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During a fight with a hobgoblin, Dean is electrocuted, causing deadly damage to his heart. Sam tries to find a way to save Dean, and comes across a preacher who claims he can cure the incurable. But the brothers soon discover that the preacher's miracles are happening due to help from the Grim Reaper, who trades one life for another, "less worthy" life.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 2T6910
Airdate: Tuesday January 17th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) Mar 26, 2006
PT (AXN) Dec 25, 2006
FR (TF6) Feb 12, 2007
DE (Pro7) Jan 21, 2008
NL (Net 5) Sep 21, 2008


Guest Stars
Kevin McNultyKevin McNulty
As Reverend Roy Le Grange
Julie BenzJulie Benz
As Layla Rourke
Rebecca JenkinsRebecca Jenkins
As Sue Ann Le Grange

Co-Guest Stars
Alex DiakunAlex Diakun
As Grim Reaper
Colin LawrenceColin Lawrence
As Jason
Shawn ReisShawn Reis
As Tall Deputy
Aaron CravenAaron Craven
As David Wright
Erica CarrollErica Carroll
As Nurse
Cainan WiebeCainan Wiebe
As Boy Victim
Nick Harrison (1)Nick Harrison (1)
Gillian BarberGillian Barber
As Mrs. Rourke
Tiffany KnightTiffany Knight
As Ford City Doctor (as Tiffany Lyndall-Knight)
Conrad WhitakerConrad Whitaker
As Burly Deputy
John HainsworthJohn Hainsworth
As Emphysema Victim
Kenya Jo KennedyKenya Jo Kennedy
As Girl Victim
Rikki GagneRikki Gagne
As Abortion Advocate / Jogger
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


Sam and Dean are hunting a Rawhead in an abandoned building and find the two children that it has abducted. As they get the children out of the basement, the creature grabs Sam as he goes up the stairs. Dean fires a taser at it and tells Sam to get the children out, while he goes in after the monster. It knocks him down into a puddle of water on the floor and comes after him, and Dean fires the taser again. It shocks the creature, which is standing in the puddle, but electrocutes Dean as well. Sam returns and finds his brother, dying...

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Episode Notes
We learn that Dean is 27 years old.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Blue Öyster CultDon't Fear The ReaperThe Reaper kills and cures

Episode Quotes
Dean: Have you ever watched daytime TV? It's terrible.
Sam: I talked to your doctor.
Dean: That fabric softener teddy bear. Oooh! I'm gonna hunt that little bitch down.
Sam: Dean.
Dean: Yeah, all right, well, it looks like you're going to leave town without me.
Sam: What are you talking about? I'm not going to leave you here.
Dean: Hey, you better take care of that car, or I swear I'll haunt your ass.
Sam: I don't think that's funny.
Dean: Ah, come on. It's a little funny. Look, Sammy, what can I say, man? It's a dangerous gig. I drew the short straw. That's it. end of story.
Sam: Don't talk like that, all right? We still have options.
Dean: What options? You got burial or cremation. I know it's not easy, but I'm gonna die and you can't stop it.
Sam: Watch me.

Dean: I'm not gonna die in a hospital where the nurses aren't even hot.

Sam: You know this whole "I laugh in the face of death" thing is crap, I can see right through it.
Dean: Yeah, whatever. Have you even slept? You look worse than me.

Dean: You're not gonna let me die in peace, are you?
Sam: I'm not gonna let you die, period.

Dean: (arriving at a faith healer) Man, you're a lying bastard. I thought you said we were going to see a doctor.
Sam: I believe I said a specialist.

David Wright: Roy Le Grange is a fraud. He's no healer.
Dean: Amen, brother.
Sam: You keep up the good work.

Dean: And God save us from half the people who think they're doing God's work.

Dean: It must be rough, to believe in something so much and have it disappoint you like that.
Layla Rourke: You wanna hear something weird? I'm okay, really. I guess if you're going to have faith you can't just have it when the miracles happen. You have to have it when they don't.
Dean: So what now?
Dean: Hey, um, you know, I'm not much of a praying type. But I'm gonna pray for you.
Layla Rourke: Well, there's a miracle right there.

Cultural References
Dean: You ever actually watch daytime TV? It's terrible.

This is a joke about Jensen Ackles (Dean) starring as Eric Brady for several years on the daytime soap Days of our Lives.

Dean: That fabric softener teddy bear. Oooh! I'm gonna hunt that little bitch down.

Dean is referring to the Snuggle bear on the Snuggle brand of fabric softener commericals.

Grim Reaper

In various religions on Earth, the Grim Reaper is seen as the Angel of Death that carries the souls of the recently departed into their afterlife.

In literature, the Grim Reaper is often shown wearing a dark cloak and carrying a scythe. It become a figure of death in several stories, movies, and television shows and its presence often means that a character will die, similar to this episode. However, traditionally the Grim Reaper only carries away the recently deceased souls, not take their life from them as seen in this episode.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer
Co-Executive ProducerRichard Hatem  |  John Shiban  |  Kim Manners
Supervising ProducerPhilip Sgriccia
ProducerCyrus I. Yavneh  |  Peter Johnson
Associate ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Production DesignerJerry Wanek
EditorPaul Karasick
CastingRobert J. Ulrich  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Eric Dawson  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorGreg Rousseaux
Second Assistant DirectorVictor Landrie
MusicChristopher Lennertz
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Post Production SupervisorChad E, Beck
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorRaelle Tucker  |  Sera Gamble
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Art DirectorJohn Marcynuk
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
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