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Victoria and Iggy grow skin in the lab and Victoria brings Iggy in on her plan.
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Frankenstein MD is a multi-platform series based on Frankenstein, a novel by Mary Shelley.
The series is developed by Lon Harris, Brett Register, and Bernie Su
The series is produced by Pemberley Digital.
and distributed by PBS Digital Studios.

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Victoria Frankenstein - Anna Lore -
Iggy DeLacey - Steve Zaragoza -
Dr. Abraham Waldman - Kevin Rock

Executive Producer - Bernie Su -
Executive Producer - Matt Vree -
Executive Producer - Hank Green -
Co-Executive Producer - Lon Harris
Co-Executive Producer - Brett Register -
Producer - Tracy Bitterolf -
Co Producer -Tamara Krinsky -
Director - Brett Register -
Writer - Danielle Evenson
Cinematography - Matt Ryan -
Editor - Sam Mollo -
Transmedia Editor - Christine Linnell -
Associate Producer - Ariana Nedelman
Science Advisor - Joe Hanson -
Assistant Director - Jordan Paley
Production Designer - Katie Moest -
Stylist - Jessica Snyder -
Assistant Editor - Brennan Barsell
DIT - Lisa Curtis
Propmaster - Audrey Lee
Set Decorator - Kim Brunner
Script Supervisor - Charese Mongiello
Makeup - Roxanne Pike
Sound Mixer/Boom - Geoff Allison
Key Grip - Kevin Chiu
Gaffer - Eric Clark
Colorist - Brennan Barsell
Camera Assistant - Kelsey Taylor
Camera Assistant - Tristain Starr
Intro Music - Sally Chou
Intro Design - Andrew Swaner
Social Media Manager - Christina Cooper -
Graphic Designer - Becca Rodrigues -
Production Assistant - Bryant Francis
Production Assistant - Alex Bromberg
Channel Manager for PBS Digital Studios - Raymond Schillinger
Closed Captions and Annotations - Jared M. Gair

Victoria: It's easy to think of skin as just your body's outer covering. An organic jacket you never take off. Our skin is alive. It's the body's largest organ, making up 15 percent of our overall weight. But our skin is exposed to the world, and can be easily punctured or traumatized. When severely damaged, surgeons will need to apply clean, strong skin grafts that won't open during recovery. For centuries - 

Iggy: AGATHA! Aaagathaa!!

Victoria: You misplaced Agatha? 

Iggy: She wandered off! 

Victoria: Of course she wandered off, she's a goat. 

Iggy: Yeah, but they're good climbers, okay?

Victoria: Why don't you just follow the ample trail of excrement? 

Iggy: Yeah, I found that already. Alright? Little rascal. Don't worry, I'll find her. 


(intro plays)

Victoria: For centuries, silk has been used to suture wound son the battlefield and the animals capable of producing the strongest silks are spiders. 

Iggy: Yeah, suck it, silkworms!

Victoria: Unfortunately, it can be difficult to keep spiders in captivity for silk harvest. 

Iggy: They're extremely territorial and sometimes cannibals. 

Victoria: Goats, however, have been established as viable hosts for the spider's dragline silk gene. And we've borrowed one from our friends at Accelerated Genetics. 

Iggy: Right... "borrowed." Her name is Agatha. I've been trying to pet her, but she's kinda mean. 

Victoria: A product of gene therapy, Agatha creates milk that contains the spider silk protein. 

[Goat baa]

Dr Waldman: Come on! Agatha! Let me through! You need to adjust that attitude. We will finish this later. 

Hey. How soon can we get that goat out of my office? 

Victoria: That's actually why you're here. We're about ready to test the new goat skin graft protocol. 

Iggy: Or as I like to call it, "Operation Super Skin!"

Dr Waldman: Super skin? Next I take it you'll be transferring to the mythology and folklore department. 

Victoria: It's actually very simple!

We've purified the goat milk until only the spider protein remains. Using that protein, we've created a sort of scaffolding for skin cells within this petri dish. We've then soaked it in some of Iggy's own skin cells. 

Iggy: I made 'em myself. 

Victoria: these skin cells grow around the spider protein scaffold, and meld into Iggy's so-called super skin. 

Dr Waldman: How do you plan to determine the fracture toughness of the connective tissues? 

Victoria: We slice a wound into the protein-enhanced skin, and then repeat the same process on Iggy's native sample. Easy. 

Iggy: Yeah! Wait, hang on, I uh - 

Dr Waldman: You don't think that sound irresponsible?

Victoria: It's a clean lab; he's at no risk for infection. 

Dr Waldman: Clean lab? There's a goat outside those doors making the whole place reek of feces. 

Victoria: Oh, that's - that's just Iggy's pants. 

Iggy: Hey, uh, do - do I get a vote here, 'cause I think it kinda sounds irresponsible. 

Dr Waldman: There is no vote. You will not administer wounds of any kind to your colleagues. And Iggy? Change your pants. 

Iggy: You know, I hate to say it, VF, but he's kinda right. Instead of trying to top ourselves and doing all this stuff, maybe we should try to do some real work, like something that can be published? 

Victoria: This is real work. 

Iggy: Right, but what's the goal here? Just loose skin that you can shoot bullets at? I mean, what are we gonna use that for? I mean, I guess maybe you could... kinda use it in like, action movies, like you could - you could, like, surgically graft some of the skin onto like a stunt guy. And then, and then you could like, do an action movie where like the robbers come into the bank, and the robber's all, " Hey, pig! I'm gonna shoot your face!" And then, and then the hero's like - 

Victoria: I'm gonna revive Robert's corpse. 

Iggy: No, no, he'd say something more like, "Ay, watch out for the kickback, dirtbag!" 

Victoria: I'm serious. It's all figured out. I know I can do it. 

Iggy: Vic, Robert's dead, and it sucks. But we have to move on. 

Victoria: The university has his body. We can transfuse him with artificial blood and replace his skeleton with synthetic bone - 

Iggy: Okay, what about the brain?

Victoria: If the damage is minimal, we salvage it. Otherwise, we find a transplant. 

Iggy: Wow. Okay. Yeah, this is, uh, this is starting to get a little sick.

Victoria: A hundred years ago, they'd have thought skin grafts were sick. Not to mention putting spider genes in goats. 

Iggy: That's different. 

Victoria: Why? Who makes the rules about what's okay and what's not? Waldman? Some ethics panel of very important old men? 

Iggy: Some things people aren't meant to mess around with. Maybe it's better to leave that kinda stuff to, you know... 

Victoria: To what?... To what, Iggy? 

Iggy: Look, Robert was our friend. You wanna really cut him up and mess around with his organs? 

Victoria: He knew his body would come here. He donated it for the sake of science. 

Iggy: Maybe!

Victoria: Why don't we give Robert a chance to make history? If this works, nothing will ever be the same again. 

Iggy: I don't know. I-I-I don't know. 

Victoria: But I do. All I need is more time. And your help. 

Iggy: You don't need me. 

Victoria: Of course I do. Look at how far we've come together. 

Iggy: You're just trying to suck up to me so I can go along with all this madness. 

Victoria: Is it working? 

Iggy: Yeah! It is. Sort of. But look, if I get involved in any of this, I reserve the right to pull the plug at any time. 

Victoria: Agreed. 

Iggy: I mean it! I'm not messing around. When I say we're done, we're done! It's my call. 

Victoria: Okay, deal. You're the man. 

Iggy: Alright, I'm in. But tentatively. 

Okay... okay. 

[Goat baa]

Dr Waldman: Ah, damn it! Agatha! 

Iggy: Alright, it's your turn to deal with that. 


Victoria: Okay, fine. I'll do it.