Recap / Supernatural S 04 E 06 Yellow Fever

Recap of Supernatural
Season 4, Episode 6:

Yellow Fever

Written by Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin.

Directed by Phil Sgriccia.

Air Date: October 23, 2008.

Dean contracts a ghost sickness in Rock Ridge, Colorado that makes him terrified of everything, so Sam and Bobby go after the ghost who is causing it.

Body count

For this episode = 3 humans and 1 ghost.

For the series so far = At least 273 humans (of which 3 were witches), 14 demons, 25 ghosts, 10 vampires, 6 changelings, 3 gods, 3 shapeshifters, 2 werewolves, 1 crocotta, 1 djinn, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shtriga, 1 wendigo, 1 zombie, 1 rugaru, and 1 dog.


  • Blatant Lies
    Deputy Linus: Is he drunk?
    [Dean sways in background]
    Sam: No.
  • Cat Scare
  • The Cast Showoff: Jim Beaver is fluent in Japanese.
  • Chain Pain/Off with His Head!
  • Credits Gag: The end credits feature Jensen Ackles lip-syncing and dancing to "Eye of the Tiger".
  • Creepy Child: Lilith is back.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Dean's lack of this is one of the first signs he isn't in his right mind.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Sam's eyes flash yellow one last time AFTER Dean is supposed to be cured.
  • Gentle Giant: Luther Garland. He's even shown tenderly holding a kitten to make it as obvious as possible.
  • Hallucinations: Victims of ghost sickness start hallucinating after awhile.
  • Heart Beat Soundtrack: Used in the later stages of Dean's illness to remind us of the threat of his heart attack.
  • How We Got Here: The episode begins with Dean running in terror from...a tiny dog with a pink bow on its head.
  • Ironic Echo Cut: The screen pans directly from Sam telling Dean that they have a great plan to Bobby telling him that this is a terrible plan, and Sam agreeing.
    • The scene changes directly from Dean telling the sheriff that it was probably just a heart attack to him telling Sam that it's "definitely not a heart attack".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The theme of this episode's ghost, who inflicts fear on those who use it on others.
  • Liquid Courage: After Dean runs screaming out of the factory, Sam finds him crouched behind the Impala guzzling liquor to calm his nerves.
  • Noodle Incident: When he's ranting about how insane their lives are, Dean mentions a truck-stop waitress with a bizarre rash.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The first few signs that Dean is infected with the ghost sickness are: he drives the speed limit, turns down food, and refuses to carry a weapon.
  • Running Gag: Sam and Dean using the names of band members as aliases. In this case, they're Tyler and Perry. Like Aerosmith.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!/I Need a Freaking Drink
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Dean's fear of Sam turning dark-side like Azazel wanted manifests as Sam trying to kill him while flashing Azazel's trademark "Uh-Oh" Eyes.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Dean when he is worried about pretending to be FBI.
    • Later, when Bobby jokes about him being scared:
    Dean: I'm fine. Do you want to go hunting? I'll hunt. I'll kill anything.
    Sam: Awwwww.
    Bobby: He's adorable.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Dean wants to stop hunting when cursed, but he gets better in the end.
  • Terrified of Germs: Sheriff Britton, later revealed to be a symptom of the ghost sickness.
  • The Stinger: Jensen Ackles lip-syncing "Eye of The Tiger".
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode
  • You Have 48 Hours: More like 24.