Season 2 Episode 9


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 07, 2006 on The CW
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Sam has a vision of Dean shooting a defenseless man, and they go to the town of River Grove, where they find the townspeople have been possessed by a virus that makes them violent.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Erratic but still good.

    So far season two has done a great job of developing the ever continuing bitter taste of John Winchester's death as Dean has not been himself the past couple of episodes clearly agitated. The beginning of the episode portrays this well as one of Sam's premonitions reveals him killing what appears to be an innocent boy. Midway through the episode this seemed like it was going to be a survival horror esque episode with them being trapped within the clinic, but all of that is ruined when we find out the real reason for this case, and it felt a bit anticlimatic. Still the build up of the real storyline with the demon is enough to still make this a solid watch.moreless
  • Demonic virus...and whats up with Sam?

    In this episode Sam and Dean are faced with a demonic virus that infects people and turns them murderous. It even shows up in their blood.

    Sam looked like he was infected and everyone wanted to shoot/kill him before he started to try and kill them but Dean wouldn't let them. Turned out that even though Sam had contact with the blood into his blood the virus didn't affect him like it did the others. Dean was scared about that but he didn't really want to show Sam.

    They were also blocked off from the other town and whoever drove the Impala when Dean drove away from the people shooting at him was good driving. I thought it was a good episode and it made you think why the virus didn't affect Sam...moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show supernatural dean and sam are going to this town after sam has a vision of dean shooting a defeceless man and so they go and check it out and it seems people are being effected by a virus in the water supplie this was a very interesting ep and it was very intense and with the virus happend it made it even more better and that is why i gave it a 9 for its story and for making it so interesting with the vision happeing and that is why i think season 2 is really getting goodmoreless
  • There is something very, very wrong with this episode.

    The premise draws inspiration from Roanoke, a colony whose occupants vanished without explanation in the 16th century. That's a pretty neat mystery. And yet the episode itself is the most disjointed, uninteresting thing. The mystery, like Roanoke's, is never explained, but in this fictional world that leaves only a sense of profound dissatisfaction. Not ideal.

    There's also a flavour of zombie flicks in the mix - which is nice - but these zombies don't eat brains or tear people apart. The only thing any of the infected seem to want to do is spread the infection. They don't kill anyone. Only the heroes kill in this episode. Yes, I'm sure it'd be bad to want to attack other people and spread the disease. But a lot of people get blown away for such a comparatively minor reason (and since the mystery of the disease is never explained, of course we NEVER have full justification that they needed to die. In fact, the infection is simply gone at the end of the episode, inferring that nobody had to die.) Dean's putting multiple bullets in people all over the place, to the point where his "...awkward..." joke about killing both the kid's parents is actually awkward itself, instead of funny.

    I really don't understand the point of this episode. Even the reference to the test at the end makes it seem more confusing than intriguing.moreless
  • Demonic virus

    Sam has a dream of Dean killing a boy, so they go and investigate. They discover that in the town people are getting violent, thanks to a demonic virus. At the end, the boy get's possesed by Meg.

    This one was so impressive. A demonicn virus, Sam's possible evil side, Meg's back... great. This episode is one of Season 2's best. I love this season. I only gave a 9.5 because of the ending, I think they got rid of the virus too easily, but the rest was perfect! If the ending would have been more stunning it would certainly have a 10. But the ending was good: Meg's back. This episode is amazing!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • After Duane speaks to Azazel, you can see the Sarge's chest move as he breathes and when he does, more "blood" gushes out. By the way his throat was sliced, he should've bled out almost instantly.

    • Trivia: Duane uses the exact same ritual to contact the Yellow-Eyed Demon that Meg uses in Season One's "Scarecrow."

    • In the scene where Dean makes the promise to Sam, as the camera pans alongside the Impala, you can see the dolly track on which the camera runs along.

    • Duane Tanner cuts the throat of Mark, yet even though the blood was gushing wildly, the cup when he pulls it away to talk to the demon, is perfectly clean. Then the spatters on the side of the cup disappear according to the camera angle.

    • The sign that is seen as Sam and Dean pull into River Grove, near the beginning of the episode, says "Visit Beautiful Crater Lake - River Grove Chamber of Commerce". Crater Lake does actually exist in Oregon, but there is no town of River Grove in Oregon. However, there is a town of Rivergrove, but it is not located near Crater Lake.

    • Trivia: A Master Sargeant (Sarge) is four ranks above a Corporal (John) in the Marine Corps. A MS is an E8, a Corporal is an E4. John was a member of Echo 2/1, which is a part of the 2nd Battalion , 1st Marines Regiment (2/1). That unit participated in the War in Vietnam, November 1965-May 1971.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Dean: Wish we had a deck of cards, a foozball table, or something.
      Sam: Dean, don't do this. Just get the hell out of here.
      Dean: No way.
      Sam: Dean, gimme my gun and leave.
      Dean: For the last time, Sammy. No.

    • Dean: I'm gonna go down there, see if I can find some help. My partner'll stick around, keep you guys safe.
      Dr. Lee: Safe from what?
      Dean: We'll get back to you on that.

    • Sam: It's over for me. It doesn't have to be for you.
      Dean: No?
      Sam: No. You can keep going!
      Dean: Who says I want to?
      Sam: What?
      Dean: I'm tired, Sam. I'm tired of this job, this life, this weight on my shoulders, man. I'm tired of it.

    • Dr. Lee: I'm sorry. Thanks for everything, Marshals.
      Dean: Oh, actually we're not really marshals.
      Dr. Lee: (confused) Um, oh.

    • Dean: Sam, we've still got some time.
      Sarge: Time for what? Look, I understand he's your brother and I'm sorry. I am. But I got to take care of this. (prepares to shoot Sam)
      Dean: I'm gonna say this one time, you make a move on him and you'll be dead before you hit the ground. You understand me? I mean, do I make myself clear?

    • Sam: I hesitated, Dean. It was a kid.
      Dean: No, it was an It.

    • Dean: What does that mean? I'm not gonna waste an innocent man. I wouldn't!
      Sam: I never said you would.
      Dean: Fine.
      Sam: Fine. Look, we don't know what it is. But whatever it is, that guy in the chair is a part of it. So let's find him, and see what's what.
      Dean: Fine.
      Sam: Fine!

    • Duane: You were gonna shoot me!
      Dean: You don't shut your pie hole, I still might!

    • Barricade Guard: Say, why don't you get out of the car and we'll talk a little?
      Dean: Well, you are a handsome devil, but I don't swing that way. Sorry.

    • Dean: I just think maybe we ought to go to the Grand Canyon.
      Sam: What?
      Dean: Yeah, you know, all this driving back and forth cross country, you know, I've never been the Grand Canyon. Or we could go to TJ, or Hollywood, see if we could bang Lindsay Lohan.

    • Sam: This is the dumbest thing you've ever done.
      Dean: I don't know about that. Remember that waitress in Tampa? Brrr....

    • Sarge: My neighbor, Mr. Rogers…
      Dean: You've got a neighbor named Mr. Rogers?
      Sarge: Not anymore.

    • Sam: Roanoke? Lost colony? Ring a bell? Dean, did you pay any attention to history class?
      Dean: Yeah. The shot heard 'round the world, how bills become laws....
      Sam: That's not school; that's Schoolhouse Rock!
      Dean: Whatever.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: January 28, 2007 on TV3
      UK: April 1, 2007 on LIVING
      Portugal: May 7, 2007 on AXN
      France: October 8, 2007 on TF6
      Germany: February 18, 2008 on Premiere Serie
      Italy: July 29, 2008 on Rai2
      The Netherlands: February 1, 2009 on NET5
      New Zealand: March 20, 2009 on TV2


    • Dean: Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, U.S. Marshals.
      When introducing themselves, Dean uses the names of two of the three members of the band ZZ Top. The third member is Dusty Hill.

    • Dean: See if one of us can bang Lindsay Lohan.
      Lindsay Lohan is an actress who's infamous for her late-night partying, binge drinking, and bedhopping.

    • Sam: That's not school. That was Schoolhouse Rock!
      Referencing a series of short cartoons that aired on ABC on Saturday mornings starting in 1973. Each one presented a brief animated sequence set to music that taught something about history, government, math, language, etc.

    • Dean: I feel like Chuck Heston in The Omega Man.
      Referencing the 1971 movie The Omega Man, which featured Charlton Heston as one of the last few uninfected people on Earth after a virus causes most of humanity to turn into homicidal albino maniacs. The movie was loosely based on Richard Matheson's I Am Legend, which in turn inspired the movie The Last Man On Earth (1964) starring Vincent Price.

    • Dean: You've got a neighbor named Mr. Rogers?
      Referencing the TV series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which aired primarily on PBS and was aimed at children. The sweater-wearing Fred Rogers hosted the show and made the phrase "Won't you be my neighbor?" famous.

    • Dean: Night of the Living Dead didn't exactly end pretty.
      Night of the Living Dead was George A. Romero's inaugural zombie flick where radation causes the dead to come back to life. The movie is considered by many fans as the pivotal movie that created a genre. It has spawned several sequels and even a 1990 remake starring Tony Todd and Patricia Tallman in the lead roles.

    • Dean: That was creepy. A little too Stepford, right?
      Referencing the 1972 book The Stepford Wives, in which women around town were replaced with robots who became the perfect housewives. The book was made into a movie in 1975. That movie spawned several sequels and a 2004 remake starring Matthew Broderick and Nicole Kidman.