Ghost Hunters

Season 2 Episode 9

Worthington Home / Asylum

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 21, 2005 on Syfy
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Worthington Home / Asylum

The TAPS team investigates reports of paranormal phenomena at Worthington’s house and try to assure the family that their house is safe. Then the team travels to Rolling Hills Asylum to investigate reports from visitors of hair tugging, noises and phantom smells at the former insane asylum in Bethany, N.Y.


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  • An epsiode that might, unfortunatley, undermine the integrity of TAPS

    This is another episode where not a lot happens. Oddly, this is also an episode where the team fools around a lot more than usual, even Jason and Grant. I imagine this will feed the naysayers with all kinds of grist for the mill, but at this rate, certain critics are unwilling to give them any benefit of the doubt.

    I don’t enjoy the episodes with excessive personal drama, and similarly, I felt that the antics in this episode grew tiresome rather quickly. I will say this for “Most Haunted”…while most of what they do is complete fakery, they spend the entire hour immersing the audience in that experience. I understand that this series is meant to be about the people just as much as it’s about the cases, but sometimes the balance isn’t there.

    I like Dave as a new member of the team (home state, represent!), and as usual, my love for Paula grows with every new appearance. As much as it annoyed me by the end, it was good to see Jason and Grant let loose a little. Jason often looks like he’s one night away from a coronary, and his less acerbic side is hardly ever in evidence.

    Case #1:

    The big things here were the “moving snare drum” and the “womanly cough”. I dismiss the cough just as easily as Jason and Grant dismissed the “EVP”…it could have been the homeowner in some other part of the house. That’s the danger of not vacating the premises for the night, even when you want to draw out typical behavior by keeping the residents in play.

    The snare drum is a little harder to dismiss, because I don’t think that Grant would lie about it. Here’s an example of something the naysayers will harp on: it didn’t happen on camera. Inevitably Grant will be accused of faking it, and the team will be accused of not properly debunking it.

    Case #2:

    There was way too much fooling around in this case, and it got on my nerves. Two things happened here as well: the issue with “Dustin’s ear”, and the “Basement Door of Evil”. Dustin’s ear is not all that compelling because it’s not something you can quantify. Plus, I still don’t have a sense of Dustin and his integrity. I want to believe him, but it’s not enough to overcome my skepticism.

    When it comes to the Basement Door of Evil, though, I’m really torn. They show the door moving, but Jason is out of sight. I really don’t see Jason and Grant as people who would fake something like that, but when I can instantly predict how the naysayers will cry fraud, it doesn’t sit well. Had it happened when Jason and Grant weren’t standing out of view, I would have been more inclined to accept it.

    More than ever, this episode highlights the fact that if one takes this series as a documentation of TAPS and the kind of people working the operation, then one big component is accepting their integrity as presented. I’ve not had reason to doubt them before (can’t say the same for SFC crew), and I’m not changing my mind now. But I don’t want to see them present anything in a way that undermines their credibility, and I think that the second case did not serve them well.

  • Wothington (rolling Hills) Was good I thought

    I really Enjoy watching Ghost hunters.. This episode was really neat. It showed that Jason and Grant Have experinces that they can't even explain.. WHich tells the common person ( me) that when I get the pricklies on my neck that makes my hair stand up.. I am not alone.. Or when My flashlight jumps out of my hand.. I think that their personal veiws brings the show more toeghter
Andy Andrews (II)

Andy Andrews (II)


Donna LaCroix

Donna LaCroix

Case Manager

Dustin Pari

Dustin Pari

Tech Specialist

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

Dave Tango

Dave Tango

Investigator in Training

Recurring Role

Mike Dion

Mike Dion


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The investigation of the Worthington home took place on May 27-28, 2005, according to the dates embedded in the camera footage. The investigation of the Rolling Hills Asylum was a month and a half later, on July 11-12, 2005.

    • Also Appearing:
      Investigation 1: Worthington Home - New Hampshire
      Cheryl Worthington - Homeowner
      Josh Worthington - Son
      Nathan Worthington - Son

      Investigation 2: Rolling Hills Asylum - Bethany, New York
      Lori Carlson - Owner
      Jim Swatt - Manager

    • Donna is listed in the opening credits, but does not appear in this episode.

    • Nitpick: While briefing his team for the second investigation, Jason states that the Rolling Hills Asylum is located in Batavia, New York. The Asylum is actually in Bethany, New York, which is over ten miles away from Batavia.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Jason: All right, so, that's what we've got. We've got a snare drum that viciously attacked you...
      Grant: I hate that drum!
      Jason: Yeah.

    • Steve: Panic attacks sometimes happen. Sometimes an investigator gets scared and when that happens, you're supposed to grab your partner and calmly walk out and leave the building. But because you're panicking, you could get lost, you forget to use your walkie, and you just lose all your senses.

    • Jason: I don't know what's up with that room, there's not always an explanation. But it doesn't mean that, y'know, Satan's living in your basement.

    • Grant: (after encountering bats) Once again it's the living element that sucks, not the dead.

    • On audio: I got your keys!

    • Jason: Hey Dave! Great job, but if you're going to discipline, you actually have to say it with attitude. Not like you are a little wussie, trying to hide in the corner. But good try.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode is listed under the title "Dave Tango And Rolling Hills" at the official Ghost Hunters website.

    • The Rolling Hills Asylum would later be investigated by the Travel Channel's paranormal TV show Ghost Adventures in its fourth season episode "Rolling Hills Sanitarium". The site would also be used for the first episode of the Travel Channel's show Zak Bagan's Paranormal Challenge "Rolling Hills Asylum".

    • No paranormal phenomena was recorded that couldn't be explained at the Worthington's house. As for the Rolling Hills Asylum, a door in the furnace room closed on Jason with no explanation. Then a second time with Grant standing beside it, the door was caught on tape closing with no assistance.


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