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2.05 Simon Said


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Title Simon Said
Episode # Season 2, Episode 5
First aired October 26, 2006
Directed by Tim Iacofano
Written by Ben Edlund
On IMDB Simon Said
Outline Sam and Dean meet Andy, a slacker who has psychic powers of persuasion that he uses to gain favors from people.
Monster Special Children
Timeline
Location(s) Nebraska
Guthrie, Oklahoma
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Synopsis

After Sam has a vision of a man committing suicide, he and Dean travel to Harvelle's Roadhouse and seek help from Ash. Using a logo Sam remembers from a bus in his vision, Ash helps him determine the events in his vision took place in Guthrie Oklahoma. Sam asks Ash to see if there are any records of a fire starting in a nursery in 1983. Ash finds that Andrew Gallagher lost his mother in a fire when he was six months old, in a close parallel to Sam’s own history. Jo asks to accompany the boys, but Dean, admitting he is scared of Ellen, refuses.

Once in Guthrie, Sam and Dean track down Andy, but when they search Andy's van they find nothing to suggest he is the killer. While Dean keeps an eye on him, Sam follows the man he saw in his vision. Sam manages to stop the events of his vision, only for the man to die after walking in front of a bus.

Andy uses his power of mind control to get Dean to give him the Impala, and later to get Dean to speak truthfully about what he and Sam are doing. Sam, however, is immune to Andy’s power and starts interrogating him, when he has another vision of a woman dousing herself in gas before setting herself on fire. While Sam talks to Andy, Dean follows the sound of police sirens and finds a woman has just died in the way Sam foresaw.

When they discover that it was Andy’s adoptive mother who died when he was six months old, the boys search the birth records and discover Andy’s birth mother was the woman who died that day – and that he has a twin brother, Ansem. They are further surprised when it turned out that Ansem is actually a guy that Andy knows as Weber, who has recently befriended him.

Ansem has tracked Andy down, and has been killing people important to Andy. He is about to kill Andy’s ex-girlfriend Tracey when Sam and Andy confront him. Just as Ansem is about to make Dean shoot himself, Andy kills him.

Sam is distressed that the children with abilities like him seem destined to become killers. Back at the Roadhouse, Ellen confronts them to reveal the truth of Sam’s abilities, which they do. They also reveal the disturbing news – Ansem’s mother didn’t die when he was six months old, thus breaking the pattern and leaving them unable to track the Special Children.

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Music

  • "Women's Wear" by Daniel May
(plays while Doc looks at guns, then kills the shop owner, Dennis)
  • "Tired of Crying" by Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
(plays when Dean and Sam look for 'Dr. Badass' at the roadhouse)
  • "Uncle John" by Eric Lindell
(play when Sam is asking Ash to search for house fires)
  • "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon
(the song Jo plays at the Roadhouse that Dean scoffs at; Dean later sings it in the car)
  • "Stonehenge" by Spinal Tap
(played when we first see Andy Gallagher's van)
  • "Fell on Black Days" by Soundgarden
(plays as the episode closes, as Ellen gets whiskey for the boys)

Quotes

Dean: Hey, Dr. Badass?

Ash: Sam? Dean? Sam and Dean.
Sam: Hey Ash. Um. We need your help.

Ash: Well, hell then. Guess I need my pants.
Dean: REO Speedwagon?

Jo: Damn right REO. Kevin Cronin sings it from the heart.

Dean: He sings it from the hair. There's a difference.
Jo: I could help

Dean: I'm sure you could. But we've got to handle this one ourselves. Besides, if I ran off with you I think your mother might kill me.
[Ellen, cleaning glasses behind the bar, looks at him. He smiles nervously]
Jo: You're afraid of my mother?

Dean: I think so.
Andy: '67? Impala's best year if you ask me. This is a serious classic.

Dean: Yeah. I just rebuilt it too. Can't let a car like this one go.
Andy: Damn straight! Hey, can I have it?

Dean: Sure, man! [gets out of the car] Hop right in there... there you go.
Sam: Dean! Andy's got the Impala!

Dean: I know! He just sorta asked me for it and I let him take it.
Sam: You what?!

Dean: He full-on Obi-Waned me! It's mind control, man!
Dean: [opens the trunk to Andy's van] Oh, come on... This is magnificent, that's what this is. Not exactly a serial killer's lair though. There's no clown paintings on the wall, scissors stuck in victims' photos. I like the tiger...

Sam: [picks up a book] Hegel, Kant, Wittgenstein, that's some pretty heavy reading, Dean.

Dean: Yeah. [picks up big glass bong] And Moby Dick's bong.
Andy: Hey! You think I haven't seen you two? Why are you following me?

Sam: Well, we're lawyers. See, a relative of yours has passed away...
Andy: Tell the truth!
Dean: We hunt demons.
Andy: What?
Dean: Demons and spirits. Things your worst nightmares wouldn't even touch. Sam here, he's my brother...
Sam: Dean, shut up!
Dean: I'm trying. He's psychic, kind of like you. Well, not really like you. See, he thinks you're a murderer, and he's afraid that he's going to become one himself, 'cause you're all part of something that's terrible. I hope to hell that he's wrong, but I'm starting to get a little scared that he might be right.
Andy: Just leave me alone!

Dean: Okay
Andy: I have... an evil... twin.
Sam: You know, I heard you before, Dean, when Andy made you tell the truth. You're just as scared of this as I am.

Dean: That was mind control! I mean, it's like, that's like being roofied, man, that doesn't count.
Sam: What?
Dean: No. I'm, I'm calling do-over.

Sam: What are you, seven?

Trivia & References

In this episode, the Winchesters realize that Weber/Ansem does not fit the pattern of the Special Children: His foster mother does not die in a nursery fire. His birth mother kills herself in this episode by setting herself on fire at the gas station.
After hearing REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" on the jukebox (a tune picked by Jo, possibly as a subtle flirtation), Dean is singing the song as he and Sam drive off. Jensen Ackles has sung back-up vocals on tracks by his friends musicians Steve Carlson and Jason Mann. He also sang "Crazy Love' with Jason at the Asylum Convention in 2007.
Dean: He full-on Obi-Wan-ed me!
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a character from Star Wars who can use The Force for telekinesis as well as mind control (Jedi mind tricks).
Andy: These aren't the droids you're looking for.
This is another Star Wars reference from the first Star Wars movie "A New Hope." The words are muttered by Obi-Wan Kenobi while doing a Jedi mind trick to a security guard when he and Luke Skywalker (accompanied by the droids R2D2 and C-3PO) try to get into the town of Mos Eisley.
The "Stonehenge" song that plays under the scene when Andy's van is first discovered is one of the fake hits of the fictional band chronicled in the mockumentary/rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.
This is the first episode in which Sam is seen wearing his cast.
The title of the episode refers to the children's game "Simon says." See also The Meaning of Episode Titles.
Another Star Wars reference from the first Star Wars movie "A New Hope": the license plate of Andy's van is "RU-OBI-1" or "Are you Obi Wan".
Sam: You had OJ convicted before he got out of his white Bronco and you have doubts about this?
A reference to the OJ Simpson murder case, in which he infamously led authorities on a chase for hours on Southern California highways while riding in a white Ford Bronco.
Sam: Hegel, Kant, Wittgenstein, that's some pretty heavy reading, Dean.
According to the books Sam finds in the Andy's van, Andy is a big fan of German philosophers Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Immanuel Kant, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.


Weber: She's garbage! Man, they all are! We can, we can push them, we can make them do whatever we want!
Weber's description of their mind control powers as "pushing" may be a reference to The X-Files, in the episodes "Pusher" and "Kitsunegari"; that character, Robert Patrick Modell, could "push" other people to do things against their own will, even suicide.

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