5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

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Title Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Episode # Season 5, Episode 15
First aired March 25, 2010
Directed by John Showalter
Written by Jeremy Carver
On IMDB Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Outline People in Bobby's town are coming back from the dead, but Bobby insists nothing is wrong.
Monster Death
Zombies
Timeline February 2010
Location(s) Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Synopsis

Sam and Dean show up in the town of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, five miles from Bobby's home, to find that the dead are coming back to life. Bobby tries to convince them that it's nothing, that all of the omens are coincidence, but Dean doesn't fully believe him. One of the dead that has risen, Clay, gets revenge on his killer and then goes home to his family. When Sam and Dean track him down they find that he seems to be a regular guy, and that the local sheriff is in on it.

Bobby shows the boys why he doesn't want them working the case: his dead wife, Karen, has come back. As Sam and Dean investigate, Sam finds out after being attacked by one of the dead, that about 5 days after rising, the dead begin to turn, starting with a fever, hunger, and then the killing and eating of anyone around them. They set out to find everyone who's come back and kill them by shooting them in the head, along with Bobby's wife, and Bobby kicks them out of his house.

Sam goes to talk with the sheriff, and finds that her son, who has come back to life, has already killed her husband. Sam and Sheriff Jody Mills gather the townspeople in the local jail and prepare them to fight off the dead who've turned. At Bobby's house, Karen begins to turn, and Bobby has no choice but to shoot her. All of the dead arrive at the Singer house and trap Dean and Bobby in the closet, but Sam and the Sheriff arrive and stop them.

The dead are put to rest in a pyre, but Bobby makes a separate one for his wife. As Sam, Dean and Bobby reflect on the day, Bobby tells them that Karen was brought back with a message for him. She came to warn Bobby, that because he's helping Sam say 'no' to Lucifer, Death has his eye on him.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "You're One of a Kind" by Moot Davis
(plays when Digger tells Dean & Sam about the zombie killing Benny Thompson)
  • "Lovin' the Sin I'm In" by Terry Campbell
(plays while Sam and Dean discuss Bobby and Karen in the diner)

Quotes

Dean: You gave yourself your own nickname? You can’t do that.
Digger: Who died and made you queen?
Sam: So who killed the guy?
Bobby: Take your pick. This Benny Sutton guy was a Grade A son of a bitch. There's a list of the living a year long who wouldn't mind putting a cap in his ass.
Dean: You're a zombie.
Clay: I'm a taxpayer.
Dean: Who is that?

Bobby: Karen, my wife.
Dean: Your new wife?

Bobby: My dead wife.
Dean: [eating pie] This is incredible, Mrs. Singer.

Karen: Thank you, Dean.
Sam: [frowns]

Dean: What? It is.
Dean: Are you crazy? What the hell?

Bobby: Dean, I can explain.

Dean: Explain what? Lying to us, or the American Girl zombie making cupcakes in your kitchen?
Bobby: [quoting from the Bible] "And through the fire stood before me a Pale Horse, and he that sat atop him carried a Scythe. And I saw since he had risen, they too shall rise, and from him and through him."

Dean: So what, Death is behind this?
Sam: Death, Death? Like Grim Reaper, Death?
Bobby: Yeah.

Dean: Awesome. Another Horseman. Must be Thursday.
Sam: So what do you think?

Dean: There's nothing to think about. I'm not going to leave Bobby at home with the Bride of Frankenstein.
Sam: So what do you want to do, just walk in there in front of Bobby and blow her skull off?

Dean: If she decides that Bobby's face is a Blue Plate Special, I'd like to be there.
Dean: Who's Old Lady Jones?

Bobby: The first one to come up.
Sam: The first one to go bad.
Bobby: Ah, she was always a nutty broad.

Dean: Nutty how, nutty like the way she ate her husband's stomach? Was that the little nutty she was in life?
Karen: When I came back, there was a man.

Bobby: What do you mean?

Karen: At the grave. He was so thin, like a skeleton. He told me to give you a message.
Sam: The last time I checked, the sheriff was pretty pro-zombie.
Dean: You got anymore ammo? I'm low...

Bobby: Yeah, we got plenty. Just run back past the zombies, it's in the van where we left it.

Dean: A simple no would have been fine.
[in the closet after Dean locks the door as zombies are banging on the door]

Bobby: Kind of a tight fit, don't you think?
Dean: It's all right, they're idiots. They can't pick a lock. [the zombies stop banging on the door and we start to see the door handle move]
Bobby: Don't you ever get tired of being wrong?

Dean: I'm making this stuff up as I go. Sue me.
Bobby: She was the love of my life. How many times do I gotta kill her?
Bobby: You boys should know, Karen told me why Death was here.

Sam: What do you mean?
Bobby: I know why he took a stroll through a cemetery in the sticks of South Dakota. He came for me.
Dean: What do you mean you?
Bobby: Death came for me. He brought Karen back to send me a message.
Dean: And you? Why you?
Bobby: Because I've been helping you, you sons of bitches. I'm one of the reasons you're still saying no to Lucifer, Sam.
Dean: So this was like a hit on your life?

Bobby: I don't know if they wanted to take my life or my spirit. Either way, they wanted me out of the way.

Trivia & References

The episode title "Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid" is a reference to the 1982 movie of the same name. In this film, Steve Martin interacts with (now dead) stars of '40s and '50s noir movies through use of clips from their movies. Interestingly, this technique was used in a 2009 episode of the television show Medium, in which Alison DuBois interacts with characters from the classic 1968 zombie movie Night of the Living Dead.
Dean and Sam use the aliases Agents Dorfman and Neidermeyer a reference the characters of Kent Dorfman and Douglas Neidermeyer from the 1978 John Belushi movie National Lampoon's Animal House.
The opening image of the hand rising from the grave is a reference to the popular zombie trope.
Digger: Heads up: Fargo.
Fargo was a 1996 Coen Brothers movie. The reference here is to the character of Sheriff Marge Gunderson, played by Frances McDormand.
Dean: Where have you been?

Bobby: Playing murderball.

Murderball is the nickname for a type of extreme wheelchair rugby. It featured in an Oscar nominated documentary Murderball.'
Dean: So he goes "full metal jacket" on us?
Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 war film directed by Stanley Kubrick.
On his Facebook, Jim Beaver said "Just finished two days of filming the two most difficult, saddest scenes I have ever shot. Thank goodness tomorrow we can relax and just kill monsters." He also made a short video behind the scenes.
This was the first episode of Supernatural to be directed by John Showalter.
The name of the sheriff, Sheriff Mills, may be a shout out to Jim Beaver's character on Harper's Island, also named Sheriff Mills.
Jim Beaver confirmed on his Twitter it was being filmed before 5.14 My Bloody Valentine. It started filming on 3 December, 2009. At Salute to Supernatural L.A. 2010, Jim confirmed the airing order of the episodes was changed because of the extended hiatus due to the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Dean: Awesome. Another Horseman. Must be Thursday.
This is a reference to the day of the week that Supernatural aired on in the U.S. at the time this episode aired.

This may also be a reference to the quote spoken by Arthur Dent in the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "This must be Thursday," said Arthur musing to himself, sinking low over his beer, "I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

This could be a reference to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode (Season 6 Episode 7) in which Buffy says in reference to her sister being kidnapped yet again So, Dawn's in trouble... must be Tuesday. Probably a play on the repeated tropes of a long running TV series.
Dean: I'm not going to leave Bobby at home with the Bride of Frankenstein.
A reference to the classic horror movie of the same name in which the scientist creates a mate for the monster, made from a reanimated female corpse.
Dean: If she decides that Bobby's face is the blue-plate special, I'd like to be there.
Blue-plate special is a term used in the United States by restaurants to refer to a specially low-priced meal, usually changing daily and often presented on a divided plate.
Sam says the zombies can be killed with head shots, and this is how he, Dean, Bobby, and the sheriff kill the zombies. However, when Dean suggests this method in 2.04 Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things, Sam seems to dismiss the idea and responds, "Dude, you've been watching way too many Romero flicks." Later in the episode, Sam shoots the zombie in the head to no effect other than making her angry, seemingly proving his view that head shots didn't work on zombies. See the Zombie entry for more information.

Minutiae

Total zombie count in this episode, based on how many are shown killed onscreen: 20 (Karen, the sheriff's son, and Old Lady Jones are killed individually by Bobby and Sam. Dean and Bobby kill six in the junkyard and two more inside the house. Sam and the sheriff kill the remaining nine outside the closet.) However, this might not have been all of them. In a later scene Dean says, "If there's any zombies left out there, we can't find them."

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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