After hearing about a ghost that has been killing off inmates one by one, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) decide the best way to investigate this spirit is from the inside and allow themselves to get thrown into the state penitentiary.
However, after FBI agent Henricksen (guest star C. Malik Whitfield) shows up to take over their case, getting out of prison becomes a bigger challenge than finding the spirit.
John Shiban wrote the episode directed by Mike Rohl.
Green River County Detention Center
Guards are discussing how they closed down a cell block and are now reopening it. They go into the old section and the temperature drops and a breeze blows past them. In a cell, the light flicker and the prisoner, Randall, notices… something. As he pounds on his cell door, a guard sees him on the security camera, goes down, and tells him to go to bed. After the guard calls lights’ out he heads out but notices something behind him. A security gate then closes on his arm, trapping him, and something comes at him as he screams in terror.
Three Months Later
In Little Rock, Dean and Sam break into an anthropology department to steal some Indian artifacts and security apprehends them. Special Agent Hendrickson and his partner meets with Dean who is seemingly unconcerned, even when Hendrickson wonders how he got detected so easily. Their public defender, Mara Daniels, tells them they’ll be extradited in a week and held at the Green River Detention Facility.
The brothers arrive at the facility and are put into separate cells with other inmates. As they’re taken through security it’s clear they deliberately got themselves caught because they heard about a haunting there, and they’ve got an escape plan. They’re helping out a man called Deacon who is a friend of their father. They believe the ghost is Mark Moody, a serial killer who died in prison of a heart attack the same as the victims. Sam bumps into a prisoner, Lucas, and when Dean stands up for him, a fight breaks out. Dean comes out ahead and the guards put both of them in solitary. Later in his cell, Dean notices the temperature drop and the lights flicker. He tires to warn Lucas but the ghost kills the man.
Daniels talks to Hendrickson about the inconsistencies in their case, but can’t give him anything specific and he dismisses her concerns. Sam meets Randall and asks him what happened, and he reveals he was there when the guards beat Moody to death and covered it up claiming it was a heart attack.
Sam figures Moody’s blood is in the old is the key to his ermines, but they don’t have any accelerant. Dean then picks a fight with another prisoner and Sam uses the distraction to slip out through the vents while Dean is taken to the infirmary. Sam gets to Moody’s old cell and salts the blood stains, then lights a fire and destroys them. In the infirmary, Dean spots the ghost but sees that it’s a woman in a nurse’s uniform.. It comes for him but he manages to repel it with some salt. It goes for the other prisoner Dean picked a fight with, Tiny, and kills him.
Later Dean brings Sam up to speed and they discuss that they’re friend Deacon is going to get them out. They go to Randall who reveals it was Nurse Glockner, a sadist and many of her patients died of heart attacks. She hated cons and Dean has heard that the first guard who died was crooked. With time running out until their escape, Dean contacts Daniels and convinces her to get the information on Glockner. She refuses but Dean insists on finishing the plan, then picks a fight with Sam so they both get hauled away. The head guard confronts them alone… and reveals he’s Deacon. They tell him what’s happening and he gives them the information from Daniels, who came through for Dean. It turns out that someone bashed in Glockner’s skull during the rioting after Moody’s death. Moody thanks them for coming through on behalf of their dad. They then punch Deacon to make it look good and head out to where the Impala is. Hendrickson interrogates Deacon and finds out Dean met with Daniels, then pressures her into turning over the research she did for Dean.
Dean and Sam go to the cemetery where Glockner is buried. Hendrickson and his men close in on them while at the prison, Deacon is using the restroom when Glockner manifests and comes for him because he helped Dean and Sam escape. The brothers salt and burn the remains and Glockner’s ghost disappears just in time. Hendrickson finds nothing: Daniels sent them to the wrong cemetery.
Rooster by Alice in Chains
Green Onions by Booker T and the M.G.’s
(discussing the murderer)
Sam: Dean, considering the circumstances, we’re going to need to be more then pretty sure.
Dean: Okay, really pretty sure.
Hendrickson: You think you’re funny?
Dean: I think I’m adorable.
(when Dean and Sam are trying to get into the old cell block)
Dean: Are you sure about this?
Sam: Pretty sure.
Dean: Yeah, well, considering the circumstances I’d like a little better then pretty sure.
Sam: Okay, really pretty sure.
Dean: (to provoke Tiny) I wanted to ask you, because I couldn’t help but notice that you are two tons of fun, just curious: is that, like, a thyroid problem, or is it some deep-seated self-esteem issue? ‘Cause, you know. They’re just donuts. Not love.
(Dean has just told Tiny he provoked him)
Tiny: It’s okay. My dad treated my brother and me like crap, right up until the day he died.
Dean: How’d he die?
Tiny: My brother shot him with a gun.
Dean: You know this chicken isn’t half bad.
Sam: Great, finish mine.
Hendrickson: I’d say for you two screwed to hell is a major understatement.
Dean: Well where there is life there is hope.
Hendrickson: See, that’s what I kept thinking as I was searching for your asses all over hell and gone.
Mara: Do you have any idea how much trouble you’re in here?
Dean: I’ve got a vague notion.
Dean: I mean come on man, this place has all the signs of a haunting. Innocent people are dead, four so far.
Sam: (laughs) Yeah, innocent?
Dean: What, are you from Texas all of a sudden?
Sam: I hate this plan, Dean.
Dean: Yeah, I got that the first ten times I heard it.
Hendrickson: Near went nuts trying to find you. Ask him.
Reidy: (deadpan) He near went nuts.
Sam: How you doing?
Randall: I’m 54 years old, mopping the floors of a crapper with bars on the window. How do you think I’m doing.
Sam: All right. Bad icebreaker.
Randall: Why you inside, kid?
Sam: Cause I got an idiot for a brother.
Randall: That’ll do it.
Randall: I’ve heard these stories. I don’t know if they’re true. Cons love to talk, but we’re all liars.
Sam: (about being in jail) Dean, this is without a doubt the dumbest, craziest thing we’ve ever done. And that’s in a long storied career of dumb and crazy.
Dean: Calm down. It’s all part of the plan.
Sam: So Hendrickson showing up was part of the plan?
Dean: Yeah, the guy moves a little faster than I thought. All we gotta do is find the ghost, put the sucker down, and then grab ourselves a couple of those tear drop tattoos.
Dean: My roommate didn’t say much, how’s yours?
Sam: Just keeps staring at me… in a way that makes me really uneasy.
Dean: Sounds like you’re making new friends.
Sam: Thought we were screwed before.
Dean: Yeah yeah, I know. We gotta go deep this time.
Sam: “Deep”? Dean. We should go to Yemen.
Dean: Ooh, I’m not sure I’m ready to go that deep.
Dean: Don’t worry, Sam. I promise I won’t trade you for smokes.
Sam: You heard it on the yard?
Sam: Dean, does it bother you at all how easily you seem to fit in here?
Dean: No, not really.
(Dean and Lucas are in solitary)
Lucas: I wish I had a bat, so I could bash your friggin’ head in.
Dean: Well, so much for the bonding-in-solitary moment.
- Dean: It’s a good thing I’m like James Garner from The Great Escape.
In the The Great Escape James Garner played the role of ‘The Scrounger’ who’s job consisted of finding items the other inmates needed for the escape.
- Dean: You’re like Clint Eastwood in Escape from Alcatraz.
Referencing the 1979 movie starring Eastwood and Patrick McGoohan as a sadistic warden. The movie dramatizes the one successful escape (of a sort) from the prison by Frank Morris and John & Clarence Anglin. Although the men escaped the prison, they have never been seen again and their bodies were never found, leaving their “success” in doubt.
- Randall: She did this Charles Bronson thing with a hypodermic.
Referencing the 1974 movie Death Wish starring Charles Bronson as an architect who avenges the murder of his wife by street punks. The movie spawned four sequels with Bronson.
- Dean: Great, another guy who’s seen Taxi Driver one too many times.
Referencing the 1976 movie starring Robert DeNiro and Jodie Foster. The best known line from the movie is the “Are you looking at me?” quote (although it was in turn taken from the movie Shane) that Lucas gives, and the fact that John Hinckley Jr. decided to shoot Ronald Reagan to prove his love to the movie’s star, Jodie Foster, after he became obsessed with her after repeated viewings of the movie.
- Dean: I call this one the Blue Steel.
Referencing the 2001 film, Zoolander, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as male models. Blue Steel was one of Stiller’s trademark faces.
- Dean: Wait, who looks better, me or Nick Nolte?
Referencing the incident where actor Nick Nolte was arrested on September 11, 2002, for drunk driving in California. Nolte’s mug shot, showing him in a Hawaiian t-shirt with wildly disheveled hair, was widely distributed in the aftermath.
- Dean: I wish I had a baseball.
Referring to the 1963 film, The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen as a POW planning to escape from a German POW camp. In the film Steve’s character used a baseball to pass time when locked up in solitary confinement.
- Title: The title of this episode is from the song of the same title by Johnny Cash. The song is about being in Folsom Prison, and wanting to get out and catch the near-by train to somewhere far away.
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