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Medium Episode: "Car Trouble"

Season 4, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: Joe surprises Allison by buying her a used car, but Allison's subsequent visions warn of the vehicle's unsavory past. Meanwhile, Allison grows unsettled upon meeting Joe's sightly business partner, venture capitalist Meghan Doyle (Kelly Preston).
Original Air Date: Apr 28, 2008
Guest Cast Kelly Preston: Meghan Doyle
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Car Troubles Season 4, Episode 14

"It's a car, our car, and we love it," Allison mused about her beloved family vehicle, and then the car went boom. What a scary way to start this episode. Luckily, it was just a dream. Al tried to relay the dream to Joe but he asked, unbelieving, "What do you mean, "blow up"? To which Allison responded with a hand gesture and sound effects to drive her point home. Allison reminisced that the Volvo was the first car they bought together. Supposedly, they'd driven that Volvo home from the hospital after each daughter was born, which would make that car around 14 years old. That's pretty darn good. Who knew the Swedes made such a durable and reliable vehicle? She couldn't start the car herself and wouldn't let Joe do it either. She was actually teary-eyed pleading with him not to, but to her great relief, he couldn't get it to turn over, much less blow up. So he surprised her with an SVU that he got for a steal from some guy unloading it through the mechanic. That guy just happened to be what's-his-knuckle from The West Wing, Joshua Malina. (Joshua also co-starred in another one of my favorite Aaron Sorkin series, Sports Night.) I was aghast to learn Joe had bought the car outright. Wasn't it just a few weeks ago when neither of them had a job, no prospects of employment? Now he feels confident in the money Megan has invested in his idea, and purchased the car for cash. I see community colleges in the future for the three Dubois girls. However, the car had it's own perks, "Cup holders? I do love cup holders." Bridgette was gleeful, as were all the girls when Joe brought it home. So of course, Allison woke up in the middle of the night and slipped into her new car to bond with it when she finally realized why the car was such a good deal. Mr. Carmen's wife had been shot in it. "This car is haunted," Allison was panicked. Oh, this would prove an interesting tale and the unraveling would lead to none other than, you guessed it, the husband. Isn't it always? Did anyone else notice that there seemed to be an awful lot of driving without carrying a license going on? First Allison took the girls for a spin in the new SUV without one, then Joe left his at home one day, (or had she dropped him off that day)? Allison finally decided to get to the bottom of the murder, since the mug shot she'd attached to the murderer's face was that of a local model. All I could think was, " When Good Models Go Bad." If that isn't a reality TV show already, it should be. The car was instrumental in leading her to the real murderer, by navigating her directly to the Carmen's house and showing her the vision of the crime. I must say the pulley with the gun, and the tennis ball as the trigger, was a pretty ingenious plan. (Gory, but ingenious.) Pouring over mug shots one night when Joe was working late, Allison dreamt that Mz. Business Partner, aka Meghan Doyle, (the lovely Kelly Preston), was planning a little coup d'etat with her husband. So when Joe called her in real time, similar to the dream, to tell her he'd left his wallet at home, she took it upon herself to bring the wallet to him at work. She said she wanted to see him as happy as he seemed in the dream, but she really wanted to make sure that Meghan had not thrown herself at him. He assured Allison that, "She's the money and I'm the brains. She goes home early and I work late," which only sort of put Allison's mind to ease and for good reason. Joe was working late another night when the exact scene from Al's dream started to play out and Meghan became a temptress, albeit, a drunken temptress, and tried to lure Joe into celebrating some good news with her. Although there was no real way to point the trigger at Mr. Carmen, as it were, Scanlon took a drive over to his house under the guise of retrieving the haunted SUV back from him only to find he had died of carbon monoxide poisoning. (Why was he in the house, then?) Though he couldn't quite say it aloud, even Scanlon questioned whether or not the car had been responsible. Once again, no conviction of the guilty, but the punishment fit the crime, if you ask me. Finally, it was awfully nice to see Ariel back and hear her bickering with Bridgette again. Just like old times. Bridgette's inquisitive monologue about the cereal box's physics question, whether or not the image portrayed on the box and in the picture of the box within the picture would go on forever until it was just the "size of a molecule," was hilarious. I remember thinking the same thing as a kid, only it was in the mirrors that reflect one another, but they do go on forever and a day. To Be Continued shows make me crazy, though the previews for next week did not follow the same story at all, so I can only guess the TBC was really only about Meghan and Joe. I have utter faith that he will resist her temptress wiles. If you want to see the Dubois in the days before Meghan, just watch some vintage Medium clips in our Online Video Guide. show less
Its a car our car and we love it Allison mused about her beloved family vehicle and then the car went boom What a scary way to start this episode Luckily it was just a dreamAl tried to relay the dream to Joe but he asked unbelieving What do you mean blow up To which Allison responded with a hand gesture and sound effects to drive her point home Allison reminisced that the Volvo was the first car they bought together Supposedly theyd driven that Volvo home from the hospital after each daughter was born which would make that car around 14 years old Thats pretty darn good Who knew the Swedes made such a durable and reliable vehicle She couldnt start the car herself and wouldnt let Joe do it either She was actually teary-eyed pleading with him not to but to her great relief he couldnt get it to turn over much less blow up So he surprised her with an SVU that he got for a steal from some guy unloadi 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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