Supernatural

Season 1 Episode 16

Shadow

17
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 28, 2006 on The CW
8.8
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Sam has a reunion with a girl he once met, Meg, but it turns out that she is using the brothers to lure their father John to his doom.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The Return of Meg

    9.5
    While the viewers have known since the first episode that she appeared in that Meg was evil, the Winchester boys don't find out until this episode. Meg uses Devas to lure Sam and Dean into town. Sam runs into Meg in a bar and while Dean doesn't think anything about it, Sam thinks it really strange that he runs into her here and starts to think that she may be more than just a drifter. Sam follows her and learns that she has a connection to the dark side. He returns with Dean and walks right into a trap. The brothers think that when Meg goes flying out of a window that they've seen the last of her and the deva. That is just another trap to capture John who is waiting for the boys in their motel room when they return.



    This episode builds more intrigue into the overall story and leaves you wondering exactly what is going on. Not many of the pop culture references we're so used to by this point are used in this episode. One that sticks out is when Meg says she ran into Chad Michael Something-or-another. This is a reference to Chad Michael Murray who has co-starred with Jared twice.moreless
  • Sam has a reunion with a girl he once met, Meg, but it turns out that she is using the brothers to lure their father John to his doom.

    9.5
    Sam has a reunion with a girl he once met, Meg, but it turns out that she is using the brothers to lure their father John to his doom. This was a really good episode. Meg returns a lot sooner then I thought and we got to see a small Sam and Dean reunion with the Dad - once again sooner then I thought. I liked the Meg didn't die in the episode - maybe we can get a femal lead after all. I don't think she will become a part of every episode, but it will be nice to see her whenever sh comes up again.



    The entire episode was great from start to finish, come to think of it. This might be my favorite episode since the Pilot.moreless
  • Where can shadow be?

    8.0
    It's an interesting episode, this one. After the mythology-lite 'Benders' we're thrown into a heavily fuelled storyline designed to use the boys as bait so the YED can trap John Winchester. It's a neat plot twist in an episode that has more than a few surprising moments. I didn't think Meg would be sourced out so quickly, but I'm glad she's now a recurring Villain that has a history with the boys; it adds more weight to the proceedings. Her salacious advances towards a battered and tattered Sam were very reminiscent of Faith's torturous seduction of Wesley in the series Angel. Of course, the big hoohaa of the episode is that the boys are finally reunited with their father, for this episode anyways. I thoroughly enjoyed those few scenes, a glimpse of what's to come. And how about those shadow demons, eh? Easily the best creature to appear on the show and it's hardly featured. Go figure!moreless
  • Full of wtf!

    8.5
    Wow, what a wild episode! Lots of story progression, and the first encounter of the brothers with not only their father, but their enemy as enemies, Meg Masters. It seemed like the first half was going to be another episodic Supernatural episode where a person mysteriously dies, and Dean and Sam have to come up with something creative to get info. It also provided plenty of humour, most particularly from Dean and his gaming with the bartender. Though the second half takes a drastic turn; Supernatural went from being a horror adventure to an action adventure momentarily mixed in with plenty of plot twists. Despite the suspense, fast pace, and story development, this episode felt like it tried fitting in too much in too little time. Nonetheless, excellent episode!moreless
  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show supernatural sam meets a girl he met before when he was away from dean and its meg she has returned and she is not good news she has a plan to lure them to there father so she can kill the father . and dean and sam must figure it out before its too late before something bad happens this was a good ep and i liked the ending and i thought it was a pretty interesting story and that is why i gave it a 9 instead of anyting lower and it had some really cool partsmoreless
Lorena Gale

Lorena Gale

Landlady

Guest Star

Melanie Papalia

Melanie Papalia

Meredith

Guest Star

Nimet Kanji

Nimet Kanji

Bartender

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 (7)

    • When Sam and Dean return to the apartment after been attacked by the shadows, Dean gives his father a hug. The right side of Dean's face is covered in fresh wet blood, but when he pushes his face against John, none of it ends up on John's face.

    • The Zoroastrian symbol is treated as a clue, and it is implied that it was used to summon the deva. However, the blood splatters that (somehow, see below) represent the symbol didn't exist until after Meredith died. Therefore, the symbol couldn't have been used to summon the deva.

    • At the end when the Winchesters exit the apartment Sam say they don't have much time because as soon as the flare goes out the shadow-demons will come back. How come they have time to stand and talk to each other for several minutes without being attacked?

    • During the various scenes with the Devas, both brothers are seriously injured – and we're not just talking the normal bumps and bruises, but deep and significant cuts and gouges across their faces and other parts of their bodies. The amount of blood spilled is way below what injuries of this kind would cause. Nor do these extremely significant gouges feature again.

    • When Sam and Dean are in the bar and Dean is talking to the bar girl, the picture cuts to Sam coming in. When it cuts back to Dean, the picture goes half a second back from where it actually ended.

    • Trivia: John drives a 1986 GMC Sierra Grande, registration number CSG 8R3.

    • When Sam and Dean are investigating Meredith's apartment, Dean gets some tape and traces out a symbol created by the blood spatter pattern. There were numerous splats of blood, with a number of combinations of joining them together. How did Dean come up with the symbol he did?

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Meg: (to Sam) I saw you. Watching me, changing in my apartment. Turned you on, didn't it?
      Dean: Get a room, you two.

    • Meg: Guys, hiding's a little bit childish, don't you think?
      Dean: Well, that didn't work out like I planned.

    • John: Listen, try to understand. This demon is a scary son of a bitch. I don't want you caught in the crossfire. I don't want you hurt.
      Sam: Dad, you don't have to worry about us.
      John: Of course I do. I'm your father.

    • Dean: Hey, Sam, don't take this the wrong way, but your girlfriend is a bitch.

    • Sam: You killed those two people for nothing.
      Meg: Baby, I'd kill a lot more for a lot less.

    • Sam: Yeah, this is... my brother Dean.
      Meg: Oh, this is Dean.
      Dean: (smiles) So you've heard of me.
      Meg: Oh yeah, I've heard of you. Nice... the way you treat your brother like luggage.
      Dean: (late to react) Sorry?

    • Sam: I thought I'd never see you again.
      Meg: Well, I'm glad you were wrong.
      (Dean does a fake cough, trying to get attention)
      Meg: Dude, cover your mouth.

    • Sam: All right, Dean. This is the place.
      Dean: You know, I've gotta say Dad and me did just fine without these stupid costumes. I feel like a high school drama dork. What was that play that you did? What was it, uh... Our Town. Yeah, you were good, it was cute.

    • Dean: What are you gonna do?
      Sam: I'm gonna watch Meg.
      Dean: Yeah, yeah.
      Sam: I just wanna see what's what. Better safe than sorry.
      Dean: All right, you little pervert.

    • Dean: So Sammy's got a thing for the bad girl.

    • Sam: I'm just saying that there's something about this girl that I can't quite put my finger on.
      Dean: But I bet you'd like to. Maybe she's not a suspect, maybe... maybe you've got a thing for her, huh? Maybe you're thinking a little too much with your upstairs brain, huh?

    • John: I got there just in time to see the girl take the swan dive. (pause) She was the bad guy, right?
      Sam and Dean: (in unison) Yes, sir.

    • (bound up by Meg)
      Sam: Wanna have fun? Go ahead. I'm a little tied up right now.

    • Sam: I thought you were going to California.
      Meg: I did. I came, I saw, I conquered.

    • Sam: How'd you figure that out?
      Dean: Give me some credit, man. You don't have a corner on paper chasing around here.
      Sam: Oh yeah? Name the last book you read.
      Dean: Ah, I called Dad's friend, Caleb. He told me, all right?

    • Sam: So, you talk to the cops?
      Dean: Uh, yeah. I spoke to Amy a, uh, charming and perky officer of the law.
      Sam: Yeah, and what did you find out?
      Dean: Well, she's a Sagittarius. She loves tequila, I mean...whew. Oh, and she's got this little tattoo...

    • Dean: (to Sam) Now, look, why don't you go knock on her door and, uhh, invite her to a poetry reading or whatever it is you do, huh?

    • (over the phone)
      Sam: Hi.
      Dean: Let me guess - you're lurking outside that poor girl's apartment, aren't you?
      Sam: No!...Yes...
      Dean: You got a funny way of showing your affection.

    • Landlady: You guys said you're with the alarm company?
      Dean: That's right.
      Landlady: Well, no offense, but your alarm's about as useful as boobs on a man.
      Dean: Well, that's why we're here.

    • Dean: I'm just saying these outfits cost hard-earned money.
      Sam: Whose?
      Dean: Ours. You think credit card fraud is easy?

    • Dean: I talked to the bartender.
      Sam: You get anything? Besides her number?
      Dean: Dude, I'm a professional. I'm offended that you would think that (smiles and chuckles as he displays a napkin with her phone number) ...all right.
      Sam: You mind doing a little bit of thinking with your upstairs brain, Dean?
      Dean: Huh?

    • Dean: So to recap, the only successful intel we've scored so far is the bartender's number.

    • Sam: I think there's something strange going on here.
      Dean: Yeah, tell me about it. She wasn't even that into me!

    • Sam: Go to Hell.
      Meg: Baby, I'm already there.

    • Dean: Hey, Sam…?
      Sam: Hmmm?
      Dean: Next time you want to get laid… find a girl that's not so buckets of crazy, huh?

    • Dean: Now why don't you go give that girl a private strip-o-gram?
      Sam: Bite me.
      Dean: Bite her. Don't leave teeth marks, though, just enough to where... (Sam hangs up) Sam?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Dean: I feel like a high school drama dork.
      This is a reference to the two stars. Jared had taken drama lessons since he was twelve and Jensen took drama as his arts elective in high school, which led to him starring in a play and being noticed by an LA manager.

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: April 23, 2006 on TV3
      France: January 15, 2007 on TF6
      Portugal: January 22, 2007 on AXN
      Belgium: July 18, 2007 on VT4
      Germany: February 11, 2008 on ProSieben
      The Netherlands: October 19, 2008 on NET5

    • Music: Pictures of Me by Vue, You Got Your Hooks In Me by Little Charlie and the Nightcats. The New World by X

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Meg: Oh, and I met what's-his-name, something Michael Murray - at a bar.
      Referring to Chad Michael Murray, with whom Jared Padalecki was a rival love interest for Rory Gilmore's affections on Gilmore Girls. They also worked together on House of Wax .

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