During a building fire on the Rockland University campus, he dies but is brought back, causing him to have a near death experience. This unlocks an ability that allows him to hear ghosts, but doesn't allow him to see them like Melinda. At first he just believes he is losing his mind, but after hearing his deceased friend in ghost form he starts to accept his new ability. Throughout the fourth season, he adjusts to his newfound ability and starts helping Melinda cross ghosts over. This makes Eli some what of a sidekick to Melinda.