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Supernatural: Asylum

Sam and Dean travel to an abandoned sanitarium where they find that the patients once revolted against cruel and unusual punishments given to them by the head doctor. The brothers search the area for lost college students, but the spirits make them go insane, and end up turning Sam against Dean.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x10
Production Number: 2T6909
Airdate: Tuesday November 22nd, 2005

Director: Guy Norman Bee
Writer: Richard Hatem

Alternate Airdates:

PT (AXN) Dec 11, 2006
FR (TF6) Jan 22, 2007
IT (RaiDue) Apr 11, 2007
DE (Pro7) Jan 07, 2008
NL (Net 5) Sep 07, 2008


Guest Stars
Tom PickettTom Pickett
As Lt. Danny Gunderson
Nick DNick D'Agosto
As Gavin (as Nicholas D'Agosto)

Co-Guest Stars
Peter Benson (2)Peter Benson (2)
As Lt. Walter Kelly
Nancy BellNancy Bell
As Female Patient / Spirit
Roy CampsallRoy Campsall
As Patient / Spirit
James PurcellJames Purcell
As Dr. James Ellicott
Norman ArmourNorman Armour
As Dr Sanford Ellicott
Karly WarkentinKarly Warkentin
As Kelly's Wife
Nicole LaPlacaNicole LaPlaca
As Patient / Spirit
Richard DietlRichard Dietl
As Patient / Spirit
Leif BridgmanLeif Bridgman
As Patient / Spirit
John Gray (2)John Gray (2)
As Patient / Spirit
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


At the Roosevelt Asylum in Rockford, Illinois, two police officers notice that kids have broken in again. The older officer, Daniel Gunderson, explains to the new officer, Lt. Walter Kelly, that the abandoned asylum has a bad reputation, and it's rumored that anyone who sleeps there for the night is driven insane. They discover that whoever broken in used heavy-duty bolt cutters to cut the padlock. The officers split up to search and Gunderson's flashlight goes out, while someone watches him from a nearby door. Meanwhile, Gunderson finds the kids and sends them on their way. Kelly meets him outside and says that he didn't find anything. As they get in the car to go, Kelly's nose bleeds briefly...

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Episode Notes
The Roosevelt Asylum, which is portrayed in this episode, is an actual asylum that is believed to be haunted and has violent spirit activity.

During the filming of this episode, Smallville star Tom Welling hid in the backseat of the set car. The filming location of Smallville was very near to where this episode was filmed.

The coordinates that John Winchester texts his sons are 42, -89, which are the coordinates for the asylum in Rockford, Illinois.

This episode was filmed in Old Terminal Pub, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bachman Turner OverdriveHey You 

Episode Quotes
Dean: It's a text message--it's coordinates.
Sam: Do you think Dad was texting us?
Dean: He's given us coordinates before.
Sam: The man can barely work a toaster, Dean.

Dean: Let me know if you see any dead people, Haley Joel.

Dean: Let me know if you see any dead people, Haley Joel.

Sam: It doesn't matter what (John) wants.
Dean: See, that attitude right there... that is why I always got the extra cookie.

Dean: The only thing that makes me more nervous than a pissed-off spirit…is the pissed-off spirit of a psycho-killer.

Gavin: She kissed me.
Sam: Umm, but she didn't hurt you physically?
Gavin: Dude, she kissed me! I'm scarred for life!

Kat: So how do you guys know about all this ghost stuff?
Sam: It's kind of our job.
Kat: Why would anyone want a job like that?
Sam: I had a crappy guidance counselor.

Kat: Hey Gavin?
Gavin: Yeah?
Kat: If we make it out of here alive, we are so breaking up.

Sam: I told you I looked everywhere. I didn't find a hidden room.
Dean: Well, that's why they call it hidden.

Dean: You're not gonna try to kill me, are you?
Sam: No.
Dean: Good. 'Cause that would be awkward.

Episode Goofs
While looking at the article about the asylum, the picture of the wendigo is on the right hand page. Later when the look at the article, the wendigo is on a different page than before.

Cultural References
Dean: Let me know if you see any dead people, Haley Joel.

This is reference to the movie The Sixth Sense. In this movie the character Cole Sear, interpreted by the actor Haley Joel Osment, can see dead people, and says the famous line "I see dead people".

Dean: So who do you think is the hottest psychic? Patricia Arquette? Jennifer Love Hewitt? Or you?

Patricia Arquette and Jennifer Love Hewitt have their own "supernatural" tv show, Medium and Ghost Whisperer. Their characters are very similar.

Dean: Nigel Tufnel

This alias that Dean gives is the name of the lead singer of the fictional band Spinal Tap. Nigel is played by actor Christopher Guest.

Dean: Don't ask don't tell.

"Don't ask, don't tell" is the United States military policy that began during WWI and is still used today concerning sexual orientation of its recruits.

Dean: All work and no play makes Dr. Ellicott a very dull boy.

This is a reference to Jack, Jack Nicholson's character in The Shining, who is a psychotic caretaker of a hotel. Jack was writing a novel, but all he wrote in the book was "All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy" over and over.

Dean: Dr. Feelgood was working on some sort of extreme rage therapy.

Dr. Feelgood is a nickname given to doctors who overprescribe psychoactive "feelgood" medicine to their patients.

Episode References
While Dean is reading an article about the asylum, a picture of a Wendigo is on one of the pages. This relates back to "Wendigo" in which Sam and Dean battle a Wendigo in Colorado.


This episode ties in with the story of Amityville in which the mass murders of a family occurred, as well as the alleged torture of a family for 28 days, both being due to evil spirits.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer
Co-Executive ProducerKim Manners  |  John Shiban  |  Richard Hatem
Supervising ProducerPhilip Sgriccia
ProducerPeter Johnson  |  Cyrus I. Yavneh
Associate ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Production DesignerJerry Wanek
EditorAnthony Pinker
CastingEric Dawson  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorKit Marlatt
MusicJay Gruska
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Key GripHarvey Fedor
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
GafferChris Cochrane
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