Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) were left for dead after the Demon plowed a semi into the Impala.
Now, one of the Winchesters hovers between life and death as the surviving family must face an old and powerful adversary.
Eric Kripke wrote the episode directed by Kim Manners.
After ramming the Winchesters’ car, the demon-possessed truck driver gets out and opens the car. Sam confronts him with the Colt but the demon is confident Sam won’t waste the bullet. Sam bluffs the demon into leaving the possessed truck, then realizes John and Dean are out of it.
A medic team evacuates them and Dean wakes up at the hospital. He gets up and goes to the curiously empty hospital. When he finally finds a nurse at the desk, she’s unable to see or hear him. Dean looks around and finds his own body… in a coma.
Dean finds Sam talking to Dean’s comatose body. John is also okay and Sam updates him on what is going on. John is more intent on the Colt. Sam assures him it’s safe and John gives him a list of protective spell components to find. John denies that he knows anything about the demon’s plans for the children, but Dean, looking on, doesn’t believe him.
The Impala has been trashed but Sam vows they wont’ give up on it. Their friend Bobby looks over the list and notices something odd. At the hospital, Dean rails at his seemingly dispassionate father when a ghost passes by him in the hall. Dean goes after it and finds a woman choking on the floor while the hospital staff are oblivious.
Sam confronts John and reveals he’s figured out the spell components are for summoning a demon. Dean, watching them fight, gets angry and manages to move a glass with his mind. Then Dean starts to flicker as his physical body temporarily “dies.” The ghostly figure from earlier hovers over Dean’s physical body and repels his spirit form when he tries to grab it. The figure then departs and Dean follows it as his body revives.
Dean hears another woman yelling and goes to talk to her. It’s Tessa and they talk as he explains what happened to them. and she takes it pretty well. Sam talks to John about what he “felt” of Dean and goes to check things out. Dean hears the hospital call another emergency and goes to see a patient die as another one of the ghost-figures hovers over the girl as she dies.
Sam brings in an Ouija board to contact Dean, who makes contact and tries to communicate that the ghost-creatures are “Reapers” that take people when they die. Sam goes to get advice from John… but he’s left his bed and is down in the boiler room. John prepares the summoning spell while Sam goes through John’s journal and finds an entry on Reapers. He figures out that Tessa is a Reaper and confronts her, and she reveals she took a more reassuring form so they could talk and she could let him know he has nothing to fear.
John completes the summoning ritual but nothing apparently happens. A janitor appears but John quickly figures out it’s the demon, along with several others. They spar back and forth verbally a bit until John says that he wants to make a deal.
While Sam stands over Dean’s body, Dean asks for more time for Tessa but she tells him it’s still time. She says she can’t take him and he can stay, but he can’t get into his body and he’ll eventually become an angry spirit.
John agrees to give the demon the Colt and the last bullet if he’ll bring Dean back. The demon considers it and talks about the truth about Sam and the other children. The demon considers it, but warns there’s something else he wants even more then the Colt.
Tessa gives Dean a final choice, but before he can decide the power flickers. A black demon cloud comes into the room and enters Tessa, who is now possessed. She leaves, and Dean recovers. Later the doctor assures Dean he’s okay but he doesn’t remember anything. John talks to Dean and apologizes for the life he’s put him through, then tells him to take care of Sam before leaving. Then he leaves to confront the demon, gives him the gun, and says “Okay.”
Sam comes back and finds John lying in his bedroom. The doctors try to revive John without success, and the brothers look on as he dies.
- Guest Star:
- Marsha Regis (Nurse)
- Benson Simmonds
- Carrie Anne Fleming (Blonde Nurse)
- Sharon Bell (Nurse)
- Lindsey McKeon (Tessa)
- Daniel Bacon (Orderly)
- Randal Edwards
- Julian Christopher (Doctor)
- Fredric Lehne (Janitor-Demon)
“Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent
“Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Dean: Come on Dad, you gotta help me. I gotta get better, I gotta get back in there. You haven’t called a soul for help. You haven’t even tried. Aren’t you gonna do anything? Are you gonna say anything? I’ve done everything you’ve ever asked me. Everything. I’ve given everything I’ve ever had. Are you just gonna sit there and you gonna watch me die? What the hell kind of father are you?
(Sam and Bobby regard the wrecked Impala)
Sam: Oh man, Dean is gonna be pissed.
Bobby: Look, Sam… this just ain’t worth a tow. I say we empty the trunk and sell the rest for scrap.
Sam: No. Dean’d kill me if we did that. When he gets better he’s gonna want to fix this.
Bobby: There’s nothing to fix. The frame’s a pretzel, the engine’s ruined. There’s barely any parts worth salvaging.
Sam: Listen to me, Bobby, if there’s only one working part that’s enough. We’re not just gonna give up on… (his voice tails off)
Bobby: Okay. You got it.
Tessa: Well like you said there’s always a choice. I can’t make you come with me, but you’re not getting back in your body and that’s just facts. So yes, you can stay, you’ll stay here for years disembodied, scared, and over the decades it’ll probably drive you mad. Maybe you’ll even get violent.
Dean: What are you saying?
Tessa: Dean, how do you think angry spirits are born? They can’t let go, they can’t move on, and you’re about to become one. The very thing you hunt.
Sam: (with ouija board) Dean? Dean, are you here?
Dean: (as spirit) God, I feel like I’m at a slumber party.
Tessa: It’s time to put the past behind you…
Dean: …and go where?
Tessa: Sorry, Can’t give away the big punchline…
John: Here. Give them my insurance.
(hands insurance card to Sam)
Sam: “Elroy McGillicuddy?”
John: And his two loving sons.
Tessa: What’s happening to me? Am I dead?
Dean: That sorta depends.
John: You know when … when you were a kid, I’d come home from a hunt, and after what I’d seen I’d be… I’d be racked. And you, you’d come up to me and you… you put your hand on my shoulder, you’d look me in the eye and… you’d say “it’s okay, Dad”. Dean… I’m sorry.
Dean: Why ?
John: You shouldn’t have had to say that to me. I should have been saying that to you. You know I put… I put too much on your shoulders, I made you grow up too fast. You took care of Sammy, you took care of me. You did that, and you didn’t complain, not once. I just wanted you to know that I’m so proud of you.
John: Where’s the Colt?
Sam: Your son is dying, and you’re worried about the Colt?
Sam: So what, are we supposed to do, just sit here with our thumbs up our ass?
Dean: Come on, Sam. Go find some hoodoo priest to lay some mojo on me. I’ll be fine.
Sam: Look, since the doctors won’t do anything, then we’ll have to. That’s all. I don’t know, I’ll find some hoodoo priest and lay some mojo on him.
Dean: Screw you, doc, I’m waking up!
Dean: I think I’ll pass on the 72 virgins, thanks. I’m not that into prude chicks anyway.
Tessa: (deadpan) That’s funny. You’re very cute.
Dean: Have you heard of an out of body experience?
Tessa: What are you, some new agey guy?
Dean: You see me messing with crystals or listening to Yanni?
- Dean: I think I’ll pass on the 72 virgins, thanks.
According to a popular but controversial interpretation of the Koran, people in paradise are given virgins as a reward. The number 72 is specified in one of the Hadith, a collection of Islamic prophet Muhammad’s actions and statements.
- Dean: You see me messing with crystals or listening to Yanni?
Yanni is a Greek keyboardist and composer of contemporary instrumental music. He had been nominated for a Grammy Award twice. Yanni was the first major Western artist to ever perform and record at the great architectural achievements of the Taj Mahal in India and The Forbidden City in China.
- Dean: Come on, you’re the psychic. Give me some ghost whispering or something.
Referring to the TV show Ghost Whisperer, which stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as a young woman with the ability to communicate with earthbound spirits.
- Dean: Dude, I full-on Swayze’d that mother!
Referring to the 1990 film, Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze as a ghost, who is able to move objects when angry.
This is the same as the Led Zeppelin’s song “In My Time of Dying,” from the album Physical Graffiti.
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