Supernatural

Season 8 Episode 20

Pac-Man Fever

129
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 24, 2013 on The CW
8.8
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197 votes
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    The parallels between Dean and Charlie Bradbury were more pronounced in "Pac-Man Fever" than they've ever been before.

  • Episode Summary

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    Dean is concerned about the physical impact the second trial had on Sam, so he insists that Sam stop hunting for a while. When Charlie comes across a case and finds the boys, Dean decides it's time to teach her how to be a hunter. However, the boys suspect she is hiding something from them that could get her killed.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Thin - not a proud supernatural moment

      1.0
      Enough with the Neurotic geek already. The only thing worse than the "Charlie Bradbury" storylines are the actress herself. Wooden, unattractive and try-hard blow-hard.

      The only creature I can imagine that would even want to identify with this non-actor would be exactly the sort of thing that the winchesters would hunt as monsters.
    • Charlie of Letters

      8.5
      Sorry for late addition... but I am also all for Charlie being a Lady of Letters!

      Like Sam she can pull her weight as regards mixing it up and holding the line but she is also smart as a whip and has a genuine interest in the background...



      .... and her relationship with dean ("my Man's Man") is really cool as well - the little sis he has always wanted LOLmoreless
    • You're a Good Woman, Charlie Last-Name

      9.0
      Sam is recovering from the more adverse side effects of the second trial while Charlie pops up near them in Kansas and decides to stop by. Also cool to learn that the Men of Letters bunker is a dead zone for tracking at the hands of enemies. Charlie gives them a case involving the liquefied insides of people caused by an unknown supe of some kind. Her little app of elimination was totally geeky and should be used by the brothers over the whole old fashioned books thing (even though that's what solves it in the end). Dean's test to make sure was ok was brilliant and Sam not being able to hit the target (I guess they have a range in the compound too) shows how off his game he is. Dean leaves him behind to take a sick day basically while Charlie and he pose as FBI agents to get into the morgue and see the victim. The coroner gives them something about chain of custody or something so they are left to lie and break into the morgue to see the remains. Two kids find another victim, a fat guy whose gut explodes on them when they humorously poke it with a stick, which leads to the revelation that the supe is a bastardized cousin of a Djinn, as seen in Season 2's excellent What is and What Should Never Be, that feed on fear and put people into loops of misery to gain their power. Charlie gets grabbed by the Cousin Djinn and put into a fear loop and Dean goes into her head while Sam deals with the Cousin Djinn. Sam kills the coroner (should've known something was up when she wasn't prey to Dean's charms or Charlie's) while Dean goes into a video game like place out of Call of Duty Black Ops where Charlie is and has been through it a hundred times, as she claims. Dean tells her that she has to break the loop by not trying to beat the game anymore which works and gets her out of the loop but not before we learn that there was two Cousin Djinn, one a boy whom the mother was obviously covering up for, and Sam ganks that one too and the day is saved. Seeing Charlie in action was great, especially the little "Walking on Sunshine" montage as she tries on outfits in the clothing store. That along with her growing pains of learning how to pose as an FBI agent were almost as funny as when Castiel tried hunting earlier in the season where cartoons came to life. I was a little worried for Charlie, being a secondary character and female, since Supernatural has the worst timing when it comes to killing people off that are great world rounding backdrops to the world of hunters. But I hope Charlie, and her great backstory with the vegetable mother in Kansas which really fleshed her out a lot more, can make more appearances in later seasons with Season 9 right around the corner. But most endearing is her brother/sister relationship with Dean as he talks her down in the video game loop in her head that things are going to be all right and their charming hug and "I love you" "I know" Empire Strikes Back exchange at the end. This was a very great episode of Supernatural and one that I wish more monster of the weeks could aspire to when we're not seeing the main arc getting service.moreless
    • Pac-Man Fever

      10
      Pac-Man Fever was an excellent, exciting, and very entertaining episode of Supernatural. I liked the story and how events unfolded. Any episode with Charlie is worth watching a few times as she is an ultimate nerd girl. I loved how Dean was looking out for Sam. The Djinn and it's glowing blue eyes and tattoos were visually awesome! I liked how everything played out and look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!



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    • I love Charlie!

      9.0
      Charlie's back once again with another great episode. Charlie is cute and smart and this episode they also delved into her background. That introduced a great pathos to the episode and explained why Charlie is who she is. The monster story line was decent but to be honest not that scary or threatening, not like some episodes are. It was actually a bit boring from that perspective. But Charlie saved the day and made it a great show despite the short comings. Her and the guys really bounce well off each other. I hope to see more of her in the next season, along with Garth.moreless
    Lynda Boyd

    Lynda Boyd

    Dr. Jennifer O'Brien

    Guest Star

    Leanne Adachi

    Leanne Adachi

    Nurse

    Guest Star

    Nicholas Ekren

    Nicholas Ekren

    Teenager 1

    Guest Star

    Felicia Day

    Felicia Day

    Charlie Bradbury

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • When Dean is in the mall with Charlie picking out her FBI outfit, as he calls Sam on Charlie's phone the phone is still on the lock screen as he holds it up against his ear.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Dean: (seeing Sam's long hair) Man, I'm telling you, give me five minutes with some clippers and...
        Sam: Ah, shut up.

      • Charlie: I also found a series of books by Carver Edlund. Did those books really happen? Wow. That is some meta-madness. Thanks for saving the world and stuff. (to Sam) Sorry you have zero luck with the ladies.
        Sam: Wha...? We need to find every single copy of those books and burn them.
        Charlie: They're online now, so good luck with that.

      • Sam: What took you so long?
        Dean: I stopped for gas. Shut up. The body's in here.

      • Jennifer: Do you know what I smell on you?
        Charlie: Deodorant? A little pee, maybe?
        Jennifer: Fear.

      • Charlie: Come with me if you want to live. I always wanted to say that.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (12)

      • Title:
        Referencing Pac-Man (which debuted in 1980), one of the first video arcade games. It became so popular that it inspired several spinoff games, a TV cartoon series, and even a 1982 song. The title character is a yellow dot with eyes that eats everything in its path.

      • Charlie: So, you gonna invite me into your dungeon, or do I got to answer your questions three first?
        Referencing the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. To cross the Bridge of Death and pass Gorge of Eternal Peril, the bridge-keeper demands that each supplicant must answer three questions. The questions range from simple to inane to incredibly complicated, and if the supplicant fails than they are catapulted into the Gorge.

      • Dean: Uh, Special Agent Hicks. This is my partner, Special Agent Ripley.
        Referencing the movie Aliens (1986). Two of the main characters are Corporal Dwayne Hicks (Michael Biehn) and Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), and they are two of the four survivors at the end of the movie.

      • Dean: We'll come back later when Doris Do-Right isn't here anymore.
        Referencing Dudley Do-Right, the dim-witted but heroic Canadian Mountie immortalized in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (1959-1964), and later spun off into his own show and a live-action movie. Dudley fights against Snidely Whiplash with the assistance of Horse, his horse.

      • Dean: Yeah, whatever you say, Wargames.
        Referencing the 1983 movie WarGames, which features a teenage hacker who inadvertently accesses a U.S. military supercomputer with AI programming. The hacker believes the computer contains game programs and unwittingly engages a Global Thermonuclear War scenario which the computer treats as real.

      • Dean: Does this mean we need to take Silkwood showers now, or is this still a case?
        Referencing the 1983 movie based on the life of Karen Silkwood, who died while investigating report of wrongdoing at a nuclear plant. A scene in the movie features being scrubbed down in an anti-contamination shower for suspected exposure to nuclear materials. The term "Silkwood shower" has since entered usage as any long drawn-out shower designed to remove accumulated filth and contamination.

      • Dean: Who the hell is she--Jason Bourne?
        Referencing the spy first created by Robert Ludlum in the novel The Bourne Identity (1980). The character went on to appear in eight subsequent novels, and was adapted into a TV movie in 1988 starring Richard Chamberlain. The novels were then loosely adapted into a series of movies, starting with The Bourne Identity in 2002.

      • Charlie: Wilhelm scream.
        Referencing a c sound effect of a man screaming, initially attributed to the 1951 movie Distant Drums (titled "man getting bit by alligator") and performed by actor Sheb Wooley. It was used for the first time as a stock sound effect in the Warner Brothers film library in the 1953 movie The Charge at Feather River, and is named in honor of the character of Private Wilhelm, who it is associated with there. Since then it has become a running joke for sound engineers to incorporate it into movies, including Star Wars and the Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings movies.

      • Charlie: Come with me if you want to live.
        Referencing James Cameron's Terminator franchise. The line has been spoken, by various characters, in all three movies, as well as The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series.

      • Charlie: She'd read me The Hobbit.
        Referencing the 1937 novel written by J R R Tolkien. The novel is an "introduction" into Tolkien's Middle Earth setting, and a prelude to his subsequent Lord of the Rings trilogy. Hobbits are on average 3-1/2' tall creatures who live on average to the age of 100 and are known for their furry feet. It has served as the basis for both an animated movie in 2007 and a live-action film in 2012.

      • Dean: Always wanted to get Troned.
        Referencing the 1982 movie Tron, which involevs a video gamer and computer programmer who is digitized and sucked into a virtual reality world where he discovers that each program is an individual, and they are rebelling against the Master Control Program. The movie has spawned a sequel and an animated series.

      • Charlie: I love you.
        Dean: I know.
        Referencing the 1980 movie Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back. Leia says the same first line to Han as he prepares to undergo carbonite freezing. Han responds with the same words as Dean.

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