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Review: Ghost Whisperer - Blessings in Disguise

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 16th 2010 3:29PM
Ghost Whisperer(S05E12) "It's weirder than you think." - Melinda to Ned

Once again this week, Ned gets involved with a girl who is haunted. You can't hold it against him since he can't see/hear ghosts to know if he is getting into a muddy situation or not, and the writers do have to find ways to keep Ned involved in most episodes since he is a regular character.

To my delight, and I'm sure a few other viewers, Steven Culp guest stars in the episode! I have been a fan since he first appeared on JAG as Special Agent Clayton Webb and have been missing him as Rex Van Der Kamp on Desperate Housewives since his character was killed off.

Was Melinda able to get both Ned and Steven Culp's character out of their muddy haunting? My two cents coming up!

I'm glad that the show didn't make things between Ned and Delia instantly peachy and that they still have things to work on. Sadly, often shows quickly resolve conflicts and move on to the next storyline. The type of conflict that Ned and Delia had is rarely resolved in a second and it usually takes days or weeks to patch everything up. Mother and son are clearly willing to make things work but Ned is still hiding a few things from his mother and Delia still thinks her son could go back to cheating on a girlfriend. But Ned has learned is lesson.

So this week, Ned is interested in new kid on the block, Katie. As we soon discovered, Katie and her family -- brother Mike, mother Diane and father Dave -- are haunted and have been moving a lot. Mike and Katie don't exactly know why they have to change names and move around all the time, but it's clear one of them did something bad.

Now, the writers made it so we would think Mike was to blame by having Aiden and Melinda see images from Mike's past where he rejects a girlfriend and leaves her in the middle of nowhere while it's pouring rain. We soon ask ourselves if the girl died or if she cheated on him and the guy she had an affair with is dead and is seeking revenge somehow, etc. I must say I totally bought the fact that Mike may be the one being haunted and that he was the murdered.

So the twist with Dave/Glenn and now-dead-Trevor surprised me a bit as I wasn't expect it. What I don't get though is why Melinda and Aiden saw the stuff between Mike and Lydia when their stuff had nothing to do with ghost Trevor? Usually, Melinda gets visions that are related to the ghost of the week and I highly doubt Trevor knew about Lydia and that scene. Why did she see Mike leaving Lydia? At first I thought that maybe Lydia is dead but at the end of the episode, if I'm not mistaken, Katie mentions that Mike contacted Lydia so there goes my theory. Could this story not be finished? Did she have does vision of Mike and Lydia because another ghost is haunting the family, more precisely Mike, for what he did to Lydia? Or did the writers mess up? Or do Melinda and Aiden can now have visions that are not brought up by a ghost?

Looks like the Walkers/Blessings may be seen again in the series since the family signed a lease for a year. Therefore, Ned can date Katie/Rachel for a while; we may see Steven Culp again; and if Mike is indeed haunted by a ghost related to Lydia, we could see that in an upcoming episode.

What did you think of the episode? What do you think of Aiden and Melinda seeing the scenes between Mike and Lydia? Do you think Mike is haunted? Or am I totally wrong with that theory? Share your two cents in comments below.

The next new episode will air in two weeks.

[Watch clips of Ghost Whisperer at SlashControl.]

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Ned still called Katie/Rachel "Katie" when she revealed to him that her name was actually Rachel.
If you see the end, after they resolve the story,
Ned calls "Rachel" "Katie".
Pick a name, Ned. Pick a name!
It just bugs me...
This is not the only time this has happened in the series...

February 12 2010 at 3:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

who played katie ned's new g/f? i have seen her before but cant not remember..driving me crazy

January 26 2010 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I want to know where that dress came from!!!

January 18 2010 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patrick C

I took Melinda seeing Mike and Lydia scene because:
Trevor was causing the family to move all the time
Trevor was showing what pain he can bring to the family
Trevor was responsible for the scene.

or it could be taken that Trevor planted a red herring.

January 17 2010 at 8:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hi my name is Iris and I started to watch your episodes and I find them very intresting and I don't really miss an episode since I started watching them since I do have a DVR box, all of the sudden on the 8th of January it seems like the last episode was shown. The question is if that is so, when does the new season start? I don't want to miss it. The last episode I watched is when Melinda is pregnant (finally) and she finds out that she is going to have a son. By the way I think it was brilliant we you did with Jim.

P.S. I really enjoy your show. Form 6:00pm-8:00pm the livingroom T.V. is mine!

January 16 2010 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Isabelle Carreau


From what I've gathered, you do not live in America since the episode where Melinda found out she was pregnant aired almost a year ago in the US and Canada.

I suggest you write to the TV station that airs "Ghost Whisperer" in your country in order to know when the next new episodes will air.

January 16 2010 at 9:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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