Medium

Season 2 Episode 18

S.O.S.

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 17, 2006 on CBS
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Allison investigates apparently random killings, endangering her family in the process. Bridgette has to do a class presentation about her mom's job.

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  • The dialogue for this show is great!

    8.0
    The dialogue for this show is great!



    Bridgette: Well, think about it. Doesn't it seem like everywhere Mommy goes, she finds dead bodies?



    Ariel: She told you, she's an investigator. Investigators are always finding dead bodies. Today was just a coincidence.



    Bridgette: I hope so, because I don't wanna grow up and have kids and have to explain why their grandma always had dead bodies hanging around.
  • Finally the girls learn the truth about mommy.

    10
    This episode was about another psychic, one that misused his powers to find vulnerable woman to rape and kill, simply it seems because he could.

    But I don't really believe the murders or the other psychic were as important, as the relationship Alison currently has with her children.



    It was a revealing episode in that, we find when directly challenged by her children about lying Alison finally tells them the truth about her abilities. Of course in the most child friendly way possible.







    It may have done it in disguise, but this was definately more about family than work. Not neccessarily a bad thing.



    And Joe finds another dead body, he is turning into her human sniffer dog. This is not the first time she has sent him to look for the body.moreless
  • Another solid episode...but the network needs to treat this show better!

    7.0
    “Medium” continues to be the kind of show that delivers nearly every time it airs, but it’s not important enough for the network to air it consistently. I haven’t seen too many episodes that have left me unsatisfied. This was another good one, because the situation threatened to expose Allison’s gift in ways that would be non-ideal, to say the least.



    Also, this is the first time, if I recall correctly, that Allison spoke to Ariel and Bridget about her abilities and what that really means for her and them. Throughout the process, Joe was very supportive, but it was clearly weighing on him, because once they take that step, there’s really no going back. Other episodes this season, of course, made it clear that the daughters will have to understand what’s happening sooner rather than later.



    For a long while, I was under the impression that the killer was tapping into the 911 service to find his victims, so when they brought up the idea that the killer was a psychic, I was a bit taken aback. Not because of the idea itself, but the fact that I hadn’t considered it. It makes a lot of sense in retrospect, since for every upstanding member of the psychic community, there’s probably someone ready to use the gift for immoral purposes.



    That said, I still wouldn’t want to live in this version of Arizona. Apparently everyone in the state is a cop, a lawyer, a psychic, a killer, or some combination thereof. The murder rate alone is impossible to believe! It’s little wonder that the DA election was so important. Do they ever get to sleep in that office?



    Considering that this is a series without a clear sense of evolution, working without any general arc structure, it’s gratifying when there’s some kind of progress. Now that immoral and even murderous psychics have emerged in the course of the series, it would be interesting to see one of the daughters developing a misuse of the gift. After all, one of the best aspects of the series is the depiction of a normal family with an unusual situation, and one of the hardest parts of the parenting process is teaching right from wrong.

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  • People produce a signal when they are vulnerable; a call for help, an S.O.S. and for the time being Allison is picking up an awful lost of those (spoilers).

    10
    It’s Saturday morning at the Dubois’s; the girls argue at the table, Joe is trying to keep the baby sleeping and Allison is at the phone with Lee trying to convince Scanlon to send someone to help the girl from her latest nightmare. After Bridgette makes an eerie accurate description of mommy’s job Joe decides it’s time for Allison to talk to her daughters about what she does for a living and what better place to do so that the park of Allison’s nightmare, where she could see whether she was right or wrong.



    Problem is: she was right and Joe gets to find out exactly what happened to the girl right after his wife woke up from the nightmare. The family has to spend the rest of the evening at the DA’s office while mommy and her colleagues try to figure out what they are up against. Normally, it wouldn’t bother them too much except that later that night Allison has to wake up Scanlon because of another nightmare and this time is the detective the one who finds the next body.



    All this fuss confuses even more little Miss Bridgette who may be a little more insightful than her parents give her credit for, especially when the killer turns out to be someone just like them who uses his gift in order to threaten Allison once she manages to save the third victim from him. In comes Scanlon with as many police officers as he can get, having lost a sister and her potential family not long ago, the detective is clearly upset with the perspective of a killer who knows exactly where Allison or her family may be at all times.



    The episode is filled with those little details us viewers enjoy to watch such as the way Joe touches Allison’s knee when Scanlon asks her how she’s holding up, the pictures of old cases we’ve seen on the show in Bridgette’s collage or the way Ariel invites her sister to sleep with her if she’s afraid. The body language of the characters tell us as much as the answers Bridgette seeks regarding her mommy's line of work and the way Allison’s family intertwine with her current case makes for a moving revelation her daughters will appreciate for the rest of their lives.moreless
  • great episode

    10
    Allison dreams of a girl falling from a hill. When she wakes up she takes her family for a walk and finds the place where she dreamt the girl falling. Her next dream takes her on a highway where a girl runs out of gas and calls for help. When the police goes to where Allison dreamt it, they find the body of the girl that she saw in her dream. This case endangers Allison's family when she appears in a news conference. It's an excellent episode, I really liked this episode, the writers came up with a great story. I really liked it.moreless
Amber Barretto

Amber Barretto

Female Victim #2

Guest Star

Tania Raymonde

Tania Raymonde

Taylor Greene

Guest Star

Jim Holmes

Jim Holmes

Murderer

Guest Star

Miranda Carabello

Miranda Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

Tina DiJoseph

Tina DiJoseph

Lynn DiNovi

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Allison cryptically explains her abilities to her daughters, then eventually tells them the truth, mentioning that she knows both Ariel and Bridgette have felt the same things she has. But Ariel already knows about Allison's powers, and both Ariel and Bridgette have already had special dreams in previous episodes. Ariel's dreams saved a girl's life in the season one episode "Coded" and she clearly discussed her powers with Allison then. Bridgette demonstrated her powers in the earlier season two episodes "Dead Aim" (when she read the mind of Joe's boss) and "Allison Wonderland" (when she ghost-wrote a book).

    • When the DuBois go to Devalos' office to tell him about the body, we can see for the first time all the regular characters together.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Bridgette: Well, think about it. Doesn't it seem like everywhere Mommy goes, she finds dead bodies?
      Ariel: She told you, she's an investigator. Investigators are always finding dead bodies. Today was just a coincidence.
      Bridgette: I hope so, because I don't wanna grow up and have kids and have to explain why their grandma always had dead bodies hanging around.

    • Allison: (voiceover) Grief ... envy ... love. Most basic human emotions are communicated in ways others can easily understand: through words, behavior, facial expressions. And then ... there's fear. I believe that when people are alone and vulnerable and afraid, they put out a sort of ... distress signal. An alarm of sorts, an S.O.S. It's not visible or audible. At least not to everyone ... just ... certain people.

    • Joe: (to Allison) What are you talking about, "slipped and fell"? Now you're doing slips and falls? What happened to kidnappings, and assaults and murders?

    • Bridgette: Anybody wanna play frisbee?
      Ariel: Sure. Marie and I will play as long as you promise to try and throw it in our general direction.
      Bridgette: I can't help it if the frisbee doesn't pay attention.

    • Joe: (to Allison, jokingly) Damn accident victims, ya just can't count on 'em. That's why I tell all my investigative wives, stick to crime victims. Kidnap, murder, rape...horrific, but dependable.

    • Joe: (about Bridgette) She's got some pretty eerie ideas about what you do for a living.
      Allison: Eerie crazy, or eerie accurate?
      Joe: That's a pretty tough call.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates:
      Norway: October 9th, 2007 on TV2
      Czech Republic: February 10th, 2009 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley (when the second victim's car runs out of gas in the desert)

    • ABC's hit show Alias had an episode with the same title two days after this episode aired.
      And ABC's hit show Lost had an episode with the same title five days before this episode aired.

      In addition to this, on Australian television this Medium episode was shown on the Ten Network on July 13, exactly two weeks after the Lost episode was shown on the Seven Network.

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