Supernatural (2005– )
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A serial killer shape-shifter adopts the likeness of Sam's college buddy to commit a gruesome murder. When the brothers investigate, the being "borrows" Dean's form to continue the killing spree.


Eric Kripke (created by), John Shiban





Episode cast overview:
Jared Padalecki ... Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles ... Dean Winchester
Amy Grabow ... Rebecca Warren
Peter Shinkoda ... Alex
Marrett Green Marrett Green ... Anchorman
Anita Brown ... Lindsay
Shiraine Haas ... Bystander (as Shirane Haas)
Aleks Holtz Aleks Holtz ... Zach Warren


While on the road, Sam gets an e-mail from his old school friend Becky telling that her brother and also Sam's friend Zach is arrested, accused of murder of his girlfriend. Zach claims that he was in another place at the same time, but the surveillance camera had taped his image in the crime scene. Sam convinces Dean to drive to St. Louis, Missouri, to investigate the typical doppelganger case. Once there, they disclose that a mutant is killing and hurting people in the neighborhood. When the shape shifter takes the form of Dean, things get complicated for the Winchester brothers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

18 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jensen Ackles appears shirtless in this episode. This was devised by Eric Kripke to meet the overwhelming number of requests he was receiving from fans for Ackles to appear wearing less clothes. See more »


The way the Winchesters parked looks like they came in driving towards the intersection. But that is impossible given the fact that it is a dead end. Even if they did reverse in, they still would have seen the crime scene coming in. Plus, the police are still putting up the crime scene wrap several hours in. See more »


Dean Winchester: Hey. Remember when I said this wasn't our kind of problem? *Definitely* our kind of problem.
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »


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Written and performed by Mommy and Daddy
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An early gem the show at its best
30 August 2019 | by CubsandCultureSee all my reviews

The monster of the week format is put to good use in this episode as the shapeshifter furthers the brothers' melodrama AND works as a potent thematic metaphor, in this case domestic violence being the result of socialization of men. The writing is crisp and the show does a good job of ringing out the scares from the premise. Best of all, Dean-well "Dean"-expressing resentment towards Sam is very much needed to make the characters seem more like brothers ; this is an early example of that key dynamic of the show.

Apart from that the episode contains one of the goriest, viscerally horrifying scenes of the series in the first seen transformation of the shifter. They never bothered to go as extensive as the sequence here ever again but the scene is so effective that even 15 years later you still get the creeps in the shapeshifter episodes.

Good stuff.

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