They head to the apartment, flash their FBI badges (no alias…drat) and the cop there welcomes them without question. I wonder if it’s really that easy to get access to a crime scene. I mean…I know some pretty crafty graphic designers. Put me in a black suit, get me some low-heeled pumps, I could be Agent Lita Ford. I’m just sayin’.
Cop: Welcome to Crazy Town, population 1 dead guy.
Heh. I liked that cop.
Dead guy was a Matthew Hammond and if they weren’t on the 10th floor, the cop (or maybe he was a coroner/M.E., now that I think about it) would guess that he was smushed by a car. Cop leaves and Sam pulls out the EMF reader, which proceeds to freak out. They poke around (all other law enforcement officials clear out, for whatever reason) and Sam says it’s definitely a ghost.
Dean: …with a license to kill? (ADORABLE grin)
HA! Dean’s grin was pure, see what I just did there little-boy-like.
Sam finds some red powder/dirt, musing out loud that maybe it was a Christine-like hit, but Dean’s sure it was spectral as even possessed cars can’t climb stairs. He finds an AA token (is it called a token?) and notes that Hammond had been sober 10 years.
Dean: Dead and sober. Double crappy.
*Gaelic’s worry meter spikes briefly*
Sam finds a bill on his desk showing they guy paid $50/month to some place called Jane’s. Says he’ll go check that out and Dean can look into the AA – to which Dean immediately balks.
Dean: Gave AA up for Lent.
Sam: We’re not Catholic.
Dean: Always with the details. AA gives me the jeebs.
(Aside – what the heck was up with Sam’s hair in this scene? It looks fine later, but it was distracting here.)
So, Sam takes AA and Dean Jane’s, but this is just one more level of Dean Is Not Okay that they’re building on – moreover, Sam is aware, but clearly has no idea how to intervene on the drinking thing. Because, so far, Dean’s outwardly handling himself fine around Sam. He’s a functional alcoholic. Not only that, Sam’s still pretty fresh off his totally losing connection to reality moment and probably doesn’t feel like he has much solid ground to stand on. And without a way to get to the root of the reason Dean’s drinking in the first place and repair or solve that issue, Sam’s without firepower greater than a disapproving look or sarcastic comment.
But that can’t last long.
Sam finds out at AA that Hammond was a haunted soul who didn’t share much, and Dean finds out that Jane’s is a flower shop and that Hammond paid 3 years in advance to make sure flowers were sent to Elizabeth Duren. Dean gets the address…and it turns out that the flowers are sent to Elizabeth’s grave. She was a 10 year old girl who was killed when her neighbor backed out of his driveway and didn’t see her bike…then drove off.
They find the gravestone, return to the hotel to find out the details, and ironically, Dean’s drinking a beer when he remarks that Hammond was probably drunk when it happened, to Sam replies with a loaded, “Yeah,” watching his brother drink. But, now that they know the story, Sam says they have to go dig up Elizabeth’s bones, put her spirit to rest.
Dean, clearly not up for the burning of a 10 year old girl’s bones, mumbles wearily, “Fun never stops.”
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