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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Written by Jeremy Carver.
Directed by John Showalter.
Air Date: March 25, 2010.
When the dead start coming back to life in Bobby's hometown, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sam and Dean want to stop them, but Bobby refuses because his wife Karen is among those who have returned.
Body countFor this episode = 16 zombies and 2 humans.
For the series so far = At least 377 humans (of which 6 were witches), 61 demons, 33 ghosts, 19 zombies, 11 vampires, 9 hellhounds, 6 changelings, 5 angels, 4 gods, 3 shapeshifters, 2 ghouls, 2 werewolves, 2 dogs, 1 crocotta, 1 djinn, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 reaper, 1 rugaru, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 wendigo, and 1 wraith.
- As the Good Book Says...: The passage on the Horseman Death from Revelations.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: A different take with Dean back-to-back with Bobby in his wheelchair.
- Boom, Headshot!: The typical way of dealing with this set of zombies brought back by Death on Lucifer's command.
- Brick Joke: Digger isn't really the town drunk; it's Bobby.
- Camera Abuse: The camera lens gets splattered with zombie blood.
- Creepy Child
- Despair Gambit: Why Bobby's wife is brought back—either the zombies will kill him, or having to kill his wife a second time will break his spirit.
- Dramatic Thunder
- *Drool* Hello
- Horror Hunger: When the revived people began turning into zombies, they start getting hungry.
- Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Death. Not actually seen, but the zombies rising is "the dead walking the earth" from Revelations.
- Impersonating an Officer: Doesn't work if the sheriff knows your voice.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "Awesome. Another horseman. Must be Thursday."
- OOC Is Serious Business: Bobby lies to the Winchesters and, when they find out the truth, drives them from his house at gunpoint.
- Our Zombies Are Different
- Portent of Doom: The dead rising from their graves is a sign that Death has put in an appearance.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Sheriff Mills.
- Revenge: The first zombie kills the man who murdered him via a "Hunting "Accident"".
- Rise from Your Grave
- Shoot the Dog: Dean resolves to kill Bobby's wife, but Bobby does it himself at her invitation when she realizes she's turning.
- Shout Out:
- "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."
- "I'm not gonna leave Bobby at home with the Bride of Frankenstein."
- "So he goes Full Metal Jacket on us?"
- The title "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" could be a shoutout to the Bailey School Kids book series, whose titles are all in the format "(monster/mythical being) don't (mundane human action, usually "wear type X apparel")", although it's just as likely to be a shoutout to the Steve Martin film Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
- Staking the Loved One
"She was the love of my live. How many times do I have to kill her?"
- Bobby has to.
- Subverted with Sheriff Mills' son. Sam does it.
- Tempting Fate/It Can ThinkDean: It's all right; they're idiots. They can't pick a lock.[zombies stop banging on the door and start fiddling with the lock]Bobby: Don't you ever get tired of being wrong?!Dean: I'm making this stuff up as I go along. Sue me.
- Tragic Monster
- That Thing Is Not My Child!: When the sheriff sees her undead child with the intestines of her husband.
- The Undead/Undead Child: What the sheriff's child became.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?
- The Woobie: Bobby.
- Zombie Apocalypse: The dead rising from the grave and rejoining families is really Death's work, and by extent Big Bad Lucifer's; it's part of the Apocalypse.