Ghost Hunters

Season 5 Episode 7

Crossing Over

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 22, 2009 on Syfy
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Crossing Over
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When Jason and Grant want to investigate their own property, they enlist the help of their friends in the Ghost Hunters International team.

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  • TAPS and GHI collide

    8.0
    This is going to be an interesting episode to follow, if only in terms of how it is perceived on both sides of the fence. I don't imagine many believers and TAPS supporters will take issue with it. If anything, I think they will lament the decision to have GHI investigate the Spalding Inn, rather than the more familiar faces. The skeptics and naysayers will likely claim a conflict of interest, and will point out that having a related team conduct the investigation and members of the TAPS team analyze the data undermines the notion of eliminating bias.



    As always, I take a more moderate position. I have absolutely no problem with GHI conducting the investigation. Quite frankly, when comparing GHI to TAPS in recent months, GHI strikes me as the more "hungry" team. They haven't fallen into a rut, and they've managed to avoid most of the usual questions about the authenticity of their actions. If anything, the downside to bringing GHI in might be that they remind the audience what TAPS has been missing.



    Some people are going to take issue with that stance, but I think there are a few subtle things that happen on this investigation that can illustrate my point. First and foremost, for all his faults, Barry is more technically-minded than anyone currently on the TAPS team, and that is a big plus. He's not perfect, of course, since many of his "theories" are based on conjecture at best, but he works within a fairly logical rationale.



    But it's not just Barry. I detect a greater sense of urgency from the entire team. When there's a noise or a shadow, they immediately try to hunt down the source, and they begin attempts to debunk right away. It happens with TAPS, too, so it's not a clear-cut difference. But it was a constant reaction, which speaks to how the team has trained together to respond to anything unusual.



    The equipment is another point to consider. For the most part, they were using TAPS equipment, so there wasn't anything particularly novel (besides Barry's favorite toy, the "full spectrum" camera). But I liked what they did with the equipment, particularly when Joe told Robb that the bed was vibrating. Immediately, they took a geophone, audio recorder, and EMF meter and placed them in proximity, in the hopes of getting concurrent data.



    And that's one of those little things that could improve the investigations tremendously. One can quibble over the nature of any particular readings they might have gotten and whether the instruments are correct for the situation, but they were trying to correlate data. That's a lot better than resting conclusions on the basis of a single source of data for a given event, which is what I've been saying all along.



    Which is why some of the "evidence" was actually worth noting. It's one thing if Robb gets a blast of warm air in the face; it's another when it happens independently to Brandy. And it's quite another when they both independently search the room for possible sources of the hot air. Is it possible it was the heating system, and they aren't experienced enough with the principles of air convection to debunk the heating system thoroughly? Maybe, but that's why it would have been worth noting and investigating further.



    In recent comments, I've been taken to task for describing audible voices as "buried in the background noise". Now is a good time to explain that, because there are three good examples in this episode to illustrate the point. When I say that an EVP or "disembodied voice" is buried in the background noise, I mean that the amplitude of the apparent voice does not exceed the amplitude of the background noise. Also, in such cases, the patterns of the waveform of the apparent voice, which are quite recognizable, cannot be distinguished from the general "chop" of the noise floor. The general rule of thumb is this: if standard noise reduction software wipes out the apparent EVP, then it was buried in the background noise and could very well be a result of pattern recognition (however unlikely that may sound).



    A great example would be the "Hey" voice that Barry heard and Joe's camcorder recorded. It was buried in the background noise because the visual representation of the soundwave, within the software, did not show it to be significantly different from the background noise at all. Barry clearly heard something, but it wasn't caught to such a degree that it cannot be dismissed.



    Another example shows the extreme opposite. The "Hi", recorded over Brandy's voice and recognizably not either Brandy or Angela, was so loud that it had a waveform that was actually larger than the waveform for Brandy's speaking voice! That is quite interesting, and would have been worthy of further investigation. That it happened in conjunction with a personal experience makes it even more so.



    Keeping that in mind, consider the EVP from the kitchen ("Cherry"). At first glance, it was hard to distinguish from the background noise. However, when looked at carefully (and I rewound a couple times to confirm it), it's possible to see the waveforms for the two syllables of the word rising out of the background noise. It's borderline, but once again, since it was in conjunction with both the reported activity and investigator experience, it bears closer consideration.



    I did have some reservations. I really don't like it when Robb and others pat Jason and Grant on the back for being "diehard skeptics", because they're anything but. Given how they buy into a lot of questionable theories, everyone in TAPS is a believer. Also, I'm not pleased with GHI following in the footsteps of TAPS with the "show me you're here and I'll leave" method of investigation. It doesn't make a lick of sense!



    I'm wary of Brandy's EMF readings, but only because I'm not sure which kind of meter she was using. She was holding it on a diagonal, and many EMF meters will "spike" slightly when they shift from axis to axis. The way she was holding it could have unintentionally generated those unusual readings. But again, that's just something worth double-checking; I've been able to explain a number of unusual EMF readings by fellow investigators by noting that very same effect.



    I'm also not sure that I would have told Steve and Tango what the personal experiences were before reviewing the data. It introduced a bias into their review process. That said, it's a bias that pretty much exists across the board, so it's nothing new. I suppose I was just intrigued by the opportunity to see if people outside of the investigation would have a different or better perspective.



    I still can't say that there isn't some degree of conflict of interest. The Spalding Inn is seeking reservations right off the TAPS website, and apparently some of the "Paranormal 101" classes that they offer will be held at the Spalding Inn in the near future. That raises the ugly spectre of claims that they are using the show to promote their business venture. (And I can't wait for the inevitable criticisms of the location itself, because some naysayers are too crass for words.)



    The editors are really gearing up the audience for the next episode, which has me a little worried. I don't think they've ever hyped an episode so far in advance and within the show itself. That leads me to think that they get some crazy "evidence". Here's the rub: this is also the first time that they will be going to a location that I've investigated before they have. I'm curious to see how our experiences mesh.moreless
  • Pimp my Inn/Pimp our Spinoff

    4.0
    Arrrgh! I've been tricked into watching a Ghost Hunters International episode complete with less interesting stars! GHI is such an inferior show than Ghost Hunters and to see those people come in and do an investigation when the A team is supposed to be out on the court is disappointing.



    What's more, I have to question the ethical decision to investigate a property that Jason and Grant owns. I'm sure the reservations to stay in their little haunted inn will be stacking up now.



    I just have a gigantic problem with this epsiode. Beyond the ethical concerns of whoring your own Inn on your TV show, we were also given the JV team when we were promised a full on teamup of both the GHI and TAPS teams.



    This has been my least favorite episode of Ghost Hunters in a long time.moreless
Robb Demarest

Robb Demarest

GHI Lead Investigator

Special Guest Star

Dustin Pari

Dustin Pari

GHI Investigator

Special Guest Star

Brandy Green

Brandy Green

GHI Case Manager

Special Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Also Appearing:
      Investigation: Spalding Inn - Whitefield, New Hampshire
      Betsey Battersby - Former Employee
      Kristen Hawes - Jason's Wife
      April Cockrell - Daughter of Former Owner
      Patrice Wilcher - Executive Chef
      Rianna Wilson - Grant's Wife

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jason: (after they reveal many pieces of evidence from the kitchen) You know I'm going to have to hire a whole new kitchen crew, right?

    • Robb: We're gonna do our best to be thorough and see what we find.
      Jason: While you're doing that, Grant and I are gonna do our best to go snowmobiling in the mountains. So if you need us, I'd say call us but there's no way I'm gonna hear the phone!

    • Dustin: This is just one of those things where the ghosts don't perform on command, they just kinda do what they wanna do.

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