How do you think angry spirits are born? They can't let go and they can't move on. And you're about to become one. The same thing you hunt.
- Tessa the Reaper
Written by Eric Kripke.Directed by Kim Manners.Airdate: September 28, 2006.Dean is in a coma in the Shiloh County Hospital in Missouri after the semi-trailer truck crashed into the Impala. Sam and John search for a way to save Dean.After the semi-trailer truck crashes into the Impala, the Winchesters are taken to hospital with Dean in a coma, on the verge of death. In that state, he has an out-of-body experience and wanders around the hospital until he meets Tessa, a Reaper. She tells Dean that if he doesn't accept his impending death, he'll become the kind of vengeful ghost that he frequently hunts and kills. Sam and John emerged from the accident relatively unharmed, and Sam gets the Colt from the Impala, which was totaled with a bent frame and ruined engine. Despite the state of the Impala, Sam insists Bobby tow it to his salvage yard, so Dean can fix it when he recovers. Desperate to save Dean, John summons the Yellow-Eyed Demon and makes a deal, offering the Colt in exchange for Dean's life. The Yellow-Eyed Demon is willing to accept, but he wants more: John's soul. John agrees, and finds that Dean has recovered. John tries to make peace with his sons and then asks Sam to get him a cup of coffee. John uses Sam's absence to tell Dean he needs to take care of Sam and whispers an additional comment to Dean, which is not heard by the viewers but visibly surprises Dean. When Sam returns with a cup of coffee, he finds their father dead on the floor and the Colt gone.
For this episode = 3 humans, including the second Winchester parent death.For the series so far = At least 145 humans; 11 ghosts; 3 vampires; 1 demon; 1 god; 1 rawhead; 1 shapeshifter; 1 shtriga; 1 wendigo.
Balancing Death's Books: Played with. John offers the Colt and the last bullet to the Yellow-Eyed Demon for Dean's life. Once the demon confirms that he knows someone who can save Dean's life, the demon says that John needs to "sweeten the deal". The end result is that Dean's life is saved, the Yellow-Eyed Demon gets the Colt and the bullet, and John dies. Therefore, John dies so that Dean will live, which is the core of the trope, but John's death doesn't seem to have been necessary by the laws of the Supernatural universe, since his original offer was just the Colt and bullet.
The two men in lab coats who accompany the Yellow-Eyed Demon.
Blood Magic: John slices his palm and uses his blood as part of the ritual summoning the Yellow-Eyed Demon.
Consummate Liar: John tells Sam he doesn't know what the Yellow-Eyed Demon meant when the demon said he has plans for Sam and the children like Sam, but Dean knows his father is hiding something and later John admits to the Yellow-Eyed Demon that he knows his plans for the special children.
CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): Averted Trope, as this was a fairly accurate portrayal of hospital codes. The only odd thing was that Dean's body was being bag ventilated during the code, when he previously was on a ventilator, but it is possible that the ventilator had to be disconnected as it could not deliver adequate tidal volumes during chest compressions.
Dramatic Drop/Slow Motion Drop: Sam drops the coffee cup and it falls to the floor in slow motion at the end of the episode when he comes back and finds John dead. The camera doesn't move, but the cup is what's in focus.
Sam:[looking at the wrecked Impala in the junkyard] Oh, man...Dean is gonna be pissed.
Spirit Dean: Come on, Dad. You've gotta help me. I've gotta get better, I've gotta get back in there. I mean, you haven't called a soul for help. You haven't even tried. Aren't you going to do anything? Aren't you even going to say anything? I've done everything you've ever asked me. Everything. I have given everything I've ever had. And you're just going to sit there and you're going to watch me die? I mean, what the hell kind of father are you?
Spirit Dean: Look, I'm sure you've heard this before, but...you've gotta make an exception, you've gotta cut me a break.
Tessa: Stage three: bargaining.
Spirit Dean: Yeah, you can't kill death. I'm screwed, Sam.
Tessa: Don't get me wrong. I was pretty freaked at first. But now, I don't know. Maybe I'm dealing.
Tessa: You saw my true form and flipped out. It kinda hurts a girl's feelings.
Genre Savvy: It takes Dean all of a minute of screen-time and one non-responsive nurse to realize he's having an Out of Body Experience, rather than the seemingly requisite five minutes of screen-time it would take a character in another work.
Magical Defibrillator: Averted Trope, with three 360 J shocks not resulting in a pulse and CPR being resumed for Dean, and they do not use a defibrillator when working on John, who is asystolic (flatlining).
Meaningful Name: "Tessa" is a form of "Theresa", which is Greek for "to harvest"...or "to reap".
Motion Blur: Happens to Spirit Dean when his body goes into cardiac arrest and a code is called.
Spirit Dean: You see me messing with crystals or listening to Yanni? It's actually a very old idea. Got a lot of different names: bilocation, crisis apparition, fetches...I think it's happening to us. And if it is, it means that we're spirits of people close to death.
John: You know, when you were a kid, I'd come home from a hunt, and after what I'd seen, I'd be, I'd be wrecked. And you, you'd come up to me and you, you'd put your hand on my shoulder and you'd look me in the eye and you'd...You'd say "It's okay, Dad". [pauses] Dean, I'm sorry.
John: You shouldn't have had to say that to me, I should have been saying that to you. You know, I put, I put too much on your shoulders, I made you grow up too fast. You took care of Sammy, you took care of me. You did that, and you didn't complain, not once. I just want you to know that I am so proud of you.