In the United States, original episodes of season four aired between October 3, 2008 and May 15, 2009. Four airdates on other networks and in other countries, see: International Airdates. Season four had a total of five main characters, Melinda, Jim, Ned, Delia, and newcomer Eli. Rick was a main last season but left the show in the first episode of the season as a special guest star. Season four follows Melinda as she guides Eli James, a person who had a near-death experience and can now hear ghosts. Melinda also suffers from Jim's untimely death and mourns her loss. However, Jim refuses to cross over and steps-in a body, coming back to life as Sam Lucas, but has no memory of his life with Melinda.
In Billing Order
- Jennifer Love Hewitt as Melinda Gordon
- David Conrad as Jim Clancy
- Christoph Sanders as Ned Banks
- Jamie Kennedy as Eli James
- Camryn Manheim as Delia Banks
Special Guest StarEdit
In order of character appearances
- Kenneth Mitchell as Sam Lucas (15/23)
- Ion Overman as Detective Sam Blair (4/23)
- Jaclyn DeSantis as Zoe (3/23)
- Kurt Caceres as Detective Carl Neely (3/23)
- Teri Polo as Nikki (2/23)
- April Grace as The Watcher (2/23)
- Rodney Scott as Daniel Clancy (1/23)
- Joanna Cassidy as Faith Clancy (1/23)
Main Plot PointsEdit
Season Four still concentrates on Melinda Gordon getting visits from earthbound spirits in need of her help. Meanwhile, Melinda discovers a man who can hear ghosts, but can't see them, and she guides him on how to use this gift for good. Also, Jim gets killed and his spirit steps into a dead man's body, bringing him to life but forgets about Melinda and his life with her.
- Rick Payne leaves.
- Jim Clancy is killed.
- Jim's ghost steps into Sam Lucas, and forgets all about Melinda.
- Melinda helps a man named Eli use his ability to listen to Ghosts.
- Sam's ex-girlfriend wants Sam back, but is unaware that Sam is dead and Jim is taking over his body.
- Jim/Sam remembers his life as Jim and reunites with Melinda.
- Melinda gets pregnant.
- The Book of Changes displays Andrea's, Jim's and Eli's death date, and even a due date for Melinda, September 25.
- Melinda and Jim/Sam get married where they first met
|#||Image||Episode Name||Ep #||Original Airdate||Written by||Directed by|
|63||Firestarter||01||October 3, 2008||P.K. Simonds||Eric Laneuville|
|After being rescued by Jim from a fire at the Rockland University, Eli has a near death experience. Melinda becomes friends with Eli and soon discovers that they both have the same abilities- while she can see the dead, Eli can hear them.|
|64||Big Chills||02||October 10, 2008||Laurie McCarthy||Peter Werner|
|A popular former classmate, Grace Adams, contacts Melinda because she thinks her dead friend, Lucas, is haunting her after discovering his body. Secrets come to light that Grace, Lucas, and another friend have covered up an accidental death that happened ten years ago instead of reporting it to the police.|
|65||Ghost in the Machine||03||October 17, 2008||Jeannine Renshaw||Steve Robman|
|A ghost who's managed to recreate himself in a gaming world threatens Melinda when she tries to determine who he is, and when a young girl is threatened by an online predator in the same game she and Eli find themselves in a race to find her before the unthinkable occurs.|
|66||Save Our Souls||04||October 24, 2008||Mark B. Perry||Gloria Muzio|
|Melinda and Jim go on a cruise to celebrate their honeymoon. When they get there, they meet a young newlywed couple, Rich and Julia, and Melinda realizes a ghost has attached itself to Rich. Melinda also realizes the ship is full of ghosts that are having fun and partying.|
|67||Bloodline||05||October 31, 2008||Melissa Blake, Joy Blake||Ian Sander|
|A classmate of Ned's begins haunting a former best friend, and Melinda must find out why she's so angry before another tragedy occurs. Meanwhile, she and Jim find out news about a pregnancy.|
|68||Imaginary Friends and Enemies||06||November 7, 2008||Vivian Lee||Eric Lanueville|
|While Melinda and Jim are at his friend's wedding, a young girl's imaginary friend plays a dangerous game of hide and seek. It is up to Melinda to calm the ghosts who are causing the havoc. Jim and Melinda's participation in their friend's wedding brings a change to their own relationship.|
|69||Threshold||07||November 14, 2008||John Gray||John Gray|
|Melinda has a hard time helping a troubled teenage ghost while Melinda deals with drastic changes to her personal life. To make things only worse, a car crashes and Jim's spirit goes into the victim's body, to try to regain his life, only to completely forget who Melinda is.|
|70||Heart & Soul||08||November 21, 2008||Mark B. Perry, P.K. Simonds||Ian Sander|
|Melinda is drawn to a man Sam/Jim who is suffering from amnesia and she enthusiastically tries to help him regain his memory. Melinda tries to reach Jim while dealing with Sam's family and a ghost determined to punish her.|
|71||Pieces of You||09||December 5, 2008||Laurie McCarthy||Jim Chressanthis|
|Melinda has to put her worries over Sam aside when a young girl's ghost appears at his job site, a ghost whose anger may endanger her surviving family and Sam. Melinda discovers the secret behind a girl who has been missing for 12 years.|
|72||Ball and Chain||10||December 19, 2008||Christina M. Kim, Jeannine Renshaw||Eric Laneuville|
|Melinda struggles to help a spirit, a ghost who must come to terms with her marriage in order to cross over, who can't remember, and endangers her life trying to prevent another tragedy. Meanwhile, Sam puts off searching for the person for whom his ring was meant.|
|73||Life on the Line||11||January 9, 2009||Melissa Blake, Joy Blake||Kim Moses|
|A 14-year-old ghost wants to get his divorced parents and estranged brother back together so they will finally discuss the real reason for his death. Melinda discovers a secret that might make Sam/Jim's memory come back.|
|74||This Joint's Haunted||12||January 16, 2009||Mark B. Perry||Mark Rosman|
|Melinda and Sam go on a road trip into his past and end up in trouble, from bar fights to disruptive ghosts, and Melinda comes face to face with the biggest threat yet to her romantic hopes. Delia and Ned clash over what she believes is his risky behavior.|
|75||Body of Water||13||January 23, 2009||P.K. Simonds, Laurie McCarthy||Jennifer Love Hewitt|
|Melinda discovers a mysterious and vengeful contingent of ghosts at a local lake, where a financially distressed mortician had been secretly dumping bodies scheduled for cremation due to a furnace breakdown.|
|76||Slow Burn||14||February 6, 2009||Jeannine Renshaw||Steve Robman|
|As Melinda and Sam/Jim decide to give dating a try, Melinda must also help the ghost of Deborah Marks protect her teenage daughter Kristy from a supposedly bad-news boyfriend.|
|77||Greek Tragedy||15||February 13, 2009||Christina M. Kim||Karen Gaviola|
|A sorority girl goes missing in the woods during a secret initiation ceremony, and Melinda is confronted with the uneasy spirit of a sad ghost who encountered tragedy during that same ritual 40 years ago.|
|78||Ghost Busted||16||February 27, 2009||Mark B. Perry, P.K. Simonds||John Behring|
|Linus has been hired by one of Melinda's neighbors, John and Devon, to come "investigate" a haunting in their house. Linus is a ghost hunter and uses all of his high tech equipment to try to capture real evidence of this haunting. Melinda shares her special gift with Sam and his reaction is not what she expects.|
|79||Delusions of Grandview||17||March 6, 2009||Mark B. Perry and Laurie McCarthy||Jefery Levy|
|Sam gets a little more than he bargained for when he spends time with Melinda so he can get used to her world, and they run into a ghost who is influencing the children of a nursery school.|
|80||Leap of Faith||18||March 13, 2009||John Gray||Ian Sander|
|Melinda encounters a high powered businessman who is now working for the department of water and power in Grandview as a mechanic, after waking up 3 years ago after flat lining with no memory of himself.|
|81||Thrilled to Death||19||April 10, 2009||Laurie McCarthy, Jeannine Renshaw||Gloria Muzio|
|Melinda and Eli try to help a young woman being haunted by an angry ghost, but her refusal to tell the truth may endanger her life. Meanwhile, Jim realizes the complications of picking up his life again.|
|82||Stage Fright||20||April 24, 2009||Marc B. Perry||Eric Laneuville|
|A ghost causes problems for a television show that is filming in the Grandview town square. Afterward, Melinda finds a surprise which will flip life around for her and Jim, forever. She finds out that she is eight weeks pregnant- the baby was conceived before Jim died.|
|83||Cursed||21||May 1, 2009||Laurie McCarthy||Kim Moses|
|A haunted doll house may endanger a family who believes voodoo is keeping them safe, and Melinda searches for her missing wedding rings. Melinda discovers that the spirits trapped in a dollhouse have other plans.|
|84||Endless Love||22||May 8, 2009||P.K. Simonds||Ian Sander|
|A teenager is enthralled by a ghost who's tapped into her vampire fantasies, and Melinda must act before the girl becomes a ghost herself. Melinda has to figure out how to plan for her wedding and help a young lady get vampires to leave her alone.|
|85||The Book of Changes||23||May 15, 2009||John Gray||John Gray|
|Jim and Melinda's wedding is overtaken by an ambitious wedding planner while Melinda deals with dreams that seem to threaten her child. Elsewhere, Eli's ex, Zoe, is caught up in a book sale with tragic consequences. Melinda hopes she can protect her baby after a ghost visits her.|