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Season 4 Episode 16

Drowned World

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 12, 2008 on CBS
9.3
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5

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In the fourth season finale, Allison tries to help a young couple who thinks their house is haunted, but her efforts result in murder. Meanwhile, Meghan Doyle tries to sell her controlling interest in Joe's invention and Joe tries to save his own stake in it. An unexpected situation occurs between Devalos and Tom Van Dyke and the outcome effects the election for district attorney.moreless

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  • Allison is hired by a young couple to inspect their possibly haunted house, Joe business venture turns a corner and Devalos learns that Van Dyke is terminally ill.

    9.0
    A great way to wrap up a great series. In many ways the fourth season forced Allison and her family to deal with not just the publicity and prejudice surrounding her 'gifts' but also the harsh economic realities that many real life American families face.

    The mystery in this particular episode was just down right creepy. The house had once been the home to a man's mistress and her kids [yes, the man is the father]. When the man breaks off the affair, the woman drowns one of the kids and almost kills the other in a fit of depression/rage. Years later the man's son and step-sister [the girl that he had through the mistress] fall in love and get married and buy the house where the mistress once lived. Apparently, the man never thought to tell to his son that he was committing incest. However, it becomes clear that the step-sister knew all along and it was all part of a sinister plan to get revenge on the man who hurt her mother. It is certainly a great twist, highlighting just how damaging an affair can be. The necessary, but predictable, story with Joe and Megan comes to a necessary close. What was more interesting was the fact that Van Dyke is dying.



    I was never entirely sure what the writers were trying to do with Van Dyke Sometimes he was seen as being comically inept, other times he seemed more boarder-line corrupt.



    It probably would have been more dramatic had he been shown as a more complex person (maybe, even seen his family) and had their been some hints during the series that he was sick.



    As its stands he was basically used as comic relief or as something similar to a comic book super villain. You still feel bad that he is dying, but the character could have dealt with better.



    The conversion that Allison and Van Dyke have was nice and it really showed Van Dyke as a basically decent person. I am not entirely sure why he suddenly believes Allison now, but it featured some great writing and it would be nice if Van Dyke does visit Allison in season 5.moreless
  • This episode wraps up the fourth season, seeing a full return to the team for Devalos with a remarkable twist to Joe's career prospects and Allison finally back on top form with her intuitive powers back at full-strength helping solve an apparent suicide.moreless

    9.0
    This episode is a fitting end to a very good (but shortened) season. It sees a resolution to the problems of Allison being a force for good in the D.A.'s office as Devalos is finally offered the chance to return to the job he is best-suited for, thus giving scope for Allison to once again take a lead role in bringing criminals to justice. And, more surprisingly, Joe is finally rewarded for his invention when his "business partner" buys him out for the cosy sum of a quarter-million dollars. This appears at first bitter-sweet, as Joe then discovers that his partner Doyle was in fact cheating him out of a fortune as she had sold his invention for around ten times that sum on the understanding that it would never see the light of day. However, Joe enjoys a double glory when the new owner of his invention subsequently offers him a research post to further develop his project leaving Joe with money in the bank and a new job. Meanwhile, Allison uses her intuitive powers to unearth the truth behind the apparent suicide of a troubled housewife, with the result that the real perpetrator is apprehended and the victim's husband is then found dead, with skilled writing used to unravel a quite complex mystery. This is a very high quality episode. Its only drawback is that the ending is just a little bit too neat, as it manages to wrap up EVERY loose end just a bit too well, seeing Joe back at work and Allison back working for Devalos who is now back in position as District Attorney. But, at least it guarantees that the tried-and-trusted formula can continue, with Allison once again in a position to act as supernatural detective.moreless
  • great episode

    10
    Joe learns something about his business partner. Allison gets hired by a tax attorney. he tells her that his house may be haunted and that his wife hears strange sounds that she can't explain. It's a really interesting episode. The story follows the events with joe and meghan. the haunted house mystery starts off with allison's dream. but slowly it reveals the story behind the dream and we get to learn the events that relates to the dream. it's so well written and it was directed well. i had a good time watching this, i'm looking forward to season 5. this is a great finale for this season.moreless
  • Absolutely a great episode

    10
    I think Allisson has evolved as one of the great character in TV so far. Patricia Arquette puts her part down so well. I also love Jake Weber he is such a teddybear. I would like to have a husband like that. In this episode i was very taken with the part of Kelly Preston as Meghan Doyle. How she swindled Joe in signing his invention over to her. Just great. The hunted house was very scary. I watched this episode late at night and got reaaly scared. This season was the best so far. Ans i am looking forward to the next one.moreless
  • Superb finale to season FOUR.

    10
    Only thing that didn't satisfy me was the relationship of Lee and Lynn. Initially they broke off but there wasn't any explanation on how they got back together. Hmm, perhaps I missed an episode. Good to see The Team back together and that Joe has a promising future. Just hope he won't get taken for a ride again. Great acting by Anjelica Huston, Miguel Ferrer, Steven Culp, Kelly Preston, Rosanna Arquette, Kathy Baker and countless more who were either acting the mean or victim roles. Oh yes, not forgetting the main characters too. Wow, the girls sure are growing real fast. Looking forward and can't wait for next season.moreless
Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston

Meghan Doyle

Guest Star

Ned Schmidtke

Ned Schmidtke

Terry Cavanaugh

Guest Star

Noah Bean

Noah Bean

Charles Winters

Guest Star

Tina DiJoseph

Tina DiJoseph

Lynn DiNovi

Recurring Role

John Prosky

John Prosky

D.A. Tom Van Dyke

Recurring Role

Miranda Carabello

Miranda Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

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