2.08 Crossroad Blues

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Promotional image for Crossroad Blues
Title Crossroad Blues
Episode # Season 2, Episode 8
First aired 16 November, 2006
Directed by Steve Boyum
Written by Sera Gamble
On IMDB http://imdb.com/title/tt0868625/
Outline When two professionals die after claiming to be haunted, Sam and Dean investigate a local bar and discover a demon has been making people's dreams come true in exchange for their souls.
Location(s) Lloyd's Bar - Greenwood, Mississippi
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In Rosedale, Mississippi in 1930, Robert Johnson makes a deal with a demon, asking to be the greatest blues guitarist that ever lived. The deal is sealed with a kiss.

In Greenwood Mississippi, in August 1938, Robert Johnson is playing blues guitar at a bar called Lloyds. There is a sound outside, and he leaves, running as he hears dogs chasing him until he takes refuge in a house. Soon after he is found dying, mumbling about the black dogs that are after him.

In the present day, Sam and Dean are researching the case of an architect, Sean Boyden, who jumped to his death from a building he designed. He had previously reported seeing a dog in the building. Thinking this may be a supernatural black dog, the boys decide to investigate and under the guise as writers from Architectural Digest, interview Sean’s partner. They discover he had been working as a bartender at a bar called Lloyds ten years ago, when suddenly he’d shown great talent and become an overnight success.

Dean and Sam start tracking all the complaints against black dogs in the area recently. At the house of Dr Silvia Pearlman, who has risen to be Chief of Surgery at a young age, her maid confirms the report, and adds that the doctor left unexpectedly a couple of days before. Dean finds a photo of the doctor at Lloyds.

In a hotel room, Dr Pearlman screams as she is attacked by an invisible dog.

Sam and Dean go to Lloyds bar, which is situated near a crossroads. The intersection is surrounded by yarrow, a plant used in summoning rituals, and at its centre they dig up a tin contain bones and the photo of George Darrow. They realise that the black dog are actually hell hounds which are collecting the souls due in payment of a deal with a demon.

The boys visit George Darrow, a painter, who admits to having summoned a demon ten years ago, and having made a deal for artistic talent. After the deal however, the demon stayed at Lloyds bar for week and made deals with Sean Boyden, Silvia Growman and a man named Evan Hudson. George is resigned to dying, and the boys leave him to his fate.

At Evan Hudson’s house, he admits to Sam and Dean to having made a deal with the demon to save his wife from dying from cancer.

Dean suggests he go and summon the Crossroads Demon and try and exorcise it, while Sam protects Evan. Sam is wary of the plan, like Dean he has been wondering if their father made a similar deal with the Yellow-Eyed Demon for Dean’s life, and is wary of Dean’s motives. But as they hear the howling of the hell hounds, he agrees to go along with the plan.

Dean summons the Crossroads Demon, and tries to lure her into the Impala, which is parked over a devil’s trap . When she realises the trap and begins to taunt Dean about how much he has suffered since John’s death. She offers to bring him back, in exchange for Dean’s soul to be claimed in ten year’s time. Just as it appears Dean may make the deal, the crossroads demon realises she is trapped under a devil’s trap painted on the water tower she is standing under. Meanwhile Sam and Evan stand inside a protective circle as the hellhounds approach.

Dean starts to exorcise the demon, but she offers to free Evan Hudson from his deal, sealing her offer with a kiss. Dean continues the exorcism, while the enraged demon taunts him with how much his father is suffering in hell. Finally the demon is exorcised, leaving behind a confused young woman.

Back in the Impala, Sam and Dean talk about the deal their father made. Dean feels undeserving and while Sam tries to convince him otherwise, he asks whether Dean considers accepting the crossroad demon’s deal. Dean doesn’t answer.




  • Robert Johnson - Crossroad Blues (Performed by Robert Johnson in the opening prologue sequence. Also heard when Robert Johnson is making his deal with the Crossroads Demon)
  • Son House - Downhearted Blues (Played when Sam and Dean visit George Darrow's apartment)
  • Big Bill Broonzy/Little Walter - Key to the Highway (Played when Sam and Dean are driving and discussing John Winchester's deal)
  • Nazareth - Hair of the Dog (Played during the "Soon" sequence teasing upcoming episodes)


Sam: So much for our low profile. You've got a warrant out in St. Louis and now, you're officially on the feds' database.

Dean: Dude, I'm like Dillinger or something.
Sam: Dean, it's not funny. Makes the job harder, we've got to be more careful now.
Dean: What have they got on you?
Sam: [mumbling] I'm sure they just haven't posted it yet...
Dean: What, no accessory, nothing?
Sam: Shut up.
Dean: [laughs] You're jealous.

Sam: No, I'm not!
Dean: Yeah, MySpace, what the hell is that? Seriously, is that like some sort of porn site?
Dean: Crossroads are where pacts are made. These people are actually making deals with the damn thing. You know, 'cause that always ends good.

Sam: They're seeing dogs alright, but not black dogs. They're seeing Hellhounds. Demonic pit bulls.

Dean: Whoever this demon is, it's back and it's collecting. That doctor lady, wherever she's running, she isn't running fast enough.
Dean: Was it worth it?
George: Hell no. 'Course, I asked for talent. Shoulda gone for fame. I'm still broke, and lonely. Just now I got this pile of paintings don't nobody want. But that wasn't the worst.
Evan Hudson: How do I know you're not lying?
Dean: You don't, but you're kind of running low on options there, buddy boy.
Dean (to Evan Hudson): You sure about that? I think you did it for yourself. So you wouldn't have to live without her. But guess what? She's going to have to live without you now. But what if she knew how much it cost? What if she knew it cost your soul? How do you think she'd feel?
Crossroads Demon: I can't break a binding contract.

Dean: And by can't, you mean don't want to? Last chance. Evan and his wife get to live to a ripe old age. Going... going...
Crossroads Demon: Let's talk about this.

Dean: OK, gone.
Crossroads Demon: What are you doing?
Dean: Oh, you're just going to go on a little trip. Way down south.
Dean: [kissing the Crossroads Demon] What the hell was that for?

Crossroads Demon: Sealing the deal

Dean: I usually like to be warned before I'm violated with Demon tongue.
Crossroads Demon (to Dean): Because your misery's the whole point. It's too much fun to watch. Knowing how your daddy died for you, how he sold his soul. I mean, that's gotta hurt. It's all you ever think about. You wake up and your first thought is, "I can't do this anymore." You're all lit up with pain. I mean, you loved him so much. And it's all your fault. You blew it, Dean! I could have given you what you need.

Trivia & References

Robert Johnson makes his deal in 1930. He dies in 1938.
The actress playing the demon who visits Robert Johnson is the same actress who played Lori's roommate in 1.07 Hook Man (episode).
The title, Crossroad Blues, is taken from a Robert Johnson song of the same name. Robert Johnson is performing the song at the beginning of this episode before he begins to panic at the sound of the Hellhounds and sight of the demon. The song also plays during the scene where Robert Johnson is making his deal with the Crossroads Demon. This song was later covered by the classic rock band Cream, but they shortened the title to "Crossroads."
Dean: Great. So we've gotta clean up these people's mess for 'em? I mean, they're not exactly squeaky clean. Nobody put a gun to their head and forced 'em to play Let's Make A Deal.
Let's Make A Deal: is a TV game show that started in the 60s.
The hotel that Dr Silvia Growman stays at is the Baskerville Motel, a reference to the Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, which features a violent, ostensibly supernatural dog. Sam and Dean's initial working theory in this case is they are looking for a black dog.
Dean: Though this house probably ain't up next on MTV Cribs, is it?
MTV Cribs is a reality program that offers a look into the homes of celebrities.
Dean: Wasn't for cash. Oh, who knows. Maybe this place is full of babes in Princess Leia bikinis.
A Star Wars reference. When Princess Leia is captured by Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi she is forced to wear a golden bikini marking her as a slave-girl.
There is now a warrant for Dean's arrest in St. Louis and he is listed in the FBI database. Sam has no record.
The demon confirms that John Winchester sold his soul for Dean's survival.
Dean: Dude, I'm like Dillinger or something.
John Dillinger was an American bank robber who was considered a dangerous criminal. His activities in the 1930's contributed to the further development of the FBI. John Dillinger's exploits and law enforcement's efforts to catch him were the subject of the 2009 movie Public Enemies.
Dean: Yeah, MySpace, what the hell is that?
MySpace is a website that allows people to meet others with similar interests.


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