Halt & Catch Fire
Airdate: February 10, 2015
Directed by John Showalter
Written by Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder
|GHOSTLY CONNECTION — A ghost starts killing people through various electronic devices. Sam and Dean discover who was killed and why this ghost is seeking revenge on a group of college students but what they can’t figure out is how he’s doing it. With three dead, the brothers must stop the ghost before he claims his next victim.|
- Sam (noticing the pile of food on Dean's plate) - "Are you gonna eat all that?"
Dean - "Yeah. You want some?"
- Dean to Delilah - "I have made more mistakes than I can count. Ones that haunt me day and night."
Delilah - "So, how do you deal?"
Dean - "Whiskey. Denial. (pause) I do my best to make things right -- whatever that may be."
- Sam to Dean - "The wires that electrocuted Andrew -- they feed directly into a wifi tower across the street."
Dean - "So, even ghosts are online?"
Sam - "Apparently."
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- Is Dean right? If Cain knew how to remove the Mark, wouldn't he have done it already?
- Will Sam continue looking for a cure for the Mark?
- If Castiel can find Cain, will he be willing to help the Winchesters?
- Assuming the Mark can somehow be removed, what will be the consequences?
- Dean blames himself for Sam's leaving Stanford. However, Dean did return Sam to Stanford (at the end of "Pilot"), and Sam chose to leave with Dean after Jessica died; so it wasn't really Dean's decision.
- Sam wants to keep looking for a cure for the Mark, but Dean says he's done hoping and looking for a cure.
- Dean apparently didn't know that deleted internet content can be retrieved.
- Dean says that helping people and working cases brings him peace.
- This episode takes place in Spencer, Iowa.
- Dean's "crosookie" (croissant/cookie hybrid) is apparently fictional, but the cronut (croissant/doughnut hybrid) is an actual pastry created by chef Dominique Ansel in New York.
- The students in this episode attended Kasem College, which is a fictional institution.
- Kappa Delta Lambda is a fictional sorority, but there is a student organization named Sigma Theta Delta; they are not an actual fraternity.
- Corey Silver's address was 810 Down's Drive.
- "Halt and Catch Fire" is a computer engineering term, referring to a programming feature in which the computer shuts itself down and requires a user restart.
- Dean jokes about taking a trip "to the Midwest" to work their case, but Iowa is actually north and east of Kansas, which is already considered part of the "Midwest".
- Sam jokes that Castiel has discovered Riverboat Gambling during his time in the Midwest. Riverboat casinos tend to sail along the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio rivers, combining a cruise experience with onboard gambling.
- Castiel believes Cain is somewhere in Illinois. Dean commented that Illinois is "the land of Lincoln" alluding to the fact that Abraham Lincoln lived there and practiced law there for part of his life. Lincoln was actually born in Kentucky.
- Dean found the case in an online newspaper called "The Iowa Weekly Review". This is apparently a fictional newspaper, but there is a magazine called "The Iowa Review" that is published by the University of Iowa.
- Dean and Sam use fed aliases Cobain and Grohl, referring, respectively, to the lead singer/guitarist and drummer from the band Nirvana.
- According to Sam, Dean just learned how to "poke" someone on Facebook, a feature that allows a user to send a notification to a friend on Facebook.
- "Gen X" is short for "Generation X", which generally refers to people born between 1965 and 1984.
- "Trini" in this episode is likely a reference to "Siri", an internet-based navigational tool.
- Dean comments that "Trini" went "Christine", referring to the Stephen King 1983 book and horror movie of the same name, about a car that kills people and eventually possesses its driver.
- "Google" is a popular internet search engine.
- Janet tells the Winchesters that an "IED" killed Billy's brother. IED is an acronym for "improvised explosive device" -- a type of homemade weapon frequently used against US forces during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Dean comments that there was a country song written about driving a loved one's truck after his/her death. He may have been referring to the Lee Bruce song "I Drive Your Truck" about a man whose brother dies while serving in the military, so the man now drives his dead brother's truck.
- When the Winchesters discuss Billy's brother leaving him his truck, Sam jokingly asks Dean if he'd leave him the Impala upon his death; Dean has already done that several times throughout the series -- each time he thought he was going to die.
- One of the students was watching TMZ - a tabloid news show about celebrities.
- When Dean is enjoying the college cafeteria food, he jokes that "college is better than Vegas"; Las Vegas is well known for having a large number of all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants.
- Dean jokingly asks Sam how they're going to deal with "The Lawnmower Man", alluding to a Stephen King short story (published in 1975) and movie (1992) about a mentally challenged man who undergoes an experiment intended to increase his intelligence, but it eventually gives him super-human intellect and allows him to become one with the internet.
- Princess Elsa is a fictional character from the 2013 Disney animated film, "Frozen".
- Corey is obsessed with "Lifetime Movies"; referring to the Lifetime movie network, which tends to feature programming focused on women and womens' issues.
- Sam comments that a student's social media page contains nothing except posts on "Rush" and the movie "50 Shades of Gray". Rush is a Canadian rock band, and "50 Shades of Gray" is a 2015 erotic romance film.
- Delilah asks the Winchesters if they're like the "Ghostbusters", referring to the 1984 comedy about a team of scientists who capture ghosts.
- Dean mentions to Sam that their case might be a "Shocker" situation."Shocker" was a 1989 horror film about a murderer who was executed in the electric chair, but used electricity to return from the dead.
- "Ghost in the machine" refers to a philosophical belief that the mind and body are separate.
- "Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise" -- by the Avett Brothers (plays while Billy and Janet are in the truck)
- "Work, Breed, Consume" - by Against Empire (plays as Kyle is dying)
- "Take Me To Church" -- by Hozier (plays during the flashback when the students kill Andrew Silver)
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|spnfanforever||Let's all talk about "Halt & Catch Fire" here!(page: 1 2 3)||46||Feb 17 2015, 11:07 PM EST byjournalbookbinder|
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So a ghost episode! There have been some great ghost episodes so let's hope this one keeps up the good work! 🙂
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