2.13 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.|
|Location(s)||Providence, Rhode Island|
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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.
Overnight 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 Thomas 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.
- Angel Lore
- Dean's Amulet
- Dean's Cell Phone
- Dean's Leather Jacket
- Deanna Laney
- John's Journal
- Magic Fingers
- Roma Downey
- Table of Death
- "Down on Love" by Jamie Dunlap
- (plays while Dean is on the "Magic Fingers" bed)
- "There's a Good Times a Comin'" by Doug Stebleton
- 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")
Gloria: No. I get the sense God's a little busy for house calls. No, He ... He sent someone.
Sam: Dean, you're enjoying that way too much. It's kind of making me uncomfortable.
Dean: Well, little odd yes, supernatural maybe. But angels? I don't think so.
Sam: Why not?
Dean: 'Cuz 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: Exactly. With our own eyes. That's hard proof, okay? But in all this time I have never seen anything that looks like an angel. And don't you think that if they existed that we would have crossed paths with them? Or at least know someone that crossed paths with them? No. This is a ... a demon or a spirit. You know, they find people a few fries short of a Happy Meal, and they trick them into killing these randoms.
Sam: Then again, Father Reynolds started praying for God's help about two months ago, right? Right about the time all this started happening?
Sam: It just, it appeared before me and I just ... this feeling washed over me, you know? Like, like peace. Like grace.
Sam: You never told me that.
Sam: What happened?
Dean: He's dead.
Sam: Did ... you?
Dean: No. But I'll tell you one thing. If ... the way he died, if I hadn't seen it with my own two eyes I never would have believed it. I mean ... I don't know what to call it.
Sam: What? Dean, what did you see?
Trivia & References
Dean's phone displays the song he's listening to as: led zeplin [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.
- "I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!" is one of the taglines used in commercials for the breakfast cereal Cocoa Puffs.
Dean: Yep. Roma Downey made him do it. Now, I, uh ... got the victim's address.
- References to the TV series Touched by an Angel.
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. And I got news.
- Sam is referring to the Skinner Box experiment.
- The 700 Club is a news talk show with a religious focus.
Sam: Dean, I'm serious. It spoke to me, it knew who I was.
- The drug ecstasy, glow sticks, and hats modeled after the Dr. Seuss character The Cat in the Hat are stereotypical features of dance parties known as raves.
- The Bat-Signal is used by the Gotham City Police Department as a method of contacting and summoning Batman to their assistance.
Sam: 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 'St. Michael Vanquishing Satan' painted by the Renaissance painter Raphael in 1518.
- (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.
- A reference to the movie Ghost, specifically Whoopi Goldberg's character in the movie, who was a psychic that communicated with dead spirits.
- SpongeBob SquarePants is a talking sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea in the successful cartoon series of the same name.
- Father Reynolds administering the last rites is 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.
- At the end of 5.13 The Song Remains the Same, we see the scene where Mary first says this to an unborn Dean.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 2.13 Houses of the Holy (transcript)
- Houses of the Holy outline
- Casting Sides for Father Thomas Gregory
- Casting Sides for Father Reynolds
- SPN Heavy Meta Season Two Meta Index
- 2.13 Houses of the Holy: Higher Powers, Heavier Hearts by bardicvoice (February 2007); archive link
- Bond, Silvia. 2008. Angels on the Bullcrap List: "Houses of the Holy" Season 2, Episode 13. Pink Raygun, August 12; archive link