2.04 Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

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Title Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
Episode # Season 2, Episode 4
First aired 19 October, 2006
Directed by Kim Manners
Written by Raelle Tucker
On IMDB http://imdb.com/title/tt0837741/
Outline 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.
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At Sam’s insistence, the brother’s travel to their mother’s grave, where Sam buries his father’s dog tags. Dean notices a circle of dead plants over a nearby grave belonging to a girl called Angela, killed recently in a car accident.

As they investigate the circumstances surrounding Angela’s death, Dean becomes aggressive and upset as he suspects someone has raised her from the dead. He denies Sam’s accusations that he is acting out of his unresolved grief.

Finally the boys lure the undead Angela to the cemetery, where Dean stakes and kills her – with the words “what’s dead should stay dead”.

On a lonely stretch of mountain road, Dean pulls the Impala over. He admits to Sam that he feels responsible for John’s death as he believes that somehow John traded his life for Dean’s.


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Timeline & Locations


  • Dean Winchester
  • Sam Winchester
  • Angela Mason (undead woman)
  • Dr Mason (Angela's father, professor of Ancient Greek)
  • Neil (Angela's friend)
  • Matt (Angela's boyfriend)
  • Lindsey (Angela's roommate)


  • The voiceover on the porn Sam is watching in the motel room is "Next on the Skin Channel, Casa Erotica Four. A tale of two Latin beauties..."


Dean: Neil it's your greif counselors we’ve come to hug.

Pad of Definitions

Additional definitions provided by fans


  • Dean says to Dr. Mason, "Haven't you seen Pet Sematary?" - Dean is referring to the Stephen King film, Pet Sematary.
  • Dean presents himself to Lindsey as "Alan Stanwyk". - Alan Stanwyk is the name of a character in the 80’s comedy movie Fletch.
  • Dean to Sam, "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 Pinkwhere the character Duckie pines for his best friend Andie.
  • Sam: "Yeah. An empty one. You think Angela's going after somebody?, Dean: "Nah, I think she went out to rent Beaches." - Beaches is a chick-flick movie from 1988.


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