Season 2 Episode 15

Sweet Child O' Mine

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 27, 2006 on CBS
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Allison has problems with staying impartial about a case when she develops maternal feelings for a teenage boy who is accused of killing his former boss. Bridget finds a stray dog and wants to keep it.

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  • weird episode.

    The twist about the victim being the boy's biological mother was very interesting, with the visions Allison has of the boy being her own lost son. I was a bit confused by the ending, though.

    The mother asks, what would you do in my position? And that's it. We don't know what Allison actually did, but it's implied, by lack of other resolution, that she would keep quiet and let the boy take the blame for his mother.

    But it's not about the mother. The son is being forced to confess to a murder he didn't commit. Even with the deal and limited sentence, it's still a huge burden to take on. The mother could get out on temporary insanity or something (she doesn't even remember the act), and the boy wouldn't necessarily have a terrible life without her. In any case, with her gifts and position in the DA's office, there's surely more that Allison could do to help both her and the boy. The writing felt sloppy, setting up this huge ethical dilemma and not resolving it.moreless
  • nice episode

    Allison goes to work one day and stops by a convenience store along the way. She discovers a dead body. The police comes in to investigate how the incident took place. Allison is invited to attend the victim's funeral so she can pick something up about the victim's killer. Allison gets visions of a boy who might have something to do with the victim. Allison dreams about herself being a mother to the boy. Now she has to figure out who she's supposed to be. It's an interesting episode. Finding the killer is the story of this episode, I enjoyed watching this one.moreless
  • average show, somewhat childish writing.

    The episode was ok, like most of them this season, just ok. The writing seems mediocre, I don’t think it’s the fault of the cast, they are good, but need better writing. Near the end the mother who is the actual murderer, could actually get away with it? She states something like – wouldn’t you have done the same? I hope not, let her son rot in prison; ruin his life, his future because his mother killed someone, his real mother btw, let’s not forget that little secret (yes, son… you’re adopted, but hey, don’t worry, I killed her). Sure she did a good thing by taking care of him after he was born, but now she’s ruining his life, that makes it ok? Are the writers brain-dead? Let’s see, which would be better, ruin the kids life or not ruin her kids life and take responsibility for her own actions, golly gee. Yeah, it would suck to not have the mom you have known your first 15 years of your life anymore, but it would suck more, to me personally, for that same mom letting me take the fall for her killing someone and ruining my life.moreless
  • A bit average

    This feels somewhat lacklustre compared to other Medium episodes. The idea is good, but the execution results in a less than exciting 40 odd minutes. The sub-plot involving Bridget fnding a dying stray dog is a lot better, and slightly more rewarding too.

    (After hearing the manager's cell phone ring inside the coffee shop)

    Allison: Help me with this!

    Kid #1: What?!

    Allison: Help me with this!!

    (They pick up a garbage can and throw it through the glass door)

    Kid #2: She must really be jonesing for that latte.moreless
  • Allison has another Bryan dream (spoiler).

    As painful a miscarriage should be for any woman, it gets ten times worst when the woman is a medium capable to see how life would've been like with that child in it but, from time to time, Allison has these dreams about the-oldest-son-that-could-have-been Bryan only this time she decides to go for a coffee to forget and she ends up finding the body of the store's manager murdered in the back.

    Davalos is front and center on this one as the new deputy mayor seek his help, Scanlon his lead and Allison his advice as it turns out the boy she has been dreaming about as her own is the prime suspect in the case at hand. Bryan's mother is a Doctor who may have overlooked the obsessive behaviour her son seemed to display towards the manager weeks before her death, to her this simply was a case of a boy who liked his boss so much he couldn't get the job done and a son too embarrassed to tell his mom that he was fired. Just like her, Allison does her best not see her visions, not to hear the boy's incriminating words and not pay attention to Scanlon outbursts each time she covers things up for them on the interrogation room because even though everything tells her he's guilty, everything she feels tells her to protect him.

    As Allison must come to terms with that fact Joe must come to terms with Bridgette's new dog - a stray one she wants to marry so they could have puppies - the dog however is too old and so sick he won't live more than a couple of weeks and Joe simply can't find the words to say that to his daughter just like Bryan's mom could never tell him he was adoptive.

    However, Bryan never killed the coffee manager; the pull he felt towards his boss is explained once she's revealed to be his biological mother, one the Doctor killed so her son would never find out how she stole him from her at birth, one who recognized her the last time she came to pick up Bryan and one who wanted her child back even if it was 15 years too late.moreless
Gina Hecht

Gina Hecht

Dr. Andrews

Guest Star

Noel Fisher

Noel Fisher

Jessie Andrews / Dream Brian DuBois

Guest Star

David Haydn-Jones

David Haydn-Jones

Mr. Moorhouse

Guest Star

Tina DiJoseph

Tina DiJoseph

Lynn DiNovi

Recurring Role

Miranda Carabello

Miranda Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: In "Too Close to Call", Joe meets an ex-girlfriend from 15 years ago. Now we learn Allison was pregnant with Joe's son 15 years ago.

    • It is revealed that Allison was pregnant with a baby boy about 15 years ago. She was going to call him Brian, but she had a miscarriage.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (DiNovi gets into the car)
      DiNovi: Morning!
      Devalos: It's the new Deputy Mayor!
      Allison: Congratulations, by the way.
      DiNovi: Thank you. I think. I'll let you know in an hour or so.
      Devalos: You'll do great. It's a memorial. It's not like anyone's charging admission. Just tell them that you're going to catch the bad guys and make the streets safe again. Hit them with the task force thing. They love the task force thing.

    • (about the dog Bridgette found)
      Joe: Bridgette's already completely attached to him. I heard her tell Marie she wanted to marry him and have his puppies. I'm serious. There's no winning on this. Either his owner comes to claim him and I've got to rip the dog out of our sobbing daughter's arms, or he doesn't come to claim him, and we're stuck with that mangy mutt until Marie goes to college and I can lure him under the wheels of a passing truck.
      Allison: God is gonna get you...
      Joe: Alright, so forget the truck. I'll put something in his food. It's much more humane.

    • Allison: So you can handle the kids tomorrow, and the dog?
      Joe: I left the patio door open. Maybe he'll run away.

    • (After hearing the manager's cell phone ring inside the coffee shop)
      Allison: Help me with this!
      Kid #1: What?!
      Allison: Help me with this!!
      (They pick up a garbage can and throw it through the glass door)
      Kid #2: She must really be jonesing for that latte.

  • NOTES (1)