Supernatural (2005– )
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When two sets of owners of the same painting are brutally murdered, Sam and Dean investigate with the help of an auction house owner's daughter, all while Dean shamelessly tries to pair her with his little brother.


Philip Sgriccia (as Phil Sgriccia)


Eric Kripke (created by), David Ehrman





Episode cast overview:
Jared Padalecki ... Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles ... Dean Winchester
Taylor Cole ... Sarah Blake
Jay Brazeau ... Librarian
Jodelle Ferland ... Melanie Merchant (as Jodelle Micha Ferland)
Keith Martin Gordey Keith Martin Gordey ... Daniel Blake
Linden Banks ... Isaiah Merchant
Jody Thompson ... Ann Telesca
Curtis Caravaggio ... Mark Telesca
Kenton Reid ... Waiter
Josh D. Clark Josh D. Clark ... Mover
Sarah Mutch Sarah Mutch ... Brandi
Barbara Frosch Barbara Frosch ... Evelyn


A young couple is murdered in their home shortly after buying an antique painting of a family portrait circa 1910. Upon reviewing the painting's provenance, Sam and Dean learn that everyone who has ever bought the painting has been murdered and race to discover how the portrait is causing the deaths before it can claim its next victim. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

13 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam references the book The Da Vinci Code, written by Dan Brown, when Dean suggests there's possible hidden clues in the cursed painting. Dean doesn't understand what Sam means and says he's "still waiting for the movie on that one." The Da Vinci Code (2006) premiered in theaters a month after this episode aired. See more »


When Sam, Dean, and Sarah Blake examine the cursed painting after the second murder, Dean notices the razor has moved and says "Jared, check it out" - using actor Jared Padalecki's real name instead of his character's name. It is difficult to completely ascertain if Jensen is, indeed, saying "Jared" instead of Sam because Jensen is mumbling a bit. However, the box set of Season 1 and Netflix both have the subtitles set to "Sam, check it out." See more »


Sarah Blake: [as Dean begins to pick the locks] Uh... Isn't this a crime scene?
Dean Winchester: What? You've already lied to the cops. What's another infraction?
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Featured in Supernatural: Clip Show (2013) See more »


End Credits Theme
Composed by Jay Gruska
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Picture Imperfect
21 June 2006 | by zeppo-2See all my reviews

There's something innately unsettling about a mirror, a photo or picture that captures an image. The red Indians wouldn't allow at first their photographs to be taken as they believed their souls would be held captive in the resulting photo. They seem to hold secrets of a past now gone, held forever frozen in time, something now separate from the person who looks at it from a place in the future. No wonder then that there have been numerous horror stories written on this subject.

This is one of them: an old painting that spells death and disaster for whoever brings it into their possession and home. The brothers have to find out why and who and then put an end to it.

That's the basic plot but there is a creepy air of displaced horror that makes this one of the best stories in this series so far. To me, a good horror story is more about mood and atmosphere than blood and gore. This has it in spades, spooky to the ninth level.

Yes, it is predictable to some degree but that does add to the mix, you know what is going to happen as the painting changes hands, and knowing only the addition of the boys will stop it.

This is the type of thing that justifies the title: 'Supernatural.'

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