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Season 1, Episode 19

AirdateApril 13, 2006
Written byDavid Ehrman
Directed byPhil Sgriccia

DateJune/July 2006
LocationNew Paltz, New York

Something Wicked Dead Man's Blood

Episode Transcript


WB Description A young couple is murdered in their home shortly after buying an antique painting of a family portrait circa 1910. Upon reviewing the painting's provenance, Sam and Dean learn that everyone who has ever bought the painting has been murdered and race to discover how the portrait is causing the deaths before it can claim its next victim.


June/July 2006 (day 1, night)Mark and Ann Telesca killed
June/July 2006 (day 4, night)While Dean picks up girls, Sam finds Telesca deaths and connects them to old cases John had marked; the boys head for New Paltz, New York
June/July 2006 (day 5)Dean and Sam arrive in New Paltz; Sam checks Telesca house history and for EMF; the boys crash the auction and meet Sarah Blake; Daniel Blake asks the boys to leave
June/July 2006 (day 5, night)Sam goes on a date with Sarah; they talk about coming out of their safe shell for a relationship; he obtains the provenances of the Telesca items; the Merchant family portrait identified as the culprit; the boys break into the auction house and steal the portrait; they take it to a back road and burn it; the painting reforms in its frame
June/July 2006 (day 6)Dean claims he dropped his wallet at the auction house; Sam spots the Merchant family portrait back in its frame; the boys research the Merchant family further; Daniel Blake sells the portrait to Evelyn
June/July 2006 (day 6, night)Dean thinks Sarah is good for Sam and so is pushing them together; Sam calls Sarah to see the painting; Evelyn killed; the boys and Sarah go to Evelyn's house and find her dead body; the police are called and question Sarah, who lies
June/July 2006 (day 7)The boys and Sarah meet at the motel to discuss what to do next; Sam comes clean about the hauntings; Dean, Sam, and Sarah break into Evelyn's house to inspect the portrait; they go searching for the Merchant family mausoleum; Dean finds where Isaiah Merchant was buried; Sam claims to Sarah that people around him get hurt and cannot go through the pain again
June/July 2006 (day 7, night)Dean, Sam, and Sarah dig up and burn Isaiah's bones; they return to Evelyn's house to burn the portrait again; Sam and Sarah notice that the daughter is missing from the painting; they get locked in and search for ways to defend against a spirit; Sarah remembers that the girl's doll might have some real hair; Dean races to the cemetery to burn the girl's remains while Sam fights to protect Sarah
June/July 2006 (day 8)Dean and Sam meet Sarah at the auction house; Sarah tells the workers to burn the Merchant family portrait; the boys say goodbye to Sarah; Sam comes back to kiss her and hook up


The camera pans over an creepy, old painting of a family - mother, young girl, father looking disapproving at the girl, and two boys. Mark Telesca is putting up the painting on their mantle, that Mark and Ann bought at an auction. She cannot believe they bought it, because she is thinking it is kinda creepy. Mark flirts; Ann flirts back. She heads upstairs while he locks up. The father in the picture moves, watching them. Something is moving up the stairs to where the wife is waiting; her bedside candle blows out. Moments later, the husband arrives to find his wife in a pool of blood; her throat slit. He is horrified, and falls out of bed. Looking up, the same entity kills him.

Dean is putting Brandy's number in his cell phone when Sam calls him over. Sam found a new case, but Dean is thinking of taking a little shore leave. He has told her he is a talent scout for a new reality TV show and she has a friend for Sam too. Sam says no thanks, he can get his own dates, but Dean says he does not. Dean does not explain, so Sam explains about the case. A newspaper article said Mark and Ann Telesca of New Paltz, New York, were found with their throats slit in a locked house, with no murder weapon, and no prints. Dean does not think it is their case, but Sam points out Dad's journal has research for a series of murders over a number of decades in the same area with the same M.O. Dean agrees it is worth looking into in the morning and promptly goes back to Brandy and her friend.

Dean is in the Impala snoozing after his late night when Sam returns from checking out the Telesca home. Sam beeps the horn, waking him. Laughing, Sam joins Dean and tells him what he has checked. Sam says he has swept the house with EMF and last night while Dean was "out", Sam checked out the history of the house - it is clean. Nothing strange about the Telescas either. The problem could be a cursed object, but he cannot tell because the house contents have been removed.

Dean and Sam turn up at the auction house, where the owner Daniel Blake tries to get them to leave. Dean claims they have an invite, so Daniel Blake leaves to check. They continue to check out contents of the Telescas, until Sarah Blake shows up, asking an art question. Sam answers, and they connect. Sam asks about the estate, and she feels it is too grisly to sell the Telescas' things this soon. Sam asks to see the provenances, but Daniel comes back and asks this to leave because they are not on the guest list. They do so, although Sarah thought her dad rude.

Dean and Sam walk up to their hotel room. Dean asks about the art, and Sam tells him he had an art history course in order to meet girls. They walk in and find the room is pretty retro disco fantasy. Discussing the provenances and how they show the history of the auctioned articles, Sam suggests Dean pick her up. Dean suggests Sam talk to Sarah because she was checking Sam out. Sam thinks that would just be using Sarah, but Dean tells him to "take one for the team", so Sam calls her for a date.

They are a bit awkward with each other, neither having been on a date in a while, but it is obvious they like each other. The wine list is handed to Sam, who is uncomfortable with it. Sarah eases things by ordering a beer, and so does Sam. Over dinner, they talk a bit about their past. Sarah reveals she has not been on a date since her mother died unexpectedly a year ago. However, Sam is evasive about his past.

Sarah gets Sam copies of the provenances of the items of the Telesca house. Dean cannot understand why Sarah just handed them over, wondering if Sam did anything for them. Dean offers to stick around after the case, because Sam is into Sarah. Sam finds a connection with the Telescas and the earlier murders in Dad's journal, calling Dean to come over and see. All the victims had owned the portrait of Isaiah Merchant's family painted in 1910. The brothers agree it must be cursed or haunted.

After dark, Sam and Dean return to the auction house. Scaling the fence, fixing the alarm, picking the lock, and searching the auction house were all done quickly and efficiently, speaking of years of breaking and entering. Cutting the painting out of its frame and taking it to an unknown location, the boys burn the painting. Inside the auction house, the painting regenerates into its frame as it is burned.

The next day, Dean pretends that he has dropped his wallet at the auction house, purely to get Sam to see Sarah again. Dean and Sam are nosing around when Sarah appears. Sam makes an excuse that they are leaving town and have come to say goodbye, but Dean refutes that, claiming they will stick around another day or so. Dean pulls out his elusive wallet, ostensibly to give Sam the $20 he owes him, and goes out, leaving Sam and Sarah alone. Sarah says she enjoyed their date and hoping for another one, but Sam tells her they really are taking off. Then Sam spots the supposedly destroyed painting. He is shocked, and asks Sarah more about the picture. She tells him they sold it to the Telescas the night they were murdered. He tells her not to sell it. She wonders if he wants it, but no. He needs to to leave; he will call her and runs out.

Back in the Impala, Sam tells Dean about the picture. They have to figure another way to get rid of it. Sam recalls it is the painting's subjects that haunts them and they agree they have to find out about the family portrayed in it in order to destroy it.

At a local secondhand bookstore, the proprietor, Darryl, digs up information on the Merchant family for the boys. Isaiah Merchant was accused of killing his wife, two sons, and adopted daughter Melanie before turning the razor on himself in April 1912. It seems he had a harsh temperament and there were whispers the wife was going to take the kids and leave. The entire family was cremated. Darryl also has a picture of the family, which Sam asks for a copy of.

Sarah is angry with her father because he has sold the painting against her wishes. He tells her for that kind of money he does not care.

Back at the motel Sam points out that in a picture of the painting in an old book, Isaiah is staring straight ahead, and in the painting, he is looking down to the right. Dean thinks Isaiah Merchant is trapped in the painting and is coming out to continue killing people at night. Dean points out they need to see the painting again to see if anything else has changed, which should give Sam more time with Sarah. Sam tells Dean to get off his case about Sarah, and quit pimping him out to her. Dean just wants Sam to hook up to not be cranky, but it is not just for that - she could be good for Sam. Dean points out that this is about Jessica, and she would want Sam to be happy and have fun. Sam admits some of it is about her, but refuses to elaborate. He calls Sarah, tells her he and his brother might want to buy it, to see if they can view the painting again, only to find it has been sold to a friend of Sarah's named Evelyn. Sam demands the new owners address.

Evelyn is sitting by a fire, with the painting hanging close by. Isaiah turns his head. Evelyn hears a noise, and looks up, horrified. The boys arrive after Sarah, who starts asking questions of the boys. Dean picks the lock, and they rush in to find Evelyn with her throat sliced. Isaiah has moved from looking at Melanie to looking straight ahead.

The boys return to the motel room, leaving Sarah to lie to the police she was there alone. The next day, she storms into the motel room demanding answers, which Sam gives. The painting is haunted. She insists on coming with them to stop it, but Sam does not want her to get hurt. She is scared, but she is not going to run and hide because she helped sell the painting and feels responsible for its owners deaths, so she is going. Dean is impressed, telling Sam, "Marry that girl."

Back at Evelyn's house after picking the lock they examine the painting. Sarah worries it will kill them, but Sam thinks they are all right in the daylight. Dean notices the open razor, and Sam notices the painting in the painting there is now a mausoleum with the name Merchant on it.

The three of them track down the mausoleum in the third graveyard they visit, while Sam and Sarah talk. Dean cuts open the lock, and they step into where all of the family cremated remains are housed. Along one wall is the family's ashes in individual urns placed on the shelf in front of glass cases. Sarah thinks the creepiest thing she has ever seen is the doll by Melanie's ashes; Sam explains it was a tradition for a kid's favorite toy to be preserved in a glass case. However, Isaiah Merchant is not interred there.

Sam and Sarah wait outside while Dean goes to find out what happened to Isaiah's remains by searching the county death certificates. The pair discuss their feelings for one another, and Sam explains he is cursed or something, because anyone around him dies. He does not want to get close to Sarah in case she gets hurt or worse. Sarah says she is willing to take the risk. Sam tells her it is not a broken heart, but life and death. She responds by saying if he shuts out pain, you shut out everything else too, but he cannot go through that pain again. Just then, Dean reappears, interrupting. It seems Isaiah's family were so disgraced by his actions he was buried in a pauper's grave by the county in a pine box, not cremated with his wife and kids. Dean also knows where the bones are so they can burn them.

That night, the guys dig up Isaiah. Sarah is surprised how used to it they both are, and Sam teases if she thinks he is still a catch. They burn the bones.

The boys decide it is best to bury the painting as well, so they drive to Evelyn's house to pick it up. Sarah decides to go with Sam, so Dean urges Sam to make his "move". While they are heading to the house, Dean turns on a love ballad. Sam turns back, incredulous, and motions for him to stop it. Dean turns it off, and Sam and Sarah go inside. They are surprised that the little girl is missing, as well as the razor. Laughter, and then the front door slams shut - Sam and Sarah get trapped inside Evelyn's house. Sam calls Dean, explaining he thinks the little girl in the painting was the killer all along and she is after them. Dean cannot pick the lock to get inside. Sam and Sarah need salt or iron, but Sam cannot find any salt. They search frantically for some pure iron, while Dean rams the door a couple of times before searching for another way in. Melanie shows up, with her doll and the razor. Sam steps in front of Sarah to protect her, and they back up. He ends up backing up against the fireplace poker, and grabs it to swing at Melanie. She dissipates in the pure iron. Sam and Dean try to figure out how to dispel her, and Sarah tells Sam antique dolls would use the kid's real hair. Dean returns to the mausoleum to burn the antique doll which bears some of Melanie Merchant's hair. A heavy writing desk pins Sam, while the ghost goes after Sarah. Meanwhile Dean first tries to hit the glass with his fist and then the gun butt, before finally realizing he could shoot it. It takes a few tries, but he finally lights the real hair. Sam leaps across Sarah to protect her, just as the spirit goes up in flames. Dean calls back, making sure Sam is good, to which he answers, "Not bad".

Dean arrives with more papers back at the Auction House, to meet Sam and Sarah. It seems the little girl killed her first family, which is why she was adopted. Then she kills the Merchants. Sarah tells the workers crating up the painting to take it out back to burn it. Sam thinks the girl was just born tortured, but Dean does not care. He just wants to move on, heading for the car muttering under his breath that he saved her by destroying the spirit. Sam and Sarah are glad to be alive and in one piece, and Sarah hopes he will come back to see her.

Sarah lets Sam out, turning around after the door is closed feeling let down. There is a knocking at the door, and after Sarah reopens it for Sam, he thoroughly kisses Sarah. Dean watches them, smiling, saying "That's my boy", before getting in the car and leaving them together.


Main Cast Recurring Cast
    Guest Cast


    • Steve Carlson Band - Night Time
      (plays at the Bar, when Dean hits on the girls)
    • Antonin Dvorak - Romantic Piece, No. 1
      (plays at the auction house)
    • Alan Pasqua - One More Once
      (plays when Sam and Sarah have dinner together)
    • Grand Funk Railroad - Bad Time
      (the song on the car radio when Dean "sets the mood" for Sam and Sarah)


    • Dean - Reality TV Scout
    • Sam (via Dean) - Producer
    • Dean and Sam - Dean and Sam Connors, art dealers, with Connors Limited

    Supernatural Beings

    Interesting Things

    Shirts the Boys Have Worn
    PersonShirt Counts
    Dean2 Black
    1 Blue
    2 Gray
    1 Red Plaid
    1 Tan
    Sam1 Blue
    1 Blue Stripes
    1 Brown Stripes
    1 Green Plaid
    1 Orange
    1 Red
    1 Suit
    1 Tan
    3 White
    Interesting Things That Have Happened
    Dean lies to Sam1
    Dean sex1
    Other in back seat of Baby1
    Sam romantic attachments1
    Items That Have Shown Up
    Items Shown
    John Winchester's Journal
    Quotes People Have Said
    Check this out (Dean)1
    Sammy (Dean)2
    Total Count of Species
    SpeciesNumber of Characters
    Lingering Spirit1
    Vengeful Spirit1
    Who Died and How
    CharacterCause of DeathKilled By
    Isaiah MerchantBled to deathMelanie Merchant
    Melanie MerchantBled to deathMelanie Merchant
    Ann TelescaBled to deathMelanie Merchant
    Mark TelescaBled to deathMelanie Merchant
    EvelynBled to deathMelanie Merchant
    Isaiah MerchantDestroyed (ghost)Dean Winchester
    Melanie MerchantDestroyed (ghost)Dean Winchester


    • Motel - Room #12 (Rent) in New Paltz, New York
      70s Disco Fantasy Theme, with silver outline of John Travolta, disco music; black walls with white circles, silver circles as accents all over room; white bed cover with black lattice work, white "cushion" headboard; black curtains and side table (glass topped kitchen table, black accents), black lamp and lightswitch; both boys note the room; Outside - tan building, white trim around black door

    Pop Culture

    Sam: Well I'd say it's more Grant Wood than Grandma Moses. But you knew that. You just wanted to see if I did.
    Grant Wood was an American painter best know for the panting "American Gothic". Grandma Moses is the nickname for renowned American folk artist Anna Mary Robertson Moses.
    Dean: Alright, so you think that, uh, Daddy dearest is trapped in the painting and is handing out Columbian neckties like he did with his family?
    A Columbian necktie is a form of execution in which the victim's throat is slit and the tongue is pulled out through the open wound.
    Sam: What, like a Da Vinci Code deal?
    Dean: I don't... know. I'm... uh, still waiting for the movie on that one.
    Sam is referring to the bestseller The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. In the novel, clues to the big mystery are found in Leonardo da Vinci's paintings. The movie was released in 2006 approximately one month after this episode aired.
    Sarah: So this is what you guys do for a living?
    Sam: Not exactly. We don't get paid.
    (Sam gives her a slight smile.)
    Sarah: Well, Mazel tov.
    Mazel tov (Hebrew/Yiddish: מזל טוב; lit. "good luck") is a Jewish phrase used to express congratulations for a happy and significant occasion or event.
    Dean: Alright, so you think that, uh, Daddy dearest is trapped in the painting... [...] Daddy dearest isn't here.
    Mommie Dearest is a 1981 film based on the biography by Christina Crawford about her actress mother Joan Crawford. A wonderful overacted camp melodrama that is a must see for anyone who ever thought their mother was a bitch and got thrashed for not using the good coat hangers: "No wire hangers... ever!"


    Casting Characters

    • Taylor Cole cast as Sam's love interest was perfect. Not only did they have amazing chemistry onscreen, she got alone with Jensen and Jared off-screen too. They are all from Texas, and she is a tomboy, which helped with the dynamic. "And she didn't put up with their crap - if they were kidding her, she'd kid right back. So she kinda joined into the club pretty quickly." - Phil SgricciaSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 101-102


    • "We turned a two-level furniture store, which had a really good look to it, into the back of an auction house... and just filled it with tons of antiques and tons of art" rather than going to an actual auction shop. Too many chances of messing up valuable pieces! - Set decorator George NeumanSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 102-103
    • Set decorator George Neuman looks forward to creating each motel room just a bit different, but this motel room was one of his favorites - disco motel.Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 103
    • "We did a photo shoot where we dressed the family up in that period, gave them period hairstyles, period clothing and makeup, and then we took a picture of it and turned it into an actual painting. And that one was really fun because I had to make a little doll, a miniature version of the little girl. We had to find these doll parts to actually have her features - her hair color, her skin tone, her eye color. And wardrobe had to make little miniature outfits." - Key hairstylist Jeannie ChowSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 100
    • Costume designer Diane Widas also enjoyed designing the little girl's dress and its miniature version.Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 101


    • The Meaning of the Episode Title: "Provenance" names the elements key to the plot.
    • The subtitles on the DVD sections are:
      1. Painted devil.
      2. Isaiah Merchant.
      3. Third corpse.
      4. In her image.
      5. Who would suspect?
      6. End Credits.
    • Although John didn't send them on this hunt, he marked the odd deaths in his journal, waiting for the next one to track it down. Because he no longer had the journal in his possession, Dean and Sam catch the case when another death happens.
    • When Dean and Sam arrive at the auction, we see three luxury cars parked next to the Impala. The second is a Bentley with New York license plate "THEKRIP". This is a reference to Supernatural creator and executive producer Eric Kripke.
    • The other cars do not have New York licenses, so the estate sale brought in interested parties from out of state.
    • Dean mistakenly calls Jared's name when looking at the picture of the painting.
    • The researcher, Darryl, who is helping the boys look up information about the Merchant family is listed as "Librarian" on IMDb. However, there is a sign for 20% off books to the side, therefore they are in a secondhand bookstore, and most likely he is the proprietor.
    • The entirety of the newspaper article reads: NEW TITANIC SINKS - 1304 PERSONS GO TO WATERY GRAVES: Only 866 saved from 2,170 Aboard Liner Which Collides With Iceberg. Disaster Proves To Be the Greatest in Marine History of the World.
    • Is Sarah coming back as a romantic interest for Sam? "I think in our show we tend to try to keep the guys romantic when we can. Sam is more the straight shooter and Dean is more the playboy. It's a little harder for Sam to want to commit to liking somebody in some ways because he's remembering his girlfriend from the beginning of the year. He's a little reluctant to get romantic because he's still holding onto Jessica." - Phil SgricciaSupernatural The Official Companion Season 1, p. 102
    • The Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1 has "Romantic Piece, No. 1" credited as Extreme. However, in listening to the episode, it is Antonin Dvorak that composed and performed the piece. Extreme is most likely Extreme Music, a music production company that solicits material for use in TV, film, games, etc.
    • The Supernatural The Official Companion Season 1 has "One More Once" credited as Black Toast Music. However, in listening to the episode, it is Alan Pasqua that performed the piece. Black Toast Music is a music production company that solicits material for use in TV, film, games, etc.
    • Inside the Legend: Provenance


    • Sam found notations in John's Journal about other murders he's noticed previously, and was waiting for the next one to occur to investigate.
    • Sam fears anyone close to him will die, like Jess and Mom, but he finally opens up to Sarah.


    • When Mark Telesca looks down at the blood on his hand, he couldn't possibly have the amount of pooling blood as shown. It would have run out of his hand when he turned his hand over, from palm down to palm up.


    Sam: Dean, ah... no thanks, I can get my own dates.
    Dean: Yeah, you can, but you don't.
    (Sam looks up sharply at Dean.)
    Sam: What's that supposed to mean?
    Dean: Nothing.
    Sam: I don't understand, Dean. We burned the damn thing.
    Dean: Yeah, thank you Captain Obvious.
    Sam: Dude. Enough already.
    Dean: What?
    Sam: What? Ever since we got here, you've been trying to pimp me out to Sarah. Just back off, all right?
    Dean: Well, you like her don't you? All right, you like her, she likes you, you're both consenting adults.
    (Dean shrugs. Sam is frustrated, voice rising.)
    Sam: What's the point, Dean? We'll just leave. We always leave.
    Dean: Well I'm not talking about (chuckles) marriage, Sam.
    Sam: (agitated) You know, I don't get it. What do you care if I hook up?
    Dean: (calmly) Cause then maybe you wouldn't be so cranky all the time.
    (Sam is surprised at him. Dean's eyebrows goes up to make his point. Sam huffs out a breath and looks away. Dean sits up in bed, leaning forward.)
    Dean: You know, seriously Sam, this isn't about just hooking up, okay? I mean, I- I think that this Sarah girl could be good for you. And I don't mean any disrespect but I'm... I'm sure this is about Jessica, right?
    (Sam looks over.)
    Dean: Now I don't know what it's like to lose somebody like that... but... (softly) I would think that she would want you to be happy.
    (Sam is quiet, tears in his eyes.)
    Dean: God forbid, have fun once in a while... wouldn't she?
    (Sam thinks, and a slow smile briefly appears.)
    Sam: (softly) Yeah I know she would.
    (Dean nods his head. Sam shakes his head, then sighs heavily.)
    Sam: Yeah you're right. Part of this is about Jessica. But not the main part.
    Dean: What's it about?
    (Sam refuses to answer.)
    Dean: Yeah, alright.
    (Dean lies back again and crosses his arms.)
    Dean: Well we still gotta see that painting, which means you still gotta call Sarah, so...
    Dean: Sam?
    (Dean points out the door after Sarah.)
    Dean: Marry that girl.
    Dean: Notice anything strange here?
    Sarah: Ah... where do I start?
    Dean: Am I interrupting something?
    Sam: No.
    Sarah: Not at all.
    (Dean looks between them.)
    Dean: Huh. Apparently.
    Sarah: You guys seem to be uncomfortably comfortable with this.
    Sam: Well, ah, this isn't exactly the first grave we've dug.
    (Sam smiles at Sarah.)
    Sam: Still think I'm a catch?
    Sam: What kind of house doesn't have salt? Low-sodium freaks!
    Dean: Sam, you good?
    (Sam slowly looks at Sarah, then gives a half shrug before answering.)
    Sam: Not bad.
    (Dean sees Sam kiss Sarah. A smile slowly crosses his face. Sam continues kissing.)
    Dean: That's my boy.