|Episode #||Season 2, Episode 16|
|First aired||March 15, 2007|
|Directed by||Charles Beeson|
|Written by||Raelle Tucker|
|Outline||Sam and Dean put to rest two ghosts who have been haunting the same stretch of highway for 15 years.|
|Timeline||February 22nd, 2007|
|Location(s)||Highway 41, Nevada|
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Molly McNamara and her husband David are driving along Highway 41 in Nevada when they see a man standing on the road. They swerve to avoid him, crashing off the road. Molly wakes up in the car, smashed in the woods, but David is gone. While trying to find him she comes upon a house. The man she saw on the road appears, bloodied and eviscerated, and he pursues her. Molly runs back to the road and flags down a car – driven by Sam and Dean.
She explains her story to them, but when she tries to show them her wrecked car, it’s gone. Sam and Dean agree to take her to the police, but as they are driving, a man appears on the road. Rather than swerve, Dean drives at the man and he disappears. The boys explain to Molly that the man is Jonah Greely, and he was killed on this stretch of road fifteen years ago. He haunts the road and each year on the anniversary of his death, finds someone to punish. They explain that in order to stop him they must find his body and salt and burn his bones.
With Molly, they find Greely's hunting cabin. Jonah tries to grab Molly, but Dean dispatches him with a blast of rock salt from the shotgun. The party then find a house in the woods. While searching it, Sam and Molly find a photo album and letters belonging to Jonah and his wife, showing they were very much in love. Sam explains that ghosts, even vengeful ones like Jonah, in life may have been good people. Dean finds the body of Jonah’s wife, who killed herself out of grief after Jonah’s death.
Jonah returns and grabs Molly, taking her to his cabin to torture. Sam works out that Jonah is buried near the house with a tree as a grave marker, and he starts to dig while Dean goes to rescue Molly. As Jonah fights Dean, Sam exposes his corpse and salts and burns it. The boys take Molly into town and show her that her husband is alive – and married to someone else. They reveal to Molly that she died fifteen years ago, in the car accident that killed Jonah Greely. Molly has been unable to accept that fact and has continued to relive that night. Finally she accepts the truth, and she disappears as the sun rises.
- "The House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals
- (plays on the car radio, first when Molly is driving before the accident, and again when Sam and Dean are driving. Also plays on the radio in Jonah Greely's house)
Dean: A hell of an anniversary.
Dean: Really? About as nuts as a vanishing guy with his guts spilling out. You know what you saw.
Molly: Why me? I didn't do anything.
Molly: And plain salt keeps away spirits?
Sam: Um... Spirits like Greely are, uh... like wounded animals. Lost. In so much pain that... they lash out.
Molly: Why? Why are they here?
Dean: Lady, that answer is way beyond our pay grade.
Molly: You hunt these things, but you don't know what happens to them?
Dean: Well, they never come back. That's all that matters.
Sam: Umm... Well, my Dad used to say that was like death for ghosts, you know? But... The truth is, we still don't know. Not for sure. Guess that's why we all hold on to life so hard. Even the dead. We're all just scared of the unknown.
Jonah: My wife is gone. All I got left's... hurting you.
Dean: Call me Dean.
Molly: I have to tell him --
Sam: Tell him what? That you love him? That you're sorry? Molly, he already knows that. Look, if you want to go in there, we're not gonna stop you.
Dean: Yeah, but you are gonna freak him right out. For life.
Sam: David's already said his goodbyes, Molly. Now it's your turn. This is your unfinished business.
Molly: What am I supposed to do?
Sam: Just... let go. Of David. Of everything. You do that... we think you'll move on.
Molly: But you don't know where.
Sam: I hope so.
Dean: I guess we'll never know. Not until we take the plunge ourselves, huh?
Trivia & References
- Ghostbusters is a 1984 comedy about a group of friends who catch supernatural entities.
- The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy and her friends follow a yellow brick road to reach the Wizard.
- The Ghost Whisperer was a TV series starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as Melinda Gordon who can communicate with ghosts, and specializes in bringing them peace. Dean made a similar reference in 1.10 Asylum.
- Haley Joel Osment is an actor who played a young boy who could see and speak to dead people in The Sixth Sense.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- SPN Heavy Meta Season Two Meta Index
- 2.16 Roadkill: Unfinished Business by bardicvoice (March 2007); archive link
- Bond, Silvia. 2008. Riding in Cars with Strangers: "Roadkill" Season 2, Episode 16. Pink Raygun, September 9; archive link