Supernatural: Bedtime Stories
July 1, 2021 4:05 AM - Season 3, Episode 5 - Subscribe

The Winchesters investigate a bizarre spate of fairy tale-based murders. Meanwhile, Sam tries to get Dean out of his deal. 


Dean: What the hell do you make of that?
Sam: Actually, I do have a theory. Uh, sorta.
Dean: Hit me.
Sam: Well, I'm thinkin' about fairy tales.
Dean: Oh that's, that's nice. You think about fairy tales often?

Dean: I'll tell you one thing -- there's no way I'm kissing a damn frog.

Dean: I'm going to stop the big bad wolf, which is the weirdest thing I've ever said.

Crossroads Demon: All this tough talk, I have to tell you it's not very convincing. I mean, come on Sam, do you even want to break the deal?
Sam: What do you think?
Crossroads Demon: I don't know. Aren't you tired of cleaning up Dean's messes? Of dealing with that broken psyche of his? Aren't you tired of being bossed around like a snot-nosed little brother? You're stronger than Dean. You're better than him.
Sam: Watch your mouth.
Crossroads Demon: Admit it, you're here going through the motions, but truth is you'll be a tiny bit relieved when he's gone.
Sam: Shut up.
Crossroads Demon: No more desperate, sloppy, needy Dean. You can finally be free.

Dean: Sam, enough! I'm not going to have this conversation!
Sam: Why? Because you said so?
Dean: Yes, because i said so!
Sam: Well, you're not Dad!
Dean: [long pause] No, but I am the oldest.
Sam: [sighs]


The crossroads demon is played by Sandra McCoy, who was Jared Padalecki's girlfriend in 2007 when this episode was made. Amusingly she refers to Ruby as a "pain in my ass"; Ruby, of course, would later be played by Genevieve Padalecki, Jared Padalecki's now wife. 

This episode centers around fairy tales coming to life, specifically Grimm fairy tales. However, the version of "Cinderella" referenced in the story (pumpkin, mice, Cinderella imprisoned) comes from the French version by Perrault. Grimm's version contained none of those elements.
posted by orange swan (4 comments total)
Would drinking bleach put someone in a coma?

Someone who had been in a coma for 15 years or so would not have looked as the adult Callie did.

I don't quite get how Callie's spirit could have had such power over others as to make them into murderers.

Not a fan of Dean calling Sam "gay" as an insult.
posted by orange swan at 4:08 AM on July 1, 2021 [1 favorite]

Surprisingly, ingestion of regular undiluted bleach is rarely directly fatal. It can cause severe oxidative tissue injury on the way down, but doesn't do a lot of damage to the stomach as the body will neutralize it there. Mouth, throat, etc. - yes, long term tissue damage and scarification. Not fun, and a major barrier to abstinence from suicide.

Different story if it gets aspirated into the lungs. Oxidative tissue damage there can cause fluid buildup and asphyxiation - this could cause chronic brain ischemia, permanent brain damage, and either a natural state of coma or call for medically induced coma. Short term extraordinarily unpleasant. Long term, easily severe debilitation.
posted by porpoise at 4:17 PM on July 1, 2021

Agreed, comaCallie is entirely unconvincing. But it's a CW show, so the women have to be "pretty" even at the tail of a 15 year coma, I guess.

Taken to logical extremes, wealthy doctor father would have to pay someone to do her hair and put makeup on her... every day? Electro-muscular stimulation to maintain muscle tone? He does her cosmetics himself? Yikes.

If assuming the lung-aspiration route to coma, she'd at least be on supplemental oxygen, if not intubation.

Dean using "gay" as an insult (and Sam's response) is super juvenile and was already cringy in 2007/8.

The crossroad that Sam visits - it's a 3 way cross, not 4 ways. I guess it still counts.

If what the demon says is accurate, does that imply that children's souls are inviolate from being bargained for?
posted by porpoise at 4:27 PM on July 1, 2021

Dean all but makes fun of Sam by calling him gay or feminine a bunch of times and it's incredibly noxious, but hearing him (or anyone) come out and just say it on TV is....really something.

Having JP's then long-term girlfriend come on the show so he could shoot her in the face two minutes later was really not a look this show desperately needed at the time.

The bit with the "police sketch" is pretty funny, but the kind of nonsense you pull on someone when you have no fear whatsoever of being caught, and I guess at this point what does Dean care.

There are pieces of a decent episode in here, but some real low low points.
posted by jameaterblues at 6:29 PM on July 1, 2021 [1 favorite]

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