Season 2 Episode 19

Folsom Prison Blues

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 26, 2007 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Sam and Dean allow themselves to be arrested in order to investigate a series of murders inside a penitentiary. However things get complicated when FBI agent Henricksen shows up to take over their case.

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  • Yet another jail episode.

    Okay, don't get me wrong. I love Supernatural. But these crime episodes are really starting to annoy me. They seem to be caught in another mishap again. This renminds me so much of "The Usual Suspects" it isn't even funny. The only thing different is that a spirit is in the jail. Deacon was pretty cool. I'm glad he didn't die. I wish Agent Henrickson just died to end this ongoing plot that is taking forever! Their lawyer & the Deacon was like the detective which practically set them free, and again end the episode with their so screwed I need to see a new plot Supernatural!moreless
  • I liked this episode.

    In this episode Sam and Dean allow themselves to get arrested so that they can investicate a ghost in a prison. This starts to go wrong when Agent Henriksen shows up and tries to get the boys transfered to another facility.

    Sam and Dean figure out who the ghost is and Dean ends up being attacked by it. Then another guy does in a locked cage next to him, Tiny, who Dean had picked a fight with.

    It turns out that it is a evil woman ghost that worked in the prison. Then in another twist it turns out that Sam and Dean went inside the prison on purpose to get the ghost. They knew a guard there who had a plan to break them out. Agent Henriksen isn't so happy that they boys got away again.moreless
  • The fugitive episodes always get a thumbs up from me

    Any episode where Dean's mishap in Milwaukee from Season 1 comes back to screw both him and Sam over ends up being endlessly entertaining, whether it's the humor or the intensity. This time, both of them exist and it ends up being one of the better episodes this season.

    It never fails to bring a smile to my face when I see Dean grinning in the face of physical threat and/or danger. Watching him strut his way through prison, even when evil men are staring him in the face, was a highlight. The twist with Deacon was nice too, as was the Monster of the Week. It's not until near the end where you find out what exactly is going on, which Supernatural pulls off pretty good.

    Not a lot happens in the episode in terms of plot, but this is just an all around enjoyable episode. I hope they refer back to the fugitive plot in the future. The writers continue to leave the storyline open-ended, so hopefully we can see something come of it.moreless
  • Great writing as always, funny, and clever!

    Like what Sam said, in a career full of stupid and crazy, this plan beats all of the stupidest and craziness plans they've ever had. Though with all their stupid and crazy plans invites room for lots of hit or miss moments, and fortunately there was a lot more hit. For one for an episode with a single jail episode, jail life was captured pretty nicely. Characters are also nicely developed, most notably Tiny who had to unfortunately had to die, poor tiny! The writing is funny, some great characters, brilliant acting, though why does the score warrant only an 8.5? The case isn't very compelling. As crazy as it is to purposely get yourself in jail to kill a ghost, the case wasn't very compelling and the ghost of the story is also very lacking. The highlights of this episode of a horror show are its comedy moments and the jail life atmosphere.moreless
  • A good filler episode, enlightened by the awesome Charles Malik Whitfield!

    Even if I undoubtedly prefer "The Usual Suspects" (2x07), "Folsom Prinson Blues" is a very good jail episode, a filler before the grand finale, for sure, but a very good episode nonetheless, thanks to: 1) Charles Malik Whitfield is really awesome as Special Agent Henricksen and he's one of my favorite recurring characters on the show, 2) Cliff Kosterman was a spectacular Tiny, and I was really sorry for his death, 3) Mike Rohl directed some scenes that were really scary (like the one in the hospital wing, or the first apparition of the ghost), 4) the double twist at the end of the episode was really unexpected and effective.

    As I said, a good filler episode, enjoyable and really entertaining, with some good scares as the perfect icing on the cake.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • At 23:40 when Sam sprinkles the lighter fluid onto the blood stain, there isn't much liquid. Yet when he lights it, it lights as if it were soaked in the fluid.

    • At 20:16 Dean is piling up the cigarettes in front of himself. Yet when the shot is from behind him, his hands are gone, and the pile of cigarettes is in a different location.

    • When Sam and Dean are in the line with all the new prisoners to get checked if they have any metal on them, the camera goes past a man in the line that we see earlier who is already in the prison. At the very beginning of the episode, when we see the outside of Green River County Detention Center, the man is just standing around outside with all the other prisoners already inside.

    • The ghost's kill pattern doesn't seem to make sense. Over the course of the three days or so the Winchesters are in prison, it kills or tries to kill three people. So it kills roughly one person a day. However, it was in the prison for three months before the brothers arrive. That would mean it killed roughly 90 people, but no mention is made of that number of deaths. However, if it didn't stick to the pattern we see... why not? There's no explanation for why it suddenly escalates its murder rate after the brothers arrive.

    • The scene where the guard tells the prisoner to turn off his light is not even close to being a real situation. Not even in your local jail, state prison, or federal penitentiary are prisoners even allowed to near anything that could be used as a weapon, like electricity.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (when Dean and Sam are trying to get into the old cell block)
      Dean: Are you sure about this?
      Sam: Pretty sure.
      Dean: Yeah, well, considering the circumstances I'd like a little better than pretty sure.
      Sam: Okay, really pretty sure.

    • Dean: (to provoke Tiny) Hey, I wanted to ask you, because I couldn't help but notice that you are two tons of fun. Just curious: is that, like, a thyroid problem, or is that some deep-seated self-esteem issue? 'Cause, you know. they're, uh, just donuts. They're not love.

    • (Dean has just told Tiny he provoked him)
      Tiny: It's okay. My dad treated my brother and me like crap, right up until the day he died.
      Dean: How'd he die?
      Tiny: My brother shot him.

    • Dean: You know, this chicken ain't half bad.
      Sam: Great, finish mine.

    • Henricksen: I'd say for you two, screwed to hell is a major understatement.
      Dean: Well, where there's life there's hope.
      Henricksen: See, that's what I kept thinking as I was searching for your asses all over hell and gone.

    • Mara: Do you have any idea how much trouble you're in here?
      Dean: I've got a vague notion.

    • Dean: I mean come on man, this place has all the signs of a haunting. Innocent people are dead, four so far.
      Sam: (laughs) Yeah, innocent?
      Dean: What, are you from Texas all of a sudden?

    • Sam: I hate this plan, Dean.
      Dean: Yeah, I got that the first ten times I heard it.

    • Henricksen: Near went nuts trying to find you. Ask him.
      Reidy: (deadpan) He near went nuts.

    • Sam: How you doing?
      Randall: I'm 54 years old, mopping the floors of a crapper with bars on the window. How do you think I'm doing?
      Sam: All right. Bad icebreaker.

    • Randall: Why you inside, kid?
      Sam: 'Cause I got an idiot for a brother.
      Randall: That'll do it.

    • Randall: I've heard these stories. I don't know if they're true. Cons love to talk, but we're all liars.

    • Sam: Dean, this is without a doubt the dumbest, craziest thing we've ever done. And that's in a long storied career of dumb and crazy.
      Dean: Calm down. It's all part of the plan.
      Sam: Really? So Henricksen showing up was part of the plan?
      Dean: Yeah, the guy moves a little faster than I thought. Look, all we gotta do is find the ghost, put the sucker down, and then grab ourselves a couple of teardrop tattoos.

    • Dean: My roommate doesn't say much, how's yours?
      Sam: Just keeps staring at me... in a way that makes me really uneasy.
      Dean: Sounds like you're making new friends.

    • Sam: Thought we were screwed before.
      Dean: Yeah yeah, I know. We gotta go deep this time.
      Sam: "Deep"? Dean. We should go to Yemen.
      Dean: Ooh, I'm not sure I'm ready to go that deep.

    • Dean: Don't worry, Sam. I promise I won't trade you for smokes.

    • Sam: You heard it on the yard?
      Dean: Yeah.
      Sam: Dean, does it bother you at all how easily you seem to fit in here?
      Dean: No, not really.

    • (Dean and Lucas are in solitary)
      Lucas: Well, I wish I had a bat, so I could bash your frickin' head in.
      Dean: Okay. Well, so much for the bonding-in-solitary moment.

    • Henricksen: You think you're funny?
      Dean: I think I'm adorable.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: May 13, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: June 11, 2007 on Ten
      Portugal: June 16, 2007 on AXN
      Germany: April 30, 2008 on Premiere Serie
      Italy: September 2, 2008 on Rai2
      The Netherlands: April 12, 2009 on NET5
      New Zealand: June 5, 2009 on TV2

    • In Joke: When Sam says "Innocent?" and Dean replies "Are you from Texas all of a sudden?" it is in reference to the fact that although their characters are from Kansas, both Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) are from Texas. This is also a reference to the fact that the state of Texas permits the death penalty and has the largest amount of executions than any other state. (Dean was commenting that just because the prisoners were inmates they did not deserve to die).

    • Music: Rooster by Alice in Chains, Green Onions by Booker T and the M.G.'s


    • Dean: It's a good thing I'm like James Garner from The Great Escape.
      In the The Great Escape James Garner played the role of "The Scrounger" whose job consisted of finding items the other inmates needed for the escape.

    • Dean: You're like Clint Eastwood in Escape from Alcatraz.
      Referencing the 1979 movie starring Eastwood and Patrick McGoohan as a sadistic warden. The movie dramatizes the one successful escape (of a sort) from the prison by Frank Morris and John & Clarence Anglin. Although the men escaped the prison, they have never been seen again and their bodies were never found, leaving their "success" in doubt.

    • Randall: She did this Charles Bronson thing with a hypodermic.
      Referencing the 1974 movie Death Wish starring Charles Bronson as an architect who avenges the murder of his wife by street punks. The movie spawned four sequels with Bronson.

    • Dean: Great, another guy who's seen Taxi Driver one too many times.
      Referencing the 1976 movie starring Robert DeNiro and Jodie Foster. The best known line from the movie is the "Are you talking to me?" quote (although it was in turn taken from the movie Shane) that Lucas gives, and the fact that John Hinckley Jr. decided to shoot Ronald Reagan to prove his love to the movie's star, Jodie Foster, after he became obsessed with her after repeated viewings of the movie.

    • Dean: I call this one the Blue Steel.
      Referencing the 2001 film, Zoolander, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as male models. Blue Steel was one of Stiller's trademark faces.

    • Dean: Wait, who looks better, me or Nick Nolte?
      Referencing the incident where actor Nick Nolte was arrested on September 11, 2002, for drunk driving in California. Nolte's mug shot, showing him in a Hawaiian t-shirt with wildly disheveled hair, was widely distributed in the aftermath.

    • Dean: I wish I had a baseball.
      Referring to the 1963 film, The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen as a POW planning to escape from a German POW camp. In the film Steve's character used a baseball to pass time when locked up in solitary confinement.

    • Title
      The title of this episode is from the song of the same title by Johnny Cash. The song is about being in Folsom Prison, and wanting to get out and catch the near-by train to somewhere far away.