Season 2 – Episode 4 – Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things
This episode delves into the theme of life and death and letting things go when it’s their time. Dean sees himself as not belonging and we learn he blames himself for their father’s death. This is echoed in the case of the week, about a zombie, a girl brought back to life by her friend who was in love with her.
The episode opens with a man trying to comfort a woman, Angela, who is suffering from a broken heart because her boyfriend cheated on her. Her ex-boyfriend, Matt, shows up at the door and he seems angry. She gets in the car and drives away. He calls her while she’s driving and they get into a fight. While they are fighting, Angela has a car accident and is killed.
The brothers are at the cemetery, visiting their mother’s grave, apparently located in Illinois, which is explained away by saying their uncle had her buried there. While Sam is at the gravesite, Dean is wandering around the cemetery looking all kinds of uncomfortable. He sees a really gnarly (and gnarled) looking tree and realizes that the area he’s standing in has everything dead in it in a perfect circle around the grave of a woman named Angela Mason, the girl in the car accident in the teaser.
While talking to Angela’s father, they find a book in his office that is in ancient Greek. Dean then asks if he senses her presence, leading him with the questions to get Sam to think she might be a ghost, but Sam thinks the way he feels is a normal reaction to death and dealing with grief. The entire conversation is double talk, referring to Sam and Dean dealing with their father in different ways rather than the literal conversation about Angela and her father.
After Sam and Dean disagree about the case again, we see Matt watching television. While he’s there, the plants in the room start to instantly die. Suddenly, he sees Angela’s reflection in the television. He turns around and we hear a noise as blood splashes all over the television screen.
Dean goes back to Angela’s room to look around, but he scares her roommate, who doesn’t expect him. He pretends to be Angela’s cousin and asks her about Angela, figuring she might know something, but she just says Angela was ‘great.’ She also tells Dean about Angela’s boyfriend, Matt, who killed himself the previous night by slitting his own throat.
Angela’s friend Neil tells the brothers that if Matt killed himself, it was from guilt, not grief. He tells them that Matt cheated on Angela. The brothers decide to burn the bones but get a surprise when they open her casket and find it empty. There is ancient Greek carved into the top of her casket.
Meanwhile, Angela shows up at Neil’s house and tells him she missed him and starts kissing him. He kisses her back. Why isn’t he freaking out?
The brothers talk to Angela’s father, who tells them the symbols are part of a necromancy ritual that brings people back from the dead. Dean yells at her father, but Sam realizes that he didn’t do it. Sam points out the living plants in the house.
It turns out that Neil is the one who brought Angela back, explaining why he wasn’t freaked out about kissing her. Gross.
The brothers are having trouble figuring out how to kill a zombie. They decide to go with silver, as that’s one of the theories that Sam found. Dean figures out that Neil is the one who brought Angela back from reading Angela’s diary and because Neil is an assistant to her father who teaches a class on ancient Greek. They go looking for Angela and find her lair. Since she went after Matt for cheating on her, they figure she may have gone after the other party. Dean suspects it may have been Angela’s roommate.
After saving Angela’s roommate from being killed, the brothers go talk to Neil. They intimidate him into telling them where Angela is. He says that she is at his house, but Dean notices the plants in the room are dead. Dean then tells Neil that to stop her they need to perform a ritual over her grave. He starts listing ingredients, telling Neil it’s very complicated, while Sam is looking at him like, ‘What are you talking about?’
After the brothers leave, Neil finds Angela in the hall. She wants Neil to help her go to the cemetery and ‘stop’ the Winchesters. Neil, seeing that she has been injured, realizes she actually wants to kill them. (Good thinking, Dean! Getting her to go to the cemetery on her own). As he’s on his way to get the car, he starts freaking out and Angela is suddenly right there. She starts losing it and breaks his neck, killing Neil.
The brothers are going to visit their mother’s grave. Dean is unhappy about it. He theorizes that they didn’t even have a body so it’s just a slab of concrete, while Sam sees it more as an action of respect. When they get there, Sam buries their father’s dog tags in the grave.
Sam questions whether Dean is actually stumbling onto a case or if he is transferring feelings about their parents’ death onto this girl.
Sam says they have nothing and the case is a distraction from their parents’ death. Sam also says he noticed that Dean wouldn’t step within a hundred yards of their mother’s grave. Dean walks out for a drink. Alone.
Dean tells Sam about the recent events: dead boyfriend, visions of Angela, dead plants, etc. He gets angry with Sam, telling Sam that he knows how to do his job.
Angela attacks her roommate in the dark. Angela comes at her with scissors and the roommate kicks her, knocking her down. The scissors stab Angela in the chest when she falls and the roommate starts freaking out, but then Angela wakes up and just pulls the scissors out. She is about to attack again when Sam and Dean come in behind her and shoot her twice with silver bullets. She turns around but still isn’t dead and Dean shoots her a third time in the chest. Angela then runs out the window. Clearly, silver bullets are not the answer.
The brothers are at the cemetery, waiting for Angela to show up. She shows up behind Sam and tries to play to his sympathies, saying she didn’t ask to be brought back and she’s still a person. Just when you think Sam might be feeling bad for her, he fires a bullet into her head. It has no effect so Sam runs, Angela chasing him. He leads her back to her grave. Sam falls and she’s about to break his neck when Dean shoots her a few times, causing her to fall into the grave. Dean then uses a ginormous metal steak to stab her. This time, she seems to stay dead.
The brothers get into another argument about Dean being too preoccupied with hunting. Sam thinks that Dean is tail spinning. Sam tells Dean that he doesn’t have to take care of himself and handle it all alone. Dean agrees with him and says he knows that he’s being an asshole. They have a nice bonding moment over how weird their lives are.
As they are leaving the cemetery after burying Angela for good, Dean glances back at their mother’s tombstone. After they have been driving, Dean suddenly pulls over to the side of the road and gets out of the car. He apologizes to Sam for the way he’s been acting. He also apologizes for their Dad dying, saying he knows it’s his fault because his recovery was a miracle, and then five minutes later their father was dead and the Colt was gone. He realizes there is a connection between the events.
Dean walks into the motel room where Sam is watching porn – that he quickly turns off when Dean walks in.
Impersonation of the Week:
The brothers pretend to be friends of Angela.
Dean pretends to be Angela’s cousin after he freaks out her roommate.
The brothers then visit the college where they tell students that they’re grief counselors.
State of the Week:
“Awkward.” – Dean
“There’s not going to be bones. There’s going to be a ripe, rotting body in the coffin.” – Sam
“I mean, come on, haven’t you seen Pet Cemetery?” – Dean
“I can take care of myself, thanks.” – Dean
“No, you can’t. And you know what? You’re the only one who thinks you should have to. You don’t have to handle this on your own, Dean. No one can.” – Sam
“I hear you. I’m being an ass, and I’m sorry.” – Dean
“Our lives are weird, man.” – Sam
“You’re telling me.” – Dean
“Do you think Angela’s gone after someone?” – Sam
“No, I think she went out to rent Beaches.” – Dean
“Damn, that dead chick can run.” – Dean
“Your girlfriends past her expiration date and we’re crazy?” – Dean
“Dad’s dead because of me, that much I do know.” – Dean
“I never should have come back, Sam. It wasn’t natural and now look what’s come of it. I was dead and I should have stayed dead. You wanted to know how I was feeling, well, that’s it. So tell me, what could you possibly say to make that alright.” – Dean
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