3.10 Dream a Little Dream of Me
|Title||Dream a Little Dream of Me|
|Episode #||Season 3, Episode 10|
|First aired||February 7, 2008|
|Directed by||Steve Boyum|
|Written by|| Teleplay:|
|On IMDB||Dream a Little Dream of Me|
|Outline||Sam & Dean enter Bobby's dreams to fight an interloper who's preventing him from waking.|
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Bobby is looking around in an old house when a woman jumps out and attacks him. Suddenly the scene cuts to a maid entering a motel room, unable to wake a sleeping Bobby. Sam is in a bar drinking alone and Dean enters, wondering why he’s drinking whiskey at two in the afternoon. Sam admits he’s upset about being unable to save Dean, because Dean doesn't want to be saved. He asks his brother how he could care so little about himself. Dean gets a call on his phone before answering.
At the hospital, Bobby is in a coma and the doctor tells them he doesn't know what’s causing it or how to treat it. Sam and Dean check Bobby’s motel room and find his research clippings in the closet, along with an article about a neurologist, Doctor Walter Gregg, who died by going to sleep and not waking up. Sam stays behind to research while Dean goes to Dr. Gregg’s office. Dean talks to the doctor's lab assistant, who reveals under insistent questioning that the doctor had been conducting secret sleep experiments. Dean eventually finds a young man who was part of this sleep study and he offers Dean a beer, which Dean gratefully accepts. The man has a condition where he doesn't dream, and the study allowed him to dream by drinking a disgusting yellow tea.
Back in Bobby’s hospital room, Sam tells Dean about African Dream Root, which allows people to enter other people's dreams. They surmise that this was the tea used in the experiments, and that someone killed the doctor this way and is now going after Bobby. Meanwhile, in his dream, Bobby is screaming, hiding in a closet from whomever's after him. Dean suggests to Sam that they take the Dream Root and get inside Bobby’s dream to save him. Sam points out it is hard to come by, so Dean suggests contacting Bela.
Sam is on the computer and hears a knock at the door. Bela comes in wearing a beige trench coat and takes off the coat, revealing lingerie underneath. She kisses Sam and they land on the bed in a heat of passion, just before Dean shouts to Sam to wake up. Sam wakes up rattled, especially when Dean mentions Bela. There’s a knock at the door and Bela enters for real, freaking Sam out more. She gives Dean the African Dream Root, claiming she’s doing this for Bobby because he saved her life in Flagstaff. Dean kicks her out.
Sam makes two glasses of tea and puts some of Bobby’s hair in them so they can enter his dream. They drink and find themselves in a version of Bobby’s house. Sam goes outside and enters a bright technicolor world full of flowers and birds singing. The door slams behind him, separating him from Dean. Dean searches the house and finds Bobby in the closet. He tells Bobby this is a dream, but Bobby doesn't believe him. A woman approaches them with stab marks all over her, scaring Bobby. Bobby tells Dean that the woman is his wife.
The woman confronts Bobby over why he stabbed her, and Bobby claims she was possessed and he didn't know how to save her back then. Dean pulls him away. Outside, Sam gets whacked with a baseball bat and sees the man from the dream study, who’s angry to find Sam there. Inside, Dean convinces Bobby to take control of the dream and the woman disappears. They all wake up a split second before Sam gets his head bashed in.
At the hospital, Dean asks Bobby about his wife. Bobby explains that everyone gets into hunting somehow, and he thanks Dean for saving him. Sam says he can’t find the man in the dream. Bobby explains that his name is Jeremy Frost, and he wasn't able to dream because his dad bashed his head in with a baseball bat. Jeremy was able to get into Bobby's dream by offering him a beer, which he drank, and which meant Jeremy had some of his DNA to use in the African Dream Root tea. Dean admits he drank a beer too, so now Jeremy can come after him. Bobby tells him to coffee up, because he can’t go to sleep.
Two days later a very irritated Dean drives the Impala, yelling at Bobby over the phone because they can’t find Jeremy. Dean pulls over and decides he’s going to sleep, ready to take Jeremy on. Sam pulls out some of Dean’s hair, insisting on going too. Dean doesn't like the idea of Sam digging around in his head but Sam won’t listen. They both wake up in the Impala and step outside to see Lisa on a blanket with a picnic basket. She tells Dean they have to pick up Ben soon and that she loves him, before disappearing. Dean denies ever having had that dream to Sam. Sam spots Jeremy in the woods and they go after him but Dean falls behind and finds himself alone in a long hallway.
Sam looks for Dean in the woods while Dean enters the motel room and sees someone at the desk, turning the light off and on. A dream version of him turns around, and Dean gets it—this is a dark part of his own subconscious. Dream!Dean tells Dean how worthless he feels and how he hates what he sees in the mirror. Dean tries to take control of the dream by snapping his fingers, but nothing happens. Dream!Dean slams the door and locks it, holds a shotgun and tells Dean they need to talk. Sam wakes up in the Impala to find Jeremy next to him. He hits Sam with the bat, and Sam falls out of the car and tries to crawl away. Jeremy comes after him, and Sam is suddenly tied to stakes in the ground. Jeremy says he gets stronger with each dream, and Sam and Dean aren't waking up.
Dream!Dean berates Dean; he says Dean's got nothing but Sam, that everything he owns was his dad’s. He says his dad thought he was a good soldier and nothing else, and he doted on Sam while not caring whether Dean lived or died. Dean fights back in a rage, calling his father an "obsessed bastard" who couldn't protect his family, who let his wife die, and who wasn't there for Sam. Dean says he didn't deserve what his dad put on him, and he doesn't deserve to go to Hell. He grabs the shotgun and shoots Dream!Dean, symbolically killing the self-loathing part of himself. It then transforms into a black-eyed demon version of Dean, a manifestation of Dean's fear of his impending death and transformation into a demon in Hell because of the deal he made with the crossroads demon. "This is what you're going to become," it taunts.
Sam takes an intense beating from Jeremy. Jeremy tells Sam that there’s nothing Jeremy can’t do because of the Dream Root, and Sam reminds Jeremy that he took the Dream Root, too. Jeremy’s father appears and Jeremy is frozen in fear, giving Sam the chance to deliver two sharp whacks to the head with the baseball bat, killing Jeremy. Sam and Dean wake up in the Impala.
Back at the motel, Bobby asks Sam if his ability to enter Jeremy's dream had anything to do with his psychic stuff. Sam says no, but he’s not certain. Dean says he can’t find Bela, and Bobby admits that all he did was give her a good deal on an amulet in Flagstaff. Dean checks the safe and finds that Bela stole the Colt. While packing up to hunt down Bela, Dean asks Sam what he saw in the dream. Sam says he only saw Jeremy, and Dean lies, saying nothing happened with him because he was looking for Sam. They get into the car and Dean admits to Sam he doesn't want to die and doesn't want to go to Hell. Sam promises they’ll find a way to save him.
There is a final flash to Dean's dream with the demon version of himself, repeating to Dean that he’s going to die and that’s what he’s going to become, then snapping his fingers to end the dream.
- "Long Train Runnin'" by The Doobie Brothers
- (plays in the bar when Sam's enjoying his whiskey)
- "Dream a Little Dream of Me" by The Mamas & the Papas
- (plays during Dean's dream of Lisa; also the song the episode is named after)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 3.10 Dream a Little Dream of Me: I Don’t Deserve to Go to Hell by bardicvoice (February 2008); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2008. Dream Boys: "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" Season 3, Episode 10. Pink Raygun, February 12; archive link
- A Colorful Dream a Little Dream of Me Analysis (03/26/08) by bloggingchick (March 2008); archive link, spnematography