(Good thing I’m hypercautious and copy my text before posting!)
Even if we don’t discuss anything else about this episode, I had to post to say,
Hahahahah, I had to pause the TiVo to ROTFL!
Seriously, though, I thought this episode was pretty great - I loved the expansion of Allison’s character, and Salli Richardson-Whitfield really brought home the worried/hopeful/desperate/guilty mother for me. Seeing her see Kevin as a normal kid in his dream was heartbreaking. And why did she lie to Stark about the end of the dream?
The plot was pretty good; if not for the Law of Conservation of Characters, it would have been a really excellent puzzle.
Oh, and regarding the love triangle, I thought it was funny that both men seemed to accept that Stark had “won” the water heater issue. Except both missed the fact that Allison invited Carter over to her house to “fix the water heater,” which she knew full well he had no prayer of helping her with. I don’t blame her - Colin Ferguson can come fix my water heater anytime.