Episode 1×01: Pilot

Written by: Eric Kripke

Directed by: David Nutter

Originally Aired: September 13, 2005 (my 13th birthday, actually)

Before we start anything, let me just say that I have seen every episode of Supernatural to date and I can tell this story frontwards and backwards. I will try very hard not to talk about anything that happens at a later point in time, but if I do, please forgive me… Now, let’s jump right in there.

So the episode starts in Lawrence, Kansas in a quaint little house with a nice looking family. Daddy John, Mother Mary, little baby Sam and four year old Dean. The first sign we get of anything supernatural is after Sam is put to bed and lights start flicking inside his (creepy) nursery filled with dolls that make me wanna cry. I don’t know how that poor baby survived this.

Anyway, Mary hears Sam crying and goes to check on him. John is silhouetted against the crib, so she starts to go back to bed, only to hear the TV on downstairs. She goes to check and realizes… dun dun dun… John is asleep in the recliner.

Now, in all honesty, I can’t understand why Mary didn’t just wake John up and tell him that there was someone else in the house, but she rushes back upstairs and we cut to John, sleeping and hear Mary scream. The next thing we see Is John running into Sammy’s nursery to find everything is fine and dandy. Until he notices that his wife is bleeding on the ceiling. Then she erupts into fire. I can only imagine what this poor baby is thinking during all this horror.

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John grabs Sammy and runs into little Dean in the hall. Entrusting the four year old with the six month old’s life, he tells Dean to take Sam and get outside before going back into the flaming nursery in a vain attempt to save his wife, who is, by all odds, already dead anyway. Cut to Dean in the front yard with little Sam in his arms and just as flames erupt form the second story windows, John shows up and grabs them both. Voila, twenty-two years of vengeance are born!

We then end up in present time (2005) at Stanford University, entering the scene with a photo of John and Mary and a young couple, Jessica and Sam. Sam being, of course, the baby from the introduction, all grown up and celebrating his score of 174 on the LSAT. It’s Halloween and Sam refuses to dress up, possibly because he’s allergic to fun, though I suppose the more likely reason is that he’s spent his life knowing monsters are real and if I knew that, I’d be reluctant to dress up like them too.

That night, his super-sensitive hearing alerts him to someone breaking into his apartment. He sneaks downstairs, has an awesome fight that is pretty much entirely in shadows and still looks totally badass and realizes that the intruder is none other than big brother Dean who is, apparently “Lookin’ for a beer,”

I’m going to stop here and tell you guys that at this point, I was just distracted by the fact that Sam and Dean are both so gorgeous it hurts to think about. In fact, I can say that about pretty much every one on the show (including John Winchester). It’s like some rule that only beautiful people can be in this show.

I would give anything to touch his hair...

I would give anything to touch his hair…

 

I just wanna kiss those lips. I mean... *sigh*

I just wanna kiss those lips. I mean… *sigh*

There’s something about Sam’s hair that makes me a little crazy and I’d give anything I could to just touch Dean’s lips… But that sounds creepy so we’re moving on.

So Dean’s there to get Sam’s help because their dad has been away on a “hunting trip” (I wonder what that could mean…) and hasn’t been home in a few days. They go outside whisper-arguing about the fact that Sam can’t just ditch his normal life and he has an interview at Harvard the next Monday. Eventually, we know, Sam loses said argument and tells Jess he’ll be back in time to make the interview.

It’s at this point that I’m forced to point out that, yes, even the CAR is gorgeous. A black 1967 Chevy Impala that I am jealous of because she gets to have all these hot guys riding inside of her… Life’s just not fair, guys. I mean, seriously, when you become jealous of a car, maybe you should rethink your priorities… But of course, I won’t.

Seriously, look at this gorgeous car!

Seriously, look at this gorgeous car!

 

We cut to the town of Jericho where we meet some guy telling his girlfriend he can’t come over because he’s got to go to work in the morning. Then he spots a beautiful woman on the side of the road, just… standing there. Really, it’s totally creepy. Apparently, this dude never heard about the rule where you don’t pick up strangers and found absolutely nothing disturbing about this random chick who appeared out of nowhere and he gives her a ride.

As you can guess, this doesn’t end well. The creepy chick basically tells the guy she wants him to bang her and he being not the most chivalrous and faithful of dudes forgets all about his girlfriend and says sure. She leads him to her creepy, totally haunted looking house and… he dies. In a bloody, wonderful explosion. This is what happens to guys who cheat on their girlfriends, just sayin’.

So, apparently this town is the last place John was, so Sam and Dean show up after a brief convo about Dean’s (awesome) tastes in music. (We also get one of my favorite lines from the show: Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole.) and we’re listening to “Back in Black” as they ride into town.

They come up to the bridge where the dead guy’s car was found. Apparently there was no sign of blood and the guy just vanished – which only makes me wonder how in hell the ghost chick cleaned up the blood and where the hell did she hide the body. Questions, which, I’m sorry to say, are never answered.

They insult the local police and pretend to be US Marshalls because Dean just happens to have the fake badges. And there is some brotherly bickering as Sam steps on Dean’s foot and Dean smacks Sam in the head. I can already feel myself falling in love with these guys.

They find out that there have been other missing cases just like this, the only thing they have in common is the same stretch of road where they vanish and they’re all dudes. So they go talk to the guy’s girlfriend, pretending to be his uncles. Seriously, she bought that, which surprises me because you’d think she’d know her boyfriend’s family at least a little. Also, Sam and the boyfriend couldn’t be that far apart in age so unless the guy had a brother or sister who’s a lot older than him or who had kids young… Not happening. Maybe her grief clouded her judgment… Ah well.

She tells them a story about a woman who died on the highway and, legend goes, kidnaps men and they’re never seen again. Alright, cool. I love those kind of stories about haunted roadways and ghosts that kill people. I used to make up stories like that to scare my little brother.

They go look up murders along the highway and don’t get anything, so Sam pushes Dean out of the way rather than just tell him his theory and Dean gets annoyed and bit by bit they’re stealing my heart. Sam types in “suicides” along the highway and they come up with Constance Welch, who killed herself after her kids drowned in the bathtub. My one complaint about this scene is that this isn’t how search engines work. The engine would’ve picked up on the details about the highway and pulled up the story of Constance’s suicide even with the murder in the search. But anyway.

They check out the bridge that night and have a look around. Sam and Dean have a fight about finding “the thing that killed Mom,” and Sam wants to know what revenge is going to do for them anyway since it won’t bring their mom back. Dean, obviously emotion, shoves Sam and tells him to never talk like that again. It hasn’t even been one episode and I already hate watching these two fighting, it kind breaks my heart.

The fight gets interrupted by ghost chick – err, Constance, as she appears and dives off the bridge before possessing Dean’s car. They run and dive over the edge of the bridge. Sam manages to hold on, but Dean ends up in the mud. (And even covered in slimy mud, the dude is still sexy – like I said, it’s just not fair!)

 

They find a motel in town and realize it’s the same place their dad stayed and the guy lets them into the room. It’s clearly been abandoned in a hurry, because John left EVERYTHING except his clothes behind. Even a partly eaten cheeseburger and, seriously ew. There are salt rings around the bed and papers tacked to the walls. I’m not an expert, but I’d figure after a few days the motel cleaners would’ve done something about this mess… But maybe since John rented the room for a month they didn’t bother to check.

Anyway, Dean showers and we get another beautiful brother moment with lines I just adore:

Dean: Hey, no chick flick moments

And also this:

Sam: Jerk.
Dean: Bitch.

Which becomes they’re way of saying “I love you,”. And yep, it’s official, I’m in love.

Anyway, John did the work for them and figured out that Constance was a Woman in White, whatever that means. They apparently need to find the dead girl’s body and burn it, so Sam says he’ll look into it and Dean heads to get something to eat while Sam listens to a voicemail from Jess telling him she loves him and she misses him. Which is sweet and totally not making me worry at all.

Dean spots the cops he’s insulted earlier talking to the motel manager and gives Sam the heads-up that they’ve been caught and Sam takes off while Dean gets arrested and is a total smart ass about the whole thing, which only makes me love him more.

Dean: Problem, Officers?
Cop: Where’s your partner?
Dean: Partner? What partner?
Cop: [motions to motel room] So… Fake US Marshalls, fake credit cards… You got anything that’s real?
Dean: My boobs.

And of course, later in the interrogation room:

Sheriff: So, you wanna give us your real name?
Dean: I told you, it’s Nugent. Ted Nugent.

So anyway, Dean’s a little busy, so Sam goes and talks to Constance’s husband and we find out what a Woman in White is… It’s a woman whose husband cheated on her, so she kills the kids then, in grief, kills herself and then her spirit is cursed and she goes around killing unfaithful guys. My first thought was: Wow, that’s… oddly specific. Does that… happen a lot then? I’d look it up, but I’m scared to find out how often that really happens. Anyway, Sam kinda pisses the guy off when he tells him what a woman in white is, but the guy basically says “Yeah, I cheated on her,”

It’s actually a pretty moving scene, because the guy is so close to breaking down and I feel bad for him… Sure, he cheated on her, but he apparently loved her and he lost his wife and kids all at once and… That’s gotta be hard to deal with.

Sam finds out where Constance is buried and apparently it’s right behind the house where she killed her kids. That’s creepy. Why on earth would you burry her there? Sam makes a fake 911 call to get Dean out and Dean manages to get out of the cuffs, steal his dad’s journal (which the cops confiscated) and bolted. Apparently, their dad left them a message in Marine-code, telling them where they needed to go.

Sam wonders what the hell is going on, if their dad just bailed in the middle of a job and suddenly he rams right into dead chick and she locks the car doors and drive the car all the way to her spooky haunted house, saying “I can never go home,”

This is weird. Why would she go there if she CAN’T go there. It’s also kinda depressing since we now know her story. She killed her kids there and she’s just staring up at the house looking absolutely depressed and I kind feel bad for her. Then she attacks Sam and kisses him.

He tells her she can’t kill him because he’s never been unfaithful and she just says “You will be,” before vanishing and reappearing as a scary as hell zombie looking ghost chick…

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She grabs Sam’s chest and he starts screaming then Dean shows up and for some reason just starts shooting at the GHOST. Because, sure, why not. It works, apparently, since she vanished long enough for Sam to drive the car through the front porch.

Dean runs into to check on Sam and Dead chick slams a desk against them, but then she’s stopped when two of the most creepy little kids in the history of ever show up and she screams and they hug her and she melts into a puddle on the floor in a barrage of disturbing ass imagery that looks like it came from a horror anime and I felt like a wimp for wanting to cover my eyes for a second, but then it was over.

We get another couple of awesome lines.

Sam: What were you thinking shooting Casper in the face, you freak?!

Dean: If you screwed up my car, I’ll kill you! [Cut to them driving down the road with a busted headlight]

They have a brief argument about Sam continuing to look for John, but Sam wins this one, insisting he can’t just give up his life, this is what he’s always wanted. No hunting, no monsters, just a normal, safe life with a  girlfriend and a career where he doesn’t get attacked every day.

Sam goes into the apartment and finds cookies waiting for him and hears the shower, so he takes a cookie, flops down on the bed and I’ve got a bad feeling this won’t end well. And of course… it doesn’t. Little drops of blood suddenly drip down on Sam’s head and he opens his eyes to see, you guessed it:

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Jessica. Pinned to the ceiling just like his mom. Seconds later, fire erupts and Sam just screams and stares up at her like he can’t believe this is real.

Luckily, Dean apparently decided to screw Sam’s normal life and shows up just in time to pull Sam out before he burned to death. We end with a shot similar to that from the intro: fire trucks and police all gathered outside the burning apartment. Sam is standing over the Impala’s truck, fiddling with a gun. He throws it in as Dean walks over, looks at Dean and says “We’ve got work to do,” before slamming the trunk. The end.

I’ve got to say, as far as pilot episodes go, this one was amazing and I really did fall in love with Sam and Dean that quickly. Their relationship is just so perfectly played and they’re both such amazing and interesting characters that I connected very quickly and wanted to know more. I was hooked and never looked back.

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