Ghost Whisperer

Season 3 Episode 16

Deadbeat Dads

Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 02, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Professor Payne meets Elliot, the brilliant son of one of his old girlfriends. When Payne discovers that the boy is almost 10-years-old, he realizes he may be the boy's father. This angers his deceased wife. After watching Payne, Elliot, and the boy's mother, Melinda tells Jim she wants to have a baby. Melinda meets with Carl, a detective she hired to trace her father's whereabouts after he left Melinda and her mother. Carl stops by the house to give her the little bit of information he collected on her father and something strange happens to him while he talks to Melinda.moreless

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  • Melinda is helping Prof. Payne find out if he is the father of a young boy who is the son of one of his old girlfriends. When Melinda helps Kate talk to Payne about how much they wanted kids. She tells Jim that she wants to have a baby.moreless

    I loved this episode. One reason I loved this episode was because you got to see the other side of Payne. The side that is more serious.The oher reason I loved this episode was the Melinda and Jim parts. I thought it was sad that they fought and she walked away mad, but then later on in the episode when she told him she wanted to have kids, that was such a sweet Melinda and Jim moment. If you think about it Payne and Kate where in the same situation as Melinda and Jim. Payne did not want kids at the time but Kate did. She wanted kids so bad but Payne wasent ready and when Kate was. That was like Melinda and Jim. Jim wants a baby so bad, up untill this episode Melinda kept saying she wasent ready. Over all I really love this episode.moreless
  • Your forgiveness is my command...

    I always look forward to the last 3eps of the season, and "Deadbeat Dads" surely did not disappoint. Who would have thought in GW's 3yrs, such a heavily driven minor character ep would actually provide some needed umph to move along the arc of the season.

    Payne, before this ep I found Payne ignorant for not forgetting his wife in "The Collector," after discovering she had cheated due to the lack of interest he showed for her. However, tonight I somewhat have a new found respect for him. What did it, was his heartfelt speech of his own selfishness of wanting his wife all to himself with no interruption from babies. I have watched plenty of TV programs, and I have never seen a man admit to his own selfishness in such a profound way.

    Kate, deserved closure from the get go, she made a mistake but it was not without a cause. I thought tonight, she left in the only way she could, allowing Payne to move on but never letting him forget their past. Kate Payne, is a character I will deeply miss and Rachel Shelley did a "magnificent job" as Kate would say, in portraying such a complexed character.

    Nina and Elliot, what a surprise they were, I was sure Payne would have felt a slap in the face. After, discovering the girl he dumped for his wife had given birth, especially the harsh time he had in forgiving Kate and her affair. However, as I stated earlier, all is forgiven and the plot ended on a note that could come in handy if and only if Jay Mohr decides to depart from GW to pursue a comedy project.

    Now, Payne aside, Mel's baby issues was once an for all mended. Having Kate show Mel that life is dispensable and that one can never tell when death and his minions will prevail. Though this was a good progression for Mel and Jim's relationship, it was not the reason I was looking forward to the ep. My personal reason was for the mystery of Tom Gordon. However, it was never answered the tidbits dropped were exciting. Guess we will just have to sit tight, wait patiently, and tune in next week for everything to begin to come together. Hopefully, the significance of those numbers led to something big either to Mel's past or even eventual future.moreless
  • One of the most beautiful crossing-overs.

    At the beginning I thought that this will not be such a great episode but I was very wrong. Before watching this episode I knew that Payne's wife will reappear but I didn't expect that Melinda will cross her over. I really love the way that things turned out for Payne and his wife. I think that only Andrea's crossing-over was more beautiful than this. Also Melinda finally told Jim that she wants a baby. It will be interesting to see a baby in their house every now and then. Of course that will only happen in 4 season (I hope there will be one). The ending was as always strange. I wonder what those numbers are...moreless
  • This episode was very good.

    I loved this episode.

    Poor Profesor Payne, he really wanted the kid to be his son, but in the end all was a trick from Nina (that woman with big big lips xD).

    I only dislike one thing, last time Kate appeared was a bad spirit, she was with the bad ghosts, and in this episode she doesnt tell anything about it, I really liked she crossed over but she could have done more..

    Melinda wants to have a baby. It seems like Ghost Whisperer will end in 1 or 2 more seasons..

    And the end with these misterious numbers... I cant wait to watch the next episode. This season is getting better and better!moreless
  • A new side of Rick and some issues solved All with a funny start.

    It was a funny start lol

    Kate is back, such a jealous dead wife...

    I liked this because it enters Rick's life. I only knew about him being married, his wife dying three years ago, he being a teacher and some of his trips.

    Now we find out his past life, loves and all. The kid looks a lot like him but we all know the truth.

    That discussion with Kate and Rick when he gets home is fun. The whole provoke the ghost and Kate answering in her own special ghost way.

    This must be frustrating for Kate, she wanted kids and now Rick has one. This takes a new view about kids in the episode. Jim wants kids but Melinda doesn't, this create a lot of difficult situations. I admit I was a bit worried. He has to put up with a lot, all the ghosts, the hauntings... He loves her but it can be very hard for him.

    When Melinda is talking to Kate and Rick, she realizes that Kate is describing her relationship with Jim. Kate feels what Jim feels and Melinda finally gets it.

    Lets see what the future holds for the two.moreless
Alexander Folk

Alexander Folk

Older Gentlemen

Guest Star

Nikki Cox

Nikki Cox

Nina Haley

Guest Star

Rachel Shelley

Rachel Shelley

Kate Payne

Guest Star

Christoph Sanders

Christoph Sanders

Ned Banks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Professor Payne: Are you crazy I told you I never want to see her again.
      Melinda: That's why I put you in a moving car before I told you.
      Professor Payne: Wait a minute, this is where Kate died. I hate this place, why would you bring me here?
      Melinda: Trying to kill two birds with one ghost.

    • Professor Payne: I don't want to get girly here but I've only been in love twice in my life and only one of them is still around. Granted she's a little Payne-shy right now, I figure why not just loosen her up with a good 'ole fashioned foursome.
      Melinda: What?
      Jim: A foursome?
      Professor Payne: Dinner! A foursome is dinner you dirty birds!

    • (Some books fall)
      Professor Payne: Wow. Come on Kate! Is that the best you've got??
      (The bookcase almost falls on top of him.)
      Professor Payne: All right. Getting better!

    • Melinda: So are you gonna tell me what happened?
      Prof. Rick Payne: Well, I was drunk. I came home. I decided to plow through my own bookcase, swing from the chandelier, then me and the piano rolled around on the floor--alright I got in a fight with Kate.
      Melinda: Yeah. She's obviously trying to tell you something.
      Prof. Rick Payne: Right. It's like ghost charades but with props.

    • Melinda: Payne, where are you?
      Prof. Rick Payne: Here's something I never thought I'd say--I'm here under the piano.
      Melinda: Oh, my... Are you okay?
      Prof. Rick Payne: Well, not to be Captain obvious, but not really. There's an 800-pound baby grand on my back.
      Jim: (grunts)
      Prof. Rick Payne: Ow!
      Jim: Can you feel anything?
      Prof. Rick Payne: Ahh! Yes, Jim, I can feel everything. Thank you.

    • (Electric crackling)
      Prof. Rick Payne: Honey, I'm home. Oh, boy, how many times have I told you about leavin' your shoes in the foyer, Kate? You know, Kate, the scientist in me is very intrigued, but the human being in me has hair standing up in places that I didn't even know that I had hair.

    • Melinda: Why don't you want kids? Do you mind me asking?
      Prof. Rick Payne: I do mind, actually, but I will answer. It's your porch. Kids are a huge responsibility, and, uh, I'm selfish. What's your excuse?
      Melinda: I'm afraid of juggling, you know, the--feeding and the diapers while dead people harrass me.
      Prof. Rick Payne: You win.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Melinda: Trying to kill two birds with one ghost.

      This is a pun to the well known English Idiom, Kill two birds with one stone.