3.14 Long-Distance Call

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Title Long-Distance Call
Episode # Season 3, Episode 14
First aired May 1, 2008
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Jeremy Carver
On IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1206073/
Outline A series of people receive phone calls from dead loved ones, who urge them to suicide. Sam & Dean take time out from deal-breaking to investigate.
Monster Crocotta
Timeline
Location(s) Milan, Ohio
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Synopsis

A nervous man is drinking in his living room and the phone rings. It has a caller ID of “SHA33.” He answers and tells the person on the other end she can’t keep calling him. She begs him to “come to her”. He hangs up and she calls again, and he tells her to leave him alone before hanging up. She calls again, so he rips the phone out of the wall, but the phone rings again anyway. Finally, in despair, he pulls out a gun, puts it under his chin and shoots.

Dean is on the phone on a bench outside a university. Sam comes over and says the professor doesn’t know crap. Dean tells him Bobby told him about a possible case in Ohio, phones going haywire, computers flipping on and off. Sam says they’re already on a case, his. Dean says they’re chasing their tails and he would like to do his job. He hates Sam’s idea of summoning Ruby, admitting to him she told him that she can’t save him. Sam is upset over Dean keeping this secret, and Dean calls him out on “who’s been keeping secrets from who.”

Sam and Dean drive to Milan, Ohio, and talk to the wife of the man who shot himself. She tells them the phone was ripped from the wall, and Sam takes a look at the phone, getting the number. She admits she heard her husband talking to a “Linda,” but she listened in and there was no one on another end.

In this week’s motel room of the week, with the décor of starbursts on the room divider and wallpaper and gold circles on the bedspread and curtains, they figure out that Linda died in a car accident with the man who shot himself. Sam found out the phone number was over a hundred years old, so they visit the phone company. They are taken to the basement by Clark, the manager, and meet Stewie Meyers, a seedy tech downloading porn on the Internet. Dean tells the tech that the platinum membership at bustyasianbeauties.com is worth every penny. Sam asks him to trace the “SHA33” number, and the tech does so after Dean gets tough with him. He finds out that it’s been used recently in ten different houses in the past two weeks.

Sam in a rental car pulls up to a house asking if they received any strange phone calls. The dad denies the calls, but the daughter acts suspicious. She goes outside to talk to Sam, and Sam turns on the sympathetic charm to get her to admit that she’s been getting calls from her mother who’s been dead for three years. Dean calls and tells Sam that he met a woman who’s been getting calls from her husband who died in Korea. After he hangs up, Dean gets a call and is shocked to find it's John Winchester.

Dean tells Sam about the call, and asks what he should say if he calls back. Sam suggests “hello,” and Dean gets mad and leaves. He comes back later to find Sam hasn’t had any luck on research. Dean shows him a pamphlet about Thomas Edison. They go to the museum and endure an annoying tour guide using “quoting fingers” in order to see Edison’s Spirit Phone, which he supposedly used to communicate with the dead. Sam gets nothing on the EMF and they ask why it would start working now. While Sam is sleeping, Dean gets another phone call from his dad. He asks Dean why he made the demon deal and has a way for him to get out of it. He tells him the demon that holds his contract is there.

Lanie, the girl Sam spoke to earlier, is on the computer and starts getting IMs from her mother. She says she wants to see her. The screen goes black and the ghostly image of her mother appears in the monitor. Lanie turns the computer off, but “Come to me” starts repeating over and over again on the monitor.

Dean is on the computer, and Sam comes in telling Dean about Lanie. Dean shows Sam weather reports where electrical storms have been everywhere that they have been over the last two weeks and the demon is following them. Sam doesn’t believe that, and questions an exorcism Dean has that can kill a demon. He tells Dean he and Bobby already checked it out, and there’s no proof it works. Dean says he’s waiting on the next call from dad to find out where to find the demon. Sam goes to leave, and Dean berates him for not wanting to help. Sam tells him they have no proof and he’s going on blind faith, and begs him not to go anywhere until he gets back.

Sam talks to Lanie at her house. At the same time, her brother receives a phone call from their mother on his toy phone. Dean gets a call from John. Lanie tells Sam her mother wanted her to take all her dad’s sleeping pills and told her to come to her. Sam is stunned and tells Lanie that’s not her mother. Dean pulls up in front of a house and gets out his duffel bag. Sam tells Lanie not to use the phone or computer, but they discover Lanie’s brother is missing. Dean goes into a house, pours holy water and paints a devil’s trap. Lanie’s brother walks into traffic and steps in front of a moving truck, and Sam yanks him away before he is hit.

Sam calls Dean and tells him it’s a Crocotta. Dean mentions the flies at the phone company. Sam goes there and confronts the tech in the basement, threatening to kill him. The boss (Clark) comes from behind and knocks Sam out with a baseball bat. He then knocks out the tech.

Sam and the tech are tied up in the basement, and Clark has a dagger. He kills the tech and shows his spiky teeth, then sucks the essence out of him, devouring his soul. Sam figures out the crocatta was on the phone with him and not Dean. Clark uses his power to call another guy, mimicking his dead daughter who tells him the guy that killed her is at his house and is going to kill him. He then tells Sam how he found out all the information about them through old phone calls and emails while Sam works on freeing himself. he also says that people are fool, thinking that they can delete information. The other man comes into his house and shoots at Dean with a shotgun, and then they fight. Clark monologues some more, and then Sam breaks free just before Clark goes to stab him. They fight. Dean and the other man crash through French doors and the man lands on top of the devil’s trap. Dean tries to read the exorcism, but the man walks through the trap revealing he’s not a demon. Sam and Clark fight over the knife, and Sam slams the back of Clark’s head through a metal spike on the wall, killing him. Dean and the man finish the fight, and Dean tells him he didn’t kill his daughter. The man asks him why he is there, and Dean says he doesn’t know.

Sam and Dean meet up at the motel, both looking beat up. Sam tells Dean he was sorry it wasn’t Dad, and Dean tells him he was right. He admits he wanted to believe it so bad, and he’s scared. He says it was the last act of a desperate man, he can’t expect anyone to show up with miracles, and that the only person that can get him out of this is him. Sam replies, “And me,” and Dean teases him for a lame answer. Sam asks if he wants a poem, and Dean gets them both a beer and turns on the TV. Moment over.

Characters

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Music

Quotes

Sam: So you two were talking a case?
Dean: No we were uh, we were actually talking about our feelings. And then our favorite boy bands. Yeah, we were talking a case.
Dean: I just talked to an 84-year old grandmother who's having phone sex with her husband who died in Korea.

Sam: Eww.

Dean: Completely rocked my understanding of the word "necrophilia."
Sam: Dean, it's not Dad.

Crocotta (as Dean): Then what is it?
Sam: It's a crocotta!

Crocotta (as Dean): What's that, a sandwich?
Sam: Dad?

Dean: Yes.
Sam: What'd he sound like?

Dean: Like Oprah!

Trivia & References

Dean: Just watch out for Chris Hansen.
Chris Hansen is an NBC reporter on Dateline who tracks down sexual predators who find their victims on the Internet.
Sam and Dean use the alias' Raimi and Campbell, a reference to writer director Sam Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell, who both worked on the classic horror movie Evil Dead. Kripke has stated he would love to have Bruce Campbell guest star on Supernatural.
The theme of the dead calling their living relatives is similar to the 1986 movie Making Contact (Joey), in which the kid Joey develops telekinetic abilities, making his toys float. His red toy telephone suddenly starts ringing - he's receiving calls from his dead father. Tribute is paid to the movie in the scene where Lanie's little brother talks to his "mother" (actually the Crocotta) on his toy telephone.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is heard as the voice of John Winchester - as imitated by the Crocotta and is credited as a Special Guest Star.

Minutiae

The phone number the Crocotta calls from is SHA33.
Sam's rental car has the registration EM701A. It is from OK Auto Rentals, phone number 1-800-555-0199.
Filming Location: UBC

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

Promotion

  • Episode Promo: 3.14 Long Distance Call
  • www.bustyasianbeauties.com redirects to the Warner Brothers Site.
  • Buddy TV bloggers report on his trip to the set while this episode was filming. Includes a video of Jared and Jensen running lines, and footage of a scene being filmed.