Supernatural: Season 4, Episode 11

Family Remains (15 Jan. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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The Winchesters try to stop a family from moving into a haunted house.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Susan Carter
Brian Carter
Uncle Ted
Kate Carter
Danny Carter
Gerry Rousseau ...
Bill Gibson
The Boy
Mrs. Curry


Dean reads in the newspaper about the mysterious death of a man who was slaughtered inside a locked room in a farm in the countryside of Stratton, Nebraska. The Winchester brothers travel to the house, believing it to be a typical ghost case. They expect to find the house empty but meet the Carter family who has just moved to the country expecting to rebuild their lives after a tragedy. They discover that the victim had lost his wife in childbirth and his daughter hanged herself in the attic twenty years ago. When the family is attacked by the same mysterious creature, the brothers protect the family with a circle of salt; however, she easily crosses this protection, and they realize that she is not a ghost or demon. What is the creature? Can Sam and Dean rescue the young son trapped with the creature within the walls of the house in time? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A sign near where the Winchesters are parked at the beginning of the episode says, "No Hunting". See more »


Dean Winchester: Crap... So, what now?
Sam Winchester: We could tell them the truth.
Dean Winchester: Really?
Sam Winchester: No, not really.
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References Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) See more »

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Condemned to Agony
29 July 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Despite the "Then" recap featuring only myth-arc moments, this episode is more of the monster-of-the-week type. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but the "Then" recap is a bit misleading. And even though the more standalone episodes can be just as excellent as the myth-arc ones, they usually are of lower quality. Not necessarily bad, just not great either. In this case, we have a good, solid episode, with some nice twists.

Except for the final scene, there are no real great character moments for the Winchesters and there really aren't any groundbreaking plot ideas (there are, after all, several nods to Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs), but the script does play with the viewers expectations. Then again, without that it would be just a stereotypical 5/10, wouldn't it? Minus points come from one character who is an example of the Too Stupid to Live trope, and some clichéd twists among the genuinely surprising ones. Plus points, in addition to the above-mentioned ones, from effectively spooky mood throughout, Dean's usual witty dialog, and Mandy Playdon's truly scary performance. However, among the first one hundred or so episodes, this just doesn't measure up against the stand-out ones, but is a 7/10 instead.

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