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24th-Sep-2006 09:48 pm

1x10 Asylum

Boring Production Crap
Original Air Date: 11/22/05
Writer: Richard Hatem
Director: Guy Bee

Guest Players
Kat: Brooke Nevin
Gavin: Nicholas D'Agosto
Dr. Sanford Ellicott: Norman Armour
Dr. James Ellicott: James Purcell
Lt. Walter Kelly: Peter Benson
Lt. Danny Gunderson: Tom Pickett
Kelly's Wife: Karly Warkentin
Patient/Spirit (kissed Gavin): Nicole LaPlaca
Patient/Spirit: Leif Bridgman

What Time Is It?
Don't have a time yet.
Now, Which One Was That?
Every town has its stories. For Rockville, Illinois, the story is Roosevelt Asylum. While the Winchester boys hunt for signs of their father, proof of his survival comes in the form of a set of coordinates sent to Dean's cellphone. The coordinates lead the boys straight to Rockford and the asylum, where they run into a couple of kids... and a whole lot of trouble.

All the Niggling Little Details
  • Random Trivia Item? The episode was first aired on the 42nd anniversary of JFK's assassination.
  • The two most visible grafitti tags in the teaser are "window to your SOUL" (on the wall to the right of the main door) and "DEAD" (on the inside of the door itself). Sledgehammer of Obvious, anyone?
  • I swear I'm going to keep track of the number of times that people shake flashlights when the bulbs fail in spooky places. Repeat after me: "it's NEVER the batteries."
  • Other Hunters mentioned: Caleb, Jefferson, Pastor Jim.
  • Ah, yes--the coordinates: 42, -89. Rockville is indeed in that general area, give or take a few minutes of longitude.
  • Sam comments that John "can barely work a toaster." This seems truly unlikely, given that he owned a garage.
  • Nigel Tufnel is the guitarist from the ersatz band Spinal Tap.
  • Gunderson's beer label is seen only incompletely, but it's probable that the beer name is made-up (they don't have the clout for product placement, do they?). The partial name reads "...mouth Dark." "Hellmouth Dark," perhaps?
  • Creep factor: There's a headless baby doll (partially burned) in the foreground of the establishing shot of the treatment room.
  • Interesting that, after four years of ignoring his brother and father, Sam actually uses the phrase "I mean, this is our family!" Uh-huh.
  • If you want to give yourself a migraine, Dr. Ellicott's journal is available online at the official Supernatural site.
  • The remainder of this show, excepting the phonecall at the end just makes me sad that they never followed up on the angst that should have been brought about by the whole you shot me! thing.
  • The cellphone call to Dean's cellphone at the end of the episode marks the first time the boys have heard from their father in the run of the show.
Where'd That Myth Come From?
  • Battle of the network psychics: Patricia Arquette plays a psychic who can talk to dead people in the NBC show Medium. Jennifer Love Hewitt is a psychic in the CBS drama The Ghost Whisperer. Haley Joel Osmet played a kid who could commune with the dead in a movie called The Sixth Sense--his signature line was "I see dead people."
  • My man Jack: "Cuckoo's Nest" refers to the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, in which Jack Nickolson plays a convict who started out sane, pretending he was nuts to avoid going to jail. Eventually the "treatment" of the psychiatric staff culminated in electroshock treatment which did, indeed, drive him nuts. The Shining was a Stephen King film wherein Nicholson was driven insane by the spirits in an old house. He had gone there to write his novel, but produced pages and pages of "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." instead (hence Dean's line "All work and no play makes Dr. Ellicott a very dull boy" in response to the scribbles all over his journal pages.
  • Like Amityville, or the Smuri haunting: The Lutz family haunting in Amityville, NY is one of the best known and, as a result, the most contested haunting in American history. Lutz and his wife and children moved into a house in which an entire family had been murdered, and began to be terrorized by the ghosts. They eventually had the house exorcised. (See The Amityville Truth website for information.) The haunting was the subject of a 1979 film, and many believe that the entire story was simply a publicity stunt or plea for fame by the family.
    Interestingly, the Smuri family haunting is also looked at with great skepticism, even by ghost hunters. The Smuri family lived in Pittstown, PA and spoke of both physical and sexual abuse at the hands of the spirits there. The reason I find this interesting is that Sam clearly thinks of both of them as totally legitimate hauntings.
What's in a Name?
  • DEAN: I'm Nigel Tufnel, from the Chicago Tribune.
    Nigel Tufnel is the lead guitarist of the ersatz band Spinal Tap, pretend subjects of the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, by Christopher Guest.
  • Sam/Sammy Battle: I heard no Sammy.
What Did You Just Say?

DEAN: I love the guy, but I swear he writes like freakin' Yoda.

SAM: I've just been on a road trip with my brother.
ELLICOTT, JR.: Was that fun?
SAM: [beat] Loads. Uh... you know, we... met a lot of interesting people... Did a lot of uh... lot of interesting things.

DEAN: Hey, Sam? Who did you think's the hotter psychic: Patricia Arquette, Jennifer Love Hewitt, or you?

GAVIN: Creepy... yet terrifying.
KAT: I thought we were going to a movie.
GAVIN: This is better. It's like we're in a movie.

DEAN: The only thing that makes me more nervous than a pissed off spirit is the pissed off spirit of a psycho killer.

DEAN: I got a question for you. You've seen a lot of horror movies, yeah?
KAT: I guess so.
DEAN: Do me a favor: Next time you see one? Pay attention. If someone says a place is haunted? Don't go in!

KAT: So, how do you guys know about all this ghost stuff?
SAM: It's kind of our job.
KAT: Why would anyone want a job like that?
SAM: I had a crappy guidance counselor.

GAVIN: What are we going to do?
SAM: Well for one thing, we're not going to panic.
GAVIN: Well why the hell not?

[[please pretend I quoted the entire time Sam was possessed/influenced/whatever, okay?]]

DEAN: You're not going to try to kill me, are you?
SAM: No.
DEAN: Good. 'Cause that would be awkward.

Counting the Cost
Pain Quotient:
  • Okay, regardless of anything else, SAM SHOT DEAN! Dude. No bigger hurt to be had.
  • Sam: brain-fucked by Ellicott; cold-cocked by Dean; the usual angst, horror, guilt schtick.
  • Dean: shot by his brother(!!!!!!) with rocksalt, the impact of which threw him through a door; preliminarily brain-fucked by Ellicott; the usual repressed sadness, guilt, horror, angst, etc.
Collateral Damage: Lt. Kelly and his wife (bullet in the brainpan, squish); Gavin and Kat's relationship *g*.

The Bad, the Ugly, and the Dead: the spirit of Sanford Ellicott (burned toasty)

Metallicar Watch: The Metallicar got most of the episode off, and remained unmolested. Thank God! *g*

Zippo Count: One. One sad, sacrificed Zippo. *sniffle* RIP, little Zippo.

It's never the batteries! Lt. Kelly, Dean, and Sam all shake their flashlights while in haunted areas. Seriously, dudes... forget the flashlight and run, mkay?

Sacrificed on the Altar of Whoops!

  • The Magical Moving Story: Keep a close eye on the newspaper article about the asylum. When first we see it, it's stapled into the journal facing the page with the Wendigo drawing (it wasn't there in "Wendigo," by the way). When Dean opens the journal in the asylum, it's now glued onto the next spread of pages.
Driver Picks the Music
"Hey You," by Bachman Turner Overdrive
What Did They Just Say?
Official Heavy Metas
Dean Needs a Hug (noelql)
I Had a Crappy Guidance Councillor: Sam in "Asylum" (estel_willow)
Cast a Giant Shadow: John in "Asylum"(astri13)
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