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TV Reviews: Ghost Whisperer‘s “Till Death Do Us Start” & Medium‘s “Pain Killer”

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Ghost Whisperer – "Till Death Do Us Start"

I just have to say two things about this week's Ghost Whisperer. First, it was funny; and second, for perhaps the first time, I didn't see the ending twist coming. I was a little shocked.

The show starts with Aiden drawing a picture with people and water. Melinda is at the hospital telling Jim that Aiden doesn't want to be a doctor, when Eli's dad, Ray, comes in with his business partner's (Ann) daughter, Casey. Ray insists he is not having a heart attack and they wheel him down the hall as Eli comes into the hospital. Melinda spots Evelyn, Eli's dead mother, and we're off and running.

Evelyn begs Melinda to help Ray cross into the light. She doesn't want either Eli nor Ray to know that she's still hanging around. Evelyn believes it would be best for both Ray and Eli if Ray crosses over quickly. This is not an easy task she's handed Melinda. Ray and Eli have a contentious relationship at best and it doesn't improve after Ray dies.

We learn that Eli's father is the screen door king and he wanted his only son to follow him into the business. He wasn't happy with Eli becoming a “touchy-feely shrink.” We also learn that Aiden's picture is of Eli's family house at the lake. Evelyn died at the lake house of an aneurysm and Ray sold the house. We also learn that Eli and Casey were childhood friends and are a little more than attracted to each other in adulthood.

As the show progresses, we learn that Ray suspects that Evelyn had an affair with his business partner's husband, Don, before Casey and Eli were born. He believes that Casey and Eli are half-brother and sister. Ray had been spending his time, before his death, keeping Casey and Eli apart. Both learn that Ray had made up a serious girlfriend for Eli and didn't mention that Casey broke up with her pilot boyfriend. Eli, after learning of the affair, begins to believe that he and Casey could be related as well and he begins to avoid her.

At one point, I was lost in the relationships between Ray, Evelyn, Ann, and Don. It appeared that they were all doing some bed-hopping, but appearances can be deceiving. First, we were led to believe that Ray and Evelyn had an affair. Then, it was Don and Ann. But the truth was even more shocking. It turns out that the only bed-hopping that was being done was between Evelyn and Ann, much to the surprise of Ray, Eli, and Melinda.

The episode ends with Casey calling Eli unique, which leaves me believing that there won't be a future between them. However; Eli's parents don't cross into the light, either, leaving me to believe that we haven't seen the last of them.

Medium – “Pain Killer”

Before I do the normal recap of this week's Medium, I'd like to pass along a little tidbit. The director of this week's episode was none other than Tate Donovan, the actor. I have to say he did a pretty good job, but the writers – Craig Sweeny and Robert Doherty – provided an excellent script, so I'm sure it wasn't all that difficult.

The show starts with a patient being declared dead by a resident and then brought back to life by an attending physician. The doctor leans down and says, “It wasn't your time to go, Allison DuBois.” When Allison awoke from her dream with a start – standard fare for the beginning of the show – I felt a little chill myself. In the morning, Joe explains to Allison that she had indeed died for a couple of minutes while she was in her three-month coma.

Next, we see Allison visiting her friend Rosemary – played brilliantly by Martha Plimpton – in the hospital. They had met when Allison was recovering in the hospital. Allison's tumor turned out to be benign, but Rosemary is suffering from stage four cancer. Rosemary asks Allison to have a good dream that she can give her family.

After leaving Rosemary's room with tears in her eyes, Allison runs into the doctor who had saved her life – Doctor Thomas Statler, played by Oded Fehr. She thanks him for saving her life. He modestly tells her she owes him nothing, although he's a nickel short for the vending machine and could she give him one? Allison complies and he tells her that they're even.

Rosemary dies and Allison goes to her hospital room. One of those Sixth Sense moments happens, when Allison begins a conversation with Rosemary and a nurse interrupts her. We learn that Allison has been speaking to a dead Rosemary. The conversation leaves Allison believing that Rosemary has left this plane of existence with a little help from a nurse. She calls Doctor Statler and asks if he could check to be sure that no extra drug was in Rosemary's system. When Doctor Statler calls Allison back, he tells her that an autopsy has been performed and that Rosemary died because of her stage four cancer.

Allison dreams about Rosemary's death, which reveals that Doctor Statler is the killer. When she confronts him, he all but comes out and admits it. He tells her that he can't get caught because there's no proof. When a hospital administrator, played by Bruce McGill, agrees to make a statement against Doctor Statler, the good doctor kills him by adding potassium to his bottled water. At the end of the episode, Statler receives a job offer from a hospital in Georgia and literally gets away with murder.

There are a couple of things I'd like to say about this episode before I end this recap/review. First, I think Martha Plimpton is good in the role, but way underused. I would've like to have seen more of her. Second, I liked seeing Bruce McGill. He's a fine actor and I've always loved his work. Third, in a way, I'm glad Allison didn't get her man, so to speak. Sometimes, things are a little too pat on Medium. And, finally, the side story of Joe's job hunting where Bridgette thinks she's writing a plot for a TV show and she's really writing Joe's life in advance added an excellent source of humor to this dark episode.

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