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Supernatural [Season 1, Episode 1]
Shown 24th January 2006 [Monday]
Jensen Ackles [ Dark Angel, Smallville ] and his brother are a pair of gun-toting redneck ghost-busters. They set off to find their father, who disappeared while hunting the monster that killed their mother.
The small town of Jericho is haunted by the Lady in White [ Sarah Shahi ]. The brothers must deal with her before they can find their dad. Steve Railsback [ The Visitor ] appears briefly as the ghost's widower.
It's nice to see Ackles promoted from the supporting roles. The real shock is at the end of the ep, when we discover that the hunters might also become the hunted!
Something's making campers disappear in the woods. A girl hires a hunter to help find her brother. The ghost-busting brothers tag along.
The plot, reminiscent of Blair Witch Project and Dog Soldiers , features them being chased through the woods by a Wendigo. Just like in Ravenous, this follows the story that a cannibal becomes a superhuman monster. Compare this with the similar epiusode of Bones, where the murderer only THINKS he gets superhuman powers!
A teenage girl gets dragged under in a lake in Wisconsin. A cliched scene reminiscent of Jaws, though the creature's POV is monochrome.
The brothers go investigating, as US Wildlife Marshalls Ford and Hamill. Amy Acker is the sheriff's daughter. Her son is named Lucas. Jensen Ackles takes a liking to her. He tries to bond with the kid - after all, they have a lot in common.
Acker's a pretty decent actress, when given the chance to do something more of a stretch than her character in Angel . And she shows her dancer's figure in the bath scene!
The boys get a call from a pal of their dad's. He wants them to investigate a series of mysterious airplane crashes.
Turns out a Japanese disaster-causing demon might be responsible. The only way they can stop it is by getting onto a doomed plane!
In an urban myth similar to Candyman , if you say Bloody Mary 3 times in front of a mirror, you die horribly.
The brothers investigate, and find there is a pattern. She attacks people who have a secret involving someone's death.
The younger bro has a secret about his GF's death. He's still haunted by her, more so than in previous eps. The reason, which he doesn't tell Jensen Ackles, is that he had premonitions before her death!
This week the Jap horror-thriller that gets ripped off is Ringu . Pity, since the trick can only really be used once. But it's a nice try.
This starts with a police SWAT team cornering a dangerous torturer ... Jensen Ackles!
The rest of the story is told in flashback, starting one week earlier.
An old GF calls the boys in to help. Her brother has been arrested for torturing his girlfriend, but either he was in 2 places at the same time, or there's a shapeshifter in town.
The boys are still looking for their dad, to no avail. But they do find out about a murder which resembles an Urban legend - the victim is killed by an invisible Hook Man.
The boys investigate, and find that the murders are focused around a college girl. Her dad is the local preacher [Bulldog from Frasier].
The brothers go to a suburb where people are being killed by insect swarmns. Turns out, the land is subject to a Native American curse.
The brothers have a dispute about their father. College Boy felt neglected because he wanted to learn and better himself instead of being an hunter like his dad.
College Boy has a psychic hunch. Something nasty is attacking the family in the house the brothers used to live in.
The boys make a tiny step towards finding the thing that killed their mother. They find an ally, and we get a glimpse of their parents. This looks like the start of a story arc ...
The brothers visit a haunted Asylum - not unlike House on Haunted Hill (1999) . Seems that a ghost is possessing people who visit, resulting in murder-suicide sprees.
The building is also frequented by horny teenagers.
The brothers still have issues with each other, and have to work their anger out ...
A teenage couple [including Sherman from American Pie] on a road-trip have their car break down. In an orchard in Indiana, in the middle of the night. With a creepy murderous scarecrow nearby, like in Jeepers Creepers or Slash .
The boys get a phone call from ther dad. He orders them to stop blowing his cover, and to investigate the disappearances.
College boy decides to hitchhike to California, and disrupt dad's hunt for the story-arc demon. He meets a gorgeous blonde, Meg ( Nicki Aycox ), also hitching.
Jensen Ackles stays in hick county, hunting alone for the monster. William B Davis [ X-Files ] is a Professor who helps him research pagan gods.
Jensen Ackles tazers a freak. Unfortunately they're both in a puddle at the time, so Jensen gets electrocuted. His heart is so badly damaged that he'll be dead within 24 hours.
College Boy takes him to a faith-healer. Jensen's dubious about it, despite all the unnatural stuff he's seen. He gets cured, of course - and discovers there's a Reaper behind it.
The healer is trading one life for another. Does he have the right to do that? And even if he doesn't, does Jensen have the right to stop him?
Since Julie Benz is dying of a brain tumour, the moral question takes on a different angle.
A mysterious truck is killing African-American men in Missouri. Jensen Ackles is called in to investigate. His ex-GF is daughter of one of the murder victims.
The interracial couple steam things up. This somewhat explicit romp explains all the ITV Scary just got sexy trailers that have been on UK TV for this show.
It turns out that the ghost-truck comes from something nasty that happened in the town. Not centuries ago, but in the 1960s. Only a generation back, but in the Deep South that's not very long ago at all!
College-boy has a nightmare about a man being killed by an invisible force. He and his brother drive there to investigate.
College-boy's powers of premonition are growing. He has telekinesis as well!
The story, and the climax, is somewhat reminiscent of Carrie .
The bros [in stolen State Trooper uniforms] investigate a missing persons case, because the witness was a wee boy watching a Godzilla movie. But that night, college-boy goes MIA from the same parking lot. So much for his psi visions!
Jensen Ackles teams up with County Mountie Jessica Steen .
The kidnappers aren't demonic. They're a family of rednecks who like playing The Most Dangerous Game.
Chicago. A shadow is following people to their homes at night, then ripping their hearts out and leaving a strange symbol drawn in their blood.
The brothers check out the bar where the latest victim worked. College Boy recognises Meg ( Nicki Aycox ), from Supernatural [Season 1, Episode 11] Scarecrow. And he's actually smart enough be suspicious of the coincidence.
The forces of eeevil are after the boys' dad - and they won't give up without a fight.
Texas. A disused farmhouse is site of a hideous haunting. But the ghost doesn't conform to existing protocols ...
The brothers are tailed by a pair of ghost-hunters who run a website. Freakylinks , anyone?
The boys investigate an epidemic among small kids in a small town. Turns out a monster climbs in their windows at night, and sucks the life-essence from them.
The monster once attacked College-boy, when he was very young. Ackles blames himself for not killing it back then.
A creepy old family portrait is coming to life and murdering people.
College-boy has a new love interest - the babe who helps her dad run the auction house. The amazing thing is, despite the cliches, the new girl is actually incredibly likeable.
This is a very good thing, plot-wise. When the inevitable happens and she's put in mortal jeopardy, we actually CARE!
The boys aren't the only demon-hunters in the USA. A pal of their dad's is killed by some Vamps, who make off with his magic revolver.
The boys team up with their dad to avenge the hunter, and more importantly to retrieve the gun. They need it to kill the Big Bad!
Meg ( Nicki Aycox ), the blonde demoness, is killing off all the Hunters. She threatens to continue, unless Pa hands over the magic gun.
Pa heads off to meet her. Unfortunately she has backup in the shape of Sebastian Spence [ First Wave ].
Meanwhile, the 2 boys lay a trap for The Demon. They know the next victim will be Monica ( Erin Karpluk ), thanks to Pa's sleuthing and psi-boy's visions.
The boys set off to save their dad, who's held prisoner by Sebastian Spence [ First Wave ]. But first, they have to deal with Meg.
Freeing Dad is one thing. But is it really him, or is he possessed by The Demon?
The Winchesters survie their last run-in with the Yellow-Eyed Demon (YED), but they end up in hospital. Dean is comatose - and his spirit wanders about, chased by the Grim Reaper. He befriends a female ghost - yes, even while comatose he has a love interest!
Pa Winchester has a plan of his own. He can bring Dean back from the brink of death, but must make a deal with the YED to do so.
Dean has issues, thanks to his father's choice last ep.
The boys go hunting a killer clown.
Someone is decapitating people in a tiny redneck town. Worse, there are cattle mutilations! Sam and Dean turn up to investigate - and find out that a rogue demon-hunter is after some vamps.
Dean's bloodlust is taking control. He starts to bond with the other Hunter, Gordon Walker [Sterling K. Brown - Alias, Tarzan ]. But maybe the hunter likes his work too much ...
With their dad gone, the boys visit their mother's grave. It's Sam's idea - Dean wants to go Hunting, and stumbles across a desecrated grave. Is it a real Hunt, or is he just over-reacting to distract himself from issues he won't address?
A beautiful girl died in a car crash. Now, her cheating boyfriend thinks he sees her everywhere. Is she a ghost ... or something worse?
Sam gets visions of Blu Mancuma [ Dead Zone ] killing himself. It seems that another psychic boy might be involved ...
The boys investigate, and discover that the suspect can telepathically influence people. Sam thinks he's the killer, but Dean likes the guy's style and wants to give him a chance.
The boys are up against the ghost of America's first serial killer, who haunts a set of underground passages.
Not only do they have their own kick-ass style, they also have a beautiful girl to help them out.
Sam and Dean go to a small town to investigate ghost sightings. Every time someone sees the ghost, there's a murder. Looks like a vengeful spirit's on a killing spree!
Unfortunately, Dean's still wanted for a murder he didn't commit. When the cops pick the boys up and run their prints, it looks like Sam and Dean will end up in jail permanently.
Talented people are going crazy, halucinating and then killing themselves. It turns out that ten years ago, they made a deal with a demon at a crossroads. And since they've had their ten years of success, they must pay their debt.
Sam and Dean decide to involve themselves. And naturally, Dean discovers a lot more about his father's death than he wanted to know.
Sammy has a dream of Dean executing a hostage in cold blood. The boys go to visit a small town and investigate some goings-on. The dream starts to come true ...
The Town has been infected by a demon - possibly the one responsible for Roanoake. The result is a typical Bodysnatchers style encounter.
Someone is murdering psychic teenagers. Sammy is next on the hit list.
It turns out the killer is an old acquaintance of the boys.
An old hotel is being sold. But the workmen start dying in mysterious accidents ...
The brothers turn up, and discover that voodoo is involved. But it might be a Poltergeist instead.
The boys go after another shapeshifter. He's going to rob a bank, so they go undercover there. Unfortunately, another hunter [amateurish and paranoid] takes a more direct approach.
The boys end up besieged by the cops [and Ackles is still a wanted man, after the last time they met a shapeshifter]. Worse, they have no idea who the shifter is!
An Angel is telling people to kill. Like in the film Fragile.
Ackles is looking for his brother. It turns out Sam is posessed, and is killing off Hunters ...
Katharine Isabelle is a Hunter's daughter, and may be on the Demon's hit-list.
The boys are stumped by a series of mysterious deaths, so they call in their dad's pal Bobby to help. They narrate the flashbacks, which allows for some hilarious characterisation.
Trish Helfer (AKA Trish The Dish) and her hubby are driving along a deserted road at night. They swerve to avoid a pedestrian, and crash. Trish wakes up alone, and is chased by a psychotic hillbilly.
Sam and Dean try to save Trish, but it's mostly told from her perspective. She has her natural hair colour, which makes her almost unrecognisable. She's also a great actress! Dean makes disparaging refernces to Ghost Whisperer , a subtle hint in itself ...
Emanuelle Vaugnier is mugged. Later, Sam and Dean turn up to investigate a series of brutal murders. Looks like there's a werewolf in town ...
A series of mysterious deaths on the set of a B-Movie draws the attention of our heroes. Gary Cole [ American Gothic ] is the Producer.
There are lots of in-jokes and cameos. The writer, director and producer all plug their own work.
Sam and Dean get themselves arrested to get into a haunted jail. Sam, predictably, fits in rather well in his new environment.
The FBI Agents from Nightshifter are still after them. Luckily the brothers have a good lawyer ...
Sam goes after a Djinn - alone! He gets zapped by its wish-granting power ... and wakes up in an alternate universe.
What if Sam's mother hadn't been killed by a demon? Well, the boys would never have become Hunters. They would have been happier - but at what cost?
The resolution is a bit too straight-forward, too typically action-adventure to fit the moral dilemma that Sam faces. He has to choose, but in fact the choice is already made for him.
Sam is abducted by the Demon and placed with 4 other psychic kids, including Katharine Isabelle . Then they get picked off, one by one ...
The cliffhanger ending gets a new twist. This allows the Hunters to get a face-off against the Demons, and we get re-matches ...
A new element is introduced - a plot device the Demons want. It fits in with other ideas used in the show, but there's no foreshadowing prior to the first part of this double-ep. Yes, this story does close the Season ... but it's tying up loose ends rather than giving a climax to the story arc. The writers have stolen a key plot device from Buffy the Vampire Slayer - but not the actual structure of a story arc!
It's a week after the mass breakout from hell, and the demons haven't gone on a full-scale rampage yet. The boys are in a rut - Dean's living life to the maximum, while Sam is trying to find a way out of the soul-selling deal.
A new demon's in town, with an atypical modus operandi. A couple of other Hunters are on the case as well. And the demons are better organised than anyone expected. They're the Seven Deadly Sins!
There's another player in town as well. A Rogue Demon-Slayer with long blonde hair, not unlike Buffy the Vampire Slayer .
Dean's dying wish this week is to visit a Yoga Teacher he hasn't seen in 8 years. Of course, he assumes that she'll be just as care-free as he is after all this time. The obvious plot-twist is taken a step further ... with hilarious (if quite worrying) results!
The Yoga-chick's suburb is, by strange coincidence, full of creepy little kids. Midwich Cuckoos , anyone? This sub-plot has a scene-stealing performance by the lady scientist from Stargate Universe as a woman who suspects that her daughter has changed ...
Sam meets Buffy the Demon-Slayer again. She tells him who she is, and offers him a deal he can't refuse ...
The boys receive a phone-call intended for their dad. Someone burglarised his secret lock-up garage, so they investigate. The perps have made off with a magical rabbits's foot, which gives amazingly good luck to the owner ... But when you eventually lose it, you end up re-living Final Destination !
The antagonist of the week is a gorgeous thief, a light-fingered bitch who steals-to-order magical artefacts. Worse, a rival Hunter [Michael Massee - 24] is on their trail. He's a psychotic Jesus-lover who's also a friend of Gordon, the vamp-hating African American. They want to kill Sam, because he might be a key figure in the coming apocalypse ...
The ep title refers to a town the brothers visit, where everyone has given in to the sins of lust and greed. It's also ironic, since Jensen Ackles' co-star from Dark Angel appeared in the movie of the same name.
The main beneficiary of the so-called Sin is crooked businessman Don Davis [ Stargate SG-1 ].
Sam gets trapped with a demon, and discovers that things weren't as clear-cut as he thought. The show's taken a step away from the generic Buffy -style demonic entities and ancient folklore, and has now adopted a Judeo-Xian world-view. The demons worship Lucifer, the Yellow-Eyed Demon was Azazael, and now there's a battle for the succession.
Smalltown USA, and people are being murdered in ways that resemble Fairy Tales. The boys investigate, and trace it back to a little girl in a coma, who develops psychic powers. If this sounds familiar, it's because it was in Buffy: Season One . It's also similar to the plot of new film Freakdog (formerly Red Mist) , due for release in Summer 2009!
Sam has his own plans to get Dean out of The Deal. They have the Gun again - what can possibly go wrong?
The boys investigate a Ghost Ship that acts as a death omen.
Bella, the thieving bitch from the Rabbits Foot story, is in town. She's working an angle, so the boys have to team up with her. Naturally, there's a bit of sexual tension between her and Dean. Sam gets a love interest as well!
The ghost behind the curse is only killing a specific kind of victim. This inadvertently reveals another hint about Bella's past.
The Winchester boys are hunting Vampires. Mercedes McNab , to start with!
Meanwhile, Gordon the Vampire Hunter has busted out of prison. He wants revenge on the boys, and takes the opportunity to do some vamps too. The result is terrifyingly ironic ...
Evil Santa is on the prowl. The boys discover that an ancient Pagan god is responsible for the carnage.
The boys investigate unpleasant goings-on. It turns out there's a witches coven in suburbia.
We get to find out a bit more about Ruby's past.
Bobby is in a coma. The boys try to hunt down the person responsible, someone who can invade a victim's dreams. All he needs is some DNA and a mystical African root. And the only one who can obtain the root at short notice is Bella ...
Sam and Dean must enter Bobby's dreams in order to save him. Bella pops up briefly, to establish for the audience that Sam has the hots for her.
Sammy starts re-living the day. And every day, Dean gets killed. In a variety of ways, some quite funny ...
The brothers are on Bella's trail. Unfortunately she's arranged for the FBI Agent from last Season to catch them.
Sam, Dean and the Agent end up trapped in a police station, besieged by an entire town of possessed folk. Ruby has a plan, but it involves massive loss of life ...
As the WGA went on strike and the TV Networks replaced Dramas with Reality TV, we get this wonderful parody of the genre. The show is from the perspective of the amateur parapsychologists from Supernatural [Season 1, Episode 17] Hell House. They investigate the most haunted house in America ...
Naturally, Sam and Dean turn up. And things take a turn for the creepy!
Bella's trail has gone cold, so the boys have to go back to hunting the freak of the Week. This time it's a suicide that followed a mysterious phone call. Their cover names? Mr Raimi and Mr Campbell!
It turns out that dead people are calling their relatives. Dean gets a call from his dad! Sam has to work out what's going on ...
Sam goes hunting after a mad Doctor (Billy Drago - Vamp ) who has discovered the secret of immortality. Unfortunately it involves stealing spare parts from healthy victims, but the doctor does his best to make his patients comfortable. His medical knowledge is limited to nineteenth century technology (ether, silk sutures, maggots), but at least one of the victims lives.
Meanwhile, Dean goes after Bella. Can he get the Colt back? Will he find out who her customer was? Will she get her come-uppance?
The boys find out where Lillith is, and go hunting. They team up with Bobby, and summon Ruby ...
The climax of the Season is a cliffhanger. Instead of answering questions, it just asks a lot more.
Dean gets pulled out of Hell. Since Hell and demons are real, it seems that Heaven and Angels are too!
Ghosts are killing hunters. The boys go to help Bobby.
It turns out that the vengeful ghosts are the spirits of the people that the hunters couldn't save in time. Meg makes a re-appearance - the human one, not the demon who possessed her. Yet more guilt for Dean!
Dean finds himself back in the 1970s, when his parents were young. Grandpa is Mitch Pileggi ( X-Files ).
The Yellow-eye demon comes to town, looking to further his own agenda. And though the YED is out of the picture, his plan might be a major part of this Season's story arc.
Dean is back, and he discovers what Sammy's been up to. For the last five months, Sam and Ruby have been hunting demons. Sam's slayer power (from demon-blood, not unlike Buffy's) means he can exorcise a demon just by using his mind. The Angels are against him using his power, and Dean is none too happy about it either. Never mind him shacking up with Ruby!
The brothers are called in to help a Hunter who has discovered a man who has begun a slow metamorphosis into a flesh-eating monster. Dean assumes the man will turn evil regardless, and should be killed ASAP. Sam sees that the man has a good side, and should be allowed a chance to control the monster within him. A blatant metaphor for the situation Sam himself is in, of course.
This ep is in b&w, a parody of the classic 1930s Universal Studios horror films. It was directed by Producer Robert Singer.
The brothers travel to Pennsylvania, where Oktoberfest is in full swing. The place has been transformed into somewhere in a Universal Studios film, complete with beer wenches. It has been invaded by a handful of classic movie monsters - Dracula, the Wolfman and the Mummy. The diabolical trio start killing random extras, but the Winchesters are on the case now.
Dean gets infected with Ghost Sickness, a supernatural illness which makes the victim gradually become more and more frightened for 24 hours until they die! This is the closest thing to The Grudge the brothers have dealt with so far. The fact that they do it in a comedy episode indicates that even the Winchesters couldn't win against it. Of course, look at how long Sarah Michelle Gellar lasted in the Grudge series!
Jensen Ackles gives a wonderful performance. And keep watching til the end, for his Eye of the Tiger lipsynch!
The boys arrive in a small town where wishes come true. A teddy-bear comes to life, and Ted Raimi ( Xena: Warrior Princess ) dates a beautiful girl. But as always in this kind of thing, it's a case of Be Careful What You Wish For!
This is a great humourous episode. Reminiscent of the Trickster ones, in fact.
The brothers go to a remote country house to investigate a story about a man murdered in a locked room. They think it's a ghost, but the explanation is far creepier.
A family arrive with a moving truck - they've bought the murder-scene house. Helen Slater plays the housewife of the bunch. The Winchesters try to dissuade them from moving in. But everyone ends up trapped inside, besieged by horrors. There's a lot of suspense, it's an excellent episode - we know the Winchesters will (probably) survive, but the family are in genuine jeopardy.
The Brothers investigate mysterious goings on at a Convention for stage illusionists. Someone may have introduced real magic into the show.
Something is possessing kids at a High School in the Midwest, then making them kill and mutilate bullies. The Winchesters investigate ...
The boys have flashbacks to the few weeks they spent at that school, when their dad left them there while he was off monster-hunting. Their relationships with classmates show how they developed into the dysfunctional pair we all know and love.
Something is pushing domestic disputes to the next level. The boys investigate, even though their relationship isn't at its best. Dean is suspicious of Sam's secret phonecalls with Ruby.
A Siren is seducing men and turning them against the people they love the most. Sam meets a beautiful lady doctor, while Dean teams up with an FBI agent who shares his interests (and looks like a young Vincent D'Onofrio - Men in Black ). Could one of them be the Siren?
The Bros investigate a town where nobody has died. The Lycian guy from Stargate Universe survives a 9mm to the heart at point-blank range. Arch-demon Alastair is in town, now using the form of Christopher Heyerdahl ( Sanctuary ). Is this a coincidence?
Please note, Alastair states that his previous host was incinerated but his demonic form survived. At no point do the Brothers express remorse at killing the hosts of Demons, nor do they intend to stop killing the hosts.
The boys call in a blind woman who is an expert in the spirit world. She helps them astral project, so they can talk to the ghost of the last person to die in the town . The Demons want to kill a couple of Reapers in order to open one of the Seals. One of the Reapers was Dean's love interest in the first ep of Season 2.
Someone is killing Angels. Supposedly this is impossible, but it looks like the Demons have found a way to do this. Bearing in mind that supposedly unkillable Demons (i.e. Fallen Angels) have been Final Death'd, it shouldn't be too much of a stretch.
The Angels have Alistair the Arch-Demon in custody. But who can torture the torturer? Dean gets called in, of course. He's reluctant, but the Angels don't leave him much choice. Meanwhile, Sam calls on Ruby for help.
Dean is a sales executive and Sam is a customer service operator in a big city MegaCorp. Unfortunately they don't remember each other - but they have to team up to face the resident ghost. It's in room 1444, a nice reference to the film 1408 .
The brothers visit a Sci-Fi shop, and discover someone wrote a series of pulp novels about them. This is a wonderful piece of self-parody, with the novels named after episode titles in the show. The brothers discover their on-line fan-base.
Lillith is on the prowl, and she wants a special deal with Sammy. Can Dean find a way to defeat her?
The boys get a call from someone who claims to be their brother. They investigate, and discover ghoulish goings-on related to a case their dad finished almost twenty years previously.
The boys have tied up the loose ends of the previous Season. But a new super-villain is on the loose - Lucifer himself! He needs a host body, so he targets Mark Pellegrino (Jacob in Lost ) and his wife Bellamy Young . And he seems to be a much nicer person than the un-fallen Angels are!
The Brothers team up with Bobby, the Prophet and Emily Perkins - the webmistress of their fan-site (who also writes wincest fan-fic). They have to find the Sword of St Michael, the only magical artefact powerful enough to defeat Lucifer. Unfortunately they also have to deal with Demon Meg ( Rachel Miner ) and the ass-hat Angels too.
Luckily, it seems that if you use the magic knife to stab a demon-possessed human in a non-fatal place, the demon dies but the human host lives. A pity they didn't bother experimenting with this years ago, they could have saved a dozen human hosts if they had even cared enough to try.
Cas has been cut off from Heaven, so he cannot cure Bobby. His new plan - find God!
Zach chooses to change Dean's mind by showing him the consequences of his choice. He transports him foward in time five years. The Croatoan virus has been unleashed upon the world.
Lexa Doig and Chuck the prophet are both part of the Militia. Castiel is a love guru. And Future Dean has the Colt. Which means that if Dean can find it in time he can avert the apocalypse.
The doctor from Stargate: Atlantis and a friend mess around with James Dean's car, Little bastard. Then somehow Dean's death is replicated - while the car is parked!
Paris Hilton guest-stars as a pagan goddess who has updated idolatry and human sacrifice to the 21st century.
The boys start hunting a he-witch who gambles with the years of peoples' lives - literally! The he-witch challenges suckers to a game of poker, with poker-chips which represent years of the owner's life. If you win, the he-witch makes you younger. If you lose ...
Bobby finds the he-witch before the Brothers do, and tries to get his legs back. But he isn't as good a player as he thought he was. And then Dean tries to get Bobby's years back ...
The episode title is a reference to the film The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button , as Dean has to live as a young man in the body of an eighty-year-old. There is some wonderful interplay between Dean and Bobby, as Dean discovers how the other side lives. There's also a very sympathetic villain in the form of Patrick the he-witch.
We start with an extended preview of the Angel Arc and Trickster episodes. Then we get to the opening credits - which now look like a cheesy sitcom!
The Trickster traps the boys in parodies of shows like Grey's Anatomy, CSI, Knight Rider. For some reason, Dean has a pseudo-gay obsession with the Grey's Anatomy show.
Castiel tries to save the boys, but the Trickster easily overpowers him. Apparently this is odd, because even a mere footsoldier Angel should easily match a Pagan (Demi-)God. And the Trickster's motive in wanting the Apocalypse to happen is mysterious. However, these things are explained within the episode - the Trickster's backstory is completely rewritten. Unfortunately, this completely ignores the character's career as a serial killer.
The Brothers visit Chuck the Prophet and Emily Perkins - the webmistress of their fan-site (who also writes wincest fan-fic). They get lured to the First Annual Supernatural Convention!
Sam and Dean whine constantly about the number of costumed imitators there. But the LARP is based on a real haunting, so they have to do some REAL ghostbusting.
Finally, the guys get a real clue about what Bella did with the Colt.
The boys close in on the Colt, last seen in the hands of a demon named Crowley (Mark Sheppard - Firefly, Medium, Dr Who ). He has his own perspective on events, which is refreshingly new.
The boys go in team-handed. Yes, unlike a lot of shows these guys know the meaning of the term backup. They recruit the owner of the former roadhouse, and her daughter Jo - last seen in Supernatural [Season 2, Episode 6]No Exit.
While the boys are after Lucifer, he has plans of his own. He is raising the Angel of Death, leader of the 4 Horsemen. He also has Meg ( Rachel Miner ) and some invisible Hell-Hounds ...
In an asylum, something is creeping through the air ducts and eating peoples' brains. Not unlike Eugene Victor Tooms in X-Files . The Head Shrink writes the massive death toll off as suicides. Sam and Dean go undercover (as in Supernatural [Season 2, Episode 19]Folsom Prison Blues ) just by being themselves.
Unfortunately, the guys have more to deal with than just another monster. They also have to confront their own mental health issues.
A group of Teenagers give Sam a body-swop so they can claim the bounty from Lucifer.
The title is taken from a recent horror film starring Jensen Ackles.
Small-town USA, and people start dying in unusual ways. Looks like they've been cursed - by an angel. Dean calls in Castiel, who's now the official sidekick. Yes, after the female love interests have all been written off (blame the fangirls' jealousy), an average-looking man in Columbo's trench-coat is the new hanger-on.
It looks like Cupid has gone renegade. Worse, we get to meet one of the Four Horsemen - Famine! Sam has to go cold turkey again.
The dead start to rise from their graves. About fifteen of them, in small-town USA. Bobby gets a chance for some closure with his wife.
This is another plot by the Horsemen. They aren't pleased at the outcome of the confrontation with Famine, so they're taking a personal interest in everyone who helps the Winchester boys.
Dean and Sam get murdered by rival Hunters. They end up in heaven, which is composed of their favourite memories. Unfortunately their best memories are from when they were apart.
Castiel is still exiled from Heaven, but he tells the Brothers how to contact God. But Zechariah, cold-blooded middle-management Angel, is after them.
The brothers get rescued by the Lutheran militia, who have a water-cannon that fires Holy Water. How Lutherans got hold of Holy Water is never questioned, but that is the first sign that something is wrong.
The town Prophet says that the Angels want to ban everything that is fun. Dean accepts this without question - which signals Sam that something is wrong with his brother. Castiel lends a hand, even though he is an alcoholic.
Zechariah, cold-blooded middle-management Angel, gets his old job back. He has to manipulate Dean Winchester into accepting possession by the Archangel Michael. This involves resurrecting the third Winchester Brother.
Castiel gets to fight a lot of Angels, but he accepts that this is probably a suicide mission.
Bad weather forces the Winchester Brothers to spend the night in a remote 4-star hotel. It's more than a little reminiscent of the setting for The Shining , with the creepy goings-on.
The Brothers become guest-ages at a conference of Pagan deities, who want to decide which course of action to take during the Judeo-Christian Apocalypse. Shockingly, their only hope appears to be their old frenemie The Trickster!
The Brothers are after the final two rings. Renegade uber-demon Crowley (Mark Sheppard - Medium ) offers to help, and points them towards the Horsemens' stable-boy, Brady (Eric Johnson - Smallville ).
There's a problem. Brady was an old college pal of Sam's, and boasts about being the one behind the GF's death in Season One. Yes, it's all a bit tacked-on - Sam is constantly falling from grace, and this ep is just another example.
Crowley visits Bobby, and gives him an offer he can't refuse.
Pestilence (Matt Frewer - Max Headroom ) is running an Old Folks home. Sam and Dean pay him a visit, to get the ring.
Bobby and Crowley make a deal for Death. Crowley gives the boys Death's location. Is Crowley trustworthy? And can Dean get Death's ring?
Sam, Bobby and Castiel go after the Croatoan virus that's stockpiled at the chemical plant from the previous episode.
Lucifer infests Sam, and Michael takes over the Third Brother. Dean, Castiel and Bobby are the only ones left to stop Armageddon. Luckily, Dean has a Def Leppard tape in the car.
The ending ties up a few loose ends. But it looks like there will be another Season ... Pity that nobody notices the words in the ep's Metal tune are It's better to burn out ... than fade away!
It's a year since the Winchester Brothers saved the World. Dean has settled down in suburbia, but he gets the feeling the monsters are coming for him. Like the Yellow-Eyed Demon ...
Sam has teamed up with their mother's family, the Campbells. Grandpa (Mitch Pileggi from X-Files ) hasn't aged a day since the 1970s flashback ep Supernatural [Season 4, Episode 3]In the Beginning . Cousin Corin Nemec ( Stargate SG-1 ) is along for the ride. They face off against the Djinn, as in Supernatural [Season 2, Episode 20] What Is and What Should Never Be.
As a relaunch to the series, this goes back to the dilemma of the pilot episode. This time it's Sam who is the hunter, and Dean who has an actual life.
Sam goes hunting a shapeshifter, and rescues a baby. He calls Dean for help, but the pair of them aren't exactlty cut out for parental duties. It's worse for Dean, because he's been doing his best with his new family.
Pursued by shapeshifters, the boys find sanctuary with Grandpa Mitch Pileggi ( X-Files ). But Dean suspects the old man has his own agenda ... and wonders is Sam in on it as well?
Police Officers get killed off by the Biblical Plagues, so the Winchesters investigate. They summon their angelic sidekick, Castiel.
The Archangel Raphael has started a civil war in heaven, so he can kick-start the Apocalypse again. Castiel's pal Balthazar (Sebastian Roche - Odyssey 5, Roar ) has followed Cas's example. Will he be a recurring character?
Jensen Ackles makes his directorial debut with this effort, and he does a damn good job of it. Since Dean is behind the camera, he and Sam have relatively little screen time. As the title suggests, we get the chance to see what Bobby Singer gets up to at the Weekend when the Winchesters aren't around. Well, they're constantly phoning him for help with a Lamia Demon (and the ep even makes a direct mention of Drag Me To Hell ). And since the title is a reference to Weekend at Bernies, there's a body that comes back to life.
Crowley (Mark Shepperd - Dr Who ) Has changed his mind about returning Bobby's soul. So Bobby has spent the last year planning a way to force the Demon to fulfill the deal. Crowley, as highest-ranking Demon (Lucifer, Azazael, Lillith, Aleister and Ruby are all gone) isn't just King of the Crossroads - he's King of Hell. So if he was still friendly with the Hunters, the show would have a lack of necessary conflict. A pity the writers had to make the character a bigger douche than before, but they want to squeeze as many years out of the story as they can.
Dean is still unhappy about Sam's changes in behaviour. But Bobby brushes it off, worried about his own problems.
It turns out that Crowley's real name is MacLeod. This allows for a wonderful visual reference to the film Highlander - the castle of Eileen Donan on the Isle of Skye.
Since Dean had little on-screen time last episode, this time the story centres around him. He gets infected by a vamp, and must Live Free or Twihard ...
Teenage white women are going missing. Dean and Sam track them to a vampire-themed bar, like the one in Buffy the Vampire Slayer [Season 2, Episode 7] Lie To Me. Of course, that story parodied Dracula, Interview With The Vampire while this one targets Twilight .
Grandpa gets called in to help, while Bobby Singer gets the weekend off. Sam helps Grandpa with their secret agenda of finding the Alpha Monsters. It seems that Sam is willing to go to more extreme lengths than the old man is!
The boys go to a town where random folks are being cursed with truthfulness to the point of suicide. Dean takes the opportunity to test Sam. But he gets some unexpected results ...
The villainess is Veritas, a Pagan Goddess who apparently wasn't able to attend the conclave that Lucifer annihilated last Season. She's a cat lady, in more ways than one.
Dean and Castiel discover what happened to Sam. But they also have to find out HOW and WHY.
The boys join Grandpa and the Clan on the hunt for the Alpha Vamp. He answers their questions in the usual Silence of the Lambs style. We discover who Grandpa was working for. And this is not as bad as it seems, because he isn't doing anything the boys didn't (or wouldn't) do.
Crowley offers the boys a deal - one more Alpha in exchange for Sam's soul. He sends them hunting for werewolves. They uncover a sleeper cell ...
Dean doesn't like Sam without his soul, but won't go to the trouble of getting the soul back. Worse, he's almost willing to allow the monsters to run around killing people just to he can spite Crowley!
The opening credits are an X-Files homage, as the dynamic duo investigate crop circles. Dean gets abducted by Aliens (Or is it Oberon, King of the Faeries?), and gets to fight Tinkerbell. Sam doesn't have a soul, so he spends all day trying to get laid.
Robert Picardo ( Star Trek: Voyager ) is on hand as a self-proclaimed UFOlogist.
Sam and Dean are sick of working for Crowley, even though they get to hunt monsters and he kills the damn things for them. Instead they team up with their longest-surviving foe, Meg ( Rachel Miner ).
The double-crosses are predictable. But this show has a terrible habit of permanently killing off the recurring villains. Who is for the chop this week?
Flying fire-breathing clawed monsters are snatching virgins. Sam and Dean investigate. This is their first job together since Sam's operation. Can they save the virgins before thr Dragons open the door to purgatory?
The brothers visit a town where there are a series of mysterious disappearances. It turns out that a year previously, Sam and Grandpa visited while investigating similar disappearances. The solution to the mystery is in Sam's memory ... but if his memopry comes back then the wall in his mind collapses, and he will become lobotomised!
The answer, call Grandpa and ask him, is not mentioned. Instead we get gradual flashbacks from Sam's memory. The monster behind the attacks is after him personally!
Sam recovers from his Hell-fit long enough to help investigate the next case. A janitor is murdered in a school science lab. It seems that plastic mannequins are coming to life. Not like Kim Catrall in the 1980s rom-com. More like the creepy classic Dr Who adventure Attack of the Autons.
Dean gets called back to his family home. It looks like he's needed there, for family business.
Castiel's pal Balthazar (Sebastian Roche - Odyssey 5, Roar ) pops up, gives a message to the brothers, and hurls them through a window.
Sam and Dean discover they are actors named Jensen and Jared, on the set of a TV show named Supernatural. Just like the book series, of course - hell, the guys even went to the Convention, but they don't seem to remember that either.
Somehow, the fabric of reality has been changed. It has something to do with descendants of people who successfully emigrated to the USA in April 1912, on the Titanic.
Castiel's pal Balthazar (Sebastian Roche - Odyssey 5, Roar ) is involved. He seems to be the new Crowley (himself the new Trickster), an entertaining and morally ambiguous pseudo-ally.
Sam and Dean go back in time to the wild west. Dean thinks he is an expert in the period, but it seems he just watched too many western movies. Sam gets to meet Sam Colt, and Dean has a lethal shoot-out at high noon with a man-shaped Phoenix. Hey, dragons look like stuntmen, why can't a phoenix?
Elsewhere, Castiel is leader of the Rebel Angels. But his Second in Command discovers something about Cas that is so terrible she turns against him. Will he still have the strength to save the Winchesters from being trapped forever in the Wild West?
The brothers summon Tara the Veggie Vampire so they can locate Eve. It turns out the Mother of All Monsters is making a new breed, so she can face off against Crowley’s demon army. Dean names the monsters Jefferson Starships - presumably he didn’t like the Star Wars Holiday Special either.
The brothers now suspect that Crowley is still alive. But how could Castiel have been duped?
The ep is narrated by Castiel, who explains that his rival angel Raphael staged a coup in heaven. Castiel had no choice but to start a civil war among the Angels, with Crowley as a secret ally.
The Winchesters are still obsessed with killing Crowley. They don’t care that he’s helping them by using demons to fight monsters. They don’t even care that some other demon will just replace him, as he replaced Lilith, Aleister, Azazel and Lucifer. Who will be next ruler of hell – Meg?
Castiel has no option but to work with Crowley. After all, the Winchesters have no solution to the Raphael problem!
Crowley takes Ben and Lisa hostage. Balthazar gets called in to help, since praying to Castiel would be pointless. He understands Cas best of all, and still sides with Dean. His knowledge means that his opinion matters a lot more than the Winchesters’ does.
Dean is still a demon-trained expert torturer, but ignores the fact that he is torturing the HOST, not the actual Demon!
Bobby investigates the HP Lovecraft angle – yes, the 1930s horror writer found the gate to purgatory!
Sam wakes up with amnesia. Luckily barmaid Erica Cerra helps him out. But he is hunted by his doppelganger – the soulless version of himself from earlier in the Season.
Dean and Bobby try to stop Cas from opening Purgatory. But they STILL have no plan to defeat Raphael and save the world. Is it really
Castiel turns out to be a bigger backstabber than either Balthazar or Crowley could have predicted. And Raphael turns up for the endgame as well. But the real revelation is who the villain for NEXT Season is set up to be!
Cas sets himself up as the new Jehovah, and goes around smiting unbelievers. Unfortunately his vessel cannot hold up to the abuse.
Sam is suffering flashbacks to The Pit. Basically he is hallucinating bits from the Hellraiser Series, with Lucifer instead of Pinhead.
Dean, Sam and Bobby call in backup - Crowley and Death. There has to be a way to return all the Souls to Purgatory. But Cas swallowed something worse than Souls. The Leviathans are inside him as well, trying to take over. From the description, they could be something like Cthulhu ...
Castiel's vessel is burning out, so the Leviathans need new vessels. They start taking over people in the nearby town, but they need to feed … on human flesh!
Bobby's friend the lady Sheriff discovers something is wrong at the hospital. Unfortunately she's a patient there - and a potential victim. Dr Sexy (Cameron Bancroft - Codename: Eternity ) is on the rampage.
Sammy's hallucinations are getting worse. He can't tell what's real any more. Can Dean snap him out of it?
The cliff-hanger from the previous ep is ended abruptly, and the boys go on the run. This seems an attempt to get the show back to its roots, before the 3-Season Angel-War arc.
Sammy goes AWOL, and Dean thinks that it is Lucifer's influence again. But Sam is having flashbacks to 1998, to when he helped research a monster in the local library. The boy playing Sam is remarkably young - especially considering that the show started in 2005.
Jewel Staite pops up as a damsel in need of Sam's help. Dean is a sonovabitch, however. This show might be going back to its roots, but Sam and Dean had the discussion years ago when they met the Veggie Vampires.
Dean: We kill monsters!
Sam: No, we fight evil!
The Winchesters investigate a series of mysterious deaths. The victims were all targeted because they have a sense of guilt. Dean's investigations include flirting with barmaid Emilie Ullerup .
Dean is put on trial by one of the few surviving pagan gods. Despite the familiar premise, this is not a clip show. Jo gets called as a witness for the Prosecution.
The Winchesters investigate a series of mysterious deaths. The victims were all targeted because they have links to local businessman James Marsters ( Angel, Smallville, Torchwood ). His wife ( Charisma Carpenter ) is angry that he cheated on her ...
The shapeshifting monsters duplicate Sam and Dean, then go on kill-crazy rampages filled with references to 1990s classic movies ( Pulp Fiction, Heat). Dean got framed in Season 1, but this is on a bigger scale. The monsters start hitting the towns the boys did jobs in, and in the same order.
Bobby is in the basement, testing tortures on the Leviathan they caught last time. He only has a couple of days before the spell wears off, but the monster laughs off everything he throws at it. Then the lady sheriff drops by for a visit.
The Winchesters run into Sheriff Michael Hogan ( Teen Wolf ). Can they convince him to help, before the monsters kill everyone in the police station? This seems reminiscent of the Croatoan episode, on top of all the other references to previous episodes.
Crowley appears again, testing the waters with the Leviathans' boss. It appears the war may get a bit more complex.
Gary from Stargate SG-1 attends a Séance, but the Medium is killed by an angry Poltergeist.
The Winchesters reluctantly team up again. They have to save a gorgeous brunette woman from the monsters, just like in the good old days.
Dean and Sam get psycho-analysed a lot. Sammy is moody for the third time - first when he was Lucifer's vessel-to-be, then when he was soulless … And Dean's character development has likewise been stunted. This ep is almost interchangeable with something from Season 2 or 3, before the stupid Angel War storyline ...
Sam and Dean have split up for a couple of days. When they meet up again - Sam is getting married!
Super-fan Becky ( Emily Perkins ) is back. She is getting hitched to Sam. Dean thinks something fishy is going on, but he can't prove it. He calls in some backup, but Bobby is busy so he ends up with DJ Quails ( The Core ).
It looks like a Crossroads Demon is responsible, but the contracts barely last ten days, not ten years. Crowley claims to be a man of his word - even though he double-crossed Bobby Singer last year. However, this time Crowley wants the Winchesters on his side in the coming war against the Leviathans.
Bobby joins the boys on a hunt for the Jersey Devil. We haven't seen this myth on TV (not counting the Found Footage film The Last Broadcast ) since Season One of X-Files . It's a bit of a flash-back to the Wendigo days.
Bobby was missing last week, but he makes up for it this ep. Almost as if he is being put up for a fall.
The Leviathans are in town. Dr Sexy is now doing medical research. The Leviathan boss is a big supporter of the NRA, which means he has something in common with Bobby Singer. Is this an example of irony at work?
Ian Tracey ( ) is hunting Red Riding Hood from Once Upon A Time . He goes MIA, so his daughter calls Sam for help.
Dean teams up with the crazy conspiracy theorist. They have a clue to the Leviathans' plans. However, Dean is mentally beginning to unravel. This is like when he was recovering from spending decades in Hell - well, it is worse now for some reason.
This starts with some phoney jeopardy, as Dean disappears in a flash of light. Then we get an extended flashback of the events leading up to that scene. The Lady Sheriff stands in for Bobby Singer. She directs the boys to a town where there have been multiple strange killings, all happening in threes. This pattern has shades of Tooms ( X-Files ).
Dean ends up in 1944, where he teams up with monster-hunter Elliot Ness (Nicholas Lea - X-Files ). As with the Sam Colt episode, dean's knowledge of history comes mainly from movies.
They discover they are hunting Kronos, God of Time (Jason Doring - Veronica Mars ). Technically, Kronos was a Titan, but that does not matter. The main pantheon were so weak that Lucifer could wipe them out in one fell swoop. Can the Winchesters become god-slayers? But first, Sam has to use Kronos to pull Dean back from 1944.
The villain is a sympathetic one, killing only because he needs to use his time-travel power. But as has been established in this Season, killing humans means a non-human is marked for death.
The Leviathans storyline is still on hold for the moment. Someone is butchering men who visited a Singles bar. Will Dean wander into the main plot by accident? His newest crisis is still on-going. This week's Bobby stand-in is a corrupt professor of Greek Antiquities - Harry Groener ( Buffy: S3 ).
This ep starts with phony jeopardy. Sam is on the run, chased by Killer clowns - his all-time worst fear. Yes, we get another attempt to revive a classic episode from the early Seasons.
The Winchesters have gone back to Freak-of-the-Week cases. A series of unusual deaths in a small Midwest town involves children's worst fears coming to life. This traces back to a children's' restaurant, with a clown theme. The name is even reminiscent of Pennywise, the killer clown in Stephen King's It .
Sammy can see Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino - Lost ) again. This phantom is even moderately useful in saving the day. But he has yet to do anything that indicates knowledge outside of Sam's subconscious.
The ep starts with a flashback to The Wendigo Days, when the brothers exorcised a freak-of-the-week demon. But now a serial killer is copying the Demon's MO - it seems the Demon may be back.
The boys finally revisit one of their victims. Yes, people don't necessarily get better after a visit from the Winchesters.
Dean's moment as the dysfunctional one of the pair seems to be over.
The boys investigate a cursed pair of Ballet shoes. We discover that, just as he watched Titanic purely for Winslet's Rack, Dean watched Black Swan for the hot tutu-on-tutu action - twice!
Frank Whaley ( Vacancy ) has taken over his mother's antique shop, and is selling off the stuff she hoarded. This turns the show into a darker version of Warehouse 13 - more like the 1980s TV show Friday the 13th .
The Leviathans pop up. Their plan seems a lot more long-term than we had assumed, and they have gone to extreme lengths to stay low-key.
Frank (Kevin McNally - ) is the new Bobby Singer. But how long can this last for?
Sam had sleep deprivation last ep, but he ends up hospitalised as a result. Dean goes looking for a faith healer named Emanuel. The Demons are also looking for him - Crowley seems to have changed his mind about the hands-off order, and Meg is still on the loose.
DJ Quails ( The Core ), a fellow hunter, gives the boys a call to investigate a murderous ghost. A Japanese spirit is murdering the children of the owner of a micro-brewery. The spirit can only be seen if you are drunk!
The EM detector should work in finding spirits and ghosts, but around Dean (who is always carrying Bobby's liquor flask) it always picks up a signal. The mysterious poltergeist activities continue. Is Bobby haunting them?
Jamie Luner , a fellow hunter, gives the boys a call to investigate a murderous ghost. When they turn up, Bobby's ghost tags along. The boys cannot see the ghosts, so Bobby and Jamie must solve the case themselves.
This maintains much of the ghost lore from Death takes a Holiday. However, we get to see a ghost kill living humans (though he repeatedly fails to use this technique on the Winchesters!) and even kill other ghosts! This may create jeopardy for guest-star ghosts Bobby and Jamie, but the Winchesters seem strangely impervious.
Frank has been written off, but the boys don't care because they have Bobby's ghost. However, someone is trying to decrypt Frank's Hard drive. The boys track down uber-hacker Felicia Day .
Bobby's ghost wants some payback on Dick.
The boys try to decipher the tablet. Meg ( Rachel Miner ) summons them back to Castiel.
Another prophet has been called.
The Brothers need to wash their weapon in the blood of a fallen Angel (Cas), the King of Demons (Crowley) and an Alpha monster …
Crowley points the brothers in the direction of the Alpha Vamp, who staged a jailbreak before Cas destroyed Crowley's Alpha prison. Unfortunately, the Alpha remembers that their Grandpa sold him to Crowley in the first place.
Edgar the Leviathan is on the Alpha's trail too.
The brothers have a team - a demon (Meg), an angel (Cas), a ghost (Bobby) …
Crowley is offered a Deal by Dick - and Crowley is the King of Deals. Will he sell out the Winchesters in exchange for Canada?
Meg still wants to start a demon civil war with Crowley. Castiel is a pacifist, and Bobby is going vengeful.
This is a great end to the Season. As always, it ends on a cliff-hanger.