Season 4 Episode 11

Lady Killer

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 07, 2008 on CBS
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As Allison teams up with Scanlon to track down the dangerous "cougar" they believe is responsible for the murders of young men, she also has visions that Devalos' campaign is in jeopardy, with someone plotting against him.

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  • A female author's how-to-guide for aspiring "cougars" is being used as the vicious playbook for a serial killer who seduces, sleeps with and then kills handsome men.

    "Lady Killer" has everything that is great about the series' i.e. the great acting, production values and the like. My major beef with this particular episode is two fold.

    First off all, if the serial killer was a man, then he would probably have left'evidence' behind each of his victims. Even if he had used condoms, I had a hard time believing that the police would not have figured out that the serial killer was a male 'cougar' not a female one. Heck, the fact that all the victims were, apparently, in the closet about their sexuality is just silly. What century are we living in? So, the police just seemed a bit too inept in this episode.

    Second off all, this is probably the first time that the Medium television series has had any gay characters in it. Having a gay man being a villain is not terrible original, although we are suppose to admire this twist. Hollywood and television shows have done it for decades and it gets a bit tedious when this serial killer has no motivation, no back story and is only introduced at the very end.

    I doubt that this was an intentional effort to cater to homophobia. Yet, the episodes handling of the issue of sexual orientation seems a bit ackward and out of touch with where a modern city like Phoenix.moreless
  • great episode

    Allison gets a dream about a drop dead gorgeous 40 something woman preying on younger men. The following day, she visits a crime scene and discover the exact same place that appeared in her dream. When this happens a second time, Allison is sure that the cougar in her dream is real. Scanlon zeroes in on a woman who frequents a night club. Scanlon arrests the woman but when another murder takes place with her locked up, Allison is so clueless with the identity of the real killer. Devalos is again running for his old job. It's a really exciting episode, I enjoyed every minute of it, i can't wait for the next episode.moreless
  • An easily engaging episode that finally pairs up the Arquette sisters.

    I really liked the idea of this episode. It's always nice to see hot guys, lol. It is about a older women hitting on younger guys, aka a Cougar. Allison keeps dreaming about this women seducing guys and hooking up with them then killing them. They finally end up catching her. She says she wrote a Cougar book on how to attract a younger man. While in jail another murder happens. So they release her from jail and say the technique used wasn't in the book. She lets them know that it was dropped from the book, so they end up going to the company that published it and interviewing the women that worked on it, but they were all in the clear alibi wise. The male detective on the show is getting on the elevator to leave and the male owner of the company gets on and offers him his extra ticket to go with him to a game. The extra ticket is another dropped thing from the book. Right then he knows that this guy is in fact the killer. So it's a gay male instead of a women. So a nice twist that I didn't see coming. I'm sure Rosanna Arquette loved being able to play a killer but then having it turn out to be an unclear dream. So her character was left in good light at the end. I found this episode to be very enjoyable and I was fully into it the entire time.moreless
  • Excelllent writing, great acting, twisting plots, and this is exactly why I watch Medium!

    This was one of the best shows of Medium to date this year, with the writing out of this world.

    Allison begins dreaming about a lady who seduces men and then kills them...with some gruesome results. She is able to give enough information to Scanlon to get the woman, a writer, that Allison is dreaming about arrested. Meanwhile Van Dyke schemes to set things asunder for Devalos but his plans go awry! After a hefty donation is made to Manny's campaign, Allison warns him something is wrong and Devalos confronts his betrayer. The results leave Van Dyke on the short in of the stick - again. Karma?

    Back to the lady murdering men, while she is in jail another murder is commintted leaving Allison and Scanlon questioning whether or not the writer is guilty...

    The twist at the end was excellent...great writing!moreless
  • This episode is so well written that it leaves you guessing who the killer is right up to the end. Now none of us girls will be able to invite the guys to a basketball game without them thinking about what we are going to do to them after the game.moreless

    Rosanna Arquette was good in the role as the lady killer cum author in this episode. And when they got her dressed up and in character she looked the part as well. It is a bit frightening that all the police need is to suspect that you had anything to do with a crime and they can hold you for 24 hours, not charge you and not have an excuse. Afterall, all they did have was a book and Allison's dreams. And even though Allison gets her information from the universe, it still has to travel through a vessel which is human and as such able to make mistakes or be open to misinterpretation. You know the human factor. That to me was the most frightening part of the whole show.

    I like the ear infection thing. Kids do get them especially if they like to swim a lot or get their ears wet in the bath etc. But when I get two people in the house with them I scrub and disinfect the bathroom, showers and toilets big time. I suspect when Joe got his ear infection she would have been donning the gloves and getting out the bleach.

    And that horrible current district attorney van dyke What a horrible person!!! If he can't win the race fairly it will make for good show. I am glad Manny has Allison on board. I bet there will be more about this running race in the next few shows. There has to be. This van dyke seems like a slime ball. Even the way he got Manny's job was slimey. It was a great insight into his character. Just makes you realise how much you have to learn to think laterally.

    One last thing - I would have liked to see, or hear, how Joes invention is going. If I was in the throws of a huge exercise such as that there would be no way it would not be on my mind always. I would be so excited that it would be nearly all I think and talk about. An insight every episode or so may keep us in anticipation of the big event.moreless
Rosanna Arquette

Rosanna Arquette

Michelle Todd

Guest Star

Jude Ciccolella

Jude Ciccolella

Richard Madsen

Guest Star

Sara Botsford

Sara Botsford

Constance Madsen

Guest Star

John Prosky

John Prosky

D.A. Tom Van Dyke

Recurring Role

Miranda Carabello

Miranda Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • It seems strange that none of these male victims had any family, friends or coworkers who knew that they were gay or bisexual, but somehow the killer knew.

    • Goof: Since the killer had sex with the victims before dispatching them, shouldn't the police and CSI have found the killer's male DNA in the body fluids and hairs that (presumably) would be at the scene? That would have ruled out their female suspect very quickly.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Scanlon: I think I may have spotted your exterminating angel, that woman you keep dreaming about? She's here at a bar trolling for guys half her age.
      Allison: You're kidding.
      Scanlon: No, Allison, it's 11:45 - I never kid after 10 pm on a weeknight.

    • Allison: You mean there's no chapter here about the best way to nail gun your man after he's flambéed you in the kitchen?
      Scanlon: Maybe she's saving that for the sequel.

    • Michelle Todd: (while loading a nail gun) Don't look so surprised, any cougar worth her salt knows a thing or two about nails.

    • Joe: What are kids for if not to be used as excuses to get out of things that you don't wanna do?

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: May 22nd, 2008 on Network 10
      Norway: August 12th, 2008 on TV2
      The Netherlands: August 31st, 2008 on Net 5
      Sweden: November 13th, 2008 on TV4
      Czech Republic: April 2nd, 2009 on Prima
      Finland: March 21st, 2011 on Nelonen

    • This is the first episode produced following the 2007-08 WGA strike that halted production on many scripted television shows in the US. Since season 4 of Medium did not begin until January and the strike ended in February, air dates for episodes from this season were, for the most part, uninterrupted from the strike.

    • Featured Music:
      "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed (during Allison's dreams about Michelle Todd)

    • Although she's credited, Sofia Vassilieva (Ariel) does not appear in this episode.

    • Guest star Rosanna Arquette (Michelle Todd) is the fourth Arquette sibling to be involved with Medium. Brother Richmond guest starred in the season two episode "A Changed Man" and brother David previously directed the episodes "1-900-LUCKY" and "Do You Hear What I Hear".