Season 3 Episode 10

Dream a Little Dream of Me

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 07, 2008 on The CW
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Dean interrogates a college student after the death of Dr. Greggs. Bobby, Sam and Dean all discover the truth behind the fatal death when they all get locked in a nightmare of their own.

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  • The best performance of Jensen Ackles so far and and incredible episode that it is both heart-wrenching and pivotal in the overarching show's mythology.

    What do you get if you concoct a story by Sera Gamble and Raelle Tucker (before her departure toward the gory shores of "True Blood") and a script by Cathryn Humpris, renown for her mythological-intense episodes? A masterpiece is the answer, and "Dream a little dream of me" is just that!

    When Bobby gets trapped inside his dreams, due to a particularly disturbed and cruel Dreamwalker, addicted to a certain African Dream Root, Sam and Dean must enter his consciousness to free him. Not only we discover why Bobby became an hunter in the first place (his wife was possessed by a demon and he was forced to kill her when she got rabid), but we also get a chance to experience - thanks to Steve Boyum (director) and Serge Ladouceur (photographer) - one of the most visually beautiful episodes ever: the transitions between the dream and the reality are seamless, and the bright, vivid dream-like colors - already experimented in "What Is and What Should Never Be" (2.20) - are both mesmerizing to watch and yet subtly unsettling, too unreal to feel really safe and sound. But this isn't even the best part of the episode, because when the Dreamwalker starts persecuting Dean, the Winchester must get rid of him from inside Dean's subconscious and this is where the episode rises and becomes really unforgettable.

    We see that Dean is having dreams and thoughts about Lisa (from "The Kids Are Alright", 3.02) and her son Ben, and that's saying that he is dreaming of another life, much similar to the wish verse explored in WIAWSNB, a life where he can safely build a family and live his life. A dream of peace and quietness so distant from his current, hell-bound situations. Most importantly, we see a confrontation between Dean and his other self, his doppelganger who's saying to him that he is worthless, that he's nothing by John's faithful dog soldier, that he's nothing on his own. The doppelganger seems to be winning, Dean can't find the words to rebut it... and then he explodes! He says that John was a ravaging bastard that had no right to ruin his childhood and his life by putting so much pressure on him, and that he did what he did (care about Sam and his family) not because his father told him so but because John was so incapable of being a father that he had to be both a brother and a father to Sam. Dean shoots his doppelganger and right when he finally breaths in relief, the Doppelganger opens his black eyes and shows Dean how it will be to be a demon in Hell. The depth of Dean's character is astounding: when we first see him in the Pilot, Dean seems to be a carbon copy of John Winchester, a devoted hunter who idolized his father and wanted to be just like him. Then, slowly but steadily, Dean revealed many layers beyond that surface: he is a deep and complex individual that doesn't resemble his father and that can't be identified only with his mission to protect his brother. What really identify his character is his love. Sam and John have akin minds driven by a revenge obsession (something Sam will show also in Season Four), but Dean does everything - the hunts, the sacrifices, the renounces to his desires - out of love. It is in this dimension that he finally finds his inner value, and - in the end - he is ready to quit the masquerade and admit to his brother that he is scared, that he is the one to be taken care of, for once. All this complexity, depth and profundity are in the script, right, and I can't thank enough the writers for such an awesome character, but they are also in Jensen Ackles' outstanding performance. He would have deserved an Emmy for his work on this episode, because we see three Dean and each and everyone of them is just perfect.moreless
  • Sam and Dean try their hand as Sandmen. (this Silene Capensis is 100% real by the way)

    Good episode, especially Sam and Bela getting it on in a dream, nice!! I also like the part where Dean confronts his subconscious-i guess you could call it-self. He thought it was a trick brought on by Jeremy, but it never was. And by the end of the episode, we find out Bela's real reason for helping them, why she asked to stay with them to begin with. It was her opportunity to get her hands on the colt while the guys were visiting the land of Nod. She could have even been responsible for Sam's dream. Even if she hadn't made the deal with the Crossroads demon, she would've wound up in Hell anyway because of her attitude. Then again, maybe it was all the money that made her so bad. And although i'm sorry for Bobby's loss, if he hadn't lost his wife, Sam and Dean might not be alive; sometimes these things happen for a reason. I can even sympathize with Jeremy and his inability to dream, but he shouldn't have gone as far as killing people, so his Karma caught up to him.

    I still can't believe this African dream root is real and as far i can tell, it's actually legal.
  • Sam and Dean track a dream killer.

    Good not great. After a few strong episodes the series comes up with a so-so episode. I did not like the coma angle, especially since the coma patient seems like she just came from a day at the spa. The actor who played the "bad guy" was very good and all, but the episode just never really jelled and seemed to meander all over the place. But I can excuse a just a good episode after the previous 3 episodes were so strong. Hopefully the episodes to follow are stronger then this average and not so thrilling episode. Up next.moreless
  • title says everything

    One word: awesome! The concept, the script, the acting. I couldn't believe that this is a TV-series, I mean there are many major movies which can never build up such tension and emotions. I only saw the German dubbed version and still I'm blown away. (The German Dean sounds like a twelve year old before his voice break and you can clearly hear that the guy never had any actor training). The idea of setting the whole story in the head of the protagonists was incredible clever in many ways. First of all, the dreamy, acidy garden around Bobby's house, visually extremely interesting, because those are one of the first shots in this series I can think of, which do not have this Horror-movie blue/ dark filter. And the effect is enormous. They seemed completely unreal, though they're closer to reality than the usual frames. Secondly Dean facing his evil twin: This element is overused in so many film that it should be boring by now, but it wasn't! All of Dean's doubts, fears and suppressed feelings could be expressed without seeming to be forced into the story. And Ackles performance just hit it on the head. On top of it all, it still had great funny moments. I draw my hat to the authors and the director, perfectly done!moreless
  • A trip into Bobby and Dean's subconscious

    I'm a huge fan of episodes of shows or even movies that revolve around dreams or dream sequences. I'm also a huge fan of surrealism, so this episode really played to my interests. Sam and Dean find that Bobby has been put in a coma by a mysterious man who can control people's dreams (a dream walker), so the brothers take it upon themselves to travel into Bobby's mind to help him wake up.

    This certainly wasn't the greatest episode of the show, but it was definitely interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat. Dreams are almost like a keyhole into a person's psyche, and seeing a little more about Bobby was very cool (especially since he's one of my favorite supporting characters).

    Perhaps the best moment was when Dean got a look at himself as a demon. It was very creepy and quite revealing. As for the villain, as powerful as his power was, it just didn't seem very exciting or scary. In fact, he wasn't even supernatural in the least; he just got used to tripping off dream root and ended up learning how to control his dreams.

    Overall, this was a pretty good episode. With a haunting image of Dean as a demon. Let's hope that doesn't happen..moreless
Myriam Sirois

Myriam Sirois

Graduate Student

Guest Star

Tammy Hui

Tammy Hui


Guest Star

Martin Christopher

Martin Christopher


Guest Star

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Cindy Sampson

Cindy Sampson

Lisa Braeden

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: The signature on the badge Dean uses when he first meets Jeremy in Jeremy's dorm room is signed Robert Plant. This is an alias that has been used before, most recently in the episode titled "Bedtime Stories."

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Sam: It's been used by shamans and medicine men for centuries.
      Dean: Let me guess, they dose up, break out the didgeridoos and start kicking around the hacky?

    • Dean: (about to drink the dream tea) Well, shall we dim the lights and sync up Wizard of Oz and Dark Side of the Moon?
      Sam: Why?
      Dean: What did you do in college?

    • Sam: Dean, you sure you don't want me to drive? You... you seem a little... caffeinated.

    • Sam: One problem though: we are fresh out African dream roots, so unless you know someone who can score some...
      Dean: Crap!
      Sam: What?
      Dean: Bela...
      Sam: Bela? Crap!

    • Sam: What's the big deal? You get sloppy in bars and hit on chicks all the time.
      Dean: It's kinda slim pickin's around here.

    • Dean: My father was an obsessed bastard! All that crap he dumped on me about protecting Sam, that was his crap! He's the one who couldn't protect his family! He's the one who let Mom die, who wasn't there for Sam! I always was! It wasn't fair! I didn't deserve what he put on me! And I don't deserve to go to Hell! (Dean shoots Nightmare Dean with shotgun)
      Dean (Nightmare): (after getting up from shotgun blast with demon eyes) You can't escape me, Dean. You're gonna die, Dean! And this, this is what you're gonna become!

    • Sam: You want to go dream walking inside Bobby's head?
      Dean: Yeah, why not? Maybe we could help.
      Sam: We have no idea what's crawling around in there.
      Dean: How bad could it be?
      Sam: Bad!
      Dean: Dude... it's Bobby!

    • (as Dean impersonates a police detective)
      Jeremy: I had this most vivid super intense dream, like a bad acid trip, you know...
      Dean: Totally. (pause) I mean, no.

    • Dean (Nightmare): I mean, think about it. All he ever did was train you; boss you around. But Sam, Sam he doted on, Sam he loved.
      Dean (Real): I mean it, I'm getting angry.
      Dean (Nightmare): Dad knew who you really were. A good soldier and nothing else. Daddy's blunt little instrument. Your own father didn't care whether you lived or died, why should you?

    • Dean: There you are. What are you doing?
      Sam: Having a drink?
      Dean: It's two in the afternoon. Drinking whiskey?
      Sam: I drink whiskey all the time.
      Dean: No you don't.

    • Sam: What was Bobby doing in Pittsburgh?
      Dean: I don't know, unless he was taking an extremely lame vacation.

    • Dean: Dude, you were out. And making some serious happy noises. Who were you dreaming about?
      Sam: What? No one. Nothing.
      Dean: Come on, you can tell me. Angelina Jolie?
      Sam: No!
      Dean: Brad Pitt?
      Sam: No. No!

    • Bobby: Before I knew it was him, he offered me a beer. I drank it. Dumbest friggin' thing.
      Dean: Aw, I don't know. It wasn't that dumb.
      Sam: Dean, you didn't.
      Dean: I was thirsty.
      Sam: That's great! Now he can come after either one of you.

    • Dean: Sam?
      Sam: Yeah?
      Dean: I've been doing some thinking. And well, the thing is, I don't want to die. I don't want to go to Hell.
      Sam: Okay. We'll find a way to save you.
      Dean: Okay, good.

    • Dean: I take it we believe the legends.
      Sam: When don't we?

    • Sam: The truth is, no one can save you.
      Dean: What I've been telling you.
      Sam: No, what I mean is no one can save you because you don't want to be saved.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: Long Train Runnin' (Doobie Brothers), Dream a Little Dream of Me (The Mamas and the Papas)

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: February 24, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: February 25, 2008 on Network 10
      UK: March 30, 2008 on ITV2
      Norway: August 10, 2008 on TVNorge
      Spain: October 27, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: November 9, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Portugal: January 8, 2009 on RTP 2
      Germany: March 2, 2009 on Premiere Film
      Finland: June 25, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: March 26, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: September 28, 2010 on Markiza


    • Sam: ..this doctor was testing the stuff on his patients, Tim Leary style...
      Doctor Timothy Francis Leary (1920-1996) was a writer and psychologist. He advocated the use and research of psychedelic drugs, and became famous as a proponent of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of LSD. He became an idol of the 1960s counterculture.

    • Dean: (about to drink the dream tea) Well, shall we dim the lights and sync up Wizard of Oz and Dark Side of the Moon?
      This is based on the practice of listening to the Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon(1973 while watching The Wizard of Oz (1939). It is believed that the movie and the music synchronize, with numerous incidents of lyrics matching the action on the screen, creating something similar to a lengthy music video. Many of the viewers of what has been dubbed The Dark Side of the Rainbow watch it while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, making it a popular college event. Those associated with the band have denied that any synchronicity was intended.

    • Dean: Okay, I don't know what's weirder. The fact that we're in Bobby's head... or that he's dreaming of Better Homes and Gardens?
      Better Homes and Gardens is a well-known magazine in the United States that focuses on interests regarding homes, cooking, gardening, crafts, healthy living, decorating, and entertaining.

    • Sam: You take enough of it, with enough practice, you can become a regular Freddy Krueger.
      Referencing the famous dream killer played by Robert Englund in the Nightmare on Elm Street movie series since 1984. Besides a number of sequels, there was also an anthology TV series.

    • Title
      A song that has been remade many times. The most famous remake was from Mama Cass with The Mamas and The Papas and was considered the starting of her solo career.