4.19 Jump the Shark
|Title||Jump the Shark|
|Episode #||Season 4, Episode 19|
|First aired||April 23, 2009|
|Directed by||Phil Sgriccia|
|Written by||Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin|
|On IMDB||Jump the Shark|
|Outline||Sam and Dean meet a young man who reveals himself to be their half-brother.|
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Sam and Dean are waking up by a lake, "Two hours from anywhere," when they receive a call on one of John's cell phones that Dean has kept. It is a young man named Adam Milligan looking for John, and claiming to be his son.
Dean is unimpressed and assumes Adam is possessed or some sort of supernatural creature, but Adam doesn't react to the silver or holy water Dean discreetly tests him with. He and Sam come to believe that Adam is human and their brother. In January 1990, Adam's mother, Kate Milligan, met John Winchester in Windom, Minnesota, when he came into the hospital where she worked as a nurse after he was injured during a hunt. Adam was born on September 29th, 1990, although he didn't have any contact with John until he was twelve.
Adam's mother has gone missing, which is why Adam was trying to contact John. At Kate Milligan's house, Dean finds scratch marks leading to a vent under her bed, and in the vent he finds human remains. Sam checks local papers and finds out that in 1990 John Winchester was in town investigating 17 grave robberies in the town. In an old news photo, John can be seen in the background. Recently the grave robbing has recommenced along with the disappearance of Kate and a local man - Joe Barton. Dean learns from his widow that Joe was a police officer on the grave robbery case 17 years ago and had helped John kill the thing responsible for the robberies.
Dean is envious of the time John spent with Adam, but when he recognizes that John tried to shield Adam from hunting, he clashes with Sam, who is keen to train Adam as a hunter. Dean goes to investigate the graves while Sam starts to train Adam.
While crawling deep into the crypts, something traps Dean. While trying to escape, he finds the bodies of Joe Barton and Kate and Adam Milligan. Adam and his mother were killed by ghouls in revenge for the killing of their parent ghoul by John Winchester. Ghouls take on the form and memories of the last person they ate, so the Adam ghoul had called John's phone in order to lure him to the town, only to find out that he died. They decided to kill Sam and Dean in John's place.
The ghouls attack Sam and start to drain his blood. Dean returns in the nick of time, blasts the head of ghoul-Kate, and beats in the skull of the ghoul that looks like Adam. Dean insists that the real Adam be given a hunter's send-off in the form of a funeral pyre similar to that given to John by his sons.
- Acting in Unison
- Costumes & Disguises
- Dean's Amulet
- Dean's Leather Jacket
- Holy Water
- Holy Water in the Face
- Hunter's Funeral Pyre
- John's Cell Phone
- John's Journal
- Law Enforcement Officers
- Photo Album
- Rock, Paper, Scissors
- "Reaching Higher" by Nathan Williams
- (plays when Sam and Dean meet Adam at the diner)
- "A Little Bitty Tear" by Burl Ives
- (plays while Dean is at the bar)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Promo Pictures
- Episode Promo: 4.19 Jump the Shark
- Kripke talks about the episode title and the episode concept from TV guide
- Casting and plot spoiler from TV Guide
- Promo Clip
- 4.19 Jump The Shark: Take It Any Way You Want by bardicvoice (April 2009); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2009. Thursday, I'm In Love: "Jump the Shark" Season 4, Episode 19. Pink Raygun, April 28; archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Chan, Suzette. 2009. Supernatural Talk: Tarts talk about Jump the Shark. Sequential Tart, June 1; archive link.