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Sam and Dean suit up and face their fear of flying on 'Supernatural'

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Phantom Traveler” | Aired Oct 4, 2005

“The Story So Far” Rating: You may want to skip if you have a fear of flying.

Ibathroomf you hate flying, it doesn’t matter where you’re traveling—you know you just have to white-knuckle it (or in my case, have a couple of shots of whiskey) and take a lot of deep breaths until it’s over. You know it’s silly. You know flying is safer than other forms of travel. You know you know, but still.

We all have our tricks. Maybe you go to the bathroom and wash your face to try to calm down.


Maybe you get a little help. A little boost, let’s say, in the form of something you just can’t quite … name. And then, like you were never scared at all, it’s time to board the plane.

Let’s say, about 40 minutes in, you get up to stretch your legs.

exit rowY’know, get a little fresh air.

Yeah, maybe that’s not how we do it, but it’s what happened to George Phelps, and it’s this week’s case.

Fmotel wallor you SPN vets, I think I just spotted the first “cheesy motel room” dividing wall of the series. Dear newcomers, prepare for one of the most amusing running gags Supernatural has to offer.

We get a quick Winchester Brothers Deep Thoughts Moment™—Sam’s still not sleeping because of nightmares about Jess and the job. Dean says he can’t let it get to him. It’s a job. Dean’s cool as a cucumber—before they get a call from Jerry Panowski (Brian Markinson). Dean and his dad helped him with a poltergeist a few years back, and he needs their help again.

markinsonYep, it’s the plane crash from earlier.

After listening to some pretty creepy audio from the flight recorder, they figure they’re looking for some sort of phantom traveler, but they’ll have to learn more to see what it wanted and how to kill it.

What they need to do is look at the wreckage itself. However, considering it’s in an NTSB warehouse, they’re going to have to get creative. So they fake up some shiny new Homeland Security IDs and get some new clothes.

suitsLooking at these suits now, I’m realizing that they may be one of the best investments the Winchesters ever made. Plus, Dean may hate the suit, but you have to admit they look pretty sharp.

The suits and IDs are good enough to get them into the warehouse, where they find the wreckage and discover some strange substance on the emergency door handle.

There’s just one teensy problem.

homelandHi, Homeland Security coming to check out the wreckage! Your friends are already inside. Friends? What friends? Uh-oh.

Don’t worry, the boys were just leaving.

exitThe stuff on the door handle is sulfur. Sulfur could mean demonic possession. That would explain a few things, but they’ve never seen a demon go this far to take out victims or possess people this completely.

Either way, they’re going to see it again because pilot Chuck Lambert (Daryl Shuttleworth) is getting back in the air. Sadly, he has a demonic friend along for the ride, and 40 minutes into the flight, he deliberately nosedives and crashes the small plane.research

What the heck IS this thing?

Research time!

Whatever this thing is, it’s amandamore than they’re used to. Demons usually stick to single targets, more localized mayhem. Something that would kill a plane full of passengers is on a whole different level, and it’s definitely making them wish their dad was there.

That both planes went down 40 minutes into the flight has given the guys something new to work with. In biblical numerology, 40 means death, and they find six other flights that have all gone down in that same 40-minute time frame.

The difference here is that this most recent flight had survivors and, while most of pilot eyesthem aren’t planning on flying anytime soon, there’s one who’s likely getting ready to fly in the near future: flight attendant Amanda Walker (Jaime Ray Newman).

It’s going to be close. They make it to the airport 30 minutes before takeoff, but they still have to stop the flight or stop Amanda from getting on. Which won’t be as easy, and it looks like Amanda’s being followed by black smoke. This can’t be good.

After an attempt to call her fails, Sam lays it out that they really only have one option: They’re going to have to get on the plane. Yep. There’s a demon looking to take the plane down, and Sam’s plan is for him and Dean to get on demon outthe plane, find it, and exorcise it before it can kill anyone.

Want to know why Dean drives everywhere? He hates flying. Fiery passion hate.

Once they get on the plane, the big thing is figuring out who the demon is possessing. It’ll look for some kind of weakness or some sort of emotional distress. We don’t know anyone in that position, do we?

On the plus side, we’ve spotted Amanda and, after a quick check, we know she’s not possessed. Heck, from the search of the plane with Dean’s hero samhomemade EMF recorder, it doesn’t look like anyone in the cabin is. Maybe it’s not even on the plane?

Or maybe it’s possessing one of the pilots.

That means they have one chance left. They need to convince Amanda that the thing that tried to kill her on the last flight she took is trying to kill her on this flight, and is currently possessing the pilot.

Now all we have to do is get the pilot out of phone messagethe cockpit and to the back of the plane, where Dean and Sam can perform an exorcism.

Bible. Check. Holy water. Check. Words spoken. Check. Demon out of the pilot. Check.

Unfortunately, that means the demon is loose in the plane, and it starts to crash the plane before Sam performs the rest of the exorcism in heroic fashion.

In the end, it was a good day. The Winchester Brothers saved everyone and they sent that demon to hell.

There’s one question they still have. How did Jerry know to call Dean in the first place?

on the roadThis is John Winchester. I can’t be reached. If this is an emergency, call my son, Dean: 785-555-0179. He can help.

Looks like it’s time to get back on the road.

Until next time.

Winchester Authority impersonation count: federal marshal, park ranger, U.S. Wildlife Service, Homeland Security.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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