Supernatural

Season 3 Episode 3

Bad Day at Black Rock

11
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 18, 2007 on The CW
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Sam and Dean come in contact with a rabbit's foot that gives them good luck until a thief steals it from Sam, giving him tons of bad luck. His bad luck continues when he's kidnapped by the mentor of a hunter who believes he still has his powers.moreless

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  • Exactly Why I watch This Show!

    10
    I absolutely loved this episode! It was so funny and Sam and Dean are just hilarious!



    "I'm Batman."



    "Yeah, you're batman."



    Those two are just so funny together! Jared and Jensen really do an excellent job playing their characters. They play off each other flawlessly.



    This episode was one of my favorites. If you haven't seen it you should becaue it was great. A perfect episode to get people into the show that haven't watched it before.



    This episode rocked! And poor Sam when the paw was stolen, he lost his shoe and kept falling. I felt bad for him but it was still so funny.



    Awesome epi!moreless
  • One of my personal favorites.

    10
    A good, lighthearted (well as lighthearted as Supernatural gets) episode that introduces Bella. Honestly, I like Bella better than all the other young pretty female characters in the show. It was nice to see the testosterone filled show feature a clever female adversary who beats them on numerous occasions. But I'm also glad they got rid of her before it got too repetitive.



    Anyway, back to the episode. This episode makes me think of Rube-Goldberg machines. It looks like complete chaos, but in the end something wonderful happens. The "I'm Batman." scene is one of my favorites. It's up there with the tinkerbell attack (or the entire episode) in Clap Your Hands If You Believe.moreless
  • Sam loses a shoe...

    9.0
    I know that this is sort of an unpopular episode with a lot of the fans because of the introduction of Bella but...you have to look beyond that. If you like your Supernatural scary this ep probably isn't your bag. However, in my mind, 'Black Rock' was a revelation. We the Fans had long know that Jensen Ackles was a seriously funny actor and his Dean is one amusing fellow. But Jared Padalecki had never really been presented with the opportunity to display his comedic timing. And 'Sam the straight man' was starting to grate. I had always felt compassion for Sam but never really loved him. Between the shoe bit and the itchy nose bit, my inner and well-buried Sam-affection sprung to life.moreless
  • Ben Edlund's masterpiece!

    10
    "Bad Day at the Black Rock" is a Ben Edlund's episode and thus it has to be a humorously escapade made of witty remarks, subtle nods to pop culture and tons of biting sarcasm and irony.



    And it is even more. It's the most hilarious episode I've ever seen on Supernatural: brilliantly scripted, masterfully directed and exceptionally edited. The comic timing is absolutely perfect on the episode and the sassy attitude of Bela Talbot (Lauren Cohan) is just the perfect icing on the cake.



    The episode is almost an anthology of instant-classic scenes, from the mismatched fight with the two thieves, to Sam practically falling in Kubrick's arms, to Bela shooting Sam in the shoulder.



    Most of all, two scenes really stand out and both of them are accompanied by a one line that it has become (rightfully) a fan-favorite: "I lost my show" (Sam) and "Dude, I'm Batman!" (Dean).moreless
  • Sam and Dean need to get rid of a rabbit foot

    9.0
    Sam and Dean stumbled upon a rabbit foot which had been kept by their fathe for quite a time. Ironically, this rabbit foot could bring luck to the owner. Two guys stole it from the Winchester brother, one of them touched it and became lucky. But when they lost it, it turned hell. What became interesting was when Sam lost the rabbit foot and became exceptionally unlucky. After a few months of gap since the last season stopped, I finally have a chance to watch Supernatural again (I missed the first two episodes). I watch this episode will full enthusiasm, and realize I couldn't draw my eyes away when I have watched only the first 15 minutes. In my opinion, this is not a bad episode, The idea of lucky rabbit foot really startled me and I couldn't subdue myself from laughing. Creative, I guess...moreless
Sterling K. Brown

Sterling K. Brown

Gordon Walker

Guest Star

Jon Van Ness

Jon Van Ness

Creedy

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Michael Massee

Michael Massee

Kubrick

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Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Sam comes out of the restaurant and falls, you see that his knees are scraped and the jeans are torn. Later at the motel, you see that the knees are dirty but there are no holes.

    • When Wayne falls on the fork, we can see it has been pushed up through his mouth a lot further than it was originally standing up. The fork appears to be a lot longer in his mouth.

    • When Bela was walking away from the restaurant table, the blue cloth with the foot in it was in her right hand and the coffee was in her left. The next shot they were opposite with the cloth in her left hand and the coffee in her right. She couldn't have maneuvered a change that fast.

    • When the army medic walks into Wayne and Grossman's apartment, Wayne shoves the rabbit's foot back into the cursed box. Then in a later shot, Wayne looks at the foot, and it is lying neatly on the table when no one had moved it.

    • Trivia: The bumper stickers on the back of Kubrick's RV read:
      "How would Jesus drive?"
      "Don't make me come down there. -GOD" and
      "Bethlehem or bust"

    • When Sam and Dean are at the hotel after Sam loses his shoe, there is a brief shot of them walking where he has shoes on both feet. Later on, when he's sitting in the chair, his shoe is missing again.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • (Bela flirts with Sam)
      Dean: Dude, if you are ever gonna get lucky...
      Sam: Shut up.

    • (Dean shows Sam a sheaf of lottery scratcher tickets)
      Sam: Dean, c'mon.
      Dean: What? Hey, that was my gun he was aiming at your head. My gun don't jam, so that was a lucky break. Not to mention them taking themselves out, also a lucky break. (holds a scratcher out to Sam) Here, scratch one. C'mon, Sam. Scratch and win!
      Sam: (scratching) Dean, it's gotta be cursed somehow. Otherwise, Dad wouldn't have locked it up.
      (Dean grabs the ticket and checks it out)
      Dean: $1,200. You just won $1,200. Ha ha! Whooo! I dunno, man, it doesn't seem that cursed to me. (whips out another ticket for Sam to scratch)

    • (Dean telling Bobby on the phone that Sam lost the rabbit's foot)
      Dean: Bobby listen listen... this ehh... hot chick stole it from him. I'm serious... in her mid 20s... she was sharp you know good enough with the con to play us... and she only gave the guys she hired a name probably an alias something.... Luigi or something.
      (Dean looks at Sam with a confused look)
      Sam: Lugosi.
      Dean: Lugosi.
      Bobby: Lugosi??... Lugo.... oh crap.. it's probably Bela.
      Dean: Bela Lugosi?? (sarcastically) Oh that's cute.

    • Sam: Dean...
      Dean: Hey, back off, jinx. I'm bringing home the bacon.

    • Dean: Anyhoo, this has been charming, but uh, look at the time. Oh and this... (pulls out rabbit's foot) ...looks like you're not the only one with sticky fingers. If it's any consolation, I think you're a truly awful person. (Bela shoots at Dean) See you.

    • Dean: So, you know the truth, about what's really going on out there, and this is what you decide to do with it? You become a thief?
      Bela: I procure unique items for a select clientèle.
      Dean: Yeah, a thief.
      Bela: No, a great thief.

    • Dean: Oh, wow! It's my first sawed-off. I made it myself. Sixth grade.

    • Dean: So you're only out for yourself, huh? It's all about number one?
      Bela: Being a hunter is so much more noble? A bunch of obsessed, revenge driven sociopaths trying to save a world that can't be saved?
      Dean: Well, aren't you a glass half-full?

    • Dean: What the hell is wrong with you? You don't just go around shooting people like that!
      Bela: Relax, it's a shoulder hit. I can aim. Besides, who here hasn't shot a few people?

    • Bela: (after burning the foot) Thanks very much. I'm out of one and a half million and on the bad side of a very powerful, fairly psychotic buyer.
      Dean: Wow, I really don't feel bad about that. Sam?
      Sam: Nope, not even a little.

    • Dean: But you see, there's something about me that you don't know...
      Kubrick: Yeah, what would that be?
      Dean: It's my lucky day.

    • Bela: You can have the foot... for 1.5 million.
      Dean: Nice. I'll just call my banker.

    • Bela: We're all going to Hell, Dean. Might as well enjoy the ride.

    • (Dean leads Sam into a hotel room)
      Sam: What am I even supposed to do, Dean?
      Dean: Nothing, nothing! Come here. I don't want you doing anything! I want you to sit right here and don't move! Okay? Don't turn on the light, don't turn off the light, don't even scratch your nose!

    • Dean: You're not gonna shoot anybody. See, I happen to be able to read people. And sure you're a thief, fine, but you're not gonna... (Bela shoots Sam)

    • Dean: (to Sam) She knows what your weakness is. It's me!

    • Kubrick: You were right about everything. Sam Winchester is more than a monster. He's the Adversary.
      Gordon: And what happened to convince you?
      Kubrick: God led me to him. And His will is clear.
      Gordon: Okay. Glad to have you on board, Kubrick. But first things first. We got to get me the hell out of here. Because, like I told you before, Sam Winchester must die.

    • Bobby: (to Dean) Watch out for your brother, you idjit.
      Dean: What?
      Sam: I lost my shoe.

    • Kubrick: (to his companion) It's God. He sent us here to do this. It's destiny. (points gun at Sam, tied up in chair)
      Dean: Nope. No destiny. Just a rabbit's foot.

    • Kubrick: I used to think Gordon sent me.
      Sam: (tied up in the chair) Gordon? Oh, come on!
      Kubrick: He wanted me to put a bullet through your head.
      Sam: Yeah. Sounds like him.
      Kubrick: But I'm on a mission from God. (slaps Sam)

    • Kubrick: Don't play with my Jesus.

    • Dean: (after knocking out the robbers) That was a lucky break. (gesturing to object in Sam's hand) Is that a rabbit's foot?
      Sam: I think it is.
      Dean: Huh.

    • Dean: (reading from trophy) 1995.
      Sam: No way. That's my Division Championship soccer trophy. I can't believe he kept this.
      Dean: Probably the closest you ever came to being a boy.

    • Dean: Oh don't go away angry. Just go away.

    • Dean: I'm Batman.
      Sam: (sarcastically) Yeah, you're Batman.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Lauren Cohan joins the starring cast in this episode.

    • Music: Women's Wear by Daniel May, Vaya Con Dios by Les Paul & Mary Ford

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: October 29, 2007 on Network Ten
      Brazil: November 21, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Denmark: December 30, 2007 on TV3
      United Kingdom: February 10, 2008 on ITV2
      Norway: June 22, 2008 on TVNorge
      Spain: September 8, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: September 21, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Portugal: November 20, 2008 on RTP 2
      Germany: February 9, 2009 on Premiere HD
      Finland: May 7, 2009 on Sub
      New Zealand: July 17, 2009 on TV2
      Czech Republic: February 5, 2010 on Prima COOL
      The Netherlands: February 14, 2010 on Net5
      Slovakia: September 10, 2010 on Markiza

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Title
      Referencing the 1955 film, Bad Day at Black Rock, starring Spencer Tracy as a man trying to deliver a war medal to a friend's son in the small town of Black Rock. The town, though, has a shameful secret they are willing to keep secret by any means, including murder. Nominated for 3 Oscars.

    • Dean: Pull a little Rain Man. You can be Rain Man.
      Referencing the 1988 movie starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, with Tom Cruise as Charlie Babbit discovering the brother he never had, savant Raymond (Rain Man).

    • Dean: Say goodbye, wascally wabbit.
      Referencing Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, as soon in various animated shorts, movies, and TV series sch as The Bugs Bunny Show, which features cartoon animals in an animated world. Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny were two of them. Elmer was always hunting down Bugs Bunny, who was a rabbit. He was never able to say the 'R' in a word, so whenever he talked to Bugs Bunny or about Bugs Bunny, instead of saying rascally rabbit, he would say "wascally wabbit."

    • Alias: Bela Lugosi
      Although best known as Count Dracula in the 1920s and 30s, Hungarian Born Bela Lugosi is synonymous with the role of "villain" in horror films.

    • Edgar Cayce
      The name John used for his storage unit, Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) was an American who claimed to have psychic abilities and had a significant impact on the New Age movement.

    • Sam: Yeah. You're Batman.
      Batman is a fictional comic book superhero who does not possess superpowers and, instead, makes use of intellect, detective skills, science and technology, wealth, physical prowess, and intimidation in his war on crime.

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