Season 1, Episode 6|
WB Description Dean and Sam come to the aid of Sam's old college buddy after he is accused of a murder he swears he didn't commit. The brothers discover a shapeshifter is adopting the likenesses of others and murdering people. The brothers' race to stop the shapeshifter takes a terrifying turn when he shifts into the likeness of Dean.
|March 5, 2006||Sam receives email about Zach from Rebecca; Dean and Sam head for St. Louis|
|March 6, 2006||Dean and Sam interview Becky; investigate Zach's house, watch security tapes; Shapeshifter attacks Lindsey|
|March 7, 2006||Dean and Sam go back to Zach's house and follow trail in the sewer; Lindsey's body is discovered; Dean and Sam follow new trail into the sewer; Shapeshifter attacks, becomes Dean; Sam and the shapeshifter meet at the Impala; Shapeshifter takes Sam prisoner|
|March 7, 2006 (night)||Becky invites the shapeshifter in; Dean and Sam escape the sewer; shapeshifter attacks; SWAT arrives; shapeshifter flees; Sam distracts the police while Dean escapes; Dean goes back into the sewer and finds Becky; Sam goes to Becky's and the shapeshifter knocks him out; Sam and the shapeshifter fight; Dean arrives and kills the shapeshifter|
|March 8, 2006||Zach is released; Dean and Sam leave town|
Sam receives an email from a friend in Stanford, Rebecca Warren, whose brother Zach has been arrested for the murder of his girlfriend. Keen to help them out, Sam convinces Dean that they should travel to St. Louis.
When they arrive, Becky explains that Zach came home to find his girlfriend Emily beaten to death. Becky claims that Zach was with her when Emily was killed, but that a security tape shows him arriving home around the time of her death. Claiming that Dean is a police detective, Sam gets Becky to take them to the scene of the crime. The only clues they find are that the house was robbed about a week before the murder, and that the dog next door has become vicious since the attack. Dean is still skeptical, but when he and Sam examine the security tape, which Becky has obtained from Zach's lawyers, they see Zach's eyes flare when he looks directly at the camera.
Elsewhere in town, "Zach" watches a man leave his apartment and kiss his wife goodbye. Later that night, someone who appears to be the same man, returns and tortures her.
Early the next morning, Sam and Dean return to Zach's house, as Sam points out that if the person they saw enter was not Zach, then he must have left by the back entrance to avoid being captured on the video camera. The blood smear in the alley behind the house supports this theory. They then see an ambulance pass, and follow it to discover that another murder has occurred, and in a striking similarity to Zach's case, the man claimed to be driving home at the time his wife was killed.
Dean and Sam find another bloody trail behind the apartment block, and follow it down a manhole to the sewer. On finding a pile of skin and blood they realize they are dealing with a shapeshifter. Suddenly the shapeshifter attacks them, hurts Dean, and runs off. During their pursuit the boys are separated, and when they reunite at the car, having lost the creature, Sam suspects that Dean is actually the shapeshifter partly because he is not hurt. As Sam confronts him the creature knocks him out and takes him prisoner.
Sam regains consciousness in the sewer, bound to a beam. The shapeshifter has access to Dean's memories, and claims that Dean is angry at Sam for having left him to go to college, and for having opportunities Dean never had. The creature finally leaves, telling Sam it has plans to attack Becky.
At her house, Becky invites the shapeshifter, who she thinks is Dean, in for a beer. Meanwhile, in the sewer, Sam struggles to get free, and hears Dean regain consciousness. Together they manage to escape, calling in an anonymous tip to save Becky. At Becky's house, Becky and "Dean" talk for a while, but eventually the creature attacks her. Suddenly a SWAT Unit arrives, and the shapeshifter flees, leaving Becky alive but bloodied.
As the boys walk the streets, they see a police sketch of Dean on TV - he is now wanted in relation to Becky's attack. They return to find the Impala at Becky's house, but before they retrieve weapons the police show up. Dean escapes while Sam distracts the police, warning Dean not to go back to the sewer.
Dean, ignoring Sam's warning, returns alone to the sewer to track the creature, and finds Becky there - the creature has assumed her identity now. Back at Becky's house, the shapeshifter has tricked Sam, knocking him unconscious, and is holding him captive again. Sam cuts his ropes, and fights back. Just as Sam is being choked by Shapeshifter Dean, the real Dean arrives, finally shooting the creature who looks just like him.
The police decide to release Zach, as they now suspect "Dean Winchester," who they found dead at Becky's house, was the culprit in Emily's murder. As they leave town, Dean regrets that Sam can't be normal, and claims they are both freaks. He also muses that he is missing his own funeral.
|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|
|The song playing in the pre-title teaser, "In A Gadda Da Vida" may be an homage to the 1986 film Manhunter, in which the same song is background music to a very similar scene. Manhunter was the first film to feature the character Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a character Dean references on other occasions.|
|Sam: I don't know, it was like he was downloading your thoughts and memories.|
Dean: You mean, like the Vulcan mind meld?
In Star Trek the Vulcan mind meld is a procedure that involves physical contact with a subject (though instances of mind-melds without contact have been seen), making it possible to share thoughts, experience, memories, and knowledge with another individual.
Writing the Episode
|Dean: You're kidding. You still keep in touch with your college buddies?|
Sam: Why not?
Dean: Well, what exactly do you tell 'em? You know, about where you've been, what you've been doin'?
Sam: I tell 'em I'm on a road trip with my big brother. I tell 'em I need some time off after Jess.
|Dean: Look, it sucks, but in a job like this, you can't get close to people, period.|
Sam: You're kind of anti-social, you know that?
|Dean: Hey. Remember when I said this wasn't our kind of problem?|
Dean: Definitely our kind of problem.
|Dean: You know, I just had a sick thought. When the shapeshifter changes shape-maybe it sheds.|
Sam: That is sick.
|Dean: I hate to say it, but that's exactly what I'm talkin' about. You lie to your friends because if they knew the real you, they'd be freaked. It's just-it'd be easier if-|
Sam: If I was like you.
Dean: Hey, man, like it or not, we are not like other people. But I'll tell you one thing. This whole gig- (He holds up a pistol) -it ain't without perks.
|Dean: I think we're close to its lair.|
Sam: Why do you say that?
Dean: Because there's another puke-inducing pile next to your face.
Sam: Oh, God!
|Shapeshifter Dean: I swear, the more I learn about you and your family-I thought I came from a bad background.|
Sam: What do you mean, learn?
Shapeshifter Dean: He's sure got issues with you. You got to go to college. He had to stay home. I mean, I had to stay home. With Dad. You don't think I had dreams of my own? But Dad needed me. Where the hell were you?
Sam: Where is my brother?
Shapeshifter Dean: I am your brother. See, deep down, I'm just jealous. You got friends. You could have a life. Me? I know I'm a freak. And sooner or later, everybody's gonna leave me.
Sam: What are you talkin' about?
Shapeshifter Dean: You left. Hell, I did everything Dad asked me to, and he ditched me, too. No explanation, nothin', just ffwt. Left me with your sorry ass. But, still, this life? It's not without its perks.
|Dean: That better be you, Sam, and not that freak of nature.|
|Dean: Well, he's not stupid. He picked the handsome one.|
|Sam: Come on. We gotta find a phone, call the police.|
Dean: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. You're gonna put an APB out on me.
|Dean: (after looking at the breaking news report with a drawn picture of himself on TV) Man! That's not even a good picture!|
|Dean: All right, but first I wanna to find that handsome devil and kick the holy crap out of him!|
|Dean: (Upset) The thought of him drivin' my car.|
Sam: All right, come on.
They start walking.
Dean: It's killing me!
Sam: Let it go.
|Dean: Sorry, man.|
Sam: About what?
Dean: I really wish things could be different, you know? I wish you could just be... Joe College.
Sam: No, that's okay. You know, the truth is, even at Stanford, deep down, I never really fit in.
Dean: Well, that's 'cause you're a freak.
Sam: Yeah, thanks.
Dean: Well, I'm a freak, too. I'm right there with ya, all the way.
Sam: Yeah, I know you are.
|Dean: You know, I gotta say-I'm sorry I'm gonna miss it.|
Sam: Miss what?
Dean: How many chances am I gonna have to see my own funeral?