The unctuous director starts oozing something about "CG registration" and concept sketches and whatnot, but I'm not paying any attention to him whatsoever because Tara's right eye is freaking the hell straight out of my body even as I type this. God love this poor actress, who I'm sure has lost many a role because of the...creative way she focuses on objects right in front of her, but seriously: The woman is wall-eyed. And no, I am not exaggerating a minor physical defect for comic effect the way I did with Emmanuelle Vaugier in the last episode. This chick seriously -- and throughout the episode -- always, always has her left eye pointed at whomever it is she's speaking to while her right takes a detour to roam around whichever nearby wall happens to be the most attractive at the moment. It's incredibly distracting. And unnerving. And wrong. It's like Sammy Davis Jr.'s been reincarnated as a 25-year-old white woman. ANY-way. What's probably more important at this juncture is the fact that the concept sketches presented to Tara seem both to depict and to mock the Nicholas Cage character in Ghost Rider, which is our first real proof of how in-jokey this entire episode's going to be. In this version of the flaming skeleton man, he's toting a blazing fraternity pledge paddle, for some reason. Make of that what you will.
As Tara assures her unctuous director that she'll "find it," yet another production assistant bellows that they'll be going for another take after a ten-minute reload for camera and sound. Tara makes her way over to her chair and collapses into it just in time to overhear a grizzled PA gossip to The Brody Actor about the creepiness of working on this particular soundstage after everyone else has left for the evening. "I'm telling ya," Ole Grizzly confides, "I catch this weird vibe sometimes." "Like what?" The Brody Actor demands in between spoonfuls of craft services soup. "Like something's watching," Ole Grizzly elaborates. The Brody Actor immediately scoffs at the very idea, so Ole Grizzly counters, "Hey, working on a movie like this? Weird crap's bound to happen." The weirdest crap that could possibly happen is whatever it would take to make something like this cinematic schlockfest watchable, but that's not what Kripke & Ko. meant by shoving that line into Ole Grizzly's mouth. Nope, it's yet another reference to something that's popped up in nearly every single interview given by anyone who's ever worked on Supernatural: The fact that, yes, from time to time, strange things seem to have happened on the set, like doors swinging shut seemingly of their own accord and whatnot, and how those strange occurrences of course always freak everyone out given the context, and yawn. Long story short, The Brody Actor turns to Tara and snorts, "Frank here thinks the stage is haunted." Tara hoists her eyebrows into the air at this, and I happened to pause the frame at the exact moment wherein she most closely resembles Hugo Weaving in drag in The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert. This poor woman. Though, you know, if you ever catch yourself looking like Hugo Weaving in drag, you might want to ease up on the eyeliner. Hell, you might want to ease up on the eyeliner anyway if you're wall-eyed, because that shit's just going to draw more attention to the problem.