1.05 Bloody Mary

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Title Bloody Mary
Episode # Season 1, Episode 5
First aired October 11, 2005
Directed by Peter Ellis
Written by Teleplay:
Ron Milbauer
Terri Hughes Burton
Story:
Eric Kripke
On IMDB Bloody Mary
Outline Sam and Dean investigate what seems to be the legend of "Bloody Mary" come to life.
Monster Vengeful Spirit
Bloody Mary
Timeline Late November-31st of November, 2005 (speculation).
Location(s) Toledo, Ohio
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Synopsis

In Toledo, Ohio, three young girls are playing truth or dare. Lily’s dare is to say “Bloody Mary” three times in front of the bathroom mirror. The other girls scare her by banging on the door, and then Lily’s father, Steven Shoemaker, appears and tells them to be quiet. As he returns to his bedroom, a figure appears in every mirror he passes. When he looks in the bathroom mirror, his eyes start bleeding. His eldest daughter, Donna, later discovers him dead in a pool of blood.

In the Impala, Sam wakes from another nightmare about Jessica, which he won’t speak about. He and Dean visit the morgue and bribe the attendant so they can view Steven Shoemaker’s body. While the cause of death is unclear, his skull was full of blood and his eyeballs had liquefied.

Visiting the Shoemaker house following the funeral, Sam and Dean speak to Shoemaker’s daughters and Donna’s friends, Jill and Charlie. Lily reveals she feels responsible for his death after invoking Bloody Mary.

The boys look for clues in the bathroom, when Charlie finds them. They admit they think there is something suspicious about Steven’s death, and Sam gives Charlie his cell number in case she thinks of anything helpful.

Later that night, while on the phone to Charlie, Jill jokingly says “Bloody Mary” three times in front of the mirror. Soon after, Jill sits in front of a mirror and the eyes in the reflection in her mirror start bleeding and the reflection says “You did it. You killed that boy.” Jill’s own eyes start bleeding, and she dies.

Charlie reports Jill’s death to Sam and Dean and helps them get into Jill's bedroom. On the back of her mirror they find the name “Gary Bryman.” Research shows that he was a young boy killed in a hit and run – and the description of the car involved matches Jill’s car. At the Shoemaker house, they find the name “Linda Shoemaker” inscribed on the mirror, which was the name of Steven’s wife who died suspiciously after a sleeping pill overdose.

Dean starts researching all deaths of women called Mary who died in front of a mirror and finds the death in Indiana of Mary Worthington. The brothers travel to Indiana and speak to the police detective who worked on her case.

Mary was 19 when someone broke into her apartment, murdered her, and cut out her eyes with a knife. Before she died in front of a large mirror, she tried to spell out her killer's name but only managed the letters T-R-E. A surgeon named Trevor Sampson was suspected but nothing was ever proven and her murder went unsolved.

Although she was cremated, the boys postulate that Mary’s spirit was trapped in the mirror, which they found has been recently sold to a shop in Toledo.

Meanwhile, Donna and Charlie are in the school bathroom, where Donna says “Bloody Mary” three times. Charlie begins seeing the figure in reflective surfaces. Distraught, she seeks out Sam and Dean. She had a boyfriend who once threatened to kill himself if she left him. When she left, he committed suicide. Sam and Dean remove or cover all reflective surfaces in their motel room so Charlie can stay there.

Sam and Dean decide that to destroy Mary they need to summon her. Sam offers to do it because she seems to be targeting people associated with deaths who keep secrets. Dean argues that his guilt over Jessica’s death is misplaced and he's not keeping any secrets, but Sam says Dean does not know everything.

After summoning Mary, she appears, and Sam’s eyes start to bleed. His reflection accuses him of being responsible for Jessica’s death and reveals that he had nightmares about how she would die for days before the event, but failed to warn her.

Dean smashes the mirror, but Mary emerges from the frame, and accuses Dean of being responsible for people’s death. Finally Dean shows Mary her own reflection, who accuses her of killing people. Dean smashes the mirror and she disappears.

The boys take Charlie home, and Sam tells her not to feel guilty over her boyfriend’s death because she couldn't have prevented it. Dean tells Sam it's good advice. As they leave, Dean asks Sam what his secret was, but Sam refuses to tell him. Just then he sees Jessica, standing on a street corner in a long nightgown, before she disappears.

Characters

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Music

  • "Sugar, We're Going Down" by Fall Out Boy
(plays during Jill's encounter with Bloody Mary)
  • "Rock of Ages" by Def Leppard
(plays in the car, when they're talking about how Mary is connected to all the mirrors)
  • "Laugh, I Nearly Died" by The Rolling Stones
(plays at the end of the episode when Sam sees Jess on the side of the road)
  • "Bones into Dust" by Fred Haring
(plays at the end of the episode when Sam sees Jess on the side of the road; Netflix version)

Quotes

[Sam bribes the morgue attendant with money so he shows them a corpse]

Dean: Dude, I earned that money.
Sam: You won it in a poker game.

Dean: Yeah.
Sam: Why’d you let me fall asleep?

Dean: Cause I’m an awesome brother. So what did you dream about?

Sam: Lollipops and candy canes.
Sam: (referring to Jess' death) I don't blame you.

Dean: Well you shouldn't blame yourself, because there's nothing you could have done.
Sam: I could have warned her.
Dean: About what? You didn't know what was gonna happen! And besides, all of this isn't a secret, I mean I know all about it. It's not gonna work with Mary anyway.
Sam: No you don't.
Dean: I don't what?

Sam: You don't know all about it. I haven't told you everything.

Trivia & References

Bloody Mary's Ring-like visual imagery.
Filming location: George's Taverna in Steveston, Richmond, Canada (Jess, final scene)
A great deal of the aesthetic of the villain (Bloody Mary) in this episode is taken from the Japanese horror film and American remake, The Ring.
The episode is set in Eric Kripke's hometown - some names of characters in the dialogue are shout-outs to his friends.S1Com,p.37
Filming location: The flight of stairs used when Sam and Dean return from talking to the coroner were used a couple more times in Supernatural, namely in 1.11 Scarecrow and 2.01 In My Time of Dying.
Dean: Do I look like Paris Hilton?
Said while Sam is filming Dean with a camcorder. Most likely Dean was making a reference to Hilton's infamous sex video, which made the rounds on the internet. It's also perhaps a bit of meta, as Hilton and Jared Padalecki worked together in the film House of Wax.
Ironically four years later Paris Hilton appeared in 5.05 Fallen Idols.
Sam reveals that he dreamed of Jess's death before it happened. At the time it was unclear if this was a premonition or simply an unconscious manifestation of his fears about his mother's death. It is later revealed to be related to his powers.
Steven Shoemaker's funeral was on Wednesday 21st November, according to the newspaper Sam was reading.
In Sam's vision of Jess standing in the street she is wearing a long white nightgown.

Minutiae

This is the first episode to feature the starburst clock. Dean takes it off the wall when he is in the process of covering up all the reflective surfaces in the motel room. It shows up in quite a few episodes each season.

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