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Medium Episode: "A Necessary Evil"

Season 5, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: Kurtwood Smith reprises his guest-star role as FBI agent Edward Cooper, who materializes as a ghost to help Allison catch a criminal. However, Allison soon begins to question Cooper's true motives. Elsewhere, Joe hires a man with a dubious résumé.
Original Air Date: Mar 23, 2009
Guest Cast Kurtwood Smith: Agent Edward Cooper
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Aired: 3/23/2009
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Medium Episode Recap: "A Necessary Evil" Season 5, Episode 7

Proof and evidence are in short supply in this thrilling episode of Medium. Kurtwood Smith is back as Agent Cooper, haunting Allison to the soothing sound of chirping crickets. Joe has his own problems to contend with and Ariel is starting to really become her mother's daughter, as she is coming into her own as a medium.

Cooper had previously invited (while haunting) Allison to help him in his crusade against potential criminals. This time he offers her names of some bad guys who have eluded capture for some time. His intel is reliable and Allison is credited with the clues. Little does she know what he is really up to.

Cooper is convinced he knows the future and has found a vulnerable, easily manipulated boy to do his dirty work. Bobby Whitman is a high-schooler with an absent mother, making him an all too perfect choice for Cooper's devious plan. He convinces Bobby that he needs to kill people because if they are allowed to live, they will end up killing many others. Bobby kills Adam Dietz, who in Allison's dream killed a diner full of people, and then Nurse Rachel, who, according to Cooper, is so desperate in her disillusionment of the health care industry that she was planning to kill 16 patients. (I did wonder if the writers were trying to make a point about the state of health care in this country, or if that was just a Snapped moment.)

By making Bobby force the people into 'suicide' rather than pull the trigger himself, Cooper masterfully manipulated the boy. Either way Bobby was responsible, but he must have felt less so when Adam and Rachel killed themselves. (Of course, Cooper is the responsible one, but that's going to be rather hard to prove in court, since he is, like, dead.)

Luckily, Allison understands that there's no way to predict the future. One never knows if a person will act on their thoughts, or even if they are planning on something that they will pull it off. She tries to make Bobby see that vigilantism is bad (though, thankfully Dexter doesn't think so!). Her attempts to make Bobby believe it are all for naught and he comes after her, on Cooper's prodding. I was a little surprised she actually humored Bobby by driving up to the roof, but knew she would never jump. I was so proud of her when she told him he was going to have to shoot her. She must have known he wouldn't, that he would finally have to face the actuality of what he was doing.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Joe's business partner, Terry Cavanaugh, puts him on to a potential hire, Hal Munzell, whose unimpressive resume precedes him. Hal is a lackluster and rather unfriendly guy, who has been fired or has quit every job he's ever had as he isn't much of a 'people person.' Showing up uninvited to Joe's office, Joe is put off and has no desire to hire him, even after Hal tells him that Terry hit on his date at a conference (and obviously promised him a job to soothe things over). Before Joe can get rid of him, Hal hands over his designs for some thing-a-ma-jig that Joe has been unsuccessfully working on. He sort of has to hire this guy.

Fortunately for Joe, Ariel is also receiving messages in her dreams. She comes to him to warn him that Hal stole his dye sensitizer plans from a former colleague, Clay. When he goes to Terry and tries to skirt the question of who gave him the info, Terry says, "Show me the solution." But only after Joe bravely admits that his intel came from his 16 year-old daughter's dreams. I was really proud of him for that. Go, Joe!

Later Ariel is visited again by Clay, who tells her exactly what Joe needs to know to design the solution himself. It was great watching her explain the ridiculously technical details.

Once again, Lee and Devalos take turns finding Allison's dreams hard to believe. There's no evidence, show me the evidence! This has become a rather formulaic moment in each episode and I don't see why it has to happen at all. Though, it seems like it could be a great time to add some much needed levity and humor to the show. Kind of like a Seth Meyers, "Really?" moment.

Just an aside: When Allison was frustrated about interpreting her dreams wrong, she cracked me up when she said she might be retiring. Ha! Like that would ever happen.

This was another sad and stressful episode since it once again portrayed child abuse. In this case, it wasn't Bobby being beaten or sexually assaulted, but he was being horribly used by Cooper, and to what end? How will he live with himself after realizing what he has done is wrong? As Allison slips into bed after talking to Bobby's mother, I could feel her heartbreak as a mother. Every so often, Patricia Arquette proves why she is so good on this show. That scene did it for me.

Great lines:
"One serial killer, one diner massacre — got it. Anything else?"
"I just know the inevitable when I see it."
"Do the math."
"Why are you in my house?"

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Proof and evidence are in short supply in this thrilling episode of Medium. Kurtwood Smith is back as Agent Cooper, haunting Allison to the soothing sound of chirping crickets. Joe has his own problems to contend with and Ariel is starting to really become her mother's daughter, as she is coming into her own as a medium.
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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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