Supernatural

Season 1 Episode 14

Nightmare

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Aired Unknown Feb 07, 2006 on The CW
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Sam's precognitive dream leads the brothers to investigate a mysterious death which seems connected to a boy with the power of telekinesis.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • First episode I've loved

    8.5
    This was an excellent episode of Supernatural and the first one I unconditionally enjoyed since starting the series. I think what lowered my defenses and finally got me invested was the chilling moment between Sam and Max in their heart-to-heart, when they realize what they have in common other than psychic ability. And I do mean "chilling"--I got chills. That moment, followed by the unpredictable and suspenseful climax, elevated the episode beyond Monster-of-the-Week for me. Come to think of it, it may be the first real twist in the overarching narrative.



    But long before that I noticed great acting all around, from the way Sam recoils from the hot coffee (which I really thought was cute), to Max's facial twitches during his first dialogue.moreless
  • Something new

    9.0
    Who would have guessed that Supernatural would have bounced back after its worst episode in the season yet? This isn't a traditional Supernatural episode, even though for most of the way it would make you believe it is. How Dean and Sam weren't able to find a single lead to the killings of the Millers, it really added a lot of suspense since you didn't know what was going to happen next. And when the answer was revealed, you were surprised. It not only surprised you, but it also does a great job of tying into the actual story and added to it; now you're itching to find out more about what happened to their mother's killer. This episode was thoroughly intriguing and offered something new.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show supernatural sam starts to have this dream and it leads him to belive they got to go and investgate this murder that happend except they learn that it was afrom a boy like him that has telkines powers and sam and dean must figure it out and dean is wondering how sam had this dream and he wants some questions about it this was a good ep i thought and brings on a whole new weirdness to the show i think and that is why i gave it a 9 instead of anything lowermoreless
  • raising questions

    9.0
    This isn't one of the best episodes of the season. Nor is it one of the worst. It does not contain a lot of the pop culture references that we are used to on the show by now, but it does have one that stands out. When the brothers entire the Miller house, Dean introduces them as Fathers Simmons and Freley. A reference to the rock band Kiss.



    This episode doesn't deal with demons or ghosts or anything that the brothers are accustomed to dealing with. The nemesis of this episode is a boy that has telepathc powers. During his talk with the boy, Sam realizes that the boys powers and childhood mirror his own. He tells the Miller boy this, but has no answer as to why it is happening to them both. By the end of the episode you see that Sam not only has premonitions but telekinesis as well. You are left wondering if this doesn't just concern the Winchesters, how many more people are involved and just what the hell is going on?moreless
  • Sam's precognitive dream leads the brothers to investigate a mysterious death which seems connected to a boy with the power of telekinesis.

    9.5
    Sam's precognitive dream leads the brothers to investigate a mysterious death which seems connected to a boy with the power of telekinesis. Great pick me up episode after I was not able to even finish the episode that dealt with the Truck Killing Ghost. This was a really deep episode as we are reminded of the main storyline that is sure to be solved in the season one finale I would imagine - what killed Sam and Deans mother when they were young. Sam beginning to have abilities is a great thing for his character to take on at this point I believe and meeting someone else with ability was key in making sure the transition wasn't too weird. Sam's dreams are no longer just dreams - they are premonitions. I thoought they did a great job with that transition as well.moreless
Beth Broderick

Beth Broderick

Alice Miller

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Fred Keating

Fred Keating

Neighbor Man

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Avery Raskin

Avery Raskin

Roger Miller

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • At 35:20 as Dean falls to the floor, just before he is out of the shot, you can tell he falls toward Mrs. Miller. Yet when the shot changes to his dead body on the floor, his body is facing away from her.

    • At 34:21 when the door to the room opens, Dean lowers his right hand. Yet when the shot changes, to the front of him, his hand is back at Mrs. Miller's head and he lowers it again.

    • There is a scene when Sam and Dean arrive at the Millers' house where they are talking to each other with their backs angled towards the camera. We can clearly see a man (a cop?) in a hat walk past them, yet when the camera angle changes, we see the man walk past them again. Later in the scene, the same man walks past them in the opposite direction, yet once again when the camera angle changes, the same man repeats his steps.

    • When Mrs Miller pours out coffee for Sam, she pours it into a green cup with a leaf on the side. When the camera angle changes, the cup that Sam receives from her is white and a completely different shape. The green coffee cup is later seen in Dean's hands.

    • When Sam was having a vision about Max killing his step-mother, you see her chopping celery with a knife. After she chops it up, she wipes some of the chopped celery off the knife. You see that there is still some left on the knife. But seconds later, when Max first starts to move it, you can clearly see there is nothing of the knife.

    • At 8:24 you can hear Dean drop the toothpick on the plate. But then he puts the toothpick down again a few seconds later.

    • When Sam takes the cup of coffee from Alice he acts like it was hot and he burned his hand but a second later we can see Alice holding the bottom of the coffee pot. The coffee pot isn't hot, meaning the coffee probably isn't too hot either.

    • When the boys are walking away from Max's old neighbor's house during Sam's third premonition, Sam's arm is around Dean's shoulders. However, when the camera flips back around in front of them, his arm is suddenly down by his side.

    • Sam and Dean are staying at the Escanaba Motel. Escanaba, MI is in the Upper Peninsula, which is nowhere near Saginaw, MI.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (dressed as priests)
      Sam: This has got to be a whole new low for us.

    • Sam: Aren't you worried, man? Aren't you worried that I could turn into Max or something?
      Dean: Nope. No way. You know why?
      Sam: No, why?
      Dean: Because you've got one advantage that Max didn't have.
      Sam: Dad? Because Dad's not here, Dean.
      Dean: No. Me. As long as I'm around, nothing bad is gonna happen to you.

    • Sam: We're not gonna kill Max.
      Dean: Then what? Hand him over to the cops and say, "Lock him up, Officer. He kills with the power of his mind."

    • Sam: When Max locked me in that closet, that big cabinet against the door, I moved it.
      Dean: You have a little bit more upper body strength than I give you credit for!
      Sam: No, man, I moved it--like Max.
      Dean: Oh. Right.
      Sam: Yeah.
      Dean: (grabs a spoon) Bend this.

    • Sam: Well, I'll tell you one thing. We're lucky we had Dad.
      Dean: I never thought I'd hear you say that.

    • Dean: I know what we need to do about your premonitions. I know where we have to go.
      Sam: Where?
      Dean: Vegas. (Sam harrumphs and walks out) What? Come on, man. Craps table? We'd clean up!

    • Sam: Well, don't look at me like that.
      Dean: I'm not looking at you like anything...but I do gotta say you look like crap.
      Sam: Nice...thanks.

    • Sam: You can't tell me this doesn't freak you out.
      (long pause)
      Dean: This doesn't freak me out.

    • Sam: Well, I know one thing I have in common with these people.
      Dean: What's that?
      Sam: Both our families are cursed.
      Dean: Our family's not cursed... we just had our dark spots.
      Sam: Our dark spots are pretty dark.
      Dean: You're... dark.

    • Max: All these people kept coming with, like, casseroles. I finally had to tell them all to go away. You know, because nothing says "sorry" like a tuna casserole.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Director Philip Sgriccia personally chose to use two early Bob Seger songs because he was from Michigan, and "Nightmare" took place in Saginaw. In addition to this, Sgriccia asked his sister to send him coffee mugs and baseball caps from Michigan to give believability to the setting.

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: April 9, 2006 on TV3
      France: January 8, 2007 on TF6
      Portugal: January 8, 2007 on AXN
      German: February 4, 2008 on ProSieben
      The Netherlands: October 5, 2008 on NET5

    • Music: 2+2=? by Bob Seger, Lucifer by Bob Seger

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Priests
      When Dean & Sam are dressed as priests, Dean introduces them as Father Simmons and Father Frehley. Gene Simmons and Paul "Ace" Frehley were two of the founding members of the rock band KISS.

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