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Supernatural: Bloody Mary

Sam and Dean hear about a man who died of a stroke while in front of a mirror. After visiting the family and interviewing the man's two daughters, the brothers conclude that the legendary Bloody Mary caused the man's death.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 2T6905
Airdate: Tuesday October 11th, 2005


Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) Feb 05, 2006
PT (AXN) Nov 06, 2006
FR (TF6) Dec 18, 2006
IT (RaiDue) Mar 13, 2007
DE (Pro7) Nov 12, 2007
NL (Net 5) Aug 03, 2008

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (24 Votes cast)

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Guest Stars
Adrianne Palicki
As Jessica
Recurring
William Taylor (1)
As Detective
Kristie Marsden
As Donna Shoemaker
Duncan Minett (1)
As Steven Shoemaker

Co-Guest Stars
Michael Teigen
As Teacher
Recurring
Genevieve Buechner
As Lily Shoemaker
James Ashcroft
As Coroner
Jovanna Huguet
As Bloody Mary / Mary Worthington

Uncredited
Dan Shea
As Police Officer #2
Main Cast
Jared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester

Recap

Toledo, Ohio
Three 10-year-old girls are playing “Truth or Dare” at the home of one of them, Lily Shoemaker. One girl dares Lily to enter the bathroom and utter “Bloody Mary” three times before the mirror. Legend says this will summon Bloody Mary, variously a ghost, witch, or wronged woman, who will scratch out the eyes of whoever summoned her. Lily takes the dare and says “Bloody Mary” twice. A wind starts to pick up out of nowhere. At the end of the third recitation, her friends hammer on the door, scaring her. However, Lily emerges unharmed. The noise rouses the girl’s father, Steven Shoemaker, who asks them to keep the noise down. He returns to his room, passing several reflective surfaces. Each one reflects a darkly shrouded girl, her face obscured by her hair. Steve goes to the bathroom and takes some medicine, and then stares in surprise at his reflection as veins spread across the right side of his face...

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Episode Notes
Fans complained that the Bloody Mary character was very similar to that of the girl in the movie The Ring. Several fans wrote letters of complaint, some of which were published in the October 31 - November 6, 2005 issue of TV Guide.

Sam and Dean travel to Toledo, Ohio to hunt Bloody Mary. Toledo is the hometown of Adrianne Palicki (Jessica) as well as series creator Eric Kripke, who also is credited with the story for this episode.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Def LeppardRock of AgesIn the Car, On the Phone, Calling About the Mirror
Fall Out BoySugar, We're Going DownGirl is Getting Ready for Bed
The Rolling StonesLaugh, I Nearly DiedSam drives away, sees Jessica


Episode Quotes
Dean: Dude, I earned that money.
Sam: You won it in a poker game.
Dean: Yeah...?

Sam: But the eyes. What would cause something like that?
Coroner: Capillaries combust? Uh... I see a lot of bloodshot eyes with stroke victims.
Dean: Yeah, you ever see exploding eyeballs?
Coroner: Yeah, that's a first for me.

Sam: Might not be one of ours. It might be just some freak medical thing.
Dean: How many times in Dad's long, varied career has it actually been a freak medical thing? And not some sign of an awful supernatural death?
Sam: Uh, almost never.
Dean: Exactly.

Sam: So we gotta search local newspapers, public records as far back as they go. See if we can find the Mary who fits the bill.
Dean: Well, that sounds annoying.
Sam: No, it won't be so bad, uh, as long as we... (sees the computers are out of order) Huh. I take it back. This will be very annoying.

Sam: Why'd you let me fall asleep?
Dean: Because I'm an awesome brother. So, what'd you dream about?
Sam: Lollipops and candy canes.
Dean: Yeah, sure.

Sam: Find anything?
Dean: Oh, besides a whole new level of frustration? No. A few local women, a Laura and a Catherine, committed suicide in front of a mirror. And a giant mirror fell on a guy named Dave. But, uh, no Mary.

Charlie: I'm insane, right?
Dean: No, you're not insane.
Charlie: God, that makes me feel so much worse.

Sam: So maybe we should try to pin her down. You know, summon her to her mirror and then smash it.
Dean: Well, how do you know that's gonna work?
Sam: I don't. Well, not for sure

Dean: Well, who’s gonna summon her?
Sam: I will. She’ll come after me.
Dean: You know what, that’s it. This is about Jessica, isn’t it? You think that’s your dirty little secret that you killed her somehow? Sam, this has got to stop, man. I mean, the nightmares and calling her name out in the middle of the night—it’s gonna kill you. Now listen to me—It wasn’t your fault. If you wanna blame something, then blame the thing that killed her. Or hell, why don’t you take a swing at me? I mean I’m the one that dragged you away from her in the first place.

Dean: I don’t what?
Sam: You don’t know all about it. I haven’t told you everything.
Dean: What are you talking about?
Sam: Well it wouldn’t really be a secret if I told you, would it?

Police Officer: Hold it!
Dean: Whoa, whoa, whoa, guys. False alarm. I tripped the system.
Police Officer: Who are you?
Dean: I'm the boss's kid.
Police Officer: You're Mr. Yamishiro's kid?

Bloody Mary / Mary Worthington: (to Sam, about Jessica) You never told her the truth--who you really were. But it's more than that, isn't it? Those nightmares you've been having of Jessica dying, screaming, burning--you had them for days before she died. Didn't you? You were so desperate to be normal, to believe they were just dreams. How could you ignore them like that? How could you leave her alone to die? You dreamt it would happen!

Dean: (After smashing a room's worth of mirrors) sam?
Sam: Yeah?
Dean: This has gotta be, what, six hundred years bad luck?

Dean: Hey, Sam?
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: Now that this is all over, I want you to tell me what that secret was.
Sam: Look, you're my brother and I'd die for you. But there are some things I need to keep to myself.



Episode Goofs
When Sam and Dean enter the Shoemaker house during the funeral reception, there's a woman just inside the door holding a cup of coffee. As they walk down the hallway, she turns to follow them. However, when the camera changes angles in the next shot, she's standing behind them and facing away.


As the brothers drive out of "Toledo, Ohio," they go past George's Taverna in Steveston. Steveston is in Richmond, British Columbia, 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver. It's nowhere near Toledo, Ohio.




Cultural References
The Ring

Several references are made to the film The Ring including the appearance of Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary's jerky movements when she walks, and Bloody Mary climbing out of the mirror.

(as Sam points a video camera at him)
Dean: Do I look like Paris Hilton?

This is a reference to Paris Hilton's various sex tapes filmed with her past two boyfriends.



Analysis
Legend of Bloody Mary

Like in the episode, anyone who chants the words "Bloody Mary" three times in front of a mirror ends up summoning the spirit of Bloody Mary. However, the folklore tales tell various stories about what Bloody Mary does to the person that summons her, from killing the person (similar to what happened in this episode) to stealing their eyes or driving them mad.

Mirror Folklore

As shown in the episode, there is a lot of folklore associated with mirrors. Some cultures believe that the soul projects out of the body into mirrors in the form of a reflection while others hold mirrors in high supersitition, believing that breaking a mirror will result in seven years of bad luck (as referred to in this episode).



Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer (1)
Co-Executive ProducerRichard Hatem  |  John Shiban
Supervising ProducerPhilip Sgriccia
ProducerCyrus I. Yavneh  |  Peter Johnson
Associate ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Production DesignerJerry Wanek
EditorDavid Ekstrom
CastingRobert J. Ulrich  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Eric Dawson  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorKit Marlatt
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Location ManagerTerry Mackay
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorSera Gamble  |  Raelle Tucker
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Art DirectorJohn Marcynuk
Production ManagementGeorge A. Grieve
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Key Makeup ArtistShannon Coppin
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
Visual Effects ProducerScott Ramsey
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Special Effects Make-upJoel Echallier
 
Warning: Supernatural season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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