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2005, TV Show

Medium Episode: "Better Off Dead"

Season 3, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: A peculiar new friendship between two ghosts comes to the fore in Allison's visions. But one of the spirits unexpectedly turns down Allison's attempts to unmask the person who killed him.
Original Air Date: Jan 24, 2007

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January 30, 2007: Very Merry Maggie Season 3, Episode 9

"Very Creepy Maggie" would have been more appropriate, if you ask me. God, I love this show. Just when there's nothing much going on, all of a sudden, Bam! Medium steps it up with a new show full of twists and turns and surprises. The whole doll beginnings were just fantastic, although Joe was not looking too sexy in his new body. He was looking like the exorcist with his head turned sideways. Even Allison mentioned that if she took off his doll clothes, there would be a "smooth little nub where your boy parts are supposed to be." I was frankly quite shocked and surprised to hear her say that. Especially as a doll. But no matter, I laughed. I found myself laughing out loud during this ep. But we'll get to that. This show was a bit on the disturbing side for my taste. I'm not generally a fan of shows about child abuse, but I thought it was handled quite well. That kid, Oliver, was so mature for a 6 year old. What I found most distressing is that his father, refastening his belt and slipping his watch back on after beating this tiny boy, had not one iota of shame or remorse in his heart. I know, I know, we find out later he'd been abused as a child, too. But OK, at some point you get over it, take responsibility for your life and become a better person. Evidently, not the case here. So why, when they were awoken in the middle of the night, did Joe get dressed and Allison sit at the kitchen table with the sheet around her? I know she has a robe. And who tears the sheet off the bed and wraps it around themselves toga-style? Very strange directing there. Or was the wardrobe department high? When we see Maggie the doll with the little girl, I thought, wow, this Maggie gets around. Little did we know then that Sarah Jane, Oliver's aunt, was the little girl. Thank god for Allison's dreams, or we'd still be in the dark house around that issue. When Allison showed up at the boy's house in the end, I thought she should be worried that Sarah Jane would end up being the boy's new abuser, but that didn't even seem to enter her mind. Or maybe when she said, "It stops here," she was getting at that. There may have been a tear or two near the end when Manny brings his wife to Last Gasp based on a message he received from his daughter through Allison. They quarrel a bit and then see the field of white zinnias. Not the most believable scene, but touching nonetheless. Back to the laughing: the entire scene with Scanlon was hysterical, but the best line was, "That Raggedy Ann may look out of shape, but she'll kick your butt." Oh, Scanlon, we miss you!! Please, writers, I implore you, please find a decent story line for Scanlon. We love him. He's so sexy and funny and underused! And, of course, who didn't think Joe would come down with chicken pox - it was inevitable. Everyone should get it at least once - you can't really be a part of the human race if you are allowed to escape the wrath of the chicken-pox rash! A pox upon ye! See you next week when our old friend the Texas Ranger, Captain Push, comes to town. show less
Very Creepy Maggie would have been more appropriate if you ask me God I love this show Just when theres nothing much going on all of a sudden Bam Medium steps it up with a new show full of twists and turns and surprises The whole doll beginnings were just fantastic although Joe was not looking too sexy in his new body He was looking like the exorcist with his head turned sideways Even Allison mentioned that if she took off his doll clothes there would be a smooth little nub where your boy parts are supposed to be I was frankly quite shocked and surprised to hear her say that Especially as a doll But no matter I laughed I found myself laughing out loud during this ep But well get to that This show was a bit on the disturbing side for my taste Im not generally a fan of shows about child abuse but I thought it was handled quite well That kid Oliver was so mature for a 6 year old What I found most distressing is that his father r read more

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Premiered: January 03, 2005, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A crime-solving wife and mother of three has visions and sees dead people. Inspired by real-life medium Allison DuBois. Canceled by NBC after a five-season run on the network, the supernatural drama rematerialized on CBS in fall 2009.

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