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The Middleman: The Flying Fish Zombification

Wendy and the Middleman take on flesh-eating zombies with a taste for... fish?

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Monday July 14th, 2008

Director: Allan Kroeker
Writer: Andy Reaser

Guest Stars
Drew Tyler BellDrew Tyler Bell
As Pip
Todd StashwickTodd Stashwick
As Mr. White
Al DamjiAl Damji
As Rod Argent

Co-Guest Stars
Melanie HawkinsMelanie Hawkins
As Bonnie Blue
T.J. JosefyT.J. Josefy
As Fishmonger (as Timothy Josefy)
Tina Joy ManeraTina Joy Manera
As !!!! Model
Sherry MattsonSherry Mattson
As !!!! Model
George WilliamsGeorge Williams
As Deputy Commissioner
Main Cast
Matt KeeslarMatt Keeslar
As The Middleman
Natalie Morales (2)Natalie Morales (2)
As Wendy Watson
Brit MorganBrit Morgan
As Lacey Thornfield


Wendy and Lacey are at their sublet and Wendy is talking to her mother by phone while Lacey prepares a promotional piece of artwork for their upcoming show, Art Crawl. Wend isn't thrilled at hearing from her mother but Lacey notes that at least her mother cares, and she only hears from her mother Dr. Barbara Thornville MD PhD once a year. Wendy convinces Lacey to invite her mother to Art Crawl and Lacey tries to get through, only to end up on hold...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
LaytonThat Time 
Now, Now Every ChildrenEveryone You Know 
The Polyamorous AffairMerry Go Round 

Episode Quotes
Wendy: And I get the feeling you don’t share my enthusiasm.
Ida: Then I’m wearing the right expression.

The Middleman: Dubbie, I wish I had more time to prepare you for your first session with Sensei Ping.
Ida: What he’s trying to say is it’s been nice knowing you.
Wendy: It’s not going to be that bad.
Ida: The man likes pain and suffering like tornadoes love trailer parks.
Wendy: I get it, I get it, it’s like Bruce Lee coming back from the dead.
Ida: And beating you with his own coffin.

(hearing Wendy train)
Ida: I’m devoid of human emotion and that made me want to wince.
The Middleman: You should have been more supportive of her. The psychological advantage in a case like this is crucial.
Ida: Oh sure. I’ll get to it after I powder your diaper.

The Middleman: My gut says we may be dealing with the seminal stages of a zombie outbreak.
Wendy: Entrail-ripping brain-chewing zombies?
The Middleman: The very same.
Wendy: Cool.

The Middleman: One: she still has a heartbeat, so there just may be a way to pull her back from her zombified state. And two, if we don’t find an antidote, her heart’s gonna explode like a sausage casing full of weasels.

Ida: I’m just gonna go ahead and run Bonnie’s blood through HEAL
The Middleman: That’s the Hemo-Electric Antidote Locator.
Wendy: I didn’t ask.

Wendy: How come you didn’t get any Slurpee on your uniform.
The Middleman: I was a Navy SEAL. I know how to stay dry.

The Middleman: In times of extreme stress, crying is an inevitable physiological response.
Ida: Sure it is, cupcake.

(Wendy knocks out the bad guy)
The Middleman: Like a Bengal elephant.
Wendy: The one who does the takedown gets to say the catchphrase.
The Middleman: Oh, I’m sorry. Be my guest.
Wendy: “Swift justice.”
The Middleman: “Swift justice,” really?
Wendy: It was in my delivery.
The Middleman: Ah.

Episode References
The episode is filled with references to the rock group The Zombies. The group formed in St. Albans: the hospital the duo visit is St. Albans. Victim Rod Argent is named after the band's pianist. Wendy's alias of Mrs. Blunstone refers to vocalist Colin Blunstone. Mr. White is named after band member Chris White. The Atkinson Memorial Insane Asylum is named after band member Paul Atkinson. And the fishery is named after the band's 1968 album Odyssey & Oracle.

Running gag: different times for each time listing:

Breakfast Time
Snack Time
Nap Time
Bullet Time
Country Time
High Time
Three-Quarter Time
Quittin’ Time
Big Time
Past your bedtime
Prime Time
Time to rise up and greet the dawn.
Jail Time

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
EditorJames Renfroe
CastingMichael Nicolo  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerJon Paré
Second Assistant DirectorMelody Beam
Music EditorPeymon Maskan
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 OfLes McClaine  |  Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Costume SupervisorRochelle Best
Main Title ThemeTree Adams
Visual Effects SupervisorStephen Lebed
ScoreTree Adams
Department Head HairKetty Gonzalez  |  Danny Goldstein
Department Head Make-upKimber Eastwood
Special Effects CoordinatorRandy Cabral
Production StaffMargaret Dunlap  |  Neil Levin  |  Christina Mar  |  Thealonious Dickerson  |  Jennifer Herman  |  Harold Vaz  |  Brendan Ryan  |  Zack Krone
Production ControllerBrett D. Born
Special Effects Make-upTodd Tucker
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