Season 5 Episode 15

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 25, 2010 on The CW
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Episode Summary

The brothers investigate when the dead come to life in Bobby's hometown... but are happy, content, and living peacefully with their families. Bobby is reunited with his dead wife and tells them not to worry, but Sam and Dean insist on staying and discover that the zombies have an ulterior motive.moreless

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  • Awful.

    Maybe the episode, before set the bar really high, or it was that we waited for about a month, and were expecting a greater episode than what he had here. I honestly expected better from Supernatural. Zombies? Really!? After all the brothers have been through, they are going to use their comeback episode, as the most cliche monster in the book. Not to mention, I was sleeping through half the episode, it was so boring. I couldn't keep my eyes open. Maybe it was just to get to know Bobby more, but I think we've all learned here that Bobby is better off as a side character, and not center stage. I know blog may come off as rude. But honestly, without this episode, what would you really be missing? Think about it.moreless
  • this was a good and sad ep

    in this ep of supernatural the dead start coming to life . and they start to investage a murder that happend supposivly by a guy that was already dead. people start coming to life and start to kill others thing is boby wife comes back from the dead and bobby is happy and tells them not to worry. and dean and sam are worried. and his wife knows that bobby is acting strange and bobby does not think she remembers but she does and all the people coming back form the dead are going to bobbys house to kill him and he ends up shooting his wife again.moreless
  • There was great back!

    Hi felwos!

    This a long long way for fans by supernatural, but finally we're back.

    First: That's amazaing scens in actions in this eps. A long time I'm didn't see actions on supernatural. The atac by zumbis ti's awesome!

    Second: I'm really apreciate the booby story, his past life. The booby's wife, Karen, so kind, she really loves him, and booby had to kill her again breakes my heart.

    Third: So death apper in this part the mitology. of course death wants bobby die, he's the rock from the boys,if he dies the boys arent' anyone to suport them.

    great time!

    kiss caumoreless
  • The dead start rising coincidentally in Bobby's little South Dakota town. The boys are very concerned, but everything seems fine until things turn ugly. We learn that the Horsemen of Death specifically has it in for Bobby.moreless

    Another fine episode from the people that bring us Supernatural. This time we are returned to the quiet little town where Bobby lives. The dead seem to be rising from their graves and one had murdered a local citizen who was known for not being a good guy.

    After Sam and Dean attempt to do something about this the local Sheriff arrests them even though she knows the guy they had was dead. It turns out not only was this guy back, but the Sheriff's son and at least thirteen other people including Bobby's wife have returned from the dead. Bobby's wife was cremated! The Sheriff ends up letting the boys go, but they feel, especially Dean, like they need to do something before things get ugly.

    Of course they do get ugly and despite the obvious Bobby is bound and determined to help his wife and tells the boys to leave. You can imagine what transpires from here.

    The boys, Bobby, the local Sheriff, and the townspeople learn you can't just take the dead rising from the grave for granted. Before his wife goes she tells Bobby a very pale and thin man gave her a message for him. That message being that this was all for him as he has been helping the boys.

    So Death has taken an interest in the boys specifically for obvious reasons. I think things are starting to heat up even more for the boys. Angels and Demons!!!

    Another great episode as we're in the home stretch with episode 15. It looks like it's going to be a great finale. I'm personally pleased with the renewal for next year. I enjoy the boys on Thursday nights and I think I would miss them. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • And the dead shall rise...

    After such a long and annoying hiatus, the writers for "Supernatural" offer up a heart-wrenching slice of the Apocalypse. Considering the fact that I'm not much of a fan of zombie stories in general, the simplicity and focus of this story more than made up for my lack of enthusiasm.

    The rising of the dead is tied directly to the coming of Death several episodes earlier, which is a good thing. Not for the characters, so much, but for the progression of the season arc. A lot of fans felt that the writers were stalling based on the possibility of a sixth season, and some are still convinced that the lack of much Apocalyptic action is a sure sign that Kripke and Gamble intend to stretch out the natural end of the story into another season.

    I think it's more a matter of budget, and trying to take something as expansive as the Apocalypse and bring it down to a more personal level. The next phase of the end of the world still relies on Dean taking up the mantle as Michael's Sword, and Sam becoming the vessel for Lucifer. Until then, it's just going to percolate. And since the Winchesters have always been running around in the "sticks" as Hunters, it makes sense for matters to play out in that kind of territory.

    It also makes sense that the Winchesters' allies would ultimately be targeted to apply pressure on them. Forcing Bobby to relive the worst moments of his life (or choose to allow himself to be killed) is one hell of a shot across their bow. It was perfectly designed for maximum psychological damage. Judging by the look on Bobby's face at the end, it's definitely took its toll.

    Bobby has been the last remnant of family for the Brothers Winchester for quite some time, and he has been sorely wounded already. Not just in terms of his paralysis, which could have happened at any time over the course of his career as a Hunter, but also the realization of what the brothers have done. Both brothers were instrumental in bringing about the Apocalypse, after all.

    In terms of story structure, Sam and Dean need to have their support structure removed before the endgame. The entire series has been a methodical process of increasing the pressure on the Brothers Winchester while killing off anyone and everyone who can help them. Bobby may have physically survived to this point, but how much more can he be expected to take?

    This still makes Bobby a strong candidate to become some sort of temporary vessel for God (if not John Winchester or even Castiel). Bobby may be to the point where he's willing to make that kind of sacrifice. After all, it's hard to imagine that Sam and Dean will find a way to resolve the Apocalypse on their own. Even taking possession of all four rings from the Four Horsemen doesn't sound like it would end the problem, so much as stall it further.

    Another thought came to mind during the course of this episode. The writers are going to some length to hide the appearance of Death. He is described as a tall, skin-and-bones figure by Karen in this episode, so that would seem to eliminate John Winchester as a potential candidate. Unfortunately, that was the one choice that would have been the most shocking, especially if the brothers would have been forced to kill him. The fact that Death has been off-screen thus far still suggests a familiar face, so it's just a matter of who the writers pull out of the woodwork.moreless
Troy Ruptash

Troy Ruptash

Clay Thompson

Guest Star

Carrie Fleming

Carrie Fleming

Karen Singer

Guest Star

Scott McNeil

Scott McNeil

Benny Sutton

Guest Star

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Kim Rhodes

Kim Rhodes

Sheriff Jody Mills

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the first scene, a man watches a nature program on TV with the audio and picture mismatched. The scenes shown on the TV are of lounging cheetahs, but the narrator is describing the actions of wildebeests around a watering hole.

    • In the scene when Sam and Dean go to the graveyard and dig up Clay's grave there is a hole in his coffin where he escaped. However, there is no dirt, despite the fact that the coffin was underground covered in dirt.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Dean: Who gave you that name?
      Digger: I did.
      Dean: You gave yourself your own nickname? You can't do that.
      Digger: Who died and made you queen?

    • Dean: Do you know how many times we've called? Where've you been?
      Bobby: Playing murderball.
      Dean: What is that smell? Is that soap? Did you clean?
      Bobby: What are you, my mother? Bite me.

    • Clay Thompson: I can't believe you were gonna kill me.
      Dean: You're a zombie.
      Clay Thompson: I'm a taxpayer.

    • Dean: Awesome. Another Horseman. Must be Thursday.

    • Dean: You got any more ammo? I'm low.
      Bobby: Yeah, we got plenty. Just run back past the zombies. It's in the van where we left it.
      Dean: A simple no would have been fine.

    • Bobby: Kind of a tight fit, don't you think?
      Dean: It's all right, they're idiots. They can't pick a lock.
      (the zombies pick the lock)
      Bobby: Don't you ever get tired of being wrong?
      Dean: I'm making this stuff up as I go. Sue me.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Injoke: Dean's comment "Awesome, another Horseman. Must be Thursday." refers to the episode airing on a Thursday.

    • International Airdates:
      UK: May 12, 2010 on LIVING/LIVING HD
      Sweden: August 6, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Spain: November 29, 2010 on AXN
      Germany: February 21, 2011 on Sky Cinema Hits
      Australia: February 21, 2011 on ELEVEN
      Czech Republic: October 14, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland: June 17, 2012 on Sub


    • Title:
      Referencing the 1982 movie of the same name starring Steve Martin as detective Rigby Reardon in a parody of film noir detective flicks. The gimmick of the movie is that through the magic of cinema, Martin is able to speak and interact with actors via scenes taken from classic movies of the period

    • Digger: Heads up. Fargo.
      Referencing the 1996 movie starring Frances McDormand as a small-town Midwestern sheriff. The character, Marge Olmstead-Gunderson, is shown as an easygoing family woman (with a strong purportedly Minnesota accent), but is the most competent character in the movie and ultimately brings the killers to justice.

    • Dean: So he goes Full Metal Jacket on us?
      Referencing the 1987 movie starring Matthew Modine and R. Lee Ermey, and chronicling new Marine recruits during the Vietnam war, and the stress they are exposed to that causes them to sometimes snap.

    • Dean: Agents Dorfman and Neidermeyer
      This is a reference the characters of Kent Dorfman (Stephen Furst) and Douglas Neidermeyer (Mark Metcalf) from the 1978 comedy film, National Lampoon's Animal House.