3.11 Mystery Spot
|Episode #||Season 3, Episode 11|
|First aired||February 14, 2008|
|Directed by||Kim Manners|
|Written by|| Teleplay:|
|On IMDB||Mystery Spot|
|Outline||Sam keeps reliving the same Tuesday in which Dean keeps dying.|
|Location(s)||Broward County, Florida|
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Sam wakes up in a motel room to "Heat of the Moment" by Asia, where he finds Dean already up and getting dressed. Dean goes through a long and irritating morning bathroom routine and they go to the local diner for breakfast. Sam tells him about a man that disappeared at the Broward County Mystery Spot. Dean orders the Tuesday special, "Pig 'n a Poke with a side of bacon," and as the waitress delivers their coffee, she accidentally drops a bottle of hot sauce on the floor.
As Sam and Dean walk down the city block discussing the Mystery Spot, they run across a barking golden retriever, a blonde woman whom Dean bumps into, and movers struggling to get a desk inside a building. When night falls they break in to the tacky tourist trap after hours, but as they're wandering through the halls, the owner approaches them with a shotgun. The gun goes off by mistake, and the bullet hits Dean square in the chest. Sam frantically rushes over to Dean and tearfully holds him as he dies.
Sam wakes up to Asia again and sees Dean just like he did the day before -- teasing him by turning up the song, lip-syncing, and bobbing his head to the beat. The same scene in the diner replays, befuddling Sam who catches the hot sauce from falling this time. They run across the dog, the woman, and the movers again while Sam convinces Dean to check out the Mystery Spot now instead of later. Dean agrees, steps out onto the street, and flies through the air in spectacular fashion when a speeding car hits him. Sam rushes to his side and is again traumatized by holding his dead brother in his arms.
Asia plays again. A rattled Sam watches Dean go through the same morning gargle. He tells Dean in the diner that he’s stuck in a time loop like Groundhog Day and that Dean’s going to die. Back on the sidewalk -- dog, woman, movers -- and just before Dean steps out in the street, Sam pulls him back, telling him the car hit him yesterday. They go to the Mystery Spot, posing as reporters, only to get an act from the owner while Sam gets very irritated. Dean concludes that as long as he doesn’t die, that will break the time loop. As Sam agrees, Dean steps forward, and the desk from earlier ends up falling on him, crushing him Wile E. Coyote style. Sam looks on in horror, and "Heat of the Moment" plays again.
At the diner, Sam is very anxious, again telling Dean about his time loop problem. Dean promises he won’t die and tries to break the cycle by ordering sausage instead of bacon, but proceeds to choke. "Heat of the Moment." Dean takes a shower, and Sam hears Dean yell and a thud. "Heat of the Moment." They’re eating tacos, and Dean asks if they taste funny. "Heat of the Moment." Dean is electrocuted by plugging in his razor. "Heat of the Moment." Sam and Dean go back to the Mystery Spot, duct tape the owner to a chair, and Sam tears the place apart with an axe. Dean tries to get the axe away from Sam, they fight, blood spurts, and Sam cries for Dean. "Heat of the Moment."
By this time, Sam is extremely agitated. In the diner, Dean orders the Tuesday special again, and Sam tells Doris the waitress to clock some hours in at the archery range because she’s a terrible shot (implying Dean died this way). He tells Dean angrily this is the hundredth Tuesday. He proves his point by repeating what Dean says at the exact same time and talking about the other patrons in the diner, not to mention catching the hot sauce again. Again they see the dog, old man looking for his keys (which Sam took earlier), and a woman bumping into them. Dean chases after the woman and finds that she has flyers of the man they’re looking for. He asks Sam why in one hundred Tuesdays he didn’t find out that she’s the man’s daughter. Sam chases after her to ask questions, while Dean goes to pet the dog. Growling and mauling ensue.
"Heat of the Moment." At the diner, Sam, while on his computer, discovers that their missing man debunks tourist traps. He’s apparently a pompous ass, and Dean points out that it's "just desserts" that a man out to ruin Mystery Spots disappears in one. Sam notices a man who has been having pancakes every day ordering a different kind of syrup, which is the first change to happen. Asia plays and Sam wakes up with a look of both revelation and fury.
In the diner, the pancake man leaves, and Sam goes after him. He corners him in the alley and holds a wooden stake to his neck, telling him he finally figured out why he’s repeating Tuesdays and watching Dean die everyday. Dean stands off to the side confused by what is happening. Sam says that they’ve killed one of his kind before, and the man turns into the Trickster and tells Sam they didn’t. The Trickster admits it’s been fun killing Dean every day, but that this time, the joke's on Sam, so he’ll finally get the point that he can’t save his brother. Sam threatens to kill him, but the Trickster says the joke is off and takes them to Wednesday with a snap of his fingers.
Sam wakes to a different song, "Back in Time" by Huey Lewis and the News, and is elated to see Dean alive and that it's Wednesday. They pack up to leave, and Dean goes out to the car first where he’s held up at gunpoint by Cal, a mugger who was one of the diner patrons. Sam hears the gunshot and rushes outside to see Dean on the ground, shot in the chest and dead. He holds Dean in his arms and closes his eyes, dismayed when nothing changes, before starting to sob.
A very dark montage starts with Sam driving the Impala, a distant look on his face. He’s shown hunting alone across the country, pulling off some big kills, while Bobby leaves him a set of messages asking him to call, mentioning that he hasn’t heard from Sam in three months and is worried. Sam arrives at a motel and the weapons in the Impala are now all organized in foam casing (à la John Winchester). Without expression, Sam fixes his own gunshot wound inside the room, cutting off his shirt, picking out the bullet, and stitching himself up. He eats alone, cleans a gun while examining with a cold stare the set of pictures on the wall tracking the Trickster, and makes the bed in meticulous fashion after waking. He brushes his teeth and stares in the mirror at a reflection that is defeated and emotionally dead inside. Finally, a message from Bobby plays in the background, claiming that he has found the Trickster.
Sam meets Bobby at the Mystery Spot, and Bobby tells him that in order to pull off the summoning ritual they will need a gallon of fresh blood, meaning they will have to bleed someone dry. Sam coldly tells Bobby he’ll go find some, and Bobby is appalled that Sam is willing to kill an innocent person. Bobby gets out a knife and tells Sam to kill him instead. Sam agrees, but from behind, he pulls out a wooden stake and stabs him through the heart, saying he’s not Bobby. The Trickster emerges and tells Sam he is right. Sam tearfully begs the Trickster to bring back Dean, but the Trickster says that Sam should let him go because Dean will always be his weakness, his enemies know it, and nothing good will come of their sacrifices for each other -- only pain. Sam still begs, so the Trickster snaps his fingers.
Sam wakes up in the motel room with "Back in Time" playing on the radio. Dean is there, and a shaken Sam gets up and gives Dean a huge hug. They leave together and Sam is somber, deeply affected by his experience. He sees the unmade bed and realizes that life without Dean will still happen.
- Acting in Unison
- Bobby's Hats
- Costumes & Disguises
- Dead...or are they?
- Dean's Amulet
- Deer's Head
- Mystery Spot
- Pig in a Poke
- The Shining
- Table of Death
- Time Loop
- The X-Files
- "Heat of the Moment" by Asia
- (the oft-recurring song that wakes Sam up each Tuesday)
- "Back in Time" by Huey Lewis and the News
- (Wednesday's song, AKA: the most beautiful song Sam's ever heard)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 3.11 Mystery Spot: Dean’s Your Weakness. The Bad Guys Know It, Too. by bardicvoice (February 2008); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2008. Sam of a Thousand Tuesdays: "Mystery Spot" Season 3, Episode 11. Pink Raygun, February 19; archive link