Season 3 Episode 17

Joe Day Afternoon

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 04, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Time is of the essence when a disgruntled worker with nothing to lose takes Joe and three others hostage. Allison and Ariel are plagued by an overwhelming feeling of dread, as police mobilize to bring the hostage situation to an end.

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  • OMG he's Chandler's roomsmate!

    Who cares about the episode, i mean, the killer is Chandler Bing ex romm mate!!!

    Oh, you wanna know about the episode? Oh... ok!

    Well, i think it was great. It was exciting, we knew that at least Joe would live, but i weren't prepared to see that new kid and the boss dead!

    Well, now you know. Big guys, be nice when you're fired someone. He can always come back, get you hostage and steal your money.

    One last word, i love their kids! They have powers and they're still so normal. In my case i've been in this mental hospital for like, 19 years, but that i tell you another time!moreless
  • While the main story point was suspenseful and nail-biting, this episode is a real gem in the character development of Ariel.

    I really loved this episode. The main story was suspenseful and the character development exemplary. Early in the series it is established that Alison is not always able to get psychic messages regarding her family. In this episode her psychic sense only leaves her with a sense of dread, not a specific thing to look out for. But the best character development was Ariel. A few episodes earlier in Mother's Little Helper she began to really understand her ability. Initially resenting it she was able to grow into it and accept it. In this episode she grows to a stage where she not only is working with her ability she finds a way to get the information to where it needs to be. I really like how this series shows the daughters learning about their abilities and growing into them.moreless
  • A great hostage situation...

    This episode was a real nail biter. From the first dream of Alison's then the next; she begs Joe not to go in to work today as she has a feeling of dread. She sees Joe's ride to work with a large hole in his head. At this time we presume that he is going to be shot, wrong!

    When he asks Joe for his pass to swipe in to the security gate at AeroDyTech, that was when the bells started ringing for me.

    The drip feed of issues in the usual Medium style; the fact that Alison was able to interrogate the ghost of the dead employee and then we learn that he intends none of his hostages to leave the room alive, all makes excellent viewing.moreless
  • great episode

    Joe goes to work one day to attend a monthly meeting. One of his colleagues was fired from the company a week earlier and decides to hold Joe and three other people hostage. Allison dreams about this before Joe goes to work but he doesn't listen to her and goes to work anyway. Ariel dreams about the incident sometime within the day. Things at the office goes horribly wrong when one of Joe's coworkers is shot dead by the hostage taker. It's a really nice episode, the writers came up with a nice story this week, I enjoyed watching this from start to finish.moreless
  • This was a great episode! Darker than normal, but great!


    This episode had me on the edge of my seat throughout, saying 'NO! Not Joe!' and vowing to never watch the show again if they did kill him. Adam Goldberg was absolutely chilling, I am used to seeing him in the sarcastic/comedy roles. The part where Ariel manipulates the principal to get her way was good for a smile. The music also really suits the episode. Didn't enjoy:

    I could have done without the word dread coming out of a dark cloud in the beginning, kind of hokey. That and Patricia Arquette's lack of good crying skills rated this below the 10 I would like to give this episode.moreless
Larry Miller

Larry Miller

Dylan Kravitz

Guest Star

Adam Goldberg

Adam Goldberg

Bruce Rossiter

Guest Star

Ramon De Ocampo

Ramon De Ocampo

Aaron Cahill

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Allison: Hope, like dread, it often comes unannounced and then thankfully intoxicates us and inoculates our feelings with an irrational sense of joy and optimism. Hope is the high. Dread is the low. I guess life is the stuff in-between.

    • Ariel: Mom!
      Allison: Sh!
      Ariel: What are we doing?
      Allison: We're watching daddy sleep. It's the first time he's slept through the night since Aaron's funeral. Oh, look, he's smiling. I was afraid he would never smile again.

    • Allison: Dread comes unannounced and then consumes our feelings with its irrational sense of doom. Have you ever had the feeling of dread? I'm not talking about fear. Fear is immediate. Fear is what kicks in when you're confronted with danger: a mugger with a gun, a stranger in your house. I'm talking about dread. Dread is persistent. It gnaws at you. You can't ignore it. It just won't go away. Because that's what dread is, it's worrying about something you can't do anything about. Dread can affect your job, your home, alter your entire personality.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Title: Joe Day Afternoon

      The title is a reference to the 1975 Al Pacino movie Dog Day Afternoon about a bank robbery that turns into a hostage situation. The movie was based on an actual event.

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