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'''Season 1, Episode 7:'''

!Hook Man
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[[caption-width-right:350:'''Dean:''' So this is how you spent four good years of your life, huh? '''Sam:''' Welcome to higher education.]]

->'''Dean:''' I told him you were a dumbass pledge and that we were hazing you.
->'''Sam:''' What about the shotgun?
->'''Dean:''' I said that you were hunting ghosts, and spirits were repelled by rock salt. You know, typical Hell Week prank.
->'''Sam:''' And he believed you?
->'''Dean:''' Well, you look like a dumbass pledge.

Written by John Shiban.

Directed by David Jackson.

Airdate: October 25, 2005.

A preacher's daughter in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankeny,_Iowa Ankeny, Iowa]] is stalked by the Hook Man, a vengeful spirit connected with her father's church.
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Lori Sorenson, a preacher's daughter attending Eastern Iowa University in her hometown, is in a parked car on 9 Mile Road with her date, Rich. They hear a scraping noise, and when Rich gets out of the car to check it out, he ends up dead with his body hanging from a tree. Sam and Dean interview Lori and note similarities with the Hook Man legend. Their research reveals that a preacher in 1862 named [[Characters/SupernaturalGhosts Jacob Karns]] killed 13 prostitutes with his hook hand. In the meantime, Lori's roommate is killed and the phrase "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the light?" is carved on the wall in blood.

Dean goes to the Old North Cemetery and salts and burns Karns' remains. Sam goes to find Lori, and she tells him she just found out her father is having an affair with a married woman from their church. Sam hugs her and then they kiss, but Sam pulls away and says he can't do this because people around him get hurt. Even though Dean has disposed of Karns's remains, the Hook Man appears and attacks Reverend Sorenson, but Sam shoots the Hook Man with rock salt and the spirit disappears.

Sam and Dean realize that the hook was not buried with Karns and was inherited by the church. Sam and Dean search the Sorenson home and the church for silver items, but the Hook Man reappears attacking Sam and Lori. Sam notices Lori is wearing a silver cross, and when Dean throws it in the furnace, the Hook Man bursts into flame and disappears.

The Hook Man was attacking those that Lori saw as guilty of sin, and attacked her when she felt guilty at the realization of her responsibility for the attacks. Despite Sam's attraction to Lori, he declines Dean's offer to stay in town a little longer.

!!Body count:
For this episode = 2 humans and 1 ghost.

For the series so far = At least 111 humans; 5 ghosts; 1 shapeshifter; 1 wendigo.

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!Tropes appearing in this episode:

* AbnormalAmmo: Rock salt loaded in [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotguns]].
* BareYourMidriff: Lori's roommate Taylor in the opening scene. She recommends Lori follow her example for her date.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness:
-->'''Dean:''' So, you believe her?
-->'''Sam:''' I do.
-->'''Dean:''' Yeah, I think she's hot, too.
-->'''Sam:''' No, man, there's something in her eyes.
* BodyPaint: Sam helps Murph paint his back purple.
* CouldntFindAPen: The RustproofBlood used to draw a [[TheKnightsTemplar Jerusalem Cross]] and write, "AREN'T YOU GLAD YOU DIDN'T TURN ON THE LIGHT?"
* DisposableSexWorker: The 13 prostitutes Jacob Karns killed.
* DoomMagnet: Lori.
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval
* DueToTheDead: Ghosts can be put to rest by purifying the body with salt and burning it, but the bodies must first be [[GraveRobbing unearthed]].
* EmptyCopThreat: Headed off by Dean, who just nonchalantly agrees to leave town.
* EvilSmellsBad: The [[ImminentDangerClue smell of ozone]] at the sorority house causes Sam and Dean to conclude a spirit is behind the murders.
* {{Expy}}: Karns is essentially an American Jack the Ripper.
* TheFundamentalist: Jacob Karns, who started murdering prostitutes because he was so offended by the red light district.
* GirlOfTheWeek: Lori for Sam.
* HookHand
* InformedAttractiveness: Lori, to a certain extent.
* IWishedYouWereDead
* KillItWithFire: Our first body salted and burned on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Though the ghost is not stopped until the last of the silver from his hook is burnt.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Guy dates married woman, Hook Man goes for the guy.
** Justified. The man was the father of the DoomMagnet, who'd disappointed her and done something she couldn't reconcile with her worldview.
* MomentKiller: Lori's father calling on the cell phone.
* NoPeripheralVision
* OutOfOrder: The episode was first intended to air as the next episode after [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E02Wendigo ''Wendigo'' (S01, E02)]].
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: No angels actually in this episode, but we have our first mention of them, with the line "I read in the Bible about avenging angels". For something that becomes so important, it's an extremely subtle way to bring them up.
* PornStash: Dean learns Murph's name (the purple-painted frat boy) by reading it off the address label on a copy of ''Backside''. Dean then starts leafing through the magazine.
* PreachersKid: Lori is just starting to explore ForbiddenFruit at college.
* ProductPlacement: Sam has a [[http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-laptops Dell Inspiron]] laptop, which is sporting the logo for [[http://covebike.com/ Cove Bikes]].
* RedHerring: Lori's dad being overprotective.
* SarcasticConfession: "I told him you were hunting ghosts."
* ScreamingWoman: Lori.
* SexIsEvil: Discussed and played with, appropriately enough for the urban legend the episode's based on.
** Lori's date gets a bit too fresh with her, doesn't take no for an answer, and winds up sliced up and slung off a bridge by his ankles.
** Lori's roommate Taylor is heavily implied to be sexually promiscuous and encourages Lori to drink and party, to her MoralGuardian father's disapproval. The Hook Man comes after her, too.
** Ironically, Lori's dad, who's a vicar, is having an affair with a married woman. The Hook Man tries to kill him. In a deleted scene, Lori finds a condom in his trousers while doing the laundry.
* ShoutOut:
** Eastern Iowa University was created by Stephen Bury in ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cobweb_%28novel%29 The Cobweb]].''
** Lori's roommate invites her to do tequila shots while watching ''Film/RealityBites'', which seems like [[TwoDecadesBehind something that would have been a lot cooler in the 90s]].
** Dean calls Sam "[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Dr. Venkman]]".
** Dean refers to himself as "Series/{{Matlock}}" after he talks the Sheriff into only giving them a fine.
** When they sneak into the sorority house, Dean asks Sam if he thinks they will see a naked pillow fight, referencing the scene from ''Film/AnimalHouse''.
* SinisterMinister: Jacob Karns, the Hook Man.
* SinisterScrapingSound
* SoulJar: For most ghosts, this is their bones or remains, but for Jacob Karns, it is also his hook.
* TerrorAtMakeOutPoint
* UrbanLegends: Two classics: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hook Hook Man]] and [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/lighton.asp "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the lights?"]].
* TheVicar: Lori's father serves this role.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Our first use of salt to counteract the supernatural in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* YourCheatingHeart: Lori's father is having an affair with a married woman.