Sam Winchester, with totally ripped body, wearing nothing but a skimpy towel? (Drooling, picking jaw up from floor). Uh...ooh...I'm sorry, you wanted something from me? A review? "Hell House," right? Well, you see, there's this one scene where Sam comes out of the shower wearing nothing but a skimpy towel!
"Hell House" is a huge fan favorite. For one, it's the first comedy episode for the series. It isn't "roll on the floor" funny like "Tall Tales" or "Bad Day at Black Rock," but it's nice to get something lighthearted after all the recent heaviness. Finally the Winchesters pull out the childish pranks. That's more like what brothers do! The banter, the foolish behavior, pure gold. Dean: People believe in Santa Claus. How come I'm not gettin' hooked up every Christmas? Sam: Cause you're a bad person. Oh, speaking of Sam, we finally see what's under all those layers he's been wearing. Wow!
There's a ghost story somewhere here too, something about an imagined spirit that ends up killing people for real. It's clever, keeps me guessing, and has a great end result. The part that got me howling is the mysterious symbol on the wall. Dean knows he's seen it somewhere before, but Sam has no idea. Well of course not, it's on a Blue Oyster Cult album. Score one for the classic rock aficionado! Also, Mordecai is actually pretty scary. Good job on that for being a fake ghost. We also meet the totally oafish Hell Hounds, who later evolve into the "Ghostfacers." I've said it before and I'll say it again, they're the Anti-Winchesters. They even have the Anti-Winchester car. You got to admire Ed and Harry's mantra for ghost hunting though. WWBD: What would Buffy do?
Let's see, what else? I know, Sam's in a towel...never mind. This is a fun episode to nitpick. There are a lot of little mistakes that trigger things like "the glue on the beer bottle shouldn't still be wet" debate. Plus the cuckoo clock is reversed in different shots. How about an extra calling Dean "Jensen"? It's also the biggest location blunder in the series. Richardson, Texas (Jensen's home town BTW) is not some backwoods country town. It's a bustling suburb of Dallas. Very few towns in Texas look that lush. Nowhere in Vancouver looks flat and barren? They should have filmed at the Kent farm. Ah well, the locale is a great setup for a later inside joke from "Ghostfacers." "Hey, aren't they those assholes from Texas?" Ha!
My favorite part? Oh, I know! You see, while Dean puts something in Sam's pants as a joke, Sam steps out of the bathroom, glistening wet, showing off those rock hard pecks and abs, wearing nothing but a skimpy towel! I know, how cool is that? Who would have known that under those layers- Oh, I mentioned that already?
Overall grade, I don't know, it's always hard to judge the lighter ones. For the extreme gratuity alone, I'll go A.