Episode Review – S1 E3 – Dead in the Water
This week I am off to Vegas, working at the Henderson Writers’ Conference. Our most awesome friend and fellow Supernatural enthusiast, Amy Cavenaugh, has agreed to cover the next couple of episode reviews for me!
A bit about Amy:
Amy wrote her first novel at the age of fourteen, while singing along with her favorite group, New Kids on the Block. Now she’s thirty-something, still writing and still jamming to New Kids. She writes thrillers and is seeking representation for A SCARRED MIND, about a psychic who foresees murder and tries to stop a killer. In her spare time, she reads a lot of Harlan Coben, the occasional YA novel and the awesome work of her critique partners. Her favorite TV shows are Supernatural and Psych (yes, she’s seen every episode of both). You can find her on Twitter @AmyCavenaugh. Come by and say hi.
And now… here she is! (Thanks so much Amy!)
First of all, I’d like to thank Michelle for inviting me to contribute a guest post to #SupernaturalSunday. I honestly look forward to it every week and am honored she would pick me. I’m a bit of a Michelle fangirl, since we share a love of thrillers and the greatest show ever—Supernatural, of course! And she’s a Dean girl, too. Be still my heart. I mean…
Okay, that’s a couple of seasons ahead but anyway. 😀 Continuing with Michelle’s episode review of Season 1 (which is an awesome idea by the way!), I get Season 1 Episode 3 DEAD IN THE WATER. What a great episode! The first time we get to see Dean interact with kids and man, he really has a way with them. You wouldn’t expect it, given his womanizing nature. In this episode, we have this, after all:
In this episode, a series of mysterious drownings get the Winchesters’ attention. They introduce themselves as Wildlife Service Agents Ford and Hamill. Dean is Ford, naturally. While we’re at it, Jensen Ackles has my vote to play Han Solo in the new Star Wars film. Just saying.
We soon find out the drownings center around the families of two old friends. Lucas, a little boy, is the only witness and he hasn’t spoken since he watched his dad drown. As Dean says:
This gives us such heartwarming moments as:
I love Lucas’s mom and especially her way with Dean. For example, “Must be hard with your sense of direction. Never being able to find your way to a decent pickup line.” You’ve got to love that she doesn’t fall for his flirtation, but later he wins over her son. How adorable is it when Lucas gives Dean the clues via his drawings? Lucas’s drawings help Sam and Dean figure out what’s behind the deaths. It turns out to be the vengeful spirit of a boy accidentally killed by bullies. Now the boy’s spirit is systematically taking out the family members of the boys who drowned him. Before long, Andrea and Lucas are the only ones left, along with Andrea’s father, the sheriff.
When the sheriff finds out Sam and Dean aren’t really wildlife agents, he runs them out of town. Their faces when the sheriff says he knows they’re not with the Wildlife Service = priceless. They’re like “We’re not?!” haha! Dean knows this isn’t over and says he can’t leave until he knows “that kid’s okay.” To which Sam replies, “Who are you and what have you done with my brother?” Dean: “Shut up.” Supernatural dialogue at its best.
The Winchesters save Andrea from drowning in her bathtub and soon find out the truth and that *gasp!* They can’t salt and burn the bones because when the sheriff and his friend accidentally killed Peter 35 years ago, they let his body go in the lake. When the sheriff says they’re insane:
Got to love that. The spirit lures Lucas to the lake and pulls him under. Sam and Dean try to find him but can’t. The sheriff ends up sacrificing himself to save Lucas. Dean saves the kid, gets a quick kiss from the mom and all is well. She even made them a plate of sandwiches for the road. Aww!
So I’ve got to say my favorite part of the episode was seeing Dean interact with Lucas because we learned he’s not just a horny hunter. He really is a big softie at heart. What was your favorite part of the episode?
I leave you with this magic…