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2005, TV Show

Medium Episode: "Burn Baby Burn"

Season 4, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: Conclusion. As a secret from Joe's mother (Kathy Baker) continues to be an issue, Allison works to solve an arson-murder case while trying to make sense of her horrifying visions involving a violent dentist. Meanwhile, young Ariel has foreboding notions of a mother's death. Cynthia Keener: Anjelica Huston.
Original Air Date: Mar 17, 2008
Guest Cast Miranda Carabello: David Cubitt Kathy Baker: Marjorie DuBois Anjelica Huston: Cynthia Keener
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Burn Baby Burn II Season 4, Episode 8

There's only one thing worse than the sound of nails on a blackboard - the dentist drill. That has got to be one of the worse sounds in the entire universe. And we were all lucky enough to hear it in the opening sequence of Medium. For the second half of a two-part arch, this was a rather lackluster Medium and a let down from the excitement of last week's episode. I knew last week that Graham hadn't killed his wife. So why drag it out here? Besides, aren't most crimes "all about the Benjamins"? Once you knew there was a large insurance policy, (and really, how much is the monthly payment on $7 million?), you had to know that it went farther than the husband. "Now your mouth is ready for anything," the dentist quipped before pummeling poor Sally in her newly designed mouth. Tell me something, is this show getting more violent? Or has it always been this way and I just never noticed? It also seems that it is terribly violent towards women. I mean, they're always beating up some girl, or gagging one and throwing her in the trunk of the car, locking her into a fabricated house. I was truly proud of Allison when Van Dyke extended his hand to her and she folded her arms and refused him. That's our girl. Once again, Van Dyke proved his smarminess. But the smarmier a person, the harder they fall. Even though Manny shook his hand earlier, once he knew the DA was charging his client with murder, he commanded Van Dyke to, "Take your hand off my shoulder." That's our Manny. Second in smarminess was the dentist. Blech. He was quick to point out his dalliances with the hooker, Sally. (Somehow forgetting to mention the complete dental overhaul he gave her.) When asked about whether he knew Mary Stacy, he replied, "Lovely lady. Lots of fun." It was the way he said it that creeped me out. I knew right then he had been in cahoots with her for the $7 mill. My favorite scene was Scanlon and Devalos in a screaming match. It was kind of fun to see them at each other's throats. It was probably the most interesting part of the whole show. Later when Lee broke into Manny's office, I thought they might start getting along until Scanlon said he might hold sway with the DA, and Manny looked him right in the eye and sarcastically commented, "Really, you? Influence?" As if to say, "Ha!" My second favorite scene was with Joe's mom, Marjorie, playing with Joe's hair. It was such a sweet thing. The story she told about Joe's birth, (which was far from true), told us so much about their relationship; I found it loving. So it wasn't a stretch that Joe felt his mother was hiding something from him. You could tell it nearly killed Allison not to say anything about what she knew. It was hard to understand how Allison could keep the news of Joe's mother's illness from him. When she finally addressed it, she was having trouble holding it in. Keeping secrets is not part of the Dubois family creed. Marjorie had only told her first so she could get a reading from Allison as to the outcome of her surgery. It broke both of their hearts that Allison wasn't dreaming about her, (this disheartened Allison and she referred to herself as a "psychic schmichic"). However, in an absolute show of selflessness, Allison invented a dream that would comfort Marjorie before the surgery. She also reminded Marjorie that she needed to tell Joe. I think his mom was OK telling him once she thought she was going to be OK. It's hard not to love that Dubois family. They bend over backwards not to hurt one another. Devalos delivered one of the best lines of the show responding to the blunt force trauma the burn victim had endured: "In my experience, people don't often strike themselves before committing suicide. Cynthia had little to do, but what she did do brought the whole case home and helped Devalos show that nasty Van Dyke just how it's done. Though I would like to know how she got to Barcelona and back that quickly. (Remember, Allison asked her about her passport.) And even if she just called the authorities in Spain, how did they get Mary back to the states that fast. Did I miss something? Joe's dad keeps popping up. It was hilarious that he was sitting up in bed when Allison woke up, smoking his stogy. I cracked up when he referred to having to attend the "orientation," when he first got to Heaven. They should keep him around. He's a hoot. Speaking of Heaven, another new Medium is around the corner. To keep your whistle whet until next Monday, watch some Medium clips in our Online Video Guide. show less
Theres only one thing worse than the sound of nails on a blackboard - the dentist drill That has got to be one of the worse sounds in the entire universe And we were all lucky enough to hear it in the opening sequence of MediumFor the second half of a two-part arch this was a rather lackluster Medium and a let down from the excitement of last weeks episode I knew last week that Graham hadnt killed his wife So why drag it out here Besides arent most crimes all about the Benjamins Once you knew there was a large insurance policy and really how much is the monthly payment on 7 million you had to know that it went farther than the husbandNow your mouth is ready for anything the dentist quipped before pummeling poor Sally in her newly designed mouth Tell me something is this show getting more violent Or has it always been this way and I just never noticed It also seems that it is terribly violent towards women I mean 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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