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Supernatural: The Usual Suspects

Sam and Dean travel to the scene of the murder of a lawyer and his wife who claimed to had seen a ghost prior to their deaths. But Sam and Dean don't get far when local authorities come across the brothers' record and arrest them for a double homicide. However, when the ghost begins to visit detective Ballard, the woman that arrested the brothers, she begins to think that Sam and Dean's story might just be true and she might be next.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x7
Production Number: 3T5507
Airdate: Thursday November 09th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

DK (TV3+) Jan 14, 2007
UK (E4) Mar 18, 2007
PT (AXN) Apr 23, 2007
DE (Pro7) Feb 04, 2008
IT (RaiDue) Jul 22, 2008
NL (Net 5) Jan 18, 2009


Special Guest Stars
Linda BlairLinda Blair
As Detective Diana Ballard
Linda BlairLinda Blair
As Detective Diana Ballard

Guest Stars
Jason GedrickJason Gedrick
As Detective Peter Sheridan

Co-Guest Stars
Keegan Connor TracyKeegan Connor Tracy
As Karen Giles
Keegan Connor TracyKeegan Connor Tracy
As Karen Giles
Andy StahlAndy Stahl
As Jeff Krause (as Andrew Stahl)
Shannon PowellShannon Powell
As Claire Becker
Shannon PowellShannon Powell
As Claire Becker
Diana DutraDiana Dutra
As Policewoman
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester


In Baltimore, Maryland, Detective Peter Sheridan is at the station house taking a call and receiving a fax from St. Louis. He and his partner, Detective Diana Ballard, lead a team to a motel and arrest the occupant: Sam Winchester. Later, Sheridan talks to one of his captives and notes that he tortured a young woman, but supposedly died. He notes that Karen Giles is the last victim that the captive will kill. Dean just watches him...

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Episode Notes
Special Guest Star Linda Blair (Detective Diana Ballard) is best known for her as the demon-possessed child Regan MacNeil in 1973's The Exorcist.

Unused scenes include:

1) Episode 507, Scene 22: Ballard and Sheridan talk about the circumstantial nature of the case. After sharing a brief kiss, Ballard asks if she'll have to cuff him and Sheridan says he hopes so.

1) Episode 507, Scene 30: Ballard talks to Sheridan in the hallway and asks if he's seen the words "Dana Shulpa" before. She's upset and Sheridan asks if she's all right, and Ballard insists that she's good.

Episode Quotes
Sam: I needed some time off. To deal. So, I'm taking a road trip with my brother.
Detective Diana Ballard: How's that going for you?
Sam: Great. I mean, we saw the second largest ball of twine in the continental U.S. Awesome.

Dean: What do you think, Scully, want to check it out?
Sam: I’m not Scully, you’re Scully.
Dean: No, I’m Mulder. You’re a red-headed woman.

Jeff Krause: I'm with the public defenders office. I'm your lawyer.
Dean: (deadpan) Oh, thank God. I'm saved.

Dean: (on camera) My name is Dean Winchester. I'm an Aquarius, I enjoy sunsets, long walks on the beach, and frisky women.

Detective Diana Ballard: How did you get those? Those are from crime scenes and booking photos.
Sam: You have your job, I have mine.

Sam: You know, I think this is bothering me.
Detective Diana Ballard: Well, you are digging up a corpse.
Sam: No, not that. See, it's pretty par for the course, actually.

Dean: Pee break? So soon? You might wanna get your prostate checked.

Detective Peter Sheridan: We can pin the whole thing on him. No trial, nothing, just one more dead scum bag.
Dean: Hey!

Detective Diana Ballard: Unless... I just happened to turn my back, you walked away, I could tell them the suspects escaped.
Sam: Wait, are you sure?
Dean: Yes, she’s sure, Sam!

Episode Goofs
When Sam brings Dean coffee at the outdoor cafe, he starts to raise the cup to his mouth as he sits down. The camera cuts to a shot of him from the front, and the coffee cup is on the table.

When Ballard types up her report on the station computer, the form has "Occurrence" misspelled "Occurrance." It also lists Tony Giles' business address and phone as the same as his home address and phone, even though he was murdered at his office, and his business address is listed as the location of his death at the top of the form.

When Sam and Ballard find the lettering at the Ashland St. building, it is black letters on clear window glass. But when they look at the light shining through the window, the letters are indicated by the lights. This would mean the window would have to be blacked out and the letters were on clear window glass.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Usual Suspects

The title of the episode shares the same title as the 1995 Christopher McQuarrie film about a man who tells a long, twisted story to police interrogators about a massacre and massive fire that took place in Los Angeles.

Dean: Does she look familiar to you?
Sam: No, why?
Dean: I don't know. Anyway, are you hungry?
Sam: No.
Dean: For some reason, I could really go for some pea soup.

Dean's comments break the proscenium, since they refer to the 1973 movie The Exorcist, a film that starred Linda Blair as the demon-possessed child Regan MacNeil. Linda Blair played Detective Ballard in this episode, which perhaps not coincidentally features a threat that is not supernatural at all - the supernatural force here attempts to aid the victims of a very human killer.


Dean and Sam, in separate conversations, refer to their public defender as "Matlock." Benjamin Matlock was a defense attorney portrayed by Andy Griffith on Matlock. Matlock was an expensive attorney, but since he always got his clients acquitted (usually in the grand Perry Mason style of proving who actually committed the crime) he was well worth the money.

Scully and Mulder

Dean razzes Sam by calling him Scully. Scully and Mulder were a pair of FBI agents assigned to the "X-Files" division of the FBI. Like Sam and Dean, they investigated strange and outre happenings, although Scully usually provided a skeptical counterpoint to Mulder's willingness to believe. Sam and Dean are both aware that that creatures they hunt are very real. Scully and Mulder's adventures were recounted in the television series called, perhaps not surprisingly, The X-Files.

Dean: I'm not joking, Ponch.

In the 1970s series CHiPS, Erik Estrada's character, Officer Francis L. Poncherello, is nicknamed "Ponch".

Dean: You remember "redrum."

In The Shining, Danny writes word murder as "redrum".

Jim Rockford

Sam and Dean sign into the motel as Jim Rockford. Jim Rockford is the title character and Private Eye from the 1970s television series The Rockford Files.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer  |  John Shiban
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Johnson
Supervising ProducerMatt Witten  |  Philip Sgriccia
ProducerCyrus I. Yavneh
EditorDavid Ekstrom
CastingEric Dawson  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorAmanda Bartley
MusicJay Gruska
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Script SupervisorPatti Henderson
Production CoordinatorYale Kussin
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 EditorSera Gamble  |  Raelle Tucker
Key Makeup ArtistShannon Coppin
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
Special Effects Make-upToby Lindala
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