Crossing Jordan

Season 5 Episode 13

Dreamland

1
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 29, 2006 on NBC
9.3
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Macy is stunned when he discovers that a body from a gang related shooting is his daughters boyfriend. When a gun from the crime scene returns with Abby's prints on it, the entire team focuses on finding the missing girl.

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  • This episode was a wonderful moment for Garret. His love for his daughter and his inability to tell/show her only make him more human. For more reviews go to: www.crossingjordanencyclopedia.com

    9.0
    Dreamland was a very solid episode. It carried three themes—addiction (in more than one way), a mother’s grief, a friend’s support and love—through the entire story arch, weaving them together in a powerful way.



    Dreamland featured our entire staff working together in an urgent, real, gritty, riveting storyline. Within this search for Abby was more than just a father’s desperate quest to find his daughter. Garret truly came face to face with the extent of his addiction and admitted to himself that he needed help. Jordan was there for Garret. And Lily guided two women through the lost of a child.



    The writing was particularly strong and compelling. The angry words between Garret and Jordan, the sounds of hopelessness as Lily couldn’t get through to a grieving mother and Abby and Garret finally having a real conversation—where powerful and moving scenes. The acting obviously stood out for these scenes, which were delivered with complete, total, conviction that left no room for doubt in the viewers mind.



    The music was wonderful. I was leery going into it, because I’m not fond of Hip Hop, but I was blown away. The mix of Hip Hop and the softer music when Garret drives up to the pay phone in search of Abby was perfect, brilliant—I loved it. The music set the scenes so well and really aided in the overall feel of grittiness and urgency that this episode was meant to portray. And the Spanish ballad at the end was perfect.



    Garret: Garret’s got many demons he’s dealing with and they all came to a head in this episode. Garret loves his daughter. He might not show it well, but there’s no doubt of his love. That makes this episode even more bittersweet. Here’s a father who is not only worried about his missing daughter, but blames himself (partially) for her downfall.



    His genuine worry and grief he felt for Abby won’t make things any easier for the two them though. Despite their heart to heart talk, their relationship will always be a tough one—loving but still tough. They’ve never been able to truly open up to each other and put all reservations, doubts behind them. Maybe part of this is because of Garret’s own childhood. And probably part of it is because of his own rocky relationship with Maggie. The end result though is Garret doesn’t have a ‘solid foundation’ upon which his relationship with Abby is built, and in the end that will always give way to some rocky ground. At least they seemed to come to the understanding that each—in their own way—really loves the other and would do anything for them. As for the speech Garret gave Abby at the end, well that was for both of them. It took more than an arrest for DUI, more than Jordan talking to Garret, even more than Jordan yelling and threatening him, it took seeing himself in his own daughter to realize just how far he’d fallen and just how much he needed help.



    The morgue staff is there for him. Now the question will be can he do it. Will his will power and resolve be strong enough? In those deep, dark moments when no one is there to stop him will he have it in him to not give in? The dumping of the booze at the end was symbolic. His way of telling the gang—without speaking—he knows he has a problem and he plans to get help. Now it’s time to wait and watch. There are sure to be some more fireworks before this is all done.



    Jordan and Garret: I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between Jordan and Garret. They’ve always had a friendship that goes beyond boss and employee. Jordan’s always called him Garret, not Dr. Macy. She’s pushed him to his limits. He’s let her get away with everything but murder. They have a special relationship that goes beyond simple friendship. Those two have a ‘special love’. Not romantic, but not just friendship, probably closer to a father/daughter family sort of love. (Kind of ironic if you think about it, since he has such issues trying to express that support and caring for Abby). Anyhow— Jordan and Garret have an intricate friendship. And Jordan didn’t play nice. She really took charge of things when she had to. Garret was spiraling out of control and Jordan, after being worried, after trying to reason with him, after threatening (mildly) him, finally brought the ax down and gave Garret an ultimatum. Leave or never set foot in the morgue again. How hard must that have been for Jordan?



    I think it’s amazing the growth we’ve seen in Jordan. In season one or even two she’d never have been able to take charge. She’s become much more responsible through the years. Still a bit irrational at times, takes risks, disobeys orders, but she’s become a person who you’d trust in charge. People respect her, she believes in herself, and she, I believe, is mentally able to handle people now. Side Note: Loved the look Jordan made when she sipped Garret’s coffee by accident.



    Lily: It was wonderful to see Lily back in her element. She has a caring and compassion for people that is beyond normal. She can comfortable with a hand touch, she can reassure with a look, she can make a point without saying a word. She’s always there, always offering herself to anyone who needs her. She can see so many sides of grief and deal with each of those facets just the right way.



    The story of the two mothers reacting totally different was heart wrenching. And showed another aspect of the parent-child relationship. There was a mother who loved her son as he was, unconditionally. Another mother who tried best she knew how and believed she’d failed. She loved her son, but was unable to show him this after a certain point in his life and gave up on him. Then there was Abby and Garret’s situation as well. Love is shown (or not shown) in many different ways, but all these parents have one thing in common, they loved their children. I thought it was a wonderful storyline and a great balance to the urgency of Abby’s disappearance.



    Jordan and Woody: I suppose I should say a few words on these two. I was happy with how it was left. One, with the drama of the past few days for those two, the last thing they needed was to end up alone in Jordan’s apartment. Second, Woody’s right. Right now Jordan doesn’t see him as ‘Woody’. She might not think of him as the ‘rebound guy’ but that’s how she’d be using him at this point in time.



    Jordan needs to take some time to grieve over the lost of JD. Then she needs to think REAL hard about what she wants with Woody and if she can give it to him. Then she has to tell him, talk with him, and together they have to decide where they’re going. No more dancing, no more maybe we are together today, but not tomorrow…NO MORE. The DANCE IS OVER. It’s time for those two to commit to each other. Just not at this moment in time. I agree with Woody. Jordan needs to take some time and really think things through. The good, the bad, fun, sad…what being in a relationship with Woody would involve. Then those two need to have a talk. I still think there are a few issues from Jump Push Fall that Woody needs to talk to Jordan about. We’ll see were it goes, but for right now a little timeout is a good thing. If the two of them can't do that - then maybe they really aren't meant for each other. Sometimes no matter how much you want something to be...it just can't be.moreless
  • More Woody/Jordan development please!

    7.5
    Glad that Garrett stopped drinking (didn't fit with the character to me) and I liked the story line with the surgeon mother who wouldn't let herself mourn the death of her son, but I want more development between Woody and Jordan. I'm getting sick of the writers yanking our chains! Enough already. They both have issues, but let's see them work it through . . .
  • Garrett finally stops drinking

    7.5
    Abby, Dr. Macy's daughter, gets caught up in a robbery/drug deal gone bad. Abby runs for her life as Woody, Dr. Macy, and Jordan look for her on the streets. To make matters worse the two robbers that did survive are also after Abby since she is the only one that can identify them. Abby goes to dru rehab at the end and Garrett finally puts down the bottle.
Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell

Woody Hoyt

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh

Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn

Lily Lebowski

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Garret Macy

Ravi Kapoor

Ravi Kapoor

Dr. Mahesh "Bug" Vijayaraghavensatyanaryanamurthy

Steve Valentine

Steve Valentine

Dr. Nigel Townsend

Ivonne Cole

Ivonne Cole

Mrs. Salazer

Guest Star

Christian Monzon

Christian Monzon

Ernesto Sanchez

Guest Star

Cristine Rose

Cristine Rose

Dr. Wasserman

Guest Star

Alex McKenna

Alex McKenna

Abby Macy

Recurring Role

Lindsay Frost

Lindsay Frost

Maggie

Recurring Role

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