TV REVIEW Medium 4.15 "Being Joey Carmichael"

Original US air date: 05/05/2008

Written by: Robert Doherty, Craig Sweeny

Directed by: Arlene Sanford

Rating:

In Dreams: Twins – one nice one nasty – go from schoolyard scraps to gangland villainy.

The One Where: A dead twin possesses his disabled brother’s body to take revenge on the drug bosses who killed him.

Verdict: A good, solid episode with an intriguing central idea and some great performances (though the idea that ghostly-Joey could cure Teddy’s disability whenever he took control of his body is a bit of a stretch). The open, bittersweet ending does seem to be a trick that Medium has pulled off a little too often of late, though, which diminishes its effect here. Joe’s problems with the over-amorous Meghan and Allison’s subsequent selfish strop at him are almost painful to watch, but in a good dramatic way. We care about these guys, y’know?

Time Checks:
Meghan: “It’s after six. When are you gonna get out of here?”

Star Turn: Miguel Ferrer (now out of a job with Bionic Woman having been cancelled) is excellent in the dual role of Teddy and Joey.

Speculation: Joey must be in control of Teddy when he shoots the guy at the end; we clearly see him pulling the trigger with no sign of his disability.

Trivia: This is the second time this season Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” has been used on the soundtrack; the first time was in “Wicked Game (1)” when it was also heard on the stereo in the garage.

Best Line:
Joe: "Okay psychic lady, guess what I’m thinking."
Allison: "Oh, it’s almost dinner time and I’m not home yet - maybe I should call my wife."
Joe: "Amazing how you do that."

Dave Golder

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