DETAILS

Writers: John Shiban
Director: Bradford May
First aired: Thursday February 15, 2007.

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) call upon their family friend and fellow hunter Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) for help after they are stumped by violent and unexplainable happenings on a local college campus.

Bobby arrives with a suspicion as to the culprit behind the killing spree and the brothers’ escalating feud.

John Shiban wrote the episode directed by Brad May.

 

 

RECAP

 

Professor Arthur Cox is on campus and walks up to a building and sees a lightly clad woman in a white dress out front. The woman knows who he is and claims she’s a student but he doesn’t recognize her. She asks to meet with him and they go inside to his upstairs office where she admits she isn’t one of his students. He comes on to her and she responds, but then her skin decays and he backs away in horror. The janitor is locking up when Cox’s body hits the ground behind him.

One Week Later

Dean and Sam are holed up in a cheap hotel with Dean getting on Sam’s nerves because he thinks Sam did something to the Impala. They’re interrupted when Bobby shows up because they asked him for help in an unusual case. Sam describes how they got word of how Cox died and went to investigate. The local students talked about how 30 years ago a woman having an affair with a professor leaped to her death, but Dean got drunk and hit on a sleazy girl while Sam did all the talking. Dean interrupts to correct Sam’s version of events where the girl is a well-dressed educated student and they share a quiet drink. In Dean’s version Sam is (more of) a nag. Bobby wonders what’s going on between them and they note they’ve been in close quarters for a while.

Sam talks about how they went to the office and talked to the janitor while checking out the place, and Dean was eating a bunch of food. The janitor relates he saw a girl go in but didn’t leave, and notes that Cox brought a lot of girls in. Then the brothers relate to Bobby what happened next, when a student, Curtis, was walking by the building, Crawford Hall, where Cox died. A bright light shone down on him, following him as he ran, then sucking him up into the air.

Bobby is skeptical of UFOs and the Winchesters relate how they talked to Curtis who related a typical UFO abduction story, except for the slow dancing part. Bobby doesn’t believe it but the Winchesters note they checked out his story and found a circular jet exhaust. They talked to Curtis’ friend who said he was their pledge master and put them through Hell, and Sam gave him a hug (according to Dean). Dean noticed that both victims were jerks while Sam wonders where his laptop went to.

The Winchesters then talk about the next victim, an animal research tester. He was going out to his car when he saw a watch in the sewer grate. When he reached for it, something bit his arm and killed him. Sam and Dean broke into the morgue and found something ate the researcher. Going over the part, they found belly scales from an alligator. They decide to call Bobby and then call the sewers, but didn’t find anything. However, Dean discovered someone flattened all the tires on the Impala, and found Sam’s money clip nearby. Dean accused Sam and refused to give the money back, and the two fought, and Bobby arrived an hour after that.

Bobby figures out they are dealing with a Trickster that is playing them against each other. Tricksters knock down the high and mighty and look human, and they figure there’s only one person who has been n the scene. The janitor is at his apartment going over tabloid magazines and manifesting attractive women and food.

Sam and Dean go to visit Crawford hall and meet with the janitor, then Sam begs off and searches the janitor’s locker and finds Weekly World News. Sam is still skeptical and the two of them fight while the janitor watches. Sam goes to the man’s apartment to check it out. Later that night, Dean is still waiting for him but when Sam doesn’t show, he goes inside. He hears Barry White playing in the auditorium and goes in to find a bed with a disco ball and two attractive women. They come onto Dean and the janitor says they’re intended as a peace offering while it moves on to the next town. But Dean reveals it’s a trick and Bobby and Sam comes in with stakes, and Dean has one of his own. The trickster spirit responds by summoning a leather-faced chainsaw-wielder while the demon women attack. Things look grim but Sam manages to toss a stake to Dean, who disposes of the Trickster.

The brothers and Bobby head out and as they leave, the Trickster comes in to reveal that the “Trickster” Dean staked is another of its illusions.

 

GUEST STARS

 

Recurring Role:
Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer)
Guest Star:
Tara Wilson (Co-Ed)
Neil Grayston (Frat Kid)
Barclay Hope (Professor Cox)
Chad Hershler (Research Scientist)
Elena Esovolova (Starla)
Desiree Loewen (Unknown)
Emma Lahana (Jen)
Angela Case (Unknown)
Matreya Fedor (Unknown)
Mashiah Vaughn-Hulbert (Blonde Trickster Girl)
Richard Speight Jr. (Trickster)
David Tom (Curtis)

 

 

IMAGE GALLERY

 

 

TRAILER/CLIPS

 

 

MUSIC

Lady in Red” by Chris DeBurgh
Walk Away” by James Gang
Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” by Barry White
Next to You” by JunkFood

 

 

QUOTES

 

Jen: So now she haunts the building, and anyone who sees her doesn’t live to tell the tale.
Curtis: Well, if no one lives to tell the tale, then how does the tale get told?

Dean: These punishments, they’re almost poetic. Well, actually they’d be more like a limerick, but still…

Bobby: If you two had bothered to pull your heads out of your asses, it all would’ve been pretty clear.
Dean: What?
Bobby: What you’re dealing with.
Dean: I got nothing.
Sam: Me neither.
Bobby: You got a trickster on your hands.
Dean: That’s what I thought!

Janitor: Sorry I’m dragging a little ass today, boys. Had quite the night last night. Lots of sex, if you catch my drift.
Dean: Yeah, hard not to.

Dean: Look man, I gotta tell you, I dig your style, you know. I mean, (gestures to scantily clad women) I do. I mean… phew! And the slow dancing alien…(both laugh)
Janitor: One of my personal favorites.

(Dean continues on telling his version of the story)
Sam: So you and this guy, Curtis, you were in the same house?
Frat Guy: Yeah.
Dean: You heard of what happened to him right?
Frat Guy: Yeah, he said it was aliens… but you know, whatever.
Sam: Look man, I know this all has to be so hard…
Frat Guy: Not so much.
Sam: But I want you to know…I’m here for you. (pause) You brave little soldier. I acknowledge your pain. Come here. (hugs him) Too precious for this world.
(cuts back to actual time)
Sam: I never said that!
Dean: You’re always saying pansy stuff like that.

Starla: My God, you are attractive!
Dean: Thanks. But no time for that now. You need to tell me about this urban legend. Please? Lives are at stake.
Starla: Sorry, I can’t even concentrate. It’s like staring into the sun.

Bobby: You’re bickering like an old married couple.
Dean: No, see, married couples can get divorced. Me and him? We’re like, Siamese twins,
Sam: It’s conjoined twins.
Dean: See what I mean?

Sam: Dean, this is a very serious investigation. We don’t have time for any of your blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah… blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah. Blah!

Sam: Maybe we should get some help. I’ll call Bobby, maybe he’s run into something like this before.
Dean: Oh, I’m sure he has. Just your typical haunted campus, alien abduction, alligator in the sewer gig. Yeah, simple.

Dean: You have to give those purple nurples a shot… phew!

Sam: I’m telling you, Dean, this is made by some kind of jet engine.
Dean: Oh… what do you mean? Like some saucer-shaped jet engine?
Sam: Well, what else can it be?
Dean: What the hell?!
Sam: I don’t know.
Dean: Well seriously dude, what the hell?!
Sam: (yells) I don’t know!! I mean first The Haunting, now this? The timing alone. There’s gotta be some sort of connection here.
Dean: What? You mean between the angry spirit and uh… the sexed up ET? What could the connection possibly be?

Dean: Woah, woah, woah, woah… hold on a minute!!
Sam: What?
Dean: C’mon dude, that’s not how it happened!
Sam: No? So you never drank a purple nurple?
Dean: Yeah maybe that, but i don’t say things like fiesty little wildcat and her name wasn’t Starla.
Sam: Then what was it?
Dean: (pauses) I don’t know… but she was a classy chick. She was a grad student. Anthropology and folklore. We were talking about ghost stories.

Sam: Dude… were you on my computer?
Dean: Uh…no…
Sam: Oh really? Cuz it’s frozen now, on bustyasianbeauties.com?
(Dean walks away)
Sam: Dean!! Would you, just… don’t touch my stuff anymore, okay!?!
Dean: Why don’t you control your OCD?

Curtis: They did tests on me then uh.. (drinks shot) they probed me
Dean: They probed you?
Curtis: Yeah, they probed me… again and again and again and… (drinks shot again) …and again and again and again and then one more time.
Dean: Yikes
Curtis: That’s not even the worst of it.
Dean: How can that not be the worst part? Some alien made you his *****?
(long pause)
Curtis: They… they made me slow dance…

Sam: Dean, I… I’m…
Dean: Hey, me too.
Bobby: You guys are breaking my heart. Can we please just leave?

Sam: (yelling) Your dirty socks in the sink! Your food in the fridge!
Dean: What’s wrong with my food?
Sam: It’s not food anymore, Dean! It’s Darwinism!
Dean: I like it.

 

 

TRIVIA

 

  • In the end, the bed and disco lights are still on the stage even though all the stuff that the trickster supposedly conjured up faded away when he was stabbed. This should have alerted Sam and Dean to the fact that the trickster was still alive, as seen at the end of episode.
  • At the end of the episode when Bobby gets into the Impala and they drive off, you can’t see Bobby at all in the backseat even though we clearly saw him get in.
  • This episode received its own special article at weeklyworldnews.com. Oddly, the article explains one thing that goes unmentioned in the episode itself: the stakes used to kill a Trickster must be dipped in the blood of one of its victims.
  • The opening of clips from previous episodes featured scenes exclusively showing Dean and Sam goofing around, pranking each other, and calling each other names.
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    ALLUSIONS

    • Dean: I don’t know, man. I think they’re called Purple Nurples.
      A Purple Nurple is a type of alcoholic cocktail drink that is made by putting coconut rum, triple sec, Blue Curacao, cranberry juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. The ingredients are then shaken up and strained into a glass for serving.
    • Chainsaw-Wielding Cannibal
      This character references Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre series of films from 1974, starring Gunnar Hansen.
    • Dean: This is my shuttle co-pilot, Major Tom.
      Referencing to the main character of two famous David Bowie songs. For the first time, Major Tom appears in the 1969 hit Space Oddity, on the album of the same name (“Ground Control to Major Tom…”). In 1980, Major Tom returns in the song Ashes to Ashes, on the album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (“Do you remember a guy that’s been in such an early song? I’ve heard a rumor from Ground Control…”).
    • Magazine
      Weekly World News (WWN) is a mock tabloid newspaper published by American Media Inc. Its editor in chief is Jeff Rovin. It combines wire reports of strange news with in-house writings and columns, all fictional.
    • Dean: What? You mean between the angry spirit and uh… the sexxed up ET?
      ET refers to the Academy award winning movie E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, which was directed by Steven Spielberg. The movie was about a boy named Elliot who becomes friends with an alien whom he names E.T.

     

     

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