Ghost Hunters

Season 2 Episode 10

Eastern State/Vacation Home

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 28, 2005 on Syfy
8.3
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Eastern State/Vacation Home
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The TAPS team revisits the site of one of their most dramatic pieces of evidence, the Eastern State Penitentiary. Then they try to help a woman whose vacation home is becoming unlivable due to spirit activity.

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  • Another boring case, following by another average case...

    6.0
    Well, as the current season winds down (the newly ordered episodes may be the third season rather than an extension of the second), things are more or less the same. I’m still not happy about the fact that each episode covers two cases, since I prefer seeing more of the investigation. Besides, more investigation would mean more Paula!



    As a sidenote…this is an episode held over from earlier in the season. I’m not exactly sure why that is, though I have a feeling it had something to do with Brian and his departure. I don’t have a lot more to say about this episode so I’ll get right to the cases.



    First case:



    Well, if anything proves out the fact that even active sites have boring nights, this will do it. I’m afraid this only reinforces the theory that the guards faked that “apparition” last season. SFC seemed to edit every possible instance of someone mentioning an odd feeling or odd sound into the recap, and it was still about half the content as usual. I’m not sure I would have even included that footage if I were putting the series together (though who knows whether or not there’s an obligation).



    Second case:



    This was a little more interesting. As usual, the evidence won’t prevent critics and naysayers from claiming fakery, and nothing was completely groundbreaking, but it’s more than we’ve had for a while. I love EVPs, and there hasn’t been a good one all season. This is still not great, but it did make things more interesting. I’m not sure about the flashlight, since it wasn’t on camera per se, but I don’t think Jason would fake something like that.



    Admittedly, I was otherwise distracted this week with “Serenity”, so I was annoyed that so much time was spent on that silly “blessing” montage. I also found all the comments about “inhumans” rather amusing. There’s a fine line between a scientific explanations and unsupported folklore, and whenever they start talking about demons and what not, they cross it. For a group that typically dedicate itself to disproving paranormal activity, it’s a little odd to classify entities with such conviction.

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  • I was looking forward to this episode.

    7.5
    I really was looking forward to this episode since the last time TAPS was at Eastern Penitentiary they caught some interesting footage of a black mass moving that couldn't be explained. But it seems things were not right and the mood was off... Nothing, no evp's or video. Oh well, but if you haven't already done so check out their official website since Halloween is coming up they are offering Halloween tours. How fun would it be to see one of those tours? That place just oozes spooky.



    As for the Ogden house that had some real potential. Seeing the flashlight flip out of Jason's hand was interesting but like always you never get a good shot of the action... But seeing that Jason and Grant brought in one of their other ghost hunter friends and then having the house blessed really shows the house left a impression on them even though it might not have come across strong in the show.moreless
Andy Andrews (II)

Andy Andrews (II)

Investigator

Donna LaCroix

Donna LaCroix

Case Manager

Grant Wilson (II)

Grant Wilson (II)

Co-Founder of TAPS and Lead Investigator

Jason Hawes

Jason Hawes

Founder of TAPS and Lead Investigator

Paula Donovan

Paula Donovan

Research & Development

Steve Gonsalves

Steve Gonsalves

Tech Manager

Ron Milione

Ron Milione

TAPS Research and Development

Guest Star

John Zaffis

John Zaffis

Paranormal Investigator

Guest Star

Dustin Pari

Dustin Pari

Tech Specialist

Recurring Role

Dave Tango

Dave Tango

Investigator-In-Training

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The investigation of Eastern State took place on July 9-10, 2005, according to the date embedded in the camera footage. The investigation of the Ogden House was several months earlier, in March 27-28, 2005.

    • Also Appearing:
      Investigation 1: Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      Fran Dolan - Eastern State Penitentiary Tour Guide

      Investigation 2: Ogden House - Connecticut
      Paula Ogden - Homeowner

    • For more information on Eastern State Penitentiary you can visit their official site on the web at http://www.easternstate.org/

  • QUOTES (8)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Eastern State Penitentiary was featured on Scariest Places on Earth first season's "Episode 2".

    • This episode is listed under the title "Return To Eastern State" at the official Ghost Hunters website.

    • Eastern State Penitentiary is one of the most investigated locations in paranormal TV. As well as this episode, TAPS visited the site in the first season episode "Eastern State Penitentiary". The prison was also investigated by the cadets of Ghost Hunters Academy in the episode "Back To Basics". Eastern State was also investigated by The Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures crew in the second season episode "Eastern State Penitentiary", and NatGeo's Mysterious Science episode "American Paranormal: Haunted Prison". The Prison was investigated by MTV's Fear in the first season episode "Eastern State Penitentiary". The site would also be used for an episode of the Travel Channel's show Zak Bagan's Paranormal Challenge titled "Eastern State Penitentiary".

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air on October 10, 2005 but was rescheduled for later in the season. This was due to difficulties obtaining permission to air the episode from everyone who is shown on screen.

    • On the second trip to Eastern State Penitentiary no paranormal phenomena was caught on video or audio. As for the Ogden's house a EVP was captured supposedly moaning the name Collin and video caught a flashlight being slapped from Jason's hands during one of his attempts to challenge the negative spirit in the house. Past events and the TAPS team experiences at the house lead to Keith Johnson performing a blessing on the house to calm the homeowner.

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