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The SUPERNATURAL Rewatch Project: The Winchesters and the Apartment Building of Doom

Sam and Dean take on the ghost of a real-life serial killer

The SUPERNATURAL Rewatch Project: The Winchesters and the Apartment Building of Doom

The Road So Far.

Welcome to week fourteen of the rewatch project, superfans! These episodes are both gross, though in very different ways! Be prepared to be scared; the latter episode numbers among my list of freakiest Supernatural monsters.

Cheers to fears!


Take a drink every time:

•  Dean or Sam flashes a badge

•  A demon possesses some hapless schmuck

•  Sam tries to talk about feelings only to be spurned by Dean

•  Dean crams his face full of junk food

•  Anyone makes a deal with a demon

•  Either brother picks a lock

•  Someone employs a Titan of Classic Rock as an alias

•  The Glorious and Faithful Impala is damaged in the line of duty

2x5: Simon Said

Monster of the Week: Psychic Twins (one evil, one slightly less so)

Sam’s psychic visions strike again! This time he sees a doctor receiving a phone call and then blithely walking into a gun store and shooting the clerk and himself. Using little details from the vision and Ash’s mad research skills, the boys find the name of a Yellow-Eyed Demon Baby (e.g. another kid whose mom was killed in a nursery fire on his six-month birthday).

The townsfolk tell them stories about this kid, how he can convince people of anything and how he has a sweet van with a mural of a barbarian queen riding a polar bear.

Actually, that’s pretty legit.

But then things take a terrible turn. Bear with me here as I rant a little, darlings. They find the kid, Andy, and--through a series of unscripted scenes--realize he’s got the power of compulsion. For instance, he stops a man drinking a coffee and says something to him, and the guy just hands over his coffee. Another example? Despite looking like a scrub, he leaves a very beautiful woman’s house in the morning as she leans out the window and waves, the implication being, of course, that he compelled that lady to have sex with him. HA HA, rape.

I’m giving you serious side-eye, show.

Sam spots the would-be shooter, and follows him, preventing the whole thing from occuring through clever use of a fire alarm. But it doesn’t matter; after receiving another phone call, he steps in front of a bus. Meanwhile, Dean has problems of his own. He’s been tracking Andy, who notices him and compels him to hand over the Impala. Dean is not pleased.

Even so, he tells Sam that he has a good feeling about the guy. He’s not a killer. (Just an implied rapist). When the pair track down Andy again, they discover Sam is immune to his mind control powers. Also, while they are talking to him, Sam has a vision of a woman setting herself alight at a gas station. They’re too late to save her, but they also know that Andy can’t be the bad guy. (Just an implied rapist).

Thanks for ruining a childhood memory, show.

It turns out Andy has an evil twin (also with compulsion powers) he never knew about (both adopted), and he’s kind of obssessed with Andy, killing the doctor and the woman (their birth mother) for separating him. He also plans to kill Andy’s ex-girlfriend, because he thinks they might have feelings for one another still which would get in the way of twin bonding. He takes her to a bridge, telling her that he takes all his ladies there. While I throw up in my mouth, he tells her to undress, noting that after he’s finished with her, she should jump off the bridge.

Andy and Sam rush into save her. Sam gets clocked by the girl who’s acting under compulsion, and then the twins have a psychic showdown, in which they basically use the girl as a football, and I can’t even anymore, so let’s just end it.

Andy the implied rapist shoots his definite-rapist-and-murderer evil twin. Hurray.

Brotherly Angst Quotient: High

When the boys need Ash’s help in locating Andy, Dean insists that they be cagey about Sam’s psychic visions, thinking it’s a bad idea to announce he’s a freak in a roomful of hunters. Sensitive, buddy.

Given the proportion of Yellow-Eyed Demon babies that have grown up into psychic psychopaths, Sam is worried that he’ll go bad any second. Dean argues with him, saying Sam’s no killer (the supernatural don’t count), but when pushed by Andy into telling the truth, admits that he’s a little worried about it too.

Later, Ellen pulls the truth out of them about Sam’s abilities and connection to the demon. Sam also confesses that he looked up the evil twin’s history and there was no house fire, which means they’ve lost they only surefire way they had to track the other kids.

Yellow-Eyed Demon: Appearing in dreams according to the evil twin. Whatever his plans are, they definitely seem to be set in motion with all these psychics cropping up.

How Drunk Are We?: Sociably. Take three drinks due to eating our feelings instead of talking about them and also the insult done to the Glorious and Faithful Impala when that jackass Andy plopped himself behind its wheel.

The Quotable Winchesters: “I’m starting to like this dude. That van is sweet.” –Dean.

Moment Most Likely to Inspire Troubling Fan-Fic:

It could be a whole different show, darlings.

Notable Cameos:

Elias Toufexis, aka “this Elijah-Woods-looking son-of-a-gun,”  of Alphas plays Andy’s evil twin

2x6: No Exit

Monster of the Week: The ghost of H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer

A blonde argues with her building’s super over the phone about her flickering lights. As she complains about the crappy state of her apartment, black goo begins to seep from her walls. She investigates its source, a vent, bending down to look inside. An eyeball is staring back.

Terrifying! Also why the air conditioning’s been on the fritz.

Meanwhile, the Winchesters stop by Harville’s only to find Ellen and Jo in the midst of a knock-down dragout. It seems Jo wants to be a hunter, but Ellen’s timetable for letting her baby girl fight the supernatural is half past never. She goes so far as to rip away the case Jo has meticulously researched and hand it over to Sam and Dean.

It seems several blondes over the years have gone missing from a certain Philadelphia apartment building. When the boys investigate the current missing girl’s aparment, they find ectoplasm. Also? Jo. She shows up, telling them this is her case and that she lied to her mom to come solve it. When Ellen calls, Dean lies for Jo so she can stay.

With knife skills like that, I wouldn’t want to argue either.

Dean makes Jo stick close by him as they investigate. She thinks he’s being a chauvanist, but he protests, saying he has no problem with women hunting. Just amateurs. He tries to talk her out of the life, saying that no one who didn’t have it forced on them should live that way. His point is kind of made for him when they investigate the vents and find a clue: a piece of bloody scalp with blonde hair still attached.

Seriously. This job sucks.

Meanwhile another blonde in the apartment building is being subjected to black goo. Her ceiling cracks. Her phone goes dead. Her door locks her in. And then this happens.

Grossest mani-cam ever.

As I run around my house with pepper spray checking the vents, Sam uses his historical records research skills to put a name to their ghost. It’s none other than H.H. Holmes, America’s first and quite possibly, scariest serial killer.


I won’t share the entirety of his scurrilous kill methods but suffice it to say, he was big into using trapdoors to hide his victims and keep them alive for days.

The bad news is his bones are buried under two tons of concrete. The good news? Given his M.O., Jo thinks the most recent blonde might still be alive. They go into the walls looking for her. But Jo is the only one small enough to squeeze in through a certain section, and over Dean’s protests, she goes it alone. And, of course, she gets grabbed by the ghost.

She wakes to find herself locked in a coffin with bloody scratches on the lid and a tiny window slot. The missing girl is in a coffin across the way. The ghost creeps on them both, gently stroking Jo’s hair in a way that makes me want to nope myself invisible. She gets some shots in with an iron blade before Sam and Dean show up to rescue her. They get the civilian out, and Jo’s eager to go too, but Dean says they have to finish the job. They use her as bait in order to lure the ghost into an area where they can lock him in a ring of salt. As the ghost screams, the three hunters bury the whole underground lair in cement.

Brotherly Angst Quotient: Soap-operatic revelations

Just as Jo and Dean are starting to bond, Ellen informs her daughter that it was Papa Winchester’s reckless behavior that got Papa Harville killed out on a hunt. Jo can’t even look at Dean, telling him to go.

Yellow-Eyed Demon: Off torturing somebody else.

How Drunk Are We?: Not at all. Take a drink for Sammy’s lock-picking skills.

The Quotable Winchesters: “That’s ectoplasm! Well, Sam, I think I know what we’re dealing with here. The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.” –Dean

Moment Most Likely to Inspire Troubling Fan-Fic: Dean and Jo smile at each other so much, it’s like the screenplay was written by a romance novelist.

Notable Cameos: None

Next week: Crossroads demon!

Amanda Klase's photo About the Author: Amanda likes her heroines brash, her romantic leads snarky, and her video games Triple A. When she’s not re-enacting her favorite TV monologues, she’s getting up to all kinds of shenanigans with the San Francisco FYA Book Club.