Season 5 Episode 1

Soul Survivor

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2009 on CBS
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Devalos' friend's sister is murdered and Allison tries to help solve the crime. Her dreams don't seem to make sense though, as they keep implicating the friend's first husband, who died two years ago, as the murderer.

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  • Medium finally returns after being off the air for nearly a year, and it's better than ever. *Spoilers

    At the end of last season everything was looking up for the Dubois family. Allison is once again working in the D.A.'s office and Joe has started his own little company. This story was very interesting, but it kind of confused me in the beginning. It is basically about Allison attempting to help Devalos find the murderer of his friend's sister. The story is not that simple thought, it involves possible body switching souls and a series of crazy dreams. I really liked the ending with the ghost paper leading Allison to the final clue. The sub-plot with Bridget drawing the nude pictures was also very creative. This is definitely an episode worth watching.moreless
  • Great Season Opener

    A twisting episode as most Medium episodes are. The show starts out with Allison having a weird dream sequence of "Ripley's Believe it or Not". To make a long story short, a man got a three foot spike impaled through his forehead and there was a man laying next to him dying and his soul transferred to the man with the three foot spike sticking out of his head, "Believe It Or Not" The significance of this dream was the man with the spike in this head and the supposed soul transference.

    In this episode a friend of Miguel Sandoval named Gabrielle Cafferty's sister is murdered and Allison is called in to help solve the murder. Gabrielle Cafferty's husband Nathan Cafferty was killed in a car accident two years earlier. Allison dream of the car wreck seeing Joel Tiernan and a lot of paper flying around which turns out to be Nathan Cafferty's Autobiography. Joel Tiernan had suffered a head injury like the man in opening dream sequence that had the spike in his head and happened to be Joel Tiernan. Joel Teirnan read the autobiography to his advantage by going to Gabrielle and telling here he was her late husband reincarnated and told her thing from the autobiography. They get married.

    Gabrielle's sister was having an affair with with her late husband before he died. The Sister called Joel out to the place where they had their trysts trying to set him up to prove he was a fraud. Joel gets angry and scared that his going to get found out by Gabrielle and kills her.

    Allison puts things together when she realized all of the paper she saw in her dream was Nathan Cafferty's Autobiography. Initially she thought that since Joel Tiernan was the other car in the accident that killed Nathan, that his soul had transferred to Joel. But she finally put it together that Joel had the autobiography and was acting as Nathan.

    The police search the house of the Cafferty's for the autobiography but can't find it. Allison finds it by chasing a blowing piece of paper down to the lake. Joel Tiernan is busted for the murder of Gabrielle's sister.

    Another subplot in this episode involves Allison Joe's daughter Bridgette. She keeps drawing nude pictures of her art teacher. Allison notices a part of the drawings on the teachers chest that keeps changing shapes, sizes, and colors. It is finally determined the Joe that the teacher may have a mole on his chest that could become cancerous. Bridgette get out of trouble with the teacher.

    All in all a great episode......The Endmoreless
Max Casella

Max Casella

Joel Tiernan

Guest Star

Marisa Coughlan

Marisa Coughlan

Gabrielle Cafferty

Guest Star

Sean McDermott

Sean McDermott

Nathan Cafferty

Guest Star

Madison Carabello

Madison Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

Miranda Carabello

Miranda Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Joe: All I know is that she goes in his class and then she feels like she has to draw him without his clothes on. Why? Huh? What's going on in this guy's head. What kind of, I don't know, energy is Bridgette picking up on?
      Allison: What are you saying? Mr. Enright's putting out some kind of "naked energy"?
      Joe: I don't know, but I think that we should talk to somebody at the school and we should get her transferred to another class.
      Allison: Whoa. Okay, good luck with that conversation. You'd better make sure that you have your facts straight. If you're going to accuse somebody of putting out a- a "naked vibe," just make sure you have all your ducks in a row.

    • Joe: Bad dream?
      Allison: Bad rerun. It was weird I dreamt about an old TV show.
      Joe: Hmm? You mean no one's in danger? You don't have to call anyone? We can just go back to sleep? (sighs contentedly) Oh, I don't believe it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • As it was last season, this season of Medium was originally slated to premiere on Sundays at 9:00 p.m., but just like last season, NBC eventually decided to instead place the show on Mondays at 10:00 p.m.

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: March 1st, 2009 on Net 5
      Sweden: March 5th, 2009 on TV4
      Latin America: July 13th, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (Canal Sony)
      Norway: October 13th, 2009 on TV2
      Czech Republic: February 19th, 2010 on Hallmark
      Finland: June 5th, 2012 on Nelonen

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


    • Det. Scanlon: Maybe tonight you'll see who took the Lindbergh baby.

      The Lindbergh kidnapping happened in March 1932, when the 20 month old baby of famous Aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped from a crib in his home and was subsequently found dead about 10 weeks later. After the child's body was found it only took Congress a month to pass the (so called) Lindbergh Law, which made kidnapping a federal offense if the victim is taken across state lines or uses the mail or any means of interstate or foreign commerce in committing, or in furtherance of the commission of, the offense, including as a means to demand a ransom.
      Bruno Richard Hauptmann was convicted of the crime on circumstantial evidence and despite his continuing to proclaim his innocence (even when faced with the prospect that his acknowledgement of guilt could have changed his sentence to life imprisonment) he was electrocuted for the crimes of extortion and murder in April 1936.

      From Scanlon's remark it would appear that he believes that either the wrong person was convicted, or there was an accomplice who was able to remove the child from the house.

    • Announcer: There are some who believe that an exchange of sorts took place that day. That the soul of a dying gunfighter, somehow slipped into the body of an injured railroad worker. Coincidence? We may never know. Unlikely? Yes. Impossible? You be the judge. A man by the name of Robert L. Ripley, after all, would challenge you to: Believe it or Not!

      During the opening of the program, Allison dreams about an episode of the program Ripley's Believe it or Not, which was originally seen from 1949-1950 on NBC and was revived twice, once on ABC in the 80's and again on the cable/satellite network TBS from 2000-2003. This program was based on the property by Robert L. Ripley, which has been adapted for a number of formats other than television.