|Episode #||Season 2, Episode 9|
|First aired||December 7, 2006|
|Directed by||Robert Singer|
|Written by||John Shiban|
|Outline||When Sam has a vision of Dean killing a young man who seems to be possessed by a demon, the two brothers head to Oregon to search for answers.|
|Monster|| Demon virus|
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Sam has a vision of Dean killing a man tied to a chair, leading them to River Grove, Oregon, where Sam recalls the story of the Roanoke Colony when he stumbles across the word CROATOAN carved into a street side telephone-power pole.
Sam and Dean seek out the man in Sam's vision, and discover increasingly violent people, who appear to be controlled by some kind of "demonic virus". They discover that all lines of communication - radio, phone, cell signal - has been cut off from the town, and when he attempts to leave via road, Dean discovers a roadblock, made up of 'infected' locals who fire upon him.
Dean and Sam hole up in the local medical centre, with the local doctor, a nurse and 'Sarge' (an ex-marine). The doctor studies the blood of an infected person, noting that there appears to be traces of sulphur in the blood, leading Sam to further suspect demonic intervention. The Demon virus is transmitted via exchanging blood, but the sulphur does not manifest in the blood until four hours after infection. Sam speculates that it could be related to a theory in John's Journal, that Croatoan is the name of a demon associated with plague and pestilence, and calls what's going on "demonic germ warfare".
Duane Tanner, the man Sam saw in his vision and whose family Sam and Dean first encountered exhibiting signs of infection, turns up at the medical centre, claiming to have been out of the town fishing and just returned. The medical centre occupants suspect he might be infected, and they restrain him by tying him to a chair.
Recognising the scene from his vision, Sam tries to convince Dean not to kill Duane, as they don't know yet whether he's infected with the Demon virus or not. Dean locks Sam in a room to stop him from preventing the killing, but Dean is unable to follow through anyway.
Sam and Dean use medical supplies to build explosives, building an arsenal to help them escape the town, as the infected townspeople are milling about outside. The nurse of the medical centre attacks Sam, deliberately cutting her hand and his chest to exchange blood and ostensibly infecting him with the Demon virus. Dean kills the nurse. Believing Sam to be infected, the remaining people in the medical centre decide to leave in the Impala. Dean elects to stay with Sam, and seems to be on the cusp of sharing some innermost thought when the doctor returns with the news that the rest of the townsfolk have disappeared.
Five hours later, the doctor announces that there is no trace of the Demon virus in Sam's blood either, therefore he wasn't infected. This leaves both Sam and Dean uneasy. The team in the medical centre go their separate ways, Duane riding in Sarge's truck.
Duane asks Sarge to pull over because he "has to make a call", and draws out a goblet and knife. Slitting Sarge's throat, Duane catches the blood in the goblet. When he swirls, it starts whirlpooling, and Duane speaks into it as if he's communicating with someone (though we only hear one side of it), saying, "I don't think any more tests will be necessary... The Winchester boy, definitely immune as expected." Duane's eyes then turn black, indicating that he's probably possessed the entire scene, reminiscent of one of Meg's in 1.11 Scarecrow.
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Episode Stills
- Episode Promo: 2.09 Croatoan
- The promo for this episode "Infected", won a gold award for editing at the Promax/BDA Promotion and Marketing Awards in June 2007.
- Soon Promo: 2.09 Croatoan & 2.10 Hunted
- Cut You Down. A promo clip set to Johnny Cash's "Cut you Down" was released over the Christmas hiatus in the lead-up to the screening of 2.10 Hunted on January 11, 2007. Produced in black and white, and set to the Johnny Cash's "Cut you down", it contained scenes from upcoming episodes 2.10 Hunted, 2.11 Playthings, 2.12 Nightshifter and 2.13 Houses of the Holy. In June 2007, this promo won two awards at the annual Promax/BDA Promotion and Marketing Awards : a gold award for Use of Library Music for a Promos and a silver for Drama Program Promotion.