Urban Legend: The Vanishing Hitchhiker
The legend of the vanishing hitchhiker varies; however, a few parts remain the same no matter who tells it–a hitchhiker is trying to catch a ride while on a dark back road. Once picked up, he/she disappears without explanation. Many TV shows have created their own versions of this legend, but I have found 2 favorites: Constantine and Supernatural.
Constantine- Season 1, Episode 5: Dance Vaudou
**I love this episode. There are two urban legends in one wonderful plot twist. And if you still haven’t watched Constantine…I don’t know what you’re waiting for!
A teenage boy, hitches a ride with an older man 40 miles outside of New Orleans. The boy disappears from the passenger seat and reappears bloody and in the middle of the road in front of the driver, causing him to crash to his death.
Zed and Corrigan bide Constantine time, by driving that very road and pick up teen ghost boy. They chat him up, discovering that his name is Phillip. All he wants is to get into the city.
Eventually Constantine and Papa Midnight join forces to extinguish the ghosts created by a very heavy-duty spell.
Supernatural- Season 2, Episode 16: Roadkill
Molly and her husband, David are driving down a deserted road. Of course, they are arguing about stopping for directions when they see someone standing in the middle of the road. When she swerves, Molly crashes the car at the bottom of a hill. David disappears. Sam and Dean arrive on the scene and attempt to help Molly, who won’t leave without her husband.
I won’t tell you what happens next, but it is an awesome episode!