Written by John Shiban.Directed by Bradford May.Airdate: February 15, 2007.A death of a professor appears to be related to a vengeful spirit in Springfield, Ohio, but as the Winchesters investigate they encounter odder events including an alien abduction and alligator in the sewer.Sam and Dean investigate the apparent suicide of a professor at Springfield University in Springfield, Ohio, when they hear a local legend that Crawford Hall where the death occurred is haunted by the spirit of a student who was having an affair with a professor and jumped from the window of room 669. However, when they investigate they find no evidence of a ghost, and it looks like the story is only an urban legend. Following this a Frat boy is abducted by aliens, and an animal researcher is eaten by an alligator in the sewer.Having no idea what could be causing these odd events, Sam and Dean have to call in Bobby Singer for help. As Sam and Dean explain what has been happening, Bobby realizes the brothers are not getting along because Sam thinks Dean took his computer and Dean thinks Sam let the air out of the Impala's tires. Bobby recognizes the discord between the brothers and the odd urban legend-inspired events as the work of a Trickster.Sam and Dean return to Crawford Hall realizing that the janitor they met there was nearby when each of the odd events happened. Sam searches the janitor's locker while Dean distracts the janitor. In the locker, Sam finds a copy of Weekly World News which has outlandish articles similar to the odd events that have been occurring. Dean and Sam get into an argument on whether they have enough evidence to be sure the janitor is the Trickster. Sam leaves saying he is going to search the janitor's home for more proof.Dean waits outside Crawford Hall, but as it starts to get dark, he goes back in by himself and hears Barry White playing. He follows the music to a lecture hall where a blonde woman and brunette woman in lingerie sit on a red round velvet bed. The Trickster tells him the women on the bed are a peace offering if Dean lets him go. Deans says he admire the Trickster's style, but he can't do that. Then Bobby and Sam enter the lecture hall with wooden stakes, and the Trickster realizes Sam and Dean staged their argument to make him think Dean was alone.The Trickster conjures up a man in a mask wielding a chainsaw who attacks Sam and Bobby. Dean is beaten up by the women wearing lingerie, and the blonde throws him into the audience seats where the Trickster is watching in amusement. Sam tosses Dean a wooden stake, and Dean stabs the Trickster. The women in lingerie and the man wielding the chainsaw disappear. Sam, Dean, and Bobby take off in the Impala. A figure walks up to the dead body of the Trickster. The body fades away and the camera pulls up to show the figure is the Trickster eating a candy bar.
For this episode = 2 humans. The two women and the psycho killer that the Trickster created also vanish upon his staged death, but they were more projections than real entities.For the series so far = At least 178 humans; 12 ghosts; 5 vampires; 2 shapeshifters; 1 demon; 1 god; 1 rakshasa; 1 rawhead; 1 shtriga; 1 wendigo; and 1 zombie.
Anal Probing: The Trickster forges lots of strange happenings in a college town, one of them involves a guy who has been abducted by "aliens." The victim's experience involved being repeatedly probed (a total of eight times according to the dialogue). This ordeal apparently paled in comparison to being forced to slow-dance with one of the aliens to "Lady in Red."
Animal Testing: The third victim is a research scientist who worked in animal testing, which Dean says qualifies him as a dick, fitting the pattern of the first two incidents. The specifics and worthiness of his research are not explored, but neither Dean or the Trickster seem to approve of his research.
Death by Irony: Professor Cox, the teacher of ethics and morality who commits adultery with impressionable young students, is apparently killed by a vengeful spirit of a Woman Scorned. The animal researcher is killed by a wild animal in an unexpected setting.
Dream Sue: Dean retells an evening in a bar to Bobby as if he is a romantic Dream Sue, with hints of being a perfect hunter as well. The entire setting is glamorized, and a girl just completely swoons over him and showers him with praise, while he insists that he has to do his "duty" of interviewing her because lives are at stake. Sam by contrast is turned into a whiny jerk who simply wants to interrupt Dean and his lover, eventually just descending into whining "Blah Blah Blah".
The End... Or Is It?: Unlike some versions of this trope, the Trickster does come back as a recurring character.
E = MC Hammer: The chalkboard in the college lecture room behind the round red bed has the alphabet written across the top.
Erotic Eating: The Trickster decides something is missing while eating and conjures up a gorgeous blonde in a red bra and panties with a garter belt and a brunette in a Black Bra And Panties who is also wearing a garter belt. He feeds the brunette whipped cream from his finger and the blonde then feeds him cake, which he seems to enjoy.
Femme Fatale / Woman in Black: In Dean's version of the story, the "classy chick" who was not named Starla is a grad student in anthropology and folklore wearing a black cocktail dress and black heels.
Fictional Document: Modern Morality: Examining Societal Views and Belief Systems by Arthur Cox, the book by the professor with his photo on the back cover.
Food Porn: The Trickster's kitchen table has layers of different cakes with elaborate toppings surrounded by grapes and chocolate covered strawberries.
Frame-Up: Sam's money clip with the initials S.W. engraved on it was left next to the Impala.
Give Me a Sword: Sam tosses Dean a stake, while Dean lies near the Trickster.
Laser-Guided Karma: The victims are made to suffer for their vices. Curtis, who enjoyed bullying the frat pledges, is owned by aliens who force him to participate in distasteful acts. The other victims suffer Death by Irony.
It's noticeable that Dean gets beaten up by a couple of lingerie-clad hotties.
No Sense of Personal Space: When Sam feels the need to comfort the frat pledge, he hugs him close and just does not seem to want to let him go, well at least according to Dean.
Frat pledge: Thanks for the hug, but, uh, I'm okay. Really.
Not Enough to Bury: The research scientist after the alligator was done with him. Only two very mutilated limbs were under the blanket in the morgue.
Number of the Beast: The ghost story about Crawford Hall says the brokenhearted student jumped from room 669, and Jen points out what happens if you turn the 9 upside down. Sam later learns Crawford Hall only has 4 stories and has no room numbered 669.
Only Sane Man: Bobby pointing out how the brothers are behaving after the Trickster sets them against each other.
Poetic Serial Killer: The Trickster picks victims he sees as guilty and kills them in a way to highlight this guilt.
Rewriting Reality: The Trickster is recreating stories from Weekly World News. The abduction and sexual violation by an alien, the giant alligator in the sewer, and the chainsaw madman were all in articles the Trickster is shown reading.
Self-Serving Memory: Both Sam and Dean seem to paint themselves as the hero, while exaggerating their brother's faults.
Sexy Discretion Shot: The Trickster is in his underwear being fed cake between two women in their underwear followed by a Fade to Black. In the next scene he is bragging about the amount of sex he had to Sam and Dean.
The Trickster: Sorry I'm dragging a little ass today, boys. Had quite the night last night. Lots of sex, if you catch my drift.
Sexy Walk: We get a nice Male Gaze look at the Woman in White's bum wiggling as she walks up the stairs of the college.
The Trickster is seen reading this for inspiration. The first article is titled: "An Alien Made Me It's Love Slave. Has she found true love at last!" The second article is titled: "Giant Alligator Terrorizes Sewage Workers". The third article is "Cannibal Madman Chainsaws Family! Body parts strewn over grisly scene".
The Trickster has a copy of Weekly World News in his locker with the headline "Aliens Abduct Cheerleaders".