Dean has been framed for murder. Sam tries to find the one behind it.



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Det. Peter Sheridan
Jeff Krause (as Andrew Stahl)
Claire Becker
Diana Dutra ...


Sam and Dean investigate the murders of a lawyer and his wife who claimed to have seen a ghost right before they died. However, after local detectives Ballard and Sheridan uncover the Winchesters' records, they arrest the brothers for a double homicide before they are able to find the ghost. When the ghost begins to visit Ballard, she begins to wonder if the tale Sam and Dean are telling her could be true, and if she might be the next to die. Written by The CW

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9 November 2006 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Sam and Dean are walking away at the end of the last scene Dean asks Sam if Det. Ballard looked familiar to him and then said he could go for some pea soup. Linda Blair, who portrayed Ballard, starred in The Exorcist (1973) with the infamous vomiting pea soup scene. See more »


Dean's lawyer mentions he could be facing the death penalty. However, Maryland does not have the death penalty, although Missouri (where the shape-shifter framed Dean for murder in the season 1 episode Skin) does and there are several mentions of the possibility of extradition, including the build-up to the final showdown at the end of the episode. See more »


Dean Winchester: So Scully... what do ya think?
Sam Winchester: I'm not Scully, you're Scully
Dean Winchester: Naw... I'm Mulder... You're a red headed woman
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Death Omen
30 June 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Baltimore, Maryland, Sam and Dean are arrested by the local police while investigating the murders of the lawyer Tony Giles and his wife Karen by a spirit. Detective Peter Sheridan is convinced that Dean is guilty while his partner and lover Detective Diana Ballard is aware that they just have circumstantial evidences against the Winchester brothers. Dean decides to tell the truth about the case, i.e., that Tony had seen and was killed by a vengeful spirit that wants justice, but nobody believes on his words. However, when Det. Ballard also sees the ghost of a woman with a sliced throat, she wonders whether Sam and Dean might be telling the truth. Together with Sam, Det. Ballard identifies the ghost as the heroine addicted Claire Becker, and Sam realizes that she is a death omen.

"The Usual Suspects" is a great episode with the guest star Linda Blair in a sort of tribute to "The Exorcist". The beginning with Sam telling what happened while the flashbacks show what really happened is very funny. The story is engaging and reasonably resolved. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Os Suspeitos Habituais" ("The Usual Suspects")

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