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Supernatural: Bloody Mary

Dean: "This has gotta be like, what? Six hundred years of bad luck?"

This one was darker, bleaker, and downright creepy. Even the photography felt darker. Maybe it was because the emotional focus was on Sam, who was in a pretty dark place. Sam wanted to save Charlie, like he couldn't save Jessica... despite the prophetic dreams he had about Jessica's death that he wasn't telling Dean about. Sam told Charlie not to blame herself, but that was exactly what Sam was doing. Do as I say, not as I do.

Mirrors can be freaky. There's a reason why some cultures have traditions and superstitions about mirrors. Superstitions have power, too, even when you don't believe in them. After this episode, I told Dan that I was going to go into the bathroom and say "Bloody Mary" in front of the mirror three times, and he said, "Don't you dare." He meant it, too. Well, pretty much. (Yes, I did it, anyway.)

Maybe they should have taken that mirror out into a parking lot or something, instead of confronting Mary in a room chock full of other mirrors. Blood and glass all over the place. Someone's going to have to clean that up.

Bits and pieces:

— Dean insists on calling Sam "Sammy" even though Sam keeps telling him not to. My older sister used to do the same thing to me.

— What usually works in this series is the way that they twist it. Here, Bloody Mary only went after people who felt massively guilty about something. As Sam did. Note the parallel between Charlie's "crime" and Sam's.

— My mother loved musicals. There's a number from South Pacific called "Bloody Mary." If someone sang that in front of a mirror, would it count?

— The mirror images of Mary, and that last scene where she crawled out of the mirror, were right out of The Ring.

— This week's itinerary: Toledo, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Indiana.

— The guys masqueraded as med students from Ohio State, and as reporters.

— The last scene was Sam seeing Jessica standing on the street. Is she going to be haunting Sam in real life like she does his dreams?


Dean: "I earned that money."
Sam: "You won it in a poker game."
Dean: "Yeah."

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

Dean: "I'll go check that out. You stay here. Be careful. (pause) Smash anything that moves."

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."

This one rated pretty high with the creep factor. Two out of four stars,

Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.


  1. Really good episode. It was creepy but it let Sam starting to let go of his guilt.

  2. I liked this one but it scared me when she crawled thru the mirror. I've always avoided the films with the jerky long haired things, way too creepy.

  3. ...you wanted your sister to call you Bill? That's strange. Just kidding.

    I'm sort of not a fan of how they're modernizing these timeless urban legends. Did the Bloody Mary story not exist until a handful of years ago? At least in the pilot, the ghost lady was one of a number of Women in White, but this Bloody Mary seems to be represented as the original Bloody Mary. Someone should tell her that her drink's caught on really quickly.

  4. No, not Bill. :) My sister called me a nickname I hated, an expansion of my real name, even though I told her over and over that I didn't want her to. Big sisters. What can you do.

  5. Bloody Billie ?

    Quoting you : "Big sisters. What can you do." Arrgghh. You haven't met mine.

    Bloody Hill Billie ?

    Beverly Hills Billie ?

  6. Okay, just a note that "Billie Doux" is my pen name, and what my sister called me involved an expansion of my real name. :) She did it deliberately to annoy me, but I think it was also in fondness. I didn't blame her. She was six years older, our parents were always gone, and she had to babysit me all the time, much like Dean had to take care of Sam.

  7. Oh nicknames! I've had a few in my time, let me tell you...
    This one wasn't super high on the fridge horror aspect for me, though the cinematography and atmosphere did make for a tension-filled episode. I spent a good portion of the running time waiting eagerly for Mary Tudor to appear; high collar, crown, and all - but I guess they decided to take a different 'Bloody Mary' route. This was one cool experience!

  8. >>Okay, just a note that "Billie Doux" is my pen name,

    I can't imagine your sibling making a joke off of Love Letter.

  9. "Big sisters. What can you do?"

    My big sister terrified me with the Bloody Mary legend when I was about seven years old. There was a good chunk of time when I was afraid of going past the bathroom door without any lights on. That was 40 years ago, but this episode brought it right back. The second that girl went in the bathroom, I was 7-years-old again. I was not helped by the fact that my mother used to think it was hilarious to pound on the bathroom door out of the blue and scare the crap out of me. When her friends did that to her, I screamed and almost started crying. Needless to say, I did not love this episode.


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