Season 1, Episode 1|
Official WB Description Two brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester, witness their mother's paranormal death as children and grow up trained to fight by a distraught father who wants nothing more than to hunt down the thing that killed his wife. Sam escapes to college to start a new, normal life, but Dean shows up on his doorstep to tell him their father is missing and needs his help. Sam promises to help for the weekend, and they take off to where Dad was hunting last. Sam escapes to college to start a new, normal life, but gets pulled back in after Dean shows up on his doorstep to tell him their father is missing. Following clues from their father's eerie phone message, the boys travel to a small town and encounter a violent and vengeful spirit called the "Woman in White."
|November 2, 1983 (night)||Night of the fire and Mary Winchester's death|
|October 31, 2005 (night)||Stanford Halloween party; Dean shows up at Sam's apartment; Dean and Sam leave for Jericho|
|November 1, 2005||Arrive in Jericho; investigate Troy Squire's disappearance; investigate Sylvannia Bridge|
|November 2, 2005||Find John's motel room; Dean arrested and questioned; interview Joseph Welch; confront Constance Welch at old home place; drive back to Stanford; Sam's apartment catches fire and Jessica Moore dies as Dean saves Sam|
In Lawrence, Kansas, 22 years ago on November 2nd, 1983, Dean Winchester, a 4-year-old boy, says goodnight to his 6 month old baby brother, Sam, along with his mom and dad. Mary is lying in bed when she hears Sam crying on the baby monitor. She goes to investigate and sees someone standing over Sam's crib. She assumes it is her husband, John. She sees the hall light flickering; heading downstairs, she realizes John is actually sleeping in his chair by the TV. Mary runs back to Sam's nursery. John is awoken by her scream and runs to Sam's bedroom, but the baby is alone. Blood splatters from above on John's hand as he reaches for Sam. He looks up to see his wife pinned to the ceiling, bleeding from her stomach, by some unknown entity. Her body bursts into flames and the horrified father grabs Sam, gives him to Dean, orders Dean to take Sam outside as fast as he can, and then rushes back to try to save his wife. He is too late, however, and the flames completely consume the room, forcing John to flee the house as Sam's room explodes moments later.
Present day shows a grown up Sam going to a Halloween party at Stanford University with his girlfriend Jessica Moore, and a friend, Luis. There they talk about how well Sam is doing in school, and an interview for law school he has on Monday morning. His family does not know, because they are not close.
Later that night Sam is in bed with Jess when he hears someone break in. He fights the shadowy intruder until he realizes it is his 26 year old brother, Dean. Dean has not asked Sam for anything in two years, but he explains that he needs Sam's help to find their dad because he is missing after going on a "hunt". Sam excuses himself from Jess, and the two brothers head outside to talk. They talk about how they were raised - melting bullets, fighting evil - as warriors.
Sam finally asks what their dad was hunting; Dean opens his car trunk and shows Sam the newspaper clippings. He explains ten men vanished from their cars on Centennial Highway over the past twenty years, before playing a voicemail from Dad that says that something big is about to happen and they all are in danger. After cleaning up the EVP, the garbled message Dean plays in the background says, "I can never go home." Sam agrees to help, but only if he is back in time on Monday for his law school interview, and goes inside to pack. Jess wonders what is up with Sam's family and reminds him about his interview, but he makes an excuse his dad being drunk and assures her he will just bring Dad back. Plus, he will be back in time for the interview.
That night in Jericho, California, a teenager is driving down the road when he sees a woman in white standing alone in the dark. He pulls over and she gets in. She acts seductively, teasing the guy and asking him to go home with her. He says, "Hell, yes" and heads where she directs him. When they arrive the house is derelict and she tells him, "I can never go home," before vanishing. He gets out and looks around, but gets spooked and jumps back in his car and drives away. When he looks in the rearview mirror, she is in the back and he freaks, crashing through a barrier onto a bridge. The car stops, Troy screams, and blood splatters in the windshield.
The next morning sees Dean and Sam stopping for gas. Sam mentions the credit card scams to pay for their "hunting", which Dean shrugs off. Sam mentions Dean's choice in music - old, cassette tapes. They drive off, passing a sign for Jericho. Ahead, they see the bridge where the guy's car crashed the night before and lots of cop cars. Dean pulls up, takes out a fake ID, and they question the cops posing as US Marshals. The cop says he knew the latest victim, named Troy, and that his girlfriend is putting up missing posters downtown, but they have no leads. Dean and Sam find Amy, Troy's girlfriend and the cop's daughter, to tell her they are looking for Troy too. They find out Troy spoke to her on his cell right before he disappeared, and a local legend about a girl who died on Centennial Highway whose ghost hitchhikes and the drivers who pick her up who disappear.
Dean and Sam search the net for more information, finally finding an article about Constance Welch who committed suicide by jumping from a local bridge back in 1981, after her 2 kids drown mysteriously. They go back to check out the bridge that night, since Troy's car was found there. They talk about where Dad might be, chasing the same hunt, Sam wanting to be normal - away from this life, and he would not even know his Mom. She is dead, not coming back. Dean gets mad at Sam, shoving him against a bridge tower. Constance appears, and then jumps from the bridge ahead of them. The next moment Dean's car, a black '67 Impala, starts on its own to try to knock them down. They jump off the side. Sam catches himself but Dean dives off the bridge. Sam worries and calls out. Dean calls back that he is super, as he is crawling up out of the river into the mud.
Checking into a motel to clean up, they find their dad's room and check it out. There is a salt line in front of the door, with pictures stuck to the walls and an uneaten burger left behind. After confirming the ghost Dad was hunting was Constance Welch, a "woman in white", they debate what their dad did and what to do next. After Dean cleans up, he heads out for food but cops show up. He warns Sam by calling him first, but they arrest Dean for impersonating a US Marshal.
Sam escaped the police before visiting Constance's husband Joseph Welch and asking him questions. John was there three or four days ago; Constance's grave is at their old house. Sam fathoms out Joseph was unfaithful and suggests she had temporary insanity, that Constance killed her kids and herself when she found out. Thus she became a "woman in white", who kills unfaithful men on the highway. Joseph grows upset and asks Sam to leave.
As Dean is interrogated, he is told he is a suspect in the men's disappearances. The sheriff throws John's journal down in front of Dean, demanding to know what some numbers mean. Dean seems surprised to see it. The interrogation is interrupted by an emergency call, so Dean is left cuffed to the desk. He picks the lock easily with a paperclip and escapes, calling Sam, knowing that Sam called in the fake emergency call.
They exchange information - Sam confirming the woman in white, while Dean tells Sam about Dad's journal leaving coordinates for them to follow. Before they can discuss more, the ghost appears in front of Sam's car and he drives right through her. He yells, and Dean knows something is wrong. The next minute, the woman in white is in the car with Sam, asking to be taken home. When he refuses, she takes control of the car and it drives on its own back to her house. The car stops; Constance says she can never go home. She jumps on Sam, but he refuses her seduction so she begins to hurt him. Dean comes to the rescue, shooting her. Sam figured she is too scared to enter, so while she is distracted Sam drives the car into the house taking her with him. Dean pulls Sam out, but they are pinned to the car with a desk by the ghost. The dead kids show up, and they take her spirit back with them to the netherworld as all 3 apparitions vanish into a pool of water on the floor. Dean and Sam push free, and leave.
Sam figures out Dad is in a place called Blackwater Ridge, but insists on being taken back to Stanford for his interview. Dean is not happy about it, but drops Sam off. Sam comes in late at night, finds cookies Jess left for him, before laying back on his bed to the sound of a shower running. Blood splatters on him. Sam looks up, horrified to see Jessica pinned to the ceiling in the same way as his mother. She bursts into flames as Dean appears at the right moment to rescue Sam. As the fire is doused down by the fire engines, Dean and Sam pack their stuff into the car. Sam ends by saying, "We got work to do."
|Shirts the Boys Have Worn|
|Interesting Things That Have Happened|
|Items That Have Shown Up|
|Quotes People Have Said|
|Total Count of Species|
|Who Died and How|
|Mary dies on November 2, 1983. November 2 is All Souls Day, also called the Day of the Dead in Mexico.|
|Sam: We're not exactly the Bradys.|
Luis: And I'm not exactly the Huxtables.
Sam is referring to the family in the TV show The Brady Bunch, a large patchwork family that stands for the ultimate American middle-class family. His friend mentions the Brady's 80s African-American equivalent from The Cosby Show, the Huxtables.
|Dean: [referring to Jessica's t-shirt] I love the Smurfs.|
The Smurfs was a cartoon series about little blue creatures living in mushroom houses in the woods. Some fans believe that Dean is referring not the smurfs on Jessica's shirt, but to the pair underneath.
|Sam: So he's working overtime on a Miller Time shift. He'll stumble back in sooner or later. [...] Yeah, he's just deer hunting up at the cabin and he's probably got Jim, Jack, and José along with him. I'm just gonna go bring him back.|
All references to alcohol: Miller (beer), Jim Bean (bourbon), Jack Daniels (whiskey), and José Cuervo (tequila). Miller Time refers to a well-deserved break, relaxation, possibly with friends, after a hard day's work.
|Dean: (to two FBI agents) Agent Mulder, Agent Scully.|
FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigated X-Files, marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena, on the 1990s TV show The X-Files.
|Dean: Okay, thank you, Unsolved Mysteries.|
Unsolved Mysteries was a TV show that featured re-enactments of unsolved crimes, with actors portraying the victims, perpetrators and witnesses. Many of the stories hinted at paranormal phenomenon.
|Dean: Dude, five-oh, take off.|
Derived from the name of the television series Hawaii Five-O, this term is commonly used in East Coast America and the UK as a warning when a police officer is spotted. Popularized by the series The Wire.
|Policeman: So you want to give us your real name?|
Dean: I told you, it's Nugent. Ted Nugent.
Ted Nugent is the first of Dean's rock star aliases. Also possibly a reference to the movie Fletch starring Chevy Chase.
|Policeman: I'm not sure you realize just how much trouble you're in here.|
Dean: We talkin', like, misdemeanor kind of trouble or, uh, squeal like a pig trouble?
"Squeal like a pig" is a reference to a scene in the 1972 horror film Deliverance, in which a suburban man is told to "squeal like a pig" then is brutally raped by crazed mountain men while on a fishing trip. The scene has been listed as one of the 100 Scariest Movie Moments (#63).
Deliverance is also referenced in The Benders and Family Remains.
|Sam: What were you thinking, shooting Casper in the face, you freak?|
Reference to the famous cartoon series Casper, the Friendly Ghost.
Writing the Episode
|John: Take your brother outside as fast as you can and don't look back! Now, Dean, go!|
|Dean: Whoa, easy, tiger.|
Sam: Dean? ... You scared the crap out of me!
Dean: That's 'cause you're out of practice.
Sam grabs Dean's hand and yanks, slamming his heel into Dean's back and Dean to the floor.
Dean: Or not.
|Dean: Dad's on a hunting trip. And he hasn't been home in a few days.|
|Sam: I swore I was done hunting. For good.|
Dean: Come on. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't that bad.
Sam: Yeah? When I told Dad I was scared of the thing in my closet, he gave me a .45.
Dean: Well, what was he supposed to do?
Sam: I was nine years old! He was supposed to say, don't be afraid of the dark.
Dean: Don't be afraid of the dark? What are you kidding me? Of course you should be afraid of the dark. You know what's out there.
|Sam: You think Mom would have wanted this for us?|
|Dean: So what are you gonna do? You're just gonna live some normal, apple pie life? Is that it?|
Sam: No. Not normal. Safe.
Dean: And that's why you ran away.
Sam: I was just going to college. It was Dad who said if I was gonna go I should stay gone. And that's what I'm doing.
|Dean: I can't do this alone.|
Sam: Yes you can.
Dean: Yeah, well, I don't want to.
|Sam: You and Dad still running credit card scams?|
Dean: Yeah, well, hunting ain't exactly a pro ball career. Besides, all we do is apply. It's not our fault they send us the cards.
|Sam: I swear, man, you've gotta update your cassette tape collection.|
Sam: Well, for one, they're cassette tapes.
|Dean: Well, house rules, Sammy. Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cake hole.|
Sam: You know, Sammy is a chubby twelve-year-old. It's Sam, okay?
|Dean: Agent Mulder, Agent Scully.|
|Dean and Sam: What do they talk about?|
|Dean: You can pretend all you want, Sammy. But sooner or later you're going to have to face up to who you really are.|
Sam: And who's that?
Dean: You're one of us.
|Sam: If it weren't for pictures I wouldn't even know what Mom looks like. And what difference would it make? Even if we do find the thing that killed her, Mom's gone. And she isn't coming back.|
|Dean: That Constance chick, what a bitch!|
|Sam: You smell like a toilet.|
|Dean: No chick-flick moments.|
Sam: Alright... jerk.
|Police: So. Fake US Marshal, fake credit cards. You got anything that's real?|
Dean: My boobs.
|Dean: You found her weak spot. Nice work, Sammy.|
Sam: Yeah, I wish I could say the same for you. What were you thinking, shooting Casper in the face, you freak?
Dean: Hey, saved your ass. I'll tell you another thing. If you screwed up my car? I'll kill you.
|Sam: We got work to do.|