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2005, TV Show

Medium Episode: "A Person of Interest"

Season 5, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: A visit to a crime scene has a strange impact on Allison, whose bizarre behavior may be an essential component to unlocking a 17-year-old crime. Elsewhere, Joe's dinner invitation to his new colleague (Kevin Corrigan) leads to unforeseen twists. Patricia Arquette directed the episode.
Original Air Date: Feb 16, 2009
Guest Cast Kevin Corrigan
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Medium Episode Recap: "A Person of Interest" Season 5, Episode 3

Glowing cupcakes, musical microwaves and singing electrical tape. Has Alison finally lost her marbles? Patricia Arquette makes her directorial debut in the episode of Medium and teaches us a thing or two about willpower and obsession.

While Alison sleeps on the sofa, Joe eats a cupcake, meant for the fundraiser at Bridgette's school, from a sheer lack of willpower. But as he only eats one, I'd say he's got some amazing self-control. I could never stop at one.

Once again Bridgette gets the best lines of the show. Bridgette's new role is the delegating adolescent and is "outsourcing" her chores to Marie: "It's no big deal, everyone's doing it." She also tries to drown Marie's Eggo with about a cup and a half of syrup, perhaps she's trying to get rid of Marie all together.

Alison cold-shoulders Joe in the garage after he comes out there to see what she's up to. She's brought that microwave home and is taking it apart to figure out how it works. A little strange for a woman whose husband is an engineer. Joe just wants to find out why she has such a "fascination with small appliances."

Then she goes out and buys all of the 'fixins' for bomb-making. Joe becomes concerned, as well he should. I loved that he got really angry with her because she was in this sort of dream state where she knew what she was doing, but didn't all at the same time. Joe asked her suspiciously, "What is going on out here?" To which she replied, "I'm sauntering," completely oblivious to what she was actually doing with 20 bags of fertilizer and all the accoutrements to blow up her entire house and probably half of her block. I felt really bad that she was so compelled to recreate these urges she was having and was unaware of the dangers they posed.

A couple of great actors co-star in this ep, Kevin Corrigan plays David Brewster, Joe's new business partner and also Dave's previous incarnation, Arlo, the son of a man who ends up dead in Alison's dream. You may remember Kevin from the short-lived The Black Donnellys, or as Donal Logue's brother in Grounded for Life. Arlo's father is played by Xander Berkeley, probably best known for his role as George Mason on the second season of 24.

Not sure who irritates Ariel more, Bridgette with her enslavement of Marie, or Alison who takes apart the dishwasher to get the special sheet metal screws in the back of it for her little "garage project." Fourteen-year-olds are pretty much annoyed by just about everything their families do, so it's just par for the course.

Alison dreams of the abuse that Arlo has suffered by his father's hand, but it takes her some time to put the story together. When Brewster shows up to dinner at the Dubois' and hands Alison a bottle of wine, she sees all the faces of the people who died when Arlo's bomb went off. Sadly, Brewster's father deployed the bomb that killed those people, but Arlo was responsible as well since he made it for his dad to use. He was trying to make his dad proud of him, or trying to keep him from abusing him more — that special relationship the abuser has with the abusee, when they get them to do what they need my making them feel small and insignificant.

I could understand at the end when Brewster asks what good it would do for him to go to jail for the bomb. It would destroy another family and it would not bring back the dead, which he continues to live with some 23 years later. Besides, Alison has no proof. Frankly, he should have gone to jail. Just because he was abused by his father, he still made the bomb. He could have left his dad, or reported him to the authorities.

With music from Coldplay to Tears for Fears during this ep, it sounds like Medium has a new musical director. That Tears for Fears song brought me right back to my college days luckily I didn't have the brains (or the stupidity) to sit around making bombs in my dorm room. 

I really like how they are working Joe into the storylines more thoroughly. He deserves it and I think the show works a lot better when Joe has more to do than feed the girls and drive them to school. He's a rocket scientist for goodness sake.

Best line:
"If we're all dead, then maybe no one will notice that there's no dinner!"

Patricia does a fantastic job her first time directing the show. Hopefully she'll be up for more of the same in the weeks to come.

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Glowing cupcakes, musical microwaves and singing electrical tape. Has Alison finally lost her marbles? Patricia Arquette makes her directorial debut in the episode of Medium and teaches us a thing or two about willpower and obsession.
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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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