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Supernatural: Yellow Fever

Ackles-Wicked.jpgDean runs from a dog. It sounds like a hell hound, and he's obviously terrified.

Okay, it's a yappie dog. With a pink ribbon on its head.

What's going on?

43 hours earlier -

Quick rundown on the essentials - meeting with a germophobic sheriff, who played on the same softball team - the Gamecocks ("They are a majestic animal.") - as the latest victim of a heart attack, a dude named Frank. Visit to the autopsy, where Dean holds a heart, and Sam is splattered with body fluids ("Spleen juice."). Strangely, the victim shows no artery blockage or signs of heart disease. He also has nasty scratches on his hand and arm.

The investigation takes the brothers to a snake loving neighbor whose pets are named Donnie and Marie. Frank had been acting weird for a while - becoming fearful of a tremendous number of things, many of them mundane. He also used to be... well, a dick... until his wife died.

They investigate Frank's wife. She was manic depressive, and killed herself in a hotel room after being missing for 2 weeks.

Anxious Dean

Meanwhile, Dean is not himself, afraid of teenagers, driving the speed limit, afraid to make a left turn. Sam's EMF meter goes off, and Dean is freaked. He's haunted. Which might explain Sam returning from a call to Bobby to find Dean air drumming to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger." Or maybe he's just a fan of the song.

Anyway, Dean has Ghost Sickness, and only 48 hours to live - again. Ghost Sickness is like a haunting, but it passes person to person like a virus. It takes whatever form the ghost wants it to take, usually something related to the way it died, and that's how it kills you. In this case, it scares people to death.

Dean picked it up from the autopsy. The people it has been striking are, well, dicks.

"Why just me? You were at the autopsy, too," Dean says.
"All the people it's been striking have been, well, dicks," Sam says.
"Are you saying I'm a dick?"
"No, it's striking people that use fear as a weapon. School bullies..."
"We both do that! It's what we do! Why didn't you get it?
"Well, I'm not a dick."

Fraidy cat

Dean has a coughing fit, and coughs up a wood chip. Sam gets an idea. Dean is actually a clue to what's happening. They go to an abandoned lumber mill, where Dean is afraid to handle anything dangerous, like a weapon. Manning a flashlight, he takes a shot of liquid courage to steady his nerves, and they search.

They find a locker with something inside. They open it, and Dean screams like a little girl. It turns out to be a cat. Or more accurately, a kitten.

They search some more, and find a room plastered with pictures of Frank's wife. Sam accidentally rips one, and the mill starts. Sam's EMF meter goes off, and they turn to see a hulking figure in the corner. Dean runs. Sam shoots. Ghost gone.

Sam finds Dean cowering behind the Impala finishing off the whisky.

Why are all slow-witted big dudes named "Luther?"

They find out the ghost was a man named Luther. The sheriff is sick, but the deputy supplies a file on the man. He died of "trauma," no further description. They go to talk to Luther's brother, who knows Frank killed him. Since the sheriff and Frank were friends, he was never charged.

Turns out Luther was a little strange, maybe even retarded, but he had a crush on Frank's wife. When Frank's wife went missing, he blamed Luther, and ended up dragging him behind his truck with a chain around his neck, until Luther died.

That's a problem. Bits of Luther are not all over the road, and there's no way to salt and burn his remains. Dean is ready to give up.

The rant

"I mean, come on, we hunt monsters. What the hell?

I mean, normal people, they see a monster and run. No, no, we search out things that want to kill us. Yeah? Huh? Or eat us!

You know who does that? Crazy people! We... are insane."

Dean walks away, and begins hearing hell hounds. Except they aren't. It's the yappie dog, and we're caught up to the intro. Dean runs back to the motel room, where Sam finds him. Dean has a hallucination where Sam's eyes turn demonic yellow, and he tells Dean he's going to kill him. He comes out of it, but it's clear he's useless in a fight in this shape.


So Dean gets left at the motel room, while Sam calls Bobby for backup. Bobby shows up with a book about a Japanese spirit - yes, Bobby not only reads Japanese, he speaks it also. Bobby ... is... the man.

Another way to send the spirit to its rest is to scare it to death. And Sam has a plan.

While Dean is fighting off hallucinations, and a very real sheriff who is afraid of what Dean has found out, Sam tries to lure Luther's spirit out by ripping up more pictures of Frank's wife.

The sheriff and Dean fight, and when Dean wins, the sheriff finally succumbs to heart failure, in fear of what Dean will do.

Dean's greatest fear

Now Dean sees Lilith. She tells him that he's going back to Hell.

Dean picks up a Bible to try to ward her off. Lilith wants him to remember his time in Hell. She reaches for him... and then she's gone.

Sam has succeeded in wrapping an iron chain, engraved with binding runes, around Luther's spirit's neck, and Bobby drags the spirit down the road. This re-living of the tragedy frightens the spirit, and puts the soul to rest.

Later, Dean seems back to normal, but Bobby and Sam can't help but kid him a little. Sam wants to know what he saw, what would have frightened him to death.

Dean pauses, and instead of admitting it was Lilith and the prospect of returning to Hell, he says, "Howler monkeys."

That's it for the recap, except for a Supernatural first. They showed a couple of minutes of Jensen hilariously lip-syncing to "Eye of the Tiger." He must have been huge on the 80s air band circuit.

Posted by Miller on October 24, 2008 8:59 AM
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You forgot to mention that Sam's eyes turned Yellow again. Right when Dean was going to tell Sam he saw Lilith! It was a great show. I have just finished a book about Jared Padalecki called Jared Padalecki, From a fan's point of view. To contact me for more information on the book write to Jason at I'd love to hear from other Super Natural fans or Jared Padalecki fans. He's the guy who plays Sam on the show in case your wondering!

-- Posted by: Jason at October 24, 2008 11:56 PM

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