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Supernatural: In My Time of Dying

Dean discovers that he survived the crash... but is trapped as an ethereal spirit outside of his comatose body. He befriends someone else in a similar condition and tries to find a way to contact Sam and John. Meanwhile, John goes to extreme measures to save his son.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 3T5501
Airdate: Thursday September 28th, 2006

Director: Kim Manners
Writer: Eric Kripke

Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) Nov 05, 2006
PT (AXN) Mar 12, 2007
FR (TF6) Sep 17, 2007
DE (Pro7) Dec 10, 2007
IT (RaiDue) Jun 24, 2008
NL (Net 5) Dec 07, 2008
NZ (2) Jan 23, 2009


Guest Stars
Jeffrey Dean MorganJeffrey Dean Morgan
As John Winchester
Jim BeaverJim Beaver
As Bobby Singer
Lindsey McKeonLindsey McKeon
As Tessa
Fredric LehneFredric Lehne
As Yellow -Eyed Demon (as Fredric Lane)

Co-Guest Stars
Marcel MaillardMarcel Maillard
As Possessed Truck Driver
Julian D. ChristopherJulian D. Christopher
As Doctor (as Julian D. Christopher)
Carrie FlemingCarrie Fleming
As Dying Nurse (as Carrie Anne Fleming)
Nicola AndersonNicola Anderson
As Nurse
Daniel BaconDaniel Bacon
As Orderly
Sharon BellSharon Bell
As Nurse
Sarah GroundwaterSarah Groundwater
As Paramedic #1
Randal EdwardsRandal Edwards
As Paramedic #2
Marsha RegisMarsha Regis
As Nurse
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


In the aftermath of the possessed truck driver smashing his vehicle into the Impala, the demon approaches the Winchesters and wrenches open the driver’s side door. A barely-conscious Sam points the Colt at him and threatens to kill him, but the demon says that he knows Sam is saving the bullet for someone else. The demon hesitates, and then leaves its host body. The driver, restored to normal, looks at what he’s done in horror...

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Episode Notes
Instead of the thunderstorm-themed opening credits from season 1, fire-themed credits are now used. Also, the "A" in Supernatural is pentagram-shaped.

John Winchester dies at 10:41 AM.

Unused scenes include:

1) Episode 501, Scene 11: Dean ogles a girl who is stripping for an exam, and starts to go into her room for a better look. A dying man on a gurney grabs Dean and begs him not to let him die. When Dean turns away for a moment, the man disappears.

2) Episode 501, Scene 23A: Right before Dean hears Tessa crying for help, he sees the same bloody man in a hospital bed, begging for help. A patient and his visitor are at the adjacent bed and don't react. The bloody man disappears a second later.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Creedence Clearwater RevivalBad Moon Risingafter the car crash
Ted NugentStranglehold 

Episode Quotes
Dean: (to Sam) Come on, you're the psychic! Gimme some ghost whisperin' or something!

John Winchester: Here, give 'em my insurance.
Sam: "Elroy McGillicuddy"?
John Winchester: And his two lovely sons.

John Winchester: Where's the Colt?
Sam: Your son is dying, and you're worried about the Colt?

(Sam and Bobby regard the wrecked Impala)
Sam: Oh, man, Dean is gonna be pissed.
Bobby: Look, Sam... this just ain't worth a tow. I say we empty the trunk, sell the rest for scrap.
Sam: No. Dean'd kill me if we did that. When he gets better, he's gonna want to fix this.
Bobby: There's nothing to fix. The frame's a pretzel, the engine's ruined. There's barely any parts worth salvaging.
Sam: Listen to me, Bobby. If there's only one working part, that's enough. We're not just gonna give up on...
Bobby: Okay. You got it.

Dean: Come on, Dad, you gotta help me. I gotta get better, I gotta get back in there. You haven't called a soul for help. You haven't even tried. Aren't you gonna do anything? Aren't you even gonna say anything? I've done everything you've ever asked me. Everything. I've given everything I've ever had. Are you just gonna sit there and you gonna watch me die? What the hell kind of father are you?

Tessa: What’s happening to me? Am I dead?
Dean: That sorta depends.

(looking at Tessa's comatose body)
Tessa: I don't understand. I just came in for an appendectomy.
Dean: I hate to bear bad news, but I think there were some complications.

Dean: Have you heard of an out-of-body experience?
Tessa: What are you, some New Agey guy?
Dean: You see me messing with crystals or listening to Yanni?

Sam: Hey, I think maybe you're around and if you are... you'll make fun of me for this but, umm... there's one way we can talk. (pulls out a Ouija board)
Dean: Oh, you gotta be kidding me!
Sam: (sets up on the floor) Dean? Dean, are you here?
Dean: God, I feel like I'm in a slumber party.

Tessa: It's an honorable death. A warrior's death.
Dean: I think I'll pass on the 72 virgins, thanks. I'm not that into prude chicks anyway.
Tessa: (deadpan) That's funny. You're very cute.

Tessa: Well, like you said, there's always a choice. I can't make you come with me, but you're not getting back in your body and that's just facts. So yes, you can stay, you'll stay here for years disembodied, scared, and over the decades it'll probably drive you mad. Maybe you'll even get violent.
Dean: What are you saying?
Tessa: Dean, how do you think angry spirits are born? They can't let go, they can't move on, and you're about to become one. The very thing you hunt.

Tessa: It's time to put the past behind you.
Dean: And go where?
Tessa: Sorry. I can't give away the big punchline.

John Winchester: You know when ... when you were a kid, I'd come home from a hunt, and after what I'd seen I'd be... I'd be wrecked. And you, you'd come up to me and you put your hand on my shoulder, you'd look me in the eye and... you'd say "it's okay, Dad." Dean... I'm sorry.
Dean: What?
John Winchester: You shouldn't have had to say that to me. I should have been saying that to you. You know, I put... I put too much on your shoulders, I made you grow up too fast. You took care of Sammy, you took care of me. You did that, and you didn't complain, not once. I just want you to know... that I am so proud of you.

Episode Goofs
The blood pattern on Dean's face changes between the end of the previous episode, and the beginning of this episode which takes places only seconds later. Most noticeably, the blood on Dean's mouth and chin totally disappears.

As Dean approaches Tessa on the hospital stairs, an extra in a red-striped robe is hobbling along behind Dean, guided by a nurse. A few seconds later, the same extra comes walking back, unescorted and unhobbled.

As the doctors perform CPR on John, they push on his chest right below the ribs. In the proper administration of CPR, one presses right over the heart, not below the ribcage.

Cultural References
Episode Title: In My Time of Dying

"In My Time of Dying" is a song by Led Zeppelin.

Dean: Dude, I full on Swayzed that mother!

This is in reference to the 1990 movie, Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Swayze's character is killed and remains with his lover as a ghost as he seeks out a way of communicating with her.

Hospital Loudspeaker: Paging Dr. Kripke.

"Kripke" is a reference to the series' creator and executive producer, Eric Kripke.

Dean: Gimme some Ghost Whispering or something!

Dean's comment refers to another currently airing show with a vastly different take on the supernature: Ghost Whisperer. In that show, the lead character can speak to the dead, who are generally just misunderstood (although at the end of the last season some darker elements have been added). Dean hopes his brother's erratic psychic abilities might help them communicate in a similar way here.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer  |  Kim Manners  |  John Shiban
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Johnson
Supervising ProducerMatt Witten  |  Philip Sgriccia
ProducerCyrus I. Yavneh
Consulting ProducerBen Edlund
Associate ProducerTodd Philip Aronauer
Production DesignerJerry Wanek
EditorDavid Ekstrom
CastingEric Dawson  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorAmanda Bartley
MusicJay Gruska
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Production CoordinatorYale Kussin
Post Production SupervisorKristin Cronin
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerBill Jackson (1)  |  Dennis Kirk
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementGeorge A. Grieve
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Executive Story EditorRaelle Tucker  |  Sera Gamble
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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