Supernatural

Season 1 Episode 5

Bloody Mary

21
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 2005 on The CW
9.0
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1,532 votes
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A man dies of a stroke in front of a mirror but Sam and Dean believe something, or someone else (Bloody Mary), may be behind his death. Dean tries to help Sam open up about his girlfriend's death, particularly after Sam lets it slip that there's some information that he hasn't told Dean.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Suddenly the abysmal Winchester luck makes sense...

    10
    Why would anyone ever say 'Bloody Mary' in front of a bathroom mirror?! It doesn't matter if you believe she was a witch burnt in the Salem Trials or the firstborn daughter of King Henry the VIII out for revenge, she's going to kick your arse (and maybe fry your eyeballs while she's at it). I certainly would never do such a foolhardy thing!



    Who am I kidding? Of course I tried it! As soon as I was done watching I went to brush my teeth and I said the magic words. Maybe it didn't work because I was talking around a mouthful of toothpaste...



    So story goes that many years ago a woman named Mary was killed. No one really knows who she was (popular theories include Queen Mary I of England, a Mary who died in the Salem Witch trials, or a girl who was murdered by her cheating fianc) but it doesn't matter because what we do know is that she had haunted reflections ever since. If you go into a room and say 'Bloody Mary' three times in front of the mirror, Mary will come and scratch out your eyes as revenge for her death. Lovely, eh?



    This episode was dark and innovative and a bit scary. There were funny moments (usually involving Sam rolling his eyes over Dean) and plenty of dark irony at the end when the brothers survey the room full of broken mirrors glumly. Surprisingly Charlie (the hot blond of the week) survived the episode and didn't hook up with either of the brothers. Bloody Mary was certainly creepier in concept than any of the episodes we've seen yet in this season and was both solidly written and executed.moreless
  • Don't Look In The Mirror

    10
    Oh Bloody Mary has to be one of my favorite legends. A classical horror story with a splash of Dean and Sam made for an awesome episode. This is the episode where Sam's character gets more interesting because of his secrets about his girlfriend.



    Too tell you the truth, I never look in mirrors at night, but after this,who knows when it will be safe again. :)
  • 105-"Bloody mary"

    9.0
    When a man is killedhis eyeballs having explodedafter his daughter chants "Bloody Mary" three times in front of a mirror, Sam and Dean head to Toledo, Ohio, to investigate. They learn that Bloody Mary (Jovanna Huguet) is the ghost of a young woman who was murdered after her eyes were cut out, and her spirit trapped within the mirror that she died in front of. With the mirror now for sale in an antique store in the town, Bloody Mary has begun to target those nearby who secretly feel guilt over another's death. The brothers must find a way to stop her after a young girl (Marnette Patterson) inadvertently becomes her next target. They track down the original mirror and then smash it, but this only releases Bloody Mary. However, Dean forces her to see her own reflection, and her guilt over her own secrets causes her to vanish.



    Story by: Eric Kripke

    Teleplay by: Ron Milbauer & Terri Hughes Burton

    Directed by: Peter Ellis



    Ep rankings:

    1.)"pilot

    2.)""Bloody mary"

    3.)"Dead in the water"

    4.)"phantom traveler"

    5.)"Wendigo"

    my thoughts: this is a very entertaining one but yet ist still is not moving the story along aw well it still makes for 40 mins of pure fun!!!!!moreless
  • Alright I had to give it a good rating because it was a good episode...but ok, what's with the "The Ring" sequence? Yea it's pretty much EXACTLY like the ring. Otherwise, I thought it was scary and interesting.moreless

    9.0
    I like how Dean and Sam actually discussed some aspect of their lives. Dean's secret is pretty cool. The episode was quite suspenseful and had a good storyline/plot. But then Supernatural turned into The Ring. She crawled out of the mirror, hair all scraggly and covering her whole face, had weird twitchy movements, and seemed to jump through space a bit at times. And of course she also came out of the mirror/TV after she was presumed to be dead. Wait, was I describing The Ring or Supernatural? Wow it's impossible to tell because they were the same!Yeah that was annoying. Oh but the part where Charlie spazzed in school was sooo funny. She just randomly screamed and threw a chair at the window, haahah. Overall good episode minus the The Ring part.moreless
  • The first season continues to struggle in finding its own voice.

    4.5
    Mirror, Mirror on the wall, what's the most unoriginal show of them all? Supernatural… at least in its early stages. I have to remind myself that this show evolves into something much bigger, with a strong mythology and impressive storylines, because as of right now it's merely a spot the reference TV series. Heavily influenced by J-Horror, 'Blood Mary' has a few effective scares, but this is an utterly forgettable stand-alone episode with little to no redeeming qualities. Yes, the image of Bloody Mary is somewhat startling, but only because I have a fear of dead little girls with long, black hair that hides their faces. *shudders*moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • As the brothers drive out of town and Sam sees the vision of Jessica, she is standing across the street from George's Taverna in Steveston. The Greek restaurant is located at 130-3760 Moncton St., in Steveston (Richmond), BC, and definitely isn't in Toledo, Ohio.

    • When Sam and Dean enter the Shoemaker home at the funeral reception, at the 8:09 mark, there is a woman just inside the door holding a coffee cup. As the brothers walk away, she starts to follow them. However, in the next shot, she is standing still and facing away from them.

    • In "Pilot," Jessica was on the ceiling on fire in a completely different nightgown/nightie to the one she was wearing when Sam saw her ghost on the street.

    • While Sam is inside breaking all of the mirrors Dean is outside talking to the police. It seems impossible that the cops didn't hear what was going on inside the shop, Sam wasn't exactly being quiet.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Officer: Hold it!
      Dean: Whoa, whoa, whoa, guys. False alarm. I tripped the system.
      Officer: Who are you?
      Dean: I'm the boss's kid.
      Officer: You're Mr. Yamishiro's kid?

    • Reflection: You never told her the truth--who you really were. But it's more than that, isn't it? Those nightmares you've been having of Jessica dying, screaming, burning--You had them for days before she died. Didn't you? You were so desperate to be normal, to believe they were just dreams. How could you ignore them like that? How could you leave her alone to die? You dreamt it would happen!

    • Dean: I don't what?
      Sam: You don't know all about it. I haven't told you everything.
      Dean: What're you talking about?
      Sam: Well it wouldn't really be a secret if I told you, would it?

    • Dean: Well, who's gonna summon her?
      Sam: I will. She'll come after me.
      Dean: You know what, that's it. This is about Jessica, isn't it? You think that's your dirty little secret that you killed her somehow? Sam, this has got to stop, man. I mean, the nightmares and calling her name out in the middle of the night—-it's gonna kill you. Now listen to me-—It wasn't your fault. If you wanna blame something, then blame the thing that killed her. Or hell, why don't you take a swing at me? I mean I'm the one that dragged you away from her in the first place.

    • Sam: So we gotta search local newspapers, public records as far back as they go. See if we can find the Mary who fits the bill.
      Dean: Well, that sounds annoying.
      Sam: No, it won't be so bad, uh, as long as we... (looks at the computers, which have signs on them saying "OUT OF ORDER") ...huh. I take it back. This will be very annoying.

    • Sam: Might not be one of ours. It might be just some freak medical thing.
      Dean: How many times in Dad's long, varied career has it actually been a freak medical thing? And not some sign of an awful supernatural death?
      Sam: Uh, almost never.
      Dean: Exactly.

    • Sam: Find anything?
      Dean: Oh, besides a whole new level of frustration? No. A few local women, a Laura and a Catherine, committed suicide in front of a mirror. And a giant mirror fell on a guy named Dave. But, uh, no Mary.

    • Sam: Why'd you let me fall asleep?
      Dean: Because I'm an awesome brother. So, what'd you dream about?
      Sam: Lollipops and candy canes.
      Dean: Yeah, sure.

    • Sam: But the eyes. What would cause something like that?
      Coroner: Capillaries combust? Uh... I see a lot of bloodshot eyes with stroke victims.
      Dean: Yeah, you ever see exploding eyeballs?
      Coroner: Yeah, that's a first for me.

    • Dean: Hey, Sam?
      Sam: Yeah.
      Dean: Now that this is all over, I want you to tell me what that secret was.
      Sam: Look, you're my brother and I'd die for you. But there are some things I need to keep to myself.

    • Dean: Sammy! Sammy!
      Sam: It's Sam.

    • Charlie: I'm insane, right?
      Dean: No, you're not insane.
      Charlie: God, that makes me feel so much worse.

    • Dean: Hey, Sam?
      Sam: Yeah?
      Dean : This has gotta be like, what, 600 hundred years bad luck?

    • Dean: Dude, I earned that money.
      Sam: You won it in a poker game!
      Dean: Yeah…?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Canadian actor and stunt artist Dan Shea has an uncredited appearance as the second police officer who approaches Dean outside the antique shop. He is clearly visible at the 37:07 mark, although he has no dialogue.

    • At the end of the episode, when Blood Mary exits her mirror, both Sam's and Dean's eyes bleed. Creator Eric Kripke stated: "There is something in his past - we've always known it. It's been the core of the character from the time we created him."

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: February 5, 2006 on TV3
      Portugal: November 6, 2006 on AXN
      Italy: March 13, 2007 on RaiDue
      Germany: November 12, 2007 on ProSieben
      France: December 18, 2007 on TF6
      The Netherlands: August 3, 2008 on NET 5

    • This episode is set in Toledo, Ohio. This is the hometown of Eric Kripke and Adrianne Palicki (Jessica Lee Moore).

    • Many viewers were unhappy that the animation of Bloody Mary looked so much like the creepy girl in The Ring. A complaint letter was even written and published in TV Guide (October 31 - November 6, 2005).

    • Music: Laugh, I Nearly Died by The Rolling Stones, Rock of Ages by Def Leppard, and Sugar, We're Going Down by Fall Out Boy.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Dean Do I look like Paris Hilton?
      Said as Sam pointed a videocam on his brother. This is in reference to Paris' various videotaped sexual escapades with at least two ex-boyfriends. Also, Hilton and Jared Padalecki both starred in the 2005 feature film, House of Wax.

    • Some of the elements in this episode are very similar to the horror movie The Ring:
      - the small oval mirror where a woman with long hair over her face can be seen
      - Bloody Mary climbing out of the mirror on her hands and knees (in the movie, Samara climbs out of a television)
      - jerky, stop-motion type movement when she moves
      - Mary's appearance is very similar to The Ring's Samara, in that she has long dark hair that obscures her face and wears a long white dress.

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