First Teenage Girl
The LP which Dean picks up when browsing in the record store, and for which we see the cover very clearly before he puts it back, is Point of Know Return, by Kansas. Kansas sing one of the show's most regularly used songs, Carry On Wayward Son.
There are two instances where the brothers go into the house and the cops are outside watching the place. Both times, they manage to get the cops to go into the woods for something, to distract them from the house, while they go in and fight the ghost. There is no way that the cops wouldn't have heard all of the shotgun blasts, which should be heard from miles away.
When the guys are in the restaurant, the laughing statue flip flops as if the film was reversed. In one shot the fish faces one way, but when Sam pulls the string the fish faces the other way.
Sam glues Dean's hand to the bottle of beer with super-glue, but super-glue dries really fast. There is no way it could sit on a bottle of beer and still be wet. It would have dried long ago.
When Sam and Dean are in the restaurant eating and reading the new post on hellhoundslair.com you can see Dean eating when Sam turns the computer. Then there is a closeup of Dean where he's talking but he never swallowed the food, then they cut to a profile of Dean and he's chewing again.
At the end when Harry goes to grab the camera from Ed and Mordechai hits him, you can clearly tell that it's his body double falling to the ground.
When Sam and Dean are at the record store, Sam is talking to Craig and you can see Dean in the background picking up an album and replacing it, then the camera cuts to Dean from the front and he is picking up another album and the first has disappeared.
When Sam and Dean go to check up on the house, in the left part of the screen you can see something black, probably someone's coat, but there is no one there.
Near the end, in the scene where Sam and Dean are shooting at Mordechai and Ed and Harry are filming it, as the scene shifts you can briefly see the left arm of one of the crew in the right side of the frame.
Trivia: The song Dean turns up at the beginning of the episode has the lyrics "A fire of unknown origin/Took my baby away," referring to how Jessica and their mother both died. The song is by Blue Oyster Cult, who feature heavily in this episode.
Trivia: At the time this episode premiered, the website for the paranormal investigators, http://www.hellhoundslair.com, is a working URL with information about the Hell House and other cases... some of which are based on previous Supernatural episodes. Since then, the URL redirects the viewer to the WB homepage.
(Dean has put itching powder in Sam's pants)
Sam: I think I'm allergic to our soap or something. (Dean starts laughing) You did this? You're a friggin' jerk.
Craig's Friend: Ooh, look, it's the evil root cellar, where Satan cans all his vegetables.
Harry: Yeah, so if you guys don't mind, we're trying to conduct a serious scientific investigation, here.
Dean: Oh yeah? What do you got so far?
Ed: Harry, why don't you tell 'em about EMF?
Harry: (in mock modesty) Well...
Harry: Electromagnetic Field. Spectral entities can cause energy fluctuation that can be read with an EMF detector (pulls one out from his bag). Like this bad boy right here. Whoa, whoa. 2.8--wow, it's hot in here.
Sam: I have a confession to make.
Sam: I was the one who called them and told them I was a producer. (Dean laughs)
Dean: Well, I was the one who put the dead fish in their backseat.
Dean: (to Ed and Harry) Would you look at that? Action figures in their original packaging. What a shocker.
Sam: That's your solution? Burn the whole damn place to the ground?
Dean: Well, no one will go in anymore.
Dean: Yeah, truce... at least for the next hundred miles.
Ed: Okay, we've got an obligation to our fans, to the truth...
Dean: Well I have an obligation to kick both of your little asses.
Sam: Dean, Dean, hey, hey, just forget it, alright. These guys...I could probably bitch slap them both.
Dean: I don't know, Sam. I mean, I hate to agree with authority figures of any kind, but you know, the cops might be right about this one.
Ed: Harry, look at me, right here, okay? You are a ghost hunter, okay?
Harry: I know, but Ed, I've never actually seen a real ghost before. Like a real ghost, like an apparition...
Ed: This stuff right here, this is our ticket to the big time--fame, money, sex... with girls, okay? Be brave, okay... WWBD. What would Buffy do, huh?
Harry: What would Buffy do. I know, Ed, but she's stronger than me.
Dean: Hey, Sam, I dare you to take a swig of this.
Sam: What the hell would I do that for?
Dean: I double dare you.
Dean: Why don't you tell us about that house - without lying through your ass this time?
Dean: Man, I hate rats.
Sam: Would you rather it was a ghost?
Dean: So, you guys ever seen a real ghost before?
Ed: Once. We were investigating this old house and we saw a vase fall right off the table.
Harry: By itself.
Ed: Well, we-we-we didn't actually see it, but we heard it. And something like that, it changes you.
Harry: What are you guys doing here?
Dean: What the hell are you doing here?
Ed: Uh, we belong here, we're professionals.
Dean: Professional what?
Dean: Most of those websites wouldn't know a ghost if it bit them in the pursqueeter.
Dean: What's the matter, Sammy? You afraid you gonna get a little Nair in your shampoo again, huh?
Sam: All right. Just remember you started it.
Dean: Oh, bring it on, Baldy.
Sam: What the hell kind of spirit is immune to rock salt?!?
Dean: People believe in Santa Claus--how come I'm not getting hooked up every Christmas?
Sam: 'Cause you're a bad person.
Dean: I barely have any skin left on my palm.
Sam: I'm not touching that line with a ten-foot pole.
Dean: I thought the legend said the Mordechai only goes after chicks.
Sam: It does.
Dean: All right, well, I mean that explains why it went after you, but why me?
Sam: It kinda makes you wonder. Of all the things we've hunted, how many existed just because people believed in them?
Dean: Looks like old man Murdoch was a bit of a tagger during his time.
Sam: And after his time, too. The reverse cross has been used by Satanists for centuries, but the sigil of sulphur didn't show up in San Francisco until the '60's.
Dean: Exactly why you never get laid.
Music: Fire of Unknown Origin by Blue Oyster Cult, Burning for you by Blue Oyster Cult, Slow Death by Extreme Music, Anthem by Extreme Music, Point of No Return by Rex Hobart and The Misery Boys, Fast Train Down by Waco Brothers
In an interview in TV Guide, Eric Kripke, the show creator, admitted that he got so many requests from the viewers to see Jensen and Jared with "less on", that he added the towel scene in this episode for Jared to be shirtless.
Jensen Ackles (Dean) and Jared Padalecki (Sam) were both born and grew up in Texas; Jensen was born in Dallas and Jared was born in San Antonio. Jensen Ackles went to elementary, junior high, and high school in Richardson, Texas, which is where this episode takes place.
The symbol from the Hell House was from a Blue Oyster Cult album. Burnin' For You and Fire of Unknown Origin are by Blue Oyster Cult.
Denmark: April 30, 2006 on TV3
France: January 22, 2007 on TF6
Portugal: January 29, 2007 on AXN
Belgium: July 25, 2007 on VT4
Germany: February 25, 2008 on ProSieben
The Netherlands: October 26, 2008 on Net5
Ed The power of Christ compels you!
Referring to the 1973 horror movie The Exorcist, in which a young girl is possessed by a demon. The movie was written by William Peter Blatty, who also wrote the novel it was based upon. The priests repeatedly chant this line of exorcism while struggling to banish the demon from the girl.
Ed: Sweet Lord...
Harry: ...of the Rings – run!!
Lord of the Rings is a fantasy novel series by J.R.R. Tolkien (and three movies based on it) concerning the adventures of a group comprised of humans, elves and hobbits to destroy an evil ring.
Ed: I was thinking that Mordechai just had like a really super-high attack bonus.
Alluding to role-playing games - an "attack bonus" is typically added to a die roll made to determine if you hit a monster, or to see if a monster hits you. Needless to say, a monster with a super-high bonus would be very tough indeed. Common to Dungeons & Dragons, Spycraft, Pathfinder, and other such games.
Ed: Remember - WWBD. What would Buffy do?
Referring to Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?)
Ed: No. Would John Edward go?
Referring to the host of Crossing Over on the SciFi Channel and syndication, and a new series as of this episode's airing in 2006, John Edward Cross Country. John Edward purportedly speaks with the deceased for the benefit of the living.
Spengler and Zeddmore
This is another allusion to the movie Ghost Busters, whose members included Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddmore.
Dean: Who you gonna call?
The catchphrase of the1984 sci-fi comedy film Ghostbusters.
The Legend of Hell House is a 1973 horror film by Academy Pictures. It was directed by John Hough and stars Roddy McDowall and Gayle Hunnicutt. The screenplay was written by Richard Matheson based on his own novel Hell House.
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