Season 1, Episode 9
Oh, you boys grew up handsome. (to Dean) And you were one goofy-looking kid, too.
Dean: All right. I've been cruisin' some websites and I think I found some candidates for our next gig. A fishing trawler found off the coast of Cali, its crew vanished. And, uh, we got some cattle mutilations in west Texas. Hey! Am I boring you with this hunting-evil stuff?
Sam: No, I'm listening. Keep going.
Dean: And here, a Sacramento man shot himself in the head. Three times. Any of these things blowin' up your skirt, pal?
Written by Eric Kripke
Directed by Ken Girotti.
Airdate: November 15, 2005.
Sam has a vision of their old home in Lawrence, Kansas,
and Sam and Dean return to find restless spirits are haunting their childhood home.
Sam has a nightmare about something attacking an innocent family in the Winchester's old family home in Lawrence, Kansas. They investigate and enlist the help of a psychic medium and friend of their father, Missouri Mosely
, to defeat what turns out to be a poltergeist. When Sam's premonition starts to come true and the brothers are unable to defeat the poltergeist, the ghost of their mother Mary
appears and sacrifices herself to save her sons. Once the brothers leave town, it's revealed that their father John
was there the whole time, keeping an eye on Sam and Dean with the psychic's help.
For this episode = 2 ghosts. This is the first episode of the series where no humans die
For the series so far = At least 113 humans; 7 ghosts; 1 shapeshifter; and 1 wendigo.
Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) items:
Tropes appearing in this episode:
- Awful Truth: Missouri tells her clients what they want to hear instead of the truth.
Missouri: All right, there. Donít you worry Ďbout a thing. Your wife is crazy about you. [The man thanks her and she closes the front door behind him.] Whew. Poor bastard. His woman is cold-banginí the gardener.
Dean: Why didnít you tell him?
Missouri: People donít come here for the truth. They come for good news.
- Bavarian Fire Drill: Dean tries to bluff his way into the house, but is interrupted when Sam opts for honesty instead.
- The Bechdel Test: 3rd pass for the series. Missouri and Jenny talks about the spirits and her fears.
- Continuity Nod: We again hear the voice-mail on John Winchester's cell phone, which was first heard in "Phanton Traveller" (S01, Ep04), when Dean calls his father after they return to Lawrence.
Dean: Dad? I know Iíve left you messages before. I donít even know if youíll get Ďem. But Iím with Sam. And weíre in Lawrence. And thereís something in our old house. I donít know if itís the thing that killed Mom or not, butÖI donít know what to do. So, whatever youíre doing, if you could get here. Please. I need your help, Dad.
- Cymbal-Banging Monkey: One laughs while the plumber gets his arm chopped up in the garbage disposal.
- Deader than Dead: Mary Winchester.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Implied by John Winchester in the last scene.
- Deggans Rule: Failed, although we have our first black woman as a main character in this series.
- Dirty Mind-Reading: Implied with Missouri's powers.
- Disappeared Dad:
Dean: Dad? I know Iíve left you messages before. I donít even know if youíll get Ďem. But Iím with Sam. And weíre in Lawrence. And thereís somethiní in our old house. I donít know if itís the thing that killed Mom or not, butÖI donít know what to do. So, whatever youíre doiní, if you could get here. Please. I need your help, Dad.
- Dreaming of Things to Come
- Electromagnetic Ghosts: Flickering lights and EMF.
Missouri Moseley: That an EMF?
Missouri Moseley: Amateur.
- Everybody Lives: Well the ghosts were already dead...
- Everything Is Trying to Kill You
- Eye of Newt: Missouri uses Angelica Root, Van Van oil, crossroad dirt, a few other odds and ends.
- Fortune Teller:
Dean: Don't know? Your supposed to be a psychic, right?
Missouri Moseley: Boy, you see me sawing some bony tramp in half? You think I'm a magician? I may be able to read thoughts and sense energies in a room, but I can't just pull facts out of thin air.
- Guardian Entity: Mary Winchester.
- Hand in the Hole: The garbage disposal repair scene.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Mary sacrifices herself to save her children.
- Hey, It's That Guy!
- Magical Negro: Missouri.
- Meaningful Echo: "Take your brother outside as fast as you can."
- Sassy Black Woman: Missouri. Her bullying Dean is one of the high points of the episode.
Missouri Moseley: Boy, you put your foot on my coffee table, I'm going to whack you with a spoon.
Dean: I didn't do anything.
Missouri Moseley: Well, you were thinking about it.
Dean: First you tell me that you've got the Shining, and then you tell me that I've gotta go back home?
- The plumber is named Joe, which may be a reference to The Beyond, which included a character named Joe the Plumber.
- Dean compares Missouri to the psychic in Poltergeist.
Dean: Missouri did her whole Zelda Rubenstein thing, the house should be clean, it should be over.
- Sinister Scraping Sound: The scratching noises, which Jenny thinks are from rats.
- Sniff Sniff Nom: Dean tastes the herbs and other substances that Missouri had combined to cleanse the house.
- Stock Episode Titles: At least 78 other episodes have this title.
- The Reveal: John is still alive and watching his children.
- Things That Go Bump in the Night: Sairie believes there is something in her closet. Her mother assures Sairie there is nothing there, but it turns out Sairie is correct.
- Wham Episode
- Woman in White: Mary Winchester.
- Wreathed in Flames: The second spirit in the home.
- Your Cheating Heart: The wife of Missouri's client is cheating on him with a gardener, but she doesn't tell him the truth.