Sgt. Paul Adams
Goof: When Melinda asks if they forgot to pay the light bill, Jim says he blew up the circuits. However, right next to him there's a lamp turned on.
Goof: Just after Melinda tells Jim what his brother told her, and his brother walks away from the house, when the camera goes over to Michael's (Balthazar Getty) car, if you watch the door, below the driver's side window, you can see the reflection of the cameraman (his pants mostly) walking toward the car for the close up, before Michael gets out.
Goof: The pilot shows a California license plate on a vehicle. Subsequent episodes show New York license plates.
Melinda: (to Jim) It's hard to get used to ... being cared about so much.
This may be an allusion to people that have hurt Melinda, especially in reference to her gift. In Season 1, at least two people are noted in this way: former friend Lexie and former boyfriend Kevin.
Sgt Paul Adams is listed on the Grand View veterans' memorial as MIA in Vietnam in June, 1972.
Also listed are Lt Ryan Beeman, February, 1970; Capt William Green, March 1964; Sgt Lee Ross, killed in June 1972; and Capt Michael Rizzo, MIA, December 1965.
Melinda narrates at the beginning of every episode:
I just got married. I just moved to a small town. I just opened an antique shop. I might be just like you. Except from the time I was a little girl I knew I could talk to the dead. Earthbound spirits my grandmother called them. The ones who have not crossed over because they have unfinished business with the living and they come to me for help. To tell you my story, I have to tell you theirs.
Melinda: Paul, you told me that you were in a low valley of some kind. I think you might have actually been in the place called the Lo Valley. L-O and... I just need for you to remember your last day there. Remember what happened?
Sgt. Paul Adams: Sometimes, I see bits and pieces. I remember being in a helicopter. I could see tracers coming up at us from the tree tops. I could feel the chopper slipping. I could hear the pain and bullets off the hallway. And I knew we were hit. We were going down. I remember seeing a waterfall as we went down. I remember thinking how beautiful it was and I was glad that the last thing I was gonna see was pretty. And I remember crying. Because I was never gonna see my baby.
(Jim is carrying Melinda)
Melinda: You know, you only have to do this for the doorway, not the whole street.
Jim: Well now she tells me.
Jim: (to Melinda about their new home) Don't be too impressed. The inside still looks like Legoland.
Melinda: You know, it really explains a lot.
Andrea: Right, although not to me.
Melinda: (to Paul Adams' ghost) You're not supposed to be in my home. It's not how this works.
Andrea: In your house?
Melinda: Yeah, it's never happened before.
Andrea: Personna non grata. As we say in Latin. What did Jim say?
Melinda: You know, I made an executive decision not to spoil the moment.
Andrea: Good call.
Jim: Alright, step one. Remove blindfold.
Melinda: Oh, thank you.
Jim: Step two, um, close one eye so you only see the part of it that's almost finished.
Melinda: Damn, wrong eye.
Melinda: "Speak & Understand Latin", "A Conversation, in Latin", "Latin for Dummies". Please not another hobby.
Andrea: It is not a hobby. I'm trying to improve my mind.
Melinda: I thought you were teaching yourself how to play the guitar.
Andrea: I was... Wicked blisters though.
Melinda: Hey, you know, no one actually speaks Latin anymore.
Andrea: That is exactly what appeals to me about it.
Dan Clancy: The thing about Jim is that, he can take away your fear. He makes more of a difference than he knows.
Melinda: He would so love to hear that from you.
Dan Clancy: (whispering to Melinda) I'm giving it to you. Save it for when he's really ready to throw in the towel. You'll know.
Dan Clancy: Hey. Don't tell me I scared you.
Melinda: Ah, very funny. I just didn't know if you were gonna make it.
Dan Clancy: Are you kidding? I finally get to see my only brother settle down.
Melinda: (at her and Jim's wedding) Can't we sneak out? They'll never miss us.
Jim: We haven't collected all of our gifts yet.
Melinda: Oh, true.
Michael: (to Melinda) It's amazing how much you can miss somebody you never met.
Jim: Don't tell me you see something?
Melinda: No, no. No. No way, it's nothing.
Jim: That's good, that's good. Because it'd be nice to keep the celebration, you know, among the living.
Melinda: Did we forget to pay the light bill?
Jim: I have a headache... and I crossed two wires in the basement and blew the circuits.
Melinda: That's why you're a paramedic and not an electrician.
Andrea: Oh my God. You must have been dying to tell him?
Melinda: Tell him what? That his dead father was dripping mud on my living room last week?
Andrea: Point taken.
Melinda: The window just came off in my hand.
Jim: I meant for that to happen.
Andrea: Are you saying that Village Java is haunted?
Melinda: No, places aren't haunted, people are haunted.
Melinda: You're looking out for me, uh?
Jim: No, I'm looking out for me. You punch pretty hard during these bad dreams.
Melinda: Oh, well, let's see, two weeks in Bermuda or Andrea's salary?
Andrea: Honeymoons are totally overrated.
Melinda: Jim's got some big surprise going and he wants me to stay away from it.
Andrea: And this is the only place you could think of to come? That's unbelievably sad for you.
Michael Adams: Must be great having supernatural powers.
Melinda: Not really.
Melinda: (to Jim) We're in a life business. Death is just a part of it.
Melinda was nominated for the 2008 TV Land Award for Favorite Character From The "Other Side".
David Conrad (Jim) will be receiving the "And" credit.
International Air Dates:
Denmark: January 12, 2006 on Kanal 4
The show is filmed on a backlot in Universal Studios, Hollywood. The townsquare was used also for Back to the Future but modified to fit the fictional town of Grandview.
The Season 1 DVD was released on October 31, 2006. Halloween was the release date, when it is folklore that the barrier between the spirit world and the human world is the thinnest. Folklore also says that more spirits walk the earth on All Hallows Eve(another name for the holiday).
Loneliness by Annie Lennox.
Among the lyrics are: It's the call of the living, and the race from life to death.
Melinda's grandmother saw Earthbound Spirits too, which was where Melinda got her gift from.
In this episode we see that Melinda's antique store is called 'Same As It Never Was'. This alludes a lyric from Jennifer Love Hewitt's single entitled 'How Do I Deal' where she sings 'Same as it ever was...'
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