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01x08 Bugs 
27th-Jun-2006 07:12 am
Once Upon A Time - Orphan Hugging

1x08 Bugs

Boring Production Crap
Original Air Date: 11/08/05 
Writer: Rachel Nave, Bill Coakley 
Director: Kim Manners 

Guest Players 
Joanie: Anne Marie Loder 
Travis Wheeler: Ryan Robbins 
Joe White Tree: Jimmy Herman 
Newscaster: Mi-Jung Lee 
Anthropology Professor: Jim Byrnes 
Lynda Bloome: Carrie Genzel 
Larry Pike: Andrew Airlie 
Matthew: Tyler Johnson 
Dustin: Michael Daingerfield
What Time Is It?
Dustin the Oklahoma Gas & Power Company employee, died on March 20th.
Lynda Bloome, Head of Sales of the Oasis Plains Estates, dies on March 25th. 
On March 26th, the curse is broken.
Now, Which One Was That?
Dean and Sam travel to Oasis Plains, Oklahoma after a construction worker is killed by insects. They investigate the town's history and find that the new housing development is being built on sacred Indian land.  
All the Niggling Little Details
  • The bar where Dean is hustling pool is called The Loading Dock.
  • The town this episode takes place in - Oasis Plains, Oklahoma - is not a real town.
  • Oklahoma Gas & Power is the employer of the first victim of the bug attacks.
  • Oasis Plans Estates is the name of the housing development where Larry and his family live.
  • When Dean and Sam are speaking with Joe Whitetree, Sam says that Oasis Plains is near the Atoka Valley. There is no such valley in Oklahoma, but there is an Akota County and a city called Atoka.
  • The tribe that put the curse on the land is the Euchee Indian tribe. They really are located in Sapulpa, OK.
  • The moving company the Pike family uses is called "D.I.Y. Mover" (which I'm going to assume stands for "Do It Yourself") and is not a real moving company. Their phone number is (918)-555-0129. (918) is a real Oklahoma area code.
  • Sam wore:
  • Outfit #1 - Maroon t-shirt (is there a...person on it?), white and tan plaid shirt, khaki jacket with the zippered pocket. Very dark blue jeans. Black sneakers with white on the side.
  • Outfit #2 - Long-sleeved light gray t-shirt, maroon button-up shirt, khaki jacket with zippered pocket. The same dark blue jeans. He also takes the jacket off to hide the box of bones.
  • Outfit #3 - Dark blue t-shirt (probably the greyhound t-shirt), different blues vertically striped button-up shirt, khaki jacket with pocket zipper. Blue jeans with some holes.
  • Dean wore:
  • Outfit #1 - Dark gray t-shirt, dark blue button-up shirt, brown leather jacket. Blue jeans with small hole in the thigh.
  • Outfit #2 - Black t-shirt, dark blue button-up shirt, brown leather jacket. Very faded blue jeans.
  • Outfit #3 - Black t-shirt, olive green button-up shirt, brown leather jacket. Blue jeans.
Where'd That Myth Come From?
  • While there is nothing specific on the myth the Winchester's fight in this episode, there are some famous Native American Curses.
  • The Cornstalk Curse was put on Point Pleasant, West Virginia where Chief Cornstalk used his dying breath to curse the town, "...may the curse of the Great Spirit rest upon this land. May it be blighted by nature. May it even be blighted in its hopes. May the strength of its peoples be paralyzed by the stain of our blood.” This curse has very similar wording to the curse Joe Whitetree repeats to Sam. "No white man will ever tarnish this land again. Nature would rise up and protect the valley."
  • Tecumseh's Curse is another well known curse that is believed to have killed every US President who was elected in a "zero year" before the end of their term.
From the Super-Canon Supernatural Cannon Resource
  • Bowhunting (archery) - The practice of using a bow and arrow to shoot. Bowhunting has historically been used in hunting and combat, and has become a precision sport.
  • Elementals - According to mysticism and mythology, elementals are creatures (usually a spirit) composed of or attuned to air, earth, fire and water. The elementals balance each other out through opposites: water quenches fire, fire boils water, earth contains air, air erodes earth. Water spirits are called undines, earth spirits gnomes, air spirits sylphs, and fire spirits salamanders.
  • Telepath - One who communicates through telepathy – the declared inborn skill of humans and other creatures to exchange information from one mind to another, without speech or body language. Telepathy is often connected to various paranormal phenomena such as precognition, clairvoyance and empathy and is probably the most paranormal subject holding the greatest interest.
What's in a Name?
  • The boys go by Sam and Dean in this one, although they do try to pass themselves off as "Uncle Dusty's nephews" and "students from the University".
  • Sam/Sammy Battle: Dean says "Sam" twice, Sam says "Dean" five times, and no instances of "Sammy" occur.
What Did You Just Say?
Dean: Mad cow. Wasn't that on Oprah? 
Sam: You watch Oprah? 


Looks like there's only room for one. You want to flip a coin? 
Sam: Dean, we have no idea what's down there. 
Dean: All right. I'll go if you're scared. Scared? 
Sam: Flip the damn coin! 
Dean: (chuckles) Call it in the air. (mutters) Chicken. (flips coin) 
Sam: (snatching the coin from the air) I'm going. 
Dean: I said I'd go! 
Sam: I'm going. 
Dean: Alright. 
Sam: Don't drop me. 


So you found some beetles. In a hole in the ground. That's shocking, Sam. 


There's nothing wrong with normal. 
Dean: I'd take our family over normal any day. 


Let me just say, we accept home owners of any race, religion, color or...(pauses as he looks the boys over)...sexual orientation. 
Dean: (pauses) We’re brothers. 
(later at the same barbeque) 
Lynda: Let me just say, we accept home owners of any race, religion, color, or...(pauses as she looks the boys over)...sexual orientation. 
Dean: Right. Um, I'm going to go talk to Larry. Okay, Honey? (smacks Sam on the ass) 


Right! Right, like when I said I'd rather play soccer than learn bow hunting. 
Dean: Bow hunting's an important skill.
Counting the Cost
Pain Quotient:
  • Sam Owies: None.
  • Dean Owies: None.
  • Collateral Damage: Dustin: Dead. Lynda: Dead.
  • The Bad, the Ugly, and the Dead: There is no mention of whether or not the curse is actually broken. The boys save the Pike family by fending off the bug swarm until morning, since the curse will have run it's course.  So basically the boys outsmart the curse by waiting it out. *shrug*  Yes, that is completely lame, but that's what they do. Dean does fashion a flame-thrower out of a can of bug spray though.
  • Metallicar Watch: No incidents. However, she does gets parked in a garage for once!
  • Zippo Count: None. Although Dean does use it to turn the can of bug spray into a torch. 
  • Sacrificed on the Altar of Whoops!
  • The rain. It rains for the majority of the episode, yet the boys never get any mud on their boots.
  • The timeline. The timing of the last fifteen minutes just doesn't make any sense. It's clearly still light outside when the boys leave Joe Whitetree to head back to Oasis Plains. They only have to travel about 60 miles to get back to the Pike house, yet when they arrive, Sam makes specific note that it is midnight. Did they stop for dinner on the way back? A movie? Was there a traffic jam? It should have only taken them about an hour, two if they were driving on all back roads that were only 25mph.
  • Further timeline problems. When Sam and Dean arrive, they usher everyone into the house, run upstairs to the attic to huddle up against a wall, and after hunching their shoulders for all of two minutes, the sun comes up. Sam just said it was midnight. *bangs head repeatedly* So apparently in Oklahoma, the sun rises at 12:05am. Suspend your disbelief with me, everyone.
  • When Lynda Bloome is attacked by spiders, she starts to run and falls through the glass shower door and the door falls inward. Later when you see her dead on the floor the glass has fallen outwards.
Driver Picks the Music
Rock of Ages by Def Leppard 
Rock You like a Hurricane by The Scorpions 
No One Like You by The Scorpions
What Did They Just Say?
Official Heavy Metas 
Dean Heavy Meta by kronette
John Heavy Meta by phantomas

Other really cool people talked, too!
None that I know of.
27th-Jun-2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
That was something that baffled me - was the curse actually broken? I can see it in two ways where either 1) the curse imploded on itself since 'white man' was there even though it was supposed to kill them all or 2) nobody better go back to Oasis Plains unless they want bugs in their morning oatmeal.
27th-Jun-2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
You're right - Dean even says there is no way to break a curse. His Plan A was to just get the family out of the area. But when the swarm came too fast, Plan B was to wait out the swarm until morning and hope they'd go away. In terms of plans? Rather lame.

I think I'm going to re-edit the post and change "The boys break the curse by waiting it out" to something more like, "There is no mention of whether or not the curse is actually broken. The boys save the Pike family by fending off the bug swarm until morning, since the curse will have run it's course on the seventh day."

Oh, and ...bugs in their morning oatmeal? Thank you for that visual. *L* Raisins...yum. :)
27th-Jun-2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
Still, I wonder if they had managed to stick around and stay alive through the end of the curse would the curse itself be broken? Or would that not even be possible? It's kind of like a promise (in the corny sense, bear with me). "I promise I'm going to finish eating that piece of toast by the end of the morning". Noon rolls around. "I...did not finish eating that piece of toast". Promise broken? Curse broken too? Or maybe I'm just overspeculating.

Mommy, my raisins are moving.
27th-Jun-2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Well, the curse basically said that "No white man will tarnish this land or nature will rise up and protect the valley." Dictionary.com says that "tarnish" means "To detract from or spoil; taint". So as long as no one "tarnished" the land then everything was kosher. It was only when they started building houses, which detracted from the aesthetic pleasure of the land, that the curse kicked in again.

But what I want to know is why the curse only sent a couple of bugs after Lynda and Dustin, but the Pike family got a gigantic swarm. (And why is that swarm looks wrong every time I type it? *L*) Yes, there were more people that time, but really? A couple of well trained bees could have probably handled them. And how come Dustin was the only unlucky construction worker to die? Was he doing really bad work, so was tarnishing the land worse than the others? *L*
27th-Jun-2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
I can't help but wonder if the curse was to be taken so literally or if, because of the tribe, it was meant as white man in general. You know, they're tarnishing it just by being there? Like flies on a boiled egg haven't destroyed the boiled egg but I seriously wouldn't want it anymore because my concept of flies is pretty unsatisfactory. Any time white-man started doing anything on the land things went downhill (during the spring equinox at least).

But really, I agree with everything you're saying here. It's odd that only a few people actually died at all. Granted maybe the swarm came for the Pikes since Larry was one of the head developers and whatnot (since I'm guessing the people who literally bought the land for development wouldn't be there - interstate curses probably don't work all that well anyway) and Larry was high enough on the totem pole (haha!) that nature rose up in an especially nasty way? I'm still lost as to how absolutely nobody got hurt (except for Jensen Ackles who got a bee sting to the bum - but that's OOC)with that many swarmy flying stingy things all over the place. Dusty must've been one shoddy construction worker. And Lydia was wasting all that water with her damned steam showers.
27th-Jun-2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
...I can't help but wonder if the curse was to be taken so literally or if, because of the tribe, it was meant as white man in general. You know, they're tarnishing it just by being there?...any time white-man started doing anything on the land things went downhill...

See, and that concerns me - because if it's just white people on the land, then the folks digging up the bones (if they're still there a year from now) would still be in danger from this curse even though they're not really doing anything to hurt the land. I just can't see how the situation is any different than before Sam and Dean showed up. Yes, they saved one family, but as far as I can tell the curse will just start back up again if people ever tried to settle the land.

...and Lydia was wasting all that water with her damned steam showers... Oh, noes!! Is that why they were going after Dean? *L*

This is why I don't like to dwell on this episode. There are a lot of goofs, the timeline is WHACKED, and the curse doesn't make any sense. Oh well, the margarita's are helping!! ;)
27th-Jun-2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
It definitely would've been more interesting and awe inspiring if they managed to get a medicine man of some kind to go out with them at the stroke of midnight to perform some healing ritual on the land. There'd be crazy bugs, they might still have to try and save the Pikes and distract crazy nature from said medicine-man but in the end, the land, though still very holy, wouldn't try and attack people again. I dunno. That's kind of a lame idea for a solution but it sure beats the heck out of 'too bad man, let's blow this popsicle stand'.
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