Ghost Whisperer

Season 4 Episode 3

Ghost in the Machine

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Melinda finds a ghost who is haunting young girls in Ned's online gaming community.

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  • First fail in the series.

    While I enjoy this series quite a bit, this episode was quite a bummer to me.

    While the general idea was great, the Second Life clone here was portrayed very badly. First of all, the way it felt and looked was rather... silly. Jennifer Love Hewitt in her sexy avatar form just didn't work. What's worse however, is that once again computer games are shown as one of the worst evils in the world. In this case, it seems to be a place where sexual predators lurk. Of course that DOES happen, but no more than on the streets out there. The general idea of the episode was great, but it came off rather dull until they finally stopped being "in the game".moreless
  • Basically, this is the story of a young girl who plays in a computer game.... and she meets someone (Carl) and he is a bad guy in real life. He collects pictures from young girl and meet with them...moreless

    Well, Melinda rocks !I love her ! Seriously, this episode is, for me, the better ghost whisperer ever made since The Crossing episode (season 1 episode 2) This episode brings out (obviously) the problem we have nowadays : the fact that so many people are going online to play games.. Also, don't talk with people you don't know... I absolutly loveed when melinda got into the game... she was so beautiful (the make up and her hair was just wow !!! ) and the fight scene was incredibly well done !.... Yeah, we see Eli more in action !

    So, great episode, great writing..... great directing..........moreless
  • This was a unique episode, at first I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but it was a great ep overall, I was really pleased how it turned out.moreless

    A teenage girl suffering from the effects of her parents divorce, feels lonely and vulnerable she meets this guy she thinks is her friend. It turns out that he's only likes her cause he likes meeting girls and taking inapporiate pictues of them. Ned, Melinda, and Eli race to save the girl before he can do further damage than what's already been done. It's a race against time, and it shows just how far a parent will go to be part of their child's life, even if it's through an online world!! This is definitely one of the best episodes ever put out!!moreless
  • I generally tend to steer clear of any gaming-related storylines in all my series.. just because this happens.

    While the show itself was good as always, i really hated the references to gaming and how they played out. Just seeing how they portrayed it made me cringe.. similar to how real-life doctors cringe at seeing a House M.D. symptom or diagnostic. The whole show was put off for me just becouse of it, i actually had to stop watching mid-way and just record the rest because i totally lost interest. That aside, the drama was done alright and i loved JLH as usual.. interesting plot-twist twards the end but a tad predictable. Overall, gaming disaster aside, i enjoyed this episode.moreless
  • A father tries to save his daughter from a sexual predator.

    Being an online gaming nut it's great to see the subject crossover into popular television shows. The Big Bang Theory and American Dad have both done episodes related to computer games, but Ghost Whisperer simply outdid both.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy are really started to fit perfectly together as a team. Melinda as the more relaxed and reasonable one, despite having a fire hydrant kicked at her head, and Eli as the slightly sarcastic one still trying to figure out how to use his gift.

    This episode was built up well and halfway through featured a major twist as the man we believed to be the villain, turned out to be a deceased father desperately trying to save his daughter. The scene where he watched her get into the van was incredibly powerful and even your worst nightmares cannot compare to what he must have been going through.

    Eventually he was able to break through and save his daughter by causing the car to malfunction. The police swarmed in and saved the day.

    As dull as most Friday night television shows are Ghost Whisperer is also fresh and energetic. They just continue to outdo themselves in Season 4.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Eli: Ok, I'm guessing from the way it smells he's not asleep.

    • Ned: Cool, you're the guy that hears ghosts.
      Eli: You're Delia's kid.
      Ned: The one that hears about ghosts. It's wild how all of a sudden you got the gift.
      Eli: Well don't get too excited, there was a catch...I had to die first.

    • Melinda: Sounds like you have a nuisance ghost. They pester you because they're scared and no one's listening. Usually you try to help them if you can or learn to tune them out. And our time is up for today.
      Eli: Wow, blunt. Now I know how my psych patients feel.

    • Eli: Not so sure this is such a good idea. It may be time to call in a higher power - like the cops?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Ion Overman (Det. Blair) also worked with David Conrad (Jim) in the episode "The Love Bandit" of Miss Match.

    • This episode was nominated for the 2009 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series", and, the 2009 VES (Visual Effects Society) Award for "Outstanding Visual Effects In A Broadcast Series".

    • International Air dates:
      Denmark: November 15, 2008 on Kanal 4
      Latin America: December 18, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      The Netherlands: February 8, 2009 on Net 5
      Australia: February 26, 2009 on Seven
      New Zealand: March 8, 2009 on TV2
      Norway: March 12, 2009 on FEM
      United Kingdom: May 26, 2009 on Living
      Turkey: September 23, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Russia: December 22, 2009 on TV3-Russia
      Slovakia: March 28, 2010 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: April 20, 2010 on AXN
      Finland: May 16, 2011 on Nelonen

    • Featured Music:
      Red Umbrella by Faith Hill
      Synthetic by DV Rocks (a.k.a. DV Roxx).


    • Larry Jones: She said that we were the Indiana Joneses.

      This is an allusion to Dr. Henry Walton Indiana Jones, Jr. who is a fictional adventurer/archaeologist, and the main protagonist of the Indiana Jones franchise created by George Lucas.

    • The ghost in the machine is British philosopher Gilbert Ryle's derogatory description for René Descartes' mind-body dualism. The phrase was introduced in Ryle's book The Concept of Mind, written in 1949.
      The Ghost in the Machine is a 1967 non-fiction work by Arthur Koestler based on the previous work. The book is particularly critical of B. F. Skinner's Behaviorist theory of psychology.

    • Ned: Hey, they did it on CSI.

      CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a television series which follows the investigations of forensic scientists to resolve mysterious and unusual crimes and deaths.

    • This title is based on the video game, manga, and anime of Ghost in the Shell.