Supernatural: Mannequin 3: The Reckoning
September 8, 2021 7:14 AM - Season 6, Episode 14 - Subscribe

After Sam and Dean begin investigating a case involving killer mannequins, Ben calls Dean and tells him that Lisa is in trouble. Dean leaves Sam to handle the case alone and rushes to the rescue, but neither of the Winchesters have much success in dealing with the issues that face them.


Dean: [takes the heart from an anatomically correct dummy and shows it to Sam] Be my valentine?
Sam: Dude, we're working. Put it back.
Dean: Have a heart.
Sam: Dean.
Dean: Buzz kill.

Dean: Hey. So what'd you find out from the mop jockey's girlfriend?
Sam: Nothing. Just how great he was. Went to church. Donated to charity. Rubbed her feet during Glee.
Dean: I just threw up in my mouth.

Sam: [about a new case] Where to?
Dean: Paterson, New Jersey. Hey, maybe we'll have a Snookie citing.
Sam: What's a Snookie?
Dean: That's a good question.

Impala: [has been possessed by Rose's vengeful spirit; guns its engine]
Dean: No, no, no, no, no. She possesses sex dolls. This is a not a sex doll!
Impala: [headlights turn on; engine is gunned even higher]
Dean Hey, you leave my baby alone! She's got nothin' to do with this!
Impala: [starts chasing Dean around the parking lot]
Dean: [running towards a building] Son. Of. A. Bitch! [stands in front of the building and lets the car advance on him] I'm so sorry, Baby. [dives out of the way at the last second]
Impala: [crashes into the building]

Sam: Wait. That anatomy dummy you were molesting at the lab.
Dean: Excuse me?
Sam: What if that's what this is about?
Dean: What exactly are you accusing me of?

Dean: [about the mannequin] I don't like the way Kim Cattrall's lookin' at me.

Dean: How ya feeling?
Sam: Like I got hit by a... planet.
Dean: Well, lucky for you I'm a doctor. I got joe, grub, and... [shakes a bottle of pills]
Sam: What are they?
Dean: Effective.

Dean: Past stays past. We're not kickin' that wall again.
Sam: So, I'm supposed to just ignore it?
Dean: Yes!
Sam: Dean, I might have done... who knows what. And you want me to just forget about it?
Dean: You shove it down. And you let it come out in, in, in spurts of... violence and alcoholism.
Sam: Ah. Sounds healthy.
Dean: Well. Works for me.

Dean: [commenting on the game Ben's playing on his cell phone] Well, that's ridiculous. Plants could never kill a zombie.

Dean: You lied to get me here.
Ben: It was an emergency.
Dean: A date's not an emergency, Ben.
Ben: It is if it's the third one. I watch TV; I know what that means.

Dean: We can't burn the thing, she needs it.
Sam: She can't just walk around with it. The spirit's attached. It's gonna use her to get revenge. It's not gonna stop killing.
Dean: You suggesting we cut it out of her?
Sam: And then what? Leave her in a tub of ice with a phone taped to her hand?
Dean: Maybe we should call Dr. Robert. He might have some leads on some non-haunted, black market replacement kidneys.
Sam: He works out of a butcher shop.
Dean: It's pretty clean; you'd be surprised.


The title of this episode jokingly suggests this is a third installment to the films Mannequin and Mannequin: On the Move. Both films feature a mannequin that comes to life, although, unlike the theme of this series, the films are actually romantic comedies. The episode makes another reference to the Mannequin movies when Dean says to a mannequin, "I don't like how Kim Cattrall is looking at me." Kim Cattrall played the role of the mannequin that came to life in the first movie.

When Dean is assessing Sam's condition after he's passed out, he says "...and none of this it's just a flesh wound crap." This is a paraphrase of Black Knight's famous line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Dean arrives to find Lisa getting ready for a date and says, "We've been Parent Trapped." He is referring to The Parent Trap Disney movies about twin girls -- raised separately by divorced parents -- who scheme to trick their parents into reconciling.

When the ghost possesses "Baby", Dean's 1967 Chevy Impala, the following scene mimics that of the 1983 movie Christine. Even up to the death of the woman with a glass shard impaled into her stomach.
posted by orange swan (3 comments total)
That third guy, Jonny, had some nerve calling Rose pathetic for having never been asked out in her life when he was in a relationship with... a mannequin.

Heartbreaking scene with Dean and Ben, and it gets only more poignant if you know what happens to Dean over the next ten years and his eventual fate, and that Dean was right. It would not have been good for Ben to go through all of that.
posted by orange swan at 7:19 AM on September 8, 2021

" what exactly are you accusing me of?" heheheheh

The title of this episode jokingly suggests this is a third installment to the films Mannequin and Mannequin: On the Move.

Cannot overemphasize how baffling a choice of title this is if all you know is that a lot of Supernatural titles are pop culture references and just assume that Mannequin 3: The Reckoning is a real movie and this is the equivalent of calling an episode Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit because there's a nun in it.

I really thought I had zero memory of this episode till I got to the MASSIVE COP-OUT ending. Ghosts attached to donated organs was a thing I’d always wondered about on this show, but they had no idea how to end their own story or just weren't interested enough to play it out.

It would not have been good for Ben to go through all of that.

Yeah, I've got some opinions about what happens to the Braedens, but hard to argue they'd be better off if Dean was swinging by every other weekend for the next nine years.
posted by jameaterblues at 9:01 AM on September 8, 2021

All I have to say is good on Ben for calling out Dean’s hypocrisy when it comes to family.
posted by sardonyx at 12:44 PM on September 8, 2021

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