Is it just me or does “student whisperer,” sound dirty?

January 23, 2008 at 3:09 pm (tv review) (, )

Ghost Whisperer review. 

I saw the description for an episode of Ghost Whisperer, and it said it woud be another episode about high school. Good sign! Also, Melinda will get involced in the high school’s little drama of gossip and romance. Better sign! I simply couldn’t wait to see how Melinda handles this one. It promised to be one of the most craptacular episodes yet.


Unfortunetly, that turned out not to be so, because she didn’t actually get personally involved so much, unlike last time. Not to mention it was one of the least Melinda-focused episodes I’ve seen yet. This show is more focused on one character than any show I’ve ever seen, but this particular episode was more about Ned, and he doesn’t bring the craptacular like Melinda does. But there was a little low-quality goodness, near the end there was cheesy inspirational music, and cheesy “touching,” lines from Melinda and the ghost. As a matter of fact, the ghost even said “I wanted her to change. But I was the one who needed to change.” Duuuude. Who smoked pot and decided to steal dialogue from after-school specials?


Ned was replaced by a different actor. He is now older, taller, hotter, sweeter, less selfish and less bratty. Seriously, it’s the total Ned makeover, and I like it. He’s such a nice guy now. He was being helpful whenever he could, with the ghost and at the shop. But so far it doesn’t feel contrived, like Melinda’s OTT kindness and helpfulness does sometimes. I think Ned’s my new fictional boyfriend. [I’m 16, so no, I’m not a cradle-stealer.] At one point he was wearing ¾ sleeves, which as it turns out look stupendously terrible on a guy, but it was only for one scene, so I can forgive him for that.


One scene I liked was when Delia was all weird as Ned told her how the ghost thing wrapped up, and went down to the basement. Ned follows her, and she says how proud she is of him, blahblahblahproudcakes. Delia: “Your sweet, beautiful neck. I used to kiss it when I put you to bed.” At this point I have to pause it, and laugh ‘till I cry. When I finally unpause it, Ned looks extremely weirded out, and who can blame him? Then it actually gets good as she tells him that was a second ago, she’s so happy he turned into such a great man, ect. Who knew that one scene could be so laughably, likably bad and then so good? And did Melinda’s shop always have a basement? I know it has had one in other episodes this season, but I cannot remember it in the first two seasons. Methinks they put it in so they could have the shop be the hidden entrance to the super secret town hidden under Grandview. Hmm.


An oddity this episode was that from what we saw, every one of the living kids we met was a kind and lovely person. The ghost was maybe not quite so lovely, but they very rarely are. Often they try to kill someone, because they’re “confused.” This guy didn’t try to kill anyone. He turned off the lights in the gym, wrote “34 + GF = DEATH on the school scoreboard, put a bat in a bat-lovers car, and then locked the door, not holding the locks down, so it took her about two extra seconds to scramble out of the car. This was his revenge to the people who killed him. After Melinda pissed him off, he got a whole lot of bats to swarm her for a few seconds, then taped her talking to “no one,” and sent it to a blogger. In short, this ghost was less menacing than Pushing Daisies.


The blogger he emailed it to was set up as some kind of stalker. I thought they’d already had that episode, but whatever. We know he’s a creep and a threat mostly because Melinda was acting so cold to him. Whatever, he figured out she talks to ghosts, he’s going to keep it a secret but he wants to call in the favour at some point. Now, if you were a guy, and a creepy stalkery guy, and Jennifer Love Hewitt owed you a favour, what way would you choose for her to repay her? Personally my answer would be the same as it is as a hopefully not creepy or stalkery girl: Never sing again. But I assume this asshole has never heard her sing. You get the idea. Melinda’s reaction should be funny to see.


And finally, a small sample of the stupid things Melinda did this episode.

Wore about five times as much eyeshadow as she should. She looked like a raccoon or something.

Heard a noise and decided to stop and wait to see what it was. In the middle of the road. She’s lucky it wasn’t a car.

Went off at Payne for having notes on her abilities. Because apparently someone is more likely to steal his notes – which happened – and get past the encryptions – which the thief couldn’t – and expose her publicly than someone she’s told – which happens every week – to expose her publicly.

Thought a touchdown is a basketball term. Apparently she’s has never watched sport, attended PE, been to a movie or watched TV.

Said that it was a bad idea for Ned to tell Lucy about her brother’s ghost without proof. Which isn’t stupid. No, the stupid part is that she then told Lucy about her brother’s ghost without proof, and she’s told someone about their dead loved one’s ghost without proof about a million times already, and next week she’ll tell someone about their dead loved one’s ghost without proof, I’ll bet.

Didn’t wash the dye out of her hair yet. It really looked so much better when it was a darker shade of brown.


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