the heir to the Qing dynasty is Duncan?

    • The Middleman: Caffeine is a drug, Dubbie.
      Wendy: I'm holding a molecular stun cannon.

    • Wendy: I wanted to be supportive. When I opened my mouth, my mom came out. No, seriously, I might have even said to buy a nice bag, high heels, and a push-up bra, and get herself a man. (Ida and The Middleman stare) She's from Miami.
      The Middleman: Ah.

    • Wendy: Oh, come on, I bet Ida's just a double-click away from making her permanent record go bye-bye.
      Ida: I'm a double-click away from making something go bye-bye.

    • The Middleman: You let yourself become distracted and the next thing you know a geologic rift opens and the city is overrun by three-toed hominids who once battled man for dominance while you've got your tighty-whiteys around your ankles.
      Wendy: That happened to you, didn't it?

    • The Middleman: I'm as serious as a hefty bag full of Rottweilers.

    • The Middleman: We'll need to consult someone.
      Wendy: Who?
      The Middleman: A consultant, of course. You are off today.

    • The Middleman: Grapes of Wrath, Dubbie. Do you know how much of the earth is made up of… earth?

    • Wendy: C'mon, Lacey. Pick up, pick up, pick up.
      Ida: Hey, turn that thing off.
      Wendy: There's no way my cell phone interferes with that thing's frequency.
      Ida: I'm talking about your mouth.

    • The Middleman: I thought you solved your female problems.
      Wendy: I don't think female problems mean what you think it means but no.

    • Lacey: Don't you care about your carbon footprint?
      Roxy: Is it anything like the footprint I'm going to leave on your young arrogant derrière if you don't do exactly as I say?

    • Duncan: Is he some kind of superhero?
      Wendy: Something like that.
      Duncan: What are you?
      Wendy: Ever heard of Robin the Boy Wonder?
      Duncan: Yeah, he sucks.

    • Wendy: So all those temp jobs really were Hell on Earth.
      The Middleman: What do you mean?
      Wendy: It was a joke. You know, because this is supposed to look like the Underworld but instead looks like a boring old office building.
      The Middleman: Sands of Zanzibar, you see an office building?
      Wendy: Yeah, you don't?
      The Middleman: I see a field, wild, overgrown, barbaric. Look, over there, a feral rabbit.
      Wendy: Seriously?
      The Middleman: No, I see an office building.
      Wendy: Wow, somebody's funny in the Underworld.

    • Wendy: So there's a record of everyone who's ever died.
      The Middleman: A big and infinitely massive veil of shadows and mystery. This place is surprisingly well organized.

    • Terracotta Warrior: (performing a ritual) Earth, you formed me. Wind, you carried me. Fire, you are my destiny. Water, you scare the pants off me.

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  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • The Middleman: Guns of Navarone!

      Referencing Alistair MacLean's The Guns of Navarone, a 1957 novel that follows an Allied commando team's efforts to destroy a German fortress. In 1961, the book was adapted into a feature film starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn. The movie won an Oscar for Best Special Effects.

    • Wendy: I too fight for the truth and preservation of American values.

      Wendy is paraphrasing Superman's slogan: "Fighting for truth, justice and the American Way." As with much of the superhero's early mythology, the line was created for the radio show narration in the fall of 1942 and later incorporated into the comic book. In the movie Superman Returns (2006), the producers upset many purists by changing the line To "Truth, justice, and all that stuff."

    • Frank Herbert's Dune

      There are a number of references to the Dune novels, first published by Frank Herbert. Frank Herbert (1920-86) is best known as the writer of the six Dune novels. Director David Lynch adopted the first novel into a movie in 1984. The Sci Fi Channel produced their own miniseries based on the first novel in 2000, and subsequently produced Frank Herbert's Children of Dune in 2003. The 2000 mini-series starred Matt Keeslar (The Middleman) as Feyd-Rautha.

      * Duncan is named after Duncan Idaho, a warrior and secondary character.
      * 1965 Caladan Lane, the street that Duncan lives on, is the home planet of the Atreides family. 1965 is the year Herbert published the first Dune novel.
      * Jessica, Duncan's mother, is named after the mother of the main character, Paul Atriedes.
      * The Middleman's expression "50 Daffodils to Shaddam of Corrino!" refers to the first Emperor of the Dune novels, Shaddam Corrino the IV.
      * The aliases of Doctors Kynes and Rabban refer respectively to the house physician of the Atriedes family, Dr. Liet-Kynes, a paleontologist, and the Beast Rabban, the over-governor of Arrakis once the Harkonnen family take control of the planet.
      * Frank Herbert Junior High School is named after the author.

    • Wendy: So the Devil actually does wear Prada.

      Referencing the 2003 novel by Lauren Weisberger, featuring main character Andrea Sachs working as a personal assistant to obnoxious fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly. Director David Frankel adapted the novel into a movie in 2006 with Anne Hathaway as Andrea and Meryl Streep as Miranda.

    • Wendy: So he's like the Magneto of Mud?

      Referencing Magneto, the primary nemesis of the X-Men. Magneto first appeared in X-Men (vol. 1, #1) (September 1963) and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Originally portrayed as a standard super villain, Magneto late embraced the cause of mutant rights and acted as a terrorist to achieve his goals. In the feature film series (first seen in 2000), he was played by Ian McKellan. Magneto possesses the ability to manipulate magnetic fields.

    • The Middleman: … whistling that stupid song from Robin Hood.

      The song in question is "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams. It features in the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman and Alan Rickman. The song garnered Adams an ASCAP award, a Grammy, an MTV Movie Award, a Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar Nomination.

    • Wendy: This is my Rosebud.

      Referencing the 1941 movie Citizen Kane, starring Orson Welles. The mysterious last word of the protagonist Charles Foster Kane is "Rosebud", and a reporter's search for the word's significance is the framing device of the story of Kane's rise and fall from power.

    • Lacey: … and go all Carrie/prom night.

      Referencing the 1974 Stephen King novel featuring a high school girl with telekinetic powers who goes berserk at her high school prom and kills her classmates. Brian De Palma made a film two years later, which was remade in 2002.

    • Wendy: There are way too many copies of Terminator out there.

      Referencing The Terminator (1984) and its two sequels (as of 2008). Arnold Schwarzenegger plays The Terminator in all three movies, but the Terracotta Warrior reassembling itself refers to the liquid-metal T-1000 played by Robert Patrick in the second movie, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).

    • Wendy: Lay off, C-3PO.

      Referencing the Star Wars effeminate protocol robot portrayed by Anthony Daniels, and who appeared in all six of George Lucas' movies.