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Dean is in the Impala, scratching his arm. Yeah, we already figured out he’s the next victim. Dean found out Frank’s wife Jessie committed suicide twenty years ago while Sam found nothing. Dean drives and Sam is now concerned because he’s going 20 mph, the speed limit. Then Dean misses the turn for the hotel. ”I’m not going to make a left turn in oncoming traffic. I’m not suicidal.” Then the EMF goes off, spiking whenever Sam points it at Dean. ”Am I haunted?” Dean asks in panic. Guess so.
Now for the scene that started this whole “Supernatural Surprise” stuff over the last few weeks, and it’s what we’ve already seen from the preview clips. Dean’s in the Impala jamming to “Eye of The Tiger”. More coming later. Sam hears the music while carrying a box of donuts. He walks over with confusion, using another one of those many faces. His reactions so far are better than weepy and distraught from previous episodes.
Sam has a theory, tells Dean he’s not going to like it, and then thinks about saying something when Dean takes the donuts and throws them in the car. We get it, something is VERY wrong. It’s ghost sickness! Dean plays along with fear, than admits he has no idea what that is. ”Okay, some cultures believe that certain spirits can infect the living with a disease which is why they stopped displaying bodies in houses and started taking them off to funeral homes.” Oh Sam and his supernatural encyclopedia of weirdness.
They surmise he caught it from Frank’s body. So why did Dean catch it and not Sam? Since the next exchange raised way too much controversy, so I’m going to insert a new word for “dick” because it’s proven to be distracting from the real point. Here’s the EXACT transcript (minus the D word):
Sam: Yeah, um, Bobby and I have a theory about that too. Turns out all three victims shared a certain personality types. Frank was a bully. The other two victims, one was a vice principal the other was a bouncer.
Sam: Basically they were all *abrasive*.
Dean: So you’re saying I’m *rude*?
Sam: NO, NO, NO, IT’S NOT JUST THAT. ALL THREE VICTIMS USED FEAR AS A WEAPON, AND NOW THIS DISEASE IS JUST RETURNING THE FAVOR.
Dean: I don’t scare people
Sam: All we do is scare people.
Dean: Then you’re *inconsiderate* too.
Sam: Apparently I’m not.
Dean: Whatever. How do we stop it?
See how Dean moved on? See how he went onto the task at hand, which is finding the ghost that started all this? What bothered me about this scene wasn’t the use of that word. They didn’t go for the obvious theory about Sam. I wouldn’t have minded Dean saying, “I bet it’s your freaky demon blood thing.” Aside from that, Dean does use the tactic of intimidation far more than Sam. Anyway, those are all points that we must tuck away for use LATER in the episode.
Sam asks why he’s waiting out there. They’re on the fourth floor. It’s a little high. Dean’s fear of heights maintains continuity. ”Phantom Traveler” anyone? Sam humors him with another one of those faces and goes to get a room on the first floor. Dean shifts his eyes in paranoia, goes back into the safe haven of the Impala and then turns his nose up at the donuts. Man, is the boy sick or what?
The next scene tells us how bad he really is. Dean hears the tick of the clock, which sounds like a heartbeat. Important for later. He reads the book about ghost sickness and it taunts him. Words jump out like “You’re dying”, “Again”, “Loser”, “You gonna cry?” and “baby gonna cry?” Quite a dickish book, isn’t it? Oops, sorry, *insensitive*. The clock gets louder and more intense, and then there’s a smash. I grew up with one of those sunburst clocks in my basement, and I wanted to smash it after a while just because it was ugly and outdated. I don’t blame Dean.
Sam sees the clock on the floor, announces Jessie is not their ghost, and tells Dean to quit picking at his arm. Ha! Sam has to play responsible adult for once. How many times did you want to slap your parents when they told you that? Dean can’t though because he starts to choke and out comes a wood chip with a symbol on it. Sam’s excited, Dean’s a clue. ”I don’t wanna be a clue,” Dean pouts.