Details

DETAILS

Writers: Julie Siege
Director: Charles Beeson  
First aired: Thursday October 30, 2008.

It’s a few days before Halloween and Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate two mysterious deaths in a small town. The brothers find hex bags and deduce a witch is sacrificing people to summon a dangerous demon named Samhain.

Castiel (guest star Misha Collins) arrives in town and tells Sam and Dean the freeing of Samhain is one of the Seals that will lead to freeing Lucifer, so Castiel has brought a specialist angel named Uriel (guest star Robert Wisdom) to smite the entire town.

Charles Beeson directed the episode written by Julie Siege.

Recap

RECAP/REVIEW

Recap:

Synopsis
Sam and Dean meet Castiel and his fellow angel Uriel, who warn the brothers to avoid intervening in a town where a witch is attempting to summon the demon Samhain, opening one of the Seals.

Full Recap
Two Days Before Halloween

The town is preparing for Halloween and a mother returns home as her husband Luke Wallace feeds their baby child. The wife puts the candy away and takes the baby upstairs. Once she’s gone, her husband gets into the candy and has a piece. Flinching in pain, he removes a razor blade from his mouth and then collapses to the floor, spitting up blood. His wife returns to find him dead on the floor.

One Day Before Halloween

Luke’s wife explains to Dean and Sam that her husband swallowed four swallowed four razor blades. Dean checks out the stove and finds a hex bag underneath the counter. Sam asks if Luke had any enemies or was involved in an affair but she fervently denies it. Mrs. Wallace points out that there are better ways to kill someone than planting a razor in candy he might not eat. Back at the hotel, Sam determines that the bag contains powerful relics suggesting a skilled witch, while Dean is unable to come up with anybody who wanted Luke dead.

Two girls are attending an early Halloween party and one of them, Tracy, goes bobbing for apples. She comes up with an apple and the other one Jenny wants to try. She goes down… and can’t get her head up. They try to pull her out and the water starts boiling. Dean and Sam arrive at the scene and Dean talks to the other girl, who doesn’t know any Luke Wallace. Sam finds another hex bag and they take it back to the hotel where Sam figures it isn’t revenge, it’s a series of sacrifices culminating at Halloween. The blood sacrifice summons the demon Samhain, the origin of Halloween. The ritual can only be performed once every six hundred years, and once Samhain is raised he can raise ghosts and zombies and every dark thing they’ve ever faced.

Halloween

Dean is watching Mrs. Wallace’s house when Sam calls in. They figure there’s some connection as someone had to deliver the hex bags. He watches as the babysitter arrives at the house: Tracy, who claimed not to know the Wallace. Dean checks in with Sam who discovers Tracy was suspended from school after a fight with a teacher. The brothers go to the school and speak with the art teacher, Don Harding. He says that Tracy’s work had gotten increasingly disturbingly and wrote dozens of bizarre symbols and primitive killings. Sam shows him a symbol from one of the items in the hex bags. The teacher reveals she lives in an apartment alone as an emancipated teen.

The Winchesters try to find Tracy without success. As they return to the hotel, a kid asks them for candy. Dean refuses to give him any and the boy glares at him. They enter the room and find Castiel and another man waiting for them. Sam falls all over himself introducing himself to Castiel, who congratulates him on stopping his extracurricular activities. Castiel and the other man asked if they’ve stopped the raising of Samhain and killed the witch. Castiel warns the witch knows who they are and shows them a hex bag he found in the wall of the room. Castiel explains that the raising of Samhain is one of the 66 seals. The witch is powerful enough to cloak herself from angels, but the other man has had enough. Castiel explains that he’s Uriel, a “specialist.” Castiel says they both need to leave town as they’re going to destroy it. They’re out of time and the seal must be saved. Uriel explains he’s purified cities before and they have to weigh the lives against the billions of others at risk. Castiel insists the plan comes from Heaven and it’s just, but Dean and Sam aren’t so sure. Castiel points out that Dean obeyed his father’s orders. Dean tells the angels that they’re not leaving, pointing out Castiel went to the trouble of breaking him out of Hell. Uriel threatens to drag him out but Dean warns that he’ll have to kill him to do it. Dean insists they’ll find the witch and Castiel agrees to give them the time over Uriel’s objections.

The guys return outside to find that the kid egged the Impala. As they get in, Sam admits he thought the angels would be different: righteous. He wonders if this has been what he’s praying to. Dean notes that it’s possible not all angels might be good. Sam notices that one of the items, a child’s bone, is charred with incredible heat, more than found in a fire or household stove. They go back to the school, figuring that the bone was charred in the art room’s kiln. The hex bag appeared in their room after they talked to Harding. Sam breaks open a cabinet and finds more children’s’ bones.

Uriel and Castiel watch children trick-or-treating and Castiel notes that the decision has been made. Uriel suggests they get Dean out of town and destroy the place, but Castiel asks if Uriel’s ready to disobey their true orders.

At the Wallace house, Harding is performing a ritual involving a bound and gagged Tracy. He prepares to stab her… and Dean and Sam arrive and Sam guns him down. Tracy reveals that Don was her brother and smashes them both down with her powers. She explains that Harding was going to make her the final sacrifice, but now she’s going to use her brother. She takes some of Harding’s blood and proceeds with the ritual. Sam manages to get to Harding’s corpse and smears some of the blood on his face and Dean’s. He tells Dean to follow his lead as the floor cracks open and a black demonic mist flows out and into Harding’s body. It rises up, a host for Samhain, and the demon advances on Tracy. It takes her and kisses her, compliments her, then snaps her neck. Samhain walks by Dean and Sam without seeing them. Once he’s gone, Sam explains that in Halloween lore people wore masks to hide from Samhain so he gambled the blood masks would conceal them.

As Samhain (still in Harding’s body) walks among the trick-or-treaters, Sam figures he’s heading for a cemetery to raise the dead. As they drive there, Sam says he might have to use his powers to stop it. Dean believes that Ruby’s knife should be enough and gives it to Sam. At the cemetery, Samhain arrives at the mausoleum where a party is going on. He locks the students in and then the corpses start to emerge. They kill one student and Dean gets the others out while Sam goes after Samhain. Sam finds Samhain in the chapel, and its powers don’t work on it. The two fight hand-to-hand while Dean impales zombies. A ghost arrives and throws Dean against the wall, and he decides to torch everyone. Sam tries to get to Ruby’s knife but Samhain knocks it away. Sam finally tries to immobilize Samhain with his psychic abilities and expel the demon. Samhain advances step by step against Sam’s powers as Dean arrives. Sam sees him as his nose starts to bleed, but he manages to expel Samhain once and for all.

One Day After Halloween

Later, Sam is packing up at the hotel when Uriel appears behind him. The angel notes that November 2nd is the anniversary of the days that Azazel killed Sam’s mother and girlfriend. Uriel accuses him of using Azazel’s profane blood despite the warnings. The angel notes that Sam will always remain alive as long as he’s useful. He also advises Sam to tell Dean to climb off of his high horse, and to ask Dean what he remembers from Hell.

Dean is in the park when Castiel appears next to him and explains that their orders were to do whatever Dean told them to do. It was a test to see how Dean would perform under pressure. Dean says he’d have made the same call and what is here and now is what matters. Castiel confesses he was praying that Dean and Sam would save the town. However, he warns that the seal was broken and they’re one step closer to Hell on Earth. The angel admits he has questions and doubts and doesn’t know what is right or wrong anymore. Castiel doesn’t know if Dean passed or fail, but warns that Dean will have more difficult decisions to make.

Review by Gaelic 

4.07 – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester – Gaelicspirit review
Stream of Consciousness, episode review 4.07

This one got me thinking. And I can’t wait to see how the story plays out. Can. Not. Wait.

After a very long day, our boys are just the balm I need, regardless of the background they’re playing against.

Before I get into my ramble, I’d like to say something. This is the first show that I’ve ever enjoyed to the point that reaches something close to obsession. The rearrange my life so that I don’t miss an episode kind of obsession.

And it’s also the first show I’ve ever been as involved in the fandom — or heck, even KNOWN what a fanfom was. And because of that involvement — because of fanfiction and the realization that I can create situations and feelings for these characters that are surprisingly fulfilling — I look at the show differently. I question some things.

But, I always enjoy it. And last week, after I posted my review, I was a silly girl and let some negative feedback on the episode bring me down. In my head, all thoughts are welcome. My heart hurts sometimes by what I read. SO! This week? I’m growing up, posting my thoughts, allowing others theirs, taking a breath, and moving on.

I have been thinking a lot about Sam’s plight between last Thursday and this. Thinking about how the creators of his character have been subtly shifting him–even before Dean’s deal was due.

Killing Jeremy in DALDOM. Killing Gordon in Fresh Blood. His immunity to Lilith’s (or any demon’s, apparently) White Light Of Doom (aka Demon Death Rays). Not to mention unspecified dealings with Ruby and using the Force to cast out demons.

There are just so many little things they’ve been teasing us with to show us how his life, this life, has begun to change him from the sensitive, heart-on-his-sleeve, save as many as he can to change his destiny boy, to a powerful, I have demon blood in me, whole new level of freak, I can use my powers to do “good” man.

And some of that shift happened in the four months we still aren’t privy to. I am so. friggin. curious.

But enough about that. Tonight, man. *shivers* These boys twist me up something fierce.

The Ramble

One thing that I noticed, and I don’t think I would have had I not read some comments on a ff.net forum — the Wallace kitchen looked a lot like the kitchen from the epi with the ruguru. And the hotel room? I know we’ve seen that before. However, I am willing to cut them slack on this because I read in an interview sent to me by the generous wolfpup that they turn this show out on a dime, budgeted to the hilt, and being a Project Manager in life, I know that cuts have to be made somewhere. So, instead of slamming them, I say, yay me for being uber observant. *wink* I wonder what else I can spot that has been used before over the last 4 years?

Okay, razorblades. Gah. Serious. Gah. The inside-the-mouth shot? SWEET! That was very unexpected and rather effective at producing the aformentioned Gah.

I didn’t know much about this epi, despite watching the “first looks” — but with Sam doing the quizzing and Dean poking around randomly, I figured they were looking for a hex bag.

Okay, Dean + Candy = Love. I’m not kidding. His “it’s Halloween, man!” had me grinning. He makes me giggle.

Usually, I start the show in a ball of anticipation. But either the wine, the let-down from the day, or the rhythm of the show had me watching the first 30 or so minutes in frank curiousity, rather than tight anxiety.

So, as the boys are checking out the hex bag, and I’m grinning at Dean’s “and that makes it better” comment about the charred infant bone, I find myself wondering how the boys found out about this hunt in the first place. Did they spot a news article about the dude that ate the razorblade-filled candy? ‘Cause they were there the very next day. How the hell…

See? That’s one of those things that I wonder if I would even have noticed or cared about before I started writing fanfiction.

Okay, so… bobbing for apples IS apparently sexy. If you’re blonde. And not hexed. Dean’s “I got this one” and Sam’s very guyish “Two words. Jail. Bait.” had me smiling again. I love it when they’re just guys.

Oh, total aside? Agent Seger? LOVE! I always thought Bob Seger fit Dean. Actually, I thought he fit John, but since Dream!Dean told Dean back in DALDOM that his music was his Dad’s… I guess that works.

Dean’s sarcasm toward his brother’s eager-beaver research was welcomed. If only because it felt so natural. “Wow. Insightful.”

Okay, I know nothing about the origin of Halloween. I mean, I’ve heard from my Bible belt family, and I’ve seen from numerous horror movies, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s about as fluid as vampire lore. But regardless of the validity of Samhain, I thought this theory made for good storytelling. Plus? Dean’s right. Leprechans are scary. Ever see Darby O’Gill and the Little People? I had nightmares for a week about that freaky King Brian riding up in the Banshee’s carriage.

Here is where I found myself wishing there was simply more time to tell the story. I really wanted more on how they found out about the hunt, how they found out about Samhain, what this meant, what that meant… blah blah blah. But, when I realized what I was doing, I took a conscious step back, and looked at our boys. Just looked at them. Beauty.

Okay, Dean + Candy = Tummy Ache, apparently. Loved the “No, I mean, son of a bitch.” Hee. The phrase actually has meaning.

Oh… Dean’s face as he thought about coming back as a hot cheerleader? Priceless. I wanted to climb into his lap when his eyes got that far-away look. I may have whimpered. Good thing the hubs was in the other room.

DUDES! We got some audible flashes of hell! And Sam’s “bring back memories” certainly caught Dean off-balance. I. Want. To. Know. MORE!!

I know this sounds trite in retrospect, but I totally thought “Don” Harding was sketchy. He was too “cool” the way he talked to the boys, letting that one kid put a bong in the kiln. WTF? Plus? He’d been a bad guy on Angel. And CSI. SO, I didn’t trust him.

How many of us called bad tidings on the Impala when Dean told Astronaut Boy he’d had enough candy? Hee. Poor Dean.

Okay, so now we get to the part of the show where I sat forward, arms tight around the pillow, and thought. Really, really thought. Not about the quality of the storytelling. Not about the beauty of JA. Or, at times, JP. (Sorry, Sam-girls.)

But about faith. About LIFE. About what I depend on to be true just to move through my day, and what I just take for granted. Seriously? A TV show did that. On a freakin’ Thursday night. And they say you have to go to church to sit awhile with God. Heh.

I loved, loved Sam’s child-like glee upon meeting Castiel. I felt goosebumps when Castiel shook his hand. And at the same time, my heart was literally breaking at the reality that was about to hit Sam in the face. He just… guh. That kid. I loved his “Oh my God! Oh, sorry…” He turned into a fangirl. *wrinkles nose with a grin*

So, a new player is in the mix. One Dean does NOT care for. And, quite frankly, neither do I. Which is fine. I think it’s fantastic to have one of the *ahem* “good guys” be unlikable. Because then the gray is deeper and the struggle more painful and the line between right and wrong is so blurred you have to wonder at every step you take. GREAT storytelling, that.

We get the skinny on Samhain, find out that Uriel (love this dude’s voice, btw) and Castiel are going to smite the town to make sure the seal isn’t opened and the Samhain witch is dead, and Dean, my freakin’ hero, steps up, puts himself and his brother between the angels and the town and says they’ll have to go through the brothers if they want to kill the town.

I seriously got chills. Hey, corny or not, the look on Dean’s face, the cut of his jaw, the determined edge to his eyes, and I was ready to join the fray. Sam’s hurt, disillusioned “you’re supposed to show mercy” continued to fracture my heart.

Oh, and here’s something I noticed that I thought very well played and just subtle enough that it got under my skin. The stare-down between Dean and Castiel while Uriel and Sam were busy talking about smiting. Dean seemed unable to catch his breath. It was as if the angel was peeling Dean’s walls away with his eyes and standing in awe at what he saw there.

The line that they had to “have faith in the plan” just because it came from heaven… that concept made me squirm. It’s where I always have a human issue when it comes to faith. I suppose this makes me a cautious believer. I know there is a God. I believe it to be true. But to have faith that His way is right and His will is just and I should turn my worries over to Him… It makes me… anxious and doubtful.

Probably the best conversation between the brothers thus far in the season (for me) is the one in the Impala on their way to get the witch before the angels got about smiting things. Dean for my money was the epitome of Big Brother.

Sam’s broken-hearted question of “This is God? This is what I’ve been praying to?” just scooped out my biggest fear and splashed it across TV for all to see. But Dean? The previous non-believer. The Doubting Thomas of the duo says that a few rotten apples doesn’t mean the whole group is bad. For all they know, God hates these jerks. Don’t give up on the stuff.

Best line? “Babe Ruth was a d*ck, but baseball is still a beautiful game.”

He needs Sam to believe. He needs it for himself, and he needs it for Sam. He needs Sam to not lose sight of the good because he knows his little brother could so easily slip into the bad. Without even realizing that he was sitting in darkness. Dean needs Sam to believe.

Okay, the children’s bones in “Don”‘s desk? Creepy. I don’t even want to think about how they got there. But yay boys for figuring out the teacher was involved. Just… too bad you thought it was only one witch.

The angels’ mysterious conversation about their “true” orders had me tilting my head and cursing commercials. I’m so glad we got a resolution to that.

Okay, the deal with the brother/sister witch team waiting 600 years to bring about Samhain. Interesting. The cheerleader witch blowing the boys back bad enough that they were BOTH gasping in pain? Toe curling. Sam being smart enough to “give it a shot” and put bloody masks on their faces to hide from Samhain? Brilliant. (Not to mention, I liked that he spread it on Dean’s face, too. Don’t ask me why. I don’t want to go there.)

So… was Samhain like… near-sighted or something? He was blurry-eyed the whole time and the kids in their costumes were able to stay safe. *shrugs* Not important, I guess.

When Sam broached the subject that the demon was powerful and they may need more than Ruby’s knife, I knew he was going to find a way to use his powers, despite Dean’s “please.” Then, the nicely foreshadowed mausoleum party, the dead rising, the kid dying bloody… you could safely say I was now in my Ball of Worry.

When they separate, I think I said “oh, no” out loud. This could only end in tears. Mine, quite possibly.

Dean facing down zombies and ghosts, getting slammed against the wall, quipping out the “burn ’em all” one-liners was classic. But what was actually really scary? Sam seeking out Samhain.

This isn’t our little brother Sammy anymore. Those four months without his brother, his coming to terms with what he could do and how, his using those powers, it changed him in ways that he’s only just accepting and Dean is having more than a hard time wrapping his mind around. As evidenced by their locations at the end.

Sam’s still not that great at hand-to-hand, but the kid was holding his own. Even tried the knife once, but when it became obvious that he was about to be chum for this ancient demon, he pulled out the Force. Only this time, he was up against something wicked powerful, and we saw the strain it had on him. The pain in his head, the bloody nose, the gasps and the trembling.

And just before he vanquishes Samhain, Dean appears, sees what his brother is doing, and I couldn’t help it, but a line from Serenity popped into my head. “Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!”

Sam looked at Dean with a “please don’t hate me… I had to” expression while Dean looked back with a “Aw, God, Sammy… what have you done… and how the hell am I gonna save you now?”

The end, with Sam in the hotel room packing, and Dean sitting on the park bench, decompressing, spoke deeper volumes about their pain and their struggle to come to terms with this new life than any Impala-induced conversation could have. These two are hurting big. And they’re scared. And they don’t know how to come together. And they don’t know how to be apart.

How many of us have been there, huh? Maybe not on such a cosmic, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it level, but still. You love them too much to leave them, but you don’t know how to be in the same room with them unless something changes and you’re scared to death of what that change will be and have no idea how to instigate it and you just want to go back to the way things were, but you know you can’t because life doesn’t allow do-overs and so you have to fix it…

Until Uriel pointed it out to Sam, I hadn’t really picked up on the fact that Halloween was so close to Nov 2nd — I mean calendar-wise, sure. I’m not an idiot. But I’d forgotten what Nov 2nd would mean to our boys. Uriel’s reminder was like a slice on Sam’s heart. And his warning was terrifying. Sam uses his powers again — or becomes… what was it? “More trouble than you’re worth”… Uriel will turn him to dust.

And then… the line that will have my teeth grinding until Kripke shows us his hand. Dean needs to “get down off his high horse” and Sam should ask his brother what he remembers from hell.

And all this time I pictured Dean a victim. Or perhaps a virtuous crusader against the demons that tore him apart. But… maybe… Sam’s not the only one struggling with darkness. Maybe we have a dark side to see from the one who is on a mission from God. *is VASTLY intrigued*

Castiel’s admission that their orders were to do whatever Dean said? Fascinating. “It was a witch, not the Tet Offensive.” HEE! I love this guy.

Dean thinks he failed the “field test” … and his line about making the same call… that all those kids and all the peace in the playground before them was still there because of what “my brother and me did”… that one line told me all I needed to know.

Dean is scared for Sam, sure. He doesn’t understand a lot — especially about Sam’s powers and what these powerful beings that have a sudden interest in them are up to. But Sam is his brother. Plain and simple. He spent his entire life taking care of that kid. He gave his life for his brother. No tainted blood, no angel, no Force-using or demon-pal is going to get in the way of that. This town was alive because of BOTH of them. Powers or no powers. *claps* Way to go, Dean.

Castiel’s quiet admission that he has doubts, and that failure meant hell on earth, and Dean of all people should know what that meant, made me really, really like that character. I mean, sure he’s easy on the eyes, but after that, I felt drawn to him.

This assignment, these brothers, Dean, was starting to humanize the angel. He scolded Uriel for the insulting “mud monkey” term, calling it close to blasphemy. I liked that. As humans were made in God’s image and all. I also liked how he said that people were “his father’s creation.”

I can’t explain why I like that yet doubt faith. I simply can’t. But I did like that. As much as I liked Castiel admitting that he didn’t envy the weight on Dean’s shoulders.

Not that carrying such a weight is any different than Dean’s been asked to do his whole life. Not that it’s much different from his father’s order to save or kill his brother. Not that it’s different from living a year with Hellhounds on his tail. Not that it’s different from raising his brother.

Yet… it is. Everything is different now. There are questions peppered throughout the characters, and the fans, and all we can do is wait.

This show made me appreciate storytelling. It made me fall in love with it again. And I know that a story as epic as the one being played out before us can’t be told in the space of an evening. I know we all have to be patient.

And, to echo Bobby, I feel a storm coming. With our boys right in the middle.

That’s all I got tonight. Suffice it to say that the players were on their A-game as always. Jensen shifted seamlessly between little-boy on a candy-high to warrior protecting the innocent to Big Brother with a broken heart to soldier shouldering the burden of the generals. I am forever amazed by the quality of that man’s acting and his ability to simply make me believe. No matter what.

Plus? His eyes? Make me melt.

Jared really got to me in this one as well. He is portraying Sam’s internal struggle, confusion, search for his place in this world with such sincerity that I ache for him. I want to push him behind me so he can hide. ‘Course… I pretty much come up to his elbow, so that is a bad idea… but you get my meaning. I was more encouraged about his inevitable salvation than I have been in any of the previous ones. His eyes came alive. They’d been so vacant until now. With the one exception of hugging his brother in the premiere, he was just… hard. Too hard for our Sam.

Thanks for reading the ramble. Hope to “see” you next week.

Slainte.

Guest Stars

GUEST STARS


Misha Collins
as Castiel
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Robert Wisdom
as Uriel
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Ashley Benson
as Tracy Davis
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Jean-Luc Bilodeau
as Justin
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Luisa D’Oliveira
as Jenny
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David Ingram
as Luke Wallace
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Kirsten Robek
as Mrs. Wallace
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Don McManus
as Don Harding
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Alex Robertson
as Unknown
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Music

MUSIC

 

Just As Through With You, by Nine Days

Quotes

QUOTES

Sam: What about you? Find anything on the victim?
Dean: This Luke Wallace–he was so vanilla that he made vanilla seem spicy.

Sam: Once he’s raised, Samhain can do some raising of his own.
Dean: Raising what, exactly?
Sam: Dark, evil crap and lots of it. They follow him around like a friggin’ Pied Piper.
Dean: So we’re talking ghosts.
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: Zombies.
Sam: Mm-hmm.
Dean: Leprechauns?
Sam: Dean…
Dean: Those little dudes are scary. Small hands.

Dean: Yeah, well, if you were a six-hundred-year hag and you could come any costume to come back in, wouldn’t you go for a hot cheerleader? I would. Mmm.

Sam: We’ll stop this witch before she summons anyone. Your seal won’t be broken and no one has to die.
Uriel: We’re wasting time with these mud monkeys.

Dean: I mean, come on, you’re gonna wipe out a whole town for one little witch. Sounds to me like you’re compensating for something.

Castiel: The decision’s been made.
Uriel: By a mud monkey.
Castiel: You shouldn’t call them that.
Uriel: Oh, that’s what they are… savages. Just plumbing on two legs.
Castiel: You’re close to blasphemy.

Dean: (fighting a zombie) Bring it on, stinky!

Dean: I’m telling you, both of these vics are squeaky-clean. There was no reason for wicked-bitch payback.

(Dean eating Halloween candy)
Sam: Really? After that guy choked down all those razor blades?
Dean: It’s Halloween, man.
Sam: Yeah. For us, every day is Halloween.
Dean: Don’t be a downer. Anything interesting?

Dean: Zombie-ghost orgy, huh? Well, that’s it. I’m torching everybody.

Dean: Well, are you gonna figure out a way to find this witch, or are you just gonna sit there fingering your bone?

Trivia

TRIVIA

When Sam is researching in the hotel room in the beginning, he picks up the Goldthread to inspect it when he is flipping through books, and keeps it in his hand when Dean comes in. When he starts to tell Dean about the hex bag, one shot shows the Goldthread in his hand, and the very next, he picks it up from the hexbag, without having put it back.

When Sam and Dean ask the victim’s wife how many razor blades were found she says “two on the floor, one in his stomach and was stuck in his throat.” When you watch the scene where the victim spits out the razor blades, there are two on the floor but a third one is heard falling on the floor. So there should have been found at least three razor blades on the floor.

When Sam tells Dean that Luke Wallace’s and Jenny’s deaths are linked to some spell (“Three blood sacrifices over three days…”) he shows him a book. On the book an illustration can be seen. It’s a Gustave Doré drawing (one of the most famous Dante’s “Divina Commedia” illustrators), which represents Dante and Virgil in Hell, talking to the damned soul of the heretic Farinata Degli Uberti (see Dante’s Inferno, canto 10).

Sam and Dean come out of their hotel room to find the Impala splattered and splotched, most likely by the astronaut boy who got no candy. However, when the brothers leave the house after having driven directly there from the hotel and the school in the middle of a crisis, it is perfectly clean.

ALLUSIONS

Dean: Umm, I’m Agent Geddy, this is Agent Lee.
Referencing Geddy Lee, lead vocalist for Rush. Lee joined Rush in September 1968, replacing Jeff Jones. The singer was born Gary Lee Weinrib in July 1953.

Dean: Agent Seger, FBI.
Dean uses the alias of Bob Seger, rocker primarily with the Silver Bullet Band and made it big with Night Moves, and later Old Time Rock & Roll.

Title
Referencing It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown which originally aired in 1966, and is the Charlie Brown Halloween special. While the rest of the Peanuts gang celebrate Halloween, Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to appear.

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