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Character(s) of the Month: Bryan Curtis in 'Ghost Whisperer'
When I had this idea I did not intend to start with Ghost Whisperer. I wanted to start with something good, but zegeekgirl emailed me to give me the heads up about an upcoming airing of Jamie's episode so plans were changed. You can also thank/blame her for the screencaps. ;) This recap will likely be one of the shorter ones since a) this is my first time doing anything like this, b) it's a guest starring role and c) did I mention it's not very good?




Two Bambers: THE highlight of the episode.


Title: Ghost Whisper: The Walk-In
Original Airdate: February 23, 2007
Future Airdate: Monday, May 17th at 8:00pm est on SyFy
Availability: Season 2 is on DVD.

Synopsis: Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) sees dead people. And speaks to dead people. And tries to help dead people. Said dead people are wandering around because they have unfinished business with the living and need Melinda’s help so they can run walk towards the light. Bryan Curtis (Jamie) has had a really bad day. He killed himself because, apparently, looking like Jamie Bamber does not guarantee you success in life and he’s had his corpse hijacked by the kid from CougarTown.

Worth Watching? Once, if you have a desire to see everything Jamie has appeared in. Twice, if you are a really big fan. And three times if you had the brilliant idea to do ‘Character of the Month’ posts.

Does he live or die? If you watch enough of Jamie’s work, you begin to notice his character’s have a tendency to die. In a twist, he starts out dead in this.





Jamie wakes up to discover his limited options during Battlestar Galactica’s shooting hiatus


zegeekgirl’s sharp eye caught that, even though Bryan’s body had been processed by the coroner, he’s still wearing his briefs. Given we know Jamie has no problem going commando on set, what we’re they thinking???




I imagine this is the same look he gave his agent after reading the script


At this point in the episode Melinda and Bryan are trying to figure out what is going on. I’m looking at the counter on the DVR and wondering how much longer I have to watch.




Proof hot, talented guys can be made to look like crap.




And can be made to look like a dork.




This is the kid in Bryan’s body. Jamie did some pretty good work playing a dead teenager in another man’s body.
And that body is looking better. It really shouldn’t be. I remind myself the writers will never be receiving the Peabody.


You might be saying to yourself, “She’s not really telling us much about the plot of the episode.” It’s only because I don’t care. OK, fine, it seems that Bryan’s body was stolen by Jason Bennett, a classmate of Bryan’s, who died ten years earlier from Muscular Dystrophy. While Jason had obstacles in life, he lived every day to the fullest. Bryan, the star quarterback, homecoming king and voted most likely to succeed, on the other hand, washed out of college after one semester and spent the next ten years drinking and drifting from job to job.




No, this isn’t Lee Adama in flashback being dumped by the girlfriend we never knew about, but it sure looks like it.
Someone was a ‘Black Market’ fan.


With the ten year reunion only days away, Bryan decides to throw himself in front of a car because his life has been one big disappointment after the glory days of high school. For Friday Night Lights fans, think Tim Riggins if he gave a damn about what anyone thought about him.




This is right after Bryan (who looks like Jamie Bamber) inexplicably gets rejected by a woman in a bar
and right before he decides to end it all.


Jason’s ghost has been following around Bryan since he died. I’ve no idea why, other than Bryan looks like Jamie Bamber so it’s sort of understandable. With Bryan dead - and his face miraculously spared from going into the windshield of a car - Jason decides to borrow him to attend the reunion and kiss the homecoming queen.




Fantasy: Jamie wishing to be driven off the set.
Reality: There is still 15 pages of script left and they’re heading to the reunion.




I’m not sure what’s going on here, but he looks nice and appears to be judging that woman’s hair.




Let us end on a pretty note


Jason and Bryan both attend the reunion. (See photo at top.) It doesn’t go well. I know, you’re as shocked as I was by this turn of events. Even in death, Bryan is prone to say stupid things. In turn, he get's Jason to say stupid things which, in turn, leads Jason/Bryan's body to get thrown into the buffet table by the homecoming queen's fiance who used to be a rival of Bryan's. Did you follow all that? If not, it doesn't really matter.

Jason doesn’t get to kiss the girl, but gets Melinda to pass a note (Which is SO high school. Get it? It’s a high school reunion! Moving on...) to his BFF. He wanted her to know how much she meant to him and encourage her to live her dreams. So, Jason, feeling he did what he had to and Bryan…er, he seemed as goalless in life as he did in death. However, he succeeded in getting his remains back and he and Jason run walk off together into the light.

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siljamus From: siljamus Date: May 16th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Oh, Asta, I think you just won the intarwebs or something.

I imagine this is the same look he gave his agent after reading the script

I sincerely hope so ;D

This whole write-up is absolutely hilarious! Also, thank you for taking yet another one for the team, woman, and saving the rest of us from the pain of actually having to (re)watch that hot mess.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 19th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Yes, I watch/listen to the crap so others don't have to. ;)

I was so excited when I learned last night that Ghost Whisperer had been cancelled by CBS. Than I woke up this morning to learn ABC is thinking about picking it up. Why? WHY?????
shallowz From: shallowz Date: May 16th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Oh. Here I thought the show didn't make sense since we fast-forwarded to all JB parts since no one in this household tolerates whats-her-face insipid expressions. Saw once. Just couldn't do it again... except maybe that rising up from the morgue table scene. And that looks even weirder writing that, than how it sounds in my head.

Loved the recap.:)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 19th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Thanks. :) My first attempt at writing a recap such as this so I'm glad people found it entertaining. I drew inspiration from a Legend of the Seeker post that encouraged people to watch (ti did me!), but didn't ignore the crackiness of the show.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 16th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
And three times if you had the brilliant idea to do ‘Character of the Month’ posts.

Nooooo, no second thoughts! It gets better. Well, except for Pulse 2, it gets better... ;)

Proof hot, talented guys can be made to look like crap.

I took that extra-corpsified screen cap specifically because he reminds me of Bub in Day of the Dead in that shot. XD Which is another thing I don't get... basically Jamie's being directed to act very "grruuuuhnnngggh" zombie-ish for half the episode until Melinda works out that it's Jason, and then suddenly there's nothing wrong with his brain, it's just that his body's failing. (GW writers = failing)

Also, note the fact that there are all the other supporting characters in the show who alternately cut into Jamie's screen time, but also kind of save you from the pain a little when they turn up. ;) Though if you're a fan of their other work, that's painful in and of itself. Oh, Tom Wilson and Curtis Armstrong. Whenever I get off my butt and write The Awesome Pilot That is Guaranteed to Get Be A Hit (Except that I'll Never Write It), I promise roles for you dudes.

Let us end on a pretty note

*sigh* Yeah, it's kind of worth it for that shot. I take back what I said before, there are a couple of moments where he looks great. Though they're funny because all of the sudden Melinda is a spectacular make-up artist, where five minutes ago he was literally looking like a walking stick of chalk in the car. *facepalm*

Oh, Ghost Whisperer. You're so cack-tacular. *applause*
asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 19th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Well, except for Pulse 2, it gets better...

At least he was hot throughout Pulse 2. I cling to that.

basically Jamie's being directed to act very "grruuuuhnnngggh" zombie-ish for half the episode until Melinda works out that it's Jason, and then suddenly there's nothing wrong with his brain, it's just that his body's failing.

I see you slid down the same slippery slope as me. There were several times I caught myself analyzing the problems with the script and had to tell myself, "NOOOOOOO!!! Don't do it! It's not worth it!"

And I totally fast-forwarded through the subplot with the date gone awry.

because all of the sudden Melinda is a spectacular make-up artist

I know! I was at a loss of why they made him look so bad because it made him looking so good seem ridiculous, even by the standards the show sets!

Btw, did you see ABC is now screwing with us? Go towards the light, Melinda, go towards the light!
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 19th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
There were several times I caught myself analyzing the problems with the script and had to tell myself, "NOOOOOOO!!! Don't do it! It's not worth it!"

Oh, I was only too happy to drag that one out into the harsh florescent lights. ;) It's so abruptly awkward it makes me laugh.

And yeah, WTF ABC? All this I keep hearing about their field of pilots having been soooo crowded, too many shows to get on air... and they're considering fielding 1/2 an hour to GW?! Lords.
kirrilee_t From: kirrilee_t Date: May 17th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I remember having Ghost Whisperer on in the background one day. I wasn't really paying attention to the tv, but I looked up this one day and I was so shocked to see Jamie Bamber on it! So I tuned in for the rest of the episode... Granted this was a while back now... But I do remember this. It made me happy to have him on my tv. :D


Thanks for the picspam!!!!!
meshel73 From: meshel73 Date: May 17th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC) (Link Me)
> You might be saying to yourself, "She's not really telling us much about the plot of the episode." It's only because I don't care.

I seriously burst out laughing :)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 19th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Thanks. :) I'm hoping this will make Ultimate Force look better, but I doubt it!
meshel73 From: meshel73 Date: May 19th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I have every episode of 'Ultimate Force' but I never got around to watching it. Now I won't need to because I'm sure your review will be far more entertaining that what the show is :)
indigo419 From: indigo419 Date: May 17th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Cracktastic recap! LOL. It sounds even funnier than I remember it (alas yes, I watched it). What was the one where he was an anti-war protester?
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 17th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC) (Link Me)
What was the one where he was an anti-war protester?

That was Cold Case I called dibs grovelled to asta77 to let me do that one when we get to it. Righteous anti-war protesting Bamber ticks several of my boxes. ;)

indigo419 From: indigo419 Date: May 17th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Bamber can tick all my boxes. ;0P
greycoupon From: greycoupon Date: May 17th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Two words

"warm prop"
skieswideopen From: skieswideopen Date: May 17th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Hilarious recap! Much more entertaining than the episode. :D
jamie_girl5 From: jamie_girl5 Date: May 17th, 2010 08:35 am (UTC) (Link Me)
First of all, having two Jamie in one episode, that's cool *winks* then, you can see how talented Jamie is by playing two different characters and finally, it was funny seeing him playing that character, lol
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asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 19th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
You really have to find the humor in the episode. It's the only way to get through it. ;)

An Ultimate Force icon! I'm not sure I've ever seen one. Are you a fan of the show or just Jamie in the show? His role was such a thankless one.

From: (Anonymous) Date: May 17th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC) (Link Me)
hilarious recap! I especially loved jamie "judging that woman's hair"!
ghost whisperer is so devoid of any logic, my favourite storyline was when they killed JLH's husband and had him come back in someoneelse's body, they're not even trying anymore...
asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 19th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm aware of the dead/not dead husband storyline. Is the actor who play's the body her husband's spirit is in even on the show anymore? Every time I flip by the show I only see the actor who played/plays her husband.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 20th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC) (Link Me)
no idea, I think they've basically gone back to just using her original husband. but why they started that whole storyline to begin with, just baffles me...
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 18th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
And in a coincidental turn of events: Ghost Whisperer has been cancelled :-O

Jennifer Love Hewitt could not be reached for comment. She's guiding the show into the light.
dramaturgca From: dramaturgca Date: September 20th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Bad episode is bad. It's good to know that I wasn't just young and stupid the first time through, it actually was ghastly.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: September 20th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC) (Link Me)
By the third viewing, you're just hoping for a quick and painless death. ;p
dramaturgca From: dramaturgca Date: September 20th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Well, to be fair, Bryan managed the quick part. Less the painless.
anamarya From: anamarya Date: November 26th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
why i'm just discovering this? probably because RL was bad with me for a while.

i subscribe to the idea that the recap was way-way better than the episode.

"zegeekgirl’s sharp eye caught that, even though Bryan’s body had been processed by the coroner, he’s still wearing his briefs. Given we know Jamie has no problem going commando on set, what we’re they thinking???" - i think that we all established that they were not thinking at all during this series. so missing that kind of an opportunity is not so out of character for the show runners.

all in all i think that this is probably my less favorite from all of hos work and not because of the performance but because of the script. and i think that this is all that i can say about this particular role.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: November 29th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I've been known to buy a season of a series on DVD because Jamie appeared in one episode. But with Ghost Whisperer? No. ;)
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