Supernatural – Season 4 – Episode 6
The episode opens with a funny scene that shows Dean is far from over the psychological trauma of going to Hell.
Sam and Dean are in Colorado to investigate the deaths of people that should have been perfectly healthy dropping dead of seemingly natural causes. They ask the coroner to do an autopsy of a man that died of a heart attack. However, when the doctor opens him up, he finds that the man’s heart doesn’t have any blockages and looks healthy.
They talk to the Sheriff about the death of Frank, the man with the heart attack, and find that Frank was frightened of something before he died.
As they are discussing the case, Dean shows his first sign of being jittery when he avoids teenagers that are just standing there, doing nothing. Then, when they are interviewing Mark Hutchence, Frank’s neighbor, Dean seems overly freaked out by the animals in the house, and not just the snake and spider, but also the frogs. Dean then freaks out when Sam opens the car door. As they are driving, even Dean realizes he’s acting weird, and then the EMF scanner goes off. Dean is causing it.
Dean wakes up with the same marks on his arm as the other dead people. Sam talks to Bobby and they figured out that Dean has ghost sickness. They figure out that to stop the ghost sickness, they have to kill the ghost that started it.
Dean starts having hallucinations and then coughs up a wood chip. The brothers go to an old abandoned lumber mill and find a wedding ring that turns out to belong to Frank, the dead guy from the first scene. Dean then finds a painting of Frank’s dead wife. When he picks it up, it turns on the saws, which freaks Dean out. Then Dean sees a man behind Sam. At the look on Dean’s face, Sam turns around. It is, unsurprisingly, a ghost. It comes after Sam, who shoots it. Dean, meanwhile, has already gone running from the lumber mill to the car, where he is downing bourbon.
The brothers go to the Sheriff’s station and get the file for Luther Garlands, the ID Sam found at the lumber mill and presumably the ghost. After they leave, the camera cuts to the sheriff, frantically rubbing at his wrist. He also has ghost sickness.
The brothers go to visit Garland’s brother, who is living in an institution. He tells the Winchesters that Frank killed Luther Garlands after his wife, Jessie, went missing. He also tells the brothers that he used to hate Frank, but he doesn’t anymore because he just did it out of fear, which “spreads and spreads.”
Dean realizes that the scratches he has are road rash. Dean is experiencing Luther’s death in slow motion. Dean then proceeds to have an epic freakout.
Bobby shows up to help Sam, while Dean is “home sick”. Dean is having hallucinations while Sam and Bobby try to scare the ghost to death, so to speak.
The Sheriff shows up at the hotel room, freaking out with hallucinations of his own, and then dies right on the floor in front of Dean. Dean continues freaking out as Lilith shows up and tells him he’s going back to hell.
Meanwhile, Sam and Bobby are enacting Sam’s plan, which is to get the chain around the ghost’s neck and for Bobby to drive as fast as he can, putting the ghost through his own death again, scaring him, and it works.
Story & Character Analysis:
This episode plays for laughs much more than usual, and that means a little less character development. However, there are still a few issues that arise.
Dean’s fears about Sam are personified in Dean’s hallucination of Sam as Yellow Eyes. This is emphasized at the end of the episode, when Dean is theoretically better and no longer infected by ghost sickness, and yet he briefly sees Sam’s eyes turn yellow.
Additionally, when Dean has a hallucination of Lilith at the end of the episode, she brings up his time in Hell, and it leaves the implication that Dean has a secret he isn’t telling Sam or Bobby.
The scary killer dog.
Dean is running from a dog in terror. He passes a homeless man and warns him that the dog will kill him. Then the dog runs into the light and it’s a tiny cute dog with a bow on its head. Dean keeps running anyway, clearly still scared.
Dean is basically comedic relief the entire episode. However, Dean’s ridiculous screaming at the cat in the locker is a highlight.
Impersonation of the Week:
Sam and Dean pose as F.B.I. agents.
Pop Culture references:
State of the Week:
“I don’t like the looks of those teenagers down there. Let’s walk this way.” – Dean
“Wizard of Oz was on TV the other night, and he said that green bitch was totally out to get him.” – Mark Hutchence
“Anything else scare him?” – Sam
“Everything scared him. Al Qaeda, ferrets, artificial sweetener, those Pez dispensers with their dead little eyes. Lots of stuff.” – Mark Hutchence
“Am I haunted? AM I HAUNTED?” – Dean
“It’s ghost sickness.” – Sam
“Ghost sickness. No. [pause] I don’t even know what that is.” – Dean
“What are you doing waiting out here?” – Sam
“Our room’s on the fourth floor. It’s high.” – Dean
“I don’t wanna be a clue.” – Dean
“Oh, I’m not carrying that. It could go off. I’ll man the flashlight.” – Dean
“You do that.” – Sam
“We search out things that want to kill us! Or eat us! You know who does that? Crazy people! We are insane!” – Dean
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