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by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 22nd 2008 8:41AM

Miranda Carabello(S04E13) "Allison... close your eyes. I gotta get out of bed now and I'm not wearing any clothes." - Lee Scanlon

The opening voice over left me a bit unnerved. I'm used to Medium starting with some kind of disturbing vision. The only thing disturbing about Allison's narration was that it made me feel like I was watching Criminal Minds.

The pool of blood seeping from the head of Di Novi's dead friend was a little closer to what I've come to expect and I really liked the surrealistic way Scanlon and Di Novi repeated Allison's dream verbatim.

How refreshing was it that everyone caught the connection between the murder and the pain reliever at the same time? For weeks, I've been complaining about how Allison and her friends take way too long to figure out the "clues" in her dreams. I guess somebody heard me or is at least trying to be a better writer.

Just when I thought Joe was coming around he throws another tantrum. I understand that when people get scared they sometimes express that fear as anger. I, myself, have been guilty of that numerous times, but I really thought Joe was over blaming Allison for her psychic mishaps. You'd think with his new business venture, he'd be in better spirits.

I have often mentioned the fact that I have two young, blonde daughters. They are both about the same age as Bridgette and Marie, so I really identify with a lot of what Joe goes through with his kids. For example, when my 9 year old had to get new glasses this year, I wasn't excited about paying for them, but her eye doctor and the staff in the office were so nice and helpful that, in the end, I was thrilled to get the glasses. If, however, I took my daughter to the jackass in tonight's episode, I probably would have ended up in jail after putting my foot in his ass. I liked how Joe took the initiative and demanded another appointment but I found it hard to believe that the doctor would be open to listening to the music after he was such a dick in the first examination. I guess he just really likes The Sound of Music.

On a completely unrelated note, Miranda Carabello is a total cutie pie. I remember the first season of the show when she was little more than a tow-headed crying machine. As she continues to grow, the writers are actually giving her things to do but not so much that she is precocious or unconvincing. When she calls Jake Weber Daddy, I could swear she was his actual daughter.

I wonder how many fake medicine names the writers came up with before the legal department gave Adviprin the OK. I'm reminded of when I was a kid and my Mom had these little chocolate candies in her purse that were supposed to be appetite suppressants. I asked her if they were candy and she told me that they were medicine. Not believing her, I asked her the name of the medicine and she told me, "Ayds."

I don't know which image I am more sick of, Allison sitting up in bed or D.A. Douchebag showing frustration over making yet another mistake. It's getting to the point where I have to fight the urge to skip past the scenes with him in them.

This episode was a little uneven but I kind of liked it. What I'm really looking forward to is Joe's new business venture. I hope the show can get at least one more season, so we can find out if his invention really works.

Which Dubois daughter is your favorite?
Ariel34 (19.7%)
Bridgette104 (60.1%)
Marie35 (20.2%)

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Morjana Coffman

I too also love the relationship between Allison and Joe. When Allison repeated to Scanlon that it was too late in the evening too call, that they had children, I roared when Joe gave Allison "the look that could kill."

I also "knew" that the husband and the strangers were at an airport, but I guessed the wrong one -- I thought it was Denver's (due to the snow).

I like how it's now Scanlon that is now in the same position as Joe was earlier in the series...he believes Allison, but he doesn't WANT to believe. But he's getting there...

Excellent series. Well balanced between presenting the case du jour, and continuing the main characters development as a family/friend/co-workers unit in a fairly realistic way.


April 22 2008 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love LOVE Joe and Alison as a couple: Alison and Joe (excuse me, MacDaddy) get my vote for best couple on TV. I love Lee and his smart retorts. I really, really appreciate this episode for putting Lyn, Scanlon and Alison in one pot (and yes, I could tell as well as that the "strangers" were in an airport). I only have 2 questions: 1) why do Alison's dreams reveal itself so slowly? I mean what is the rational explanation behind that? I know that sometimes, the victims don't see the whole event surrounding their death so they reveal what happened slowly, but what is the explanation for breaking up the "strangers on a plane" scene. 2) Where is Ariel? She's been missing twice now, and I hope that in real life she's just going to school or taking a break or something, and not walking off the show. The three children are so perfect, I can't take it if they break them up. Paul is right; it is fantastic to see Marie growing up and speaking and acting more - Miranda is a cutie pie indeed!

April 22 2008 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'll take this as Medium's salute to Strangers On A Train. This time it's "strangers waiting for a plane."

Logistics concern: It didn't make sense to me that the police/DA would let the husband go when the evidence still showed that his fingerprints were on individual tampered capsules.

April 22 2008 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My biggest problem was that Allison and Scanlon did not realize that the scene with the husband talking to the strangers was an airport or some type of transportation station. To me it was obvious.

April 22 2008 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
s thompson

"I hope the show can get at least one more season"

I think NBC's already announced the show is coming back-- and given the show has hit the top twenty a few times this season, I think Medium will always be the first show off theb ench when one of the new shows inevitably fails.

April 22 2008 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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