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"Danse Vaudou" is the fifth episode of Constantine. It aired on November 21, 2014.

Synopsis

In New Orleans, Constantine's unusual knowledge of a string of crimes gets him into trouble with Detective Jim Corrigan. He must form an unholy alliance with Papa Midnite when a voodoo ritual to help people communicate with their dead loved ones takes a deadly turn.[src]

Plot


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The blood on the scrying map becomes wet at the site of New Orleans and the team reaches there. There they meet Detective Jim Corrigan, who the previous night had tried to shoot a female killer wearing face mask, who killed a young girl in front of him and now he is unable to understand what happened. But Zed had already seen a vision of Jimmy being taught to shoot by his mother. When going to their hotel, Zed sees the vision of deadly car crash near a tree with scars. They call and inform Jim and then go looking for it in the morning. But Jim thinks they are con-men and arrests John. Constantine asks Jim to look into similar deaths in the same vicinity. Jim finds similar cases in the past and tracks the earliest possible victims which happened years earlier. So he lets John out and John talks to the people connected from the earliest cases. He soon learns that the attacker of a former model (who had to wear a face mask to hide her scars and then committed suicide) and the grandmother of a young guy (who send him out of the house because of his drug problems and he died in a car crash) had both visited Papa Midnite and used him as a medium to talk to the dead. It turns out that Papa Midnite's medium spell was causing certain spirits to awaken, due to the rising darkness. Chas goes downtown to stop the killer woman ghost from killing again. She attacks him brutally and leaves him for dead, but Chas gets healed and walks away from the paramedics as if nothing happened. While Zed and Jim pick up the the young man's ghost and drive him around. Together John and Midnite agree to a temporary truce to send the spirits back to rest. Zed then receives a vision of Detective Corrigan dying and becoming the Spectre. Later John asks Midnite to use his sister Cedella's skull to find out how to deal with the rising darkness. Midnite tells him that the darkness was being heralded by someone close to him and he would be betrayed.

Trivia

  • The woman in the surgical mask is based on a popular Japanese urban myth. According to the legend, children walking alone at night may encounter a woman wearing a surgical mask, which is not an unusual sight in Japan as people wear them to protect others from their colds or sickness. The woman will stop the child and ask, "Am I pretty?" If the child answers no, the child is killed with a pair of scissors which the woman carries. If the child answers yes, the woman pulls away the mask, revealing that her mouth is slit from ear to ear, and asks "How about now?" If the child answers no, he/she will be cut in half. If the child answers yes, then she will slit his/her mouth like hers. It is impossible to run away from her, as she will simply reappear in front of the victim.
  • Director John Badham later directed the Constantine/Arrow crossover episode "Haunted".

Goofs

  • From the way young Jimmy is holding that revolver, if it had been a real .45 with real bullets in it, he'd have ended up getting hit in the face from the recoil as it went off.

References

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