Season 6 of Supernatural gave us another wonderful assortment of accommodations.
In total, Sam and Dean stayed in 11 motels, at Bobby's 4 times and squatted in abandoned houses twice. Dean starts off in a real house though...
6.01 Exile On Main St.
Accommodation: Dean: Lisa’s House
Location: Cicero, Indiana
The season opens with Dean living in an actual house. I like how obviously different this is to living in a motel - comfy bed, a large kitchen and matching crockery. There's a garden and all those things we associate normally with "home". I find it particularly interesting that Lisa's house is similar to the one the boys lived in before everything went pear shaped.
6.02 Two and A Half Men
Accommodation: Mid West Motel
Location: Battle Creek, Michigan
It's not long before we get to see the first motel room of the season. I love the matching bedspreads and curtain - the patterns! I'd hate to wake up with a hangover and have to look at those. The room divider is a pattern of primary colours - it makes me think of children - which works nicely with an episode that has a baby in it. The diaper box is curious. I never made the connection before but I figure the baby changed itself after seeing the picture on the diaper box. Magic Fingers makes a return (seen before in (2.13) House of the Holy and in (3.04) Sin City) as does the outside wall.
Bed head also used: 2.09, 2.11, 2.14, 3.10 and later in the season - 6.09 (Pics here)
6.03 The Third Man
Accommodation: Unnamed hotel
Location: Easter, Pennsylvania
Usually the boys stay in motels (motor hotels) but here they are in a hotel (definitions).
The coolest thing about this hotel is the wall paper. I love it when they use huge flowers on the wall. They've used them a number of times. Check them all out here
The bed heads are a sorry sight - look at how shabby they are! They're ripped, faded and dirty. Curious considering how neat the rest of the room looks. I love the way they add an element of dinginess the scene. (This is the room Sam starts off in when we see him paying a prostitute).
We also get a shot of the Exterior and the bathroom.
For those who like to get a REALLY good look at the details in a motel I've added this shot. Here we can see the blinds, the brick wall, the bed (with a book on it - Sam has been reading) and what looks like a "no smoking" sign on the cabinet. Not much else to look at really. Oh - there's the TV, I suppose that might be interesting. Yeah...that's about it.
6.04 Weekend At Bobby's
Accommodation: Pack 'em Inn Motel
Location: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Unfortunately, we don't get to see much of this room. It's a pity because it has some great features. And I think this might be one of my favourite names for a motel - "Pack 'em Inn". This motel is a whole theme based on the local football team, the Green Bay Packers. Their colors are yellow and green like the room. There's a football scoreboard in the photo on the wall. Jerry Wanek is from that part of Wisconsin. The team is enormously popular and the fans are called Cheeseheads (that can go for any Wisconsin native too) and they wear foam triangle cheese block hats on their heads. The divider is made up of the cheeseheads. That's also why Bobby talks about the lamia ganking on cheeseheads. (information from galwithglasses <33)
The bowl of M&Ms on the table is interesting - I wonder who got the bowl out, opened the packet and poured them in? I can't really see either of them doing that. Maybe they were complimentary. I can't believe there's still a bowl full.
6.05 Live Free or Twihard
Accommodation: Nite Owl Hotel
Location: Limestone, Illinois
Yay! More flowers on the wall. I like the way this room really suits this episode. Dark and almost gothic - the lamp, chairs and bed heads lending themselves to this feel. The floor looks like it been recycled from the one in 6.02. In fact, this entire room reminds me of the one in 6.02. The ripped and torn wallpaper is similar to the ripped cloth bed heads. I often think the rooms reflect the state of the boys' relationship. At this stage in the season their relationship was rather tattered. There's a lot of muted greens, browns and reds in the rooms this season.
This is called The Nite Owl Hotel (hotel name card. and exterior hotel name). This name has been used twice before. Once in season 5 - Fallen Idols and later in season 6 when we visit inside Sam's brain in The Man Who Knew Too Much. I love that we get a glimpse of the exterior neon sign, which is the same design as in 6.22 and 5.05. (The geek in me loves that stuff!)
As a side note, it's great to see the familiar blue rose make a return (except it's the Black Rose this time). It was also seen in 2.10 (Hunted) and 4.09 (I Know What You Did Last Summer). See them here.
6.06 You Can't Handle The Truth and 6.07 Family Matters
Accommodation: Abe's Calumet Motel
Location: Calumet City, Illinois
We get a great shot of this room - we can see the overall layout. This room is looking pretty neat and clean - especially compared to the last couple we've seen them in. This actually looks like a modern motel room, one you'd normally find when traveling about. I love the mural depicting a serene landscape. Murals have been used a number of times before in motel rooms.
6.08 All Dogs Go To Heaven
Accommodation: Over the Barrel Motel
Location: Buffalo, New York