Supernatural

Season 7 Episode 15

Repo Man

8
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 17, 2012 on The CW
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Sam and Dean return to follow up on an old case, the exorcism of a demon from a postal worker, when they discover that the demon has returned and is killing women, just like it did four years ago.

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  • ahmed saad opinion

    9.5
    i really like this one as it was like the real old fashion of supernatural as season 2 or 3 they were extremely perfect i give it 10
  • Ben Edlund is the only person that GETS this show!

    9.0
    In a season plagued with mediocrity to down right terrible. It's good to see that at least one writer on this show still has the balls to write not only a great story but showcase some damn good terror. I loved this episode. Ben not only can write a twisted tale involving exorcism but he also penned a new aspect in demon exorcising. We've seen contless episodes where Sam and Dean mercilessly stab poke prod and beat a meat suit into talking and without hesiatation kill the demon and the poor soul possessed. But here Sam and Dean actually get to talk to the poor soul and ask for his permission to beat him senseless in order to get the demon talking. He agrees and the demon is theirs to abuse. After the exorcism Dean rushes the guy to the hospital and gives him a cover story to explain his injuries. That's facinating and I cannot believe no one has touched upon this until now.

    Plus who also could twist that story and still have it come about as dark and disturbing, yet darkly comedic with the villian being somewhat sympathetic at the same time? Ben Edlund is the only answer. Dabb and Loflin come close they can write good character interactions between the boys, and some of their scary stories are some of the best in the series, but the comedy comes out flat. Yes in my mind he even beats out Kripke. Blasphemis maybe but inmy mind Ben is the superior writer.

    If it wasn't for the twist ended ruined by the 30 sec preview I never would have guessed our boy that was possessed in the prologue, actually had deep feelings about his demon tormentor and wanted his best friend back. Even killing innocent girls and poor dogs that took six weeks to adopt just to bring it back. The episode was further highlighted with dark and very atmospheric surrondings, a lot of shadows, and dark lit rooms, an aspect I think only appears in Ben's penned episodes.

    If it wasn't for an error in continuity that sort of plagues the motive of our killer this episode would have been perfect. In my mind we need a LOT more Supernatural episodes in the same style as Ben Edlund.moreless
  • The Postman refused to tell me the one about the un-stamped letter. He said I wouldn't get it.

    9.5
    Aaaack! Imagine my distress at being caught in traffic and not being able to catch but the last bit of this episode the night it aired. Finally though I was able to find someone who had Tivo'd it. Yeay!



    To begin with, much appreciation to cast and crew for another wonderful episode.



    [!!Spoilers!!]:



    The plot was very well written, and the acting, effective. Sam and Dean reopen a case they had worked 4-years prior, only to find that not all is what it seems. A postal worker they had rescued and exorcised a demon from, who seemed like Mr. Nice Guy, is really Mr. Slice N. Dice with a thing for hefty girls. In his nice guy guise he lures Dean to an empty warehouse where he wants to perform a ritual that will allow his long-lost demon (boyfriend?) to reunite with him. In the meantime Sam, with Mark Pellegrino (always fantastic as Lucifer) in tow, thinks he is staking out the next possible victim. Lucifer even helps out with the case a little and for just a sec you think he may be helping just to help ... but we know better, don't we!?! Never can trust those sneaky little devils ...



    There is more, but why spoil all of it? Suffice it to say that it was another superb ride with just the right mix of drama, suspense and even comedy. Oh, as a side note, I will add that as a dog-lover I HATED the dog-part and wish that Jeffrey the postal worker had died a much more gruesome and painful death because of it. :)



    Edit ... The one thing I will add is that contrary to other reviews which mention that demons are 'talent scouts', I believe that THIS demon in particular used people who were inherently evil. That isn't saying they all do. Most of the possessions we've seen are still of innocent people, and that's what made this episode so great - that we weren't expecting this 'nice guy' to be bad.moreless
  • GOOOD MORNING VIETNAAAAM... What a phrase!

    9.0
    What a great episode.. I usually don't pay any attention to the credits, but looking back now, I see pretty much all of Ben Edlund's episode are on my favorite list and this one is no exception..



    We never saw how a person is after a demon had left him. Well, this time we didn't get to see that, but with a twist we saw a psycho who loved being possessed and sought the return of his master - brilliant and fresh.

    On the other hand, there's Sam who didn't find but his inner demon to help him solve the case and save his brother and now the "hand trick" doesn't work anymore.. Poor Sammy.



    Can't wait to see what's going to happen next..

    Thanks Jared, Jensen and Mark Pellegrino for this amazing episode.. You did amazing job!moreless
  • that's episode was great

    10
    that's was a great episode i really love how supernatural return to the old fashion cases
Russell Sams

Russell Sams

Jeffrey

Guest Star

Nicole Oliver

Nicole Oliver

Nora Havelock

Guest Star

Jeff Ballard

Jeff Ballard

Nora's Son

Guest Star

Mark Pellegrino

Mark Pellegrino

Lucifer

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lucifer: (about hotel room) It's nice. Kind of like a men's room with beds.

    • Nora: Your number is not working, by the way.
      Sam: Right, we, uh, we've had some technical difficulties, phone issues.
      Dean: It's a monster problem, really.

    • Lucifer: Oh well, that's every cell phone Dean's got. One of them should have picked up, right? Big brother's probably dead.
      Sam: Shut up.
      Lucifer: He said "shut up" to me.

    • Lucifer: That's what I'm talking about, Sam--real interaction again. I miss that. The rapier wit. The wittier rape.

    • Sam: Yeah, well, new plan. Tracking spell. Bavarian, Egyptian, I don't care. Dealer's choice. Use the flesh of the body to find the body. And Dean. Do you want the ear, or the kid?
      Lucifer: You're giving me chills.

    • Dean: (to demon) Is this what you do? Find postal workers, make them go postal?

    • Jeffrey: (to Dean) You were so desperate to fix the world back then. It kills you that people keep getting hurt. And you just can't stop it.

    • Dean: (before falling asleep) Screw consciousness, that's what I say.

    • Lucifer: (to Sam) You let me in. You wanted me, partner. So you think you can use your little tricks to banish me again, like that? No. I do believe I've got you, bunk buddy. Got my finger wiggling around in your brain pan.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Title:


      Referencing the 1984 cult movie Repo Man, starring Emilio Estevez as a punk rocker who ends up getting into the automobile repossession business. He ends up trying to track down a stolen 1964 Chevrolet Malibu that has four alien corpses in the trunk.

    • Dean: Yeah, you're, uh, scooping days are over, Gomer.


      Referencing Gomer Pyle, the auto mechanic who started off in The Andy Griffith Show and was played by Jim Nabors. The character proved popular enough that he was eventually spun off into Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. A gentle, naive hayseed, Gomer was a good friend and could be counted on in a pinch. the character used several catch phrases, including "Shazam!" and Gollllyyy!"

    • Lucifer: I'll even help you solve your little Nancy Drew mystery or whatever.


      Referencing Nancy Drew, a teenage detective in a series of popular detective novels, which have been updated occasionally for modern audiences. Nancy Drew was created by Mildred Wirt Benson under the pen name "Carolyn Keene" and is probably known best under her TV incarnation in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries from 1977.

    • Dean: So, what happened--red-headed mommy made you stuff birds, put on dresses?


      Referencing the 1960 movie Psycho, which initially chronicles the exploits of a secretary embezzling money from her employer. She hides at an isolated motel owned by Norman Bates, who likes to stuff animals. He claims to have a mother who lives in the house at the top of the hill, but it is eventually revealed that she is a figment of Norman's delusional mind, and he dresses up like her to kill anyone who offends "Mother."

    • Demon: Keep sawing away at your ropes, Penelope Pitstop.


      Referencing the animated heroine who first appeared in the Hanna-Barbera production Wacky Races in 1969 and was voiced by Janet Waldo. She drove car #5, the Compact Pussycat, which was equipped with beauty supplies. She was spun off into her own series, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, which was based on the old Perils of Pauline movie shorts, and spent most of her time being captured by her nemesis, the Hooded Claw.

    • Lucifer: Good morning, Vietnam!


      Referencing 1987 comedy-drama starring Robin Williams as Armed Forced Radio Services disc jockey Adrian Cronauer. Cronauer uses humor to deal with the death and tragedy in Vietnam in 1965, and his signature opening phrase is "Good morning, Vietnam!"

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