207. "Blood Brother" (Season 8, Episode 5)
Dean helps his former Purgatory companion Benny kill the vampire who made him, and then Sam gets dragged back into hunting after wanting to retire. Anyway, if you like creole bear daddy vampires, there's a bunch of Benny here.
206. "Asylum" (Season 1, Episode 10)
A standard but effective insane-asylum ghost story.
205. "Party On, Garth" (Season 7, Episode 18)
With the help of Garth, an incredibly nerdy but talented hunter, the boys battle a Shojo, a warrior who can only be seen and fought when drunk.
204. "The Girl Next Door" (Season 7, Episode 3)
Sam finds his old high-school crush has grown up to be a monster, and he can't bring himself to kill her, so Dean does it. A minor episode notable only for setting up a recurring rift between the brothers.
203. "Ask Jeeves" (Season 10, Episode 6)
A Supernatural take on a Clue-style murder-mystery.
202. "Southern Comfort" (Season 8, Episode 6)
Garth is the new Bobby in an episode about a vengeful spirit that goes all the way back to the Civil War.
201. "The Things We Left Behind" (Season 10, Episode 9)
Castiel tracks down the troubled teen daughter of his vessel. Dean goes Mark-of-Cain aggro to help out.
200. "The Hunter Games" (Season 10, Episode 10)
Castiel seeks help from the angel Metatron, God's scribe, on how to lift the Mark of Cain from Dean.
199. "There's No Place Like Home" (Season 10, Episode 11)
Felicia Day, aka Charlie Bradbury, is back from Oz, and still the least interesting character Supernatural has ever seen. But at least in this episode her good and dark sides have been split, and at least the evil one doesn't milk the whole adorable-nerdling thing.
198. "The Bad Seed" (Season 11, Episode 3)
Crowley tutors the Darkness, aka Amara, in the ways of evil, but she's proving increasingly difficult, being a teenager after a few days of life on earth. Meanwhile, the boys capture Crowley's mother, the witch Rowena, and get her to lift the curse off Castiel.
197. "A Little Slice of Kevin" (Season 8, Episode 7)
Castiel mysteriously escapes from Purgatory and tells Dean he did not abandon him like Dean remembers. Instead, Castiel chose to stay in Purgatory as penance. Meanwhile, the prophet Kevin Tran and his mom both seek help from a witch.
196. "Thin Lizzie" (Season 11, Episode 5)
A series of murders at Lizzie Borden's old house make the boys think they're chasing her ghost. They're not; Amara's just swallowing more people's souls, leaving murderers in her wake.
195. "Two and a Half Men" (Season 6, Episode 2)
Shapeshifter, baby! Tensions in the family of hunting Campbells. Dean tries to balance being a family man with hunting.
194. "Plush" (Season 11, Episode 7)
Evil costumes possess their wearers. Supernatural usually steals from the best, but this time, it appears they've borrowed a page from Halloween III. Given that, not a bad episode.
193. "The Purge" (Season 9, Episode 13)
Sam and Dean investigate a health spa where the fat is literally sucked from patrons' bodies.
192. "Something Wicked" (Season 1, Episode 18)
A shtriga preys upon the life forces of children. Sam and Dean mess the shtriga up to save the day.
191. "Pac-Man Fever" (Season 8, Episode 20)
Dean is concerned the second trial to shut the Gates of Hell has taken a toll on Sam. Or maybe the producers were concerned about ratings, because Charlie Bradbury (Felicia Day) is back and stinking up the joint, this time in an episode where she can be a badass wearing an ammo vest and Dean can look handsome in officer's clothing. It's more like a fan fiction episode Becky would write, except for the part about Charlie's mom, which is touching.
190. "Provenance" (Season 1, Episode 19)
An evil painting comes to life, murdering its owners. Like many of the first season's episodes, this is just a solid modern-day update to a classic ghost story.
189. "Bloodlust" (Season 2, Episode 3)
Sam and Dean meet up with slightly unhinged hunter Gordon, who's working a vampire case. But these vampires seem to have consciences.
188. "Let It Bleed" (Season 6, Episode 21)
Crowley kidnaps Dean's girlfriend Lisa and her son Ben. Bobby's old girlfriend Ellie is apparently from Purgatory, 900 years old, and HP Lovecraft's murderer. It's a needlessly silly Season 6 subplot, but still makes for a strong episode because, at Dean's request, Castiel wipes any memory of Dean from Ben and Lisa forever.
187. "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things" (Season 2, Episode 4)
A gifted college TA learns how to raise his professor's daughter and his crush from the dead. No surprise, it doesn't go so well.
186. "Into the Mystic" (Season 11, Episode 11)
Banshees are messing things up for folks at a retirement home, and Dean is close to scoring some GILF action. The boys take out the banshee with the help of a deaf woman immune to the monster's powers.
185. "Live Free or Twihard" (Season 6, Episode 5)
For reasons revealed later, Sam lets Dean get bitten by a vampire. Also surprising: there's a cure that works.
184. "Time After Time" (Season 7, Episode 12)
Dean gets sent back in time by Chronos and hangs with Eliot Ness, who's apparently a hunter in his own right. This episode is best for people who enjoy masturbating to a fedora-wearing Jensen Ackles.
183. "The Vessel" (Season 11, Episode 14)
Dean goes back to 1943 to get a remnant of the Ark of the Covenant in the hope that it has enough mojo to kill the Darkness. It doesn't.
182. "Family Matters" (Season 6, Episode 7)
Distrustful of Sam and the other Campbells, Dean goes on a hunt and discovers that his grandfather is torturing and interrogating Alphas (the first monsters of their kind) rather than killing them. Castiel confirms that Sam came back from Hell without a soul.
181. "Out with the Old" (Season 7, Episode 16)
The Leviathan procure a realtor company and an antique shop as part of a plan to cure cancer. Like that sentence, the episode seems incomplete.
180. "Beyond the Mat" (Season 11, Episode 15)
For everyone waiting for Supernatural to finally explore the world of professional wrestling, this episode is for you. OK. Cool. You six stand over there. Still, a solid crossroads demon episode.
179. "Red Meat" (Season 11, Episode 17)
A werewolf episode with a zombie cabin feel. Not bad at all, but there has never been a great werewolf episode of Supernatural.
178. "#thinman" (Season 9, Episode 15)
The Ghostfacers are back, this time taking on Slenderman, or Thinman, as he's called in this episode about a couple of psychopaths killing in the name of the urban legend. The Ghostfacers fight in a way that provides insight into Sam and Dean's troubles.
177. "You Can't Handle the Truth" (Season 6, Episode 6)
The Goddess of Truth is really causing problems for people. Sam can lie to her for some reason, and after the Goddess is killed, Sam admits he let Dean be turned into a vampire in the previous episode because he hasn't been the same since he was raised from Hell. Dean beats the crap out of Sam.
176. "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester" (Season 4, Episode 7)
Samhain is a bad Halloween dude posing as a cool high-school art teacher. His rising is also another broken seal leading to the Apocalypse.
175. "Wishful Thinking" (Season 4, Episode 8)
A magic coin turns a wishing well into a wish-granting machine, and it's instantly abused by a nerd. Plus, it has this classic line, from a giant suicidal teddy bear: "Tea parties?! Is that all there is?"
174. "The Mentalists" (Season 7, Episode 7)
The boys visit the false psychic capital of America and battle a vengeful spirit.
173. "Heaven and Hell" (Season 4, Episode 10)
This episode has a sex scene in it that feels written especially to keep "Mrs. Dean Winchester" scrawled on the notebooks of junior-high-school girls everywhere. Sam, Dean, and Ruby try to keep Anna safe from angels and demons. Alastair tortures Ruby until she promises to show him where Anna is. The angels and demons fight in a showdown, and Anna steals her grace from Uriel and flees.
172. "Paint It Black" (Season 10, Episode 16)
An intricate tale of church possessions with a spirit tethered to a painting.
171. "Faith" (Season 1, Episode 12)
Someone who seems to be a faith healer is really just a man whose wife has tricked a reaper. A hint of things to come in later seasons.
170. "Inside Man" (Season 10, Episode 17)
Sam and Castiel try to break Metatron out of Heaven for more information on how to relieve Dean of the Mark of Cain. Heavenly Bobby pitches in, too, which is always nice, but ultimately, Metatron has no answers and they steal his grace. Crowley asks Rowena how to remove Dean's Mark. Like Season 8, Season 10 stalls when the stakes aren't raised high enough.
169. "Swap Meat" (Season 5, Episode 12)
It's a Freaky Friday episode, and Sam gets to be funny when a teenager body-swaps with him. Turns out he's one of a group of nerds playing with black magic. It doesn't go well.
168. "Baby" (Season 11, Episode 4)
Who doesn't love a good Nachzehrer story? Oh, that's a sort of vampire ghoul that's hard to kill. It's hard to explain, but don't worry, the boys kill it. And Sam finally has cheap dirty sex with a character who isn't a demon. Huzzah.
167. "Everybody Loves a Clown" (Season 2, Episode 2)
We meet Ellen and Jo, a mother and daughter who run a bar for hunters, featuring white-trash genius Ash. Then they hunt a killer clown, Rakshasa.
166. "I'm No Angel" (Season 9, Episode 3)
Sam and Dean try to save a powerless Castiel from vengeful angels who hold him responsible for their ejection from Heaven. Meanwhile, demons and angels start possessing humans at an increasing rate. And as a special gift to fanfic writers everywhere, Castiel gets laid. Plus, his line to Sam and Dean: "I see how difficult life can be and how well you two have led it. I think you'll be great teachers. Are there any more burritos?"
165. "Bloody Mary" (Season 1, Episode 5)
A Supernatural take on the old urban legend provides some good thrills and a solid ending.