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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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Aiden is at Melinda’s store when she is cleaning up. She hears something and it ends up being a dead clown.
Melinda has a vision of people staring at her. Her husband comes down the stairs and is holding the recording device. Melinda realizes that it is the only thing that is new in the house, so it must be the thing that is haunted.
They listen to the tape and put together that the clown really is a private detective.
Eli looks up the ghost and finds out that his name is Charles and he is in fact a private eye. He comes and tells them that he knows plenty of other peoples secretes.
The redheaded woman came in to the store to collect Charlie’s personal items. Melinda puts together that the woman is SP – Sherri Parks.
Eli goes to the house and pretends to be a delivery man. He finds out from the daughter that Sherri is her fathers girlfriend that likes to trade in the expensive jewelry he buys Sherri.
Back at home Melinda gets a visit by the ghost. He tells her to mind her own business and she will ruin everything.
Melinda and Jim go through Charlie’s paperwork and they put together that maybe Charlie was working for a guy named Todd.
Melinda and Eli go to visit Todd Leiber. Todd tells them that they were high school sweethearts. The morning that he asked her to marry him, she disappeared.
Melinda realizes that Sherri won the lotto. Charlie appears and tells Melinda that Todd knew that she won the lottery and that is why he asked her to marry him.
Eli runs into Alex’s daughter and she tells him that her father wants to marry Sherri – even after she told him that her last name isn’t really Parker.
Eli and Melinda put it together that Alex wants to marry Sherri because he know that she has a ton of money.
Eli and Melinda rush over to Alex’s house just in time to catch Sherri before she leaves with him to Vegas. Todd comes in and hits Alex in the face.
Bedford shows up in Melinda’s bedroom and warns Melinda – he tells Melinda to trust nothing and no one.
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On April 9, “Ghost Whisperer” and “Medium” will be back. In “Ghost Whisperer” episode “Dead Eye“, when a confused ghost dressed as a clown begins haunting Melinda’s house, it’s up to her and Eli to look for answers in the ghost’s final case as a private investigator – a love story involving greed and suspicion.
Last week’s 100th episode was a tough act to follow. We couldn’t expect an episode as action packed as ‘Implosion’ was this week but we were given spooky episode that, even if somewhat a “filler episode” because we didn’t learn a lot of new tidbits about the Shadows, helped push the issue about the Shadows and them wanting children a bit further.
‘Old Sins Cast Long Shadows’ was yet another rather dark episode of the series this season. Madame Greta looked so spooky and scary that I’m glad I forgot to record the episode on Friday so I couldn’t watch it on my return around 11 p.m. and had to watch the episode online during the day (which is why my review is late as I had to wait for it to be online). Yes, I scare that easy.
“Don’t come back. You’ll be dead too,” said Cassidy to Melinda through the old mirror. It was 100000% certain that Melinda wouldn’t die if she went back to the house — and we knew she would — but she could have gotten really injured because the Shadows were all over the place and Madame Greta was quite evil as well.
One day, I hope that the writers have Melinda be so injured that she can’t do her “normal” saving ghosts stories and that Eli and Ned must work together to have someone cross over on their own. Even if Eli is less annoying and a more established character — plus Jamie Kennedy’s acting did improve when compared to his first few episodes — you have to admit that his gift has been underused this season. When was the last time he heard a ghost?
This week, Eli was in a house filled with ghosts and it was like he couldn’t hear/feel a thing. Ned seemed to sense the ghosts more — especially at the beginning of the episode — than Eli did and Ned doesn’t have powers… at least, not that we know for clear yet. We know he is sort of “chosen” though because he got the Book to reappear to him.
Speaking of the Book, I’m a bit bummed that Ned told the others that it rewrote itself in his Economics book. It would have caused great tension and discovery if Ned kept it a secret but studied it to help learn more about the Shadows, the Shinies, etc., and that he would have to confess he had it to the others in a critical moment near May Sweeps.
The storyline with Cassidy, Naomi, and Madame Greta playing medium when she was alive and now bringing souls to the Shadows was interesting. As I’ve pointed out in the intro of this post, we didn’t learn a lot this week about the Shadows but the episode set the stage for upcoming revelations: why do the Shadows need children so bad, are there other people/ghosts working for the Shadows to bring them souls, why weren’t the Shinies nearby to protect Cassidy, etc.
One beef I have about this episode is the 360 Delia took at the end of the episode. It made sense in the beginning of the episode to have her walk away from anything ghostly and want Ned to stop helping Melinda as well. After all, it took Delia a long time to accept Melinda’s gift and the fact that Ned wanted to help and study the occult. Therefore, Delia was in character when wanting to stay away from it all after the Shadows and Melinda’s world almost killed her and destroyed her office. I would have preferred having Delia be mad for a few more episodes. It would have fitted her character more, no?
But having Delia miraculously know where the gang was and that the key to save them was to turn on the car’s headlights was too much a stretch for me. Yes, she sort of explains why she changed her mind at the end of the episode. But it still doesn’t make sense that she knew what to do. There is no way she heard Ned say that they needed to turn on the headlights as it was too noisy and he was inside while she was outside.
I asked it before but I’ll ask it again, where were the Shinies in all this? Wouldn’t they want to help protect Cassidy, Naomi and the male ghost but, more importantly, help Melinda and co. take down the Shadows and Madame Greta?
One thing is certain, we will see the house again and the small boy who entered it at the end of the episode. It’s so not over.
What’s your take on this week’s episode? Do you agree with my comments about Delia and the need to have Eli use his powers again? Why do you think the Shadows need children so bad?
“Ghost Whisperer” recovers from the 100th episode and will be back next week with a haunted house story. A routine estate sale lands Melinda in the center of dark forces battling for the soul of a little girl who’s been trapped in a violently haunted house for years.
The “Ghost” episode is titled “Old Sins Cast Long Shadows” It will air on Friday, March 9 at 8/7c.
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This Friday, CBS’s Ghost Whisperer airs its 100th episode, and next week the stars will go to work on their fifth season finale, to air in mid-May. The stars and producers came together Monday night in Hollywood to celebrate their milestone. I was there too – and left with a goodie bag of scoops.
“‘Explosive’ is the word I would like to use for our 100th episode,” previews star/producer Jennifer Love Hewitt, who also directed the installment. “There will be an unexpected death of someone you may not want to see die and this death puts everyone in jeopardy.”
This being Ghost Whisperer, you can expect this killed-off character (not a series regular) to return in some form.
The finale, titled “The Children’s Parade,” will wrap up the season-long Shadows storyline involving Melinda’s five-year-old son, Aidan. “The connection of Aidan, Melinda, the Shinies (who will turn out to be the crossed-over spirits of children here to protect Aidan and Melinda) and the Shadows will come to a climax,” teases executive producer Ian Sander, with fellow EP Kim Moses adding, “There’s going to be a lot of action from the dark side and you’re going to have a lot of answers to some mysteries about the intersection of the living and the dead.”
Series creator John Gray will direct the episode, which he describes as “one of the show’s scariest. It’s basically about a haunting at a hospital by the ghosts of kids from an abandoned polio ward in the early 1900′s. They go on a march every night.”
Love adds that her spooked-out character, “will realize just how little she knows about what her son knows – and that’s scary for her. Because if she can’t see it then she can’t save him from it.”
Guest star Margaret Cho will be back for two more episodes this season as a teacher of the occult who works alongside Eli. “She’s going to help solve some crimes,” says Sander.
“She’s so amazing; so dirty and I love it,” raves Love of Cho. “We have so much fun together.”
Also guest starring in an upcoming episode: The Shield actress Catherine Dent as a boozy ghost named Laura. “It was really fun playing a drunk,” says Catherine, “because I could show up to work looking like crap.”
Love helming the 100th turned out to be a real treat for the cast. Christoph Sanders, who plays Ned, says, “she has a knack of getting us wrapped about three hours earlier than other directors. No matter how hard the day is, she never has us work more than ten or twelve hours as opposed to sixteen.”
“She knows all my week spots, so she protects me,” adds Love’s co-star and real-life love, Jamie Kennedy. “She knows I’m not a great actor before 11 am, so she made sure to shoot everyone else first before coming to me.”
“If you’re a ‘Ghost Whisperer‘ fan, I have good news and bad news about this season.
I’ll start with the bad news first. An important character will die, which will take place on the show’s very special 100th episode on March 5th, directed by none other than Jennifer Love Hewitt herself. The episode will be special for another reason, too.
Yes, there’s a character, an important one, who is gonna die, in the 100th episode. Fans might want to start wondering who that is. I’m not sure they’ll be able to guess. And that takes us ahead to the home stretch. There’s gonna be a reckoning between Melinda, her son Aiden, Eli and Ned and the book that they’ve been reading and their battle against the shadows. There’s a very big climax we’re headed to at the end of the season and everything is at stake. It’s all gonna come down to the lives of all our key characters being on the line – especially Melinda and Aiden.”
On this week’s all-new episode of The Ghost Whisperer, Ned’s Occult Anthropology Professor is stalked by a secret admirer.
Naturally, because this is The Ghost Whisperer, the stalker in question is deceased. What will it take to solve the mystery? Melinda and a Ouija board.
Comedian Margaret Cho guest stars as the trouble professor. Get an early look at her on the CBS drama below: