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Medium Episode: "How to Make a Killing in Big Business"

Season 5, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: Part 1 of 3. Allison resigns at the DA's office when she's lured by a fellow psychic (Tracy Pollan) to work at a formidable corporation. She basks in the opulent corporate lifestyle, but she's haunted by visions of a serial killer's murderous fury in Phoenix. Meanwhile, the territorial company bigwig (David Morse) forbids Allison from sharing her dreams with Devalos and Scanlon. And Ariel begins taking pills, hoping they'll block out her visions of a ghost.
Original Air Date: May 4, 2009
Guest Cast David Morse: Mr. Lydecker Tracy Pollan: Caitlyn Lynch
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Aired: 5/4/2009
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Medium Episode Recap: "How to Make a Killing in Big Business," Parts 1 & 2 Season 5, Episode 13

As if a regular one-hour episode of Medium doesn't pack enough of a wallop, tonight's two-hour special was filled to the rim with deliciously brewed plot twists and tangy story lines. Three incredible guest actors graced us with their presence and made this episode truly star-studded. And the big news is that Allison quits her job with the DA and takes a leap of faith into the corporate corner. Will it work out for her?

Allison dreams that the Dubois' live in a super-sized McMansion. It was worth it to see Joe in tennis whites. She takes a tour of her house and begins to open a door that the entire family tells her not to open. Beyond the door, lies a room bloodied by a woman whose eyes have been cut out. It is a very effective scene. She sees the room again in another dream as the place where her office should be. A serial killer on the loose is killing his victims in this gruesome way and then cutting them up and tossing their remains into the river. (The crime spree takes a liberal dose of Dexter, as his MO has been to cut his victims into pieces and dispose of them in the sea,)

Ariel is having a(nother) crisis. Sadly she is experiencing many of the same medium-like qualities that her mother has. When a fellow student dies in a car crash, she appears to Ariel following flooded floors and drips from above. Studying for her upcoming PSATs, Ariel's friend offers her some of her ADD medication. The medicine helps the girls concentrate and stay focused so they can get through their exams. Ariel soon realizes that taking the drug keeps Stacy Lee away. But Stacy Lee needs Ariel and leaves her a clear message on a blackboard, "No more pills. Don't shut me out." That message pushes Ariel to borrowing more and more of the medication. Eventually, she is found out and made to return the remaining pills to her friend. This leaves her open to having dreams that are as unpleasant as her mother's. Her psychic abilities are very strong. I am a little surprised that Allison thought it might be a good idea to get Ariel her own prescription, but I understand where she was coming from, having turned to beer at fourteen herself to calm the voices.

Tracy Pollan, a.k.a. Mrs. Michael J. Fox, guest stars as Caitlyn Lynch, a psychic working for a major corporation as an "intuitionist." She goes after Allison with some vigor, calling her at home and then stalking her in the City Hall parking garage. In return for Allison coming to work for Lydecker, she offers Allison a ridiculously large salary and provides very expensive gifts for the children. A car, a wardrobe, and her very own corner office seal the deal and Allison goes to work for the MAN.

The MAN is Mr. Lydecker, played by the inimitable David Morse. When Allison meets him, she has a vision of Lydecker crying at his desk. He proves to be all about the business. He asks Allison to meet with his son Justin and tell him what she senses about him. He tells her she is "Topic #1 around the watercooler," and calls her a "six-figure napper." Sadly, she has a vision that Justin plans to kill himself. (As soon as he asked her this, I felt Justin might be the killer half of the dynamic serial killing duo that includes Detective Brad Arboch). Shawn Doyle, otherwise known as Big Love's Joey Henrickson, brother to Bill, guests as the detective who has a penchant for cleaning up after the big kill.

When Allison's dreams confirm that Detective Brad is responsible for the clean up, she finally convinces Lee to go and check him out. In her dream, it seems that Brad kills Scanlon, but when she calls Lee, he tells her he had to kill Brad.

It's all over the news and Lydecker calls her into his office. She approaches in another fantastic suit that Caitlyn bought her and sits down with him to be told that her dreams and visions are now his property and that offering them up to the D.A.'s office is not only a breach of her contract, but also constitutes theft. He then threatens her within an inch of her life and her family's well-being. I hope she quits that job.

Allison finally dreams about the killer, "Oh my God, it was Justin." And now, she will have to make a choice as to what to do with that piece of information. Will she give it to Lydecker or Devalos? Perhaps Lydecker knows that his son has been killing the women and is trying to protect him — or rather protect his business.

There is still one more episode to complete the trilogy. Next week the first episode of another two-hours worth of Medium, will be the final part of this story and the second hour will be an entirely new episode guest starring Jeffrey Tambor.

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As if a regular one-hour episode of Medium doesn't pack enough of a wallop, tonight's two-hour special was filled to the rim with deliciously brewed plot twists and tangy story lines. Three incredible guest actors graced us with their presence and made this episode truly star-studded. And the big news is that Allison quits her job with the DA and takes a leap of faith into the corporate corner. Will it work out for her?

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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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