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Medium Episode: "Soul Survivor"

Season 5, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: In the Season 5 opener, Allison helps Devalos investigate the slaying of his friend's sister---but Allison's visionary insights about the friend's former husband and current spouse take the case in unforeseen directions. On the domestic front, daughter Bridgette lands in trouble at school for drawing nude pictures of her art teacher. Max Casella guest stars.
Original Air Date: Feb 2, 2009
Guest Cast Max Casella: Joel
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Medium Episode Recap: "Soul Survivor" Season 5, Episode 1

Medium is back! And just as good as ever. Alison awakes from a silly dream shown like an old film clip from the late 1800's and as if it was on Ripley's Believe It or Not. The soul of one man passed into another's body and like a strange version of Freaky Friday, so begins the new season.

The fabulous Max Casella appears in several roles. From the historic Finneas to the gold-digging Joel, he proves he's too fabulous for just one role.

Alison enters the police department and follows a wafting sheet of paper as it leads her to the people involved in the case. The imagery was reminiscent of the dancing plastic bag in the movie American Beauty. We meet Gabrielle, a long-time friend of Manuel Devalos' and her second husband, Joel. Or is he her first husband, Nathan?

Gabrielle has asked Manuel to reopen the file on her sister's murder from six months ago when Manuel's nemesis, DA Van Dyke, was in charge and closed the case without ceremony. Alison dreams that Nathan was Robin's killer, so when Joel has Gabby believing he is Nate incarnate, it only follows that he killed Robin. But no one believes Al and she has no proof, so around the circle we go to find the answers.

Joel stole Nathan's autobiography when he hit him in a head-on collision. He memorized everything about Nathan and Gabrielle's life spurned on by the promise of the multi-million dollars that Nathan would be leaving to Gabby if he should die. Which he has. But there's one part of the story that Joel doesn't know about it and it's this little secret that will move him to murder. Nathan never wrote about his affair with Gabby's sister, Robin, so Joel didn't know about it. Robin stupidly teased Joel with telling her sister and that's how Robin ended up dead. Well that and the nine iron that Joel slammed into her head. Ouch.

While all of this turmoil takes place, Bridgette is experiencing her own medium tendencies that are causing plenty of their own turmoil. She keeps drawing naked pictures of her art teacher, Mr. Enright. He's no Adonis, so it's unlikely that it's some pseudo-sexy fantasy for the ever-imaginative ten-year old. Knowing who her mother is, one can only assume that there must be something to her need to draw the teacher. Her parents think Enright is sending some kind of "naked vibe" which is hilarious. After repeated chats with Bridgette, the drawing doesn't stop and Joe keeps her from school. In a hard-to-watch scene, Bridgette is hysterical because she can't stop drawing the same picture over and over again and she feels dreadful about it. Fortunately, Alison's years of working with the police has given her a keen eye and she notices a theme in the pictures Joe hasn't picked up on. Without knowing it, Bridgette has helped to diagnose her teacher with melanoma. She saves the day and is back in Enright's good graces.

Probably my favorite part of this show was Joe's use of the word, "bosom." Equally as great, was Lee suggesting that perhaps Alison ought to try and find the Lindbergh baby.  Little Marie even got a good line in this show when looking at her big sister's picture she notices, " That man in naked." Not nearly as cute in type as it was when she said it.

Best line: "Get use to these boxers, 'cause they're not coming off." If that's not a nod to the boxer-loving fans out there, I don't know what is! Way to give back! But hey, Joe, we love you with, or without, those boxers!

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Medium is back! And just as good as ever. Alison awakes from a silly dream shown like an old film clip from the late 1800's and as if it was on Ripley's Believe It or Not. The soul of one man passed into another's body and like a strange version of Freaky Friday, so begins the new season. 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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