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As I've said many times ad nauseum, I discovered "Supernatural" in season three. I started blogging about "Supernatural" in March of that season (during the writer's strike). When I did my first recap of "Bad Day At Black Rock" after it ran in repeats, I was a green blogger who had no freaking idea how to do a proper recap. It's been my goal to slowly fix those mistakes. So, here's one more down. "Bad Day At Black Rock" along with "A Very Supernatural Christmas" and "Mystery Spot" are the season three episodes now crossed off that bad recap list.
In picking which episode to recap next it had to be a comedy. I desperately needed something light. Faster than you can say "I lost my shoe" a choice was made. Time to get my season three hat on. It fits kind of nice, but then again I've always had a soft spot for season three.
The Recap 
First scene is outside a prison. Barbed wire, prisoners in the yard, ominous music, and some dude getting wanded before being let in. He goes over to his visitor and doesn't waste time on something courteous like "Hello" or "How's the prison food? (I'm avoiding shower jokes for the sake of good taste. That and I can't think of any right now.) He picks up the phone and tells the other guy that it's true, the Devil's Gate was opened in Wyoming. Ha! We've known that for months now. 
We get to see the guy on the other end and its not too much of a shock that it's Gordon since he was in the previews. He's different than he did before. Gordon's visitor shows him the aerial of the Devil's Trap and says hundreds got out, but they don't know how many. Gordon of course instantly knows Sam Winchester was there. Yeah, it's got a Winchester stink to it, doesn't it?

Blond hunter dude says he heard from a guy through a guy through someone else that knows Bobby Singer that yes, the Winchesters were there, but they were trying to stop it. Gordon doesn't believe that, claiming Bobby wasn't what he used to be. Yeah except Bobby was there and saw the whole thing, but you know, his interpretation must have been off. Other guy claims Sam Winchester checks out and I instantly shout out "Boy does he!"
Unfortunately, Gordo is not a Sam fan. "Kubrick, I'm not even sure he's human." So the other guy's name is Kubrick. He scoffs and Gordon brashly reminds him he told him this was coming six months ago. Braggart. He insists Kubrick track Sam down and see for himself. "Sam Winchester must die."

Title card. Season three's is my favorite of the series. 
So, how many The Simpsons fans out there saw the parallel with Gordon and Sideshow Bob's "Die Bart, Die?" No? That translates in German you know to "Sam Winchester must the." If you're laughing, you did see that Simpsons episode.
It's really hard to tell right now this is a brilliant screwball comedy, especially with the next scene. It's a familiar one in season three, the brothers are fighting in the Impala. In retrospect, compared to season four where they barely spoke, this actually is much healthier. 

Sam obviously told Dean about Ruby, which I don't think they're calling her that yet. Dean in big brother mode lectures about how Sam should have gone for the holy water and not "chat." Sam replies in a nice hostile tone they weren't chatting. Yeah, that's pretty true.   Dean wants to know why he didn't send her back to Hell. Sam's reasoning, she might be able to help them out. Dean wants to know how. Sam is naturally reluctant, so Dean demands harder. Sam admits she claims she can help Dean out of the crossroads deal. Of course Dean can't believe Sam bought that. At the time it seemed farfetched to me too but it makes sense now. Dean is hardly sheepish about his displeasure over this. He's quite blunt. "She knows what your weakness is. It's me." No Dean, as Ruby reveals later, Sam has plenty of weaknesses!

Sam doesn't appreciate the lecture and gives the old bitch face with extra attitude. He won't answer Dean when he wants to know what else she said. Nothing. Not good enough, so Sam goes off. "Nothing, okay! Look I'm not an idiot Dean. I'm not talking about trusting her. I'm talking about using her. I mean we're at war, right? We don't know jack about the enemy. We don't know what they are, what they're doing. I mean Hell, we don't even know what they want. Now this Ruby girl knows more than anything we'll ever find out on our own. Now yes its a risk, I know that, but we need to take it."   Oh, so it's here we learn its Ruby. I couldn't remember. Wow, again in hindsight, that so doesn't work out.

Dean now wants to know if Sam is feeling okay, which makes Sam even angrier. "Yes, I'm fine! Why are you always asking me that?!" Geez Sam, because you were part of an evil demon's end game plan and said demon told Dean you didn't come back from the dead right. It freaked him out a little. You really didn't come back right BTW. From your resurrection forward you get pretty mopey and angry, not to mention your sympathetic side is gone. I'm blaming all that on death though. It's such a mood killer.

We don't get an answer from Dean though because the phone rings.   It's not Sam's, it's not Dean's either. Then Dean figures it out. It's Dad's. He's been keeping them charged in the glove box in case one of John's old contacts call. Pretty smart, but Sam didn't know this? Does he never open the glove box. Yeah, as tall as he is, maybe he couldn't. 
Sam pulls out the ringing phone easily and answers, so that kills my glove box theory. The leg room on those old Impalas is impressive, isn't it? The alias is this time is Edgar Cayce. One fact check at later, and I find out that was an American psychic and the ancestor to the New Age movement. Okay, obscure references work too. This is an Edlund script after all.
Sam, not missing a beat, instructs whoever not to call the police. He'll handle it himself and tells them to lock it back up.  He plays dumb by asking them to give them the address since he forgot it. Now the reveal, John had a storage locker outside of Buffalo. Dean is shocked to hear this. Someone broke into it, so they're off to Buffalo. Hopefully they were already in Ohio and not traveling the other direction from Indiana. That would suck if they were in New Mexico or something and had to turn around. I know, the mind is overanalyzing again.
There's a parked RV off the side of the road and this is where the slow build of plot starts before it gradually rises into a furious train wreck (a good one). That's also an Edlund trademark. Kubrick is there with another hunter who still has his doubts about Sam. There's no evidence, they're working off Gordon's instincts. Since when did hunters need hard evidence? Kubrick trusts Gordon and credits him for saving his ass more times than he can count. Other guy knows how well Winchesters cover their tracks. Kubrick knows he was in Nebraska three weeks back. I guess that's "The Magnificent Seven." That's not exactly a fresh lead. "He's not invisible Creedy." Okay, we can call other guy Creedy. While Kubrick is talking Creedy for some reason goes digging through an overhead cabinet and finds a Jesus statue. No matter how he moves it, the eyes stay on him. Kubrick gets annoyed, comes over, takes the statue and a classic line is born. "Don't play with my Jesus." Bwah!!! So perfect!!! Some nice foreshadowing, for Edlund will be playing with Jesus. Nothing is sacred on this show!


Sam and Dean are in the freight elevator and Dean is in wonder. "Just Dad, you know him and his secrets. Spent all this time with the guy and we barely know the man." Hmm, are you sure you aren't talking about Sam? Sam just wants to see what's there.

They enter the storage area and see devil's traps on the floor and blood. The blood is likely due to the booby trap that someone set off. Well that ruined someone's day. Dean notices from the tracks in the blood it was a two man job. 
The brothers enter this dark, dank, incredibly dusty warehouse type area and junk is everywhere. Dean finds something amidst all that clutter and reads "1995." Sam is amazed since that's his Division Championship soccer trophy. He doesn't believe John kept it. "The closest you ever came to being a boy," Dean says. That's kind of sad actually. I would have speculated that Sam made a better basketball player but as we know now he was pretty short in his teens.

Dean finds something else and now he gets to reminisce. "My first sawed off. I made it myself. 6th grade." Aww Dean's joy is so adorable! 

Sam moves on to a cage area and goes in. It's still really dark. Seriously, this place doesn't have lights? There's tons of weapons and artillery around, but they're all still there. Wow, they were stupid theives. Sam notices the binding magic symbols on the shelf and realizes they're curse boxes.  Dean remembers that John's journal mentioned all sorts of cursed items but never said where they ended up. Of course not. John and his eccentricities! Sam then sees that one's missing. Ruh-ro! Dean decides to be an optimist. "Well maybe they didn't open it."

So naturally we jump to the next scene and hear, "Come on man, let's open it." Let the spiraling out of control plot begin. We are in an apartment with two losers. One has a bleeding shoulder and doesn't give a crap about the box. He's whining about bleeding to death. The other guy, who is called Grossman, won't give up on the box though and is choosing to open it. He theorizes there's something valuable in it and doesn't want to hand it over to "her." They took all the risk. "Wayne" even got shot and all for a lousy few hundred bucks. Somehow, I actually find that to be a sound argument. Especially when I know who "her" is.
Grossman breaks open the lock and opens the box slowly, grinning with hopes of finding bars of gold. Nope, these guys don't have that kind of luck. Yet. The item inside, the biggest and most realistic brown rabbit's foot I've ever seen. It's not some cheesy trinket. Wayne picks it up and is beside himself that he got shot for that. Hee, greedy bastards. Of course the background noises hints that a curse was released.
Knock on the door. Grossman answers. It's a neighbor that heard all the yelling and is a bit upset He comes in and sees Wayne's sorry state. Because good neighbor policy applies to scheming derelicts, "Foster" tells Wayne to fetch a medical kit under his sink and gets some water boiling. He used to be an Army medic in Vietnam. "I guess this is your lucky day." Oh, I see where this is going! Rabbit foot round robin. 

Outside of their apartment pulls up the Impala. There's the Pinto! The 1979 Pinto that was time warped to 1973 in "In The Beginning." Remember, I wouldn't stop harping on it in my recap? I've since seen that Pinto is other Vancouver based shows too. It's so nice everyone shares up there. It's the Canadian way, eh? Dean confirms it matches the license plate from the security camera that they parked in front of. Yeah, Wayne and Grossman don't seem like rocket scientists. 
Oh boy, here we go, one of the most entertaining scenes ever in this series. I mean the stunt choreography alone is brilliant! Back inside the apartment, the two losers are playing cards and Wayne can't lose. He keeps getting royal flushes. Okay, that makes only one of them is a loser. He makes the connection, the rabbit's foot is doing something. That "stuck up bitch" is never getting it. That's a pretty accurate description. 

Sam and Dean are in the hall with guns drawn and man this is a big apartment for two clueless shady characters driving a Pinto to have. They eventually reach the living room and barge in with the edgy act going. Dean asks for the box and "Please tell me you didn't..." "Oh they did," finishes Sam. Dean gets all pissed and slams Wayne against the wall. 

Wayne wants to know if they're cops. Um, maybe? No, Dean doesn't answer, repeating his question about what's in the box. He turns to the coffee table Wayne is looking at and the rabbit's foot is there. Dean stays all tough guy, asking if that's it and then it all hits him. "What is that thing?"

Wayne takes advantage of Dean's distraction and knocks the gun out of his hand. The gun hits the floor, goes off, hits the radiator and richochets to Sam's gun, knocking in out of his hand. The bullet hits the coffee table next and takes out the lamp near Dean. Sam and Grossman see Sam's gun on the floor and go after it, but Grossman pushes Sam away and he runs smack into Dean. We already know which brother is built like a tank, so naturally Dean goes flying onto the coffee table from the impact, crushing it solid. Sam gives him a sincere "Sorry" but a split second later is tackled by Grossman. Wow, that's a really impressive take down. The sound from landing on the floor is thunderous. I'm surprised they didn't crash through the floor.
The airborne rabbit's foot from Dean's impact with the table falls to the floor and Grossman wastes no time in taking advantage of his position on top of Sam to beat him soundly. Wayne grabs Dean's gun and points it forward, accidently taking out an unstable Dean who was getting up from the floor in the process.  Back to an equally unlucky Sam, who's getting choked on the floor by Grossman now. After all, you can't have an attack on Sam Winchester without a choking! Oh, but a desperate Sam sees something to will help him. He reaches out and frantically goes for, the rabbit's foot? Seriously, that's going to fend off a choking attacker? Maybe Sam knew something we didn't!


Sure enough, one sound effect later Sam can easily push his attacker off. He kicks Grossman across the room and shouts out to Dean he's got it as he gets Dean's revolver pointing square at him. Wayne is pissed. Sam gives him a nervous smile but Wayne fires anyway. The gun jams! He tries again numerous times and then trips on broken pieces of coffee table, knocking himself out. Sam and Dean can only share a perplexed glance. Dean spots Grossman in the corner ready to fire with Sam's gun but the bookshelf over his head falls right on top of him, forcing the gun to go flying, right into Sam's hand! Wicked!

Dean stares at the gun stunned, Sam stares at the gun in his hand stunned. There's a shot of both Grossman and Wayne unconscious on the floor. "That was a lucky break," Dean observes. Sam is still staring at the gun in wonder. "Is that a rabbit's foot?" Dean asks Sam. Sam holds it up and looks at it, still dumbfounded. "I think it is." "Huh," Dean answers. I think its sinking in.

You'll have to pardon me, for this is the point where I'm pounding my fist on the couch in a fit of laughter and rewinding to watch this part over again a few times. I highly recommend this! These guys are so good at comedy. 
The Impala is now parked outside of Biggersons. Sam is in the passenger seat looking gloomy while Dean comes back from the mini-mart looking like they won the lottery. Literally. He has a bag full of scratch tickets. Sam can't find anything about the rabbit's foot in John's journal and then really whines about the lottery tickets. Dean's logic is pretty good. "Hey, that was my gun he was aiming at your head. My gun don't jam. So that was a lucky break. Not to mention them taking themselves out, also a lucky break." Sam broods, not feeling so lucky, but scratches the first ticket anyway. "Dean, its got to be cursed somehow otherwise Dad wouldn't have locked it up." That point is totally lost on Dean though because the ticket is a $1200 winner. Dean revels in joy while Sam broods more. Dean hands him another ticket. 

Back now to unlucky Wayne and Grossman. Well, only Wayne since Grossman is still unconscious. Wayne gets up, tries to wake Grossman and kicks an empty beer bottle away. It rolls into the kitchen. Since the camera specifically focuses on it rolling to the kitchen, this is important. The ominous music also adds to the a sledgehammer effect to the setup. But the final whack of that setup comes when Wayne goes to the kitchen sink and puts the contents into the dish drainer, including a nice sharp BBQ fork prong up. I know, the setup is blatant, but it least it gives me fair warning to turn away. Wayne washes his face, steps forward onto the beer bottle, falls backward and, er, we'll just say that's one direct hit from the back of the head right through the mouth. No recovering from that one! Leave it up to Ben Edlund to make this a dark comedy. Grossman wakes up just in time to hear and see the gurgling and the strategically placed bloody fork.

Next Dean is giggling like a schoolgirl over winning lottery tickets while Sam is apologizing on the phone to Bobby, claiming they didn't know. Bobby still gives Sam the what for for touching the rabbit's foot and then also admits he knew about the storage lockup. He built those curse boxes. Geez Uncle Bobby, thanks for sharing those warm memories. "You have got a serious problem. That rabbit's foot ain't no dime store notion. It's real hoodoo, old world stuff, made by a Baton Rogue conjure-woman a hundred years ago." Of course the whole time Bobby is talking Sam finds a gold watch in the parking lot, inspiring Dean to mouth "awesome". His joy is infectious! Sam broods.

Sam thinks it's a hell of a luck charm, so Bobby sets it straight. "It's not a luck charm! It's a curse. She made it to kill people Sam. You touch it you own it. You own it sure you get a run of good luck to beat the Devil. But, you lose it, your luck turns. Turns so bad you're dead inside a week." So Sam has the easy answer. He won't lose it. "Everybody loses it!" Bobby shouts. Yeah Sam, remember Wayne?  Sam wants to know how to break the curse. Bobby will have to get back to him on that one. So Sam, working on the side of caution, puts it in his jacket pocket? Wow, way to take the legend seriously Sam. He's so losing that. Dean doesn't care, because his tally of the lottery tickets has them up 15 grand. Pretty impressive! Sam broods.
They decide to eat at Biggersons because they're gluttons for punishment and Dean has already figured it out. Bobby will find a way to break the curse, until then they hit Vegas and pull a little "Rain Man." Sam can be rain man. Isn't he a bit big for that? Sam wants to lay low instead until they hear back from Bobby. Ah, but that rabbit's foot has other ideas, for good luck usually involves public spectacle. Like when a restaurant chain is waiting for that one millionth customer to come through the door. Balloons, confetti, and a giant sign, the whole works. Guess who the lucky winners are? They even snap the reaction photo, Dean grinning like a fool from ear to ear while Sam winces. How perfect! I wonder how many takes had to do to get that reaction shot so perfect.

Back to the RV. Oh yeah, I forgot about these guys.  Kubrick gets off the phone, he's gone through his book. The word is out, so they wait. Creedy naturally wants to eat. Kubrick is cool with that and has a fine selection of canned goods in the RV. Creedy doesn't like that idea. He knows a good place.  Good food, good service, homey atmosphere, garlic knots... He would have actually won me over with battered deep fried onion blossoms. What do you know, the menu is on the website. Hmm, where could this be going? Remember Dean your earlier mocking comment about parking in front of the security camera?
Sam on the laptop confirms that Bobby is right, the lore goes way back. Pure hoodoo. "You just can't cut one off any rabbit. It has to be in a cemetery under a full moon on Friday the 13th." I'm too caught up on how great it is that Biggersons has free wifi to let Sam find that out. Most places like that don't. Dean's bliss comes from the giant banana split he's devouring, the one that gives him the most adorable ice cream headache. Even Sam laughs. Bout time you cracked a freaking smile Sammy!

Oh, but there's something else that gets Sammy to smile! The hot waitress with the dark hair pouring coffee. He has such a thing for brunettes. Since he's "distracted," Sam doesn't notice anything is amiss when she spills the coffee and cleans it up. Dean doesn't notice either and oh you horndogs you! One of my favorite snapshots of the series is born, the two ogling brothers gazing at the hit chick as she leaves. Dean naturally has the perfect words. "Dude, if you were ever going to get lucky..." I don't think Sammy needs luck to score with women. He's got puppy dog eyes in his arsenal.

Of course the legend being what it is, the luck turns fast. Sam burns himself with the coffee, jumps up and takes out a waiter with a tray of food nearby. This is where the show takes Jared Padalecki's enormous size and turns it into pure physical comedy gold. Dean all of a sudden isn't so joyous anymore because he realizes that wasn't lucky. Sam checks the "secure" pocket and oh yeah, the foot is gone. That bitch! Dean says "son of a bitch" but he only has that half right.


I'll make my point here that I never liked Bela and it's her that prevents this from being a "perfect" episode for me. I'll stop there though because Sam's bad luck makes for joyous madcap insanity! Bela leaves the restaurant with the rabbit's foot in her towel (meaning she hasn't touched it), a smug smile and throws away the black wig. For some reason though, the change in hair color as we find out later in the season doesn't stop Sam's lusting. Sam and Dean run after her and Sam takes a hilarious pratfall onto the asphalt behind Dean. "Wow, you suck," says Dean. A little sympathy here? The boy's hurt. Ouch! Two perfectly skinned and bloody knees with holes ripped in the jeans. "So what now your luck turns bad?" Dean asks helping Sam up. Yeah, that sounds right. "Wonder how bad?" Okay, you asked...

Back to Kubrick and Creedy checking the Biggersons menu on the website. See, they do have a deep fried onion! Guess who's picture they see? Kubrick only grins upward, taking this to be his sign from God. Considering we have a good idea who God is, he's pretty right! God is writing these pages right now.

Back to Grossman who's toasting Wayne's memory to a terrible photoshopped yet cheesy in a funny way photo of them in sombreros drinking either in Mexico or a Mexican restaurant.  I think latter.  He pours tequila on the floor while playing "Via Con Dios" in the background. This must be how they mourn buddies in Connecticut. Sam and Dean walk in unannounced and Grossman isn't too happy to see them. Dean tells him he knows what happened and how its bad luck. Grossman tells him to "piss off." Does anyone say that anymore? I've said it before many times, they should just bleep the cuss words. 

Dean doesn't flinch, saying he knows a woman hired him to steal the foot. He knows that because she stole it from them. At this moment Sam is standing glum in the background and we know something good is coming. Grossman laughs, Sam steps forward to talk, trips on a radio cord and falls down hard taking the radio and nearby floor lamp with him. Dean asks Sam if he's okay without breaking form. "Yeah, I'm good," Sam replies from the floor with pain in his voice. Who knew Jared was so good at this kind of comedy?
Dean goes back to the interrogation, asking for "her" name. Sam gets up and he ain't looking so good. The hair is a mess anyway. Grossman won't give so Dean lets him know it wasn't a freak accident before breaking out the "I can read people" ploy. The sour luck killed his friend, is going to kill Sam and who knows who else.   He knows Grossman isn't a killer. Yeah, except he did actually try to choke Sam to death earlier. It must be the grief though for Dean gets through.

Kubrick is standing outside the RV and we get full view of the bible thumping bumper stickers. "How would Jesus drive?" "Don't make me come down there. - God" "Bethlehem or bust." Hmm, there's Ben Edlund playing with his Jesus again! Creedy has something chicken shaped wrapped in foil in his arms and I really don't want to know. I'm sure that's funny in some parts of the country. He tells Kubrick no one knows where Sam and Dean went and they didn't pay for the meal so there's no credit card receipt. Kubrick isn't worried, they'll turn up. "Because there's a higher power at work here, I know it now." That is also true! Okay its hoodoo and not Jesus, but he's half right.

Here we go, one of the most referenced, iconic scenes in the series! Sam and Dean walk out of the apartment building and Dean gets a call. It's Bobby. Dean avoids the huge wad of chewed gum on the asphalt but guess who isn't so lucky? Sam hears the squish and gets the droopy shoulders and pout of disgust. 

In the meantime Bobby tells Dean he found a cleansing ritual that will do the trick. Dean is pleased to hear this but tells Bobby Sam lost the foot. That's obvious since Sam is struggling in the background trying to get the gum off his shoe. Dean with his back turned carries on the conversation with Bobby just so we get the full effect of Sam struggling in the background. He tells Bobby a hot chick stole it from him but can't remember the name. Sam, who has found a broken sewer grate by now to scrape off the gum, tells him Legosi. Bobby knows that name, Bela. 

As we all saw coming, Sam makes one more hard push on the sewer grate and his shoe falls off. Judging by the "plop" sound, it fell far down.   While Sam hopelessly looks for the shoe Dean learns the culprit is Bela Talbot, not a hunter but she knows her way around. She's been out of the country but Bobby might know how to find her. Dean thanks him but is given one final warning. "Just look out for your brother you idgit." 

Now back to Sam, who has given up his search and is standing there with shoulders slumped looking very forlorn. "What?" Dean asks. Wait for it..."I lost my shoe," Sam says with a huge pout. We see the shoeless foot and one hilarious frown on his face. Dean just rolls his eyes. Bwah!!!! No wonder Jared is constantly asked to say that line at cons. It's priceless! The poor puppy has been kicked.

The Impala pulls up in front of a motel and might I add the screwball organ score kicks in here. It's so perfect for the absurdity to come. Dean gets off the phone with Bobby, thanking him again. He has a plan. Bela is in Queens which is two hours away. "You my brother are staying here because I don't want your bad luck getting us killed." Dean pulls around in the motel parking lot and guess who's RV is parked nearby? Oh this is too good!
Dean takes Sam into the motel room and whoa, this place is outrageous! I think season three was the best for motel rooms. Sam is whining now, wondering what it is he's supposed to do. Nothing of course. "I don't want you doing anything. Just sit right here and don't move, okay? Don't turn on the light, don't turn off the light. Don't even scratch your nose." 

Dean leaves the pouting Sam quickly behind, who's making weird facial expressions because now his nose itches.   So Sam scratches his nose! This most outrageous room is shown in a wide shot, which just adds to the absurdity ten fold. The loud floral wallpaper, the room divider made of circles and the giant red circle behind Sam? Oh that's rich.

Okay, now we're in Queens and I'm going to skip ahead a bit because I don't like Bela. She is on the phone bitching about some deal and sees Dean on the security camera. She handles the rabbit's foot with tongs and goes for her gun. By the front door that alarm going off and a sticky note that says "Turn Around." She does and there's Dean pointing a gun at her. "You left without your tip." Bela draws her gun, so I guess this is a draw. 



Now this next scene is as much of a testament to director Robert Singer as it is to Jared Padalecki. Great comedy is about timing. The camera is used ideally here for each mishap and as a result, Sam's bad luck becomes 800 times funnier than it seems on paper. Let's go through it.  Prepare for screencap o'rama. 

The story goes back to one bored looking Sam. The goofy organ score instantly sets this up to be a lighthearted scene, so we can relax and enjoy the show. Suddenly the camera shifts on the air conditioner, which is now making goofy noises. Smoke begins to trickle out of it. Sam's reaction? "Oh come on," he says with a pouty whine. He keeps protesting and we see the a/c from his angle. The smoke is getting worse, Sam gets up, his apprehension hinting he knows full well he's defying his instructions to sit there and do nothing, thereby tempting fate. He moves cautiously moves closer to check it out, but is still afraid to get too close.

So, where there's smoke there's fire, right? The a/c shorts out and bursts into flames. Suddenly Sam isn't so sheepish. He frantically grabs the nearby bedspread and uses it to quickly and anxiously snuff out the fire. The flames die down, Sam stands straight and exhales a huge breath of relief. This is where the camera works its magic again. It's fully focused on Sam's top half, so we don't see what's going on below until the sudden glow of light tells us. Sam raises his arm to find his jacket sleeve is on fire. This is too good! 

Sam freaks out, puts out the flames with the nearby curtains, but naturally they aren't well secured to the wall. As the whole window treatment falls from the wall, who should be standing on the square other side looking in than Creedy and Kubrick! Again, brilliant timing. Of course Sam doesn't see them, for he's on the floor knocked out by the window treatment. It all ends with Kubrick smiling and looking upward at his higher power. Damn you Chuck!

Ugh, Bela again. Okay, her and Dean continue their showdown with their pointed guns. Bela does this freaking speech about how hunting isn't noble and she secures these "unique items" for high paying clientele. Oh, and she's a great thief. I'm too focused on Dean anyway for he's much easier on the eyes. I tried during this watch not to shout "shoot the bitch!" since I'm doing a recap and all. 

Back to poor Sam, who comes to just in time to see he's been duct taped to a chair. That's probably the best thing that's happened to him all day. Creedy announces Sam's awake and marvels how Sam managed to take himself out. "It was like Jerry Lewis riding a stack of chairs." Great analogy! Sam is looking mighty dazed and confused and asks who they are before Kubrick takes his turn to speak. Gordon sent him. Another whiney "oh, come on" from Sam. He really is having a bad day, isn't he? Kubrick was supposed to track him down and put a bullet in his brain. "Yeah, that sounds like him," Sam quips. Kubrick though isn't ready to do that, for he's on a mission from God. Damn you Chuck again! Sam gets a vicious backhand across the face.

Back to Dean and Bela. Dean tries to tell her about Sam's misfortune. No problem, Dean can have the foot for 1.5 million. "Nice, I'll just call my banker," Dean jokes. He then for some reason wants to makes more conversation with this bitch, wondering how she found out about the foot. She has some sort of mystical talking board (shout out!) and knows about the rabbit's foot from those that it killed. Oh why can't you be one of those dead people? I'm skipping to the good part. Oh, except she did say one thing that proves to be important later. "We're all going to Hell Dean, might as well sit back and enjoy the ride." Dean actually agrees with her there. He has good reason to!

Dean decides its time to leave and shows off how he has the rabbit's foot now. "If its any consolation, you're a truly awful person." Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner! Bela fires her gun but the bullets fly all over the place, not coming anywhere near Dean. He laughs at her like a child, taunting her the rabbit's foot as he leaves unharmed. I think his sense of humor is back! Bela is pissed.


Back to poor unlucky Sammy, who must have been beaten unconscious because he gets water splashed in his face to wake him up. Kubrick has made up his mind even though Sam claims they did everything to stop the devil's gate from being opened and he doesn't know the demons' next move. Sam doesn't answer the next question so he gets another whack across the face. Not the face! That's where the beauty square is! Kubrick goes on about Gordon telling him that Sam is a psychic freak. Sam denies that's happening anymore and gets another whack. Oh that's it, you're going down! You can't hurt Sammy like this!

Kubrick isn't through, realizing that a demon war is afoot and they're facing an end game.  "So you can understand why we can't take any chances." He pulls out his gun and points it right between Sam's eyes. Yikes! This is getting dicey now. Sam is pleading and Creedy steps in, thinking Kubrick is going too far. "You saw what happened Creedy. Ask yourself, why are we here? Because you saw a picture on the web, because we chose this motel over another? Luck like that doesn't just happen." Sam wants to explain but Kubrick won't listen. "It's God Creedy. He led us here for one reason. To do his work. This is destiny." He points the gun at Sam again. Sam closes his eyes and waits for Kubrick to fire.

"Nope, no destiny. Just a rabbit's foot." They turn around and it's Dean, pointing his gun at them! Wow Dean, way to wait until the last second there. Kubrick thinks he has the advantage since his gun is still aimed at Sam's head. "Put the gun down son or you're going to be scraping brain off the wall." Somehow, I think that's going to happen if he does or not.

Dean jovily complies.  "But you see, there's something about me you don't know." He picks up a pen instead. Kubrick must know what that is and takes the gun off Sam, now pointing it toward Dean.  Dean smiles. "It's my lucky day." He throws the pen and it's a perfect hit right into the shaft of Kubrick's gun. Sam is stunned, Dean is just tickled! I'm laughing my fool head off.  

Creedy throws a punch and Dean swerves, so Creedy slams into the wall and takes himself out. Kubrick can't get the pen out of the gun so Dean picks up a nearby remote and tosses. A direct hit in between the eyes! In another great camera angle as Kubrick falls Sam still tied to the chair comes into view, flabbergasted over what's happening. So here we go, another line for the ages! With his arm still extended one very happy Dean gives the slick declaration. "I'm Batman." Sam isn't amused for he's had quite a scare. "Yeah, you're Batman." Dean just revels in his greatness, as he rightfully should.

Sam and Dean are in a graveyard and the embers are burning from some fire. Sam is ready to do this but Dean is still scratching lottery tickets. "Hey, back off jinx, I'm bringing home the bacon." Sam's always been a wet blanket, hasn't he? Dean puts the tickets in his jacket and grabs the foot.  "Say goodbye you wrasically wabbit." I love good mood Dean. He's so absent these days. 

Uh, oh. The luck has turned. Bela is there and she's pointing a gun at them. She wants the foot. Ugh, that bitch again! She demands Dean put the foot down, "honey." Dean refuses, probably knowing his luck is still good. He gives the "you're not going to shoot anybody" speech and as he gets out he can read people she fires and shoots Sam! Oh my God you heartless bitch! Dean is furious now. Sam is in agony in the background clutching his bleeding shoulder. Wow, this just stopped being funny. She boasts to Dean how she can't hit him but with Sam she can't miss. Of course Sam is reeling in pain and blood is running down his hand as she says that.

Dean says what we're all thinking. "What the hell is wrong with you?" Psycho bitch, that's what. He calls her out for shooting people and in her smugness she claims it's only a shoulder hit. "Who here hasn't shot a few people?" Right, tell that to Sam who's in some agony now. Dean agrees to put down the rabbit's foot and aww, he does care what happens to Sam. He goes down, pulls a "think fast" and does a quick toss of the foot to Bela. She stupidly catches it and ha, ha, ha serves you right bitch!

Next thing the foot is burning, thus releasing the curse and Bela is griping about being out 1.5 million and on the bad end of a psychotic buyer. "Wow, I don't really feel bad about that," says Dean. "Sam?" Sammy now has a bandana applied to his bleeding shoulder. "Nope, not even a little." She goes to leave, stopping to rest on the grave marker with Dean's jacket to leave her final tough words. I guess this bitch is a sore loser. We so know what she's doing while she whines about hanging them out to dry. "Don't go away angry, just go away," Dean aptly says. Unfortunately she comes back a few episodes later bringing a bad ghost ship story with her. That evil skank.

The rabbit's foot goes up in flames and Sam and Dean leave the scene. For whatever reason, Sam is still doing his shovel carrying obligation even though one hand is being used to apply pressure to his still stinging bullet wound. What a man! Dean chooses this opportunity to ask if Sam is okay. How about taking the damn shovel man! No, instead Sam gives a pained "I'll live." Dean realizes he has 46 grand worth of scratch tickets, but upon examination of the pocket, he doesn't. Bela drives away grinning with tickets in her hand. I do smile, for I know this bitch gets her comeuppance at the end of the season. Back to a stunned Dean who can only react with a "Son of a bitch!" Then Sam turns away laughing! Most everyone knows the story, Jared wasn't supposed to laugh but couldn't help it. That was the take they ended up going with. I think it worked, for Sam needed a laugh at that point.

They close this dark comedy with an eerie setup for an episode to come, aka "Fresh Blood." A banged up Kubrick is back at the prison to report his adventure to Gordon. "You're right. Sam Winchester is more than a monster. He's the adversary." Ah, Ben Edlund and his way with words. Kubrick's still all dewy-eyed over how this is a mission from God. When Gordon Walker sees something as batshit crazy, it likely is. He humors Kubrick though since they both are on the same page. Kubrick has to bust Gordon out of there. "Sam Winchester must die." 

Trust me Gordon, you're wasting your energy. Sam has died, many times. It doesn't stick. It's fun to try though I'm sure. Okay, that's a retro recap!


# elle 2010-08-15 02:50
As usual, great recap Alice! I now must re-watch this episode for the millionth time. The photos were priceless - the shoe scene had me in hysterics again too. My favourite is the last picture because you can clearly see Jared fighting the laughter - great moment to capture!

Hindsight aside, I could have tolerated Bela and didn't mind her in the episode up until she shot Sam and then managed to snake the lottery tickets (even if it did give that great "son-of-a-bitch !" moment). I wouldn't have minded her in a few episodes trying to outsmart them, with a few witty exchanges back and forth. The thing that killed me about Bela was that she ALWAYS beat them (except that last time) and while Sam and Dean are many things, easy marks they aren't! (rant over)

Thanks Alice, this was a fun read!
# Jasminka 2010-08-15 03:50
I totally understand your soft spot for season 3, Alice - it gave us many great episodes like the one you took on here. Thanks for this fun read - I'm going to watch it now. I haven't done so in a while.

This episode has some of the best faces on our heroes, bitch face here, surprise face here, I-lost-my-shoe face here, I'm-Batman face there.... I love, love, love it. And the dialogue is some of the best ever. And those little hints (like the stickers on Kubrick's bus - 'DOn't make me come down there - GOd' 'How Would Jesus Drive?', brilliant exposing of the religious fanatic)...

I know you can't abide Bella, but I learned to appreciate her role in the show and the kind of woman she became. But you know that ;-)...

Thanks again, Alice, for this fabulous recap! :D, Jas
# Bevie 2010-08-15 16:18
I loved this recap Alice. This episode was so full of great comedic moments. And the two Js were both excellent at the slapstick comedy.

I too came to the show in season 3, so never could understand why so many disliked it. I became a fan after watching Supernatural Christmas, bought the dvds and completely fell for Dean and Sam and haven't recovered since.

I never hated the actress who played Bela. I thought she did a great job being completely annoying. Hated Bela always one-upping our boys though and shooting Sam was inexcusable. So sorry poor Dean lost his windfall. That would have saved a lot of his time hustling for motel and food money. :sad:
# Bethany! 2010-08-16 06:38
i love this episode it's one of my favourites ... love the recap! especially the photo's.

for the record i actually liked Bella in this episode and if she had stayed a one episode character i would have continued to like her, in the end she just ended up irratating me which i think was probabyl more the fault of the writers than the actress. on a really pedantic note her accent really annoyed me, no one english actually sounds like that ... seriously!

anyway minor rant over with! again loved the recap! x
# Sablegreen 2010-08-16 10:17
Lovely recap Alice. This is one of my favorite episodes! Season three title card is my favorite too and I never did like Bela. So nice to reminisce with a wonderful episode like this. Can only hope s6 will provide a few like this too.
# Karmyn 2010-08-16 23:03
Sometimes I think I'm the only one that likes Bela. She had a certain appeal and I like a bit of banter and bickering between a man and a woman. I just wish they had given her back story earlier. If only it had been a full season.
But good recap. Love this episode.
# Randal 2010-08-17 08:41
Great recap of a great episode. Season three shouldn't be shortchanged merely because it's, er, shorter, look at the evidence: this episode, arguably the finest comedy piece they've ever done (Mystery Spot isn't 100% sidesplitting, that last half is an emotional mofo), Casey, Dean as pop, Casey, the bloody death of a supreme villain, Casey, Xmas Is Dead, Casey, Mystery Spot, Casey, a supreme homage to John Carpenter, Casey, a ridiculously fantastic finale.

Alas, poor Kubrick, Jesus knew him well.
# Karen 2010-08-17 09:10
Hi Alice
Once again loved the recap.
This is one my favourite episodes, definitely in the top 10.
I have to admit I didn’t even mind Bela. (runs for cover):o
I wanted to punch her out when she shot Sam of course, but I still enjoyed the banter between her and Dean.

Randal…I’m sensing you may have had a thing for Casey??? 8-)
# Evelyn 2010-08-18 00:53
Loved the recap Alice, great depiction of the scenes and I love your comments. Can't help but smile, laugh and cringe right along with you. And Randal, obsessed with Casey much? Too funny! She is one of the few demons on the show I kinda liked, although for different reasons I think than yours. :lol:
# Ardeospina 2010-08-18 19:29
Very fun recap, Alice. I'm glad that you're going back and updating some of your recaps because I really like to read them. And they usually make me want to re-watch the episode! This one did for sure. It helps when the episode is this great, though.