The Middleman: Caffeine is a drug, Dubbie.
Wendy: I’m holding a molecular stun cannon.
Wendy: I wanted to be supportive. When I opened my mouth, my mom came out. No, seriously, I might have even said to buy a nice bag, high heels, and a push-up bra, and get herself a man. (Middleman and Ida stare) She’s from Miami.
The Middleman: Ah.
Wendy: Oh, come on, I bet Ida’s just a double-click away from making her permanent record go bye-bye.
Ida: I’m a double-click away from making something go bye-bye.
The Middleman: You let yourself become distracted and the next thing you know a geologic rift opens and the city is overrun by three-toed hominids who once battled man for dominance while you’ve got your tighty-whiteys around your ankles.
Wendy: That happened to you, didn’t it?
The Middleman: I’m as serious as a Hefty bag full of Rottweillers.
The Middleman: We’ll need to consult someone.
The Middleman: A consultant, of course. You are off today.
The Middleman: Grapes of Wrath, Dubbie. Do you know how much of the earth is made up of… earth?
Wendy: C’mon, Lacey. Pick up, pick up, pick up.
Ida: Hey, turn that thing off.
Wendy: There’s no way my cell phone interferes with that thing’s frequency.
Ida: I’m talking about your mouth.
The Middleman: I thought you solved your female problems.
Wendy: I don’t think female problems mean what you think it means but no.
Lacey: Don’t you care about your carbon footprint?
Roxy: Is it anything like the footprint I’m going to leave on your young arrogant derrière if you don’t do exactly what I say?
Duncan: Is he some kind of superhero?
Wendy: Something like that.
Duncan: What are you?
Wendy: Ever heard of Robin the Boy Wonder?
Duncan: Yeah, he sucks.
Wendy: So all those temp jobs really were Hell on Earth.
The Middleman: What do you mean?
Wendy: It was a joke. You know, because this is supposed to look like the Underworld but instead looks like a boring old office building.
The Middleman: Sands of Zanzibar, you see an office building?
Wendy: Yeah, you don’t?
The Middleman: I see a field, wild, overgrown, barbaric. Look, over there, a feral rabbit.
The Middleman: No, I see an office building.
Wendy: Wow, somebody’s funny in the Underworld.
Wendy: So there’s a record of everyone who’s ever died.
The Middleman: A big and infinitely massive veil of shadows and mystery. This place is surprisingly well organized.
Terracotta Warrior: Earth, you formed me. Wind, you carried me. Fire, you are my destiny. Water, you scare the pants off of me.
There are a number of references to Dune
, the epic science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert (1920-86). A movie and two TV mini-series have been made of the novels: the first mini-series starred Matt Keeslar (The Middleman) as Feyd-Rautha.
* Frank Herbert Junior High School is named after the author.
* Duncan is named after Duncan Idaho.
* Jessica, Duncan's mother, is named after the mother of the main character, Paul Atriedes.
* 1965 Caladan Lane, is named after Caladan, home planet of the Atreides family. 1965 is the year the first Dune
novel was published.
* The aliases of Doctors Kynes and Rabban, respectively refer to Dr. Liet-Kynes, a paleontologist, and the Beast Rabban, the overgovernor of Arrakis.
* The Middleman saying "50 Daffodils to Shaddam of Corrino!" references the Emperor of the Dune
novels, Shaddam Corrino the IV.