After an accident at Ariel's school where another student drives into Allison's parked station wagon, she has to rent a car until it's repaired. Det. Lee Scanlon asks for her help in deciphering the meaning of blast marks they've found in the desert near a power plant. In a vision, she sees someone apparently testing an explosive device but has little else to offer. She's enjoying her fancy SUV with all of its gadgets but is taken aback when through the car's sound system, she can hear conversations in the vehicles around her. One of those involves a man who is obviously being abducted at gunpoint, but she loses them in traffic. When she dreams that night that a man will walk into a bank wearing a bomb-laden vest, it all starts to come together. The crime is not as simple as it first seems however. At school meanwhile, Ariel realizes that the facts don't support the story about the car accident and the consequences it may have for the student involved.
Did You Know?
The two story lines are similar to two infamous real-life incidents that were later the subject of true crime documentaries. The main plot involves a bank robbery in which the robber claimed he was forced to participate while wearing an explosive device locked to his body. This resembles the subject of "Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist" (2018). A secondary plot, in which Ariel Dubois has a vision of her schoolmate dying in a car crash when her mother drives in the wrong direction on a highway while under the influence of drugs, alludes to "There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (2011), which tells the true story of Diane Schuler who crashed a mini-van while driving in the wrong direction on New York's Taconic State Parkway, resulting in the death of herself and seven others. See more
In the Medium episode "The Boy Next Door" (S3-E15) young Allison's mother (Peri Gilpin) is complaining about her ex--Allison's father--being late with his alimony payment again. In this episode, the same irresponsible, alienated father gives Allison a new car when she graduates from college as if he's still in her life and financially well off. See more