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by Paul Goebel, posted Mar 4th 2008 8:19AM

Gregory Itzin(S04E06) "Cop Comedy!" - Allison Dubois

Yet another reason I try to stay away from red meat. You never know when you might end up eating one of your own limbs. It's nice to see Allison being startled by a dream that is actually disturbing.

I figured it was only a matter of time before Devalos makes his way back to his old office and, to be honest, I like the way the show is going about it. I would be insulted if they dragged it out by having him ponder the decision of going back. There's no reason he shouldn't want his old job back and I say the sooner he does, the better.

I am shocked at the complete lack of suspense in Allison's first meeting with Greg Itzin. We've all seen the previews for this episode and we all know who she will be meeting at the restaurant, so why the big buildup? I understand that Medium has been a little lackluster in the guest star department, so NBC has to announce that an Emmy nominee will be on this week, just don't ruin the surprise and expect me to care.

Jake Weber is so awesome. It's hard to imagine what it's like to be the only male in a house full of girls but to add in the fact that he is the only one without some kind of psychic ability, it's a wonder Joe Dubois hasn't gone out for a pack of cigarettes and kept on walking. Weber's portrayal as the head of the family who really isn't in charge of anything is so perfect that I sometimes forget what a damn fine actor he is.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who does this but I always like to try and figure out Allison's dream in the teaser for the show. I usually come close but there is almost always something extra that I didn't see coming. By the time Allison had her third dream I was convinced that I had it right from the beginning. Senator Jed was a POW and he was forced to eat one of his fellow soldiers to survive. Now the moral questions about cannibalism are really immaterial in this case, seeing how very few people can actually say how they would react if they were starving to death in a prison camp, however, the actions taken in an effort to deny that it ever happened are a different story. At the forty minute mark I was really hoping that this episode would surprise me. I was also hoping that I wouldn't have to see anymore terrible fake beards.

Alas, it wasn't meant to be. The episode ended exactly as it started with no surprises and nothing interesting revealed. As much as I enjoy Medium, the caliber of writing this season has really slipped. While the family stuff is great anything that happens to someone who's last name isn't Dubois is really mediocre.

I admit that I really liked the B story about Bridgette and the dude in India. In fact, that gives me an idea for a spinoff. The rest of the episode, however, was disappointing to say the least.

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pokermuse

Bring back Journeyman!!

I didn't mind this episode. And thought Greg Itzin did a terrific job. He's really good in these types of roles.

March 05 2008 at 7:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CoreyLee

I've been pretty disappointed this season as well, but this was a pretty good episode, big picture wise.

The first episodes of the season seemed WAY too predictable, and this one was for the most part. But, I thought the moral questions brought up were very interesting.

Not great writing, compared to some other great episodes, but a great concept. It's given me hope that the show might still have more to offer.

March 05 2008 at 2:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ric Kaysen

I started watching again because there's little on anymore due to the writers strike. I never disliked the show, it's just that there are only so many hours in an evening and I set priorities. I can let everything else go except that Angelica Huston looks like a freakin' female impersonator. Jeez, could somebody please tell her to get an appropriate haircut and ease off on the Clairol?

March 04 2008 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy

I couldn't agree more with your assessment of the writing this season. It certainly isn't on par with the quality we saw last season, which was probably Medium's finest season to date. Breaking up the group has turned out to a very bad idea. The show lost something when they took Allison out of the DA's office and relegated those guys to being little more than guest stars.

March 04 2008 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
budo

Medium stinks. I wil NEVER understand why anyone would waste time watching it. There are several other shows at the same time that seem MUCH BETTER.

To each their own!

March 04 2008 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shawn

all season long you have sang praises for the writing, now you are saying it's bad?

March 04 2008 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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