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2005, TV Show

Medium Episode: "Burn Baby Burn"

Season 4, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: Part 1 of 2. Joe's mother (Kathy Baker) pays a visit to the DuBois family---but she comes revealing a secret only to Allison. Elsewhere, the heat is on when Allison investigates an arson-murder case; and private investigator Cynthia Keener (Anjelica Huston) seeks Allison's help with open cases.
Original Air Date: Mar 10, 2008
Guest Cast Miranda Carabello: Marie DuBois Anjelica Huston: Cynthia Keener Kathy Baker: Marjorie DuBois
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Burn Baby Burn Season 4, Episode 7

The folks over at Medium have done it again with the knock-out opening. It was a cheery choice of music playing as Ariel watched her classmate, Owen, wave good-bye to his mother. The mother is none other than Journeyman's, Gretchen Egolf. It's good to see she's working even if her show is not slated to come back next fall. (Sadness.) But it was hard to watch her pour gasoline all over herself and then light the match. And then Ariel woke up. I would be torn apart if I knew my daughter, my 15-year old daughter, no less, was having these kinds of dreams. It would be heartbreaking to know what she was going through, and knowing there was nothing you could do about it. On a happier note, this episode had a little bit of everything and so many storylines, I'm not sure I caught everything. It was great to see Bruce Gray return as Joe's dad, and as usual he was trying to warn Allison about something. First she dreamed of him at the driving range with Joe discussing poverty vs. vacations. And then she saw him hanging in the hallway and actually had a coherent conversation with him. I wish she had more dead people to talk to. It adds for a very funny bit. But then we don't want her to go all ghost-whispery on us, do we? Kathy Baker starred as Joe's mom, (she doesn't look nearly old enough to be his mother), who came bearing a loan for the semi-unemployed family of five. (Honestly, how do they make ends meet? Although I could swear Joe said Allison was getting a check for $10,000 from Cynthia.) Marjorie came also bearing some rather upsetting news, that she was sick. The saddest part was when she was asking Allison if she could sense the outcome and whether she'd make it through. You knew Allison wanted to tell her she "knew" it would be all right, but since her powers don't work that way, she couldn't. You could feel the air sort of drain out of the room for Marjorie. She'd put some expectations into Allison's answer and when there were none, it was a huge letdown. Anyone have a clue as to what that piece of paper was that fell out of Owen's file when Ariel was gathering it for the principal? Do I sense trouble in paradise between Scanlon and Lynn? One could only hope. Alas, their little tiff in the beginning was short-lived. They seemed quite content and comfortable with each other. It was nice that Scanlon had the cahones to go to work during the police strike; that's a hard decision. But he's caught between wanting a decent life for himself and wanting to do the right thing. I wondered about the tension between Lee and Devalos. I know they were on opposite sides of the table with the Stacey case, but they generally didn't quarrel like that when they were working together. By the end, and then only to Lynn, Scanlon admitted he didn't think Graham was guilty. (Luckily, we have an entire other episode left to find out the truth about that one.) But it was fantastic to see both of them calling on Allison to help them out!!! Finally, she gets her due. That Cynthia Keener was a real nasty Nancy during this show. When Allison showed up at her house at 6 AM, (well, OK, that's pretty early and anyone would be peeved), I thought she might tear her head off with that look she gave her at the door. She was great when she said she thought she'd heard everything by now, And here was Allison telling her about a guy with a "dentist fetish". (That pour girl's mouth is gonna hurt pretty darned badly when she wakes up, if she wakes up). I loved that Cynthia said that she only pays for the dreams that actually have a clue she could use. As if handing Allison a check would change the dreams she's having. That was a hoot. Funnier still was the conversation between Scanlon and Allison on their way to meet Devalos: Scanlon: "You haven't had any arson dreams lately, have you?" Allison: "No, you wouldn't happen to be looking for a horny dentist, would you?" I loved Scanlon's line: "You don't light yourself on fire unless you're a monk with a war to protest." Finally, how sweet was Joe when he was comforting Al about Ariel's dream. "Maybe you were overbooked," he cooed. And then he wondered, "If a dream needs to be dreamed and you're not there" What does happen when the tree falls in the forest with no one there to listen to it? Who dreams these dreams when the psychic is not available? Unfortunately, for Al, both Ariel and Bridgette are afflicted, or gifted, (depending on how you look at it), with this ability. I hope she really takes the time to teach them how to deal with the rather mature content sooner rather than later. Thank the good Lord this is a two-parter, which not only means there's more to this story than meets the eye, but we get another week of Medium when most shows are off the air. What a refreshing thought. While we wait, check out all the other clues Allison has dreamed up to help solve case by watching our Online Video Guide. Do it, you might just feel a "twinge." show less
The folks over at Medium have done it again with the knock-out opening It was a cheery choice of music playing as Ariel watched her classmate Owen wave good-bye to his mother The mother is none other than Journeymans Gretchen Egolf Its good to see shes working even if her show is not slated to come back next fall Sadness But it was hard to watch her pour gasoline all over herself and then light the match And then Ariel woke up I would be torn apart if I knew my daughter my 15-year old daughter no less was having these kinds of dreams It would be heartbreaking to know what she was going through and knowing there was nothing you could do about it On a happier note this episode had a little bit of everything and so many storylines Im not sure I caught everything It was great to see Bruce Gray return as Joes dad and as usual he was trying to warn Allison about something First she dreamed of him at the driving range with Joe discussing 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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