The series has a lot of guest stars having appeared in a number of episodes or even in a single episode. Here is a list of the characters who had one of the most prominent recurring roles. These characters are listed on this page through three different categories: The Livings, The Ghosts, and The Basement Ghosts.
|Played by:||Tristan D. Lalla|
|Appearing in:||Viking Funeral, D&D, Alberta’s Fan, The Vault, Ghostwriter, Farnsby & B|
|Family Members:||David (his son)|
|Personality:||Mark is a contractor with O’Malley’s Construction who has been assigned to oversee the renovations for the Woodstone Mansion. One could say he is very thorough in his work and knowledgeable about old home construction including foundation, plumbing, and electrical work. He often informs Sam and Jay of any and everything that he or his crew discovers that could hinder the work, cost more money, or both. He seems to be an easy-going and friendly man who enjoys sports, especially college basketball. Mark often engages in wordplay before telling Sam and Jay something about the renovations. It seems to be his way of breaking big news to the couple, whether good or bad. It is unclear what Mark thinks of Sam, as he has seen her a few times talking to the ghosts, but to him, it looks as though she is talking to herself.|
Mark first appears in “Viking Funeral.” When we first meet him, he catches Sam in a conversation with Alberta, Pete, Sasappis, and Trevor, but to him, it looks as though she may be talking to herself. After she tells him she was on her Bluetooth, he brings her and Jay to the front yard where the fountain was going to be placed. He then reveals to Sam and Jay that his crew, while digging, found human remains and warns that he has to report it to the county, who will have to investigate to determine if a crime took place and that the entire site could be shut down for months. The next day, after Jay and Sam take the bones in preparation to give Thorfinn a Viking funeral, Jay tells Mark that the bones disappeared overnight, probably due to a wild dog, and that Mark no longer has to call the county. Mark admits that he didn’t care about what happened to the bones because he did not want the site shut down either. He also mentions that he spoke to his friend who stated that if the bones were indeed Viking, they could be worth a lot of money.
In “D&D,” Mark meets Sam further out on the property to discuss taking down an old shed. When he reaches for the door, he can remove it completely, without much force, but in doing so, unknowingly awakens three British ghosts from the Revolutionary War. He remarks that the shed will come down easily after pushing over an old gutter. The ghosts’ rather unwelcoming demeanor surprises Sam who apologizes for “gawking” at them, which then catches Mark’s attention. She quickly recovers her apology to the ghosts by adding his name. She then tells Mark to leave the shed alone and that she has a meeting and must return to the house, leaving Mark alone with the ghosts. Mark seems a bit frustrated about this.
In “Alberta’s Fan”, Mark has to bring his son, David, to work with him due to his wife being out of town for work. He introduces the child to Sam, and unknowingly Pete, Thorfinn, Alberta, Hetty, and Issac. It is here where Alberta fixes herself up and admits her attraction to him, stating “why are all the good ones married… and alive?” Little David points to Issac and yells out “pirate” which surprises Sam. Mark tells him that there is no one there but that he loves his son’s imagination. David then runs off, prompting Mark to run after him. It is here that Issac tells Sam that although rare, some young children can see ghosts. Mark then returns to Sam as she tells him that “we” are going for a walk, again letting it slip that she is talking to ghosts. Mark‘s questions her use of “we” since he can only see her, to which she responds that she meant it in the royal sense of the word. Once she leaves the room, Mark shakes his head and sighs as he turns to start his work day, not sure what to make of Sam.
In “The Vault”, while Sam and Jay are admiring the decor for an upcoming wedding they have been chosen to host, Mark comes into the room, letting them know he has to show them something. They assume that it might be bad news and that they should be prepared to pay more money for their already expensive renovation. To that end, Mark says that what he found could be good news and that there is no need to bring a check for more money, as he has their credit card information on file. When he brings them into another room, he states that as he was doing some rewiring, he turned a sconce which then caused a sound to emanate from the adjoining wall. He reveals a secret passageway that leads to a bank vault. He offers to open it, stating that it could take a while and that it may be expensive. Before leaving them there, he tells them to let them know if they want his crew to open the vault.
In “Ghostwriter,” Sam is translating a basketball game between Pete and Jay to avoid finishing the website for the B&B. Jay tells her that she can leave so that she can continue to work on the site and convinces her that he will be fine watching the game with Pete. After witnessing an incredible play and asking Pete to do their secret handshake, he becomes disenchanted with the idea of watching sports with someone who he can neither see nor hear. At this point, Mark comes into the room to let him know that he will be back the next day with some baseboards. He then notices that Jay is watching the Syracuse game and comments that the team is looking good this season. Jay asks if he is a fan, to which Mark responds that he loves college basketball. Jay then asks Mark if he wants to hang out and watch the game. Mark responds that he is supposed to help his wife with their taxes but decides to stay with Jay and watch the game instead. As he goes to sit down, not knowing that Pete is already sitting next to Jay, he accidentally sits in the same spot and ends up sitting down right in the middle of Pete, causing Pete excruciating pain. This begins Pete’s jealousy and general dislike of Mark.
In the season finale, “Farnsby & B,” Mark meets Jay and Sam in the kitchen as they are discussing their neighbors, the Farnsbys’. Jay admits his growing interest in Pickleball and tells Sam that he and Mark have played together several times, calling them “Pickle Bros.” Mark tells him that name is not catching on. He also lets them know about the termites in their basement. Sam and Jay become exasperated by this news, stating that it’s one thing after another with the house and comments that perhaps they are cursed. They follow Mark into the basement, where he points out that the blistering in the wood beams is due to termites and that they may not have to do anything straight away, but advises that they should not wait too long to take care of it. Of course, while in the basement, Sam encounters the Cholera ghosts, and when Nancy, one of them, tries to speak to Sam, Sam tries her best to ignore her, conscious that Mark is still in the room with them and doing her best not to get caught speaking to them in front of him.
|Played by:||Punam Patel|
|Appearing in:||Jay’s Sister|
|Family Members:||Jay Arondekar (her brother), Champa Arondekar (her mother)|
Bela is a single woman who lives in Boston and from what her brother has hinted at, and is very easily and quickly attached to the men she dates. She does not take break ups well and will often go into an emotional funk for some time. Jay states that his sister is very “thirsty” which means that she tends to be desperate for men’s attention and affection. In “Jay’s Sister“, when Bela first comes to the house, she is kind to Sam but it is clear that they aren’t very close. She doesn’t seem to understand Sam’s sense of humor. However, she is excited for her visit because she claims she is over her ex-boyfriend, in fact, she had met someone new. She also states that the guy is not her normal type as he is a “douchy, finance bro” type” but that he is also very sensitive and very handsome and that they have connected in a way much different than what she ever expected.
Bela is definitely in tune with her emotions and has no problem expressing them freely. During “Jay’s Sister” Bela goes from excitement to anger quickly after she learns that Trevor is someone who has died and that she had been possibly catfished. She then becomes disgusted after learning that the messages from the profile she had matched with originated on Jay and Sam’s kitchen IPad. By the end of the episode, Bela’s faith in her brother and sister in law is restored after Sam is able to translate for Trevor why he did what he did and how he truly feels for her.
Like her brother, Bela has a bit of a goofy personality which is evidenced by her nickname for her brother. She enjoys clubbing, visiting the Hamptons, and listening to 90s jam bands.
Bela Arondekar is Jay’s sister who currently lives in Boston. In “Jay’s Sister“, she is single and had just broken up with her boyfriend, Gabe. In this episode, she is visiting her brother, Jay, and sister in law, Sam for the first time since they’ve moved to the Hudson Valley. Jay is worried about the emotional state of his sister and asks Sam to tread lightly although Sam is excited for the possibility of getting closer to her sister in law by helping her deal with the sadness about her break up and get over her ex.
Before her visit, Bela has been active on dating sites and apps and had recently set her location to the Hudson Valley in hopes of meeting someone new. And when she first arrives at the Woodstone Mansion, she is excited about a new guy she had recently matched with. Upon showing the couple the new match, Jay is excited for her commenting on how good the man looks. However, when Sam sees the picture of the man, she immediately recognizes him as Trevor and is furious and curious as to how Bela could’ve matched with someone who’s been dead for 20 years.
In a panic, and in an effort to preserve her feelings, Sam and Jay decide to message Bela on behalf of Trevor that he has moved away to Newfoundland and won’t be able to continue their online relationship. When she reads his messages, Bela suspects that he is lying and when she searches Trevor’s profile picture online, she learns that it’s a picture of a man who died 20 years ago. She immediately believes she’s been catfished.
She messages him over and over again and notices that each time she messages him, there is a notification sound coming from the kitchen. She orders Jay to unlock the IPad that they keep in the kitchen, and it is there where she learns that the notifications are due to the messages that she had been sending. This infuriates her, believing that her brother and sister in law believed her so incapable of finding a man on her own that they would create a fake profile to match with her. She immeidately goes upstairs to pack and states sht she is leaving the house.
As she is packing, Jay and Sam beg her not to leave and in an effort to get her to stay and salvage what’s left of their relationship, Sam tells Bela that a ghost was the one who created the profile from the IPad and matched with her. As anyone else would be when hearing something like this, Bela is very skeptical. Sam argues that this is true and asks Issac, Alberta, and Thorfinn to use their powers to help Bela believe her. It’s not until Pete is able to peer into Bela’s bag and tell Sam what is in it, with Sam translating those contents to Bela and that she is able to guess how many fingers Bela is holding up thanks to the ghost’s help, that she finally believes Sam. Sam then confides to Bela that besides Jay, she is the only person who knows her ability. Bela agrees to keep this information to herself and is flattered to learn that she is the only one who knows besides Jay. This helps to strengthen the relationship between the two women.
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|Character Name:||Nigel Chessum|
|Played by:||John Hartman|
|Appearing in:||D&D, Thorapy, Farnsby & B, Spies|
|Personality:||Nigel Chessum, a lieutenant colonel in the British Army, is one of three British Revolutionary War era ghosts who inhabit the shed on the Woodstone property. He is the consummate officer and gentleman, at once being a strong representative of His Majesty’s armed forces in the war against the colonies, but also is a romantic who enjoys reading a book of poetry. He is always most proper and dignified in his bearing and behavior. Nigel has a strong sense of justice but also has a bit of a tendency to jump to conclusions before knowing the whole story. He has a strong affection for Isaac, which he made known by inviting Isaac to stay in the shed with him — as well as share a cot — and also through his anger when he thought Isaac was carrying on with ‘bearded floozy’ Thorfinn. While appearing to passionately carry a torch for Isaac, he has been reluctant to voice his feelings for the American captain, waiting instead for Isaac to make the first move. Nigel sports a small bloody wound in the center of his chest, on his white shirt, from Isaac’s shooting of him. Indeed, it will remain to be seen if Isaac’s accidental killing of him will be a factor in their relationship of if the pair has moved forward from the unfortunate actions of 250 years ago.|
|Played by:||Hudson Thames|
|Appearing in:||Pilot, Halloween, Trevor’s Pants|
|Family Members:||coming soon…|
|History:||Crash is a 1950s-era ghost who was decapitated. The character was seen in the first episode ‘Pilot‘ and briefly in the background of the fifth episode ‘Halloween‘.|
|Character Name:||Elias Woodstone|
|Played by:||Matt Walsh|
|Appearing in:||The Vault|
|Family Members:||coming soon…|
|History:||Elias was Hetty‘s husband but also her second-cousin. It wasn’t a happy marriage as Elias has often had affairs and didn’t really care about Hetty.|
|Played by:||Gregory Zaragoza|
|Family Members:||Sasappis (son), unnamed partner/spouse|
|Personality:||Naxasi is a kind, yet cautious, man. He loves his son very much, and wants to support him, but he initially allows his experience and anxieties from that experience cloud his ability to initially be 100% on board with Sasappis wanting to be a storyteller. However, Naxasi is a supportive father, telling his son that he is not like him, that he does have the gift of storytelling and finally encourages him to proceed with his dream.|
Naxasi appears in the the fourteenth episode ‘Ghostwriter‘ and is playing Sasappis father.
When Sasappis first told his father of his desire to be a storyteller, he was not supportive initially, stating that he was worried that his son may not have the gift of storytelling. Native people did not record their histories in writing but rather in pictures and in the memories of tribal members. Stories were often how histories were passed down through a series of trained individuals who were selected in their youth. This was a great responsibility and only reserved for those who had the gift. Naxasi said that he too wanted to be a storyteller but did not have the gift and did not want Sasappis to experience the same disappointment. He instead encouraged his son to try something safer, something that he was already skilled in, like hunting or fighting. Sasappis tells Sam that he too experienced fear of failure because he allowed his father’s fears to transfer onto him, causing him to be fearful prior to his first time telling stories at the Fall Harvest Ceremony. When Sasappis tells his father about his anxiety, Naxasi explains to him that he initially was discouraging because of his own failure at storytelling. He states that he didn’t have the gift, but that his son did and that he knew this because he watched him grow up. He then gifted his son an eagle feather representing bravery and courage to help Sasappis overcome his anxiety.
|Played by:||Odessa A’zion|
|Appearing in:||Attic Girl|
|Family Members:||coming soon…|
|History:||Stephanie is a real classic ‘80s teen. This young girl who got killed on her prom night in 1987 is a ghost that lives in the attic. Because she is a teen ghost, she tends to sleep a lot so she sleeps for months on end.|
The Basement Ghosts
In addition to the main ghosts, the Woodstone Mansion have a special group of ghosts who died of cholera and who occupy the basement. The total number is uncertain, but here’s a list of the credited basement ghosts.
|Played by:||Betsy Sodaro|
|Appearing in:||Sam’s Mom, Jay’s Sister, Farnsby & B, Spies|
|Personality:||Nancy is a ghost of a boisterous woman from Albany, NY, who died from Cholera and currently haunts the Woodstone Mansion basement. Brash and unapologetic, Nancy isn’t afraid to speak her mind and challenge those around her. Upon her debut, Nancy chooses to help Pete, albeit for selfish reasons as is excited to get out of the basement and enjoy her afterlife. Understanding Pete’s selfless nature, she takes advantage of it for her own gain. She often talks over him or for him, and uses cunning to get what she wants. She thinks quickly on her feet and maintains a colorful, albeit, irreverent sense of humor, which is evident in the many stories she likes to tell. Nancy enjoys a good sex joke and tells them quite often, mainly at Pete’s expense. By the end of her short stay upstairs, she has taught Pete how to advocate for himself.|
Not much is known about Nancy’s living history. Originally from Albany, NY, she was a victim of Cholera and based on the time of the Cholera pandemic in the mid-1800s, she probably lived sometime in the 19th century. After she got sick, she was put inside a pest house, which was meant to quarantine those who become ill with communicable diseases. Nancy is introduced in “Sam’s Mom.” After Sam and Jay leave for Ohio and neglect to leave the remote control within the Ghosts’ reach, Sasappis accidentally reveals that Pete has a thing for Alberta. Pete panics and tells everyone that he has a girlfriend who lives in the basement. To stick with this lie, Pete goes downstairs to ask for any volunteers to play his girlfriend. While the other Ghosts bemoan being upstairs, claiming that the Ghosts up there are mean and rude and that the space is too light and airy, Nancy cheerfully volunteers, telling the other Cholera Ghosts hosts that she does not want to spend eternity depressed, and standing around in a dark, dismal basement and the only conversation among them revolves around the water heater. She makes it clear that while she will help him, she is in no way attracted to Pete. Once she is introduced to the other ghosts upstairs, she creates an outlandish story of how they met and tells everyone how they had been sneaking around for so long. When Pete tries to take her back downstairs, Nancy refuses telling him that she wants to stay upstairs and that he had better get used to her, which at first sounds menacing. As Nancy gets to know the other ghosts, telling them wild, but untrue, stories about her and Pete, Alberta confesses that she wishes she could’ve been treated as well in life as Pete assumably treats Nancy in the afterlife. When Sam comes home, she meets Nancy whom Pete introduces as his girlfriend who stays in his room and states sadly that they are inseparable.
At the beginning of the next episode, “Jay’s Sister,” Nancy wakes up in Pete’s bed, exclaiming how wonderful it was to sleep in a bed. Pete is laying uncomfortably on the floor next to the bed, stating that he could’ve used a pillow. He gets up, obviously sore from sleeping on the floor, and asks Nancy to rub a knot out of his shoulder. She immediately refuses, reminding him that this is a fake relationship and she will not be touching any of his man parts, inclusive of his shoulders. When Pete volunteers to allow Jay’s sister, Bela, who is visiting from out of town, to stay in his room, Nancy gets mad at him and calls him a pushover. Just having gotten used to sleeping on a proper bed, Nancy is determined to keep her newfound comfortable after-lifestyle at all costs and bullies Pete into demanding that one of the other ghosts give up their room instead. She tells him that he shouldn’t always be the one to sacrifice for the sake of the greater good and tells him that if he doesn’t get “their” room back, she will tell everyone their relationship is fake and that he likes Alberta. With Nancy’s support and help, a nervous Pete tells the other Ghosts that he does not want to sleep in the moldy room and asks for one of the other ghosts to take it instead, claiming that it’s time for him to get what he wants for once. However, upon seeing his friends fighting over who will take the moldy room, he becomes concerned which then frustrates Nancy. She claims that he is about to once again give in and let the others get their way. He then tells her that he compromises so that he can model how to be a good friend to other ghosts, as he does not like to see anyone fight. This is not satisfactory to Nancy, as she continues to nag and push him.
Finally, Pete loses his temper with Nancy and breaks up with her, stating that he is done listening to her and tired of her bullying. To his surprise, Nancy is not at all upset but is impressed by his new-found bravado, announces that she is going back down to the basement due to breaking up with her real boyfriend, and tells Pete how proud she is of him for standing his ground.