Medium: Season 3, Episode 15

The Boy Next Door (7 Mar. 2007)

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Teenage Allison dreams about her future, her personal life, and her work. Is it really the future she sees in her dreams? Can she change the future that she has dreamed about?

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Allison wakes up as her teenaged self, who is having dreams about her future adult life where she is married to Joe and has her three kids. Her teenaged and future lives intersect when a new boy moves in next door. He's a bit creepy and Allison tries to avoid him. In her dreams, Allison meets him again as an adult and learns that he is a registered sex offender having been convicted of raping a 14 year-old girl. When the police have a dead 13 year old on their hands, they think they know who did it. There may be something teenaged Allison can do about it however. Written by garykmcd

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Patricia Arquette who portrays Allison is 5' 1" (1.55 m), while Jessy Schram who portrays Young Allison, is 5' 6½" (1.69 m). See more »

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The difficult follow-up that holds up
7 August 2009 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

It seemed that any episode that would follow "We Had a Dream" was in the unfortunate position of letting us down. But right from the great "WTF?" teaser onwards, "The Boy Next Door" delivers. We are shown Allison's past, when she has dreams about the present day. But are these dreams the absolute future or does Allison have the power to alter the future? This scenario has been used many times in other shows, but I don't remember having seen any variation of it where the future is the time the show is primarily set in. This makes this episode stand out from its "siblings".

The dreams of the future come to young Allison at very effective times, always paying off dramatically in her life soon after-wards. Each dream makes young Allison more and more nervous and scared. What's more important, it's only three quarters into the episode that we fully learn what kind of person future Steven is. Then comes future Steven's fantastic shock revelation of a very special day in young Allison's time. Young Allison awakens from the dream to find that something terrible has happened to her friend and that Steven is responsible. In the final act, young Allison faces one of the classic "what if..." questions, only this time she is actually in the position to choose the answer to that question. And the decision she makes gives us an enormous insight into secrets in present day's Allison's mind. The scene where she makes the decision is almost unbearably tense and the aftershocks are shown to us briefly but effectively. The coda in present day has a nice eerie vibe to it, releasing the tension but still leaving us thinking.

The actress playing teenage Allison and the actor playing teenage Steven are both very good, especially in the scene on the street where young Allison says they should not see each other. Her acting in the scene where young Allison makes the decision is also gripping. Hopefully they will both get opportunities to develop their talents.

In conclusion, a trick episode that turns out to be emotionally one of the most affecting episodes of Medium ever.


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