The Middleman

Season 1 Episode 6

The Boyband Superfan Interrogation

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jul 21, 2008 on ABC Family



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • David: This Cindy's not exactly the first fan a few sandwiches shy. (showing a photo album) There's not a single girl in here who hasn't threatened to kill us, kill for us, maim us, or maim someone for us?
      Wendy: What's this one.
      Jayk: The parents of the girls we slept with. David didn't always have that cane.

    • The Middleman: That fancy applause meter isn't just decoration. It's a scream harvester.
      Wendy: Scream harvester?
      The Middleman: In layman's term, a giant battery.
      Wendy: Well if that's the battery, then where's the warphole generator?
      The Middleman: That's just it, Dubbie. The entire stage is the warphole generator. Don't you see, that's why Ida couldn't locate a power source with the HAYDAR. Only teenage screams of ecstasy have the strength to cut a hole in space itself. How could I not see it before?
      Wendy: Uh, because it's completely insane.
      The Middleman: So insane it just might work!

    • Cindy: (dying) You want to know the real bitch of it? I was two weeks… from retirement.

    • Noser: You got your nude self-portrait into a gallery show?
      Pip: That was my sister. And no, my period of erotic sibling representation is over.

    • Pip: This gallery show, it's something new. I'm calling it Deux Ex Pip. It's Latin for "The Machines of Pip".
      Lacey: That's not what it means.
      Pip: Whatever!

    • Lacey: Pip is about to reap the whirlwind. That means we're gonna do bad things to him.

    • Wendy: Varsity Fanclub. The world's most popular boy band. If you're a fan just kill me know.
      The Middleman: I'm a country man. Jimmy Rogers, the Carter Family. Hank. But I've always been fascinated by the ability of preassembled sets of submasculine archetypes to tug at the heartstrings of a 12-to-17-year-old fanbase.
      Wendy: Funny, I've always been fascinated by their ability to bring up my lunch.
      The Middleman: I think Cindy'd take issue with that. Now, if we're going to figure her out we'll have to figure them out. We have Jayk, the Crooner. Thomas, the Heartthrob. Bobby, the Street Tough. Drew, the Charmer. And the requisite Man of Mystery, David.
      Wendy: Is Drew a guy or…
      The Middleman: Why does David need a cane?
      Wendy: It's crazy, isn't it?

    • The Middleman: Now, let's try to get there before that little girl sucks the band through a hole. (Wendy stares at him) In space.

    • The Middleman: Ida loved paperwork.
      Wendy: Yeah, Ida loved a lot of things. Like belittling my every accomplishment.
      The Middleman: Hmmm.
      Wendy: Calling me a drug addict. Threatening me with physical harm.
      The Middleman: She was a pistol.

    • Wendy: (about Ida) You know, the idea that her sacrifice would lead to peace and prosperity for hundreds and billions of aliens, not to mention save Earth itself, think it would have really ticked her off.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Willow

      "High Aldwin" is the name of Billy Barty's character in Willow, a 1988 fantasy movie directed by Ron Howard and starring Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh and Warwick Davis.

    • Indiana Jones

      There are several references to the action-adventure movie Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981):

      * The Middleman introduces himself and Wendy at the warphole as Rene and Marion: referencing Rene Belloq and Marion Ravenwood from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
      * The Middleman later uses the fake IDs of "Brody and Forrestal". Brody is Marcus Brody, and Forrestal is Indiana's competitor who dies in the temple at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
      * Wendy later uses the IDs of Ravenwood and Jones, a reference to Marion and Abner Ravenwood and Indiana Jones himself.
      * Dr. Eliott Marshall works at the Henry Jones University: referencing Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr. (better known as Indiana Jones).
      * Dr. Eliott Marshall's address is 1981 Lucas, referring to the year Raiders of the Lost Ark was released and George Lucas, the film's writer and executive producer.

    • The Middleman: We've got five Great Gazoos who want to go home and unleash their doomsday device.
      The Great Gazoo appeared on The Flintstones in October 1965. A tiny green alien voiced by Harvey Korman, the Great Gazoo is an alien who created a doomsday device and was banished to Earth for his crime. The series was canceled shortly thereafter, but Alan Cummings played the character in the 2000 movie The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.

    • Wendy: We're just supposed to blindly follow the orders of some intergalactic Monty Python wannabe?

      Referencing Monty Python's Flying Circus, a 1969 British comedy sketch show created by Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese and Graham Chapman. Although the series ended after 45 episodes, it has spawned five movies and a theatrical musical.

    • Wendy: Bring it, Marvin.

      Referencing Marvin the Paranoid Android, created by Douglas Adams for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Like Ida, Marvin is super-intelligent and doesn't think much of humans. He was voiced by Stephen Moore in the radio and TV productions and Alan Rickman in the 2005 movie.

    • Wendy: Geez, Elroy, what do you want?

      Referencing Elroy Jetson from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Jetsons (1962-1987). Like The Flintstones, the series featured a normal everyday family in a different timezone. George Jetson is the father with wife Jane, teenage daughter Judy, younger boy genius Elroy and robot maid Rosie.

    • Wendy: (about the duck trapped in a warphole) Do we just yank out Howard…?

      Referencing Howard the Duck, a comic book character created by Val Mayerik and Steve Gerber in Adventures into Fear #19 (December 1973). Originally a secondary character to Man-Thing, he eventually got his own backup feature and then a full series. He had a mini-series in 2001 and a new series in 2007. Lucasfilms produced a movie adaptation in 1986 starring Lea Thompson and Tim Robbins. The movie's tagline, "Trapped in a world he didn't make", is referenced later in the episode when The Middleman is interrogating Cindy.

    • Ida: (stumbling around) She's my sister, my daughter, my sister, my daughter.

      Referencing a line from Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974). The movie stars Jack Nicholson as Jake "J.J." Gittes, a Los Angeles private investigator; Faye Dunaway as Evelyn Mulwray, who hires Jake Gittes to investigate her husband Hollis Mulwray, the chief engineer for the Los Angeles Water and Power Company; and John Huston as Noah Cross.