Season 2 Episode 14

Born Under a Bad Sign

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 08, 2007 on The CW
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Sam contacts Dean after being missing for a week. When they reunite, Dean finds Sam covered in blood and with no recollection of what happened.

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  • Great performance from Jared in this one

    I really think Jared's acting makes this episode one of the best, he is brilliant as the Meg infested Sam. So sexy, dangerous and tortured all at the same time!
  • All I can say is I hate Meg.

    Sam goes missing for over a week and when he calls Dean he says he can't remember anyhting that happened. They go and try to get clues from a car he has been driving and the hotel room.

    It looks like Sam may have killed a hunter in the area. Jo is also in this episode. Sam tells her (or rather Meg) that Dean will never like her the way she likes him (I tend to agree).

    Dean finds him and they fight. I think by now he knows that it isn't Sam anymore, that he's being posessed.

    Jo helps Dean with Sam and then she is all hopeful that he will be all happy with her for it. I like this episode but I don't like Meg or Jo.moreless
  • The return of Meg!

    Meg Masters (played by the awesome Nicky Aycox) is one of my favorite characters: she was sassy and sarcastic, biting and dangerously sensual. Seeing Meg!Demon back inside of Sam was a guilty pleasure and I must say that Jared Padalecki delivered one of his best performances so far while he was playing the subtle ways the demon perverted Sam's psyche. "Born Under a Bad Sign" is one of my Top Five episodes of Season Two, and it is thanks both to a spectacular script and a masterful direction (by J. Miller Tobin). Plus, it featured Bobby Singer - always a pleasure! - and a newly conceived, more mature version of Jo Harvelle: I think it's really a pity that the writers haven't used her more often, and since this is her final appearance I can't help but wish to see her again for the upcoming Season Five.

    A pivotal episode, both concerning the overarching mythology of the show and the story arc of Season Two (involving Sam "going dark side" and Azazel's plans for the Special Children), "Born Under a Bad Sign" is also a powerful tale about love (the things Dean would do for Sam) and vengeance (Meg's description of Hell always sent a shiver down my spine). All in all, a masterpiece of an episode!moreless
  • A frantic Dean searches the country for a missing Sam. However, when Sam finally contacts him a week later, Dean may not like what he finds. A thrilling episode and certainly one of my favourites.moreless

    This episode from start to finish is a powerhouse. It begins with a frantic Dean searching high and low for Sam for a full week before Sam finally contacts him with no memories, a blood stained shirt and a string of bloody clues which leads them to one conclusion; Sam's dark side is finally emerging.

    This is certainly one of my favourite episodes, although that could be because I absolutely adore when my favourite characters go evil... which may be more of the reason I'm a Sam girl but, I digress!

    Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles were perfect as "Sam" and Dean respectively in this episode. "Sam" in this story, was deliciously dark. From the beginning, there is a few subtle hints he is off key which could be buried down due to the trauma he had undergone. But the moment Dean refused to shoot him, the dark Sam took over. This complete 180 was such a shock but also incredibly initiated. Padalecki's easy jump from an overwhelmed and broken young man to a fierce and twisted one shows his complete acting prowess. "Sam" is so clearly not Sam in this episode and that's what makes it so interesting.

    Dean's long battle with his conscience upon the possible awakening of his brother's inner darkness is incredible and his dedication to his brother is apparent in every scene, particularly the failed exorcism when a helpless Dean watches as his little brother his manipulated by this demon and there's nothing he can do to stop it. Every wince and gape tells a story.

    Ultimately though, "Born Under a Bad Sign" does not move the "Yellow Eyed Demon plot" along much but it does give a key glimpse into Sam's fears and Dean's inner workings. Despite the order from his father, it is clear that if Sam does go "darkside", Dean will not be able to pull the trigger. The bond between the brothers remains too strong.

    Whether this will change in times to come remains to be seen...moreless
  • Look at what all the abuse in Family Guy has done to Meg; made her into a demented demon in a new show!

    Supernatural is one of the finest television shows out there, though there's always going to be a speed bump here and there, such as this episode which isn't too bad in general, it just speaks wonders about how excellent the show has been so far. The biggest bright spot of Supernatural is it's two man show between Sam and Dean handing out great acting display episode after episode, though it's no surprise that the slight decline in quality is related to its acting from its main two characters. It's not that they were lacking, just that the nature of the episode, where Sam is possessed and is mostly off doing his own thing else where, just by default made it a weaker episode. The case of the demon that possessed Meg returning didn't feel too compellingly exciting either. Not a bad episode, it's just that being compared to the rest of the series, it looks average.moreless
Richard Kahan

Richard Kahan

Gas Station Clerk

Guest Star

Vince Murdocco

Vince Murdocco

Steve Wandell

Guest Star

Philip Granger

Philip Granger


Guest Star

Alona Tal

Alona Tal

Jo Harvelle

Recurring Role

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Why didn't Dean track Sam's phone when he first went missing like he did after Sam knocked him out in the motel room?

    • When Sam hit Dean with the gun, Dean collapsed with his right hand beside his body. However, the next shot showed his right hand was beside his head.

    • Jo had a bruise on her forehead when Sam tied her to the pole but the scene she's helping Dean up from the water, looked more like she had a cut. Back to the bar patching up Dean's wound, she had a bruise again.

    • When Sam puts his hand on Dean's shoulder you can see Dean grabbing Sam's arm because of the pain. Then the camera switches toward Sam and then back to Dean grabbing Sam's arm again.

    • Dean's cell phone still works even after he fell into the water.

    • Trivia: When Dean is on the website to locate Sam via GPS, he is logged in as "Dean J. MaHogOff.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Sam: By the way, you really look like crap, Dean.
      Dean: Yeah, right back at ya.

    • Sam (possessed): All that I had to hold on to, was that I would climb out one day, and that I was gonna torture you... nice and slow, like pulling the wings off an insect. But whatever I do to you, it's nothing compared to what you do to yourself is it? I can see it in your eyes, Dean, you're worthless. You couldn't save your dad, and deep down, you know that you can't save your brother. They'd been better off without you.

    • Dean: This guy? (to Sam) You were drinking malt liquor?
      Clerk: Not after he whipped the bottle at my friggin' head!
      Dean: This guy?
      Clerk: What, am I speaking Urdu?

    • Dean: You saw (Sam) smoking?
      Clerk: Yeah, guy's a chimney.

    • Sam: I don't wanna hurt anyone else. I don't wanna hurt you.
      Dean: You won't. Whatever this is, you can fight it.
      Sam: I can't. Not forever.

    • Manager: It's past checkout and I've got a couple here who needs a room.
      Dean: (looks at hooker and customer in hall) Yeah, I bet they do.

    • Bobby: Where's Dean?
      Sam: Holed up somewhere with a girl and a twelve-pack.
      Bobby: Yeah? Is she pretty?
      Sam: You ask me, he's in way over his head.

    • Sam: No matter what I did, you wouldn't shoot.
      Dean: It was the right move, Sam, it wasn't you.
      Sam: Yeah, this time. What about next time?
      Dean: Sam, when Dad told me I might have to kill you, it was only if I couldn't save you. Now if it's the last thing I do, I'm gonna save you.

    • Jo: (Looking at Sam's burn) That looks like it hurts.
      Sam: Nah, just had a run in with a hot stove.

    • Bobby: Don't try and con a con man.

    • Bobby: Here, take these.
      Sam: What are they?
      Bobby: Charms. They'll fend off possession. That demon's still out there. This'll stop it from getting back up in ya.
      Dean: That sounds vaguely dirty, but er, thanks.

    • Sam: You know when people wanna describe the worst possible thing? They say it's like hell. (punches Dean) Well, there's a reason for that. Hell is like, ah... (punch) Well, it's like hell. Even for demons. (punch) It's a prison made of bone, and flesh and blood and fear. (punch) And you sent me back there.
      Dean: Meg.
      Sam: No. Not any more. Now I'm Sam. (punch) By the way, saw your dad there, he says "Howdy."

    • (referring to an old, beat-up car)
      Dean: Oh please tell me you didn't steal this.

    • Dean: Feel like talking now?
      Sam: Sam's still my meat-puppet, I'll make him bite off his tongue.

    • (after arriving at a gas station)
      Dean: All right, receipt's for 10 gallons at pump number 2. (pause) Getting any goosebumps yet? "God this looks familiar" déjà vu vibes?

    • Sam: (in a sing-song voice) My daddy shot your daddy in the head.

    • Dean: I'll call you later, okay? (leaves)
      Jo: No, you won't.

    • Dean: (talking on the phone) Hi, uh, so sorry to bother you, but, uh, my son snuck out of the house last night and, uh, went to a, uh, Justin Timberlake concert... what? Yeah... Justin is quite the triple threat.

    • Dean: What's going on with you, Sam? Hmmm? 'Cause smokin'... throwin' bottles at people... that sounds more like me than you.

    • Dean: Okay... now this is disturbing. (lifts up pack of cigarettes, Sam stares in shock) C'mon, man, this couldn't have been you, it had to be someone else, someone who.. uhh.. (smells cigarettes) ...smokes menthols.

    • Sam: Dean, back from the dead. Getting to be a regular thing for you, isn't it? Like a cockroach.
      Dean: How bout I smack that smartass right out of your mouth?
      Sam: Oh, careful now...wouldn't want to bruise this fine packaging.

    • Dean: You never told me this.
      Sam: I didn't want to scare you.
      Dean: Well, bang up job on that.

    • (Dean chuckles to himself)
      Sam: What?
      Dean: Nothing.
      Sam: Dean, what?
      Dean: Dude, you like full-on had a girl inside you for like a whole week. That's pretty naughty.

    • Dean: The room's been quiet, nobody's noticed anything unusual.
      Sam: You mean no one saw me walking around covered in blood.
      Dean: Mmm-yeah, that's what I mean.

    • Dean: (to Sam) You checked in two days ago under the name Richard Sambora. I think the scariest part about this whole thing is that you're a Bon Jovi fan.

    • Dean: (holding gun) You know, I've tried so hard to keep you safe.
      Sam: I know.
      Dean: I can't. I'd rather die. (puts down gun)
      Sam: No. You'll live. (picks up gun) You'll live to regret this. (knocks him unconscious)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Music: The Crystal Ship by The Doors, Back on the Road Again by REO Speedwagon, Ashes to Ashes by Tarbox Ramblers, Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple (Dean's ringtone)

    • Near the end of the episode, after the failed exorcism, Bobby burns the binding link, forcing the demon to leave. Sam says "Did I miss anything?", which is where the scene originally was supposed to end. However, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki came up with the idea of Dean punching Sam, the producers liked the idea, and ran with it.

    • This episode was alternately titled "Welcome to my Nightmare."

    • Dean passes a section of road with a road sign saying Twin Lakes 100 miles. This stretch of road was also used in the episodes "Phantom Traveler" and "Home."

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: March 4, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: May 7, 2007 on Ten
      Portugal: June 11, 2007 on AXN
      Germany: March 26, 2008 on Premiere Serie
      Italy: August 12, 2008 on Rai2
      The Netherlands: March 8, 2009 on NET5


    • Title
      Born Under A Bad Sign is the title of an album and song by blues artist Albert King. The song was notably covered by the band Cream.