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Bible Entry 1x01: The Pilot 
9th-May-2006 10:48 pm

Here you go! Bible Entry #1!

1x01 The Pilot

Boring Production Crap
Original Air Date: 9/13/05
Writer: Eric Kripke
Director: David Nutter

Guest Players
John Winchester: Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Mary Winchester: Samantha Smith
Jess: Adrianne Palicki
Constance Welch (Woman in White): Sarah Shahi
Joseph Welch: Steve Railsback
Troy Squire: Ross Kohn
Amy Hein: Elizabeth Bond
Sheriff: R.D. Call
Sam's "voodoo" Friend: Hunter Brochu

What Time Is It?
The opening flashback takes place on November 2, 1983. The remainder of the episode takes place between Halloween Night and November 2, 2005. November 2 is The Commemoration of the Souls of All the Dead (All Souls Day) in the Catholic calendar.
Now, Which One Was That?
On November 2, 1983, Mary Winchester died in her younger son's nursery, before her husband's eyes, pinned to the ceiling and burned, along with the nursery itself. Her son, Sammy, was carried out of the house by her older son, Dean, and her husband John never got over her loss or what he'd seen that night.

Instead, John began to seek knowledge about the thing that killed his wife, and travelled the country in search of answers and evil to hunt. He raised his sons as warriors, and Dean followed in his father's footsteps with talent and an ability to obey orders. Sam seemed to lack the ability to obey orders, and left the family to pursue a college degree at Stanford.

On Halloween, four years after John told his younger son that if he left he wasn't to bother coming back, John himself is missing, and Dean comes to Stanford to get his little brother so they can find their dad together. Sam has a life, a girlfriend, and a law school interview on Monday, but he agrees to accompany his brother on one quick trip to see if they can find out what's become of their dad.

They travel to Jericho, California and find that the town has been home to a Woman in White (the spirit of a woman who drowned her children because her husband was unfaithful, and now stops and kills unfaithful men when she finds them) for the past twenty-five years. This was the hunt their father was on.

But their father isn't in Jericho anymore. He's left them enough to solve this case, though, and he's also left them his journal--the book in which he's detailed his entire journey in the search for the demon who killed his wife. He never goes anywhere without that book. But in that book, he's clearly left Dean instructions in the form of coordinates. Once the Woman in White is dispatched (after a nice bit of peril for Sam), Dean wants to set out for those coordinates immediately, but Sam insists on going back to Stanford and his law school interview.

Once home, he finds his normal life intact, with a plate of cookies and a love note waiting for him. Except that when he goes upstairs to bed, he finds his girlfriend pinned to the ceiling, where she reenacts the horror scene that took his mother from him 22 years before.
After the loss of his girlfriend, revenge is the only thing on Sam's mind, and he and Dean set out to follow the trail their father has left them...

All the Niggling Little Details
  • The picture of John and Mary that's on Mary's side of the bed shows John in BDUs. He wears a USMC t-shirt the night Mary burns. Really, do we need Dean to make his "ex-marine" crack? Thought not. We got it. John was a marine.
  • Sam's crib mobile starts going by itself, right before the clock stops. Is it part of the electric phenomena that surround the demon, or is it Sam making it move for his own amusement?
  • Sammy's nursery and Sam's college bedroom are each the rightmost room on the upper level of their respective houses when viewed from the front.
  • The plume of fire that launches out and seems to trap or engulf John is the same as the flame jet that chases Dean and Sam from Sam's college bedroom.
  • Sammy's nursery is decorated with framed pictures of cars and trucks. The clock is also transportation-themed. His mobile is sports-themed.
  • The halls in the Winchester house are lined with old family portraits.
  • The television is showing a war movie while John sleeps in his armchair.
  • After the fire, when John is holding Sammy and Dean is at their side, they're sitting on the hood of the Impala.
  • Sam has the framed photo from John and Mary's bedroom on his dresser. How it escaped the fire, I'm not sure--though it's in a totally different frame, so it could be a print of the same photo.
  • Sam's LSAT score is a 174--that is indeed "scary good," since the max one can get on the LSAT is a 180, and thelalaprincess tells me that a 174 puts him in the 99th percentile for the test. He's such a smarty-pants! Or possibly, he has no life.
  • Was Jess an artist? There appears to be a whole little studio in their bedroom area, as the camera pans over the room on its way to Sam and Jess in bed.
  • When Dean first opens the trunk of the Impala, there does not appear to be a lock to the fake bottom that holds their guns.
  • Dean comments that Dad's been missing for three weeks at this point. He didn't think to worry until the voicemail.
  • Dean also says that he was in New Orleans, taking care of "a voodoo" jig. Three weeks before Halloween 2005 would have been October 10--six weeks after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Sam packs a scythe-like thing (the one the promo shot shows him with) into his backpack as he's packing. So... He kept it in their apartment and Jess never noticed? Does he have a lockbox there, too?
  • When Constance kills Troy, his blood is all over the inside of the car windows, yet when the cops find the car, it's clean. Oooo. Spooky.
  • Dean's idea of "breakfast" is apparently a Mountain Dew, Doritos, and some kind of candybar. Very healthy!
  • For all his protesting, Sam seems to enjoy the hell out of jumping off that bridge--once he's sure Dean's okay.
  • Both boys seem pretty shocked by the condition of John's hotel room--maybe Dean had never seen his dad's research habits before? Or maybe not to this extent.
  • Metallicar is always with us--the "hunters picture" that Sam finds pinned to the hotel room mirror has the three of them.... sitting on the hood of the Impala!
  • Constance was 24 when she died, right? But the kids at the end of the episode have got to be about six or seven. And her husband was 30. That means that Constance was probably sixteen or seventeen when she first got pregnant.
  • Joseph Welch says John came by "three or four days ago."
  • When Dean escapes from the police station, he's carrying a holster belt with a gun in it. Thinking that's not his. Dad's journal is in the inside pocket of his leather jacket, which becomes a customary place for it as they travel (see "Wendigo").
Where'd That Myth Come From?

A note before we begin: The Official Supernatural Site has a nice little notebook (it's in the back floorboards of the Impala) that has information on a number of the myths they use in the show.

  • EVP: Stands for electronic voice phenomena. It's a supernatural artefact found on electronic recordings (always after the fact, never heard during the recording period) which is thought to be the voices of ghosts and spirits in the vicinity.
  • Jericho, California -- Well, I couldn't dig up anything specific about paranomal events in Jericho, CA, mostly because there is no Jericho, CA. Ha, ha, ha, on us. In the Holy Bible, specifically the Book of Joshua, Chapter 6, Jericho was a heathen city laid seige to by the Peoples of Israel, who were led by Joshua. God came to him and told him to circle the impenetrable city walls every day for six days. On the seventh day, they were to circle the city seven times with the ark of the covenant and have marching before the ark seven priests blowing seven ram's horns, and the walls of Jericho would fall and victory would be Joshua's. And it was. Numerologically, however, seven means nothing in this particular episode. Sad, huh?
  • Woman in White -- There really are a ton of legends of the Woman in White. Also called "La Llorona," she is pretty much as Sam describes her in the episode, with one noteable exception--I can't find much on her going after other unfaithful men (except in one Mayan legend). In Mexico, La Llorona is a woman who either falls in love with or is seduced by a local man, who later leaves her and their many children. Sometimes he leaves her for another woman, sometimes he leaves her because he can't support her and the children, sometimes he just wants to get away from her. At any rate, left alone, she chooses to kill her chidren rather than let them starve. She can be heard crying near the Rio Grande, according to one legend, which is the river in which she drowned her kids. She is known to drown people she comes into contact with, in an attempt to replace her missing children. A good link for the La Llorona legend is here.
  • Longitude 35, Latitude -111 -- Um... yeah, see, that's in Arizona. Seriously--look!
What's in a Name?
  • "Bert Aframian and his son, Hector," Dean tells Sam, when asked what dummy credit cards Dad and Dean are using now.
    Sorry, couldn't find anything interesting about the name "Aframian."
  • "Ted Nugent" is the name Dean gives the cops when he's arrested. come on, kids, we all know who Ted Nugent is, right? No? Well.... Go check on his fans. They'll tell you who he is.
  • Sam/Sammy Battle: Dean calls Sam "Sam" 9 times, and "Sammy" 8 times. So, this week, Sam wins!
What Did You Just Say?

Sam: Yeah? 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: Yeah, well, Dad’s in real trouble--if he’s not dead already, I can feel it. I can’t do this alone.
Sam: Yes, you can.
Dean: Yeah. Well, I don’t want to.

Dean: Does Jessica know the truth about you? I mean, does she know about the things you’ve done?
Sam: No, and she’s not ever going to know.
Dean: Huh. Well, that’s healthy.

Policeman: You got the faces of ten missing persons taped to your wall. Along with a whole lot of satanic mumbo jumbo. Boy, you are officially a suspect.
Dean: That makes sense. 'Cause when the first one went missing in ’82, I was three.

Counting the Cost
Pain Quotient:
  • Dean jumps off the bridge into the truly disgusting water. I count that as a hurt. Also, he gets pinned by Constance's dresser, same as Sammy. Might be slightly singed and flashback-traumatized by Jess's flaminess.
  • Sam gets heart-squished by Constance, drives through the front of the building (hurt because he actually asks Dean to help him out), gets his legs pinned by the dresser that Constance throws at them, and then Dean smacks him in the chest, site of the aforementioned heart-squishing! I think Sam wins in the hurt department. Also, must have been a little singed from Jess's flaminess.
Collateral Damage: Well... Constance killed ten guys before Troy, so... eleven. And Constance's kids make thirteen, if you count them as colats and not uglies. And how pathetic am I that I forgot Jess! Fourteen. Definitely fourteen.
The Bad, the Ugly, and the Dead: Constance Welch's spirit is resolved when she is confronted by the spirits of the children she killed. So... 3 Dead Bad Uglies if you count the kids as uglies (I mean, come on, they looked pretty evil to me, but that might just be because they were dead).
Metallicar Watch: Dean shoots out both front side windows trying to save Sam from Constance (which makes his whining at Sam for damaging the car kind of silly, really). Then Sam drives Metallicar through the front of the Welch family home, but the only lasting damage we actually see from that is the broken headlight as they're driving down the highway on their way back to Stanford. Because Metallicar has amazing regenerative powers! *g*
Zippo Count: No Zippos were sacrificed in the making of this episode.
Sacrificed on the Altar of Whoops!
  • Eric Kripke said at the 2005 Paley Festival that Dean's comment that it had been two years since he'd bothered Sam was a writer's error. They had originally planned to have Sam in his junior year of college, but decided that no one would buy a 22-year-old as a junior. So... yeah. According to Kripke, the brothers hadn't spoken since Sam left for college.
  • October 31, 2005, was a Monday, meaning that, if Jess died on November 2 (as her tombstone says in a following episode), she'd have died on a Wednesday. According to the storyline presented, Sam would have returned home in the wee hours of the morning on Monday, for his interview... Which, you know... Oops. FYI, November 2, 1983 was a Wednesday as well....
  • Did I mention? 35, -111, in Arizona? Yeah. Oops. According to chaneen (and also buffyspazz), the unaired pilot had them in Two Guns, Arizona, so this is a case where they changed the location in only one place, instead of say, changing the journal and the line and the place. Still a big mother oops in my mind! *g* Thanks chaneen!
  • This might just be Dean's lack of housekeeping skills and not an actual gaff, but when Sam's denigrating Dean's cassette collection, he singles out Metallica, and Dean grabs that tape case from him, but the song that starts when he puts the tape in is "Back in Black" by AC/DC. Again, says chaneen, they originally used Metallica's Enter Sandman there, but Metallica wouldn't give them the music rights. So... AC/DC. *g*
  • This one from kiwi7: Stanford doesn't give entrance interviews, unless the Law School does something different than the rest of the school. Figuring Kripke never proudly wore the cardinal, and therefore figured Stanford was like all the normal schools out there. *g*
  • The pididdle (the one, lone broken headlight) on the Impala is on the left side when Sam crashes it (crashes it, I tell you! *sob*) into the house, but is on the right side when they're driving back to Stanford.
Driver Picks the Music
"Gasoline" by The Living Daylights
"What Cha Gonna Do" by Classic
"Speaking In Tongues" by Eagles Of Death Metal
"Ramblin' Man" by Allman Brothers Band
"Back In Black" by AC/DC
"Highway To Hell" by AC/DC
"My Cheatin' Ways" by Kid Gloves Music
What Did They Just Say?
Official Heavy Metas
Dean -- Woman in White --DEAN! by zortified
Sam -- SAM-Woman in White by kronette
John -- On the Dangers of Normal: John Winchester by deannie

Please comment with suggestions, omissions, and additions.

And volunteer to do "Wendigo," somebody--my wife's afraid of my OCD tendencies when I do these *snerk*.

10th-May-2006 04:12 am (UTC)
Dean has Mt. Dew for breakfast? Totally my soulmate.
10th-May-2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Like EITHER of you need more caffiene...

10th-May-2006 04:17 am (UTC)
Did I mention? 35, -111, in Arizona? Yeah. Oops.

Yeah, who knows why they ended up doing this, but in the unaired pilot, the coordinates actually match up to Arizona, specifically "Two Guns Arizona. It's a little ghost town off Route 66." (according to Sam). So, I guess when the show was picked up, and they decided to go with "Wendigo" and Blackwater Ridge as episode 2, they had Jared ADR that line. Although why they didn't just edit the coordinates to actually match up with Colorado is beyond me.

This might just be Dean's lack of housekeeping skills and not an actual gaff, but when Sam's denigrating Dean's cassette collection, he singles out Metallica, and Dean grabs that tape case from him, but the song that starts when he puts the tape in is "Back in Black" by AC/DC.

This bugged me for ages, but I recently read in some interview that the reason they had to use "Back in Black" is because Metallica wouldn't give them the rights to "Enter Sandman" (or anything else, most likely), which is the song used in the unaired pilot.

Oh, and a random suggestion. For the "Where'd That Myth Come From" section, the official site has a great reference (for the first 3/4 of the season at least, then they kind of slacked off on the details): the notepad under the passenger seat in the back of the car.

I think I will have to sign up for an ep pretty soon, but as I am totally not in the right frame of mind to meta ATM, I will (unfortunately) have to pass on "Wendigo".
10th-May-2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info! I'll update the bible entry when I get home tonight. See, this is why I keep you guys around--to point at my mistakes and laugh to provide me with information! And I did mean to link to the website--just got distracted. And I wanted to link to the few transcripts they have up at twiztv.com--though she got the Mountain Dew, chips, and candy bar wrong in the pilot 'script. Heard more than my half-deaf ears did, though.

And yeah, I get the not in the mind to meta thing--my wife may just have to deal with me doing my impersonation of Monk next week *heehee*. But when you're ready, you should do a couple, if you like. I actually will get around to setting up a scheduling grid one of these days...

But first: update the bible. Right.

Thanks again!
10th-May-2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
I really love the idea of this community, so if you need someone to do a bible entry on "Wendigo," I'll be happy to help. However, if someone else volunteers and wants to do it, that's cool with me...since I've already "claimed" a future episode, I don't want to keep anyone from doing this one if they want. So just let me know what you'd like to do...

11th-May-2006 03:18 am (UTC)
BTW, I just read your entry, and it was AMAZING. Soooo much good info - it's nice to know there's a place now to come for this kind of stuff. Yay!

Also, regarding the Metallica thing...I'm pretty sure the original screener for the pilot had a Metallica song ("Enter Sandman," maybe? Now I can't remember.), but I've read several places that they couldn't get the rights to use the song, so they went with AC/DC instead. So it's sort of a goof in that they didn't re-shoot or re-dub the scene to say AC/DC when they had the rights issue, but I don't think it became a good until the screener was finalized and became the pilot. If that makes any sense. :)
12th-May-2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
Well, looks like no one else is volunteering, so why don't you go ahead and do it, since that'll save me noelql rolling her eyes at me as I rewind and fast forward through half the episode looking for whether Dean calls Sam "Sam" or "Sammy" *g*.

Also, I just connected the fact thtat you do the recaps for Supernatural on Fandom Talk! You rock heartily! I am trying to get the time to start work on the character and overall show bible entries, and the fandom talk recaps will be mentioned, because, really, you do rock!

If you want, I can send you an html form for the bible entry, to save you the time of coding and formatting it. Just let me know and I'll send that off tonight.

15th-May-2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
Well, looks like no one else is volunteering, so why don't you go ahead and do it, since that'll save me [info]noelql rolling her eyes at me as I rewind and fast forward through half the episode looking for whether Dean calls Sam "Sam" or "Sammy" *g*.

Ha, I'm happy to help - I want no marital distress! ;) I know you're trying to stick to a schedule, but I hope it's ok if I have a few extra days to do this...I was out of town this weekend, so I just got your message that you want me to go ahead with it. So maybe Wednesday? :) Let me know if it's a problem!

Also, I just connected the fact thtat you do the recaps for Supernatural on Fandom Talk! You rock heartily! I am trying to get the time to start work on the character and overall show bible entries, and the fandom talk recaps will be mentioned, because, really, you do rock!

Yep, that's me. :) Thanks for the response, too...I love recapping the show like you wouldn't believe, so it's nice to hear that people enjoy reading the recaps. :D

If you want, I can send you an html form for the bible entry, to save you the time of coding and formatting it. Just let me know and I'll send that off tonight.

That would be so awesome...I can code HTML, but it would be a super pain to try and match my coding to yours (although I guess I could do a view source). But if you would send it to me, that would rock. My email is lauram [at] spasticlife [dot ] com.

12th-May-2006 03:44 am (UTC)
First off, this is great, awesome job!

And, um, I don't know if this is the right place to mention this, but I just wanted to point out another possible "Sacrificed on the Altar of Whoops!" mention. This has been bugging me for awhile... Sam's law school interview with Stanford doesn't really make sense, considering Stanford doesn't grant admission interviews(http://www.law.stanford.edu/admissions/jd/admissions.html), so either there's some deeper, more mysterious secret past Sam is keeping hidden with his little lie about an interview, OR it was just a mistake on the writers part. Somehow, I'm betting on the latter. :)

Anyway, just wanted to throw that out there...keep up the good work! :)
15th-May-2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
Added to the bible. Thanks!
24th-May-2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
Just thought you might want to add in that Sam's 174 on the LSAT puts him at the 99th percentile for the test. So...REALLY scary good. :)
24th-May-2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
Added--and wow... he smart.

27th-Apr-2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you noticed, but I didn't see it here, and I only just noticed yesterday. In the newspaper article for Constance Welch on the wall of John's hotel room, the paragraph next to the picture includes a quote from neighbor "Deanna Kripke."
9th-Aug-2008 12:03 pm (UTC) - hi
first of loved the entry.

BUT: -

The episode is set in 2004. Jess died on nov 2 2004. if you watch the oepning dream sequence of wenidgo you can see that Jess' grave has the date as nov 2 2004.

and Sam is not going to an interview to get accepted to go to Stanford.
What he actually says to his zombie friend and then again later to Dean is that this interview will mean a "Full Ride" Which im pretty sure (quick some one back me up!) translates to Sholarship. and yes they have interviews for those.

now i realise its been like three years but i have only been on lj for a couple of months and only recently discovered your site.
But like i said
love this.
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