Season 3 Episode 13

Second Opinion

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 21, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Allison has a dream that takes place about 20 years in the future in which Marie dies of leukemia. Upon waking up Allison is determined to keep Marie safe no matter what needs to be done. Joe strongly disagrees with Allison's actions and tries to convince her to stay rational. Meanwhile Scanlon investigates the sudden death of a close friend.moreless

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  • But wait, why Marie has to die? Why not the others???

    Can you imagine have a sort of a dream that tells you one of your kids is going to die 20 years from now?

    That's horrible! And you know what's even horrible? That she make it to save her! Not that i wasn't cheering for her, hey i love Marie!

    But, i just thought this thing would go on until the other season, to advert the ones watching about the desease.

    Well, anyway, i'm glad they saved her! Let's cheer for this one!moreless
  • How far are you willing to go to help those you love so you may never have to pick up the pieces of a broken heart?

    Allison is a mother before anything else! Every mom worrys about their child at least they should! Still some of what she did may seem nutty but she just saved hundreds of mothers from having to suffer the "Fate" she saw for little Maira. It can't be easy to be a mom and have to wake up to those visons ever day and I thought moms just had to worry about their daughter going to second base! Joe how is it that you put up with this I'll never know! Maira is so cute! Scallion you really came thorough! Dead rats whoo creappy!moreless
  • What can you do today to change tomorrow?

    I always like Alison's dreams but this one especially because it gave us a glimpse of the girls in the future. The actress they go to play the older Ariel looked amazingly like Alison. I really likes the premise of this episode because its a question I have always wondered about. If you know somehing bad is going to happen in the future, can you change it by changing things in the present or is it going to come about no matter what happens in your present. This episode was unusual because Alison wasn't involved in the crime solving until almost the end of the episode. I liked seeing Det. Scanlon out of his element a little bit, showed some character growth. I really likes that he had his own storyline and that it wasn't until the very end of the episode that the two stories came together. I always like to see Alison and Joe together but this week especially because of the way that Joe started trying to come up with solutions as soon as Alison told him about her dream. He didn't belive her but he was still willing to move just to make her happy.moreless
  • Oh dear, Allison must go on an irrational panic attack for the entire episode making drastic and illogical moves in an attempt to change the future.

    This episode is severely flawed for several reasons. The first is the main character of Allison. By now she should realize that her dreams ultimately require several nights to process the entire picture. Unfortunately she goes off on this insane quest to keep her daughter from dying (over fifteen years into the future. Surely she can take a week to sort it out!) Every time a dream occurs her motivation changes. Doesn't she even stop to think this through. The problem is the writing forcing the actors to go on high adrenline to compensate for the bad writing. The show instead could have explored the character and examined the emotions of what it is like to be in this state of mind rather than plodding along trying to alter the reality through irrational and improbable decisions that her husband seems to forever endure. The end of course resolves itself though when the two plotlines get resolved as our detective (Lee Majors lookalike here) tries to uncover the death of someone close to him. Do they ever give him anything to do? Medium has always had the problem of the formula and it's a stabilizing but also hindering situation when a gimic runs the show. Nevertheless character over plot line could have salvaged this junk entry. Oh well.moreless
  • It's Future Flash dreams for Allison that involve her children again. Panic and Mania ensue. Must be something in the water she drinks…

    I don't know if it's the way this show was written, or if my own psychic abilities just shot up about 90 notches on the overnight, but I had this story figured out a the start of the episode. I just hate it when that happens…

    But I liked this story line in spite of my preexisting awareness. So, what would you do if you had foreknowledge of a tragedy? You'd try to prevent it from happening, right? Especially if it involves your family. And then you start to manipulate the situation; you make changes. And things still proceed on that dreadful path. Because how in the world do you know which specific thing to alter to make the desired correction? (and what if Predestination is true: whatever you do, the *end result* is already determined). Or what if this new action makes your life (or someone else's!) and destiny more dreadful? And what if everyone you need to help change those things obstruct you at every turn? Dang! Life Hard. Future Harder.

    Well, that's Allison's world: dreaming of her child dying of leukemia 20 years hence, and knowing that there must be something she can do in the here and now to prevent it. 'Cause given her track record, why would she have such a dream, right? Figuring out just what that change might be and getting her husband on board with it is the great challenge. It was interesting that Allison became so intensely wrapped up in solving Maria's future problem, she couldn't see the clues the universe was bringing to her in the person of Scanlon and his suspect. But this scene also showed how very seriously Scanlon takes Allison's abilities, as his gut told him to reach out to her on this one.

    Allison's decisions, determined attempts to change her family's present in order to save her child's future, and her projected descent in to the angry, murderous, harridan of the future seems perfectly in keeping with personality that's been developed onscreen for the past 3 seasons. Great Job!

    I especially liked the tie-in with Detective Scanlon's life/case in the episode, because I particularly like seeing him perform his detecting duties…and seeing him in general. More of that, please.moreless
Alan Ruck

Alan Ruck

Albert Bunford

Guest Star

Kimberly Scott

Kimberly Scott


Guest Star

Jessica Lindsey

Jessica Lindsey

Older Sister

Guest Star

Tina DiJoseph

Tina DiJoseph

Lynn DiNovi

Recurring Role

Miranda Carabello

Miranda Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Doctor: (about Marie) Has she been tired? She doesn't look tired. I didn't notice any swelling or weight loss, Allison Leukemia's a hell of a rabbit to pull out of your hat!

    • Allison: Do you have any idea what you're asking of me? How hard it would be for me to just pretend that everything's fine? I don't know if I can.
      Joe: Wait, I'm not asking you to pretend, you're missing the point, I'm not asking you to pretend. Everything is fine. That's how life works. Everything is fine until it isn't, and then you deal with it. Otherwise there is no life, there's just waiting to die.

    • Doctor in Present: (telephone conversation with Allison) Will she be healthy 15 or 20 years from now? Nobody knows that, but now that I know it's an issue for you, well, we can test Marie every time she comes in. Allison, any one of our kids could get hit by a car tomorrow, or be felled by the flu, it's how we love them while they're here, while we're here, but anyway you get the point. Right now she's the living definition of healthy and right now is all we can control.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: May 25th, 2007 on Net 5
      France: February 9th, 2008 on M6
      Norway: February 19th, 2008 on TV 2
      Czech Republic: March 5th, 2009 on Prima
      Finland: July 15, 2009 on Nelonen