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Season 1 Episode 13

Being Mrs. O'Leary's Cow

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 25, 2005 on CBS
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Vivid images of a plane crash killing everyone on board rock Allison's dreams. She finally locates the pilot, who is holding a dark secret of his own. Eventually, Allison is forced to decide between turning in the killer or saving the lives of hundreds of people.

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  • ''I'm four months pregnant; I can't be hurt, I'm invulnerable.''

    Ah, that pesky moral humdinger of question: prosecute a murderer to uphold justice or allow him to walk free in order to save the many individuals destined to die? Quite the pickle. Medium is back on form with an episode that begins the way previous episodes end. Allison is confident from the get go, something we're not accustomed to, which, of course, triggered my spider sense, and as the hour unravels so does her beliefs. It's an effective episode that unfortunately gives away the mystery far too early in the game. I knew something was up the minute Allison assured Scanlon that the husband was not the killer. Thankfully, though, it's not always about the destination with me, but how one gets there and there are plenty of highlights along the moderately predictable path.

    I jumped twice, which is unusual, with two scenes that just caught me by surprise (in retrospect, they were scares I should have seen coming from around the corner, they were practically wearing neon clothing and tap dancing shoes). Still, they were creepy. That bit where the wife fell on Allison's shoulder and the dumping scene both got me. Shame on me.

    The subplot was cute and again carries all of the essentials to make a Dubois family tiff watchable: Bridgette being adorable as always, and Allison and Joe having a verbal smackdown of epic proportions. I can't get enough of their marital spats and it never seems tacked on (like in Dead Like Me, for example) but comes across as healthy and believable more than anything else.

    All in all, it's another solid offering from season 1. I liked the whole fate VS vision aspect and while a few niggles still remain (if Joe isn't doubting Allison's abilities on a general level, he's doubting her confidence when she does think she's right) the season continues to impress.moreless
  • A great episode with touch of humour.

    One of my favourite episodes so far. This episode is about a pilot who's wife who has mysteriously gone missing. While the police search for clues, Allison is also struggling to decide if her dreams of a terrible event in the future can be avoided. Back at the Dubois house, Bridget has a new obsession, much to the dismay of Joe .

    What I loved about this episode was the balance of drama and darkness with light hearted humour. There are a couple of creepy moments but not as such as some of the other episodes. I highly recommend this episode.moreless
  • really entertaining

    A pilot is suspected of murdering his own wife but they can't find any proofs that he did it. Allison steps in to question the pilot, she picks up visions from him after asking him a few questions. One of Allison's dreams also tells her that if she lets the police arrest the pilot, it will cause a plane to crash and kill lots of people. It's a really good episode, some issues are happening with Allison's daughters. The investigation regarding the pilot is really interesting, the way it gets to the truth is mind boggling. The visions look really well made.moreless
  • Sneaks on a Plane

    I like twists. But only when they're intelligent twists that don't irritate me. But it's bad when you watch a movie or TV show that's going along really well, and it's all spoilt by a sudden twist that didn't need to be there, leaving you with a feeling of wanting to smash in your TV set.

    Being Mrs O'Leary's Cow starts well, with an intriguing double-mystery for Allison to investigate, but slightly falls apart at the end. If Allison's original dream was indeed true, then a plane, sometime in the future, is destined to crash and kill hundreds on board. Yet, it's treated like little more than a gag in the closing moments, which spoils most of the earlier plot.

    Despite the ending, the storyline was very involving, and Chad Lowe was excellent throughout, despite being an actor wheeled out as a "husband-with-secrets" on seemingly every show on TV. I loved Allison's visions in this episode, in particular the ones in the car, with David Call's wife's corpse falling down on her shoulder, and Davalos and Scanlon banging on the window to try and get Allison's attention.

    The subplot was undeniably cute. Despite Maria Lark having a really affected way of saying her lines that comes off completely unreal, Bridgette's helmet obsession provides a variety of laughs. No more so than in the final scene, where we see all the photographs taken of her, especially the ones where she's picking her nose or screaming. The story itself is extremely believable, and totally something a kid her age would do.

    Whilst I had problems with the ending, Being Mrs O'Leary's Cow provided a great dilemma for Allison to be involved with, and it featured some excellent performances, most notably from Jake Weber and Chad Lowe.

    Director: Ronald L. Schwary

    Writer: Melinda Hsu

    Rating: B+moreless
  • Being Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow is an exciting ride that starts with a plane about to crash over the city.

    The accident hasn’t happened yet but our medium already knows there’d be a brave pregnant woman charming the fear away from the guy sitting next to her, stormy weather and a skilled pilot on the cockpit able to regain control of the plane in the nick of time.

    Problem is: the pilot may be the suspect of his wife disappearance, or so thinks Scanlon. The truth is that the pilot alibi is air tight, his grieve seems legit and there’s no body or reason to believe this is more than a missing person scenario only both Scanlon and Davalos would feel much more comfortable if Allison "tests" the husband first. Although they don’t quite follow Allison’s reasoning they do agree that the fact that she saw the pilot saving the plane, the day of his anniversary, which still hasn’t happened yet, might suggest he’s not in jail in the near future, which means that he didn’t do anything and there may not be a reason to fear for his wife’s life.

    Excited with the perspective to reunite husband and wife, Allison is surprised when Scanlon takes her to the abandoned car of the pilot’s wife, once he makes her sit so she would check on the misplaced mirrors for a woman of her size, she gets a vision of the wife’s body, murdered and buried in the desert two days ago. Next thing you know, she’s haunted with visions of the same plane, crashing, for there’s no pilot who could do what the one in jail could’ve done to save it.

    By the time she gets the vision that incriminates the husband, Scanlon has already found the means, the motive and enough evidence to arrest him for his wife’s murder, Allison looks ready to cry but how can she expect the detective could share her pain for the lives lost on the same flight the pilot won’t be there to save? She gives Lee the last piece of evidence and leaves to the airport where Joe finds her waiting for the Phoenix to Cleveland flight to arrive, which it does ...at least this year.moreless
David Cubitt

David Cubitt

Det. Lee Scanlon

Guest Star

Chad Lowe

Chad Lowe

David Call

Guest Star

Fay Masterson

Fay Masterson

Female Passenger

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: The map in the victim's car incorrectly switches the labeling of the latitude and longitude lines.

    • Normally, missing persons are reported to the police, who then involve the D.A. only if evidence of foul play is produced. However, here the D.A.'s office knew about the missing persons case first, and then notified the police.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Female Passenger: I used to be a flight attendant. When you're up there, 3000 feet? It's the safest place you can be, it's safer than in your car, it's safer than your bathroom.
      Nervous Flyer: I know that, you're talking logic and what's in my head, has nothing to do with logic.
      Female Passenger: It's nothing ...
      Nervous Flyer: I hate that!
      Female Passenger: It's air, it's like a bump in the air, like a boat on a small wave, you want that, you want air under the wings.
      Nervous Flyer: I don't understand. Why can't they fly around it, above it? Oh God!
      Female Passenger: I'm going to tell you a secret. Nothing is going to happen, nothing can happen. I know it, I'm certain of it.
      Nervous Flyer: What are you talking about? How could you know that?
      Female Passenger: I'm four months pregnant; I can't be hurt, I'm invulnerable.

    • Joe: Rise and shine! I smell delicious cold cereal. Boy, you don't wanna be late for that.

    • Joe: (to Allison) Boy, it doesn't take much to make you content. Avert one minor disaster, and you can't get that goofy grin off your face.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Title: Being Mrs. O'Leary's Cow

      Mrs. O'Leary's cow supposedly started the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 by accidentally kicking over a lantern. Evidence came to light many years later, however, that Louis Cohn (age 18), gambling with a group of young boys including Mrs. O'Leary's son, knocked over a lantern, thus setting the barn on fire. As the other boys ran, Louis Cohn stopped to scoop up all the money.