Season 2 – Episode 13 – Houses of the Holy
The episode opens with a girl watching TV, looking bored by the choices. She stops briefly on a religious channel before shutting it off completely. However, the voice from the channel continues, turning the TV back on and shaking everything in the room. Then a light appears, and it looks like someone is coming to talk to her from Heaven.
The girl, Gloria, is next seen in a psychiatric ward, where Sam is the attending checking in on her. He asks her about what she saw and she says she thinks it was a real angel. Then she tells him she stabbed a man in the heart because God told her to. According to her, he sent an angel to instruct her by speaking god’s word. She really believes she was chosen to kill an evil man.
Sam tells Dean that Gloria seems sane and it’s odd that she’s the second person in the town to have killed someone and claimed that angels told them to do it. Sam looked into the man Gloria killed and found no indications of him being ‘evil.’
The brothers look under the foundation of the dead guy’s house because Gloria said the man was guilty to “his deepest foundations.” They wonder if she meant it literally and find a fingernail in the basement. They dig up the area and find a body.
The same things that happened to Gloria happen to another man, who then goes and kills someone else. He then confesses and says an angel made him do it. Dean has the address of the victim so the brothers go check out the house. They find emails on the new dead guy’s computer that are between him and a woman who turns out to be a 13-year-old girl. The emails show that the man was supposed to meet the girl that day, and he was murdered the night before, preventing the meeting. Dean then finds that all the murderers went to the same church.
The brothers visit the church where Sam asks the priest, Father Reynolds, about a painting of the angel Michael, pointing out that the angels are less Hallmark and more fierce. The priest describes Michael as having a flaming sword and being a fighter of demons and a holy force against evil. This conversation is another wink to the audience in reference to future episodes.
On the way out of the church, they see a shrine to Father Gregory, a priest at the church who is interred in the church crypt after being shot for his car keys. Father Reynolds tells them he didn’t even have time to administer last rites.
Dean thinks that Father Gregory is a vengeful spirit, while Sam points out that the things started happening around the same time that Father Reynolds started praying for help.
Sam is looking at a statute in the church and it starts to glow. Sam then believes that he saw an angel as well. The angel told Sam to kill someone as well. Dean asks if Sam knows what the person did, and Sam says nothing yet. Dean points out that Sam is supposed to be bad as well, and by the angel’s logic, Dean should kill Sam.
The brothers find wormwood around Father Gregory’s grave, a wood that is associated with spirits that aren’t at rest. Sam is still unconvinced so Dean says they will summon Gregory’s spirit. While they are getting the ingredients for the spell to summon Dr. Gregory, Sponge Bob mat included, Sam sees a glowing light around a guy standing on the corner. He tells Dean that it’s the sign that he’s the guy they have to stop. Dean agrees to follow the guy and he locks Sam out of the car and goes himself.
While Dean is following the bad guy, Sam summons the spirit of Father Gregory. Father Reynolds walks in and gets angry and tells Sam to leave. As they are leaving, Father Gregory appears again, telling Father Reynolds he is there in answer to his prayers. Father Gregory turns out to have a bit of a God complex and he truly believes he is an angel. He has been directing people to kill others to fulfill the priest’s prayers. Father Reynolds performs last rites for Father Gregory and he disappears.
Dean follows the bad guy as he goes on a date. The man attacks his date and then tries to rape her. Dean stops him but the man drives away. Dean gets back in the car and goes after him. They get into a car chase that ends when a pick-up truck carrying piping pulls out, forcing the guy to slam on the breaks. As the truck slams on his brakes to avoid an accident, one of the pipes goes flying and impales the guy right in the front seat of his car.
Sam and Dean have a philosophical discussion on the existence of angels, which for those who have seen farther along in the series, is humorous as Dean aggressively argues against the existence of angels.
Sam and Dean spend much of the episode discussing their opposing viewpoints on angels. Dean doesn’t believe in them and it turns out that Sam is religious.
Dean ends up telling Sam that their mother believed just like Sam and she used to always tell Dean that there were angels watching over them. To Dean, she was wrong and that has caused him to have no belief in a higher power of good.
While Sam doubts himself, Dean tells him about what happened with the bad guy. He describes the man’s death as maybe being god’s will.
Dean listening to music on the ‘magic fingers’ massage chair.
When the brothers arrive at the dead guy’s house, there’s a plastic Christmas angel sitting on the porch. Dean uses it to make fun of Sam for considering the possibility that angels could exist.
After Sam sees the ‘angel,’ Dean hands him a flask.
Impersonation of the Week:
Sam pretends to be an attending to speak to Gloria about the murder.
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan plays as Sam says he wants to believe in a higher power because it would give him hope that he could be saved.
State of the Week:
“Dean, you’re enjoying that way too much. It’s kind of making me uncomfortable.” – Sam
“There’s a ton of lore on unicorns too. In fact, I hear that they ride on silver moonbeams and they shoot rainbows out of their ass.” – Dean
“Wait, you mean there’s no such thing as unicorns?” – Sam
“I think I learned a valuable lesson. Always take down your Christmas decorations after New Year’s or you might get filleted by a hooker from god.” – Dean
“Roma Downey made him do It.” – Dean
“There’s no higher power, there’s no god. There’s just chaos and violence and random unpredictable evil that comes out of nowhere and rips you to shreds.” – Dean
“You’re not going to go kill somebody because a ghost told you to. Are you insane?” – Dean
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