While driving down a deserted road, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are startled after a bloody woman named Molly (guest star Helfer) bolts out in front of the Impala screaming for help from the crazy farmer (guest star) who is chasing her.
Sam and Dean investigate and discover the man is actually an angry spirit who kills one person the same time every year and has decided Molly will be his next victim.
Raelle Tucker wrote the episode directed by Charles Beeson.
On a lonely road, the radio plays a song as a couple gets lost and have a fight when a man appears on the road. They go off and hit a tree, and when the woman Molly wakes up she finds her husband gone. She finds a house and the man they saw on the road, and he starts to bleed and his guts spew out, then comes at her. She runs back into the woods and onto the road where Dean and Sam just avoid hitting her. She takes them back to her car but it’s gone.
They drive her to see the cops when the radio starts up on its own. A voice says “She’s mine” and the same man appears on the road. Dean drives right through it and is dissipates, and then the car shuts down. They explain the man is Jonah Greely, a local farmer who died on the highway 15 years ago, and on the anniversary of his death he finds someone to punish. Molly reluctantly accepts their story and takes them to Greely’s hunting cabin. They need to find his corpse to salt and burn it, and go out to look. Greely grabs Molly but Dean sends it away with a blast of salt and then they follow a path through the woods to a house.
The three go into the house and search the place, and Molly finds pictures of Greely and his wife, who were in love. Exploring the house, they find the corpse of Greely’s wife, who hung herself. Sam insists on burying the body and secretly suggests to Dean that they should tell Molly about her husband. Dean says not to but Molly insists. Before they can say anything, a jukebox starts up with the same song, and the words “She’s mine” appear on a window. Another window behind Molly shatters and Greely pulls her out before going into the woods. They check out the photos and spot a tree planted as a grave-marker, and realize that’s where the body is.
Greely has Molly tied up and she tries to plead with him but he starts to cut her. Dean sends him away briefly with a rock-salt blast but Greely reforms and knocks him around. Sam digs up the body as Greely grabs a knife and comes at Dean. The two struggle while Sam finds the bones and salts and burns them, and Greely disappears in a burst of flame.
They go back to the Impala but Molly insists on knowing what happened to her husband David. Sam admits that David is alive and says they’ll take her to him. They drive up to a house and she sees him alive, and with a new wife. Sam explains that 15 years ago Molly and David hit Greely and he survived… but she didn’t. She’s been haunting the highway along with Greely. They determined someone was killing people along the highway and talked to David, who revealed Molly’s body was cremated. When they drove the road and spotted Molly, they realized she was unaware that she was dead so they played along.
As the sun starts to come up, Molly want to tell David what happened, but they say she has to accept what happened and move on. She does so and disappears in a burst of light as the sun comes up.
“House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals
Molly: I know about your wife, hurting me won’t bring her back.
Farmer: My wife is gone. All I got left’s hurting you.
Molly: Please, just let me go.
Farmer: Go? You’re not gonna leave. You’re never gonna leave.
Molly: What happens if you burn their bones?
Sam: My dad always said it’s like death for spirits. But the truth is, we never know.
Sam: Now you can walk in there, and we’re not gonna stop you.
Dean: Yeah, but you are gonna freak him right out.. for life.
Dean: Did he look like he lost a fight with a lawnmower?
Molly: Yeah, how’d you know?
Dean: Lucky guess.
Sam: It wasn’t a coincidence that we found you, all right.
Molly: What are you talking about?
Dean: We weren’t out here cruisin’ for chicks when we ran into you sister, we was already out here… hunting.
Molly: Hunting for what?
Dean: (pauses) Ghosts.
Sam: (sarcastically) Don’t sugarcoat it for her.
Dean: I guess she wasn’t so bad. For a ghost. You think she’s really going to a better place?
Sam: I hope so.
Dean: I guess we’ll never know. Not until we take the plunge ourselves, huh?
Sam: It doesn’t really matter, Dean. Hope’s kind of the whole point.
Dean: Well all right, Haley Joel.
Molly: Thank God!
Dean: Call me Dean.
Dean: Smells like old lady in here. (runs into a corpse of a hung old lady) That would explain why.
Molly: I don’t understand how a guy like this can turn into that monster.
Sam: Well, spirits like Greely are like wounded animals. Lost… in so much pain that they lash out.
Molly: Why? Why are they here?
Sam: There’s some part of them that… that’s keeping them here. Like their remains, or unfinished business.
Molly: Unfinished business?
Sam: Yeah. It could be revenge. It could be love, or hate. Whatever it is, they just hold on too tight. Can’t let go. So they’re trapped. Caught in the same loops. Replaying the same tragedies over and over.
Molly: You sound almost sorry for them.
Sam: Well, they weren’t evil people, you know. A lot of them were good, just something happened to them. Something they couldn’t control.
Dean: Sammy’s always gettin’ a little J. Love Hewitt when it comes to this. Me, I don’t like ’em. And I’m sure as hell ain’t makin’ apologies for ’em.
Dean: Y’know, just once I’d like to round the corner and see a nice house.
Sam: It’s an old country custom, Dean. Planting a tree as a grave-marker.
Dean: You’re like a walking encyclopedia of weirdness.
Sam: Yeah, I know.
- Dean: Follow the creepy brick road.
This is a reference to the movie The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy and her friends follow a yellow brick road to reach the Wizard.
- Dean: Sammy’s always gettin’ a little J. Love Hewitt when it comes to this.
Reference to actor Jennifer Love Hewitt whom portrays Melinda Gordon in the TV drama The Ghost Whisperer, in which she discovers she has the ability to communicate with the recently deceased.
- Dean: Well all right, Haley Joel.
Reference to Haley Joel Osment who is an Academy Award-nominated American actor that came to fame with his starring role in the 1999 thriller, The Sixth Sense.
- Molly: So this is really what you guys do. You’re like Ghostbusters.
Reference to the hit 1984 movie starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.
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