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The Middleman: The Boy-Band Superfan Interrogation

The duo take on Cindy, the world's biggest and most dangerous fan of a boy-band.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x6
Airdate: Monday July 21st, 2008

  • Currently 8.9/10
8.9/10 (10 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Drew Tyler Bell
As Pip
Sean Davis (1)
As Joe 90
Alan Smyth
As High Aldwin
Matt Winston
As Dr. Elliot Marshall
Eden Sher
As Cindy Marshall

Co-Guest Stars
Bobby Edner
As Himself
Thomas Fiss
As Himself
Jayk Purdy
As Himself
Drew Richards
As Himself
Billy Beck (2)
As Art Gallery Patron
Arloa Reston
As Reporter
Main Cast
Matt Keeslar
As The Middleman
Natalie Morales (2)
As Wendy Watson
Brit Morgan
As Lacey Thornfield


Wendy, Lacey, and Noser are trying to get a pirated satellite signal and end up picking up Varsity Fanclub, the most popular boy band in the world. Lacey is a closet fan, much to Wendy and Noser’s astonishment. Pip comes in and invites them to his gallery showing at The Gate, one of the major art shows in town. After he leaves, they bring up the gallery promotion on the Internet and discover that Pip is displaying Wendy’s newest paintings...

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Episode Notes
David Lei Brandt, Bobby Edner, Thomas Fiss, Jayk Purdy, and Drew Richard appears as themselves, as members of Varsity Fanclub.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Varsity FanclubFuture Love 

Episode Quotes
Noser: You got your nude self-portrait into a gallery show?
Pip: That was my sister. And no, my period of erotic sibling representation is over. This gallery show, it's something new. I'm calling it Deux Ex Pip. It's Latin for "The Machines of Pip."
Lacey: That's not what it means.
Pip: Whatever!

Lacey: Pip is about to reap the whirlwind. That means we’re gonna do bad things to him.

The Middleman: But I’ve always been fascinated by the ability of preassembled sets of submasculine archetypes to tug at the heartstrings of a 12-to-17-year-old fanbase.
Wendy: Funny, I’ve always been fascinated by their ability to bring up my lunch.

The Middleman: Now, let’s try to get there before that little girl sucks the band through a hole. (Wendy stares) In space.

The Middleman: Ida loved paperwork.
Wendy: Yeah, Ida loved a lot of things Like belittling my every accomplishment.
The Middleman: Hmmm.
Wendy: Calling me a drug addict. threatening me with physical harm.
The Middleman: She was a pistol.

(talking about Ida)
Wendy: You know, the idea that her sacrifice would lead to peace and prosperity for hundreds and billions of aliens, not to mention save Earth itself, think it would have really ticked her off.

Episode References
This episode is filled with references to the Indiana Jones franchise. When the Middleman introduces them as magicians, he uses the names Rene and Marion: Rene Belloq and Marion Ravenwood from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Dr. Marshall works at the Henry Jones University. The team later use the fake IDs of Brody and Forrestal: Marcus Brody, and Indy's competitor Forrestal from the first movie. At the concert, Wendy uses the fake names of Ravenwood and Jones, a reference to Marion and Abner Ravenwood, and Indiana Jones. Cindy's address, 1981 Lucas, refers to George Lucas and the year Raiders of the Lost Ark was released.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJavier Grillo-Marxuach
Executive ProducerJavier Grillo-Marxuach  |  John Ziffren
Co-Executive ProducerHans Beimler
Supervising ProducerJeremiah S. Chechik
ProducerJon Paré
Co-ProducerSarah Watson
Associate ProducerShane Keller
Production DesignerNaomi Slodki
EditorRaul Davalos
CastingAmy McIntyre Britt  |  Michael Nicolo
Unit Production ManagerJon Paré
First Assistant DirectorRichard W. Abramitis
Second Assistant DirectorMelody Beam
MusicTree Adams
Music SupervisorAllison Clark  |  Peymon Maskan
Costume DesignerDanielle Launzel
Key GripBen Beaird
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton  |  Michael Gfelner
Set DesignerJudi Giovanni
Location ManagerBriana Burke
Transportation CoordinatorMalcolm Mazer
Property MasterGregory Edgar
Construction CoordinatorStar Fields
Production Sound MixerBuck Robinson
Script SupervisorNancy Solomon
Production CoordinatorMelanie E. Gonzalez
Script CoordinatorNeil Levin
Assistant EditorSusan Godfrey (2)
Post Production SupervisorKeith Patterson (2)
Supervising Sound EditorMark Friedgen
GafferKeith Roverud
Director of PhotographyJohn C. Newby
Story EditorAndy Reaser
Stunt CoordinatorGregory J. Barnett
Art DirectorSachiko Tanaka
Based On The Works OfJavier Grillo-Marxuach  |  Les McClaine
Costume SupervisorPerri Kimono
Main Title ThemeTree Adams
Visual Effects SupervisorStephen Lebed
Department Head HairDanny Goldstein
Department Head Make-upKimber Eastwood
Special Effects CoordinatorRandy Cabral
Production ControllerBrett D. Born
Special Effects Make-upTodd Tucker
Warning: The Middleman season 1 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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