6.02 Two and a Half Men

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Title Two and a Half Men
Episode # Season 6, Episode 2
First aired October 1, 2010
Directed by John F. Showalter
Written by Adam Glass
On IMDB Two and a Half Men
Outline Sam calls on Dean’s help to investigate a series of brutal murders where babies go missing.
Monster Shapeshifters
Alpha Shapeshifter
Location(s) Battle Creek, Michigan
Lansing, Michigan (Campbell Compound)
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Dean, Lisa, and Ben have moved to a new house in Battle Creek, Michigan, after the incident with the djinn in 6.01 Exile on Main St.. Dean is hyper-vigilant to danger and doesn't want Ben or Lisa to leave the house; however, he doesn't want their lives to be the same as his was raised by John, and he yells at Ben for wanting to learn how to shoot a gun. Lisa wants to know what's really gotten Dean so upset. She asks him what he's afraid of, if there's a monster they should be looking out for, but he just says that he's not sure and that anything could come after them given his past. He wants to keep her and Ben safe, but Lisa says that they need to set some parameters so that they can live their lives.

Meanwhile, Sam questions local law enforcement about a husband and wife who have been brutally murdered and their baby, who is missing. As he leaves the crime scene, Sam notices that the family has the same security system as the other families that were killed: Harper Caine Security. Because none of the family's alarm systems went off when they were attacked, he calls Samuel Campbell, who finds one more family with Harper Caine Security that has a young baby and is still "walking and talking." Sam heads to their house, but he's too late. He finds the husband and wife dead in the living room, and the perpetrator still in the house. They fight, and Sam slices his arm with a silver knife. The wound hisses and burns, but before he can do anything else, the perpetrator flees. Sam hears something in the other room and finds the baby still alive.

Sam calls Dean, who meets him reluctantly but agrees to help after seeing the baby. Before he leaves home he teaches Lisa how to handle a gun.

Sam and Dean stop at a market for baby supplies. Dean reveals he's had some experience with Lisa's infant niece. When they reach the checkout lane, the baby won't stop crying. A woman approaches them and offers help but Dean sees her eyes flash in the security camera feed - she is a shapeshifter. She tries to take the baby, but Sam and Dean manage to fend her off and escape. The shapeshifter sees their license plate numbers as they leave and quickly takes the form of a police officer so that it can track them down.

Sam and Dean hole up in a motel room with the baby. Dean says that he's had to be better father material since he started helping Lisa take care of Ben. Sam is skeptical about Dean's resolve to give Ben a better childhood than they had, though, because "moving them around and keeping them on lock down" isn't any different from how John raised them.

Sam discovers that one of the fathers of a kidnapped baby is still alive and goes to interview him. He learns that the man left his wife, now deceased, because she claimed that she had been impregnated by him even though he was out of town at the time. Sam calls Dean, who is enjoying the motel bed's Magic Fingers, with the theory that the baby is the child of a shapeshifter just as Dean sees skin and blood explode up the wall from the baby's crib. The baby has shifted into the form of the baby it sees on its box of diapers. The baby is still crying from its transformation when the shapeshifter, in the form of the police officer, breaks into the room. The shapeshifter says that the baby needs to be with not only its father, but with "our father." Sam enters the motel room and shoots the shapeshifter through the heart, killing it, and they drive to the Campbells' compound. Despite Dean's misgivings about giving the baby to hunters, Samuel gives the baby to Christian Campbell to raise with his wife, Arlene.

Another shapeshifter shows up, this time in the guise of Samuel, and demands the return of the baby. A fight ensues, but the creature is immune to bullets, a knife to the heart, and all the tranquilizers they load into it. It kills Mark Campbell and then battles Sam and Dean and takes the baby.

Samuel and Sam speculate that the shapeshifter was an Alpha. Dean asks Sam if he knew the Alpha was out there and if he purposefully used the baby as bait to bring the Alpha to them. Sam denies it. After they leave, Samuel talks on the phone to someone who apparently wants him to catch the Alpha Shapeshifter and bring it to him.

Dean and Lisa have a final confrontation about what Dean should do, leave them or stay. He wants to do what is safest and best for them. Lisa tells him that she doesn't know what is safer, but that Dean is a hunter and that he needs to stop denying it. She tells him that he can come back when he can, but that he needs to leave. The last scene shows Dean uncovering the Impala and smiling.




  • "Shop Til You Drop" by Daniel May
(plays while Dean and Sam are shopping for baby supplies)
  • "Dirty Weekend" by Jim Blake (Extreme Music)
(plays while Dean and Sam realize a shapeshifter is holding the baby)
  • "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple
(the song Dean hums to Bobby John; it also plays when Dean puts the Impala back into play at the end of the episode)


Samuel: Okay, so either we've got monsters grabbing babies to make baby stew, or we've got a bunch of psychotic yokels grabbing babies to make baby stew. Either way, it's baby stew, which is bad.
Dean: Listen to me. Don't ever open this trunk. Do you understand me?

Ben: Okay, sorry. But I don't get it. You had your own rifle when you were my age.

Dean: Ben, mark my words. You will never, ever shoot a gun, ever.
Sam: Look, I'm 30 minutes away, and I will drive to your door if you don't meet me.
Dean: And what's so nuts you gotta threaten a damn drive-by?
Dean: You know what, Sam can handle this.

Lisa: Dean, no offense, but if you don't walk out that door, I'm gonna shoot you.
Dean: I bet you're missing your ex right about now. The uh, the boring one?

Lisa: God, shut up. Just be careful, okay?
Sam: Seatbelt.
Dean: What am I, in third grade? A car should drive, not be a little bitch.
[Dean is grabbing different baby products]

Sam: So how do you know all this?
Dean: Uh, Lisa's got a baby niece. So I've been on a few milk runs.
Sam: Huh.
Dean: Shut it.
Sam: [laughing] I just said, 'huh.'

Dean: I just said, 'shut it.'
Sam: Everyone's staring at us like we're child abusers! Feed it!

Dean: We fed it!
Sam: Then what?
Dean: I don't know. You think I speak baby? Maybe he needs a diaper change.

Sam: Oh God, I hope not.
Dean: [struggling with child safety seat.] Ugh! Who designed this thing, NASA?
Sam: Dad always said it was temporary, Dean. He said it for 22 years. Look, I get it. You want to watch out for them. That's great. I'm just asking, how do you do that and not turn into Dad?
Sam: I've never seen a baby monster before.

Dean: Of course it's not really a monster. I mean, it's still just a baby. It's not its fault its dad's a shifter.
Sam: Right, but it's a shifter, too.

Dean: Still doesn't change the fact that we've got to look after this thing. I mean, what the hell are we going to do with it? We can't actually drop it off at an orphanage. They might get upset when it turns Asian.
Samuel: Congrats. It's a boy, sometimes.
Dean: I don't know what to do here, Lis. I mean, if I knew for sure what the safest thing was, then I'd do it. Stay here and look after you guys or get as far away as I possibly can, but I don't know. And I get what I've been doing lately, you know, what with the yelling and the acting like a prison guard. It's just, that's not me. You tell yourself you're not gonna be something, you know? But my dad was exactly like this. All the time. It's scaring the hell out of me.
Lisa: Dean, if there's some rule that says this all has to be either/or, how about we break it? Me and Ben will be here, and you come when you can. Just come in one piece, okay?

Dean: You really think we can pull something like that off?

Lisa: It's worth a shot, right?

Trivia & References

The title of the episode refers to the TV sitcom of the same name. The sitcom shoots on the Warner Bros. lot, not far from the Supernatural writers' offices.
The name of the security system company includes "Harper," another reference to the series Two and a Half Men where Charlie Sheen plays a character named Charlie Harper and Jon Cryer plays his brother Alan Harper.
Sam: Welcome to the party, Guttenberg.
A reference to the movie Three Men and a Baby starring Steve Guttenberg, in which 3 bachelors have to raise a baby.
The brand of paste/gel Sam grabs for the baby at the supermarket is called Boudreaux's Butt Paste.
Dean: This is like defusing an I.E.D. with poop.
I.E.D. stands for "improvised explosive device" which are non-military, homemade bombs.
Sam: No, no, no, seriously. You've got a whole Dr. Huxtable vibe coming off of you. You're like... father material.
A reference to Bill Cosby's character in the TV sitcom The Cosby Show.
Sam: I didn't even know they had babies. I thought they were just freaks of nature, like X-Men style.
The X-Men are a team of mutant superheroes. They were previously referenced in 5.06 I Believe the Children Are Our Future.
Dean: You all are joking, right? I mean, come on! You can't "Angelina Jolie" a shapeshifter. Give me the baby.
A reference to Angelina Jolie's adoption of three children from other cultures.


The scene where Dean was crying back at the baby was improvised by Jensen.(source)
Bobby John's name is a combination of John Winchester's and Bobby Singer's first names. Considering how Bobby is seen as a father figure after John's death, it is possible that Sam and Dean were both trying to name him after their "father."
The scene where Dean gives the baby some whiskey on his finger was improvised by Jensen who recalled his father doing the same with coffee when he was a child.(source)
Samuel Campbell gave the baby Bobby John to Christian Campbell to raise with his wife, Arlene. According to writer Adam Glass, "Arlene is my mother in laws name." And, Mitch Pileggi's wife name is Arlene Warren. However that was a just coincidence.

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