The Middleman

Season 1 Episode 3

The Sino-Mexican Revelation

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jun 30, 2008 on ABC Family
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The Sino-Mexican Revelation
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The martial arts master Sensei Ping arrives in town to train Wendy. Now Wendy must get the temperamental teacher back to base—despite a beat up car and hordes of lucha libre wrestlers—while The Middleman is otherwise engaged.

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  • Very strange, but very entertaining.

    8.5
    Sensai Ping is coming to train Wendy. They are stopped by Mexican wrestlers in masks. They kidnap Sensai Ping because of a blood feud. Lacey resorts to working at a restuarant that diminishes the respect for women, but quits after a couple of hours. Wendy meets a potential boyfriend, but after he saves her, he gets two-day amnesia. Wendy's job and life may be in danger. After Wendy saves him and Sensai Ping, The Middleman gives her her first check. Sensai Ping kills all the Mexicans. Wendy is now safe and everything is good.



    This episode was the weirdest so far. The Mexican wrestlers and stuff totally threw me off. I loved the part where the subtitles changed when they started speaking English and it showed it in Spanish or whatever. This episode gets an 8.5 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • Who comes up with this stuff?

    8.8
    As fun as the first two eps were, this is where the series hits its totally off-the-wall stride. I haven't laughed this hard at a sci-fi show in a long time as this ep was just brilliant. There was the constant shifting of the time zone labels. Wendy speaking English while subtitles in Spanish appeared below her. The Middleman's Hewbrew commentary. Mark Dacastos having an obvious blast as Master Ping. The "great battle" with that other masked man. We even get some character development with Wendy's dad and her ability to fly jets and her brief flirtiation with that other guy. We also get her in a Robin costume, Lacey in a teddy bear (which apparantly means something but we're not allowed to see what, which makes it more fun), wild kung fu battles and more of the Middleman's crazy lines. Please, please, ABC Family, do not cancel this show, this is fun TV hasn't seen since the heyday of "The Tick."moreless
Mark Dacascos

Mark Dacascos

Sensei Ping

Guest Star

Benny Nieves

Benny Nieves

El Maestro De Ceremonias

Guest Star

Christopher T. Wood

Christopher T. Wood

Doctor

Guest Star

Brendan Hines

Brendan Hines

Tyler Ford

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (13)

    • Wendy: When we graduated art school, we swore two things. No more underwear-stealing boyfriends…
      Lacey: What was it with those guys, we were like magnets.
      Wendy: …and no more waitressing.

    • Ida: It's worth more bread than the two of you meatsocks put together.
      Wendy: See, that's why I'm an artist and you're a soulless android from outer space masquerading as a cranky librarian.

    • Israeli Museum Curator: (in Hebrew) Are you a product of the Kibbutz movement like me?
      The Middleman: A man asked me that question once. I kicked his male reproductive organs into his watch pocket. Now he must check the time whenever he wishes to copulate.

    • The Middleman: You're not ready.
      Wendy: To pick up a surly Asian guy at an airport? You just described three of my last four relationships.

    • Wendy: Uh, Sensei Ping. Like an unborn lotus festering in the mud waiting to blossom, I come to you with humble greetings to beseech your guidance, most awesome...
      Sensei Ping: (laughs) Did The Middleman tell you to recite the most hallowed verse of greetings to Sensei Ping?
      Wendy: Uh, yes.
      Sensei Ping: He is such a comedian. You know, most of us masters of the martial arts are actually very laid back.
      Wendy: Really?
      Sensei Ping: No! (slaps her)

    • Sensei Ping: Do not speak unless you are spoken too. And never, ever let Sensei Ping's bags touch pavement.

    • Sensei Ping: Sensei Ping has never known such indignity. This mode of conveyance is beneath anyone who walks upright. Auto smells like something that was drained from a bowel.

    • Wendy: Uh, Sensei Ping…
      Sensei Ping: That is my name. Do not wear it out.

    • Wendy: Uh, why is my car being surrounded by a bunch of lucha libre wrestlers?
      Sensei Ping: That is a very long story for another day, my impudent young weasel.

    • The Middleman: Well la-di-da, Dubbie. You must be mistaking the Clan of the Pointed Stick for one of the rational societies of paranoid celibate martial artists.

    • Lacey: Are things bad with Sexy Boss Man?
      Wendy: Must you call him that? Must you?
      Lacey: Yes, I must.

    • Ida: Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.

    • Wendy: Bail? Parachute? How will I get back?
      Ida: You'll either be dead or you'll rescue The Middleman and Sensei Ping, kill all the wrestlers in your way, and jack whatever plane they used to get here. What, you never watched a Bond flick?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Director Jeremiah S. Chechik worked on The Avengers (1999) and the inclusion of Lacey's teddy bear costume was asked for by series creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach. It references the scene where Sean Connery meets with his henchmen and they're all dressed in teddy bear costumes.

    • Featured Music

      "Lucha Libre Lovers" by Senior Flavio
      "Beautiful Night" by The Go Find

    • As of this episode, ABC Family rescheduled the show from 8/7c to 10/9c.

    • This episode is based on the second four-issue The Middleman mini-series released 2005 and 2006, consisting of "The Entering Dragon Conundrum", "The Winnebago Interrogation Contingency", "The Sino-Mexican Revelation" and "The Guilded Amphibian Supremacy". In July 2006 they were released as a trade paperback, The Second Volume Inevitability.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • The J.R. "Bob" Dobbs International Airport:
      References the Church of the SubGenius. Dobbs' image is based on a piece of 1950s pop art, and Dobbs (a salesman) is supposedly the founder of the Church. According to their philosophy statement, "The Church Of The SubGenius is an order of Scoffers and Blasphemers, dedicated to Total Slack, delving into Mockery Science, Sadofuturistics, Megaphysics, Scatalography, Schizophreniatrics, Morealism, Sarcastrophy, Cynisacreligion, Apocolyptionomy, ESPectorationalism, Hypno-Pediatrics, Subliminalism, Satyriology, Disto-Utopianity, Sardonicology, Fascetiouism, Ridiculophagy, and Miscellatheistic Theology."

    • Tyler: Like you know how El Santo and Blue Demon are like the Superman and Batman of lucha libre.

      Referencing two wrestling superheroes of comics and movies. Santo the Silver Masked Man appeared in dozens of movies and had his own comic book, and was played by El Santo (Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta), who also carved out a 50-year history as a real-life luchadore. Blue Demon (Alejandro Muñoz Moreno) was the superhero protagonist in 25 luchadore movies and led a wrestling superhero organization, Los Campeones Justicieros, in three others. The characters (as well as the actors) never removed their masks or revealed their identities to the general public.

    • Wendy: You don't seem like the Daisy Duke type.

      Referencing Daisy Mae Duke, the main female character on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-85). Played by Catherine Bach, she often bailed her cousins Bo and Luke out of trouble. She became best known as a poster girl thanks to her costume of revealing cut-off shorts, which came to be nicknamed "Daisy Dukes".

    • The Middleman: Mutual of Omaha!

      Referencing Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, hosted by zoologist Marlin Perkins. Perkins narrated while his assistant, Jim Fowler, would take on a variety of wild animals. The show premiered in 1963 on NBC, ran for eight years, and went into syndication with new episodes produced sporadically. Mutual of Omaha sponsored a new version of the show in 2002 on Animal Planet, this time narrated by Alec Baldwin.

    • The Man With Two Brains

      Schlermie Beckerman Memorial Square and Alfred Necessiter Memorial Hospital reference the 1983 movie The Man With Two Brains (1983), starring Steve Martin in the title role and Kathleen Turner as his conniving wife. Beckerman and Necessiter are both doctors in the movie, the latter played by David Warner.

    • The Middleman: Sweet mother of Preston Tucker.

      Referencing the 1988 movie Tucker: The Man and His Dream, the biopic about car designer Preston Tucker and his manufacture of the Tucker '48. Jeff Bridges played the title role and Francis Ford Coppola directed.

    • Wendy: Holy coinkidink, Batman!

      The expression, and the costume, references Robin the Boy Wonder, specifically the '60s Batman series with Burt Ward as Robin. The character's trademark in the series was inevitably saying "Holy _____, Batman!" with such words as Horseshoe, Sardine, Heartbreak, Flypaper, Red Herring and dozens more.

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