In Alliance, Nebraska, people are being killed by practical joke devices such as itching powder (which causes a girl to scratch her brains out) and joy buzzers (which electrocutes a man). On top of that, a very odd looking Tooth Fairy extracts a man's teeth, a bunch of kids end up with stomach ulcers from mixing Pop Rocks and Coke, and Dean ends up with a hairy palm. It turns out that an eleven-year-old boy named Jesse Turner is the reason for all of this. Everything he believes becomes reality.
After searching his birth records, Sam and Dean find out that the boy was adopted. They visit his biological mother, Julia Wright, who lives across the state. She tells the brothers that she got pregnant from a demon possessing her and gave up her child for adoption after giving birth to him. Castiel informs the Winchesters that Jesse is a Cambion/Antichrist, a being half-human, half-demon, imbued with essentially unlimited powers. Therefore, an Antichrist could be Lucifer's special weapon in the war against Heaven and, as a serious threat, needs to be eliminated.
Despite Castiel's reservations, Sam and Dean believe that Jesse won't turn evil if he's taken somewhere safe. When they try to convince Jesse to come with them, the demon that conceived him interferes and pins them to the wall. It is again possessing Jesse's biological mother. After listening to the demon, Jesse renders it unable to speak in order to hear what Sam has to say. Sam tells Jesse that he has a choice and that it will haunt him forever if he makes the wrong decision. After that, Jesse exorcises the demon from his mother. Pretending he wants to say goodbye to his adoptive parents, he goes upstairs and vanishes into thin air, protected by his powers, which make it impossible to track him down.
Sam: Five foot ten, three hundred fifty pounds, wings, and a pink tutu. Said it was the Tooth Fairy.
Dean: So he's obviously whacked out on painkillers.
Well, I will see your crazy and raise you some. There's a couple of kids upstairs with stomach ulcers—say they got it from mixing Pop Rocks and Coke. Another guy...his face... froze that way.
Sam: What way?
He, uh, held it too long, and it—it stuck. They're flying in a plastic surgeon.
Maybe that's the connection. The Tooth Fairy, the Pop Rocks and Coke, the joy buzzer that shocks you—they're all lies that kids believe.
Sam: And now they're coming true. Okay, so whatever's doing this is—is reshaping reality. It has the powers of a god. Or of a trickster.
Dean: Yeah, with the sense of humor of a nine-year-old.
That's not what I think it is, is it?
[sees Dean's hairy palm]
I got bored. That nurse was hot.
Julia: The night the baby was born, I was alone. And the pain was—the pain was overwhelming. I, I screamed, and it came out a laugh, because the demon was happy. It used my body to give birth to a child. When it was over, something changed. Maybe the—the demon was tired or if the pain helped me fight it, but... Somehow, I took control. And the demon wailed inside me. It pounded against my skull. I thought my head was gonna explode. But I knew. I knew what I had to do. And when I was alone with the baby... A part of me...part of me wanted to kill it. But, God help me, I couldn't do that. So, I put it up for adoption, and I ran.
Castiel: This child is half demon and half human, but it's far more powerful than either. Other cultures call this hybrid cambion or katako. You know him as the Antichrist.
Sam: Anyway, I don't get it. Jesse is the Devil's son?
Castiel: No, of course not. Your Bible gets more wrong than it does right. The Antichrist is not Lucifer's child. It's just demon spawn. But it is one of the Devil's greatest weapons in the war against Heaven.
Castiel: With Lucifer risen, this child grows strong. Soon, he will do more than just make a few toys come to life—something that will draw the demons to him. The demons will find this child. Lucifer will twist this boy to his purpose. And then, with a word, this child will destroy the Host of Heaven.
Dean: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait. You're saying that—that Jesse's gonna nuke the angels?
You can go with her if you want. I can't stop you. No one can. But if you do... millions of people will die.
Jesse: She said I was half-demon. Is that true?
Sam: Yes. But you're half-human, too. You can do the right thing. You've got choices, Jesse. But if you make the wrong ones, it'll haunt you for the rest of your life.
Jesse: Why are you telling me this?!
Because I have to believe someone can make the right choice, even if I couldn't.
You know, we destroyed that kid's life by telling him the truth.
Sam: We didn't have a choice, Dean.
Dean: Yeah. You know, I'm starting to get why parents lie to their kids. You want them to believe that the worst thing out there is mixing Pop Rocks and Coke—protect them from the real evil. You want them going to bed feeling safe. If that means lying to them, so be it. The more I think about it...the more I wish Dad had lied to us.
Yeah, me too.
Trivia & References
The babysitter Amber is watching the 1983 horror film Cujo
, based on the Stephen King
novel of the same name about a rabid St. Bernard which was also produced by Robert Singer
Yeah, most of my babysitters sucked. Especially Ms. Chancey, she only cared about two things: Dynasty and bedtime.
- Dynasty was an '80s soap opera about the Carringtons, a wealthy Colorado oil family.
Sam: Hit it, Mr. Wizard.
- Mr. Wizard aka Don Herbert hosted children's science programs on TV.
That'll do, pig.
- A line from the 1995 Australian movie Babe, about a pig that learns to be a sheepdog. In the final sheep trial, Babe gets a perfect score, and Farmer Hoggett says to him "That'll do, Pig. That'll do."
The owner of the joke shop is wearing a shirt with a picture of magicians and entertainers Siegfried and Roy
Kids come in. They don't buy much, but they're more than happy to break stuff. These days, all they care about are their iPhones and those kissing-vampire movies. The whole thing makes me just—
- "Kissing-vampire movies" is a reference to the Twilight franchise.
What's up with Toothless? Cavity creeps get ahold of him?
- "Cavity Creeps" were the baddies in tooth decay, in Crest toothpaste commercials in the '70s and '80s.
Dean's hairy palm is a reference to the long-told myth to discourage "self abuse," that masturbation will cause hair to grow on the palms of one's hands.
Besides, now we know who's turning this town into Willy Wonka's worst nightmare.
- A reference to the character created by Roald Dahl who runs a chocolate factory.
Yeah. Everything Jesse believes comes true. He thinks the tooth fairy looks like Belushi, uh, joy buzzers really shock people, boom, that's what happens.
- Dean likens the Tooth Fairy to actor John Belushi, who starred in The Blues Brothers and Animal House.
Well, if Jesse's a demonic howitzer, then what the hell's he doing in Nebraska?
- A howitzer is a piece of artillery used to propel projectiles at relativity high trajectories.
Yeah. Yeah. I mean, who else could turn someone into a toy? You're Superman—minus the cape and the go-go boots. See, my—my partner and I, we work for a secret government agency. It's our job to find kids with special powers. In fact, we're here to take you to a hidden base in South Dakota, where you'll be trained to fight evil.
Jesse: Like the X-Men?
Dean: Exactly like the X-Men. In fact, the, uh, guy we're taking you to, he's even in a wheelchair.
- X-Men were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics, featuring people with genetic mutations that resulted in them having super powers. Professor Xavier, the character in a wheelchair Bobby is compared to, runs a school to train young mutants to use their powers for good.
On the front door of the joke shop, there's a sentence in Latin, "Validus Veneficus Hic" which roughly translates to, "a strong wizard here".
Sam and Dean stay in the Liberty Motor Inn.
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