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Recap: Supernatural S 03 E 03 Bad Day At Black Rock
Season 3, Episode 3:

Bad Day At Black Rock

Gordon Walker is visited in prison by another hunter, whom he convinces that Sam is a monster, possibly an Anti Christ. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam are investigating a theft from one of their father's storage lockers. What was stolen - oh, just a rabbit's foot.

Body count

For this episode = 1 human.

For the series so far = At least 202 humans, 15 ghosts, 6 changelings, 5 vampires, 2 shapeshifters, 2 werewolves, 9 demons, 1 djinn, 1 god, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shtriga, 1 wendigo, and 1 zombie.

Tropes


  • Artifact of Death: According to Bobby, most people who own and subsequently loose a rabbit's foot die within a week.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kubrick. By the end even Gordon seems to realize he's a psycho, although they still share the goal of killing Sam.
  • Born Lucky
  • Born Unlucky: What happens once you lose the rabbit's foot. Both effects are weaponized by Dean, once he realizes what the foot does.
  • Butt Monkey/Cosmic Plaything: Sam trips and falls, gets tracked by hunters, set on fire and loses his shoe.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Bela.
  • Collector of the Strange: Bela hunts down valuable occult objects for wealthy people who know of the Masquerade.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Bela to Gwen Raiden, a Classy Cat-Burglar who is part of The Masquerade and is hired to steal mystical objects for large sums of money.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Bela dresses up as a waiter and manages to distract Sam in order to steal the rabbit's foot from his pocket without him realizing.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Sam winds up sitting very quietly in his motel room because of this. It doesn't help.
  • Evil Brit: More like Chaotic Neutral Brit, but Bela mostly applies.
  • Exposition Cut: The first scene of Sam and Dean cuts right in after Sam has told Dean that the blonde is a demon, thus neatly cutting out the part the audience already knows so that they can watch Sam and Dean argue over this piece of information instead. Interestingly, the audience learns something they didn't know before (if they didn't look information on her up yet) that the blonde told Sam off-screen: her name, Ruby. It also appears that Sam left out information the audience did know from his exposition—that the people connected to their mom were all killed by the yellow-eyed demon and that it is connected to him (Sam).
  • Good Luck Charm/Bad Luck Charm
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Michael Massee is Gordon's fellow hunter.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Due to the effects of the rabbit's foot.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Kubrick takes everything as a sign from God.
  • Knight Templar: Kubrick. He sees hunting as a holy crusade against the forces of evil, specifically the Devil. He ends up believing that Sam is the Anti Christ.
  • Lucky Rabbit's Foot: Played With. The foot does grant good luck but take it away...
  • Necro Non Sequitur: Wayne trips on a bottle and lands on an upright meat fork which stabs him through the mouth. Sam comes pretty darn close at times.
  • Never Win the Lottery: Dean uses the rabbit's foot to win money from scratch tickets only to have Bela steal them all.
  • MacGuffin
  • Mood Whiplash: Multiple times. Scenes of torture and gruesome death follow or are followed by slapstick comedy.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Dean goes from walking into the building, to behind Bela in her own apartment in seconds.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: "I shot him in the shoulder. I know how to aim."
  • Only in It for the Money / Not in This for Your Revolution: Bela encounters the supernatural and the occult and instead of using her knowledge to help people she steals valuable items and sells them for money (to the scorn of Sam and Dean). The only way Bela and the Winchesters end up working together is when Bela's life is in danger.
  • Pinball Projectile: Dean drops his gun and it goes off. The bullet ricochets off several objects, shoots the gun out of Sam's hands and nearly misses hitting him.
  • Shout-Out: To The Bellboy. "It was like watching Jerry Lewis try to stack chairs".
  • Slapstick
  • Superstition Episode: Sam accidentally invokes (by touching) a cursed rabbit's foot. He has incredibly good luck for a while until he inevitably loses it (as Bobby puts it "Everyone loses it"), and then Sam's luck goes extremely bad. Not a straight example perhaps, because the rabbit's foot is a cursed object, so it isn't just superstition - though how it works is based on superstition - because touching the rabbit's foot really IS good and then bad luck.
  • Troubling Un Childlike Behavior: Dean made his first sawed-off shotgun in sixth grade.

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