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"Supernatural" Phantom Traveler (TV Episode 2005) Poster

(TV Series)

(2005)

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The song that Dean is humming to calm himself down on the plane is called "Some Kind of Monster" by Metallica.
When Dean and Sam are talking with Jerry Panowski about a possible poltergeist, a co-worker walks by and says: "Poltergeist (1982)? I love that movie!" This comment was added in post and was not stated during filming.
When calling Amanda Walker in the airport, Dean introduces himself as Dr. James Hetfield, a reference to the Metallica front-man.
Dean says this situation is a little different than hovering over beds and spitting up pea soup. This is a reference to the movie The Exorcist (1973).
The airline set was completely still during the crash sequence. The effect of a plane in uncontrolled rapid descent was achieved through clever handheld camerawork.
Dean mentions that he doesn't have time for the "Truth is out there" speech. This is a reference to The X-Files a show of which is commonly compared to Supernatural.
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On John Winchester's voicemail, he says to call Dean at 785-555-0179. Dean was born in January of 1979, 01-79.
When Dean asks the Flight Attendant if she is Amanda and she says no. The Flight Attendant is played by 'Amanda' Wood.
Sam and Dean pose as Homeland Security agents: Jerry Wanek and Robert Singer. Robert Singer is one of the executive producers of the show and Jerry Wanek is the production designer. This was of course long before the character of Robert "Bobby" Singer was introduced.
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Sam tells Dean to say God's name in Latin, "Christo", just as Dean is about to find out if Amanda has the demon in her. "Christo" is actually Greek, not Latin, for "Anointed One". If they wanted to be right they should have said "Christus".
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Brian Markinson' changes his appearance from Jerry Panowski well aware of Winchesters to Stan Thompson completely stranger to them later in the Supernatural: Hunteri Heroici (2012) .
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The NTSB is the National Transportation Safety Board.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

This is the first episode in the series to feature someone physically possessed by a demon.
When told about the plane crashing near Nazareth, Dean makes a comment about the irony of it. The pilot who crashed the plane was trying to get over his fear of flying after surviving a plane crash. His facing his fear by flying again could be described as "hair of the dog that bit him." Hair of the dog is a well known song by the rock group Nazareth.
First occasion where the boys wear suits as a disguise, to gain access to a crime scene. In this case, they wear all black suits and pretend to be Homeland Security with fake ID's, but the suits later become known as "the Fed Threads."
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Number of Deaths: 3
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