1.13 Route 666

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Promotional image from Route 666
Title Route 666
Episode # Season 1, Episode 13
First aired January 31, 2006
Directed by Paul Shapiro
Written by Eugenie Ross-Leming
Brad Buckner
On IMDB Route 666
Outline An old flame of Dean's calls Sam and Dean in to help her with a haunted truck killing off people in her town.
Monster Vengeful Spirit
Timeline Early May, 2006
Location(s) Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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Synopsis

Promotional poster for "Route 666."

An "old friend" of Dean's calls the brothers about some suspicious car accidents in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It turns out the old friend is Dean's ex-girlfriend Cassie, who dumped him when he revealed to her that he hunts supernatural phenomena. Her father, his best friend Clayton, (both African American men) have been killed - seemingly run off the road. In the days before his death, her father reported being followed by a black truck.

Soon after Sam and Dean arrive, the editor of the local paper Jimmy Anderson is also killed. While researching the deaths, Dean and Cassie end up in bed together.

After the mayor, Harold Todd, is killed, the boys and Cassie find all men were linked to the Dorian family, who had been a wealthy white family in the town.

After Cassie herself is attacked, they find out that when her mother was young, she used to date a man called Cyrus Dorian. She left him for Martin Robinson, and an enraged Cyrus burnt down the church they were to be married in, killing the children's choir. Cyrus then attacked Martin but two of his friends, Clayton Solmes and Jimmy Anderson helped him and Cyrus was killed. They disposed of his body and truck in a swamp. Back then Harold Todd was a young deputy who had discovered what had happened but covered it up because he knew what Cyrus had done.

Eventually, Dean and Sam dispatch the phantom truck by dragging it and its owner out of the lake, burning the body, and leading the ghost truck to the hallowed ground of an old church - incidentally, the one Cyrus had burned to the ground during his racist reign of terror.

Before the boys leave, Dean raises the possibility of renewing a relationship with Cassie, but she turns him down.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Walk Away" by The James Gang
(plays at the service station, when Cassie first calls Dean)
  • "She Brings Me Love" by Bad Company
(plays during the love scene between Dean and Cassie)
  • "Paradise" by Sharif
(plays during the love scene between Dean and Cassie; Netflix version)
  • "Can't Find My Way Home" by Blind Faith
(plays at the end of the episode, when Dean puts on his shades)
  • "Line of Love" by The Minors
(plays at the end of the episode, when Dean puts on his shades; Netflix version)

Quotes

Sam: You told her? The secret? Our big family rule number one: we do what we do, and we shut up about it. For a year and a half I do nothing but lie to Jessica, and you go out with this chick in Ohio a couple of times and you tell her everything? [Dean says nothing] Dean!
Dean: Yeah, looks like.
Dean: Don't leave the house.

Cassie: Don't go getting all authoritative on me, I hate it.

Dean: Don't leave the house, please?
Sam: I miss conversations that didn’t start with “this killer truck.”
Sam: (over a cellphone) Where are you?
Dean: I'm in the middle of nowhere with a killer truck on my ass!

Trivia & References

Eric Kripke has cited this episode as another one of his least favorites. Among other reasons he claims the phantom truck wasn't scary enough and looked too much like a "monster truck."
The demand of the network to have more romance on the show produced a strange kind of moral to be adhered to. Anthony Pinker, one of the editors, explains: "The violence we don't get a lot of notes on." For the episode "Route 666" though, "... The note I got from the network was 'The girl can't be on top.'" (cit.S1Com, p. 77)
In the faux trailer for Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning in 2.18 Hollywood Babylon, writer Martin Flagg is also credited as the writer of Cornfield Massacre and Monster Truck, which are illustrated with images from 1.11 Scarecrow and this episode. There's also a shot of the hook from 1.07 Hookman, of Claire's desiccated hands from 2.07 The Usual Suspects, Gordon and his bloody knife from 2.03 Bloodlust and the inside of Angela's coffin from 2.04 Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things.
In 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book, "Route 666" is the title of one of Chuck's Supernatural books. On reading it Dean says: "Everything is in here. I mean everything. From the racist truck to -- to me having sex. I'm full-frontal in here, dude."
In the alternative 2014 Apocalyptic future portrayed in 5.04 The End, the movie of Route 666 - presumably based on Carver Edlund's book - is on the board of an abandoned cinema.

Minutiae

The starburst clock shows up on the wall of Sam and Dean's motel room. It's in numerous episodes.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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