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Season 3 Episode 6

Profiles in Terror

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 13, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Allison helps a famous FBI Profiler with a serial killer case. Joe gets concerned when Marie starts to watch static on TV.

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  • I used to love this show, but this episode did me in. I can handle the murder plots, but when they bring in the suggestion of hideous torture to a poor innocent animal it makes me sick. There are enough sick people out there, let\'s not give them ideas.moreless

    I know it was "just TV," I'm a mature adult, but I was so upset by this I could not stop thinking about it, had nightmares of animal torture and am still stewing over it today. This is not what I want as a result of being "entertained." With hundreds of thousands of dog lovers out there, showing one chained up in a garage, starved to near death and tortured by burning it's chest with cigarettes is not the way to endear an audience! I am totally outraged by the inclusion of such horrible imagery. the scenes of the guy getting ready to cut up the girls body with a hack saw may have been disturbing to some, but at least she was already dead unlike the poor dog. You can have a great show without this garbage and I for one have just crossed this show off my viewing schedule. I hope others who found this equally disgusting will write in and send a message to the writers of this show.moreless
  • The serial rapist plot is nothing new, but the animal cruelty was a horrible new twist.

    I have seen many disburbing things on TV, but I can't seem to get the vision of the animal cruelty in this episode out of my mind. Please don't ever do that again, it was so unnecessary for it to be so graphic and to give no clue as to what happened to that poor dog. I hated this episode.
  • Awful episode

    That guy from That 70's Show was awful in this episode. I just wanted to smash his face in to the wall. And did we have to have the scene were the guy was strangling the woman or about to cut off her leg? That was totally and completely uncalled for.
  • excellent episode

    Just as you thought this kind of story is overdone in other tv shows that came before medium. You'll be proved wrong. This episode is something very fresh, the writers came up with a way of making it look so new and uncharted territory. In a show like medium, anything seems so new again. Allison is surprised to see a famous FBI profiler visiting the DA's office to offer help on a serial killer that might have struck Phoenix. Kurtwood Smith was an awesome guest star. He played his role with some uncanny naturalism. The role of agent cooper is even more interesting than the serial killers of the week. It's a great episode.moreless
  • Allison helps famous FBI profiler, Edward Cooper, solve a grizzly series of murders.

    Great episode!!!! I like these type of episodes. They are dark, and don’t have the usually happy ending wrap ups like in other episodes. It really shows us the line between being a crime-fighter and being a vigilante (as Cooper was).

    Allison gets visions about a man Richard Gomez killing a woman. She thinks he is behind a couple of murders. The District Attorney lets Allison work with Cooper who is very skeptical about Allison’s hunches. Meanwhile Joe thinks Marie might have autism because of her staring at the blank tv screen. A lot of decent twists in this episode. I don’t know why others complain about, it’s “Medium” and the content is going to be violent and dark. Anyways, I enjoyed it. Kurtwood Smith is a veteran actor that knows how to play these dark, scary roles like he did in Robocop. Patricia Arquette was great as usual.

    The ending will have you really thinking about what’s right and wrong and how far would you go (including breaking the law) in getting justice.moreless
Kurtwood Smith

Kurtwood Smith

F.B.I. Agent Edward Cooper

Guest Star

Kimberly Scott

Kimberly Scott


Guest Star

Jon David Casey

Jon David Casey

Warren Bell

Guest Star

Miranda Carabello

Miranda Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The restaurant name Alison writes down is "Dioner Mapache"; however, the ashtray in her dream actually reads "Dioner Marpache."

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Agent Cooper: You all right?
      Allison: I will be. I'm sorry I left the room, I found it hard to be… so close to that man. (referring to Warren Bell)
      Agent Cooper: You have a hunch about him, do ya?
      Allison: He keeps a dog chained up somewhere. It looks like a garage. He doesn't feed it, it's barely alive. He tortures it with a burning cigarette.
      Agent Cooper: I've worked a couple of missing children cases, I've met people like you before, you see things, don't you? It must be quite a burden. A long time ago, at the start of my career, I made a choice. I dedicated myself to getting inside the minds of killers, to going to worlds where other people wouldn't, or couldn't. It's rarely been pleasant. And it's changed me. But it was still my choice, you Mrs. DuBois… you go into the heads of murderers whether you want to or not. I admire you, but I sure don't envy you.

    • Agent Cooper: You know what I call a hunch made without scientific basis? You know what I call an instinct uninformed by either experience or intellect? I call it a distraction. I call it a waste of time.

    • Agent Cooper: It sounds like you're accusing me of something, Mrs. DuBois.
      Allison: I am! I am because I know. I know what you did. I know you got rid of the evidence against Richard Gomez, I know you tracked him to Mexico. I know you put two bullets into him.
      Agent Cooper: That's a colorful theory. I'm guessing you can't prove any of it, or I'd be talking to the police, not a ... consultant.
      Allison: I am not going to tell anyone about what you did to Gomez. I can carry around that knowledge and live just fine, but knowing what you are going to do. That I don't think I can live with. I can't just step aside and let that happen.
      So before you go through with what you're planning, before you kill Warren Bell, you need to know that I am on to you. I know what's coming, and I will find a way to expose you.
      Agent Cooper: You really are an extraordinary woman, Mrs. DuBois. I can see why the District Attorney values your services so highly. As far as Warren Bell is concerned, my guess is that, he'll keep his nose clean for awhile. He knows he's in the spotlight right now. But someday, someday not too far from now, the sickness that lives inside him will make its way back to the surface. He'll kill again. He won't be able not to kill again, unless something happens to him. Unless the universe intervenes. Maybe he'll wrap his car around a telephone pole. Maybe he'll die in an accident in his apartment. Who knows, maybe he'll just ... disappear. That happens sometimes too. My guess is, if something like that does come to pass, you'll think about Diane Colquitt, lying in a park, with her panties wrapped around her neck, you'll think about all those dead girls in Ohio, or maybe you'll even think about that poor dog, down in the garage, and who knows what you'll do. I know we only just met each other Mrs. DuBois, but I think we both know that, your choice, won't be as easy as you imagine it's going to be. Call it a hunch, an instinct.

    • Joe: (regarding Marie and her viewing a specific channel that shows only static) I think she might be a felon.
      Allison: Excuse me?
      Joe: I think she's stealing cable.

    • Allison: (to Joe, in regard to his concerns about Marie's TV viewing) You know, if it bothers you so much, maybe you should read to her instead of just sitting her in front of the TV!

    • Allison: (as Joe whistles in the shower) Hey, songbird. Think you could keep the whistling down? I'm trying to have a nightmare here.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: April 6th, 2007 on Net 5
      Norway: January 1st, 2008 on TV2
      Finland: April 19th, 2008 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: February 24th, 2009 on Prima


    • Aaron: Nugget. The kids channel. I'm glad he likes it. It costs me like $10.99 a month.

      Joe's co-worker, Aaron, mentions that his son watches cartoons on the Nugget network. It turns out that Marie is also able to view this network, even though the Dubois family does not subscribe to it and the channel it would normally be on shows only static at their house.

      Nugget is likely a spoof on the name of a popular children's television network, Noggin --- a network owned in part by MTV studios and which often shows Nick Jr. preschool programming during its daytime lineup.

      In this episode, Aaron mentions that his son is watching a program with an octopus. This may be a reference to Oswald, a former Nick Jr. series now seen only on Noggin featuring a blue octopus who lives in a town known as Big City. However, Aaron indicated that his son flails his arms while watching this program, and Oswald is generally slow-paced and calm in nature.