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Death Takes a Holiday 

Sam and Dean try to find out why people in a small town are having near death experiences with alarming frequency by going into the spirit world.


Steve Boyum


Eric Kripke (created by), Jeremy Carver




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Padalecki ... Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles ... Dean Winchester
Misha Collins ... Castiel
Thunderbird Dinwiddie ... Pamela Barnes (as Traci Dinwiddie)
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Alastair
Lindsey McKeon ... Tessa
Alexander Gould ... Cole Griffith
Mike Dopud ... Jim Jenkins
Andrew Wheeler ... Groundskeeper / Alastair
Viv Leacock ... Pete Hensley
Maya Massar ... Mara Griffith
Gabriel Carter Gabriel Carter ... Shooter
John Burnside John Burnside ... Jacob
Phillip Mitchell ... Demon #1
Kristian Haas Kristian Haas ... Demon #2


Sam and Dean investigate a small town in Wyoming where people cannot die. They learn that Alastair is planning to sacrifice two Grim Reapers to break one of the 66 Seals in order to bring about the end of the world. But to find a reaper, the Winchester brothers are forced to call upon Pamela. Together they find one young boy who may know the location of the abducted reaper, but during their search, the have a run-in with Tessa, the reaper who tried to take out Dean the previous year. Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


When Sam offers Dean an aspirin for his concussion, Dean says "no thanks, House." This is a reference to the procedural doctor drama 'House, M.D.', which was very popular at the time. It followed the exploits of Dr House, a brilliant but very rude and taciturn doctor who was addicted to Vicodin. See more »


After being turned to "ghosts", Sam and Dean are walking down the street. Their breath is visible as they talk and breathe. Ghosts wouldn't be able to expel hot air causing this. (This may also have to do with the phenomena seen in most episodes to alert us to ghostly presence) See more »


Dean Winchester: It's okay to be scared.
Cole Griffiths: I'm not scared.
Dean Winchester: We're all scared. That's the big secret... We're all scared.
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »


End Credits Theme
Composed by Jay Gruska
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The Place Where Nobody Dies
13 June 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Sam and Dean head to Greybull, Wyoming, after reading that a man terminal with cancer and another shot in the heart had not died; further nobody has died for a week and a half. They discover that a demon has kidnapped the local Reaper and intends to kill him to break one of the 66 seals to bring the Apocalypse to Earth. They summon the blind psychic Pamela Barnes to help them to make an astral projection to save The Reaper. While ghosts, they meet the boy Cole Griffith that was the last deceased person in Greybull and knows where Alistair is hidden and Tessa that was sent as the substitute for the local Reaper. When Tessa is also abducted, they find that Alistair is responsible for the abductions and the powerful demon needs two Reapers to break the seal.

"Death Takes a Holiday" is another great episode with the return of the war between demons and angels and Alistair trying to break another seal. The story is very well written, with many pop references (I loved "Feeling like Demi Moore") and alternating dramatic and funny moments. The relationship of the Winchester brothers is really shaken by the lack of trust. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Morte Tira Férias" ("The Death Takes Vacation")

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Release Date:

12 March 2009 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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