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Supernatural: Houses of the Holy

And now, for something completely different. Is it an angel, or a spirit masquerading as an angel?

Killer Hookers for God

The story opens with a woman watching TV in her apartment. As she watches, the TV flips on its own o a television evangelist. Things start shaking and a bright light appears. "My god," the woman mouths silently.

Cut to the woman in an institution, reading a Bible. Sam walks in, and talks to her about her experience. She claims she saw an angel, who told her to kill someone, someone "guilty to their deepest foundations" (alert! Important phrase!) and that it would give her a sign on who to kill.

And she did it. Stabbed them in the heart.

That old black magic running down my spine

Cut to Dean and a bit of product placement. Dean's relaxing on a motel bed, enjoying the vibrating feature and listening to his MP3 phone (which is prominently placed. Hey, gotta pay the bills!) He's going stir-crazy (plus, he's out of quarters. "You're enjoying that way too much. It's kinda making me uncomfortable," Sam says.). Obviously, Dean can't walk into a mental hospital - he's wanted by the police.

The woman in the hospital was the second person in the town to kill someone because they had been instructed by an angel. The man who was killed seemed to be a normal citizen, no hint of evil at all. Sam is puzzled.

Dean is skeptical. He believes a spirit is masquerading as an angel. Sam seems more willing to consider the possibility. There is a lot of lore on angels. But Dean believes angels don't exist. In all their hunting, they've never seen one, or run across anyone that's seen one.

Diggin' up them holes

They call a truce on their discussion. Dean is eager to leave the motel (which seems to be one of the pay-by-the-hour type places judging by the decor) for a bit, so they head to the victim's house.

Everything looks normal, except he's late taking his Christmas decorations down. Walking around the house, they notice a cellar door. Something clicks with Sam, "... evil to his deepest foundations." They go in and look around. Sam notices something that looks like claw marks on the dirt wall, and looking closer finds what looks like a woman's fingernail. So they start diggingin the cellar's dirt floor, and find a skeleton. Seems this guy really was evil.

Business before pleasure

Cut to a man lying on a bed in his apartment. Objects start shaking, there is a bright light.... next thing you know, he's walking around until he sees a bright light beside a door. He knocks, a man answers, and he stabs the guy in the gut.

Cut to Dean sitting in the motel room, listening to a police scanner. He looks longingly toward the "Magic Fingers" vibrating device by the bed. Sam walks in, and Dean says, "Bring quarters?"

"Dude. I'm not enabling your sick habit," Sam says. "You're like one of those lab rats that pushes the pleasure button instead of the food button until it dies."

"What are you talking about, I eat," Dean says.

Sam has news. Three students have disappeared from the college campus this year. That's where the last victim worked. Dean has news also. There is a new "last victim." Same type of events, random knock on the door, stabbed in the heart, claims that an angel told him to do it. Dean has the victim's address.


They break in, and during a search, Sam finds emails encrypted on a computer. The victim has been conversing with a 13 year old girl. He was killed the day before he was supposed to meet her.

Dean is puzzled. This spirit seems to be out for more than vengeance, it seems to be like... "An avenging angel?" Sam suggests. Dean scowls. He notices a paper, which turns out to be a church announcement. Seems like 2 of the victims went to the same church. So that's where the brothers Winchester go, too.

Going to the chapel

Once at the church, they talk to the priest. All 3 victims were parishioners, but while he believes in angels, he doesn't believe an angel inspired the killers. As the brothers are leaving, they notice a small section of flowers and candles on the front steps. Father Gregory, the former priest at the church, was killed there in a carjacking two months ago. He died so quickly that he wasn't able to even receive last rites. The good Father has been praying for God's help ever since.

To Dean, this clinches it. It has all the markings of a vengeful spirit. But Sam sees divine intervention at work. The murders have been happening ever since the current priest started praying for help.

Dean cuts loose at Sam. Dean is skeptical, and wonders why Sam buys the story so easily. "Since when are you all Mr. 700 Club?" he asks. "What's next, you gonna start praying every day?"

"I do," Sam says. "I have for a long time."

Dean is surprised. But he recovers, and suggests they check out Father Gregory's grave.

Sam's religious experience

They walk through the church. Dean walks ahead. Sam stops, looks around. Things start shaking, there is a bright light.

Dean comes back, wondering where Sam has gone, and finds him on the ground unconscious. He brings Sam to, and Sam describes what he saw. It was a bright light, and Sam describes a feeling of peace coming over him. It spoke to him, and knew his name.

Dean is skeptical. It could still be a spirit. Some spirits can read minds. He wants to know if the angel told him to kill someone. It did. And though the man to be killed hadn't done anything yet, the angel told Sam what the man would do, and that he had to stop him.

Dean is still skeptical. He argues with Sam. "You have faith. Good for you, I'm sure it makes things easier. I'll tell you who else had faith like that. Mom. She used to tell me when she tucked me in that angels are watching over us. In fact, it was the last thing she ever said to me."

"You never told me that." Sam says.

"What's to tell?" Dean asks. "She was wrong. There was nothing protecting her. There's no 'higher power,' there's no God. There's just chaos and violence... Random, unpredictable evil that comes out of nowhere and rips you to shreds. You want me to believe in this stuff? I'm going to need to see some hard proof. Got any?"

Sam shakes his head, barely.

"Well, I do." Dean says. "Proof that we're dealing with a spirit."

Dean's evidence

The grave has wormwood growing over it, typically found on the graves of spirits not at rest. It's not growing over any of the other graves.

Sam is not convinced. So Dean suggests they summon Father Gregory's spirit, using a seance ritual in John's notebook. If it's a spirit, it will be summoned. If it's an angel, nothing will happen.

If a nautical seance is something you wish

So they head off to a local market to pick up supplies. The market is a little lacking, though. They are forced to use a SpongeBob placemat instead of an altar cloth (LOL!). "We'll just put it SpongeBob side down," Dean says.

As they are walking to their car, Sam sees something. It's the sign. There is the person he is supposed to stop, getting into a car. Dean thinks quickly. He'll follow. Sam should stay and continue the seance.

Dean, the fifth wheel

Dean follows. The man stops and picks up his date.

Meanwhile Sam is preparing the seance, but just as he finishes, he's interrupted by the priest. He tries to explain, but is at a loss for words. The priest tells him to leave, but just then.a bright light appears. "Oh, my God," the priest says. "Is that an angel?"

"No, it's not. It's just Father Gregory," Sam says.

Dean is following the man and his date, but loses him around a corner.

Date rape and the dangers of alleys

Cut to the man and his date, sitting in the car in an alley. The date is a bit nervous. The man tries to kiss her, but she tells him to stop, and he hits her. He apologizes, but she just wants to go home. He is enraged, and pulls out a knife. As he attacks her, Dean breaks the driver's window and pummels the man unconscious. He runs to the other side to make sure the woman is okay, as she gets out of the car. The man awakens, starts the car and drives off. Dean asks the woman if she has a cell phone (she does), and tells the woman to call 911 and follows the man in Metallicar.

You're an angel. (Not!)

Father Gregory appears to the priest and Sam. He believes he is an angel, giving instructions from God. But Sam and the priest explain to him, that, no, he's just a restless spirit. The priest begins last rites to put Father Gregory's soul to rest. After a moment, Father Gregory understands, and accepts the rites, disappearing.

Dean follows the man, and they both narrowly avoid several accidents. A truck ahead of them swerves to avoid a vehicle, and a piece of pipe falls off the truck and bounces through the man's windshield. It pierces his chest, killing him (a homage to the movie, "The Descent"?).

Stand by me

Sam is packing up at the motel. Dean walks in. "You were right. It wasn't an angel, it was Gregory," Sam says. "I wanted to believe, so badly. It's so damn hard to do this, what we do, all alone, I feel like I could drown in it. And when I think about my destiny, when I think about how I could end up..."

"Yeah, well, don't worry about that. I'm watching out for you," Dean says.

"Yeah, I know you are," Sam says. "But you're just one person, Dean. And I needed to think there was something else watching, too. You know? Some higher power... some greater good... and then maybe I... maybe I could be saved."

Dean looks away uncomfortably.

"But, I just clouded my judgement. You were right. I mean, we gotta go with what we know, with what we can see, with what's right there in front of our own two eyes," Sam says.

"Well, it's funny you say that," Dean says. "Gregory's spirit gave you some pretty good information. The guy in the car was bad news. I barely got there in time."

"What happened?"

"He's dead."

"Did... you...."

"No. But I'll tell you one thing, the way he died, if I hadn't seen it with my own two eyes, I never would've believed it. I mean, I don't know what to call it."

"What? Dean, what did you see?"

"Maybe... God's will," Dean says.

Posted by Miller on February 2, 2007 6:57 AM
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