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Season 1, Episode 12

AirdateJanuary 17, 2006
Written bySera Gamble
Raelle Tucker
Directed byAllan Kroeker

DateApril/May 2006

Scarecrow Route 666

Episode Transcript


WB Description While battling a demon, Dean is electrocuted, resulting in permanent damage to his heart and leaving him with only a couple of months to live. A despondent Sam searches desperately for a way to save his brother and believes he may have found an answer through a preacher who claims to heal the incurable. However, Dean and Sam discover that the preacher is getting help from the Grim Reaper who is trading one life for another he feels is less worthy.


April/May 2006 (day 1)Dean and Sam kill rawhead; Dean is electrocuted
April/May 2006 (day 4)Sam looks for cure/help; Dean checks out from hospital; the boys head for Nebraska to a "specialist"
April/May 2006 (day 5)Dean and Sam arrive at The Church of Roy LeGrange, Faith Healer; they meet Layla and her mother; Roy heals Dean; Marshall Hall dies
April/May 2006 (day 6)Dean goes to the hospital for another checkup; the boys begin investigating LeGrange; Layla tries to get in to see LeGrange; Dean and Sam figure out LeGrange is using a reaper to do the healing; old man is healed while Holly Morton dies; LeGrange starts service to heal Layla; Dean stops the service; Dean figures out that Mrs. LeGrange is controlling the reaper
April/May 2006 (day 6, night)Private service to heal Layla; Dean distracts the police; Sam breaks in to destroy black altar and is discovered by Mrs. LeGrange; reaper comes after Dean; Sam smashes the coptic cross to break Mrs. LeGrange's hold on the reaper so Dean is saved; reaper takes Mrs. LeGrange; Layla not healed
April/May 2006 (day 7)Dean and Sam packing up; Layla comes by to say goodbye


Dean and Sam pull up to what appears to be an abandoned cabin. They go into the trunk and take out a taser for each of them, for the rawhead they are hunting. Going down to the basement, they find a cabinet with a brother and sister inside. Sam asks "Is it still here?" The two children nod their heads, yes. Sam heads up the stairs with the children when the rawhead grabs Sam through the stairs. He falls downstairs while the children run all the way up. Dean fires at the rawhead, but misses. Dean sends Sam out with the children, but before Sam leaves he tosses his taser to Dean. Dean searches around. The rawhead surprises Dean, pushing him back, and knocking his taser and flashlight out of his hands. They fall into water. Dean scrambles to grab the taser and shoots the rawhead before it could reach Dean. However, it is standing in water, so the electricity traveled through the water and ended up accidentally electrocuting Dean as well. Sam comes back down, and finds Dean unresponsive.

At the hospital Sam gives the receptionist a fake insurance card for Dean. Sam covers with the two police officers by telling them a believable story, minus the monster. He then excuses himself, and walks up to Dean's doctor. The doctor explains that the electricity gave Dean a massive heart attack, and that his heart is damaged; that there is no treatment, it is fatal. Dean will die in a few weeks. Sam, upset, goes to see Dean, who is watching daytime TV. Dean is trying to crack jokes, knowing he is going to die, but Sam cannot accept it.

Three days later Sam has been trying to call all of their dad's contacts, and doing a ton of research. He calls and leaves a message on their dad's cell phone, when there's a knock at the door. Dean has signed himself out of the hospital. He refuses to die in a hospital where the nurses are not hot. Sam announces that one of dad's contacts, Joshua, has found a specialist in Nebraska who will be able to help. Sam will not let Dean die, they are going.

Sam and Dean pull up in a muddy area where sick and injured people are making their way to a tent. Dean is not impressed when the specialist turns out to be Reverend Roy LeGrange, a faith healer with a church. As they walk towards the tent where LeGrange preaches, they pass a man protesting that he is a fraud. The boys talk about having faith; Dean does not have faith, seeing what evil does to good people. They meet Layla Rourke and her mother who both have faith. They walk in to take their seats, and Sam insists they sit up front, to Dean's disgruntlement. On stage is Roy LeGrange, a blind man, and his wife Sue Ann LeGrange. He starts preaching against the world, how God is watching. How God rewards the good, and helps him choose who to heal, by looking into their hearts. Dean murmurs to Sam that it is in the wallets, and Roy hears it. He then calls up Dean to the front where he is to be healed. Dean at first is a little reluctant, but Sam tells him to get up there. Once up there Dean explains that he is not a believer but Roy has no doubt that he will be.

Roy tells everyone to pray and then he puts his hand on Dean. Dean then falls to the ground, and Sam rushes to him. As Dean comes to, he sees the figure of a cadaverous man standing behind Roy.

Dean is being checked out by a doctor who says that there are not any signs of his heart failing. He is cured, but he feels a strong sense of disquiet. She also mentions it is strange, because a man his age was brought in yesterday who died of a heart attack. Dean suggests Sam check it out, while he goes to visit the reverend.

Dean is talking to Roy and his wife, Sue Ann, about how he feels great after the healing. Sue Ann says that it is a "miracle". Dean asks when the miracles start, so Roy explains to Dean his history. Roy woke up one morning blind, and the doctors figured he had cancer. He and Sue Ann started praying and kept praying, even after he went into a coma, and he woke up healed. However, he remained blind, but after that he discovered he could heal people. Dean then questions why Roy chose him. Roy answers by saying that he saw Dean as a man with a job and purpose that was not finished.

Sam talks to Jason, who was present when Marshall Hall had the heart attack. Apparently, he ran as if he was being chased by something invisible before he died. As he is leaving Sam notices a busted clock on the wall that stopped at 4:17, the same time Marshall Hall died and Dean was healed.

As he leaves, Dean meets Layla Rourke and Mrs. Rourke. They are regular attenders at the services, and Mrs. Rourke is bitter that Dean was healed rather than Layla. Layla has a brain tumor, and she has six months to live.

Dean walks into their motel room where Sam already had been researching, and Sam apologizes to Dean. Sam had checked and determined that every time LeGrange has healed someone, another person has died of the exact same symptoms. Dean feels responsible for the person that died for him, while Sam was just trying to save Dean's life. Dean puts together that Roy is not killing the people, but a Reaper is. As they speak, LeGrange is healing another person, and a jogger in the woods is attacked by the same old man and dies of the same symptoms when it touches her. Dean recalls the Reaper can only be seen when they come after someone, and Sam remembers the cross at the healing service, a cross he recognizes from the Death card of the Tarot. Dean wants to kill LeGrange because he feels that Roy is responsible for the deaths, but Sam proposes they break the spell controlling the Reaper.

Dean and Sam pull back up at the tent. David Wright is outside the tent trying to expose Roy as a fraud. The boys agree with him before Sam heads over to the house to look for the spell book while Dean tries to stall LeGrange before his next healing. Roy leaves his house to go to the tent with help. Sam breaks into the LeGrange house to try and find the spell book to control the reaper. Sam finds an ancient book with newspaper clippings, and surmises that Roy is killing people he sees as immoral, and that the man who was protesting in the parking lot will be next. Sam calls Dean to inform him what he found; Sam will find David, but Dean has to stop Roy from healing anyone. LeGrange calls up Layla. Dean tries to stop her without success. In the parking lot Sam frantically searches for David, before he hears David cry out. Finding him, David tries to point out the Reaper to Sam. Sam tries to get him away from the Reaper that he cannot see. Dean calls out "Fire!" before Le Grange can finish the healing. Dean calls Sam to tell him that he stopped Roy, but the protester collapses, so it cannot be Roy. Dean looks around and sees Sue Ann still doing the spell. He spins her around, interrupting her, and finding that she is praying over the Coptic cross they had identified earlier. When she stops praying, she quickly hides the cross in her blouse and calls for help. The reaper disappears. Two police deputies come to take Dean out. Sue Ann says that she would not press charges and that "The Lord" would deal with Dean. The deputies promise to put the fear of God in Dean if he shows up again, before they shove him. Layla confronts him. Dean tries to explain to Layla but cannot. Layla walks away, disappointed, and as Dean walks back to the Impala he overhears LeGrange promising Layla's mother that Layla will get a private session that night.

Back at the motel, it becomes clear Le Grange does not know what his wife is up to. Sam reads up on the cross that Sue Ann uses to control the Reaper, and identifies how to bind the Reaper with a dark altar. Dean surmises she used it to keep the Reaper away from her husband. Sam realizes that she is now using the Reaper to take out immoral people. They need to destroy the altar and the Coptic cross, and soon, because Roy is healing Layla tonight.

They arrive back at the tent. Dean wonders if they should wait until Layla is healed. Sam points out they cannot play God, to let someone else die to save her. They exit the Impala and approach the tent to watch, but they do not see Sue Ann. Heading over to the house, Dean draws the police off and Sam tries to find Sue Ann. Sam searches around the house but is unable to see Sue Ann inside. He notices a light coming from an underground cellar right outside the house. He goes underneath and finds the altar, complete with a marked picture of Dean. Sue Ann confronts him, stating that she gave his brother life and she can take it away. Sam overturns, and destroys, the altar, but Sue Ann locks him in the cellar, saying the Lord chose her to reward the just and punish the wicked. That Dean is one of the wicked and deserves to die so that Layla deserves to live. She claims it is God's will, then leaves. Sam smashes a window to escape.

Sue Ann returns to the service, to summon the reaper, so Layla can be healed. Le Grange begins his healing of Layla, while near Dean the lights go out and the Reaper appears before him. Sue Ann prays over her Coptic cross while the Reaper grabs Dean, and starts to take his life. Just in time, Sam luckily finds Sue Ann to smash her cross, with the appropriate blood, along with her powers. The reaper is released, letting go of Dean who falls backwards, and takes Sue Ann's life. Layla, however, is not healed. Sam leaves Sue Ann laying there, heading back to Dean and the Impala. Dean and Sam get into the car and leave.

Dean questions if they did the right thing. Sam believes they did. Layla comes to visit Dean for a goodbye, courtesy of Sam. Layla explains that she did not get healed, but that she has faith even when miracles do not happen. She starts to leave, but before she does Dean said that he would pray for her, and she says that is a miracle.


Main Cast Recurring Cast
    Guest Cast


    • Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper


    • Sam (on behalf of Dean) - Mr. Burkovitz, fake insurance card

    Supernatural Beings

    Interesting Things

    Shirts the Boys Have Worn
    PersonShirt Counts
    Dean4 Black
    1 Blue
    2 Gray
    2 Red
    1 Tan
    Sam1 Black
    1 Brown Plaid
    1 Gray
    3 Red
    2 White
    1 White Plaid
    Interesting Things That Have Happened
    Baby driven by Sam1
    Dean knocked unconscious2
    Other cries1
    Sam lies to Dean1
    Items That Have Shown Up
    Items Shown
    Quotes People Have Said
    Bitch (Dean)1
    Check this out (Dean)1
    Sammy (Dean)1
    Total Count of Species
    SpeciesNumber of Characters
    Who Died and How
    CharacterCause of DeathKilled By
    RawheadElectrocutedDean Winchester
    Marshall HallReapedReaper
    Holly MortonReapedReaper
    Sue Ann LeGrangeReapedReaper


    • Unnamed motel (Rent) in Nebraska
      Spackle brown walls, unremarkable


    Writing the Episode

    • The WB Description says the Grim Reaper is who is trading one life for another he feels is less worthy, but it is actually Sue Ann LeGrange who chooses which life dies for another.
    • Eric Kripke cites "Faith" as his favorite episode of Supernatural saying:

      "It's when I first realized what the show was capable of. Here's the episode about: Is there a god? What's meant to be? And is there free will? And is your life worth the cost of someone else's life? It's a metaphysical and moral study of the boys' universe. There's so many different places the show can go and so many tones. That's been really fun to do."

      Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 70-71
    • "The impetus of that episode was, Dean dies in the teaser and how do you save Dean's life? What if you can find someone who could save Dean's life, but at the cost of someone else's life? How do you feel about that moral choice? Do you stop that choice from being made when good people are being brought back to life and other people are having their lives taken away? I thought it was sort of interesting because it raised the question that maybe we shouldn't stop this. That's why the character Layla was so valuable. She's really a great girl and she deserves to live, and some stranger you don't even know will die... and maybe that's worth it." - Eric KripkeSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 71
    • Padalecki: It was right around the episode "Faith" where the writers realized this show isn't just about what kind of monsters we can kill but what the brothers can go through together. And I think luckily we stuck with that theme on through the end [of season one], where we reintroduced our father into the storyline. And we get some sense of what the father is willing to do for the sons and what the sons are willing to do for each other. And so it became this story about sacrifice and loyalty and family and friendship [within] this medium of the supernatural and ghosts and ghouls. ~Variety, Variety, 'Supernatural' at 200: The Road So Far, An Oral History
    • While wrestling with the scare sequences, they knew they needed a monster. The idea became a faith healer could control a grim reaper, to give and take life. Then the scare parts would be when it is coming after a soul.
    • The writers were able to explore red-hot topics. They "started with the idea of faith healers as scary creatures. There's lots you can say about people who twist religion for their own good... I kept expecting someone to say, 'No, no, no'... but no one did. They [producers, studio, network] put a lot of faith in us." - Writer Sera GambleSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 72
    • "We started with the hood and sickle, obviously. And we were writing these scenes where the guy in a cape walks into the parking lot... and we were like, 'What?' There's just something deeply cheesy about that image. You just can't get past it. And it's not really that scary because we've seen it a million times - people joke about that image constantly. It's not terrifying anymore. So we really were trying to figure out what would Death look like? We decided he was going to be the most shriveled old man you could ever imagine. That scared us and gave us chills." - Writer Raelle TuckerSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 94

    Casting Characters


    • In the "Previously" intro, there is a line from Dean talking with Sam at the campfire that was filmed, but never made it into the final cut of Wendigo. Dean: "This is Dad's book." There is some controversy as to what the exact line is. Some people hear "This was Dad's book."; others hear "This is Dad's book." In the Closed Captioning on the DVD, it is "was"; the admin hears "is".
    • The opening title credit changed. It's no longer "...ARE ON A QUEST FOR ANSWERS". It's now "...ARE ON A QUEST TO FIND THEIR FATHER".
    • Deleted Scene: Marshall Hall is seen swimming in the pool where he died. The scene cuts back and forth between Dean being healed by Roy LeGrange and Marshall being chased by the reaper.
    • It poured rain for five days in the field. They ended up having to tow the cars in and out of four feet deep mud in order to keep the continuity of the location.Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 70
    • "We recorded on a seventy-six-key smaller piano, which would've made sense because they were traveling evangelists, so they would've used a smaller, more portable, easily carried piano. The piano... was all beat up and sort of out of tune. Allan Silva played the piano on this episode. We went to his house and spent about two or three hours just taping thinks to the keys, like fishing line, old coins, paper clips... You hear things rattling so it sounds really creaky and weird, and old and crappy. That came off really cool." - Composer Chris LennertzSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 73
    • Lennertz also used "an Armenian duduk. It's a really creepy sort of mircotonal snake charmer, instrument, which to me made perfect sense because it had a snake-oil salesman vibe. So if you listen carefully, you hear a little bit of that sell-you-a-bill-of-goods vibe mixed in with the scariness of the show."Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 73


    • The Meaning of the Episode Title: "Faith" names the key theme of the episode.
    • The subtitles of the DVD sections are:
      1. 100,000 volts
      2. Cured.
      3. Death to the immoral.
      4. Preacher's wife.
      5. Hand of the Reaper.
      6. End Credits.
    • John's voicemail is different from the voicemail heard in Home. However, it IS the same from Phantom Traveler, only with a different number. The number in Phantom Traveler is 785-555-0179, whereas the number in Faith is 866-907-3235.
    • The last name of "LeGrange" has also been written as "Le Grange".
    • The services to heal the old man with emphysema and Layla were on the same day. This would probably be Sunday, as listed on the sign outside the tent.
    • WARNING: SPOILERS Highlight to read Dean's comment, "We can't kill death." is opposite of Dean's comment in Brother's Keeper, "I think I just killed Death."
    • The town is told Sue Ann LeGrange died of a stroke.
    • Executive producer Bob Singer was asked at the start of season 12 by Entertainment Weekly what episodes did he consider his favorite. He listed Phantom Traveler, because it was the first time the boys were funny; Faith; All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1 and 2; Monster Movie; Changing Channels; and The French Mistake. - EW
    • Inside the Legend: Faith


    • When Dean left Rev. Roy LeGrange, Sue Ann tells Mrs. Rourke that he could not see Layla because he was laying down to rest. However, right after this there is another service that is being held.
    • There were consecutive days that Rev. Roy LeGrange held services, which was not listed on the sign outside the tent.


    Dean: That fabric softener teddy bear? Ooh, I'm gonna hunt that little bitch down.
    Dean: (Serious) Hey, you better take care of that car. Or, I swear, I'll haunt your ass.
    Sam: I don't think that's funny.
    Dean: Oh, come on, it's a little funny.
    Dean: Look, Sammy, what can I say, man, it's a dangerous gig.
    Dean: I drew the short straw. That's it, end of story.
    Sam: Don't talk like that, alright? We still have options.
    Dean: What options? Yeah, burial or cremation.
    (Sam can NOT believe he's hearing this, shaking his head, looking away.)
    Dean: And I know it's not easy. But I'm gonna die. And you can't stop it.
    (Sam's resolve has now firmed. He nods his head.)
    Sam: Watch me.
    Voicemail: This is John Winchester. I can't be reached. If this is an emergency, call my son, Dean. 866-907-3235. He can help.
    (Sound of a beep.
    Sam is fighting tears.)

    Sam: Hey, Dad. It's Sam. probably won't even get this, but,'s Dean. Oooo...He's sick, and uh...the doctors say there's nothing they can do. Um...but, uh, they don't know the things we know, right? Um, so, don't worry, cause I'm, uh...gonna do whatever it takes to get him better. Alright. Just wanted you to know.
    Sam: What the hell are you doing here?
    Dean: I checked myself out.
    Sam: Are you crazy?
    Dean: Huh, I'm not gonna die in a hospital where the nurses aren't even hot.
    Sam: You know, this whole I-laugh-in-the-face-of-death thing? It's crap.
    Dean: You're not gonna let me die in peace, are you?
    Sam: I'm not gonna let you die, period. We're going.
    Roy: You ready?
    Dean: Look, no disrespect, but ahh, not exactly a believer.
    (Roy smiles.)
    Roy: You will be, son. You will be.
    Dean: Can I ask you one last question?
    Roy: Course you can.
    Dean: Why? Why me? Out of all the sick people, why save me?
    Roy: Well, like I said before, the Lord guides me. I looked into your heart, and you just... stood out from all the rest.
    Dean: What did you see in my heart?
    Roy: A young man with an important purpose. A job to do. And it isn't finished.
    Sue Ann: (from behind Sam, startling him) I gave your brother life and I can take it away.
    (Sue Ann stands there, eerily calm. Sam is furious. He grunts as he tips over the table the altar is on, then runs at Sue Ann but she is already up the stairs. She closes the hatches and secures it with a beam. Sam stretches to push against the doors, but can't break free. He keeps trying.)
    Sue Ann: Sam, can't you see? The Lord chose me to reward the just and punish the wicked. And your brother is wicked, and he deserves to die just as Layla deserves to live. It's God's will. Goodbye, Sam.
    Layla: You wanna hear something weird?
    Dean: Hmm?
    Layla: I'm okay. Really. I guess... if you're gonna have faith, you can't just have it when the miracles happen. You have to have it when they don't.
    Dean: So what now?
    Layla: God works in mysterious ways. Goodbye Dean.
    (She rises and moves toward the door. Dean closes his eyes for a second, remaining still with a pained look. He then rises and turns to face Layla.)
    Dean: Hey. Um, I'm not much of the praying type... but... I'm gonna pray for you.
    Layla: Well... There's a miracle right there.