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Ghost Whisperer

Season 2 Episode 12

Dead to Rights

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 05, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Melinda has trouble talking to a ghost only to find that it's because he is not dead but is in a coma. While Lisa, his wife is in a legal battle against his parents to take him off of the life support. Delia struggles with teaching Ned about closure while also finding closure for herself.moreless

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  • Good, but not sensational.

    This was an interesting episode of Ghost Whisperer, but not a very special one. It was quite interesting, and I thought the storyline was quite good, but it isn't exactly one of the best episodes I have seen.

    I thought the ghost in this case was a nice change, instead of a psychopath who wants to achieve nothing but destruction, so a good change.

    I also thought the episode was quite original, and for that reason, it was very good.

    I would recommend this episode, as it is quite interesting, but I would definitely add that there are much better episodes, and I would prefer those over this, even though this is decent.moreless
  • Another GReaT Episode...

    That little kid in the hospital was very cute even though he is dead.

    The One with the bullet in his head was scary...

    No wonder Melinda got scared when she went to the bathroom... Seeing yourself like that it scary.

    We see strange things happening at Melinda's store once again and the most difficult thing is that she is keeping hiding everything inside when she is at the shop as she did not speak to Delia regarding what she can do.

    Delia's son is cute and he is very understanding to what Melinda can do.

    Jim is fantastic as always.. Understanding and Supportive.

    Again we see Melinda having bery strange visions.. Scary ones this time. She was very scared and she started to scream as well.

    We can see how much Melinda was scared when she was speaking to Jim.. again we see another strange vision.

    Can the Professor help? The Professor is a bit of a weird man but I think he really likes helping Melinda.

    Ned was going to give a way his father's things away without thinking of how his mother felt. He did it on purpose because he does not like his mother sad...

    Another mystery in the lift. Those visions are very strange as they are done on purpose to scare Melinda. What is the purpose?

    Who is that person in the hospital? He is protected by a bodyguard, Melinda could not get in because of him. We can see that the ghost was there next to his body. Hugh Bristow is the spirit who is brain dead and there is a court case about if he lives or dies.

    Bob is such a cutie... Everyone loves that dog :)

    Bristow wants Melinda to help his parents. Now Bristow's wife is just crazy, hitting on Melinda's car like that. She wants her husband to die as he told her tha he does not want to stay on life support.

    Ned and Delia really need to talk and that is what happened in the shop. I think it was a very well needed conversation between them. They need to understnad each other and stick together.

    Hugh parents love him to pieces and they think that his wife just married him for his money. What did his wife do? We see that Hugh's wife was right he does not want to live anymore not like that. When he died, he was brought back but that is not what he wanted.

    He was sick... No wonder he did no want to come back. We see an explanation to his sickness.

    We see them all together in the hospital and we learn how he went into the seizure. His mum wants him to stay but he wants to let go and that is hat he did as he wanted to move on. A family united by their son's death. We see him free next to the hospital thanking Melinda for her help and the he went into the light. Death of a loved one? What is going to happen?moreless
  • Latin phrase appeared on Jim's back.

    The writing for this series is slipping. Latin used was completed botched. Even the character paused when asked what it meant, puffing himself up with his professor's title (like, who cares?) before completely flubbing the transliteration. Even when he corrected himself with "death of a loved one" this is still not correct. Mors dilecti [dilecto] is, transliterally, death of fault. This, in context of the episode, would have made sense given that it was later discovered that the character's mother had accidentally given her son the wrong medication and that his death was essentially accidental as opposed to being deliberate - eg. a "fault"

    Death of a loved one would have been "mors carus".

    Get it right, writers.moreless
  • Nothing great but the usual storyline

    Not their best episode. But at least they tried to do something different. Though it's not as interesting as expected but as usual they did tried to make the ending part a bit mysterious for the audience to think what will happened..

    Just hope that Melinda won't be losing someone important again.
  • Wow. It was not may favorite episode but it was still touching

    That was a very sweet episode. The "gold-digging" wife turns out to really love her husband. I thought it was really romantic and sweet. I could totally believe that but what I didn't believe is that his parents thought that she was trying to kill her husband and steal his money. That seemed a little too much jumping to a weird conclusion. Anyway, the coma victim wanted to die and not hang around in a state that was too horrific for him and causes nothing but to himself, his family, his wife and (from what I can tell) other people at the hospital. It was sweet how he wanted his parents and his wife to be a family. You can't help but love Ghostwhisperer for all it teaches and stands for.moreless
Monica McSwain

Monica McSwain


Guest Star

Mimi Kuzyk

Mimi Kuzyk

Janet Bristow

Guest Star

Barry Sigismondi

Barry Sigismondi


Guest Star

Jay Mohr

Jay Mohr

Professor Rick Payne

Recurring Role

Tyler Patrick Jones

Tyler Patrick Jones

Ned Banks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • We find out that Ned plays volleyball, and that he desperately wants to help Melinda with her ghost stuff.

    • There are three other ghosts appearing but they don't get in touch with Melinda: the little girl in the hospital play area, the gang member with a shot in his head and the lady who is reading the newspaper in the waiting area of the hospital.

    • In "Dead Man's Ridge" Dennis Mcloughlin was having out of body experiences, too, and didn't have the same blue glow that Hugh Bristow has now.

    • If the words on Jim's back were written from the inside, the letters should be mirrored and they should appear from right to left on his back, so why are the letters all facing in the right direction, and why do they appear from left to right.

    • Professor Payne translates the Latin phrase "mors dilecti" to "death of a loved one" in the last scene, and Melinda turns to her husband, indicating that he is the person referred to. But the translation is not entirely correct, since the Latin word "dilectio" actually translates to "brotherly love" (in contrast to "amor" for "romantic love"), so Jim should be out of mortal danger.

    • In his first translation of the writing on Jim's back, "mors dilecti", Professor Payne obviously confused it with the phrase "corpus delicti", which actually means "body of a crime".

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Professor Payne: I know this may be difficult to believe, but I may have made an error.
      Melinda: I find it shocking that you're admitting it.

    • Melinda: Did anything else weird happen to your back?
      Jim: Nobody's using it as a notepad if that's what you mean.

    • Melinda: That makes no sense.
      Professor Payne: Oh, and a phantom writing on your husband's back make sense?

    • Melinda: I'm trying to unravel a haunting. It either has to do with a mental patient that died in an institution or someone who died on the embalming table in the mortuary.
      Professor Payne: Wow, there are actual hairs standing up on the back of my neck, would you like to feel it?
      Melinda (not amused): I will take your word for it.

    • (phone call)
      Professor Payne: Is it raining where you are?
      Melinda: Well, Professor Payne... No, it's the shower...
      Professor Payne: You know, it's too much information... Actually, it's not enough information...
      Melinda: Well, that's all you're getting!
      Professor Payne: You're cruel, but you knew that, didn't you?

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Dates::
      Denmark: February 1, 2007 on Kanal 4
      Turkey: November 26, 2007 on CNBC-e
      Belgium: October 7, 2008 on VTM
      Finland: November 1, 2008 on Nelonen

    • Lisa Bristow is shown using the fictional search-engine Penthius to research ALS.

    • Music for this episode:

      "I'm There Too" by Michelle Featherstone, album not yet available. (Played during Delia's conversation with Ned)

      "The Darkest Things" by The Submarines of the album Declare a New State. (Played at the end, when Melinda is sitting on the bench outside the Hospital)

    • Dead Reckoning was the original title for this episode.


    • Disease: ALS

      Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a motor neuron disease, first discovered in 1869. Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.