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Supernatural: Playthings

At a small Connecticut inn, Sam and Dean encounter a single mother, Susan, whose daughter, Tyler, often plays with an imaginary friend. As Susan and Tyler are packing to move after selling the run-down Pierpont Inn, Sam and Dean begin to notice strange dolls with backward heads, an urn with a hoodoo pattern, and a mysterious old woman confined to the attic. Tthe brothers soon discover that the imaginary friend may be the ghost behind recent deaths of people living in the rural Connecticut town.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x11
Production Number: 3T5511
Airdate: Thursday January 18th, 2007

Director: Charles Beeson
Writer: Matt Witten

Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) Feb 11, 2007
PT (AXN) May 21, 2007
DE (Pro7) Mar 05, 2008
IT (RaiDue) Aug 05, 2008
NL (Net 5) Feb 15, 2009


Guest Stars
Matreya FedorMatreya Fedor
As Tyler Thompson
Annie WerschingAnnie Wersching
As Susan Thompson
Conchita CampbellConchita Campbell
As Maggie Thompson

Co-Guest Stars
Jonathan BruceJonathan Bruce
As Larry Williams
John R. TaylorJohn R. Taylor
As Sherwin
Brenda McDonaldBrenda McDonald
As Rose Thompson
Rob BrunerRob Bruner
As Mr. Witherspoon
Talia WilliamsTalia Williams
As Young Rose Thompson
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


At the Pierpont Inn in Cornwall, Connecticut, a driver arrives to pick up the boxes belonging to the owner, Susan Thompson. Susan's daughter, Tyler, is sitting with her sister Maggie and complaining that they're packing away her toys. Maggie swears and Tyler echoes it, and Susan jokingly tells them both to watch their mouths. Tyler then goes to her room and looks at her extensive collection of dolls. There is a dollhouse built to resemble the inn, and she takes several dolls and places them in the house. However, she notices that one of them, a deliveryman, is sprawled at the base of the stairs. Tyler hears a scream and goes to investigate, and sees the driver sprawled at the bottom of the stairs, his neck broken and a shattered doll lying next to him...

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Episode Quotes
Dean: I just figured after Ava, there'd be, uh, you know, more angst, more droopy music, and staring out the rainy windows (Sam glares) Yeah, I'll shut up now.
Sam: Look, I'm the one who told her to go back home. Now her fiance's dead and some demon has taken her off to God-knows-where. You know? We've been looking for a month now. We got nothing. So I'm not giving up on her, but I'm not going to let other people die, either. We've gotta save as many people as we can.
Dean: Wow, that attitude is just way too healthy for me. I'm officially uncomfortable now. Thank you.

Dean: Dude, this is sweet. I never get to work jobs like this.
Sam: Like what?
Dean: Old-school haunted houses, you know? Fog, secret passageways, sissy British accents. Might even get to run into Fred and Daphne while we're inside. Mmm, Daphne...l love her.

Susan Thompson: Let me guess. You guys are here antiquing?
Dean: How'd you know?
Susan Thompson: Oh, you just look the type. So, uh, a king-size bed?
Sam: What?! No, uh no, we're... Two singles. We're just brothers.
Susan Thompson: Oh! Oh, I'm so sorry.
Dean: What'd you mean that we look the type?

Dean: Of course, the most troubling question is why do these people assume we're gay?
Sam: Well, you are kind of butch. They probably think you're overcompensating.
Dean: Right.

Dean: Hey, are those antique dolls? 'Cause this one, this one here, he's got a major doll collection back home. Don't ya? Huh?
Sam: (reluctantly) Big time.
Dean: Big time. Yeah, you think he could come… well, we could come in and take a look?
Susan Thompson: I don't know…
Dean: Please? I mean he loves them. He's not gonna tell you this, but he's always dressing 'em up in these little tiny outfits and I mean, you'd make his day. She would, huh? Huh?
Sam: (glaring at Dean) It's true.

Dean: Wow! This is a lotta dolls. Er, they're nice, they're not super-creepy at all...

Dean: You get online, check old obits, freak accidents, that sort of thing. See if he's whacked anybody before.
Sam: Right.
Dean: Don't go surfing porn, that's not the kinda of whacking I mean.

Dean: We gotta figure this out and fast. What d'ya find out about Granny?
Sam: (drunk) You're bossy.
Dean: What?!
Sam: You're bossy. And short...
Dean: Are you drunk?
Sam: Yeah! So? Stupid.

Dean: I'd love to hear some stories...
Sherwin: Boy, you should never say that to an old man.

Sam: (leaning on the toilet) Ohh, I can still taste the tequila.
Dean: You know, there's a really good hangover remedy, it's a... it's a greasy pork sandwich served up in a dirty ashtray.
Sam: Ohhh, I hate you.
Dean: I know you do.

Sam: This woman's had a stroke.
Dean: Yeah, but hoodoo's hands-on...
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: gotta mix herbs, and chant, and build an altar.
Sam: So it can't be Rose. Heck, maybe it's not even hoodoo.
Dean: You know, she could be faking.
Sam: Yeah, what do you wanna do, poke her with a stick? (Dean nods) Dude, you are not gonna poke her with a stick!

Susan Thompson: What the hell happened out there?
Dean: You want the truth?
Susan Thompson: Of course.
Dean: Well at first we thought it was some kind of hoodoo curse. But that out there, was definitely a spirit.
Susan Thompson: You're insane.
Dean: It's been said.

Susan Thompson: I don't believe this.
Dean: Listen, sister, that car didn't try to run you down by itself, okay? I mean I guess it did, technically, but if a spirit can... forget it.

Dean: Feels good getting back in the saddle, doesn't it?
Sam: Yeah. Yeah, it does. But it doesn't change what we talked about last night, Dean.
Dean: We talked about a lotta things last night.
Sam: You know what I mean.
Dean: You were wasted.
Sam: But you weren't. And you promised.

Episode Goofs
When Sam is sick in the bathroom nursing his hangover, his image is reflected in the mirror while he talks to Dean. When Dean walks by him, we continue to see a mirrored image of Sam but his cast is on the wrong arm for it to be mirrored, and it is filmed as if it is a "live" shot rather than a mirrored one.

When Dean talks to a hungover Sam, he is seen leaning on the left edge of the door. But when the camera cuts to Sam, Dean's legs are on the right-hand side. Even if the Sam shots are mirrored (see above), Dean's are incorrectly placed.

Cultural References
Dean: Might even run into Fred and Daphne while we're inside

Dean refers here to two members of the Scooby-Doo gang, who first appeared in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and have since appeared in many other cartoons and two feature films. Scooby-Doo and his friends routinely investigate traditional haunts such as the inn in this episode. Unlike what the Winchesters face, the "Scoobies" routinely uncover fake ghosts, usually people trying to scare others for monetary gain.

The Shining

The episode has several references to the 1980 film, The Shining. In the episode, Dean talks to a bartender who knows all about the history of the hotel they are in, similar to a scene in the film with Jack Nicholson. At the hotel, Sam and Dean stay in room 237, which is also the haunted room in The Shining.

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  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorAmanda Bartley
MusicJay Gruska
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Location ManagerRuss Hamilton (2)
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Construction CoordinatorChris Sneddon
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 EditorRaelle Tucker  |  Sera Gamble
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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