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Recap of Supernatural
Season 4, Episode 7:

It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester

Dean: It's Halloween, man.
Sam: Yeah. For us, every day is Halloween.

Written by Julie Siege.

Directed by Charles Beeson.

Air Date: October 30, 2008.

A witch is sacrificing people so as to raise the demon Samhain. The demon's rise would mean the breaking of one of the 66 seals, so Castiel and Uriel get involved and warn Sam and Dean to take care of it quickly.


Body count

For this episode = 5 humans (of which 2 were witches), 2 zombies and 1 demon.

For the series so far = At least 276 humans (of which 5 were witches), 15 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, 3 zombies, 1 rugaru, and 1 dog.


  • Broken Pedestal: Sam isn't happy to learn that the angels are a lot more vicious when it comes to getting their mission done than he believed.
  • Brought Down to Badass: When Samhain realizes that Sam is immune to his powers, he fights the Winchester in hand-to-hand combat. He would've won, too, if it weren't for the fact that he was not immune to Sam's abilities...
  • Cain and Abel: The witches pretty much hate each other and try to make each other the sacrifice to raise their master. Of course, both characters are evil here.
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  • Catch Phrase: Dean's "son of a bitch!" is repeated several times.
  • Characterization Marches On: Castiel's bluff when saying he'll destroy the whole town is very convincing, in contrast with his later characterization as a Bad Liar.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Samhain waited 'til the hunter coming after him was in a narrow hallway before he used his demon ray, so there was no room to escape. Unfortunately for him, that hunter happened to be Sam Winchester.
  • Compensating for Something: What Dean calls Uriel's plan to destroy the town.
  • Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: Dean shoots Don just as he is about to sacrifice Tracy.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: Don when possessed by Samhain.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death
    • A man dies from unwittingly swallowing razor blades in Halloween candy and slowly choking to death as he tries to pull them out.
    • A girl bobbing for apples gets telekinetically held underwater and her head boiled as she struggles and the party-goers try desperately to help her.
    • A teenager gets dragged kicking and screaming into a grave by zombies, who then brutally rip him apart, not to mention all the other teens slaughtered at the same time.
  • Death Glare: The astronaut kid gives it his best when Dean says he hasn't got any sweets.
  • Headbutt of Love: Subverted.
    • Deadly Hug: Samhain draws Tracy in, cups her face tenderly, and then...CRACK.
  • Hot Witch: Tracy.
  • Humans Are Special: Castiel calls humans "works of art".
  • Hypocrite: Tracy calls Don "a sick son of a bitch" for trying to kill her and seems outraged by it, but then seconds later admits that she wanted to rip his face off for centuries, and gloats over his demise.
  • Two Words: Added Emphasis = Jail Bait: Sam's response when Dean insists on being the one to interview Tracy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although Dean won't stop at mocking a chubby kid, he will definitely not let angels kill a thousand people, and will risk his life to prevent that from happening.
  • Knight Templar: The angels. Lampshaded by Dean
    Dean: There's nothing more dangerous than some a-hole who thinks he's on a holy mission.
  • Necromancer: Part of Samhain's power is reanimating the dead.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: By killing Don, Sam and Dean provide the third blood sacrifice necessary to break the seal and raise Samhain.
  • The Nicknamer: Dean calls Castiel "Cass", Uriel "Chuckles", and a zombie "Stinky".
  • No-Sell: Sam to Samhain's powers.
    Sam: Yeah, that demon-ray-gun stuff? It doesn't work on me.
  • Oh, Crap!: Sam and Dean when, after they rescue Tracy from the witch about to sacrifice her, she starts criticizing her brother's spell-work.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Up to Eleven. Not kind or merciful, they plan to smite an entire town to kill one witch. Not even devout, either, as Uriel is quick to blaspheme, and Castiel doubts God himself and the morality of his orders. They're dark, deadly, cryptic, and don't worry too much about human life.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: When Samhain is rising, Sam quickly smears blood onto his and Dean's faces to trick the demon into thinking they're dead so he'll leave them alone. It works.
    Dean: What the hell was that?
    Sam: Halloween lore. People used to wear masks to hide from him, so I gave it a shot.
    Dean: You "gave it a shot"?!
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Uriel's "specialty".
  • The Precious, Precious Car: The Metallicar gets egged by the trick-or-treat-er Dean mocked.
  • The Quiet One: Most demons are quite chatty. After saying a few lines when he is first summoned, Samhain doesn't say another word for the rest of the episode.
  • Razor Apples: The first victim died when small razors in the store-bought Halloween candy got stuck in his throat and stomach and slashed him up from inside.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Samhain isn't fooled, though, saying that the Hot Witch who's summoned him has "aged".
  • Rule of Threes: Uriel tells Sam he's been warned twice not to use his powers—the third time he'll be killed.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Samhain is a Celtic holiday that celebrates the harvest, not a partially-blind, undead-raising demon that can only surface every six hundred years. Also, it's pronounced "sa-win", not "sam-hane".
  • Secret Test of Character: And not even Castiel knows if Dean has passed it.
  • Sexy Whatever Outfit: The teen girls dressed in Halloween costumes at the Wild Teen Parties.
  • Shoot Out the Lock: Dean shoots a locked door to rescue some teens.
  • Sibling Team: Three of them in one episode, folks! Aside from Sam and Dean there's Castiel and Uriel and the witches.
  • Similarly Named Works: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, from which this episode takes its name.
  • Villainous Valour: Lilith scampered when she realized her demon ray didn't work on Sam; Samhain charged him. When he realized Sam had a knife that could hurt him, he simply knocked it out of his hands and continued to pound him. When he realized Sam could exorcise him, he just charged him again.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: The Winchesters refuse to let Uriel raze the town to prevent the summoning of Samhain. At the end, Castiel notes that while Samhain was banished back to hell before he could do much, the fact that he was summoned means another seal was broken. Dean says saving the town (specifically the children) was Worth It.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Samhain has horrible vision, which is why masks can fool him. However, unlike most demons, he is immune to iron.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Uriel berates Sam for using his demonic powers. Okay, makes sense. Then he threatens to kill him the second he stops being useful. Whoa.
  • Wicked Witch: Two of 'em.
  • Wild Teen Party: One of which takes place inside a crypt. While Samhain's out and about, turning corpses into zombies. Gee, I wonder what'll happen?
  • Would Hurt a Child: One of the components of the hex bags are the charred metacarpals of a newborn baby.

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