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After Dean is fatally injured on a case, Sam thinks he's found a cure in a preacher who performs miracles. However, after they discover that these miracles are not as 'holy' as advertised, ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Padalecki ... Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles ... Dean Winchester
Julie Benz ... Layla Rourke
Rebecca Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins ... Sue Ann Grange
Kevin McNulty ... Rev. Roy Le Grange
Gillian Barber ... Mrs. Rourke
Jim Codrington ... Male Doctor
Alex Diakun ... The Reaper
Colin Lawrence ... Jason
Woody Jeffreys ... Marshall Hall (credit only)
Tiffany Lyndall-Knight ... Female Doctor
Shawn Reis Shawn Reis ... Tall Deputy
Aaron Craven ... David Wright
Scott E. Miller ... Cop #1 (as Scott Miller)
Pat Waldron Pat Waldron ... Cop #2


After Dean is fatally injured on a case, Sam thinks he's found a cure in a preacher who performs miracles. However, after they discover that these miracles are not as 'holy' as advertised, the brothers race to stop them before another innocent life is sacrificed. Written by Amber Brooke, US

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17 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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First and only time Sam and Dean "meet" a "Rawhead" as Dean calls it. Traits: apparently it kidnaps and eats small children and might only be killed by using an extremely high voltage of electricity (100,000 volts). See more »


The opening scene with the taser doesn't depict the behavior of electricity accurately at all. Dean fires the taser, electrocutes the demon, and the electricity passes through the water and shocks him as well. Electricity always takes the path of least resistance, in this case, the demon's body. Even if some of it did go through the water (which would not be anywhere near enough current to electrocute a person, because fresh water is not particularly conductive), it would just go out one leg and into the other. The last thing it would do would be enter Dean's body. Not to mention that there wouldn't be any sparking either. See more »


Dean Winchester: You ever actually watch daytime TV? It's terrible.
Sam Winchester: I talked to your doctor...
Dean Winchester: That fabric softener teddy bear... oooh, I'm 'a hunt that little bitch down.
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Don't Fear The Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult
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The crown jewel of season 1, one of the best episodes of the entire show
3 September 2019 | by CubsandCultureSee all my reviews

This is a thoughtful, emotional exploration of both the problem of evil (i.e. why do bad things happen to good people, if god?) and an unflinching look at what evil is. The episodes presents several different versions of faith, i.e. Dean's skepticism, Sue Anne's fanatical, Layla's simple and earnest, Roy's confidence. The writing effortlessly bounces each of them off each other to provide a sample of tonalities of what faith can mean. It was only a matter of time before religion was used as a source material for this show and they hit the ground running here. Add in that plot incorporates a key feature of Dean's characterization, i.e. his mask of devil may care attitude, and the story is emotional, intellectual, spiritual pleasing.

Second the direction is extremely tight. The pace, scares with emotions, the way Roy's tent is iconic, the striking teaser etc. all blend to make on of the most visually varied and engaging episodes. Add in that the acting is uniformly excellent, not to mention well cast guest stars and this is a great episode.

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