The Middleman

Season 1 Episode 9

The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Aug 11, 2008 on ABC Family



  • Allusions

    • Action-Thrillers

      Numerous spy movies and television series are referenced throughout the episode:

      * Klebb's Fine Jewels refers to Rosa Klebb, the SPECTRE villainess in From Russia With Love (1963).
      * The Middleman's IDs of Alexander Scott and Kelly Robinson refer to the two main characters of I Spy (1965), starring Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, respectively.
      * The Candle's alias, Lloyd Cramden, is the name of Derek Flint's superior (played by Lee J. Cobb) in the two Flint movies (1966-67).
      * The boy's name is Derek, alluding directly to Derek Flint, portrayed by James Coburn.
      * The alias "Harry Lime" refers to the villain in the movie The Third Man (1949), played by Orson Welles.
      * A fifth of Fleming's Commander Jamaica rum refers to James Bond creator Ian Fleming and his fondness for Jamaica.
      * Govinda alludes to Gobinda, the henchman in the James Bond movie Octopussy (1983).
      * Guy and Wendy's aliases of Harry Rule and the Contessa Caroline di Contini refer to the character played by Robert Vaughn and Nyree Dawn Porter in the British action-adventure series The Protectors (1972-74).
      * The villain named Anatol Gogol refers to the recurring KGB head played by Walter Gotell in five James Bond movies.
      * Count Manzeppi refers to the villainous magician in the Wild Wild West Western/spy series of the sixties played by Victor Buono in two episodes.
      * The odd cheek-poking gesture Guy does to Vilma Schnipp is taken from the spy parody Top Secret! during a dance between Val Kilmer and Lucy Gutteridge.
      * As noted, Wendy's bikini is the same one worn by Ursula Andress in Doctor No (1962).
      * Shibumi references the 1979 spy novel of the same name by Trevanian (aka Dr. Rodney William Whitaker).
      * Lord Jeremiah Purcell references the Destroyer novels featuring Remo Williams and Chiun. Purcell is the protégé of one of their opponents, Nuihc.
      * "You bet your sweet Brioni" references James Bond's preferred tuxedo manufacturer.