For any hit television show, there are occasionally episodes that feel more like filler than pushing the plot ahead, and "Medium
" has had its share in the past. Usually these kinds of episodes are not really bad, nor are they particularly good, they just sit comfortably in a middle ground until the memory fades away and next week comes along. "Car Trouble" is one of those episodes. It can be forgiven for its pointless existence because it is the first of its kind this season and because it is a great deal like Stephen King's
Allison gives the audience a lesson on electric power in her dream and then witnesses her family blowing up in their car. She is too terrified to start her car the next morning, and Joe agrees to do it for her while she and the children wait across the street. It turns out the car is dead, and while this seemed like a plot best suited for the family side of the show, it led the show into the murder plot of the evening. Joe buys a used car for a steal, and Allison loves it until she realizes that a woman was murdered in the passenger seat. Joe agrees to take the car back to its owner, and the man confesses that it was his wife who was murdered by a burglar while driving one night.
Already this story seemed suspicious; if the burglar was trying to steal the car, he or she would have been on the driver's side, so why shoot the passenger when the driver was right there? Plus, if the husband tried to drive off like his wife suggested, would that really give the killer time to shoot a woman right in the forehead? If the writers were trying to make this plot more mysterious then they failed miserably. There was no one else but the husband introduced in the episode, so he might as well be carrying a sign saying "Arrest me."
Clearly, the case unravels and Allison has a brief red herring when she sees a handsome model in the background of the death scene. Is anyone fooled? The husband is not at all suspicious for being unable to identify the murderer even if he was standing right next to the door. Anyway, no one should be surprised by the end result of this "surprising" case, although the actual way in which the wife died was fairly interesting. Way to make the murder into a game of Mouse Trap, psycho husband.
Back in the annoying will-Joe-cheat storyline, Allison finally meets his beautiful partner but does not display open signs of jealousy at first. When she has a vision of Meghan seducing him, however, she becomes a little more wary. Joe is uncertain if they will get the patent for his idea because it is possible another country thought of it first, so he anxiously awaits the news. In the vision/dream, Meghan arrives to tell him that his idea is original and then kisses him. Naturally the episode ends with the beginning of the dream starting to play out and then a 'to be continued' stamp once it goes to black.
Joe and Allison Dubois have always been one of the healthiest and most supportive couples on television, so obviously it is time to shake up their marriage. These things happen in real life, yes, but this storyline has become cliché by now, and it is a shame the writers are going down that road. Hopefully, Joe will shrug it off and prove to be the same strong - if sometimes frustrated - dedicated husband, but even that ending is too expected to be satisfying. All the viewers can do now is wait and trust the writers not to tear apart one of the last happy marriages on TV. Additionally, where is Devalos? I was not aware he got demoted to guest appearances only this season.
Next week Allison and Scanlon work together to find out who killed a local drug dealer, but Allison's visions lead them to a man who could not possibly have done the deed. There will also be more on the Joe/Meghan fiasco. Yippee.
Story by Chelsea 'Dee' Doyle
Starpulse contributing writer