Season 1, Episode 5
This has gotta be, what, six hundred years bad luck?
Sam: Might not be one of ours. It might be just some freak medical thing.
Dean: How many times in Dad's long, varied career has it actually been a freak medical thing? And not some sign of an awful supernatural death?
Sam: Uh, almost never.
Written by Ron Milbauer, Terri Hughes Burton, and Eric Kripke.
Directed by Peter Ellis.
Airdate: October 11, 2005.
The urban legend of Bloody Mary seems to be coming true in Toledo, Ohio
People start dying in Toledo, Ohio, after chanting "Bloody Mary" into a mirror three times. Sam and Dean investigate, learning that once she's been invoked, Mary
only kills people who are secretly harbouring guilt over the death of another. To lure Mary into a trap, Sam says "Bloody Mary" in front of a mirror three times and Mary appears: it's revealed that before Jessica's death, Sam had been having dreams of her being killed in the exact same way as his mother, and that he feels guilty for ignoring what he now thinks were prophetic visions. Dean is worried about Sam's continued guilt over Jessica's death, but Sam chooses not to tell Dean about the prophetic dreams.
For this episode = 2 humans and 1 ghost
For the series so far = At least 107 humans; 4 ghosts; and 1 wendigo.
Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) items:
Tropes appearing in this episode:
- The Bechdel Test: Passed! Our first.
- Celebrity Paradox: Dean asks Sam if he looks like Paris Hilton. The latter will appear in season 5.
- Dreaming of Things to Come
- Dark Secret: All of Mary's victims have one, but more importantly Sam.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sam.
Sam: Why'd you let me fall asleep?
Dean: Because I'm an awesome brother. So, what'd you dream about?
Sam: Lollipops and candy canes.
Dean: Yeah, sure.
- Deggans Rule: Failed. The retired detective was black, but he was a minor character.
- Driven to Suicide: Charlie's boyfriend, and her Dark Secret.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Sam's reflection has a noticeably deeper voice then his normal voice.
- Eye Scream: Bloody Mary "essentially liquefied" her victim's eyeballs.
- Hey, It's That Guy!:
- Genevieve Buechner who plays Lily Shoemaker, also plays Tamara Adama on Caprica.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Apparently Mary is vulnerable to her own power.
- I See Dead People: Sam sees Jessica as they drive by, and she appears as a Woman in White.
- I Let Jessica Die: Charlie also feels guilty for her ex-boyfriend's suicide.
- The Man in the Mirror Talks Back
- Marionette Motion: Mary, once she's left her mirror.
- Mirror Monster
- Mirror Scare: As Mary generally only appears in mirrors, this is pretty much a given.
- Not So Different: Mary herself. After it's revealed that many of her victims are only 'responsible' for the death in their Dark Secret and she is separated from the mirror, her own reflection is what kills her. And while the other evil reflections appeared angry, her own looked downright furious.
- The Reveal: Sam dreamed of Jessica burning days before her death.
- Screaming Woman: Donna Shoemaker.
- Much of the imagery associated with Bloody Mary is reminiscent of The Ring.
- When Sam is filming him with a camcorder using night vision, Dean asks if he looks like Paris Hilton.
- Similarly Named Works:
- Speak of the Devil
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: While not Japanese, Bloody Mary has all the characteristics.
- Tap on the Head: How Dean took out the two cops.
- That One Case: The Mary Worthington case for the detective.
- Urban Legends
- You Did Everything You Could:
Dean: You know what, thatís it. This is about Jessica, isnít it? You think thatís your dirty little secret that you killed her somehow? Sam, this has got to stop, man. I mean, the nightmares and calling her name out in the middle of the nightóitís gonna kill you. Now listen to meóIt wasnít your fault. If you wanna blame something, then blame the thing that killed her. Or hell, why donít you take a swing at me? I mean Iím the one that dragged you away from her in the first place.