While Dean helps Bobby work on the Colt, Sam finds some demonic omens and two unusual deaths in Elizabethville, Ohio. The brothers investigate, posing as insurance agents as they speak to Father Gil, who witnessed one of the deaths – a suicide in his church. They find the town full of people partying and gambling.
As they check into a hotel, they run into Richie, a hunter Dean has worked with before. On a tip from him, they go to check out a bar owned by Trotter, a local businessman. While in the bar, one man shoots another for sleeping with his wife, but he is not possessed. After the kerfuffle dies down, they discover Richie has disappeared. Casey, a bartender at Trotter’s, has taken Richie to the basement in a home owned by her parents, where she kills him. She is possessed.
Meanwhile, Bobby is testing the Colt when Ruby arrives, and offers to help him make it capable of killing demons again.
While Dean searches for Richie, Sam investigates Trotter, breaking into his office. He splashes Trotter with holy water, but he appears to be just a human, and Sam leaves to find Dean. Dean has gone with Casey to her basement. He discovered that she killed Richie and has hidden a devil's trap under a rug, which traps her. Dean tries to exorcise the demon from her, but she destroys the exorcism book, and then traps him in the basement with her by causing a cave-in at the entrance.
She reveals to him that she only encouraged Trotter to introduce things like gambling and prostitution - the behaviour in Elizabethville is mainly due to humans’ natural instincts. She also tells him that the Yellow-eyed Demon was actually Azazel. Since his death, the demon hordes that escaped the Devil's Gate in Wyoming are in chaos, since Sam did not take on the role Azazel had planned for him: to lead the demon army. She tells Dean that demons believe in a higher power – Lucifer. Dean and Casey continue to talk, and she develops some respect for Dean.
Sam finds out where Casey lives, and searches the house without finding Dean, but their are traces of sulfur, indicating a demonic presence. He calls Bobby to tell him about this, before returning to Trotter’s bar, where he enlists the help of Father Gil to find Casey and Dean, not realizing that the priest is also possessed by a demon.
When Sam and Father Gil arrive, Dean tries to warn Sam about him. Bobby arrives, but Father Gil attacks him and then Sam. Father Gil breaks into the basement and releases Casey, revealing they have been lovers for centuries. He is about to kill Dean, despite Casey’s protestations, when Sam arrives and kills him and Casey with the Colt.
Afterward, the town hasn’t changed much. Dean confesses to Bobby what Azazel told him – that Sam came back ‘not quite right’, but Bobby rejects his concerns.
As Sam prepares to leave, Ruby appears and congratulates him on killing the demons. Sam reminds her that he killed two people in the process, and this upsets him. When he threatens her with the Colt, she again reminds him she can help with Dean’s deal.
- "Run Through the Jungle" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
- (plays over the entire scene when Dean and Sam go to the bar for the first time, up until Dean stops the shooter)
- "Bad Seed" by Brimstone Howl
- (plays while Dean and Sam talk in the bar; Dean is worried about Richie)
- (plays when the prostitute tries to pick Dean up at the bar)
- "Did You See It?" by Mother Superior
- (plays in the bar when Sam is looking for Dean)
Dean: There's got to be a demon or two in South Beach.
Sam: Sorry, Hef. Maybe next time.
Richie: I got to hit the head. Release the hostages. Be back in a few.
No way he gets a girl like that. I mean, look at her. You could fit that ass on a nickel.
Father Gil: You think so?
Dean: Oh. Sorry,padre.
Knew you boys would find your way here. They all do.
A certain bartender owes me a confession.
Casey: Not in this lifetime, Father.
I better see your butt on Sunday. (looks at Dean)
Nickel or no nickel.
You sure you wouldn't be more comfortable in a bedroom, or my motel room? I mean, not for nothing, but you know... I got oils.
Casey: But I have toys.
Yeah, no, toys trump oils.
Dean: What are you laughing at, bitch? You're still trapped.
Casey: So are you...bitch.
Casey: Do you believe in god, Dean? I'd be surprised if you did.
Dean: I don't know. I'd like to.
Trivia & References
is the name of a comic title by Frank Miller (a movie adaptation
was done in 2005). In the comic "Sin City" is the nickname of the fictional Basin City which is ruled over by prostitutes and other seedy and shady characters. "Sin City" is also the name of an AC/DC song
on the 1978 album Powerage
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The guy who Sam says went "postal in a hobby shop" and Dean describes as a "psycho scrapbooker" is revealed by Father Gil to be Tony Perkins. Tony Perkins
was the actor who starred as Norman Bates in the Alfred Hitchcock horror classic 
Sam calls Dean "Hef" when he wishes there was demonic activity in South Beach, referring to Hugh Hefner
, founder of the Playboy empire. Jensen Ackles once dated a Playboy model - Joanna Krup.
Two months ago, we open up the Devil's Gate, all of a sudden this town turns into Margaritaville? It's no coincidence.
- Sam refers to Elizabethville as "Margaritaville", which was the name of a Jimmy Buffet song, about a lazy tropical life full of cocktails and pretty girls.
How much is "forget about it"?
Richie: Ah, forget about it.
- In the movie Donnie Brasco about an FBI agent who infiltrates the mob, an FBI technician asks what "forget about it" means. Donnie explains:
- Forget about it is like if you agree with someone, you know, like Raquel Welch is one great piece of ass, forget about it. But then, if you disagree, like a Lincoln is better than a Cadillac? Forget about it! you know? But then, it's also like if something's the greatest thing in the world, like mingia those peppers, forget about it. But it's also like saying Go to hell! too. Like, you know, like "Hey Paulie, you got a one inch pecker?" and Paulie says "Forget about it!" Sometimes it just means forget about it.
Sure. You Winchester boys are famous. Not Lohan famous, but,you know...
- A reference to the actress who often features in the tabloids, Lindsay Lohan. She was previously mentioned in 2.09 Croatoan.
So Trotter built it and, man, did they come.
- A reference to the movie Field of Dreams where an Iowa farmer, Ray Kinsella, hears a voice in his corn field that tells him, "If you build it, he will come." He interprets this message as an instruction to build a baseball field on his farm, upon which appear the ghosts of eight Chicago White Sox players.
First reference to Lucifer in the series. Also the first time the Yellow Eyed Demon's name is revealed.
So, you see? Is my kind really all that different than yours?
Dean: Well, except that, uh, demons are evil.
Casey: …and humans are such a lovable bunch. Dick Cheney.
Dean: He one of yours?
Casey: Not yet. Let's just say he's got a parking spot reserved for him downstairs.
- A reference to then-U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. Dean later made reference to him in 4.03 In the Beginning.
The song "Hotel California" by the Eagles, about an overly glamorous and material lifestyle, contains a line about mirrors on the ceiling - which Sam and Dean found on the ceiling of their motel room.
This episode is the only one in which Bobby and Ruby interact.
The establishing aerial shot of the Impala
traveling through green fields dotted with livestock was also used in 1.06 Skin
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