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'Supernatural' nostalgia recap: A nightmare on Sam Street

Season 1 | Episode 14 | “Nightmare″ | Aired Feb 7, 2006

Hey, Supernatural fans. Remember those nightmares Sam had about Jessica and the freaky stuff at his old house? He’s just had another one, in which a man is killed from carbon monoxide poisoning when his car decides to trap him inside the garage.

Just a dream, Dean tells him. Sam insists it’s not.

They drive to Saginaw as fast as they can, but they’re too late. Sam hates that he saw it happen abd they didn’t make it in time. Why would he have these premonitions but not be able to help? Dean’s starting to look a little … freaked out? I mean, what do you do when you find out the brother you hunt supernatural beings with may have a supernatural ability of his own?

They can work that out later. For now, they need to find out more about the victim. Which means, they need a disguise.

Supernatural priest disguise

Sam’s thrilled about this plan, can you tell? Fathers Simmon and Frehley are on the case. Speaking the gospel on behalf of the Kiss Army! ::throws horns::

Our victim’s name is Jim Miller. His brother Roger (Avery Raskin) doesn’t feel like talking, but his wife, Alice (Beth Broderick), is more welcoming. The boys learn that Jim’s son, Max (Brendan Fletcher), found his father’s body, so Sam goes to talk to him as Dean tries to be a priest and not eat the cocktail weenies on the table.

Max is clearly upset as well. It’s hard for him to talk about it.

supernatural rave

Dean’s worked his way upstairs and he’s doing a scan with some kind of gadget that we’ve never seen before (and I don’t recall seeing since?). It looks like a rave up in there.

The boys go back to Motel Escanaba, and one of the most amazing motel rooms ever, to discuss the case. There’s nothing supernatural about the house, but something’s going on: Sam just got hit with a blinding headache and he’s having a waking nightmare involving Roger Miller.

Roger’s just returned home and he’s putting away groceries when the kitchen window opens He watches it. Reaction? Not so much. He closes it and locks it. Then, the window UNLOCKS ITSELF AND OPENS AGAIN. Now, me? I’d run. Not Roger. Nope. He decides to do this.

Bye Roger

Bye Roger?

As the boys race over, Sam’s legitimately freaked out and Dean’s just trying to calm his brother down, but you can tell he’s worried.

They try to save Roger, but he rebuffs them and then he’s dead. Dean suggests that maybe the Miller family is cursed. Sam thinks they have something in common with the Winchesters.

pretty darkyou

The boys are worried about Max, so they go over to talk to him. Apart from the general grief, there’s a sadness to Max. A pain. The boys ask about the past and Max’s previous house, where Roger lived next door. Max says everything was perfectly normal.

No one’s life is perfectly normal.

Sam and Dean check out the old neighborhood, and find out that Jim Miller was a drunk who physically abused his son. Roger wasn’t above drinking and hitting him either. Alice Miller, who it turns out is Max’s stepmother, never helped him. She let it go on and never said a word.

Sam just had another vision.

telekinetic max

Looks like Max is our killer and a telekinetic to boot. Things don’t look good for Alice. Sam and Dean better hurry.

They get there before Alice is a human pin cushion, so there’s that, but Max spots the gun Dean’s got tucked away as they start to walk him outside and it’s on like Donkey Kong. Max shuts the house down and takes the gun from Dean faster than you can blink.

Sam talks him down and asks him to let Dean and Alice go upstairs so he and Max can talk.

max is a mess

It turns out it’s worse than we thought. The abuse didn’t just happen to Max as a kid. It happened last week. The big revelation is why Max’s dad hated him so much. Max’s mother died when he was a baby. In a fire. In the nursery.

Sound familiar?

No wonder he and Sam have a connection.

Their abilities started at the same time. Their mothers died in the same way. Sam wants to help. Max thinks if he kills his stepmother, all of his pain will end.

Max is too far gone, and he traps Sam in a closet before going upstairs. While he’s trapped, Sam has a vision of Max shooting Dean and, the rush of emotion that follows causes him to mentally move the hutch blocking the closet.

Sam seems to be leveling up.

He gets there in time to stop Max from killing Dean, but when he tries to convince Max that killing his stepmom or Dean isn’t going to fix anything, Max makes a decision to stop all of this the only way he knows how.

He turns the gun on himself.

We get a pretty serious Winchester Brothers Deep Thoughts Moment after this whole thing. Sam’s realizing that no matter how they grew up, John Winchester did a good job of raising them. But Sam also tells Dean about the manifested telekinetic power.

Epic Supernatural Motel Room

Sam’s worried, but Dean reassures him. As long as he’s around, nothing bad is going to happen to Sam.

Oh Dean, my sweet Summer Child. I have so many things I wish I could tell you.

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

P.S.: I told you that motel room was crazy.

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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