The Middleman

Season 1 Episode 5

The Flying Fish Zombification

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jul 14, 2008 on ABC Family



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: There are several reference to the band The Zombies. Wendy's alias of "Mrs. Blunstone" refers to Colin Blunstone, the band's vocalist. The group formed in St. Albans: the duo talk to victim Rod Argent is the St. Albans Hospital. Rod Argent is the name of another member of the Zombies. The Atkinson Memorial Insane Asylum refers to band member Paul Atkinson (who also attended St. Albans). Mr. White is named for band member Chris White. The fishery, Odyssey & Oracle, is named after the band's 1968 album.

  • Quotes

    • The Middleman: In times of extreme stress, crying is an inevitable physiological response.
      Ida: Sure it is, cupcake.

    • Wendy: And I get the feeling you don't share my enthusiasm.
      Ida: Then I'm wearing the right expression.

    • The Middleman: Dubbie, I wish I had more time to prepare you for your first session with Sensei Ping.
      Ida: What he's trying to say is it's been nice knowing you.
      Wendy: It's not going to be that bad.
      Ida: The man likes pain and suffering like tornadoes love trailer parks.
      Wendy: I get it, I get it, it's like Bruce Lee coming back from the dead.
      Ida: And beating you with his own coffin.

    • (as Wendy trains)
      Ida: I'm devoid of human emotion and that made me want to wince.
      The Middleman: You should have been more supportive of her. The psychological advantage in a case like this is crucial.
      Ida: Oh sure. I'll get to it after I powder your diaper.

    • The Middleman: My gut says we may be dealing with the seminal stages of a zombie outbreak.
      Wendy: Entrail-ripping brain-chewing zombies?
      The Middleman: The very same.
      Wendy: Cool.

    • The Middleman: One: she still has a heartbeat, so there just may be a way to pull her back from her zombified state. And two, if we don't find an antidote, her heart's gonna explode like a sausage casing full of weasels.

    • Ida: I'm just gonna go ahead and run Bonnie's blood through HEAL
      The Middleman: That's the Hemo-Electric Antidote Locator.
      Wendy: I didn't ask.

    • Wendy: How come you didn't get any Slurpee on your uniform.
      The Middleman: I was a Navy SEAL. I know how to stay dry.

    • (as Wendy knocks out a bad guy)
      The Middleman: Like a Bengal elephant.
      Wendy: The one who does the takedown gets to say the catchphrase.
      The Middleman: Oh, I'm sorry. Be my guest.
      Wendy: "Swift justice".
      The Middleman: "Swift justice". Really?
      Wendy: It was in my delivery.
      The Middleman: Ah.

  • Notes

    • Featured Music

      "Everyone You Know" by Now, Now Every Children
      "Merry Go Round" by The Polyamorous Affair
      "That Time" by Layton

  • Allusions

    • Wendy: I swept the leg!

      Referencing the The Karate Kid (1984), starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita.

      In the finals of the movie's karate tournament (Johnny Lawrence vs. Daniel LaRusso), "Sweep the leg" is the command that Cobra Kai Sensei John Kreese gives to Johnny before the match, in an effort to exploit an injury Daniel received in the semifinals (the result of an illegal knee attack, also orchestrated by Kreese).

    • Lacey: There's no valet parking this month because Joe 90 lost his license.

      Referencing Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Joe 90, a 1960s Supermarionation television series. It chronicles the adventures of 9-year old Joe McClaine, whose adopted father develops a device that lets him transplant skills directly into his son's brain so that Joe could work for a secret spy organization.

    • Ida: And the Big Green Cheese is supposed to be Sensei Ping's favorite apprentice.

      Obliquely referencing the muscular strong-jawed old-fashioned comic book superhero Captain Marvel, nicknamed "The Big Red Cheese". As created by C.C. Beck and Bill Parker in 1939, Captain Marvel is often portrayed as a somewhat naive but good-hearted superhero. His alter ego is a young Billy Batson, who transforms into Captain Marvel by speaking the magic word SHAZAM and gains the wisdom of Solomon; the strength of Hercules; the stamina of Atlas; the power of Zeus; the courage of Achilles; and the speed of Mercury.

    • Wendy: Sure, Opie, whatever you say.

      Referencing Opie Taylor, the red-haired son of sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith). Opie was portrayed by actor Ron Howard in The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68). Howard would continue to play the role in the spin-off Mayberry R.F.D. and returned in 1986 for a reunion movie.

    • The Middleman: Flowers for Algernon! We're on our way!

      Referencing the science fiction short story of 1959 (later novel) by Daniel Keyes, chronicling Charlie Gordon, a man of low intelligence who is given treatments to triple his IQ. However, the treatment wears off and Charlie reverts to his former IQ level. Adapted numerous times, the best-known adaptation would be Charly (1968), with Cliff Robertson in the title role.

    • Wendy: Well I just want to make sure Bride of Frankenstein here doesn't go all fish crazy on us at 64 miles an hour.

      Referencing the title character in the movie of the same name (1935), played by Elsa Lanchester. The movie, the first of many sequels, chronicles the attempts of Henry Frankenstein to create a mate for his creation, the Monster, in return for its promise to never threaten the human race again.

    • Lacey: Waiting for Godot?

      Referencing the 1948-1949 play by Samuel Beckett, which chronicles the exploits of two men, Estragon and Vladimir, over a two-day period as they wait on a road for a man named Godot. Although the men are driven to the point of suicide, Godot never arrives or is seen by the audience.

    • Ida: Smurfette's here to see you.

      Referencing the main female character from The Smurfs, originally a Franco-Belgian comic that was first published in 1958. They have since gone on to see worldwide popularity. The Smurfs are small blue-skinned elf-like creatures and are mostly male.

    • Ida: But I'm watching The Price is Right!

      Referencing the long-running game show that first aired in 1956 and has run in several incarnations, as well as spawning numerous international versions. The American version featured host Bob Barker for many years, until comedian Drew Carey took on the role in 2007.