Season 1 Episode 3

Dead In The Water

Aired Wednesday 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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  • I am never taking a bubble bath again after this episode

    When I first sat down to watch this episode I got really excited. Opening homage to Jaws aside, I was certain that I had sussed out the supernatural culprit to the drowning. Far from ruining the episode for me, though, I was looking forward to meeting the Nessie, I wasn't picky. Unfortunately, I was dead wrong (pun intended) as to the nature of the threat (good job I'm not a and so found this episode depressing and confusing once that initial excitement was debunked. They also had an odd sort of colouring and filters on, giving it a sheen rather like one would see in . (which is not a favourable comparison to have to make).

    I wasn't particularly enthusiastic about this episode, as you can probably tell. It just had too many things that felt clichd and dull. Especially with Lucas - the kid who saw something terrible and stopped talking, but was skilfully brought out by our hero and to the point where he connects with and communicates only with that person? been done to death. We all know how that is going to end out, so we don't particularly care about the 'mystery'. Also, forgive me for saying this, but Lucas looked entirely too old to really pull off the 'too traumatised to speak except through drawings' Creepy Child trope. It's probably the hair...

    What the episode did do right, though, was capturing the fear of what lies beneath the surface of the water. Most of us, at some point in our lives, had some sort of horrified fascination with what may actually live down our drains and that is something that this episode capitalises on. Moffat could totally take lessons from these folks!

    Favourite Moments & Random Thoughts:

    - Blonds always die first. Poor Sophie should have considered dyeing her hair...

    - "You know, Sam, we are allowed to have [points at waitress in shortsy shorts] "That's [Sam gives scolding bitchface]

    - Sammy looks awful. Not only are his bangs in his eyes, but between Jared's acting and whatever the make-up department are doing to him they're pulling off the 'not sleeping' part very well. Poor guy!

    - This week the boys are in Lake Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

    - Agents Ford and pretty sure that Dean is Hans Solo and Sam Luke Skywalker and that it was Dean who chose that order. Their aliases usually contain some sort of Easter Egg reference that are always fun to spot. This week was Star Wars actors.

    - did Sam ever pass for an official with that hair? It makes him look about seventeen.

    - Sammy was obviously not amused by Dean flirting with Andrea for information. He's such a loveable prude!

    - "Must be hard with your sense of direction never being able to find your way to a decent pick-up You tell him, Andrea!

    - They ruled out Nessie (mentioning both Loch Ness and Lake Champlain, much to my joy) and so this was where I started my kelpie theory. I still say that would have been cooler than what we got...

    - You would know, wouldn't you, Dean?

    - I think sometimes we forget that Dean was indeed just a child (four years old) whenever Mary Winchester burnt on the nursery ceiling and he raced out of the house with his baby brother in his arms. For all of his bluster and smirking, Dean is literally just a traumatised child at why he understands them so well.

    - Dean may claim he isn't good with kids, but that's obviously a lie. Even though he never really interacts with them, he drew Lucas out like a pro. It probably has something to do with his spending most of his younger life raising Sam.

    - Dean with a kid is something extremely adorable!

    - Also - remember those army men. They'll be VERY important later!

    - I just wanted to smack the guy who got pulled into that sink. Look, buddy, whenever your drain starts to regurgitate scummy water back at you, you don't stick your arm down in there. Haven't you ever seen a horror film? Haven't you heard of leeches?!

    - This episode is a great example of how to do low-budget horror really well. Yeah I've complained about Lucas and all of the issues surrounding his the creepy elements are done really well. Like really well.

    - not sure if it makes me a wicked person or I laughed so hard whenever that boat blew up. The effects were TERRIBLE (and I watch Doctor Who!)

    - It was about here when the story lost me. I know that tales like this have to have a certain element of mystery to it just felt like it had no focus and a lack of pacing.

    - As soon as Andrea got into that bathtub I cringed, knowing that something bad was going to happen to her. And sure enough - scummy water started to fill the tub up and drag her under. I'm sticking with showers from here on out, thank you very much, as I'm pretty sure that Sammy isn't around to pull me to safety.

    - What is up with Lucas? I highly doubt that a child traumatised into silence like that would take a stroll down to the lake where his father died simply because he heard a voice calling him to play. Was he under hypnosis because of the evil spirit? Was he stupid? Or was this just badly written?

    - It was wise of them to not show us the water spirit until the very end and then only hint at it. Human imagination is always ten times more scary than a CGI monster could even dream of being.

    - I also found it interesting that nothing was really resolved here. Yes Dean saved the kid (with a rather impressive dive) and the killings only because of the sacrifice of the remorseful grandfather that appeased the vengeful spirit. It just goes to show that, in a Hunter's life, things don't always wrap up all neat and tidy.

    - Dean looked a bit awkward whenever Andrea kissed him 'thank you'. Either he is just uncomfortable with domestic situations in general or he doesn't do being kissed in front of his brother. Given that it is Dean Winchester, though, I think the former is more likely.

    - One part that made me smile: Dean teaching Lucas that Led Zeppelin rules.

    This was definitely not Supernatural's best work. It is a creepy episode, I'll give you really only good for the first-viewing-plot-mystery aspect. It certainly isn't one that I personally will be looking back on.moreless
  • 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"

    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.

    Episode rankings:


    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).