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Season 2 Episode 3

Time Out of Mind

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 03, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Allison dreams that she's a woman who's been committed to a mental institution in 1959. After viewing taped sessions from the clinic, Allison discovers that the woman from her dream had made claims of being Allison DuBois, living in 2005.

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  • Superb episode.

    I think this is one of the best and most creative episodes ever. It really gave me the chills. When Allison watched the video of the women, Beverly, claiming she was her, really creeped me out. It was both shocking and eerie. I also liked how the episode went back and forth from a dream/1950's to the present. I can't get this episode out of my head. Not only was the acting amazing, but the story and twist was great. It was a solid storyline. This episode should definitely be in the top 20, in my opinion. This really shows everyone's talents, cast and crew a like.

    I also liked the fact that the audience doesn't know exactly how Beverly is connected to Allison... It's all speculative and left up to your imagination. I think Beverly was psychic and knew Allison would help her in the future, so she channeled her in the past, so Allison could see it in the future.moreless
  • Medium, Interrupted.

    Season 2 is starting to build up some steam!

    Once again we have a mind boggling main plot that works to the show's strengths. Add to that Joe being helpful for a change (and the inclination that he may be developing powers) and you have a corker! As with the last episode, it's not made clear what exactly is going on until the final few moments. Here, though, we receive a satisfying resolution to the storyline and the episode is all the better for it.

    It's not made clear what happened with Beverly, whether she was channeling Allison, or vice-versa, but it's fun to speculate. I had a strong feeling that Allison had somehow taken control of Beverly's body, but it doesn't seem to fit. Regardless of who put the mind whammy on who, I love how the story unfolded, and that it kept you guessing until the last few minutes. Not many shows can boast such complex storylines and also offer up a solid conclusion, so brava to all involved.

    I was a little creeped out at the old footage of Beverly, especially when she addressed Allison head on. I also really liked Roger; he was such a fun character for such a bit-part. The idea of Joe developing abilities is an intriguing development. Having said that, the episode deals with channeling powers and channeling thoughts; perhaps Allison was projecting her thoughts to Joe and that's why he was able to doodle a picture of her standing on that bridge.

    Overall, this was a truly great hour of Medium, possibly one of the strongest offerings so far from the show (if not, certainly the most imaginative).moreless
  • A sweet, touching episode of Medium.

    This was a very touching episode about a strange connection Allison shares with a woman back in the late 1950's. Allison dreams that she is in fact this other woman, Beverley who is locked in a mental institution. After some research Allison finds some taped interviews of Beverley from the mental institution records, where she claims to be Allison Dubois herself.

    I don't want to give too many spoilers away, but you can be sure Beverley has some has an important reason why she needs to communicate with her.

    It was an unusual episode, very complex and very well written.. The last scene was beautiful. I definitely recommend this episodemoreless
  • great episode

    Allison dreams of a woman who happens to be her. In her dream, the woman is locked up in a mental institution. The dream makes no sense to Allison. She investigates the relatives of a girl who committed suicide a long time ago. It turns out that her dream relates to someone from the 50s. While she is going to the DA's office for work, her work seems to relate somehow to her dream. This is a really good episode, the mystery and the investigations look so interesting. It hooks you from beginning to end. The writers came up with a really good episode.moreless
  • Amazing twists & turns, SPOILERS


    The opening dream was scary enough but then when Allison starts reliving it, the episode went beyond scary.

    I have rarely been shocked by something in a TV show that is also very creepy. One such episode was on Star Trek: TNG when Geordi became a weird creature.

    This episode did the same thing for me when Allison views the films and the woman is saying "I am Allison Dubois". My mouth dropped open. Thank goodness, I was watching it on DVD, so I didn't have to wait through a commercial!

    I also liked the gradual revealing of the doll in the mother's arms when she jumped. I like how this show will show how Allison sees something and then more is revealed. We, the audience, are gradually seeing clues at the same time as Allison.

    An excellent episode - this was one I wanted to invite friends over to watch.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • According to Beverly's hospital records, she entered the hospital in late 1958 after she attempted to kill herself and her infant daughter Maggie. Maggie wasn't born until 1959 though, as she tells Allison near the end of the episode.

    • Goof: (Non dream sequence) When Allison tries to enter her office building, she states that she has left her ID badge at home. Once inside and upstairs walking down the hallway, her photo ID badge is clearly visible on the left side of her jacket.

    • The doctor says to Allison "We've been at this for, what ... eight months? Nine."

      From January 3rd, 2005 (when this series premiered) to October 3rd, 2005 (the date this episode aired) is exactly nine months.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Joe: You okay? Look like you just saw a ghost. Wait, scratch that. You look like someone who isn't you would look if they saw a ghost.
      Allison: Everything that just happened here, I dreamt last night.
      Joe: You glimpsed a future in which you poured yogurt? My God, stop her before she dreams again.

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