Tragedy visited Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt), and so did a lot of viewers. “Ghost Whisperer” drew 11.1 million viewers Friday and put CBS on an easy path to victory, and dominated the 8 p.m. time slot.
‘Ghost Whisperer’: Treasure hunt
Previously on Ghost Whisperer, Melinda was warned that death might brush off on things she touches and she and Jim were having trouble getting pregnant.
Jim and Melinda are heading off to the lake house with Tricia, Hunter and Natalie for Tricia and Hunter’s wedding. Natalie immediately finds a creepy-ass doll sitting on a trunk, which she opens to find a ghost, as some Are-You-Afraid-of-the-Dark music plays. This ghost leads her, Sleeping Beauty-like, into Tricia’s old room, where she finds a key that unlocks some dark room. She gets trapped inside and when the adults find her she has a small box in her hand. Hunter tells them it was supposed to be a surprise for Tricia, but when she opens it it’s full of ants. Natalie says the ghost was waiting for them and never wants them to leave.
Okay, I am sufficiently creeped out and we’re only to the opening credits. Good job, show!
That night, Melinda tells Jim she thinks the ghost might have been Tricia’s first husband and Natalie’s dad. The next day, Hunter’s old friend Christopher and Tricia’s mom Margaret show up. They all see Natalie wandering off into the woods, so Melinda goes after her. She asks Natalie about her imaginary friend and Natalie says he doesn’t like to be around people because he’s really sick and that he doesn’t want to talk to Melinda because he’s really mad.
Rehearsal dinner. Natalie tries to drag Tricia off to talk to the ghost. Upstairs, the ghost indicates that Tricia should open a drawer in the bedroom. Inside she cuts herself on an ice pick and then yells at Natalie for playing these games. Melinda, looking striking in a beautiful white dress, talks to Natalie about it. Natalie is drawing a picture of her ghost friend, who is a little boy wearing leg braces. Natalie says he’s sad because something very bad is going to happen.
Melinda shows Tricia the picture and asks if she knows him. Natalie insists that Owen the little boy is real and then Margaret the grandmother says that some of the drawings were done by Tricia as a little girl to go along with a game she played. She hid objects around and someone could take the first letters of each hidden object to spell out words. Natalie says that is what Owen is doing now.
Melinda and Tricia go for a walk where Tricia says she can’t believe she’d have forgotten about all this. Melinda says they have to figure out what Owen wants. Suddenly there is a little boy wearing leg braces moving through the bushes. Creepy. He appears to Melinda and he says Tricia isn’t supposed to be having fun with his game. Owen insists that Tricia play with him and she freaks out and runs off.
Tricia is upstairs alone and the ghost opens a door for her. She agrees to play and is led down the hallway where all the doors slam shut one by one until all she can do is go down to the basement. There is a spideweb covered arrow locked in a vice, pointing her deeper inside the basement. She finds the word “bob” written in dust on a mirror near a tub of water full of apples. When she says, “You want me to bob for apples?” the message on the mirror changes to “Good for u.” CREEPY! When she emerges from the water, she has leeches on her face and screams. Okay, maybe I’m just a huge wuss but the way the lightbulb on the chain swung back into place to reveal the leeches really scared me. This is a great episode!
The other adults hear her scream and help her remove the leeches. Hunter wants Melinda and Jim to leave her alone, so they head off to work on the clues. So far they have ants, ice pick, and leeches. They google Owen and muscular dystrophy and find an Owen Price Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. But the little boy didn’t die from MD, he drowned in the creek. Melinda rushes down there to talk to him. Owen says he is trying to help her but that Tricia has to figure out the game. Melinda says she’ll get Tricia to keep playing if he’ll tell her what happened.
Flashback. Owen can’t cross the stream to play with the other kids, so Tricia helps him with a piece of rope tied to a tree and they play together. The next day the mean kids cut the rope and Tricia isn’t there, so he tries to cross by himself. He slips and drowns in the stream. Owen tells Melinda that he’s been waiting at the stream ever since because he knew Tricia would come back for him. Owen says Tricia is in trouble, but he won’t tell Melinda what it is. He says Tricia has to keep playing.
Tricia reveals to Melinda she found the rope from long ago in her bed. Melinda says it could be “rail” but Tricia offers up “liar.” Back in the apple bucket they find cufflinks that say “RGL.” Back in the drawer they find a gift for Hunter from Christopher. It’s a newspaper article from 12 years ago that identifies Hunter as Robert Langowski. Tricia realizes the “liar” is Hunter.
Tricia digs out their checkbook and finds many checks written to Christopher. Jim says he talked to his police friends and no one named RObert Langowski or Hunter Clayton ever went to Harvard Business School. Tricia storms down to the wedding set-up to confront Hunter. There is a brief confrontation and she runs off.
Melinda goes to the creek to tell Owen that Tricia knows the truth now, but Owen never appears. That night, Jim says maybe Owen finally crossed over. Delia wonders how Owen could’ve known about Hunter’s secret and Melinda says maybe he overheard something while Hunter was there setting up for the wedding. As Melinda cleans up, Owen appears to her and says that Hunter is still at the lodge and is acting weird. Meilnda tries to call Jim at the lodge but he doesn’t answer. She calls Det. Neely and asks him to meet her there.
At the lodge, Jim finds Hunter getting drunk on the wedding champagne and cradling a shotgun in his lap. Hunter wonders if that ghost waited his whole life for someone like Tricia and laughs wryly. He stands up, brandishing the gun, as Det. Neely and Melinda show up. Jim tries to convince Hunter he can start over and Hunter fires the gun at the plate glass door. Det. Neely aims his gun for who he thinks is Hunter and ends up shooting Jim. Melinda gasps and cries and runs inside.
The paramedics arrive and take Jim to the hospital, but he is only shot in the shoulder. Hunter is arrested. At the hospital, Melinda waits with Delia and Eli. Jim finally comes out of surgery and is doing fine. In recovery, Tricia and Natalie show up and Tricia apologizes to Melinda. Natalie and Melinda notice that Owen is there. Owen tells Tricia to look hard and she says, “I only see my girl” and Owen says, “You still see everything that matters.” Awww. Owen cries and Tricia thanks him, then he says, “No, thank you. You were my friend.” He then wonders what the light is and Melinda tells him he sees it because he did a really good job. He says good-bye and disappears. Man, I cannot watch this show without crying. I’m such a sap!
Melinda goes into recovery and stays by Jim’s bedside until he wakes up. When he does, he says to her, “Mel, there’s a thing that happened. It’s called an embolism.” He then asks her to remember him this way, as he flatlines and the doctors rush into his room. Melinda starts to cry as Jim’s ghost tells her he has always loved her. She begs, “Please not you” and he disappears. Aw man! Are you KIDDING ME?