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Season 4 Episode 7

Burn Baby Burn (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 10, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Joe's mother pays a surprise visit, which worries Allison because she hasn't seen her since her psychic abilities became public knowledge. Meanwhile, Cynthia Keener tries to push Allison's dreams towards outstanding cases and Devalos and Scanlon are reunited with Allison in an unexpected way after an arson-related murder.moreless

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  • great episode

    Allison dreams about her father in law, he tells her something that's going to come. When she wakes up she finds out that her mother in law is visiting unannounced. Cynthia tries to push Allison's dreams towards some outstanding cases so she can generate some business for her employer. It's a really cool episode. Ariel dreams about a boy's mom setting herself on fire. It turns out that the boy's mom got killed in a fire and her ex husband is blamed for her murder. This is a really interesting episode, so much is happening that we're not aware of at first, but slowly the mystery unravels itself, it's a great episode.moreless
  • A burning episode!

    Ariel dreams about her classmate's mother setting herself on fire. The body is identified and the husband is arrested. Meanwhile, to get City Hall to understand pay raises and such a massive "sick" day is called on but Scanlon still goes on the murder case of the husband, intent on shutting him away and he and Devalos both demand Allison's "gift" (a funny moment) on whether the husband is guilty or not.

    Cynthia is afraid of being shipped out so she leaves a stack of runaway profiles for Allison to work on. She dreams about a mad dentist and one of the runaways.

    And Joe's mother comes, bearing money and a secret...

    A two parter, can't wait for the other half of this episode!moreless
  • Two for one deal.

    In this episode both Allison and Ariel are having dreams about two different situations. Ariel dreams about a classmate's mother, who douses herself with accelerant and light herself on fire. Or did she? Scanlon investigates her death as a homicide and Devalos appears in this episode as the suspect husband's attorney. Devalos brings in Allison. Scanlon and Devalos then fight over Allison, demanding to know what she "sees." Allison is frustrated because she was unable to sense anything about this case because she is too busy having dreams about an evil dentist and a prostitute. And according to Cynthia Keener, Allison isn't doing a good enough job dreaming about that case either. Poor Allison! To top it all off, her mother-in-law has come to visit and she wants a piece of Allison's gift as well. Of course, this was a two-parter so we have to tune in again to figure it all out. The episode was well done, I just am still wishing that Devalos got his job back and Allison and Joe got themselves together. Who wants to watch people struggle financially. I don't have to watch TV to experience that!moreless
Kathy Baker

Kathy Baker

Marjorie DuBois

Guest Star

Gretchen Egolf

Gretchen Egolf

Mary Stacy

Guest Star

Robet Maxhmer

Robet Maxhmer

Man Behind Counter

Guest Star

Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston

Cynthia Keener

Recurring Role

Miranda Carabello

Miranda Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

Bruce Gray

Bruce Gray

Joe's Dad

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Lynn: You asleep?
      Lee: Don't think so.
      Lynn: You know, it's easier to do with your eyes closed.
      Lee: Thanks for the tip.

    • Bridgette: I say we have a vote. Everybody in favor of having Grandma sleeping in our room, raise your hand. (all three girls raise their hands)
      Joe: Sorry girls, this is not up for a vote.
      Ariel: But I thought we lived in a democracy.
      Joe: Uh, actually, here in the DuBois household we live in what I like to think of as a benign dictatorship.
      Ariel: What does that mean?
      Joe: That means that Mommy and mine are the only votes that count.

    • (Devalos and Scanlon argue over who gets to know what Allison has seen)
      Allison: I don't know what to tell you, either one of you. (to Scanlon) I saw what you saw. (to Devalos) I heard what you heard. And the only thing I'm dreaming about is a runaway girl selling herself as a prostitute, and the fact that my mother-in-law is coming in town for a visit. And I really can't tell you which one scares me the most.

    • Allison: Why did Ariel dream that dream?
      Joe: Hmm. I don't know, maybe it's because you were overbooked.

    • Cynthia: Tell me whether you get a twinge.
      Allison: A twinge?
      Cynthia: A twinge, an orgasm, a hot flash - I don't care.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: March 30th, 2008 on Net 5
      Australia: April 10th, 2008 on Network 10
      Sweden: May 22nd, 2008 on TV4
      Latin America: June 23rd, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Norway: July 15th, 2008 on TV2
      United Kingdom: October 15th, 2008 on BBC1
      Czech Republic: March 27th, 2009 on Prima
      Finland: February 21st, 2011 on Nelonen

    • Featured Music:
      "The Donque Song" by will.i.am featuring Snoop Dogg (as Dr. Crane cruises the strip)
      "Falling Down" by Duran Duran (in Dr. Crane's car)

    • Anjelica Huston and Kathy Baker were billed as "Special Guest Stars" in this episode.

    • Kathy Baker reprises her role as Allison's mother-in-law, for the first time since the season one episode "In the Rough".


    • Scanlon: Fire hurts. You don't mess with it, unless you're a monk with a war to protest.

      Scanlon is referring to a Buddhist monk named Thich Quang Duc, who burned himself to death June 11th, 1963. Duc was protesting South Vietnam's administration, which was persecuting Buddhists. A photo of him taken by Malcolm Browne won a Pulitzer Prize.

    • Joe: Kinda like Sanford and Son but with females.

      Sanford and Son was an Emmy-nominated sitcom that ran from 1972-1977. The show centered around a junk dealer (played by Redd Foxx) and his adult son (Demond Wilson).