In the Metallicar, Sam fingers a beetle. Can't make this shit up! Dean snarks, "So you found some beetles. In a hole. In the ground. That's shocking, Sam." Hee. Sam lectures that some beetles do eat meat, but admits he only found ten down there. Dean is skeptical. Sam suggests they find out more information on the area and the neighborhood, and just then they conveniently drive by an open house happening in the neighborhood. Please note that, were you to be watching the scenery go by outside the car, you would have noticed that the brothers keep passing the same black pick-up truck. Over and over and over again. Thanks, WB! And though they had passed the Open House sign a good half minute ago, they pull up and park their car about 10 feet beyond the red balloons that were attached to the sign. Quality is Job One!
As the brothers walk up to the house, Dean tells Sam that "growin' up in a place like this would freak me out the manicured lawns, the 'How was your day, honey?' I'd blow my brains out." And while I'm with him on the ills of these kinds of exurbs, I also would choose that childhood over one lived under the shadow of a charred and eviscerated mother. Sam lectures Dean, "There's nothing wrong with normal," but Dean isn't having any of it: "I'd take our family over normal any day." That's, well, problematic, seeing as how "normal" would probably mean a non-dead mother.They are greeted at the door of the open house by a solicitous man who politely tries to excuse the show's low budget by expositing about the rainy day on which shooting could not be delayed: "Not the best weather." The man is Larry Pike, the developer, and he rushes to assure the brothers that their interest in Oasis Plains would be met with nothing but squeals of delight by the bored housewives of the neighborhood who are in desperate need of decorating tips: "Let me just say, we accept homeowners of any race, religion, color, or sexual orientation." Dean takes it in stride, pointing at Sam and informing Larry that they are actually brothers looking for a place for their father, who's "getting on in years." Larry's dreams of hot gay orgies are quashed, but he covers his disappointment well -- "Great, well, seniors are welcome, too" -- and invites The Hardy Boys in.
In the backyard, extras mill about under a big tent carrying plates of food while Larry gives the boys the hard sell. He says that when he first saw this land it was "nothing but scrub brush and squirrels" and that he liked the development so much he bought into it himself. Larry introduces the boys to his wife and then excuses himself. The boys exclaim, "Ewww! Cooties!" A truly frightening monster elbows her way into the conversation, introducing herself as "Linda Bloom, Head of Sales." Her hair is pulled back so tightly her bellybutton is on her chin, and she's wearing a blazer with a realtor's insignia patch over the breast. Oh, WB. You've really nailed it this time, trying to attract the young men. Apparently Linda is the only other person that lives in the development besides Larry and company. This is a point that the show is at pains to make, and then, as we'll later see, at pains to completely ignore. Larry's wife leaves the boys to talk with Linda, who also mistakes The Hardy Boys for Chelsea Boys. This time, they don't correct her, and Dean turns around to go talk to Larry, asking Sam, "Okay, honey?" and slapping him on the ass.