Supernatural

Season 2 Episode 5

Simon Said

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 26, 2006 on The CW
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Sam and Dean meet Andy Gallagher, a slacker with psychic powers of persuasion. Once the brothers learn that Andy’s family was visited by the Demon, Sam wonders if he could be one of the special children.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Special children

    9.0
    Supernatural Season 2 Episode 5 Simon Said

    Sam has a premonition in which a guy kills s gun seller and himself, which leads the brothers to a town where they meet Andy Gallagher who happens to be a psychic with persuasive powers, and was visited by the demon when he was a child.



    Pretty good episode. Interesting and more about Azazel's special children. That was a pretty good element in season 2, the special children, and this was the first episode of the season to feature them. At the end we realize that Andy had a twin brother who happens to be a psyichic to and is the one who is killing all those people.moreless
  • Top notch all around!

    9.5
    Excellent character development, pacing, and story. This episode is built on the "case of the week" formula that Supernatural so far has built its foundation on, yet it finds a strong balance between the storyline with the demon and the mystery as to who the killer is. As always we're left in wonderment of who the killer is steadily until towards the end, leaving us in a big plot twist where we're left saying to ourselves "ahhhhh so that's who it was!" Not to mention the character development of Andy is brilliant. A unique carefree type of guy who doesn't care much for material things, a nice change and breath of fresh air from the usual archtypes of characters we've been introduced to, and the ending of the episode really makes you pity him.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the supernatural sam and dean are still on the look out for the deamon when they come aross this kid that they think who has phsyic powers and think he was also visted by the deamon that killed there mother and they are tring to help him sam is tring to tell him that he too was also visted by the deamon but they must figoure out away to stop him from using his powers and this was a good ep i thought and it was very interesting seening another ep that shows a guy like sam having powers and that is why i gave it a 9moreless
  • Another look into the mystery surrounding Sam's abilities makes for one pretty good episode.

    8.8
    Supernatural seems to have a pretty successful formula going for itself: Two brothers that hunt supernatural beings, brothers find said beings to hunt and destroy, at the end of the day, brothers jump into sweet black Chevy Impala and drive off to their next destination.



    However, regardless of how nice this formula works, it's always great when the writers come back to the most interesting plot point of them all: the demon with the yellow eyes that Sam and Dean and their father had been chasing for years and years. Every time there's an episode revolving around them, I can't help but get excited. This episode introduced us to a new guy with abilities: Andrew Gallagher. We also get more of an insight into the demon's patterns, something that the show has been sort of building towards for awhile.



    At first, I thought Andy was going to be some idiot who uses his powers for selfish reasons and ends up being the killer. I ended up being pleasantly surprised and, although he was a selfish guy, was a pretty decent person in the end. You can't help but feel bad for him. However, that being said, I thought the whole twin thing was a cop-out. It seemed more like a way to make the story work out in the end instead of being something that could actually happen. It did lead to some interesting scenes and to a great finale.



    The show is making all the right moves right now. If anything, the show is stronger than it was last season around this time. I had the feeling that last season the show was attempting to put off the meet-up of the Winchester family for awhile. Right now, the show has hit a hot streak, and I'm enjoying it.moreless
  • Here starts the myth-arc of Season Two

    8.5
    The first four episodes of Season Two dealt with John Winchester's death and the different ways Dean and Sam were coping with it. They sort of represent a tetralogy that ferries Supernatural from Season One mythology to its second year myth-arc, the one concerning the plan of the Yellow Eyed Demon for his Special Children.



    Ben Edlund, previously writer and producer on "Firefly" and "Angel", is a brilliant pen, always witty, clever and subtly ironic. The small touches we lavished on the script - like Andy's van and his reading, his whole attitude toward his power as well as his naivete - are nothing less than genial, and "Simon Said" gifts us a lot of memorable moments, like Dean letting Andy drive the Impala or Dean revealing the truth about his fear concerning Sam's path, and a few really intense scenes, like the ones on the dim or the ones in the rifle shop.



    Andy, very well portrayed by Gabriel Tigerman, is an endearing character, probably my favorite out of the Psy-Kids. Unfortunately, his evil twin brother Ansen Weems (aka Webber) isn't very polished and his final motivations felt to me a little too contrived and stretched, because - in the end - he was just a nut job, freaked out like Max (from "Nightmares", 1x14) but without his strong, struggling, painful motivations to be so psychotic. With his paper-thin personality, Webber was the weakest of the Psy-Kids, and I'm not gonna miss him for sure: unfortunately, his banality as antagonist hampered a bit my full enjoyment of the episode.



    Aside from this tiny mole, "Simon Said" was solid and entertaining: a good starting point for Season Two overarching mythology (which produced, later on, much, much better episodes)and a compelling episode in its own right.moreless
Elias Toufexis

Elias Toufexis

Webber/Anson Willams

Guest Star

Chiara Zanni

Chiara Zanni

Tracy

Guest Star

Blu Mankuma

Blu Mankuma

Dr. Jennings

Guest Star

Alona Tal

Alona Tal

Jo Harvelle

Recurring Role

Chad Lindberg

Chad Lindberg

Ash

Recurring Role

Samantha Ferris

Samantha Ferris

Ellen Harvelle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Dr. Jennings is hit by the bus, one of his shoes flies off and is clearly visible in the foreground. However, when the EMTs cover his body, both of Jennings' shoes are on.

    • After the Winchesters say goodbye to Andy and discuss whether he's a killer, they get in the van. A piece of red cue mark tape is plainly visible on Sam's side on the ground. It can be seen twice, once as Jared steps over it, and more clearly as he closes the passenger side car door.

    • As Holly holds the cigarette lighter up to her arms to set herself on fire, the whitish protective firegel is clearly visible on her arms.

    • When the doctor is walking to the gun store in Sam's original vision, he says hi to a lot of people. But when we see him actually walking there, he has an uninterrupted course.

    • Trivia: This episode is the first to show Sam wearing a cast over his wrist and arm. The episode "Playthings" will be the last.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (Dean is singing REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling")
      Sam: You're kidding, right?
      Dean: I heard the song somewhere. I can't get it outta my head. I don't know, man.

    • Dean: You know, one day I'd love to just sit down, and eat something that I didn't have to microwave in a Mini-Mart.

    • Sam: The demon said he had plans for me, and children like me.
      Dean: Yeah...?
      Sam: Maybe this is the plan. Maybe we're all a bunch of psychic freaks. Maybe we're all supposed to be...
      Dean: What, killers? (off Sam's look) Gimme a break. You're not a murderer, Sam.
      Sam: No? Last time I checked, I kill all kinds of things.

    • Andy: Why are you following me?
      Sam: Well, we're lawyers. See, a relative of yours has passed...
      Andy: Tell the truth!
      Sam: That's what I...
      Dean: (deadpan) We hunt demons.
      Andy: What?
      Dean: Demons, spirits, things your worst nightmares wouldn't even touch. Sam here, this is my brother...
      Sam: Dean, shut up!
      Dean: I'm trying! He's psychic. Kinda like you, well not really like you, but see, he thinks you're a murderer, and he's afraid that he's gonna become one himself, 'cause you're all part of something that's terrible, and I hope to hell that he's wrong, but I'm starting to get a little scared that he might be right.

    • Jo: What?
      Dean: REO Speedwagon?!
      Jo: Damn right, REO. Kevin Cronin sings it from the heart.
      Dean: He sings it from the hair--there's a difference.

    • Sam: Plus, it could have some connection with the demon. My visions always do.
      Dean: That's my point! There's gonna be hunters there. I don't know if, if going in there and announcing that you're some supernatural freak, with a demonic connection's the best thing, okay?
      Sam: So I'm a freak now?
      Dean: You've always been a freak.

    • Sam: Holly Beckett gave birth to twins.
      Andy: I have…an evil twin.

    • Andy: Are you really this stupid? You, you learn you got a twin, you call them up! You go out for a drink. You don't start killing people!

    • Andy: This is a cherry ride.
      Dean: Yeah, thanks.
      Andy: Man, a '67. Impala's best year, if you ask me. This is a serious classic.
      Dean: Yeah. You know, I just rebuilt her, too. Can't let a car like this one go.
      Andy: Damn straight. Hey, can I have it?
      Dean: Sure, man!

    • Dean: (to the Impala) I'm sorry, baby. I'll never leave you again.

    • Dean: I'm calling do-over.
      Sam: What are you, 7?

    • Dean: What's wrong?
      Sam: Nothing.
      Dean: Sam, you look like you're sucking on a lemon.

    • Dean: Besides, if I ran off with you I think your mother might kill me.
      Jo: You're afraid of my mother?
      Dean: I think so.

    • Ash: Sam. Dean. Sam and Dean.
      Sam: Hey, Ash, um, we need your help.
      Ash: Well hell then, I guess I need my pants.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The original version of the story, as pitched by Ben Edlund, involved a deformed twin who convinced his normal-looking brother to be retarded thanks to their telepathic link. In the finale, the deformed twin should have eaten his sibling. It was John Shiban that helped Edlund to boil down the script to the form seen here.

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: December 10, 2006 on TV3
      UK: March 4, 2007 on LIVING
      Portugal: April 9, 2007 on AXN
      France: September 24, 2007 on TF6
      Germany: January 22, 2008 on Premiere Serie
      Italy: July 8, 2008 on Rai2
      The Netherlands: January 4, 2009 on NET5

    • Music: Stonehenge by Spinal Tap, Can't Fight this Feeling by REO Speedwagon, Fell on Black Days by Soundgarden, Tired of Crying by Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Uncle John by Eric Lindell, Women's Wear by Mastersource

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Webber/Anson Willams: She's garbage, man! They all are! We can push them, we can make them do whatever we want!
      Referencing Firestarter by Stephen King, in which a character develops telepathic hypnosis which he refers to as the "push."

    • Dean: It's not exactly a serial killer's lair, though. There's no clown paintings on the wall...
      A reference to serial killer John Wayne Gacy Jr. who killed at least 32 young men in Chicago in the 1970s (and buried most of them in the crawl space under his home). One of Gacy's other hobbies was dressing as a clown for children's parties and for visiting sick children in the hospital. He also collected clown artwork and even painted some of his own.

    • Andy's License Plate: RU OBI 1
      Another reference to the 1977 film Star Wars and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

    • Sam: Hegel, Kant, Wittgenstein, it's pretty heavy reading, Dean.
      Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) and Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) were German philosophers, Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was a philosopher from Austria. All three are regarded as very influential thinkers and are responsible for major philosophical achievements. Their original works are counted among the most complex and difficult readings available.

    • Andy: These aren't the droids you're looking for.


      Referencing Obi-Wan's famous line to the stormtroopers who are searching for C-3PO and R2-D2 in Mos Eisley in Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope. Obi-Wan is using the Force, which allows him to controls the thoughts of the weak-minded.

    • Dean: He full-on Obi-Wan'd me. It's mind control, man.
      Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi was mentor to Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, and his arch-nemesis in the Original Star Wars trilogy after Anakin turned to the Dark Side of the Force and became Darth Vader. In the series, Jedi were capable of the technique known as "Jedi Mind Trick", which allowed them to manipulate the thoughts and actions of "weak-willed" individuals.

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