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Medium: Being Joey Carmichael - VIDEO

by Paul Goebel, posted May 6th 2008 8:23AM

One Happy Family(S04E15) "All right, one more time for the slow kid." - Lee Scanlon

When I was in grade school, sixth grade to be precise, everyone brought their lunch to school in a small brown paper bag, sometimes, girls used a cute version (white bag with hearts, pink bag with kitties) but other than that, there were no exceptions. If anyone was foolish enough to bring their mid day meal to school in a lunchbox of any kind, they would pay dearly. For example, my friend Lance who quickly earned the nickname "Lunchbox Lance" all because of his love for the rock band Kiss. Thankfully, it never occurred to Lance to fight back like the young man in Allison's dream. However, now that I am an adult and I collect vintage metal lunchboxes, I would pay a hefty price for the lunchbox that young man used to bludgeon his tormentor.

One of the great things about a show like Medium is how each character does so much to serve the story while doing so little. David Cubitt is a big reason why I watch this show. While anyone watching has no doubt that Scanlon is one tough cop, who could easily take down any variety of criminals, he is never afraid to admit when he has no idea what he's doing. The same thing happens to real detectives, the difference is since they don't have a psychic friend to help them out, they usually keep their cluelessness to themselves. Scanlon is not afraid to admit when he's stumped, which makes him look even harder for answers, which makes him a great cop.

I make it a point to avoid any previews of episodes or synopses of any kind, because I hate the way the networks spoil their shows. Which is why I was delighted to see Miguel Ferrer's name in the credits. Whether it's Crossing Jordan, Twin Peaks or Lateline, Ferrer is one of the greatest dicks on television. Even though it was pretty obvious that he was the kid with the lunchbox and probably the guy who murdered the drug dealer, I didn't care. Mainly because I knew, I wouldn't be disappointed by his performance.

Not only was Ferrer great but his story was definitely better than most of what I've seen on Medium this season. Twin brothers; one can't use his hands, the other is dead and yet someone who looks just like these guys is getting revenge on some very bad men. If only Jim Hager had lived to see it.

As we all knew he would, Joe did the right thing with Meghan. More importantly he did it for the right reasons. He spelled out for Meghan and the audience how scared he was of losing his family and his future but the best part was that you could see how tormented he was. I don't care how much you love your wife, when a gorgeous woman like Kelly Preston throws herself at you, it is very difficult to do the right thing. Hell, back in the day, I would have left my wife and kids on Christmas Day for a chance to reenact the first ten minutes of Jerry Maguire.

In the end, however, we find out that there is a downside to having a hot boss as well as having a wife who can see the future.

I can't remember the last time I saw an episode of Medium that was this good, but it's nice to be reminded why I started watching in the first place.

Should Joe stop working with Meghan?
Yes81 (63.3%)
No47 (36.7%)

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one question- when did alison start seeing dead people? i meant to ask that question when joe's dad first appeared and then he appeared again when his mom was coming to visit.

also, am i remembering this wrong but didn't joe play golf with his dead dad in that same episode?

(dvr went bust with those episodes so i couldnt scroll back)

May 12 2008 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love Medium but this wasn't one of my top picks. But I was sick and a little tired when I watched it, so maybe I'll enjoy it more wehn they rerun it. For the record, my favorite episode of the season was when the FBI agent was killed. I really liked his character so I was a little disappointed that they killed him, but luckily on Medium being dead doesn't mean you are never seen again. I hope they continue to use that character.

As for Joe, yeah it was obvious that he wouldn't give in to temptation, but I think he should stay with Meghan. She seems too good at her job to give up just because she got a little aggressive with him. Joe needs to make this project work, the family can't possibly survive on what Allison makes. But he probably will, I doubt Kelly Preston will stay on as a regular, so he about has to. I'm sad the season is over next week, I'll miss the show.

May 07 2008 at 2:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Will's comment

That should read, "He probably will leave". The way I wrote it the first time doesn't quite make sense.

May 07 2008 at 2:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Unlike you Paul, I wasn't as in love with the setup of the murder/mystery this time though the idea of one twin posessing the other is VERY interesting (and yes, I love David Cubbitt's play of Lee Scanlon too. Easily one of top 3 favorite cops ever!). Who I love even more from now on is Joe. One fictional man like Joe is probably worth .02 in the real world. Joe is too cool. Alison is too lucky.

May 06 2008 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Morjana Coffman

Miquel Ferrer is just awesome.

Medium is also awesome.

With Bones, House, and Medium now on Mondays, Mondays are now awesome.



May 06 2008 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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