Supernatural

Season 1 Episode 11

Scarecrow

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 10, 2006 on The CW
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Sam and Dean's father sends them to a small town where the citizens sacrifice couples to a pagan god which manifests through a scarecrow.

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  • Scarier than the Family of Blood's minions? Yeah, actually I would have to say so.

    10
    I'm never going to be able to watch The Wizard of Oz the same way again now, you do realise that, writers? Whenever I'm convincing someone to watch Supernatural, I always tell them to hold out until they reach this episode. Why? Because this is where Meg Masters is introduced and this is where the plot begins to take off and this is also the point where the quality of the show just started to climb up, up, up.



    The opener to this episode is classic horror: a young, married couple running through a dark apple orchard while some unseen foe chases after them with lots of discordant music and shaky cam. And, of course, blood-curdling screams.



    You know, I think that a lot of people have forgotten just what a good guy John Winchester was. Yes he made mistakes and yes he royally messed Sam and Dean up - but he honestly did his best to give them the best life possible, given the situation. He tried to protect them. He taught them to defend themselves. And he loves them. I really don't understand why people don't like him. He's flawed, certainly, but that just makes him human and relatable. And I'm not just saying this because he's played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan either (though that does help).



    That scarecrow was ugly as sin. It got even worse whenever Dean inspected it and found the tattooed arm of the young husband from the pre-credits sequence who died horribly. I'm the scarecrow eat its victims, or just use their bodies to patch up its own. Is he some kind of 'If I Only Had A Brain' Frankenstein-wanna-be or something?



    have to say that all of the running and screaming in the apple orchard still scares me. Unlike last episode where the asylum had great atmosphere but threatened to become stale, this week is just full of action and movement and darkness and a creepy, CREEPY scarecrow that makes The Family's army from Doctor Who look like the Care Bears!



    Another interesting thing about this episode is that Sam and Dean split up and stay separated for almost the entire story. Sam doesn't come in until the very end (when he cavalierly steals a car to run to his brother's rescue) and spends most of his time moping about bus terminals with a new blond friend named Meg Masters.





    This was a great episode and definitely the tipping point where the show really started to take off and turn into something great. The mystery and build-up was interesting, dark, scary, and a little bit twisted. The brothers were actually split up this episode, giving the two stars a bit of a break as well as heightening the tension of the episode. And then you have Meg. Strange, bizarre, stalking, murdering Meg. That creepy Bowl o' Blood phone service she used at the end made me jump a bit. Though, the song that was playing at the moment really should have tipped me off that all wasn't right. I thought she was going to pay the guy with sex, not slitting his throat. I'm still trying to decide which idea, given the circumstances, is grosser. Scarecrow had solid writing, solid characters (including one named Emily), and set up important plot elements for later in the season.moreless
  • 111-"scarecrow"

    10
    After their father sends a message telling them to investigate the disappearances of young couples in a rural Indiana town, Sam reveals to Dean that he would rather track down their father, prompting the two to angrily separate. As Sam meets a fellow hitchhiker named Meg Masters (Nicki Aycox), Dean starts the investigation and saves a traveling couple from a living scarecrow. Dean calls Sam about the creature, and discovers that a Vanir is being summoned in the form of a scarecrow to protect the town in exchange for annual sacrifices, with a sacred tree in the town giving it power. Because the couple intended for the ritual escaped, the townspeople choose Dean and Emily (Tania Saulnier)a girl who lives in town with her aunt and uncleto be the new sacrifices. However, Sam returns and rescues them, and the scarecrow instead takes Emily's aunt and uncle as its victims. The next morning, Emily and the brothers burn the sacred tree, and then leave town. Meanwhile, Meg hitches a ride on the highway, but slits the driver's throat, collecting his blood into a goblet and using it to communicate with an unknown being whom she calls father.



    Story by: Patrick Sean Smith

    Teleplay by: John Shiban

    Directed by: Kim Manners

    my thoughts: yes finally the storys-a moving meg is awesome i love her awesome cliffhanger!!



    Ep rankings:

    1.)"home"

    2.)"hook man"

    3.)"skin"

    4.)"scarecrow"

    5.)"asylum""

    6.)"pilot"

    7.)"bloody mary"

    8.)"Dead in the wter

    9.)" phantom traveler'

    10.)"Wendigo"

    11.)'BUGS"moreless
  • such a really good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of supernatural that has sam and dean going to a old town that is haunted by a scarecrow and young couples that come through the town and they break down out side the town and they come in to get it repaired and they get fed alot and then they leave thinking there repaired and they get killed after breaking down again dean sam investigate and it turns out the town does it on purpose to worship the scarecrow the harvest that makes them have a good harvest every year i think it was a really cool ep .moreless
  • After a fight, Sam and Dean split up, and Dean must face a towns ritual sacrifices to a Pagan god alone.

    9.5
    This was one of the high-lights of season one. First of all, the supernatural part of the story was very good. The people in this small, cosy town turn out to be evil, and sacrifice innocent couples to "save their town". They believe that if they do not make these annual sacrifices, the town will fall prey to same fate that has befallen many surrounding cities; its crops and businesses will go down, leading to the demise of the town. There was something very creepy about the nice, elderly people cruelly giving up people to be torn apart by this "god". Even when we have found out that they are in fact bad guys, they still justify what they are doing, truly believing it to be the only right thing.



    And the relationship between the brothers in this episode is incredible. The fight in the beginning really open up our eyes about how it must have been growing up the way they did, always following orders, and never being able to do your own thing. We begin to understand more clearly why Sam left for Stanford in the first place, and that helps us understand more clearly why they act they way they do. Truly a beautiful episode, and it was nice to see Sam come through in the end, and both of them putting their differences aside, and keep doing what they do best!moreless
  • Good return from hiatus, enjoyed this one a lot. (Even with the standard nitpicks that you have come to expect from me - lol)

    8.7
    Excuse me, I'm supposed to believe that a 2006 Mustang just dies on the road? Please explain that to me, since anyone who would get one would be an absolute nut about their car and keep it in as tip-top shape as humanly possible. I can buy that the cell phone dies, but the car? Yes, I know, obviously it was tampered with, but still - I don't want to go into a show assuming it's a set-up, I prefer to be surprised. And by the way, if that was supposed to be a year ago, was that car even available at that time?



    Does anyone else think the Scarecrow looks like the bad guy from Jeepers Creepers?



    I do like this show, it's been getting better as the season goes along - it has managed to avoid falling completely into the "monster of the week" trap so far, and the some of the monsters they have had have been pretty neat.



    Wondering about the girl that Sam hooks up with on the road - yes, again, reviews on the fly - watching while writing this. She seems a little too weird, and I wish she would just let her accent out of the bag, cause the very vague hints of it are just annoying.



    Aw, look, the townsfolk have finally gotten a conscience - or one of them has, at least. Somebody should have explained to Emily that blabbing to outsiders wasn't a good idea.



    The goodbye scene between Sam and Dean was well done, but you knew for sure (even if you didn't read the quotes section before watching the show) that they wouldn't split up and go separate ways. Meg's reaction though seems a little over the top, though - she only just met Sam the day before, why would she be so surprised that Sam would go back to meet his brother?



    Hehehe - somebody's quoting Star Trek - "The good of the many outweighs the good of the one." Considering, though, that that was said by Spock as he sacrificed himself, it has a whole different meaning here - self serving justification instead of the true meaning of sacrifice.



    Who, or what is Meg, and who or what is her father? Could be fun finding out :)





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Tom Butler

Tom Butler

Harley Jorgeson

Guest Star

P. Lynn Johnson

P. Lynn Johnson

Stacey Jorgeson

Guest Star

William B. Davis

William B. Davis

College Professor

Guest Star

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

John Winchester

Recurring Role

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Meg Masters

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Emily is ready to pack up and leave Burkitsville on short notice and depart for Boston. But there's no indication of how she's going to survive. She's been working as a glorified gas station attendant with her aunt and uncle, by all indications has no other means of support, and the townsfolk are hardly going to cooperate to let her liquidate any of her relatives' assets.

    • The Winchesters seem curiously satisfied with the outcome of their adventure. With the Vanir dead, Burkitsville shouldn't suffer any worse than the surrounding towns. Which seems a small price to suffer for having murdered two people a year for centuries. But even if the townsfolk are going to suffer along with their town for hundreds of murders... what about the professor? He clearly doesn't live in Burkitsville, and he appears knowledgeable enough that he may be the town's resident expert on their god. But at the end he gets off scot-free, and the brothers don't care.

    • The townsfolk fail to "fatten up" Emily and Dean by giving them a final meal, which means that the ritual would fail anyway.

    • When Dean is walking towards the door after talking to the college professor, you can see a camera move with Dean in the top left corner of the screen.

    • When Sam and Dean are arguing in the car, Sam states that its been six months since Jess died. If it had been six months, it wouldn't be the second week of April, it would be close to Sam's birthday, the first week of May.

    • There is no Burkitsville, Indiana.

    • When Meg kills that older man at the very end, she uses that chalice to gather the blood. The way it was positioned on the man's neck, under the cut, the blood would have hit the edge of the chalice and maybe even run down the outside. The edges were all clean. Even the edges on the inside were too clean.

    • When Harley is pointing the gun at Sam, Dean, and Emily, it's held in front of his chest. However, when the scarecrow stabs him through the chest, the gun disappears (presumably so the cameramen and F/X people could clearly show the blade emerging from his chest).

    • Trivia: The names in Dean's cell phone are: Bren, Carmelita, Christian, Curtis, Dad, Robin, and Sam. In Sam's phone the names are: Rebecca Warren, Jerry, John Marcynuk, Dean, and Mary Ann Liu.

    • The scene with Sam and Dean on the phone with John takes place at the end of "Asylum" and picks right back up in "Scarecrow." However, you can tell the scene was re-filmed. The covers on the beds are different. "Asylum" shows tan sheets and a red blanket, "Scarecrow" has both tan sheets and blankets. The pillows are stacked differently. Also, both Sam and Dean are in different positions in their beds from the end of "Asylum."

    • The trees in the orchard are not apple trees, they are in fact hazelnuts. Also, there were baskets of apples at the bases of the trees, implying that harvest was occurring. Apples are ripe in the fall, not April.

    • At the end, Emily tosses the flaming branch at the First Tree and is very close – within arms' reach. In the next several shots they're close to the tree, standing still. But then the camera cuts to a long shot from the rear and they've suddenly jumped much further back.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Meg: Here's to us. The food might be bad and the beds might be hard, but at least we're living our own lives and nobody else's.

    • Dean: All right, look, I know how you feel.
      Sam: Do you? How old were you when Mom died? Four? Jess died six months ago. How the hell would you know how I feel?
      Dean: Dad said it wasn't safe for any of us. But he obviously knows something that we don't. So he says to stay away, we stay away.
      Sam: I don't understand the blind faith you have in that man. I mean, it's like you didn't even question him.
      Dean: Yeah, it's called being a good son! You're a selfish bastard, you know that? You just do whatever you want. Don't care what anybody thinks.
      Sam: That's what you really think?
      Dean: Yes, it is.
      Sam: Well, this selfish bastard is going to California.

    • Sam: So, Dad is sending us to Indiana to go hunting for something before another couple vanishes?
      Dean: Yahtzee. Can you imagine putting together a pattern like this? All the different obits Dad had to go through? The man's a master.

    • Sam: You trust shady van guy and not me?
      Meg: Definitely.

    • Dean: I'm actually on my way to a local community college. I got an appointment with a professor... you know, since I don't have my trusty sidekick geek boy to do all the research.

    • Dean: Sam, you were right, you gotta do your own thing, you gotta live your own life.
      Sam: Are you serious?
      Dean: You've always known what you want and you go after it. You stand up to Dad, and you always have. I wish... Anyway, I admire that about you. I'm proud of you, Sammy.
      Sam: I don't even know what to say.
      Dean: Say you'll take care of yourself.
      Sam: I will.

    • Bus Station Clerk: Sorry, but the Sacramento bus doesn't run again til tomorrow, 5:05 p.m.
      Sam: Tomorrow? There's got to be another way.
      Bus Station Clerk: Well, there is. Buy a car.

    • Dean: Hold me, Sam. That was beautiful.
      Sam: You should be kissing my ass--you were dead meat, dude.
      Dean: Yeah right. I had a plan-- I'd have gotten out.

    • Dean: Scotty, you got a smile that lights up a room. Anyone tell you that? (Scotty stares blankly) Ah, never mind.

    • Sam: The scarecrow climbed off its cross?
      Dean: Yeah, I'm telling you, Burkitsville, Indiana--fun town.

    • Emily: I don't understand. They're going to kill us?
      Dean: Sacrifice us. Which is, I don't know, classier I guess.

    • Emily: So what's the plan?
      Dean: I'm working on it.
      (several hours later)
      Emily: You don't have a plan, do you?
      Dean: I'm working on it…

    • Dean: How'd you get here?
      Sam: I, uh... stole a car.
      Dean: That's my boy!

    • Dean: Dude, you fugly.

    • Dean: I hope your apple pie is freakin' worth it!

  • NOTES (4)

    • The contact names in Sam's phone are member of the crew or past characters. Rebecca Warren is the name of the girl the brothers helped in season 1 "Skin". John Marcynuk is this episode art director and Mary Ann Liu is a graphic designer.

    • This is the first episode to feature the episode title on-screen.

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: March 19, 2006 on TV3
      Portugal: December 18, 2006 on AXN
      France: February 5, 2007 on TF6
      Italy: April 17, 2007 on RaiDue
      Germany: January 14, 2008 on ProSieben
      The Netherlands: September 14, 2008 on NET5

    • Music: Bad Company by Bad Company, Lodi by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Puppet by Colepitz

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Dean: Hi, my name's John Bonham.
      Referencing John Bonham, an English drummer and songwriter best known for his work with Led Zeppelin who died in 1980 due to pulmonary edema.

    • Dean: Let's get out of here before Leatherface comes back.
      Leatherface is the main villian of the horror series Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The reference is likely due to the fact that skin from the victim at the start of the show was found grafted to the arm of the scarecrow. Leatherface would often make masks out of the faces of his victims, stated in the 2001 remake because he hides a degenerative skin disease.

    • Miscellaneous
      There are several references to the movie The Wizard of Oz: 1) The Scarecrow, 2) An "If I only had a brain" quote, 3) a "into the cellar!" moment, 4) apple trees; 5) the girl's name of Emily - "Em" for short and the same name as Dorothy's aunt; and 6) Emily living with her aunt and uncle.

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