Season 3 Episode 5

Bedtime Stories

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 01, 2007 on The CW
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Episode Summary

A young girl trapped in a coma by her wicked stepmother sets off a series of murders based on the fairy tales her father reads her. Meanwhile, Sam tries to get Dean out of his deal.

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  • It's nice to see the Brothers Grimm done well for once.

    I thought this episode was very clever. I love fairy tales (the real ones with cannibalism, murder, and the little mermaid brat dying) and they translated them into Supernatural very well. I was about to smack Dean at the end when he told Sam to let him go. Honestly if I had been in Sam's position, I would have beaten the crap out of him.

    Best scene of course is the crossroads scene. Very gratifying to see the crossroads demon get what's coming to her. I found it slightly annoying that she referred to Lilith as he. Although I'm still not one hundred percent sure that Lilith ever held Dean's deal. After all, the info came from Bella. And Crowley's the king of the crossroads. Maybe something they'll eventually touch on. Maybe not.moreless
  • The boys investigate a series of murders that apear to mirror the brothers Grim fairy tales.

    Good concept, but bad writing and what has become a stape and bad omen in the series: Cheap jokes at the expense of gay's and Lesbians sink what could have been a very good episode. This is a real irritating episode, its parts are less then the sum but the writers penchant for foregoing good solid writing at the expense of cheap shots at others. Perhaps CW should keep the current writers to come up with ideas, but should hire real writers for its exectution. With a few good episodes and only 1 standout one this season its starting to look a bit ominus for season 3 of this series.moreless
  • A very imaginative episode

    When I look back at Season Three, I can't help but agree with Eric Kripke said about the start of the season: after two great first episodes and after "Bad Day at Black Rock", which is a unique experience, the episodes from "Sin City" to "Red Sky at Morning" are a strange lot. They have little direction and they are fairly inconsistent with each others. The problem was the impending Writer Strike, no doubt, and the little misconceived plot about the demon guerrilla surely didn't help. All this said, "Bedtime Stories" is a good episode, very imaginative and clever: it used fairy tales in a gory, frightening way and it was chilling and ghastly enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. Plus, the musical score, heavily influenced by a sort of Burtonesque mood, is effective and mesmerizing. Cathrin Humphris' writing is powerful as ever, but as a standalone episode "Bedtime Stories" is also a tad weak and rushed. Definitely not one of my favorites, but a good filler.moreless
  • Another unique plot, but still not Supernatural at its greatest.

    Supernatural has been good so far this season, but the one thing I noticed is how little has happened lately. We've met Bela and Ruby and learned a little about them, but other than that, there's not a whole lot being done in terms of Dean's deal that he made with the Crossroads Demon. There's definitely a LOT of focus on how he doesn't care that he's dying, but other than that, not too much going on.

    One thing that I can say about the episode is that it has a very cool Monster of the Week. Well, by monster, I suppose it's just a girl in a coma who's spirit is acting out her rage. She's brutal, but for a reason. I was definitely intrigued by the plot, especially the whole "fairy tale" aspect of it.

    As I said before, however, Dean's carelessness about his predicament has ceased to intrigue me. I want to see Dean just break down.. because, well, I'd be lying if I said that breakdowns didn't interest me. Right now, Dean's in permenant defense mechanism mode, and I'm just waiting to see him break out of it.moreless
  • Very creative.

    Well this episode is another well written unexpected plot for me. I love how they incorporated the Grimm brothers in to the story. Plus Sam still is striving to get Dean out of his deal. he shoots the crossroad demon, shows that he still is indeed going dark side. I guess he will do anything to save his brother. I like how Sm is developing through the whole process. The plot was perfect on Bedtime Stories. I like how it all pieced together in the end. The little girl, the doctor, why it happened. The end was chilling. Poor crossroad demon.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: When the three brothers were attacked during the "Three Little Pigs" incident, they were having an argument over building materials, with the only survivor advocating the use of cinder blocks (i.e. bricks).

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Dean: I thought all those things ended with everyone living happily ever after.
      Sam: No, no, not the originals. See, the Grimm Brothers stuff was kind of like the folklore of its day, full of sex, violence, cannabalism. Now, it got sanitized over the years and turned into Disney flicks and bedtime stories.
      Dean: So you think the murders are what, a re-enactment? That's a little crazy.
      Sam: Crazy as what? Every day of our lives?
      Dean: Touche.

    • Sam: Then we got the three brothers, arguing over how to build houses, attacked by the big, bad wolf.
      Dean: Three little pigs.
      Sam: Yup.
      Dean: Actually, those guys were a little chubby.

    • Dean: See you around, Doc.
      Dr. Garrison: I sure hope not.

    • Crossroad Demon: Aren't you tired of cleaning up Dean's messes? Of dealing with that broken psyche of his? Aren't you tired of being bossed around like a snot-nosed little brother? You're stronger than Dean. You're better than him.
      Sam: Watch your mouth.
      Crossroad Demon: Admit it. You're here, going through the motions, but truth is, you'll be a tiny bit relieved when he's gone.
      Sam: Shut up.
      Crossroad Demon: No more desperate, sloppy, needy Dean. You can finally be free.

    • Sam: I've got a theory. Sort of.
      Dean: Hit me.
      Sam: Well, thinking about fairy tales.
      Dean: Oh, that's... that's nice. You think about fairy tales often?

    • Sam: (staring at frog on the road) Yeah, you're right, that's completely normal.
      Dean: All right, maybe it is fairy tales. Totally messed-up fairy tales. I'll tell you one thing, there's no way I'm kissing a damned frog.

    • Sam: (gesturing to pumpkin on porch) Hey, check that out.
      Dean: Yeah? It's close to Halloween.
      Sam: You remember Cinderella? The pumpkin that turns into a coach and the mice that become horses?
      Dean: Dude! Could you be more gay? Don't answer that.

    • Dr. Garrison: You're not a cop, are you?
      Sam: No.
      Dr. Garrison: Then who are you?
      Sam: Someone who knows a little bit about this kind of thing.

    • Crossroad Demon: What can I do for you, Sam?
      Sam: You can beg for your life.
      Crossroad Demon: We were having such a nice conversation. Then you had to go and ruin the mood.
      Sam: If I were you, I'd drop the wisecracks and start acting scared.
      Crossroad Demon: It's not my style. That's not the original Colt. Where'd you get it? Ruby. Had to be. She is such a pain in my ass. She'll get what's coming to her. You can count on it.

    • Sam: Who's your boss? Who holds the contract?
      Crossroad Demon: He's not as cuddly as me, I can tell you that.
      Sam: Who is it?
      Crossroad Demon: I can't tell you. I'm sorry, Sam, but there's no way out of this one. Not this time.

    • Sam: Every deal can be broken.
      Crossroad Demon: Not this one.

    • Dean: You know what he said. Some good advice.
      Sam: Is that what you want me to do, Dean? Just let you go?

    • Dean: You find a way to stop Callie, all right?
      Sam: What about you?
      Dean: I'm gonna go stop the big bad wolf. Which is the weirdest thing I've ever said.

    • Sam: I think it's Snow White.
      Dean: Snow White? Ah, I saw that movie. Oh, porn version anyway.

    • Kyle: The guy, he killed my brothers. How would you feel?
      Sam: Can't imagine anything worse.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Brazil: December 5, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Denmark: January 13, 2008 on TV3
      UK: February 24, 2008 on ITV2
      Norway: July 6, 2008 on TVNorge
      Spain: September 22, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: October 5, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Portugal: December 4, 2008 on RTP 2
      Germany: February 16, 2009 on Premiere HD
      Finland: May 21, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: February 19, 2010 on Prima COOL
      The Netherlands: February 28, 2010 on Net5
      Slovakia: September 16, 2010 on Markiza

    • Sandra McCoy appears in this episode as a guest star. She was Jared Padalecki's long-time girlfriend at the time.


    • Crossroads Demon: Doth protest too much if you ask me.
      This is an allusion to Shakespeare's Hamlet, act 3, scene 2. "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." Commonly misquoted with the methinks at the beginning.

    • Dean: I'm Detective Plant. This is Detective Page.
      Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were the guitarist and lead vocalist of Led Zeppelin, respectively.