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
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

Definitions

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: I take it I was having a nightmare.

Dean: Yeah, another one.
Sam: Hey, at least I got some sleep.
Dean: You know, sooner or later we're gonna have to talk about this.
Sam: Are we here?

Dean: Yup. Welcome to Toledo, Ohio.
Sam: Might not be one of ours. Might just be some freak medical thing.

Dean: How many times in Dad's long and varied career has it actually been a freak medical thing and not some sign of an awful supernatural death?
Sam: Uh, almost never.

Dean: Exactly.
Lily: Right before he died, I said it.

Sam: You said what?
Lily: Bloody Mary, three times in the bathroom mirror... She took his eyes, that's what she does.
Donna: That's not why Dad died. This isn't your fault.
Dean: I think your sister's right, Lily. There's no way it could have been Bloody Mary. Your dad didn't say it, did he?

Lily: No, I don't think so.
Sam: The Bloody Mary legend... dad ever find any evidence that it was a real thing?

Dean: Not that I know of.
Sam: I mean, everywhere else all over the country, kids will play Bloody Mary, and as far as we know, nobody dies from it.
Dean: Yeah, well, maybe everywhere it's just a story, but here it's actually happening.

Sam: The place where the legend began?
Dean: All right, say Bloody Mary really is haunting this town. There's gonna be some sort of proof—Like a local woman who died nasty.

Sam: Yeah but a legend this widespread it's hard. I mean, there's like 50 versions of who she actually is. One story says she's a witch, another says she's a mutilated bride, there's a lot more.
Dean: All right so what are we supposed to be looking for?
Sam: Every version's got a few things in common. It's always a woman named Mary, and she always dies right in front of a mirror. So we've gotta search local newspapers—public records as far back as they go. See if we can find a Mary who fits the bill.
Dean: Well that sounds annoying.

Sam: No it won't be so bad, as long as we... I take it back. This will be very annoying.
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: Right. I mean there's a lot of folklore about mirrors-that they reveal all your lies, all your secrets, that they're a true reflection of your soul, which is why it's bad luck to break them.

Dean: Right, right. So maybe if you've got a secret, I mean like a really nasty one where someone died, then Mary sees it, and punishes you for it.

Sam: Whether you're the one that summoned her or not.
Dean: Isn't there an old superstition that says mirrors can capture spirits?

Sam: Yeah there is. Yeah, when someone would die in a house people would cover up the mirrors so the ghost wouldn't get trapped.

Dean: So Mary dies in front of a mirror, and it draws in her spirit.
Sam's Reflection: You never told her the truth—who you really were. But it's more than that, isn't it? Those nightmares you've been having of Jessica dying, screaming, burning—You had them for days before she died. Didn't you!?! You were so desperate to ignore them, to believe they were just dreams. How could you ignore them like that? How could you leave her alone to die!?! You dreamt it would happen!!!
[Dean smashes the mirror]

Dean: Hey Sam?
Sam: Yeah?

Dean: This has got to be like... what? 600 years of bad luck?

Trivia & References

The title of the episode, "Bloody Mary" refers to the urban legend of the same name.
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.
Bloody Mary's Ring-like visual imagery.

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
Sam: Hey, night vision. Perfect.

Dean: Do I look like Paris Hilton?

Reference to Paris 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.

Minutiae

Filming Locations: George's Taverna in Steveston, Richmond, Canada (Jess, final scene). 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.
Steven Shoemaker's funeral was on Wednesday 21st November, according to the newspaper Sam was reading.
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.
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.
In Sam's vision of Jess standing in the street, she is wearing a long white nightgown.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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