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Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Hook Man” | Aired Oct 25, 2005

Hook Man: We’ve all heard the stories around campfires and at slumber parties. But what if they weren’t just stories?

Meet Lori Sorenson (Jane McGregor), a Theta sister at Eastern Iowa University. She’s got a date tonight with her boyfriend, Rich (Brian Skala). Instead of a party, he’s driven to a totally secluded make-out spot called 9 Mile Road, where there’s totally nothing that could hurt them.

Just after they start making out, they hear something and Rich actually GOES OUT TO INVESTIGATE.

Do I even need to tell you what happens next?


The Winchesters have a new case.

Posing as frat brothers from an Iowa school, they stop by our dead boy’s frat to get info. Not much about Rich, but Laurie is a reverend’s daughter. Looks like they’re just in time for the memorial service that Reverend Sorenson (Dan Butler) is giving.

It’s not long before they’re talking with Laurie. Sam is the “understanding” one, sharing that he’s also lost someone. Sam is so smoooooooth. He gets the story and, yep, it sure sounds like Hook Man. Dean looks almost excited that this may be more than an urban legend.

Research time!


In 1862, a preacher named Jacob Carnes really had a problem with loose women. He killed 13 prostitutes with his prosthetic (a silver hook) on 9 Mile Road. Can this be the birth of the legend?

We have a preacher in the present day as well. He’s having a deep conversation with his daughter and he’s just a little … overprotective? He’s not okay with her being in that sorority, with all the shenanigans that go on there. Especially with all the trouble her roommate Taylor (Christie Lang) gets into.

This is a total accidental coincidence. Totally. And, of course, she totally ignores the creepy feeling when she gets back to the sorority house, but her roomie’s sleeping and everything’s fine, right?

The Winchesters have gone down to 9 Mile Road, aka the scene of the crime, armed with rock salt–filled shotguns (spirit deterrent). That’d be great, but it looks like all they found was the local sheriff. I sure hope the boys don’t get locked up for it, because they have some more investigating to do.

Taylor is dead and Hook Man even left a note. How sweet!


Lori’s dad gets what he wanted—his daughter home with him. Meanwhile, the Winchesters are out of jail and breaking into the sorority house to get a look at the crime scene. The symbol carved into the wall confirms it’s Jacob Carnes. As to why he’s killing people, Dean thinks it’s connected to Lori. (I admit, every time I watch this episode, I yell “Duh!” right about now.)

Well, they think it’s connected to Reverend Sorenson. He’s the third man of God who openly preaches against immorality to have deaths like this surrounding him, so the brothers figure that the spirit of Jacob Carnes has attached himself to the Reverend.

That means Dean gets to go search for Carnes’ unmarked grave for a little salt-and-burn action. Sam gets to go to Lori’s, where they have a meaningful chat about how cursed they feel because the people around them keep dying. Like ya do.

Lori is also all crankypants because she just found out her dad, for all his talk of morality, is seeing a married parishioner. Now she’s all mixed up. And angry. And kissing Sam.


Okay, crankypants may be putting it a bit mildly. When Lori’s dad comes out to tell her she needs to get inside, Lori goes all defiant on him and the next thing we know, the Hook Man appears and attacks the Reverend. Sam is up the stairs in a flash with his rock salt shotgun, which causes Hook Man to disperse and allows them to rescue Reverend Sorenson and get him to the hospital.

Of course, now Sam and Dean have two new problems: 1) Dean torched the bones, but the spirit is still around, and 2) Lori is the one Carnes is attached to. Pissing her off would be a deadly mistake.

The hook. It wasn’t with the body, but it was a part of Carnes, so it’s got to be destroyed. Luckily, it’s at the church because it was donated after Carnes was executed. Except that it was melted down and reforged into something else, and they don’t know what. Which means they need to go to the Sorenson home and the church to locate and melt any silver they find.

No problem!

oh no

Lori has stopped by the church to pray, and she’s truly devastated. She’s figured out that she has something to do with this, but has no idea how. She also realizes that Rich, Taylor, and her father didn’t deserve to be punished—she does.

Bad choice of words, Lori.

Hook Man is in the building!

Chase scene ensues, hook-swinging, running, screaming. Dean has melted all the silver, so why is Hook Man still here? Oh, nice necklace, Lori! Church heirloom, is it? Into the fire it goes.

And down goes Hook Man!

hook man

There’s enough time left for Sam and Lori to have one last wistful talk. Dean even suggests that he and Sam could stay awhile, but Sam shakes his head and off they go.

Back on the road again.

on the road

Enjoy the premiere of season 10, and I look forward to seeing you next time.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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