Abandoned Roosevelt Asylum is a magnet for thrill-seeking kids if you spend the night there, you go insane! A couple of cops go in to roust the trespassers. They cops split up (No! Don't split up!) and one finds the kids. The other finds something else. He goes home and kills his wife, then himself.
Sam is pissed why hasn't their dad called? Why does no one know where he is? Is he dead? Maybe they should call the feds. They're interrupted by Dean's cell phone it's a text message of coordinates, just like dad used to send. Dean thinks that's great it means Dad's fine and they've got a job to do. Sam isn't satisfied. Later, Dean poses as a reporter and quizzes the dead cop's partner aggressively. Sam storms in and throws Dean out of the bar thus gaining the cop's trust and getting the scoop on the asylum. The guys check out the asylum in the daytime. They don't find any ghosts (which tend to come out at night), but they do find evidence that it was a freaky place. Are ghosts possessing people, or are spirits driving people insane? Who knows, but what's driving Sam insane is that their dad isn't here. Are they ever going to talk about it? Nope, says Dean we're just going to follow orders.
Sam goes to the shrink who happens to be the son of the asylum's director. He tries to pump the doctor for information. The doctor says he'll share what he knows, but only if Sam talks to him about his feelings first. For instance how does he get along with his brother? Apparently Sam had a lot to talk about, but he gets the information a riot rocked the asylum in the 60s. Lots of people were killed, and several bodies we never found including the director's. That's a recipe for a haunting.
Gavin and Kat, more thrill-seeking kids, go into the asylum at night. Mistake a spooky ghost girl kisses Gavin, then tries to whisper something in his ear. The kids freak and split up. Sam and Dean check the place out, and see evidence of spirits everywhere. One approaches Sam, and Dean shoots it. Sam is confused she didn't try to hurt him. Why not? The guys find Kat, who tells them about Gavin. They split up (doh!) to search for him. Sam finds Gavin, and hears about the spirits trying to communicate with him. Dean and Kat go looking in another part of the hospital, and Kat gets locked in another room. Sam tells her to face the ghost and listen what he has to say. It's a room number 137.
Sam tries to take Kat and Gavin out of the hospital while Dean investigates the room. Sam isn't happy that Kat thinks Dean is his boss and is even less happy when he realizes they can't get out of the hospital. His phone rings it's Dean, saying he's trapped in the basement. Sam goes to rescue him. But Dean is in room 137, where he finds the doctor's journal. It details all sorts of nasty procedures, including "rage therapy" that went very wrong. The ghost of the doctor finds Sam in the basement and zaps him.
Dean goes down to the basement after Sam, and finds him seemingly unharmed. He knows that doctor's secret testing room was down here somewhere, and that the body is probably here too. Sam gets pissed when Dean finds the door, and shoots him with rock salt. It won't kill him, but it'll hurt like hell. Sam proceeds to vent years' worth of aggression Why is Dean always ordering him around! Why can't Dean think for himself! Why does he always follow their father's orders! How desperate is he for their dad's approval! Dean hands him a pistol Sam really hates him, he should shoot him with real bullets. Sam shoots but the pistol isn't loaded. Dean knocks him out, then looks for the doctor's body. He finds it, and douses it with lighter fluid. The doctor jumps him and tries to zap him as well, but Dean throws his lighter on the body. Vanquishing the doctor's spirit.
The aftermath Sam apologizes to Dean he didn't mean anything he said! Dean is skeptical but has no desire to talk about it. Back at the hotel, the phone rings. Sam answers, then sits upright is bed. "Dad?"
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