Supernatural – Season 2 – Episode 18
The episode opens with a cliché horror scene that turns out to be literally that. It’s a film crew filming a movie about a bunch of teenagers lost in the woods. The entire episode is an inside joke, taking a meta approach to the show, really a giant wink to fans. To think, the first time I saw this episode, I had never even heard the word meta.
A crewmember is talking to a couple cast members and tells them the stage is haunted. Then the lead actress is rehearsing alone on the set when she hears weird noises. She sees a hat on the ground and looks up to see a dead body hanging from the wires.
Sam and Dean are taking a studio lot tour. Dean is really, really excited to see celebrities.
Sam is telling Dean about the rumors about the set being haunted and the dead crewman. Dean asks if it’s like the movie Poltergeist.
Dean looks around the area where the dead crew guy was found and there isn’t any EMF in the spot. Sam says there have been a lot of deaths, giving Dean the full summary. He says any of the deaths could be a vengeful spirit.
The actress shows Dean a Polaroid she took of herself with the dead crew guy and Dean recognizes him. The next scene has Sam and Dean at the guy’s house, where he is very much alive. The guy was hired by the producers to fake his death for publicity.
The producer, Brad Redding, asks the director about the Latin chanting. He wants to know how the ghosts hear the Latin if they’re in hell. Redding then sees a woman in all white makeup and neck wounds. He thinks she’s part of the movie and wants the wounds to show more. She takes off her robe and walks up the stairs. He follows.
Dean plays Sam some of the recording of the shot when Redding fell from the ceiling and he says that there are now EMF readings all over the place. They watch the dailies and there’s a woman in the shot that doesn’t work there. Sam recognizes her and shows Dean an article that shows an actress named Elise that was having an affair with a studio executive. She killed herself by dropping right into the shot.
Sam and Dean go to dig up the grave of Elise Drummond. They salt and burn her bones.
Meanwhile, one of the producers is walking around the set. The lights go out and someone else is there. The guy turns around and it is a ghost. A giant fan turns on and the producer is sucked into it, which appears to be the way the ghost died.
Sam and Dean are a little confused after the second death because they already burned the bones of the first woman and ghosts don’t usually work together. They are watching the dailies to look for more ghosts and as the actress is reciting the Latin invocation, Sam realizes that she’s reciting the real thing. They go to talk to the screenwriter and find out that a guy named Walter, the original writer of the movie, is the one who put that stuff into it.
Dean thought Walter was a PA. They read his original script and find it’s much better but is basically a how-to manual for raising ghosts and getting them to do your bidding.
During the middle of filming, Brad Redding drops into the shot, hanging from a rope. Everyone thinks he hung himself.
Walter called Martin to meet with him on the set. Walter conjures a ghost who starts dragging Martin toward the fan to kill him. Suddenly, the ghost is shot and disappears. Dean is there with a shotgun and Sam turns the fan off. When Sam and Dean won’t leave, Walter conjures a whole group of ghosts. Dean is ready, waiting for them to come closer, but before he can shoot, they all just disappear. An invisible one pushes Sam so they all run to the shack on the set and close the door. Dean turns around and realizes there’s no second wall, as it’s just a set.
Sam realizes that if film cameras pick up the ghosts then maybe his phone camera will, too. He turns it on and it works. He points out the ghosts to Dean, who shoots them. Sam hands the phone to Martin and goes after Sam. He catches up to him and Walter throws the talisman on the floor, shattering it. Sam tells Walter that they can’t help him now because he’s just freed the ghosts. They aren’t happy that Walter brought them back and made them murder people, and they attack Walter. Martin holds the phone up briefly, and all three ghosts are killing Martin.
Funny Moments (mostly inside jokes this week):
As they pass a set, the tour guide says it’s the set of the show Gilmore Girls and if they are lucky, they might even see one of the shows stars. The camera lingers on Sam throughout as Jared Padalecki starred on Gilmore Girls.
Dean says he wanted to come to Los Angeles for swimming pools and movie stars. Sam asks him if it seems like swimming pool weather, saying, “It’s practically Canadian,” a nod to the show being filmed in Vancouver.
The actress asks why a ghost would be afraid of salt and it causes a debate about what ghosts would be afraid of. Dean just listens, eating more food from crafty, bemused by the conversation. When Sam comes over for an update, Dean gives him an update on the movie, not the investigation. While they are talking, Dean keeps getting distracted by his headset and talking into it instead of to Sam.
The director is called McG, an actual director of many Supernatural episodes, though an actor portrays him in the episode.
After everything is resolved with Walter and the ghosts, Martin puts it in the movie. In the next scene, the actors are filming the movie, and now the actress is holding a phone and the actor is shooting the ghosts. It cuts back to Sam, watching, with an expression of disbelief on his face.
In the last scene, Sam and Dean are walking off the studio lot with a backdrop in front of them, making it so they are literally walking off into the sunset.
Dean gets very excited about the sandwiches at crafty.
Dean is eating tacquitos while he’s pretending to be a PA.
As they are leaving, Dean grabs another sandwich or burrito or something off the crafty table.
Notable Guest Stars:
Torrance Coombs plays Mitch, one of the actors in the horror movie. He currently stars as Bash on Reign.
Gary Cole as Brad Redding, the studio executive.
Impersonation of the Week:
Dean pretends to be a PA on a film set after being mistaken for one.
This episode is a lot of inside ‘Hollywood’ jokes.
State of the Week:
“Could you get me a smoothie from crafty?” – crew guy
“A what from who?” – Dean
“What’s a PA?” – Dean
“I think they’re kind of like slaves.” – Sam
“I think being a PA sucks but the food these people get? Are you kidding me? I mean, look at these things. They’re like miniature Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. They’re delicious!” – Dean
“I thought you hated being a PA?” – Sam
“I don’t know. It’s not so bad. I kind of feel like part of the team, you know?” – Dean
“They never forgive. They never forget. And this summer, they’re coming back again to settle the score…again.” – the trailer
“We must have brought them back. Back from hell. Again.” – the trailer
“You know, maybe the spirits are trying to shut down the movie because they think it sucks. Because, I mean, it kind of does.” – Sam
“I had to cut 90 percent to make it readable. Then I had to cut another 10 percent to make it good.” – Martin
“You are one hell of a PA!” – Martin
“Yeah, I know.” – Dean
“Just leave. But Martin’s gotta stay.” – Walter
“Sorry, can’t do that. It’s not that we like him or anything. It’s just a matter of principle.” – Dean
“I can’t believe this. Ghosts are real.” – Martin
“Oh, there’s an afterlife alright, but mostly it’s a pain in the ass.” – Dean
“You find out there’s an afterlife and this is what you do with it?” – Sam
“I needed a little jazz on the page.” – Martin
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