Ghost Whisperer

Season 1 Episode 22

The One (2)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 05, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After a jetliner crashes Melinda faces the overwhelming task of helping hundreds of passengers crossover. While Melinda faces this task she finds that the “Wide Brim Man” is working against her. Melinda must also try to work with the crash investigators who are trying to find out how Melinda knew that the plane was going to crash.moreless

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  • Sorry, but this series is a PALE version of the far superior Medium, and the hackneyed see-it-from-a-mile-away melodrama only serves to prove the point. This beats Threshold? OR Joan of Arcadia? How sad.moreless

    I returned to the two-part finale to give the series one last try, but the inferior acting and derivative script puts this firmly in my don\'t watch list. I get that some folks must like JLH for some reason. Or that simple minded Christian fundamentalists grasp at ANYTHING that portends to espouse a literal interpretation of their definition of how the afterlife works. Hewitt is certainly attractive ... but her performance here is a notch below daytime soaps. Maybe if I was a teenage girl or a romance-novel-reading housewife I would get it, but nothing rings true for me here. Not the reactions of the supporting/guest casts, not the dialog, not even the basic premise.

    And the \"surprise\" ending? For gosh sakes, rent M. Night\'s masterpiece \"The Sixth Sense\" ... the same theme and concept, but done right. Or even better, support Medium over on NBC, a truly superior television program in a similar vein.moreless
  • This is why everyone should watch this series!


    I have to say that I watched this episode as a rerun during the end of season three and am very sad that I did, because at that time I didn't care about Andrea, Melinda's store partner.

    I have been fortunate to be able to watch the entire first season again and go through all the emotions of it. When I first began to watch the episode again, I knew the conclusion and felt as if I should just skip it -- but didn't!

    I'm glad I did not, this is THE reason to watch this series. It was the best episode as of yet (meaning from season one) and the twist ending where we find out that Andrea is dead is classic and greatly written.

    The first time I watched the episode, it never hit me that she could be dead and that's great writing and acting and directing.

    This is one of the truly best episodes of Ghost Whisperer and if this doesn't get you addicted to the series...I have NO idea what will.moreless
  • An amazing episode with so many twists

    This episode was so surprising. It had you wondering whether Melinda had gotten herself into trouble with that guy who worked for the government. He actually turned out to be OK with the fact that she can see the dead.

    I was biting my nails so much because of how exciting it is. You want people to be found alive from the plane crash but everytime you are told that there has been no survivers so far, your heart drops.

    The ending was just breath-taking the way all the spirits were walking towards the light. I felt saddened by the fact that there was a select few which chose to stay with evil mask man. I wanted them to realise that it's better for them where all the others have gone. After that I got such a shock when Andrea's brother wasn't the one who had died but Andrea was the one who had been driving and got hit by the accident. I cried my eyes out when she realised she was dead.

    It made me cry more when she said it was her brothers birthday and it reminded me how cruel this show may seem, because they took her when it was her brothers birthday.

    It was such a beautiful episode and one of the best in the first season. The identity has not been properly told of the mask man yet, but I thought he was a very scary character who appeared out of nowhere and gave you a scare.

    A great episode and I hope that all of them are as good as this one.moreless
  • Melinda must deal with the results of the plane crash, the investigation into the crash, the spirits who need her help to move on, the victims families who need help moving on and the wide-brimmed hat man. Also, helping a friend see the light.moreless

    I cannot say I am a big fan of the show. It is too "Touched By an Angel" with happy endings and such. I absolutely loved this episode because it ended with a completely out of the blue, never saw it coming conclusion. It is only in watching the episode again do you notice the "Sixth Sense" moments, Andrea not actually touching things, her being ignored by the plane crash investigator, etc... She spends the episode interacting only with Melinda, worried that her brother was on the flight, terrified that she has lost him. You never get what has happened until her brother arrives in town and passes her on the street, not seeing her to be consoled by Melinda. It is a sad episode for the character of Melinda because you gotta wonder how painful it is when she can see so much, know so much yet to be unable to help a person who was so close to her, who was her friend.moreless
  • I haven't had this much time watching a twisting ending since "The Sixth Sense."

    How many times have we seen a surprise ending in a movie or TV show? Too many to count if you ask me. This day in age when we see a movie, (or TV show) we are almost always expecting a twisting ending, because it happens so often in movies. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE surprise endings. It wasn't until this episode that I really noticed that I haven't had so much fun watching a twisting ending in anything since the sixth sense. There's a sense of "AHH, why didn't I think of that!" after you see this episode. You hit yourself, and wonder how could it be, but it happened, and you end up praising the show for it. They did an absolute amazing job with it, and I was surprised. Like "The Sixth Sense," you can replay the episode, and see Andrea make so many obvious actions that give her away, but your mind watching the first time around, doesn't catch it. That is the work of a talented writer. If you haven't seen this episode, check it out!moreless
Henry Czerny

Henry Czerny


Guest Star

John Seda

John Seda

John Gregory

Guest Star

Chris Ellis

Chris Ellis

Ghost Pilot

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This is the first episode in which we get to see "The Light" that ghosts go through when they cross over. Not only can Melinda see it, but also Jim and Matt see it. Melinda explains that it must be because so many souls are waiting to cross over at once.

    • Some of the plane crash victims decide not to cross over and stay with the Wide Brimmed Hat Man.

    • This is the first episode that Melinda didn't say her monologue in the beginning of the show.

    • It is revealed that Andrea died in the episode instead of her brother. Her vehicle was in the way of the plane when the plane crashed.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Melinda: I just wanted to tell you all how sorry I am. How sorry we all are here in Grandview. I also wanted to tell you, to make you understand if I can, that your loved ones, they feel you. They know that you're here. I've been to the crash site, and I felt their spirits there. And I can... I can feel them right now in this room. I feel their sadness. I feel their confusion. But the biggest thing that I feel is their love. For you. And if there is anything that they would want you to know, it's that they know how much you love them. That is so important for you to know. It's the only thing that matters.

    • Melinda: You can't do this. You can't trick those souls into staying here.
      Wide Brim Man: Well, since you feel so strongly about it, I will release all your precious souls and let you send them into the light, and in return...I'll take you.

    • Melinda: (After Wide Brim Man says he'll release the souls of the plane passengers in exchange for hers) It was 250 people Jim. Do I really have the right to ignore that?
      Jim: What about the thousands of people you could help the rest of your life. Do you really have the right to ignore them?

    • Wide Brim Man: (To the ghosts of the plane passengers) You can all stay right here.
      Melinda: Yes, you can, but you shouldn't. There's nothing here for you anymore.
      Wide Brim Man: That's a lie. Your families are here, your friends, your homes. No one knows what's on the other side, why take that chance?
      Melinda: You were all meant to move on, that's why you died.
      Wide Brim Man: You died because the plane crashed.

    • Andrea (after finding out she's dead): I was falling in love with a poet.

    • Melinda (to the Pilot): We may not all know why we die, but everybody deserves to know how they died.

    • Mr Mallinson: You claim to be a psychic?
      Melinda: No. Psychics see the future.
      Mr Mallinson: What do you see?
      Melinda: The dead.

    • Mr Mallinson: Are you registered?
      Melinda: What?
      Mr Mallinson: NSA, CIA?
      Melinda: I was registered at pottery barn when I got married, that's about it...

  • NOTES (2)

    • For this entire season, the show was nominated for the 2006 Emmy Award for Oustanding Main Title Design, and, for the 2006 Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout TV Show.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: June 15, 2006 on Kanal 4
      Turkey: February 11, 2007 on CNBC-e


    • In the scene where Melinda goes back to the NTSB tent and asks the agent if she can see the wreck for 15 minutes and that she won't disturb anything, in the bottom left of the shot behind the agent next to a roll of "Do Not Cross" yellow tape you can see a box labeled NCC-1701-D, this is the starship registry number of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.