Okay, before we get started, one MAJOR issue will be gotten out of the way now. There is no continuity between this episode and “My Bloody Valentine.” The reason is because this was filmed as episode 5.14 and “My Bloody Valentine” was supposed to be episode 5.15. Then the network decided to come back from Winter Hellatus in January a week later, thus throwing the schedule all to hell. I mean, how strange would it have been to have seen a Valentine’s Day themed episode in late March? I think the network should have left well enough alone and stuck with the original schedule, but hey, I don’t get paid the big bucks to make that decision. My only request goes to Warner Brothers. When constructing the season five DVD, PLEASE switch these episodes back? Do the continuity junkies a favor?
Okay, on with the recap. It should be noted that this title is the same as a lame Steve Martin film. So, no, I don’t get the motivation since the original had nothing to do with zombies. Anyway, lightening strikes in the dark skies and the camera pans to the wet ground of a cemetery. Clay James Thompson, who died in 2004, suddenly punches his hand up out of the ground a la Dean Winchester in “Lazarus Rising.” Except Dean’s was way cooler. He pulls himself up.
Next we see some redneck drinking a beer and watching Animal Planet. If there was a dog, we’d have the redneck double date. Suddenly there’s a noise at the door. He looks, nothing is there. Noises continue so he pauses the TV (about time they showed DVR technology on this show), gets up and opens the door. Aside from a gust of wind blowing in his face, nothing is there. He sits back down and goes back to his enthralling program about animals hunting one another. Oh, who am I kidding, I watch a lot of House Hunters. The door flies open, nothing is there, and suddenly there’s a shot of this wild animal stalking his prey on the TV. Oh, get the parallel here?
Redneck closes the door and locks it and I just realized this dude is living in a trailer. Talk about your stereotypes. Suddenly behind him all covered in mud and rot is the guy that just climbed out of his grave. He’s pissed! I’m guessing this is a revenge thing. Redneck is rightfully freaked out and backs away in fright. Mud zombie dude follows. Those mud zombies know how to intimidate. Redneck pulls out a gun, goes for the head but d’oh!, the gun has no bullets. Mud zombie goes in for the kill, and the TV program says the animal is going in for the kill. Zombie attacks and the TV shows one animal attack another. Yep, I get it. The nature of man is not unlike the nature of the beast. Or at least zombie man. Clever guys. I do love how the carnage is off camera and there’s a rolling close-up on the poster “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Interesting conventional wisdom coming from a redneck in a trailer.
Bloody title card. I guess that’s appropriate for an episode about zombies.
It should be noted this is the first appearance of director John Showalter. He’s done a number of shows, most notably “Without A Trace.” He does give us something different in this episode. The writer is the always entertaining Jeremy Carver. It shows in this next scene too, which is why I adore the man. It’s a plot exposition scene, but the amusing dialogue along with the quirky character introductions is one of those little touches he does best.
Sam and Dean in suits pull up to a diner in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. What do you know, its Bobby’s hometown! Bobby doesn’t know they’re there, because Sam’s on the cell phone griping to Bobby’s voice mail that he needs to call. They walk into the diner and there’s a picture of Mt. Rushmore on the wall. Is that all there is in South Dakota? There’s…nope I guess that’s it.
They see the guy they need to talk to and decide to do this themselves. Dean calls him Mr. Wells but he tells Dean to call him Digger. Dean is amused by this and asks who gave him that name. “I did,” the man replies in confusion. “You gave yourself your own nickname?” Dean asks incredulously. “You can’t do that.” “Who died and made you Queen?” Digger answers back. Welcome to small town America Deano.
Sam jumps in, ready to move things along. What did Digger see? He saw Clay Thompson climb into Benny Sutton’s trailer through the window. Minutes later Clay walked out and Benny’s dead. Dean pulls out a photocopy of Clay’s driver’s license verifying that’s who he saw. Yep, just all covered in mud. The problem is Clay Thompson has been dead for five years. Digger knows that. Dean asks if he’s positive and Digger gets offended. This is what’s so funny about this. All three guys at this table don’t think Clay coming back from the dead and getting some payback is all that absurd. No one watching this is either. It’s a fun world we’ve built for ourselves, huh?
This part reminds me of an old Saturday Night Live sketch when Buckwheat was assassinated. When the killer was identified, they asked everyone who knew him if he could kill Buckwheat. “Oh yes, that’s all he ever talked about.” So, when they ask Digger if he knows why Clay would want to kill Benny, the answer is obvious. Because Benny killed Clay in the first place. Zombie payback is a bitch!!!
The sheriff walks in on the cell phone, instructing her kid to eat better. Right, that works over a cell phone. Trust me, I’ve tried it. Kids have selective recall. “Put down the cupcake” translates over the airwaves as “Eat as many of them as you want.” Weird, huh? Anyway, she spots Digger talking to these well dressed and gorgeous men and naturally has to investigate. Digger sees her. “Heads up, Fargo.” Hee, good one! I love that movie.
She identifies herself as Sheriff Jody Mills, Dean introduces themselves as Agents Dorfman and Neidermeyer. I love the Animal House reference, but which one is the bloated overweight loser and which is the over the top asshole ROTC sergeant that gets killed by his own troops in Vietnam? Interesting choices for characters. She welcomes them to town and wonders what they’re doing with Digger. “They’re doing their job,” Digger says, obviously resentful over no one believing his totally plausible zombie story. The sheriff wonders why the FBI would believe that a dead man committed a murder. They claim they don’t and just asking a few questions. Yeah, but they totally do.
Case in point. Dean asks if the dead man didn’t commit the murder who did? She asks what jurisdiction they have, and Dean says it’s wherever the US govt. sends them. Oh Dean, don’t piss the nice cop lady off. You’ll lose. She wants to chat with their supervisor. Sam agrees and pulls out the number, a la “Sex and Violence.” She dials and Bobby picks up the FBI line on the other side, calling himself Agent Willis. The sheriff talks and then catches on really quick. “Bobby?” Ha! This gag doesn’t work if you live in the same small town. These yokels are pretty sharp. Bobby winces and then tries to go on, but she isn’t buying it. “Is this Bobby Singer?”