Stranglehold (Ghost Whisperer)

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Ghost Whisperer episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 17
Directed by Eric Laneuville
Written by Laurie McCarthy, P.K. Simonds
Production code 317
Original air date May 9, 2008 (US, Canada)
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"Stranglehold", is the episode before the last of Ghost Whisperer, season three. It originally aired on May 9, 2008 on CBS in United States. All main cast appears.


Melinda finally reunites with her father, Tom Gordon, after a long search and under suspicious circumstances. While searching for him she discovered he was a prosecutor in Grandview before he disappeared, and a spirit led her to a case he had prosecuted that involved the murder of a young boy, Michael. Tom had convicted the man who found the body, Paul Eastman, of the murder, sending him to prison where he escaped during a fire. However, before finding out that her father was in town, Melinda, led by clues left by the mysterious spirit, had approached Michael’s family hoping to get information from them about her dad. When she met with Michael’s mother she discovered that his ghost was still living with her, and that she was well aware of it. Melinda tries to convince Michael to go in to the light, but Mother and son are happy with the way things are. Melinda then discovers that Michael wasn’t murdered at all, that he had died after falling from a tree. After confronting Michael about it, he tells Melinda that Paul had found his body because Paul was also a ghost whisperer. Michael had told him where to search, and because of that Paul went to prison an innocent man. Knowing her father has been on the run for a long time, Melinda then assumes that he was running from Paul, who was hunting him to seek revenge. After getting Michael to cross over, Melinda rushes to find her father to warn him about Paul, but when she gets to his hotel it appears that she’s too late. To be continued…


Main cast[edit]

Guest Starring[edit]


  • Afemo Omilami as Archivist
  • Martin Donovan as Tom Gordon
  • Chris Sanders as Ned Banks

Production notes[edit]

The series is based on the work of "Spirit Communicator" James Van Praagh, who is co-executive producer and constantly updates a blog about the show through CBS.The stories are also said to be based in part on the work of "Spirit Communicator" Mary Ann Winkowski. Development of the show dates back to at least two years before its premiere. The show is currently produced by Sander/Moses Productions in association with CBS Paramount Network Television (originally CBS Productions in season 1) and ABC Studios (originally Touchstone Television in the first 2 seasons). The show is filmed on the Universal Studios back lot in Hollywood. One area on the lot is Courthouse Square from the Back to the Future trilogy, though it has been drastically modified to portray Grandview. For example, the clock tower present in Back to the Future has been completely covered up. Cast and crew members also believe that the set gets visits from real spirits. Sound effects are completed at Smart Post Sound. The hair stylist for the show’s protagonist, Melinda Gordon (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt), was 5 time Emmy award nominated hair designer Michael Reitz.


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