2.13 Houses of the Holy

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Screencap from Houses of the Holy
Title Houses of the Holy
Episode # Season 2, Episode 13
First aired February 1, 2007
Directed by Kim Manners
Written by Sera Gamble
On IMDB Houses of the Holy
Outline Sam and Dean investigate the murders of several people by individuals who claim they were visited by an angel and were carrying out God's will.
Monster Ghost
Timeline Mid-January, 2007
Location(s) Providence, Rhode Island
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Synopsis

Sam, disguised as a nurse, interviews a woman in a psychiatric facility who murdered a man, Carl Gully, and claims an angel told her to do it.

Sam returns to a motel room, where Dean is keeping a low profile, after his media exposure during the bank siege in Milwaukee. He relates her story, and Dean scoffs at the idea of angels. They proceed to investigate Carl Gully’s house, where they find a number of bodies buried.

Over night another killing takes place – a man kills a stranger and says an angel told him who to kill. Investigating the victim’s house, they find evidence on his computer that he was stalking a young girl over the internet. Dean discovers that both victims attended the same church - Our Lady of the Angels.

The boys visit the church and speak to Father Reynolds, who has nothing helpful for them, until he mentions his fellow clergyman Father Gregory who was shot on the steps of the church. Dean thinks it may be Father Gregory, a vengeful spirit making people kill parishioners whose guilty secrets he knew. Sam is skeptical, he thinks it may be God at work, and reveals to a startled Dean that he prays regularly.

The boys return to investigate the church’s crypt where Father Gregory is buried. While in different rooms, an angel appears to Sam, and tells him he will be given a sign of someone to kill, someone about to do evil.

Dean still thinks it is the spirit of Father Gregory, and suggests that they summon his spirit. As they buy the supplies necessary for the summoning, Sam sees the man he says the angel wants him to kill.

Dean takes off after the man and tells Sam to go and perform a séance. Sam is interrupted by Father Reynolds, just as the spirit of Father Gregory appears. Father Gregory thinks he is an angel but Father Reynolds argues with him, and finally puts his soul to rest by saying the Last Rites.

Meanwhile, Dean is following the man Sam had identified, and stops him as he is attacking a young woman. Dean chases him in his car, until the man’s car nearly collides with a truck. A metal pipe from the truck impales the man, killing him.

Back at the motel, Sam explains to Dean why his faith is important to him. Dean describes how the man died, and says he thinks it may have been the hand of God at work.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Down on Love" by Jamie Dunlap
(plays while Dean is on the "Magic Fingers" bed)
  • "There's a Good Times a Comin'" by Doug Stableton
plays when a girl is being attacked by her date
  • "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan
(plays at the end of the episode, when Dean tells Sam about "God's will")

Quotes

Dean: [on Angels] Because there's no such thing, Sam.

Sam: Dean, there's ten times as much lore about angels as there is about anything else we've ever hunted.
Dean: Yeah, you know what? There's a ton of lore on unicorns too. In fact, I hear that they, they ride on silver moonbeams, and they shoot rainbows out of their ass.

Sam: Wait, there's no such thing as unicorns?
Dean: I think I learned a valuable lesson. Always take down your Christmas decorations after New Year's or you get filleted by a hooker from God. Hah!
Sam: I'm laughing on the inside.
Dean: Did you bring quarters?

Sam: Dude, I'm not enabling your sick habit. You're like one of those lab rats that pushes the pleasure button instead of the food button until it dies.

Dean: What're you talking about, I eat.
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: There's no higher power, there's no God. There's just chaos and violence, random unpredictable evil, that comes outta nowhere, rips you to shreds.

Trivia & References

Screencap of Dean's phone, displaying the mp3 he's listening to.
Dean's phone displays the song he's listening to as: led zepllin [sic] - kashmir. Arguably, however, this isn't the song we can hear playing through his headphones. The actual song playing is "Down on Love" by Jamie Dunlap.
Dean's phone is the 2006 Verizon Chocolate.
Houses of the Holy is the name of a Led Zeppelin album from 1973. It is also the name of a song that appears on Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti album (1975) which also includes "Kashmir" - the song listed on Dean's phone. Incidentally, the seventh song on the Houses of the Holy album is "No Quarter" - Dean runs out of quarters when using the Magic Fingers. See also The Meaning of Episode Titles.
Gloria: You mean, am I stark-raving cuckoo for cocoa puffs?
"I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!" is one of the taglines used in commercials for the breakfast cereal Cocoa Puffs.
Dean: Did you bring quarters?

Sam: Dude, I'm not enabling your sick habit. You're like one of those lab rats that pushes the pleasure button instead of the food button until it dies.
Dean: What're you talking about, I eat.

Sam is referring to the Skinner Box experiment.
Dean: But she seriously believes that she was...touched by an angel?

Dean: Roma Downey made him do it.

Dean refers to Touched by an Angel.
Dean: You just got to wait for some divine bat signal. Is that it?
The Bat-Signal is used by the Gotham City Police Department as a method of contacting and summoning Batman to their assistance.
St Michael killing Lucifer in 2-13 Houses of the holy.jpg

Sam: [nodding to a painting on the wall] Father, that's Michael, right?
Father Reynolds: That's right. The archangel Michael, with the flaming sword. The fighter of demons, holy force against evil.
Sam: So they're not really the Hallmark card version that everybody thinks? They're fierce, right? Vigilant?
Father Reynolds: Well, I like to think of them as more loving than wrathful; but yes, a lot of Scripture paints angels as God's warriors. "An angel of the Lord appeared to them, the glory of the Lord shone down upon them, and they were terrified." Luke 2:9.

Michael is an archangel in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic tradition. He is most known as a leader of the armies of God against Lucifer. The painting here is by the Renaissance painter Raphael.
(Future information contains spoilers about seasons 4 and 5) This is the first reference to the archangel Michael in the series. In 4.22 Lucifer Rising, Zachariah shows Dean a painting of St. Michael killing Lucifer when he talks about Dean's role in the apocalypse. Michael is a central, albeit predominantly unseen character in season five. He doesn't appear in a speaking role until 5.13 The Song Remains the Same, whose title is a song on Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy album.
Dean: Look, I'll admit, I'm a bit of a skeptic, but since when are you all Mr. 700 Club?
The 700 Club is a news talk show with a religious focus.
Sam performs the séance on a SpongeBob placemat.
Sam: Séance? Great! I hope Whoopi's available.
A reference to the movie Ghost, specifically Whoopi Goldberg's character in the movie, who was a psychic that communicated with dead spirits.
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.
At the end of 5.13 The Song Remains the Same, we see the scene where Mary first says this to an unborn Dean.
Father Reynolds: [administering Last Rites to Father Gregory's spirit] I call upon the archangel Raphael, master of the air, to make open the way. Let the fire of the Holy Spirit now descend, that this being might be awakened to the world beyond.
(future information contains spoiler about season 4) The first reference to the archangel Raphael in the series, although he doesn't appear until 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book or 4.22 Lucifer Rising and doesn't have a speaking role until 5.03 Free to Be You and Me.

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