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Melinda finds Julia Miller in Aiden’s closet. She is the little girl who has befriended him and only him. When Melinda asks Julia to go into the light, she becomes enraged and throws furniture and shiny metals around the kitchen. Obviously, she doesn’t want any help from Melinda.
That night, Melinda has a nightmare that she poisoned Aiden. She wakes up to find him gone. Aiden has run away with Julia to help her.
Frantic Melinda gets a vision of Aiden on a bus – but she has no idea where he is off to. The FBI agent realizes that Melinda is speaking the truth about her ability and sends every cop to track the city buses within region.
Later on, Julia’s parents stop by Melinda’s house and inform Delia and Eli that in their daughter’s diary, she confessed to killing her friend. At first they are unsure if she is a good or bad ghost, but later on realize that she wasn’t trying to kill her friend, but help save her from her sickness.
Aiden and Julia are off to an old train station. Julia has been so sick in the hospital that she did not know about the station being abandoned. They wait there because the Shinnings are supposed to come and protect her from the Shadows.
Jim finds out from a bus driver that Aiden got off at an intersection that is near a forest. He sees Aiden’s toy car and realizes he is on their tail. The further he goes in the forest, the more of Aiden’s toys are leading him in the right direction. After talking with Melinda they both understand that this is a path to their son.
Aiden and Julia are about to leave when she sees the Shadows approaching. Aiden tells her to stay in the light and they are about to be defeated by the Shadows, but Aiden saves the day by placing all the shiny objects around her.
Melinda and Jim rush in to find Aiden and Julia safe and sound. Back at home, Julia confronts her parents about her friend’s death. She realizes that it wasn’t her fault that she died – it was leukemia. She sees her friend in the light and joins her.
That night while tucking Aiden to bed, both Melinda and Jim realize that Aiden wasn’t the one leaving the trial – it was the Shinings.
The Ghost Whisperer Season 5 Episode 9 Quotes
You don't know what you are dealing with. Julia Permalink: You don't know what you are dealing with. Added: November 21, 2009
I have a gift - and I can see ghosts. Melinda Permalink: I have a gift - and I can see ghosts. Added: November 21, 2009
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Old Sins Cast Long Shadows
- Episode aired Mar 12, 2010
A routine estate sale lands Melinda in the center of dark forces battling for the soul of a little girl who's been trapped in a violently haunted house for years. A routine estate sale lands Melinda in the center of dark forces battling for the soul of a little girl who's been trapped in a violently haunted house for years. A routine estate sale lands Melinda in the center of dark forces battling for the soul of a little girl who's been trapped in a violently haunted house for years.
- Jefery Levy
- Mark B. Perry
- Jennifer Love Hewitt
- David Conrad
- Christoph Sanders
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- Melinda Gordon
- Dr. Sam 'Jim' Lucas
- Professor Eli James
- Delia Banks
- Donna Peyton
- Madame Greta Hanson
- Cassidy Peyton
- Aiden Lucas
- Sick Little Boy
- Esther (Mother at Séance)
- Virgil (Father at Séance)
- Julia Miller
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Melinda Gordon : Look, there is a scared little girl who's locked in a house with angry, dangerous ghosts...
Delia Banks : Yes, and that is all the more reason for you not to get involved! Or for you to involve my son. Let this one go, Melinda. Please, let it go. I am begging you.
- Soundtracks We Fit Together Written by Jess Penner Performed by Jess Penner
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- Mar 6, 2020
- March 12, 2010 (United States)
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- Stage 19, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
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- Runtime 44 minutes
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- Shinies and Shadows
Two different kinds of spirits that appear throughout the series. They are sworn enemies of each other, created by the emotions of ghosts and feed upon others. Aiden Lucas, Melinda’s son, is the only one who has the ability to see both of them while his mother and the Watchers cannot.
Beings of good who are composed of light energy. Aiden reveals in Season 5 that the Shinies are ghost children that have crossed over into the Light. He also comments that there are more Shinies than there are Shadows, and that if they were to go to war with each other, the Shinies would win. The Shadows prevent their growing numbers by consuming still-earthbound ghost children, making the Shinies fear them. But in the Episode “The Children’s Parade” Aiden reveals that if he, along with the other Shinies, use their combined power, they can defeat the Shadows forever.
In previous seasons, the Shinies have already made their presence to Melinda without her knowing. Carl, a Watcher, tells Melinda that she is surrounded by “light beings” watching over her and they are shown all throughout Grandview, watching over her during her wedding vow renewal. In later events, Melinda notices Aiden talking to himself. But later event reveal that Aiden has the ability to see spirits that she herself cannot; those are the Shinies. Cassidy Peyton, a ghost girl Melinda crossed-over, becomes a Shiny after going into the Light and becomes good friends with Aiden.
They are attracted to “shiny things” and can only been seen and led by Melinda’s son Aiden.
The Shadows are ghosts who are seen as beings of darkness. Aiden reveals that the Shadows are either “broken pieces” left behind by ghosts who have crossed-over or have “crossed under.” Ghosts describe them as cold things and don’t like to talk about them. They feed on the negative emotions of ghosts, especially ghost children, and break their souls beyond repair and feed on the rest of them.
In previous seasons, Gabriel was working for them, but since he disappeared they couldn’t block the Light anymore. They are extremely dangerous and use people, both living and dead, to gather the souls of ghost children so that they may feed; examples are President Bedford of Rockland University to get the Book of Changes, which helps Melinda, Eli and Aiden, but they killed him when he could not complete the task. Another is Greta Hansen, a woman in a wheelchair who helped the Shadows by luring children’s spirits into her house (using Cassidy Peyton), but Melinda saved some spirits imprisoned by Greta. Great was a ghost
Ravens are their symbols, and they fear lights, shiny things, and the Shinies.
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Ghost Whisperer: Lost spirits
These are some of the spirits who either did not cross over or went to the Dark Side (Hell). There are supposedly 22 lost spirits so far.
- Laughing Man (appears with Romano and is a ghostly agent for the dark side. He wears a two-piece suit and is usually seen laughing. He was portrayed by Douglas Bierman; death was from accidental ingestion of Water dropwort) 
- Bleeding Man (a dark spirit whose right hand is bleeding, hence his name. He was portrayed by Lou Glenn; death was from exsanguination)
- Giles Nickelburg (plane crash due to pilot error)
- Greg Carter (car accident due to car going off a cliff)
- Martha Rucker (building collapse)
- Unnamed Man (conjunctivitis infection)
- Greta Hansen (Wheelchair fell down the stairs)
- Tom Gordon (fell down the Stairs)
Ghost Whisperer: Guest stars (spirits)
These people are guest stars.
Ghost Whisperer: Introduction to “Paul Eastman”
Paul Eastman first appears in Melinda’s dreams as someone who haunted her and/or wanted to haunt her. But, in the season 3 finale, it’s revealed he is Melinda’s biological father, not Tom Gordon.
Paul set a series of ‘clues’ to help Melinda see the truth. To quicken the process and save Melinda, he convinced her mother to tell Melinda the truth. Melinda was initially in disbelief and was consoled by Tom, who convinced her to follow him to a safe place. The ‘safe’ place was Melinda’s childhood home and Paul Eastman’s burial site. Once they arrived, Tom probed Melinda about her memory of Paul’s death, she eventually had a flashback revealing Tom deliberately killed Paul.
Tom decided he must kill Melinda to protect himself from the truth being revealed. Melinda cried out to her dad. Tom said, ‘Don’t call me Dad. I’m not your Father,’ to which Melinda replied, ‘I wasn’t talking to you.’ At which point, Paul entered Tom’s body and forced him to fall to his death.
Paul talked to Melinda and her mother and revealed he thought that he would never be so angry with his former lover, but only hearing his daughter calling for her dad had all of his anger disappear. He then went into the light. He has one grandson by Melinda, Aiden.
He was portrayed by Corin Nemec.
Ghost Whisperer: Introduction to “Tom Gordon”
Tom Gordon first appears in the plot in season two’s finale, although he had previously appeared in some flashbacks. When Melinda “dies” in season two’s finale, she confronts what appears to be an already dead Tom, who tells her she is ready to find the darkness within herself, and also tells her she has a brother, who is later revealed to be Gabriel. In season three, Tom has contact with both Melinda and Gabriel, manifesting himself in Melinda’s dreams, and speaking as a ghost with Gabriel. It has been suggested Tom is part of the Dark Side, and he is developing a plan to get Melinda into the Dark Side.
In the penultimate episode of the third season, however, Tom Gordon is found alive in Gabriel’s home. Melinda later finds out every time she had seen Tom’s “ghost”, his body had in fact been taken over by Paul Eastman when he was trying to kill Tom. Melinda then finds out Tom actually is not her father, Paul Eastman is. After finding out this shocking truth, Melinda goes to the main square in town to think, where Tom meets her. He asks her to come back to the house she grew up in. There he gets her to go back through her memories to the night Paul Eastman had come to their house. Just then Melinda realizes Tom is actually a cold-blooded killer, as she remembers Tom deliberately murdering Paul Eastman. He then informs her that he now has to kill her to keep his secret safe. As he tries to choke her to death, Melinda cries out to her dad to which Tom said, ‘I’m not your Dad.’ Melinda replies she wasn’t talking to Tom but actually she was asking for help from her real father.
Paul Eastman then arrives and takes over Tom’s body one last time, forcing him to throw himself over the staircase, effectively killing him. However being dead didn’t stop Tom, as his spirit soon afterwards appears before Melinda. Now dead, Tom reveals to a horrified Melinda that from now on he will be at her side haunting her. Tom was then pulled away by an unknown force to an unknown location. He was portrayed by Martin Donovan.
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"I meant what I said you know, you were my hero tonight."
"Just like you are mom, every day..."~ Melinda & Aiden
Aiden is the five-year-old son of Melinda and Jim Clancy . He is more powerful than Melinda since he has more abilities. During his birth, Amber, a woman who died giving birth to her son Tyler, believed Aiden was her son. Every year she'd return on his birthday, and he'd get sick or something would happen to Jim or Melinda. After finding this out, Melinda finds out Tyler is alive and safe, and Amber is convinced Aiden is not Tyler. Amber then crosses over never haunting him again since he saves Tyler in a bowling accident.
Season 5 [ ]
See No Evil
Till Death Do Us Start
Cause For Alarm
Head Over Heels
List In The Shadows
Blessings In Disguise
Old Sins Cast Long Shadows
On Thin Ice
The Children's Parade
Powers and Abilities [ ]
Mediumship: Like his mom Aiden can see and communicate with spirits, but he is more powerful than his mother. He can see the Shinies, the spirits of children that have crossed over, and the Shadows, the dark pieces of broken spirits that got left behind after they crossed over,; something Melinda can't see, which have no faces and are made of light and darkness.
Empathy: Carl reveals to Melinda that Aiden is not only a ghost whisperer but also an empath and he can feel emotions. He can also connected with Melinda (having dreams or visions that relate to ghosts and he somehow channels them to his mother but upon waking up he doesn't remember them) but she keeps it secret so he can have a normal life (and because some of the dreams/visions he shares with her are frightening).
Name Origin [ ]
Aiden Lucas Clancy was named after Jim 's father and Sam Lucas whose body Jim is inhabiting. Aiden was conceived shortly before Jim's death, and Melinda and Jim found out she was pregnant after Jim's 'awakening'.
In recovery, Melinda tells Jim that the baby's name is Aiden after his father's father and Lucas after Sam.
- 1 Jim Clancy
- 2 Sam Lucas
- 3 Andrea Marino
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Melinda's son is born in difficult circumstances at the exact moment that the book of prophecies says he would be. Five years later, Melinda sees the ghost that has been coming to him on each birthday, a ghost who believes that he is her son and should accompany her into the light.
Because the person being threatened is Melinda's child and because there is no explanation for it, the final season of GHOST WHISPERER appears to be going for something new, but as the story develops it becomes clear that we are back to the same template of a scary ghost who just has to have their story uncovered before there can be a few tears, a big bear hug and the living can go on happy in the knowledge that the dead have gone into the light.
The addition of a new member to the perfect couple looks like threatening to provide even more saccharine sentimentality (we didn't think it was possible) and this final series could be the one that finally does for us from glucose overload.
See No Evil
A friend of Ned's has her room trashed, apparently in response to her deleting a chain email that promised dire consequences for anyone who doesn't send it on. Melinda learns of a ghost who died as a result of deleting the email.
This starts off intriguingly with the possibility of the cursed email, but as soon as the fact that a ghost was responsible for most of the problems it settles down into the same old pattern. The fact that the tearful goodbye featurest two ghosts instead the dead and the living is the only variation.
This does introduce a ghost with stitched up eyes and mouth (beware anyone who is sensitive about their eyes) who looks like being a recurring character, but is otherwise unremarkable.
Till Death Us Do Start
Eli's father dies and wants to know where his wife is. She doesn't want anything to do with him even though she died years before and is still hanging around. Digging into the past brings up some awkward and difficult skeletons for Eli to deal with about the night his mother died.
The fact that the dead in this story are Eli's folks and that the two men in the love triangle are Barries Newman and Bostwick doesn't make the slightest difference to the adherence to the GHOST WHISPERER template. There are lots of red herrings to sort out before finally everyone gets together, talks it through and the dead go into the light after a group hug.
Jamie Kennedy makes it all bearable with his funny performance as a son dealing with truths about his parents that no son should ever need to know.
Whilst Delia is romanced, apparently by a man that she does not like, Melinda must dig into a case where a doctor made a mistake 50 years earlier, killing his patient.
The identity of Delia's mystery man is so obvious from the outset that the whole plot strand is undermined, whilst some of the stunts that he pulls just would not work in real life. That said, one thing this show does not need is a little more love.
The ghost story fits into the standard GHOST WHISPERER pattern and barely manages to maintain interest, though it does introduce a new ghost in the morgue who clearly is going to be around for a while.
Cause For Alarm
A computer software magnate suffers from several mental disorders that limit his ability to deal with the outside world, but when a ghost appears to have invaded his high-tech security system, Eli brings Melinda in to sort out the case.
This is another case of an intriguing start that rapidly falls victim to the GHOST WHISPERER template and there is a serious sense of deja vu since this deals with a previously unrevealed family relationship for the mystery. It's definitely a 'been there, seen that' episode and GHOST WHISPERER at its most repetitive.
Head Over Heels
Aidan's teacher at school is a member of a rich family of horseriders who lost their father to alzheimer's disease. Melinda sees a headless horsemen and it is clear that a family tragedy is still haunting them, but a tragedy that is of whose making?
Another intriguing start with the Halloween setting and the headless horseman wandering around, but the tried and tested GHOST WHISPERER format comes into play, the mystery is solved and the light is crossed over into after a few teary eyed farewells.
The only spark of interest comes in the final minutes as Eli learns some things about Aidan's not so imaginary friends that seems to be pointing towards the season plot arc.
Melinda is concerned about Aidan's story of 'Shinies' and 'Shadows', parts of spirits that she cannot see and something so scary that even the mysterious book has rewritten itself to hide from them. In the meantime, she has to deal with two important men who appear to be being haunted by a medical student who was also a stripper.
If you wanted to see Jennifer Love Hewitt do a pole dance then this is the episode for you. The fact that there are strippers involved is about the only thing that marks this out from all the other stories that we have seen. There's a ghost, slowly it reveals itself and finally it goes away after a verbal hug.
The Shinies and Shadows are intriguing, though, and we might be looking to this plot arc to keep interest from crossing over into the light itself.
A real estate professional is found dead in the basement of a building. His wife turns out to be the main suspect despite their projecting the perfect marriage. Melinda sorts it all out.
When we say that this is possibly the most tedious and least believable GHOST WHISPERER episode ever there is reason to be afraid, very afraid. It's terminally dull, follows the show's format template rigidly and has the most ridiculous reconciliation that the show has yet come up with.
Only Delia's desire for a golden key and the fact that Aidan has a girl ghost in his closet gets this anywhere near bearable.
Lost In The Shadows
Melinda and Jim's son Aidan goes wandering off with ghost who believes that she did something terrible and is now at the mercy of the shadows. Whilst the whole town searches frantically for him, the shadows begin to move in.
How can a child in peril be so unengaging as this? Everyone looks concerned and the whole police force appears to have nothing else to do other than look for a child who has been missing only a couple of hours, but there is no real sense of threat to Aidan and the little that we now learn about the Shadows and the Shiny just isn't worth the effort.
Eli gets pulled over by a cop and Melinda sees a ghost in the cruiser. She learns that the kid was killed, apparently by the cop. As soon as she starts asking questions her own car gets towed and is �accidentally' stripped down for a drugs search. What is the cop hiding and is he the only one?
After the shinies and shadows of the last episode THE GHOST WHISPERER reverts to type with this story that is the same as so many of the others with only the names and job titles changed. As such it is unimaginative and the mystery hardly catches the audience at all.
There is even an actual hug in the crossover scene rather than the usual virtual hugs.
Delia's son Ned plays a prank on his new college radio show that turns out to be a prank that previously cost a man his life. Melinda has to sort through all the lies and Coldplay songs to sort matters out.
Only the names and the jobs change, all else remains the same. There is precisely nothing new here at all, the show staying firmly within the limits of its format. The only originality at all is that one of the major supporting characters (Ned) is being a bit of a git, but you can be sure that he learns his lessons by the end credits.
A man staggers into the Grandview hospital rambling about hurting someone and Melinda sees a woman being slashed on the arm by a knife. The man, though has only his own blood on him and is being haunted by two ghosts who claim that he cannot be saved and that he is not dangerous.
Some more ghosts, another mystery to be solved before they can go into the light and another episode of GHOST WHISPERER that is hard to tell apart from any of the others.
The old favourites of amnesia (sort of) and adopted children are trotted out and whilst the cast go through it all with utter conviction it really is hard to care about any of this since we've seen it all before far too often.
One of Ned's university professors is stalked by a ghost that she takes to be her dead lover. When the ghost leads her to a new man, there is an instant attraction, but a past tragic event threatens to come between them.
New names, new faces and the plot has a romantic tinge to it that is new, but just about everything else is exactly the same. It's almost impossible to continue to be interested in the replaying of the exact same plot all over again.
Melinda takes on the case of a small boy and a group of soldiers. She tracks this down to an abandoned army base where there is a stack of live ammunition and bombs. The boy was playing there when he saw someone take a live bomb and then got trapped and died. That bomb is now being used to threaten Delia and only the Book of Changes will save her.
The overarching mythology of this season gets a work out as Bruce Davison returns in the guise of Professor Bedford who is being manipulated by the Shadows to do their bidding in order to save the soul of his newly departed mother. This means that the story rattles through the usual format in the first half before moving on to Bedford threatening Delia in order to get the book. This second half is the more interesting and should have been a whole episode on its own since the siege is started and over before it gets a chance to really make any impact.
Old Sins Cast Long Shadows
Melinda gets involved with a haunted house where the spirits of children are being held against their will, but by whom? Or what?
A hoary old haunted house tale gets a bit of a makeover by adding in the presence of this season's baddies, the shadows. There is one good scare in the whole episode, but apart from that it is GHOST WHISPERER by numbers. Even Delia's rebellion against her son being in the ghosthunting gang doesn't last for long.
On Thin Ice
A comic book artist who comes to visit Melinda is being haunted by a ghost, a ghost who intends to make what the artist draw become reality, even if it means killing him.
There are some visually impressive sequences in this episode where Jennifer Love Hewitt is rotoscoped (filmed and the film then drawn over to produce animation), thus dovetailing into the theme of the victim being a graphic artist. The fact that everything else is exactly the same as normal, however, means that there really is nothing else to recommend it.
Melinda has some unfunny visions of a clown, but it turns out to be a private investigator who was on the case of a female goldigger.
Clowns are scary and not very funny and both of these facts are played on in this story, but the whole clown thing is a red herring that is dispensed with early on since it has nothing to do with the plot that emerges, except for making the motivations of the ghost and the haunted people all the more sickly.
Melinda and Jim hire a babysitter with great references only to find that she has a history of strange incidents with the children under her care. Things get more serious when a ghost warns Melinda that the nanny is a 'monster'.
Just about every other permutation of haunted person has been tried, so this week we get the haunted nanny. Of course, Melinda first believes that the nanny is at fault, but it soon becomes clear that the ghost is at fault and is mistaken about the past...and stop me if you've heard this before.
This is GHOST WHISPERER to the very core, which means that fans will love it that the tried and tested storyline is retained with only the names and jobs changed, but for everyone else it is just tediously familiar.
Some spooky goings on in a farm barn lead Melinda to the unsolved case of a kidnapping, a murder and the lost ransom money.
GHOST WHISPERER moves into MEDIUM territory as Melinda probes a crime and still finds a way to make all of the players come together in group hugs before moving into the light. The addition of the crime element doesn't add anything to the mix.
A woman who has just lost her father sells off his stuff to Melinda, but when Melinda sees he fianc�'s ghost and announces the death just before the man walks in the door, it becomes difficult for her to help the haunted couple any further.
A ghost that messes with Melinda's perceptions of her own visions so that she can no longer tell what's real and what's not? Warnings from the beyond that she needs to give up what she does for the sake of Aiden, something that Jim and she disagree about? These are themes and subjects that might once have gripped, but the main plot is so boringly familiar to all the others that have gone before that it is just impossible to work up any sort of concern at all.
As for who the ghost really is and what it really wants all we can say is "an evil twin? Really?".
The Children's Parade
The Shadows are coming for Melinda and she can no longer keep them out. As she falls under their influence the only hope of salvation is Aidan and the Shinies, but his parents have persuaded him that there's no such thing as ghosts.
The season finale turns out to be the show finale, but it's not the best way for the show to go out although it might be the most appropriate. A story about children saving children and love being the way is possibly the only way that the show could possibly become more sugar coated than it already had. The sub story is about a group of kids in the hospital who never felt that they were loved and the Shinies are the souls of children who crossed into the light and for whom the power of love is equal to that of the sun.
The main problem is that this is a two-part story shoved into a single episode. Melinda's slow decline under the influence of the shadows is mainly acheived through the use of extra eyeliner and Jennifer Love Hewitt not smiling, but is far too rapid towards the end as it becomes clear that time is running out. The big finale is hurried and muddled and the threat to Melinda is totally mishandled. Aidan asks the Shinies for their help and finds no resistance despite the fact that they are supposed to be scared. There simply isn't enough time to make the most of the potential that the plot has to offer.
And if nothing else in the five seasons that this show has run made you want to vomit then the final two lines most assuredly will.
Ghost whisperer: ranking the cast based on likability.
Helping wayward spirits cross over to the other side must be a taxing job, but most of Ghost Whisperer's characters still came across as pleasant.
Ghost Whisperer has been off the air for a decade already, but the show is unforgettable given the plot and the cast. The series followed the eventful life of Melinda Gordon , who, at the beginning of the series, is a newlywed living in a small town, Grandview, and, of course, bears the gift of seeing spirits that have not yet "crossed over."
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Joined by her husband and friends, Melinda's adventures live on in reruns. Part of the show's allure was the cast; each character was very different from one another and brought a dynamic all their own to the show. However, some were more likable than others.
Delia was a good friend to Melinda, but they had several ups and downs in their friendship. Delia didn't immediately know about Melinda's gift, though she'd been witness to strange occurrences. She didn't ask Melinda about it; she had a tendency to jump to conclusions and miscommunicate.
She could also be a little too hard on her son Ned, and she had a difficult time accepting Melinda's gift, always trying to rationalize the situation at hand. Delia wasn't necessarily open-minded, and she certainly wasn't like Andrea, Melinda's deceased best friend, but she tried in her own way to understand Melinda's gift.
Beth was a supporting character on the show, but, as Melinda's mother, she was a major factor as to why Melinda was the way she was. Melinda didn't find out until later in life that her mother actually shared her ability to see and speak with the dead, as she had failed to tell her daughter and refused to talk to ghosts .
As a result, she suffered severe headaches in refusing to acknowledge her gift. She didn't always handle things the way Melinda needed her to, but she did love her daughter, and she eventually told Melinda the truth about a lot of things, including their mutual gift and Melinda's real father.
Eli was introduced in the show's fourth season. He died but was brought back, resulting in him gaining the ability to hear ghosts, though he couldn't see them. He thought Melinda was crazy when he found out about her gift, but, at the time, he was too freaked out by his own newly discovered ability to be open-minded regarding what had happened to him, let alone accept Melinda and her gift.
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Eli grew more accepting of his gift and Melinda's and helped people as time went on. However, perhaps he was introduced too late in the series to really develop a rapport with the rest of the cast or for his character to be further explored.
Ned, Delia's son, actually found out about Melinda's gift before his mother did. As the series went on, he ended up helping Melinda, and, later Eli, with several supernatural things, including the Shadows and the Shinies in the final season.
Ned struggled given his overbearing mother and the loss of his father and was influenced by a spirit to steal, which is how he met Melinda. Ned wasn't perfect, and he made several mistakes, including cheating on his girlfriend, but his passion for helping others by aiding Melinda was admirable.
Obviously, Melinda wouldn't have much of a storyline without the ghosts she helped in each episode . Some ghosts were meaner than others, and some were desperate, wanting to help those they left behind. Melinda ensured they got the peace and resolve they needed so they could finally "cross over" and be free.
Audiences are undoubtedly sympathetic to the spirits, especially if they died tragically or were otherwise suffering. Most were very likable, and most were grateful to Melinda for her help.
Aiden is the son of Melinda and Jim; he was born with an extra dose of abilities that Melinda herself didn't have. He can see the Shinies, for example. Though only five years old in the final season, Aiden is actually mature for his age, but that's to be expected given his abilities.
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He also manages to save his mother in the series finale after she was taken over by the shadows. Aiden is an empath, and it makes him that much more sympathetic to those around him, but he's also naturally giving, much like his parents.
Rick is a professor that meets Melinda in season two. He doesn't find out about her abilities right away, though he suspects that she's hiding something from him before she finally does tell him everything when he himself is haunted by an old friend.
Rick has extensive knowledge of supernatural entities, and it comes in handy for Melinda on more than one occasion. Rick can come across as obnoxious and abrasive at times, but he really does have a good heart beneath the sarcasm and a charm that gets audiences to like him despite his flaws.
Melinda was very forgiving, patient, open-minded, and understanding. She had to be, as she was someone who constantly dealt with all kinds of spirits and supernatural events . She had a close relationship with her grandmother, who acted as her guide for their shared gift of seeing ghosts, but she struggled with her mother.
Melinda seemed very open with just about everyone apart from her mother, at least until Melinda learned the truth about her biological father in season three and seemed to establish a better relationship with her mother from then on. Melinda could sometimes neglect the world of the living, as she could get too caught up in ghosts, but she always had good intentions at heart.
Andrea was Melinda's best friend in season one, and they owned an antique store together. Andrea was previously a lawyer and had all kinds of adventures, but settled down into small-town life prior to the events of season one. She was one of the few people who knew about Melinda's gift, and she accepted Melinda for who she was, never questioning her friend's abilities.
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Melinda's gift came in handy when Andrea was later haunted by a ghost, and again when Andrea was tragically killed. Andrea was fun, always trying something new, and cared deeply for those around her, making her not just a great friend but a wonderful person.
Jim was the perfect husband ; he always supported Melinda, and, in a flashback episode going back to the night they met, audiences could tell that it was meant to be from the start. Jim worried about his wife, but he also supported her in her pursuit to help others with her gift.
Jim shared the same passion for helping others, given he was a paramedic. Even after Jim was killed and later became "Sam," he eventually found a way to come back to his wife and be there for her and their son.
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