The episode opens with Bobby walking through a house with a flashlight, looking for someone. He is suddenly attacked, but then we see he’s asleep and it is all part of a dream.
Bobby is asleep in a room and a housekeeper walks in. She tries to shake him awake and he is still stuck in the nightmare. The housekeeper starts screaming for help.
Sam and Dean get a call about Bobby and are told they don’t know what’s causing it, he’s just in a coma. The brothers wonder what Bobby was doing in Pittsburgh. They search his hotel room and find a bulletin board with Bobby’s research in the closet. He has information about a doctor who went to sleep and didn’t wake up, just like Bobby.
Dean meets with the doctor’s assistant, who says she already spoke with a detective. She describes the detective and it was Bobby. She tells Dean that she didn’t know about any of the experiments. He gets her to hand over all of Dr. Greg’s research.
Dean then goes to visit one of Dr. Greg’s test subjects. The man tells Dean that Dr. Greg was doing studies on people who can’t dream. The doctor would give him yellow tea that caused him to have vivid dreams, which he describes as being like a bad acid trip.
Sam tells Dean that he found a plant the doctor was using that could let you dream walk with enough practice.
Sam points out that normally they would be calling Bobby for help at this point. Dean suggests they take the African dream root and go inside Bobby’s dreams. Dean suggests calling Bela for help, but she refuses them.
Bela shows up anyway and brings them the dreamroot. She says it’s for Bobby because he saved her life once. Sam and Dean are about to drink it when Sam remembers to add Bobby’s hair. Dean reacts as one would, a little weirded out. Deciding hair is better than other parts of the body, they drink the tea.
After drinking it, they notice it’s raining upside down and they are now in Bobby’s house. Sam goes outside to look for Bobby, and as soon as he walks out, instead of raining, it’s now sunny and technicolor. Instead of a junkyard, there’s a white picket fence. Then, the door slams shut behind Sam and he’s locked outside.
Inside the house, Dean finds Bobby hiding in a closet. He’s freaking out. Dean tells him about the dreamt and that it’s a dream, but Bobby isn’t convinced. Bobby points to a woman covered in bloody wounds approaching them. Dean asks Bobby who it is and he tells Dean that it’s his wife.
Sam is attacked outside by a man with a baseball bat. It’s the test subject.
Back in the house, Dean is shouting at Bobby who wants Dean to just let him die. Bobby is clearly wracked with guilt. From the conversation between Bobby and his wife, we learned that Bobby killed her because she was possessed, and he didn’t know then what he knows now so he couldn’t save her. That’s how he got into hunting. Dean shakes him out of it, yelling that he won’t let Bobby die because he’s like a father to him. Bobby finally believes Dean that he’s dreaming and is able to wake himself up. Sam and Dean are suddenly startled awake at the same time.
Because Dean and Bobby are vulnerable to Jeremy, they have to stay awake. Cut to two days later – they still haven’t found Jeremy and Dean is CRANKY.
Bobby asks Bela why she’s helping and Bela is surprised he doesn’t remember. She reminds him of Flagstaff and Bobby responds like he remembers, but his facial expression says otherwise.
Sam suggests that Dean go to sleep so that Jeremy will come to them. Dean is against it because he doesn’t want Sam in his head. Sam tells him too bad and they do it anyway. Once they are in the dream, they see Cindy with a picnic set upand the song ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ playing. Dean seems kind of embarrassed about the dream, but for Sam it’s more that he’s seeing another side of his brother. Then Cindy and the picnic disappear and they see Jeremy.
As Dean runs after him, the forest turns into hallways with the forest scenery on the walls. He goes into a room where a man is sitting at a desk with his back to Dean. He keeps turning a desk lamp on and off. Dean thinks it’s Jeremy, but the man turns around and it’s actually Dean. Dream Dean says they have to talk and locks the door so Dean can’t leave. Sam gets kicked out of the dream and wakes up. He sees Dean is still asleep and when he goes to wake him up, instead of Dean, it’s Jeremy. As Jeremy attacks him and ties him up with his mind, it turns out that Sam is actually still sleeping, too.
As Dream Dean gets inside Dean’s head, he picks at all Dean’s issues regarding Sam and his father. Dean finally snaps and starts yelling at Dream Dean that he didn’t deserve what his father put on him and he shoots Dream Dean. Dream Dean then wakes up and his eyes are black. He tells Dean that’s what he will become.
Sam is still being beaten by Jeremy with the baseball bat. Jeremy is saying that he can do anything in the dream. Sam reminds him that he took the dreamroot, too, and then his dad comes out of the woods yelling for Jeremy, who looks scared. Sam then gets the baseball bat and hits Jeremy in the head with it. Sam and dean both wake up.
Bobby asks Sam if his manipulating the dream had to do with his psychic ability. When Sam says he doesn’t think so, Bobby is pleased. Then he wonders why Bela helped them. Dean says it’s because of Flagstaff. Bobby says that all that happened in Flagstaff is that he gave Bela a good deal on an amulet. They start searching, and it turns out that Bela stole the Colt.
Bela walks in and comes on to Sam. They start having sex, and Bela is calling his name. Suddenly, the voice calling his name is Dean, and as Sam wakes up, his hand is covered in his own drool. When Bela later shows up, Sam is ridiculously tense, especially when she says the same thing as in his dream and takes off her coat. In real life, she is fully dressed, however. When Bela leaves, Sam says something stupid and somewhat nonsensical. Dean gives him a hilarious look.
Bobby tells them that the way that Jeremy Frost got into his head was with a beer that Bobby drank. Bobby is saying it’s the dumbest thing he ever did, and Dean, who did the same thing, tells him it wasn’t that dumb.
After his dream experience, Dean finally tells Sam that he doesn’t want to die. Sam doesn’t make a big deal about it, but just says, alright, we’ll find a way to save you.
Impersonation of the Week:
Dean gets a call for ‘Mr. Schneiderson’ about Bobby.
Dean poses as a Pittsburgh policeman.
Sam is drinking whiskey in a bar. Dean joins him for a double.
Notable Guest Stars:
Lauren Cohen is back as Bela.
“I take it we believe the legends.” – Dean
“When don’t we?” – Sam
“Bela. Crap. Are you actually suggesting we ask her for a favor?” – Sam
“I’m feeling dirty just thinking about it, but yeah.” – Dean
“I want to know what the strings are before you attach them.” – Dean
“Okay, I don’t know what’s weirder, the fact that we’re in Bobby’s head, or that he dreaming of Better Homes and Gardens.” – Dean
“Everybody got into hunting somehow.” – Bobby
“Before I knew it was him, he offered me a beer. I drank it. Dumbest friggin’ thing.” – Bobby
“Oh, I don’t know. It wasn’t that dumb.” – Dean
“Dean, you didn’t.” – Sam
“I was thirsty.” – Dean
“Dean, you sure you don’t want me dot drive? You seem a little…caffeinated.” – Sam
“Oh, thanks for the news flash, Edison.” – Dean
“Great! Well, I’m just gonna go blow my brains out now!” – Dean