Ghost Whisperer

Season 3 Episode 12

First Do No Harm

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 18, 2008 on CBS
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Melinda helps a ghost who blames Jim for his untimely death in an explosion.

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  • A ghost is mad at Jim...

    Right before a building collapse Jim has to make a decision on whose life to save, a man, already dying and pinned or a man who is just dazed and confused. He, of course, chooses the dazed and confused man. Now the ghost is supposed to be mad at Jim, that is the way it was written and said in the promos but alas, this isn't the case. No, the ghost is mad at a "nurse". He tells Melinda that she killed him. Jim and Mel find out that the "nurse" is really a doctor who in fact did kill the man, at his request. A filler episode in my book and while exciting, just didn't live up to the hype that it was Jim being haunted. I hate it when I'm directly misled...moreless
  • I liked this one, it shows another side of Jim.

    When you go into a building, you want to save everyone but somethings it's not possible, it just isn't. And they are right, decisions have to be made and that's what he did.

    And Melinda, she was so worried about the ghost, it looked so much has he was after him and not the "nurse"...

    And Joe, poor Joe, opening his heart to the ghost thinking he was his brother and turns out he wasn't... That must have been embarrassing not just to him but to Melinda too.

    And Jim, that speech he gave, all those things, it was felt, I liked it. That is a great side of Jim.

    And at the end, the ghost was the young self of Nora's patient that she helped. The truth came out and it ended well.

    And Jim got his wish, he wanted to explain to the guys family what happened and he did. Those words meant it all.moreless
  • Jim thinks the ghost of the man he didn't save is haunting him.

    I thought the episode was interesting. I liked how real it was that Jim did not save the trapped man because he felt the other guy had a better chance. It is a well known fact that you can't save everyone. Also, I liked how they changed the direction of the plot by making the nurse/doctor the target of the ghost.

    The only thing that makes this episode seem weird to me is the chemistry between Jim and Melinda. I think that Melinda lately only talks to Jim when it has something to do with a ghost and she tends to ignore his affection. For example, it seemed like he couldn't stop touching her at one point and she'd just blow it off and continue solving her ghost thing. Now it's like he gave up. In the entire episode the only affection came when Jim blew her a kiss and they hugged at the end. Come to think of it I don't think they kissed each other at all the last 4 or 5 episodes. I could be wrong. I just find it weird because normally tv married couples at least hug or kiss when they leave out the house or go somewhere. The best chemistry came when they argued. Oh well just some random thoughts. Overall the episode was interesting.moreless
  • Not a great episode but good filler for what would've been the 3 month push till the end of the season. This one gave us a rarely seen conflict between Jim and Melinda. Jim feeling useless after leaving a man to die to save another. Thismoreless

    Not a great episode but good filler for what would've been the 3 month push till the end of the season. This one gave us a rarely seen conflict between Jim and Melinda. Jim feeling useless after leaving a man to die to save another. This makes him overreact when Melinda doesn't tell him she thinks a ghost is trailing him to spare his feelings. In the end we find that the ghost wasn't after him but a nurse he works with and we learn that ghost can change their appearance at will. This was discovered after some good misdirection of whether there were two ghost or one. A good stand alone episode in what should've been another on the way to the end of the season.moreless
  • While the interaction between Melinda and her husband at times felt 'forced', Joe Grimaldi stole the show, making it fun to watch.

    The premise was interesting. Melinda's husband has to leave a man behind in a building, then watch the building blow up. However, the interaction and 'tension' between the couple seemed fake or false.

    What really stole the show was Melinda getting Joe Grimaldi to believe the man was his brother. Added to that, the scene in the hospital when Joe is pouring his heart out to his brother, only to find out the ghost isn't his brother is absolutely priceless.

    Overall, the episode could have been better, but it could have been worse. It had a few moments worth watching, but watching the non-existent tension between Melinda and her husband was a little boring.moreless
David Ramsey

David Ramsey

Will Bennett

Guest Star

Tom Costello

Tom Costello

Injured Man

Guest Star

Jean Louisa Kelly

Jean Louisa Kelly

Jennifer Quinlan (AKA Nora Sutherland)

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Melinda's comment to Joe Grimaldi; "Yea, we met a few years ago. Do you still run the VFW?" refers to their first encounter at the VFW in the "Pilot." Where Mel helped deliver his deceased wife message; that their safety deposit key was left in her favorite jacket.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Melinda gets home and hears Jim talking)
      Jim: Are you here, huh? I wish I knew. I don't even know if you can hear me, but... I want to tell you that I'm sorry. If there was anything else, I could have tried, if there was any way to save you, I would have done it, I promise. But you... you were so badly hurt. I knew you were gonna die, I could see it in your eyes. (Melinda is hiding in the hallway) Leaving you that was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. I'm not real good at this. My wife would know what to say to you. She knows how to handle grief, she knows how to handle loss. Me, not so much. For so many people... she knows how to make a difference. I'm not sure I do, in the grand scheme of things, but... Look, for whatever it's worth, accept my apology for what it is. If you want to punish me, here I am. But do not take it out on the people around me or the people I love.
      (Melinda walks down the stairs slowly and shuts the door so he could hear her get inside)
      Melinda: Jim, I'm home.
      Jim (to the ghost): That's her. (To Melinda) Honey, I'll be down in a minute.

    • Melinda: This ghost is not in the mood to talk; he's all about revenge.
      Jim: Mel, this is wrong, okay? I don't need to be protected. I don't need to be treated like a child!
      Melinda: I was not treating you like a child. I was actually looking out for you a little, like you do for me.
      Jim: You don't let me look out for you.

    • Melinda: Joe, Joe Grimaldi?
      Joe: Yea. Melinda right? Ah, ah, ah, Jim Clancy's wife?!
      Melinda: Yea! We met a few years ago. Do you still run the VFW?
      Joe: I volunteer there now. However, I own a landscaping business, yah know. I keep busy.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: May 4, 2008 on Net 5
      Denmark: May 8, 2008 on Kanal 4
      Turkey: February 4, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: June 22, 2009 on AXN
      Slovakia: November 15, 2009 on JOJ
      Finland: February 20, 2010 on Nelonen

    • Music:
      New Day's Dawn by The Wilshires