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Medium Episode: "The Man in the Mirror"

Season 5, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: After Allison slips into a coma while working on a case, her spirit transfers into the body of a middle-aged man (Jeffrey Tambor), who upends the DuBois family dynamic by living with Joe and the children just as Allison would. Anastasia Griffith guest stars.
Original Air Date: May 11, 2009
Guest Cast Tina DiJoseph: Lynn Dinovi Jeffrey Tambor: Todd Emory Anastasia Griffith
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Aired: 5/18/2009
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Medium Episode Recap: "The First Bite is the Deepest" Season 5, Episode 16

A Nosferatu-masked killer haunts Allison to lead off dream in this week's episode of Medium. Graced once again with the lovely Anjelica Huston in a return visit as Cynthia Keener, the private investigator, this was one heck of a fun show. As promised, Rumer Willis also appears in this episode as Bethany, all grown up and angry. And the surprise guest star of the night is the strapping Balthazar Getty as Nosferatu/Christopher Sypes.

The basics: A trip down memory lane as Allison's dream takes her back several years to when Cynthia was summoned to a location in the desert to find young Bethany buried alive. The kidnapper sports a Nosferatu mask, and a bite mark on his hand is crucial to note. Allison arrives at the jail, where Cynthia has been living unhappily for some time now, and tries to enlist her assistance in finding Bethany. Cynthia riles hard against Allison, and in perfect Greta Garbo fashion, cries that she just wants to be alone.

Eventually, Allison wins her over and manages to get Cynthia to throw on some civvies and venture to the desert to save Bethany from making the biggest mistake of her life. And at the end, Cynthia ends up hugging Allison. Their relationship has always been kind of love/hate. Glad it ended on a happy note.

Every once in a while, someone will end up in Devalos' office screaming bloody murder and threatening never to vote for him again. This time it is a wealthy real estate agent whose wife is missing and wondering why the DA's office is refusing to do anything about it. Days later, a more sheepish Christopher Sypes calls Devalos and says his wife is in Mexico and all is right with the world — except that it isn't for him or his wife.

Allison dreams that Christopher has received a note from the kidnapper that looks strikingly like the one Nosferatu had sent to Bethany's parents years earlier. So, she knows his wife has been kidnapped and makes the leap that Nosferatu is behind it.

Bethany, having a second chance at life, is turning tricks for a living these day, and is sitting on the bed in a hotel room as she spies a bite mark on her John's hand. I wrote a note to myself, "Rumer's a hooker for Nosferatu." Who knew I would be so spot on? What I didn't see coming was that she would kidnap his wife and bury her alive in a reversal of fortune for him. Ah, adolescence — so hard to work out one's emotions in a healthy way. Logic just doesn't come into play.

Joe finds himself in a sticky wicket when he meets Terry to discuss buying his company back, and Terry tells him that he already sold it. Sitting alone in the now empty office as movers take out the last of the furniture, Joe is disheartened by this latest turn of events. While playing a little handball in the loft-like space, a guy comes in and catches the ball asking, "Is this mine or yours?" Turns out he is Joe's new boss, Simon. And Joe tosses the ball back to him and says, "It's yours."

Simon asks Joe, how he feels about the ocean, (Joe responds, "Why, are you going to drown me?"), luring him to San Diego. Allison does not support a move for the Dubois family to that loveliest of towns by the sea. Against her better wishes, Joe flies to San Diego to hear what Simon has to offer and they manage to come up with a solution that would have Joe in SD three days a week and back in AZ for the remainder. Allison is still not happy, but she can't fight Joe's reasoning and finally gives in to the idea. It will be very interesting to see how they work that out. Joe is critical to the show. I mean, at least for me he is.

My most favorite line was when the girls chimed in after Allison's poor attempt at pizza humor, and scolded her, "Bad Mommy!" Not enough of them this episode, and not a peep out of Ariel.

There are a mere two weeks left in this season, so hopefully, the last two episodes will keep us sated for the long summer months. See you next week.

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A Nosferatu-masked killer haunts Allison to lead off dream in this week's episode of Medium. Graced once again with the lovely Anjelica Huston in a return visit as Cynthia Keener, the private investigator, this was one heck of a fun show. As promised, Rumer Willis also appears in this episode as Bethany, all grown up and angry. And the surprise guest star of the night is the strapping Balthazar Getty as Nosferatu/Christopher Sypes.

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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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