Note - This episode made Supernatural appointment TV for me and solidified my love of all things Winchester. While many dismiss Dead in the Water as another monster of the week episode (and it is), I can pinpoint the exact moment my heart belonged to Supernatural. I haven't been disappointed in that love yet. It was Sept. 27, 2005…
At Lake Manitoc in Wisconsin, a hearty Northern girl readies for a bracing swim. She says morning to her dad while her brother quips, "All these workouts sis, I don't know. Guys don't like buff girls." Sis: "Yeah well girls don't like guys who still live at home." I'd like these two if they didn't scream Goner. Special K gets product placed and we get an underwater shot of her swimming. You were so doing the Jaws theme in your head too. We hear a voice whisper but can't make it out. All of a sudden Sophie Carlton gets dragged down. Goner. The lake is peaceful afterwards.
I really love this episode. There is top notch acting all around, except maybe Peter's mom. The guest stars were perfect and I wish they'd bring back Andrea and Lucas. Maybe not for a whole episode, but surely they would be welcomed for the night whenever they are in Wisconsin. I want to know how they're doing. However, for me this episode rests on the previously undiscovered depths in Dean. It took Dean from a one-note, flat character and made him sympathetic. Before this, Dean often appeared to be a jerk to Sam, cops, and well everyone. This episode gave him the vulnerability he desperately needed and for me made this a story about 2 brother s coping with hardships life has always thrown at them. It scores bonus points for revealing these details without making the scene maudlin, a flaw of season 4 and 5 in my opinion. All in all, I feel that Dead in the Water rarely gets the recognition it is due because it is at heart a monster-of-the-week story. But it's the heart underlying the plot that makes it one of my top 5 episodes of season 1. After all, this is where Supernatural became my favorite TV show and it has remained that way for six seasons. Not bad for 43 minutes and 24 seconds.
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