Medium

Season 1 Episode 7

Jump Start

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 14, 2005 on CBS
7.4
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Allison keeps dreaming of a girl throwing herself off a cliff into a ravine. Finally Allison sets out to find this girl, who turns out to be someone who was dating a defense attorney’s son. Elsewhere Joe is worried about the health of a co-worker who Allison forsaw collapsing from a heart attack.moreless

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  • A good episode but missing a key element that makes Medium so great.

    7.0
    Allison has a dream about a girl jumping off a cliff. It seems pretty straight forward however there is more than meets the eye in this story. Back at the Dubois house, Allison has a prediction about someone Joe works with, and Joe struggles to deal with the consequences



    For me this episode was the least exciting episode thus far. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it because I did. The acting and the writing was very good. I just felt it was lacking whatever it usually has that gives me that creepy unnerving feeling. It was just a very good detective story, and I think a lot of people will like this episode for that reason. I just prefer the episodes where they are a bit more exciting, darker or unusual.moreless
  • Watch your step there, Luv.

    9.5
    Just a few beats short of the 10 mark, this is probably my favourite episode yet. This show doesn't try to spoon-feed its audience, oh no. In fact, the stronger episodes this season have kept you guessing right up until the end credits, it's so refreshing. Granted, I did predict it was the son once we caught a glimpse of his photo in the suicide helpline place, but nevertheless, it was a topsy-turvy main plot for the most part.



    What makes this such a special episode is the subplot involving Joe. It was a nice touch having him walk a mile in Allison's shoes, so to speak. Once again, and I realise I'm a broken record at this stage, but the strength of this show is in its writing. The way Joe digests the information that his best friend will die was superbly portrayed, and Jake knocked it out of the park.



    Casting Kudos must go to the director for Joey Slotnick, a personal fave of mine. He usually plays the slither of the piece – wowing me on Alias and Nip/Tuck – and he's someone who can deliver comedy gold from the simplest of lines. He gets to play the upbeat, wise cracking friend in this, which is refreshing, and he adds a pivotal layer to this episode that otherwise might have been lost had casting gone otherwise.



    Overall, this is top-notch episode from season 1. I'm glad I gave this show a chance because it's seriously reeling me in. The main plot and the subplot complemented each other perfectly and the acting was flawless, from guest stars to reoccurring, and of course our wonderful leads.moreless
  • Suicide Gal

    9.3
    The A-story in Jump Start was pretty intriguing. I found it entertaining how the writers left us guessing constantly, and the fact that the identity of the bad guy kept changing. My first thoughts were that the bad guy was Larry Watt, as he's obviously a jerk, and I never expected it to be his evil son that was behind it all. I also found it interesting that Allison's visions this episode only led to the evidence, whilst both she and the DA had to use their own detective instincts to work out who was behind it all. It was a neat variation on the lame "Allison has a vision of enemy - enemy taken down" type of storytelling that has popped up frequently since Medium began.



    I also loved the subplot. For the first time, Joe gets to have hands-on experience of what Allison goes through every day, and it was distressing to see him debate what to do with this specific piece of information about his friend. One small detail I really liked was how Joe told Brett that he had a vision, instead of saying that his wife had a vision. In that one instance, it proves yet again how much Joe loves Allison, and how he would never put her reputation or secret in jeopardy.



    An impressive episode which manages to have two excellently-written storylines. It's always a sign of a great show when the subplot is more powerful and dramatic than the A-story, and Jump Start is one of the best examples of that.



    Director: Artie Mandelberg

    Writer: Melinda Hsu

    Rating: Amoreless
  • Allison dreams about a girl jumping to her death, but can\'t figure out what she is telling her when everyone concludes the death a sucide.

    5.4
    This was the first episode I caught of this show. And even though it wasn\'t the greatest plot line or most exciting, I saw potential in the series. It was fun seeing what I was able to catch before it was revealed in the show. It was a bit predictable at times, but I enjoy seeing how Allison reacts and lets the dreams and things she sees at work effect her home life, how she keeps her secret from the world, and how she explains things to her kids. Also you start to wonder how they will take her visions and find proof that will stand up in court.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In Allison's original dream, as Isabel walks past the tower towards the cliff, she throws an object over the edge and takes five more steps before throwing a second object over. She then takes 13 more steps before arriving at the edge and jumping. In the 'rewind' dream, she is brought back up to the top of the cliff and while still at the edge, one at a time, both objects return to her throwing hand.

  • QUOTES (3)

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • After Joe accurately predicts Brett's heart attack, Brett calls him "Kreskin" in his hospital room. This is a reference to "The Amazing Kreskin," who describes himself as a "mentalist" and was a frequent and popular guest on talk shows during the seventies.

    • Brett: I'll be upstairs in the Fortress of Solitude.

      This is a reference to the headquarters of Superman, where he performed his scientific experiments.

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