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Supernatural: Crossroad Blues

Two miraculously successful individuals die after claiming to be haunted by hell-hounds. Sam and Dean discover that each of them visited a bar where a demon has been making people's dreams come true in exchange for their souls. They find the last person and Sam protects him while Dean summons the demon. However, he is shocked when it reveals the truth surrounding his father's death, and tempts Dean into getting the one thing he wants the most -- his father.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x8
Production Number: 3T5508
Airdate: Thursday November 16th, 2006

Director: Steve Boyum
Writer: Sera Gamble

Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) Jan 21, 2007
UK (E4) Mar 25, 2007
PT (AXN) Apr 30, 2007
FR (TF6) Oct 08, 2007
DE (Pro7) Feb 11, 2008
IT (RaiDue) Jul 22, 2008
NL (Net 5) Jan 25, 2009


Guest Stars
La Monde ByrdLa Monde Byrd
As Robert Johnson
John LafayetteJohn Lafayette
As George Darrow
Jeannette SousaJeannette Sousa
As Dean's Demon (as Jeannette Souza)

Co-Guest Stars
Aleks PaunovicAleks Paunovic
As Boyden's Partner
Deni DeloryDeni Delory
Christie LaingChristie Laing
As Johnson's Crossroad Demon
Vincent GaleVincent Gale
As Evan Hudson
Yvonne MyersYvonne Myers
As Johnson's Lady
Catherine Thomas (2)Catherine Thomas (2)
As Sylvia Pearlman
James LafazanosJames Lafazanos
As Hotel Manager
Leah CairnsLeah Cairns
As Julie Hudson
Lilian UmurungiLilian Umurungi
As Sylvia's Maid
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


In Greenwood Mississippi in August, 1938, bluesman Robert Johnson is playing at a roadhouse. In the middle of his song, he hears a dog growling in the distance. The audience members also notice, and Robert tries to go on, but the shadow of a dog passes by the windows. The barking grows louder and Johnson runs outside and into the woods. The growling sounds follow him, and something moves in the brushes. Johnson drops his guitar and runs into a cabin, barring the door behind him. Something slams into it and he bars the door, and then collapses to his knees. Seconds later, Johnson’s lady and two of the audience members who have followed Johnson break down the door, and find the bluesman having convulsions. As they go to get the doctor, the woman asks Johnson what happened. He mutters, "dogs" and then dies...

Read the full recap
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Big Bill BroonzyKey to the HighwayDean and Sam discuss John's fate
Robert JohnsonCross Roads Blues1930, Robert makes his deal

Episode Quotes
Sam: So much for our low profile. You got a warrant in St. Louis and now you’re officially in the feds’ database.
Dean: Dude, I’m like Dillinger or something.

Dean: What have they got on you?
Sam: I'm sure they just... haven't posted it yet.
Dean: What, no accessory? Nothing?
Sam: Shut up.
Dean: (laughs) You're jealous.
Sam: No, I'm not!
Dean: Uh, huh. All right, what you got on the case there, you innocent, harmless young man, you?

Sam: Architect Shawn Boyden plummeted to his death from the roof of his home, a condominium he designed.
Dean: Hmm, build a high-rise and then jump off the top of it. That's classy.

Sam: In fact the authorities are a little confused as to how a wild dog could get past the doorman, take the elevator up, and start roaming the halls of the cushiest joint in town.

Sam: But anyways, whatever they are, they’re big, nasty…
Dean: Yeah, bet they could hump the crap out of your leg. Look at that one, huh? (Sam sighs) What? They could.

Sam: So?
Dean: Secretary’s name is Carly. She’s 23, she kayaks, and, uh, they’re real.
Sam: You didn’t happen to ask her if she’s seen any black dogs lately did you?

Dean: And, uhh, I don't know what this thing is.
Sam: You mean Carly's MySpace address?
Dean: Yeah, MySpace, what the hell is that? (Sam laughs) Seriously, is that like some sort of porn site?

Dean: That doctor lady? Wherever she’s running, she ain’t running fast enough.

Dean: Well, we know a little about a lot of things, just enough to make us dangerous.

Dean: C’mon, we’re not demons!
Sam: Any other bright ideas?

Dean's Demon: I know all about you, Dean Winchester.
Dean: So you know who I am.
Dean's Demon: I get the newsletter.

Dean: What the hell was that for?
Dean's Demon: Sealing the deal.
Dean: You know, I usually like to be warned before I’m violated with demon.

Dean's Demon: See, people talk about Hell, but it's just a word. Doesn't even come close to describing the real thing.
Dean: Shut your mouth, bitch.
Dean's Demon: If you could see your poor daddy, hear the sounds he makes 'cause he can’t even scream...

Dean: How could he [Dad] do it?
Sam: He did it for you.
Dean: Exactly. How am I supposed to live with that? You know, the thought of him, wherever he is right now. He spent his whole life chasing that yellow-eyed son-of-a-bitch. He should have gone out fighting. That was supposed to be his legacy. You know? Not bargaining with the damn thing. Not this.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Crossroad Blues

The episode title comes from the Robert Johnson song "Cross Roads Blues" which is played during the episode. The episode also contains flashbacks of the legendary blues singer.

Dean: Yeah, MySpace, what the hell is that?

Dean's ignorance of MySpace seems to be a jab at the popular chat site. MySpace is enormously popular - and a subsidiary of CW rival Fox.

Dean: Place could be full of women in Leia bikinis...

Dean speculates on what George Darrow might have received in exchange for his soul, referring to the sixth Star Wars chapter (the third film produced). In 1983's Return of the Jedi, loathsome gangster Jabba the Hutt captures Princess Leia and forces her to wear a revealing costume; Jabba's lascivious tastes apparently running to women of all species.

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson, whom we see in flashbacks, was a legendary blues man who lived a short life that produced some 29 songs and influenced many, many rock and roll legends. Stories, partially depicted in the episode, claim that Johnson sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for his musical gift. In the episode Johnson succumbs at the crossroads, muttering of black dogs. His actual death was likely more mundane: poisoning by a jealous husband whose wife Johnson was seeing on the side.

Dean: Dude, I am like Dillinger or something.

In the 1930s, John Dillinger was a legendary bank robber and gangster, often referred to as a Robin Hood.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer  |  Kim Manners  |  John Shiban
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Johnson
Supervising ProducerMatt Witten  |  Philip Sgriccia
ProducerCyrus I. Yavneh
Consulting ProducerBen Edlund
Associate ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Production DesignerJerry Wanek
EditorAnthony Pinker
CastingEric Dawson  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorJohn MacCarthy
Second Assistant DirectorKit Marlatt
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Transportation CoordinatorMark Gould
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Script SupervisorPam Lawrence
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerBill Jackson (1)  |  Dennis Kirk
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementGeorge A. Grieve
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Executive Story EditorSera Gamble  |  Raelle Tucker
Key Makeup ArtistShannon Coppin
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
Special Effects Make-upToby Lindala
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