Season 5 Episode 13

How to Make a Killing in Big Business (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 04, 2009 on CBS
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Allison leaves her job at the D.A.'s office after she's recruited to work for the Lydecker Corporation by another psychic who works there. While enjoying her new job, Allison still regrets leaving the D.A.'s office so suddenly, and has dreams about a serial killer running loose in Phoenix. Meanwhile, extenuating circumstances cause Ariel to start taking pills.moreless

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  • Allison considers a six-figure job offer, while helping the police stop a serial killer, and the oldest Dubois daughter struggles to study for upcoming exams in the a face of visitations from a recently deceased sixteen year old girl.moreless

    The first episode in a trilogy that seems to offer the loyal audience member just about everything they could want. An elusive serial killer, who takes out his victims eyes, an Allison-Joe ethical dilemma involving a six-figure job offer and, yes, the oldest Dubois daughter having a tough time balancing being a teenager with her budding special abilities.

    The job offer comes from another medium, who is currently a high paid employee of the Lydecker Corporation. If you need a visual, think of something along the lines of 1990's Enron or Mircosoft, before the scandals or tech bubble burst.

    She and her boss, Mr. Lydecker, kindly explain to Allison, in a manner that reeks of creepy soft spoken-sounding, corporate-speak, that mediums are the companies secret weapon in the global economy and all that Allison would have to do is take power naps and write down all her medium-induced dreams, thoughts, ideas and senses.

    Logically, a person of Allison's (or Joe's) intelligence, would probably sense something sneaky, if not downright unethical, was going on beyond the slick, hi-tech and seemingly user friendly Lydeckerspeak.

    Yet, this week the rocket scientist, who started up his own company, and the psychic, with paralegal training, are a wee bit naive about contracts or corporate America, and so Allison elects to take the job.

    The silly plot holes work, because the audience can readily understand and sympathize with the struggling, middle class DuBois family.

    You want to see what happens when Allison uses her gifts to help her own family, you want to see how the high-paying job in corporate America will impact her civil servant-crime fighting days and you want to see where the murder mystery unfolds.

    This is an especially gory and vicious killer, even for the Medium series. Strangely enough, again necessary to keep the story going, Det. Lee Scanlon still doubts Allison's dreams, which almost gets him killed.

    Logically, if you were a seasoned detective and had you worked alongside a medium as good as Allison, for several years, you might not be so skeptical at what she says. If she says that a cop is somehow involved in the crime, the fact that he has lots of medals and is your mentor, probably would not stop you from, at least, immediately looking into it.

    I am not entirely sure what the motivation is for the serial killer, once he is finally unmasked.

    The killer is shown as having a tremendous amount of guilt and shame for killing his victims, while also violently refusing any sort of treatment. He is never given any real motivation and is seen both as being both very organized and disorganized in his criminal activities.

    Why did the murders start happening when they did? Why are the murders so vicious? Why remove the victim's eyes? Are the crimes an attempt to get back at a neglectful, greedy, corporatist parent? These sort of questions remained unanswered.

    One of the strong assets of the series was the fact that, despite its supernatural elements, the main characters -- the family, the district attorney, the detective -- are seem very much grounded in a believable and complex reality. For this, you learn to overlook most of the silly or illogical plot holes.

    I have not said much about the secondary story line, in the trilogy, involving the oldest daughter. On the one hand, it is nice to see them develop the character as a teenage girl trying to deal with very real problems, along with her supernatural gifts. It does, manage to tie nicely into the main Allison-in-corporate-America story, and deal with the problem of teenagers taking legal drugs to succeed academically.

    This is not the first time that Ariel Dubois, has had to deal with a supernatural event or challenge within her "normal" teenage life, but it still takes her awhile to try and communicate with the deceased girl, who was a fellow student, and she does not want to talk about it with her best friend or her father.

    Perhaps the writers were trying to capture that "teen-silence-treatment-angst", and I can understand being horrified at what the ghost shows her, but sometimes it feels too much like this is her first contact with a ghost.

    Overall, this is a great Medium trilogy, with just about everything loyal audience members expect. However, now and again the normally great writing dissolves into silly plot holes or, even plot bumps.

Tracy Pollan

Tracy Pollan

Caitlyn Lynch

Guest Star

David Morse

David Morse

Mr. Lydecker

Guest Star

Erin Chambers

Erin Chambers

Julie Snowden

Guest Star

Tina DiJoseph

Tina DiJoseph

Lynn DiNovi

Recurring Role

Holliston Coleman

Holliston Coleman


Recurring Role

Miranda Carabello

Miranda Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Ariel is taking her practice PSAT in the library with her friend, there is a question about the age of a father and his son. It reads:

      A father is three times as old as his son. After fifteen years, the father will be twice as old as his son's age at that time. Therefore, the father's current age is?

      (A) 4
      (B) 8
      (C) 16
      (D) 32
      (E) 64

      The actual answer is 45, but that does not appear as a choice.

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