2.18 Hollywood Babylon
|Episode #||Season 2, Episode 18|
|First aired||April 19, 2007|
|Directed by||Phil Sgriccia|
|Written by||Ben Edlund|
|On IMDB||Hollywood Babylon|
|Outline||Sam and Dean investigate the haunting on the set of a horror movie.|
|Location(s)||Los Angeles, California|
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On the set of the movie Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning, directed by McG, a stagehand is killed and the star of the movie, Tara Benchley, reports seeing an apparition near the body.
Dean has convinced Sam to come to Los Angeles for a break after the death of Madison, but Sam wants to throw himself into work. Dean, a movie buff, becomes enthusiastic when he discovers the movie is a horror movie starring one of his favorite actresses, Tara. It doesn’t take the boys long on the set to discover that the stagehand’s death was faked by the studio executives to promote interest in the movie. But then a studio executive, Brad Redding, dies in the middle of the set after encountering a ghost. Dean goes undercover, joining the crew as a P.A., a job he embraces. The boys discover that a young actress killed herself in the 1920s after being wooed and then dumped and fired by a studio executive. They find her buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where they salt and burn her bones.
After another producer, Jay Wiley, is killed, Sam notices that the Latin in the movie script is a real summoning ritual. They confront the writer, Martin Flagg, who admits that any authentic rituals in the script are all that remained from the original script by writer Walter Dixon. Dixon lures Flagg onto the set to kill him, but Sam and Dean arrive in time to save him. Walter admits that he was conjuring real ghosts and forcing them to kill those he saw as responsible for ruining his script. Before they can stop him, Walter destroys the talisman he was using. This frees the spirits who, enraged at being used, turn on Walter and kill him.
The production of the movie continues, with Martin incorporating his experiences with the ghosts into the script. Sam finds Dean emerging disheveled and with a post-coital glow from Tara’s trailer. Sam and Dean walk off into the sunset together – until it is wheeled away and revealed as just another Hollywood prop.
- Black Magic
- Dean's Amulet
- Deer's Head
- Electronic Voice Phenomenon
- Hell Hazers
- Meta Episodes
- Sexual Encounters
- Table of Death
- Vengeful Spirits
- "I've Got the World on a String" by Frank Sinatra
- (plays when Dean and Sam go to Gerard St. James' apartment)
- "Green Peppers" by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
- (plays at the end, when they ride into the sunset)
Dean: You want a what from who?
Brad: You are a P.A.? This is what you do?
Sam: Yeah, yeah... he uh... One smoothie coming right up.
Dean: What's a P.A.?
Sam: Great. So, what do you think?
Gerard: Gentlemen's gentleman.
McG: Okay, um... Marty?
McG: What do you think?
Marty: Not married to salt, what do you want? We still sticking with condiments?
McG: It just sounds different, not better. What else would a ghost be scared of?
Walter: Oh, you've gotta be kidding me.
Marty: What would a ghost be scared of? Maybe, uh, maybe shotguns.
McG: Okay, that makes even less sense than salt.
Dean: It is going really good, man. Tara's really stepped up her performance. I think it's probably from all the sense memory stuff she's drawing on.
Sam: Sense memory?
Sam: Dean, you, you know when I ask how it's going in here, I'm talking about the case, right? We don't really work here. You know, I thought you hated being a P.A.
Marty: Who gives a rat's ass about "real"? We're talking about ghosts here, Walter. There's no such thing.
Walter: There! Okay, now no one can have it.
Sam: I wouldn't have done that if I were you.
Walter: Oh, yeah?
Walter: And why not?
Dean: Thank you.
Trivia & References
- Creepshow is a horror anthology film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero.
- This is a fourth wall break as Jared Padalecki had a recurring role on Gilmore Girls as Dean Forester.
- Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a previous credit of SPN producer & director Robert Singer.
Sam: Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's not Matt Damon.
Dean: No, it is.
Sam: Well, Matt Damon just picked up a broom and started sweeping.
Dean: Yeah, well, he's probably researching a role or something.
- This is a reference to Matt Damon's role as the genius janitor in Good Will Hunting.
Dean: Yeah, for a vacation. I mean swimming pools and movie stars, not to work.
Sam: This seem like swimming pool weather to you, Dean? I mean, it's practically Canadian.
- "Swimming pools and movie stars" is a line from the theme song of the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies. A reference to the fact that while the scene occurs in California, the filming of the episode really took place in Canada.
Dean: Like Poltergeist?
Sam: Could be a poltergeist.
Dean: No, no, no. Like, the movie Poltergeist. You know nothing of your cultural heritage, do you?
- Poltergeist It was rumored that the set of was cursed, and that they used real human bones as, uh, as props.
Brad: Yeah, Jay. More color. McG, you know what I'm saying, you're the master of that stuff.
McG: Brad, this is a horror movie.
Brad: Yeah, and who says horror has to be dark, you know? It's just, it's sort of... depressing, don't you think?
- At Comic Con Kripke said that all of Brad's complaints and advice about the movie were taken from similar things he'd been told by network executives about Supernatural.
Tara: Oh, God, what a terrible script. But thank you.
- Kripke, who has said that the show and he himself are able to laugh about themselves, throws in a little side blow at a past project of his, Boogeyman was written by Eric Kripke and he admitted at the 2006 Paley Festival that the movie wasn't very good because it missed substance and soul, unlike Supernatural, which has it all, thanks to Bob Singer.
Gerard: I was.
Dean: I knew I recognized you. I am a huge fan. Heh heh. I mean, your turn as a tractor crash victim in Critters 3.
- Metal Storm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn is a 1983 science fiction/space age western film. Critters 3 is a 1991 horror film. Neither of which starred the actor (R. Nelson Brown) who plays Gerard.
- This is in reference to the YouTube video blogger lonelygirl15, actually portrayed by an actress hoping to score a movie deal through the exposure.
- The dinner theater and pepper steak coupon mentioned when Dean and Sam were talking to Gerard St. James is a likely shout out to The Simpsons episode, "Mayored to the Mob", in which Mark Hamill stars in a local theater production of Guys and Dolls and the dinner special is the pepper steak. Willy is reference to Willy Loman the lead character in the Arthur Miller play Death of a Salesman.
- Richard Moll is an American actor who played Hurok in the 1983 movie Metal Storm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn.
- Sense memory is a technique used in method acting where the actor draws on the sensory aspects of personal experiences to evoke a genuine response in their characters.
Sam: What's your point?
- Referencing the now debunked theory that Three Men and a Baby contained spirit photography in a scene that purports to show a boy in the background that no one remembers being on set. Ironically, the theory was pushed in order to increase video rentals of the film. Similar to how the network hired Gerard to fake his death on the set of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning to generate buzz for the movie.
- Dean is using Citizen's Band radio codes. '20' means location, '10-100' means on break/using the restroom.
Sam: You wanna dig him up, too?
Dean: Bite your tongue, heathen!
- Johnny Ramone was the guitarist for the pioneering punk rock band The Ramones. He died in 2004 and was cremated, but a bronze statue of him was erected at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in 2005. His former bandmate Dee Dee Ramone is buried there.
Sam: No, I can tell. I mean, the way you worked in all those, all those Enochian summoning rituals and all the authentic language.
Marty: What, you mean that Latin crap? No, man, that's Walter. Walter Dixon, the original writer. You like that garbage?
- This is a line by Bruce Willis' character John McClane in Die Hard.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 2.18 Hollywood Babylon (transcript)
- Casting Sides for McG (Hollywood Babylon)
- Casting Sides for Tara Benchley
- SPN Heavy Meta Season Two Meta Index
- 2.18 Hollywood Babylon: I Just Play The Part, I Don’t Write The Script by bardicvoice (April 2007); archive link
- Bond, Silvia. 2008. That's a "Go" for Ozzie!: "Hollywood Babylon" Season 2, Episode 18. Pink Raygun, December 9; archive link, spn-heavymeta