3.05 Bedtime Stories
|Episode #||Season 3, Episode 5|
|First aired||November 1, 2007|
|Directed by||Mike Rohl|
|Written by||Cathryn Humphris|
|On IMDB||Bedtime Stories|
|Outline||Sam and Dean investigate a series of murders based on fairy tales.|
|Location(s)||Maple Springs, New York|
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Now that the Colt has been restored and can kill demons, Sam argues with Dean that they should use it to kill the crossroads demon, in an effort to release Dean from his deal. Dean is in staunch opposition to the idea, as it may put Sam’s life in danger. He deflects the argument by asking Sam for details of the killings that they are on their way to investigate; they suspect a werewolf may be responsible.
In Maple Springs, the boys visit the survivor of an attack that killed his two brothers. Despite prompting from Sam and Dean, he describes an ordinary man as the killer – not a werewolf. The next victim is a woman who was attacked when she and her boyfriend got lost in the woods, and were offered pie by a seemingly sweet old lady who then proceeded to drug and attack them, viciously stabbing the woman’s boyfriend. When Sam and Dean question her, she reports seeing a young girl at the window of the house.
Sam and Dean check the old lady’s house, and find high EMF readings, indicating a spirit of some sort was present. Sam speculates that the cases resembles fairy tales – the three brothers as the Three Little Pigs, and the woman and her boyfriend as Hansel and Gretel – and that maybe a spirit is controlling the people involved in the murders.
Dean is skeptical, but then they see a pumpkin and some mice outside a house. Inside, just as in Cinderella, they find a young woman whose step-mother has suddenly chained and beaten her. Dean sees the spectre of a young girl; when he follows her she disappears, but leaves behind an apple.
The boys start trying to find a girl who may have gone missing or been killed in the area, but to no avail. They return to the hospital to check for children there and find that one of the staff, Dr. Garrison, has a daughter, Callie, who has been in a coma since she was eight. They find him reading fairy tales to a young woman, who looks exactly like an older version of the spirit Dean saw. They find out that she swallowed bleach which led to her condition, and speculate that she was poisoned by her step-mother, and that her spirit has become increasingly enraged and is acting out fairy tales in an attempt to get attention.
Another victim is brought to the hospital - an old woman whose granddaughter has disappeared. Fearing another attack, Dean takes off to find her, leaving Sam to explain their suspicions to Dr. Garrison. He rejects Sam’s assertions at first, but does admit his daughter’s spirit has appeared to him. Meanwhile Dean finds the young girl but he is attacked by the man who has kidnapped her.
Dr. Garrison is made distraught by Sam’s story that his wife may have poisoned his daughter, but when Callie’s spirit appears and confirms it, he accepts the truth. At that moment his daughter dies, and the spirit disappears, now at rest. The man attacking Dean returns to his normal self, confused as to what has happened. As Sam and Dean bid farewell to Dr. Garrison, he expresses regret that he couldn’t let Callie go earlier, something Dean suggests that Sam needs to do.
That night Sam sneaks out of the motel room and summons a crossroads demon. She taunts him, suggesting part of him will be relieved when Dean dies. He threatens her with the Colt but she explains that killing her won’t break Dean’s deal, as the contract is held by a demon more powerful than her. Sam shoots her anyway – killing the demon and the young woman it was possessing.
- The Colt
- Costumes & Disguises
- Dean's Amulet
- Fairy Tales
- Get this
- Haley Joel Osment
- Led Zeppelin
- Table of Death
- Vengeful Spirits
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 3.05 Bedtime Stories (transcript)
- Bedtime Stories storyboards Scenes 1-4
- Casting Sides for Crossroads Demon
- Casting Sides for Dr. Garrison
- 3.05 Bedtime Stories: Once Upon a Time … by bardicvoice (November 2007); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2007. Two Somewhat Grim Brothers: "Bedtime Stories" Season 3, Episode 5. Pink Raygun, November 5; archive link
- Tosenberger, Catherine. 2010. "Kinda like the folklore of its day": Supernatural, fairy tales, and ostension. Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 4. https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2010.0174.