4.07 It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester

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Title It's The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester
Episode # Season 4, Episode 7
First aired October 30, 2008
Directed by Charles Beeson
Written by Julie Siege
On IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1222614/
Outline Sam and Dean investigate a witch case and find out that they have to confront the powerful demon of Halloween, who only rises every 600 years...
Monster Ghosts, Zombies, Demon, Samhain
Timeline October 29 to November 1st, 2008
Location(s) unknown
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The day before Halloween, Sam and Dean are investigating the death of Luke Wallace, who was found having swallowed four razorblades after eating some store-bought candy. Dean discovers a Hex Bag behind the fridge, but no one can find a reason for a witch to want him dead. In the hex bag, Sam finds gold thread, an herb supposedly extinct for 200 years, a centuries-old Celtic coin, and the charred finger bone of an infant, all indications of an extremely powerful witch at work.

That evening, a high schooler drowns in a tub of boiling water at a Halloween party. Her friend, Tracy Davis, tells Sam and Dean that she doesn't know how it happened, and she doesn't know Luke Wallace. Another hex bag turns up in the couch; with some research, Sam concludes that this isn't a grudge at work but a spell, calling for "three blood sacrifices over three days, the last before midnight on the final day of the final harvest." The witch is summoning the demon Samhain on Halloween, the day on the Celtic calendar where the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest. Once Samhain returns, he can raise other things from Hell, which promises a bloodbath if he can't be stopped.

On Halloween day, Dean discovers that Tracy is in fact the Wallace family's babysitter. Sam learns of a violent altercation with one of her teachers, and that she was suspended from school. He and Dean visit Don Harding, the art teacher, whose masks seem to remind Dean of Hell. Don claims Tracy "nearly clawed his eyes out" after he told her her work was "inappropriate and disturbing," describing pages of cryptic symbols and violent drawings in which she participated in horrific killings. No one can locate Tracy to follow up.

The Winchesters return to their hotel room, to find Castiel and Uriel waiting for them. A hex bag was stashed in the wall of the room; the witch is on to the investigation, and they are short on time. Castiel reveals that the raising of Samhain is one of the 66 Seals. He advises Sam and Dean to leave town, because he and Uriel are going to destroy it. Dean refuses to leave short of being killed himself, and Castiel agrees to hold off so the witch can be stopped before she summons the demon. Sam is disappointed by the angels' behavior, but Dean asks him not to lose faith in the cause behind them. "Babe Ruth was a dick," he says, "but baseball's still a beautiful game."

Sam realizes that the infant's bone from the hex bag is too charred to come from a normal fire, and they stop back at the high school art department. The hex bag showed up after confronting the teacher, and they find more children's bones in Don's desk. Meanwhile, Castiel tells Uriel to be patient with the humans: there's a reason they saved Dean from Hell -- he has "potential" and might succeed at this task. Uriel is not convinced, and urges removing Dean and proceeding with the town's destruction. Castiel rebukes him, saying, "You know our true orders."

As trick-or-treaters go about their business, Sam and Dean interrupt Don sacrificing Tracy in his basement. Sam shoots him before he can hurt Tracy -- who reveals herself as a witch, and Don's sister. She incapacitates the boys and completes the spell. Sam smears Don's blood on his and Dean's face; they play dead while Samhain rises, possessing Don's corpse and killing Tracy. They follow the demon to a cemetery, and Dean begs Sam to use Ruby's Knife rather than his powers to fight him off. Samhain discovers high schoolers partying in a mausoleum, and locks them inside, where Zombies and Ghosts attack them. Sam goes after Samhain, while Dean takes on the crypt. Samhain flashes a white light similar to Lilith's at Sam, who is unaffected. The demon disarms Sam of Ruby's knife, so Sam falls back on his powers, exorcising Samhain at a great physical toll, and in front of his brother.

The next day, as Sam is packing, Uriel appears and warns him not to use his powers again. He threatens Sam with obliteration the moment he stops being useful to the angels. He also suggests the Dean should "get off his high horse," and tells Sam to ask Dean what he remembers from Hell.

Elsewhere, Dean is sitting on a park bench, watching all the children they've saved play. Castiel appears, and reveals the angels' true orders: to do whatever Dean told them to do, as a test under battlefield conditions. Dean, thinking he's failed, asserts that he'd make the same decisions all over again if he had to, because of what he and Sam have saved. Castiel confides that he was praying Dean would choose as he did, and also that he has questions and doubts about the plan from Heaven. He warns that in the coming months, there will be more hard decisions for Dean -- and the angel does not envy him that.




  • Nine Days - Just As Through With You

- the first song that plays at the Halloween party; plays through to the apple-bobbing scene


Sam: What about you? Find anything on the victim?
Dean: This Luke Wallace--he was so vanilla that he made vanilla seem spicy.
Sam: You can't do this. You're angels. You're supposed to show mercy.
Uriel: Says who?
Dean to Uriel: I mean, come on, you're gonna wipe out a whole town for one little witch. Sounds to me like you're compensating for something.
Dean: Zombie-ghost orgy, huh? Well, that's it. I'm torching everybody.

Trivia & References

The title of the episode references the 1966 movie It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. In the movie and the comic strip "Peanuts" the character Linus believed that on Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rose out of the pumpkin patch he demmed the most "sincere". The Great Pumpkin then flew around and delivered toys to all the good little children in the world. Each year, Linus would wait in a suitably sincere pumpkin patch hoping to see the Great pumpkin, who reputedly only appeared to those who belived in it.

Uriel refers to humans in this episode as "mud monkeys"; his attitude and namecalling is extremely similar to the archangel Gabriel in "The Prophecy". In that movie, Gabriel refers to humans as "monkeys" and "talking monkeys".


Dean: Umm, I'm Agent Geddy, this is Agent Lee.
Geddy Lee is the lead vocalist and bass guitarist of rock-band Rush.

Dean: Agent Seger, FBI.

Bob Seger is an American rock musician, who primarily wrote songs about blue-collar themes and was highly successful as a solo artist, as well as with The Bob Seger System.
Halloween Traditions referenced in the episode and their origin:
Dean: Witches, man, so frigging skeevy.
This is the second episode in which Dean reveals his utter distaste for witches, the first being 3.09 Malleus Maleficarum.


The Winchesters are staying at the Moonlight Motel in room 126.
The town's population is 1,214.

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