The Winchester Family's life is changed forever when Mary, wife and mother, is killed by some kind of paranormal creature in her baby's room. Twenty-two years later, Sam (the baby) is hoping to attend Stanford Law School when his brother, Dean, shows up and informs him that their father has gone missing while "on a hunting trip".
Hoping to track him down, the brothers travel to Jericho, California, where their father has been investigating a stretch of the Centennial Highway where men have been disappearing for the past 10 years.
Facts & Figures.
10 victims, all men, starting in 1982
John Winchester has been missing for 3 weeks
Demon struck Winchester family 22 years ago
Lawrence, Kansas (Winchester Hometown)
Jericho, California (Centennial Highway)
Monster of the Week.
Woman in White
Also known as a Weeping Woman. A woman who, on finding that her husband's been unfaithful, kills her own children in an act of insane desperation, then commits suicide when she realizes what she's done. They kill adulterous men, leaving no trace.
In this case, Constance Welch, 24, who drowned her children (a boy, 6, and girl, 5) in the bathtub then threw herself off the Sylvania Bridge in 1981.
In actual lore, most widely known as "La Llorona" of Mexico.
Also in this episode: the ghosts of the two children appear to claim their mother's spirit.
- wears a white dress
- appears as a hitchhiker
- kills men who are, or will be, unfaithful
- kills by plunging hand into chest and squeezing heart
- can control objects (i.e., drive the car, move a chest)
- can be killed if remains are destroyed
The Bell Witch
Devils & Demons
Sirens, Witches, the Possessed
Bloody Mary, the Hook Man - angry spirits borne of a violent death
Sadako/Samara (Ringu/The Ring) - way movement is shown on screen
Opening flashback: Demon appears over Sam's crib, Mary thinks it's John at first.
End of episode: Sam's live-in girlfriend, Jessica, is killed in the same way Mary was.
Horror Movie Clichés.
Spirit of wronged woman kills men
Story of hitchhiking spirit
Pop Culture References.
Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Jose Cuervo
Casper the Friendly Ghost
Sam: Dean?! You scared the crap outta me.
Dean: That's 'cos you're out of practice.
Sam: *pins him*
Dean: Or not.
Dean (to Jess): Yanno, I've gotta tell you - you are completely out of my brother's league.
Sam: 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 9 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.
Dean: 'Sides, all we do is apply. It's not our fault they send us the cards.
Sam: I swear, man, you gotta update your cassette tape collection.
Same: Well, for one, they're cassette tapes; and two - Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Metallica? It's the greatest hits of mullet rock.
Dean: You can pretend all you want, Sammy, but sooner or later you're going to have to face up to who you are.
Dean: That Constance chick, what a bitch!
Sam: Constance Welch - she's a Woman in White.
Dean: *looking at missing persons* You sly dogs.
Sam: Hey, Dean? What I said earlier, about Mom and Dad? I'm sorry.
Dean: No chick-flick moments.
Sheriff: Fake US Marshall, fake credit cards. You got anything that's real?
Dean: My boots.
Deputy: I'm not sure you realize how much trouble you're in, here.
Dean: We talking misdemeanor trouble, or "squeal like a pig" trouble?
Sam: You can't kill me - I'm not unfaithful, I never have been.
Constance: You will be.
Sam: We got work to do.
Wikipedia Entry on Woman In White
The Bell Witch
Most recent victim's radio is tuned to "107.1"
John's message to Dean:
"Dean, something big is starting to happen. I can [static]... I need to find out what's going on. You [static]... Be very careful, Dean. We're all in danger."
Dean can pick the lock on a set of handcuffs.
First appearance of: the Metallicar (originally John's), John's journal, Dean's weapons trunk.
John Winchester has a tattoo on his left bicep, probably a standard USMC image.
Sam scored a 174 on his LSATs
John disappeared in Amherst, looking into a poltergeist and again in Clifton, researching Devil's Gates. Both times he was fine.
Dean's first solo job was a "voodoo thing, down in New Orleans".
Both times the demon has struck, Dean has carried Sam out of the house in some way.
Dean's Mix Tape.
17:36 Ramblin' Man - The Allman Brothers
18:32 Back in Black - AC DC
41:45 Highway to Hell - AC DC
Dean's ID Fraud.
VistaBank Mastercard - Hector Efranian (5689 7719 4471 2256, exp 01/08)
US Marshall Service - no name given
Sam's Laptop Decorations.