GHOST WHISPERER: 5.10 “Excessive Forces”
After my disappointment in last week’s episode, it took me a while to watch this episode of Ghost Whisperer. But in a surprise twist, I actually enjoyed this episode.
I should say one thing, though. What entertained me about the episode was not necessarily Melinda, Eli, or Jim (which we’ll get to), but actually the plot. It kept you guessing. Is he a bad cop? Is he covering a murder? Did the victim date his daughter? Was he a bad kid? Is her actual boyfriend the bad kid?
The infuriating part–and it didn’t leave me infuriated, per say–was that all these questions could have been easily explained by the ghost. Actually, we didn’t get much of the ghost at all in this episode. He appeared only a few times.
Actually, it was the certain flashes of the past that kept us going. Is it just me, or are we getting a lot more of these in this season? Anyway, it worked. It made you question motives and what really happened. Sure, they threw a lot at us, but it really made us go along with figuring out the mystery alongside Melinda.
It was actually sad to see what really happened to the ghost. And the “cheese factor” wasn’t too overplayed at the end either. True, the ghost admitted that he was displaying his own aggression against his father to hurt the cop, and the father/daughter moment was there, but it wasn’t too Touched by an Angel. I really can’t complain.
But I am reviewing the episode, so I will to an extend. I still get surprised in the show that all these strangers just spill their family histories to a perfect stranger. Everyone just seemed so happy to tell Melinda everything–including a mother telling her that she found condoms in her son’s room and called his girlfriend’s father about it. True, she thought Melinda was a parent of a child at the school (which is just deceptive in its own right), but still. It seemed strange. But I guess you have to have some sort of that suspension of disbelief in a show like this or else you wouldn’t find anything out about the case.
Another little pet peeve that I had was Melinda’s reference to Aiden’s gone missing in the previous episode. The kid wasn’t kidnapped. He ran away. Say it that way. But Aiden was good in this episode, almost cute, so that’s good, right?
Finally (and if I don’t mention this, I’m sure there’s a certain tweeter out there that will have my neck, haha), what was going on with Eli and Jim’s discussion about Eli’s role in Melinda’s life? Personally, I thought that didn’t fit the episode. Jim’s starting to worry about how invested Melinda really is in dangerous things–which I found completely refreshing–but blaming it on Eli seemed strange. First, Eli didn’t start this case. Melinda was the one that left the restaurant to go see the ghost in the cop’s car.
Which makes me think that we set up this little…fight…to lead us in a direction for the season. Are we suddenly going to have awkwardness between Jim and Eli over Melinda? I can’t see it turning into a love triangle, but even Jim’s caution and hesitancy to have Melinda spend time with Melinda would be annoying. It just doesn’t seem like Jim. He’s always been one to be direct with Melinda not Eli.
Anyway, I guess we’ll just have to see where that one goes. Hopefully nowhere. Or hide it in the shadows. Look, I made a joke!