Saturday, October 4, 2008

Ghost Whisperer - Recap & Review - Firestarter

Ghost Whisperer
“Firestarter”

Original Air Date: Oct 3rd, 2008

Lynn – TwoCents Reviewer
lynn@thetwocentscorp.com

Last night’s season four Ghost Whisperer premiere didn’t disappoint. After a near death experience, Eli James is revived with the ability to talk to spirits. However, he can’t actually see them—he can only hear them. Melinda must help him cope with his newfound “gift” and a ghost with some unfinished business. Hopefully you didn’t miss this fantastic season opener. If you did, though, no worries! We’ve got a recap for you right here.

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  1. Ghost Whisperer
    “Firestarter”

    Original Air Date: Oct 3rd, 2008

    Lynn – TwoCents Reviewer
    lynn@thetwocentscorp.com

    Last night’s season four Ghost Whisperer premiere didn’t disappoint. After a near death experience, Eli James is revived with the ability to talk to spirits. However, he can’t actually see them—he can only hear them. Melinda must help him cope with his newfound “gift” and a ghost with some unfinished business. Hopefully you didn’t miss this fantastic season opener. If you did, though, no worries! We’ve got a recap for you right here.

    The episode opens with Melinda and Jim, talking about having a baby. Aww. Of course, the lovely romantic moment is ruined by a call Jim gets about an office fire building.

    Melinda comes to the scene, worried that Professor Payne had been there during the fire. Don’t worry, though; he was fine. Melinda then sees a man the paramedics are trying to save. His spirit is seen floating above him a few seconds before they use a defibrillator to revive him. Another spirit is also present. IMDB.com calls her “The Watcher:” a mysterious ghost woman who appears several times throughout the episode.

    Melinda meets back with Jim at the hospital, where she discovers the man that was revived at the office building fire, Eli James. There’s another eerie, wordless “Watcher” encounter. He’s in a hospital room with bandages over his eyes because of some effect the smoke had. To Jim, it seems like he’s just talking to himself, but Melinda can see Eli’s chatting with a ghost, whom he calls Fiona. However, Eli doesn’t know that Fiona is a ghost, and she died in the fire.
    Melinda is talking about Eli’s situation to Payne as he packs up his office, because he is apparently going to the Himalayas (A.K.A. Gary Unmarried.) for some sort of research or another. He says that near death experiences can often result in the power to talk to spirits. However, Eli can’t actually see the spirits he’s talking to. He only hears them.

    The next time we bump into Eli, he’s looking rather insane, hands over his ears, yelling at ghosts that all want his help. Melinda to the rescue, of course! She makes them leave, and then begins to lecture Eli a bit on the gift he has now. Suddenly, Fiona appears, and she says that she doesn’t blame Eli. For what? Well, Melinda doesn’t get to that because a detective confronts them and says he needs Eli for questioning about the office building fire.

    Since there isn’t enough evidence to keep Eli as a suspect, the police let him leave with Melinda. We find out that Eli James is a shrink, and Fiona Raine was one of his patients. She had relationship issues. The night of the fire, Eli had told Fiona that he couldn’t treat her anymore. There had been an argument that other people in the building had heard which was why Eli had been questioned.

    While looking for more clues, Melinda pays a visit to Fiona’s roommates, Marlee and Christopher. Not much is accomplished by this, except that she finds mostly pictures of Fiona and her roommates, but none of Fiona’s own family.

    Eli tells Melinda that Fiona’s parents died when she was three, and she was in foster care after that. He also tells her that she set fire to her foster parents’ home when she was twelve. However, in the scene following this one, we learn that this might not be entirely true.

    A woman who was head of the foster home where Fiona lived tells Melinda and Eli that there were several other foster kids in the house. Since Fiona was twelve when she set the fire, there were no severe consequences. Some of the other foster children were older, bringing Melinda to the conclusion that maybe Fiona didn’t set either fire, but she was covering for one of the older children.

    Melinda goes back to see Fiona’s roommates again, with Eli this time. They tell Marlee and Christopher that they think Fiona’s spirit might be here and they need to talk to her. Before they go to check her room, Christopher asks if they could ask Fiona if he can keep a CD of hers. It’s African folk music. Christopher? Strange? Yes. So, Fiona’s ghost is in her room, and she says she just wants them to leave “us” alone. Melinda asks who “us” is, and Fiona promptly disappears in flames that burst from the floor.

    Melinda goes to the archives to do some research for herself. She finds that in the house that Fiona set on fire there was one child younger than her, one older girl, and one eighteen year old boy, who could have been tried as an adult. Christopher! Fiona appears again and tells Melinda that some things should be left alone. She apologizes and says that Melinda had been warned. A fire begins to spread through the archives. Melinda then discovers Christopher behind a shelf and realizes that Fiona had been trying to cover for him again, because Christopher had started the fire. He says he deserves to die, but Melinda tells him that Fiona doesn’t blame him for anything. Suddenly, the Watcher appears and unbolts a shelf from the floor so that Melinda and Christopher can go into the underground tunnels to get away from the fire.

    The Watcher tells Melinda that when she travels between the real world and the spirit world, it might “brush off” on whatever she touches. Hmm…

    The last segment of the show is full of goodbyes: Christopher says goodbye to Fiona. Eli confesses he loved Fiona before she crosses over. Melinda says a tearful goodbye to Payne, which made me sad. I really liked Payne’s character.

    This was an all around good episode. I was unhappy that they didn’t answer the whole six people/five shadows thing, but that was to be expected. And it looks like we have a new ghost whisperer that’ll be sticking around for a while, huh? What do you think of the new character, Eli? What did you think of this episode, all in all? Give me your two cents!

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  2. ok, first of all I was disappointed they didn't cover the issue of the shadows from last season. Second of all I will miss Payne a lot. Their chemistry was awesome and in a way I hope "Gary Unmarried " fails so he will be back....sorry. But ... i will give Melinda's new sidekick a chance. Last of all, I don't get the"watcher" advice.... i was like "what....I don't get it"

    karen (ugly betty)

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