7.05 Shut Up, Dr. Phil

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Title Shut Up, Dr Phil
Episode # Season 7, Episode 5
First aired October 21, 2011
Directed by Philip Sgriccia
Written by Brad Buckner
Eugenie Ross-Leming
On IMDB Shut Up, Dr. Phil
Outline Sam and Dean investigate a series of unusual deaths and suspect witchcraft is involved.
Monster Witches
Leviathans
Timeline
Location(s) Prosperity, Indiana
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Synopsis

Dean and Sam arrive in Prosperity, Indiana, to investigate two unusual deaths: a real estate agent named Wendy Goodson was fried by a hyperactive hair dryer in a salon, and an architect named Carl Dunlop was boiled in a hot tub. When Dean questions Wendy's hairdresser, he learns that there's no way the hair dryer could have gotten hot enough to kill her, but when he searches behind one of the machines, Dean finds an ancient coin. He and Sam think it may be a hex talisman, or magical coin, but are unclear on its origins. Before they can do any further research, Dewey Stevens, owner of Dewey Stevens Construction, is killed in a port-a-potty by an industrial nail gun operating without power. Dean finds another coin in the port-a-potty, and Sam's research reveals that all three victims were involved in a shopping center project that fell through not long ago. The only person involved in the project and still alive is the developer, Don Stark.

They leave the construction site and get a call from Bobby, whose research reveals that the coin is Romanian Cyrillic and from the 15th to the 19th century. Still unsure of who is behind the killings, they go to question Don Stark about his three dead colleagues, posing as FBI agents. They meet his assistant, Jennifer Klein, and after she leaves on errands they learn that Don and his wife, Maggie Stark, are currently separated. He had an affair with Wendy Goodson, and Maggie left him after she discovered it. Sam's snooping reveals that her side of their closet is empty except for a broken high heeled shoe, a pendant, a box of strange ingredients, and notes and papers that contain spells and other evidence of witchcraft. Their next stop is to investigate Maggie, who they suspect of being the witch behind the strange deaths.

Maggie is leasing another home during her separation from Don, and Dean breaks in to search for clues. While he's inside, he finds an altar with more coins and bloodied pictures of the three victims. There is also an unmarked picture of Don's attractive assistant, Jennifer Klein. Dean grabs the picture and escapes just before Maggie returns home, thanks to Sam's misdirection. Certain that Margaret is the witch and Jennifer is her next victim, they rush to Jennifer's house. She's been baking coconut cupcakes for Don, but when she takes a bite out of one she sees a beating heart in the center and starts to cough up blood. She's still coughing when Dean and Sam break down her door and start searching frantically for the magical coin that must be nearby. Sam finds the coin hidden in the kitchen and shoots it with his gun just in time to dissipate the spell and save Jennifer. Afterwards, Jennifer is in shock, and they tell her that she needs to end things with Don and leave town. Jennifer is confused, and Dean and Sam are surprised to learn that she and Don were never involved.

Meanwhile, the Margaret Stark Charity Foundation is preparing an an art auction for children's charities. Maggie is at the center of the activity, as is her friend Sue. Don arrives and wants to talk to Margaret about what she's been doing. He wants her to stop killing people—the FBI are investigating. She tells him that Sam and Dean are hunters, not FBI, and that she'll deal with them. They continue to argue until Don leaves, angry. As he goes, he sees his commemorative bust, which is positioned in front of the building, crack and break into pieces. He turns and looks up at a window in the building, where Maggie stands, watching him.

Dean and Sam get a call from Bobby, who's found a ritual that should be able to kill Don and Maggie. One of the ingredients is chicken feet, which a disgusted Sam reports are starting to go bad. Apparently, the butcher and everyone else in town has been experiencing power outages and burst pipes. Trying to ignore the smell of the chicken feet, they prepare the ritual. Meanwhile, Maggie's charity auction takes a turn for the worst. Don shows up and uses his own witchcraft to first scare Sue, then decapitate her with a flying serving tray. He also melts all the paint of the paintings that are up for auction. Dean and Sam show up at the auction in the aftermath and quickly determine that Don is a witch, too, and they're all caught in the middle of a witches' feud. They leave for Maggie's house.

When Sam and Dean arrive at Maggie's house, Don and Maggie are already there, arguing. They try to use Bobby's ritual to kill the witches, but it fails, and Maggie teases them about using sub-par chicken's feet before Don initiates a spell to kill them. Before they can finish the spell, Dean interrupts with an attempt to mend Maggie and Don's relationship. Unfortunately, the couples' issues go back as far as the Renaissance, and it takes some time, and tossing around of Dean and Sam, before they finally kiss and make up.

With Don and Maggie's feud over, Dean and Sam head back to their motel room. They start to unload their gear when the Leviathan Chet appears. While they've been dealing with the case in Prosperity, he has been hot on their tail with orders to kill them. Dean shoots him in the chest, but it has no effect: he leaks some black fluid and the bullet falls out. He taunts them and then starts tossing them around the room. Just as Chet gains the upper hand, Don appears in the doorway and uses a spell to electrocute him. Chet falls to the ground, unconscious, and Don asks them what Chet is. They say they're not really sure, and Don tells them that they need to dispose of his body somewhere soon—his spell will only last for a few days.

After saving them from Chet, Don starts digging around under Dean and Sam's mattresses. When he pulls out two magical coins, Dean and Sam are incredulous. Apparently, Maggie isn't as forgiving as Don, and was still trying to kill them. Don is just thankful that his marriage is back on track, and he leaves with the coins in hand.

After Don is gone, Sam and Dean get ready to leave Prosperity right away with Chet chained up in the back seat of the Impala. Before they get in the car, though, Sam confronts Dean about his habit of keeping things to himself. He knows that Dean isn't telling him something, and he thinks they need to follow Don and Margaret's example and communicate with each other. Unfortunately, Dean refuses to open up, and they leave with the issue still unresolved.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Salon Music" by Watt Son
(plays in the hair salon)
  • "See the Funny Little Clown" by Bobby Goldsboro
(plays over the scene of Chet driving)
  • "Alegretto" (Opus 1 Music)
(plays during the auction)
  • "Murmures de la Seine, Nocturne in E-flat, Opus 9 No. 2" by Frederic Chopin
(playing in Maggie and Don's house when Sam and Dean show up)

Quotes

Dean: (to Sam) Somebody better be chasing you.
Dean: You might see things different now, call it a runner’s high or something. But that doesn’t mean something is going on with me. Okay?

Sam: Yeah, okay.
Dean: No, don’t say ‘yeah, okay,’ like [mocks him] ‘Yeah, okay.’

Sam: Yeah, okay.
Jenny: There were hearts in my cupcakes! Hearts in my cupcakes! That's never happened before! Hearts in my cupcakes!

Trivia & References

The episode title "Shut Up, Dr Phil" is a reference to TV personality and relationships advice guru Phil McGraw.
Dr. Phil was also referenced in 6.04 Weekend at Bobby's when Bobby said to Crowley: "Do I look like Dr. Phil to you?"
Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters both appeared in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. See the entry Buffy for other connections between these series and Supernatural.
Dean: Don Stark. Why do I know that name?
Dean might know the name if he's a fan of That '70s Show. Don Stark is the actor who plays Donna's father, Bob Pinciotti. Stark also happens to appear briefly in 2.18 Hollywood Babylon, as producer Jay Wiley.
When Sam and Dean are staking out the Stark's mansion and Maggie pulls up, Dean signals Sam to hide by saying, "screens up, Captain!" This may be a botched Star Trek reference. On Star Trek, a captain might order their cloaking device raised in order to hide from an enemy ship. Under other circumstances, a subordinate might inform his captain that he has raised the ships shields by saying "shields up, Captain!" However, these don't hide the ship, but rather protect it from harm.
Following Amber Benson's appearance as Lenore in 2007, executive producer Bob Singer said: "I thought Buffy had a great cast, and we used Amber Benson. I’d like to get Spike [James Marsters] on our show. I never thought I would particularly like Buffy, but my wife got me hooked on it, and I was hooked on him. Plus, that series was so well written. It was so smart."
Bees featured significantly in the episode 1.08 Bugs. See The Bee Story for stories from Jared and Jensen about working with them.
Sam: Really? From a freaking flask? What are you - Bad Santa?
Bad Santa is a black comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton about an alcoholic who works as Santa, and each year robs the mall he's working.

Trivia tweeted by Jim Michaels during the episode:

  • Port a John -- the name of the portable toilet where the nail gun death occurs - is an inside joke referring to John Marcynuk
  • The bust of Don Stark was made by Mary Ann Liu
  • James paid to ship one of the extra busts to his home in Los Angeles
  • One of the paintings in the exhibition is of Jerry Wanek Supernatural production designer and his dog Tula

Dean: It’s kind of like Bewitched. Don’s Darrin, doesn’t even know it, lots of laughs until you cheat on your wife

Sam: A Bewitched reference. Really?
Dean: Hey, Nicole Kidman was in the remake. Redhead, hello!
Sam: Bewitched just got a lot less funny.
Dean: It’s like when they switched Darrins.

Bewitched was a 1960s sitcom about an average suburban couple - Darren and his wife Samantha, who is a witch. A film adaption starring Nicole Kidman was made in 2005. On the original show, the actor who played Darrin fell ill and was abruptly replaced by another actor. Dean's reference to this leads one to believe that he is in fact a fan of the original.
Dean: So, we need our kind of Terminix.
Terminix is the world's largest pest control company.
Don: Does 1492 ring any bells?

Maggie: The man was about to set sail! He could possibly fall off the edge of the Earth! I took pity. So?

Maggie is referring to Christopher Columbus.
Don: I told you! Nothing happened with the Medici chick!
The House of Medici was a wealthy and highly influential dynasty in Italy in the 14th century, and played an important part in fostering the Italian Renaissance.
The symbols Maggie drew on the photos of her victims are somewhat similar to the Blue Oyster Cult symbol used in 1.17 Hell House.
Dean: That means we’ve got not just one pissed off witch, we’ve got two. It’s full on War of the Roses.
The War of the Roses was a series of civil wars fought in England in the 15th century between two branches of the Royal bloodline, the House of Lancaster, and The House of York. However, Dean is likely referring here to the 1989 black comedy featuring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as a wealthy divorcing couple who sabotage each others lives in various and outrageous ways.
The cupcake scene may cause some viewers to think of the infamous and gory My Little Pony fanfic, Cupcakes, by Sergeant Sprinkles, in which Pinkie Pie makes Rainbow Dash into cupcakes. The studios for Supernatural and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic are both in Vancouver.
Wendy's Sister: If they had worked together, I would've heard the name. Agent Sambora... If someone did this to my sister, find out who.
Richie Sambora is the guitarist for the band Bon Jovi.
When Don and Maggie are preparing to cast a spell and kill Sam and Dean, James Marster cups his hands in a position reminiscent of the Kamehameha attack used in the anime Dragon Ball Z. Marsters is a long-time fan of the anime, and starred as Lord Piccolo in 2009's Dragonball Evolution.

Minutiae

Sculptor Mary Ann Liu who made the bust of Don Stark has collaborated on artistic projects with Cyrus Yavneh who used to be a Vancouver-based producer for Supernatural. Source Mary Ann Liu was also the Staff Reporter of the online article about Carl Dunlop.
Dean's user name on the newsstatsearch.com website is PURENEGATIVE.
The Starks' cars have license plates with their last name consecutive numbers, i.e. "Stark 1" and "Stark 2". This may be a reference to the movie Iron Man, in which the billionaire Tony Stark has multiple cars with license plates labeled in the same way.
The port a potty was made by BM Disposals. BM stands for Bowel Movement.
The bedspreads in Sam and Dean's motel room, are the same as those in the motel room they stayed in 3.09 Malleus Maleficarum - another episode about Witches
The writing team Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming last worked on Supernatural in season one when they wrote 1.13 Route 666.
Jenny Klein is the name of a writer's assistant on Supernatural.

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