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The Middleman: The Accidental Occidental Conception

Wendy and the Middleman try to stop a Terracotta Warrior from releasing a hail of fire upon the Earth, by stopping him from sacrificing the Emperor's heir. Meanwhile, Lacey is fighting with Wendy over her protest activities.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Monday June 23rd, 2008

Director: Michael Zinberg
Writer: Sarah Watson


Guest Stars
Elaine HendrixElaine Hendrix
As Roxy Wasserman
Matt FunkeMatt Funke
As Trevor
Diane SellersDiane Sellers
As Desk Sergeant
Tony YaldaTony Yalda
As Underworld Clerk

Co-Guest Stars
Vincent WardVincent Ward
As Policeman
Hymnson ChanHymnson Chan
As Busboy
James HsuJames Hsu
As Terracotta Warrior
Christopher RayChristopher Ray
As Duncan's Father
Connor PriceConnor Price
As Duncan
Susan ZieglerSusan Ziegler
As Jessica
Main Cast
Matt KeeslarMatt Keeslar
As The Middleman
Natalie Morales (2)Natalie Morales (2)
As Wendy Watson
Brit MorganBrit Morgan
As Lacey Thornfield


At the Metro Police station, Wendy and Noser try to get to through to the desk sergeant to get Lacey released: she was arrested for indecent exposure at a sushi restaurant during a protest. The desk sergeant eventually releases Lacey but Wendy is less than thrilled...

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Episode Notes
With this episode, filming moves to Los Angeles.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Chaos in OrderSideways 
The SubmarinesMaybe 

Episode Quotes
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.
Wendy: Who?
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.
Wendy: Seriously?
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.

Cultural References
Dune/Frank Herbert

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.

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
CastingMichael Nicolo  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerJon Paré
MusicTree Adams
Music EditorPeymon Maskan
Music SupervisorAllison Clark
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)  |  Albert Coleman
Post Production SupervisorKeith Patterson (2)
Supervising Sound EditorMark Friedgen
GafferKeith Roverud
Director of PhotographyJohn C. Newby
Story EditorAndy Reaser
Stunt CoordinatorGregory J. Barnett
Based On The Works OfJavier Grillo-Marxuach  |  Les McClaine
Costume SupervisorRochelle Best
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
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