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

!Hook Man
[[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.

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. When Rich gets out of the car to check it out, he ends up dead, his body hanging over the car. Sam and Dean interview Lori and note similarities with the Hook Man legend. Their research reveals that a preacher named [[Characters/SupernaturalGhosts Jacob Karns]] killed 13 prostitutes with his hook hand in 1862. 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 necklace. 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 or immorality 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.
!Non-trope items:
* [[Fridge/SupernaturalS01E07HookMan Fridge Items.]]
* [[Trivia/SupernaturalS01E07HookMan Trivia Items.]]
* [[YMMV/SupernaturalS01E07HookMan YMMV Items.]]

!Tropes appearing in this episode:

* AbnormalAmmo: The first appearance of rock salt shells 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?" on the wall of Lori and Taylor's dorm room.
* DisposableSexWorker: The 13 prostitutes Jacob Karns killed in his fury at the red light district.
* 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 her cell phone in the teaser.
* 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 and hint that ''Supernatural'''s angels won't be like [[Series/TouchedByAnAngel Roma Downey]] or [[Series/HighwayToHeaven Michael Landon]].
** Foreshadowing. Sam responds "Trust me. This guy-- He's no angel." This is similar to the title used for Season 9, Episode 3 which focused on the angel, Castiel.
* 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 sports 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 gets 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 and watch ''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 calls himself "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 just 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 (and rock salt shotgun shells) to counteract the supernatural.
* YourCheatingHeart: Lori's father is having an affair with a married woman who goes to the church he preaches at.