Air Date: 2006-01-31
Sam and Dean head to Mississippi to investigate mysterious car accidents involving black men.
An African American man is driving in his car when his radio suddenly crackles and goes dead. He attempts to fix it when out of nowhere, a truck races from behind him and slams into his car. But as suddenly as the truck appears it disappears and leaving the man relieved. Though the relief is short lived when the truck reappears in front of his car and continues the pursuit. The truck doesn’t let up and in fact puts more force and forces the man’s car to turn over and crash.
The car is still and it’s obvious that the driver is dead. It seems that the truck figures no one could’ve survived that and just vanishes into thin air.
~ Supernatural ~
At a gas and service station, Sam is studying a map and figuring out the best way to get to Pennsylvania. However, Dean seems uninterested as he finished a phone call and informs Sam that they’re not going to Pennsylvania. He then tells Sam that his friend’s father just died and she thinks that his death was caused by a supernatural force. Sam is baffled by Dean’s sudden decision but follows his brother anyhow.
During their drive there, Sam questions Dean’s “friend” and insists he tells more. However, Dean is guarded and only reveals that this “friend” was an old flame named Cassie after Sam presses further on. Sam is rather surprised that Dean has actually had a steady relationship that went further than just a one night stand. Still, Sam thinks that Cassie’s father probably died from a regular automobile accident. Sam suddenly realises how Cassie would’ve known to call Dean about anything supernatural unless Dean told her.
Dean keeps silent but Sam connects the dots and is slightly angry at Dean for revealing their family secret to a girlfriend when even he himself wouldn’t dare tell Jessica. Dean ignores it and shrugs it off. The brothers fall silent once again and continue the trip.
At the town, a man is talking to a woman and another older companion, Jimmy, regarding the accident. We discover the woman is Cassie and she is trying to fight the mayor that the newspaper isn’t going to just listen to what should be printed and what shouldn’t. Still, the mayor is insistent and the newspaper has no choice but to keep the accident under wraps much to Cassie’s disgust. Jimmy points out to the mayor that there has been two same manner of accidents, on the same stretch of road and the victims were both African American men. The mayor says it’s a coincidence and they shouldn’t worry about it and leaves the office.
Behind Cassie, Dean and Sam enter the office. Sam introduces Sam and they offer condolences to Cassie.
Back at Cassie’s mother’s home, Cassie serves Dean and Sam some tea (well I assume it’s tea since the beverage were in teacups. If you don’t like tea, you guys are most welcomed to imagine anything else). She explains that since her father’s passing, she’s been living with her mother who has been very jumpy and nervous recently. But before the accident, her mother was worried about her father because he kept saying he was seeing a huge black truck following him that would appear and disappear. She then tells the brothers that her father’s car was badly damaged and pushed over the edge and just three weeks before, another man died from the same kind of accident. The first victim was her father’s business father. Since they couldn’t find any car tracks, all the police could conclude was that they both had lost control of their cars and crashed.
Cassie admits she’s sceptical about this. Dean reminds her that she had called him “nuts”. Before they can continue, Cassie’s mother, Mrs Robinson, a Caucasian woman, walks in and it’s she’s rather scared. When Dean asks is he could ask her a few questions, she looks more afraid than ever and excuses herself upstairs.
Later that night, we see car wreckage and the same truck revving itself. The driver is dead and the truck vanishes once again.
In the morning, the mayor is walking with Cassie through the accident scene. When the mayor mentions the victim’s name, we realise it’s Jimmy from the newspaper, the one whom Cassie works with, another African American man. Cassie is angry and snaps at the mayor, telling him he should launch a full investigation into this. However, the mayor thinks it’s just another regular car accident although he does feel sad that it was Jimmy. Cassie accuses him of being to easy on these accidents just because it involved African Americans and not “white men”. At that, the Mayor stares at Cassie and tells her that the last person who should be accused of racism should be him. Cassie questions him but all the mayor would say was that Cassie should ask her mother.
At the motel, Sam and Dean are dressing into suits when Sam tells Dean of his thoughts on Cassie. Dean merely nods but Sam pushes further though Dean changes topics and they move out.
Posing as insurance agents, they question a couple of men about Jimmy. They ask if Jimmy have ever mentioned about a black truck. One of the men then tells the story about a truck back 40 years ago that was tied to a string of African American men’s deaths. Just that no one caught the killer, or at least no one bothered to, since back then racism was thick and nobody cared about “black men”.
As they walk back to the car, Sam and Dean figure it must be some sort of ghost attached to its truck, an extension of its ghostly self and is re-enacting its past crimes. They realise the victims have a link to Cassie’s family somehow and Sam tells Dean to go and ask Cassie. He also then tells Dean that he should probably work out the “issues” between him and Cassie. Dean isn’t too happy that the subject of his love life keeps popping up with Sam and that his younger brother isn’t letting it go. Dean confesses that he was more involved with Cassie than he ought to have been and he shouldn’t have let her know of his work. Sam smiles and realises that Dean “loved her”. At which point, Dean turns around and mutters, “Oh, my god.” Sam presses on and guessed that Cassie was the one who ended the relationship and not Dean. Ignoring Sam, Dean gets into the car and drives off.
At the newspaper’s office, Cassie is working when Dean enters. Cassie shuffles through her stuff and tells Dean that the paper wants to do a tribute to Jimmy and she was just digging some information up. Apparently, the paper used to be owned by the Dorian family and they had a “whites only” policy. When the paper was finally sold, Jimmy became the first African American to work there and climbed up to being the editor.
Cassie asks where Sam is but Dean wonders that because Sam isn’t around, Cassie feels uncomfortable being with Dean- alone. They soon start fighting and we find out that when Dean told her the truth about ghost hunting, Cassie assume it was Dean’s way of saying that they should break up and Cassie was the one who decided on it. By the end of the argument, Cassie and Dean are kissing and making up… in bed.
The next morning, we see the mayor looking at some plans on a bare plot of land. After being done, he roles up the plans and walks away. Just as he steps on the main road, the truck appears and chases him down before finally running him over.
In bed, Dean and Cassie get cosy but are interrupted by Dean’s cell phone ringing. He answers it and rushes to the scene. Sam is already there and talking to a police officer. Sam fills him in and tells him that the mayor was found dead with all his internal organs “turned into pudding” like he was hit by a truck. Though Dean and Sam noticed the disruption of the pattern- the mayor was not black and he wasn’t killed on the same stretch of highway.
Dean types through the computer and doing a search with Cassie beside him. He gets a call from Sam who was investigating the mayor. The land the mayor died was owned by him and he had recently purchased it. The previous owner of the land was from the Dorian clan. Dean remembers the name from when Cassie told him the paper was owned by the Dorian family. Dean searches the computer for a Dorian and came up with an old newspaper article dated back in the sixties about a Cyrus Dorian who went missing and was never found. Dean also realises that the time Cyrus disappeared was when the string of murders happened. Sam, who was still on the phone with Dean, mentions that the mayor bulldozed the old Dorian family house which was on the land he purchased. Dean asks Sam for the date and it’s the day before the Clayton’s accident.
Cassie is walking through the house when she suddenly hears a loud car revving just outside. When she inspects she finds the truck outside and is ready to run over her. In panic, she tries closing the windows (why? I have no idea… like it’s really going help), calls Dean and frantically screams for him.
By the next scene, Sam, Dean, Cassie and Cassie’s mother are sitting in the hall and Cassie is telling her story. She recounts that “Everything happened so fast then it was just gone.”
Dean turns to Cassie’s mother and forces her to tell the truth. Cassie’s mother finally lets it all out and that Cyrus died 40 years ago. Dean is curious as the newspaper article said Cyrus went missing and they haven’t declared him dead yet. Cassie’s mother continues her story that back then she used to date Cyrus. But behind Cyrus’ back, she was seeing Cassie’s father, Martin. When Cyrus discovered about Martin, he suddenly had an unquenchable hatred against the blacks which explains the string of deaths back then. Still, Martin and Cassie’s mother planned to get married but at the last minute they decided to elope. However, on the day they had set for the wedding, someone had torched the church, killing a group of children who were practicing in there. Then one day, Cyrus drove up to Martin and was beating him violently but in the end, Martin overpowered Cyrus and killed Cyrus instead in self-defence.
Not knowing what to do, Martin called two of his best friends, Clayton and Jimmy to help cover up the murder. They placed Cyrus’ body in the truck and pushed it into the swamp which was on the land the mayor had just bought. Cassie’s mother then tells that the mayor, who was just a deputy back then, was investigating Cyrus’ disappearance and had actually discovered of the murder. Instead of turning the three men in, the mayor kept silent and closed the case because he knew what Cyrus had done.
At the car, Dean and Sam plan to go to the swamp and drag out the truck before burning Cyrus’ body. Just as they were leaving, Cassie comes up to Dean and he tells her to stay in the house. They then kiss and Dean goes back to the car.
Once at the swamp, Dean and Sam manage to drag the truck out and pull the body from the truck. They then pour gas on it and light up. Unfortunately, even though the body was burning the killer truck suddenly appears before them and revs up. Sam is shocked that the cremation had no affect on the ghost, Dean then quips another wisecrack: “Sure it did, now it’s really pissed!”
They think that the truck is part of the ghost and in order to fully kill the ghost, they have to destroy the truck as well. Dean instructs Sam to do just that as he jumps into the car and drives off with the truck following him. Sam flips through the pages of John’s journal to see if anything’s in there.
Dean, on the other hand, is trying to out drive the truck and survive. He calls Sam and asks what should be done. Sam tells Dean he’ll get back to him and hangs up before calling Cassie.
The killer truck is hot on Dean’s trail as Dean gets a phone call from Sam and he screams at Sam, “This better be good!” Sam asks Dean where he is and Dean answers, “I’m in the middle of nowhere with a killer truck on my ass!” Sam tells him that it is important he knows where he is and Dean spots a signboard and tells Sam his location. Just then, the truck slams into Dean’s car that forces Dean to lose control momentarily. Dean finally gets the car back on the road and is speeding when Sam tells him to take the directions.
After a few “hot-doggin’” moves, Sam tells Dean to stop and he does. The truck then appears and rushes to Dean. Dean asks Sam what should he do and Sam tells him to do nothing. Dean gulps and watches the truck heading straight for him and it looks like the truck will pulverise Dean but at the last minute, the trucks just goes up into thin air. Dean wonders what happens and Sam tells him that Dean is now on the church grounds which Cyrus had burnt down. Regardless of whether the church is there or not, it’s still hallowed ground. Evil spirits that cross hallowed ground are sometimes destroyed and Sam thought that, “maybe that would get rid of it.”
Dean isn’t at all pleased that Sam had put Dean’s life on risk based on a maybe and asks Sam, “Maybe? MAYBE?! What if you were wrong?”
Looking a little guilty, Sam answers, “Huh… honestly, that thought hadn’t occurred to me.”
Before they leave, Dean says his goodbyes to Cassie and kiss. He promises he’ll see Cassie again and then they finally leave.
In the car, Sam is driving this time and he passes a few questions to Dean that after meeting someone like her is it worth it to be doing what they do and leaving everything behind. Dean smiles and hasn’t got an answer for Sam. Instead he slips his sunglasses on and tells Sam, “Wake me up when it’s my turn to drive.”
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