Ghost Whisperer ( 2005 )
Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt , Camryn Manheim , David Conrad , Christoph Sanders
Genres: Drama , Fantasy
Birthday Presence - S5 - E1
Character mistake : When Aiden and Melinda go the the hospital to visit Jim/Sam the picture on the hospital badge is of Jim Clancy not Sam Lucas... Jim has been in Sam's body for many years at this point. You can see the badge multiple times in the episode.
Do Over - S5 - E4
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The Crossing - S1 - E2
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Firestarter - S4 - E1
Visible crew/equipment : When Eli is at McShay's bar he hears the ghost beside him say, "Day after day after day," then when the bartender speaks to Eli, in the wide shots the shadow of the boom mic is visible right above the mirror. After Melinda walks in, when the bartender tells her that Eli scared all his business away, we can see in the mirror's reflection the boom mic dipping into view.
Voices - S1 - E9
Continuity mistake : When Melinda is driving to Kirk's house she is in a Jeep Cherokee, but when she arrives she is in a Jeep Liberty.
Pilot - S1 - E1
Visible crew/equipment : When Melinda is at the VFW trying to get information on Paul Evans, she and Joe are alone with his wife's ghost, and after Joe tells Melinda that she can come by anytime for scintillating conversation, it cuts to a shot facing her and we can see equipment movement at the bottom right side of the screen.
Excessive Forces - S5 - E10
Continuity mistake : After Jim and Aiden surprised Melinda with the new SUV Melinda drives off in the red vehicle, but when Aiden and Jim do their fist bump it cuts to a closeup of Jim, and the red SUV is still parked beside Jim.
Weight of What Was - S3 - E5
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Threshold - S4 - E7
Plot hole : Jim taking over Sam's body just doesn't make any sense. It's plausible for a spirit to temporarily take over a living body, but a dead body is dead for a reason. It can't sustain life anymore. Death isn't a temporary ailment. It's permanent. What should have happened was the same thing that happened when another ghost took over a recently deceased person, which happened in a previous episode. The dead body would decay and start to lose function. Sam's body suddenly gaining back the properties of life is completely inconsistent with what we're led to believe in the setting of the show.
Suggested correction: This is a fictional show that pushed the boundaries and constantly changed the rules; how is this a mistake?
I tell myself that Sam's injuries were not as extensive as prom ghost so his body was able to stay alive.
I think what happened is that Sam jumped out and went into the light before they were able to revive him. Had he waited just a few more seconds next to his body He would have gone right back in. Some people die for a few seconds, and then they're able to bring them back through CPR or using the paddles and shocking his heart, etc.
The One (2) - S1 - E22
Other mistake : The captain talks about the "outflow valve", which has a distinctive rectangular shape and is fitted flush with an opening in the aircraft skin. It would be immediately recognizable by any crew member because it part of the walkaround inspection before each flight. He is holding a round pneumatic supply valve instead, which is part of the internal ductwork.
Love Never Dies - S2 - E1
Continuity mistake : When Melinda is talking to Kyle, her mole moves around several times.
Pieces of You - S4 - E9
Visible crew/equipment : When Melinda heads out to go on a run, while she and Sam/Jim are standing beside her car, in the shots facing Sam/Jim we see Jim's face, actor David Conrad , and in the car window's reflection we see Sam's face, actor Kenneth Mitchell, which is deliberate for viewers since Jim's spirit is in Sam's body. But just as Melinda says, "He worked a lot of weird hours, and liked to sleep-in a lot," it's amusing that in the reflection we can see both actors - David Conrad walking and then standing behind Kenneth Mitchell, both of whom play the same role and are wearing the same grey T-shirt.
Last Execution - S1 - E14
Continuity mistake : When Melinda's hair is caught in the garbage disposal, she reaches for the switch and it is in the down position. When it switches back to her and then back to the switch, it is now in the up position.
Continuity mistake : While Melinda is driving to New England, her car switches from being a Jeep Cherokee to an Isuzu and back again.
Continuity mistake : At the end of the show when Jim is making toast they show him through the window taking the toast out of the toaster and putting it on the plate. In the next shot he is walking towards the kitchen table and the plate is empty. Then while talking to his mother he picks up a piece of toast to put jelly on it.
Other mistake : The tail and nose section of the crashed plane are from a 737, which has only a single axle on each landing gear. Landing gear with dual axles, from a much larger plane, can be seen in several scenes.
On the Wings of a Dove - S1 - E8
Continuity mistake : When Melinda and Andrea are sitting on the couch in the antique shop talking Andrea's hand keeps moving back and forth between on her cheek and on the back of the couch.
Continuity mistake : When Melinda is driving to Clark's house when she is shown from a distance she is wearing a red hat. When they show her close up she is not wearing a hat.
Heart & Soul - S4 - E8
Continuity mistake : After Sam reads the newspaper article about Jim's death it cuts to him dropping in to see Melinda, and when he's looking at the framed photographs on the sideboard two of the closeups of the photos are flipped shots - the positions of the frames are reversed.
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Question : At the end of the episode, where Melinda helps that lady (who meets the guy who got her dead fiance's heart), what was the man at the end of the episode (who was laughing and seemed to be a spirit) supposed to be about?
Answer: This "spirit" appears in several episodes throughout the rest of the season including the season finale. He's a "bad spirit" that is intent on keeping souls trapped on Earth. With the death of Andrea (her business partner) he wanted to make a deal with Melinda, to give him HER soul to release everyone else including Andrea to cross over.
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March 8, 2017
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Ghost Whisperer ran for five seasons on CBS before it was unexpectedly canceled in May 2010. Hollywood actress Jennifer Love Hewitt was the star of the supernatural drama series in the character of Melinda Gordon, a woman who is capable of communicating with ghosts and helps those who have trouble crossing over to the light. Hewitt also worked as a co-producer on the series. It’s been eight years since Ghost Whisperer was on the air — here’s a look at 8 things you probably didn’t know about the show!
8. Haunting Stories on Set
Even though the show has ghosts on it all the time, they aren’t real! However, while filming Ghost Whisperer , many of the actors and production crew had weird experiences of real hauntings on set and ghosts appearing who aren’t supposed to be there which is really spooky! In an interview with Jennifer Love Hewitt, she gave some examples of what’s happened on set: “I think it’s really cool and exciting and we’ve had all kinds of things happen. My makeup artist, we took a picture of her, and she had sort of this white film over her face, and then we took a picture of her ten minutes later in another part of the thing, and there was nothing. And we had James [Van Praagh] look at it, and he said ‘Absolutely. There’s a ghost attached to her.’ We’ve had lights explode. That’s Jay Mohr’s favorite story…I’ve had them show up around me a lot on film. I think it’s exciting,” said Hewitt.
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7. Fire on Set
In June 2008, a massive fire broke out on the Universal Studios backlot destroying the “New York Street” that Ghost Whisperer primarily filmed on. What’s weird is that coincidentally the following season premiere episode of Ghost Whisperer following the fire was all about arson! “That was a total coincidence. In fact, the fire happened as they were getting ready to send out the script for that episode, which freaked us all out a bit! ‘Isn’t our first episode call ‘The Firestarter?’ It was one of those weird things,” said Hewitt.
6. Budget Cuts
As we now know, the seemingly successful series was canceled unexpectedly, and that was mainly due to cost and dropping viewership. In 2009, a year before the series was canceled, Hewitt talked to E! News about some of the big budget cuts the show was experiencing. “We are a special effects show, so some of our special effects stuff has had to be cut in half. We haven’t been able to do any actor raises for season five. We’ve had to cut budgets here and there. They have also been talking about actually shooting our show in HD to save money,” said Hewitt.
5. Show Based on Mary Ann Winkowski
The show was somewhat based on the real-life paranormal experiences of spirit communicator, Mary Ann Winkowski. She worked on Ghost Whisperer as a paid consultant for several months. While making the show, she flew to Los Angeles to demonstrate her craft to the writers and lead actress, Jennifer Love Hewitt. She was discovered through best-seller medium James Van Praagh, who also worked on the show as a co-executive producer.
4. Jennifer Love Hewitt Didn’t Like the Ending
When Ghost Whisperer came to an end, Jennifer Love Hewitt was left with an uneasy feeling because she didn’t feel like the writers did a proper job of wrapping up the story. There were too many loose ends in the series finale and it didn’t do the show justice. “I didn’t feel the series ended the way that [Melinda] deserved for it to. We left the audience sort of hanging, and I hate that. When you’ve taken people on a journey for so long, the least you can do is give them a goodbye. For a show that was about unfinished business, we didn’t get to finish,” she said.
3. Worked with Real Psychics
World-renowned psychic, James Van Praagh, was a co-executive producer on Ghost Whisperer for all five seasons, and even though much of the show is exaggerated for entertainment, he still draws on a lot of his work and experience when creating the show. “To a point it’s entertainment. For me I got involved in this work because it was a sense of, and all my work as far as the movies I’ve done for television and for books I’ve written…it really is entertainment, that’s the medium of television. I like to use that medium to get across as best as I can, to get the word out, to get the message across about life after death; about spiritual existence if you will,” said Praagh in an interview with Movie Web.
2. The Town of Grandview
Aside from the pilot episode, which was filmed in Old Town Orange in Orange County, Ghost Whisperer is filmed on the Universal Studios backlot in Hollywood. The town of Grandview is the same set used for the Back to the Future trilogy, the town shots in Gilmore Girls , Pretty Little Liars and The Dukes of Hazzard .
1. Series Cancellation
No one was more shocked to hear Ghost Whisperer was being canceled than Jennifer Love Hewitt. In an interview with Zap2it, she admitted that while she knew the show was coming to an end, she didn’t realize the end would be so abrupt. “For me, it was a total shock…I thought out next season would probably be the last, just because the show had been on for a really long time. It’s hard to come up with new things that will keep people intrigued, but I never thought in a million years that was going to have been our last season,” she said.
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Series / Ghost Whisperer
"My name is Melinda Gordon. I just got married. I just moved to a small town. I just opened an antique shop. I might be just like you. Except from the time I was a little girl I knew I could talk to the dead. Earthbound spirits my grandmother called them. The ones who have not crossed over because they have unfinished business with the living and they come to me for help. To tell you my story, I have to tell you theirs." — Melinda Gordon , Ghost Whisperer , First Season Opening Narration
Ghost Whisperer is an American TV show that ran from 2005 through 2010. It's also known as that show where Jennifer Love Hewitt traipses around in vintage clothing, often low-cut. The episodes follow a formula: Ghost makes its presence known, Melinda flutters about trying to help, Melinda helps the ghost with its business, everyone cries, ghost goes into The Light. The few instances where that doesn't happen involves the ancient spirits that inhabit Grandview, Melinda's town, and some prophecy involving Melinda and her abilities.
- Melinda Gordon: Main character, co-owner of an antique shop and seer of ghosts. She inherited the ability from her grandmother, and it caused her many problems both inside her house (with her in-denial mother) and outside when her gift emerged. She's a firm believer in The Light, a.k.a. Heaven, and that her task in life is to help ghosts move into The Light. As of now, she's the centerpiece in some ancient prophecy... or something.
- Jim Clancy: Melinda's husband and an EMT, Jim knows about his wife's abilities and supports her in her self-chosen task, often using his ties at the police station and the hospital to help her in her mission. In the fourth season, Jim is shot and dies, but his spirit inhabits the body of a man named Sam, albeit with amnesia. As of now, he's back and marrying Melinda again.
- Eli James: Appearing in the fourth season, Eli had a near-death experience that allows him to hear, but not see, ghosts. Since then he's become involved with Melinda's ghost-helping operation, and she usually dictates research and other tasks to him when she's otherwise busy. A professor of Psychology at Grandview University, he fills the quirky academic role after the prior character, Rick Payne, left on a retreat. (Payne's actor left to star in his own show.)
- Delia Banks: Melinda's co-owner of the antique shop and new best friend and confidant, following the Season One death of Andrea, the former Best Friend. Delia also works in real estate, and sometimes brings matters to Melinda's attention through the houses she deals with. Initially Delia didn't know about Melinda's gift and remains skeptical and a little fearful of the idea of ghosts. She is fiercely protective of her loved ones, and Melinda can count on Delia in situations both ordinary and supernatural.
- Ned Banks: Delia's son, Ned initially appears as a stereotypical troubled adolescent, who has some ability to see ghosts. He's notable for the ability to get Melinda into cases through the other teenagers at school.
The show contains quirky side-characters you'll want to see more of, and a main character who you'll occasionally get sick of .
Season One: We meet Melinda Gordon and her freakish ghost-seeing ability, as well as her supportive husband and her friend Andrea (the friend eventually dies in a plane crash).
Season Two: Delia and Rick are introduced, eventually becoming part of Melinda's ghost-hunting posse (the latter more easily than the former). Also introduced are Ned and a plot-arc involving Melinda's also-ghost-seeing brother we're just learning about now.
Season Three: More ghost-hunting, a not-so-coherent explanation about Melinda's brother, and unraveling of Melinda's family secrets. Her relationship with her mother is repaired, and we find out the truth about her real father.
Season Four: Payne leaves, Eli arrives, and Jim gets shot dead, but not for long. He returns with amnesia, goes on a quest to re-discover 'his' life, and winds up staying in Grandview with Melinda. This, of course, leads to love. Sam remembers who he really is, Melinda is pregnant with Jim's child, and they get married. Well, remarried, really.
This show provides examples of:
- Abandoned Hospital : There's an abandoned polio ward in the basement of the hospital where Jim works. Unsurprisingly, it's full of ghosts.
- What happened to that mysterious man in the hat who was gathering souls ( including Andrea 's) back in Season One?
- The show has conveniently forgotten about Melinda's long lost half-brother (and Evil Ghost Whisperer ) Gabriel from season 2, as well as the haunted ruins of Old Grandview that are situated beneath New Granview, not to mention any number of Delia's revolving temporary love interests .
- The "fragment" of the teen heart transplant patient; presumably The Shadows absorbed him/it.
- At least Romano (aka The Man in the Hat) did something before vanishing. Laughing Man, who seems to have been in league with him, was just kind of there for a few episodes. He made a very creepy first impression, and... well, that was it. It's not a large stretch to guess that the writers were making it up as they went along.
- Actor Allusion / Celebrity Paradox : In one episode, Melinda and Ned plan to watch I Know What You Did Last Summer . But they don't becase a ghost begins stalking them.
- A Day in the Limelight : In "The Woman of His Dreams" Jim has to deal with a ghost on his own while Melinda is visiting her mother.
- In the Season 1 finale, after the plane crashes in town, Melinda tries to tell Andrea something and Andrea, dreading that it's news that her missing brother died in the crash, refuses to hear it. Her brother finally shows up, alive... and walks straight past Andrea to hug Melinda. As Andrea realizes she was the one who died in the crash, she breaks down crying and for a split second, Andrea wished she was alive instead of her brother. Andrea : This can't be happening. I'm falling in love with a poet. It's my brother's birthday.
- Melinda doesn't believe in the urban legend of Bloody Mary despite the fact that she can talk to ghosts. Jim suggests that she doesn't want to believe in the myth because it implies there is more to the spirit world Melinda still does not know and that thought frightens her.
- Jim lost his memory , but still knows that there's no such thing as ghosts. Even though he's known about ghosts for years.
- The Atoner : The Ripped from the Headlines ghost became a Watcher and the Bedlam House ghost helps Melinda aid another "step-in" and helps Sam/Jim find Melinda which causes him a near death experience that brings back Jim's memories .
- Backstory : Melinda's First Ghost explains her first ghost sighting and how she and her family dealt with her inheriting her family's ghost-seeing abilities.
- Bait-and-Switch : In "The Collector", Melinda returns to the local funeral parlor after seeing what appears to be another ghost whisperer in town. He talks to the mortician, who knows the man and has talked with him himself. It is then revealed that the mortician is a ghost who chose to stay, and is very disappointed with his replacement at the parlor.
- Beauty Inversion : Jamie Bamber in zombie makeup.
- Bedlam House : One is being turned into a school, and a few lingering ghosts cause trouble the most troublesome being their doctor, who caused the insane patients to become suicidal in the first place by already being dead and influencing their thoughts while they underwent shock therapy .
- Big Bad : Romano aka The Man in the Hat in the first season. He caused the plane crash as well as other past mass disasters in-series as to gain more ghosts and grow his (literal) death cult.
- Big Guy, Little Guy : Andrea and Delia.
- A Birthday, Not a Break : In the Season 1 finale, Andrea spends the whole episode worried that her brother Mitch was on a plane that recently crashed. It isn't until later that we see that he's fine and got on a later flight. Andrea, however… wasn't as lucky , as the plane had crashed onto her car as she was driving into the city in an attempt to reach his apartment. Worst of all, Mitch found out that his sister is dead on his birthday .
- Blessed with Suck : Melinda's mother also inherited the ability to see and hear ghosts, but she hated it .
- Body Snatcher : Thrice: A teenage ghost inhabits a recently dead man's body, and the body's ghost isn't too pleased; Jim steals Sam's body after the latter dies. Sam had already gone into the light, so it's okay with him. Also, the Bedlam House ghost was deliberately driving "his" patients to suicide in order to study step-ins and become one himself, minus the whole going-crazy-due-to-losing-two-sets-of-memories thing, and points them to his latest "experiment".
- Book Ends : The end of Season One has a two part finale. The first part ends with a horde of newly dead spirits walking towards Melinda, led by a member of the plane crew. One of the last scenes in the second part is almost all of the horde walking into the Light, led by the plane's captain.
- Melinda after a car accident in "Vanishing". Subverted at the end of the episode, when it's revealed that she has not lost her ability to see ghosts, but that something is " sucking " them .
- In the series finale The Shadows trick Melinda into thinking that suppressing Aiden's gift will get The Shadows to leave him alone, and it appears to be working. Actually he's already figured out that losing his gift would be a bad idea and was just pretending to make his parents happy while The Shineys put in extra time; unfortunately it still had a bad effect on Melinda...
- Bury Your Gays : Eli's deceased mother was having an affair with another woman and died while trying to cover it up. This was revealed when her husband also died and both (it seemed) began haunting the other couple: he mistakenly trying to expose the husband while she was warning the wife to keep quiet.
- By the Hair : Melinda has to wash her hair in the sink in "The Last Execution" and a ghost causes it to get stuck in the garbage disposal - forcing Jim to cut it to free her.
- Celebrity Paradox : I Know What You Did Last Summer , which Jennifer Love-Hewitt famously starred in, is referenced twice on the show.
- Chain-Link Fence : Done with a corpse in "The Walk In". He climbs the fence, drops over the other side, and lands with his leg in a squicky position. He then proceeds to re-set the leg and run off. Definitely breaking some fundamental laws of physics and biology there...
- Cheerful Funeral : At Jim's funeral, halfway through his eulogy his friend Tim states that this solemn, sad mood was not how Jim wanted his life to be represented, so he starts playing one of Jim's favorite, upbeat songs, which gets everyone in the room dancing.
- Delia is this to Andrea as Melinda's new Muggle Best Friend . While Andrea believed Melinda could see and talk to ghosts, Delia is a skeptic from the beginning and accuses Melinda of being insane when she claims to have talked to the ghost of Delia's dead husband. Even after seeing more evidence of the existence of ghosts, Delia's skepticism takes some time to truly go away and her friendship with Melinda faces considerably more conflict due to the stress and trauma that comes from dealing with ghosts.
- Eli James takes Rick Payne's place as Melinda's college professor friend after Rick's departure in the season 4 premiere. While Rick studied the occult for a living, Eli had no knowledge on the existence of ghosts until a near-death experience gave him the ability to hear (but not see) ghosts. While Rick was often giddy and excited whenever he encountered any proof of the paranormal, Eli is notably more frustrated and frightened as expected of someone dragged into a strange and terrifying new world he never knew of.
- The Littlest Cancer Patient who unleashed a demon.
- Aiden, Melinda's son, is alive but still pretty creepy at times.
- The ghost kids with polio in the final episode, due to their horrifying masks.
- Cut Apart : In "The Cradle Will Rock", when Melinda doesn't return from delivering a ghostly message, Jim goes to check up on her. Melinda's captor sees the lights of an approaching car, and Jim gets out of his car. Jim knocks on the front door, and the captor looks out the front door. But the man opens the door on the ghost's widow, and Jim is greeted by an elderly man. The address Jim got from the antique shop was out of date.
- De-aged in Death : The Season 3 episode "First Do No Harm" featured this phenomenon happening. While most ghosts manifest as the age they were in death, Peter Harrison manifested to her as a younger man and an elderly man, leading her to originally mistake them for two different people.
- Dead All Along : Some of the ghosts have to be convinced that they are dead like Andrea after a plane fell on her . The one haunting the fugitive family didn't realize *when* he died, and had been haunting the family because he thought the father had left him to die. An immediate example is Melinda's grandmother in a flashback. Melinda arrives at the hospital after hearing that she had a bad night but her grandmother appears fine and talks to her - until Melinda realises that she's now a ghost.
- Kenny from “The Crossing” was run over by a train. His family bought a bad car that broke down in the middle of the train tracks. His mother got out with his sister, but Kenny went back into the car to get a toy.
- Daniel from “Demon Child” was contantly ignored by his workholic mother. One day, when she forgets a promise to take him to a baseball game, Daniel snaps and gets into the car to drive himself to the game. Of course, being only thirteen, he gets into an accident that kills him. And that’s not even the worst part. The worst part is his last words, which are to his nanny—“I wish you were my mother.”
- Digital Avatar : When Melinda enters a ghost-infected MMORPG (similar to Second Life ), her avatar has a blonde bob and Lady Gaga sunglasses.
- Dye or Die : Stacy in "Friendly Neighbourhood Ghost" is said to have done this in the past after faking her own death . Now years later when she no longer has to worry about being found, her natural blonde hair has grown out.
- Eye Scream : "Sally Stitch" causes Melinda to dream that her eyes and mouth are stitched up.
- Fate Worse than Death : Becoming a "step-in". You get a second chance at life but you also get double- Victory-Guided Amnesia since your mind/soul is hinting at one thing while the friends and family of your body (if any) are saying another. According to the bedlam house ghost a majority of step-ins go insane and kill themselves, the exceptions being one he led Melinda to and Jim, who had Melinda's support and later regained his memory after a near-death experience .
- Fanservice : Maybe the low cut blouses help Melinda channel her spiritual energy? The early seasons bent over backwards to slip fanservice into each episode, even to the point of Melinda wearing a spaghetti top whilst serving dinner to a traditionalist Hispanic family. Later on, they backed off on this.
- Flash Forward : The 2009 fall season flashed forward about five years.
- Foreshadowing : The many death omens before Jim's death . Possibly the mysterious light-people/spirits at Jim and Melinda's second wedding, who are implied to be "The Shineys".
- Girl of the Week : Ned started gaining a number of one-off love interests after entering college; the episode with the fugitive family had multiple characters lampshading the fact that many of his girlfriends/crushes turned out to be haunted.
- "Ghost, Interrupted" features a flashback to a younger Melinda visiting her grandmother, who has the same gift as she does, in a nursing home. When Melinda asks her how she knows the difference between a ghost and a live person, Mary Ann says she'll be able to feel what a ghost is feeling when she looks at one. Melinda then realizes she can feel what her grandmother is feeling, and runs to her grandmother's room to find her dead.
- The two-part season one finale has a plane crashing in Grandview. The audience is at first led to believe that one of the victims of the crash is Andrea's brother, but it turns out Andrea herself died in the crash. The Season 2 premiere is her final appearance on the show.
- Grim Reaper : One of them appeared in the hospital to "reap" a dying infant, but they don't seem to have appeared since.
- Hellish Pupils : The Insomniac Victim of the Week sees goat-eyed "demons" as part of his delusions.
- Hollywood Heart Attack : Do Over . In a hospital , no less. The victim stumbled around a bit before keeling over, and the narration informed us that he "died in seconds."
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl : Jim to Melinda, although it's not that hard considering she's like five-nothing.
- Coupled with "I Just Want My Daughter To Be Normal" in Melinda's mother's case. Melinda was very relieved when the Watchers said that her unborn child would not have her powers, and then panicked a bit when they added "He'll be more powerful than you ".
- Melinda's mother is this, having tried to suppress her powers for decades, resulting in frequent migraines.
- In "The Gravesitter", Melinda discovers people have been talking about her online and fears that she and her gift will be exposed. Because up until this point, she's been extremely subtle about the whole I See Dead People thing?
- Identity Amnesia : The two step-ins (the earlier corpse-jacker doesn't count because the body's ghost was still around and the corpse was too decomposed for a resurrection). Contrary to the usual amnesia tropes they don't get better from a smack to the head: the "stalker" had to talk to Melinda (who had only learned about the concept the episode before) while Jim/Sam had to have a near-death experience .
- I See Dead People : You know, the entire point of the show. Eli can only hear them.
- Invincible Hero : Of a sort. No matter how bad the main case seems to be - someone killed someone's husband, husband and wife hate each other after cheating and competition, someone's... really annoyed that her parents got divorced - by the end everyone's happy and snugly and A-OK. Even if someone has done something seriously wrong (burning down a building, faking vampiric possession). Especially in those cases.
- Jacob Marley Apparel : They get better once they make peace with themselves.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold : The president of the university that Eli works at had been purposefully stonewalling him so he would leave and not catch the eye of The Shadows, who had been advancing his (the president's) career so he could control the Book of Shadows, which wound up in the hands of Eli and Melinda and now The Shadows are pissed . He also has a comatose mother whom he often visits, and it's implied that the Shadows might have something to do with it.
- Littlest Cancer Patient : Melinda talks to a few already deceased ones. There's a subversion in the last episode- the ghost kid died of Hodgkin's disease, but it isn't dwelt on and he doesn't actually seem to care that he's dead.
- Mirror Monster : "Don't Try This At Home" deals with a ghost that has the ability to move through reflective surfaces and has put three college girls into comas, one of whom has died. It is believed that the spirit is the ghost of Bloody Mary but it turns out to be the ghost of the one of the girls who died. Her cause of death was her friend playing a prank on her which caused her weak heart to give out and she is haunting the other three as revenge .
- Monster Clown : A creepy ghost in a clown costume shows up. He's actually a private investigator who fell in love with the woman he was trying to find for her ex-boyfriend, and disguised himself as a clown so he could be at her soon-to-be stepdaughter's party. Evil shadows, angry and psychotic ghosts, and conspiracies don't phase Melinda, but clowns creep her the hell out.
- Ms. Fanservice : For every genuine fan of the show, you'll find one even more ardent fan of Jennifer Love Hewitt's... *ahem*
- Naked People Are Funny : One unfortunate ghost experiences the downside of Jacob Marley Apparel —you die naked, you stay naked. To add insult to injury, turns out he was a soldier... and his rank was private .
- No Name Given : Romano was for many episodes just "The Man in the Hat", and his apparent second hand is still just "The Laughing Man".
- Once per Episode : Melinda cries in pretty much every episode, whether due to happiness or connecting emotionally to the ghost or their families, from season 4 or so onwards.
- Our Ghosts Are Different : Apparently animals can also leave ghosts (Homer the Ghost Dog from Lost Boys to Vanishing , the cat in Bad Blood ) but they aren't allowed to Go into the Light . So what's up? Didn't they say that All Dogs Go to Heaven ?
- Our Souls Are Different : Recently the idea of "broken" spirits has emerged: Apparently with some people, most of their spirit goes into The Light but a piece of them goes into "the shadows". The first example of this was A father who framed his daughter's boyfriend for stealing, indirectly leading to his death when he fled. The dead boyfriend began haunting the father who developed Alzheimer's disease, and when he died most of him went into The Light (which kind of annoyed the boyfriend's ghost) while the presumably guilty bit of his soul went into the shadows.
- Melinda often gets accused of this by the loved ones of the ghosts she is trying to help. They tend to come around after some time.
- In "Unhappy Medium", Melinda meets an actual Phony Psychic in the form of Casey Edgars. The two have an argument over the ethical nature of Edgars's actions while trying to solve the disappearance of a young girl.
- Explanation: Seeing as how Jim's more used to his name, and he even introduces himself to a patient as Jim in Season 5, he tells everyone to call him Jim instead. Also, The Other Wiki states that at some point in between Seasons 4 and 5 that he added the "James" part of his name to Sam's as a middle name to justify this, and on the show his doctor's coat has his name embroidered as "J. Lucas".
- Posthumous Character : The ghosts, obviously.
- Record Needle Scratch : During a romantic moment when Melinda and Jim realize that the ghost haunting the hospital morgue hadn't been accounted for because the person they thought was the ghost was still alive .
- Refusal of the Call : Melinda's mother has the gift but doesn't use it, which causes her frequent migraines.
- Religion of Evil : Romano's original occupation and how he gained a cult following before and after death.
- Rescue Romance : Jim and Melinda met when he rescued her from her burning apartment complex.
- The Reveal : The Shinys are children who have gone into the light and are also the only beings that can combat The Shadows, hence why The Shadows are so interested in ghost children. They also vastly outnumber The Shadows, but apparently didn't realize it because The Shadows are effin' scary and they're still children despite being the Big Good .
- Screamer Trailer : Ghosts that prefer to "show" instead of to talk can be quite the Jerkasses .
- Screw Destiny : When the person who told you your destiny is telling you to screw it, things must be getting pretty bad: the Watcher tells Melinda to lie to Aiden and tell him that seeing ghosts was just his imagination; when he starts believing that he'll stop seeing ghosts (and Shineys and Shadows) and The Shadows will leave him alone. Melinda is torn between her son's gift and his safety, Jim is less torn about keeping Aiden safe, and it turned out that The Shadows were manipulating The Watcher in the first place .
- To Twilight : A family is extremely wary of outsiders. The son is tall, pale, with foofy hair and is shown being extremely hostile to his girlfriend in order to protect her; also, they're presumably vegetarians since they're fugitive environmentalists, but they settle down at the end.
- The preview of one show features Unnaturally Blue Lighting on people with glowing yellow eyes .
- The antique shop's "Same As It Never Was" name paraphrases a Talking Heads song.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts : Melinda and Jim.
- A Side Order of Romance : In one episode, The Woobie of The Week’s wife is accused of being a Gold Digger by his rich and famous family because she was his diner waitress when they met. It didn’t help suspicion that they got married fast, and that he fell into a coma shortly after she took him to an alternate medicine clinic to treat his ALS. Even worse, she wanted to pull the plug on him, which only worsened her image and seemed to confirm ulterior motives. It turns out, they got married fast because they knew their time was limited because of his disease. What’s more, his coma wasn’t her fault at all. His mother gave him muscle relaxant pills during a seizure, not knowing the doctors had taken him off that certain brand. They interacted with his anti-depressants and sent him into a coma. Turns out, the ghost really did want them to pull the plug, and his wife knew it because he told her himself.
- Signature Headgear : The dark ghost Romano is never seen without his fedora.
- The Soulsaver : Melinda and her friends help ghosts go to the other side or into the light.
- Space Whale Aesop : One episode dealing with euthanasia could be interpreted that euthanasia should be legal so that Melinda can talk to their ghosts.
- Several lovelorn ghosts, but a living version is the maître 'd who had a secret crush on Delia and wanted to make up for ruining her dinner for the umpteenth time (he gets Dr. Tofu syndrome around her).
- There was an entire episode based on this trope. A lawyer was stalking a ghost when she was alive, to the point where she died trying to run away. He then goes after Melinda, but she manages to get him locked away. But he kills himself so he can always be with her. But then he gets sucked away into the shadows, presumably.
- Stand-In Parents : The children pretended to be their own mother after she had died, for fear of social services splitting them up on finding out they had no parent or guardian.
- Another episode “Lost Boys” has the ghosts of three orphan boys that died in a fire at an old house that was once an orphanage. Turns out there was a fourth orphan boy who was able to escape that fateful night, but the now elderly man misses but fears revisiting the house, haunted by the memories of being the only one of his friends to come out alive.
- Time Skip : The latest season jumps ahead 5 years in order to allow Aiden to grow up. It was probably a practical device to prevent having to deal with a baby on the set, or in the storyline. In short, the viewers wanted Melinda and Jim to have a baby, and the writers put it off, even with the ridiculous season of Jim-is-Sam, as long as they could. When they finally capitulated, they wrote in the five-year time leap, and cast an eight-year-old to play Melinda's five-year-old son. Thus, all the mess of dolls that don't look natural, hiring multiple babies to play the baby in 20 minutes stints (which is all a baby or toddler can work in a day in Hollywood), casting twins as an older Aiden, hiring coaches to teach them their lines, and soforth, was avoided. Jennifer Love Hewitt is on-camera in very nearly every scene on the show, so having the baby someplace would have been awkward, and having her cart a doll everywhere in a Baby Bjorn would have been worse. A child old enough to be on the set for eight hours a day (Connor Gibbs was 8 in 2009), and old enough to read and study his own lines was hired. Sometimes he came off as unnaturally precocious, but that fit his character.
- Twofer Token Minority : Andrea, both Black and Hispanic.
- Undeath Always Ends : Sometimes averted, as not every spirit chooses to cross over like one of the ghosts on the cruise ship (she died of terminal cancer while on a last vacation and is making the most of her "afterlife") while others are atoning for something and become Watchers.
- Unfinished Business : The whole premise of why the ghosts are still Earthbound and what Melinda needs to help them with to cross over.
- Unlimited Wardrobe : Melinda has way too many fancy clothes for a mere antique/boutique shop owner. Showing just how unrealistic it is, the show stopped doing it when it became too expensive for them. We can just assume that she has either a lot of money from her family or she just found very respectable knock-offs.
- Unseen Pen Pal : "Ghost in the Machine" centers around a virtual game world, where the Ghost of the Week has manifested as an avatar named Phoenix, who speaks mostly to a teenage girl named Alise Jones, alias Sedona. While Melinda initially suspects Phoenix is a predator, he turns out to be Alise's estranged father who created the avatar to stay in touch with her after a messy divorce, and died while playing. However, Alise's other online friend, Cal, turns out to be the real predator, who Melinda and Phoenix have to stop. There is also much discussion in the episode around whether the anonymity of online interaction is freeing or dangerous for users.
- The Watcher : The, uh, Watchers. Ghosts who stay despite having finished business in order to watch over the living and other spirits. The majority of these appear to be Atoners .
- Voice of the Legion : Some ghosts may speak this way.
- So, uh, what's become of the late president of Rockland U. now that The Shineys can defeat The Shadows?
- What happened to the ghost dog?
- Woobie of the Week : More like "Distressed ghost who refuses to pass on" of the Week
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'Ghost Whisperer': Are you ready to jump five years into the future?
Last season, Ghost Whisperer took a huge creative risk. Jim (David Conrad), the supportive husband of Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) died , refused to cross over, and stepped into the body of a dying man named Sam. Melinda and viewers knew Sam was Jim, but it took Jim, whose soul suffered some sort of amnesia in its new body (which viewers still saw as Conrad's), some time to figure it out. He finally did , and the season ended with the couple learning that they were pregnant (the baby is Jim-Jim's) and that the child will be able to do "much, much more" than his mother, who can see and hear dead people.
It paid off: For the first time, when CBS talked about the show's renewal, the word "no-brainer" was used. "That conversation had never gone that way before," executive producer P.K. Simonds admits. "We were in a much stronger position, and that had everything to do with the risk that we took and the new life that we injected into the show. I think sometimes the audience forgets that they're looking at a choice: Either they watch their show take risks and sometimes frustrate or annoy them, or they find themselves in a letter writing campaign to save the show. Luckily, no one had to write any letters to save us, and that's a nice position to be in. We lost some viewers, too, and I'm very, very regretful about that. Obviously, my hope in the end is that we've gained more than we lost."
In Season 5 (premiering tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CBS), the show doubles down: After Hewitt directs her own labor scene (!), it flashes forward five years. The jump allows them to get son Aiden (Connor Gibbs) to an age where he can actually be "the key" watcher Carl said he'd be in the season 4 finale and to get Jim through medical school. He's now practicing at a hospital that will become "the centerpiece of our storytelling and the new interesting dark places we intend to go," Simonds says. Here, Simonds offers more teases for what we can expect in season 5 …
* Aiden's gifts to create drama . "It's a mystery in the first episode what those abilities may or may not be," Simonds says. "This child can see and sense things that Melinda can't, and some of those things that he sees are things that don't want to be seen and that no one in our world has seen yet. They're threatened, and when things are threatened, sometimes they take action."
* For the first time, a view of what happens after you see the light. "This is a spiritual show, not a religious show," Simonds says. "We're not trying to make any big religious statement about what happens next. But we do think that there's this metaphysical question that we've always had on the show: Melinda is able to see and communicate with spirits who are on that specific plane of existence that is beyond life but before what we've been calling the light. We've never said what happens when they leave that plane and cross over or under. What we're basically saying is that it's a little more complicated than it appears, and there's beauty but there's also darkness. If there's someone or something that lives on that next plane, what relationship do they have to the rest of us? Are they friendly or are they not? The answer is both. When they're not friendly, how much jeopardy do they pose to our characters? The answer is a lot."
* More Jim! " He will have a new and deeper involvement in what Melinda does," Simonds says. "The hospital is where a lot of the action takes place. The thing about hospitals is, a lot of people die there. Hospitals are especially haunted places. Hospitals have morgues, and this one is no exception. In fact, this is a very interesting morgue with a lot of its own mojo."
* Melinda to have more worries than your average mother: "She's the mother of someone very, very special and she has an obligation that any parent feels—you want to raise your child well and hope that they'll contribute something to world—but she has the added burden of knowing that this child could, because of his gifts, play an even greater role. She's not raising the savior, but she's raising a child who could have a huge impact in making the world safer from dark forces that most of those around them don't even know exist."
* New storylines for Delia (Camryn Manheim), Ned (Christoph Sanders), and Eli (Jamie Kennedy). "Delia has gotten her real estate business back on its feet, partnered with somebody, and opened her office which is next to Melinda's store. She's dating, not one but several guys," Simonds says. "Ned is now at Rockland University, and largely the result of growing up around Melinda, he majors in anthropology of the occult and is able to provide some occasional research into the phenomena she's up against. We finally get to meet Eli's parents under circumstances that only our characters could."
* An interesting Halloween episode. "Knowing ghosts are real does make Halloween a little more complicated for Aiden," Simonds says.
* The series' 100th episode . It's the 15th episode this season, and it too will be directed by Hewitt. "It promises to be explosive," Simonds adds. "That's all I'm going to say."
Are you psyched for Season 5 now? Or are you already frustrated and annoyed?
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S1.E5 ∙ Lost Boys
S1.E6 ∙ Homecoming
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Voices is the ninth episode of the first season of the CBS series, Ghost Whisperer , originally premiering on November 18, 2005. The episode was written by John Belluso and directed by Kevin Hooks , and recieved a total of 12.05 million viewers. Melinda finds a mother's lost spirit through electronic voice phenomenon, and then works with the woman to reconcile with her son and help him deal with his father.
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Guest Starring [ ]
- Christine Baranski as Faith Clancy
- Dan Lauria as Ellis Conway
- John M. Jackson as Miles Jensen
- Ashton Holmes as Kirk Jensen
- Colleen Flynn as Lacy Jensen
- Malcolm Barrett as Dr. Jules Huffman
- Shiek Mahmud-Bey as Officer Clark
- Charles Van Eman as Lacy's Lover
Plot Synopsis [ ]
Melinda and Jim don't press charges on the Thief
The episode begins with static and a message saying "Do Not Adjust Your Television. The Sounds You Are Hearing Are Real Recordings of Electronic Voice Phenomena - [EVP] Otherwise Known As White Noise". Then it cuts to Grandview Square at night and Melinda and Jim are walking along holding hands, coming back from a dinner date. Melinda asks if Jim is picking his mom up from the train the next day, but Jim tells her his mom insisted on getting a cab. Melinda and Jim reach where their car was supposed to be, but it isn't there and Jim insists that was the spot he parked it. Melinda and Jim aren't happy, and Jim calls the police to report the stolen car. At 415 Ovington Avenue, the police have found Jim's car and have arrested a young teenage boy for joyriding it. The police ask if they want to press charges against him, just as the boy's father comes up to them and tells them his son is going through a troublemaker phase and asks them not to press charges. Melinda says no one got hurt and that's all that matters and her and Jim decide not to press charges. Melinda stares at the boy, who gives her a long cold stare back. Jim and Melinda leave, and while driving along the road, Melinda flicks through the radio stations. She then begins hearing some static sounds and asks Jim to pull over. He does so and he hears the static, and Melinda tells him they are spirit voices and that she can feel them. They begin to listen more intently and hear a woman's voice saying "I am here!".
Faith comes to visit
The next day, Melinda walks into her house with groceries, asking if there is a sexy paramedic in the house. With no answer, Melinda presses the voicemail button on the phone and has 4 new messages. The first is a man from the dry cleaners telling her that her dry cleaning is ready, the second is Andrea, telling Melinda she was right about the estate sale and to give her a call. The third is for Jim from Bobby asking if he can take a shift for him, and the fourth is static where Melinda can hear a spirit voice. Jim comes up behind Melinda which gives her a shock. Melinda hands Jim the phone for him to hear, and Melinda gets a headache all of a sudden. A knock at the door makes Jim answer and it's his mother, Faith, who walks in and gives Jim a hug. A man carrying her bag drops them off at the door and Jim gives him some money for doing so and closes the door. Faith tells him he just tipped her friend Ellis and opens the door to let Ellis in. Faith introduces him to everyone before he has to go and get another bag. Jim asks who he is and Faith tells him he is her 'special friend' instead of calling him her boyfriend. Ellis comes back and Jim seems a bit upset about him.
Andrea picks up on Jim's dislike of Ellis
At the food marketplace, Melinda, Faith and Ellis are trying out some fruit while Jim watches in the background eating the grapes. Andrea walks to him and asks him what his problem is with Ellis, but Jim says he doesn't have one. They watch Ellis looking at a beautiful blonde woman who isn't Faith, and Jim comments on it to Andrea, who tells him that it's perfectly normal because she is very beautiful that even a priest would be forgiven for looking. Andrea asks if Faith has dated anyone since his father died, but Jim replies that he doesn't know of anyone she has dated since. At Melinda and Jim's house at night, Melinda walks into her room as Jim is sorting the bed, and Melinda says she can't believe he put their bags in separate rooms. Jim says he doesn't trust Ellis, that Faith and him met while he installed Faith's alarm system. Jim says he's too nice and he isn't buying it, that he isn't like his dad. Melinda gets her headache back, and tells Jim she listening to the messages twice and they've made her feel sick. Jim tells her not to listen to them, but Melinda can't ignore what she has been sensing.
Melinda investigates EVP
At a Center for Consciousness Research, Melinda walks in with a post-it note for someone she is going to see. She walks past a female ghost with a hat on, who then disappears. Melinda walks into the elevator just as a man with a dinner tray rushes towards the elevator asking her to hold the doors. Melinda does so and them an gets in, wearing red sneakers. He's going to the same floor as Melinda, and wonders if Melinda is going to see Dr. Huffman, and Melinda says she is and wonders how he knows, before joking he is psychic, then telling her there is only one office on the third floor. Melinda then guesses that he is Dr. Huffman and he reveals that he is, and Melinda says he sounded older on the phone. Dr. Huffman then tells Melinda about Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) and Melinda tells him his name kept coming up in her searches, that he was the go-to guy for EVP. They go in his office where Melinda sees software for EVP and Melinda asks questions about the subject. Dr. Huffman tells her that many people believe that EVP is caused by ghosts, and he asks Melinda if she believes in ghosts before Melinda answers with the question for him, which he doesn't answer either. Melinda then gives him her phone with the messages in EVP so he can plug into his computer. Melinda begins feeling sick as Dr. Huffman tells her that a female voice seems more prominent, that she seems like people just want to hear her. Melinda asks if she can hear what she is saying, and he makes her voice out of the EVP, she says "I am waiting for you".
Andrea tells Melinda to go home
At Same As It Never Was, Andrea and Melinda talk about the EVP and Andrea notices that Melinda doesn't look well. Andrea tells her she can go home and that she can look after the store herself, but Melinda tells her not to be ridiculous and she will be fine. Melinda walks to the back of the store and goes on the laptop, hearing strange noises and she leans closer to the laptop's screen, suddenly getting a fright when the ghost on a middle-aged female pops up on the screen. Andrea walks into the room and Melinda looks like she is about to be sick. She apologizes to Andrea and tells her she has to go. Andrea watches as the Laptop screen seems to do what it did in the Hospital in Mended Hearts. Driving her car late at night, Melinda comes across a Nature Trail Claremont, which is what the ghost said when she paid Melinda a visit via her Laptop. She stops the car and gets out, walking through some trees and looks like no one is around. However Melinda turns around and sees a boy standing there, she screams and falls down onto the leafy floor.
Melinda runs into the boy who stole her Car
The boy is the teenager who stole Melinda and Jim's car the other night, and Melinda gets up, telling him to be more polite. Melinda asks what he is doing there, and Melinda asks if a woman told him to come also. Melinda asks if he can hear the voices too, but the boy tells her she is nuts and doesn't know what she is talking about. He walks away, leaving Melinda in disbelief. At Melinda and Jim's house that night, Jim and Melinda are on their bed while Jim feeds Melinda some soup. Melinda realizes that Jim doesn't think Ellis is good enough for his mother. Jim asks if Melinda feels better and she tells him she felt better ages ago she was just milking it. Jim asks Melinda if there will ever be a day when Melinda can just tell a ghost that she can't help them, and Melinda says she doesn't know. She then goes downstairs for some water, but then the laptop in the kitchen experiences EVP and Melinda gets her headache again. Melinda asks who the woman is and who the other voices are, then the ghost flashes by outside the windows. Melinda looks outside and sees her, she looks blurry and fuzzy. Suddenly, some of the electrical appliances in the kitchen turn on and the lights flicker on and off. Jim runs down and comforts Melinda.
The Ghost appears fuzzy to Melinda
At the Nature Trail, Melinda is walking through the woods again during the day before coming to an electrical station. While walking towards it, Melinda sees the ghost looking painfully at it, just as fuzzy as before. The female ghost asks Melinda where her son is, and then tells Melinda she has to tell him. The ghost disappears. Melinda then drives along a road with paper in her hand, stopping outside a house where a man is ready to leave. The man is the father of the boy who stole Melinda's car, and he realizes her and tells her he forgot to sign the cheque for the car but he could do it right there, but Melinda tells him it's fine since the car insurance company are taking care of it. Melinda says he is there to see how Kirk is doing, making sure there are no hard feelings. The father tells her that it's a nice thought but he isn't there, he's never there. Melinda asks where he goes, but he says he isn't allowed to know anymore. Melinda asks if it is just the two of them, and that strikes a cord and the father reveals his wife passed away, and that Kirk was a good boy until then. The father excuses himself as he has to catch a plane and Melinda asks if she can leave her card in case he wants to contact her. Melinda asks him how his mother died, and the father tells her it was an accident as she died in the woods. The father drives away and Melinda walks to the house. She puts her card at the door and walks away. However she stops as she can hear a noise inside the house, the EVP, the ghost telling Melinda to find the red glove.
Melinda and Andrea at the Store
In Grandview Square, Jim walks up to the Police Station as an officer walks out and they greet. Jim asks if he can talk to him and he agrees and asks what Jim needs. Jim asks him to do a background check on Ellis Conway to make sure his mother will be alright since Jim has a wierd feeling about him. The police officer says he will do what he can. At Same As It Never Was, Melinda tells Andrea about how Jim is being overprotective of his mother before looking outside and noticing Kirk sitting in the middle of the square. Melinda runs out to him, leaving Andrea in the store. Kirk notices her and stands up with his headphones in. He shows Melinda the card and asks if Melinda can make it stop. He then hands her his earphone where the EVP is occuring, and the ghost on the other side repeating "red glove". Melinda asks if he knows who it is, but he doesn't care as he just wants it to stop. Melinda tells him it's his mother and asks him what she did, and he tells her she was an electrical engineer who designed circuit boards, so Melinda understands that she is trying to contact her and Kirk by using the one thing to her that was familiar. Kirk just wants the voices to stop and walks away, and Melinda asks him if he knows anything about a red glove. He stops and walks to Melinda, telling her she is a liar and he doesn't want anything to do with her living or dead, and gives Melinda his mp3 Player and leaves.
Melinda talks to the Ghost
Using Kirk's mp3 Player, Melinda walks through the Nature Trail. She comes to the electrical station again, where the ghost stands looking at it. Melinda asks her what happened in the woods, and the ghost tells her through flashbacks. An alive Lacy runs through the trees laughing. The sun glares and her lover is chasing her, laughing. Lacy tells Melinda she felt like a girl again, that her marriage was so cold, and her lover Bob made her feel loved. Then she fell, and it didn't hurt. Lacy gets up out of a hole and Bob walks right through her. There was a broken powerline at the bottom of the well she fell in. She was electrocuted, and because of that everyone knew what she done, had an affair. Her son lost faith in her, and Melinda asks about Miles, her husband, but Lacy tells her he doesn't understand, and repeats the words red glove. Melinda is left confused, standing beside the well Lacy had fell and died in.
Faith and Melinda cook
At Melinda and Jim's home, Melinda walks down the stairs with the phone, getting to an answering machine for the Jensen's. Melinda asks Kirk to call her as soon as possible and puts the phone down as Faith walks in with a bag of groceries. Faith asks Melinda if anything is wrong as she looks a little worried, but Melinda tells her she's always worried about something. Faith hands her some tomatoes and asks Melinda to chop them as she will do the rest. Melinda tells her that it's fun that Jim never comes home to a homecooked meal and she knows where he gets it from, but Faith tells Melinda she learned more from him than he did off her. They then discuss Jim's problem with Ellis, that Jim is just being protective and he will eventually come around. Melinda tells Faith she envies what Faith and Jim have, that she wishes her mother was more like her, but Faith tells her to be careful what she wishes for. Jim sits in Village Java waiting for the police officer to give him information about Ellis and sees him walking towards the shop. Jim walks outside and tells him it was fast, and the police officer tells him he has to run but gives Jim the brown envelope with details of Ellis inside. Jim sits down and opens it.
Kirk sees his Mother in the TV
In Grandview Square at night, a drunk Kirk staggers next to the stores as he drinks a bottle of alcohol. He stops at a TV store and one of them turns on, his mother trying to contact him. Kirk gets angry and throws a bin through the shop door, setting the alarm off. He steps inside and all the TVs turn on with his mother in each one. He then turns to a big one and his mother begs him to stop hurting himself. Outside Kirk's house, the father walks out as Melinda gets out of her car. They talk until he drives away and Melinda realizes he left the house door open. Melinda enters the house, hearing the EVP and walks upstairs. She enters Kirk's room and sees the TV on with Lacy telling Melinda to find the red glove. Melinda looks under the matress and pulls out a folder with a story in it, called "The Red Glove" written by Kirk Jensen. At the police station, Kirk's father walks in and asks the police officer if he can have a moment with his son and they talk. The police officer then takes Kirk away and locks him in a cell. Sometime later, Melinda comes to visit him. She has a brown envelope and Kirk asks what she is doing there. Kirk then tells her his father is teaching him a lesson by not bailing him out, and Melinda tells him she knows what happened to his mother. He asks how, and she tells him she told her, that his mother knows he is angry and she feels bad. Kirk gets angry, wondering that since she didn't love his father then maybe she didn't love him. Melinda hands him the brown envelope, and Kirk pulls out the contents, his story. He asks how she got it, and Melinda tells him his mother led her to it. He asks if she knows what it is about, and Melinda tells him it's about a boy who doesn't know how to tell his father he is gay.
Jim gives Ellis the police information
The following morning, Kirk and Melinda walk out of the police station, Kirk telling Melinda that bailing him out doesn't make up for what she did, but she insists that the story was beautiful. Kirk asks why she has anything to do with it, and Melinda reminds him that he stole her car. Kirk tells Melinda he will pay her back for the bail, but Melinda tells him to thank his father who gave her permission and with that Kirk leaves. At Lento's, Jim and Ellis are at a table and Jim is about to pay for the food but Ellis tells him he will pay for it. Jim asks how long Ellis has been an electrician, and Ellis tells him fourteen to fifteen years now. Jim pulls out an envelope and tells Ellis of his crimes- running bad cheques, internet scams, telephone fraud. Jim asks if Faith knows he spent two years in a federal prison. Ellis asks if Jim is checking up on him, and Jim confirms it. Ellis asks if he can see the information, and Jim passes it to him. After skimming it, Ellis tells Jim there's a problem with it. Ellis is his middle name, but his real name is Vincent Conway. He gives Jim back the information and tells Jim to go back to his guy with his real name and see what he comes up with. Ellis tells Jim that Faith warned him about him and he stands up and pays the waitor. He wanted to use Ellis as his name to sound more high-class when opening up his business, but Ellis understands why Jim is protecting his mother, which he admires. Jim apologizes for it, but Ellis assures him it's alright.
Melinda helps Kirk talk to his Mom
At Melinda and Jim's house that night, Melinda is getting changed in her room as Jim walks in saying he can't believe she bailed Kirk out. Melinda tells him it didn't cost much and asks if he is mad, but he tells her he just loves her more. They then suddently hear EVP coming from the alarm clock, it's Lacy, telling Melinda an address, the address where Kirk took their car the night he stole it. Jim says he will go with Melinda, but she tells him it will look wierd if they both leave so she will go alone. Melinda arrives at the house, seeing Kirk pour oil over the plants, and telling Melinda that his mother's lover lived there until he moved away. He then throws his story onto the floor and pulls out a lighter. Melinda tells him that his mother understands he is hurt, and Kirk puts the lighter away. He sits down on the steps and tells Melinda about his mother, how she always knew where he was or where he wanted to go, that he could look at her and feel like everything will be okay. Kirk says he never got the chance to say goodbye and asks if he can talk to her now. Melinda tells him that his love is giving her strength, and she appears next to Melinda. Melinda tells Kirk that his mother is so proud of him, and that he can keep her alive in everything he writes. She wants Kirk to be kind to his father, but Kirk tells her it's so hard and Melinda understands but it's worth it. Lacy tells Melinda thank you and disappears, and Melinda tells Kirk it's time to say goodbye. Kirk then tells her goodbye, and Melinda comforts him. Melinda tells him that she feels better, no more headaches. Melinda then tells Kirk there is one more thing left to do and hands him his story, but Kirk tells Melinda he can't give it to his father.
Jim with his mother, Faith
Back at their house, Jim is in the kitchen as Faith walks in. Jim tells her he did a pretty stupid thing to Ellis, and asks if Ellis told her but Faith says he hasn't. Jim tells her that he apologized to Ellis and he would like to apologize to her because he's been kind of a jerk when it comes to Ellis. Faith questions that and Jim tells her that he was actually a complete jerk to Ellis and Faith knew this would happen, she knew that if she just let Ellis be Ellis and Jim be Jim then the who situation would sort itself out. The next morning, Melinda rings the doorbell of Kirk's home and his father answers, asking if Melinda knows where Kirk is. Melinda tells him he is okay and hands him the story Kirk had wrote, telling him it's for him. Melinda then walks away and down the path as the father closes the door. Melinda passes Kirk and looks at him. The father is visible through the living room window reading Kirk's story, and Kirk walks towards the house. Melinda enters the car and then drives away, just as Kirk enters the house.
Spirits [ ]
- Girl with Sun Hat
- Lacy Jensen
Altogether: 2 spirits
- This episode gathered a total of 12.05 million viewers .
- This episode marks the last appearance of Christine Baranski in the role of Faith Clancy. She will later be replaced by Joanna Cassidy when Faith returns for Jim's funeral. It is believed that Christine was too busy to come back as Faith, forcing the producers to bring in a different actress for the role.
- Goof : Right before Kirk throws the trash bin through the store window, you can see a reflection of him running away at a fast pace, however when the camera switches to when he picks the trash bin up, he isn't running at all.
- Goof : After meeting the ghost at what looks like a power relay station, Melinda is seen driving to the boy's fathers' house in an old-style Jeep Cherokee (18:56). However, upon pulling up outside the house, she is now driving a new style Jeep Liberty (19:15).
- Goof : When Melinda was driving from her antique shop to the woods at 13:34, we can clearly see that she is wearing the red headgear. Then right after that, during the closeup shot of her, she's not wearing the red headgear anymore.
- The ghost of the boy's mother appeared to Melinda in a static form but once Melinda was able to help Kirk the ghost changed its form into a non-static form before she finally crossed over into the light.
- Goof : Near the end of the show, when the clock-radio starts talking, the close-up shows that it's 11:32. When Melinda walks over to the clock, however, the distance shots say 11:31. In the subsequent close-up, it's back to 11:32 again.
- Goof : The time line at the antiques store doesn't make sense. It's clearly full daylight when Melinda is in the store and sees the the spirits on her computer screen. But in the next scene she drives to the woods and it's completely dark.
- In this episode, when Melinda first hears the EVP, Jim can also hear it. Though Jim has felt some of the ghosts Melinda helps, this is the first time they both experience the same initial "introduction" to a ghost. Also, Kirk sees the ghost of Lacy in TV screens, marking the first time someone else has seen the ghost Melinda is helping.
- Ellis Conway is from Philadelphia, and met Jim's mother when he installed a security system in her home. Though he goes by "Ellis," this is his middle name. His first name is Vincent (or Vinny).
- This episode marks the first time Melinda gets sick from the voices.
- 1 Jim Clancy
- 2 Sam Lucas
- 3 Andrea Marino