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'Supernatural' nostalgia recap: Sam and Dean take a trip on Route 666

Season 1 | Episode 13 | “Route 666” | Aired Jan 31, 2006

While I’ve never been to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, it sounds like a place where supernatural things happen, doesn’t it? Like a ghost pickup truck that appears on the highway, runs a guy off the road, and then disappears kind of supernatural?

‘Cause that just happened.

Don’t worry, Dean just got a call from an old friend and, since her dad was the man killed in the crash, the Winchesters are on the case. The drive time allows for us to get a little more info on Dean’s old friend Cassie (Megalyn Echikunwoke). Not only did she and Dean date (“for more than one night,” Sam notes), but Dean actually told her the Winchester family secret. Let’s just say Sam is a little peeved that he himself kept that secret from Jessica for a year and a half and Dean told this girl he “went out with a few times.”

Cassie is a local reporter. Her father, Martin Robinson, and his friend Clayton Soames were both killed on the same stretch of highway in the last three weeks. Both men were also friends of Cassie’s editor, Jimmy Anderson (Alvin Sanders), who’s having a very hard time understanding why Mayor Harold Todd (Gary Hetherington) is asking them not to report the deaths as anything but accidents. There’s a lot going on here.

There’s also a lot going on between Cassie and Dean from the second the boys show up. Loooooots of long looks and, even more intriguing, an almost shy Dean. Sam is shifting from being angry to amused pretty quickly.

Sam and Dean drop by Cassie’s to get more information and have tea.

Teatime with Cassie

Both deaths have been classified as accidents because there was only one set of tire tracks. Cassie’s dad said he saw a truck, but she’s still feeling odd about the whole “ghost truck” theory. She’s still weirded out that such a thing could be possible. When the boys try to talk to Cassie’s mother (Kathleen Noone), she’s really not up for a chat.


Uh-oh. Ghost Truck has struck again. Editor Jimmy Anderson is dead.

Supernatural ghost truck

As you know, Missouri does have history. So does the Ghost Truck. The story goes that, back in the ’60s, several black men went missing and a menacing black truck was involved. Unfortunately, the disappearances didn’t really get investigated back then. For reasons.

Sam also wants to know what history Dean and Cassie have. You can tell it’s killing him! It turns out that not only was Dean in love with Cassie, but she dumped him. Sam is appropriately gape-mouthed.

It’s pretty clear that Dean and Cassie have unfinished business when he stops back by her house to “find out more about the case.” I’m not even gonna try to explain. Just watch the video. Trust me. It’s better.

Of course, while Cassie and Dean were doin’ it and then working things out during pillow talk, Ghost Truck just killed the mayor. NICE JOB, WINCHESTER!

Having a reporter on your team is good for research, though. Between Cassie, Sam, and Dean, we learn about the Dorian family. At one time, the Dorians owned most of the town. Their son Cyrus went missing after the men back in the ’60s, and Cyrus was rumored to be responsible for those disappearances. Recently, the mayor bought the property where the historic Dorian home stood and bulldozed the house. The killings started the next day.

Connection much?

Whatever they’re going to do, they better do it fast: Ghost Truck has appeared outside Cassie’s house and is doing a fairly good job of terrifying her.

When Cassie calls Dean, he and Sam finally get a sit-down with Cassie and her mother. Mrs. Robinson has been loath to speak, but now we get the full story.

Forty years ago, Mrs. Robinson was dating Cyrus Dorian and Martin Robinson at the same time. Cassie not only chose Martin but eloped with him and, soon after, several young black men disappeared. Additionally, the church where the Robinsons were originally going to get married was set on fire—with a children’s choir inside. All the children were killed.

Mrs Robinson in route 666

It also comes to light that Cyrus didn’t just disappear. He went after Martin and almost beat him to death, but Martin fought back and killed Cyrus in self-defense. Fearing that the police would never understand, Martin called his friends Clayton and Jimmy to help him dump Cyrus’ body and truck in a swamp on the Dorians’ property. Mayor Todd was a deputy back then and, when he realized what happened, he chose to keep quiet because he knew Cyrus had started the church fire.

Can I just say, the writers picked a pretty heavy topic here. I’m proud of them.

You know what comes next. Time to dredge a swamp and find us a truck and a dead body. Wheeee!

The boys get the truck out of the water and the body out of the truck (hat tip to the SFX and prop guys for making it look appropriately grotty). Salt it, burn it. Done, right?

Not so much.

Route 666 supernatural truck

It looks like Cyrus’ spirit has become one with the truck. Not good. Dean hops in Baby to keep Ghost Truck busy as Sam tries to figure out how to burn the truck. Sam is all, “How the hell am I supposed to burn a truck?” I wanna know, too!

Now Dean and Baby have a pissed-off truck on their tail and Sam, instead of burning it, has another idea. It involves a map, and a lot of giving Dean directions over the phone while Dean is trying not to get run down. This is so not a driving safety episode.

Ghost Truck just rear-ended Baby and I’m pretty sure Dean is not the only one who swore. Cyrus, you monster, leave Baby alone!

Sam directs Dean to a very precise spot on the highway and tells him to stop. OMG, THIS BETTER WORK. The truck just appeared. Dean and Cyrus, Ghost Truck and Baby, it’s a showdown.

The truck comes straight for Dean and, at the last second, whoooosh! It turns out that Sam parked Dean right on the grounds of the church Cyrus burned down. Hallowed ground. Ghost-B-Gone for Dummies.

Our Winchester Boys Deep Thoughts Moment for this episode is really a Dean and Cassie Deep Kiss Moment followed by a Dean’s Not Gonna Talk About How He Feels with Sam Moment and then it’s all about that long shot of the car.

Baby on Route 666

Until next week, use your hands free device while driving—and crank up the tunes.

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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