|Episode #||Season 9, Episode 15|
|First aired||March 4, 2014|
|Directed by||Jeannot Szwarc|
|Written by||Jenny Klein|
|Outline||While working a case involving a murdered teenage girl, Sam and Dean once again cross paths with the Ghostfacers.|
|Timeline||Six months since 8.23 Sacrifice|
|Location(s)|| Springdale, Washington|
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A teenage girl, Casey Miles, is taking selfies in her bedroom when she notices a mysterious figure in the background. As the lights go out, she hides in her closet and calls 911. While she is talking, a hand holding a knife appears behind her. Blood begins to pour through the closet doors.
Sam is doing research in the library when Dean comes in and tells Sam that he will be back. When Sam questions him about his leaving, Dean says he found a case, but he wasn't going to take Sam because he doesn't know what Sam wants. Sam wants to come along, so the boys head to Washington.
Sam and Dean, as FBI agents, visit Casey's house and speak with her mother. As the Boys ask the usual questions, the mother knows all about “fritzing” and cold spots because she spoke with "Supernaturalists." Sam and Dean are curious about who she spoke with.
The Ghostfacers, Harry and Ed, are sitting in a diner, and Harry is obsessing about his ex-girlfriend's Facebook page when Sam and Dean sit down with them. The boys exchange some witty banter with the Ghostfacers, and Sam and Dean warn them to leave town. In the meantime, the busboy gets in trouble with his manager for not doing his job properly.
The boys return to the motel to research, and Sam checks the Ghostfacers website where they discover the Ghostfacers latest obsession: Thinman. The boys argue about whether they are hunting a ghost or Thinman. Meanwhile, Ed and Harry return to Casey's bedroom to record some footage for their fans. They continue to discuss Harry's ex-girlfriend. A frustrated Ed says they should bail on the case, but Harry insists they need to find Thinman to make all the haters eat their words.
As the boys continue to research at the motel, Dean is still skeptical of the Thinman legend. They wonder how the photo ended up online, so they head to the police station to gather more information. They get assistance from Deputy Tom Norwood who has also been talking to the Ghostfacers about the possibility of a supernatural killer.
That night, at the diner, the manager is going through receipts when a mysterious figure comes up behind him and slits his throat.
The next day, Sam and Dean arrive at the diner to find the Ghostfacers are also there to investigate. Dean confronts Ed and Harry, about Thinman and possibility they created another Tulpa. Deputy Norwood shows them the security footage where a mysterious “Thinman” figure kills the restaurant manager.
Harry wants to search the woods for Thinman, but Ed isn't so sure. He suggests that Sam and Dean should take over because two people are dead. Harry insists on continuing the hunt.
At the motel, Sam and Dean are tossing around ideas and discussing the case. Dean brings up how when, as kids, they pretended to be Superman and Batman. They reminisce and laugh about how they jumped off the shed and Sam broke his arm, and how Dean rushed him to the hospital on the handlebars of his bike. Dean and Sam share a moment before the tension returns and Harry interrupts.
While Harry is in the woods looking for Thinman, Ed tells Sam and Dean his story. Harry was becoming wrapped up with his new girlfriend so Ed made up Thinman to keep Harry in the game. Sam insists that Ed tell Harry the truth because secrets ruin relationships. Meanwhile, Harry is attacked by Thinman who slashes Harry across the stomach. Sam, Dean, and Ed come to his rescue, and then they discover tire tracks which the Boys think may belong to whoever is pretending to be “Thinman.”
Ed tells Harry the truth about Thinman, and Harry is really, really mad. Harry says he can't trust Ed, and Ed leaves. Sam arrives and talks to Harry about secrets and whether they are forgivable. Sam believes this is something that Harry needs to decide for himself. Dean comes in and says they have a lead on the tire tracks so Sam and Dean leave. Then, Harry and Ed decide they will work together to fix the mess that Ed has created so they follow Sam and Dean.
At a warehouse, the boys meet Deputy Norwood who then tasers them from behind and ties them up. He then reveals that he and his friend, Roger, the busboy, are behind Thinman. They plan to kill Dean and Sam in order to continue the legend. Roger, disguised as Thinman, steps up to cut Dean's throat while Norwood records the act. A frantic Sam works to pick the lock of his handcuffs so that he can save Dean.
However, before any slicing occurs, a noise distracts Norwood and Roger who go to investigate. Ed and Harry trap “Thinman” but then Norwood captures Ed and Harry. When they return to where Sam and Dean were cuffed, they see that Sam and Dean have escaped. The boys attack Norwood and Roger. Dean captures Roger and coldly kills him. When Norwood pulls a gun on Sam and Harry, Ed shoots him to save Harry.
Harry and Ed discuss their relationship, and Sam and Dean watch as the Ghostfacers break up over a situation that mirrors their own. Harry leaves with the Boys as Ed sadly watches them. In the Impala, Harry laments that he thought Ed would always be there and they would grow old together. It's obvious that Sam and Dean can relate, but they say nothing.
- Crossroads Demon
- Devil's Trap
- Good Talk
- Men of Letters Bunker
- Serial Killers
- Table of Death
- The Veil
- "This House Is a Hotel" by The Wind + The Wave
- (playing in Casey Miles' bedroom before she is killed)
- "Ghostfacers Theme" by Christopher Lennertz & Ben Edlund
- (plays as Sam and Dean discover the Ghostfacers van; also played in 3.13 Ghostfacers)
- "Gwine to Run All Night, or De Camptown Races"
- (hummed by Deputy Norwood as he prepares the camera)
Ed: Says nobody...
Dean: Am I supposed to be impressed with that treasure trail or the lady gun you got hiding in your, uh, pants there?
Sam: I don't know. Um... Whoa. Check that out, though. That does kind of look like whatever was behind Casey Miles, right?
Harry: First of all, hell no. And -- and quit raining on my rainbow.
Ed: Rainbows can't happen without rain.
Sam: After you jumped first.
Dean: Hey, I was nine and I was dressed up like Superman, okay. Everybody knows that Batman can't fly.
Sam: Well I didn't know that. I broke my arm.
Dean: I know you did. Then I drove you to the ER on my handlebars.... good times.
Sam: Listen, if you don't tell him, he's gonna leave anyway. Trust me here. Secrets ruin relationships.
Ed: Okay, well, I'll just tell him when the time is right.
Dean: Time's right now, chief.
Ed: Well, he's -- he's not here. Uh, he's -- he's out in the woods, uh, searching for Thinman.
Sam: Okay, because Thinman, or whatever the hell this thing is, has killed two people, and now Harry is in the woods alone.
Harry: Ed, it’s pronounced meme.
Ed: It’s spelled M-E-M-E though.
Harry: The second E is silent.
Trivia & References
- The Mystery Machine was the van which Scooby-Doo and his fellow supernatural investigators - Daphne, Velma, Fred and Shaggy traveled around in.
- Menudo was a successful Latino boy-band from the 1980s.
- The Bad News Bears was a 1976 movie about a terrible Little League baseball team.
- A reference to the online retailer Amazon.com, where Sam and Dean can purchase a copy of the book The Skinny on Thinman which Ed and Harry authored.
- A reference to the erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
- A reference to Helicopter Shark, which was a widely circulated photo in 2001 which showed a great white shark leaping out of the water, attacking military personnel climbing into a helicopter.
- A reference to the purported sightings of Elvis all over the U.S. after his death.
Harry: We're gonna be on Dr. Phil.
- Dr. Phil is a self-help guru, with a syndicated television show.
- Medium was a TV series about a medium who works to solve crime with the District Attorney's office.
- Candid Camera was a long running hidden camera/practical joke reality show, that first aired in 1948.
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 high school coming-of-age comedy. It is pretty much guaranteed to be one of Dean's favorite movies.
- Jenga is a game that involves balancing wooden blocks to make a tower, and then removing blocks strategically to add to the top of the tower, without collapsing the structure.
- In the Scream movie franchise, a masked person kills people in the manner of horror movies, with the usual twist being that there are two killers wearing the mask.
- Dean: Yeah, well, like I said, people are sick.
The first instance was in 1.15 The Benders:
- Dean: Well, that’s the point. You know, with our usual playmates, there’s rules, there’s patterns. But with people, they’re just crazy.
- Dean: I’ll say it again—demons I get. People are crazy
The second was in 4.11 Family Remains:
- Dean: Wow, a story ripped from an Austrian headline. Humans, man. So she's been locked up her whole life?
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Episode synopsis by ksitetv
- Promo pics by seat42f
- Episode promo
- Sneak peek
- Interview with guest stars by the Calgary Herald