Season 2, Episode 4|
CW Description A GHOSTLY BATTLE LEAVES SAM INJURED - Dean and Sam investigate the murder of a college student who has come back from the dead seeking revenge on those who mistreated her while she was alive. Upon confrontation, the ghost savagely attacks Sam, leaving him injured. While in town, the brothers visit their mother's grave to pass along something from their father.
|August 22, 2006 (night)||Angela discovers Matt cheating on her; she goes to cry on Neil's shoulder and Matt shows up; Angela leaves, very upset, and runs her car into a concrete barrier, killing her|
|August 29, 2006||Sam insists on visiting Mary's grave in Greenville, Illinois; Sam buries John's dog tags at Mary's grave marker; Dean discovers a dead tree in a perfect circle of dead grass around Angela Mason's grave; Dean asks the groundskeeper about it; Dean tells Sam that it is a hunt; Dean and Sam speak to Dr. Mason; Sam thinks Dean is not dealing; Dean still insists that there is a hunt before leaving to go to a bar; Matt is watching home videos of Angela; he sees Angela's reflection in the TV before he dies|
|August 30, 2006||Dean breaks into Angela's apartment and startles her roommate Lindsey; Dean talks to Lindsey about Matt and Angela; Dean arrives at the hotel with Angela's diary; Dean and Sam speak to Neil about Matt and Angela; Dean and Sam go to burn Angela's bones, but the coffin is empty; Neil goes into the basement to see Angela|
|August 31, 2006||Dean and Sam go back to Dr. Mason; Dean accuses him of raising Angela as a zombie; Sam confronts Dean about his behavior|
|August 31, 2006 (night)||At the motel, Dean and Sam discuss how to gank zombies; Dean realizes that Neil could be the one to raise Angela as a zombie; Dean and Sam go to confront Neil and find the empty zombie pen; Angela tries to kill Lindsey; Dean and Sam save Lindsey; they find Neil at Dr. Mason's office and confront him about Angela; Dean tells Neil that they can stop Angela at the cemetery; Angela kills Neil when he tries to leave and then goes to the cemetery; Sam is bait before Dean stakes Angela back into her grave|
|September 1, 2006||Dean and Sam fill Angela's grave back in before leaving town; Dean apologizes to Sam for the way he has been acting and admits that he feels guilty Dad died in his place|
In the kitchen at Neil's house, Neil is trying to cheer Angela's broken heart over her boyfriend. They are interrupted by Matt pounding at the front door. Matt demands to talk to Angela; Neil blocks him a bit before he shoves his way in, only to find out that Angela has left the house.
Crying, Angela is driving down the road. Matt calls, trying to apologize. Yelling and crying at him, she ends up in a car accident, killing herself.
At Sam's insistence, the brothers are driving out to visit their mother's grave because Sam wants to pay his respects to Mom and Dad. Dean thinks it is irrational because there was no body to bury; all that is there is a headstone planted by her uncle. Dean urges Sam to go by the roadhouse and continue their hunt for the demon. Sam offers to split up and let Dean go, but he is going to the cemetery first. Dean refuses the offer, not wanting to smalltalk with the people at the Roadhouse.
At the cemetery kneeling beside their mom's grave, Sam digs a tiny hole where he buries his father's dog tags, telling her he feels Dad would have have wanted her to have them, before saying, "I love you, Mom." Meanwhile Dean is walking around the cemetery, and notices a dying tree. The tree is inside a circle area of dead grass, with dead flowers, on a grave that belongs to Angela Mason whose funeral was three days ago; all signs of unholy ground. Dean suspects there may be something supernatural at work, and insists that they investigate this case.
Dean and Sam approach Dr. Mason, Angela's father, claiming to be friends of Angela's, offering their condolences. Dean notices an unusual book on ancient Greek mythology, but there are not any clues on a vengeful spirit.
Dean wants to continue digging into the case, but Sam argues that this is simply part of Dean's ongoing refusal to deal with his grief over their father's death. Dean leaves.
Matt watches home videos of himself with Angela. Unbeknownst to him, a plant withers. After he freezes the video on Angela's face, Matt notices that he sees Angela's reflection on the TV. He turns around and screams, before his throat is cut, leaving a blood trail across the TV.
Dean breaks into Angela's apartment to search, and finds the roommate Lindsey brokenhearted over Angela's death. Not only Angela, but Matt's suicide the previous night. He had claimed he had been seeing Angela for several days beforehand.
Dean returns to Sam, who is bored watching porn on TV. Dean tells Sam that Matt slit his own throat last night and he had been seeing Angela everywhere before he died. Sam admits there might be something going on. Dean checked out Matt's apartment only to find a bunch of dead plants, and a dead goldfish, but still is not getting angry spirit vibe from Angela. Dean managed to steal Angela's diary, so they talk with more of Angela's friends.
At Neil's house, Dean and Sam pose as grief counselors from the college. Neil tells them that Matt's death did not occur out of grief, but out of guilt because Angela walked in on Matt having sex with another girl. Their vengeful theory is starting to make more sense, but the only way to be sure Angela is stopped is to burn her bones. Sam is aghast at this - she died last week so her body will be a ripe rotting body, not bones.
At the cemetery they dig up her grave only to discover an empty casket. However, they notice symbols carved on the inside. Dean has seen these kind of symbols before.
Neil heads to his basement, where Angela is sitting on a cot. Standing up, she crosses the room to him, telling him she missed him before kissing him. After a moment, he kisses her back.
Sam and Dean revisit Dr. Mason to question him about the symbols. Dean becomes aggressive and upset with Dr. Mason because they are used for an ancient Greek divination ritual used for necromancy - communicating with the dead, even bringing corpses back to life, full zombie action. He accuses Dr. Mason of using this ritual to bring Angela back to life, but Angela is not Angela anymore - she is vicious, violent, and nasty. Dr. Mason demands they leave, picking up the phone to call the cops. Dean knocks the phone out of his hand, demanding to know where he is hiding Angela. Sam points out to Dean the plants in the house are healthy, therefore Angela has not been there. Dean storms out of the house with Sam giving apologies to Dr. Mason before following Dean out.
Outside Sam once again confronts Dean about the way he is been acting. Dean is scaring the crap out of Sam, because he is on edge, erratic, and tailspinning but refusing to talk about it. Dean says that he can take care of himself. Sam counters that Dean cannot, and he should not have to. Sam begs Dean, that it is killing him. Sam has already lost Dad, Mom, and Jessica - he does not want to lose Dean too. Dean admits that he is being an ass, but that they have got more important things to worry about - a zombie - and they need to figure out how to kill it. Their lives are weird.
Neil is nervous about Matt, but Angela does not want to waste more time on him, having wasted enough time already. Neil is right that Matt did not deserve Angela. Neil is worried Angela got out, but she tells him she did not kill Matt. Neil is also worried that Angela is different, and she concurs - she is different. She realizes Neil is the only one who has ever loved her; he has proved it. She is with him now. Angela kisses him, and they smile.
The boys are at the motel, trying to figure out a way to kill Angela, but Sam says there are hundreds of methods on how to kill the walking dead. They have no idea what is true and what is not. Although there is nothing in common amongst all the methods, a few of them say silver might work. Now they need to find Angela - who brought her back to life? Dean believes that Neil is responsible. Reading from her diary, Dean decides Neil may have had a crush on Angela. Neil is also Dr. Mason's TA and has access to all the same books, and he could have raised her as a zombie.
Neil's house appears to be empty, but Dean takes no chances as he pulls out his 9mm with silver bullets. They check the house, and then the basement where they find a zombie pen, empty. They realize that Angela might be out to kill someone. Dean thinks Angela would want to kill the girl Matt cheated on her with, and that might be her roommate Lindsey because Lindsey was really torn up over Matt's death.
At their apartment, Lindsey is looking at a photo of Angela and Matt when she hears a noise at the front door. Angela attacks Lindsey with a scissors. During the attack, Lindsey kicks Angela to the ground, causing her to fall on the scissors which stab right through her breast. Lindsey is in shock as she turns Angela face up. Angela's eyes open, and she grabs Lindsey by the hair while pulling the scissors out. Before Angela can stab Lindsey, Sam and Dean burst into the room firing two bullets into Angela's back and one into her chest when she turns around. She screams and bolts out the window. Sam comforts Lindsey as Dean chases Angela, to no avail. The boys head back to talk with Neil.
Driving back to college, Dean wants something that can kill Angela, since the silver did something but not enough. Sam reads about nailing the undead back in their grave beds, but Dean wonders how they will get Angela back to the cemetery.
Dean and Sam confront Neil at Dr. Mason's office, knowing everything. They demand to know where he is keeping Angela. Neil claims his house, but Dean realizes from the dead plants she is there. Dean explains they have a plan to return Angela to death, and Dean urges Neil to get out and not to make her mad. After they leave, Angela wants Neil to help her kill them before they kill her. He is repulsed by what is happening to her and how different she is. She realizes he is leaving her so she kills Neil, and pursues the boys to the cemetery.
At the cemetery, Sam and Dean light candles surrounding her grave bed, waiting for her to arrive, not sure this will work. Hearing a noise, Sam pulls his gun and searches for her. Angela finds him, asking him not to hurt her, but he fires a direct shot into her forehead. Sam races back to her grave, with a pissed Angela following. She tackles him and starts trying to kill him as she did to Neil, by breaking his neck. Dean fires into her, throwing her off Sam. He continues to fire, causing her to stumble back and fall directly back into her grave bed. Dean grabs a sword, runs and jumps into the coffin, and with one final stab, stakes her inside her coffin. She dies. Now morning, Sam and Dean finishes reburying Angela's corpse. As they head back to the Impala, Sam congratulates Dean for his plan on luring Angela, but bemoans being bait - he thinks she broke his hand. Dean glances for a second at their mom's grave. Sam offers to stay, but Dean says no.
The boys leave town, but on a lonely mountain road, Dean unexpectedly pulls off to the side of the road. He gets out of the car and sits on the hood; Sam joins him. He apologizes to Sam for the way he has been acting, and for Dad. It is his fault - he made a full recovery and Dad is dead and the Colt is gone. He knows there is a connection, that Dad is dead because of him. He should have stayed dead, and nothing Sam can say can make it right.
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|Sam: Maybe the groundskeeper went a little aggro with the pesticide.|
"Aggro" is a common slang term originating in Britain and widely used in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. It can be used to describe aggressive behavior, or a situation that is a source of irritation to the speaker (e.g. "These roadworks are causing more aggro than they're worth," he muttered.) Sam probably picked up this term from association with tourists while on the road, as the term is not widely used in the States.
Could also possibly be a reference to computer gaming: the term "aggro" is used as a measure of how much hate/aggression a computer-generated foe holds for a player. The more aggro something has for you, the more likely it is to attack you.
|Lindsey: He said that he SAW her. As in, an acid trip or something.|
An acid trip refers to psychedelic experiences brought on by the use of LSD. A psychedelic experience is a temporary altered state of consciousness induced by the consumption of psychedelic drugs such as LSD, mescaline, psilocybin mushrooms, salvia divinorum, cannabis, and DMT.
|Dean: What you brought back isn't even your daughter anymore. These things are vicious, they're violent, they're so nasty they rot the ground around them. I mean, come on, haven't you seen Pet Sematary?|
A reference to the Stephen King novel and film, Pet Sematary, in which a grieving father buries his young son's body in an ancient Indian burial ground and it comes back as a zombie.
|Dean: We can't just waste it with a head shot?|
Sam: Dude. You've been watching way too many Romero flicks.
This is a reference to George A. Romero, director of many zombie films most famously, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Romero created many of the modern zombie rules, which include only being able to stop them with a head shot.
|Dean: Well, you've got your journal, I've got mine. 'Neil's a real shoulder to cry on, he so understands what I'm going through with Matt.' There's more in here where that came from. It's got Unrequited Duckie love written all over it.|
A reference to the movie Pretty in Pink where the character Duckie pines for his best friend Andie.
|Dean: Nah, I think she went out to rent Beaches.|
Beaches is a chick-flick movie from 1988.
|Angela: Hi Lindsey, I'm home!|
Likely a reference to Desi Arnaz's famous line "Lucy! I'm home!" from the 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy.
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|Sam: Stop it! That's enough, okay? Enough!|
Dean: Sam, I know what I'm doing.
Sam: No, you don't. At all. Dean, I don't scare easy, but man, you're scaring the crap out of me.
Dean: Don't be overdramatic, Sam.
Sam: You're lucky this turned out to be a real case. Because if it wasn't, you would have just found something else to kill.
Sam: You're on edge, you're erratic - except for when you're hunting, because then you're downright scary. You're tailspinning, man! And you refuse to talk about it and you won't let me help you!
Dean: I can take care of myself, thanks.
Sam: No, you can't! And you know what? You're the only one who thinks you should have to. You don't have to handle this on your own, Dean, no one can.
Dean: (overlap) Sam, if you bring up Dad's death one more time I swear...
Sam: (overlap) Stop. Please, Dean, it's killing you. Please. We've already lost Dad. We've lost Mom. I've lost Jessica. And now I'm going to lose you too?
|Dean: I hear you. Okay? Yeah I'm being an ass. And I'm sorry. But right now we've got a friggin' zombie running around and we need to figure out how to kill it. Right?|
Sam: Our lives are weird, man.
Dean: You're telling me. Come on.
|Dean: Hello? Neil?! It's your grief counselors. We've come to hug.|
|Sam: Look, smartass, she might kill someone. We gotta find her, Dean.|
Dean: Yeah. All right. She, uh, she clipped Matt because he was cheating, right?
Dean: Well, it takes two to, you know, have hardcore sex.
|Dean: Damn, that dead chick can run.|
|Dean: I'm sorry.|
Sam: You - For what?
Dean: The way I've been acting.
(Sam crosses in front to sit on the hood, close but not touching.)
Dean: And for Dad. I mean, he was your Dad too. And it's my fault that he's gone.
Sam: What are you talking about?
Dean: I know you've been thinking it - so have I. Doesn't take a genius to figure it out. Back at the hospital, I made a full recovery. It was a miracle. And five minutes later Dad's dead and the Colt's gone.
Dean: You can't tell me there's not a connection there. I don't know how the demon was involved. I don't know how the whole thing went down exactly. But Dad's dead because of me. And that much I do know.
Sam: We don't know that. Not for sure.
Dean: Sam... You and Dad... you're the most important people in my life. And now... I never should've come back, Sam. It wasn't natural. And now look what's come of it. I was dead. And I should have stayed dead. You wanted to know how I was feeling. Well, that's it. So tell me. What could you possibly say to make that all right?