Supernatural: Season 2, Episode 14

Born Under a Bad Sign (8 Feb. 2007)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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After Sam goes missing for over a week, Dean finally receives a phone call from his brother. Dean finds Sam in a hotel room, covered in blood and suffering from the effects of a week long ... See full summary »

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After Sam goes missing for over a week, Dean finally receives a phone call from his brother. Dean finds Sam in a hotel room, covered in blood and suffering from the effects of a week long memory blackout. Upon investigation, the brothers find a video-tape of Sam killing another hunter in cold blood, which leads Sam to believe his dark side is taking over. When the dark side finally emerges Sam attacks Dean and continues on his hunter killing spree with his next targets being family friends Jo Harvelle and Bobby Singer. Written by Derfel85

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When Dean finds Sam at the motel in the beginning of the episode, Sam is signed in under the name of Richard Sambora. Richie Sambora is the name of the guitarist for the band Bon Jovi See more »

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In the opener, Dean is racing toward Twin Lake to rescue Sam; When the Impala passes the Twin Lake road sign, before the rescue, both Dean and Sam can be seen in the car. See more »

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Sam Winchester: To Jo: My daddy shot your daddy in the head.
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Could Have Been Better
15 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was surprised and elated to see the return of Jo Harvelle in this intriguing episode. Sam gone bad was an interesting thing to watch as well. The episode definitely took a few turns that I didn't anticipate and therefore kept my interest.

That being said, the last we see of Jo in this episode may be the last we see of her character and that is a mistake. She and Dean had some great chemistry (go Alona Tal!) despite what other people said and it was so refreshing to see a female hunter character on the show.

I really like Dean and Sam. The acting is good (especially by Jensen Ackles who plays Dean) and the brothers relationship is an interesting one. However, the show would increase in depth and dimension by adding an exciting female hunter to the duo who could mix things up--both by challenging gender stereotypes and with possible romantic entanglements that could play out over more than a single episode. I mean these guys are heterosexual after all!

The writers may have been going in this direction earlier in the season with the introduction of mother and daughter, Ellen and Jo Harvelle in episode #2, but they seemed to have backed out after episode #6, No Exit, and my interest in the show has been deteriorating slowly since then.

I agree the mythological arch of Season 2 has been a little silly. There's very little suspense in the idea that Sam may be a devil child because then Dean would either have to waste him or Sam would become the very thing Dean hunts and neither possibility is likely or desirable. Sam must be saved and that's that. I really hope the show comes back to it's senses and returns to the fabulous idea of adding some new, important, female hunter/s into the mix.


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