Writers: Daniel LoflinAndrew Dabb
Director: Philip Sgriccia  
First aired: Thursday October 23, 2008.

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the mysterious deaths of several men who apparently dropped dead of fright. They visit one of the victims in the morgue, and Dean becomes infected with the illness which starts as a general anxiety, then moves on to full-blown terror that eventually stops the heart.

Sam and Bobby (Jim Beaver) must find the root of the disease before Dean dies and is sent back to Hell.

Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin.



Recap by Smallvile-29

4.06 – Yellow Fever

Intro, Then featuring clips from “Lazarus Rising”, “Jus In Bello”, “No Rest For The Wicked”, “Fresh Blood”, and “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester” Now, Dean is wearing a suit and is running. He looks scared and we hear barking coming from behind him, he trips and it’s reveled that it’s just a puppy. Dean runs away.

“Yellow Fever”
Rock Ridge, Colorado. Sam and Dean are posing as agents looking into a death. There at the morgue, apparently Frank was in perfect health and he died of a heart attack. There doing an autopsy, he has a mark from a wedding ring but the boys thought he wasn’t married, the doctor hands Dean the heart of the guy to hold and Dean is disgusted, Sam about smiles when he gets squirted with blood. We’re at the sheriff’s office now, Sam and Dean head into his office after they take of there shoes at his request. The guy is a germ freak. They ask about Frank and the sheriff says they were good friends, there asking more questions and they find out he was really scared near the end. They are leaving the office and trying to figure out whats going on. Dean has them go down a different road because he “doesn’t like the looks of those teenagers.” There talking to the guy across from his window and he also says that the dude was freaking out. He owns lots of pets and Dean looks terrified at the animals. Guy also says that Frank used to be a bully, but he got better. They ask if it could have been revenge, guy says no, and with his wife who died like 25yrs ago it had gotten better. Snake is crawling on Dean and he is very uncomfortable. Boys are back in the Impala and they found out Franks wife was strangled and Frank was working when it happened so it wasn’t him. Dean is driving the speed limit and Sam doesn’t get it. The EMF reader goes off in Sam’s pocket. It’s Dean that’s causing it.

Commercial #1

Sam is talking to Bobby on the phone and he just got donuts. He hears “Eye of the Tiger” playing, Dean is rocking out to it in the Impala. Dean was scratching his arms and apparently it’s a ghost sickness. You get anxious, scared, then you have a heart attack. It started with Frank, he gave it to some other people and then Dean got it from his body. He has 24hrs. He wonders why he was affected and Sam wasn’t. Apparently all the victims were bully’s, that’s why Dean got it. They need to find the ghost that started it, they’ll start at Franks wife. Dean wont go up to there room because it’s on the 4th floor. Dean is on the couch, he hears his heart beating, then starts to see words on the book is bold. “Your dying.”, “Baby gonna cry?”. Sam comes in and the clock is broken and Dean’s drinking. Franks wife Jesse was cremated, so it couldn’t have been her. Dean stats coughing, he runs to the sink and spits up a wood chip. Sam thinks it’s a clue, this is part of the disease that’s trying to tell them something. There now at the Lumber Mill. Dean is scared of how big it is, he doesn’t want to go in. Sam says that because he is Sam’s backup he has to come on. There loading up and Sam tries to hand Dean his gun, but Dean wants to hold the flashlight instead. They start to go in, the EMF is going off because of Dean so that’s useless. There slowly making there way, they find Franks ring, they get to the lockers and hear a noise. Sam opens it up and a cat jumps out, Dean screams VERY loud and says “that was scary.” There still looking around, Dean finds an ID from a worker and by it are pictures of Jesse. The Mill starts to run and the man on the ID is in the corner, Dean runs, Sam walks towards him and he turns to Sam, Sam shots him and he disappears.

Commercial #2

Sheriff’s office, there getting a file and Dean is drunk. There looking into the employee at the mill, they take the file and leave. The sheriff is scratching his arms, he’s infected too and he’s hallucinating. Sam and Dean are at the hospital, going to talk to a Mr. Garvin who’s brother Luther was the one at the mill that went after Sam. What happened was, his brother was big and a little bit different. Everyone called him a “monster.” He drew some pictures of Jesse, when she died Frank saw them and he thought it was Luther who did something, they didn’t know yet that she killed herself. Frank grabbed Luther and chained up to the back of his truck and drug him back and forth along the parking lot, nobody was ever charged with the murder. The arm scratching is road rash, but because he was drug across the road his bones are everywhere so they can’t burn them. Dean doesn’t want to hunt ghost, he’s telling Sam how they search out things that want to kill them, he wants out. He starts to walk down the road alone. We’re back to the beginning of the episode, the puppy comes out of nowhere and looks at Dean. Back at the apartment, Sam asks how he get there, “Ran.” replies Dean. He thinks he’s going to die and Sam agrees with him, Sam has his eyes flick and he says “This is what I’m going to become.” and he pushes him against the wall. It was an hallucination and Sam is there trying to get Dean to calm down.

Commercial #3

Bobby is with Sam, Dean is at the apartment watching cartoons and getting scared. Bobby asks how long he has left, about 2hrs says Sam. Bobby found a book, he can also read Japanese, but the ghost he thinks it is, is born of fear. So they can kill it by scaring it to death. Sam calls Dean and tells him they have a good plan. There plan isn’t too great at all, Sam is at the mill walking around looking for Luther, Dean is sitting at the apartment when he hears a dog, the door breaks open and it’s the sheriff. He asks why Dean is looking into Luther’s death. The sheriff didn’t bust Frank cause they were friends, Dean and the sheriff start to fight and Dean throws him onto a table. The sheriff’s heart is beating faster and faster, he dies. Sam is in the room where Luther was before and he drops his gun because he thinks Luther is hiding. He starts to rip the picture drawn of Jesse and the Mill starts up. Luther is there, Dean is sitting on the bed scratching more and more, he picks up the bible. (finally!) Lilith appears behind him, she hugs him and starts talking to him about hell. “4months is like 4years… and you remember every second of it… your still going to burn…” His heart is beating faster and faster, Luther is beating up Sam, Luther grabs him and throws a chain around his head. Bobby starts to drive and he’s dragging Luther across the road, Deans hears it beating faster and faster and then Luther disappears. Dean takes a deep breath, all the scratches are gone.

Commercial #4

Bobby and Sam tell Dean what they did, Dean is feeling better. Bobby heads off, Sam asks Dean what really happend when he was hilusinating, Dean looks at Sam and sees his eyes flick. He lies about what he saw.

The End

Hiding who you really are? You don’t have too. Cause you, you matter.

4.06 – Yellow Fever – Gaelicspirit review
Stream of Consciousness, episode review 4.06

Not. To. Be. Missed.

I can’t stop grinning.

Hiya peeps. I’m trying to wipe the mile-wide grin off of my face. This show just brings it. Every time.

Okay, before I get into the ramble, can anyone tell me where I can find Tina Charles’ blog? I haven’t been able to read/find it since “In the Beginning” and I know I’m doing somthing wrong…

I just have to say God feakin’ BLESS the inventors of the DVR. I will be watching this one again and again. You ready? Here goes.

Overall Thoughts/Observations

No music for the previouslies. I soon forgot about that, though. Because of the awesomeness of this episode. And those of you who recently read my LJ post about my journey to Indiana will forgive my over-use of the word “awesome.”

Oh — random — I need to go back and listen, but does anyone know what the song on Dean’s ring tone was? I’m way too music obsessive, but… I kinda need to know.

Moving on! Dean running from Hell Hounds. Poor guy — of course the thoughts of hell and those vicious beasties would be the thing that sends him running. The sight of the little ankle-biter with a bow on top though totally set the mood for Dean’s plight this epi.

Agents Tyler and Perry. HA! *turns up Aerosmith’s Dream On* Their “been there done that… oh, wait that’s really gross” facial expressions while observing the autopsy was classic. Throughout this entire episode, Sam was control, classy, calm, polite. Grown up. Just so… grown up. I wanted to pet him several times.

Okay, so Dean got to hold the heart — significant, I suppose, that he’s the one with the heart trouble. There’s someone over at Tina’s blog (Hugo maybe?) that had this whole Dean’s heart theory going last year. But… he had heart trouble, his heart had most recently stopped, and now, it was in danger of stopping again. ‘Course the fact that Sam got the (gack) “spleen juice” on him and didn’t get infected… hmmm.

The germophobe sheriff was interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone use that much hand sanitizer. My skin ached watching him rub all that alcohol in. Dean giggling at the name “gamecocks” was so pure 14-year-old boy that I giggled, too. Despite Sam’s “you did NOT just do that” glare.

Plus? He said that Frank had a big heart. Heh. *giggles again* Okay, I’m done. Sorry. Dean was just… yeah, Bobby was right. He was freakin’ adorable in this episode.

So… we get the low down — the vics were scared to death and the boys are trying to narrow down from a list of apparently 100 possible baddies what could be responsible. Our first clue that our hero was infected? When he didn’t like the look of the teenagers. Heh.

The snake man would have made me skeevy, too, but his reveal that Frank had been a bully in high school had me going “ah, okay, so that’s it.” They’ve done that angle before… I’m trying to remember when, but I’m still buzzing a bit from the show. But I remember they had Dean affected by someone or something or zeroed in by someone or something because he’s more of the heavy than Sam. He has used fear as a weapon more often than Sam.

But… I think they tried to plant the seed of doubt that perhaps Sam’s immunity to certain things — like the psychotic illness in Croatoan — prevented him from getting this. Like I said to someone before, I don’t spend a lot of time delving into the “whys” and “hows” until the season is done. I just watch the story unfold.

Anyway, the snake neighbor saying Frank had been scared of the witch of the west and the boys nods of, yeah, that makes sense, had me laughing. That witch gave me my first true nightmares. The kind that made me sleep with a Bible under my bullet-proof covers.

Oh, come on — you know you did the same thing.

Learning that Frank’s wife committed suicide, I knew would be important, but I was too busy feeling for Dean as he sat utterly frozen while Marie the Boa Constrictor slid across the inside of his leg. Ack!

Dean driving 20mph. That was just… wrong on so many levels. “Did I just say that? That was weird.” HAHAH! Okay, how freakin’ CUTE was Dean waiting in the car air-drumming to “Eye of the Tiger”??? Not to mention what came at the end. But I’ll get to that.

Dean has scratches… eek. And ouch. And eek. I love that Bobby, once again, has all the answers. Sam sharing with Dean that Bobby said it was “ghost sickness” and Dean’s, “God no…. I don’t even know what that is.”

Bwah! This just got better. And then… his little boy confession of their room being on the 4th floor and that it was high… and Sam saying he’d see if they could get a lower floor and Dean’s quick, “Thanks.”

I just loved this whole middle act of the epi. Sam shifting easily into “care for you” mode like we rarely seen. Dean regressing in such a big way. Just… adorable. The lines in the book he was researching while waiting for Sam to get food (again) kinda broke my heart.

It’s funny what your own insecurities will do to you. Not funny, ha ha, but funny strange. “You’re dying. Again. Loser. You gonna cry? Baby gonna cry?” What a freakin’ rollercoaster ride — ghost sickness or not. To have had to live a year with a death sentence, travling through all the stages of grief with no way out. Dying an inexplicably horrible and painful death. Experiencing a Hell that we’re only just getting a glimpse of. Being saved. Returned to your home, your purpose, your family, your brother. And then having to face that all over again.

My heart hurt for him. Even though I knew it wasn’t “real.” It… felt real.

Dean’s pitiful “I don’t wanna be a clue.” *pets him* How much did you just want to wrap your arms around him and pat his back with a “it’s gonna be okay” right then?

Coughing up wood chips… OUCH. Sam’s worry was nicely played there. I bet he was seeing the coughing up blood scene from the witch epi. Seeing Dean gasp for breath like that — scary.

Oh… speaking of scary… I seriously thought I was going to burst something when they went to the mill, Dean “manning the flashlight,” Sam taking point, finding the rattling locker, and that full-on girly scream of terror emitting from Dean followed by a “That was scary.”

*has to pause for repeat of laughter* He sounded like my two-year old saying “It scare me, mama.” *wipes eyes* Yeah. That was freakin’ funny.

Luthor facing the corner? Anyone think Blair Witch? I got a little spooked by that. Gack! Dean running away and leaving Sam… the sickness was obviously getting worse. So much so that he downed a whole bottle of whiskey and was barely able to stand in the sheriff’s office, inspecting his hand, and telling the deputy he was “awesome.” *laugh*

I was trying to piece together the mystery once we saw Luthor’s ghost with the sketches of Jessie, Frank’s wife, but I got really confused when the germophobe sherrif saw his own reflection taunting him with a “they know what you did.” Huh? I figured it out later when he came to beat the hell out of Dean, but I am usually quicker than that, and I didn’t get it at first.

I liked how young Dean’s eyes looked when Sam told him to take a deep breath.

Sam: “You feel better?”

Dean: Head shake.

Gaelic: Awww!

So… the Luthor story reminded me a bit of Of Mice and Men with the big gentle monster of a man and the kitten and the love for the woman. But God, what a way to die. Dragged by the truck? Horrible. Just horrible! So, Frank was never arrested and thus, the vengence.

And was it me, or did anyone else think it was funny that the couple was named Frank and Jessie? Just me? Okay.

Dean’s explosion of “our lives suck” and “who does this” after the reveal that he was reliving Luther’s death in slow motion just tugged at me. His “we’re insane” and Sam’s yeah, true nod was just so well timed. But, while it was played up for comic relief, there were things in his speech that hit marks.

How he always drives too fast and listens to the same songs and how Sam’s “gassy” (heh)… isn’t it funny how you just learn to live with people because you love them? Habits or quirks that your partner has or does that you would literally want to kill someone else for, you tolerate in them. Snoring, not changing the toilet paper, watching soccer, listening to Staind, getting dressed from the clean clothes pile on the couch… I mean, we all do it.

And this speech, though it ended in “I quit” just screamed “I love you, man” to me. Even though he didn’t realize it. Even though he was just talking because fear was gripping him hard. He was telling Sam in one of the most basic ways out there that he was his partner.

Sam returning to the motel with Dean covered in sweat saying he ran to there… poor guy!! But that was the creepiest moment. Sam calmly saying that it was about time for Dean to go back to hell. Sam with yellow eyes. Sam with white eyes. Sam saying this was what he wanted to become. Sam killing him…

Of course that’s his biggest fear. Losing his family to the darkness — he’s been afraid of that since the moment in the hospital when John saddled him with the “save him or kill him” mandate. And now? With all that he knows? With angels and devils fighting to the death all around them? With the new powers Sam has? The idea that Sam might choose to go that route… the Dean might have to fight him not because he was taken, but because he decided to go there… the idea is terrifying.


Y’know… there’s a line from a song called “Running up that Hill” that haunts me for different personal reasons. But in writing this… I just thought of it. They lyric is “and if I only could, make a deal with God, and get him to swap our place… keep running up that road, keep running up that hill…”

They’ve made deals with the demons and the devils. What if… nah. I won’t go there. That’s too heavy and I’m in too good of a mood. But it’s something to think about. For me, anyway.

Okay, I’ll go more into Bobby in a minute, but YAY! Bobby!! I love that man! I loved the end scenes with his “this is a terrible plan” but going along with it. I loved Sam and Bobby battling the ghost — Sam getting his lanky ass kicked up one side and down the other before he could scream “Bobby, punch it!” — Bobby saving the day. Again!!

I loved that all that wove into Dean’s final moments — his scratching, his fight with the sheriff, his struggle to both survive and calm down the agitated man, his horror at watching the sheriff’s heart stop… and then… Lilith. The creepiest little girl since The Ring.

“Four months is like 40 years…” “You remember every second…” Ohhh I want to know more!! I want to know if he really DOES remember or if she was just being her nasty little evil self!! I want to know what happened to him, what he went through, how he survived, how he changed. I want to see his pain. I know, I know, I’m sick, but I do!!

I know they’ll show us eventually, but man! Waiting is torture!!

“Go team!” Hee. The whole “How you feeling?” “I’ll kill anything!” “Aww… he’s adorable…” exchange was just so… family. The good parts of family. The parts you want around you.

But the odd yellow flash of Sam’s eyes before Dean said “howler monkeys” and deflected Sam’s “what did you see” question with a “nothing I couldn’t handle” had me wondering. How will Dean’s fear/perception that this could come about affect his trust in his brother when he has all his faculties in place?

The Players:

Dean: Okay, I gotta do it. I gotta slide in the standard JA amazes me comment. This guy really does have it all. The humor, the angst, the sex, the tears. He sends your heart pounding for so many different reasons with a glance. He holds you in the hollow of his eyes — all you have to do is look at him once. Just once. And you’re lost. I mean… wow.

The look of controlled dread and fear at the end, lips curled around the swig of beer… guh. The man is beautiful. He makes me shiver.

Sam: I think that planting seeds of wonder and doubt around Sam, furtilizing them with innocent glances and furtive eyes, and letting them grow in the protection of Dean’s fear and resistence is a fantastic way to set us up for a reveal come the mid-season sweeps.

Just before they leave us begging for more with a month-long hiatus.

Thinking about Sam… he spent four months without his brother. Had to watch him die, failed him by all accounts because he promised more than once that he was going to save Dean, that Dean wasn’t going to go to Hell. He had to learn how to fight on his own, by himself, without back-up, without protection, without the reassurance of the only family he had left, his best friend and partner.

And then Dean is returned. I think Sam is behaving so in line with how one in that situation WOULD behave. He wouldn’t immediately regress into little brother mode. He’s got this now. He’s happy Dean’s not dead, of course, but in many ways, he doesn’t think he needs him anymore. Not like he used to.

And I think he recognizes on a few levels that Dean has some serious issues to work through that he’s not facing. I gotta say. I’m liking Sam’s reticense. I’m concerned about where his head’s at, but I think we’re going down a fantastically entertaining road.

Bobby: He is so awesome! He knows Japanese!! Hee! Oh, and the funny thing? When he revealed the spirit they had to defeat? The Japanese spirit? I was this close to using that spirit when I wrote In the Light — I changed it to an ikiroyh because I could do more with it (I thought). But HA! Bobby’s a show off and I love it.

Lilith: The fact that Dean saw her when he was hallucinating leads me to believe that she was in Hell with our boy. That she is doing more than just opening seals and trying to bring back ol’ Lucifer. She has the power to play with Dean’s mind. What a villian. Grrrr.


And now to squee and gush about the last bit. I read that Jared’s cue to stop Jensen from playing air drums was that tap on the roof of the car… and then he thought “what if I didn’t give him the cue… what would happen.”

Voila! We get a fanfriggintastic, lipsynching, leg-guitar playing, ’80’s rock hero Jensen, climbing out of the Impala window like a Duke, popping his collar and lifting us up with his rendition of the most awesome prepare to fight song… ever.

And did you hear Jared laughing and “whoo-hoo”ing in the background?! That was the best!! I love these guys. Jensen’s sunny “I can’t believe I just did that” grin when he stepped away was fabulous. What a treat! I love that they did that — I mean, I love waiting for and watching the gag reals, but I love that they let us into some of the fantastic aspects that are our boys.


Not to be missed, that.

Thanks for wading through the ramble.

Guest Stars


Jim Beaver
as Bobby | gallery

Darcy Cadman
as Deputy Linus | gallery

Jack Conley
as Sheriff Britton | gallery

Steph DuVall
as Jack Garland | gallery

David Mattey
as Luther Garland | gallery

Sierra McCormick
as Lilith | gallery

Michael Roberds
as Mark Hutchens | gallery

Brady Schlecker
as Frank O’Brien | gallery

Jerry Wasserman

as Coroner | gallery

Darren Daurie

Unkown | gallery

Wade Fenning
Unkown | gallery







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Eye of the Tiger, by Survivor



Dean: (referring to the gun) I’m not carrying that. It could go off. I’ll man the flashlight.
Sam: You do that.

Dean: But why me? Why not you? I mean you got hit with the spleen juice.
Sam: Yeah, uh, you see Bobby and I have a theory about that too. Turns out all three victims shared a certain…personality type. Fred was a bully, the other two victims, one was a vice principal the other was a bouncer.
Dean: Okay?
Sam: Basically they were all dicks.
Dean: So you’re saying I’m a dick?
Sam: No, no, no it’s not just that. All three victims used fear as a weapon. And now this disease is just returning the favor.
Dean: I don’t scare people.
Sam: Dean, all we do is scare people.
Dean: Okay, well, then you’re a dick too.
Sam: Apparently I’m not.
Dean: Whatever.

Sam: How ya feelin’?
Dean: Awesome. It’s nice to have my head on the chopping block again, I almost forgot what that feels like. It’s friggin delightful.

Coroner: Everyone drops dead sooner or later. That’s why I’ve got job security.

Coroner: Oh, sorry. Spleen juice.

Sheriff Britton: Me and Frank, we were friends. Hell, we were Gamecocks. (Dean snickers) That’s our softball team’s name.
Dean: Mmm.
Sheriff Britton: They’re majestic animals.

Sam: It’s ghost sickness.
Dean: Ghost sickness?
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: God, no.
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: I don’t even know what that is.

Dean: I mean, come on, we hunt monsters. What the hell?!? I mean, normal people, they see a monster and run. No, no, we search out things that want to kill us. Yeah? Huh? Or eat us! You know who does that? Crazy people! We… are insane. You know, then there’s the bad diner food and then the skeevy motel rooms and the truck-stop waitress with the bizarre rash. I mean, who wants this life, Sam? Huh? Seriously? Do you actually like being stuck in a car with me eight hours a day, every single day. I don’t think so. I mean, I drive too fast and I listen to the same five albums over and over and over again and, and I sing along and I’m annoying, I know that. And you… you’re gassy. You eat half a burrito and you get toxic!

Sam: We’ve been completely ignoring the biggest clue we have… you.
Dean: I don’t want to be a clue.

Sam: Yeah. How you feeling, by the way?
Dean: Fine.
Bobby: You sure, Dean? ‘Cause this line of work can get awful scary.
Dean I’m fine. You want to go hunting? I’ll hunt. I’ll kill anything.
Sam Aw.
Bobby He’s adorable.

Sam: Dude, you’re going twenty.
Dean: And?
Sam: That’s the speed limit.
Dean: What? Safety’s a crime now?
Sam: Dude, where are you going? That was our hotel.
Dean: Sam, I’m not gonna make a left-hand turn into oncoming traffic, I’m not suicidal. Did I just say that? That was kinda weird.



For some reason the closed caption says that Waylon Jenning’s Slow Rollin’ Low is playing in the police station when Dean and Sam go into the sheriff’s office. No such music is playing.

Autopsies are suppose to be recorded when doing the procedure. The doctor did not record himself, instead he was talking with Sam and Dean.

The end shows a small clip of Jensen Ackles dancing and singing to Eye of the Tiger.



Hutchinson: You’re scared of Donny? Don’t be, he’s a sweetheart. It’s Marie you got to look out for. She smells fear.
Donald Clark “Donny” Osmond and Olive Marie Osmond are a brother-sister duo of singers, actors, and television hosts. They also had very successful solo careers and have worked with other members of their show business family.

Hutchinson: Tyler and Perry? Just like Aerosmith!
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are the lead singer and guitarist, respectively, of Aerosmith, a hard rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970.


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