5.15 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
|Title||Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid|
|Episode #||Season 5, Episode 15|
|First aired||March 25, 2010|
|Directed by||John F. 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.|
|Location(s)||Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
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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, including 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.
- Bobby's Hats
- Costumes & Disguises
- Dean's Police Record
- Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- Hunter's Funeral Pyre
- Sam & Dean's Arrests
- Sam's Police Record
- Singer Salvage Yard
- "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)
Digger: Call me Digger.
Dean: Digger? Who gave you that name?
Digger: I did.
Dean: You gave yourself your own nickname? You can't do that.
Sheriff Mills: And?
Dean: 'And'? And you're welcome – for catching the undead killer zombie.
Dean: You're a zombie!
Dean: So what is it? Zombies? Revenant?
Dean: So, what, Death is behind this?
Sam: Uh, last time I checked, the sheriff was pretty pro-zombie.
Man: Uh, you mind telling us who the hell you are?
Sam: Friend of Bobby Singer's.
Man: Town drunk.
Sam: No, I – I thought... he was the town drunk.
Man: Who told you that?
Dean: It's all right. They're idiots. They can't pick a lock.
Bobby: Don't you ever get tired of being wrong?
Dean: 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
- Fargo was a 1996 Coen Brothers movie. The reference here is to the character of Sheriff Marge Gunderson, played by Frances McDormand.
- 10-4 in police 10 codes means "message received."
Bobby: Playing murderball.
- Murderball is the nickname for a type of extreme wheelchair rugby. It featured in an Oscar-nominated documentary Murderball.
Dean: Explain what? Lying to us? Or the American Girl zombie making cupcakes in your kitchen?!
- American Girl is a line of dolls, first released in 1986.
- 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."
- Lastly, it could also 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" -- a play on the repeated tropes of a long-running TV series.
- If a town is "Podunk", it's deemed small and insignificant. In reality, Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota with a population of almost 200k people.
- 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.
- 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: It's his wife, Dean.
Dean: So he goes Full Metal Jacket on us? We're his family, Sam.
- Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 war film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Full metal jacket is also a type of bullet.
- Don't know shit from Shinola was a colloquialism dating back to the early 1940s in the United States, which sometimes ended with "that's why your shoes don't shine". Shinola was a popular brand of shoe polish, which had a color and texture not unlike feces. The word shit was probably changed here due to broadcast television rules against profane language.
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- 5.15 Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid: My Job Is To Bring Him Peace, Not Pain by bardicvoice (April 2010); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2010. Zombies Should Be More Fun Than This: "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid " Season 5, Episode 15. Pink Raygun, March 30; archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Chan, Suzette. 2010. Supernatural Talk: Tarts talk about SPN 5.15: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. Sequential Tart, May 10; archive link, spn-heavymeta