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Medium Episode: "The Devil Inside"

Season 5, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Part 1 of 2. Allison's nightmares center on her stalker, a zealot who's devoted to ending Allison's paranormal work for good. Those chilling dreams then come to life when the stalker makes an actual appearance, putting Allison and her family in danger. Meanwhile, Joe struggles over crucial decisions that could save his company.
Original Air Date: Apr 20, 2009

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Medium Episode Recap: "The Devil Inside, Part One" Season 5, Episode 11

In the first episode of a two-part storyline, Allison is targeted by a crazed, snake-tattooed, lunatic as "an instrument of evil." Waking out of a horrific dream that used very cool Dead Can Dance type music, Allison is rightfully terrified. This was one scary episode of Medium.

Allison walks out into the light in slow motion, glowing; she looks beautiful. However, Lucas Harvey, her stalker, calls her a lot of names including, "devil woman." He has decorated his apartment with pictures of Allison that he has doodled devil horns on and reddened her eyes in many of them.

Beelzebub, or, as we know her, Allison, starts her day with Marie sorting through the mail, recycling some and keeping others. It's a sweet moment between Mom and daughter until Marie hands her an envelope nearly identical to the one in her dream. She takes it to Devalos who shows her his "death-threat" file and laughs it off. Allison isn't laughing.

Her car breaks down and as she is just about to dial the auto club, a tow truck magically appears, as if sent by Heaven, (or Hell, depending on how you look at things). Allison is pleasantly surprised that the tow guy was passing by and lets him hitch her car to his wagon. When he invites her to get in the cab, (so he can allegedly drive her to the gas station), she notices the snake tattoo and freaks out, running down a motorist and making him wait with her until Lucas takes her car off his flat-bed.

Even though Allison warns Devalos and Scanlon about the letters and her dreams, and the creep-a-holic tow-truck guy, they require proof positive that he exists. Scanlon finds Lucas' apartment and tells Devalos to come tout de suite. When he sees the demonic pictures, Devalos summons the entire Phoenix police department to swarm the Dubois house. He then brings them a policeman's breakfast — donuts, of course! Yum.

Somehow, Scanlon leads the killer right into Allison's house bearing groceries. Lucas lures her with the sound of running water and tries to rid her of the devil within by drowning her in her bathtub until Scanlon shoots him in the back. It's no wonder that Allison doesn't even want to brush her teeth in that room afterwards.

Ariel is all peaches and cream this week, seemingly having recovered from being a complete twerp last week as the rebellious teen. Had I not been a teenager once, I would think she was bipolar.  She still has a tone, though. A mouthful of Ivory soap could go a long way to cleaning that potty mouth.

Speaking of the girls, I am really enjoying Marie, now that she is old enough to have a few lines. She is just scrumptious. You know I love her glasses, but when she was lying in bed and opened her eyes to the police lights, you could see how beautiful her big eyes are.

Joe has his own problems when he meets Terry for a meeting at a restaurant and Terry tells him he's not there to eat. Terry has turned into a dour, old fart. He's in a funk. The lousy economy plays a major theme in this episode and is grinding Joe's workplace down to a nub. Terry wants Joe to ask Allison to provide him with some insider trading advice.

However, as her life is being threatened, she has other pressing matters to dream about. Eventually, she does have a dream that "clear as a bell," tells her that Terry should buy the stock in question. Unfortunately, that stock goes up and then kerplunk and leaves Joe with the unsettling, but realistic, task of having to lay off a multitude of people in an economy that has ceased to pamper.

Meanwhile, several girls have been gassed by another crazed lunatic that may or may not be a dentist. Scanlon found that the dentist had been in ICU for the past four months; it wasn't possible that he had killed any of the girls. Allison finally dreams that the third girl was being held in a cellar and Devalos, Scanlon and Joe were taking turns beating her to death. It makes no sense, except that Lucas arrives later, now a creepy ghost, to let Allison know that he is warping her dreams to show that she is a "false prophet." He plans to render her "dreams useless." It doesn't seem to matter that he is dead; he is still stalking her.

This was a delicious episode and a nice teaser for Part Two next week. Until then, please enjoy a sprinkling of the many, many good lines tonight:

"The devil is always the prettiest girl."

"What's a 401K plan?"
"About half of what it used to be."

"Good God Almighty."

"You're harder to find than a whore in church."

"I stopped by to see how my favorite shut-ins are doing."

"I am the sculptor of your dreams."

And you know my favorite line of the ep:
"Sweet dreams, bitch!"

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In the first episode of a two-part storyline, Allison is targeted by a crazed, snake-tattooed, lunatic as "an instrument of evil." Waking out of a horrific dream that used very cool Dead Can Dance type music, Allison is rightfully terrified. This was one scary episode of Medium.
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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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