Season 1, Episode 7|
WB Description The infamous "Hook Man," a vengeful spirit who kills his victims with a shiny hook that serves as his hand, terrorizes a small college town in Iowa. Dean and Sam learn that all the victims are connected to the daughter of a local minister and race to find and destroy the Hook Man's bones before he comes for them.
|March 2006 (day 1, night)||Rich dies|
|March 2006 (day 4)||Dean and Sam catch a case and drive to Ankeny, Iowa; ask around at frat house; attend church service; research at the library|
|March 2006 (day 4, night)||Taylor killed in sorority house; Dean and Sam investigate Nine Mile Road and get arrested|
|March 2006 (day 5)||Lori finds Taylor's body; Dean talks sheriff down to a fine; Dean and Sam investigate sorority and find clues|
|March 2006 (day 5, night)||Sorority party; Dean finds and burns Jacob Karns' bones; Lori and Sam talk; Hook Man attacks Rev. Sorensen before Sam shoots spirit|
|March 2006 (day 6)||Police question Sam at the hospital; more research at the library to find silver hook|
|March 2006 (day 6, night)||Dean and Sam break into the house and church to burn all the silver; Hook Man attacks Lori and Sam; Sam realizes that Hook Man is attached to Lori's necklace; Dean burns the necklace and destroys Hook Man|
|March 2006 (day 7)||Police question Dean and Sam; Dean and Sam leave town|
Taylor and Lori are sorority roommates. Taylor helps Lori choose an outfit to wear on a date with her boyfriend Rich. Although Lori is not too sure about the outfit, Taylor convinces her to wear it. Rich and Lori leave for the party. When Rich parks the car in the woods on 9 Mile Road on the way to the party, he and Lori start making out. When she becomes uncomfortable with how far he is going, they hear a noise outside. Rich goes to investigate. Something invisible attacks the car, bursting the tire and causes an elongated scratch along the bodywork. When Rich disappears and Lori hears banging on the car roof, she locks herself in and screams. After a while, when there is no more noise, she gets out to run. Turning around to look back, Lori finds Rich dead, hanging from a tree above the car.
Sam is making inquiries, trying to locate their dad, when Dean comes across a case about an invisible attack. They decide to investigate, and arrive in Ankeny, Iowa.
At the fraternity house where Rich lived, they find out he was seeing Lori, who is the daughter of Reverend Sorenson. They attend a service at the Reverend's church. After church Taylor is trying to get Lori to come to a girls night, but she is not sure. Later Sam and Dean introduce themselves to Lori. After Dean pulls the Reverend away to talk, Sam talks with her about what she saw. Sam and Dean think the story sounds right out of the Hook Man Legend, with the possibility of it being a spirit. They head to the local library to research it, searching through several dusty boxes of arrest records. They find that in 1862 a preacher named Jacob Karns killed 13 prostitutes on 9 Mile Road, using the silver hook he wore in place of the hand he lost in an accident. He was later arrested and then executed.
That night the boys travel to 9 Mile Road, in search of the Hook Man, but the Sheriff discovers them, and then arrests them. Meanwhile, Reverend Sorensen drops off Lori back at the sorority house, upset about her choices in friends. After she storms off from her dad, she lets herself into her bedroom and sees Taylor asleep. Rather than waking Taylor up, she readies herself for bed in the bathroom, before climbing into bed to sleep. In the shadows, the Hook Man is looking into the bedroom from the closet.
The next morning, Lori wakes up in her dorm room to find her roommate Taylor dead and the words, "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the light?" written in blood on the wall. Dean convinces the sheriff that he was hazing Sam for Hell Week, including using a shotgun with rock salt to shoot at ghosts. So after being released by the sheriff, Sam and Dean hear about Taylor's murder. They sneak in and search the dorm room, noting the strong ozone smell that accompanies ghosts, and that there is a cross symbol drawn in the blood that they found in their research.
Sam, after researching more, find other killings have occurred in the area, both times also by clergymen. The boys postulate that the spirit of Karns is latching onto the reverend's repressed emotions and killing those he feels are immoral, trying to save his daughter. While Dean goes to find Karn's grave, Sam goes to watch over Lori. They talk, and she shares with him that she has found out that her father is having an affair with a married woman. Lori thinks she is cursed, that people around her keep dying. Sam knows how she feels.
Dean salts and burns Karns' corpse at the Old North Cemetery. Lori leans into Sam for comfort, but it becomes obvious that Sam lost someone close to him and he cannot move on. Reverend Sorensen comes to the door to call Lori in, after seeing them kiss, but Jacob Karns reappears and attacks Reverend Sorensen. Sam and Lori witness the Hook Man pulling him inside, and Sam grabs a gun to follow and protect the Reverend, finally dissipating the spirit and saving his life.
At the hospital the next day the sheriff questions Sam, before releasing him. Sam proposes to Dean that Jacob's spirit has latched onto Lori, rather than her father. First the boyfriend, who had been trying to go too far and then the roommate, who had been trying to turn Lori into a party girl, and finally her dad for having an affair. Sam and Dean were wondering why burning the corpse did not stop Jacob, until Sam remembers the silver hook. Dean confirmed that it was not buried with him in the coffin. After more research at the library, they find out his hook was melted down and made into objects for the church.
After Sam took the church and Dean took the house, they both gathered all the silver they could find to burn at the church's furnace. Lori comes to the church to cry for forgiveness, and is joined by Sam for a heartfelt talk. Hook Man attacks Lori and Sam, while Dean finishes burning the silver. Dean comes back to shoot the spirit, before they realize Lori's silver necklace is the silver hook. Dean races downstairs to burn it, leaving Sam with a gun and shells to defend them.
The sheriff questions Dean on what happens, before taking Dean's testimony that the man with the hook showed up and they all fought him off before he ran. The sheriff is getting antsy at seeing Sam and Dean in trouble so much the last few days, and Dean interrupts him to tell him that they were leaving town. Lori takes the time to thank Sam for saving her life, and her father's life, before Sam joins Dean in the car. Dean offers to stay, but Sam shakes his head and they drive on down the road.
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|Who Died and How|
|The title of the episode, "Hook Man", refers to the urban legend known as "The Hook" or "Hookman". The "Hook Man" legend in this episode is actually a combination of 3 urban legends: "The Hook Man", "The Dead Boyfriend", and "Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn on the Lights."|
|The way that Lori's roommate Taylor was killed is a reference to another urban legend, "Aren't You Glad You Didn't Turn On The Light?"|
|Sam: Or it could be nothing at all. One freaked out witness who didn't see anything? Doesn't mean it's the Invisible Man.|
The Invisible Man is a science fiction novella by H.G. Wells, first published in 1897. The story tells the tale of a scientist named Griffin who learns the secret to invisibility. However, he fails to learn how to reverse the process.
|Dean: Nice job, Dr. Venkman.|
Dr. Peter Venkman is the character Bill Murray played in Ghostbusters flim series.
|Dean: Saved your ass! Talked the sheriff down to a fine. Dude, I am Matlock.|
Ben Matlock is an attorney played by Andy Griffith in the TV show Matlock.
|Dean: Dude, sorority girls! Think we'll see a naked pillow fight?|
Reference to National Lampoon's Animal House where in a scene the character Bluto, played by John Belushi, gets to see some sorority girls in a naked pillow fight.
Writing the Episode
|Dean: Your, uh, half-caf, double vanilla latte is gettin' cold over here, Francis.|
Sam: Bite me.
|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 the 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.
|Dean: Dude, sorority girls! Think we'll see a naked pillow fight?|
They climb up to the roof, then climb into the window. Dean seems to fall on top of Sam, as they talk offscreen.
Dean: Oh, sorry!
Sam: Be quiet.
Dean: You be quiet!
Sam: You be quiet!
|Dean has been digging at the unmarked grave for a while. He brings up another shovelful. He is almost finished.|
Dean: That's it. Next time, I get to watch the cute girl's house.
After another shovelful, he's done. He breaks through the wooden top of the coffin and sees Jacob Karns' remains.
Dean: Hello, preacher.
He pours salt and lighter fluid on the preacher's bones then lights a match.
Dean: Goodbye, preacher.
He throws the match into the grave and watches the bones burn in flames.
|Sam: You must have missed something.|
Dean: No. I burned everything in that coffin.
Sam: Did you get the hook?
Dean: The hook?
Sam: Well, it was the murder weapon, and in a way, it was part of him.
Dean: So, like the bones, the hook is a source of his power.
Sam: So if we find the hook...
Sam and Dean: We stop the Hook Man.