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Jennifer Love Hewitt’s spooky TV series “Ghost Whisperer” has been brought back from the dead – TV executives at ABC have given the show a lifeline. The long-running drama was axed last week as part of a sweep by executives at CBS.
But Hewitt’s co-star and ex-boyfriend Jamie Kennedy has revealed there is still “life” in the programme after ABC chiefs expressed interest in picking up “Ghost Whisperer” for its future schedule. He says, “They are talking about it, so that’s cool. We haven’t exactly gone into the light, we haven’t crossed over, but we’ve got some life.”
“Ghost Whisperer” premiered in 2005. Its Friday night partner “Medium” which is starring Patricia Arquette has been picked up for a sixth season. The show previously was axed by NBC.
In my recap of last week’s episode, I mentioned that I couldn’t wait for someone in Grandview to say that they either already heard of Melinda’s gift through gossip or someone to refuse her help and say she was crazy. This week, we got the latter type of guest star … with a twist.
This was one of the most emotional experiences for Melinda thus far in the series. Not only was she told that she is a sick person, but she was served with a restraining order. Her visions blended way too much with reality, putting Aiden in harm’s way, and she and Jim did something I don’t even recall them ever doing: fight!
Let’s deal with the ghost of the week first. This was a really interesting storyline as it wasn’t clear from the start what was going on. Were the Shadows appearing as a ghost Kyle to seek revenge on Melinda? Was there a dead twin involved? Was Melinda’s gift expanding to have sort of ghostly premonitions?
Answers eventually came: Kyle’s twin brother Seth had died when they were 8-years-old. I don’t recall if the show had a twins storyline before but I found it very intruiging that the strong bond between twins allowed Kyle to see Seth’s ghost and interact with him and that Seth changed his appearance along to years to continue looking like Kyle.
One beef I have about this storyline is the fact that Kyle told Melinda she was a sick person. Yes, as I’ve stated in my intro, I’m happy someone finally refused Melinda’s help claiming she was crazy and even got a restraining order to keep her away. However, I felt cheated when it was revealed that Kyle could see Seth’s ghost, meaning that Kyle knew ghosts existed. Can’t the show give us a hard core true non-believer for once?
We’ve got confirmation from Seth that the Shadows are around Aiden and Melinda and that, via Bedford, they asked Seth to scare Melinda. One thing is certain, the Shadows are in revenge mode and are doing their best to take Aiden and Melinda out of the equation.
I wonder if the Shadows are behind Carl suggesting to Melinda that she tells Aiden that ghosts aren’t real so he loses his gift? If Aiden loses his gift, that means he is not a threat for the Shadows anymore. One less problem for them to face and they didn’t even have to kill Aiden in the process.
We’ve seen how powerful the Shadows are, but they’ve shown another side of their powers this week as it is clear they are behind Melinda’s visions blending with reality. We already knew she was starting to have problems telling the difference between visions and reality but, this week, we saw it first hand.
The visions blending with reality even caused Aiden to fall. This event did not sit well with Jim who was rather angry at Melinda for having watched the scene and not doing a thing. He was more supportive at the hospital as how could Melinda know it was reality?
This event and Carl’s suggestion of telling Aiden ghosts didn’t exist put the Jim and Melinda on opposite sides and had them do something they rarely do: fight. We are so used to seeing the couple be totally supportive of one another that seeing them argue was rather awkward.
Would it be best to have Aiden lose his gift if it meant saving him from the Shadows or would it be best to have Aiden keep his gift as it is part of him? Not an easy question to answer, especially since his gift could also help him fight the Shadows, thus saving him. What would you have decided if you were Jim or Melinda?
Next week is the season finale and by the looks of the previews, it appears that it’ll be an action-packed one, showing us a Melinda we have never seen before.
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I’m always surprised that no one in Grandview gossips about Melinda’s gift so that it becomes somewhat common knowledge. After helping ghosts reconnect with their families for five years, one would expect that a few would have told their friends about Melinda’s gift and helping them, no? Wouldn’t you want to tell your friends how you got closure thanks to Melinda?
I can’t wait to get a “Oh! You are that Melinda! I’ve heard about you!” Instead, we have to believe that everyone is able to keep Melinda’s gift a secret. Then again, maybe some did gossip because rare are the people who say “WTF?!?! You can see ghosts!?!?” This week was no different.
Greg was a tad surprised when he connected the dots and discovered that Melinda could see ghosts. However, he quickly accepted the gift without questioning it. As for Colson, he didn’t budge at all when Melinda flat out told him about her gift. Yes, Colson did quickly got proof of her gift when Melinda told him about the grave, but still, before she told him about the grave, Colson didn’t show any surprise.
I would like to see a few more Grandview citizens refuse Melinda’s help saying she is crazy and lying even after she gives them some proof. After all, not everyone believes in ghosts so they wouldn’t be so accepting that quickly. I would also like to see the aftermath of Melinda helping ghosts. We never hear her tell the living she helps not to talk about her gift to others; therefore, it’s more than likely that a few would talk. Can’t we see that?
Those of you who enjoy horror movies — I’m not one of them as I get scared too easily — surely loved the first scenes were we see the three teens go through the woods, enter the barn and get spooked. The editing and sound effects really helped create a creepy mood for the viewers right from the start. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the episode due to that creepy introduction, as I was waiting for something to pop up out of the darkness at anytime!
I blame that mood setting for me not figuring it out when Henry’s mother said that they cut off his money and that his friends were sons of cops. Then again, it allowed me to be surprised when it was revealed that Henry was in on his kidnapping and that Colson was the brains behind it. I thought that Colson was fishy from the start as he was too good to be true: accepting of Melinda’s gift without questions, willing to let Melinda and Eli help him on the case, etc. However, I never thought he killed Henry.
Too bad for Eli and Melinda because, with Colson behind bars, they still don’t have someone on their side at the precinct. And, according to Carl the Watcher, Melinda and co. will need all the help they need in the near future to face off the Shadows. That last scene with Melinda and Carl surely set the tone for the last two episodes of the season: Melinda facing the Shadows.
Do you agree that the show should have more people not believe Melinda can see ghosts and gossip about her gift when they get confirmation? How did you like this week’s storyline with Jeff? What do your foresee for the last two episodes of the season? Share your two cents in comments below.
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Personally, I’d have thought it was pretty awesome to have the pink Power Ranger as a babysitter. Unfortunately, Erin Cahill’s character came with a lot of baggage. Since this is ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ I’m sure you can imagine what that baggage consisted of.
This episode took a break from the ongoing plotlines involving Shadows and Shinies, and all that other creepy stuff we’re learning goes bump in the night other than ghosts. Instead, it got back to the heart of what ‘Ghost Whisperer’ was all about: helping a lost soul go into the light. I’m ashamed to admit it wasn’t until very late in the episode that I realized the spirit was portrayed by Catherine Dent (‘The Shield’). The make-up wasn’t that intense!
The episode also pushed the limits of forgiveness and understanding about as far as they can be pushed. We’ve had some angry ghosts before, and they can definitely be a danger, but Laura (Dent) really surprised me.
It was more the quick “I didn’t know” at the end after she’d tried to murder both her husband and Kelly (Cahill), and suddenly everyone was happy and in love. I understand the capacity for love and forgiveness in the human heart is pretty big, but Laura had been tormenting Kelly for who knows how long, and endangering the lives of the children in Kelly’s care.
She’s probably done irreparable damage to Kelly’s reputation for child care, which no amount of “I have a gift” can salvage even if Melinda were inclined to go around the neighborhood and try to explain to everyone what was really going on. Plus, the kid in the car seat with the car rolling into traffic? You can’t argue that Laura knew there was no way that baby would get hurt. That’s reckless endangerment.
Then there’s the fact that Laura was going to kill both her husband, Gil, and Kelly. They would have surely died had Melinda not shown up as timely as she did. That is outright brutality, and seems even excessively harsh for most of the ghosts we’ve seen throughout this show’s run. But all’s good in the end because “I didn’t know.”
The extremes were handled a little sloppy by the writers, and that was mostly because it was a rather poorly written closing scene when Laura went into the light. That said, the argument could be made that she clearly made some terrible judgments while she was alive, so perhaps this behavior was within the exaggerated realm of her character, as ghosts tend to take things a little further than their live selves would.
Alcoholics are certainly known to do horrible things from time to time, and then think a hasty apology can make up for all of it. Because they have a dulled sense of the activities they did when they were drunk, they usually don’t realize just how frightening or devastating they were. At least, not until or if they sober up sometime later in their lives. That’s why they generally go back and apologize for their bad behavior.
So, by that logic, I’m going to say that Laura as an earthbound spirit was still an alcoholic, thus exhibiting the impaired judgment and lack of emotional empathy that goes along with it. I’m still not sure, though, why all those parents were leaving vague and positive reviews of Kelly when used as references.
They didn’t know she was haunted and they weren’t being haunted themselves, so you’d think they would be brutally honest that she was terrible and endangered their children. Of course, that would have killed the progression of the story right there, as Melinda would have just dismissed her outright and moved on.
We’ll call this episode the calm before the storm, as I’m pretty sure we’re going to start ramping up to some kind of big climax with the Shadows by the end of the season. It would have helped to have at least a hint of them this week, but I don’t mind a break or two along the way. We got some nice family moments with Jim and Aiden, with a very sweet family date at the end. I might have to try that with my son one night for my wife.
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