Season 1, Episode 11
I hope your apple pie is freakin’ worth it!
Dean: How’d you get here?
Sam: I, uh... stole a car.
Dean: That’s my boy!
Written by John Shiban and Patrick Sean Smith.
Directed by Kim Manners.
Airdate: January 10, 2006.
Sam and Dean argue, and Sam decides to take off on his own hitchhiking to find their father in Sacramento, California,
while Dean investigates the disappearances of couples driving through Burkittsville
A fight over what the their mission should be results in the brothers splitting up: Dean stays in a small town to help solve the disappearances of young couples, while Sam continues searching for their father. While hitchhiking, Sam runs across a young woman named Meg and they strike up a friendship. Meanwhile, Dean discovers that the couples are being sacrificed to a Vanir
by the townsfolk, and is chosen to be the next sacrifice along with a local girl. Having had a change of heart, Sam returns in time to rescue them, and they burn down the sacred tree that kept the Vanir returning. At the end, it's revealed to the audience (though not to the brothers) that Meg is more than she seems: after accepting a ride from a trucker, she slits the man's throat, collects his blood in a goblet and uses it to communicate with an unknown supernatural being.
For this episode = 5 humans and 1 god
For the series so far = At least 120 humans; 8 ghosts; 1 god; 1 shapeshifter; and 1 wendigo.
Tropes appearing in this episode:
- A Fête Worse than Death
- Ambiguous Situation: In retrospective
- Artistic License - Biology: The "trees" in the orchard are not apple trees, instead the plants seem to be tall shrubs with multiple woody stems near the base.
- The Bechdel Test: Failed.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Harley and Stacy Jorgeson, Scotty, and Meg.
- Blondes are Evil: Meg Masters
- Blood Magic / Slashed Throat: Meg uses it to contact her "father".
- Book Ends: The episode starts with the brothers getting a call from their father; it ends with Meg contacting hers.
- Breaking the Fellowship
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Without Sam by his side Dean is called out on his false alias, and when he starts asking questions, he is run out of town by The Sheriff.
- Chekhov's Gun: Vince's tattoo.
- Deadpan Snarker: Dean.
Dean to unsmiling Scotty: Scotty, you got a smile that lights up a room. Anyone tell you that? (Scotty stares) Ah, never mind.
Dean to scarecrow: Dude, you fugly.
- Deal with the Devil: the Vanir protects the town in exchange for the sacrifices.
- Deggans Rule: Failed.
- Distressed Dude: Dean, about to be sacrificed.
- The Dutiful Son: Dean is this to John.
- Electromagnetic Ghosts:
- Cars and cell phones don't work by the orchard.
- Dean's EMF detector starts beeping loudly when he drives by the orchard.
- Garden of Evil: The orchard.
- Girl of the Week: Emily for Dean and Meg for Sam.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly
- Hey, It's That Guy!:
- Nicki Aycox who played Meg Masters, also played Syl (who as one of the X5s would have been a sister to Ben, Jensen Ackles' character) in Dark Angel, and also played Christina Rush in Cold Case.
- Wlliam B. Davis who played the college professor also played Cigarette Smoking Man in The X-Files.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: if you've been sacrificing married couples to a fertility god annual, maybe you and your husband shouldn't go walking in his woods the time the sacrifices got away.
- Homage: The portrayal of old gods transplanted to America and still requiring bloody sacrifices, recalls Neil Gaiman's American Gods, while the appearance of a demon recalls Good Omens. These elements become more frequent in Supernatural and Eric Kripke had reported Neil Gaiman has been an influence on the series.
- Hooks and Crooks: The scarecrow uses a sickle as a weapon.
- Human Sacrifice
- Karma Houdini: The townspeople aside from the uncle and aunt. But the tree's destruction won't be good for the town.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Harley.
- Kill It with Fire
- Norse Mythology: The pagan god in the orchard is reported to be one of the Vanir.
- Old Gods
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Meg over the goblet of blood.
- te requiro pater me audi = I demand that you hear me, father.
- Our Demons Are Different: Unlike the demon in "Phantom Traveler", Meg seems to be part of an organized group of demons with a plan involving the Winchesters.
- Physical God
- Plot Sensitive Items: The victims have their car breaking down and have no cell phone reception.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Dean admits Sam is more convincing with this.
- The Reveal: What killed Jess and the brother's mother is a demon, and Meg Masters works for him. He knows the Winchesters are after him, but wants to do something with them before killing them.
- Sacred Hospitality: Subverted Trope, with the "pie on the house" only helping to set the couple up for the sacrifice.
- Scary Scarecrows: Yep.
- Screaming Woman: Holly Parker.
- Similarly Named Works:
- A Russian film, which was considered controversial as it betrayed bullying and treachery among Soviet Pioneers.
- A 1973 Road Movie starring Gene Hackman and Al Pacino.
- A 2002 horror film.
- The 1985 song and album by John Mellencamp may be relevant, since the song is about the death of a farming community and Mellencamp is from Indiana.
- Themed Aliases: Dean tells Scotty that he's John Bonham and is caught in the lie. Maybe he should have stuck with guitarists?
Dean: Hi, my name’s John Bonham.
Scotty: Isn’t that the drummer for Led Zeppelin?
Dean: (taken aback) Wow. Good. Classic rock fan.
- Town with a Dark Secret
- Utopia Justifies the Means