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Sam, a soon-to-be college graduate, has an interview set up to attend one of the most prestigious law schools in the country. His brother Dean, whom he has not seen in several years, unexpectedly shows up in the middle of the night to tell him that their father went missing while on a hunting trip. Leaving his girlfriend behind to find their dad, Sam joins Dean in order to find their father in Jericho, a small town where unmarried men have disappeared without a trace.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 475285
Airdate: Tuesday September 13th, 2005

Director: David Nutter
Writer: Eric Kripke

Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) Jan 08, 2006
PT (AXN) Oct 09, 2006
DE (Pro7) Oct 23, 2006
FR (TF6) Dec 04, 2006
IT (RaiDue) Feb 13, 2007
NL (Net 5) Jul 06, 2008

  • Currently 9.5/10
9.5/10 (31 Votes cast)

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Guest Stars
Adrianne Palicki
As Jessica
Recurring
Samantha Smith
As Mary Winchester
Recurring
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
As John Winchester
Recurring
Sarah Shahi
As Constance Welch / Woman in White
R.D. Call
As Sheriff Pierce
Ross Kohn
As Troy Squire
Steve Railsback
As Joseph Welch

Co-Guest Stars
Derek Webster
As Deputy Jaffe
Jamil Walker Smith
As Luis (as Jamil Z. Smith)
Elizabeth Bond
As Amy Hein
Cletus Young
As Motel Clerk
Robert Peters (2)
As Deputy Hein
Richard Dano
As Hotel Clerk (as Rick Dano)
Hunter Brochu
As Sam's Friend
Main Cast
Jared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester

Recap

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Episode Notes
Fans of the show Gilmore Girls found it confusing that Jensen Ackles' character is named Dean and Jared Padalecki's character is named Sam. In Gilmore Girls, Jared Padalecki's character was named Dean.

When this episode later aired as a rerun, several scenes were cut out in order for it to fit the 1 hour time slot.

Dean and Sam drive a 1967 Chevy Impala.

This premiere episode ran an additional 7 minutes.

This episode aired on Yahoo! TV on September 6, 2005, a week before its television premiere on the WB.

This episode received a 2005-2006 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore) as well as the nomination for Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AC DCBack In BlackDean: Sorry, can't hear you. The music's too loud.
AC DCHighway To HellDean drives Sam back to his apartment
The Allman Brothers BandRamblin' ManDean and Sam stop for gas
ClassicWhat Cha Gonna DoAt the Halloween Party
Eagles of Death MetalSpeaking In TonguesJericho, California
Keith RosierShe Cheated on a CheaterAt the Motel
Kid GlovesMy Cheatin' WaysCrime Scene
Living DaylightsGasolineStanford University - Present Day


Episode Quotes
Jessica: Sam! Get a move on, would ya? We were supposed to be there like 15 minutes ago. Sam! Ya comin' or what?
Sam: Do I have to?
Jessica: Yes. It'll be fun. And where is your costume?
Sam: You know how I feel about Halloween.

Dean: Whoa, easy, tiger.
Sam: Dean? (Dean chuckles) You scared the crap out of me.
Dean: That's because you're out of practice. (Sam reverses the hold) Or not. Get off of me.
Sam: What the hell are you doing here?
Dean: Well, I was looking for a beer.

(Jess walks in, wearing a Smurfs night shirt)
Sam: Dean, this is my girlfriend, Jessica.
Jessica: Wait. Your brother, Dean?
Dean: I love the Smurfs. You know, I gotta tell you, you are completely out of my brother's league.
Jessica: Just let me put something on.
Dean: No, no, no... I wouldn't dream of it. Seriously.

Sam: No. Whatever you wanna say you can say it in front of her.
Dean: Okay. Ummm, Dad hasn't been home in a few days.
Sam: So he's working overtime on a Miller Time shift. He'll stumble back in sooner or later.
Dean: Dad's on a hunting trip, and he hasn't been home in a few days.
Sam: Jess, excuse us. We have to go outside.

Sam: Yeah? When I told Dad I was scared of the thing in my closet he gave me a .45.
Dean: Well, what was he supposed to do?
Sam: I was nine years old. He was supposed to say "Don’t be afraid of the dark."
Dean: "Don’t be afraid of the dark?" What, are you kidding me? Of course you should be afraid of the dark. You know what’s out there!

Dean: So, what are you gonna do? You just gonna live some normal, apple pie life? Is that it?
Sam: No, not normal. Safe.

Sam: Dad let you go on a hunting trip by yourself?
Dean: I'm 26, dude.

Sam: So how'd you pay for that stuff? You and Dad still running credit card scams?
Dean: Yeah, well, hunting ain't exactly a pro-ball career. Besides, all we do is apply. It's not our fault they send us the cards.

Sam: I swear, man, you gotta update your cassette tape collection.
Dean: Why?
Sam: Well for one, they're cassette tapes. And two... Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Metallica. It's the greatest hits of mullet rock.
Dean: Well, house rules, Sammy, driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cake hole.
Sam: You know, "Sammy" is a chubby 12-year-old. It's "Sam," okay?
Dean: Sorry, can't hear you. The music's too loud.

Sheriff: Who are you?
Dean: Federal Marshals.
Sheriff: You two a little young for Marshals, aren’t you?
Dean: Thanks, that’s awfully kind of you.

Sam: So what's the theory?
Sheriff: Honestly? We don't know. Serial murder, kidnapping ring...
Dean: Well, that is exactly the kinda crack police work I'd expect outta you guys...

Sam: I like your necklace.
Amy Hein: Troy gave it to me. Mostly, to scare my parents with all that devil stuff.
Sam: Actually, it means just the opposite. A pentagram is protection against evil, really powerful. I mean, if you believe in that kind of thing.
Dean: Okay, thank you, Unsolved Mysteries.

Dean: You're really serious about this, aren't you? You think you're just gonna become some lawyer, marry your girl..
Sam: Maybe. Why not?
Dean: Does Jessica know the truth about you? I mean, does she know about the things you've done?
Sam: No, and she's not ever going to know.
Dean: Well, that's healthy.

Sam: Car all right?
Dean: Yeah, whatever she did to it, it seems all right now. That Constance chick--what a bitch!

Sam: Hey Dean. What I said earlier, about Mom and Dad, I'm sorry.
Dean: No chick flick moments.
Sam: All right... jerk.
Dean: Bitch.

Deputy Jaffe: So, fake U.S. Marshal. Fake credit cards. You got anything that's real?
Dean: My boobs.

Sheriff Pierce: So you want to give us your real name?
Dean: I told you, it’s Nugent. Ted Nugent.
Sheriff Pierce: I'm not sure you realize just how much trouble you're in here.
Dean: You talkin' about misdemeanor kind of trouble or squeal like a pig trouble?
Sheriff Pierce: You got the faces of ten missing persons taped to your wall. Along with a whole lot of satanic mumbo jumbo. Boy, you are officially a suspect.
Dean: That makes sense, because when the first one went missing in '82 I was three.

Dean: Nice work, Sammy.
Sam: Yeah, wish I could say the same for you. What were you thinking, shooting Casper in the face, you freak?
Dean: Hey, saved your ass.



Episode Goofs
When John checks on Sam, the blood falls from directly above the crib. However, when John turns and looks, he doesn't look up to see Mary. Instead, he looks to the side and behind the crib to where she's suspended.


When Constance kills Troy on the bridge, blood splatters everywhere inside the car. However, when the deputies check it out later, there's no sign of blood and they even say that it's "spotless."


When Dean puts his Metallica cassette in his cassette player, the song that plays is AC/DC's "Back in Black", not Metallica.

When Sam and Dean take Amy and Rachel to a diner, the girls' glasses are/aren't filled with ice depending on which shot is used.


During one scene, Constance's suicide is said to have occured on April 25, 1981. However, when Dean and Sam are looking up information about her death, they pull up the archive files from April 25, 1971.

When the deputies approach Dean outside the motel, his collar is up/down/up again.


When Sheriff Pierce interrogates Dean, his hands are on top of the box when the camera is on him, but to the sides of the box when the camera is on Dean.


The coordinates that the brothers are given, 35 -111, covers a 4000-square-mile area since no minutes and seconds are added to the coordinates. There is no way that Sam could have pinpointed his father's location to a town in Colorado with only the degrees.

While Constance has control of the Impala, in one shot that contains the gear shift, you can see that the car is in park despite it moving.



Cultural References
Sam: 'Cause we're not exactly the Bradys.
Sam's Friend: I'm not exactly the Huxtables.

The Bradys were the family on the TV show The Brady Bunch. The Huxtables were the family from The Cosby Show.

Dean: Agent Mulder. Agent Scully.

Agent Mulder and Agent Scully were the main characters from the TV show The X-Files.

Sam: He's just deer hunting up at the cabin. He's probably got Jim, Jack, and Jose along with him. I'm just going to go bring him back.

The names Sam lists off are references to Jim Bean, Jack Daniels, and Jose Cuervo, each of which are a brand of hard liquor.

Dean: I love the Smurfs.

Dean is referring to the television cartoon show, The Smurfs. One of the characters from the show is printed on Jessica's t-shirt.

Dean: Okay, thank you 'Unsolved Mysteries'.

Dean is referring to the long-running series Unsolved Mysteries. The show re-enacted several unsolved cases with hopes that a viewer at home would have information that would solve the case.

Sam: You know there's EVP on there?

EVP, short for Electronic Voice Phenomena, are spirit "voices" that can be heard on audio recordings.

Character Name Origin: Winchester

The surname of Winchester is a possible reference to the haunted Winchester mansion and the Winchester family.

November 2

November 2, the day that Mary Winchester died, is the Day of the Dead in the Catholic faith.



Analysis
Woman in White

The episode is based on the folklore story of La Llorona that has taken on several forms, from The Woman in White to Weeping Woman, in different cultures. In the episode, the woman targets unfaithful women to kill, but in several variations of the tale, the Woman in White targets who don't treat their families well. More about the tale can be found here.

Vanishing Hitchhikers

The episode is loosely based on the vanishing hitchhiker phenomenon in which travelers meet a hitchhiker that vanishes without a trace. Though the episode focuses on the Woman in White, elements from this phenomenon are incorporated into the episode.

Mary and Jessica

During the episode there are several parallels between Mary Winchester, the brothers' mother, and Sam's girlfriend, Jessica. The were both killed by the same evil spirit, and each time, blood drops from the victim fell on Sam's face. It is later seen that Jessica died on the 22-year anniversary of Mary's death.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  David Nutter
Supervising ProducerPeter Johnson
ProducerCyrus I. Yavneh
Associate ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Production DesignerMichael Novotny
EditorPaul Karasick
CastingPatrick Rush
Unit Production ManagerMary Church
First Assistant DirectorJohn G. Scotti
Second Assistant DirectorAmy Schmidt
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerBobbie Mannix
Set DecoratorRichard Reams
Property MasterScott Nifong
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
Director of PhotographyAaron Schneider
Stunt CoordinatorEddy Donno
Sound MixerMack Melson
Special EffectsPaul Lombardi (2)
Costume SupervisorTom Numbers
Key HairstylistDon Lynch
Makeup ArtistNick Pagliaro
Special Effects Make-upEd French
 
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