Hell House is the 17th episode of Season 1. It aired on March 30, 2006.
Sam and Dean defy a homicidal spirit, but their efforts are encumbered by a pair of goofball paranormal investigators who hope ghostbusting gets them girls.
A group of teenagers in Richardson, Texas, visit a reputedly haunted house, but the thrills turn tragic when they find the body of a girl hanging in the cellar. However, by the time the police arrive, the body is missing.
Sam and Dean, who are engaged in a prank war, decide to investigate and track down Craig Thursten, who relates the legend, told to him by his cousin Dana, of Mordechai Murdoch, a farmer who lived in the house during the 1930s, and who killed his daughters, hanging them in the cellar.
Sam and Dean visit the house, which has symbols painted from many different origins freshly painted on the walls and floor. While searching the house, the boys run into Ed Zeddmore and Harry Spangler, paranormal investigators, who run a website called Hell Hound's Lair.
Sam and Dean do some more research, but can't find any evidence to support the legend of Mordechai Murdoch. They are preparing to leave when they hear that the previous night a girl did die in the house - hung from the rafters.
Returning to the house they again run into Ed and Harry - and the spirit of Mordechai who chases them from the house and is not slowed by a blast of rock-salt.
Back at their motel, the boys try and work out what is happening. Mordechai's spirit appeared to have slit wrists, which was previously not part of his legend. The story on the Hell Hound's Lair website has also changed.
Dean recognizes one of the symbols painted in the house, and he and Sam return to visit Craig. The symbol is from a Blue Oyster Cult album cover - and Craig works in a record shop. Craig admits that he and his cousin painted the symbols and spread the rumour about Mordechai as a prank.
Sam postulates that Mordechai is a Tulpa - the manifestation of a thought. One of the symbols painted in the house is Tibetan spirit sigil, which assists in concentrating mental energy. Sam thinks that as people view the website, they are willing into reality what they read there.
In order to "kill off" Mordechai, the boys tell Ed and Harry that they have found out that being shot with iron rounds will kill him. They wait for the boys to post it on their website, and enough people view it so that it becomes real.
Sam and Dean return to the house to finish off Mordechai, but Ed and Harry are there and tell them the server crashed, so the new legend will not manifest. As Mordechai attacks them, Dean sets the house on fire, figuring that without that part of the legend Mordechai won't exist.
Sam and Dean farewell Ed and Harry - Sam with a prank call from a Hollywood producer and Dean with a fish in the back of their car. The boys call a halt to their own prank war - for now.
Dean: Aw, what's the matter, Sammy? Scared you're going to get a little Nair in your shampoo again, huh?
Dean: Well, good for you Morrissey.
Dean: I hate rats.
Ed: No. Would John Edward go? We've lost the cops, let's find our center and get some work done.
Dean: Tell me, Craig, you, uh, you into BOC? Or just scaring the hell outta people. Now why don't you tell us about the house... Without lying through your ass this time.
Ed: This stuff here... This is our ticket to the big time right here. Fame, money, sex. With girls. OK? Be brave. WWBD. What would Buffy do. Huh?
Ed: The power of Christ compels you.
(Dean and Sam ask the kids about the haunted house.) Second Teen Boy: "It was the scariest thing I ever saw in my life, I swear to God!" Third Teen Boy: "From the moment we walked in. The walls were painted black." Second Teen Boy: "Red." Teen Girl: "I think it was blood." Second Teen Boy: "With all these freaky symbols." Third Teen Boy: "Crosses and stars and..." Second Teen Boy: "Pentagons..." Third Teen Boy: "Pentacostals!" Teen Girl: "Whatever. I had my eyes closed the whole time." Second Teen Boy: "But I can damn sure tell you this much, no matter what anybody else says." Teen Girl: "That poor girl." Third Teen Boy: "With the black..." Second Teen Boy: "Blonde..." Teen Girl: "Red hair, just, just, just hanging there!" Second Teen Boy: "Kicking!" Third Teen Boy: "Without even moving!" Teen Girl: "She was real!" Second Teen Boy: "It's 100 percent!" Third Teen Boy: "And kinda hot. Well you know, in a dead sort of way." Dean: "Okay..." Sam: "And how did you find out about this place anyway?" Together: "Craig!"
Dean: (looking at some signs on the walls) "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 this Sigil of Sulfur didn't show up in San Francisco until the '60s." Dean: "Huh. That's exactly why you never get laid."
(Sam and Dean find the Hell House guarded by police.) Sam: "I guess the cops don't want any more kids screwin' around in there." Dean: "Yeah, but we still gotta get in there." (They hear loud whispering.) Dean: "I don't believe it." (Sam looks and sees Ed and Harry trying to sneak up on the house.) Dean: "I got an idea." (he throws his voice) "Who ya gonna call?" (The cops chase the other two so that Sam and Dean can sneak into the house.)
(after seeing Mordechai) Ed: "Sweet Lord..." Harry: "...of the Rings."
Dean: "This whole damn job's bugging me. I thought the legend said that Mordechai only goes after chicks." Sam: "It does." Dean: "All right. I mean that explains why he went after you. But why me?" Sam: "Hilarious."
Dean: "You know, I couldn't figure out what that symbol was, and then I realized that it doesn't mean anything. It's a logo for Blue Öyster Cult. So tell me, Craig, you uh, you into BÖC? Or just scaring the hell outta people?"
Dean: "Okay, wait a second. You're trying to tell me that just because people believe in Mordechai, he's real?" Sam: "I don't know, maybe." Dean: "People believe in Santa Claus, how come I'm not getting hooked up every Christmas?" Sam: "Because you're a bad person."
(after Dean put itching powder in Sam's shorts and Sam was scratching the whole time) Sam: "Man, I think I'm allergic to our soap or something." (Dean laughs and starts to walk away.) Sam: "You did this?" (Dean laughs again.) Sam: "You're a friggin' jerk!" Dean: "Oh yeah!"
Harry: "No, no, no. No, forget it. I'm not - I'm not going back in there again." Ed: "Harry, look at me. Right here. Okay? You are a ghost hunter. Okay?" Harry: (freaked) "I know but, Ed, I've never actually seen a real ghost before, like a real ghost! An apparition!" Ed: "This stuff right here, this is our ticket to the big time. Fame, money, sex. With girls. Okay? Be brave. Okay, W.W.B.D. What would Buffy do? Huh?" Harry: "What would Buffy do. I know, but Ed, she's stronger than me." Ed: "It's OK." (Sam and Dean knock on their door, Harry almost freaks out.)
(Dean pulls the string on a novelty toy, making it cackle.) Sam: "If you pull that string one more time, I'm gonna kill you." (Dean pulls it again, laughs; Sam glares.) Dean: "C'mon man, you need more laughter in your life. You know, you're way too tense."
(Dean taps his beer bottle against Sam's and takes a drink; Sam smirks. Dean tries to put the bottle down and finds that it's glued to his hand. Sam laughs.) Dean: "You didn't." (Sam holds up a bottle of superglue, grinning.) Sam: "Oh, I did." (Sam keeps laughing and pulls the string on the novelty toy, making it cackle again.)
Dean: "I barely have any skin left on my palm." Sam: "I ain't touching that line with a 10-foot pole."
Dean: "Look, if Mordechai can't leave the house and we can't kill him? We improvise." (Dean flicks a lighter, tosses it through the door onto the lighter fluid he had spread around; they run as the house goes up in flames.) Sam: "That's your solution? Burn the whole damn place to the ground?" Dean: "Well no one'll go in anymore. I mean look, Mordechai can't haunt a house if there's no house to haunt. It's fast and dirty but it works." Sam: "What if the legend changes again and Mordechai is allowed to leave the house?" Dean: "Well, then we'll just have to come back." Sam: "Kind of makes you wonder. Of all the things we hunted, how many existed just because people believed in them?"
Sam: "I have a confession to make." Dean: "What's that?" Sam: "I was the one who called them and told them I was a producer." (both laugh) Dean: "Well I'm the one who put the dead fish in their back seat." (both laugh again) Sam: "Truce?" Dean: "Yeah, truce. At least for the next 100 miles."
as Sam Winchester
as Dean Winchester
as Craig Thurston
as Harry Spangler
as Mr. Goodwin
as Deputy Barnes
as Ed Zeddmore
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