Ghost Whisperer

Season 4 Episode 18

Leap of Faith

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 13, 2009 on CBS
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A mechanic who used to be a high powered business professional has a lot in common with Sam.

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  • Please tell me it's a rumor - Ghost Whisperer isn't cancelled?! -- Ok.. came here to share a bit of filming-humor with you.. and find out if anybody else noticed...

    Love, Love, Loved this! Leap of Faith was very emotional! Thank you Jennifer, for not keeping us hanging like "some" shows would have, for weeks on end, to find out what Sam/Jim would do! Good writing --- Also, I didn't notice the first time I watched this episode, and... I know it wasn't funny but, about 49 minutes in Sam/Jim really cracks his toes on the doorway while swimming to save Melinda! OUCH! That must have hurt... and you can see his feet turn after he swims as if he stopped swimming. I know it wasn't funny, but it was funnier each time I hit 'replay'. lol - Just wondering if anybody else noticed. - Please tell me cancelling this show is a rumor?!!moreless
  • A good resolution to a difficult arc story… Contains spoilers if you continue.

    A good resolution to a difficult arc story…

    Contains spoilers if you continue.

    I had some difficulty with the staging having Melinda trapped in a room of rising water in order to be rescued by Sam/Jim. It seemed contrived and probably physically not possible. Also, the whole "take the backpack with the crowbar in it" reeked of contrivance. Nevertheless, the overall impact was suspenseful and you did wonder if both of them would die and a completely different story arc might begin.

    Instead, it looks like Sam/Jim had a near death experience in the water (life flashing in front of his eyes) which banished Sam forever. I thought that was kind of a cool way to end Sam and bring Jim totally back into character.

    There were two ghost stories which were subplots. One was a continuation of the Dr. Byrd ghost introduced earlier. At first it looks like he's planning to live again by stepping into someone else's dying body. But, he changes his mind and decides to move on into the light. The other was a ghost who stepped into someone's body three years before and has been tormented ever since. This gets resolved by his deciding to accept his new life as a second chance. Both subplots adequately compliment the Sam/Jim/Melinda situation by providing and showing alternatives they might face. To that extent, they work nicely.moreless
  • A terrific episode on a terrific show, beautifully written. One of the best episodes of the series. I really hope to see Ghost Whisperer stay on television for years to come.moreless

    I've loved this show from the very beginning! Since I lost my mother a couple years ago, this show has, in special way, helped me deal with my grief, it helps remind me that its a good thing to have faith, beliefs, and hope that anything is possible. It makes me think of my mother, and brings to life what every person who has lost a loved one wishes they could do, have that one last moment to say their goodbyes.

    It's helped me heal, telling the stories when giving characters closure with the ones they love, and when they go into "the light" they see other loved ones they have lost. It makes me hope that the same is true for everyone, that one day we will all be reunited with the one we love, and lost so suddenly or prematurely.

    This show touches the very deepest part of emotions. It illustrates love, compassion, hope, faith, pain, sadness, fear, anger, acceptance, happiness, it does a wonderful job of showing all emotion, as well as not only the good in life, and also the bad, very realistic and true-to-life emotion that comes with the loss of any loved one. I also love the fact that it gives me hope, showing that anything is possible, like the return of Jim to Melinda, I really believe that it is very possible. It may not be proven, "normal" as some would say, but I guess that's what comes with faith, believing in things that can not be seen, heard, or proven to fact.

    I encourage all those who love the supernatural, powerful emotion, and many twists and turns in a tv show, that they definately watch ghost whisperer, its a must see for people of all ages!moreless
  • Dr. Bird not half the villain I thought he was!

    I was with Eli thinking that Dr. Bird was evil, and ended up being really surprised how it all turned out. Not surprised about Jim obviously as that was destined to happen. But the Dr. Bird was a nice surprise. Melinda was right not to be too judgemental about the old shrink, it would seem. I liked the plot of another 'step in', and how it seemed to point to greater diabolical machinations on Bird's part. I found the Jim/Sam culmination a little weak, but I'm willing to accept it for the simple fact that it is nice to have them back together and have Jim able to be himself again... I wonder if they'll ever bring up Sam's old family again...moreless
  • Resolution....of a kind.

    A very good episode; in the top 5 episodes I've seen of Ghost Whisperer, easily. Resolution is finally achieved in the Jim/Sam story arc. I was crushed at the beginning when Melinda had given up on Jim. Although it was reasonably obvious that it wouldn't be the end of the issue, it was still touching. Dr. Bird's part in this episode was refreshing, but it did bring up some questions. The idea of another step-in as an experiment of Dr. Bird (along with others) was a great idea, and one that drove the episode to heights it hasn't achieved for weeks.

    The finale was heartwarming, and not just the affection shown between Jim and Melinda; I never saw the other begining of a relationship coming, but I loved it. The only issue I had with the episode was that this series has lost focus again. The previous episode gave us an interesting villain in Dr. Bird, and I thought his experiments with step-in's may have formed the basis of the finale of the season; a way for the dead to live again. But, like the second season, it looks like there will be no real villain or conflict until the last couple of episodes of the season.moreless
Ion Overman

Ion Overman

Det. Sam Blair

Guest Star

Michael O'Keefe

Michael O'Keefe

Dr. Byrd

Guest Star

Chad Morgan

Chad Morgan


Guest Star

Kenneth Mitchell

Kenneth Mitchell

Sam Lucas

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: The camera focuses on Eli's bare feet while he argues with Sam about his plans to jump into the water to rescue Melinda. A few minutes later, while still arguing, he takes his socks off and throws them aside.

    • Goof: in the scene when Dr. Byrd crosses into the light, the park clock's lancets are both shown downwards to the number six, one upon the other; this could not be possible as both 5:30 and 6:30 have the shorter lancet and the longer lancet disaligned on a regular clock.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Melinda: But the Jim that I love, he had something Sam never will and I don't know if it's something that I can live without.
      Delia: What?
      Melinda: Faith. In me.

    • Melinda: Look we have to find out why Byrd brought this guy here and he's one of your colleagues.
      Eli: Colleague? The guy's dead.

    • Eli: We're all born and reborn out of water, baptized as it were from the unconscious depth.
      Ned: What do you think happened? How'd he suddenly get all of his memories back?
      Eli: Well generally you know, healthy psyches can accommodate more than one functioning ego at a time. One of those egos perish, and another one may come in and take its place.
      Delia: In other words, you don't have a clue.
      Eli: Not at all.

    • Melinda: Would you two relax, OK? I wasn't in any danger.
      Delia: Some random guy breaks into the store and you weren't in any danger?
      Melina: He didn't break in, he came in through the tunnel so he was led there by that Dr. Byrd guy.
      Eli: How can you be so sure?
      Melinda: Because he was confused, he didn't know where he was, and if Byrd led him there then he was probably doing that persuasive whispering thing.
      Eli: You gotta seal up that entrance. With concrete and steel. And throw a little led in there, and garlic. I don't know, whatever else keeps evil spirits away.

    • Melinda: I do have to find out who this Ben guy is.
      Delia: Ben? What, did you exchange business cards?

  • NOTES (5)

    • Featured Music:
      "Found" by Philip LaRue
      "Chasing the Daylight" by Phillip LaRue

    • This episode was nominated the 2009 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)".

    • Mark Pellegrino (Ben) also worked with Camryn Manheim (Delia) in the 2004 movie Twisted, and, in the season 7 episode "Character Evidence" of The Practice.

    • Mark Pellegrino (Ben) also worked with Kenneth Mitchell (Sam) in the season 1 episode "Exposure" of The Unit.

    • International Air dates:
      Denmark: May 19, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Latin America: May 21, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Australia: June 25, 2009 on Channel 7
      Norway: July 2, 2009 on FEM
      United Kingdom: September 8, 2009 on Living
      The Netherlands: September 20, 2009 on Net 5
      Germany: September 25, 2009 on Kabel 1
      Turkey: January 6, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: May 16, 2010 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: July 20, 2010 on AXN
      Finland: August 29, 2011 on Nelonen