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Medium Episode: "But for the Grace of God"

Season 4, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: A terrible prediction haunts Allison as she aids the investigation of a missing teen. Elsewhere, an invitation to an unsupervised concert causes Ariel to dream of her mother's high-school days. Anjelica Huston guest stars.
Original Air Date: Jan 14, 2008
Guest Cast Anjelica Huston: Cynthia Keener
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"But for the Grace of God" Season 4, Episode 2

The opening really got me; both the eeriness of the car wheel spinning slowly and then the hand of the young female victim frantically trying to grab hold of her phone. I felt exactly like Allison did when she woke up and shook, (and later when she woke up crying). Then she asked Joe how Ariel was. When she returned to the dream it was Ariel in the car hanging upside down and I jumped out of my seat. I really related to Ariel and Allison's relationship in this episode of Medium. I'm sure many of you can attest to that jumbled mess of feelings we have for our mothers. Cynthia Keener started out as a bigger be-atch than she seemed last week. Not only did she admit that she "goes for the kill" when a family is in distress, but she was nasty to Allison when she hadn't felt any "vibes" from Melanie's belongings. Cynthia warned Allison the glory was about her and not Allison. Allison has never been one for the fame of it, but Cynthia seems to crave it badly. It was great that Allison was giving it right back at her. After the debacle with Debra, (Neve Campbell), last season, I worry that Al is not a very good judge of character. It was obvious from the get-go that the missing girl and Allison's dream were connected. It was laid out well by interspersing Ariel's dreams into the story. Allison could not have made the connection without the help of her psychic daughter. I had to give her credit, Allison tried hard to talk and reason with her daughter, although, to no avail. Ariel shut her mother out when she tried to explain why she wasn't comfortable letting her go to the concert alone. I remember being that age and not being allowed to go to concerts. Though I went to see the Doobie Brothers with my sisters when I was 13. It was back in the days of the double-looping belts. Such style! I may even have worn a side pony-tail with crimped edges! Some great lines: "It happened just the way I dreamed it; right in front of my locker." "It doesn't work that way. I'm not a Geiger counter." "Well, come on; it's not The DaVinci code." "Um, Allison?" Some of my favorite bits of this week: Ariel getting to hang out with her mom when she was 16; how could you not love the hair? Allison touching the missing girl's things, and it was actually Patricia Arquette's hands and not a stand-in hand actor. Joe getting stuck on the couch and asking for a little help. That huge handwriting on the note from Allison to Casey. Upon waking after a bad dream Allison hitting Joe and yelling, "No, I didn't see the kind of car!" Casey Tunstell, a little tribute to KT Tunstall? The music was freaking great. When teen-aged Allison was singing "Don't Dream It's Over", the Crowded House song, I felt like I was back in my teen skin when everything that went wrong was the end of the world. (Didn't Ariel look so young with all that 80's make-up on? It made me really sad.) When she was left in the car with the creepy cop and she kept telling herself to wake up I was in tears, just as I am now while I think about it again. What a horrible dream. Once they figured out that Casey had been killed in a car accident and that Allison and Ariel's dreams were parts of the same puzzle, it was just a minor detail to find the sludgebag cop and the missing girl. Though if Allison hadn't told Cynthia of Melanie's probable whereabouts, she might not have been found alive. Ariel's dreams were critical to solve this crime, and it will definitely be interesting to see her and her mother share their abilities in the future. What I loved most about this episode was that after all the " I hate my mother" comments, Ariel ended up liking her mother enough to go roller-skating together and wanting to be there. I know there were many similar episodes in my childhood and I really "got" their relationship in this ep more than any other one. Since this song was so instrumental in telling the story I thought I would leave you with a few of the lyrics. From Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over": There is freedom within, there is freedom withoutTry to catch the deluge in a paper cupThere's a battle ahead, many battles are lostBut you'll never see the end of the roadWhile you're traveling with meHey now, hey nowDon't dream it's overHey now, hey nowWhen the world comes inThey come, they comeTo build a wall between usWe know they won't win We know that Allison will always win and we're grateful for it. If you want to spook yourself out some more, watch these Medium clips on our Online Video Guide. show less
The opening really got me both the eeriness of the car wheel spinning slowly and then the hand of the young female victim frantically trying to grab hold of her phone I felt exactly like Allison did when she woke up and shook and later when she woke up crying Then she asked Joe how Ariel was When she returned to the dream it was Ariel in the car hanging upside down and I jumped out of my seat I really related to Ariel and Allisons relationship in this episode of Medium Im sure many of you can attest to that jumbled mess of feelings we have for our mothers Cynthia Keener started out as a bigger be-atch than she seemed last week Not only did she admit that she goes for the kill when a family is in distress but she was nasty to Allison when she hadnt felt any vibes from Melanies belongings Cynthia warned Allison the glory was about her and not Allison Allison has never been one for the fame of it but Cynthia seems to crave 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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