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A gas & power worker is killed when insects burrow themselves into his brain and consume it. Sam and Dean research the history of the new housing development and find that it has been constructed on former Indian land cursed against the white man. Now, it's up to the brothers to get the people out before they are killed by swarms of bees, locusts, spiders, and beetles.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 2T6907
Airdate: Tuesday November 08th, 2005

Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) Feb 26, 2006
PT (AXN) Nov 27, 2006
FR (TF6) Dec 11, 2006
IT (RaiDue) Mar 27, 2007
DE (Pro7) Dec 10, 2007
NL (Net 5) Aug 24, 2008


Guest Stars
Carrie GenzelCarrie Genzel
As Lynda Bloome
Tyler JohnstonTyler Johnston
As Matt Pike
Andrew AirlieAndrew Airlie
As Larry Pike

Co-Guest Stars
Jim ByrnesJim Byrnes
As Anthropology Professor
Anne Marie LoderAnne Marie Loder
As Joanie Pike (as Anne Marie Deluise)
Ryan RobbinsRyan Robbins
As Travis Wheeler
Jimmy HermanJimmy Herman
As Joe White Tree
Mi-Jung LeeMi-Jung Lee
As Newscaster
Michael DaingerfieldMichael Daingerfield
As Dustin Burwash
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


In the town of Oasis Plains, Oklahoma, workers are laboring at a new housing tract. One of the gas company employees admires the expensive houses, and then slaps at a mosquito on his neck. The other one, Dustin, notices that the ground is rumbling. The dirt suddenly falls in and he drops, breaking his ankle. As his co-worker Travis goes to get a rope, Dustin notices thousands of bugs in the hole with him. Travis returns and discovers that Dustin is dead, bleeding from his eyes and nose...

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Episode Notes
The town of Oasis Plains is a fictional town in Oklahoma created for this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Def LeppardRock of Ages 
The ScorpionsRock You like a Hurricanethe brothers leave Oasis Plains
The ScorpionsNo One Like You 

Episode Quotes
Dean: Hunting's our day job. And the pay is crap.
Sam: Yeah, but hustling pool, credit card scams. It's not the most honest thing in the world, Dean.
Dean: Well, let's see. and easy. (thinks about it) It's no contest. Besides, we're good at it, it's what we were raised to do.
Sam: Yeah, well, how we were raised was jacked.

Sam: Oasis Plains, Oklahoma, not far from here... gas company employee, Dustin Burwash, supposedly died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob.
Dean: Huh?
Sam: Human Mad Cow Disease.
Dean: Mad Cow.... wasn't that on Oprah?
Sam: You watch Oprah?

Dean: Hmm... looks like there's only room for one. You want to flip a coin?
Sam: Dean, we have no idea what's down there.
Dean: All right. I'll go if you're scared. Scared?
Sam: Flip the damn coin!
Dean: Call it in the air, chicken. (flips coin)
Sam: (catches coin) I'm going.
Dean: I said I'd go.
Sam: I'm going. Don't drop me.

Dean: So you found some beetles in a hole in the ground. That's shocking, Sam.

Dean: Kinda hungry for a little barbecue. How about you? (Sam glares) What, we can't talk to the locals?
Sam: And the free food's got nothing to do with it?
Dean: Of course not, I'm a professional!

Dean: Growing up in a place like this would freak me out.
Sam: Why?
Dean: The manicured lawns and "How was your day, honey?" I'd blow my brains out.
Sam: There's nothing wrong with normal.
Dean: I'd take our family over normal any day.

Lynda Bloome: Well, let me just say that we accept home owners of all race, religion, color, or... sexual orientation.
Dean: Right. Um, I'm going to go talk to Larry. Okay, honey? (smacks Sam on the butt)

Sam: Well, Dad never treated you like that, you were perfect. He was all over my case. You don't remember?
Dean: Well, maybe he had to raise his voice, but sometimes you were out of line.
Sam: Right! Right, like when I said I'd rather play soccer than learn bow hunting.
Dean: Bow hunting's an important skill.

Sam: The question is, why bugs and why now?
Dean: That's two questions.

Sam: I respected Dad. But no matter what I did, it was never good enough.
Dean: So what are you saying? That Dad was disappointed in you?
Sam: Was? Is... and always has been.
Dean: Why would you think that?
Sam: Because I didn't want to bow hunt... or hustle pool because I wanted to go to school and live my life, which in our whacked-out family made me the freak.

Sam: Joe White Tree? We'd like to ask you a few questions, if that's all right.
Dean: We're students from the university.
Joe White Tree: No, you're not. You're lying.
Dean: Umm, well, truth is...
Joe White Tree: You know who starts sentence with "truth is"? Liars.
Sam: Have you heard of Oasis Plains? It's a housing development near Atoka Valley.
Joe White Tree: I like him. He's not a liar.

Episode Goofs
Near the beginning of the episode when Travis runs into the hole, the shadows of the camera crew can be seen.

At one point, Sam says that it's midnight. However, moments later the sun rises.

After checking out the hole, the brothers drive to the BBQ. During their conversation along the way, a sheet of plastic apparently covers the car door window on Sam's side for no apparent reason.

Cultural References
Dean: Like Willard?

In the movie Willard, a man develops a strange bond with rats and then uses them to get revenge on his co-workers.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer
Co-Executive ProducerRichard Hatem  |  John Shiban  |  Kim Manners
Supervising ProducerPhilip Sgriccia
ProducerCyrus I. Yavneh  |  Peter Johnson
Associate ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Production DesignerJerry Wanek
EditorPaul Karasick
CastingRobert J. Ulrich  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Eric Dawson  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorKit Marlatt
MusicJay Gruska
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Script SupervisorPattie Robertson
Production CoordinatorNancy Carrow
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorRaelle Tucker  |  Sera Gamble
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
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-upToby Lindala
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