Ghost Whisperer

Season 4 Episode 14

Slow Burn

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Melinda assists the ghost of a domineering mother who is keeping a very dark secret.

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  • Solid episode, but plot was easy to figure out.

    Melinda and Jim (the form of Sam is not shown in this episode) volunteer to chaperone a school dance when the ghost of a woman appears to Melinda and asks her to keep an older boy named Tim Dwight away from her daughter Kristy Marks. The woman named Deborah Marks had recently died in an accident in her home. She is worried about her daughter's feelings for Tim who was saved from a juvenile detention center by Deborah. It is later learned that Tim was put up for adoption by Deborah while in college before she was married to her husband. Melinda helps the father and daughter cope with the death of a wife and mother explaining to them the story behind the relationship between Tim and Deborah. Tim gets a chance to say goodbye to his birth mother through Melinda.

    Melinda and Jim keep setting times for a date and it gets cut short by Melinda either because of a ghost that is present or by having to investigate what happened to the ghost. In the end Jim is discouraged and tells Melinda that her heart is not in it yet because her husband had recently died. She tells him it is and kisses him and they leave for a date.

    A very good episode, but it was pretty predictable that Tim and Kristy were brother and sister and they didn't know it.moreless
  • Melinda helps a ghost. Yeah, really, she does.

    I have to say that the Melinda and Jim/Sam stuff was actually tolerable here. I still think that this storyline is doing more harm than good for the long-term growth of the show and for the short-term appeal of the program as well.

    The actual ghost storyline was a little bit confusing, but we got a fine payoff in the end. I loved Delia freaking out at the kids during the dance among many other subtle things here.

    This was not a blowaway episode by any means but after last week's debacle it is good to know the show is right back on track.moreless
  • The supporting cast has more face time. Sam and Melinda start to date. Melinda hasn't told Sam her gift yet. It is just David Conrad and no more flashes of the other actor.moreless

    Melinda and Sam go to chaperone Ned's High School dance. A mother is attached to her daughter. The daughter is dating a bad guy who spiked the punch. Tim, the mother's assistant tried to help out the girl. Tim is the girl's half brother and the mother's baby, whom she gave up for adoption. There were misunderstandings. The daughter thought that her mother was having an affair with Tim. The daughter was falling for her 1/2 brother. The mother died in a freak accident. In the end, the son forgave the mother. She crossed over. Melinda is starting to lie to Sam. They are really cute.moreless
Brittany Curran

Brittany Curran

Kristy Marks

Guest Star

Kendall Schmidt

Kendall Schmidt


Guest Star

Gretchen Egolf

Gretchen Egolf

Deborah Marks

Guest Star

Kenneth Mitchell

Kenneth Mitchell

Sam Lucas

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The hockey game that Jim is watching at the end of the episode when Melinda goes to the garage to talk to him after crossing the ghost is the NCAA Division I National Championship game between the Boston University Terriers and Northern Michigan University Wildcats. The game went to 3 OT periods, ending in an 8-7 victory in favor of the Wildcats.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Ned: Mom, you're making me look bad!
      Delia: Please don't tell me these are friends of yours.
      Ned: No, and they never will be if you keep this up.

    • Delia: (seeing two teenagers grinding together) I am as open minded as the next person, but who calls that dancing? This is a public place for God's sake!

    • Sam/Jim: Here you are, ladies. (hands Melinda and Delia a couple of drinks). Careful, judging by the dancefloor I'd say these are spiked.

    • Sam/Jim: Okay, I know what's it about.
      Melinda: What? What is it about?
      Sam/Jim: That you're not ready to start dating yet. And it makes total sense. I understand. There's no hard feelings.
      Melinda: No, but I am ready.
      Sam/Jim: Your head says you are, but your hearts says no. Not yet.
      Melinda: No, it doesn't. Okay, my heart doesn't say that. I think I would know what my heart says.
      Sam/Jim: Melinda, I get it. It's okay. You don't have to do
      (Melinda kisses Sam/Jim)

    • Deborah Marks: (the ghost) I did that too. Tried to hide the truth to protect my family. But the lies hurt...more than anything.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Dates:

      Norway: May 28, 2009 on FEM
      Turkey: December 9, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: May 2, 2010 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: July 6, 2010 on AXN
      Finland: August 1, 2011 on Nelonen

    • Gretchen Egolf (Deborah) also worked with David Conrad (Jim) in the season 2 episode "Skin And Bones" of Roswell.

    • Romy Rosemont (Mrs. Dwight) also worked with Jennifer Love Hewitt (Melinda) in the episode "The Time She Got Mobbed" of Time Of Your Life.

    • Featured Music:
      "Cause I Get to Love You" by Bryan Weirmier
      "Hot N Cold" by Katy Perry
      "Simple Machine" by Kyler England
      "Destiny" by Minnutes
      "You Make It Real" by James Morrison
      "Stay With Me" by Hoobastank