Season 2, Episode 4
Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
What's dead should stay dead.
"Sam. You and Dad... you're the most important people in my life. And now... I never should have come back, Sam. It wasn't natural. And now look what's come of it. I was dead. And I should have stayed dead. You wanted to know how I was feeling. Well, that's it. So tell me. What could you possibly say to make that all right?"
- Dean Winchester
Written by Raelle Tucker.
Directed by Kim Manners.
Airdate: October 19, 2006.
A college student from Greenville, Illinois,
is back from the dead and seems to be seeking revenge on those who betrayed her while she was alive.
Sam drags Dean along to Greenville, Illinois, to bury their father's dog tags at their mother's grave. While there, Dean notices another grave surrounded by dead grass which belongs to a college student Angela Maison, who recently died in a car accident. Dean convinces Sam to investigate.
They question her father who is an Ancient Greek professor, her roommate Lindsey, and her best friend Neil. While they investigate, her boyfriend Matt is found with a slit throat. When they dig up her grave, it is empty, but there is a Greek divination spell etched into the coffin. At first they suspect Angela's father of being a Necromancer
, but he has living house plants in his home. Suspicion then falls on her friend Neil, who is also a teaching assistant in the Ancient Greek course. When they go to his house, no one is there. Dean has been reading Angela's diary and guesses that Matt might have been having an affair with Lindsey. They arrive at her place just in time to save Lindsey, but their silver bullets have minimal effect on Zombie Angela.
Dean and Sam realize the only way to kill her is to nail Zombie Angela to her grave bed. They track down Neil at his office. Dean realizing Zombie Angela is hiding in the closet, tells Neil they plan to perform a ritual over her grave that will return her to death. Dean tries to convince Neil to go with them, but he refuses, and Zombie Angela kills Neil. Zombie Angela arrives at the cemetery to kill Sam and Dean before they can perform the ritual. Sam lures her to the grave injuring his hand, while Dean impales her in the coffin.
Meanwhile, Sam continues to confront Dean about his refusal to deal with their dad's death as Dean's actions grow more and more angry and erratic. Eventually, Dean tells Sam that he blames himself for their dad's death and believes the demon was somehow involved.
For this episode = 3 humans and 1 zombie
For the series so far = At least 152 humans; 11 ghosts; 5 vampires; 1 demon; 1 god; 1 rakshasa; 1 rawhead; 1 shapeshifter; 1 shtriga; 1 wendigo; and 1 zombie.
Tropes appearing in this episode:
- The Bait: Sam.
- The Bechdel Test: Failed.
- Blood from the Mouth: Angela after the car accident.
- Came Back Wrong
- Caught with Your Pants Down: Dean walks in on Sam watching the Skin channel.
TV Announcer: Next, on the Skin channel, Casa Erotica Four. A tale of two Latin beauties...
Sam: (shuts off tv and tosses remote away) Hey. (pause) What?
- Death by Woman Scorned: Matt.
- Deggans Rule: Failed.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Neil.
- Gory Discretion Shot: The blood splatter on the television when Zombie Angela kills Matt.
- Gratuitous Greek: The ancient Greek used for the divination spell.
- Happier Home Movie: Matt is seen watching a movie of Angela and himself.
- Heartbreak and Chocolate:
Okay. We've got booze
, we've got chocolate, and, wait for it... tortured emo
rock. Guaranteed cure for any broken heart.
- Hurting Hero: Dean.
Sam: You're on edge, you're erratic - except for when you're hunting, because then you're downright scary. You're tailspinning, man. And you refuse to talk about it and you won't let me help you.
- I Love the Dead: Neil.
Dean: Your girlfriend's past her expiration date, and we're crazy? When someone's gone, they should stay gone.
- Immune to Bullets: Even silver bullets.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The only way to kill a zombie is to nail them to their grave bed.
- Intercourse with You: Subverted Trope, with Dean being more descriptive.
Dean: Well, it takes two to, you know, have hardcore sex.
- Mirror Scare: Matt sees Zombie Angela's reflection in the television before she kills him.
- Monster from Beyond the Veil
- Neck Snap: How zombie Angela kills Neil and tries to kill Sam.
- Necromancer: Neil.
- Not Quite Dead: After Zombie Angela falls on the scissors.
- Our Zombies Are Different
- Pants Positive Safety: Sam has his gun tucked in his waistband.
- Schmuck Bait: The fake ritual over Angela's grave to lure her to the cemetery.
- Similarly-Named Works: A 1972 horror film directed by Bob Clark.
- Single Tear: Dean.
- Dean introduces himself to Angela's roommate as Alan Stanwyk.
- When trying to explain to Angela's father why bringing someone back from the dead is wrong, Dean asks, "Haven't you seen Pet Sematary?"
- Sam accuses Dean of being influenced by the Night of the Living Dead series.
We can't just waste it with a head shot
Sam: Dude. You've been watching way too many Romero flicks.
- Dean compares Neil's unrequited love to Duckie.
- Dean suggests Zombie Angela went out to watch Beaches.
- When Zombie Angela confronts her roommate, she says, "Hi, Lindsey, I'm home!"
- Slashed Throat
- There Are No Therapists: Lampshaded by Sam and Dean pretending to be grief counselors.
Neil: I didn't realize the college employed grief counselors.
Dean: Oh yeah. Yeah, you talk, we listen. Or maybe throw in a little therapeutic collage, whatever jump-starts the healing.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Dean.
Dean: I hear you. Okay? Yeah, I'm being an ass. I'm sorry. But right now we've got a friggin' zombie running around, and we need to figure out how to kill it. (Sam laughs.) Right?
Sam: Our lives are weird, man.
- Undeath Always Ends
- Walking Wasteland: All plants and a goldfish near Zombie Angela die.
- What Could Have Been: Summer Glau was originally going to play Angela, but she had to drop out at the last minute.
- Written-In Infirmity: Jared Padalecki actually broke his wrist filming "Bloodlust" and has to wear a cast during the next 7 episodes, so they wrote in the line "I think she broke my hand" after his fight with Zombie Angela.