Supernatural: Season 5, Episode 9

The Real Ghostbusters (12 Nov. 2009)

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Dean and Sam are on a Supernatural convention where they meet lots of fans of the Supernatural Comic Books. After a while they get the impression that something is not right at the location of the convention.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Damien / 'Dean'
Barnes / 'Sam'
Leticia Gore Actress
Teagan Rae Avoledo ...
Leticia Gore
Kayla Doerksen ...
John Shaw ...
Hotel Manager
Amitai Marmorstein ...
Little Boy
Little Boy #1
Little Boy #2


Sam and Dean are tricked into attending a Supernatural convention by their super-fan Becky Rosen where the brothers are are in for a shock when many of the fans are dressed up like them. But things turn serious when they are forced to look for and destroy a ghost who haunts the very country hotel they are at with the help of their creator Chuck Shurley. Written by matt-282

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This episode is the first mention of Crowley. See more »


During the Q&A section of the "Supernatural" book series convention Chuck answers a question relating to the Croatoan virus but at that time his books have not been published that far into the story so nobody at the convention besides himself, Sam and Dean should know about it. See more »


[reading off a sheet of paper at the Supernatural convention: "The LARPing has started!"]
Sam Winchester: Dad's journal: Dear Sam and Dean, this hotel is haunted. You must hunt down the ghost. Interview witnesses, discover clues and find the bones. The first team to do so wins a fifty dollar gift card to Sizzler. Love, Dad.
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perfect proof why serious shows shouldn't always take themselves too seriously
12 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

continuing with this season's phenomenal quality, this episode proved the writers of supernatural know what they're doing. and that they've been listening to their fans.

the basic premise of this episode is a bit lame, yes. dean and sam are tricked by their uber fan, becky, to attend a convention commemorating their own lives and while there, discover the bogus ghost hunt put on by the fans is more fact than fiction. but that doesn't mean this episode is pure genius.

first of all, this episode was hilarious. with loads of inside jokes, from calling upon the "homoerotic tension" between the brothers, to mocking how "supernatural makes grave digging look so easy," along with numerous dorky larpers trying their hardest to act the parts of dean and sam, and failing miserably and fantastically despite quoting the boys exactly from different scenes throughout the series, the humor of this episode is guaranteed to make any supernatural fan howl with squealing laughter. this episode is a perfect example for why serious shows should occasionally take the time to chill, and possibly make fun of themselves in the process.

however, despite the hysterical nature of most of this episode, it still managed to maintain a serious edge to it. during this episode, the brothers, dean in particular, had a chance to look at their lives through the eyes of their fans. it's well known by anyone who has watched this show that sam and dean are none too pleased to be living the life dealt to them. they have to carry more miserable and back breaking burdens than any normal human should. a normal person would go insane in their position. yet even still, there are fans who want to be them and the brothers can't understand it. but in this episode, two fans reveal to them why they are people to be looked upon with admiration, and even jealousy, and finally, they get it.

another great aspect of this episode: we haven't had a regular hunt episode in quite some time. the closest was the previous episode dealing with the trickster, but nothing involving the trickster winds up regular. it was good to have fight something that could be held back with just a bit of salt and iron. also, the plot twist near the end of the episode will definitely surprise you.

also, a very crucial bit of the plot was revealed within this episode. guess it's not just in fanfiction that people noticed how useful fans could be for sam and dean.

this episode was a true master piece. hilarious, yet oddly serious, supernatural reminds the fans once again why we love it so damn much. definite 10/10.

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