Review: 'Ghost Whisperer' - 'Dead to Me'
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 6th 2010 4:00PM
(S05E14) "Who died and made you the expert?" - Avery to Melinda
This last new episode of 'Ghost Whisperer' before the Olympics hiatus (even though CBS is not airing the Olympics) not only offered us funny girl Margaret Cho as Ned's Occult Anthropology professor, who didn't believe in what she was teaching, but also pushed the dark side of the show's mythology thanks to an object Melinda and company don't like at all: a Ouija board.
Even with the introduction of the mysterious Ouija board, the episode didn't offer much new info about how the good and dark sides work, but it was interesting to see Cho's character, Professor Avery Grant, cope with the fact that was she was teaching actually had some truth to it. However, the most intriguing scene was the final one when the Ouija board confirmed something Melinda didn't want to be true...
I hope Margaret Cho returns to the series some time this season to help the gang investigate when the dark side resurfaces -- because you know it's a matter of a few episodes before the Shadows return to haunt Melinda. Now that Professor Grant knows that ghosts do exists and that there are people who can talk to them, her openness and her knowledge of the occult could come in very handy in deciphering the Book of Shadows and helping Melinda deal with what will come her way.
I enjoyed this week's storyline as the ghost of the week was not easy to find out, as was the reason why the ghost was haunting Avery. It was also refreshing to have a ghost who was trying to do good instead of seeking revenge in some way or another. Brian and Avery, even if they were brought together because of tragedy, do seem to be fit for one another. Let's hope they give it a try and that it allows them to reconnect with the outside world and have better lives.
As I've said before, what interested me most this week was the very last scene where an unidentified ghost uses the board to talk to Melinda and confirm that someone will indeed die. Since Madison has crossed over, we are to assume that two ghosts used the board this week.
Who is this second ghost? A Shiny? A Shadow? A real ghost? Maybe one of the ghosts we've seen in a previous episode and who hasn't crossed over yet? Is the ghost good or evil? Of course the most important question is who will die. Since the show's 100th episode will air in March, are we to read between the lines that this big death will occur in this special episode and that someone important will die? Maybe a main character?
If a main character dies, my money is on Delia. Camryn Manheim deserves better storylines than what she has been given and it seems like the writers are not able to bring her into the fold as they did with Ned. If Delia dies, especially if it's at the hand of the evil forces, it would rock the other characters' lives and you can bet they would do anything and everything to bring an end to the Shadows and their other dark friends.
Melinda may not like Ouija boards but she can't ignore this warning. It'll be interesting to see how she and her helping friends prepare for this upcoming death and what dark side secrets they uncover in order to prevent the death from happening.
On a side note, did you notice how Aiden is getting more and more in touch with his powers every episode? This week he got a message from the Ouija board and was able to pass on the message as well as point to the ghostly Madison while keeping his cool and as if the message he just got was totally normal!
What did you think of this week's episode? Would you like to see Margaret Cho reprise her role? Who do you think will die? What's your take on Aiden's hold of his powers? Share your theories and thoughts in comments below.
[Watch clips of 'Ghost Whisperer' at SlashControl.]