Motels: Season 4
The places Sam and Dean stay during each episode provides a very important backdrop to each episode. Whether they stay in a motel, squat, stay at Bobby's, or sleep in the car, we are reminded of their nomadic existence. The sets are always excellent, with wonderful attention to detail, the work of Production Designer Jerry Wanek and Art Director John Marcynuk.
The motels in particular have become a signature of the show, with each one having a different theme, and the set detail often contains in-jokes that only the most dedicated fan will get. Jensen said of the motel rooms: "Jerry Wanek's just a crazy guy, and likes to use his talents when he gets the ability to, and the motel rooms are his passion. source."
This entry also lists places the boys travel to in each episode.
|Episode||Accommodation/ Motel name||Motel Location & Other Locations||Trivia||Picture|
|4.01 Lazarus Rising||The Astoria
|Pontiac, Illinois|| This is a rather "seedy" motel featuring leopard-skin-patterned wallpaper. The tiger print also appeared in Andy's van in 2.05 Simon Said and in 6.21
The song playing in the background in this scene is by the Republic Tigers.
|4.02 Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester||Bobby's house||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||Sam slept on the sofa and Dean slept on the floor next to Sam.|
|4.03 In the Beginning||Willow Tree Motel|| Location of Will Tree Motel unknown
Later: Lawrence, Kansas
|This is the first episode to use The Floor Plan. The same floor plan appears in a number of rooms over the coming seasons. Sometimes it's turned upside down.|
|4.04 Metamorphosis||Willow Tree Motel
Rainbow Trout Motel
|Carthage, Missouri||This room has a "hunting" theme. The Deer's Head makes another appearance.|
|4.05 Monster Movie||None (probably The Bavarian Inn)||Canonsburg, Pennsylvania|
|4.06 Yellow Fever|| Blue Bird Hotel
(initially the 4th floor, until Dean insists they move to the 1st)
|Rock Ridge, Colorado|| This room has a lot of earthy tones. It is also designed to create a "trapped" feeling -- lots of vertical and criss-crossed lines.
Prop re-use: Bedspreads from 7.15
Lamp seen again in 7.05
|4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester|| Moonlight Motel
|unknown||This room features a fabulous color combination of purple, red, and green. The room divider has a lock and key design.|
|4.08 Wishful Thinking||Tall Totem Lodge||Concrete, Washington||This room has Native American influences crossed with a Wild West-type theme. It features a large totem in the corner of the room.|
|4.09 I Know What You Did Last Summer|| Blue Rose Motel
Abandoned house (in flashback)
|unknown||This motel has the same name as the one in 2.10 Hunted, though it is a completely different motel. However, the blue rose seen outside the window is the same.|
|4.10 Heaven and Hell||Unknown|| Sioux Falls, South Dakota
|4.11 Family Remains||The Impala||Stratton, Nebraska||The arm rest makes a nice pillow.|
|4.12 Criss Angel Is a Douchebag||Hotel Patricia||Sioux City, Iowa||Another room with earthy tones. It also has a geometric room divider.|
|4.13 After School Special||None||Indiana|
|4.14 Sex and Violence|| Unnamed motel
Lion's Pride Motel
|Bedford, Iowa|| The first motel appears briefly and has distinctive flocked wallpaper.
The second room, The Lion's Pride, features distinctive red, black, and gold coloring. There's a lion motif used in the room divider and in the wall paper.
Prop re-use: Lamp also seen in 2.08
|4.15 Death Takes a Holiday|| The Broken Saddle Motel
|Greybull, Wyoming||A rustic-stylized motel featuring pressed tin on the walls and distressed wooden faux doors.|
|4.16 On the Head of a Pin||Unnamed motel||Cheyenne, Wyoming||Horse themed room, featuring horses on the bedspread, a horse picture above the bed, and a horseshoe room divider.|
|4.17 It's a Terrible Life||Dean's "Fake" Apartment||Ohio||A modern apartment, featuring a mini gym, modern gadgets, and a golf trophy (might even be one of Jensen's)|
|4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book|| Unnamed motel
|Kripke's Hollow|| The first unnamed room features a mix of decor. There are matching bedspreads and curtains, a 50's style table and chair setting, and wall paper last seen in the disco style room from 1.19
Wallpaper from 1.19
The Toreador has a bull fighting theme. Bulls are featured in the room divider. The motel is referred to as "The Red" motel in the episode.
Prop re-use: Wallpaper seen (turned the other way) in 2.10
|4.19 Jump the Shark|| The Impala
|Windom, Minnesota|| The boys are seen waking up in the Impala.
The second motel, Kesley Manor, is named in honor of director, Kim Manners. The room card features his picture. The paddle and float room divider have his initials on them - KM.
|4.20 The Rapture||Unnamed Motel||Pontiac, Illinois||This room is most notable for its rather garish pink and brown bedspreads. It also feature a floral wallpaper design that has also appeared in episode 5.08|
|4.21 When the Levee Breaks|| Bobby's house, Bobby's Panic Room
(room 623, The honeymoon suite)
|Sioux Falls, South Dakota||Sam gets to enjoy the accommodation delights that Bobby's Panic Room has to offer.
Later, we see the honeymoon suite of an unnamed hotel. This room is a little classier than usual for the boys. It's stylish and features floral wall paper and a geometric styled room divider.
|4.22 Lucifer Rising||None||Ilchester, Maryland|