Filming Location: Chemistry Building, UBC
Sam and Dean reasoned that Dustin Burwash died on spring equinox "when sun and moon share the sky as equals".BoM, p.32
While the tribe cited in the show is referred to as "Pucci", the type of graves featured in the episode were typically made by South American natives and a blanket used in the set dressing is of a Pueblo Indian design.
The filming of the climactic scene in this episode spawned Jensen's favourite anecdote - The Bee Story
While the scenes with the bees were filmed with real bees, the insects didn't show up on film, so they had to CGI the bees in at the end.Kim Manners
(who begged Eric Kripke not to do "Bugs"):
"They bring in six hundred bees, or however many bees, and I was like 'Oh my god, I can't wait to see the dailies!' But you watch the dailies and you can't tell there's one bee in that room - they just don't read on camera or they were too sluggish. (...) And you just start laughing because you put your crew in a room with hundreds of bees and then you can't even tell if there are any bees on camera. It's a bizarre job sometimes."S1Com, p. 52-53
Mad cow? Wasn't that on Oprah
Sam: You watch Oprah?
- In reference to the "Mad Cow" issue: Winfrey's influence reaches far beyond pop-culture and into unrelated industries where many believe she has the power to cause enormous market swings and radical price changes with a single comment. During a show about mad cow disease with Howard Lyman (aired on April 16, 1996), Winfrey exclaimed, "It has just stopped me cold from eating another burger!" Texas cattlemen sued her and Lyman in early 1998 for "false defamation of perishable food" and "business disparagement," claiming that Winfrey's remarks subsequently sent cattle prices tumbling, costing beef producers some USD$12 million. On February 26, after a trial spanning over two months in an Amarillo, Texas court in the thick of cattle country, a jury found Winfrey and Lyman were not liable for damages. (After the trial, she received a postcard from Rosanne Barr reading, "Congratulations, you beat the meat!")
Maybe they're being controlled somehow, you know, by something or someone.
Sam: You mean, like Willard?
Dean: Yeah, bugs instead of rats.
Sam: There are cases of psychic connections between people and animals. Elementals, telepaths...
Dean: Yeah, that whole Timmy-Lassie thing... Larry's kid, bugs for pets.
- Willard was a 1971 horror movie about a social misfit named Willard, who has a strange affinity/link with rats. He controls the rats to attack and kill people who have been cruel to him.
- Lassie, a television series (1954-1974), revolved around a collie named Lassie and her boy owner, Timmy, a farm boy frequently helped out of scrapes by his super-intelligent dog.
] You were kind of like the blonde chick
in The Munsters
- The Munsters was a 1960's TV show about a family of... monsters - vampires, a "Frankenstein" type monster, and various other ghouls. "The blonde chick," niece Marilyn Munster, is the only member of the family who is completely normal. The family is vaguely ashamed of their relationship to such an "ugly" person, and even Marilyn is aware of her "plain-ness". She bemoans that she keeps scaring off potential boyfriends, having no idea that the youths are in fact frightened away by her family.
The scene where Dean fights the bugs off with an improvised flame thrower made from a combination of a can of some sort of pressurised accelerant and a lighter, is reminiscent of scenes in the 1990 film Arachnophobia
wherein Jeff Daniels' character faces off against the 'Queen spider' in his basement with a nail gun and an improvised flame thrower.
Many of the final scenes in Bugs
appear to have been inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock 1963 Classic The Birds
- such as the shots of the bugs swarming against the night sky, the bugs penetrating through closed windows and doors, and the ripped back roof through which the Winchesters see the sky the following morning.
often cites this episode as one of his least favorites in the series. When the prophet Chuck
meets Sam and Dean, he asks them if he they had to live through the "bugs". He laments that they were "forced to live bad writing."