Ghost Whisperer Spoilers, Reactions, & Preview: “Heart & Soul”

After watching last night episode, I can personally say the show has come very close to jumping the shark. It is just so weird the direction the producers have chosen to go.  Of course it was not necessary to kill Jim in the first place, and if David Conrad wanted more room for other projects, they could have just given him a little less screen time. As long as he was alive and married to Melinda that’s all that mattered to us fans.

And if they chose to kill him there were other ways to go. There were so many loose ends with all the earth bound spirits Gabriel collected, the underground Grandview, and the symbols that lead to Jim’s death, why go with this story line.? And if they chose to kill Jim, he SHOULD have remained a ghost, guiding Melinda through the various loose ends the show just dropped. There have been romantic stories/films done with a ghost and it would have at least more believable. But Jim inhabiting someone else’s body, it just makes the whole story unbelievable. Ghost Whisperer was scary because it seems real, believable, and plausible.

And why if Jim could inhabit a dead body, why not at least his own, even if it would have seemed like Supernatural.  When the ratings will dip, the writers will have to back track, a dream or NIGHTMARE might be the only way to go, because as of now it’s a mess, and it’s definitely NOT romantic to see Melinda getting so close to this Sam, so soon after Jim’s death, even if Jim’s soul is in that other man’s body somewhere….

Of course another way to get out of this all, will be when Sam’s spirit wants his body back, and he will. Did we see go into the light night, No! So that might be a battle at the end of the season, which might be too late for this once gem of a show.

Ghost Whisperer saw 11.67 million total viewers (up six percent week-to-week) tune in for the big twist regarding Melinda’s husband, Jim. That’s good for yet another new season’s best. (The big question, of course, is how many return next Friday.) — TV Guide

Ghost Whisperer: The aftermath following Jim’s death

by Isabelle Carreau, TV Squad

Many of you were pretty vocal after watching last week’s episode of Ghost Whisperer. Based on the comments left to my “Reactions to Ghost Whisperer’s big twist” post, it was clear that the majority was not pleased with Jim’s death and a lot of you claimed you would never watch the series again! My guess is that many of you tuned in this week anyway to see what would happen to Jim. Would he cross over? Would he stay in between? Would he wake up and discover it was all a dream? Would he find a way to be alive again?

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Sadly, the answer, for now, takes the form of actor Kenneth Mitchell.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Kenneth Mitchell. However, his role on the show makes me an unhappy GW fan and I’m sure I’m not alone feeling this way. I took a peek at spoilers for the upcoming episodes and I can confirm that Mitchell will appear in at least 5 episodes as Sam Lucas, the man Jim took over.

As you know, even if I would prefer no character dies, I’ve been looking forward to Jim’s death as it could provide insight about how the ghosts live. It did give us a glimpse at the ghost world but all these tidbits were overshadowed by the WTF? OMG! ending of the episode. What are the writers thinking? Do the show’s creators really believe fans will accept Sam “Jim 2.0” Lucas especially if he suffers from memory loss as hinted at the end of this week’s episode?

I’m “thisclose” to saying that Ghost Whisperer officially jumped the shark with this storyline. Because Jennifer Love Hewitt and David Conrad had great chemistry and portrayed one of the best couples on TV nowadays, I doubt fans of the show (and I include myself in this) will welcome Kenneth Mitchell with open arms. The only way we may accept this change is if David Conrad also portrays Sam Lucas so that sometimes we see Sam as David Conrad and other times as Mitchell. That way, we still have our weekly Conrad fix until they find an official way to have Jim be Jim again.

I truly hope the writers and creators know what they are doing because they entered “jumping shark” waters and may not be able to get out of it, which could hurt the show a lot!

What do you think of the episode ending? Will you continue watching the show or are you officially done with it? Get your crystal ball out and let us know what you think will happen next on the show for Melinda and Jim/Jim 2.0.

Ghost Whisperer’ episode 4.08 shows Melinda dealing with a man who has an amnesia, and the possibility of finding a new love.


A new clip and preview of the next episode of “” have been released. With the title “Heart & Soul”, both sneak peeks hint on Melinda Gordon’s second chance to fall in love again.

The preview of episode 4.08 features Melinda played by struggling hard to recover herself after the dead of his husband Jim Clancy portrayed by David Conrad. While doing so, she finds the urge to help a man, who is suffering from amnesia, to gain back his lost memory.

“Ghost Whisperer” is drama fantasy thriller series that follows the life of Melinda Gordon, a young woman who has the ability to see and communicate with the dead. The series was premiered on September 23 in 2005 and currently is in its fourth season.

Guest starring Kenneth Mitchell and Ellen Woglom, the next episode of “Ghost Whisperer” is scheduled to air on November 21 at 8/7c on CBS. — Ace Showbiz

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10 Comments

  1. Bella

     /  November 15, 2008

    The reason Jim didn’t go back into his own body was that he had already been dead for two days. People had attended his funeral. How would it look if they suddenly saw ‘Jim’ walking down the street again?

    But I agree with you – I don’t like this change at all – it is just so LAME!

  2. Noella

     /  November 16, 2008

    This is the most ridiculous way to keep Jim around. I’ve been a fan of GW from the beginning but I’m done now. What I liked the most on this show was the true love between Jim and Melinda. I watched Friday show because the producers said : “It’s not what you’re thincking”. I’m sorry but they lied to the fans. They made us belive that Jim is still alive.

    Bye bye GW

  3. kelly

     /  November 16, 2008

    I agree! I am so disheartened that they have chosen this route on Jim’s character. WHY!! He is like a main support beam in the Ghost Whisperer “house”, with this change of story line they might as well consider the “house” condemmed because he has been on too long to do this now! People are going to be upset and give up watching

  4. kelly

     /  November 16, 2008

    Actually, I just watched the previews for Heart and Soul and it’s just rediculous!!! I don’t understand this change!!!
    Hopefully the writers will come to their senses and do a Dallas and make it a dream that Melinda had when dozing in the hospital or a dream Jim had while in the “coma”

    I’ll watch this friday and see what happens and if this is the route they are taking I am done too!!

  5. hannah

     /  November 17, 2008

    okk im sooo fricken confused,,
    i got so pised that jim died that i cried!!! I CRIED!!!
    ok so jim is dead, but goes into another body but appears as jim? so wont ppl be confused and be like jim ur there?
    and whos this sam dude, he went into the light in Threshold, so im confused ,can someone help me out who this NEW JIM is?

  6. viktoria

     /  November 17, 2008

    i totally agree with you that they shouldnt just drop the loose ends like that, and certainly should not have killed Jim. But I really think that Sam’s spirit went into the light because at the end of the episode when we see his ghost there is a light there and he goes into it. So my guess is that at one point Jim will have to leave Sam’s body and just remain a spirit because they will be braking major rules if they bring Jim back and it just doesnt make sense to go through all that drama just for nothing. I mean i would love it if they did that but i doubt it. The only reason i am watching the show is to find out what happens to Jim but if they screw this up that’s it for me.

  7. hannah

     /  November 18, 2008

    jim is going to be back 100%< i read in some spoiler hes gona come back and make it to season 5, because on one preiview on heart and soul jim says “Its weird, i barely no you but when im with you i feel good” so i think milinda will sorta get his memory back and w/e and then hes back. But if sam went into the light, then that means hes not there no more? Im veryy confused, someone clear this up for me please, tell me who this “new jim” is because ppl call him sam/jim and i dont no y, and the “new jim” appears as jim so why is everyone mad? HELP PLEASE :)!

  8. Tracy

     /  November 19, 2008

    I don’t understand why everyone is so upset, they wanted Jim to have a bigger role on the show so they spiced it up. If it were me I would be so happy my true love was back any means necessary.

  9. Janice

     /  November 22, 2008

    Sam is gone. His spirit (soul) went into the light. That is separate from his body which Jim (Jim’s spirit/soul which is the essence of Jim) is occupying. So what we are seeing is Jim’s soul in Sam’s body. Jim’s body was buried.

    I think we should give this a chance. I agree it seems weird but a lot of what happens on this show seems weird and we are often called upon to stretch our imaginations. I think we should look at it totally from Melinda’s and Jim’s perspective from now on. Forget about how townspeople will see the widow with a new guy or how Delia sees them. Even forget about how we see how they got here. Accept you are going to have to in order to open your mind to the new storyline. I think I see where the writers are going with this and we are going to still see Melinda and Jim together closer then we ever did before. And isn’t that really what everyone wants?

  10. Hannah

     /  November 26, 2008

    The writers are gonna do sumthing really weird so jim is back 100% and sam isnt the one appearing to everyone…
    because sam is only going to be shown in 7 episodes, hes already been shown in 2, 5 more to go !
    Jim is going to stay, so this means something really big is going to happen!! I dont no abotu the rest of you, but im deffinetly gona stay and watch,
    Jim will be back, dont giv ur hopes up !

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