Season 3 Episode 1

Four Dreams (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 2006 on CBS
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Allison's old flame, Clay Bicks, appears at her doorstep moments after dying, unaware that he is dead. When he accepts that fact and will never get to physically be with the woman he loved, he decides he's going to stay in Allison's house so he can at least be close to her. This upsets Joe, and Allison decides that she has to get rid of Clay. Meanwhile, Allison shares a series of odd dreams with Bridgette, except Bridgette's dreams keep coming to her in the form of cartoons.moreless

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  • Allison gets a visit from a dead old friend, while Scanlon investigates the mysterious death of a mother and son.

    Entertaining first hour. This guy Clay really scared the Dickens out of Allison. She thought he was alive, turns out he wasn't but didn't want to go over to the "other side".

    Funny to see Joe feel him (via the cold air), and Bridgette's hilarious cartoon (albeit violent at the end) showed some light on Scanlon's case involving the mother and son.

    Meanwhile, the District Attorney is amazing cranky, but in the second hour, we realize why he's acting out and being mean.

    Very decent first hour. I've never like Joe, he's so insecure and idiotic, they could easily right this show into a single mother show, but I see Joe Dubois as "comic

    relief" in this family household.

    Decent twists, the second hour goes into more detail about the murder of the mother and son killed and who killed them.moreless
  • I really didn't care for this episode

    I didn't realize Clay was played by her real life husband. The ghost of boyfriend past got on my last nerve. Joe acting jealous was funny. He was actually jealous of a ghost. I felt bad for Bridgette and the nightmares she was having. I guess it was the little boy that died in the car trying to reach out to someone his age for help.
  • Fantastic storyline!

    Scared the bejebus out of me for some reason though. I love the use to the monkies to reference horrible acts through a way that weak stomached people can watch. I love the inclusion of art. It delves into the lives of her coworkers a bit more then it usually does and I don't know how I felt about that. I mean I didn't think their lives were too interesting but it was relevant to the plot I suppose and it was nice to find out about them.

    I love the most how great her chemestry was with her tv husband. They just seem so right together on the tv and the show continues to reinforce their relationship with each other through episodes with him rejecting old girlfriends to her rejecting suitors as well or the episode where they were meant to be even in alternate worlds. It's hard to deny that the show is trying to get that message across whether the viewer believes it to be true or not.

    I just think in a tv world filled with cheating it's refreshing to see a couple that works so well together and that's one of the reasons I loved this episode.moreless
  • Allison's dreams show her events she can't easily connect as an old friend comes a-haunting, and her daughter Bridgette starts sharing Allison's strange dreams in a twisted cartoon version.

    Allison has a strange dream about a man in Indonesia that she doesn't understand, only to find the man on her doorstep, and realizes he's an old acquaintance, and that he's dead. Not knowing why he's there, and not really willing to leave, Clay is the least of Allison's worries, when a series of break-ins where the families are slaughtered starts occupying her time and dreams. The strange part is that her daughter Bridgette shares one of Allison's dreams of a mother and son drowning to death after their car is pushed off the road, but Bridgette's version is a cartoon. Soon, even Allison's dream mutate into the cartoon version, and she and her daughter continue to dream alike as the crime spree continues and Allison still can't see the criminals or any connection between the victims. And I'm screaming: Paintings! Paintings!!moreless
  • What a great way to bring new season back!

    Medium gets better with age. It’s smart, it’s clever, it’s funny when you don’t expect it to be, and everyone is pretty likable. Even when they’re being grumpy, they’re likable, because they seem like such real people, or at least like people we all would like to be. When Clay Bicks showed up at the DuBois’ house and told Alison that she was the one he always thought of, I just about lost it. And that was in the first few minutes of the show. And that he hung around wanting to be near her. We know in the end it was to help her find the killer, but it was sad and heartbreaking to watch. Seeing Joe get really jealous was a nice change from how even-keeled he usually is. In this episode Alison isn’t the only one dreaming about killers. Now the dreams jump around the household. Bridgette gets the bug when she starts dreaming about the MonkeyHeads. What a clever way to introduce her to the world of psychic dreaming. And the animation was great.

    The ability to see and feel the dead is shared by almost everyone in this episode. From Alison dreaming in movies and Bridgette in Technicolor cartoons to Joe who feels a cold draft every time Clay walks by him. Joe can’t see him, but he knows he’s there. His "She’s My Wife" speech was sweet.

    It was heartbreaking to find out that the D.A. has diabetes and has for some time. I am crossing my fingers that this doesn’t mean we’re going to lose him. I love Manuel! Scanlon finally had a lot of screen time after what seemed like a hiatus.moreless
Thomas Jane

Thomas Jane

Clay Bicks

Guest Star

Roxanne Hart

Roxanne Hart

Mrs. Devalos

Guest Star

Andy Pessoa

Andy Pessoa

Boy (Ian Bankova)

Guest Star

Tina DiJoseph

Tina DiJoseph

Lynn Di Novi

Recurring Role

Miranda Carabello

Miranda Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Allison's dream in the beginning of the episode supposedly took place in Indonesia, but the naked woman who started speaking her native tongue spoke Tagalog. Tagalog is a language from the Philippines and not Indonesia.

    • This is the first time that Devalos' wife is shown.

    • When Allison gets home from being with Devalos, Clay is sitting by her door. When they first show him he is leaning to his right, but when they shoot to Allison and back to Clay he is sitting up straight.

    • Allison and Joe have been married for 12 years.

    • Patricia Arquette is sporting a new hairdo in this episode. Character Clay Bicks even remarks to Allison how much he likes her hair.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Devalos: No leads on the home invasion front, dark cartoon forces at work pushing vehicles off our thoroughfares. It's a wonderful day to be the District Attorney.

    • Mrs. Devalos: Jeez Manny are you alright?
      Manuel: (Sleepily) What do you mean?
      Mrs. Devalos: (Whispering) You wet the bed!

  • NOTES (6)

    • The credits were shown on the right side of the screen instead of the left side where they usually are.

    • International Air Dates:
      Latin America: February 5th, 2007 on Canal Sony
      Norway: November 13th, 2007 on TV2
      Belgium: December 14th, 2007 on RTL-TVI
      Finland: March 15th, 2008 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: February 17th, 2009 on Prima

    • In Latin America, when these 2 episodes premiered, they aired as a 2 hour episode. During re-runs, they aired on different days. Additionally, both parts are presented together on the DVD, but with two separate commentary tracks. The DVD commentary indicates that this episode was always conceived to be aired as a two-hour movie.

    • This episode marks the first time that Patricia Arquette and her husband Thomas Jane (Clay) have worked together.

    • This is the first episode aired after the show moved to its new Wednesday at 10 p.m. timeslot. Additionally, this episode aired much earlier than originally planned by NBC. Back when the network announced their 2006-07 schedule, Medium was slated as a mid-season show, meaning would not return until early 2007. After the failure of NBC's new drama Kidnapped, the network decided to replace the show's vacated timeslot with Medium.

    • Johnny Bravo creator Van Partible provided the animation featured in this episode.


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