The Middleman

Season 1 Episode 8

The Ectoplasmic Panhellenic Investigation

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Aug 04, 2008 on ABC Family



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: Eleanor June Draper (Ashley Johnson) is named after one of the founding sisters of the Delta Delta Delta (ΔΔΔ/Tri Delta) sorority, Eleanor Dorcas Pond. Episode writer Sarah Watson is a sister of Tri Delta.

    • Trivia: The metal spherical look of the Truth Bomb, BUMMER, and stun field generator are deliberate references on prop master Gregory M. Edgar's part to the thermal detonator belonging to the bounty hunter Boushh in Return of the Jedi (1983).

  • Quotes

    • Wendy: What's up with the droid?
      The Middleman: She's listening to chatter.
      Wendy: Chatter?
      The Middleman: CIA, NSA, Interpol, local police. They tend to ignore the important things so we keep an ear to their frequencies for anything that might require our… special touch.
      Wendy: Just how much "special touching" do we do?
      The Middleman: Remember the mutant lama invasion of '06? The second werewolf administration?. The day without wheat?
      Wendy: Wait. The second werewolf administration?
      The Middleman: Vigilance is the name of the game.

    • The Middleman: When people like he start asking questions, sometimes we have to take measures.
      Wendy: Define "measures".
      The Middleman: A local reporter once asked too many questions about our operating parameters. Days later he received a lucrative offer from a TV station in another town.
      Wendy: That doesn't sound so bad.
      The Middleman: In Greenland.

    • Ida: I told young Tyler to scram.
      Wendy: You made the cute boy go bye-bye?

    • Wendy: Ghosts? Sweet.
      The Middleman: Dubbie, there's nothing sweet about ghosts. Spirits only linger in this world when they have unfinished business, violent vengeful business.
      Wendy: But Casper's such a friendly guy.
      The Middleman: It may all seem like light and magic at first, but the next thing you know the walls are bleeding and you've got 25 pregnant women running around screaming "Mary, Mary, Mary!" and clawing their eyes out with knitting needles while your own hair grows to three times its length and tries to strangle you.
      Wendy: That sounds… specific.

    • Louis: But I swear these boobs may be fake, but that emergency phone call was real. (The Middleman pulls out a scanner) Oh, man, you're gonna rough me up. I've got rights, you know.
      The Middleman: Louis, I would never hit a man in a dress unless I'd exhausted all other options.

    • The Middleman: Dubbie, I can badger my way into Fort Knox. I can talk my way into Lincoln's bedroom. But a sorority house? When it comes to that forbidden stronghold of femininity, I'm afraid penetration is nearly impossible.
      Wendy: That's not what I've heard about the Omegas! Ooh! (The Middleman stares) Never mind.

    • The Middleman: I hate the idea of sending you alone against an angry minion of the spirit world. If I had the physique for it, I'd pull on pumps, a flowery skirt and a pair of sheer panty hose and go in there myself.

    • Wendy: I was just in a room standing next to a perfectly normal flesh-and-blood coed who was talking to me, and next to her a spectral apparition that looked just like her!
      The Middleman: Ghost of the living!
      Wendy: Is that one of your snappy exclamations, or are you just defining what we're up against?
      The Middleman: A little of both, I suppose.

    • Wendy: Hey, what's all that noise? It sounds like Caligula is raging in the living room.
      Allie: I don't know who Caligula is, but if she's like a total drunken slut, then yeah.

    • The Middleman: Dubbie, you and I are soldiers in arms. Our lives are intertwined in a way that generally only happens in battle. I think of you as… a brother, and in return you should feel comfortable speaking to me as if I were one of your women friends.
      Wendy: Wow. That analogy so didn't go where I thought it was going. But I appreciate the sentiment.

  • Notes

    • Featured Music

      "Someone Like You" by David Vandervelde
      "Daybreak" by Camphor
      "Sumthin About Her" by Time Traveller

  • Allusions

    • Animal House:
      Louis' sweater, which is blazoned with "COLLEGE" across the front, references Animal House (1978). The toga-wearing heavy-set party guy references John Belushi's similar-looking character John "Bluto" Blutarsky. The movie, starring John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Tom Hulce, and Stephen Furst, chronicles the adventures of the slobs of the Delta House Fraternity. The movie was written in part by Harold Ramis, who also played Dr. Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (see below).

    • Wendy: But Casper's such a friendly guy.

      Referencing Casper the Friendly Ghost, a child ghost created by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo in 1939. He was first featured in a children's story book and then featured in cartoons. The rights were later purchased by Harvey Studios which created several cartoon series from the 1960s on. Casper has been featured in several live-action movies.

    • Ghostbusters

      There are several references to the movie Ghostbusters (1984):

      * Reitman University is named after Ivan Reitman, director of Ghostbusters.
      * 55 Ray Parker Jr. Ave refers to the singer who performed the Ghostbusters theme.
      * The Middleman introduces himself and Wendy as Dr. Stantz and Dr. Zeddemore, referencing Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Ackroyd) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson).
      * Louis refers to Louis Tully (Rick Moranis).
      * The radio code names Gatekeeper and Keymaster refer to the two possessing spirits that take over Louis and Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver).
      * The sorority photo identifies two of the ghosts as Dana Barrett and Janine Melnitz: Janine Melnitz is the Ghostbusters' secretary (Annie Potts).
      * The Egon Spengler Memorial Award refers to Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), another of the Ghostbusters.
      * "Positron Collider" is a term used by Peter Venkman to describe the Proton Pack, the main device used by the Ghostbusters.
      * "Total photonic reversal" is a term the Ghostbusters toss around.
      * "I don't know if she had legs but she definitely had arms" is a line spoken by Louis in the movie.
      * PKE meters, neutrona wands and Gozarian lenses are pieces of equipment the Ghostbusters use.

    • Tyler: I can't even be friends with someone who likes the Zombies of Mora Tau.

      Referencing Zombies of Mora Tau (1957), which stars Jeff Clark, George Harrison and Jan Peters. Directed by Edward L. Cahn from a screenplay by Bernard Gordon, the film chronicles the exploits of a team of explorers seeking to recover a sunken ship off the cost of Africa. The undead sailors guard the ship's cargo of priceless diamonds and intend to make sure no one gets them.

    • Wendy: Holy Wachowski brothers!

      Referencing Larry and Andy Wachowski, who originally worked at Marvel Comics on projects associated with horror writer Clive Barker. They went into movies in 1995 and are best known as the creators of The Matrix trilogy. The scenes from the movie of unconscious persons strapped to tables (while they're in the Matrix virtual reality) are alluded to here.

    • Louis: Great Caesar's Ghost.

      Referencing the phrase popularized in the 1950s radio and television Superman series by editor Perry White. White is the editor of the Daily Planet and typically Clark Kent's editor-in-chief. Although actor John Hamilton originated the phrase, it was later adopted into the comic books and subsequent movies featuring White.

    • Wendy: Omega Theta Nu. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

      Referencing Obi-Wan's line from Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977). The Jedi Knight refers to the Mos Eisley spaceport as he, Luke and the droids enter the town.

    • The Middleman: How in the eyeglasses of T. J. Eckleburg did you manage to break yours when we so desperately need confirmation?

      Referencing The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. T. J. Eckleburg is an oculist who left behind a faded billboard that pictures a large pair of blue eyes with half spectacles. The eyes look out over the "valley of ashes" and are thought to symbolize the eyes of God.

    • Louis: My pledge challenge was to boldly go where no man had gone before.

      Referencing the introductory sequence from Star Trek: The Original Series. The series follows the crew of the USS Enterprise on their five-year mission "To explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before." The sequence was later revised for Star Trek: The Next Generation; replacing "man" with the gender-neutral "no one".