History Series / GhostWhisperer

1st Jul '17 3:27:41 PM nombretomado
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** Explanation: Seeing as how Jim's more used to his name, and he even introduces himself to a patient as Jim in Season 5, he tells everyone to call him Jim instead. Also, TheOtherWiki states that at some point in between Seasons 4 and 5 that he added the "James" part of his name to Sam's as a middle name to justify this.

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** Explanation: Seeing as how Jim's more used to his name, and he even introduces himself to a patient as Jim in Season 5, he tells everyone to call him Jim instead. Also, TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki states that at some point in between Seasons 4 and 5 that he added the "James" part of his name to Sam's as a middle name to justify this.
10th Apr '17 1:02:15 PM nombretomado
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* DigitalAvatar: When Melinda enters a ghost-infected MMORPG (similar to ''SecondLife''), her avatar has a blonde bob and Lady Gaga sunglasses.

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* DigitalAvatar: When Melinda enters a ghost-infected MMORPG (similar to ''SecondLife''), ''VideoGame/SecondLife''), her avatar has a blonde bob and Lady Gaga sunglasses.
3rd Apr '17 10:30:50 PM Scsigs
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** Explanation: Seeing as how Jim's more used to his name, and he even introduces himself to a patient as Jim in Season 5, he tells everyone to call him Jim instead. Also, TheOtherWiki states that at some point in between Seasons 4 and 5 that he added the "James" part of his name to Sam's as a middle name to justify this.
21st Nov '16 8:49:08 AM Gosicrystal
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** There's also [[spoiler: the "fragment" of the teen heart transplant patient; presumably The Shadows absorbed him/it.]]
** And at least Romano (aka The Man in the Hat) did ''something'' before vanishing. Laughing Man, who seems to have been in league with him, was just kind of there for a few episodes. He made a very creepy first impression, and... well, that was it. It's not a large stretch to guess that the writers were making it up as they went along.

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** There's also [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:The "fragment" of the teen heart transplant patient; presumably The Shadows absorbed him/it.]]
** And at At least Romano (aka The Man in the Hat) did ''something'' before vanishing. Laughing Man, who seems to have been in league with him, was just kind of there for a few episodes. He made a very creepy first impression, and... well, that was it. It's not a large stretch to guess that the writers were making it up as they went along.



* BigGuyLittleGuy / HugeGuyTinyGirl: Andrea/Delia and Jim to Melinda, although it's not that hard considering she's like five-nothing.

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* BigGuyLittleGuy / HugeGuyTinyGirl: Andrea/Delia BigGuyLittleGuy: Andrea and Jim to Melinda, although it's not that hard considering she's like five-nothing.Delia.



* BlessedWithSuck: [[spoiler: As it's later revealed, Melinda's mother also inherited the ability to see and hear ghosts, but she hated it]].

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* BlessedWithSuck: [[spoiler: As it's later revealed, Melinda's [[spoiler:Melinda's mother also inherited the ability to see and hear ghosts, but she hated it]].



** The LittlestCancerPatient who unleashed an E-MailerDaemon.
** Aiden, Melinda's son, is alive but still pretty [[CreepyChild creepy]] at times.



** The LittlestCancerPatient who unleashed an E-MailerDaemon
** Aiden, Melinda's son, is alive but still pretty [[CreepyChild creepy]] at times.



* {{Fanservice}}: Maybe the low cut blouses help Melinda channel her spiritual energy? The early seasons bent over backwards to slip fanservice into each episode, even to the point of Melinda wearing a spaghetti top whilst serving dinner to a traditionalist Hispanic family. More recently, they backed off on this.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Maybe the low cut blouses help Melinda channel her spiritual energy? The early seasons bent over backwards to slip fanservice into each episode, even to the point of Melinda wearing a spaghetti top whilst serving dinner to a traditionalist Hispanic family. More recently, Later on, they backed off on this.



* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Jim to Melinda, although it's not that hard considering she's like five-nothing.



* NobodyOver50IsGay:[[spoiler: Eli's mom is/was, and so is her girlfriend... unfortunately their husbands didn't know it.]]

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* NobodyOver50IsGay:[[spoiler: Eli's NobodyOver50IsGay: [[spoiler:Eli's mom is/was, and so is her girlfriend... unfortunately their husbands didn't know it.]]



* ScreamerTrailer: Ghosts that prefer to "show" instead of to talk can be quite the {{Jerk Ass}}es
* ScrewDestiny: When the person who told you your destiny is telling you to screw it, things must be getting pretty bad: [[spoiler: The Watcher tells Melinda to lie to Aiden and tell him that seeing ghosts was just his imagination; when he starts believing that he'll stop seeing ghosts (and Shineys and Shadows) and The Shadows will leave him alone. Melinda is torn between her son's gift and his safety, Jim is less torn about keeping Aiden safe, and it turned out that The Shadows were manipulating The Watcher in the first place.]]

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* ScreamerTrailer: Ghosts that prefer to "show" instead of to talk can be quite the {{Jerk Ass}}es
{{Jerkass}}es.
* ScrewDestiny: When the person who told you your destiny is telling you to screw it, things must be getting pretty bad: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:the Watcher tells Melinda to lie to Aiden and tell him that seeing ghosts was just his imagination; when he starts believing that he'll stop seeing ghosts (and Shineys and Shadows) and The Shadows will leave him alone. Melinda is torn between her son's gift and his safety, Jim is less torn about keeping Aiden safe, and it turned out that The Shadows were manipulating The Watcher in the first place.]]place]].



* SpiritualSuccessor: The show is essentially ''Film/TheSixthSense'', except the protagonist [[BuxomIsBetter has assets]] time around.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: The show is essentially ''Film/TheSixthSense'', except the protagonist [[BuxomIsBetter has assets]] this time around.



** So, uh, what's become of [[spoiler: the late president of Rockland U. now that The Shineys can defeat The Shadows?]]
** What happened to the ghost dog??

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** So, uh, what's become of [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the late president of Rockland U. now that The Shineys can defeat The Shadows?]]
** What happened to the ghost dog??dog?
13th Jun '16 12:00:43 AM PaulA
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* BeautyInversion: Creator/JamieBamber in zombie makeup.
21st May '16 5:27:41 PM erforce
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[[caption-width-right:350:Like the Film/{{Ghostbusters}}, only hot.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Like the Film/{{Ghostbusters}}, Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}, only hot.]]
13th Apr '16 7:07:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* TimeSkip: [[spoiler:The latest season jumps ahead 5 years in order to allow Aiden to grow up.]] It was probably a practical device to prevent having to deal with [[spoiler:a baby]] on the set, or in the storyline. In short, the viewers wanted Melinda and Jim [[spoiler:to have a baby,]] and the writers put it off, even with the ridiculous season of [[spoiler:Jim-is-Sam,]] as long as they could. When they finally capitulated, they wrote in the five-year time leap, and cast [[spoiler:an eight-year-old to play Melinda's five-year-old son.]] Thus, all the mess of [[spoiler:dolls that don't look natural, hiring multiple babies to play the baby in 20 minutes stints (which is all a baby or toddler can work in a day in Hollywood), casting twins as an older Aiden, hiring coaches to teach them their lines, and soforth,]] was avoided. Jennifer Love Hewitt is on-camera in very nearly every scene on the show, so [[spoiler:having the baby someplace would have been awkward, and having her cart a doll everywhere in a Baby Bjorn would have been worse.]] A child old enough to be on the set for eight hours a day (Connor Gibbs was 8 in 2009), and old enough to read and study his own lines was hired. Sometimes he came off as unnaturally precocious, but that fit his character.

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* TimeSkip: [[spoiler:The The latest season jumps ahead 5 years in order to allow Aiden to grow up.]] up. It was probably a practical device to prevent having to deal with [[spoiler:a baby]] a baby on the set, or in the storyline. In short, the viewers wanted Melinda and Jim [[spoiler:to to have a baby,]] baby, and the writers put it off, even with the ridiculous season of [[spoiler:Jim-is-Sam,]] Jim-is-Sam, as long as they could. When they finally capitulated, they wrote in the five-year time leap, and cast [[spoiler:an an eight-year-old to play Melinda's five-year-old son.]] son. Thus, all the mess of [[spoiler:dolls dolls that don't look natural, hiring multiple babies to play the baby in 20 minutes stints (which is all a baby or toddler can work in a day in Hollywood), casting twins as an older Aiden, hiring coaches to teach them their lines, and soforth,]] soforth, was avoided. Jennifer Love Hewitt is on-camera in very nearly every scene on the show, so [[spoiler:having having the baby someplace would have been awkward, and having her cart a doll everywhere in a Baby Bjorn would have been worse.]] worse. A child old enough to be on the set for eight hours a day (Connor Gibbs was 8 in 2009), and old enough to read and study his own lines was hired. Sometimes he came off as unnaturally precocious, but that fit his character.
13th Apr '16 7:06:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* AbortedArc: What happened to that mysterious man in the hat who was gathering souls ([[spoiler:including Andrea]]'s) back in Season One?
** ''Ghost Whisperer'' is somewhat notorious for this. Aside from the aforementioned [[TheCorrupter bad ghost]], it has conveniently forgotten about Melinda's [[LongLostSibling long lost half-brother]] (and [[EvilCounterpart Evil Ghost Whisperer]]) Gabriel from season 2, as well as the haunted ruins of Old Grandview that are situated beneath New Granview, not to mention any number of Delia's revolving [[TemporaryLoveInterest temporary love interests]].

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* AbortedArc: ''Ghost Whisperer'' is somewhat notorious for this.
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What happened to that mysterious man in the hat who was gathering souls ([[spoiler:including Andrea]]'s) back in Season One?
** ''Ghost Whisperer'' is somewhat notorious for this. Aside from the aforementioned [[TheCorrupter bad ghost]], it The show has conveniently forgotten about Melinda's [[LongLostSibling long lost half-brother]] (and [[EvilCounterpart Evil Ghost Whisperer]]) Gabriel from season 2, as well as the haunted ruins of Old Grandview that are situated beneath New Granview, not to mention any number of Delia's revolving [[TemporaryLoveInterest temporary love interests]].



* BroughtDownToNormal: The main character after a car accident in ''Vanishing''. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end of the episode, when it's revealed that she has not lost her ability to see ghosts, but that something is "[[BlowYouAway sucking]]" them]].

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* BroughtDownToNormal: BroughtDownToNormal:
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The main character after a car accident in ''Vanishing''."Vanishing". [[spoiler:Subverted at the end of the episode, when it's revealed that she has not lost her ability to see ghosts, but that something is "[[BlowYouAway sucking]]" them]].



%%* TheEmpath: Melinda



* IJustWantToBeNormal: Coupled with "I Just Want My Daughter To Be Normal" in Melinda's mother's case. [[spoiler: Melinda was very relieved when the Watchers said that her unborn child would not have her powers, and then panicked a bit when they added "He'll be ''more powerful then you''".]]

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: IJustWantToBeNormal:
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Coupled with "I Just Want My Daughter To Be Normal" in Melinda's mother's case. [[spoiler: Melinda was very relieved when the Watchers said that her unborn child would not have her powers, and then panicked a bit when they added "He'll be ''more powerful then you''".]]



* INeverGotAnyLetters

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* %%* INeverGotAnyLetters



* JerkassFacade / JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: The president of the university that Eli works at had been purposefully stonewalling him so he would leave and not catch the eye of The Shadows, who had been advancing his (the president's) career so he could control the Book of Shadows, which wound up in the hands of Eli and Melinda and now The Shadows are ''pissed''. He also has a comatose mother whom he often visits, and it's implied that the Shadows might have something to do with it.]]
** [[spoiler: Now that he and his mother are dead, he seems to have gone back to creepy, although he does appear to still want to help Melinda & Co.]]

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* JerkassFacade / JerkWithAHeartOfGold: JerkassFacade: [[spoiler: The president of the university that Eli works at had been purposefully stonewalling him so he would leave and not catch the eye of The Shadows, who had been advancing his (the president's) career so he could control the Book of Shadows, which wound up in the hands of Eli and Melinda and now The Shadows are ''pissed''. He also has a comatose mother whom he often visits, and it's implied that the Shadows might have something to do with it.]]
** [[spoiler: Now that he and his mother are dead, he seems to have gone back to creepy, although he does appear to still want to help Melinda & Co.
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%%* MysteriousWatcher: The "Shinys" and The Shadows.



** [[WildMassGuessing Maybe animal ghosts go into a different light that human psychics can't see.]]
** The creepiest manifestation of this is when Aiden feels he's being watched by something that's not a ghost and neither the Shinys nor the Shadows (it ''might'' be [[spoiler: the late president of Rockland U., but why wouldn't he be "recognized" as a ghost?]]). Melinda is freaked out because she can't see it; Jim, oddly enough, is ''relieved'' (hey, at least it's not the Shadows).



** There's also the mysterious "shiny" friends of Aiden's [[spoiler: who are revealed in the series finale to be crossed-over children, the first (and last) spirits shown to return after they've gone into The Light.]]



%%* PsychicPowers
%%** TheEmpath: Melinda
** Melinda doesn't consider herself a psychic, which makes sense in that her powers are limited to earth-bound ghosts and their visions of the past/present while her empath powers only work if the ghost-of-the-week allows her.



* StalkerWithACrush: Several lovelorn ghosts, but a living version is [[spoiler: the matre-de who had a secret crush on Delia and wanted to make up for ruining her dinner for the umpteenth time (he gets [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Dr. Tofu]] syndrome around her).]]

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* StalkerWithACrush: StalkerWithACrush:
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Several lovelorn ghosts, but a living version is [[spoiler: the matre-de who had a secret crush on Delia and wanted to make up for ruining her dinner for the umpteenth time (he gets [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Dr. Tofu]] syndrome around her).]]



* TimeSkip: [[spoiler:The latest season jumps ahead 5 years in order to allow Aiden to grow up.]]
** The TimeSkip was probably a practical device to prevent having to deal with [[spoiler:a baby]] on the set, or in the storyline. In short, the viewers wanted Melinda and Jim [[spoiler:to have a baby,]] and the writers put it off, even with the ridiculous season of [[spoiler:Jim-is-Sam,]] as long as they could. When they finally capitulated, they wrote in the five-year time leap, and cast [[spoiler:an eight-year-old to play Melinda's five-year-old son.]] Thus, all the mess of [[spoiler:dolls that don't look natural, hiring multiple babies to play the baby in 20 minutes stints (which is all a baby or toddler can work in a day in Hollywood), casting twins as an older Aiden, hiring coaches to teach them their lines, and soforth,]] was avoided. Jennifer Love Hewitt is on-camera in very nearly every scene on the show, so [[spoiler:having the baby someplace would have been awkward, and having her cart a doll everywhere in a Baby Bjorn would have been worse.]] A child old enough to be on the set for eight hours a day (Connor Gibbs was 8 in 2009), and old enough to read and study his own lines was hired. Sometimes he came off as unnaturally precocious, but that fit his character.

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* TimeSkip: [[spoiler:The latest season jumps ahead 5 years in order to allow Aiden to grow up.]]
** The TimeSkip
]] It was probably a practical device to prevent having to deal with [[spoiler:a baby]] on the set, or in the storyline. In short, the viewers wanted Melinda and Jim [[spoiler:to have a baby,]] and the writers put it off, even with the ridiculous season of [[spoiler:Jim-is-Sam,]] as long as they could. When they finally capitulated, they wrote in the five-year time leap, and cast [[spoiler:an eight-year-old to play Melinda's five-year-old son.]] Thus, all the mess of [[spoiler:dolls that don't look natural, hiring multiple babies to play the baby in 20 minutes stints (which is all a baby or toddler can work in a day in Hollywood), casting twins as an older Aiden, hiring coaches to teach them their lines, and soforth,]] was avoided. Jennifer Love Hewitt is on-camera in very nearly every scene on the show, so [[spoiler:having the baby someplace would have been awkward, and having her cart a doll everywhere in a Baby Bjorn would have been worse.]] A child old enough to be on the set for eight hours a day (Connor Gibbs was 8 in 2009), and old enough to read and study his own lines was hired. Sometimes he came off as unnaturally precocious, but that fit his character.



** MysteriousWatcher: The "Shinys" and The Shadows.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So, uh, what's become of [[spoiler: the late president of Rockland U. now that The Shineys can defeat The Shadows?]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
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So, uh, what's become of [[spoiler: the late president of Rockland U. now that The Shineys can defeat The Shadows?]]
13th Apr '16 7:02:19 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[spoiler: Averted earlier with the ghost of a guy whose sister had been having an online affair with the cheerleader girlfriend of a high school athlete. When the cheerleader figured out her online crush was a girl, they decided to meet in person; unfortunately both guys got there first and the jock accidentally beat the brother to death. The brother's ghost was angry at his sister and the cheerleader for both doing/being something he couldn't understand ''and'' getting him killed. In the end the brother accepts his sister and she and her girlfriend become official. Aww.]]
13th Apr '16 6:41:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* DirectedByCastMember: Jennifer Love Hewitt made her directorial debut with "Body of Water" in season 4, and also called the shots on the final season's "Birthday Presence" (the fifth season premiere) and "Implosion."



* DuelingShows: With ''Series/{{Medium}}'', which later came on ''right after'' ''Ghost Whisperer'' on Fridays. Alas, we never got to have an hilarious/awesome crossover. (Amusingly, Paramount - which made ''Medium'' - also co-produced ''Ghost Whisperer'' with [[Creator/{{Disney}} Touchstone]]).



* TheOtherDarrin: Deliah's son, Ned, underwent a sudden age-up after changing actors.
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