Season 1 Episode 4

Night of the Wolf

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 24, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Allison alerts D.A. Devalos that one of his witnesses is giving false information to the police sketch artist. Allison dreams she is being chased through an airport by a wolf who holds the secret identity of the real killer. Meanwhile Bridgette, her middle daughter, gets a new "playmate"...apparently Allison is not the only one who sees dead people.moreless

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  • I found this episode to be an inhumane example of modern intolerance.

    I have been watching the series in a foreign country so I did not see this episode at the time it was first aired in America. If I had seen this episode, I would have immediately stopped watching the program. I would therefore have saved myself quite a bit of dissapointment. This episode opens with violent images of a brutish, hateful black man. The villain is a stereotypical black man, foreign, dangerous, threatening and violent. I was shocked to find that America has returned to the old racist clichés that they have used almost continuously for the last 200 years. Why is the black man depicted as so hideous, frightening and threatening. Does America really need to see these sick images, that only incite hatred and mistrust of the African American people? With one swipe, Medium erases years of advancement in depiction of black individuals in American television.

    America spent over 200 years lynching black men and women, pretending that they were a menace. So many helpless victims were publically mutilated beore large white crowds while American law enforcement looked the other way. The so-called menace that they presented to America was the rational behind the brutality and abuse committed against Black Americans. Briefly, during the early 70's until the early 80's America behaved somewhat differently towards Blacks. But during the 90's and ever increasingly, white racism has been on the rise. Now an America television program has started up the old tired cliché - Black men are dangerous. In another episode a Black athelete is guilty of brutally seducing and then raping innocent white female fans and finally killing one. What is the purpose of always depicting Blacks as violent criminals on this program?

    It is inexplicable why the program chose to juxtapose the images of the violent criminal as a black man brutalizing two helpless latino victims. Does this happen in real life? Not really. How close is it to reality? Very far. In a country the size of America, where most of the black population is concentrated in only very few urban areas, there are simply no black individuals to commit these crimes. Blacks do commit crimes, but not to the extent that one can begin to create this sort of dangerous stereotype. America is very nearly a segregated nation. For example, New Hampshire is less than 1% black. It is a fact that whites, regardless of whether they are latino or not, do not permit blacks to enter into their communites. Regardless of the language they speak, whites in America refuse to rent or sell to Blacks. Excluding the images they watch on televison, most Americans are whites who have never even seen a black person in their life. In such a situation, the impact of racist stereotypes of show such as Meidulm is intensely destructive.

    Crime is not only commited by blacks; criminals are multiracial and crime is equal oportunity. Let's consider the fact that in America, under Reagan's administration, the American govenment permitted Nicaraguans to sell drugs in African-American communities. The CIA blocked detection and prosecution of these crimes. The crack epidemic destroyed black communites all over America. So, which communities is really preying on which?

    I interpret this program as a despicable example of the return of American racism. All people who consider themselves humane, who are concerned about human diversity, who abhor racism should boycott this most lowly program. It is devoid of humanity. This program is both morally and manipulative. It's all about hatred and intolerance. Show that you are above this sort of pitiable brain washing. If you think that America is already suffering sufficiently from sociopathic and racist ideology and if you think that America needs to improve race relations instead of exacerbating them, then please do not watch this disgusting show anymore. If you would like to see a film that treats blacks with a modicum of humanity, then rent Basquiat directed by Julian Schnabel.moreless
  • This episode focuses on Bridget Dubois, Allison's middle child.

    This episode focuses on Bridget Dubois, Allison's middle child. She is adorably sweet but has a little trouble making friends. Joe and Allison are worried about her but before long she finally makes a friend called Bobby, who has a secret of his own.

    The other side to the episode is the story about a woman who is the victim of a violent attack in which her fiancée is murdered. Out of fear for her own life she gives a false description of the attacker and it is up to Allison to find out who the real murderer is before it is too late.

    I can not say this is one of my favourite episodes but it is still definitely worth watchingmoreless
  • Guess it runs in the family...

    A sudden shift in gears results in Medium's first average episode. It's an overly saccharine piece of TV, the kind of story you'd most likely find on Ghost Whisperer. Having said that, there are some undeniably sweet moments, and a few funny scenes, and that little girl who plays Bridgette is fantastic! Overall, though, it's an entirely disposable hour with nothing going for it aside from an extremely cool opening dream sequence, but not even that can save this one from receiving a measly 4. It's the first episode to focus on the family, or in this case Bridgette, and have the B-plot revolving around the murder-mystery, a tame one at that. Dissapointing.moreless
  • Great Episode!

    I loved this episode, and so I feel like I have to say something about the person who wrote that they felt it was racist. I'm about as liberal as they come and I think the reviewer is taking the episode out of the context of the whole series. Yes, the killer in this episode is a scary black man, but I would guess that most of the killers on this show are quite white but also quite scary. This murderer wasn't a serial killer (who are typically white men in real life). He was a corrupt police officer looking to protect his own interests. Greed and the instinct for self-preservation are human qualities and do not discriminate based on race or ethnicity.

    Having said that, I think this show was just brilliant visually and the acting was wonderful. I liked the subplot with Bridgette and her ghost friend. I'm also a fan of fairy tales--more because of their fanciful, archetypal nature, less because they contain gender stereotypes--so I loved the Little Red Riding-Hood theme.moreless
  • pretty good

    Allison gets a really strange dream, she couldn't figure out if it meant something. When she gets to work the following day, her boss asks her to look into cold case files, it just happens that she's in the same office of a sketch artist. Allison senses something from a witness describing a picture of a shooter who looks different from the one that actually exists. Allison sets up a meeting with the witness again, and gets down to the truth. Meanwhile at home, Allison's daughter seems to be talking to a person who doesn't exist. It's a chilling episode and well executed.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Apart from the fact that wolves very rarely bark, the wolf chasing Allison clearly isn't doing the barking sound heard during her dream.

    • When the witness is afraid to describe the killer, she picks the guy on the cover of a magazine to describe instead. That guy is Matt Damon.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Devalos: (about some cold case files) What I'd like you to do is spend a little bit of time looking at each one of these files, see if you get some sort of ... vibration off of it.
      Allison: Vibration?
      Devalos: Whatever it is you get when you get ... whatever it is you get.
      Allison: Got it.

    • (Bridgette locks Ariel out of the bedroom.)
      Ariel: Mom, I want my own room!
      Allison: Well, I want my own private island, and a private jet to take me there, and a cook and a houseboy to pamper me when I arrive. It's good to want things.

    • Allison: Well, she's not lying exactly. She's just afraid to get involved.
      Devalos: Allison, that's lying - exactly.

    • Joe: (to Allison) Ahh ... my prayers have been answered. A woman is sneaking into my room - she looks like my wife - the better to ease the guilt.

    • Bridgette: (to Allison) Don't worry about me, I'm fine. I'm just going to stay in my room for the rest of my life.

  • NOTES (1)


    • (Dream Sequence) Allison dreams of being chased through the woods by a wolf.

      This is a reference to the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood, which is about a little girl named Little Red Riding Hood who goes to see her sick grandmother. Upon arriving she finds a wolf in her grandmother's bed instead and runs away into the woods to escape. A hunter saves Little Red Riding Hood before the wolf can eat her.