Supernatural: Long Distance Call
July 10, 2021 12:13 AM - Season 3, Episode 14 - Subscribe

While Sam and Dean investigate a case in which people receive phone calls and chat messages from their dead loved ones, Dean receives a call from John who says he has a way to get him out of his deal.


Sam: [after Dean ends a phone call with Bobby] So you two were talking a case?
Dean: No, we were talking about our feelings, and then our favorite boy bands. Yeah, we were talking a case!

Sam: It's a Crocotta.
Dean: What's that? Some kind of sandwich?

Crocotta: Technology makes life so much easier. Used to be I'd hide in the woods for days, weeks, whispering to people, trying to draw them out into the night. But they had community, they all looked out for each other. I'd be lucky to eat may be one, two souls a year. But now when I'm hungry I simply make a phone call. You are all so connected. But you have never been so alone.

Dean: Find anything?
Sam: After 3 hours, I have found no reason why anything supernatural will be going on here.
Dean: Wow, you know. You'd think a Stanford education and a high school hookup rate of 0.0 would produce better results than that.


Sam and Dean go by the names of Detective Campbell and Detective Raimi. This is a nod to director Sam Raimi and to actor Bruce Campbell, who frequently gets cast in Raimi's movies.

This episode is very similar to the 1964 episode of The Twilight Zone entitled "Night Call" where a deceased loved one continues to call. There is a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone with the same title "Long Distance Call" and a similar storyline, in which a boy talks to his dead grandmother on a toy telephone.

While explaining to Sam about Thomas Edison's birthplace Dean pronounces the town of Milan, Ohio as "mill-on", but the actual pronunciation is "my-lin".
posted by orange swan (1 comment total)
Dean's voice mail says, "This is Herman Munster. Leave a message," heh.

The idea of the crocotta being a phone company flunky who uses comms tech to eat souls is actually pretty cool. In Supernatural, the monsters are generally hip to the times.
posted by orange swan at 12:15 AM on July 10, 2021 [1 favorite]

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