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Supernatural: Tall Tales

In a possible homage to the movie "Urban Legend," the brothers face something known as a Trickster.

The benefits of tenure

A man walks down a sidewalk and sees a pretty brunette adjusting... aw, who am I kidding? She's just showing off her legs. And appropriately, the man notices. She addresses him as professor, and implies she's one of his students and says she's been waiting for him. He asks her to follow him to his office. Once there, she admits that she's not one of his students. She hints that she's come to see him for... a different reason, but then pauses and says that maybe she should go.

Not surprisingly, the prof stops her. But then he says it would be wrong for him to take advantage of her. She's young, he's somewhat of a celebrity and much older... but then he kisses her. And she kisses him back.

But while they're kissing, something happens to her. Her face begins to deteriorate, beginning to look like a corpse. Our prof opens his eyes, panics, and scrambles away. She follows.

Cut the the front of the building. The night janitor is locking up. He turns away, and something falls behind him. He hears a sickening thud, and when he turns around, our prof is lying on the steps dead.

Stir crazy

One week later finds the Winchesters in a hotel room. They are clearly getting on each others' nerves. Sam, for some reason, is without his computer, and he blames Dean. Dean denies it. Dean, for some reason, is without his car. And he blames Sam, and Sam denies it. In the middle of their bickering, there is a knock on the door. It's Bobby, and he's there because they've called him for help.

He listens to their stories. Sam begins, and tells about how they noticed an obituary in the paper that sounded suspicious, and went to a local college bar to ask around, posing as reporters. There, they find out that the prof was working in a building that had a reputation as being haunted by the spirit of a coed, who kills to take revenge for her suicide caused by being dumped by a professor she was having an affair with.

Dean, meanwhile, is occupied. And as Sam tells it, it paints a very unflattering picture of Dean's actions.

Dean interrupts him, and tells the same story. But in his version, Sam is the one who looks bad.

Bobby stops them. Why are they arguing so much? They say it's just too much together time. Sam continues the story.

A history of smarminess

They went to check out the prof's office. The night janitor lets them in, and tells them about the prof. He saw the prof and the coed enter the building, but the cops couldn't locate the girl. Apparently, the prof had a rep with the coeds. The night janitor claimed the prof often took young ladies up to his office. Again, Sam makes Dean look bad. The janitor also tells them that the local ghost story can't be true. The legend says the young woman jumped from room 669, but there are only 4 floors in this building, and no room 669.

The brothers return to their hotel, and Sam opens his computer to check out the history of the building. But he can't, the computer is frozen. And because it's frozen on an apparent porn page, he blames Dean. Dean denies it.

Bobby stops them. Did they check out the building's history? They did, no suicide. So it's not a haunting? They're not sure. Dean continues the story.

Slow dancin', swayin' to the music

The brothers talked to a fraternity brother named Curtis. He was walking home one night not long after the prof's death, when he was surrounded by a bright light.

Bobby stops them. Aliens? He doesn't believe it. In all his years of hunting, he never was able to authenticate an alien abduction. Sam agrees. But the brothers felt it was worthwhile to talk to Curtis.

His story was he awoke in a spaceship of some sort, where aliens examined him (including multiple "probes"). And then they made him... slow dance with them?

Bobby stops them again. "You guys are exaggerating again."

"No," the brothers say in unison.

Bobby thinks Curtis is crazy. Dean continues the story.

Isn't he precious?

The brothers found a circular burn mark where Curtis claims to have been abducted. So they investigate further, and talk to one of Curtis's fraternity brothers. Sam is very sympathetic. "I just want you to know, I'm here for you," Sam says, at least according to Dean."You're a brave little soldier. I acknowledge your pain. Come here. Too precious for this world."

"I never said that!" Sam interjects.

"You're always saying pansy stuff like that," Dean says. Bobby looks at them suspiciously.

He claims that Curtis had it coming to him. Curtis apparently took a lot of joy in hazing the pledges.

The brothers return to the hotel. Dean can't make sense of this case, but he notes one connection.

"What's that?" Sam asks.

"The victims, the professor and the frat guy. They're both dicks," Dean says.

"That's a connection?"

"If you've got anything better to go on, I'd love to hear it," Dean replies.

Sam's laptop is missing. Dean continues his thoughts. "These punishments, they're almost poetic," Dean says. "Actually, it'd be more like a limerick..."

Sam confronts Dean. "Hilarious. Where'd you hide it?" Dean denies hiding Sam's computer. Sam says it couldn't be anyone else. They allow no one else into the room.

"Looks like you lost it, Poindexter," Dean says.

Sam cuts loose on Dean, giving a long list of complaints. "You know, how would you feel if I screwed with the Impala?" he asks.

"It'd be the last thing you ever did," Dean says.

Bobby interrupts. Did Dean take Sam's computer? Dean says no.

Bobby asks them to continue. There was another victim, a research scientist who performed animal testing.

"You know, a dick," Dean says. "Which fits the pattern."

The scientist was leaving the lab late one night (the same building, again, Crawford Hall). He sees something in a storm drain. It's a watch. He reaches in to get it, we hear a growl and the man screams....

The brothers sneak into the morgue to look at the body. It's pretty chewed up, but Sam notices a belly scale stuck to the body. A belly scale, like from an alligator. "An alligator in the sewer? Come on," Dean says. Sam notes that none of the things that happened were supposed to be real; they're all urban legends.

"This couldn't get any weirder," Dean says.

Sam thinks they need some help, so he says he'll call Bobby. Maybe he's run across something like this before.

"Oh, I'm sure he has. Just your typical haunted campus, alien abduction, alligator in the sewer gig, Yeah, it's simple," Dean says.

Tires, I don't know nothin' about no tires

They searched the sewer anyway, splitting up so that each could take one end of campus. They found nothing. But Dean returns to the Metallicar to find the air let out of all 4 tires. He blames Sam, but Sam denies it. But Dean found Sam's money clip near the car.

Dean refuses to give the money back, keeping it for payback for his car. They fight.

Bobby showed up about an hour after the fight. Bobby interrupts them.

"I'm surprised at you two, I really am," he says, sternly. "If you two had bothered to pull your heads out of your asses, it all would have been pretty clear."

"What?" Dean asks.

"What you're dealing with," Bobby replies. "You got a trickster on your hands."


A trickster is a sort of demi-god. There have been many myths of tricksters, like Loki and Anansi. They create chaos and confusion, they're immortal, and they can create things out of thin air - real things - then make them vanish. They target the "high and the mighty" to knock them down a peg, usually with a sense of humor, like deadly pranks. They usually take human form.

The brothers make a connection. Who has been present at the building through all the events? The night janitor.

So they go to Crawford Hall to poke around to confirm if the janitor is their trickster. Sam finds a "Weekly World News" which features the type of stories that might inspire the events that have happened. But that's not enough.

Dean argues with Sam. He believes that's enough proof. Sam disagrees. Tricksters like sweets, and Sam didn't find any. Sam finally agrees to go check out the janitor's apartment, while Dean keeps an eye on him.

The trickster, however, overhears their plan.

Acting alone

Dean waits until nightfall, and finally goes into the building. He hears music, and follows the sounds until he gets to the auditorium.

Inside, a, well, boudoir, complete with disco ball and lava lamp, awaits, also complete with two scantily clad women. The trickster congratulates Dean on figuring it out, and says this is his peace offering. He can have this treat if he lets the trickster head off to another town.

Dean is tempted, but he refuses. The trickster says that he doesn't want to hurt Dean. He likes Sam and Dean. But he won't be stopped, and he knows Dean can't stop him alone.

But Dean is not alone. The fight outside the building was staged. Sam and Bobby surround the trickster.

The trickster is ready for them. He creates a chainsaw-wielding madman, and has his love-puppets attack Dean. All of the hunters lose the stakes they planned to use on the trickster. Dean spots one, and as the trickster walks up to Dean, gloating, he stabs it in the heart. And just like that, all his creations disappear.

The brothers and Bobby decide to hightail it out of town before the body is discovered. Sam and Dean pause to apologize to each other, but Bobby breaks it up.

"You're breakin' my heart here," he says. "Let's go."

As they drive off, the camera cuts to the dead trickster. The body suddenly shimmers and disappears, as the real trickster walks in, eating a candy bar.

Posted by Miller on February 16, 2007 7:10 AM
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oh wow thats hilarious.

-- Posted by: jk at March 22, 2008 8:01 PM

oh wow thats hilarious.

-- Posted by: jk at March 22, 2008 8:01 PM

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