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Sam has a premonition in which a man is killed, but the murder is made to look like a suicide. Sam convinces Dean that they must investigate the case, but the two are puzzled when they fail to find anything that indicates that the death was supernatural in nature. That is, until they find out that Max, the reclusive son of the first victim, has been using his recently acquired power of telekinesis to kill the family members that once abused him. Sam also discovers Max's mother was killed by the same fiery demon that took his own mom. Written by Anonymous

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7 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Sam and Dean introduce themselves as Father Simmons and Father Frehley, the bassist and former lead guitarist of the rock band KISS. See more »


The boys see a state trooper car that is white with an American flag on it. In the state of Michigan trooper cars are dark blue and have a Michigan flag decal on the driver's side. See more »


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Jim Miller: Somebody help me! Somebody help!
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Written by Bob Seger (uncredited)
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Sam's Visions Get Worse
18 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an important episode for the series. It establishes that Sam's not the only kid with special powers, or the only baby whose mother was incinerated over his crib. It's also the episode that shifts Dean's main mission from "hunting things and saving people" to "protecting Sam." Dean's always been looking out for Sammy, in fact he practically raised the kid. (see season one's "Something Wicked.") But after "Nightmare," Dean's concern for Sam, and his worry about Sam's powers are Dean's main focus in life. If you're watching the episodes on DVD, you shouldn't skip "Nightmare," since it sets up a lot of stuff for the rest of the season one and helps establish the story arc of season two.

"Nightmare" revolves around Sam finding another kid with physic abilities. Sam has another prophetic dream of a guy dying and insists that he & Dean investigate. The dead guy had a creepy son, named Max, a quiet wife, and an angry brother. Sam & Dean crash the funeral, dressed as priests to question the bereaved and quickly determine that it's not the work of a ghost. After the brother also dies mysteriously and Sam has a vision of it, the boys turn their attention to Max. Sam and Dean are also worried because Sam's visions are now coming when he's awake, too.

It turns out that Max was abused by his uncle and father. He killed them to get revenge and now he's after his step-mother because she just stood-by and watched. Sam and Dean try to stop him, but soon Max has them all at gun point. Sam and Max talk, and Sam realizes that Max has the same sort of mysterious powers that he does. Max's are a little different in that he can move things with his mind, though. Max also tells Sam that his mother died on the ceiling of his nursery, burning. Like Sam, Max's powers began to manifest recently and are getting stronger. Then he locks Sam in the closet and goes after Dean & the mom. Sam sees a vision of Max killing Dean and power surges out of him. He opens the closet with his mind and saves Dean, but before they can stop him, Max turns the gun on himself. Sam is upset over Max's death and the new questions he has about his own powers. Sam and Dean leave town, with Dean promising his brother that Sam isn't evil, or dangerous to anyone like Max and that they will get answers to what's going on.

There are some good parts to this episode. I like Dean's shock when Sam mutters that that their family is cursed. "We're not cursed. We've just had some dark spots." Dean has such a childlike belief in his family that it's kinna sweet. I also like Sam's conversation with Max. Sam comes to see how much harder his life would have been if he hadn't had John and Dean there to protect him. It's also the threat to Dean's safety that makes Sam break free of the closet. It's an indication of things to come, where the brothers will do incredible things to keep each other safe. Finally, I like Sam & Dean dressed up like priests. They're just cute... In a "Thornbirds" kinna way.

On the down side, is Sam's telekinesis ever going to come back again?

My favorite part of the episode: Dean assuring Sam that, "As long as I'm around, nothing bad is gonna happen to you." Then he makes a joke about heading to Vegas to test out Sam's new powers. Sam laughs and you can see that he's comforted by Dean's words. Then Dean turns and there's a close up on his face, all the worry he hid from Sam reflected in his eyes. It shows how many of Dean's thoughts and concerns he hides behind a joke and quick smile. All of their lives he comforted Sammy, by telling him he would handle it and acting like it was all under control. But beneath the surface, Dean is scared to death.

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