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Review: 'Ghost Whisperer' - 'Dead to Me'

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 6th 2010 4:00PM
Ghost Whisperer
(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.

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Beachslap0

Uuuuuhh..erm..It's a TV show people..OMG . It is a great well created and produced series apart from the ho hum norm. It has incredable actor's and wonderful storylines. I am not a TV person but truly enjoy the show. I know these flaws that are debated but oh well, it's a show. My only regret was the induction of Aiden. He is nothing that I could ever have imagined to be casted as the son. Does not present with any charactoristics like looks, personalities,ect... Even TV can cast someone that looks or act's like their tv parents. What a bummer.

February 13 2010 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

I've followed this show since its premiere but I think its time for it to end. They jumped the shark with their entire 5-years into the future premise. They are once again reverting to that tiresome trope of someone Melinda knows is going to die. It just doesn't seem like they can conjure up anymore fresh storylines & have exhausted any new ideas.

February 08 2010 at 5:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bludyfiona

Maybe it is Ned who is going to die but if so perhaps he will come back as a sensitive like Eli because he said in the last episode that it was difficult for him to know about the other world and not to be abble to see or hear the ghosts.

February 07 2010 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Excaliburagain

I believe that GHOST WHISPERER is in crisis this season, because the writers forgot that 5 years passed (the history should be like in 2014 more or less) and they have forgotten things that accuse that the real year is 2010 as laptops, or cellular telephones or cars that in 2014 they will be old.
Returning to the plot,
how was Jim able to be medical in 5 years? Is this able in USA?
No character changed, not even Ned (now of blond hair)... leaving these details in passing and supposing that it was the end of the series, I would like him to happen some of these options:
a) Melinda dies and she finally discovers that the light is the road and that with the help of her son she says goodbye.
b) Jim dies and Melinda allows it to go, because the one should die five years ago.
c) Ned dies, because he is entering in hidden topics. When dying it transforms into guardian and he helps Melinda...
d) Melinda and Jim Die and their son is now the one that helps the ghosts to go to the light...
e) I would not like that Delia and Eli died, because I drop well...

I should recognize that I liked episodes 11,12 and 13 a lot because there were terror moments...
Something more: the character of Melinda's son, up to now out is.
By the way that passed with Melinda's mom? What did it pass with Jim's mom? What did it pass with the family of Sam?

February 07 2010 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Excaliburagain's comment
Denise6714

I just wonder why they keep calling "Sam" Jim.
Melinda's husband Jim died 5 years ago. Doesn't anyone find it weird that she is calling her new husband Sam by her dead husbands name???

February 09 2010 at 7:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zippy_zip74467

I hope the death is Eli or Delia. I don't have anything against the actors, but I don't care for the characters.

February 06 2010 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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