5.06 I Believe the Children Are Our Future

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Title I Believe the Children Are Our Future
Episode # Season 5, Episode 6
First aired October 15, 2009
Directed by Charles Beeson
Written by Daniel Loflin
Andrew Dabb
On IMDB I Believe the Children Are Our Future
Outline A young boy connected to mysterious deaths and injuries is revealed as important in the Apocalypse.
Monster Antichrist
Demons
Timeline 2009
Location(s) Alliance, Nebraska
Elk Creek, Nebraska
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Synopsis

In Alliance, Nebraska, people are being killed by practical joke devices such as itching powder which causes a girl to scratch her brains out) and joy buzzers (which electrocutes a man). On top of that, a very odd looking Tooth Fairy extracts a man's teeth, a bunch of kids end up with stomach ulcers from mixing Pop Rocks and Coke, and Dean ends up with a hairy palm. It turns out that an eleven-year-old boy named Jesse Turner is the reason for all of this. Everything he believes becomes reality.

After searching his birth records, Sam and Dean find out that the boy was adopted. They visit his biological mother, Julia Wright, who lives across the state. She tells the brothers that she got pregnant from a demon possessing her and gave up her child for adoption after giving birth to him. Castiel informs the Winchesters that Jesse is a Cambion/Antichrist, a being half human, half demon, imbued with essentially unlimited powers. Therefore, an Antichrist could be Lucifer's special weapon in the war against Heaven and, as a serious threat, needs to be eliminated.

Despite Castiel's reservations, Sam and Dean believe that Jesse won't turn evil if he's taken somewhere safe. When they try to convince Jesse to come with them, the demon that conceived him interferes and pins them to the wall. It is again possessing Jesse's biological mother. After listening to the demon, Jesse renders it unable to speak in order to hear what Sam has to say. Sam tells Jesse that he has a choice and that it will haunt him forever if he makes the wrong decision. After that, Jesse exorcises the demon from his mother. Pretending he wants to say goodbye to his adoptive parents, he goes upstairs and vanishes into thin air, protected by his powers, which make it impossible to track him down.

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Quotes

Dean: What's up with toothless? Cavity creeps get ahold of him?

Sam: Yeah, close. He wrote up a description. 5'10", 250 pounds, wings and a pink tutu. Said it was the tooth fairy.
Dean: So he's obviously whacked out on painkillers.
Sam: Maybe. Whatever it was got past locked doors and windows without triggering the alarm.
Dean: Come on, the tooth fairy?

Sam: And it left 32 quarters underneath his pillow. One for each tooth.
Sam: Okay, so whatever's doing this is reshaping reality. Has the powers of a god, or a Trickster.

Dean: And the sense of humor of a nine year old.

Sam: Or you.
Sam: Dude, seriously. Still with the ham?
Dean: We don't have a fridge!
Sam: (on seeing Dean's hairy palm) Oh, dude, that's not what I think it is, is it?

Dean: I got bored. That nurse was hot.

Sam: You know you can go blind from that too.
Sam: So we tell him the truth. You say Jesse's destined to go darkside - fine. But he hasn't yet. So if we lay it all out for him - what he is, the Apocalypse, everything - he might make the right choice.
Castiel: You didn't. And I can't take that chance.
Dean: Yeah. You know, I'm starting to get why parents lie to their kids. You know, you want 'em to believe that the worst thing out there is mixing pop rocks and coke. Protect 'em from the real evil. You want 'em going to bed feeling safe. And if that means lying to them, so be it. The more I think about it, the more I wish Dad had lied to us.
Sam: Yeah, me too.

Trivia & References

The title is a lyric from the Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love of All."
Sam: Hit it, Mr. Wizard.
Mr. Wizard aka Don Herbert hosted children's science programs on TV.
Dean: I had some pretty bad babysitters. Like Ms. Chancy. She only cared about two things: Dynasty, and bedtime.
Dynasty was an '80s soap opera about the Carringtons, a wealthy Colorado oil family.
Dean: That'll do, pig.
A line from the Australian movie Babe, about a pig that learns to be a sheepdog. In the final sheep trial, Babe gets a perfect score, and Farmer Hoggett says to him "That'll do, Pig. That'll do."
Dean: Cavity creeps get a hold of him?
"Cavity Creeps" were the baddies in tooth decay, in Crest toothpaste commercials in the '70s and '80s.
Dean: Now I know who's turning this town into Willy Wonka's worst nightmare.
A reference to the character created by Roald Dahl who runs a chocolate factory.
Dean: Everything Jesse believes comes true. He thinks the Tooth Fairy looks like Belushi.
Dean likens the Tooth Fairy to actor John Belushi, who starred in The Blues Brothers and Animal House
Dean's hairy palm is a reference to the myth, long told to discourage "self abuse," that masturbation will cause hair to grow on the palms of their hands.
Jesse: Like the X-Men?
X-Men were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics, featuring people with genetic mutations that resulted in them having super powers. Professor Xavier, the character in a wheelchair Bobby is compared to, runs a school to train young mutants to use their powers for good.
Dean: Agents Page and Plant, FBI.
A reference to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant.

Minutiae

The babysitter is watching the 1983 horror film Cujo, about a rabid St. Bernard which was produced by Robert Singer.
The owner of the joke shop is wearing a shirt with a picture of Siegfried and Roy on it.
In the joke shop, there is a poster for Thurston the Great Magician. The poster for young Charlie in 4.12 Criss Angel Is a Douchebag when he was the Great Dessertini was based on this poster.

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