Ghost Whisperer

Season 1 Episode 19


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 2006 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Melinda must help the ghost of an African-American man who had been attacked and killed by a white co-worker in the 1970's. The ghost is haunting the prosecutor who had enough evidence but still failed to file charges against the white co-worker. Melinda tries to help the ghost find justice and help his son to change his racist views before they're passed on to the next generation.moreless

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  • White lady with improbable eyelashes teaches ghost about African-American rage.

    It's no 40 acres and a mule, but as far as comedic reparations, this episode goes a long way toward appeasing African-Americans and the rage individuals may feel about the treatment by the US of their people, starting with the illegal importation, and subsequent slavery, degradation, segregation, and inequality. And the lack of any sort of apology from the US government for any of those crimes.

    As an African-American watching this show, I set down the fried chicken and spit out the watermelon seeds long enough to call in my family: Jerome, LahTawnya, d'Shouan, and Tito. This was one of the most offensive, trite, and absolutely absurd pieces of filth to ever menace the small screen.

    None of the racism above is as offensive and absurd as the Dadaist nature of Jennifer Love Hewitt's attraction to those false eyelashes that make her eyes look like elephant eyes. Sure, elephants are delicious, but Miss Hewitt is not wrinkly or fat enough to pull off the look. If I have to see her in one more formal, empire-waist dresses, I'm telling on her. Someone needs a time-out, and it isn't just James vanPraagh, one of the 4 wealthiest con-artists of our time. Lucky. Us.

    Keep it up! I need to sign off now to continue my African-American life (read: not working, being lazy, and extinguishing the imaginary crosses this show lit on my proverbial lawn).

    Or, at least that's what Ghost Whisperer assumes black people do all day.moreless
  • An attempt at tackling the menaces of racism - but oh is this flawed on so many levels.

    I found it difficult to understand some of the 'perfect' scores for this episode. It's almost as if just because it's subject is a weighty matter, it has to score highly. Well, while I certainly give it points for trying, the writing is exceedingly trite at times and it's a bit rich to write this ultimately very sugary tale, which seems to suggest that all it takes is a few kind words to solve a problem that's been around centuries.

    The scene with the 'my own kind' speech is well acted - anyone who can get all that guff out without going into diabetic shock deserves the praise. Mork and Mindy did it better years ago with the 'let's have everyone be blue' moment. It's not that it's wrong - it's a good message and an important one, but you know from the get-go that everything's going to turn out all right. There's no proper tension, no dramatic conflict that isn't purely contrived to bash you over the head with the 'racism is wrong' hammer. The best shows let the story and the characters reveal these important truths - they don't force them down your throat with a highly inappropriate spoonful of sugar.

    Not a great episode. It took an important subject, contrived a story around it, then got lost along the way. It's a shame.moreless
  • A very important episode

    The minute I read the description for this episode, I knew I had to see it. It's an important message: racism is never okay! I, of course, knew that a black racist ghost wouldn't listen to a white woman and I knew they would employ the whole racist thing for Andrea and Melinda as an example. Anyway, the ghost of the black man, Ely, attacks a prosecutor, convincing him to change his racist ways, exonerate Ely, and then dedicate the court house to Ely. I enjoyed seeing the ghost nurse again but I felt that it was too big a coincidence that she wanted to exonerate Ely at the exact same time all this was going on. Anyway, this episode makes clear that racism still exists! It's everywhere and you can never tell when it's going strike! I also thought that an important tag to this episode was when Ely revealed to Melinda that not everyone of the dead persuasion was happy with what she's doing. This opens our eyes to a whole network of violent, maleovelant spirits with an agenda against Melinda, which seems to include the "wide brim hat man" who somehow has the power to suck souls into the Underneath with a gigantic beastly ghost. Anyway, this was a very good episode with a variety of flashbacks that reach back to the 70's when racism was actively rampant, even though it was legally outlawed in the early 60's. This episode marked a new era for the show when it grew out of the whole: "ghost of the week thing". I feel so sorry for all the souls lost in the Underneath, but at least we can take comfort in the fact that an evil anger and racist attitude was not passed on to an innocent young boy, marking him a new path. So let's give a hand for the resident Ghost Whisperer. Good Night!moreless
  • A black & white situation...

    Well, the writers of Ghost Whisperer certainly know how to keep things hopping. This time around, in "Fury", Melinda encounters the ghost of a murdered black man. He is furious at the town judge over the failure to bring his killer, a white trash type, to justice. The dead guy has enough power to put the poor judge, fat and aging, into the hospital. Melinda also put deal with the dead man's son and grandson, the latter fortunately able to see his grandfather's ghost. This racially-charged episode gets a bit preachy at the end. Giancarlo Esposito is the ghost, and not having seen this wonderful actor in a while, I almost did not recognize him. He also lets Melinda know she has made enemies on the other side, and perhaps she had better watch out.moreless
  • Melinda Must Help The Bitter Ghost Of An African-American Man Killed In The 70's By A White Co-Worker, And Change His Son's Racist Views Before It's Too Late.

    Melinda Meets The Bitter Ghost Of An African-American Man Killed In The 70's By A White Co-Worker, And She Must Help Him Find Justice And Prevent Him From Killing Judge Merrick At The Same Time.

    This Episode Was Absolutely GREAT!! I Learned A Lot From This Episode, Like Racism Was A Really Serious Issue In The 70's And That People Judged Others On The Colour Of Their Skin.

    At The End, Ely Fisher Crosses Over, Having Finally Found Peace With The World And Goes To Join His Wife, Rachel.

    Fab Acting, Loved The Theme (Racism) And I'm Just Glad Ely Fisher DID Cross Over!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Randall (to Melinda): Either you're working a scam or you're just plain crazy.

    • Ely: The boy, he can see me?
      Melinda: Lots of kids can see spirits.

    • Jameel: Why are you crying dad?
      Randall: I'm not crying, it's just the wind, it blew something in my eye.

    • Judge Merrick: Not everything is in black and white.
      Melinda: Interesting choice of words.

    • Melinda: I think you're in danger.
      Judge Merrick: Please! The only thing in danger is my cholesterol.

    • Judge Merrick (to Melinda): If I die, I'm sure that there are a few people who would be happy to get that call.

    • (Ely turns and walks away but is stopped by Melinda.)
      Melinda: Ely, wait. Before, you said that there are people who are interested in me. Who and why me?
      Ely: I was mad. I didn't mean to scare you.
      Melinda: What did you mean?
      Ely: I don't know I'm not sure. There's a lot I don't understand. They know about you and not everybody is happy about what you do.
      (Ely walks away leaving Melinda to take in the words of warning.)

    • (Melinda spots a mysterious man sitting on a bench.)
      Melinda: Who are you?
      (The mysterious man turns his head to face Melinda as a gust of wind hits Melinda from the front twice.)
      Melinda: What do you want? What have I done to you?
      (The dark man disappears as Melinda quickly turns around to see Ely.)
      Melinda: I know what happened to you. To your wife and your son.
      Ely: What about my son?
      Melinda: He's in pain. He's filled with hatred.
      Ely: He should be.
      Melinda: No, you're wrong! It's gonna ruin his life. Look, I can help you talk to the judge.
      Ely: I'll talk to him when he's dead like me and that's what I'll make him. Before he ever gets a chance to see that dedication to his good name.
      Melinda: Don't do this. There's a better way.
      Ely: I'm taking him!
      (Ely disappears and appears behind Melinda.)
      Ely: You better stand back or I may have to take you too. There are people over here who are very interested in you.
      (Melinda turns to face Ely but as she goes he disappears as a pair of hands grab her from behind making Melinda scream as it reveals Jim.)
      Jim: Hey, it's ok. Don't be mad at me.
      Melinda: I'm not.

  • NOTES (2)