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Medium Episode: "Truth Be Told"

Season 5, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: Allison develops the ability to detect lies when her clairvoyant dreams center on a game show with a truth-or-untruth theme. She then taps into her newfound talent while investigating the killing of a young couple. Meanwhile, Joe squares off against a former coworker who accuses him of stealing designs.
Original Air Date: Mar 30, 2009
Guest Cast Mark Steines
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Season 5, Episode 8
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Aired: 3/30/2009
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Medium Episode Recap: "Truth Be Told" Season 5, Episode 8

This was a really awful episode of Medium. Buzz!! Truth be told, it was an exciting episode. Ariel was telling her mom the truth about the sleepover. Buzz!! She was a scheming little teenager, truth be told. Allison becomes a human polygraph and knows when you've been bad or good by the irritating sound of a celestial buzzer only she can hear. And no one can escape her lie detection.

Allison's dream uncovers a series of events that takes the whole episode to unravel. It all starts when a contestant on a game show called "Truth Be Told" is asked whether she would kill to protect her loved ones. She answers "Yes," but according to the lie detector, that is a lie. She and her friends in the audience laugh about it, but it quickly becomes apparent that it is a laugh of irony.

The four friends enjoy a bottle of vino while watching Julie's foray into game-show celebrity. But the evening turns dreadfully dangerous as two masked men hold them hostage, rob them and sexually assault Julie. I don't think it was ever made clear why there was a bag of $1 million lying around (I believe they were staying in someone else's cabin). What I do know is that the four friends make a pretty lousy decision when they decide to keep the cash.

When Julie and Michael's money runs out, Michael goes to the Berks and asks them to hand over their share. How did he ever think that was a good idea? Paul Berk thinks it's a lousy idea as well, and refuses to pay him. So Michael kills him and his wife. This is not a very smart guy. Frankly the whole lot is completely whacked.

Devalos and Scanlon, who was oddly calm and quiet in his first scene, think Allison is barking up the wrong tree when she tries to convince them that Julie and her hubby are lying to them. It gets so bad that she gets into a brawl with Manuel, and I really thought there was going to be fisticuffs. Once he is proven wrong, he apologizes to Allison, as well he should.

Enuka Okuma, most recently seen on 24 was featured in this episode as Julie Skahan. In the end, she lets her husband take the blame for the two murders she committed, one of which was completely justified, and the other of which was pretty much cold-blooded. She would do anything for Michael, and obviously, he would do anything for her. I don't know how she can live with herself, but I suppose it's easier to live with yourself when an orange jumpsuit isn't your daily outfit.

My favorite scene, by far, was Bridgette drinking milk from the carton and asserting that she wasn't. There's nothing like a lie when the evidence is dripping from one's upper lip. That kid.

My second favorite scene was with Allison and Joe in bed when he was trying to assure her that he didn't think she was crazy and could wake him in the middle of the night to talk. Buzz!! When she grunted — that was hilarious.

While Allison's dreams were coming in dribs and drabs, Joe is very clearly served and learns a former employee is suing him. That guy is a real creep and tells Joe, "It's just business, it's not personal." Luckily, Joe, with his wife's help, figures out that the employee had doctored a memo that he had given Joe. Once Joe had that proof in hand, he went directly to the guy and told him off, adding, "It's not business, it's personal." Dude got served!

Great episode. This has been a very good season so far. I can't wait to see what the next episodes bring. See you back here next week!

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This was a really awful episode of Medium. Buzz!! Truth be told, it was an exciting episode. Ariel was telling her mom the truth about the sleepover. Buzz!! She was a scheming little teenager, truth be told. Allison becomes a human polygraph and knows when you've been bad or good by the irritating sound of a celestial buzzer only she can hear. And no one can escape her lie detection.

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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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