Supernatural – Season 1, Episode 16 – SHADOW

Happy Supernatural Sunday, folks! πŸ™‚ Let’s get straight to the awesome episode. We start off in Chicago where a pretty young woman, Meredith, is walking home alone late at night. We know she’s probably going to meet a sticky end. Her music player stops working, a hellacious wind springs up (well it is the windy city but still) and she sees an incredibly creepy shadow chasing her. A scary voice whispers her name. Yikes! She makes it home to her apartment, sets her home security system and thinks she’s okay. But this is Supernatural. The Shadow can get past the security system. This is how Meredith ends up.


The blood splatter is a Supernatural favorite, I’ve noticed. The guys pose as representatives from the alarm company. Dean says he feels like a “high school drama dork.” πŸ˜‰

My goodness, they look so young. The landlord tells the guys she found Meredith in pieces, that it looks like a wild animal did it. Dean has a source in the police, an officer named Amy. I kinda like hearing him say my name. Haha! He found out from Amy that Meredith’s heart was missing, a fact that was kept out of the news. Then Dean notices a pattern in the blood spatter on the floor that forms a symbol.


How he noticed a symbol in that, I don’t know but I guess that’s why I’m not a hunter. πŸ˜€ Cut to the guys at a bar (there’s always a reason to go to a local bar) where Meredith worked. Sam asks if Dean found out anything from the bartender other than a number. “Dude, I’m offended.” Stern look from Sam. “Okay.”

πŸ˜‰ Sam says “Would you mind thinking with your upstairs brain?” He has learned there’s another victim torn to pieces, but doesn’t seem to have any connection to Meredith. The plot thickens.

Then Sam spots a familiar face across the bar…

OMG it’s Meg! We last saw her speaking into a weird gold bowl after slitting some guy’s throat. Dean comes over and there’s an awkward introduction since Meg got a bad impression from Dean and says he treats Sam like luggage.


Sam not-so-nonchalantly finds out all the info he can about Meg: her full name, phone number, where she’s from. He tells Dean to go check out if Meg’s really from Massachusetts and what she might be doing in town. He also wants him to look up that symbol. Meanwhile, he’s going to watch Meg. “Yeah, you are,” Dean says with a laugh. He uses Sam’s own words against him. πŸ˜‰

So Dean finds out Meg’s legit and that the symbol is Zoroastrian, for summoning an “animalistic”demon. “These suckers tend to bite the hands that feed them. And the arms and the torsos.” He tells Sam to give Meg a “private strip-o-gram.” LOL Sam is spotted watching Meg by a passerby who calls him a pervert. πŸ˜‰ He seems shocked by this.

peeping Sam

A few minutes later, Meg leaves and Sam follows her to an old warehouse. He’s so eager to find out what she’s up to, he climbs up the abandoned elevator shaft when he can’t get in through the stairs she used. He finds that she has a weird altar there, complete with the hearts of the victims and that gold bowl she uses to communicate with “Father.” She tells the bowl she doesn’t think he should come because the brothers are in town.

Meg in Shadow

So now Sam knows she’s not good people. Shame ’cause you know he really wanted to hit that. And obviously, Dean wanted him to as well.

When he tells Dean about Meg: “Sammy’s got a thing for the bad girl.” πŸ˜‰ Dean has learned that the two victims do have something in common: both were born in Lawrence, Kansas. “Holy crap.” This thing is bigger than we thought at first, boys.

Dean calls Dad for help while Sam brings every weapon from the trunk. They’re preparing for anything. I love this scene between the guys where they pretend they’re not nervous about facing this thing. They start to wonder if it’s the demon that killed their mom. Sam says he would go back to school if they were able to kill it, which pisses Dean off. He admits he really came to Sam in the first place not just to help find their dad, but because he wanted to be a family again. Aww. Sam says when this is all over, Dean needs to let him go his own way. Like Dean says, it’s never gonna BE over. You’re damn right, Dean! Supernatural will last forever!! πŸ˜€

Anyway, they head to the warehouse where Meg is in the middle of another ritual. They try to sneak up on her. “Guys,” she says, “hiding is a little bit childish, don’t you think?”

Meg says this puts a crimp in their relationship. Ya think?? They ask who she’s waiting for and she says “You.” The shadows attack the guys. 😦 They wake up to find themselves bleeding and tied up. It was all a trap to get to their dad. Uh-oh.



In a scene filled with sexual tension, Meg taunts the guys while they try to find out why she’s doing this.

Finally, Sam manages to cut himself loose and destroy the altar. The shadows turn on their master.


Meg goes flying out the window. Dean: “Hey Sam, next time you wanna get laid, find someone who’s not so buckets of crazy.”

When they get back to their hotel, someone’s in their room. Dad!


He came and saw Meg die. There’s heartwarming hugs. Awww! Sam and Dad make up! Everything’s gonna be okay.


Then, holy crap! The shadows show up and throw Dad across the room! Meg’s outside – she’s not dead! The shadows cut all the Winchesters to hell. Sam has the brilliant (pardon the pun) idea to set off a very bright light/smoke bomb. I honestly don’t know what exactly it is but it dispels the shadow demon.


The guys race out of the room to their cars. Sam wants to stay with their dad but Dean, surprisingly, says they need to separate. The demons will use them to get to their dad. 😦 Boy, they look like crap.

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Dad: “This fight is just starting. We all have a part to play. You gotta trust me, son. You’ve gotta let me go.” *sniffle* Dad leaves again and they go their separate ways. Out of the shadows steps Meg. She’s not sure which one to follow. Maybe she doesn’t follow them at all…. But she’ll definitely be back.

So, what do we think? How did you feel about Dad coming back and the guys separating again? The sexual tension between Meg and Sam? I kinda wish they’d done it. Meg is one of my favorite characters from the entire series. I invite feedback and would love to hear from you. Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

About Amy Cavenaugh

Writer. Single Mom. Library Assistant. Coffee Lover. NKOTB and Joe Mac supporter. Walking Dead fanatic, and oh, yeah, author of A SCARRED MIND, my first adult thriller. :)

Posted on August 4, 2013, in Supernatural Sundays and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. What I love about Supernatural is it makes me think with my upstairs brain AND my downstairs brain! πŸ˜€

  2. Spike Cordiner

    I’ll happily admit that this episode is more weighted towards my upstairs brain πŸ˜‰

    It’s a greatepisode, and the idea of killer shadows is fantastic! Also, like with Nightmare, it’s a good one for developing both the arc storyline (again with the small dollops of that!) and the family relationships (nicely mirrored in Meg’s lines)

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