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Supernatural: Houses of the Holy

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Episode Info

Episode number: 2x13
Production Number: 3T5513
Airdate: Thursday February 01st, 2007

Director: Kim Manners
Writer: Sera Gamble

Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) Feb 25, 2007
AU (Eleven) Apr 30, 2007
PT (AXN) May 04, 2007
DE (Pro7) Mar 19, 2008
IT (RaiDue) Aug 12, 2008
NL (Net 5) Mar 01, 2009
NZ (2) Apr 14, 2009


Guest Stars
Denis ArndtDenis Arndt
As Father Reynolds
Denis ArndtDenis Arndt
As Father Reynolds
David MonahanDavid Monahan
As Father Thomas Gregory
David MonahanDavid Monahan
As Father Thomas Gregory

Co-Guest Stars
Wesley SalterWesley Salter
As Zach Smitt
Wesley SalterWesley Salter
As Zach Smitt
Sean RogersonSean Rogerson
As Rapist
Sean RogersonSean Rogerson
As Rapist
Heather DoerksenHeather Doerksen
As Gloria Sytnik
Heather DoerksenHeather Doerksen
As Gloria Sytnik
Dan MellorDan Mellor
As Pedophile / Frank
Dan MellorDan Mellor
As Pedophile / Frank
Zara TaylorZara Taylor
As Woman
Brent FidlerBrent Fidler
As TV Evangelist
Brent FidlerBrent Fidler
As TV Evangelist
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


In Providence, Rhode Island, a prostitute named Gloria Sytnik sits in an apartment room filled with angel souvenirs. She switches the television to a televangelist but quickly turns it off. The lights flicker and the TV comes back on, and the televangelist insists that the Lord is talking to his audience. The prostitute is unable to turn off the television, and the room begins to vibrate. A glowing white light streams through the door and a figure appears within the glow...

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Episode Notes
The working title for this episode was "Touched".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Jamie DunlopDown on Loveon Dean's iPod

Episode Quotes
Sam: So, no disturbances lately?
Gloria: You mean am I stark raving cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs?

Sam: Why would you do that?
Gloria: Because it was God's will.
Sam: Did God talk to you?
Gloria: I get the sense God's a little busy for house calls.

Sam: And this angel…
Gloria: Spoke God’s word.
Sam: And the word was… to kill someone?

Dean: Man, you have got to try this because there really is magic in the magic fingers.
Sam: Dude. You're enjoying that way too much. It's kinda making me uncomfortable.

Dean: Hey, you know what, there's a ton of lore on unicorns, too. I hear they ride on silver moonbeams, and they shoot rainbows out of their ass.
Sam: Wait, there's no such thing as unicorns?
Dean: That's cute.

Dean: Well, I think I learned a valuable lesson. Always take down your Christmas decorations after New Year's, or you might get filleted by a hooker from God. Ha.
Sam: I'm laughing on the inside.

Father Reynolds: So, you're interested in joining the parish?
Dean: Yeah, well you know, we just don't feel right unless we hit church every Sunday.
Father Reynolds: So where'd you say you lived before?
Sam: Uh...
Dean: Freedmont, Texas.
Sam: Yep.
Father Reynolds: Really? That's a nice town. St. Theresa's parish. You must know the priest there.
Dean: Sure, yeah... no, it's Father... O'Malley.
Father Reynolds: I know a Father Shaughnessy.
Dean: Shaughnessy. Exactly... what did I say?

Dean: What's next, you're going to start praying every day?
Sam: I do.
Dean: What?
Sam: I do pray every day. I have for a long time.
Dean: The things you learn about a guy.

Sam: It appeared before me and I just... this feeling washed over me. Like peace. Like grace.
Dean: Okay, Ecstasy Boy. Maybe we’ll get you some glow sticks and a nice Dr. Seuss hat.

Dean: Let me guess, you were personally chosen to smite some sinner. You just got to wait for some divine bat signal, is that it?

Dean: I'll tell you who else had faith like that. Mom. She used to tell me when she tucked me in that angels were watching over us. In fact, that was the last thing she ever said to me.
Sam: You never told me that.
Dean: What's to tell? She was wrong. There was nothing protecting her. There's no higher power, there's no God. There's just chaos, violence, random unpredictable evil, that comes outta nowhere, rips you to shreds.

Dean: If Father Gregory's spirit is around, the séance will bring him right to us. If it's him, then we'll put him to rest.
Sam: What if it's an angel and won't show? Nothing will happen.
Dean: Exactly. It's one of the perks of the job, Sam, we don't have to operate on faith. We can know for sure. Don't you want to know for sure?

Sam: Dude, all right, I'll admit, we've gone pretty ghetto with spellwork before, but this takes the cake. I mean, a Spongebob placemat instead of an altar cloth?
Dean: We'll just put it Spongebob-side down.

Father Reynolds: What are you doing? What is this?
Sam: Father, please, I can explain. Um... actually, maybe I can’t. Um, this is, uh, a séance.
Father Reynolds: A séance? Young man, you are in a house of God.
Sam: It’s based on early Christian rites if that helps any.

Episode Goofs
When Dean plays a song on his cell phone, it says that he's playing Led Zeppelin's "Kashimir", but Jamie Dunlap's "Down on Love" is playing instead.

When Zack's lamp shakes, falls off the table, and breaks, when the lamp is lying on the floor the bulb is still on despite it breaking.

When Zack's television falls off the table, the cord is neatly tied up and clearly not long enough to plug into anything.

The tombstone stated that the priest died in 2007, but some claimed that he died at least two months ago. Assuming that the episode doesn't take place on a date after its premiere (Feb 1st, 2007) the priest's stone should have said 2006.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Houses of the Holy

Houses of the Holy is the title of an album by Led Zeppelin.

Gloria's TV

The show that is heard on Gloria's TV is The Drew Carey Show.

Dean: We just need a few odds and ends and that séance ritual in Dad's journal.
Sam: Sounds great, I hope Whoopi's available.

In the 1990 film Ghost, Whoopi Goldberg stars as a psychic who uses séances to communicate with ghosts.

Dean: Yup, Roma Downey made him do it.

Roma Downey starred as Monica, an angel, in the series Touched By An Angel.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer  |  John Shiban  |  Kim Manners
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Johnson
Supervising ProducerPhilip Sgriccia
ProducerCyrus I. Yavneh
Associate ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
EditorDavid Ekstrom
CastingEric Dawson  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorAmanda Bartley
MusicJay Gruska
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Script SupervisorPatti Henderson
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerDennis Kirk  |  Bill Jackson (1)
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Post Production CoordinatorJohn Mabry
Production ManagementGeorge A. Grieve
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Executive Story EditorSera Gamble  |  Raelle Tucker
Key Makeup ArtistShannon Coppin
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
Special Effects Make-upToby Lindala
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