Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki, “Gilmore Girls”) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles, “Smallville”), witness their mother’s paranormal death as children and grow up trained to fight by a distraught father who wants nothing more than to hunt down the thing that killed his wife. Sam escapes to college to start a new, normal life, but gets pulled back in after Dean shows up on his doorstep to tell him their father is missing. Following clues from their father’s eerie phone message, the boys travel to a small town and encounter a violent and vengeful spirit called the “Woman in White.”
Eric Kripke wrote the episode directed by David Nutter.
Lawrence, Kansas – 22 years agoA mother and father are tucking in their two sons Dean and Sam. The mother, Mary, gets up and finds her husband John standing over Sam’s crib. Noticing a flickering light, she knocks it into place and sees the TV running downstairs. Her husband is asleep at the TV and she runs upstairs and screams. Her husband hears her and goes up to find Sam alive and well, but blood is dripping from the ceiling – Mary is dead and sticking to the ceiling, and bursts into flame. John grabs Sam and gives him to Dean and tells him to run outside – he goes to get his wife but fire consumes the house and he barely makes it out.
Stanford University – Present Day
A now college-age Sam is preparing to go to a Halloween party – Sam is set up for law school and has an interview the next Monday. Back at his apartment he spots an intruder and they fight – it turns out the intruder is Dean, his brother, who is here to talk about private family business. Dean reveals their father has disappeared during a “hunting” trip. Dean wants Sam to take off with him to find their father, who goes “hunting” for supernatural creatures – the brothers have as well in the past but Sam’s given it up. Their father John was looking into disappearances of men along a specific stretch of road. John left Dean a voice-mail message warning of danger and containing EVP. Dean’s analysis of the EVP reveals a woman saying, “I can never go home.” Dean appeals to Sam for help and he reluctantly agrees as long as they’re back by Monday.
A boy, Troy, is driving along when he spots an oddly-distorted woman in white along the side of the road as his radio goes out. He offers her a ride and she asks him to take her home. She comes on to him and asks him to come home with her. Troy agrees and they drive up to an abandoned house – he turns to her and she’s vanished. He approaches the house and something leaps out at him and he drives away, unaware she’s in the back until it’s too late and he drives onto a closed bridge where he dies horribly in a flurry of blood.
Dean and Sam arrive at Jericho when they spot the police checking out the dead boy’s car on the bridge. Dean has a Federal Marshal fake ID and passes himself off as an investigator and takes to the police, who are looking for Troy. There find out have been other disappearances and they head out as the FBI arrive. They meet up with Troy’s girlfriend Amy, who reveals there’s a local legend of a girl who was murdered, and her ghost hitchhikes and the person picking her up disappears. They find a 1981 record of a woman, Constance Wells, who committed suicide off the bridge after her two children died in the bathtub. That night they go out to check the bridge and spot Constance on the railing as she jumps – then their car starts up and comes after them on its own. They dive over the side and Dean ends up in the water with Sam holding on to the side.
They check into a hotel and find their dad’s room – he used mystical wards to keep spirits out of the room. They figure out their dad found out about Constance and conclude he would have dug up the corpse. The police catch up to them and Sam escapes while Dean gets arrested. The sheriff knows about their father John and has his journal, but Dean doesn’t say anything. Sam links up with Constance’s husband Joseph. Sam reveals that there are legends of such women who take revenge on their cheating husbands, kill their children, and then kill themselves. Then they come back as ghosts to kill unfaithful men.
When the sheriff is called away for a 911 call (which Sam faked), Dean picks his handcuffs and sneaks out of the police station. Dean is sure that their father is alive and has left town – Sam’s on the phone and drives right through the Woman in White, who then appears in his back seat. When he refuses to take her home, the car doors lock and the car drives itself to the abandoned house. She comes on to Sam and plans to ensure he’s unfaithful so she can kill him. She starts to reach her hand into his chest but Dean Arrives and opens fire, driving her off. Sam drives the car into the house, “taking her home.” The two brothers confront the spirit, who slams them into the wall with a dresser. But the lights come up water starts dripping down the stairs from the two children as their ghosts appear. They embrace her and they all three disappear in a flash of light and a smear of black fluid.
The two brothers head to Colorado following the coordinates their father left behind, but Sam insists he’s has to go to his interview. Dean drops him off but when Sam gets back to his apartment, he finds his girlfriend dead and suspended from the ceiling, the same as his mother years earlier. The apartment bursts into flame but Dean comes back to rescue him. Realizing he has no choice, Sam unites with his brother to find their father and the creature that is clearly stalking their family.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
as John Winchester
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Jamil Z. Smith
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as Motel Clerk
Episode Screen Caps
Supernatural 1×01 – Pilot Big Promo | Supernatural Series Premiere Pilot Trailer
Supernatural General Promo Season 01 | Supernatural Pilot Promo Trailer 01
Series Premiere General Promo 01 | Series Premiere General Promo 02
General Promo with Dean Talking | General Promo with Sam Talking
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“Gasoline” by The Living Daylights
“Speaking In Tongues” by Eagles Of Death Metal
“Ramblin’ Man” by Allman Brothers Band – Add to Playlist
“Back In Black” by AC/DC – Add to Playlist
“Highway To Hell” by AC/DC – Add to Playlist
“My Cheatin’ Ways” by Kid Gloves Music
“What Cha Gonna Do” by Classic
Sam: I like your necklace.
Amy: Troy gave it to me. Mostly, to scare my parents with all that devil stuff.
Sam: Actually, it means just the opposite. A pentagram is protection against evil, really powerful. I mean, if you believe in that kind of thing.
Dean: Okay, thank you Unsolved Mysteries.
Dean: You can pretend all you want, Sammy. But sooner or later you’re going to have to face up to who you really are.
Sam: And who is that?
Dean: One of us.
Dean: You’re really serious about this aren’t you? You think you’re just gonna become some lawyer, marry your girl..
Sam: Maybe. Why not?
Dean: Does Jessica know the truth about you? I mean, does she know about the things that you’ve done?
Sam: No, and she’s not ever going to know.
Dean: Well, that’s healthy.
Dean: Whoa, easy, tiger.
Sam: Dean? (Dean laughs) You scared the crap out of me.
Dean: That’s because you’re out of practice. (Sam pins Dean down)
Dean: Or not. Get off me.
Sam: What the hell are you doing here?
Dean: Well I was looking for a beer.
Sam: Car all right?
Dean: Yeah, whatever she did to it, it seems all right now. That Constance chick–what a bitch!
Sheriff: 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, since when the first one went missing in ’82 I was three!
Policeman: So you want to give us your real name?
Dean: I told you, it’s Nugent. Ted Nugent.
Sam: You smell like a toilet.
Policeman: Who are you?
Dean: Federal Marshals.
Policeman: You two are a little young for Marshals, aren’t you?
Dean: Thanks, that’s awfully kind of you.
Jessica: Just let me put something on.
Dean: No, no, no… I wouldn’t dream of it. Seriously.
Sam: No. Whatever you wanna say you can say it in front of her.
Dean: Dad’s on a hunting trip and he hasn’t been home in a few days.
Sam: Jess, excuse us, we have to go outside.
Sam: So what’s the theory?
Policeman: Seriously? We don’t know. Serial murder, kidnapping ring…
Dean: Well, that’s exactly the kinda crack police work I’d expect outta you guys…
Sam: So how’d you pay for that stuff? You and Dad still running credit card scams?
Dean: Well, yeah. Hunting ain’t exactly a pro ball career. Besides, all we do is apply. It’s not our fault they send us the cards…
Sam: Dude, you gotta update your cassette tape collection.
Sam: Well for one they are cassette tapes. And two, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Metallica… its the greatest hits of mullet rock.
Dean: House rules, Sammy, driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cake hole.
Sam: Sammy is a chubby 12 year old. It’s Sam okay.
Dean: Sorry cant hear you. The music’s too loud.
Dean: (nodding at two agents) No sir, we were just leaving. Agent Mulder, Agent Scully.
Dean: Nice work, Sammy.
Sam: (painful laughing) Yeah, wish I could say the same for you. What were you thinking shooting Casper in the face, you freak?
Dean: Hey, saved your ass! I’ll tell you another thing. If you screwed up my car, I’ll kill you.
Sam: Dad let you go on a hunting trip by yourself?
Dean: I’m 26, dude.
Dean: So, what are you gonna do? You just gonna live some normal, apple pie life? Is that it?
Sam: No, not normal. Safe.
Dean: I love the Smurfs.
Sam: What the hell are you doing here ?
Dean: I was looking for a beer.
Sam: Dean…what the hell are you doing here?
Dean: Okay, all right. We gotta talk.
Sam: Um… the phone ?
Dean: If I woulda called you would you have picked up?
Sam: Hey Dean. What I said earlier, about Mom and Dad, I’m sorry.
Dean: No chick flick moments.
Sam: Alright… Jerk.
Officer: So, fake U.S. Marshall. Fake credit cards. You got anything that’s real?
Dean: My boobs.
Sheriff: I’m not sure you realize just how much trouble you’re in here.
Dean: You talkin’ about misdemeanor kind of trouble or squeal like a pig trouble?
Jess: Wait, you’re taking off? Is this about your dad? Is he all right?
Sam: Yeah, you know, just a little family drama.
Jess: Your brother said he’s on some kind of hunting trip?
Sam: Oh, yeah. He’s just deer hunting up at the cabin. He’s probably got Jim, Jack, and Jose along with him. I’m just going to go bring him back.
Dean: Dad hasn’t been home in a few days.
Sam: So he’s working overtime on a Miller Time shift. He’ll stumble back in sooner or later.
Sam: We got work to do.
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 nine 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!
In-Joke: The name of the Woman in White, Constance Welch, refers to the actress Raquel Welch, who starred in the movie Myra Breckinridge. Breckenridge being the name of the road where Constance lived.
The original plan in shooting the bridge scene where the boys jump off, both Jensen and Jared were planned to go in the river. However, there was a costuming error and they only had enough for one of them to fall in… accidentally adding more humor to the episode.
Originally Jensen Ackles was called into casting to read for the part of Sam Winchester, Then Jared came in and they liked him as Sam as well. Thats when they offered Jensen the more devil-may-care and charming character of Dean.
The streets used are the names of streets from Eric Kripke’s hometown of Toledo, Ohio.
They named one of the missing men after Scott Nifon, the show’s property master.
When the pilot aired as a rerun, several scenes were cut, including at the end when Sam goes into his apartment to find that Jessica had made him cookies and left him a note saying “Love you, Miss you” in front of the cookies.
Fans of Gilmore Girls might take a while to adjust to the character’s names. On Gilmore Girls, Jared Padalecki’s character was named Dean, while on Supernatural his character is named Sam and his brother is named Dean.
Fans of Gilmore Girls will also find ironic that Jared Padalecki’s girlfriend in this show goes by the name Jess. In Gilmore Girls, Jess was the guy who stole Dean’s girlfriend Rory.
This episode premiered on Yahoo! TV on 09/06/2005, a week before its original US broadcast network airing on The WB.
The premiere of the Pilot episode ran an extra 7 minutes (9:00 to 10:07 EST), bringing the total run time to 67 minutes. (Time includes commercial breaks.)
Music featured in the broadcast of the episode is different and has been noted.
In the scene where Sam and Dean are chased by the Impala when they jump off the bridge it clearly shows both Sam and Dean falling past the railing, but in the next shot it shows Sam hanging on the rail and Dean in the water.
At the beginning, when Dean is walking out of the motel room, he puts the collar of is jacket up, then as the screen flicks between Dean and the officer he is talking to, his collar keeps going up and down many times.
After the scene where Sam and Dean are chased by the Impala and jump over the edge of the bridge, there is a brief shot that shows Dean wearing dry, mostly clean jeans even though his shirt and jacket are still wet and dirty.
During the 911 call, there should be a police officer watching Dean, not all the police officers need to attend the same emergency.
When Mary is on the ceiling, she is bleeding into Sam’s crib but when Dad is on the floor screaming, he is looking a direction the indicates she is nowhere near the crib. Looking in that direction, there is no way Mary could have been over Sam’s crib. Also, looking in that direction, there is no way Dad could have been looking at her if she was over the crib.
When Sam is telling Dean that he has to update his cassette-tape collection he shows one from Metallica, Dean takes it and starts listening to it. However, we hear “Back in Black” by AC/DC.
When Sam and Dean are talking to Amy and her friend, you can see that when the camera is facing Amy the cups of soda have ice in them but when the camera cuts to Sam and Dean the cups no longer have ice. It switches back and forth depending on who’s facing the camera.
At the end of the episode when Jessica is on the ceiling on fire, Dean breaks down the door and drags Sam out. How did Dean know to come back? This is explained in the deleted scenes for the episode on the DVD release, you will see that Dean did in fact drive away, but looked at his watch and saw that it had stopped working at the time that he dropped Sam off, and turned around because he knew that Sam was in trouble.
The brothers drive a 1967 Chevy Impala.
Where Sam lets go of the wheel when Constance starts driving him to the place she killed her kids, there is a shot of the steering wheel and you can see that the car is still in park even though it looks like it’s moving.
Dean’s car’s registration number is KAZ 2Y5.
In the show, Dean and Sam’s mother dies on November 2, 1983, but on the pilot preview it says she dies on September 13 1985.
When the Woman in White gets into the first car you can’t see her through the rear window of the car (but you can see the other guy), although her head is higher than the seat. If ghosts can’t be seen through windows, then how come Dean saw her and managed to shoot her when she was trying to kill Sam?
Although Constance Welch leapt off the bridge on 4/25/1981, when Dean and Sam bring up a website with the information, the URL says “Archive/04-25-1971/”, which is off by a decade.
For a trained marine, the co-ordinates that their father leaves Sam and Dean are pretty imprecise. 35 -111 are both in degrees and with no minutes and seconds to further qualify them. We’re talking about an area of roughly 4000 square miles.
Dean: Dude, 5-0. Take off.
This is a reference to the popular TV series Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980). It was on CBS and had 282 total episodes. Created by Leonard Freeman, Hawaii Five-O was an elite investigative unit that reported to the Governor of Hawaii.
Dean: Okay, thank you Unsolved Mysteries.
Referring to the TV show that ran from 1988-2002 that explored unsolved cases, some of which included the supernatural and unexplained.
Sam: ‘Cause we’re not exactly the Bradys.
Sam’s Friend: I’m not exactly the Huxtables.
Sam and his buddy are indicating their families aren’t exactly like the more positive families seen on television like on The Brady Bunch and The Cosby Show, respectively
Sam: He’s just deer hunting up at the cabin. He’s probably got Jim, Jack, and Jose along with him. I’m just going to go bring him back.
Jim, Jack, and Jose are most likely not names picked at random. They probably refer to Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Jose Cuervo. The first two are whiskeys and the third is a tequila.
Dean: I love The Smurfs.
Dean was referring to the t-shirt Jess was wearing that featured a print of The Smurfs. The Smurfs were made famous by their long running animated TV series.
Sam: Yeah, wish I could say the same for you. What were you thinking shooting Casper in the face, you freak?
A reference to the animated character Casper The Friendly Ghost. Casper was first developed as a series of theatrical shorts. Casper later appeared in comic books, a few television series, and finally a full length theatrical movie.
Dean: You talkin’ about misdemeanor kind of trouble or “squeal like a pig” trouble?
A reference to the sequence from the movie Deliverance, where Ned Beatty’s character is physically violated by backwoodsmen.
Dean: Agent Mulder. Agent Scully.
Dean calls two FBI agents Agent Mulder and Agent Scully, a reference to TV series The X-Files. David Nutter, the director of this episode as well as an executive producer, also worked on The X-Files.
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