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Medium Episode: "Things to Do in Phoenix When You're Dead"

Season 5, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Allison's paranormal peeks concentrate on several killings---all of which are witnessed by an apparent ghost. Elsewhere, Ariel partners with her school crush in health class, and together they care for an artificial baby. But the assignment has a bizarre effect on Ariel: She feels drugged whenever she holds the baby.
Original Air Date: Feb 9, 2009
Guest Cast Emily Bergl
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Medium Episode Recap: "Things to Do in Phoenix When You're Dead" Season 5, Episode 2

Named after the 90's film, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, this episode of Medium starts with a heart monitor beeping away leading us into Allison's dream. Belabored breathing leads us to...Sam Merlotte from True Blood! The heart monitor stops beeping and Allison wakes up drooling. Nothing to see here. Until her next dream. Sam Trammel plays Dr. Brian Seward, a half-ghost playing with his own life.

Brian watches a young woman being killed and he does nothing to stop it. The killer doesn't see him, so we think he is a ghost, and he is, sort of. Allison wakes Joe again after this second dream, to which he replies, "Didn't we just do this?"

"I saw a young woman get redrummed," Allison says to Joe, referencing The Shining to say what she means in front of the girls. Marie wants to know what redrummed is and Bridge is only too happy to explain. Luckily Allison stops her before she has the chance to scare her little sister. Bridge tells her it's a kind of ice cream. Good save! Meanwhile Ariel arrives in the kitchen wearing far too much makeup for a girl her age, although she is driving in this episode. When did she get to be 16?

When Ariel tells them she is going to be having a baby at school and getting married, Joe just about has a coronary. It's just an assignment, but if Joe is anything like my Dad, he's going to string Ariel's 'husband' out to dry, should anything unseemly happen.

Allison tells Brian she can see him and knows what he is, but he says nothing to her. She questions why he didn't respond, to which Joe asks, "Would it have killed him to talk to you?" I laughed, but Allison wasn't amused. She can't quite figure out the case and then dreams about a woman, Victoria, blackmailing the lawyer who killed Kimberly, the student-slash-hooker. Vic threatens to expose him unless he gives her $500K and sends him one of Kimberly's fake nails to prove it. Nasty.

Ariel is thrilled when she is assigned Adam Mankewitz to be the father of her baby. He's the cutest boy in class and she's just barely saved by getting assigned to marital bliss with the student referred to as the "Uni-bomber." Adam is tall and blond and jock-like; a hunk by any teenager's standards. When he turns the baby over to Ariel, she becomes giddy and dizzy as if she's high as a kite. She falls against the locker, drops the baby and then asks Adam to put the baby in her purse. So far, Ariel's take on motherhood is frightening, to say the least.

Her behavior around the baby is bizarre and Joe seems to be the only one who notices. She pays Bridgette to babysit and sleeps through the baby's cries. Joe finally figures it out when Ariel tries to take the baby back to Adam. Adam's got 'allergies', another code word used in this ep. Adam's doing drugs, and much like A-Rod, has a hard time admitting it. Joe really gives Adam what for, though I thought he would have been totally in the right to punch young, handsome Adam in his perfectly chiseled jaw.

The ghost makes an appearance in Allison's next dream and also in the hallway of her house, although it's not the ghost in the house, but Brian. He scares the bejesus out of Ariel, who holding the baby, seems to be unraveling. Allison will have none of it. She goes to Brian, calling him an adrenaline junky, and threatens him with spending the rest of his short time here on earth in jail if he doesn't stay out of her family's life. Brian says the idea of letting Vic kill him for just a few minutes and letting him find a rich guy to blackmail before bringing him back, is 'genius'. It's only 'genius', if by 'genius' he means 'completely stupid'.

Needless to say, Allison sort of takes things into her own hands when Brian ends up dead and his partner in crime, Victoria, tries to drive off into the sunset with the $500K that is supposed to go into Brian's wife's bank account. Allison is great. She calmly nibbles her grilled cheese sandwich while sticking it to Victoria. She's very sassy and I like it! Her final comment about the iced tea was fantastic.

Just a final note, it was interesting to me that Allison was the one doubting herself in this ep since it's usually Lee or Manuel. And I really loved Joe's line about the secret website for ghost tracking. What a hoot.

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Named after the 90's film, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, this episode of Medium starts with a heart monitor beeping away leading us into Allison's dream. Belabored breathing leads us to...Sam Merlotte from True Blood! The heart monitor stops beeping and Allison wakes up drooling. Nothing to see here. Until her next dream. Sam Trammel plays Dr. Brian Seward, a half-ghost playing with his own life. 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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