2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign

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Title Born Under a Bad Sign
Episode # Season 2, Episode 14
First aired February 8, 2007
Directed by J. Miller Tobin
Written by Cathryn Humphris
On IMDB http://imdb.com/title/tt0940441/
Outline After receiving a frantic call from Sam, who has been missing for over a week, Dean races to his brother's side.
Location(s) Twin Lakes, Wisconsin; Otter Creek, Iowa; Duluth, Minnesota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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The teaser starts with Dean, speaking on the phone with Ellen. Sam has been gone for a week now. Suddenly, he gets a call from Sam. Dean hurries off to him, who is dazed, and covered in blood. Sam tells him the blood isn't his, and that he doesn't remember a thing.

Trying to recover what happened during the past week, they find themselves at a house. Inside, they find a dead body, (enter Steve Wandell), a hunter. They watch the security videos in silent horror, seeing Sam slit Wandell's throat.

Dean is thrown off by what has happened, and they worry that Sam might be turning evil. Back at the motel, Sam asks Dean to make good his promise to kill Sam should he turn evil. Dean cannot bring himself to kill his brother, saying, "I'd rather die." To which Sam says, "You'll live to regret it," before knocking his brother unconscious.

Dean finally comes to in the morning. He traces Sam to Duluth, Minnesota. Sam has found Jo, in her own equivalent of a road-house. He starts to come onto her and she resists. He knocks her out.

When she awakes, she is bound to the pillar. Sam tells her that, "My daddy shot your daddy in the head," in a sing-song voice that ups the freaky-Sam factor, revealing that John killed Bill to put him out of his misery.

Just before Sam can do anymore, Dean bursts in, and Sam pleads again for him to kill him, or watch him kill Jo. Dean is unable to go through with it, turning away from Sam. Dean suddenly turns around, splashing the contents of his flask on Sam.

It is holy water and it sears Sam, who is in fact demon-Sam. Demon-Sam bursts out the window, and Dean gives chase. The chase finally ends on a dock, where demon-Sam shoots Dean who falls into the water. Thinking him dead, demon-Sam leaves.

Jo frantically tries Dean's cell, before finding him wounded but alive. She fixes him, taking the bullet out of his shoulder. Jo offers to help, but Dean forbids her to follow.

Demon-Sam is at the hunters door, and the hunter who opens the door turns out to be Bobby. They catch up, who has returned with beer. As demon-Sam drinks up, he suddenly bends over, smoke coming out of his mouth. Bobby has mixed the beer with holy water and tells him, "Don't try to con a con man."

Demon-Sam wakes to find himself in the center of the Key of Solomon. Dean is already there, and Bobby starts the exorcism. Unfortunately, it doesn't work, and Bobby finds a binding link on Sam's wrist, effectively locking the demon inside of Sam. Demon-Sam starts with some incantations of his own, cracking the ceiling, and breaking the Key of Solomon.

Once free, he flings Bobby and Dean away, and starts to pound Dean up, telling him, he is in fact demon-Meg, who has crawled out of hell, and bent on getting her revenge. Before (s)he can waste Dean with a final blow, Bobby grabs demon-Sam's arm and burns the mark on Sam's wrist, destroying the link. The demon exits Sam, and escapes by the fireplace.

Bobby gives the brothers charm amulets to prevent future possessions, and tells them to keep Steve Wadell's murder a secret, as his friends will come for his killer.

Sam and Dean hit the road again.



  • Back on the Road Again - REO Speedwagon
  • Crystal Ship - The Doors

Pad of Definitions

Screencaps from 1.04 (top) & 2.14

Additional definitions provided by fans


Sam:(to Jo) My Daddy shot your Daddy in the head.

Dean: Sam, when Dad told me I might have to kill you, it was only if I couldn’t save you. Now if it’s the last thing I do, I’m gonna save you.

Dean: Dude, you like full-on had a girl inside you for like a whole week. Thats pretty naughty.

Trivia & References

  • One of the driving shots during this episode seems to be the same footage used in 1.04 Phantom Traveler.
  • Demon-Sam checked into his motel room as Richie Sambora - a band member of Bon Jovi. Dean's comment on being disturbed that this suggests Sam is a Bon Jovi fan is arguably a reference to the fact that Jared Padalecki starred in a film with Jon Bon Jovi, "Cry_wolf".
  • Dean: Hi, um, so sorry to bother you, but uh, my son snuck out of the house last night and, uh, went to a Justin Timberlake concert.

(pause) What? Yeah. No, Justin is quite the triple threat. Uh, anyway, he's not back yet, and, and I'm just, I'm starting to worry.

Justin Timberlake: Renaissance man who is quite the triple threat e.g.sings, dances, acts. The phrase orignated in football where it refers to a player who excels at running, passing, and kicking.

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