WARNING: If you don't want to know what happens in this episode, don't read this photo recap!
Kristel, her young daughter Taylor, her sister Kerrie and friend Dawn were trying to restart their lives after too much time spent in bad places. Kerrie came up with the idea for them to find a place and all move in together. Eventually, they found a sprawling home for rent in an area of Vermont.
After turning in late on their first night in the new place, Kristel was awakened by the sound of a giggling child. Kristel thought Taylor was just excited about the new house and followed the sound of footsteps to the staircase. She called out for her daughter to go back to bed but was shocked when Taylor suddenly grabbed the hem of her nightshirt, revealing she was right there.
Kristel sent her daughter back to bed, but before she could return herself, she heard another creak downstairs and saw a shadow crossing the floor. She went downstairs and ended up in the hall by the strange stone wall that seemed incongruous with the rest of the house. She was suddenly chilled to the bone and could hear footsteps behind her. In an instant, she felt someone's breath right behind her ear. Insisting it was her imagination, she went back to bed.
The three women were overtaken by a lethargy that none of them could explain. They unpacked their essential belongings but everything else remained boxed up. The light and warmth that they had loved when they first saw the house went away. The energies shifted. No matter what they did, the house would not warm up.
They called the landlord and a repairman came out to look at the furnace. He checked the system and filled the tank with enough propane to get them through at least a couple of months. The next morning, it was colder than the day before (and it was only September). The repairman came back and found that the propane tank he had just filled the day before was empty. He refilled the tank and charged them another $500, leaving the women stuck with the mystery of why the house did not want to stay warm.
That night, Kristel was awakened by the sound of tapping on her bedroom window. As her bedroom window was at least 20 feet off of the ground, the source had to be inside her room. As she watched in stunned silence, a crack slowly worked its way across the window. When she woke up the next morning, that crack was gone.
Kerrie was awakened from a sound sleep by what she was convinced was a choir singing "Amazing Grace" in the middle of her bedroom. Was it coming from outside the house? Kerrie saw nothing. Could she just be hearing things?
The next morning, Kerrie noticed that Taylor had dark circles under her eyes and asked Kristel how they had been sleeping. Kristel wasn't ready to deal with these occurrences yet and suggested that Kerrie might have dreamt the whole thing. She didn't know what else to say.
One day, Kristel was doing the chores when she heard someone knocking on the door. She went to answer it and found nobody there. A more insistent pounding followed, and when Kristel answered again, she once again found no one. She assumed someone was playing a prank on the new neighbors but had no idea who they could have offended.
That afternoon, Kristel heard Taylor upstairs talking to someone. She at first dismissed it as her daughter making her toys talk, but when she looked in on her, she saw Taylor looking up as though she were talking to an adult ... but nobody was there. When she asked Taylor who she'd been talking to, the girl insisted she hadn’t to anyone. When she asked Taylor to take her dishes downstairs, the child exploded in rage.
One night, Kristel and Dawn were sitting in the living room having a warm drink when they heard a tapping on the window. That tapping turned into a rattling, followed by an enormous cannon-like boom. While Kristel got Taylor, Dawn called the fire department. According to the fire chief, the gas had been building up in the furnace area ... and the furnace just blew up. They were lucky they were still alive.
One evening, Kristel ran to the sound of her daughter's screams. She found Taylor staring at her wall, saying she saw "monster eyes." Kristel thought she'd seen a drawing of ponies on the wall in an odd light, and dismissed it as such. She asked Taylor if she wanted to sleep in her room that night, but Taylor would only sleep in Kerrie's room.
The next morning, Kristel heard a strange scraping sound. Getting out of bed, she followed the sound to the dining room, where she found each chair was moving on its own. Dawn walked in behind Kristel, seeing the same thing. Dawn moved out immediately, barely even giving time to say goodbye. That left just Kristel and Kerrie to pay the bills ... and they were staring down the barrel of a Vermont winter.
One November day, a bee appeared in the living room. Suddenly, there were more bees, until it was like a plague, the noise overwhelming. Kerrie thought there were many thousands of bees filling the room. The trio ran from the room, pulling a door shut behind them as the bees began to attack them. The bees slammed into the glass in the door, trying to work their way through the cracks in the doorframe. Kerrie couldn't even see what was on the other side of the glass, there were so many bees. The landlord called an exterminator, but they could never figure out why the bees had been there. There was no source, no explanation, nothing.
The house continued having a troubling effect on Taylor. When Kristel went to pick her up from school one day, the teacher showed her a drawing Taylor had done of her home. It looked like a dark, scary house of horrors. Kristel's stomach sank as she tried to sort through what her daughter must have been seeing.
When they got home, Kristel stayed in the car alone and cried. A neighbor knocked on the car window to check on her. She told the neighbor that she thought the house was haunted. The neighbor wasn't surprised to hear it, as the house had a long history. Kristel decided to investigate ...
Kristel discovered that the house stood on the site of an old church that had belonged to an unusual Baptist group with some apocalyptic beliefs. One of the local residents grew tired of the group and set fire to the area. The church burned down, but the stone wall still contained pieces of it. Kristel deduced that the church's congregation must've disapproved of the new tenants for some reason and wanted them out.
Kristel, Kerrie and Taylor packed and were intending to go but a fierce winter storm that was bad even for Vermont held them in the house one more night. Over the course of that night, they were haunted by visions of the congregation from the Baptist church ... including a figure that looked like it was dressed in 19th century preacher's attire. When the apparitions finally left and the storm passed, the three left the house and never returned.