3.08 A Very Supernatural Christmas
|Title||A Very Supernatural Christmas|
|Episode #||Season 3, Episode 8|
|First aired||December 13, 2007|
|Directed by||J. Miller Tobin|
|Written by||Jeremy Carver|
|On IMDB||A Very Supernatural Christmas|
|Outline||As Christmas approaches, people are disappearing up their chimneys.|
|Timeline||December 22nd-25th, 2007|
|Location(s)|| Seattle, Washington (teaser)|
Broken Bow, Nebraska (flashback)
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One Year Ago, Seattle, Washington
A man visits his grandson at Christmas. As he dresses as Santa, he hears a noise on the roof. As his grandson watches on in horror, he is yanked up the chimney and his bloody boot falls into the fireplace.
Present Day, Ypsilanti, Michigan
In the guise of FBI agents, Sam and Dean are in Ypsilanti, Michigan visiting Mrs. Walsh whose husband has disappeared. The only clue they find is a bloody tooth in the fireplace. Sam finds out he is the second man in the town to disappear, and speculates that they may be dealing with an evil Santa, as there are many legends, such as that of Krampus, about a being who punishes the wicked at Christmas.
The boys check out "Santa's Village" which both men visited before they disappeared. Dean says that he’d like to celebrate Christmas but Sam refuses.
Flashback to Broken Bow, Nebraska, 1991
Young Sam and Dean are in a motel room, waiting for their father to return. Sam is wrapping a present for his Dad, which he got from Uncle Bobby and is asking questions about John – what he does, where he goes. Dean brushes off the questions, but gets angry when Sam asks about their mother.
At Santa's Village, Sam and Dean observe the man who is playing Father Christmas, who walks with a limp and smells of candy just like legend says the evil Santa does. That night the boys stake out the man’s trailer. Dean pushes Sam again, about why he doesn’t want to celebrate Christmas. When they hear a scream from inside the trailer they enter, armed, but find a disheveled 'Santa' watching porn, with a large bong and a bottle of liquor on hand. To cover their mistake, they pretend to be carolers, and sing an out-of-tune, and poorly remembered, version of "Silent Night".
Elsewhere the same night, another man is taken, up the chimney, in a sack. When Sam and Dean investigate the next day, Sam notices the family has the same unusual wreath over the fireplace that he saw in the Walsh house.
Sam identifies the plant in the wreath as meadowsweet – an herb used in pagan rites to summon gods to a human sacrifice. Sam concludes they’re looking for the pagan God of the Winter Solstice, who grants clement weather.
Back at the motel, Dean again suggests that they celebrate Christmas. When Sam asks why, given that he hasn't mentioned it for years, Dean admits that he wants to celebrate this year as it his last year. Sam responds that he can't celebrate for that very reason.
Flashback to 1991
Young Sam reveals to Dean that he has read John's Journal, and asks whether monsters are real. Dean reluctantly confirms that they are, but that their father is a hunter who kills them. Sam is upset and afraid that the monsters will come after them.
The next day Sam and Dean visit Madge and Edward Carrigan, who appear to be the perfect suburban couple. Further research reveals that they were in Seattle the previous year when three men disappeared. Bobby advises them that spears made of evergreen wood will kill them.
The boys return to the Carrigan house and in the basement find human remains, and the latest victim, still in a sack. Madge and Edward attack them, knock them out and take them captive.
The boys wake up bound to chairs in the kitchen. The Carrigans confirm that they are pagan gods who, since the rise of Christianity, have been trying to blend into human society, taking only a few human victims each year. They start the ritual sacrifice, taking blood from Sam and Dean and pulling out one of Sam's fingernails. They are interrupted by a neighbor at the front door, just as they are about to extract one of Dean's teeth, and when they return, Sam and Dean have escaped. A fight ensues and the boys kill the Carrigans with stakes made from branches of a Christmas tree.
Flashback to 1991
Dean wakes Sam and explains that while he was sleeping, John returned and left a tree and presents. When Sam opens his presents – a Barbie and a sparkly baton – he challenges Dean, who admits he stole them from a house down the street. Sam wants to give Dean the present meant for his father. Dean at first refuses, but then accepts. It is the amulet that he wears to this day.
Dean returns from buying beer to find that Sam has decorated the motel room with a tree (hung with air fresheners), and made eggnog. The boys exchange presents, all bought from the local gas station. Dean gives Sam porn magazines and shaving cream, and Sam gives Dean oil for the car and a candy bar. Sam starts to say something, but is overcome with the emotion of the moment, and instead suggests they watch a football game on TV.
- "The Twelve Days of Christmas (Instrumental)"
- plays at the beginning in the 'Seattle, Washington, one year ago' teaser
- "All Because of Mr. Santa Claus" by Hal David & John Cacavas (Bruton Music / APM Music)
- plays when Sam and Dean first enter Santa's Village
- "Jingle Bells"
- plays during the first flashback scene
- "Silent Night"
- the...interpretive...version Sam and Dean sing when they pretend to be carolers
- "Silent Night"
- plays during the second attack, when the child witnesses his father being taken up the chimney
- "Joy to the World (Instrumental)"
- Dean and Sam question Mrs. Caldwell about her husband's disappearance
- "Deck the Halls"
- Dean and Sam question the shopkeeper about the wreaths
- "Sleigh Ride (Instrumental)"
- Dean and Sam ask Madge Carrigan about her wreaths
- "O, Come, All Ye Faithful (Choral)"
- Sam and Dean break into the Carrigan house
- "O, Come, All Ye Faithful (Instrumental)"
- plays when Dean and Sam are snooping around the Carrigan house
- "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
- plays before the Pagan Gods torture Sam and Dean
- "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Rosemary Clooney
- plays at the end, when Sam gives Dean his Christmas
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