Supernatural – Season 3 – Episode 5
This episode opens with some guys arguing at a construction site in upstate New York at night. There is growling and then they all appear to be attacked and killed by some unseen beast. It turns out that they are all fairy tales, come to life, but the nightmare versions.
The brothers drive to the town, thinking the problem is a werewolf. They show up to interview the last guy, who turned out to have survived the attack. The man tells them that he just looked at him and walked away. The man tells them the killer had a tattoo of Wyle E. Coyote on his arm.
Dean talks to the doctor, who was at the seen, and the victims had parts of their kidneys, lungs, and intestines were missing, which means it wasn’t a werewolf.
A couple is walking in the woods, lost. They can’t find their Power Bars, and then they come across a house with an elderly woman. She invites them in and feeds them pie, which is poisoned. While the old woman is stabbing the crap out of the man, a creepy child is watching from the window. (More creepy children!)
Sam and Dean get back to the hospital, where the woman, Ms. Watson, has just been examined. Apparently, she survived. The expression on Dean’s face as Ms. Watson tells them how she escaped, is priceless. She says she didn’t eat as much as her husband, Ken. While the woman was carving Ken up (ew!), Ms. Watson pushed the woman and she hit her head on the stove. Ms. Watson asks the brothers if they saw a little girl outside the house. Ms. Watson said the girl just disappeared.
When they go to the house and investigate, the EMF goes off near the window, but there isn’t any other sign of anything supernatural. Sam puts the two stories together and sees the construction workers as the Three Little Pigs and the couple as Hansel and Gretel. When Dean points out that those all have happy endings, Sam tells him that the original versions, by the Grimm Brothers, did not.
Sam tells Dean about Lillian Bailey, a medium who went into trances where her thoughts and actions were completely controlled by spirits, or, as Dean puts it, a ghost puppet master. As they are walking, Sam notices a house that fits the description of the Cinderella story. They go inside and find a teenage girl handcuffed to the oven by her stepmother. While they’re talking to her, they see the creepy dark-haired girl that Ms. Watson described.
Sam and dean go back to the hospital and ask about any comatose patients. It turns out that Dr. Garrison has a daughter, Callie, who is comatose. The camera then cuts to the doctor reading to his daughter. The book? The Brothers Grimm: Complete Works & Tales. The story he is currently reading to her is Little Red Riding Hood. As he is reading it, the camera cuts to a grocery store parking lot, where that fairy tale comes true.
They talk to the doctor and it turns out she’s been comatose since she was eight, when she was poisoned by swallowing bleach. She was ‘found’ by her stepmother. when the woman who was mauled in the parking lot is brought in. Dean goes to stop the ‘wolf’ while Sam tries to stop Callie.
Sam tries to talk to the doctor, but comes off as a bit of a deranged psycho. Sam is able to convince the doctor, and then he learns that his wife poisoned Callie. The doctor tells Callie she has to let go, and he has to let her go, and then she flatlines.
Sam goes to the Crossroads Demon after Dean is asleep. Sam wants her to let Dean out of his deal and threatens her. She starts talking about Dean, getting in Sam’s head. He finds out that even if he kills the Crossroads Demon, the deal will still be on because her boss holds the contract, and she won’t tell Sam who her boss is.
Sam shoots the Crossroads Demon in the head. I know it’s the beginning of his descent into darkness and all that, but it was still a really satisfying moment.
As is often usual for the brothers, family moments are also arguments, and in this episode they argue about who gets to kill themselves to save the other one, as Sam is still trying to find a way to get Dean out of the deal and Dean is terrified that if he tries, Sam will die. The Winchester family definitely has a martyr complex.
After spotting the little girl, Dean follows her. She disappears, but then reappears behind him and starts flickering, clearly a spirit of some sort. After she flickers, she just disappears again, leaving an apple in her place.
Dean is in an eventful fight with the ‘wolf’ while Sam is talking to the doctor.
There is a strong theme of letting go in this episode. First, with the construction worker, who doesn’t want to have to let go of his brothers, and then the obvious one with Callie holding on, and her father not wanting to let her go, keeping her preserved in the bed as a real life Snow White. Sam and Dean argue about the deal in the beginning because neither of them want to let the other one go. However, while Dr. Garrison and Callie do manage to let go by the end of the episode, so they can begin healing and moving on, Sam goes to the demon, where he is clearly going the opposite way, holding on even tighter.
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This Week’s Episode – Top Character:
Sam is the top character for this episode. He figured out the whole fairy tale thing, and then killed the Crossroads Demon. Not bad.
“She’s a harmless old lay. What could happen?” – Ken
“So you think the murders are what? A reenactment? That’s a little crazy.” – Dean
“Crazy as what? Every day of our lives?” – Sam
“Touche.” – Dean
“Do you remember Cinderella? With the pumpkin that turns into a coach and the mice that become horses?” – Sam
“Dude, could you be more gay?” – Dean
“Could be like Mischa Barton. Sixth Sense, not The OC.” – Dean
“I’m going to go stop the Big Bad Wolf. Which is the weirdest thing I’ve ever said.” – Dean
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