Ghost Whisperer

Season 2 Episode 10

Giving Up The Ghost

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 24, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A high school baseball pitcher Justin finds that he is haunted by the former baseball star pitcher. The ghost is out for revenge on the coach who he blames for his death.

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  • A Decent Episode

    Speaking as someone who has grown up around baseball, I thought this episode was pretty well done. I actually liked it.

    Tying the ghost into the issue of steroid use was an effective and interesting way to address an important topical issue. The drive to win seems to overtake the idea of playing to have fun and enjoy the game for what it is. It's sad but true. Look at all of the major league players who have had their careers and reputations ruined by steroid use allegations. Is it really worth the price? I think not. Baseball is not the only sport with this problem. It's everywhere. This was a great message for the show to be able to play with. Matt and Justin's story was well done.

    Speaking of Matt (aka Owen from Buffy and Patrick from Switched at Birth), is it just me or was this possibly the most violent ghost that they've had on the show so far? I mean, he attacks Melinda like 5 separate times in the episode, Jim twice, and the coach twice. Geez Louise! Maybe that was to make up for the fact that Romano and his five death signs didn't make an appearance in this episode. At least Matt was redeemable and didn't end up joining Romano's army. Basically, the moral of his story was: Don't blame others for your own mistakes. You make your own choices; you live (or in his case die) with the consequences of those choices.

    Jim and Melinda were great in this episode. I found it hysterical that Jim kept either totally missing or misinterpreting the "sign" that Melinda gave, especially in the hospital scene. Jim has made reference to his protectiveness of Melinda before . his caveman mentality referred to in episode 6 of this season), so I was not at all surprised when he barged into the store ready to rip Justin's head off following his near assault of Melinda. Go Jim go! Again, he's pretty much just the best guy ever. It was fun to learn about his days as a young little league player. His mother keeping all of his old baseball stuff reminds me all to well of my own mother, as she does the same thing when it comes to my brother. Jim's sidekick got to enjoy the game with him as well. It's nice that they have been showing Ned to be something other than an angsty delinquent teen. It was also a way to incorporate Delia into the episode, as she has kind of been a pointless character lately. Not even static the way Andrea was, just pointless. She doesn't really bring anything to the episodes she is in.

    Overall, this was a great episode. I think they were able to address some important topical issues in a way that was still engaging and entertaining for viewers. However, we're getting close to the midway point of the season and I'm beginning to worry again that they are going to wait to long to dive into the Romano story.moreless
  • More interesting than I expected!

    I found this episode to be quite interesting, in all honesty. I liked the storyline quite a bit, and I thought it was great having a completely different episode to what we've previously seen.

    I also found the idea of the ghost taking over in order to play baseball again, and I thought they executed this extremely well.

    I didn't find the episode to be funny at all, unlike some weeks, so that was the only real disappointment for me, however, I still think that this was a great episode.

    I would highly recommend this one, and I hope there is more great episodes and more variety to come!moreless
  • Believe in yourself and that's all you need.

    This was a very good episode. How that ghost of baseball player really died and why. He didn't believe in himself to do what he really wanted to do. That is tragic and the worst of it is he used drugs to get to where he was in life. Not to mention that poor young baseball player he kept possessing. He was a jerk and he kept attacking Melinda. Could this be some kind of foreshadowing? The way that ghosts seem to be attacking her? The only thing I didn't really like was when she was being shot at with those baseballs that she started yelping like a puppy and acted like a weakling instead of saying "Stop it" even if it didn't do any good, you would at least respect her for it and it wouldn't like she would be hit if she did.moreless
  • Melinda helps a ghost of a former high school baseball player who is possessing the star pitcher.

    Not that bad of a episode, I do like how the show is getting back to way it was in last season. The suspension of ghost haunting Melinda when he first appears to her. The difference is seeing a ghost actually hurting people. The way the ghost was hurting his friend and the coach. The other good of this epsidoe is also involving the show around Melinda and the ghost and not so much on her co-owner of the store. I already forgot her name! other then that not a bad episode. A postive episode of showing that drugs are bad and never to forget to have fun!moreless
John Mese

John Mese

Coach John Heath

Guest Star

Christopher Wiehl

Christopher Wiehl

Matt Vonner AKA Ghost

Guest Star

Mehcad Brooks

Mehcad Brooks

Justin Cotter

Guest Star

Tyler Patrick Jones

Tyler Patrick Jones

Ned Banks

Recurring Role

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