DETAILS

Writer: Sera Gamble
Director: Charles Beeson
First aired: First Aired: Thursday May 1, 2008

DEAN GETS A CALL FROM HIS FATHER – Dean (Jensen Ackles) is stunned after he receives a phone call from his dad (guest star Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who tells him he has a solution to get Dean out of his deal. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean fight because Sam is skeptical that it is really John on the other end of the phone and warns Dean not to listen to him but Dean disagrees and sets off on his own path to follow his father’s orders.

Charles Beeson directed the episode written by Sera Gamble.

RECAP/REVIEW

In Milan, Ohio, a man, Ben Waters, is at his house at night and drinking heavily. The phone rings and he answers it. The woman, Linda, asks him if he’s thought about it but he refuses to discuss it because of his wife. Linda asks him to come to her and he refuses then hangs up. The phone rings again and he answers it, and she warns him she’s not going to stop. He apologizes and hangs up again, and this time when it rings he pounds it on the desk and rips the cord out of the wall. The phone rings yet again and keeps ringing, and Ben takes out a gun and shoot himself, saying that she’s won.

Dean gets a call from Bobby about Ben shooting himself after electrical problems. Sam is more interested in finding a way to get Dean out of his deal but Dean isn’t interested and finally admits that’s Ruby told him there was no way out. Sam isn’t thrilled that Dean is keeping secrets from him, but Dean notes that Sam has a few secrets of his own and they end up going to Ohio.

Dean and Sam talk to Mrs. Waters and she finally admits that she overheard him talking to a woman called Linda. However, when she listened on the other line there was nobody there. They do some research and determine that Linda was Ben’s high school sweetheart, died in a car accident, and was cremated. Sam found a number on the call ID but it is over a hundred years old. They go to the telephone company and Clark Adams, the head of the company, leads them to Stewie Meyers, a techie who is cruising the Internet for porn and works in a filthy office. Dean convinces him to run the phone number and Stewie determines that ten different houses have received calls from the number, even if he can’t tell where it’s originating.

Sam goes to check out one of the homes and asks the husband if there have been any strange calls. He’s not aware of any but his daughter Lanie reacts, and confronts Sam outside. She denies knowing anything at first but finally admits she’s been talking to her dead mother. Dean calls Sam and confirms he’s found a lot of other cases. After he hangs up, he gets a new call… from his father, John.

Dean meets with Sam, revealing John hung up after saying his name. Dean wonders if it really is Dad, and what to do if he calls back. Sam doesn’t have much advice to offer him if John calls back. Dean discovers that Milan was the birthplace of Thomas Edison and they go to the museum which has his Spirit Phone. They go there and the guide reveals Edison was an occultist who tried to communicate with the dead. Sam scans it for EMP readings but finds nothing. They wonder why it would start calling people now, and Dean wonders if John really did call.

That night, Sam sleeps while Dean waits by the phone. The phone rings and Dean answers: John demands to know how Dean could sell his soul. John says he knows a way out and the demon who holds the contract is in Milan.

At home, Lanie is on her computer when she gets an instant text message from her mother, asking if she’s considered what they discussed before. Her mother says she wants to be with her and Lanie types that she’s scared. The screen goes dead but she sees her mother in the monitor reflection, only to turn around and find no one there. The computer comes back on and the message “Come With Me” repeats over and over.

The next day, Dean is researching lightning storms and determines that a demon has been following him. It turns out that John gave them an exorcism ritual that will kill the demon. Sam is skeptical but Dean figures John may have picked up a few tricks in Hell. Dean is waiting for John to call back with the demon’s location, and is furious that Sam is skeptical. Sam goes to see Lanie but asks Dean to stay there until he gets back.

Sam meets with Lanie who explains what happened and how her mother asked her to do bad things. In the house, her brother Simon is playing when his toy phone rings: it’s his mother. Meanwhile, Lanie explains that her mother told her to kill herself with her dad’s sleeping pills. When Lanie says her mother said “Come to me,” he realizes it’s not her mother. Sam tells Lanie to stay in the house and avoid the electrical equipment, when they realize that Simon has disappeared.

Meanwhile, Dean has received another call from John. He drives to an old house and takes out his equipment. Going inside, he prepares a demon’s trap and holy water. Meanwhile, Simon is walking across the streets and Sam pulls him out of traffic just before he gets hit by a car. He calls Dean and explains they’re up against a crocotta, a scavenger creature that lures victims to their deaths and feeds on their souls. Once Dean realizes what he’s up against, he remembers that crocottas live in filth… like Stewie at the phone company.

Sam gets to the phone company and sees Stewie leave his office. Sam calls Dean and then goes after him with a metal spike. Stewie claims innocent and then his boss Clark knocks Sam out… and then knocks out Stewie.

Clark ties them up inside and then stabs Stewie through the heart and sucks out his soul. Sam realizes the last call with Dean was the crocotta, which faked using Edison’s number as a diversion. Clark then taps into the phone systems, saying he’ll see who he decides to kill.

A police officer gets a call from his daughter, who says the man who killed her is at their house and wants to kill him too.

Clark boasts it was easy to imitate John and as he boasts, Sam starts to work his way free while Clark figures that either Dean will kill the policeman or vice versa.

Dean is in the house and prepares to use holy water when the policeman bursts in and opens fire. Dean manages to duck for cover then get the drop on the man, and they fight over the shotgun. Dean finally knocks the man down and keeps on kicking him.

Clark boasts about how his feeding is so much easier now that people connect primarily via phones and the Internet. Sam manages to break free but the demon throws him around.. Meanwhile, Dean realizes the police officer isn’t a demon after the exorcism ritual fails. However, the policeman attacks him again. Sam manages to impale the crocotta on a metal spike on a pegboard while Dean manages to get the gun. When the officer asks what he’s doing, Dean admits he has no idea.

Later at the hotel, the brothers recover from their wounds and Sam apologizes for the fact it wasn’t John. Dean admits he can’t forget about it because he wanted to believe so badly there was a way out of the deal and he’s scared. They share a (very brief) moment, then watch TV.

Review by Gaelic

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GUEST STARS

Recurring Role:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John Winchester)
Guest Star:
Ingrid Torrance (Mrs. Waters)
Eric Breker (Police Officer)
Thomas Michael Dobie
Dawson Dunbar (Simon Greenfield)
John Shaw
David Neale (Ben Waters)
Anna Mae Routledge (Museum Tour Guide)
Anjul Nigam (Stewie Meyers)
Tom O’Brien (Clark Adams)
Cherilyn Wilson (Lanie Greenfield)

IMAGE GALLERY

TRAILER/CLIPS

MUSIC

No Music in this episode

QUOTES

Dean: Pack your panties, Sammy. We’re hitting the road.

Dean: Wow, man, a couple of civvies are freaked out by some ghosts. Newflash, Sam–people are supposed to be freaked out by ghosts!

Lanie: (to Sam) Since when does a phone guy drive a rental or wear a cheap suit?

Sam: We should summon Ruby.
Dean: I’m not gonna have this fight with you.
Sam: She says she knows how to save you.
Dean: Well, she can’t.
Sam: Oh, really? You know that for sure?
Dean: I do.
Sam: How?
Dean: Because she told me, okay?
Sam: What?
Dean: She told me…flat out… she could not save me. Nobody can.
Sam: And you just somehow neglected to mention this to me?
Dean: Well, you know, I really don’t care what that bitch thinks and neither should you.
Sam: So what? Now you’re keeping secrets from me, Dean?
Dean: You really want to talk about who’s keeping secrets from who?

Sam: So you two were talking a case?
Dean: No we were uh, we were actually talking about our feelings. And then our favorite boy bands. Yeah, we were talking a case.

Dean: Mrs. Waters, withholding information from the police is a capital offense. (Sam clears throat) In some parts of the world, I’m sure.

Dean: I just talked to an 84-year old grandmother who’s having phone sex with her husband who died in Korea.
Sam: Eww.
Dean: Completely rocked my understanding of the word “necrophilia.”

Sam: I mean, Dad? You really think it was Dad?
Dean: I don’t know. Maybe.
Sam: Well, what did he sound like?
Dean: Like Oprah. It was Dad, he sounded like Dad, what do you think?

Sam: (about demon) And it’s following you because…?
Dean: I guess I’m big game, you know? My ass is too sweet to let out of sight.

Sam: Dean, it’s not Dad.
Dean: Then what is it?
Sam: A crocotta.
Dean: Is that a sandwich?

Stewie: Yeah! That’s what happens when you mess with the phone company, dillweed!

Sam: There’s nothing wrong with having hope, you know.
Dean: Hope doesn’t get you jack squat.

Dean: And the only one person who can get me out of this thing is me.
Sam: And me.
Dean: “And me”? What, deep revelation, having a deep moment here. That’s what you come back with? “And me”?
Sam: Do you want a poem?
Dean: Moment’s gone.

Dean: Wow, you know, you’d think that Stanford education and a high school hook-up rate of 0.0 would produce better results than that.
Sam: Hilarious.

Sam: So, what the hell is going on here, Dean?
Dean: Beats me. Better find out soon. This thing’s turning into Spook Central.

Dean: Is that uh, BustyAsianBeauties.com?
Stewie: No… maybe.
Dean: Word to the wise. Platinum membership–worth every penny.

TRIVIA

  • When Sam is trying to get out of the cables binding him there is blood on his wrist. When he is fighting the crocotta there is no sign of blood.
  • Near the end of the episode, it is revealed that the crocotta uses the phone lines to communicate with people, yet he still managed to call a toy phone earlier in the episode. During the episode’s first scene, the crocotta was also able to call Ben Waters even after Ben had ripped his phone from the phone jack.
  • BustyAsianBeauties was a website previously mentioned in “Tall Tales.”
  • When Lanie is on the computer talking to her “mother,” the closed captioning flashes lyrics to Scandal’us’ Make Me Crazy even though no music is playing.
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan is heard but not seen.
  • ALLUSIONS

    • Dean: Like Oprah.
      This refers to the talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who on her show is famous for calling people on her show Oprah to tell them they’ve have won something or are on international television.
    • Dean’s Voicemail: This is Herman Munster. Leave a message.
      This line refers to the character Herman Munster, who was the lovable oafish father of the monster-ish family in the popular CBS series, The Munsters (1964-1966), as played by Fred Gwynne.
    • Dean: Just watch out for Chris Hansen.
      Referencing the Dateline NBC reporter who runs stings operations on sexual predators who locate their victims via the Internet.
    • Misters Campbell and Raimi
      Dean and Sam go by the names Campbell and Raimi in this episode. Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi are two friends who created the Evil Dead movies (Campbell starring and Raimi writing and directing).

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