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Bible Entry 1x19: Provenance 
26th-Sep-2006 11:52 pm
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1x19 Provenance

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Original Air Date: 04/13/06
Writer: David Ehrman
Director: Philip Sgriccia

Guest Players

Sarah Blake: Taylor Cole
Daniel Blake: Keith Gordey
Isaiah Merchant: Lindon Banks

What Time Was It?
According to the Super Wiki Site. The episode takes place over five days and is speculated to be between October 01, 2006 – October 9, 2006. (factoring in that we know that the final three episodes of the first season are basically back to back and occur in the vicinity of one year after the Pilot episode which started on October 30, 2005.)
Now, which one was that?

The quick two line summary: The Winchesters must deal with a dangerous spirit bound to an old family portrait that brings misfortune and death to anyone who buys it.

More extensive: (taken from WGNTV.com)
the mystery
A tipsy, dressed-up couple hang a creepy family portrait that they just bought at a charity auction over their mantel. The wife scampers off to bed while the husband locks up. Neither notice that the father in the portrait has started to move. When the husband gets upstairs, he finds his wife dead, covered in blood with her throat slit. The husband meets the same fate.

The search
Papa Winchester's journal mentioned four similar deaths over the several decades – no one had ever put it together because the murders were decades, even generations, apart. The guys check out the house, but nothing's there – all the contents have been taken for an estate sale. The guys crash the sale. They're the only ones not dressed to the nines and driving a mega-expensive car, but they bluff that they're art dealers. Mr. Blake, who runs the auction house, isn't buying it, and he stalks off to see if they're on the guest list. His daughter Sarah finds the guys staring at the painting. She and Sam trade art-history street-cred trivia, and it looks like they're hitting it off. Too bad Blake comes back to eject them from his auction house.

Provenance
Sam wants to get the provenance of the dead couple's items to see if anything freaky is associated with any of them. Dean suggests he use his masculine wiles to get Sarah to help. Sam reluctantly does, and they have a flirty but slightly uncomfortable dinner date. Sarah turns over the provenance documents (without requiring seduction, much to Dean's dismay), and the guys find out that everyone who has owned the painting has died with their throat slit. They break into the warehouse and torch the painting. But the painting grows back.

Resale
Dean panics that he lost his wallet in the warehouse, so he and Sam go back to look for it. Psyche! It was just a ploy to get Sam to talk to Sarah again. Sam gets distracted from being uncomfortable when he sees the painting they burned the night before, good as new. He freaks – and Sam does not cover his freak-out well. Sarah thinks he's nuts, but tells him they won't be selling the painting so soon after a gruesome death. But her dad gets a great offer for it. Sold!

Research
The guys discover the people in the portrait are the Merchant family – the father apparently murdered his wife, two sons and adopted daughter with a straight razor, then slit his own throat. The family was cremated. The guys find a reproduction of the portrait, but details are different – the father is looking straight ahead in the original, down in the portrait that exists today. The guys figure the father's vengeful spirit is trapped in the painting. They decide to check out the painting again, and are appalled when Sarah tells them it's been sold. She meets them at the buyer's house, and is shocked to see the guys picking locks and breaking into the house. That pales in comparison when the new buyers head almost falls off, and Sarah sees the father in the portrait look straight at her.

Truth
Sarah wants the truth, so the guys tell her they think the painting is haunted. She's freaked, but she insists on coming with them while they examine the painting. They discover an image of a crypt in the painting. When they find the real-life mausoleum, they see urns for the children in front of glass cases containing the children's favorite toys. Creepy. They also discover they're short an urn – daddy's ashes aren't in the crypt. Dean does some research while Sam talks to Sarah, who wants to know if there are relationship possibilities. Sam confesses that he likes her, but tells her his last girlfriend died, and he can't go through that again. Besides, he doesn't want Sarah to get hurt! She tells him to suck it up – she could get hit by a bus, and it's her decision whether she wants to take the risk. Dean interrupts with news that Daddy Merchant was thrown in a pauper's grave. There are bones to burn. Sarah gets to see the guys dig up a grave with their usual aplomb and set the bones on fire. Despite this, she's still interested in Sam.

Revelations
The trio goes back to the house with the portrait to tie up loose ends. Dean offers to wait outside while Sam makes his move on Sarah. But once Sam and Sarah get inside, they discover the little girl is missing from the portrait. The dad wasn't the killer – he was looking down at her to warn people! The door slams shut, and the guys can't get it open. Sam and Sarah search for salt or iron to fend the evil spirit off while Dean tries to get them out. The little girl appears, clutching a straight razor and dragging her doll, but Sam hold her off with a fireplace poker. Seeing the doll, Sarah remembers that antique dolls sometimes used the child's real hair. The girl attacks again as Dean rushes to the mausoleum to destroy the girl's doll. He finally manages to burn the hair just before the girl slits Sarah's throat. She disappears and is put back in the painting.

The aftermath
Dean discovers that the Merchant's adopted daughter was adopted because her real parents were murdered in their beds. Apparently she continued her killing spree with the Merchants, and then from beyond the grave. Sarah has the painting burned, just to be safe. Dean retreats to let Sam say his goodbyes. Sarah and Sam exchange awkward words. "Maybe you're not cursed," Sarah says, "and maybe you'll come back to see me." Sam agrees, but leaves. Then he comes back and says goodbye properly, with a knee-buckling kiss, while Dean looks on with approval.

All the Niggling Little Details

  • Sam is reading the 'Hudson Valley Beacon'

  • (just as a side note, Jared's accent is really strong in this first part, I noticed.)

  • Dean's cover story is that they're LA TV Scouts looking for people with 'special skills'

  • Mark and Ann(e?) Telesca - the names of the first victims

  • Community where the episode takes place: New Paltz, New York

  • first murder 1912, then in 1945, 1970

  • 'The Krip' license plate - shout out to Eric Kripke, the creator of the show

  • Daniel Blake -owns auction house

  • - Sarah - "Fine example of American Primitive"
    - Sam - "More Grant Wood than Grandma Moses"

  • Sam took Art History at Stanford to meet girls

  • Provenance: kind of like the biography of a painting, used to track pieces

  • Sarah studied art in school, 'but was a terrible, terrible artist,' so that's why she's in the auction business

  • Sarah's mom died about a year ago

  • Auction House sign: Daniel Blake: Auction House Acquisition - Appraisal since 1917 (obviously not Sarah's dad, unless he's a supernatural creature himself)

  • Sam does the electronic stuff, Dean the actual picking of the lock when they break into the auction house

  • It almost appears that Sarah winks at Dean after he says he's going to leave and give her and Sam some time alone

  • family in painting, Isaiah Merchant family

  • Newspaper: The New Paltz Standard, must have been either the 15th or 16th of April, 1912, since the other headline proclaims 'New Titanic Sinks'

  • headline for article about the Isaiah family, 'Father slaughters family, kills self'

  • Isaiah, barber by trade

  • Dean mentions Colombian neck-ties

  • DaVinci Code by Dan Brown, if anyone hasn't already heard of it.

  • sign on table by Sam's hand in the motel- Boogie Inn (seriously!)

  • Sarah drives a Jeep Liberty

  • They visit two other graveyards before finding the Merchant Mausoleum at the third

  • Sarah replies 'Mazel Tov' - is she Jewish?

  • little girl's name was Melanie. She was adopted by the Merchants after her family was killed.


Where'd That Myth Come From?
  • Sam mentions that in the lore about haunted paintings, that it's usually the subjects in the painting that's doing the haunting.


  • I'm going to have to do some more looking around for concrete info on haunted paintings but for the moment, go check out the haunted eBay painting
What's in a Name?
  • They use they're real first names but a fake last name: Sam and Dean 'Connors'
    Art Dealers from Connors Ltd

  • Sam/Sammy Battle: Didn't hear any Sammy.
What Did You Just Say?

Sam: I don't understand, Dean. We burned the damn thing!
Dean: Yeah, thank you, Captain Obvious.

Sarah: Look, you guys are probably crazy, but if you're right about this, well, me and my dad sold that painting. We might have got those people killed. Look, I'm not saying I'm not scared, because I am scared as hell. But I'm not going to run and hide, either. So, we going or what?
Dean: Sam, marry that girl.

Sarah: You guys are uncomfortably comfortable with this.
Sam: Well, this isn't exactly the first grave we've dug. Still think I'm a catch?

Sam: What kind of house doesn't have salt? Low sodium freaks!
Counting the Cost
Pain Quotient:
  • Sam being thrown against the wall by the creepy little girl
  • Sarah almost getting her throat slit


Collateral Damage: The Telescas, Sarah's friend Evelyn

The Bad, the Ugly, and the Dead: The little girl's spirit is finally killed when Dean burns the doll with her hair

Metallicar Watch: She might've sustained a little damage when Deam rammed the gate at the graveyard

Zippo Count: Match for burning picture the first time, burning Isaiah's bones- match again but for burning the doll- one zippo used.

Sacrificed on the Altar of Whoops!

  • When Sam, Dean and Sarah go back into the old lady's house, Dean is comparing a photocopy of the painting with the real one and mistakenly says, "Jared, check it out" rather than, "Sam, check it out" (the name Jared Padalecki's character)
Driver Picks the Music
The song playing in the bar at the start is Night Time by Steve Carlson. Jensen Ackles sings backing vocals on some of Steve's other songs.

When Dean turns up the music to get Sam and Sarah in the 'mood' - Bad Time by Grand Funk Railroad
What Did They Just Say?
Official Heavy Metas

Family Portrait: John in Provenance
Marry That Girl: Sam in Provenance

Other really cool people talked, too!

I'm looking! Please link me if you know of some!


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