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Supernatural: Dead in the Water

Dean comes across an article about a mysterious drowning. Sam and Dean soon find that several people have drowned in the same lake, but bodies were never found, suggesting that a spirit is haunting the lake.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x3
Production Number: 2T6903
Airdate: Tuesday September 27th, 2005


Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) Jan 22, 2006
PT (AXN) Oct 23, 2006
FR (TF6) Dec 04, 2006
IT (RaiDue) Feb 26, 2007
DE (Pro7) Oct 29, 2007
NL (Net 5) Jul 20, 2008

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (26 Votes cast)

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Guest Stars
Amy AckerAmy Acker
As Andrea Barr
Daniel Hugh KellyDaniel Hugh Kelly
As Sheriff Jake Devins

Co-Guest Stars
Bruce DawsonBruce Dawson
As Bill Carlton
Recurring
Nico McEownNico McEown
As Lucas Barr
Recurring
Bethoe ShirkoffBethoe Shirkoff
As Mrs. Sweeney
Troy ClareTroy Clare
As Will Carlton
Amber BoryckiAmber Borycki
As Sophie Carlton
Aaron RotaAaron Rota
As Peter Sweeney
Keira KabatowKeira Kabatow
As Waitress
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester

Recap

Lake Manitoc, Wisconsin..

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Episode Notes
Jared Padalecki filmed this episode with a broken hand.

The lake cabin was also used in the horror movie, Devour, in which Jensen Ackles starred.

This episode was filmed at Buntzen Lake, Anmore, British Columbia, Canada.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bad CompanyMovin' OnDean and Sam leave Lake Manitoc
Billy SquierToo Daze GoneWhile Driving to the Location Where Lucas Drew
Black ToastWhat A Way To GoAt the Diner (While Discussing the Game Plan)
RattRound And RoundSam and Dean drive to Lake Manitoc


Episode Quotes
Dean: You know, Sam, we are allowed to have fun once in a while. (indicates an attractive waitress) That’s fun.

Sam: People don't just disappear, Dean. Other people just stop looking for them.

Andrea Barr: (to Dean) Must be hard with your sense of direction. Never being able to find your way to a decent pickup line.

Sam: “Kids are the best?" You don’t even like kids.
Dean: I love kids.
Sam: Name three children that you even know.
(long pause)
Dean: I’m thinking!

Dean: (to young Lucas) So crayons are more of your thing. That's cool. Chicks dig artists.

Dean: (to Lucas) You're scared. It's okay, I understand. See, when I was your age, I saw something real bad happen to my mom, and I was scared, too. I didn't feel like talking, just like you. But see, my mom—I know she wanted me to be brave. I think about that every day. And I do my best to be brave. And maybe your dad wants you to be brave, too.

Dean: Oh, college boy thinks he’s so smart. (Sam laughs)
Sam: You know, um … what you said about mom … you never told me that before.
Dean: It’s no big deal … oh God, we’re not gonna have to hug or anything, are we?

Sheriff Jake Devins: So, we have a couple of options here. I can arrest you for impersonating government officials and hold you as material witnesses to Bill Carlton's disappearance. Or we can chalk this all up to a bad day, you get into your car, you put this town in your rear-view mirror, and you don't ever darken my doorstep again.
Sam: Door number two sounds good.
Sheriff Jake Devins: That's the one I'd pick.

Dean: I just don't want to leave this town until I know that the kid is okay.
Sam: Who are you? And what have you done with my brother?

Dean: You and Bill killed Peter Sweeney 35 years ago. That’s what the hell we’re talking about. And now you’ve got one seriously pissed off spirit.
Sam: It’s gonna take Andrea, Lucas, everyone you love. It’s gonna drown them and it’s gonna drag their bodies God knows where. So you can feel the same pain Peter’s mom felt. And then, after that, it's gonna take you, and it’s not going to stop until it does.
Sheriff Jake Devins: Yeah, and how do you know that?
Sam: Because that’s exactly what it did to Bill Carlton.
Sheriff Jake Devins: Listen to yourself, both of you. You’re insane.
Dean: I don’t really give a rat’s ass what you think of us.

Dean: All right, if you’re gonna be talking now, this is a very important phrase, so I want you to repeat it one more time.
Lucas: Zeppelin rules!



Episode Goofs
When Dean circles the picture in the newspaper and hands the paper to Sam, the circle changes from around the picture and the girl's name, to just around the picture.


When Sam and Dean first talk to Will on the shore, a boom mike briefly dips into the shot, at the 5:09 mark.


When Will drowns, you can clearly see that the plug isn't in the sink. However, Will reaches into the water to unplug the sink though the plug was never there in the first place.


In the scene where the boy is being drowned in the sink, at first the plug attached to a chain is in water in the sink. When the shot returns to the sink, the plug is out of the water and Will takes it out.


When Andrea gets in the bathtub, the water is at most an inch from the top of the tub. Then the lake water pours in, and yet in the next shot the water level has dropped by at least an inch.


Andrea presumably gets into the tub naked, since that's how people take baths. However, when Sam pulls her out, the modesty bikini that actresses wear during bathtub scenes is briefly glimpsed.




Cultural References
Episode Opening

The opening scene of the episode is very similar to the opening scene of the movie Jaws.

Dean: I'm Agent Ford, this is Agent Hamill.

Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill starred in the first three Star Wars movies. Also, the boy, Lucas, is a reference to George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars Franchise.

Sam: Door Number Two sounds good.

This catchphrase was popularized by Let's Make A Deal. Host Monty Hall offered contestants choices such as "Door Number One, Door Number Two, or you can trade it for what's behind the curtain!" The trick of the show was that some of the prizes were very nice, while others were booby prizes.



Analysis
Water Wraith

Though the episode takes place in Wisconsin, Water Wraiths originated in Scotland. The episode follows the tale of the Wraiths very closely, incorporating most of the story into the plot line. However, in the tale, Wraiths typically take the form of skinny, old women that dress in green, not of an angry little boy as this episode portrays.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer (1)
Co-Executive ProducerRichard Hatem  |  John Shiban
Supervising ProducerPhilip Sgriccia
ProducerCyrus I. Yavneh  |  Peter Johnson
Associate ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Production DesignerJerry Wanek
EditorAnthony Pinker
CastingCarol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Eric Dawson  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorKit Marlatt
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Transportation CoordinatorMark Gould
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Script SupervisorPattie Robertson
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorSera Gamble  |  Raelle Tucker
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementGeorge A. Grieve
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Key Makeup ArtistShannon Coppin
Visual Effects SupervisorIvan Hayden
Visual Effects ProducerScott Ramsey
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Special Effects Make-upJoel Echallier
 
Warning: Supernatural season 1 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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