Season 4 Episode 15

Being Joey Carmichael

Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 05, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Allison has dreams that help Scanlon in his search to find out who killed a wealthy local drug dealer. Allison and Scanlon are dumbfounded when Allison's dreams lead them to a severely impaired man with a bullet stuck in his brain. Meanwhile, Joe's partnership with Meghan Doyle is put in jeopardy.moreless

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  • An upscale drug dealer is murdered and the dreams that Allison has seem to point the finger at a very disabled man with a bullet in his brain. Meanwhile, Joe begins to suspect that Meghan Doyle has a desire for a more intimate relationship.moreless

    This is a great episode, which keeps you guessing until the end. I would like to think I am pretty good at figuring out a Medium mystery before it is revealed, but this one was tricky.

    Basically, their are two twin brothers; one has always been polite, meek and law abiding where as the other brother has been more aggressive, shady and engages in illegal activities.

    The one good quality about the "bad" brother has been his love for his brother. He has always sought to protect his meeker brother from harm, even going so far as to beat up school yard bullies.

    The wealthy drug dealer had both brothers killed or so he thought. The bad brother had gotten on the drug dealers bad side and the good brother was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    The "good" brother managed to survive, although with serious brain damage. Still with me? OK, The dead brother had somehow managed to possess his now-mentally challenged brother in order to seek his revenge and to protect his brother from beyond the grave.

    It is a great Medium story, which is wonderfully executed. I only have a few complaints about the episode.

    First off all, it was obvious right from the start that Meghan Doyle was trying to make Joe so uncomfortable that he would want to sell his part of the company. It was probably a necessary story arch and it was well acted, it just was a bit too predictable.

    Second off all, I was not all together clear how the "bad" brother was able to remain on earth as a ghost to not only get his revenge but keep the possession through his brother's prison sentence (so that his brother would think it was all a dream).

    I would assume that the bad brother was probably going to go to hell, in keeping with the cannon of the series, but for some reason he was being allowed to stay and take his revenge.

    Had he made a deal with the devil? Was he going to heaven because he had protected his brother all his life? I can understand the need in a series like Medium not to explain everything, but it would have been nice if they explained or hinted at how the bad brother was able to pull this off or where he was going when this was done.moreless
  • Another classic episode of Medium. A stunner at that.

    This episode started out a child being bullied by an older child and the end result is the younger child beating up the older child...this is what Allison dreams. Meanwhile, Scanlon has a murder case on his hands. A drug dealer is dead, shot 3 times, twice in the knee caps and once in the head...

    Allison dreams more of the children and realizes there are twins involved and twins involved in the the murder of the drug dealer, the same drug dealer that killed one of the twins years before.

    Meanwhile at Joe's office things get difficult as an apologetic Meghan tries to make up for her blunder with Joe. That doesn't go very well and Joe and Allison end up in a fight over it. The ending was cool...if not already known. It was a good show.moreless
  • Being Joey Carmichael, wow, this twist.

    This episode really had me on edge, I never expected the twist and turns that came through out the show. I would think I knew what was coming and NOPE!!! Through me for another loop, I usually can figure out the endings of "Who Dunnit" but not this time around, and that for me is good T.V . And that is what will keep me coming back for more Medium till its at its end. I am a fan of Allison's ,read both books, and would say its something worth reading . But I will contiue being a " Medium" fan.moreless
  • good episode

    Allison dreams of a boy who beats up a classmate at school. The following day, she goes to a meeting with Scanlon and they analyze a drug dealer who gets killed. They check out a guy who is physically impaired, he is a suspect, but they find it hard to tie him up to the killing. meghan doyle threatens joe's marriage when she gets drunk and comes on to him. he tries to hide it to allison, but she dreamt up something about it, and it's making her uncomfortable. this a good episode, i had a good time watching it. i can't wait for the next one.moreless
  • Not the greatest episode.

    This episode was far too confusing for me. I mean, I got it, it was just not Medium-esque for me. Those twins and that other guy all looked so alike, the disgusting haircut, the clothes, the face, the voice... I dunno. They just weren't interesting people involved with murder.

    ...Anyway. I thought the drug dealer case was pretty good in its content, it was just the actors that couldn't bring the excitement.

    And good thing Joe decided to tell that Meghan girl to go away. On hindsight, I actually think the whole partnership deal with the pretty lady that began a few episodes ago, was pretty poor writing actually. Extra drama is hard to find on Medium besides the dreams involving death, without getting the kids in trouble, or keeping Joe hostage in a building.

    Hopefully the finale will be better.moreless
Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston

Meghan Doyle

Guest Star

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer

Joey/Theodore Carmichael

Guest Star

Tim Monsion

Tim Monsion


Guest Star

Miranda Carabello

Miranda Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Joe: (after Allison said she saw him kiss Meghan Doyle) I don't know how much you dreamt ... I don't know what you saw ... but nothing happened. I wouldn't let anything happen. I could never let anything happen. You are everything to me.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: June 19th, 2008 on Network 10
      Norway: September 9th, 2008 on TV2
      The Netherlands: September 28th, 2008 on Net 5
      Sweden: December 11th, 2008 on TV4
      Czech Republic: April 8th, 2009 on Prima
      Finland: April 18th, 2011 on Nelonen

    • Featured Music:
      "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cindy Lauper (when Allison finds Joe in the garage at the end)

    • Although credited, Miguel Sandoval (Devalos) does not appear in this episode.

    • Kelly Preston is billed as a "Special Guest Star" in this episode.


    • Episode Title: Being Joey Carmichael

      The title, as well as the overall plot, of this episode is an allusion to the 1999 film Being John Malkovich. In the film, a puppeteer finds a way inside John Malkovich's mind; whereas in this episode a dead Theodore has the ability to enter into his brother Joey's mind, controlling his actions.