Supernatural

Season 2 Episode 11

Playthings

10
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 18, 2007 on The CW
8.7
out of 10
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981 votes
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Sam and Dean investigate a Connecticut inn run by a single mother where mysterious deaths are taking place. They find evidence of Hoodoo, and try to figure out who is causing the chaos.

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  • Hoodoo...

    8.0
    In this episode Sam and Dean meet a single mother who appears to have two daughters. They are moving out of the hotel their mother runs because she is selling it.



    Tyler goes to put her dolls away and when she turns to look at her dolls house which is a replica of the hotel she notices that a male doll has it's neck twisted. Tyler hears a scream and goes to see what happened. Turns out a man broke his neck...



    Sam and Dean investigate the hotel and find Hoodoo symbols and assume that the Grandmother is responsible but soon realise they are wrong.



    After another couple of deaths they figure out who is really responsible and it is Maggie who is a ghost that Tyler can see. Tyler ends up in the pool because Maggie doesn't want her to leave and she makes it so that Tyler can't get out. Sam, Dean and her mother try to get in to the pool house to save her and finaly Sam does. While this is happening Maggie goes up to see the grandmother because she called her and she makes a deal with Maggie.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show supernatual sam and dean go to connectcut after they come across this inn where people are dieing and they must figure it out they think its hoodoo and they must figure who is causing it and i thought this ep was just filler to keep you wainting for the the good stuff to happen and i thought it was still a good ep and it was intense but i cant wait to see what eles happens in season 2 and that is why i gave it a 9 instead of anyting lower and it was intencemoreless
  • So disappointed!

    7.0
    I just started watching Supernatural about a week ago and just got to this episode. I'm sad to say that I thought it was pretty darn bad. I didn't find it creepy... I found it cheesy and a little too weird. Yes, I know I'm talking about Supernatural, but this was just too weird. I think it could have been better if they had gotten rid of the grandmother plot (how cheesy was that?). Just a bad episode, in my opinion, which is really disappointing because I love this show. Oh, well... Hope the next ones are better! We'll see.moreless
  • Some good and some bad, but overall pretty great episode.

    9.0
    At first I had mixed feelings about this episode, cause at first I thought we were finally getting around to concentrating on the demon and we were left on a high note with Ava's fiancee mysteriously murdered, and what do you know, filler! The fact alone that this is filler is an immediate turnoff, but still if you take this episode for what it is as an episode, it's pretty damn good. Here we are following Sam and Dean on another case possibly involving hoodoo. For the entire episode we were led to have believed this, and then it pulls a twist on us; the hoodoo may not be as evil doing as Sam and Dean though. The case is well constructed with a nice plot twist here, but even more excelling is the acting of the little girl that plays Maggie. It's almost chilling how such an innocent looking girl can surround herself with a sense of murderous intent. A pit stop of the main storyline, but a stay that makes a very nice impression on its short welcome.moreless
  • Something always felt wrong about this episode, many things seemed forced including the humor, but it was good nonetheless.

    7.8
    Something always felt wrong about this episode, many things seemed forced including the humor, first time around the gay jokes" were hilarious, this time they were redundant and forced. The pacing was off and the plot itself wasn't that exciting, almost everything seemed artificial from the minute they took the job. Still it had some good parts, the drunk!Sam scene was good, even though it seemed to come out of the blue, great job by both actors. The doll collection was effectively creepy, and the ghost of the young girl gave more spookiness to the whole setting.



    I rarely go back to watch this episode, but the one thing I remember the most about it …

    "She could be faking"

    "So what, you're gonna poke her with a stick? … dude you're not gonna poke her with a stick!"moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Trivia: When Susan gives Dean's credit card back, she says, "Here you go, Mr. Mahogoff." Mahogoff is a slang term, usually combined with the first name Jack, for when you "want to spend a little time alone."

    • The brothers are kicked out of the hotel, it shows them drive out, with Susan standing on the steps. And at the end of the episode they use the same shot.

    • Trivia: New license plate on the Impala. KAZ 2Y5

    • When Sam is leaning over the toilet, Dean is leaning on the left side of the door. Next shot you can see Dean's legs on the right side of the door. Then back to the left, then the right, then the left, then Dean walks away. It flips back and forth.

    • When Sam is leaning over the toilet bowl with a hangover, we originally see him reflected in the mirror as he talks to Dean. However, when Dean moves past the mirror towards the bathroom, we continue to see a "flipped" image of Sam, which does not make sense as it now appears as if his cast is on the wrong hand. Also, the mirror isn't facing toward the bathroom door, but is almost at a 90 degree right angle to it, so the reflection doesn't match with the bathroom.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Susan: What the hell happened out there?
      Dean: You want the truth?
      Susan: Of course.
      Dean: Well at first we thought it was some kind of hoodoo curse. But that out there, was definitely a spirit.
      Susan: You're insane.
      Dean: It's been said.

    • Dean: Feels good getting back in the saddle, doesn't it?
      Sam: Yeah. Yeah, it does. But it doesn't change what we talked about last night, Dean.
      Dean: (evasive) We talked about a lotta things last night.
      Sam: You know what I mean.
      Dean: You were wasted.
      Sam: But you weren't. And you promised.

    • Dean: (as Susan's taxi pulls away) Think you could have hooked up with some MILF action there, bud. Seriously, I think she liked you.

    • Susan: I don't believe this.
      Dean: Listen, sister, that car didn't try to run you down by itself, okay? I mean I guess it did, technically, but if a spirit can... forget it.

    • Sam: This woman's had a stroke.
      Dean: Yeah, but hoodoo's hands-on...
      Sam: Yeah.
      Dean: ...you gotta mix herbs, and chant, and build an altar.
      Sam: So it can't be Rose. Heck, maybe it's not even hoodoo.
      Dean: You know, she could be faking.
      Sam: Yeah, what do you wanna do, poke her with a stick? (Dean nods) Dude, you are not gonna poke her with a stick!

    • Dean: Hey, it turns out when Grandma Rose was a tyke, she had a Creole nanny who wore a hoodoo necklace.
      Sam: So you think she taught Rose hoodoo?
      Dean: Yes I do.
      Sam: All right. (gets up from toilet bowl, sighing heavily) I think it's time that we talked to Rose then.
      Dean: (groans in disgust) You can brush your teeth first.

    • Dean: (as Sam is leaning over the toilet) You know there's a really good hangover remedy, it's a greasy pork sandwich served up in a dirty ashtray.
      Sam: (groaning) I hate you.
      Dean: I know you do.

    • Dean: I'd love to hear some stories...
      Sherwin: Boy, you should never say that to an old man.

    • Dean: We gotta figure this out and fast. What d'ya find out about Granny?
      Sam: (drunkenly) You're bossy.
      Dean: What?!
      Sam: You're bossy. And short... (chuckles)
      Dean: Are you drunk?
      Sam: Yeah! So? Stupid.

    • Dean: Wow! This is a lotta dolls. Er, they're nice, they're not super-creepy at all...

    • Maggie: Son of a bitch.
      Tyler: Son of a bitch.
      Susan: Watch your mouth!
      Tyler: Maggie said it first...
      Susan: Watch your mouth too, Maggie.

    • Dean: Hey, are those antique dolls? 'Cause this one, this one here, he's got a major doll collection back home. (grins at Sam) Don't ya? Huh?
      Sam: (reluctantly) Big time.
      Dean: Big time. Yeah, you think he could come… well, we could come in and take a look?
      Susan: I don't know…
      Dean: Please? I mean he loves them. He's not gonna tell you this, but he's always dressing 'em up in these little tiny outfits and I mean, you'd make his day. She would, huh? Huh?
      Sam: (glaring at Dean) It's true.

    • Dean: (to Sam) You get online, check old obits, freak accidents, that sort of thing. See if she's whacked anybody before.
      Sam: Right.
      Dean: Don't go surfing porn, that's not the kind of whacking I mean.

    • Dean: Of course, the most troubling question is why do these people assume we're gay?
      Sam: Well, you are kind of butch. They probably think you're overcompensating.
      Dean: (uncomfortable chuckle) Right.

    • Susan: Sherwin, could you show these gentlemen to their rooms?
      Sherwin: Let me guess--antiquers?

    • Susan: Let me guess. You guys are here antiquing?
      Dean: How'd you know?
      Susan: Oh, you just look the type. So, uh, a king-size bed?
      Sam: What?! No, uh no, we're... Two singles. We're just brothers.
      Susan: Oh! Oh, I'm so sorry.
      Dean: What'd you mean that we look the type?

    • Susan: Hi! May I help you?
      Dean: Yeah, can I get a room for a couple of nights?
      Susan: (interrupted by her daughter running through the room) Sorry about that.
      Sam: No problem.
      Susan: Well, congratulations. You could be some of our final guests.
      Dean: That sounds vaguely ominous.

    • Dean: Dude, this is sweet. I never get to work jobs like this.
      Sam: Like what?
      Dean: Old-school haunted houses, you know? Fog, secret passageways, sissy British accents. Might even get to run into Fred and Daphne while we're inside. Mmm, Daphne...l love her.

    • Dean: I just figured after Ava, there'd be, uh, you know, more angst, more droopy music, and staring out the rainy windows (glare from Sam). Yeah, I'll shut up now.
      Sam: Look, I'm the one who told her to go back home. Now her fiance's dead and some demon has taken her off to God-knows-where. You know? We've been looking for a month now. We got nothing. So I'm not giving up on her, but I'm not going to let other people die, either. We've gotta save as many people as we can.
      Dean: Wow, that attitude is just way too healthy for me. I'm officially uncomfortable now. Thank you.

  • NOTES (2)

    • In-joke: Dean goes to the hotel's bar for a drink; he's served by an elderly bartender who knows everything about the hotel's history. Bright, diffuse light illuminates them both from below. This is a homage to a scene with Jack Nicholson in The Shining (1980). The Winchesters also get room 237, which is the haunted room in the 1980 movie (room 217 in the novel and the later remake in 1997), and both versions feature two sinister sisters.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: February 11, 2007 on TV3
      Portugal: May 21, 2007 on AXN
      Germany: March 5, 2008 on Premiere Serie
      Italy: August 5, 2008 on Rai2
      The Netherlands: February 15, 2009 on NET5

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Dean: It's a greasy pork sandwich served up in a dirty ashtray.
      Referencing the movie Weird Science (1985), in which two nerds creates the perfect woman. The older brother tries to get someone to vomit by invoking this image.

    • Dean: We might even run into Fred and Daphne while we're inside.
      Referencing to Fred "Freddie" Jones and Daphne Blake, two of five characters featured on the TV series of Scooby Doo which is the longest-running American animated television series produced for Saturday morning television in several different versions from 1969 to the present.

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