2.02 Everybody Loves a Clown

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Promotional image for Everybody Loves a Clown.
Title Everybody Loves a Clown
Episode # Season 2, Episode 2
First aired 5 October, 2006
Directed by Philip Sgriccia
Written by John Shiban
On IMDB http://imdb.com/title/tt0829062/
Outline After listening to a message on John's cell phone from a woman named Ellen, Sam and Dean decide to track her down.
Location(s) Nebraska
South Dakota
Medford, Wisconsin
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Staying with Bobby after leaving hospital, Dean is consumed with repairing the Impala, and refuses to discuss John’s death. Sam finds an old message on John’s cell phone and they track it down to Harvelle’s Roadhouse. Here they meet Ellen Harvelle and her daughter [[Jo] who, to the boys’ surprise, knew their father and know all about demons. Another regular at the Roadhouse, Ash, offers to help analyze John’s research on the Yellow-Eyed Demon.

While waiting for Ash to complete his work, the boys investigate a series of murders that have occurred while a circus is in town. They continue to clash over how they are dealing with their grief.

After killing the Rakshasa responsible for the deaths, the boys return to the Roadhouse where Ash has set up a computer program to alert them to appearances of the Yellow-Eyed Demon.

Back at Bobby’s, Sam admits that he is not dealing with John’s death, but charges that Dean isn’t either. As Sam leaves, Dean picks up a tire iron and with rage and grief smashes into the Impala.


See the Music page also.

  • The Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today
  • Three Dog Night - Shambala
  • Captain & Tennille - Do That To Me One More Time

Timeline & Locations

  • Early in the episode Dean and Sam are at Bobby's. The events of Devil's Trap occur on November 2, 2006 (see Timeline). It's debateable how long the Winchesters spent in the hospital, but they spend 1 week at Bobby's before leaving to find Ellen. [This] is what Medford looks like in November, and it is therefore possible that they have either spent several months in recovery, or the area is experiencing a very unusual warm spell.



The writer of this episode John Sihban wrote for the X-Files. Ken Kramer who plays Mr Cooper appeared in three X-Files episodes (as different characters) and Chad Lindberg (Ash) also appeared in one epsiode.

A Rakshasa featured in the 1974 TV series The Night Stalker - the predecessor of both The X-Files and Supernatural.


Dean (to Sam): You know what? You're right. Come here. I'm gonna lay my head gently on your shoulder. Maybe we can cry, hug, and maybe even slow dance

Dean (on his minivan ride): This is humiliating. I feel like a friggin' soccer mom!

Ash (on Dean admiring his haircut): All business up front, party in the back.

Jo: Most hunters come through that door think they can get in my pants with some... pizza, a six pack, and side one of Zeppelin IV.

Dean: Planes crash! Sam: And apparently clowns kill!

Dean (to Sam): I just think it's really interesting, this sudden obedience you have to Dad. It's like, oh, what would Dad want me to do? Sam, you spent your entire life slugging it out with that man. I mean, hell, you, you picked a fight with him the last time you ever saw him. And now that he's dead, now you want to make it right? Well, I'm sorry Sam, but you can't, it's too little, too late.

Sam (to Dean): About me and dad. I'm sorry that the last time I was with him I tried to pick a fight. I'm sorry that I spent most of my life angry at him. I mean for all I know, he died thinking that I hate him. So you're right -what I'm doing right now, it's too little. It's too late. I miss him, man. And I feel guilty as hell. And I'm not all right. Not at all. But neither are you. That much I know.

Pad of Definitions

Additional defitions provided by fans:


  • After the teaser Dean and Sam are at their father's funeral pyre. The way it is shot is a visual reference to the end of Return of the Jedi when Luke burns the body (or suit) of his father, Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker.
  • Ash says, "I'm on it like Divine on dog dookie." This is a reference to a John Waters film, Pink Flamingos, in which infamous transvestite Divine eats dog faeces. Pink Flamingos is widely considered the epitome of Bad Taste films, and arguably it's Ash who makes this reference because he seems to fit the trash demographic Waters portrays and celebrates in his films.

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