Season 1 Episode 9


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 28, 2005 on CBS
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Ariel is having dreams of a young girl gone missing. Her dreams place the girl with an "ogre" holding her against her will. Allison tries to help her daughter decipher the message the dream is delivering, which causes Ariel to venture off to follow a clue.

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  • A good episode with a fantasy twist.

    This episode shakes things up slightly by having Ariel, Allison's eldest daughter having the dreams, shown as a fairytale. At least to begin with. A girl has been missing for two years, presumed dead due to a confession by a convicted murderer. When Ariel starts having her "fairytale dreams however, she think differently, and before long Allison begins to sense the girl is alive. Allison and Joe have a hard time deciding if they should let Ariel talk to the police or not, but the girls life is on the line.

    A good episode with a nice amount of surprise and suspense. Not one of my favourites but I enjoyed it and would recommend it.moreless
  • If you go into the woods tonight...

    Oh noes, an episode centering on the most irritating Dubois member! But wait, it's actually…good! And, dare I say it; I completely underestimated Sofia's acting abilities. She has been given the unthankful task of being the brat of the show – the Dawn of Buffy, if you will – and it's not until now that I realized how underused she is. Much like the rest of the cast, she finally impresses me. Now, I do not want a family orientated case with the kiddies every week, but if they all happen to be as dark as this, one a season is fine by me.

    Sofia gets a lot to do in this episode and shows exceptional range – she gets to play frightened, fun, scary and sad and she nails it. In fact, the child acting on this show is astonishing. Maria Lark is an absolute golden find. And the guest star this week, ICarly's very own Jennette McCurdy, I'm not sure if they actually spooked her at such a young age, but she was so convincing as Sara, very powerful performance.

    The actual case this week was horrifying. Medium has a twisted sense of storytelling which I find very appealing. The fairytale dream sequences are contrasted by such a grim tale (a child molester/murderer offering a little girl to his brother as a gift, then holding her captive for 2 years) and that final fairytale image of Ariel holding a gun and shooting it at the screen was delightfully bizarre. All in all, it's a surprisingly effective episode. It also fleshes out Ariel and allows her to breach that whiny, tantrum stage and step outside of her stereotypical shenanigans. Let's hope she pipes down from now on. Joe also goes through the motions here (is he worried or jealous? Maybe both!); everyone has a gift but him. D'aww. A good offering, far better than expected.moreless
  • interesante

    Ariel was the star inthis episode .went ariel bugun to have rare drem that she was a princess and she was in a hause well the dreem continue an ariel todd to alison and she bigun to investigate abaut it the name of the girl was sahra and she was dead and his body never found and alison decide to speak with the killen she nows that he not kill her but his older brothe have the girl and the en te to the hause tnaks of god that she get safe of there i gas so cool went sahar shoot the man a Onther thing viva PANAMA AND LATINOAMERICAmoreless
  • great episode

    Allison's daughter Ariel dreams of herself. When she wakes up, she's really freaked out. Her mom calms her down telling her it's just a scary dream. When Ariel goes to a school field trip, she sees something in a billboard that may hold clues to her dream. This episode is really good, it's got Allison's daughter discovering her gifts and she's in the middle of the case. We get to see a different type of story here, and it's done so well, it's well written, the actors were great. The story is so engaging, this one got me to the edge of my seat.moreless
  • The Scarytale Princess

    Coded is the first episode which gives one of the Dubois kids a decent storyline, with Ariel receiving the visions this week. I thought it was particularly neat how Ariel's visions were in the form of a fairytale narrated by Allison, as it's something she probably experiences every night. I also loved the gothic look of all her visions, mixed in with the animation. I was also impressed by Sofia Vassilieva, who manages to put across a decent performance with such a large amount to do. Considering her pre-Coded scenes had basically consisted of Ariel yelling at Bridgette, it must have made a welcome change for her.

    One successful element of this episode was in Joe's reaction to Ariel's powers. Subtle and understated, all he wants is to have his kids stay out of Allison's extra-curricular activities and not experience the pain she goes through every night, yet is realizing that it may be something that he can't control.

    The main case was pretty nasty. The way the brother kept referring to Sara as a "present" was undeniably creepy and the idea that she's been locked up for so long is majorly ick-worthy. I also thought the actress playing Sara was excellent, and she's obviously a master at "scared face", since her expressions throughout the episode perfectly put across the fact that she was being held captive by some insane child molester.

    An impressive episode which surprisingly succeeds despite resting entirely on the shoulders of a 12-year-old actor. Coded isn't a masterpiece, but it's a strong enough episode to warrant re-watching.

    Director: Bill Norton

    Writer: Moira Kirland

    Rating: Bmoreless
Jennette McCurdy

Jennette McCurdy

Sara Crewson

Guest Star

David Cubitt

David Cubitt

Det. Lee Scanlon

Guest Star

Don Harvey

Don Harvey

Darrell Yellen

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Allison: (to Ariel) Hey, it's a dream. This is real life. Now, let's go.
      Joe: (to Allison) Wow - send that to Ripley. He wouldn't believe it.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Sara Crewson

      The name of the little girl in this episode, Sara Crewson, is a reference to the main character of A Little Princess, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The main character in the novel was a young girl, named Sara Crewe, who was being held against her will. In the story, she repeatedly expressed the belief that every little girl was a princess.