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Ghost Hunters

Season 2 Episode 22

Toxic House

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 17, 2006 on Syfy
8.0
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TAPS first travels to Oklahoma to investigate the Stone Lion Inn, which was once a funeral parlor. The owner believes it to be haunted by a young child who died by accidentially being poisoned. TAPS then travels to David Edgerly's home in Massachusetts. David's been complaining about sleepless nights, nausea, headaches, and fatigue.

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  • The Legacy of Jay and Grant... A brief recap and review of this week's episode...

    8.4
    Not every episode can be gold for those interested in the paranormal, but some episodes can provide the viewing public with information that could potential HELP others.



    Why I applaud this show over it's contemporaries (aka Bio channel's 'Dead Famous', Discovery Channel's 'A Haunting' or any Supernatural-themed special on the Travel channel), is that the founders of this organization are actually trying to solve mysteries behind alleged haunted hot-spots instead of just weaving tales. They're hobbyists who take the trade seriously.



    The show can at times be as frustrating for the viewers as it can be for Grant when he, Jay or Steve experiences something they were not able to record or document. This happens in the first half of the show, when the TAPS team goes to the Stone Lion Inn in Oklahoma. Some interesting and clear EVPs are recorded; however, I don't believe the voice to be that of a 4 year old female (it sounds closer to 8, or someone faking a little girl's voice).



    In particular, I wondered with TAPS members working in conjuction with members of OKPRI if someone on that end wasn't staging some of the phenoma (several digital recorders in close proximity to each other, and it's not as if someone hasn't tried to trick the TAPS team before). My friend pointed out that it sounded like someone faking a little child voice through a ventilation system. However, I believe the site checks out, and give the other paranormal group the benefit of the doubt.



    The second half of the show proves to be more interesting, and provides knowledge concerning people who can be hyper-sensitive to strong EMF fields, molds and toxic inhalants found around most homes and garages, all of which can present homeowners with a variety of unpleasant side effects.



    Something of a filler episode; yet it's still poignant and proves where the cast's aims rest... even Dustin Parr engages Donna in conversation over a recent investigation that's opened his mind to life beyond the gate. Pretty interesting and far removed from Brian Harnois and his attempts to raise a ruckus.



    Why is Brian even back in TAPS? With Jason and Grant's level-headed approach to any site, Harnois exists only to undermine and upstage the entire cast with his pathological lying... and yet, he's revered by internet fans around the country. He has returned and yet I believe he's not matured a single bit... Why does everyone love the guy so much? I wouldn't want him for a friend, much less work alongside him on national television.



    Steve, Dustin and Dave Tango work fine without him. I believe they got more done without him around. Brian is not the heart of TAPS, nor is he professional about his place in the group, which makes his return to the fold all the more astunoing. I take early episodes and events that occured with Brian Harnois in the room with a grain of salt these days.moreless
  • Another very solid episode

    7.0
    Am I the only one who feels like the second half of the season has been a lot more fruitful than the first half? Actually, I think they’ve had more happen in the “back nine” than in the rest of the series to date. It seems like they’ve managed to grab more EVPs, for instance, and there’s a lot more talk about “shadow people” than before. I guess statistics don’t lie, since a long drought was sure to give way to something before long!



    I tend to be wary whenever the evidence seems to point to a specific interpretation, especially since that only really happens in the movies. So I was struck by the evidence collected in the first case. It really felt like it was too easy to make certain logical connections, which brought to mind how hard it must be to maintain objectivity. So many “pop culture” interpretations must leak in whenever the slightest evidence is uncovered.



    This was a rare occasion where I read comments on an episode before seeing it, due to some scheduling and personal issues during the past week. The comments made it sound like Dustin really went into dome deep territory. Well, maybe he did, but it didn’t necessarily make it on-screen. I didn’t find it particularly insightful, especially since I would have assumed that the investigators had considered the implications of their work a long time ago.



    On the other hand, if he was genuinely having this moment of revelation in his life, it does add another element of realism to the show. I always felt that Steve’s issues with spiders and heights were aspects that would never be written into a manufactured personality for a series like this. Brian’s confused and confusing issues, if manufactured, are sloppy and slapdash in comparison. It all adds up to a picture that strikes me as genuine.



    Anyway, first case:



    Like I said before, it feels like a relatively simple story is being told here. The two clear EVPs sound like a child’s voice, and the fact that it seemed to be leading Jason and Grant to that storage closet in the basement (“find me”) suggests that a child was buried there (or worse, died there). And that just feels a little too “Hollywood” to me. Perhaps that’s why Jason and Grant didn’t speak to possible interpretation; I also wonder if the editors cut the episode to suggest that interpretation.



    Second case:



    If TAPS was the fraud that critics claim, they never would have taken the time to point out the environmental factors at work in this case. Instead of jumping right into the paranormal, they pointed out several sources of altered mental states: chemical agents in the ventilation, a strong unshielded EMF source, and that incredibly dangerous black mold. I suppose some people just react to their own interpretation of what the show and organization is, rather than looking at what they do and how they do it.

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Brian Harnois

Brian Harnois

Investigator

Dave Tango

Dave Tango

Investigator-In-Training

Donna LaCroix

Donna LaCroix

Case Manager

Dustin Pari

Dustin Pari

Tech Specialist

Grant Wilson (II)

Grant Wilson (II)

Lead Investigator - Co-Founder of TAPS

Jason Hawes

Jason Hawes

Lead Investigator - Founder of TAPS

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