Following the memories that resurfaced in 6.13 Unforgiven, Sam has collapsed. Dean frantically tries to rouse him, while Sam suffers through flashbacks of Hell. He recovers after a few minutes that feel like weeks, and Dean is adamant that Sam take seriously the harm that remembering anything from the last 18 months could do to him. Sam reluctantly agrees. By way of a distraction, Dean has found a case - a janitor named Steve has been found dead in a locked lab at the Great Falls Junior College in Paterson, New Jersey.
The Winchesters have no leads, when a similar incident occurs when a nightwatchman, Dave, dies at the Salzman & Sons Apparel factory in nearby Passaic. On investigation Sam notices the EMF meter detects readings near a mannequin, as it also did near an anatomy dummy at the lab. Sam suggest a ghost may have possessed the figures, although the boys are confused as ghostly are usually tied to a particular area. Further research reveals that a year ago, an employee called Rose Brown went missing.
Dean receives a call from Ben, asking for his help because Lisa is depressed and locked in her room. Sam convinces Dean to go, while he heads off to interview Isabelle Brown, the missing woman's sister.
At the Braeden house when Lisa opens the door dressed for a date, Dean realises Ben has tricked him. He and Lisa talk, struggling to deal with the fact that despite their feelings for each other, it seems impossible for their relationship to work. Talking to Ben, Dean explains that he thinks he is a bad influence and that being in their lives will inevitably lead Ben to a life of hunting. Ben is upset, and charges Dean with abandoning his family. To this Dean has no reply.
In Passaic, Sam speaks to Isabelle Brown who describes her sister as quiet and shy, the sort of girl who was an easy target for teasing and pranks. Leafing through a photo album, Sam realises that the janitor from Paterson also used to work at Salzman & Sons. Back at the factory, Sam interviews workers, and one in particular - Johnny - seems very nervous. That night he is also attacked, but Sam intervenes. He confesses to Sam that he and some workmates did bully Rose, and lead her to believe she had a secret admirer. When she arrived at an apartment for a supposed date, and they revealed the prank, as she went to leave Steve grabbed her and she fell, hitting her head on a coffee table and dying. Sam finds out where they buried the body, and heads off to salt and burn the corpse. He calls Johnny, telling him the haunting is over.
That night Johnny returns to his apartment, ready to leave town as he explains to his Real Doll. She becomes animated and kills him.
Sam speaks to Isabel and she reveals that she had one of Rose's kidneys transplanted into her when she was 16 - that is how the spirit has moved around, able to go wherever Isabel does. Rendezvousing with Dean they are stuck as how to deal with the situation, wondering whether Hoodoo may provide a temporary solution. As they discuss option, the Impala revs up - it has been possessed, and starts pursuing Dean. He mangers to maneuver it into a wall, but in the crash Isabel is fatally injured. As she dies, the spirit of Rose appears and apologizes, before disappearing.
Back at Bobby's place, Dean works on the Impala. he questions the value of what they do, but Sam points out that, while things don't always work out, they do save lives, and they did stop Lucifer. He thanks Dean for getting his soul back, and reminds Dean that he will always have his back.
Love Hurts by Nazareth
Sam: I might of done...who knows what - and you want me to forget about it?
Dean: You shove it down and let it come out in spurts of violence and alcoholism.
(holding plastic heart) Be my Valentine?
Sam: Dude, we're working. Put it back.
Have a heart!
You smell sulfur?
Sam: Yeah, we're in a science lab.
So, what you find out from the mop jockey's girlfriend?
Sam: Nothing, just how great he was. Went to church, donated to charity, rubbed her feet during Glee.
I just threw up in my mouth!
Dean: They don't even dissect anything good in there. I mean, bigger than Kermit, they use an iPad.
Dean: Riddle me this bat boy: ghosts aren't exactly known for hopping county lines.
I know what I want. But I can't have it, not how you live. My phone rings, I think: tiny chance it's you? Big chance it's Sam calling to tell me you're dead.
Dean: Lis -
Lisa: No, don't. Don't apologize for anything. It's just, I get to this place where I'm okay and you show up at our door. You keep doing that - every time I think I'm never going to see you again. I'm trying to get over you. What are you trying to do? What do you want from us, Dean?
. . .
That was a ghost trying to kill you for being a dick.
You know what? You're lucky you were the most suspicious interview of all time. I figured something like this would happen.
Dean: A date's not an emergency, Ben.
Ben: It is if it's the third one. I watch TV - I know what that means.
Just cause you love someone, doesn't mean you should stick around and screw up their life. So I can't be here.
Ben: You think something will follow you home?
No. No, I don't, but I think my job turns me into something that can't sit at your dinner table. And if I stayed, you'd end up just like me.
You're a liar, Dean.
Dean: Excuse me?
You say family's so important, but what do you call people who care for you? Who love you even when you're a dick? You know you're walking out on your family, right?
Trivia & References
The episode title 'Mannequin 3: The Reckoning' refers to the 1987 movie Mannequin
starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Catrall about an artist who creates a mannequin that comes to life when possessed by an ancient Egyptian. There was a 1991 sequel called Mannequin: On the move
And none of this "it's just a flesh wound" crap.
"It's just a flesh wound" is a line from the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail
. The Black Knight
refuses to let Arthur pass and so they must do battle. When Arthur succeeds in cutting off his arm, the Black Knight insists that the amputation is a flesh wound and that he will still be victorious. The battle progresses until the Black Knight is left without any limbs, and he insists that he'll bite Arthur's knees off as Arthur passes him, unscathed.
Where we off to?
Dean: Paterson, New Jersey. Hey, maybe we'll have a Snooki sighting.
Sam: What's a Snooki?
Dean: That's a good question.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi featured on the reality TV show Jersey Shore. Lucky for Sam he has no memory of the time when she became celebrity.
When the episode aired Snooki tweeted about the mention @Sn00ki "Supernatural gave me a shout out?! i LOVE that show. #win" Source
(referring to Lisa) What's wrong with just talking to her, Dean?
Dean: Thanks, Dr Laura, that's very insightful. Look at that, our times up.
had a radio program called The Dr. Laura Program, where she would give callers personal advice.
Oh - ghost gone wild.
A reference to the show Girls Gone Wild
. Girls Gone Wild videos usually involve a camera crew patrolling an area frequented by young attractive women, such as vacation resorts and nightclubs. The crews search for women who will agree to expose their bodies for the camera.
Sam, good news: Big Brother's watching.
is a fictional character in George Orwell
's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four
. In the society that Orwell describes, everyone is under complete surveillance by the authorities, mainly by telescreens. The people are constantly reminded of this by the phrase "Big Brother is watching you," which is the core "truth" of the propaganda system.
Rubbed her feet during Glee.
is a musical comedy-drama television series that airs on Fox in the United States. It focuses on the high school glee club New Directions.
They don't even dissect anything good in there. I mean, bigger than Kermit, they use an iPad.
Frogs are often dissected
during biology classes, hence the reference to the famous Muppet
. The iPad
is a tablet computer designed, developed and marketed by Apple
primarily as a platform for audio-visual media including books, periodicals, movies, music, games, and web content.
Okay, so what we've got a bunch of killer dolls, like Chucky? I mean, come on, that's just freaking creepy.
Chucky was the villain of the Child's Play
series of movies. In the films, Chucky is a serial killer, who transfer's his soul into that of toy doll which wrecks murderous havoc through five movies.
Riddle me this bat boy: ghosts aren't exactly known for hopping county lines, right?
"Riddle me this" is the catchphrase of Batman villain the Riddler
(looks at mannequin) I don't like the way Kim Catrall's looking at me.
In the 1987 movie Mannequin
, Kim Catrall played the mannequin.
We've been Parent Trapped.
The Parent Trap
was a 1961 movie, remade in 1998 in which a pair of twins separated at birth plot to get their parents reunited.
Well, that's ridiculous. Plants could never kill a zombie.
Ben is playing the game Plants vs Zombies
What are you suggesting - we cut it out of her?
Sam: And then what, leave her in a tub of ice with a phone strapped to her hand?
Sam is referring to a famous urban legend about the harvesting of kidneys Source. In the legend, someone has their drink spiked, and when they wake up they are in a tub of ice, with a phone strapped to their hand, and a note to call 911. When the do the operator asks them if there is a tube coming out of their back. When the victim confirms that there is, the operator sends paramedics, who find that the victims kidneys have been removed.
This legend is also the punchline to the famous Charlie the Unicorn
Although it is not explicitly mentioned in the episode, the scene where the Impala is possessed and attacks Dean parallels the plot of the Stephen King novel and movie Christine
, about a supernaturally possessed car which attacks people. The car in that story was a 1958 Plymouth Fury
The first death takes place at Great Falls Junior College, Paterson, New Jersey. The second occurs at Salzman & Sons Apparel factory in Passaic, New Jersey. The third occurs in an apartment above McOwens bar in Passaic.
The three murderous dolls are 1) an anatomy dummy b) a mannequin c) a Real Doll
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts