UPDATE: It’s not an either or scenario that Jim will go into the light or stay on as a ghost! READ MORE: Major Ghost Whisperer Spoilers: Jim’s Fate! & Interview with David Conrad!
I was able to view some pages of the “Threshold” script, where Jim TRULY DIES.
Read ahead if you want to know more how Jim died, and who was involved in his death and how this is not the last of Jim, he will appear into February sweeps at least….
BEWARE MAJOR SPOILERS…..
Jim is at Mercy Hospital, a man’s heart stopped beating, and a code blue team is trying to resuscitate him. Even while they are working to save him, Jim sees his spirit getting up from his body and moving towards the light, which is the hospital wall. After the man is declared dead, Jim goes to the body, he tries to touch him, but his hand goes through.
The episode however, centers on a 17-year-old girl, Caitlin Mahoney, who from what it appears was a patient Jim was trying to save. Caitlin appears to Melinda and says she believes she was responsible for Jim’s death. Caitlin also died, and is the ghost Melinda crosses over in the episode. The episode’s theme is the true meaning of love and what it feels like to be truly loved.
As Caitlin first approaches Melinda, she asks if Jim is around.
Here’s an excerpt of their exchange:
Melinda: My husband. Jim. No, he’s not here.
Caitlin: He doesn’t want me to talk to you. He hates me.
Melinda: No he doesn’t. He just doesn’t understand you. Neither do I.
Caitlin: I remember things now….
Melinda, however is upset and doesn’t really want to get involved now to help Caitlin’s ghost. She’s far too emotional. Melinda starts to leave, but turns around asking if it is about Jim. Caitlin tells Melinda she hurt her step-dad, because she died. Melinda tells her she is a “mess” now and can’t help herself or Caitlin now. Melinda tries to convince her to go into the light and not feel guilty, but then she tells Melinda:
Caitlin: Everything that’s happened…everything, it’s all my fault. It’s because of what I did.
Melinda: What did you?
Caitlin: I think I helped kill your husband.
This enrages Melinda; she “lunges” towards the ghost, but it disappears.
The next scene I was able to read was the scene near the end of the episode where Melinda gets Caitlin and her step-father Neely together. Caitlin tries to explain through Melinda, her problem with anorexia. Caitlin was trying to make herself thin and starving herself, because she thought it would make her more loved. As a ghost, she realizes how much her death has hurt her stepfather, Detective Neely (the one who shot Jim), who loved her unconditionally. Neely feels he should have noticed and tried to help Caitlin, but Caitlin explains that would have been impossible because she avoided him, so he shouldn’t see how she was loosing the weight.
Caitlin believes because Neely was so upset about her death that he was not he usual self and was distracted and that’s why he made a mistake and shot Jim instead of Hunter at the cabin.
Melinda to Neely: She (believes) what happened that day with you and Jim…was her fault because you were upset….
Cailtin realizes her stepfather father loved unconditionally, but she took it for “granted.” Jim is with Melinda, Neely and Caitlin. Melinda speaks about being loved to them and especially to Jim convincing him to move on saying “once you know that kind of love, it never goes away. It only gets stronger. It means she can move on… and so can you.”
Caitlin apologizes to Neely, who responds that he loved her, and Jim relays through Melinda that he “doesn’t blame” Caitlin. With this Caitlin sees the light and moves towards it, but before she asks Jim, “You coming?” Jim replies, “not just yet.”
Jim decides to remain with Melinda. Apparently from the “Heart & Soul” episode, there is an amnesiac who named Sam Lucas played by (Kevin Mitchell), that Jim inhabits. This will last for a number of episodes, because in a summary for episode 4.13: “Body Of Water” it says: “When Nikki pays a prolonged visit, Melinda fears that Sam will never reconnect with his true nature. Meanwhile, Melinda discovers a mysterious and vengeful contingent of ghosts at a local lake, where a financially distressed mortician had been secretly dumping bodies scheduled for cremation.”