Season 1 Episode 16

When Push Comes to Shove (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 23, 2005 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Allison has a vision of her old acquaintance Captain Push from the Texas Rangers, in connection with a murder. She seeks his help to find a serial killer, who excises his victims' hearts. Capt. Push must go to great lengths to help Allison with her case, putting his life at risk along the way.moreless

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  • A fantastic season finale with a shocking cliff-hanger

    This episode brings back a character we haven't seen since the pilot, Captain Kenneth Push. Any excuse to bring back Captain Push is fine by me. He is such an interesting, multi-layered character, with razor sharp wit.

    In this episode a series of murders in the Phoenix area appear to be similar to ones in Texas. Hidden in each crime scene is the same scripture reference, Isaiah 14:21 Captain Push and the team join forces to find the killer before he strikes again. The key is the motive.

    I really enjoyed this episode. I had a great plot, lots of drama, building up to a suspenseful cliff-hanger.

    Highly recommended.moreless
  • Snip!

    Medium is unique in that there are very few story arcs flowing through several episodes, meaning that season finales on this show have to create a one-episode bad guy for Allison to investigate, and add in certain elements that rise it above "normal episode" status. When Push Comes to Shove doesn't necessarily do that. The episode works fine as an ordinary Medium hour, but, as a season finale, I don't think it's any kind of masterpiece.

    One of the most notable aspects of this episode is the return of Captain Push. In a nice form of full circle-ness to round of the season, his reappearance is welcome, and it's great to see Arliss Howard bring his Texas humor back to the show. I never understood why they didn't make him a regular, and have his character moved to Arizona or something. Alas, it didn't happen, but whatever.

    This episode also started me disliking Joe. His reaction to Allison constantly working on the Phantom Killer case is completely OTT. It's not like Allison is running off and having an affair or something, she's doing her job. Plus, it's not exactly a job she loves most of the time. And I don't see even what's so bad about taking the kids to school or making them dinner. Yes, it makes your day busy, but by having kids in the first place Joe signed up for this, and instead of complaining all the time, he should just get on with what he's supposed to do and accept that Allison sometimes has to run off and save a bunch of people. Yeesh!

    A more dialogue-heavy episode than usual, When Push Comes to Shove Part One features some great scenes featuring Allison and Push, but the rest is mostly forgettable, including the one-note serial killer and Joe's "me, me, me, ME!" attitude. Roll on season two...

    Director: Aaron Lipstadt

    Writer: Chris Dingess

    Rating: Bmoreless
  • For such a strong season, this is a disappointing way to bow out.

    A disappointingly flat season finale, it has to be said. For one thing, it’s unusual to have the 1st part of a 2 part episode as a season finale. There’s also very little going on here to differentiate this episode from your average episode of Medium, and even at that, this is considerably under-par.

    There are, of course, some good points: I loved Allison’s vision in the bathroom. As well as being inventive, it reintroduces a pivotal character from the show’s pilot, thus giving it that full circle vibe. Unfortunately, it’s a character we could have seen more of, as his brief cameo this season undermines the attempts at creating what was supposed to be a dramatic cliff-hanger.

    I’m also not sure what the writers were thinking, but they seemingly switched Scanlon’s personality with Joe’s, and vice versa. There’s only so much you can do with Joe within a standard episode of Medium â€" he’s either supporting his wife or he’s not. Here’s he’s extremely agitated by her late shifts, and while understandable, is a bit start-of-the-season ago. You’d think he’d be used to it by now. Overall, it’s a bit of damp squid. Shame, really, as this has been a smashing 1st season for the show. The characters have been well drawn out â€" all likeable, too â€" the scripts are razor-sharp and the acting is flawless. So how did this one go so wrong? It’s difficult to really rate this hour without having seen the 2nd half, but what can ya do…oh, I suppose I should buy season 2 that might help matters.moreless
  • great episode

    Allison comes to a crime scene hoping to make sense of what's taken place during the murder. To her surprise she gets a vision of Capt. Kenneth Push investigating a murder that might relate to what Allison is figuring out. When she contacts Capt. Push, it turns out that an old murder investigation that he worked on is indeed related to what she is working on right now. It's a really interesting episode, getting to the very center of the crime is so riveting. Not much is shown about the murderer, but the story revolves around the people who are trying to catch the murderer, it's really interesting.moreless
  • Season 1 comes to an end...

    "When you find the body of that girl, it will be impeccable. She will, however, be missing her heart."

    One of the best Medium episodes I've seen yet. For once, the plot races head first into the cliffhanger, keeping the viwer on their toes. However, this episode particularly suffers from what some of the others do to - actors mumbling dialogue so it is inaudible unless the volume is at deafening heights. Still - really good ep!moreless
Arliss Howard

Arliss Howard

Capt. Kenneth Push

Guest Star

Phil Reeves

Phil Reeves


Guest Star

Neal Matarazzo

Neal Matarazzo

Homicide Detective

Guest Star

Kendahl King

Kendahl King

Devalos' Assistant

Recurring Role

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