Season 1, Episode 7
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 Ankeny, Iowa
is stalked by the Hook Man, a vengeful spirit connected with her father's church.
Lori Sorenson, a preacher's daughter attending Eastern Iowa University in her home town, is in 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 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 written 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.
For this episode = 2 humans and 1 ghost
For the series so far = At least 111 humans; 5 ghosts; 1 shapeshifter; and 1 wendigo.
Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) items:
Tropes appearing in this episode:
- Abnormal Ammo: Rock salt loaded in shotguns.
- Bare Your Midriff: Lori's roommate's recommendation in the opening scene.
- Beauty Equals Goodness:
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.
- The Bechdel Test: Passed. The 2nd time for this series.
- Body Paint: Sam helps Murph paint his back purple.
- Couldn't Find a Pen: The Rustproof Blood used to draw a Jerusalem Cross and write, "AREN'T YOU GLAD YOU DIDN'T TURN ON THE LIGHT?"
- Disposable Sex Worker: The 13 prostitutes Jacob Karns killed.
- Deggans Rule: Failed, although the only black character was not killed off first. She was second.
- Doom Magnet: Lori.
- Dramatic Necklace Removal
- Due to the Dead: Ghosts can be put to rest by purifying the body with salt and burning it, but first the bodies must be unearthed.
- Empty Cop Threat: Headed off by Dean, who just nonchalantly agrees to leave town.
- Evil Smells Bad: The 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.
- Foreshadowing: Lori is the first to mention the angels in the series.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: No one seems to care about Taylor after her death.
- The Fundamentalist: Jacob Karns who started murdering prostitutes because he was so offended by the red light district.
- Girl of the Week: Lori for Sam.
- Hook Hand
- Informed Attractiveness: Lori, to a certain extent.
- I Wished You Were Dead
- Kill It with Fire: Our first body salted and burned on Supernatural. Though, the ghost is not stopped until the last of the silver from his hook is burnt.
- Men Are the Expendable Gender: Guy dates married woman, hookman goes for the guy.
- Justified. The man was the father of the Doom Magnet, who'd disappointed her.
- Moment Killer: Lori's father calling on the cell phone.
- No Peripheral Vision
- Out of Order: The episode was first intended to air as the next episode after ''Wendigo'' (S01, Ep02).
- Porn Stash: Dean learns Murph's name (the purple painted frat boy) by reading it off the address label on a copy of Backside, and Dean then starts leafing through the magazine.
- Preacher's Kid: Lori is just starting to explore Forbidden Fruit at college.
- Product Placement: Sam has a Dell Inspiron laptop, which is sporting the logo for Cove Bikes.
- Red Herring: Lori's dad being overprotective.
- Sarcastic Confession: "I told him you were hunting ghosts."
- Screaming Woman: Lori
- Sex Is Evil: 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 party, to her Moral Guardian 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. Then Hook tries to kill him. In a deleted scene, Lori finds a condom in his trousers while doing the laundry.
- Sinister Minister: Jacob Karns, the first Hook Man.
- Sinister Scraping Sound
- Soul Jar: For most ghosts this is their bones or remains, but for Jacob Karns it is his hook.
- Terror At Make Out Point
- Urban Legends: Two classics: Hook Man and "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the lights?".
- The Vicar: Lori's father serves this role.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Our first use of salt to counteract the supernatural in Supernatural.
- Your Cheating Heart: Lori's father is having an affair with a married woman