|Episode #||Season 3, Episode 13|
|First aired||April 24, 2008|
|Directed by||Phil Sgriccia|
|Written by||Ben Edlund|
|Outline||Sam and Dean find themselves on the reality TV show Ghostfacers – and in real danger.|
|Timeline||February 29th, 2008|
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Sam and Dean work a case at the same place where the boys from Hell Hound's Lair, Ed Zeddmore and Harry Spengler, are shooting the pilot for their reality show Ghostfacers. Every leap year, beginning at midnight, a ghost who used to be a janitor at a local hospital kills people and keeps their corpses at the Morton House for company. Their spirits remain trapped in the house as well as any living person in the house at midnight. Sam and Dean become trapped in the house with the Ghostfacers crew and must figure out how to kill the ghost as it hunts them one by one.
Harry Spengler and Ed Zeddmore of 1.17 Hell House fame are dressed up, sitting in front of a fireplace in chairs a la Masterpiece Theatre, touting their new pilot as the bold new future of "reality TV." Cue the Ghostfacers intro, showing Ed, Harry, Spruce, Maggie, Corbett, and Sam and Dean through shaky camera work in what looks like a haunted house setting.
Phase I: Homework. Ed and Harry pull up in their vintage AMC Gremlin doing the fake slo-mo. They reveal they can start ghost hunting at six o’clock thanks to the flexibility of their jobs at the local Kinkos, and they hold their strategy meeting with the team a la Ghost Hunters in Ed's parents' garage. Corbett is the Intern/Cook and very gay, Maggie is Ed's adopted sister, and Spruce is 15/16 Jewish and 1/16 Cherokee, thus making him a “Shamanologist.” They review a legend in which every four years on February 29th, Morton House becomes the most haunted place in America.
Phase II: Infiltration. The Ghostfacers break into the Morton House, hearing the roar of the Impala and Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band" in the background. They see Sam and Dean roll by, scoping out the place. The Ghostfacers set up "Command Center One: Eagle's Nest" in the main room and start rolling the cameras, which never stop the entire episode, no matter what horrors happen, much to the ire of Sam and Dean.
Phase III: Face Time. The Ghostfacers search the house with their instruments, taking readings, and run into Sam and Dean, who are impersonating cops. Ed recognizes them from their earlier encounter in Texas. Sam and Dean try to get them out of the house by showing them the missing persons reports, but Team 2 records a ghost reliving his horrible death. Sam and Dean figure out they're dealing with a death echo, which isn't the real threat. Corbett then disappears and they don’t make it out before midnight, trapping them in the house for the evening.
They search the house for Corbett and try to figure out why the death echoes are there, considering that the victims in the death echoes didn't die there. They find the office of the home's owner, Freeman Daggett, who was a janitor at the hospital before he died in 1964. He was a survivalist and took corpses from the morgue to "play" with. They go into another room where Maggie wandered off, and after another EMF surge, Sam disappears.
After some fake reality show drama involving Maggie and Harry in a compromising position, we see Corbett and Sam tied to chairs at a table with a birthday cake and "It’s My Party" playing in the background. A big creepy guy kills Corbett with a spike through the neck, and then slaps a party hat on Sam.
Dean figures out that a survivalist usually keeps a bomb shelter and heads for the basement, but the basement door locks behind him, separating him and Spruce from the others. The others meanwhile put themselves in a salt circle and see the ghost of Corbett reliving his death. Dean finds the bomb shelter just before Sam gets his own spike through the neck. Sam reveals Daggett was the "Norman Bates"-type of lonely and killed himself after stealing the bodies, and each February 29th, he takes people for his "party". Ed talks to Corbett to get him out of his death echo and manages to get through just in time for Corbett to take on Daggett, who is tossing around Sam, Dean, and Spruce in the basement.
Everyone (minus Corbett) leaves alive the next morning, taking Ed and Harry back to the fireplace to lament over the loss of their friend in a completely exploitative way, even showing the typical reality confessional moment. They show their pilot to Sam and Dean, who warn them that revealing such ghostly secrets usually lands them in straitjackets or gets them a punch in the face or both. Sam and Dean go, but leave a bag behind; Ed pulls out a large electromagnet, which proceeds to erase all the hard drives, including the Ghostfacers pilot. Sam and Dean peel off in the Impala, confessing they didn’t think the show was half bad.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Ed Zeddmore
- Harry Spengler
- Maggie Zeddmore
- Alan J. Corbett
- Freeman Daggett
- Acting in Unison
- Dean's Amulet
- Death Echo
- Deer's Head
- Electronic Voice Phenomenon
- Morton House
- Queer and Gender Diverse Characters
- Table of Death
- Title Card
- (the opener and closer of the episode)
- "We're an American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad
- (plays in the Impala as Sam and Dean drive by when the Ghostfacers are breaking into Morton house)
- "Hocus Pocus" by Focus
- (plays when the Ghostfacers team are setting up their equipment)
- "It's My Party" by Leslie Gore
- (the ghost party song)
Sam: Uh, West Texas... the... the tulpa we had to take out. Those two goofballs that almost got us killed... The hellhounds or something?
Dean: Echoes are trapped in a loop, okay? They keep replaying how they died over and over and over again, usually in the place where they were ganked. It's about as dangerous as a scary movie.
Dean: Yeah, I am happy.
Sam: 'Let's go hunt the Morton house,' you said, 'it's our Grand Canyon.'
Dean: Sam, I don't want to hear this.
Dean: Hey, give the lady a cigar. All right, seriously, does looking at this nightmare through that camera make you feel better or something? I mean...
Maggie: Um...I, uh... Well, yeah. Uh, yeah. I think so.
Harry: That's stupid.
Ed: Inside your duffel bag?
Dean: Yeah, it's complicated. A while ago, Sam... No. No. No. I'm not gonna whine about my [Bleep] problems to some [Bleep] reality show. I'm gonna do my [Bleep] job.
Dean: It makes him feel better. Don't ask.
Trivia & References
- Harry is referencing the Writers Guild of America Strike which had just ended before this episode was filmed. There is a meta element to the episode, which, as an unscripted show, is the type of programming that was predicted to replace scripted dramas like Supernatural if the strike had continued.
Harry: Yeah, but Ed and I pretty much call the shots at the Kinko's where we work.
- 'Kinko's' is the former name of the company that is now known as FedEx Office which is an American chain which offers copying, printing, marketing, office, and shipping services.
- A mohel is a person who performs the Jewish rite of circumcision.
- A 'tallis'/'tallit' is a fringed shawl worn by religious Jewish men during morning prayers.
- Peyote is a small cactus known for its psychoactive properties. Peyote has at least 5,500 years of entheogenic and medicinal use by indigenous North Americans.
Harry: We'll call this the Eagle's Nest.
- There are several places around the world with called the Eagle's Nest, but the most famous two are both associated with Adolf Hitler: a command center in Bad Nauheim, Germany called the Adlerhorst (Eagle's Nest in German), and a Bavarian chalet called the Kehlsteinhaus (dubbed the Eagle's Nest by a French diplomat), which Hitler used as a retreat and a place to entertain visiting dignitaries. This reference is further established when Spruce refers to Ed as "Mein Führer".
- John J. Rambo is the protagonist of the movies in the Rambo franchise played by Sylvester Stallone.
- Possible shout-out to Sera Gamble who was writer, executive story editor, producer, and eventual showrunner of Supernatural
Dean: What, he's never heard of a Realdoll?
- A Realdoll is a lifesize silicone sex toy.
- Norman Bates was the main character in Psycho, who kept the preserved corpse of his mother.
- Menudo was a Latin boy band that gained international fame during the 1980's.
- This may be a reference to SupernaturalWiki Managing Editor Jules Wilkinson, but this is unconfirmed.
- A reference not only to when Ed and Harry first met the Winchesters in 1.17 Hell House, but to the fact that Jared and Jensen are both from Texas.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 3.13 Ghostfacers!: Don’t Be ’Facer-Haters ... by bardicvoice (May 2008); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2008. Alas, Poor Corbett!: "Ghostfacers" Season 3, Episode 13. Pink Raygun, April 29; archive link