Season 4 Episode 9

Wicked Game (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 24, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

While working to locate a missing local girl, Allison learns about secrets from Cynthia Keener's past. Meanwhile, Joe's relationship with Allison is tested after Bridgette's science class project sparks his imagination.

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  • Just... wow. And not in a good way.

    This storyline was so predictable from the start that it actually pained me to watch the episode. The entire time I just wanted to jump into the show and slap the characters across the face with an obvious stick. It's unfortunate that Alison receives these visions, and not someone with an ounce of detective skill in them... because the cases would be over and shut within an hour of waking. I really can't wait to see how they squeeze another hour out of this. Hopefully they'll focus on Joe some more, because his portion of the episode was the only redeeming factor. As a side note, the middle daughter is, quite possibly, the most annoying character ever created.moreless
  • great episode

    Allison dreams of a girl getting kidnapped on a rainy night. She tries to find this girl and she figures out that her employer Cynthia Keener had a missing daughter that she's been searching for a long time. She gets to understands what her motivation for becoming an investigator. Joe thinks of a new invention that might get him a lot of money but when he figures out how to get the money he needs, he gets on a debate with Allison. It's a really cool episode. The backstory of cynthia keener is really interesting. This episode adds more depth to the character. I can't wait for the next one.moreless
  • Allison and Cynthia work together on a missing persons case - that of Cynthia's daughter.

    I've already read spoilers for the second part of this two part episode so my hunches for the ending are very correct I believe. Possible spoilers.

    Allison begins dreaming about Cynthia and figures out Cynthia has a missing daughter. Through her dreams she and Cynthia figure out not only what happened to Cynthia's daughter but where she was held. They tour the house, the whole nine yards...until Cynthia finds a loophole in the dreams and fires Allison.

    The firing is short lived, however, when another, very similar case is brought out to the forefront. With one of the people from Allison's dreams being one of the "victim's". This should play out nicely and I can't wait for part two. Then I will more than glad to settle in an watch single episodes again!moreless
  • Dream a little dream....

    This episode was just full of dreams. The episode starts with a dream within a dream. Or really, a nightmare within a nightmare. Allison has a nightmare of Cynthia having a nightmare about her daughter's abduction which occured 10 years earlier. Following her dreams, gives Cynthia hope for the first time in several years. As usual, Cynthia gives up on Allison at the slightest indication she may be wrong and she fires Allison. There are several twists and turns that left me shocked and ready for the next episode. Not to be left out, Joe has started having his own dreams. However, his dreams are about inspiration and, being a man, his dreams include a hot swim suit model. His animated dream was my favorite part of the episode. He begins to have the dreams after the unemployment worker challenges him about finding work. When he then begins to help Bridgette with her school project, I thought he would be inspired to become a science teacher. But no, instead, he wants to empty his daughters' college accounts to fund some type of solar invention. At least he's dreaming big...moreless
  • To be continued

    I am a big fan of Medium and the story lines will always hook me, but one thing i hate in TV shows is cliffhangers...oh how I hate them but it needs to be dont to hook people in otherwise why would you watch it?

    Anyway I was getting annoyed with Angelica Houstens (Cynthia) character for some time as she did not seem to play a big enough part for me to really intergrate her into the show, that is until this episode. I loved it as it showed the deep emotional side to her character as well as why she had her 'no one gets close' mode. This episode we learnt that Cynthia also had a missing child, her daughter that was picked up due to a car breakdown, typical story and usual kidnapping lines, what made this interesting was the fact that Allison was dreaming for a girl in the present and Cynthia's daughter from 9 years in the past. I spent alot of time second guessing right till the end of this episode and I already have one conclusion Possible Spoiler alert maybe? I have a feeling that the girl in Allisons dream was the mother of the girl presently being kinapped, of course this is wild speculation but it would be the only thing that made any sense in it all at the moment, of course we have the second part next week so maybe if i am patient enough i will find out the rest.moreless
Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew

Suzie Keener

Guest Star

Lily Rabe

Lily Rabe

Joanna Wheeler

Guest Star

Steven Flynn

Steven Flynn

Peter Connelly

Guest Star

Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston

Cynthia Keener

Recurring Role

Miranda Carabello

Miranda Carabello

Marie DuBois

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: The daughter of the owner of the house on Natchez Street sends Allison a fax. It's of the driver's license of the previous house renter - presumably from 1998, when Allison knows the crime occurred. However, the driver's license was issued in 2003. The latest the renter's license could have been from is 2002, since the current owner has been at the house for six years.

    • When Allison and Cynthia begin visiting homes to check for possible bomb shelters, Allison reads the street number off a mailbox out loud. The closed-captioning reads "415 Natchez," yet the number shown on the mailbox is clearly 450.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Allison: Excellent, Mr. Edison. A clock radio that only works when the sun is out or you shine a lamp on it.
      Joe: Hey, just cause your world isn't sunny doesn't mean that you get to rain all over mine.
      Allison: I'm sorry, I wasn't listening. I was watching the clock radio stop working when you clicked the light off.
      Joe: You're in a dark place, aren't you? I still have my pity party decorations, you wanna borrow some?

    • Allison: (after finding out about Suzie) Why didn't you say something?
      Cynthia: I never say anything to anyone. It's mine. I own it. (pauses) It's the not knowing how, where, who did it, what they did. It's like, a doctor losing their own child to disease. Sometimes I think it's God laughing at me.

    • Magazine Girl: (on a tanning bed) Would you mind doing my back? It's okay, Joe. It's only a dream. And no one's going to understand that better than Allison. Please?

    • Joe: Who died and made you the sheriff in charge of self-pity?
      Allison: Cynthia Keener's daughter.

    • Allison: How did Bridgette's thing go?
      Joe: Fine. She now has a solar-powered Christmas tree bulb. Which is a perfectly handy device if you're okay with your Christmas tree being outdoors and only illuminated during the day. She also has a little less faith in her Dad, but then again, who doesn't these days?
      Allison: Someone's giving themselves a pity party, and I didn't get my invitation.

    • (Allison awakens and groans)
      Joe: (sleepily) Huh?
      Allison: What a nightmare.
      Joe: I thought you said every day with me was a picnic.
      Allison: I had a real nightmare, that Cynthia Keener had a nightmare.
      Joe: Keener? What could possibly give that woman nightmares? Other than somebody named Dorothy dropping a house on her.

    • Joe: (to Allison) ... figure out how to make this meal edible. I'm an engineer, you're a psychic, why can't we follow this recipe?

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: April 13th, 2008 on Net 5
      Australia: April 24th, 2008 on Ten
      Norway: July 29th, 2008 on TV2
      Sweden: October 30th, 2008 on TV4
      Czech Republic: March 31st, 2009 on Prima
      Finland: March 7th, 2011 on Nelonen

    • Featured Music:
      "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper (on the radio while Bridgette and Marie are dancing)
      "Good Life" by Kanye West (in Joe's animated dream)

    • Although credited, Miguel Sandoval (Devalos) and David Cubitt (Scanlon) do not appear in this episode.

    • Anjelica Huston was billed as "Special Guest Star" in this episode.

    • The original broadcast of this episode aired on the evening of Sunday, March 23, 2008 on Canada's CTV, one night before the official United States NBC premiere.


    • Allison: (to Joe) Excellent, Mr. Edison. A clock radio that only works when the Sun is out or you shine a lamp on it.

      Thomas Edison was a famous inventor who, among many other inventions and discoveries, discovered electricity.

    • The Wizard of Oz

      Joe makes numerous references to Cynthia Keener as "The Wicked Witch." He also says the only thing she'd be scared of is Dorothy's house dropping on her. Joe is referring to The Wicked Witch of the East, a character from one of the most well-known movies (which was originally a novel by L. Frank Baum) of all time, The Wizard of Oz.

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