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Supernatural: Hollywood Babylon

While in Hollywood taking some R&R, the brothers investigate the mysterious death of an actor who was killed on the set of a horror film. Rumors begin to fly that he was killed by a ghost, but Sam and Dean soon find that the death was a publicity stunt. However, when a studio executive and the film's producer are found dead, Sam and Dean realize that the rumors about a haunted set may be true.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x18
Production Number: 3T5518
Airdate: Thursday April 19th, 2007

Director: Philip Sgriccia
Writer: Ben Edlund

Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) May 06, 2007
AU (Eleven) Jun 04, 2007
PT (AXN) Jul 09, 2007
DE (Pro7) Apr 21, 2008
IT (RaiDue) Aug 26, 2008
NL (Net 5) Apr 05, 2009
NZ (2) May 29, 2009

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (20 Votes cast)

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Guest Stars
Gary Cole
As Brad Redding
Don Stark
As Jay Wiley
Elizabeth Whitmere
As Tara Benchley / Wendy
Benjamin Ratner
As Walter Dixon (as Ben Ratner)

Co-Guest Stars
Andrew Francis
As Rick Craig / Brody
Recurring
Alycia Purrott
As Kendra / Ashley
Recurring
Gerry Rousseau
As Billy Beaird
Recurring
Leah Graham
As TBD
Recurring
Morgan Brayton
As Elise Drummond
R. Nelson Brown
As Gerard St. James / Frank Jaffy (as rnelsonbrown)
Julie Patzwald
As Tour Guide
Main Cast
Jared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester

Recap

A young woman, Wendy, explores a cabin in the woods and calls out to her friends Ashley and Mitch. She gets no answer, until Brody comes up behind her and says that Ashley and Mitch are dead .Wendy refuses to abandon her sister, and Mitch takes off. She hears something in the woods, spins, screams.....

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Episode Notes
During the Hollywood studio tour, the guide mentions being able to see the set of Gilmore Girls and Sam becomes noticeably nervous. Jared Padalecki (Sam) starred on Gilmore Girls for 3 seasons as Dean Forrester.

This is the first episode that Dean's Impala has not been used by the brothers.

Sam: Does this feel like swimming weather to you? It's practically Canadian.

Sam makes this comment while the brothers are in Hollywood. Most Supernatural episodes are filmed in Vancouver, Canada.

McG, a series producer, makes a cameo appearance as a man standing behind Sam and Dean where the crew of the film is listening to their producer.

Parts of the set used for Hell Hazers II in this episode was also used for several other episodes: the water tower was used in "Crossroad Blues" and the cabin was used in "Roadkill.

During one of the movie takes, the clapperboard reads Roll 6, Scene 6, Take 6, a reference to the number 666.

While on the set of the movie, a rack of costumes used for Supernatural is rolled by. As they pass the brothers, Sam stares at them for a bit.

The trailer for Hell Hazers II features several of the series' own crew, in the same jobs.




Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Herb Alpert & Tijuana BrassGreen PeppersSam and Dean leave Hollywood


Episode Quotes
Dean: Sam, check it out. It's Matt Damon.
Sam: Yeah, pretty sure that's not Matt Damon.
Dean: No, it is.
Sam: Well, Matt Damon just picked up a broom and started sweeping.
Dean: Well, he's probably researching a role or something.
Sam: I don't think so.

Sam: Dude, you wanted to come to L.A.
Dean: Yeah, for vacation! I mean, swimming pools and movie stars. Not to work.
Sam: Does this feel like swimming weather to you? It's practically Canadian.

Dean: Oh, like Poltergeist?
Sam: It could be a poltergeist.
Dean: No, no, no. Like the movie, Poltergeist. (Sam looks puzzled) You know nothing of your cultural heritage, do you?

Brad Redding: Who says horror has to be dark? It’s kind of depressing, don’t you think?

Brad Redding: Uh, excuse me, green-shirt guy? Yeah, yeah, you, come here. Could you get me a smoothie from Craft?
Dean: You want a what from who?

Dean: What's a PA?
Sam: I think they're kinda like slaves.

Sam: So what do you think?
Dean: Well, I think being a PA sucks, but the food these people get? Are you kidding me? I mean, look at these things, they’re like miniature Philly cheese steak sandwiches, they’re delicious!
Sam: Maybe later.

Brad: See, but if the ghosts are in Hell, how do they hear the chanting?

Martin: Jay, the poor guy killed himself. Like, for real. Shouldn't we shut it down or something?
Jay Wiley: We had a moment of silence for him at breakfast. He was just a studio guy.

Tara Benchley: Why would a ghost be afraid of salt?
McG: Marty!
Martin: Yo.
McG: What do you think?
Martin: I'm not married to salt. What do you want? Are we still sticking with condiments?
McG: Mmm, it just sounds different, not better. What else would a ghost be scared of?
Walter Dixon: You gotta be kidding me.
Martin: What would a ghost be scared of? Maybe, uh, maybe shotguns.
McG: That makes even less sense than salt.

Dean: This map is totally worth the $5 bucks. Hey, we gotta go check out Johnny Ramone's grave when we're done here.
Sam: You want to dig him up too?
Dean: Bite your tongue, heathen!

(ad for "Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning")
Announcer: They never forgive. They never forget. And this summer they're coming back again to settle the score... AGAIN!

Sam: You know, maybe the spirits are trying to shut down the movie because they think it sucks. 'Cause, I mean, it kind of does.

(Dean blows away the ghost)
Martin: You are one hell of a PA!
Dean: I know.

Walter Dixon: You two can leave, but Martin's gotta stay.
Dean: Sorry, can't do that. It's not that we like him or anything, it's a matter of principle.

Martin: I cannot believe there's an afterlife.
Dean: Oh, there's an afterlife all right. But mostly it's a pain in the ass.

Sam: You find out there is an afterlife, and this is what you do with it?
Martin: I needed a little jazz on the page.



Cultural References
Episode Title: Hollywood Babylon

"Hollywood Babylon" is the title of a celebrity tell-all book by Kenneth Anger.

Dean: You know this is where they filmed Creepshow?

Creepshow is a 1982 starring Stephen King and Ted Danson.

Dean: Hey, we gotta go check out Johnny Ramone's grave when we're done here.

Johnny Ramone is the late guitarrist of The Ramones. He passed in September of 2004 following a battle with cancer.

Dean: Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs...

Dean is quoting a line from the 1988 Bruce Willis film, Die Hard.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer (1)  |  Kim Manners  |  John Shiban
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Johnson
Supervising ProducerPhilip Sgriccia
ProducerCyrus I. Yavneh
Consulting ProducerBen Edlund
Associate ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Production DesignerJerry Wanek
EditorTom McQuade
CastingEric Dawson  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorJohn MacCarthy
Second Assistant DirectorKit Marlatt
MusicJay Gruska
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Key GripHarvey Fedor
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Location ManagerPaul Lougheed
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerBill Jackson (1)  |  Dennis Kirk
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementGeorge A. Grieve
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Executive Story EditorSera Gamble  |  Raelle Tucker
Key Makeup ArtistShannon Coppin
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
 
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