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Medium Episode: "Then...and Again"

Season 5, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: When a shooter guns down Allison and Devalos, Allison awakens five years earlier in her own past---and nine months pregnant with third child Marie. Now in 2004, Allison's weaving dreams inform her that an innocent man will be convicted of murder, so she works to clear his good name.
Original Air Date: Apr 13, 2009

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Medium Episode Recap: "Then...and Again" Season 5, Episode 10

Medium does it again. This is one show that shakes up the status quo every week and tosses in some definitive twists to keep its viewers happy. Not only do we get a chance to see the Dubois family celebrating their youngest daughter's birthday, but we get to see a glimpse of them in the weeks leading up to Marie's birth, five years earlier. I loved the whole time travel aspect and hope they keep us guessing for the weeks to come.

It was interesting to me that Allison walked into Manuel's house that Saturday calling, "Mr. Devalos!" She's been working with him for five years so why so formal? What was worse was how horrible it must have been for Allison to wake up out of her dream as she was being shot to death. Taking the lead from some recent popular shows like Journeyman and Life on Mars, Allison woke up five years earlier and in a car accident when she was pregnant with Marie.

She freaked Joe out by telling him that she felt she was living in a big déjà vu. He was not finding the humor in it. Her long hair and hippie-like attire made her seem younger, but she was present-day Allison. She was driven to meet the DA, a man she didn't know at that point, and tell him what she had dreamed about the man who killed the both of them in the present day.

Speaking of Joe, he was excellent in this episode, from the dreamt fight in the car with Ariel, to his beleaguered look when explaining to Al what happened on that ride home. He was magnificent in the scene with Allison after she had been in the accident. He was so upset about the possibility of losing her, and the baby, that he seemed like a wounded animal.

I was talking to a friend of mine, and a devotee of Medium, the day before this episode. She thought that Ariel had been kidnapped but I said, "No way. That Ariel is a sneaky, little teen and she went to the ski camp." My friend was unimpressed by my psychic ability. It wasn't really ESP, but I was a teen once too, and knew that if it had been me in Ariel's place, I would have done the same thing. Frankly, I was glad she hadn't been kidnapped, because that poor family has had quite enough grief lately.

Ariel was suitably terrible about the situation. I thought her screaming fight with her dad in the car on the way home was just pitch-perfect. My favorite line was when she screamed, "The way you rang the doorbell!" She was humiliated. Okay, so it was Allison's dream, but I felt it was realistic. Turns out she was mum the whole ride home, and for several days thereafter.  Poor Joe returned home mumbling, "How did we get here?"

Devalos and  Scanlon don't always believe her today, so of course they thought that she was crazy and needed serious help when she appeared to the gents five years earlier. Scanlon was so disbelieving she hung up on him and Devalos threw her in jail. How could you do that to a pregnant woman? (Here's me wagging my finger at Manuel.)

Fortunately, Allison awoke in time to change the course of events and keep Nathan Huntsecker from killing both Devalos and herself. She woke Manuel and told him what she knew of the murder of Jessamyne Huntsecker years earlier. Of course, now that it was present day, Manuel believed her and showed up at the prison to apologize to Nathan and tell him what really happened. It was a little hard to believe that the DA would do such a thing, (in person), but I do believe Manny would.

I found that Marie repeating, "Somebody broke me? Who broke me?" went straight through my heart. It was too sweet and heartbreaking. Bridgette was of course fanning the flames and instilling fear in her little sister that something was wrong with her due to the car accident that Allison had when pregnant with her. Ariel did come to Marie's rescue, which gave her some points, though she has a long way to go for making up for the ski trip incident.

Once again, Allison sat with her eldest daughter and tried to explain to her why her parents were making better decisions than she. I thought Allison should win "Mother of the year," but Ariel sat with her arms crossed the whole time. She was stubborn and pissy, but I think she was finally coming around by the end of the conversation, although she was nowhere ready to admit that. It's tough being 15. Allison is a saint, if you ask me.

Once last thing. Two words: officer uniform. Two more: on Scanlon. Final two: Hot! Hot! I love a man in uniform! Need I say more?

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Medium does it again. This is one show that shakes up the status quo every week and tosses in some definitive twists to keep its viewers happy. Not only do we get a chance to see the Dubois family celebrating their youngest daughter's birthday, but we get to see a glimpse of them in the weeks leading up to Marie's birth, five years earlier. I loved the whole time travel aspect and hope they keep us guessing for the weeks to come. 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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