Ghost Whisperer

Season 1 Episode 7

Hope and Mercy

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 04, 2005 on CBS
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In a hospital, Melinda encounters a woman who wants to determine what caused her death during a surgery.

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  • Melinda helps a young woman whose husband helped Jim...

    A young woman, played by Erica Leerhsen, who died during a troubled pregnancy, refuses to cross over until her husband stops blaming himself for her death. Hope is her name and when her husband helps Jim when he gets into a car accident, Melinda feels forced to help this woman. Hope was the victim of an mistake made by her surgeon, who suffers from dementia and forgot to stitch her up properly. Melinda finds this out and has to tell Hope's husband Paul the truth about her death. Meanwhile, Andrea deals with a charming scam artist in a surprising manner that reveals more of her past.moreless
  • Melinda Encounters A Woman Who Needs Her Help In Convincing Her Husband To Not Blame Himself For Her Death.

    I Love This Episode! It Was Great, Melinda And Jim..Well..What Can I Say? Great Couple! And Erica Leerhsen Was Fabulous As 'Hope Paulson'. My Favourite Episode Of Ghost Whisperer So Far! At The End When Melinda Read Out Hope's Note To Brad, I Nearly Cried, And When Hope Said "I Love You" At The End Of That Note, It Was So Moving! "I Never Felt More In Love With You Then When I Watched You All Worried And Sweaty And Care-Worn, Running Beside The Gurney When They Wheeled Me In Here, So Please Please Don't Wallow." I Loved That Bit So Much! And At The End, When Brad Walks Away, And Then Hope Says "Thank You" To Melinda And Walks Away With Brad Until She Fades Into The Light, That Was Amazing.

    5 Star Episode.moreless
  • Fairly good episode

    In this episode, Meliana deals with quite a few things. First, her husband's accident. Second, Hope, the ghost who has not crossed over. And the last, a young Australian man who sold them fake merchandise. She dealt with the first real quick. She spent most of her time doing the second when she failed to do the third, so she let Andrea handle it. I found the story a little boring and dull. I didn't enjoy it at all. The accident her husband got into actually made the episode watchable and the Australian guy did the same as well. Overall... a fairly good episode.moreless
  • This was a very good episode.

    This was a very good episode. At the beginnig when Jim got in the accident, I was in total shock. And then the flashback was just so sad, yet happy. How they do it, I don't know. Despite all of the sadness in the episode, it also had its funny parts, such as the cosmic law of french toast. I also liked the ghost in this episode. It was a very origional way that she died, and also very sad. I just felt so bad for her, and you could tell Melinda did to. This has to be one of my favorite episodes.moreless
  • A somewhat dark episode.

    What I really enjoyed "Hope and Mercy" is how it seemed to me to be more dark and sinister than the previous episodes before it.

    When the episode starts out, Melinda's husband Jim is at work when a motorcycle rider gets in an accident and he and his partner are dispatched to bring him to the hospital when the ambulance gets a flat tire and goes off the side of the rode, resulting in Jim getting hurt and the motorcycle dying. When Melinda gets to the hospital to see Jim, Hope, a patient who died after a botched operation, wants Melinda to go to her husband to help him stop blaming himself for her death. As the episode progresses; Melinda learns, with the help of the surgical nurse that helped with Hope's operation, that she died through the fault of the doctor. When she visits the doctor's house, Melinda learns that he is in the early stages of dementia, causing him to make the occasional error while working. When Melinda meets with Hope's husband to read him the note she wrote before she died, you could see that his guilt was starting to go away when she didn't blame him for her being in the hospital, freeing Hope to cross over.

    Once Hope crosses over, Melinda goes to the hospital to visit with the doctor who performed Hope's surgery, to help him see that it was time to retire due to his illness. When he told her that he didn't know what she was talking about, Melinda told him that his wife informed her about what was happening with him and wanted Melinda to help her tell him that it was for the best to retire, that way she could cross over.

    However, what I found to be the best part of the episode was the ending, when Jim told Melinda about motorcycle rider who died, he just got out of prison the week before and on the night of the ambulance accident, the guy was going to kill his girlfriend; then when Jim and Melinda turn off the lights in their room, you see the deceased motorcycle rider standing outside their house and then walks away, a sign of sinister things to come.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Melinda: Brad, you should read her note. I found it in her charts.
      Brad: I can't. You read it.
      Melinda (reading the note): Brad, I know you feel like this is your fault, but I want you to know that I don't blame you. You've always taken better care of me than I have myself from the day I first laid...
      (Overlapping voice of Melinda and Hope.)
      Melinda and Hope: ...eyes on you in detention and that hasn't changed today...
      (Completely fades into Hopes voice.)
      Hope: I've never felt more in love with you then when I watched you all worried and sweaty and care worn running beside the gurney when they wheeled me in here. So please... please don't wallow. Oh, and if I'm not awake when you get back, don't forget to feed Daisy and walk her. See you tomorrow. I love you.
      Melinda: Hope.
      Brad: Wow, I guess we're even.
      (Brad gets up and leaves)
      Hope: Thank you.
      (Then Hope gets up and walks off with Brad until she fades into the light)

    • Melinda (to Nurse Derek Lee): I'm asking you to have a little empathy for someone whose wife died. In your care.

    • Andrea: Oh God, I can't believe a guy that cute is a crook.

    • Melinda: I learned a long time ago, never question the cosmic law of French toast.
      Jim: The what?

    • Hope: Yeah, there's a lot of us here.

    • Hope: My husband helped yours now you have to help him, please, I'm desperate.

    • Nurse Derek Lee (about Dr. Devine): He's respected and beloved, he's damn near untouchable.

    • Andrea: Seven bucks? Fate is cheap!

    • Melinda: I represent a former patient of yours.
      Nurse Derek Lee: Former as in discharge?
      Melinda: Former as in dearly departed.

    • Brad: How about you get on with my life? I'll take yours any day.

    • Melinda: I don't have to love you. I want to. I choose to.

    • Nurse Derek Lee (about the morgue): They say this place is haunted.
      Melinda: I've got news for you, they're right.

    • Jim: Are we the puppet masters or are we just the puppets?

    • Jim (talking about the accident): This happened to me for a reason. Now a person is dead. What kind of reason is that?

    • Jim (to Melinda): Do you believe in fate? Or do you believe we've some kind of control over our destiny?

    • Melinda: I'm happy it's not you I'm helping.
      Jim: Me too.

    • Jim: Where were you?
      Melinda: Oh...I um...
      Jim: I know... I figured in the hospital... You must be in hog heaven.
      Melinda: Sometimes it's not all it's cracked up to be.

    • Andrea (referring to Jim to Melinda): Sexy, sensitive and indestructable. I've got to get me a man like that.

    • Hope: Nobody can see me except you. Why?
      Melinda: It's a gift I have. Can I just tell you, you're a little pushy.
      Hope: If you were in my position you would be too. Don't you think?

    • Jim: Am I dead?
      Melinda: No.
      Jim: I never know with you.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Ectopic Pregnancy

      An ectopic pregnancy is a complication of pregnancy in which the fertilized ovum is implanted in any tissue other than the uterine wall. Most ectopic pregnancies occur in the Fallopian tube, but implantation can also occur in the cervix, ovaries, and abdomen.

    • Wallower

      A wallower is someone who devotes themselves entirely into something.

    • Cat Scan

      Is a method of combining images from multiple x-rays under the control of a computer to produce cross-sectional or three-dimensional pictures of the internal organs, which can be used to identify abnormalitiesin the body.

    • Dementia

      Is the loss of intellectual functions such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning of sufficient severity to interfere with a person's daily functioning. Symptoms may also include changes in personality, mood, and behavior.

    • Fallopian Tube

      Is a part of the female reproductive tract. There are two long slender fallopian tubes through which eggs pass from the ovaries to the uterus.

    • Hope is the name of the ghost Melinda helps. Hence, the Hope part of Hope and Mercy. Mercy was the name of the Hospital in which it happened; hence the Mercy part of the title.