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Supernatural: Hell House

Dean and Sam track down the ghost of Mordechai Murdoch, who haunts an old Texas farmhouse. However, the brothers discover that Mordechai is a tulpa, created by thousands of people believing in it after the fake legend of him was posted on a popular website. Now, Sam and Dean must stop the spirit from killing any more people who enter the house.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 2T6916
Airdate: Thursday March 30th, 2006

Director: Chris Long
Writer: Trey Callaway

Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) Apr 30, 2006
FR (TF6) Jan 22, 2007
PT (AXN) Jan 29, 2007
BE (VT4) Jul 25, 2007
DE (Pro7) Feb 25, 2008
NL (Net 5) Oct 26, 2008


Guest Stars
Travis WesterTravis Wester
As Harry Spengler
A.J. BuckleyA.J. Buckley
As Ed Zeddemore
Shane MeierShane Meier
As Craig Thursten

Co-Guest Stars
Brittney IrvinBrittney Irvin
As First Teenage Girl (as Britt Irvin)
Nick Harrison (1)Nick Harrison (1)
As Mordechai Murdoch
Kyle LabineKyle Labine
As Third Teenage Boy
Jay Nicolas HacklemanJay Nicolas Hackleman
As Second Teenage Boy
Natasha PeckNatasha Peck
As Second Teenage Girl
Gerry MacKayGerry MacKay
As Mr. Goodwin
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


Two months ago, four teenagers go out into the woods and approach a house in Richardson, Texas. It's rumored to be haunted, and Craig Thursten, the boy who found it, insists that they going. Inside they find a pentagram drawn on the floor and symbols on the walls. As they explore the house, Craig talks about how the legends say that the ghost of the house preys on young girls and hangs them up in the root cellar. They go into the cellar and find a girl suspended by her neck from the ceiling...

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Episode Notes
The website that is used during the episode, http://www.hellhoundslair.com, is actually a working URL, containing information about paranormal investagators and cases they've investigated. To access the site, click here.

This episode takes place in Richardson, Texas, which is the town in which Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) grew up.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Blue Öyster CultBurnin' for You 
Blue Öyster CultFire of Unknown Origin 

Episode Quotes
Second Teenage Boy: Ooh, look, it's the evil root cellar, where Satan cans all his vegetables.

Sam: We're not gonna start that crap up again.
Dean: Start what up?
Sam: That prank stuff. It's stupid and it always escalates!
Dean: Ah, what's the matter, Sam? You're afraid ya gonna get a little Nair in your shampoo again, huh?
Sam: All right. Just remember you started it.
Dean: Ho ho, bring it on, baldy!

Dean: Most of those websites wouldn't know a ghost if it bit them in the pursqueeter.

Dean: Looks like old man Murdoch was a bit of a tagger during his time.
Sam: And after his time, too. The reverse cross has been used by Satanists for centuries, but the sigil of sulphur didn't show up in San Francisco until the '60's.
Dean: Exactly why you never get laid.

Harry Spengler: What are you guys doing here?
Dean: What the hell are you doing here?
Ed Zeddemore: Uh, we belong here, we're professionals.
Dean: Professional what?

Harry Spengler: Yeah, so if you guys don't mind, we're trying to conduct a serious scientific investigation, here.
Dean: Oh yeah? What do you got so far?
Ed Zeddemore: Harry, why don't you tell 'em about EMF?
Harry Spengler: Well...
Sam: EMF?
Harry Spengler: Electromagnetic Field. Spectral entities can cause energy fluctuation that can be read with an EMF detector (pulls one out from his bag). Like this bad boy right here. Whoa, whoa. 2.8--wow, it's hot in here.
Sam: Whoa.

Dean: So, you guys ever seen a real ghost before?
Ed Zeddemore: Once. We were investigating this old house and we saw a vase fall right off the table.
Harry Spengler: By itself.
Ed Zeddemore: Well, we-we-we didn't actually see it, but we heard it. And something like that, it changes you.

Dean: Hey, Sam, I dare you to take a swig of this.
Sam: What would I do that for?
Dean: I double dare you.

Dean: Man, I hate rats.
Sam: Would you rather it was a ghost?
Dean: Yes.

Sam: What the hell kind of spirit is immune to rock salt?!?

Dean: I thought the legend said that Mordecai only goes after chicks?
Sam: It does.
Dean: All right, well, I mean that explains why it went after you, but why me?
Sam: Hilarious.

Dean: Why don't you tell us about that house? Without lying through your ass this time.

Dean: People believe in Santa Claus--how come I'm not getting hooked up every Christmas?
Sam: 'Cause you're a bad person.

Ed Zeddemore: Harry, look at me, right here, okay? You are a ghost hunter, okay?
Harry Spengler: I know, but Ed, I've never actually seen a real ghost before. Like a real ghost, like an apparition...
Ed Zeddemore: This stuff right here, this is our ticket to the big time--fame, money, sex... with girls, okay? Be brave, okay... WWBD. What would Buffy do, huh?
Harry Spengler: What would Buffy do. I know, Ed, but she's stronger than me.

Dean: I barely have any skin left on my palm.
Sam: I'm not touching that line with a ten-foot pole.

Sam: That's your solution? Burn the whole damn place to the ground?
Dean: Well, no one will go in anymore.

Sam: It kinda makes you wonder. Of all the things we've hunted, how many existed just because people believed in them?

Sam: I have a confession to make.
Dean: What?
Sam: I was the one who called them and told them I was a producer.
Dean: Well, I was the one who put the dead fish in their backseat.

Episode Goofs
As Dean and Sam drive into Richardson, Texas, the sign says they are on Interstate 35, but the sign on the screen says they are on 21 Texas East.

As Sam and Dean eat at the diner, the talking fish plaque has the fish with the head on the left-hand side in the close-up shots. However, when the camera cuts to longer shots showing the brothers in the booth, the fish head is on the right-hand side.

Two minutes before the last commercial, about five minutes before the credits start, Dean, Sam, Harry, and Ed are in the room. Dean and Sam shoot the tulpa. As they leave the room and the camera cuts to a shot of Harry and Ed, you can see the cameraman on the right-hand side of the shot.

Cultural References
Dean: Who you gonna call?

"Who you gonna call?" is the catchphrase from the movie Ghostbusters.

Ed: Remember - WWBD. What would Buffy do?

This is a play on the slogan WWJD, an acronym for "What Would Jesus Do?". Ed is also referring to the character Buffy Summers from the WB/UPN series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Ed: No. Would John Edward go?

John Edward is the host of the series, Crossing Over, in which John Edward communicates with the dead for loved ones present in his studio audience.


Zeddemore and Spengler wear "Ecto-Goggles" that are made to look like the goggles worn by Dan Akroyd's character in Ghostbusters II.

Character Names

Ed Zeddemore and Harry Spengler take their surnames from two Ghostbusters characters - Winston Zeddemore and Dr. Egon Spengler.

Episode References
"A fire of unknown origin/Took my baby away"

These lyrics that play at the beginning of the episode are a reference to the "Pilot" in which Mary Winchester and Jessica, Sam's girlfriend, were killed by a fire of unknown origin.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer (1)
Co-Executive ProducerJohn Shiban  |  Kim Manners
Supervising ProducerPhilip Sgriccia
ProducerCyrus I. Yavneh  |  Peter Johnson
Associate ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Production DesignerJerry Wanek
EditorPaul Karasick
CastingRobert J. Ulrich  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Eric Dawson  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorJohn MacCarthy
Second Assistant DirectorVictor Landrie
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Assistant EditorBruce Gorman
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
GafferChris Cochrane
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorSera Gamble  |  Raelle Tucker
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementGeorge A. Grieve
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Key Makeup ArtistShannon Coppin
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
Visual Effects ProducerScott Ramsey
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Special Effects Make-upToby Lindala
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