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Supernatural: Something Wicked

When Sam and Dean find articles about a town where children are inexplicably falling into comas, the brothers discover that a Shtriga, a creature that attacks children, is behind the mysterious comas. During the battle, Dean remembers a past battle with the creature that almost resulted in Sam's death.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x18
Production Number: 2T6917
Airdate: Thursday April 06th, 2006

Director: Whitney Ransick
Writer: Daniel Knauf

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF6) Jan 29, 2007
Portugal Feb 05, 2007
BE (VT4) Aug 01, 2007
DE (Pro7) Mar 03, 2008
NL (Net 5) Nov 02, 2008


Guest Stars
Jeffrey Dean MorganJeffrey Dean Morgan
As John Winchester
Ridge CanipeRidge Canipe
As Young Dean
Ridge CanipeRidge Canipe
As Young Dean
Venus TerzoVenus Terzo
As Joanna
Venus TerzoVenus Terzo
As Joanna

Co-Guest Stars
Adrian HoughAdrian Hough
As Dr. Hydecker
Adrian HoughAdrian Hough
As Dr. Hydecker
Mary BlackMary Black
As Elderly Patient
Mary BlackMary Black
As Elderly Patient
Erica CarrollErica Carroll
As Mother in the Park
Ari CohenAri Cohen
As Miles Tarnower
Ari CohenAri Cohen
As Miles Tarnower
Jeannie EpperJeannie Epper
As Shtriga
Jeannie EpperJeannie Epper
As Shtriga
Alex FerrisAlex Ferris
As Young Sam
Alex FerrisAlex Ferris
As Young Sam
John ProwseJohn Prowse
As Tavern Owner
John ProwseJohn Prowse
As Tavern Owner
Chandra BergChandra Berg
As Bethany Tarnower
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 Fitchburg, Wisconsin, a little girl, Bethany Tarnower, is saying her prayers before bed as her father Miles looks on. He kisses her goodnight, and she asks if her mother is coming home. Miles tells her that she's spending the night at the hospital with Bethany's sister. Later, Bethany is woken up by the branches rattling on the window. She finally gets up and closes the drapes, and then runs back to her bed. A clawed hand opens the window and a robed figure enters the room, its mouth glowing as it looms over Bethany...

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Episode Notes
Ridge Canipe, who guest stars as young Dean, previously played a character named Dean in a 2005 TV movie also entitled Supernatural.

The credit card that Dean uses for the motel room is a MasterCard with the name of Kris Warren.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
UFORock BottomDean and Sam drive to Fitchburg

Episode Quotes
Sam: If dad said he's hunting for something, I don't know what.
Dean: Well, maybe he's gonna meet us there.
Sam: (sarcastically) Yeeeah! 'Cause he's been so easy to find up to this point!
Dean: You're a real smartass, you know that?

Dean: Don't worry, I'm sure there's something in Fitchburg worth killing.
Sam: Yeah, what makes you so sure?
Dean: Well, because I'm the oldest, which means I'm always right.
Sam: No it doesn't.
Dean: Yeah, it totally does.

Sam: Dude. Dude, I am not using this ID.
Dean: Why not?
Sam: Because it says "bikini inspector" on it.

Sam: It got away?
Dean: Yeah, Sammy, it happens.
Sam: Not very often.
Dean: Well I don't know what to tell you, I mean, maybe Dad didn't have his Wheaties that morning.

(getting a hotel room)
Michael: King or two queens?
Dean: Two queens.
Michael: I bet.

Patient: Who the hell are you?! Who's there?! Ya trying to steal my stuff?! They're always stealin' around here!
Sam: No, uhh, ma'am, we're Maintenance. We're sorry, uhh, we thought you were sleepin'.
Patient: Ahh, nonsense! I was sleepin' with my peepers open! (laughs maniacally) Fix that crucifix, would ya? I've asked four damned times already!

Sam: I don’t know why you didn’t shoot him right then and there.
Dean: Yeah, Well. First of all I’m not going to open fire in a friggin' pediatric ward.
Sam: Good call.
Dean: Second, it wouldn’t have done any good cause the bastard’s bulletproof unless he’s chowing down on something. And third, I wasn’t packing. Which is probably a really good thing cause I probably would have just burned a clip in him off the principle alone.
Sam: You're getting wise in your old age, Dean.
Dean: Damn right.

Michael: I thought I was having a nightmare.
Dean: I'd give anything not to tell you this, but sometimes nightmares are real.

Michael: You said you're a big brother.
Dean: Yeah.
Michael: You'd take care of your little brother? You'd do anything for him?
Dean: Yeah ... I would.
Michael: Me too. I'll help.

Dean: You’ve heard a gun shot before?
Michael: Like in the movies?
Dean: It’s going to be a lot louder then in the movies.

Sam: Hey Dean, I'm sorry.
Dean: For what?
Sam: You know, I've really given you a lot of crap for always following Dad's orders. But I know why you do it.
Dean: Oh God, kill me now.

Sam: (Michael'll) always know there are things out there in the dark, never be the same, you know? Sometimes I wish that...
Dean: What?
Sam: I wish I could have that kind of innocence.
Dean: If it means anything, sometimes I wish you could, too.

Episode Goofs
While driving to Fitchburg, Sam and Dean drive by a sign that reads "Fitchberg", which is directly in front of a sign that says "Welcome to Fitchburg!" The camera freezes on the two of them simultaneously, making it blatantly obvious.

When Sam looks at the playground, the diner in the background is originally a Japanese restaurant, transformed into "Glasgow's Lunch." However, the Japanese lettering on the window (to the left of Dean's head) is still barely visible.

Cultural References
Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook

These cities are the cities in which similar deaths had occurred, as found in the newspaper clippings by Sam. In The Simpsons episode "Marge vs. the Monorail", Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook are the cities that monorails were sold to.


In the flashback to Sam and Dean's childhood, Sam is seen watching ThunderCats, a 1985 cartoon about cat-like creatures who battle evil on a foreign planet.

Episode Title: Something Wicked

The episode title has two possible references: one to Something Wicked this Way Comes, a 1962 novel by Ray Bradbury that deals with the supernatural; and one to the line "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes" from William Shakespeare's MacBeth.


A creature of Albanian folklore, Shtrigas are creatures that often target young children and drink their blood. Those who were attacked by the Shtrigas often died since only the Shtrigas themselves could cure the infected. Though Sam and Dean are able to defeat the creature, infected children, in folklore, were only cured if the Shtrigas spit in their mouths.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerMcG  |  Eric Kripke  |  Robert Singer
Co-Executive ProducerKim Manners
Supervising ProducerPhilip Sgriccia
ProducerPeter Johnson  |  Cyrus I. Yavneh
EditorDavid Ekstrom
CastingEric Dawson  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorKevin Parks
Second Assistant DirectorKit Marlatt
MusicJay Gruska
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Location ManagerTerry Mackay
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorRaelle Tucker  |  Sera Gamble
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Key Makeup ArtistShannon Coppin
Visual Effects ProducerScott Ramsey
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Special Effects Make-upToby Lindala
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