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Season 5 Episode 9

All in the Family

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 06, 2009 on CBS
8.4
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Allison suspects that a missing woman may be a victim of her strange children. Meanwhile, Joe's sister Sarah shows up unannounced.

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  • completely predictable. snooze.

    7.0
    What a yawn. This show has become SO forumlaic and predictable. What happened to it? it used to be good. this particular episode was unbelievably predictable. The dialogue felt like cut and paste from old scripts. The characters don't seem to change or grow. Remember when Bridgette used to have hilarious one liners? Not any more. And I reiterate my criticism from an earlier review, that the show is portraying murderers as far too simplistic and cavalier in their motivations. Also, things are just not the same now that everyone knows Alison is psyhcic. It was much more interesting when she had to do all kinds of navigating and work-arounds to deal with the skepticism of others - including Joe's highly rational responses that he used to give when she'd analyze her dreams, but he doesn't do that much any more. Joe's character has been realllly dumbed down. The whole show is in a rut. I think it may be time for it to pull up the tent stakes.moreless
  • Allison dreams of two suspects who may or may not have killed their own mother for money.

    9.0
    Gotta love the title of this episode. "It's All in the Family" all right but not everything that goes in a family is anything but normal. This was all about dysfunctional families including Allison and Joe's family. I like the fact that the writers while they write up believable characters like Joe and Allison don't exactly put them in perfect lives living in harmony. Everyone has an issue.



    The episode is about two loves Harmony and Dylan (James Van Der Beek) and his sister conspiring to cover up a murder. The murder is Dylan's murder who doesn't wish to help out her troubled son with his money issues or is it?



    I give episodes like these a high score if besides being entertaining they have a nice twists. It turns out this had more than one twist which really impressed. Sometimes in a show like they present a story that's very predictable and doesn't shock you in a way.



    This one wasn't like that. The characters of Dylan, Harmony and sister were all interesting character. James Van Der Beek probably stands out the most here. I always thought he was a mediocre actor because he always did roles that weren't impressive like in Dawson's Creek but over the years he's started to embrace darker, more violent characters a different character from that TV show.



    It's hilarious how he and the sister seem to be one step of the investigation by Allison and Scanlon all the while acting like the "concerned family members".



    Meanwhile, there's a conflict in Allison own house when Allison denies Ariel's request to go on a skiing trip. This is due to the fact that Ariel will be accompanied by several older boys than her.



    I think had their been like a chaperone, Allison would have probably let Ariel go.



    However, Ariel is furious when both Allison and Joe let Joe's sister stay in the house who may or may not have cheated on her husband.



    Anyways, this has more than one twist like I said. One of those episodes where you really do have to watch till the end or you'll miss a big detail that solves the whole case.



    Another great installment.moreless
  • Allison begins to suspect that a missing women may be a victim of her peculiar children, Joe's sister shows up for an unexpected visit due to martial problems.

    8.5
    I enjoyed the episode but something was nagging me the entire time I was watching, and than by the end of the episode I realized what it was they have done almost this exact same thing in one of my favorite episodes, The One Behind the Wheel, where the cheating husband kills his wife but then has his mistress get plastic surgery so she can look identical to his wife and so they can keep all of the wife's family money. Then in tonight's episode Dylan kills his sister and get's his fiancé to help him cover it up thru un-expected events by having her get facial reconstructive surgery to look exactly like his sister, in order to have access to his family money. I'm not saying they were identical I just thought that was odd. I did really like James Van Der Beek in this he did a great job playing a bad guy if you haven't seen him in the Criminal Minds episode Revelations/The Big Game you should he's amazing!moreless
  • Oh, come on now, Medium!

    4.0
    I love love love this show, but this episode was LAME. Just on its own merits, I would have given it a 7, but taken in the context of the entire series, I've got to drop it down to 4. Why? Because you cannot have two killer-made-girlfriend-get-plastic-surgery-in-order-to-keep-access-to-vast-fortune episodes in one series. It should be strictly verboten! The One Behind the Wheel in Season 3 did a great job with this plot line and made for great television. This episode is just ridiculously inferior in comparison. Do the writers think the fans are stupid or have impaired memories? Apparently. Also, that the guy would make his girlfriend look like his sister is just pretty gross and I think somewhat unrealistic. I mean I guess there are some people that will do anything for money, but it still is a bit of a stretch. There are many stellar episodes in Season 5, but this is NOT one of them.moreless
James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek

Dylan Hoyt

Guest Star

Amanda Detmer

Amanda Detmer

Sarah

Guest Star

Bryan Callen

Bryan Callen

Ryan

Guest Star

Bruce Gray

Bruce Gray

Joe's Dad

Recurring Role

Miranda Carabello

Miranda Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

Madison Carabello

Madison Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: The morning after Allison dreams about Harmony arriving home to find Dylan wrapping a body in a blue tarp, she goes to Dylan's home. She surprises him by asking about Harmony, then lies about her name having come up in a conversation with Devalos. Allison could not have known Harmony's name though because in the entire dream sequence, her name is never mentioned.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Allison wakes up, gasping.)
      Joe: Everything okay?
      Allison: Oh my God. I just ... I just had the worst nightmare.
      Joe: Did you hear what you just said?
      Allison: No, I mean it. It was just -- it was truly, a nightmare. You know, bad dream. Something that would never happen; something that could never happen. Just a bad dream.
      Joe: A bad dream? Could never happen?

    • Joe: Ariel's in with Bridgette and Marie. She didn't look very happy about it. She kept asking if we'd talked about the uh, ski trip. I really hope we're on the same page with this. 'Cause I think we're gonna have to deal with this tomorrow morning.
      Allison: You mean the page where 15-and a half year-old girls don't go on overnight trips with 18 year-old boys? Yeah I think we're of the same mind on that.

    • Allison: (voice over) Family: it's our rock, our salvation. These are the people we are closest to in the whole world. They share our dreams. They share our blood. And yet it's often those closest to us who are capable of hurting us most deeply.

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