Season 1 Episode 3

Dead In The Water

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 27, 2005 on The CW
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Episode Summary

While going through the newspaper, Dean comes across a mysterious drowning victim. Upon further research they soon discover more people who have drowned in the same lake, but their bodies were never found. When the boys show up in town they befriend a boy whose father has drowned. The brothers come to believe the lake is haunted by a spirit.moreless

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  • Death By Drowning

    This was an interesting episode. Normally,I would never consider swimming in a lake, and this episode backs that up. I thought it was interesting that the lake was being haunted by a kid who was murdered a couple of bullies. Vengeance!!! It's dangerous.

    I also loved Dean in this episode. He cared deeply for that kid and his mom. Watching him interact with Lucas made me a little sorry that he has no kids if his own. And when the boys jumped into the lake after Lucas was dragged down... awesome!!moreless
  • Dead In The Water

    "Dead In the Water" is good episode. It has a good plot and good actors. The mistery is good and the fact that we never could see the boy out of water it turns everything scarier.
  • 103-"Dead in the water"

    Excellent episode and scary too, which kept the way Bizarre, Funny, Cool and Scary of Supernatural, a measure that tracks the search of his father cools, Brothers Dean and Sam investigate the strange and unexplained disappearances that occurred near a lake, very cool the way the brothers solved the mystery, and solved the secrets of the Inhabitants of the City that links with the boy's death that his spirit haunted the lake, also had a womanizer Dean least sentimental and most especially the scenes of him talking and interacting with Luke really the episode'' 'Death in the Water''' was the first special effects and a story that was not predictable, and'' 'Death in the Water''' has similarities to an episode of the X-Files but with Horror films like The Ring (1 and 2) and The Grudge (1 and 2), and this one of the things that makes Supernatural so Goodmoreless
  • 103-"Dead in the water"

    Taking a break from the search for their father, Sam and Dean head to Lake Manitoc in Wisconsin for a possible case. Three drownings have occurred there within a year, with the dead bodies mysteriously disappearing in the lake. The brothers soon come to believe that the spirit of a young boy haunts the lake, and learn that the local sheriff (Daniel Hugh Kelly) and the father of the latest victim accidentally caused his death when they were children. Out for revenge, the spirit targets the sheriff's daughter Andrea (Amy Acker) and mute grandson Lucas (Nico McEown). It eventually pulls Lucas into the lake, so the sheriff gives himself over to the spirit, saving his grandson.

    written by: Sera Gamble & Raelle Tucker (seras my fav writer on SPN)

    Directed by: Kim manners

    My thoughts: this was a very good one..... at parts it still had nothing to do with the overall story so it was kindof a filller... again but the little boy was a bit creepy and cool.

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    2.)"Dead in the water"

  • OMG!! That was an amazing episode.

    The beginning of this show was a little slow. But when things started to happen, wow!!!

    Again Dean was the hero, Dean tried to talk to the little boy (Lucas) and in the end Lucas sort of got close to him, in that he drew Dean two pictures, and because of the relationship Lucas went to him when he was frighten. We got to find out why the lake was taking people, very interesting.

    Overall I have enjoyed watching the first three episodes, and there were different in some ways. This is probably one of my most favourite TV show and can’t wait for New Zealand to sell the box set dvd.moreless
Daniel Hugh Kelly

Daniel Hugh Kelly

Sheriff Jake Devins

Guest Star

Bruce Dawson

Bruce Dawson

Bill Carlton

Guest Star

Bethoe Shirkoff

Bethoe Shirkoff

Mrs. Sweeney

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • At the 32:14 mark, as Sam pulls the supposedly naked Andrea out of the bathtub, part of Amy Acker's "modesty garment" can be seen.

    • There is no "Lake Manitoc" in Wisconsin.

    • At 5:09 a boom-mic pops in at the top center while Will gives his line.

    • At the start of the episode, Dean mentions that several other people have drowned in the lake. Who are the other people? The spirit was going after that two families' relatives.

    • In the scene where Will drowns you can clearly see that before the water starts coming up that the plug isn't plugging up the sink. He had no reason to reach into the water to unplug it when it was never plugged up to begin with.

    • The scene where the son is drowning in the sink, the plug attached to a chain is in the water. The cameras switch back and forth here and you can clearly see the chain and plug change positions from in the water to out. In fact, the plug is sitting on the bench before the son even is shown pulling it out of the sink.

    • In the first scene we see Dean in, he is circling the girl's picture in the newspaper. When he shows the paper to Sam, the circle is different. He originally circled her name as well, but it wasn't circled on the paper Sam had.

    • When Andrea gets into her bath the level of water rises, which is quite normal (at least according to me). However, as soon as the "green water" pours into the bath, you can see that the level of water has decreased.

    • When Lucas takes the picture drawn by Dean he doesn't twist it, so he theoretically is looking at when it's turned 90 degrees clockwise.

    • The girl drowning victim was "on the varsity swim team," and had "grown up swimming in the lake," according to her brother. Why hadn't the angry ghost killed her off while she was a little child? Why did it wait until she was 18 years old? It killed six people over the last 35 years.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Dean: You and Bill killed Peter Sweeney 35 years ago. That's what the hell we're talking about. And now you've got one seriously pissed off spirit.
      Sam: It's gonna take Andrea, Lucas, everyone you love. It's gonna drown them and it's gonna drag their bodies God knows where. So you can feel the same pain Peter's mom felt. And then, after that, it's gonna take you, and it's not going to stop until it does.
      Sheriff Devins: Yeah, and how do you know that?
      Sam: Because that's exactly what it did to Bill Carlton.
      Sheriff Devins: Listen to yourself, both of you. You're insane.
      Dean: I don't really give a rat's ass what you think of us.

    • Dean: So... cute kid.
      Andrea: Thanks.
      Dean: Kids are the best, huh?

    • (to Lucas)
      Dean: You're scared. It's okay, I understand. See, when I was your age, I saw something real bad happen to my mom, and I was scared, too. I didn't feel like talking, just like you. But see, my mom-I know she wanted me to be brave. I think about that every day. And I do my best to be brave. And maybe your dad wants you to be brave, too.

    • Sam: People don't just disappear, Dean. Other people just stop looking for them.

    • Dean: (to Lucas) So crayons are more of your thing. That's cool. Chicks dig artists.

    • Dean: You know, Sam, we are allowed to have fun once in a while. (points to an attractive waitress) That's fun.

    • Dean: All right if you're goin' to be talking now, this is a very important phrase, so I want you to repeat it back to me one more time.
      Lucas: Zeppelin Rules!
      Dean: That's right, up high.

    • Sam: (referring to Lucas' picture) See this church? I bet there is less than a thousand of those around here.
      Dean: (sarcastically) Oh, college boy thinks he's so smart.

    • Sheriff Devins: So we have a couple of options here. I can arrest you for impersonating government officials and hold you as material witnesses to Bill Carlton's disappearance. Or we can chalk this all up to a bad day, you get into your car, you put this town in your rearview mirror, and you don't ever darken my doorstep again.
      Sam: Door #2 sounds good.
      Sheriff Devins: That's the one I'd pick.

    • Dean: (to Sam) Oh god, we're not going to have to hug or anything, are we?

    • Sam: "Kids are the best?" You don't even like kids.
      Dean: I love kids.
      Sam: Name three children that you even know.
      (long pause)
      Sam: Forget it.
      Dean: I'm thinking!

    • Dean: I just don't want to leave this town until I know that the kid is okay.
      Sam: Who are you? And what have you done with my brother?

    • Andrea: (to Dean) Must be hard, with your sense of direction, never being able to find your way to a decent pick-up line.

  • NOTES (6)

    • According to The Official Companion: Season 1, the scene where Sophie's brother drowns in the kitchen sink was suggested to writers Sera Gamble and Raelle Tucker by executive producer Robert Singer, who thought that the episode could have used a little more horror.

    • According to The Official Supernatural Magazine, this episode is one of Jensen's favorites to date, because it's the first one to really explore Dean's character.

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: January 22, 2006 on TV3
      The Netherlands: October 22, 2006 on Veronica
      Portugal: October 23, 2006 on AXN
      Germany: November 6, 2006 on ProSieben
      France: December 4, 2006 on TF6
      Italy: February 26, 2007 on RaiDue

    • Jared Padalecki filmed this episode with a broken hand.

    • The lake cabin is also used as the hunting cabin in the horror movie, Devour, which Jensen Ackles starred in.

    • Music: "What A Way To Go" by Black Toast, "Round And Round" by Ratt, "Too Daze Gone" by Billy Squier, and "Movin' On" by Bad Company.


    • Title
      Dead In The Water is the name of a song by Hawthorne Heights.

    • Opening Scene
      The opening scene in this episode looks exactly like the one in the 1975 movie, Jaws.

    • Andrea: Tell your friend the whole Jerry Maguire thing isn't going to work on me.
      Referencing the movie Jerry Maquire, and the title character trying to befriend a woman's son to get close to her.

    • Dean: I'm Agent Ford, this is Agent Hamill.
      Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill played the two male leads in Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI. In an interview, Jared Padalecki paralleled his character (Sam) to Luke Skywalker (played by Hamill) and Jensen Ackles' character (Dean) to the cool, confident, and brooding Han Solo (played by Ford).