Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate two strange deaths at a small Connecticut inn run by a single mom (guest star Annie Wersching) whose young daughter (guest star Matreya Fedor) plays with an imaginary friend.
The brothers find evidence of voodoo around the inn, but soon realize the little girl’s imaginary friend may in fact be a demon who is killing the townspeople.
Matt Witten wrote the episode directed by Charles Beeson.
At the Pierpont Inn, the owner Susan Thompson is closing it and preparing to move. Her two daughters, Tyler and Maggie, complain about the move. Tyler goes up to put her dolls away but notices that one has had its head twisted around. She hears a scream and goes to see that the mover has fallen down the stairs… his head twisted around and an antique doll lying next to him.
In Peoria, IL, Sam is trying to track down the missing Ava with Ellen’s help. She hasn’t had much luck but reports two mysterious deaths at a hotel. Sam wants to investigate to save who they can and go to the hotel. As they go in, Sam notices a hoodoo mark on an urn. They get a room then go to check things, while noticing more hoodoo marks. They talk to Susan and notice she has a number of antique dolls. She also has a dollhouse which is an identical replica of the hotel. Sam notices the doll with the twisted head and Tyler comes in and mentions their Grandma Rose. Susan refuses to let them talk to her, saying she’s ill.
While Sam and Dean split up to check out the hotel, the buyer’s agent talks to Susan and reveals that they plan on demolishing the hotel. Tyler is playing with the dolls and there’s a doll sitting in a room just like the agent is. In his room, the agent sits on his bed as the door behind him opens. Tyler turns to see the doll hanging by its neck… while the agent is hung in the same way.
Dean finds out about the death and goes back to the room where he finds Sam drunk. Sam is depressed over the fact he couldn’t save the agent or Ava and change his destiny. He asks Dean to kill him if he turns evil and says John was right to ask Dean to do it. When Sam pushes it, Dean reluctantly agrees to do it if he has to, then puts Sam to bed. He goes downstairs to the bar where he talks to the elderly bellboy, Sherwin. He talks about the hotel’s history and how it was once the Thompson family estate. Sherwin says Rose isn’t thrilled to be leaving but doesn’t want to discuss her illness. In one of the photos, Rose’s nanny Marie has a necklace with the hoodoo mark.
The next morning Sam wakes up with a massive hangover and claims he doesn’t remember Dean’s promise of the other night. After Dean briefs Sam on the situation, they go up to the attic to talk to Grandma Rose. They find her in a wheelchair, having suffered a stroke a while ago. Hoodoo requires hands-on ceremonies so they figure someone else is involved. Susan finds them intruding and demands that they leave. She then talks to Tyler, who is playing with Maggie, and when the daughter says that Maggie insists they can’t leave, Susan says Maggie is Tyler’s imaginary friend. As she leaves, Maggie says she doesn’t like Susan.
Susan is loading up the car as a swing stirs into motion nearby… as the swing on the dollhouse moves as well. Susan notices as all the playground equipment starts to move. A car comes to life on its own and tries to run Susan down, but Sam intervenes and rescues her. The brothers believe a spirit is responsible and determine Rose had her stroke just before the killing started, and she was working to suppress an evil spirit. They mention Tyler’s sister and when Susan says she doesn’t have one, they realize something’s up. Maggie is up in the attic confronting a helpless Rose when Tyler comes in. They go off to play, and Maggie assures Tyler that they will be able to play “forever.”
Susan, Dean, and Sam go upstairs where they find the antique dolls destroyed and Tyler gone. Susan reveals Rose had a sister named Margaret who drowned in a pool when she was young. Tyler and Maggie are leaning over the balcony above the pool and Maggie encourages Tyler to jump so they can be together forever. The adults are just outside but find the door locked, and Maggie throws Tyler into the pool where she starts to drown. Sam uses the urn marked with the hoodoo mark to break the supernaturally-sealed doors, while Maggie holds Tyler down. But a voice calls out Margaret’s name and she disappears, and Sam jumps into the pool and manages to get Tyler out just in time.
Upstairs, Rose confronts Maggie’s spirit and Maggie agrees to let them go if Rose does something for her. Maggie can’t understand why Rose kept her away, thinking she didn’t love her. Maggie accepts Rose’s offer and approaches her. Susan goes to get Rose and screams—Dean and Sam go up to find Rose dead.
Later Rose is taken away by the paramedics and Tyler assures them she can’t see Maggie. The brothers don’t know what happened but help Susan and Tyler leave. Sam agrees with Dean that it’s good to be back in action, but holds Dean to his promise to take care of him if he turns evil. As they leave and the police clear out the hotel, the spirits of two girls can be seen in the attic playing together: Rose and Maggie.
No music in this episode.
Susan: What the hell happened out there?
Dean: You want the truth?
Susan: Of course.
Dean: Well at first we thought it was some kind of hoodoo curse. But that out there, was definitely a spirit.
Susan: You’re insane.
Dean: That’s been said.
Dean: Feels good getting back in the saddle, doesn’t it?
Sam: Yeah. Yeah, it does. But it doesn’t change what we talked about last night, Dean.
Dean: (evasive) We talked about a lotta things last night.
Sam: You know what I mean.
Dean: You were wasted.
Sam: But you weren’t. And you promised.
Dean: (as Susan’s taxi pulls away) Think you could have hooked up with some MILF action there, bud. Seriously, I think she liked you.
Susan: I don’t believe this.
Dean: Listen, sister, that car didn’t try to run you down by itself, okay? I mean I guess it did, technically, but if a spirit can… forget it.
Sam: This woman’s had a stroke.
Dean: Yeah, but hoodoo’s hands-on…
Dean: …you gotta mix herbs, and chant, and build an altar.
Sam: So it can’t be Rose. Heck, maybe it’s not even hoodoo.
Dean: You know, she could be faking.
Sam: Yeah, what do you wanna do, poke her with a stick? (Dean nods) Dude, you are not gonna poke her with a stick!
Dean: Hey, it turns out when Grandma Rose was a tyke, she had a Creole nanny who wore a hoodoo necklace.
Sam: So you think she taught Rose hoodoo?
Dean: Yes I do.
Sam: All right. (gets up from toilet bowl, sighing heavily) I think it’s time that we talked to Rose then.
Dean: (groans in disgust) You can brush your teeth first.
Dean: (as Sam is leaning over the toilet) You know there’s a really good hangover remedy, it’s a greasy pork sandwich served up in a dirty ashtray.
Sam: (groaning) I hate you.
Dean: I know you do.
Dean: I’d love to hear some stories…
Sherwin: Boy, you should never say that to an old man.
Dean: We gotta figure this out and fast. What d’ya find out about Granny?
Sam: (drunkenly) You’re bossy.
Sam: You’re bossy. And short… (chuckles)
Dean: Are you drunk?
Sam: Yeah! So? Stupid.
Dean: Wow! This is a lotta dolls. Er, they’re nice, they’re not super-creepy at all…
Maggie: Son of a *****.
Tyler: Son of a *****.
Susan: Watch your mouth!
Tyler: Maggie said it first…
Susan: Watch your mouth too, Maggie.
Dean: Hey, are those antique dolls? ‘Cause this one, this one here, he has a major doll collection back home. (grins at Sam) Don’t ya?
Sam: (reluctantly) Big time.
Dean: Big time. Ueah, you think he could come…well, we could come in and take a look?
Susan: I don’t know…
Dean: Please? Please, I mean he loves them. He’s not gonna tell you this, but he’s always dressing ‘em up in these little tiny outfits and I mean, you’d make his day. She would, huh?
Sam: (glaring at Dean) It’s true.
Dean: (to Sam) You get online, check old obits, freak accidents, that sort of thing. See if she’s whacked anybody before.
Dean: Don’t go surfing porn, that’s not the kind of whacking I mean.
Dean: Of course, the most troubling question is why do these people assume we’re gay?
Sam: Well, you are kind of butch. They probably think you’re overcompensating.
Dean: (uncomfortable chuckle) Right.
Susan: Sherwin, could you show these gentlemen to their rooms?
Sherwin: Let me guess–antiquers?
Susan: Let me guess. You guys are here antiquing?
Dean: How’d you know?
Susan: Oh, you just look the type. So, uh, a king-size bed?
Sam: What?! No, uh no, we’re… Two singles. We’re just brothers.
Susan: Oh! Oh, I’m so sorry.
Dean: What’d you mean that we look the type?
Susan: Hi! May I help you?
Dean: Yeah, can I get a room for a couple of nights?
Susan: (interrupted by her daughter running through the room) Sorry about that.
Sam: No problem.
Susan: Well, congratulations. You could be some of our final guests.
Dean: That sounds vaguely ominous.
Dean: Dude, this is sweet! I never get to work jobs like this.
Sam: Like what?
Dean: Old-school haunted houses. Secret passageways, sissy British accents. We might even get to run into Fred and Daphne while we’re in there. Mmm, Daphne.
Dean: I just figured after Ava, there’d be more angst, more droopy music, and staring out the rainy windows (glare from Sam). Okay, I’ll shut up now.
Sam: Look, I’m the one who told her to go back home. Now her fiance’s dead and some demon’s taken her off to God-knows-where. We’ve been looking for a month now. So I’m not giving up on her, but I’m not going to let other people die, either. We’ve gotta save as many people as we can.
Dean: Wow, that attitude is just way too healthy for me. I’m officially uncomfortable now. Thank you.
- Dean: It’s a greasy pork sandwich served up in a dirty ashtray.
This is a quote from the movie “Weird Science”, in which two nerds creates the perfect woman.
- Dean: We might even run into Fred and Daphne while we’re inside.
Referencing to Fred “Freddie” Jones and Daphne Blake, two of five characters featured on the TV series of Scooby Doo which is the longest-running American animated television series produced for Saturday morning television in several different versions from 1969 to the present.
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