Created by: John Gray
Directed by: Gloria Muzio
Written by: P.K. Simonds
Cast Members: Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim, Jay Mohr, Aisha Tyler
Released date: October 26, 2007
Episode(s) Number: 3x05
Episode(s) Title: Weight of What Was
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) communicates with earthbound spirits, ghosts who cling to the living because they have unfinished business that prevents them from moving beyond the familiar plane of existence that we call life.
Inspired in part by the work of famed medium James Van Praagh and of Mary Ann Winkowski, a real-life communicator with spirits, GHOST WHISPERER explores the spiritual side of life and death as Melinda navigates among the dead and the living in her sometimes chilling, sometimes heart-rending and sometimes amusing attempts to act as an intermediary between the ghosts and those they haunt.
Jim (David Conrad), her husband, worries about the emotional toll this work is taking on his wife as they embark on a new life together. Andrea, her friend and business partner in their antique store, is fascinated by Melinda’s talent. Melinda is somewhat reluctant to reveal her “gift” to new friend Delia Banks (Camryn Manheim), a single mom who lives in Grandview, fearing the consequences of drawing her into this “unconventional” world.
For her part, Melinda accepts her unique abilities as a blessing and sometime a curse, but always helps her clients–alive or dead–find emotional closure.
3×05: “The Weight of What Was” – Tessa is a ghost who was killed 150 years ago after being accused of performing witchcraft that led to the deaths of many people in a church fire. Melinda investigates further in the town archives and discovers that part of the town had been buried to erase this dark piece of history. She then finds a door hidden in the archives leading to a series of tunnels that guide her through the buried town under Grandview to the church where all the deaths took place.
At the church, Melinda sets the record straight: a disease killed the people, not Tessa’s ability to see ghosts and foresee the deadly outcome, which the town believed was witchcraft. Before Melinda can get Tessa to cross over, a very dark and powerful spirit appears, forcing Melinda to flee. On her way out, the tunnel collapses, trapping her in a small air pocket.
While Melinda struggles to get free, her father and Tessa appear, and her father explains that Tessa is actually Melinda’s great-great-great-grandmother.
• This is one of Amy’s larger supporting roles during a guest spot!
• A Halloween centric episode.
• The show ran for 5 seasons before being cancelled in 2010.
• Season 3 is available to buy on Region 1 & Region 2 DVD or Blu-Ray.