The Middleman

Season 1 Episode 2

The Accidental Occidental Conception

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jun 23, 2008 on ABC Family



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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