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Medium Episode: "A Taste of Her Own Medicine"

Season 5, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: When Allison is tasked with finding a vanished daughter, her psychic visions seem to incriminate the missing woman's father---but Allison questions those visions after meeting the woman's mother (Blythe Danner). Meanwhile, Joe suffers from sleep deprivation; and Scanlon and Lynn's relationship is sorely tested. Tina DiJoseph guest stars.
Original Air Date: Mar 2, 2009
Guest Cast Tina DiJoseph: Lynn Blythe Danner
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Medium Episode Recap: "A Taste of Her Own Medicine" Season 5, Episode 5

Sleep. Sleep tonight. There's a theme running through this episode of Medium and it's sleep. Allison uses sleep to find clues to find missing people, receive messages from dead people and find out that her colleagues are having a baby. Joe tries to sleep, but with a wife who abruptly awakens at least once every night, he's losing more sleep than gaining.

Allison enters work and approaches Lee with a smile on her face; she knows he and Lynn are going to have a baby. The opening scene between Lynn and Miguel (working in a convenience store) was one of the funniest ones this season. I had to rewind and watch it a second time. Plus they had the best lines of the episode. "Your eggo is preggo!" And, Miguel yelling out after Lynn, "You pay for that pee stick when you're done! Don't think it's yours just because you marked it with your urine!"

Of course, Lee is having trouble accepting that he and Lynn are just a few short months away from parenthood. He's still questioning why he should give up his bachelor status for a shot of marital, or at least familial, bliss. But somehow he finds himself in her arms accepting responsibility and perhaps even welcoming it. I'm excited for the prospect that we may get to see Lee in a whole new way.

Meredith's father, a good friend of the D.A.'s, shows him an email that his daughter wrote saying she needs to get away from it all for a while and figure some things out. Afraid there might be foul play, he is worried. Miguel puts Lee and Allison on the case and Al starts dreaming about death. The next day they find the body of Claire Burns, who had been missing for two years and was pretty ripe when they pulled her from the lake. All eyes focus on Meredith's husband as a "person of interest".

Blythe Danner wonderfully plays a mother who knows best for her daughter. She says that her daughter "thrives on attention" like the rest of us thrive on oxygen. Meredith poses as the perfect nursemaid and is much beloved by the Burns' family while she cares for their ailing daughter. She later bags Claire and beats her to death with a bat and dumps her in the lake. With Claire out of the way, Meredith marries her husband and takes over as step-mom to ailing Phoebe. Her next victim is the little girl. I'm thinking it's because her mother has taken such a shine to her and Meredith's narcissism rears it's ugly head. She feels like the attention has been shifted from her to Phoebe and she's not having it.

Meredith jokes in all seriousness, "Drink your poison," referring to that cafe latte, or possibly a milkshake blended with vitamins and a twist. And once her mother gets hip to her serial-killing ways, Mom offers up that poison in a chilled glass of iced tea, giving her daughter a taste of her own medicine, so to speak. Then to make sure that she rids the world of her rotten daughter, she pulls a plastic bag over her head and suffocates the remainder of life out of her.

Once again we are treated to a good dose of Bridgette. Not only is she completely incorrigible, she's also an instigator. She's always trying to goad poor little Marie. "When they say 'check-up', they mean shots!" Marie doesn't like the sound of that. As if getting shots isn't bad enough, Marie finds Daddy sleeping on the sofa, and is more than worried, "Daddy, are you and Mommy having a divorce?" She also wants to know if he'll be taking the girls to Florida to soften the blow of a marriage gone bad. That idea wriggled its way into her 5-year-old head through Bridgette-osis.

Joe is sleeping on the job, in the doctor's office and at the kitchen table. Sleep deprivation is making him the sleepy dwarf. His doctor wants he and Allison to sleep apart and when that has Marie scared he seeks another doctor's advice. The new doctor tells him to sleep with his awesome wife. And as far as sleep deprivation goes, he tells Joe, "That's why God invented naps." All's well that ends after a good night's sleep.

Just an aside: Meredith's mom tells Allison, "You do what you have to," and it struck me on a couple of levels. On the surface she meant Allison could tell the DA about what she did to her daughter if that's what she felt the need to do. But I think she was also using "You" in the general sense, and speaking of herself, as a mother. That is, she did what she had to do to protect her family, to take care of things. Blythe was so good in this role, I really enjoyed her.

I was moved when Allison, after trying a few times to tell Miguel about her dream that would have sent Meredith's mother to jail, slipped her glasses into her purse. Just that small gesture was really touching. I love that she could do that, questioning what justice would be served by putting her away when she was just protecting Phoebe and her family.

Finally, Lee arrives at the party and admits to Lynn, "I'm an ass." And without a beat she replies, "A big ass. My ass." It was sweet and funny and I'm glad the two of them are finding their way together for the long haul. And I wonder if Lee can handle it. Only time will tell.

 

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Sleep. Sleep tonight. There's a theme running through this episode of Medium and it's sleep. Allison uses sleep to find clues to find missing people, receive messages from dead people and find out that her colleagues are having a baby. Joe tries to sleep, but with a wife who abruptly awakens at least once every night, he's losing more sleep than gaining.

Allison enters work and approaches Lee with a smile on her face; she knows he and Lynn are going to have a baby. The opening scene between Lynn and Miguel (working in a convenience store) was one of the funniest ones this season. I had to rewind and watch it a second time. Plus they had the best lines of the episode. "Your eggo is preggo!" And, Miguel yelling out after Lynn, "You pay for that pee stick when you're done! Don't think it's yours just because you marked it with your urine!"

Of course, Lee is having trouble accepting that he and Lynn ... 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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