My next season one selection for recapping is a bit of a surprise for me. This is not one of my favorites. However, this episode, much like "Home" ends up being important for season four. By going through the exercise of a recap, maybe I would appreciate it better. We'll see.
It should be noted this is the first solo delivery of the writing team of Raelle Tucker and Sera Gamble. Sera especially uses this episode as her blueprint for further developing Dean's faith issues, so it's a vital piece of work. It also showcases just how far Dean has come in terms of faith. So, for your recapping enjoyment, I present "Faith."
After the regular season one teaser (you know, saving people, hunting things, the family business) there's a dark, abandoned spooky house at night. In the background is the roar of that familiar engine, then the headlights appear in the background. It's the Impala! This opening is good already.
Sam and Dean search the trunk, and Dean finds two taser guns that each deliver 10000 volts. Dean wants "this rawhead extra freaking crispy." Ah, at least we know who they're up against early. They only get one shot though, so it must count Per gun I'm assuming.
Now they're inside, and naturally, for extra creepiness factor, they're searching in the basement. I guess hideous creatures don't hang in the master bedroom. With flashlights in hand they search left, search right, search all around, then hear something in a nearby cabinet. Oh, not the "something's hiding in the cabinet" trick again. That so overdone by the horror genre. Anyway, the go to it cautiously and have weapons handy as they count to three.
Dean opens the door and two innocent children in school uniforms are in there. You guys are picking on kids again! Sam asks if its still here, and the two terrified children nod. They grab the kids and Sam is tasked with getting them out of there, because we have learned in the last few episodes he's designated child rescuer. Probably because in these early episodes, he looks like a baby himself.
Something from under the stairs grabs Sam's ankle as he and the kids run and Sam falls down the stairs. Dean goes under the stairs and shoots, but its not there so he wasted his shot. Sam throws Dean his gun and gets the kids out of there. Dean searches alone and I smell an ambush.
Sure enough, the thing pops out of hiding and knocks Dean backward, into a puddle of water. Oh yeah, I see where this is going. The thing comes after him so Dean scrambles for the taser gun, fires, and turns that thing all crispy. Oh, but the electrical current frying the rawhead is charging up the water at his feet as well, the water that Dean is also lying in. Guess what? Dean fries too.
Dean as well as the rawhead are jolted rather intensely as their insides cook, and when its all over, they both collapse. One is dead and one isn't. I'll let you guess who. Sam arrives in time to see a fallen Dean, but is late enough where the water isn't electrified anymore. He yells "Dean!" and rushes over, clutching onto him in the water. Since I'm not an expert when it comes to water and electricity (aka, shouldn't there be a residual current in the water, thus shocking Sam even a little), I'll let the debunking slide here for we've got some good drama now.
Logo time, and it's so bland compared to the other seasons.
Sam is at a hospital waiting area, and the nurse asks for an insurance card. He hands it to her and oh yes, Sam looks so much like a Mr. Berkowitz. He's definitely has that Jewish serial killer vibe. Two cops are waiting, and Sam goes back to them. Ah, remember the days when they could talk to the police?
Sam finishes the story. They were taking a shortcut through the neighborhood with the windows down (nice detail!), heard screaming, ran in the house, found the kids in the basement. The cop thanks God they did.
Okay, I wonder something here. In the time between Sam getting Dean to a hospital and rescuing the kids, what did he do with the rawhead's body? If he took the kids to the hospital with him, they still know about the house, so wouldn't their search have come up with the thing? Shouldn't they be a little floored over the Supernatural killer? Or did Sam actually ditch the body first even though his brother was near death? I know, I'm nitpicking. I've always wondered that though.
The doctor arrives to deliver Sam the news. The electrocution trigged a heart attack in Dean, a massive one. His heart is damaged. He gives Dean a couple of weeks, a month at most. I know this is some po-dunky hospital, but other hospitals have this thing when one organ fails on an otherwise healthy young man. It's called a transplant list. I'm pretty sure Dean would qualify.
Sam doesn't take the news well. "There's got to be something you can do, some sort of treatment." "Sure," the doctor says, "we'll get him on the emergency transplant list right away." Except he doesn't say that. "We can't work miracles." Uh, transplants stopped being miracles 30 years ago. Now I know why I had troubles with this episode.
Sam rushes to go see Dean, who's in a hospital bed flipping through channels. There are red bags under his eyes and he looks like...death. At least they got that right. Anyone ever watch the old Magnum PI episodes where Magnum would be in the hospital in a coma and aside from one tiny patched up bullet wound on his chest somewhere, justifying the chance to show him bare chested, he looked like he was taking one very pretty nap? Not a tube, wire, or blemish anywhere. TV has indeed changed, and I think its because of nitpickers like me.