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The Middleman: The Clotharian Contamination Protocol

When Ida is infested with alien nanobots and turns (more) evil, she tricks Wendy and the Middleman into shutting down the HQ.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x11
Airdate: Monday August 25th, 2008

Guest Stars
Brendan HinesBrendan Hines
As Tyler Ford
Mark SheppardMark Sheppard
As Manservant Neville (as Mark A. Sheppard)
Alan SmythAlan Smyth
As Maximum Aldwin
Leland CrookeLeland Crooke
As Fatboy CEO
Chris UflandChris Ufland
As Mr. Lethbridge-Stewart
Main Cast
Matt KeeslarMatt Keeslar
As The Middleman
Natalie Morales (2)Natalie Morales (2)
As Wendy Watson
Brit MorganBrit Morgan
As Lacey Thornfield


Tyler and Wendy are out on a date and Wendy apologizes because she was the only one in the audience for his show. He admits that he’s been writing more then ever since they got together, and they grab some hot dogs at a street cart. They initially fail to notice two men fighting over a collision in the intersection behind them but Tyler finally goes to check it out and tries to calm them down. One driver takes out a bat and Tyler disarms him. The other man thanks Tyler in a rather overflowing tone and offers Tyler a job and his card...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Russian FuturistsLet's Get Ready to Crumbleopening apartment scene

Episode Quotes
Tyler: Seriously, Dubbie, since you and I met, I’ve been writing like a song-nado.
Wendy: A tornado made of songs?
Tyler: You know it.

Noser: If you saved his life using kung fu, he owes you what the Chinese sifus, the Japanese sensei, and the Jedi Knights refer to as a “life debt.”
Lacey: Every kung fu movie ever made can’t be wrong.
Noser: In terms the common man can understand: you own his ass.

The Middleman: Son of a monkey’s uncle, Wendy Watson, which part of “this is an emergency” didn’t you get?
Lacey: Wendy, why is your boss standing outside our door wearing a hazmat suit?

The Middleman: I’m not gonna lie to you, Dubbie. The tailgate party’s about to begin and we have a 10’ manure hoagie on our hands.
Wendy: What’s with the salty language?

The Middleman: Voyager 2 is rocketing back home, and it’s coming in hotter than the devil’s wedding tackle.
Wendy: Whoa, that was filthy.

Lacey: Put this on.
Tyler: That’s the tie that Wendy and I hang on the stairs when we’re…
Lacey: Like I don’t know.

Wendy: Shouldn’t we be doing this in the lab or something?
Ida: So did they teach you about labs in art school?
Wendy: Yes, and they also taught me about the ancient art of color matching.

Wendy: What if something happens to the box?
Ida: Well, then I’d say it’s been nice knowing ya, but it hasn’t.

The Middleman: Would you like to do the honors, Wendy? It’s your chance to handle a piece of history, albeit through triple-strength prophylactics.
Wendy: No. And please don’t call them that.

Wendy: Clothar? The war-torn galaxy that sent us Varsity Fanclub, five intergalactic dictators masquerading as a boy band and threatening to destroy Earth and everyone on it?
Ida: You remember that? And I thought you were on the happy leaf the entire time.

Wendy:: Showers?
Ida:: Yeah. D-con protocol, honey. That’s what you get for being made of meat.

The Middleman: There’s no such thing as modesty when life and death are at stake. Now, quit your grinning and drop your linen.
Wendy: I’m not grinning.

The Middleman: I record a Code 47 for you during every mission. I’m as serious as a German film festival.

The Middleman: (pre-recorded) Dubbie, if you’re seeing this, I have perished in the Underworld. Hopefully, we’ve stopped a thousand years of fire. If not, you might want look into getting an asbestos umbrella. Or a really good insurance policy.

The Middleman: (pre-recorded) Dubbie, if you’re seeing this, we were unable to stop Varsity Fanclub, the Clotharian rebel fleet opened up a warphole, and their armada has reduced the planet Earth to a smoking cinder. I’m not sure how you managed to survive, but “Good for you!”

Wendy: Ida. It’s me, the toker. Hophead McStoney. Pick up!

Wendy: Can I say something?
The Middleman: That’s what the Founding Fathers fought for.
Wendy: What’s up with the vents? I mean we’re coming from an isolation chamber inside a secret headquarters built by an organization so covert we don’t even know who they are. Yet somehow we have vents large enough to crawl into with accessible registers everywhere. Was this building designed by TV writers or what?
The Middleman: No it wasn’t.

The Middleman: Nanobots are strong, but you’re smarter. It’s like what Sensei Ping says about weasels.
Wendy: They can easily hide in a tube sock?

Cultural References
Doctor Who

There are several references to Doctor Who (1963–1989, 1996, 2005–), the longest-running science fiction television series in the world. The Middleman identifies himself and Wendy as Benton and Herriot: Sgt. Benton (John Levine) was a soldier with UNIT during the 1970s period of the show associated with the Third Doctor, and Zoe Herriot was a computer genius who traveled with the Second Doctor (and was played by actress Wendy Padbury). The NASA leader’s name is Lethbridge-Stewart, a reference to Brigadier-General Alistair Lethbridge Stewart (Nicholas Courtney), the commander of the paramilitary organization known as UNIT. The “zygon-rated quarantine facility” refers to the Zygons, an alien race of shapeshifters who use a cybernetic dinosaur-creature to try and conquer the world and are opposed by the Fourth Doctor. Tyler attended McCrimmon College, a reference to Jaiei McCrimmon (Frazer Hines), a Scottish Highlander and companion of the Second Doctor. The Perpugilliam Treaty refers to Perpugilliam (Peri) Brown (Nicola Bryant), a companion of the Sixth Doctor. One of the board members is named Sullivan, a reference to Dr. Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter), a companion to the Fourth Doctor.

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
EditorMallory Gottleib
CastingAmy McIntyre Britt  |  Michael Nicolo
Unit Production ManagerJon Paré
Second Assistant DirectorMelody Beam
MusicTree Adams
Music SupervisorAllison Clark
Costume DesignerDanielle Launzel
Key GripBen Beaird
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton  |  Jason Blount
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
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 OfLes McClaine  |  Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Main Title ThemeTree Adams
Visual Effects SupervisorStephen Lebed
Department Head HairSteven Soussana
Department Head Make-upKimber Eastwood
Special Effects CoordinatorRandy Cabral
Production StaffHeidi Tieben  |  Debra Meek  |  Susan Ciari  |  Jacque Pare  |  Christina Mar  |  Brendan Ryan  |  Zack Krone  |  Harold Vaz
Production ControllerBrett D. Born
Special Effects Make-upTodd Tucker
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