2.04 Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things
|Title||Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things|
|Episode #||Season 2, Episode 4|
|First aired||October 19, 2006|
|Directed by||Kim Manners|
|Written by||Raelle Tucker|
|On IMDB||Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things|
|Outline||Dean and Sam investigate the murder of a college student who has come back from the dead to seek revenge on those who mistreated her while she was alive.|
|Timeline||Late August, 2006|
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At Sam’s insistence, the brothers travel to Greenville Cemetery to visit their mother’s grave, where Sam buries their father’s dog tags. Dean notices a circle of dead vegetation around a nearby grave belonging to a girl named Angela Mason, killed recently in a car accident. Dean suspects there may be something supernatural at work, but Sam charges that his interest is simply part of Dean’s ongoing refusal to deal with his grief over their father’s death.
Sam agrees to investigate Angela’s death, but a visit to Angela’s father doesn’t provide any clues as to what may be going on. After an argument with Sam, Dean goes on his own to Angela’s apartment. Her roommate Lindsey is distraught - not only over Angela’s death, but also over the death of Angela’s boyfriend Matt Harrison, who apparently slit his own throat the previous night.
Dean manages to flip through Angela’s diary, which discloses that she had a confidant called Neil. He and Sam visit Neil, who reveals that Matt was having an affair which Angela discovered on the night of her death. Returning to her grave, the boys disinter her coffin to find it not only empty, but with Greek symbols engraved inside it. Suspecting that her father, a classics professor, may have constructed a ritual to raise her from the dead, the boys visit him again. Dean becomes aggressive and upset with Dr. Mason, although he continues to deny Sam’s accusations that he is losing control.
Dean decides Neil may have had a crush on Angela and raised her as a zombie. On returning to Neil’s house, they find no one home, but the house contains signs of a recent supernatural presence. They return to Angela’s apartment just in time to save Lindsey, guilty of having an affair with Angela's boyfriend, from being killed by Angela, who escapes. Sam and Dean find Neil and explain they have a plan to return Angela to death. Angela overhears, and after the boys leave, she kills Neil and pursues the boys to the cemetery.
At the graveyard, Sam lures her to her grave, where Dean stakes her inside her coffin. The boys leave town, but on a lonely mountain road, Dean stops the car. He apologizes to Sam for the way he has been acting. Dean is upset because he is convinced that John exchanged his life, and the Colt, for Dean’s life, and he is struggling to cope with feeling responsible for John’s death.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- John Winchester
- Mary Winchester
- Angela Mason
- Dr. Mason
- Matt Harrison
- Campbell Family
- Casa Erotica
- Dean's Amulet
- Dean's Leather Jacket
- John's Journal
- Silver Bullets
- Table of Death
- "Sad Girl" by Supergrass
- (plays at the beginning when Neil plays the emo music)
Dean: I dunno. Unholy ground, maybe?
Dean: What? If something evil happened there, it could easily poison the ground. Remember the, the farm outside of Cedar Rapids?
Sam: Yeah, b-
Sam: Burn the bones? Are you high? Angela died last week!
Sam: No, you don't. At all. Dean, I don't scare easy, but man, you're scaring the crap out of me.
Dean: Don't be over dramatic, Sam.
Dean: I can take care of myself, thanks.
Sam: No, you can't. And you know what? You're the only one who thinks you should have to. You don't have to handle this on your own, Dean, no one can.
Dean: Sam, if you bring up Dad's death one more time I swear...
Sam: No, Dean, I'm telling you there's too much. I mean, there's a hundred different legends on the walking dead, but they all have different methods for killing them. Some say -- setting them on fire, uh, one said, where is it? Right here. Feeding their hearts to wild dogs. That's my personal favorite. I mean, who knows what's real and what's myth?
Dean: Yeah, something, but not enough. What else you got?
Neil: You're crazy.
Trivia & References
- A reference to the Stephen King novel and film, Pet Sematary, in which a grieving father buries his young son's body in an ancient Indian burial ground and it comes back as a zombie.
Sam: Dude, you've been watching way too many Romero flicks.
- This is a reference to George A. Romero, director of many zombie films most famously, Night of the Living Dead & Dawn of the Dead. Romero created many of the modern zombie rules, which include only being able to stop them with a head shot.
- A reference to the movie Pretty in Pink where the character Duckie pines for his best friend Andie.
Dean: Nah, I think she went out to rent Beaches.
- Beaches is a chick-flick movie from 1988. Chuck Shurley says Beaches is his favorite movie in 5.09 The Real Ghostbusters.
- Likely a reference to Desi Arnaz's famous line "Lucy! I'm home!" from the 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 2.04 Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (transcript)
- Casting sides for Angela Mason
- Casting sides for Neil
- SPN Heavy Meta Season Two Meta Index
- 2.04 Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things – Or Be Dead Things Brought Back to Life by bardicvoice (October 2006); archive link
- Bond, Silvia. 2008. Emotional Rescue (And Lots of Yummy Closeups): "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" Season 2, Episode 4. Pink Raygun, June 10; archive link