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Supernatural: Shadow

While following a lead concerning a mysterious death in Chicago, Sam reunites with Meg. Sam suspects it's more than a coincidence, and Meg soon ambushes Sam and Dean. She explains that it's a trap... for John, using them as bait.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x16
Production Number: 2T6915
Airdate: Tuesday February 28th, 2006

Director: Kim Manners
Writer: Eric Kripke

Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) Apr 23, 2006
FR (TF6) Jan 15, 2007
PT (AXN) Jan 22, 2007
BE (VT4) Jul 18, 2007
DE (Pro7) Feb 11, 2008
NL (Net 5) Oct 19, 2008


Guest Stars
Nicki AycoxNicki Aycox
As Meg Masters
Jeffrey Dean MorganJeffrey Dean Morgan
As John Winchester

Co-Guest Stars
Lorena GaleLorena Gale
As Landlady
Melanie PapaliaMelanie Papalia
As Meredith Allen
Nimet KanjiNimet Kanji
As Bartender
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


In Chicago, a young woman, Meredith Allen, walks down the street, unaware that someone is following her. The music on her iPod suddenly goes dead and a wind springs up. She walks quickly away but notices the shadows of her pursuer on the walls behind her. Running, Meredith bursts out onto the street, gets to her apartment, and fumbles with her keys. She finally unlocks the door and gets inside, and then activates the security system. Meredith gets a beer and checks her answering machine, unaware that a shadow has appeared on the wall behind her. It rams its claws through her back, killing her...

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Episode Notes
This is the first episode in which the present day Sam and Dean interact with their father in person.

John drives a GMC Sierra Grande with a registration number of CSG 8R3.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Little Charlie And The NightcatsYou Got Your Hooks In MeMeredith walks down the street
VuePictures of Me 

Episode Quotes
Sam: All right, Dean. This is the place.
Dean: You know, I've gotta say Dad and me did just fine without these stupid costumes. I feel like a high school drama dork. What was that play that you did? What was it, uh... Our Town. Yeah, you were good, it was cute.

Dean: I'm just saying these outfits cost hard-earned money, okay?
Sam: Whose?
Dean: Ours! You think credit card fraud's easy?

Landlady: You guys said you're with the alarm company?
Dean: That's right.
Landlady: Well, no offense, but your alarm's about as useful as boobs on a man.
Dean: Well, that's why we're here.

Sam: You say you talked to the cops?
Dean: Uhhh, yeah. Spoke to Amy, the uh, charming, perky officer of the law.
Sam: Yeah? What'd you find out?
Dean: Well, she's a Sagittarius. She loves tequila, I mean, wooo... ohh, she's got this little tattoo...
Sam: Dean!
Dean: What? Yeah. Uhhh, nothing we don't already know.

Dean: Talked to the bartender.
Sam: You get anything? Besides her number?
Dean: Dude. I'm a professional. I'm offended that you would think that... all right. (holds up number)
Sam: You mind doing a little bit of thinking with your upstairs brain, Dean?
Dean: Huh?

Dean: So to recap, the only successful intel we’ve scored so far is the bartender’s number.

(Dean coughs for attention)
Meg Masters: Dude, cover your mouth.
Sam: Yeah, um, I'm sorry, Meg. This is um, this is my brother, Dean.
Meg Masters: This is Dean?
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: So, you've heard of me?
Meg Masters: Oh, yeah. I've heard of you. Nice. The way you treat your brother like luggage.
Dean: Sorry?
Meg Masters: Why don't you let him do what he wants to do? Stop dragging him over God's green earth.
Sam: Meg, it's all right.
Dean: (whistles) Okayyy, awkward! Heh heh heh, I'm gonna get a drink, then.

Sam: I think there’s something strange going on here.
Dean: Yeah, tell me about it. She wasn’t even that into me!

Sam: I'm just saying that there's something about this girl that I can't quite put my finger on.
Dean: But I bet you'd like to. Maybe she's not a suspect, maybe... maybe you've got a thing for her, huh? Maybe you're thinking a little too much with your upstairs brain, huh?

Dean: What are you gonna do?
Sam: I’m gonna watch Meg.
Dean: Yeah, yeah.
Sam: I just wanna see what’s what. Better safe than sorry.
Dean: All right, you little pervert.

Dean: Let me guess, you're looking outside that poor girl's apartment, aren't you?
Sam: No... Yes.
Dean: You got a funny way of showing your affection.

Dean: (to Sam) Now, look, why don't you go knock on her door and, uhh, invite her to a poetry reading or whatever it is you do, huh?

Sam: How'd you figure that out?
Dean: Give me some credit, man. You don't have a corner on paper chasing around here.
Sam: Oh yeah? Name the last book you read.
Dean: Ah, I called Dad's friend, Caleb. He told me, all right?

Dean: Now why don't you go give that girl a private strip-o-gram?
Sam: Bite me.
Dean: Bite her. Don't leave teeth marks, though, just enough to where... (Sam hangs up) Sam?

Dean: So Sammy's got a thing for the bad girl.

Meg Masters: Guys, hiding's a little bit childish, don't you think?
Dean: Well, that didn't work out like I planned.

Dean: Hey, Sam, don't take this the wrong way, but your girlfriend... is a bitch.

Sam: You killed those two people for nothing.
Meg Masters: Baby, I'd kill a lot more for a lot less.

Sam: Go to Hell.
Meg Masters: Baby, I’m already there.

Meg Masters: I saw you. Watching me, changing in my apartment. Turned you on, didn't it?
Dean: Get a room, you two.

Dean: Hey, Sam…?
Sam: Hmmm?
Dean: Next time you want to get laid… find a girl that’s not so buckets of crazy, huh?

John Winchester: Listen, try to understand. This demon is a scary son of a bitch. I don't want you caught in the crossfire. I don't want you hurt.
Sam: Dad, you don't have to worry about us.
John Winchester: Of course I do. I'm your father.

Episode Goofs
When in Meredith's apartment, Dean traces out a symbol by connecting blood splatter dots with tape. With all the combinations possible of connections between the dots, not to mention the splatters that he ignores, how did Dean come up with the symbol that he did?

What is the significance of the splatters spelling out the Zoroastrian symbol? They were created by Meredith's blood as she was killed. Therefore the symbol couldn't have been used to summon the deva, since it only was there after Meredith was killed.

Cultural References
Meg: Oh, and I met what's-his-name, something Michael Murray - at a bar.

This is a reference to actor Chad Michael Murray . He currently stars on the WB show One Tree HIll and co-starred with Supernatural star Jared Padalecki on Gilmore Girls.

Sam and Dean's relationship with their father

This episode is a good example of the relationship that the brothers have with their father. Though they have spent their time searching for their father, Sam and Dean decide to let their father leave without them, knowing that if he stays he will be in danger. John proves that even though he left his boys, he still cares deeply for them by showing up when they need him the most.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer
Co-Executive ProducerKim Manners  |  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
Assistant EditorTracy Flannigan
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorRaelle Tucker  |  Sera Gamble
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-upToby Lindala
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