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No Exit 

Sam and Dean meet up with America's first serial killer, while Jo lies to her mother about going to Vegas and joins Sam and Dean to help them on their hunt.


Kim Manners


Eric Kripke (created by), Matt Witten


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Episode cast overview:
Jared Padalecki ... Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles ... Dean Winchester
Alona Tal ... Jo Harvelle
Samantha Ferris ... Ellen Harvelle
Andrea Brooks ... Katie Burns
Brent Chapman ... Ed
Stephen Aberle Stephen Aberle ... H. H. Holmes
Chris Eastman Chris Eastman ... Nebraska Tourist
Lisa Marie Caruk ... Theresa Ellis


Ellen's daughter Jo proves to the Winchester brothers Ash taught her well to research a case file, notably on a Philadelphia apartment building where young blond female residents disappear since about 80 years, but after so many years the police never considered a serial killing. Dean reluctantly takes the case which seems genuine when Sam finds ectoplasm, but even covers for Jo when she follows them and quickly rents the room of the latest victim, understands when he finds she's hell-bent on 'hunting', even serving as bait, because it's her way to feel closer to her late dad, who once was a partner of pa Winchester. Ellen shows them the building is next to a former prison, the list of executed murderers includes the real name of H.H. Holmes, the first-ever American to be dubbed a serial (at the time 'multiple') killer. After searches for hidden rooms, like in Holmes' Chicago 'hell house' which had traps as well as dungeons for his sadistic slow murders, Sam figures out after Jo has ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Handwriting samples from Holmes and Jack the Ripper's "From Hell" letter at least 97% matched. The reason these murders are attributed to Holmes is due to at least a few of them being killed by mutilation of their organs. It is thought only a surgically trained doctor could pull this off. Mysteriously, these murders took place during a blind spot in Holmes's recorded history. This has led many, including some of Holmes's descendants, to believe That H. H. Holmes is, indeed, Jack the Ripper. If this is true, Elizabeth Stride would have been another victim of his. See more »


Among the research and paperwork on a table regarding H. H. Holmes and his crimes is a black and white photo of a dead woman. However, the photo is not of one of Holmes' many victims, it's of Elizabeth Stride, one of Jack the Ripper's victims. See more »


Dean Winchester: [while inside the wall] Should've cleaned the pipes.
Jo Harvelle: What?
Dean Winchester: I wish the pipes were cleaned.
Jo Harvelle: [pause] ...
Jo Harvelle: Shut up!
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On its own this is OK, in continuity it is terrible
8 September 2019 | by CubsandCultureSee all my reviews

The monster this week being both a ghost and a serial killer makes Holmes one of the most over the top characters in all of the show. It is laughable contrived in set-up as a the case. Likewise, the ectoplasm being subtextually semen is A) gross and B) more bold than the show usually is. However, Manners does his thing and the resulting episode is scary and creepy when it needs to be. If this could be severed from the rest of the series as a true standalone I would think more of it.

But in continuity it is awful. The writers were still trying to force the Jo-Dean love story and nope not a good fit for the actors; a couple of jokes here are really wrong for where the characters end up and the bonding moments for Jo/Dean could have been better calibrated for the brother/sister dynamic they finally settled into. Apart from that the final scene feels tacked on. As the big revelation is never fully dealt with-it is barely mentioned again at all-I think the writers just decided to kill the Jo/Dean love story in artless way after seeing a roughcut of the episode.

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