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Written by: Eric Kripke
Directed by: David Nutter


TEASER

SUBTITLE
Lawrence, Kansas
22 years ago


EXT. WINCHESTER HOUSE - NIGHT




INT. SAM’S NURSERY - NIGHT


SAM (6 months old) is in his crib. MARY carries in DEAN (age 4) and sets him down by the crib.


MARY
Come on, let’s say goodnight to your brother.


DEAN (age 4)
‘Night, Sam.


MARY
Goodnight, love.


JOHN
Hey, Dean.


DEAN
Daddy!


JOHN
Hey, buddy. So what do you think? You think Sammy’s ready to toss around a football yet?


DEAN
No, Daddy.


JOHN
No.


MARY
You got him?


JOHN
I got him. Sweet dreams, Sam.




INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT


MARY wakes to hear strange noises over the baby monitor.


MARY
John?




INT: SAM’S NURSERY - NIGHT


MARY sees a figure standing over SAM’S crib, assumes it is JOHN.


MARY
John? Is he hungry?


FIGURE
Shhh.


MARY
All right.




INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT


The lights are flickering as MARY goes into the hallway; she stops by a lamp on the wall and taps it, frowning.



INT: LIVING ROOM - NIGHT


JOHN has fallen asleep watching a war movie. MARY comes downstairs and sees him, realizing that the figure in SAM’S nursery is not JOHN. She runs back upstairs, yelling for SAM.




INT: SAM’S NURSERY


MARY runs in and stops suddenly, seeing something.




INT: LIVING ROOM


JOHN hears MARY scream and wakes up. He runs upstairs, yelling her name.



INT: SAM’S NURSERY


As JOHN runs in, the room is quiet. SAM is awake.


JOHN
Mary?!
(pause)
Hey, Sammy. You okay?


As JOHN looks into Sam’s crib, something wet drips onto the pillow. He reaches in to touch it, and another drop - of blood - falls on his hand. Terrified, he looks up. He sees MARY plastered to the ceiling, bleeding from the abdomen, staring open-mouthed at him. He yells her name. MARY bursts into flames; the fire spreads over the ceiling. JOHN bundles SAM out of his crib and runs into:




INT: HALLWAY


DEAN
Daddy!

JOHN
Take your brother outside as fast as you can and don’t look back. Now, Dean, go!


Taking SAM, DEAN runs downstairs and out the front door. JOHN goes back into the nursery to find the flames engulfing the room. He yells for her again.




EXT. WINCHESTER HOUSE - NIGHT


DEAN runs outside holding SAM, then stops, turning to look at the house.


DEAN
It’s okay, Sammy.


JOHN comes barreling out of the burning house and scoops up DEAN, still holding SAM, and carries them both to safety.


JOHN
I gotcha.




LATER


The fire department has arrived and is putting out the flames. Several gawkers are kept back by the police. Pan over to the other side of the street, where JOHN sits on the hood of the IMPALA, cradling SAM in his arms, DEAN leaning on his side.



END OF TEASER


ACT ONE


SUBTITLE
Stanford University
Present Day


INT: SAM’S APARTMENT


JESS and SAM are getting ready for a Halloween party. JESS is wearing a “sexy nurse” outfit; SAM, when he appears, is dressed in jeans and a t-shirt.


JESS
Sam! Get a move on, wouldya? We were supposed to be there like fifteen minutes ago.
(beat)
Sam! You comin’, or what?


SAM
Do I have to?


JESS
Yes! It’ll be fun. And where is your costume?


SAM
You know how I feel about Halloween.




INT. BAR - NIGHT


JESS, SAM, and an unnamed FRIEND in a ghoul costume sit around a small table doing shots.


JESS
So here’s to Sam, and his awesome LSAT victory.


SAM
All right, all right, it’s not that big a deal.


JESS
He acts all humble, but he scored a 174.


FRIEND
Is that good?


JESS
Scary good.


FRIEND
So there you go, you are a first-round draft pick. You can go to any law school you want!


SAM
Actually, I got an interview here. Monday. If it goes okay, I think I’ve got a shot at a full ride next year.


JESS
Hey! It’s gonna go great.


SAM
It’d better.


FRIEND
How does it feel to be the golden boy of your family?


SAM
Ah, they don’t know.


FRIEND
Oh, no, I would be gloating! Why not?


SAM
Because we’re not exactly the Bradys.


FRIEND
And I’m not exactly the Huxtables. More shots?


JESS and SAM
No. No!


FRIEND saunters up to the bar anyway. JESS and SAM are alone.


JESS
You know, seriously. I’m proud of you. And you’re gonna knock ‘em dead on Monday and you’re gonna get that full ride. I know it.


SAM
What would I do without you?


JESS
Crash and burn.


She pulls him in for a kiss.




INT: SAM’S BEDROOM - NIGHT


It’s later, after the party. SAM and JESS are asleep. A noise comes from another room, like someone tripping. Sam wakes up, suddenly alert. He creeps out to:




INT HALLWAY - NIGHT


SAM stalks the intruder. He attacks, and they fight. Both are very skilled, blocking and ducking each others' strikes. Finally SAM is pinned to the ground and he sees the intruder’s face.


DEAN
Whoa, easy, tiger.


SAM
Dean? You scared the crap out of me!


DEAN
That’s ‘cause you’re out of practice.


Suddenly SAM lashes out, flipping them over so he is pinning DEAN down.

DEAN
Or not. Get off me.


SAM
What the hell are you doing here?


DEAN
I was looking for a beer.


SAM
What. The hell. Are you doing here?


DEAN
Okay. All right. We gotta talk.


SAM
Uh, the phone?


DEAN
If I’d’a called, would you have picked up?


The light flicks on to reveal JESS, who is bleary with sleep. She is wearing very short shorts and a cropped Smurf’s shirt.


JESS
Sam?


SAM
Jess, hey. Dean, this is my girlfriend, Jessica.


JESS
Wait, your brother Dean?


DEAN
(in full flirt mode)
Oh, I love the Smurfs. You know, I gotta tell you. You are completely out of my brother’s league.


JESS
Just let me put something on.


DEAN
No no, no, I wouldn’t dream of it. Seriously. Anyway, I gotta borrow your boyfriend here, talk about some private family business. But, uh, nice meeting you.


SAM
No.
(He goes to JESS and puts an arm around her. She watches him sideways.)
No, whatever you want to say, you can say it in front of her.

DEAN
Okay. Um. Dad hasn’t been home in a few days.


SAM
So he’s working overtime on a Miller Time shift, he’ll stumble back in sooner or later.


DEAN
(significantly)
Dad’s on a hunting trip. And he hasn’t been home in a few days.


SAM
Jess, excuse us. We have to go outside.




INT: STAIRWELL


SAM and DEAN are moving downstairs through the following.


SAM
I mean, come on. You can’t just break in, middle of the night, and expect me to hit the road with you.


DEAN
You’re not hearing me, Sammy. Dad’s missing. I need you to help me find him.


SAM
You remember the poltergeist in Amherst? Or the Devil’s Gate in Clifton? He was missing then, too. He’s always missing, and he’s always fine.


DEAN
Not for this long. Now are you gonna come with me or not?


SAM
(stopping)
I’m not.


DEAN
Why not?


SAM
I swore I was done hunting. For good.


DEAN
(starts walking again)
Come on. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t that bad.


SAM
Yeah? When I told Dad I was scared of the thing in my closet he gave me a .45.


DEAN
Well, what was he supposed to do?


SAM
I was nine years old! He was supposed to say "Don’t be afraid of the dark".


DEAN
Don’t be afraid of the dark? Are you kidding me? Of course you should be afraid of the dark, you know what’s out there.


SAM
Yeah, I know, but still. The way we grew up, after Mom was killed, and Dad’s obsession to find the thing that killed her. But we still haven’t found the damn thing. So we kill everything we can find.


DEAN
We save a lot of people doing it, too.


SAM
You think Mom would have wanted this for us?


DEAN rolls his eyes and goes out the door, SAM following, to:




EXT: PARKING LOT - NIGHT

SAM (cont.)
The weapon training, and melting the silver into bullets? Man, Dean, we were raised like warriors.


They cross the parking lot to the same IMPALA from the flashback scene.


DEAN
So what are you gonna do? You’re just gonna live some normal, apple pie life? Is that it?


SAM
No. Not normal. Safe.


DEAN
And that’s why you ran away.


SAM
I was just going to college. It was Dad who said if I was gonna go I should stay gone. And that’s what I’m doing.


DEAN
Yeah, well, Dad’s in real trouble right now. If he’s not dead already, I can feel it. I can’t do this alone.


SAM
Yes, you can.


DEAN
Yeah, well, I don’t want to.


SAM
(beat)
What was he hunting?


CUT TO:

DEAN opens the trunk of the IMPALA. It is full of weapons, papers, and other clutter; he pulls up a shotgun and uses it to brace the trunk open. He digs through the clutter.


DEAN
All right, let’s see, where the hell did I put that thing?


SAM
So when Dad left, why didn’t you go with him?


DEAN
I was working my own gig. This, uh, voodoo thing, down in New Orleans.


SAM
Dad let you go on a hunting trip by yourself?


DEAN
I’m twentysix, dude.
(He pulls out several papers.)
All right, here we go. So Dad was checking out this two lane blacktop just outside of Jericho, California. About a month ago, this guy. They found his car, but he vanished. Completely M.I.A.


SAM
So maybe he was kidnapped.

DEAN
Yeah. Well, here’s another one in April, another one in December ‘04, ‘03, ‘98, ‘92, ten of them over the past twenty years, all men, all the same five-mile stretch of road. It started happening more and more, so Dad went to go dig around. That was about three weeks ago. I hadn’t heard from him since, which is bad enough.
(He pulls out a small tape recorder.)
Then I get this voicemail yesterday.


He presses “play”. The recording is JOHN’S voice, and is broken up, full of static.


JOHN’S VOICE
Dean... something big is starting to happen... I need to try and figure out what’s going on. It may... Be very careful, Dean. We’re all in danger.


SAM
You know there’s EVP on that?


DEAN
Not bad, Sammy. Kinda like riding a bike, isn’t it? All right. I slowed the message down, I ran it through a gold wave, took out the hiss, and this is what I got.


DEAN presses “play” again. An eerie woman’s voice whispers slowly.


VOICE
I can never go home...


SAM
Never go home.


DEAN stands and shuts the trunk, leaning on it.


DEAN
You know, in almost two years I’ve never bothered you, never asked you for a thing.


SAM
All right. I’ll go. I’ll help you find him. But I have to get back first thing Monday. Just wait here.


DEAN
What’s first thing Monday?


SAM
I have this... I have an interview.


DEAN
What, a job interview? Skip it.


SAM
It’s a law school interview, and it’s my whole future on a plate.


DEAN
Law school?


SAM
So we got a deal, or not?




INT: SAM’S APARTMENT


SAM is packing a duffel bag. He pulls out a large hook-shaped knife and slides it inside. JESS is hovering nearby, confused.


JESS
Wait, you’re taking off? Is this about your dad? Is he all right?


SAM
Yeah. You know, just a little family drama.


JESS
Your brother said he was on some kind of hunting trip.


SAM
Oh, yeah, he’s just deer hunting up at the cabin. He’s probably got Jim, Jack, and José along with him. I’m just going to go bring him back.


JESS
What about the interview?


SAM
I’ll make the interview. This is only for a couple days.


JESS
Sam, I mean, please. Just stop for a second. You sure you’re okay?


SAM
I’m fine.


JESS
It’s just... you won’t even talk about your family. And now you’re taking off in the middle of the night to spend a weekend with them? And with Monday coming up, which is kind of a huge deal.


SAM
Hey. Everything’s going to be okay. I will be back in time, I promise.


SAM kisses her on the cheek and leaves. She shouts after him.


JESS
At least tell me where you’re going.




EXT: CENTENNIAL HIGHWAY - NIGHT


A young man (TROY) is driving down the highway, talking on his cell phone.


SUBTITLE
Jericho, CA


TROY
Amy, I can't come over tonight. Because I've got work in the morning, that's why. (pause) Yeah, okay, I miss it and my dad's gonna have my ass.


He hears a high-pitched whine, looks over and sees a woman in a white dress on the side of the road. She's dancing vaguely, appearing drugged.


TROY
Hey, Amy, let me call you back?


The car radio flickers, buzzing. He pulls the car over.


TROY
Car trouble or something?


WOMAN
Take me home?


TROY
Sure, get in.
(she does)
So, where do you live?


WOMAN
At the end of Breckenridge Road.


MAN
You coming from a Halloween party or something?
(nervous laugh)
You know, a girl like you really shouldn't be alone out here.


She looks at him mournfully, seductively, pulls her skirt up over her thigh.


WOMAN
I'm with you.
(touching his face)
Do you think I'm pretty?


TROY
Uh... huh.


WOMAN
Will you come home with me?


TROY
Um... Hell yeah.


He drives off.




EXT HOUSE - NIGHT


They pull up to an old abandoned house at the end of a road. She stares at it sadly.


TROY
Come on. You don't live here.


WOMAN
I can never go home.


TROY
What are you talking about? Nobody even lives here. Where do you live?


He turns, and she's gone. He gets out of the car, nervous.


TROY
That's good. Joke's over, okay? You want me to leave?
(walking towards the house)
Hello? Hello?


A bird flies at his face, and he yells, running back to the car. He gets in and starts to drive away, frantic. He looks in the mirror, and sees the WOMAN sitting in the back seat. He yells again, and drives straight through a "Bridge Closed" sign, stopping about halfway across the bridge. From our view outside the car we can hear him screaming; blood splatters onto the windows.




EXT: GAS STATION - DAY


Soundtrack: "Rambling Man"

The IMPALA is parked in front of a pump. SAM is sitting in the passenger’s side with the door open, rifling through a box of tapes. DEAN comes out of the convenience mart carrying junk food.


DEAN
Hey! You want breakfast?


SAM
No, thanks. So how’d you pay for that stuff? You and Dad still running credit card scams?


DEAN
Yeah, well, hunting ain’t exactly a pro ball career. Besides, all we do is apply, it’s not our fault they send us the cards.


SAM
Yeah? And what names did you write on the application this time?


DEAN gets in behind the wheel.


DEAN
Uh, Burt Aframian. And his son Hector. Scored two cards out of the deal.


SAM
That sounds about right. I swear, man, you’ve gotta update your cassette tape collection.


DEAN
Why?


SAM
Well, for one, they’re cassette tapes. And two, Black Sabbath? Motörhead? Metallica? It’s the greatest hits of mullet rock.


DEAN
Well, house rules, Sammy. Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole.


He snatches a tape from Sam and pops it in; "Back in Black" by AC/DC blasts from the speakers.


SAM
You know, Sammy is a chubby twelve-year-old. It’s Sam, okay?


DEAN
Sorry, I can’t hear you, the music’s too loud.




EXT: CENTENNIAL HIGHWAY - DAY


They drive past a sign: "Jericho 7". Sam is talking on his cell phone.


SAM
Thank you.

(to DEAN)
All right. So, there’s no one matching Dad at the hospital or morgue, so that’s something, I guess.


DEAN
Check it out.




EXT: SYLVANIA BRIDGE - DAY


There is a crime scene in progress on a bridge ahead of them - police tape around a beat-up car, several police cars, various people in uniform milling around. On the riverbed below, several more people are conducting a search.


DEAN
Let’s go.


COP1
(yelling down)
You guys find anything?


MAN
(yelling up)
No! Nothing!


COP2
(in the beat-up car)
No sign of struggle, no footprints, no fingerprints. Spotless. It’s almost too clean.


COP1
So, this kid Troy. He’s dating your daughter, isn’t he?


COP2
Yeah.


COP1
How’s Amy doing?


COP2
She’s putting up Missing posters downtown.


DEAN and SAM walk into the crime scene like they belong there.


DEAN
You fellas had another one like this just last month, didn’t you?


COP1
And who are you?


DEAN
(flashing the badge)
Federal Marshals.


COP1
You two are a little young for Marshals, aren’t you?


DEAN
Thanks, that’s awfully kind of you. You did have another one just like this, correct?


COP1
Yeah, that’s right. About a mile up the road. There’ve been others before that.


SAM
So, this victim, you knew him?


COP1
Town like this, everybody knows everybody.


DEAN
Any connection between the victims, besides that they’re all men?


COP1
No. Not so far as we can tell.


SAM
So what’s the theory?


COP1
Honestly, we don’t know. Serial murder, kidnapping ring,


DEAN
Well, that is exactly the kind of crack police work I’d expect out of you guys.


SAM steps on DEAN’s foot, hard.


SAM
Thank you for your time. Gentlemen.


As they walk away, DEAN smacks SAM on the head.


SAM
Ow! What was that for?


DEAN
Why’d you have to step on my foot?


SAM
Why do you have to talk to the police like that?


DEAN
Come on. They don’t really know what’s going on. We’re all alone on this. I mean, if we’re going to find Dad we’ve got to get to the bottom of this thing ourselves.


Sam clears his throat. Behind DEAN are a grim-looking SHERIFF and two men in FBI jackets.


SHERIFF
Can I help you boys?


DEAN
No, sir, we were just leaving. Agent Mulder. Agent Scully.




EXT. DOWNTOWN JERICHO - DAY


DEAN and SAM walk past a movie theater. The Marquee reads:


EMERGENCY TOWN HALL MEETING
SUNDAY 8PM
BE SAFE OUT THERE


A teenaged girl is tacking up posters showing Troy's face.


DEAN
I'll bet you that's her.


SAM
Yeah.


DEAN
You must be Amy.


AMY
Yeah.


DEAN
Yeah, Troy told us about you. We're his uncles. I'm Dean, this is Sammy.


AMY
He never mentioned you to me.


DEAN
Well, that's Troy, I guess. We're not around much, we're up in Modesto.


SAM
So, we're looking for him too, and we're kinda asking around.


A goth girl approaches, puts a hand gently on AMY'S arm.


GIRL
Hey, are you okay?


AMY
Yeah.


SAM
Mind if we ask you a couple questions?




INT DINER - DAY
The four of them are sitting in a booth, DEAN and SAM opposite the two girls.


AMY
I was on the phone with Troy. He was driving home. He said he would call me right back, and, uh, he never did.


SAM
He didn't say anything strange, or out of the ordinary?


AMY
No. Nothing I can remember.


SAM
(indicating Amy's pentagram)
I like your necklace.


AMY
Troy gave it to me. Mostly to scare my parents. With all that devil stuff.


SAM
Actually, it means just the opposite. A pentagram is protection against evil. Really powerful. I mean, if you believe in that kind of thing.


DEAN
Okay. Thank you, Unsolved Mysteries. Here's the deal, ladies. The way Troy disappeared, something's not right. So if you've heard anything.
(The girls share a look.)
What is it?

GIRL
Well, it's just... I mean, with all these guys going missing, people talk.


DEAN and SAM (in unison)
What do they talk about?


GIRL
It's kind of this local legend. This one girl? She got murdered out on Centennial, like decades ago. Well, supposedly she's still out there. She hitchhikes, and whoever picks her up? Well, they disappear forever.




INT: LIBRARY - DAY


Sitting at a computer, Dean types in a search screen "Female Murder Hitchhiking". He finds no results. He tries "Female Murder Centennial Highway" - the same.


SAM
Let me try.


DEAN
I got it.


SAM shoves DEAN'S chair out of the way and takes over. DEAN hits him in the shoulder.


DEAN
Dude! You're such a control freak.


SAM
So angry spirits are born out of violent death, right?


DEAN
Yeah.


SAM
Well, maybe it's not murder.


He tries the search function "Female Suicide Centennial Highway" and finds an article entitled "Suicide on Centennial". He opens it.


SAM
This was 1981. Constance Welch, twenty four years, jumps off Sylvania Bridge, drowns in the river.


DEAN
Does it say why she did it?


SAM
Yeah.


DEAN
What?


SAM
An hour before they found her she calls 9-1-1, apparently her two little kids are in the bathtub, she leaves them alone for a minute, and when she comes back they aren't breathing. Both die.
(reading)
'Our babies were gone, and Constance just couldn't bear it', said husband Joseph Welch.


DEAN
The bridge look familiar to you?




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