Motels: Season 7
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|
|7.01 Meet the New Boss||Bobby's house||Sioux Falls|
|7.02 Hello, Cruel World||Bobby's house||Sioux Falls||This is the last time we see Bobby's house. It's discovered burned to the ground at the end of the episode.|
|7.03 The Girl Next Door|| Bison "Something" Motel
Spokane Swan Motel (Sam & Dean at the end)
|Bozeman, Montana|| We don't get a clear shot of the name of this motel.
Prop re-use: Wagon wheel light fixture also seen in 4.08 and in Rufus's cabin.
|7.04 Defending Your Life||Rainer Hotel||Dearborn, Michigan|| The Floorplan is featured in this room. Prop re-use: Painting also appears in Amy Pond's house in 7.03.
The lamp is seen in 7.05
|7.05 Shut Up, Dr. Phil|| Unknown name and then
Prosperity (?) Motel
| Unknown (Maple Springs, NY newspaper on table)
| Prop re-use first room: lampshade from 6.06
The second motel: The basketball and tire room divider is significant because they are in Indiana. Indiana is well known for basketball and speedway motor racing (Indy 500 and NASCAR). The room is decorated with basketball teams and games.
|7.06 Slash Fiction||None|
|7.07 The Mentalists||None|
|7.08 Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!||Becky's House (Sam)|| Pine Creek, Delaware (house)
Loon Lake (Cabin)
|Prop re-use: Flower wallpaper in the kitchen is also seen in 3.15.|
|7.09 How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters||Squatting in an abandoned house||Hammonton, New Jersey||The Green cooler is brought inside. The Coleman light makes its first appearance this season.|
|7.10 Death's Door||Squatting in an abandoned house (as per 7.09)||Hammonton, New Jersey|
|7.11 Adventures in Babysitting|| Rufus's Cabin
and Unnamed motel (Sam only)
| Whitefish, Montana
Possibly Dodge City, Kansas (where the case is)
|In the motel Sam stays in we only get one quick shot. But we can see that familiar headboard. It also appears in: 2.09, 2.11, 2.14, 3.10, 6.02, 6.09, 7.05.|
|7.12 Time After Time||Squatting in an abandoned house||Canton Ohio|| This is the accommodation where Sam and Dean "rock, paper, scissors" for the room.
The Green cooler and the Coleman light is seen in this room.
|7.13 The Slice Girls||Century Hotel||Seattle, Washington|| Prop re-use: Bedspreads in 7.12 and 5.04
Kitchen cabinets in 7.19
|7.14 Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie||Tiki Motel||Wichita, Kansas|| This motel features a wonderful Polynesian tiki theme. The large tiki faces might be there to mock Sam's fear of clowns.
The walls are rocked lined and the wallpaper features grass-skirts women and palm trees.
|7.15 Repo Man||? Motel (Room 113)||Coeur d'Alene, Idaho||Prop re-use: Painting seen in 6.15|
|7.16 Out with the Old||None|
|7.17 The Born-Again Identity|| Psych hospital (Sam)
Rufus Cabin (Dean)
|Northern Indiana and Whitefish, Montana|
|7.18 Party On, Garth||Mark and Diane's Last Resort Motel||Junction City, Kansas||Rocket lined walls are a feature.|
|7.19 Of Grave Importance||Crow's Nest Motel||Bodega Bay, California|| The seagulls are significant because they are most likely a reference to Hitchcock's film, The Birds, which is set in Bodega Bay.
And Dean coming out of the shower is significant too.
|7.20 The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo||Rufus's Cabin||Whitefish, Montana|
|7.21 Reading Is Fundamental|| Rufus's Cabin
|Whitefish, Montana|| Prop re-use: Wagon wheel light fixture also seen in 7.03 and 4.08
The Coleman light is becoming a regular prop for the boys in abandoned places.
|7.22 There Will Be Blood||Buffalo Hump Motel||South Chicago, Illinois and then Missoula, Montana||Buffalo theme motel room. Buffalos on the curtains, bedspread, painting, and above the fireplace.|
|7.23 Survival of the Fittest||Rufus's cabin||Whitefish, Montana|