- For the titular object, see Willie Cole's acetate.
|John and Zed engage in a dangerous confrontation to save a woman and her family from sinister forces. John's efforts force him to confront the darkness in his own life – while also coming face to face with a new powerful adversary in Papa Midnite.|
John and Zed travel to Chicago, in search of Memphis bluesman Willy Cole's record, known as the Acetate. Legend has it that the Acetate contains the voice of the devil himself, which was recorded on when the devil came to claim Cole's soul during a recording session. The record is known to slowly freeze things on contact and anyone who hears the song becomes possessed and/or dies. John and Zed also learn that Papa Midnite, a voodoo priest, wants the record to avoid having his soul sent to hell, and that Midnite's hired men, having become possessed themselves, also want to broadcast the song to as many people as possible. After preventing them from playing it on a radio station, Constantine is able to send it to Hell where it belongs with Papa Midnite swearing vengeance afterwards.
- Zed and Chas mention that Constantine's headquarters are larger on the inside and that its dimensions change. In the comics this place is known as the "House of Mystery." It made its comic debut in House of Mystery #1 in December 1951. It is known for being able to change its dimensions and location of its rooms, having a "mind" of its own, and for having both Constantine and Swamp Thing as caretakers.
- The charmed playing card Constantine uses to fool the nurse shares many similarities with the psychic paper from Doctor Who.
- The exorcism Constantine uses on the Acetate begins the same as the exorcism commonly used by Sam and Dean Winchester on Supernatural.
- Papa Midnite uses a Winchester, a reference to that other pair of demon hunters, Sam and Dean Winchester of Supernatural.
- The backstory to this episode, about a bluesman who sells his soul for success and later disappeared, echoes the story of legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson. Johnson is reputed to have sold his soul at a crossroad to become a genius guitarist, and died at the age of 27. Some say that Johnson was the first to be part of the 27 club/curse. 27 club/curse is famous people who all died at the age of 27 most of them musicians.
- Vitamin K is cited as the antidote to Heparin. The antidote to Heparin is Protamine. Vitamin K is the 'antidote' to Warfarin.
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