The CW series, Supernatural, revolves around two brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester, whose mother was killed by a demon when they were very young. Their father, John Winchester, became a “hunter” in order to find revenge and taught his two sons the hunter lifestyle from a very early age. Neither boy has had any type of normal life for any length of time. The show stars Jensen Ackles (Dean) and Jared Padalecki (Sam).
When the series started, the brothers (in their 20s) started hunting typical monsters and uncovering your garden variety urban legends and eventually the stories turned very dark as the apocalypse started and the end of the world became evident. From the beginning, this show has had some of the best guest stars. Granted many died by the end of the show or they were never heard from again but they are worthy, nonetheless, of recognition for making Supernatural such an awesome show.
This is my personal top ten list of my favorite guest stars. They are not in any particular order and I had to leave many out…who knows I may do another top ten list.
(1) Audrey Elmer from Wishing Well (Season 4, Episode 8). This is a great episode about an ancient coin that ends up in a wishing well at a Chinese restaurant. Everyone who makes a wish from that point on is granted their wish and chaos ensues. Audrey Elmer (played by Nicole Leduc) is a young girl, maybe 8 or 9, who wishes for a real teddy bear to have tea parties with. She gets more then she bargained for with an alcoholic, depressive teddy bear who doesn’t know why he is here. Did I mention her parents wished to be in Bali? So they ended up in Bali leaving her at home with a psycho teddy bear. She handles the situation extremely well, even returning the items the bear has stolen (alcohol and porn magazines). Great job Nicole, you were amazing beyond your years.
(2) Casey from Sin City (Season 3, Episode 4). In this episode, I thought that Dean may have found a demon that he could trust. Casey (played by Sasha Barrese) is a demon in a town where good people start doing bad things (adultery, gambling, drinking, etc.). The boys end up in town after a couple of people kill themselves under suspicious circumstances. They believe the entire town is possessed because of the rampant bad behavior. It turns out that Casey had a talk with one of the important townspeople and explained how much money could be made if a few simple vices were available in the town. Sure enough the people of the town ran so fast toward the vices that it did not require any demon possession at all. Casey explains to Dean how it only took a little push to turn “God-fearing” people into real scumbags. She was very straight-forward, intelligent and did a great job showing another possible side to a demon. She was a killer (she killed a hunter) so she had to die, but she was a breath of fresh air compared to most of the demons we were used to seeing.
(3 & 4) Kubrick & Creedy from Bad Day at Black Rock (Season 3, Episode 3). This is a fabulous episode about an ancient artifact, specifically a rabbit’s foot, that gives the holder of the foot great luck, but once the foot is lost (and it always is) the luck runs south and the holder dies. In this episode, Kubrick (played by Michael Massee) and Creedy (played by Jon Van Ness) are recruited by an imprisoned hunter named Gordon to kill Sam because he feels Sam is a demon set upon bringing the end of the world. Because Sam touched the foot before knowing about it and then lost it, his bad luck lead Kubrick and Creedy right to him. Although, they thought it was a holy intervention and were adorable because that is what they truly believed. Great job guys for making this episode one of my personal favorites.
(5) Carmen Porter from What is and What Should Never Be (Season 2, Episode 20). During this episode, Dean is attacked by a djinn or a genie and sent down a rabbit hole that Dean is not sure if it is real or not. In this alternate reality, Dean’s family never suffered the tragedy brought on by the original demon from the pilot that killed their mother and they all lived a normal life. Dean was rocking the domestic with Carmen Porter (played by Michelle Borth), the obviously perfect woman for Dean. She understood him, supported him and was everything he has been secretly dreaming of in a partner. Unfortunately, Dean realizes that the reality is fake and that the djinn is draining the life out of him and that none of the situations are real. Even if she wasn’t real, Carmen was a great fit for Dean and opened the door to letting Dean and the fans know what it really is that Dean wants. (No spoiler alerts, but that comes up in later seasons!!)
(6) Katie’s Mom from The Kids are Alright (Season 3, Episode 2). In this super creepy episode local children are replaced with Changelings who look like the children but feed off the mom’s until the moms die. The real children are kept caged up and under ground. The Changelings will kill anything that comes between them and their food source, the moms. Katie’s mom (played by Kathleen Munroe) is one such mom who realizes that this weird child is not really her daughter, but no one will listen. The daughter is clingy and scary annoying. Katie’s mom really starts to freak out and eventually takes the “daughter” to the lake and drowns her in the car. Once she walks back home, she finds the “daughter” there waiting for her and waiting ice cream. Kathleen Munroe hits it out of the park as a woman on the edge, as a viewer you can feel her fear and her pain. Really great job Kathleen, glad things turned out okay for you because you had me worried for awhile!
(7) Tessa/The Reaper from In My Time of Dying (Season 2, Episode 1). The last episode from Season 1 had the boys and their dad having their car hit by a tractor trailer driven by a demon. Dean is hurt badly, he was actually hurt badly before the accident so his injuries had only got worse. In the beginning of Season 2, we see Dean walking around the hospital but no one will talk to him and he realizes that something is really wrong. Then he meets this young girl, Tessa (played by Lindsey McKeon) who is in a similar condition and they work to figure out that they must be near death and that is why no one can hear or see them. Then Dean figures it out that Tessa is really a Reaper or a Grim Reaper ready to take Dean to the other side. She plays the part with feeling and compassion. She has a job to do and has plucked many “soldiers from the fields” but Dean fights it and through some other chains of events, he is able to beat death (one of many times). Tessa was very good and almost made dying reassuring…if that is possible.
(8) Dracula/Werewolf/Mummy from Monster Movie (Season 4, Episode 5). This was another GREAT episode done in black and white and was an homage to the old-time monster movies. In this episode,the boys end up at Oktoberfest because there have been some weird killings. First, a woman is killed by something that looks just like Dracula, then a man is mauled by a werewolf and another man is killed by a mummy. The boys investigate and are confused since the killings are stereotypical of movies not “real life.” Turns out that a shape shifters is in town killing people. The shape shifter (played by Todd Stashwick) is so sad because he has been a “monster” all his life, his father even tried to kill him with a shovel, and one day he found the great monsters of the movies and tried to relive those movies with him as the monster. Stashwick brought such a human component to this character, I hated to see him die. He was a killer, so it had to be done. But he was just a normal, sad and lonely guy who could changes shapes…not so normal, I guess.
(9) and (10) Edward and Madge Carrigan from A Very Supernatural Christmas (Season 3, Episode 8). In this holiday spectacular, the boys find themselves investigating the weird disappearances of several local men around Christmas. After much research, they realize that there are chasing Holdenacar, the god of the winter solstice (a pagan god) who must take sacrifices. Edward (played by Spencer Garrett) and Madge (played by Merrilyn Gann) are perfect in the roles. They explain to the boys that children used to come from miles around to be the sacrifice, now they only take a few a year and the sacrifices do not really volunteer for the job. They go onto explain how they have “assimilated” into normal life with a mortgage and such. The concept is so bizarre, especially when you see the Carrigan’s house with all the Christmas decorations, the tree, the sweets and the furniture covered in plastic. It was too funny. Edward and Madge were great characters and made this touching episode even better.
Well, there you have my top ten personal list. I left many out but it was still fun reliving the episodes of past and enjoying all the wild and wooly characters we have meet on Supernatural. Thank you to all the actors and all the people who work on the show for making it a fan favorite.