Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) meet Andy (guest star Gabriel Tigerman), a slacker who has psychic powers of persuasion, which he uses to gain favors from people. However, when some of Andy’s friends start dying, the brothers question whether Andy is using his powers to kill.
After learning that Andy’s family was visited by the Demon 22 years ago, Sam wonders if Andy is part of the group of children the Demon told him about, and if that means he himself will eventually turn evil.
Ben Edlund wrote the episode directed by Tim Iacofano.
A doctor, Jennings, gets a call on his cell phone and has visions of shooting someone with a shotgun. Smiling, he goes into a sporting goods store and examines a shotgun, loads it, shoots the owner and then himself. Elsewhere, Sam has a vision of the shooting in the future and picks up the name of the town from his vision.
Sam insists they go to the road house and talk to Ash, since he figures his vision is tied to the demon. Dean is reluctant since the hunters there might suspect Sam’s supernatural vision abilities. Ash doesn’t turn up anything until Sam suggests he check for house fires in 1983. Jo flirts briefly with Dean while he waits, but they’re interrupted when Ash gets a lead on an Andrew Gallagher. Dean notices that despite the fact Andrew is behind on his bills, no collection agency is trying to track him down.
Dean and Sam pass themselves off as lawyers and track Andrew down, and a diner owner and old friend of Andy, Tracy, tells them they won’t have any luck getting anything from him. She sends him to Andy’s house and while they watch Sam wonders what plans the demon has for him and the other children. They see Andy come out and meet with the shooter from Sam’s vision, Dr. Jennings. Dean follows Andy who stops, gets out, and asks for the Impala… which Dean cheerfully gives to him. Sam sees Doc take the call from his vision and go into the sporting goods store ahead of Doc and sets off the security alarm. Sam sees Andy go by in the Impala making a call to Jennings, while Dean calls to explain that Andy has mind control powers. Before Sam can do anything, Andy tells Jennings to walk into a bus where he’s killed.
Andy goes to the diner to get comfort from Tracy and she mentions that Dean and Sam were looking for him. Sam and Dean find the Impala and figure out Andy has to use verbal commands. They break into Andy’s van while Dean questions Andy’s guilt, much to Sam’s surprise. Andy confronts them and while Sam is immune to his powers, Dean tells him everything. Sam goes after Andy and explains that they’re connected. Sam gets another future vision of someone setting themselves on fire at a gas station, and elsewhere a woman gets a call on her cell phone and is told to cover herself in gasoline and set herself on fire.
Sam collapses from the vision and thinks it’s happening in the future, but then they spot a fire engine and Dean goes to check it out while Sam stays with Andy. Dean says it can’t be Andy due to the timing and it becomes clear that Andy isn’t too ambitious. Dean checks out on the dead woman and finds out Andy was adopted and using his powers, they get hard copies of the birth records. They find out Holly Beckett was Andy’s birth mother and Dr. Jennings was her doctor. Further, Holly had twins, and Andy’s brother Anson Williams went to another family. They find a photo… and recognize it.
At the diner, the bus boy Webber talks to Tracy about she and Andy dated, then demands she tell him the truth. Andy reveals that Webber showed up eight months ago and acted like his friend, but they head for the diner and Sam gets another death vision of Tracy falling to her death after involuntarily jumping off of a dam.
Webber drives Tracy to a make out spot and says that he won’t let her come between him and Andy. He has her start to undress and then go to the edge of the dam and jump. He’s interrupted when Sam breaks his window and drags him out thanks to his immunity. They tape Webber’s mouth shut but while Sam and Andy struggle over what to do, Webber reveals that through practice he can control her without speaking. He overrides Andy’s command for her to stop and sends her to the edge of the dam, Webber talks about a man with yellow eyes who came to him and told him he was special. At a distance, Dean sets up with a rifle while Webber talks about how he killed Jennings and Beckett because they split the brothers up. Webber senses Dean and commands him to shoot himself, but Andy shoots and kills him first.
Later, Webber is taken away and Andy uses his powers to convince the police that Webber shot himself. Tracy doesn’t’ want anything to do with him and Sam and Dean have to head out, although they give him their number so he can get hold of them if he needs to. They head out but Sam is worried the demon could drive any of the “children” to become murderers. As they leave, Dean gets a call from Ellen. Back at the road house, Ellen wants to know what’s going on but they say it’s family. She reveals she got the info from Ash and wants to know everything they know for the coming “war.” But Sam notes that Webber wasn’t involved in a house fire and there may be others out there that don’t fit the pattern.
- Guest Star:
- Eric Keenleyside (Dennis)
- Chad Lindberg (Ash)
- Elias Toufexis (Webber/Anson Willams)
- Gabriel Tigerman (Andrew Gallagher)
- Blu Mankuma (Dr. Jennings)
- Chiara Zanni (Tracy)
“Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon
“Stonehenge” by Spinal Tap
“Fell On Black Days” by Soundgarden
Dean: You know, one day I’d love to just sit down, and eat something that I didn’t have to microwave in a Mini-Mart.
Sam: The demon said he had plans for me, and children like me.
Sam: Maybe this is the plan. Maybe we’re all a bunch of psychic freaks. Maybe we’re all supposed to be…
Dean: What, killers? (off Sam’s look) Gimme a break. You’re not a murderer, Sam.
Sam: No? Last time I checked, I kill all kinds of things.
Andy: Why are you following me?
Sam: Well, we’re lawyers. See, a relative of yours has passed…
Andy: Tell the truth!
Sam: That’s what I…
Dean: (deadpan) We hunt demons.
Dean: Demons, spirits, things your worst nightmares wouldn’t even touch. Sam here, this is my brother…
Sam: Dean, shut up!
Dean: (through gritted teeth) I’m trying! He’s psychic. Kinda like you, well not really like you, but see, he thinks you’re a murderer, and he’s afraid that he’s gonna become one himself, cause you’re all part of something that’s terrible, and I hope to hell that he’s wrong, but I’m starting to get a little scared that he might be right.
Dean: REO Speedwagon?!
Jo: Damn right, REO. Kevin Cronin sings it from the heart.
Dean: He sings it from the hair–there’s a difference.
Sam: Plus, it could have some connection with the demon. My visions always do.
Dean: That’s my point! There’s gonna be hunters there. I don’t know if, if going in there and announcing that you’re some supernatural freak, with a demonic connection’s the best thing, okay?
Sam: So I’m a freak now?
Dean: You’ve always been a freak.
Sam: Holly Beckett gave birth to twins.
Andy: I have…an evil twin.
Andy: Are you really this stupid? You, you learn you got a twin, you call them up! You go out for a drink. You don’t start killing people!
Andy: This is a cherry ride.
Dean: Yeah, thanks.
Andy: Man, a ’67. Impala’s best year, if you ask me. This is a serious classic.
Dean: Yeah. You know, I just rebuilt her, too. Can’t let a car like this one go.
Andy: Damn straight. Hey, can I have it?
Dean: Sure, man!
Dean: (to the Impala) I’m sorry, baby. I’ll never leave you again.
Dean: I call do-over.
Sam: What are you, 7?
Dean: What’s wrong?
Dean: Sam, you look like you’re sucking on a lemon.
Dean: Besides, if I ran off with you I think your mother might kill me.
Jo: You’re afraid of my mother?
Dean: I think so.
Ash: Sam. Dean. Sam and Dean.
Sam: Hey, Ash, um, we need your help.
Ash: Well hell then, I guess I need my pants.
- Webber/Anson Willams: She’s garbage, man! They all are! We can push them, we can make them do whatever we want!
Referencing Firestarter by Stephen King, in which a character develops telepathic hypnosis which he refers to as the “push.”
- Dean: It’s not exactly a serial killer’s lair, though. There’s no clown paintings on the wall…
A reference to serial killer John Wayne Gacy Jr. who killed at least 32 young men in Chicago in the 1970s (and buried most of them in the crawl space under his home). One of Gacy’s other hobbies was dressing as a clown for children’s parties and for visiting sick children in the hospital. He also collected clown artwork and even painted some of his own.
- Andy’s License Plate: RU OBI 1
Another reference to the 1977 film Star Wars and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Sam: Hegel, Kant, Wittgenstein, it’s pretty heavy reading, Dean.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) and Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) were German philosophers, Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was a philosopher from Austria. All three are regarded as very influential thinkers and are responsible for major philosophical achievements. Their original works are counted among the most complex and difficult readings available.
- Sam: Dean, you had O.J. convicted before he got out of his white Bronco and you have doubts about this?
Dean: He doesn’t seem like the stone cold killer type, that’s all, you know. And O.J. was guilty.
This alludes to O. J. Simpson murder trial. In 1994, O.J.’s estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman were found murdered outside of her home. When O.J. was charged with the murders, he failed to turn himself in and this lead to a low speed pursuit in his white Bronco.
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