This episode brings our first up close encounter with hellhounds, a demonic creature we will become very familiar with. The opening scene is a man playing jazz in a club in Mississippi in 1938. The noises of something moving can be heard outside the club. The man goes home and barking can be heard. He reaches his house and the barking gets more intense. The dogs can be heard banging at the door. A woman comes in and says to call a doctor and he tells her it was black dogs, but the other people can’t see anything as the man, Robert, dies.
Sam is on the computer and looking at Dean’s mug shot.
Sam reads the details of a case where a man was attacked by a black dog and then jumped off the roof of a luxury apartment building that he had designed.
The brothers interview the dead man’s business partner, who tells them ten years ago he was working in a dive bar and then seemingly overnight he was designing amazing buildings.
They talk to the assistant of a doctor that died after reporting seeing a dog. The assistant says the doctor got the position ten years ago. There is a picture of her at Lloyd’s Bar, the same place the architect had worked. Coincidence?
The brothers go visit Lloyd’s Bar, which happens to be located next to a crossroads. There are also yellow flowers used for summoning rituals growing along the side of the road. The brothers dig up the middle of the crossroads where they find a creepy voodoo box. The people are making deals with demons. Sam says the people aren’t seeing dogs, they’re seeing hellhounds.
There is a flashback to the crossroad in 1930, where Robert Johnson conjures a demon. He wants to be a blues guitarist and the demon grants him that. In the flashback, he isn’t told about the ten-year catch.
They take the photo of a man in the voodoo box and go to find him in his apartment. The man’s name is George Darrow. The brothers find pepper on the floor outside his door. It turns out the pepper is goofer dust. George tells them it’s hoodoo that his grandmother taught him, and it keeps out demons.
George tells the brothers that after he made his deal the demon didn’t leave. It stayed around making more deals. George tells them about the architect, the doctor and Evan Hudson.
They go to Evan Hudson’s house, where he shuts the door in their face, thinking they are demons. It turns out that he made the deal to save his wife, who had been dying of cancer.
This clearly hits home for Dean, who asks Evan if he ever thought about his wife in all of it. His questions show he is feeling guilty about John being dead while Dean is alive. Did John make a similar deal to save Dean? Sam says he has been thinking it, and Dean says it fits.
When Dean is talking to the demon and she says that she could have brought his father back, Dean is clearly tempted.
After helping Evan, Dean and Sam are driving and Dean wonders how John could have done it, trading himself for Dean. Sam says he did it for Dean, and Dean says exactly, because now Dean is the one who has to live with it.
Sam asks Dean if he ever considered making the deal with the demon to bring their father back. Dean doesn’t answer and looks away.
Dean tells Sam about Robert Johnson’s legend not being legend. He points out that there are occult references throughout his song lyrics, such as the famous song ‘Crossroad Blues.’
Dean goes to the cross road to summon the demon and trap it to buy time to save Evan. Dean tells the demon they should have their discussion in his car where it’s private. Dean asks to get Evan out of his deal, offering himself instead. The demon says, “Like father, like son,” confirming their suspicions that John made a deal with the yellow-eyed demon.
Meanwhile, Sam puts goofer dust down in Evan’s house. Evan hears the hellhounds outside the door. Sam can’t hear them but he can see the door shaking.
Before the demon gets in the car, she realizes that Dean has set a devil’s trap and won’t get in. The demon then is baiting Dean, talking about how John sacrificed himself for Dean and Dean just keeps backing up. When Dean asks her about bringing his father back, she walks over to him, but he’s standing under a wooden structure and the demon walks in, where Dean has another devil’s trap, which traps the demon. He then says he will free her if she breaks Evan’s deal. When she refuses, Dean begins exorcising her. Before he completes the exorcism, she relents. Dean lets her out, but she won’t let up about John. Dean is getting ready to finish the exorcism after all when she is suddenly pulled out of the body she’s possessing.
Dean has no idea what MySpace is, doubly funny as it’s so dated now.
Dean tells George that he must have reached for the wrong shaker, as there is pepper outside his door instead of salt.
Impersonation of the Week:
The brothers pose as reporters for Architectural Digest, pretending they are writing a tribute to the dead guy.
The brothers pose as Animal Control responding to a complaint about a stray dog.
The first scene with the brothers has them sitting in a diner where Dean is eating fries.
Best Music Moments:
The opening scene has a great jazz sequence.
Robert Johnson plays throughout the episode.
State of the Week:
“I bet they could hump the crap out of your leg. Look at that one.” – Dean
*Sam doesn’t answer*
“What? They could.” – Dean
“That doctor lady? Where ever she’s running? She ain’t running fast enough.” – Dean
“I know that you boys just want to help, but sometimes a person makes their bed and they just got to lie down in it.” – George
“You think you could throw in a set of steak knives?” – Dean
“Now you’re really trapped. That’s gotta hurt.” – Dean
“I usually like to be warned before I’m violated with demon tongue.” – Dean
“How many people do you think Dad saved, in total?” – Sam
“That’s not the point, Sam.” – Dean
“Evan Hudson is safe because of what Dad taught us. That’s his legacy, Dean.” – Sam
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