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3.9 “Malleus Maleficarum”
Malleus Maelficarum is Latin for “Hammer of the Wicked” and is a famous treatise on witches written in 1486 by Heinrich Kramer on behalf of the Catholic Church. The point of the treatise was to disprove arguments claiming that witchcraft does not exist. 

This title is very appropriate for this episode that has the Winchesters investigating a seemingly harmless group of women who secretly practice witchcraft for wealth and prosperity. What they don’t realize is that one of their coven is actually a demon who has tricked them into selling their soul to her. 
3.10 “Dream a Little Dream of Me”
This episode title comes from the song by the same title. “Dream a Little Dream of Me” was first recorded by Ozzie Nelson in 1931 and has since been re-recorded by artists like Doris Day, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Mama Cass Elliot  (featured in this episode).   
Stars shining bright above you.
Night breezes seem to whisper, 'I love you,'
Birds singing in the sycamore tree.
Dream a little dream of me.

Say nighty-night and kiss me.
Just hold me tight and tell me you'll miss me.
While I'm alone and blue as can be,
Dream a little dream of me
In this episode, Sam and Dean get a call that Bobby has been found in an unexplained coma. As it turns out, he was working a job investigating the death of a doctor who was performing a secret sleep study. The study used African dream root, which allows the user to dream walk so when Sam and Dean get a hold of some dream root from Bela, they do a little dream walking of their own.    

3.11 “Mystery Spot”
Mystery Spot is the name of a tourist attraction in Santa Cruz, CA. It was discovered in 1939 and opened in 1940. The owners of the site claim that it is a place where the laws of physics and gravity do not apply. (Sound familiar?) The website claims that extraterrestrials buried unearthly metals or spacecraft beneath the Spot. Another speculation is that the phenomenon is caused by carbon dioxide seeping out of the earth beneath the Spot. 

This title is especially appropriate for this episode in which Dean is killed while he and Sam are looking into the disappearance of a man last seen at a tourist attraction known as the Mystery Spot. Sam wakes up the next morning and is shocked to see that Dean is alive and they are reliving the day before. 
3.12 “Jus in Bello”
Jus in Bello is part of the law of war which is a body of law that sets up guidelines for acceptable justifications to engage in war (jus ad bellum) and the limits to acceptable wartime conduct (jus in bello). 

“Jus in Bello” is an appropriate title for this episode where Sam and Dean are captured by FBI Agent Henricksen and taken to a small-town jail in Colorado. While there, a horde of demons surrounds the jail and they are forced to fight for their lives. 
3.13 “Ghostfacers”
This episode title seems to be a play on the 1984 sci-fi comedy Ghostbusters. The film, starring Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray follows three New York City parapsychologists-turned-ghost capturers. 

This is the episode where Dean and Sam run into the equally eccentric Ghostfacers while investigating the haunted Morton House and become unwilling participants in their new reality show.
3.14 “Long Distance Call”
Although there are a few references to “Long Distance Call” it seems clear that this episode title is taken from an episode of The Twilight Zone by the same name. The episode follows a young boy who communicates with his grandmother who has recently died using a toy phone she gave him for his birthday. The boy then, runs out in front of a car that barely misses him. He tells the driver that someone told him to try to kill himself. The boy attempts to take his own life again before his father picks up the toy phone and begs his mother to stop. 

Ok, so not exactly the same but pretty close. Although in this episode of Supernatural, the brothers realize they are hunting a crocotta, a creature that whispers “come to me” convincing its victims to kill themselves and then devours their souls.  
3.15 “Time Is on My Side”
Time Is on My Side is a song written by Jerry Ragovoy and was first recorded in 1963 by Kai Winding and later covered with additional lyrics by artists like Irma Thomas, Michael Bolton, Indexi and The Rolling Stones. 
Time is on my side, yes it is
Time is on my side, yes it is

Now you always say
That you want to be free
But you'll come running back (said you would baby)
You'll come running back (I said so many times before)
You'll come running back to me 

Oh, time is on my side, yes it is
Time is on my side, yes it is 

(From Alice - I chastised Sera Gamble in my first interview with her for ruining melon ballers for us in this episode.  She was rather proud of doing that.  So what does that have to do with the episode title?  Sam probably wishes he went running back to Dean after this!)
The Winchesters hunt a zombie, which turns out to be Dr. Benton, a doctor who abandoned his practice in 1816 to search for the eternal life. He has been drugging people and harvesting their organs ever since. With Dean’s deal coming due, Sam tries to convince him to steal the doctor’s research and become immortal. 
3.16 “No Rest for the Wicked”
“No rest for the wicked” is a verse taken from the Bible from the book of Isaiah 48:22 sometimes translated as “No peace for the wicked” it also appears in Isaiah 57:21. The phrase is also the title of albums from Ozzy Osbourne, New Model Army and Helix. It is also the title of a song by Godsmack. 
With only hours left in Deans contract he and Sam steal the knife from Ruby and head for New Harmony, IN where Lilith is torturing a family. Dean begins “piercing the veil” which allows him to see a demon’s true form. Unfortunately, that does not provide enough help and as the clock strikes midnight, Lilith leads the hellhounds to Dean and he is killed and sent to hell. 

Man, talk about ending with a bang; a really terrible, bloody, heartbreaking bang. Well, there it is, season three. As usual, please let me know if I missed anything! Did any of these references surprise you? I was surprised by a few myself. 



# Junkerin 2011-03-24 05:35
Im not sure but is "Bedtime storys" not a collektion of short storys from Stephan King?
# Sofia 2011-03-24 07:44
You could be right, that would make sense!
# Sofia 2011-03-24 07:47
@Alice, I loved that fact about The Who. Flamethrowers definitely look better. Especially when the Winchesters are holding them.
# Stephanie 2011-03-24 19:04
Loving these articles. Just as a little side note: The Magnificent Seven was also made into a TV series in the late '90s, one of whose stars, Rick Worthy, played the Alpha vampire in Live Free or Twi Hard and Family Matters.
# Sofia 2011-03-24 19:34
I knew that The Magnificent Seven was a TV series as well but I had no idea about eh Alpha Vamp connection! Thanks for sharing!
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# Cody b 2011-03-25 14:32
bedtime stories...Adam sandler movie where he would tell the kids bedtime stories and they would come true..pretty similar but idk if that movie or this episode came first..too lazy to check imdb
# MelanieR 2011-07-14 23:27
Mallus Malificarum actually means Hammer of The Witches, it was used to justify killing of people, women, mostly accused of witchcraft.

Ghostfacers is also a spoof on the Syfy series Ghosthunters.