Supernatural: Season 4, Episode 3

In the Beginning (2 Oct. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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Castiel sends Dean back in time to 1973 where he encounters younger versions of his parents and for the first time meets his grandfather Samuel Campbell who holds a secret that sheds a light on the Winchester Family's connection to the hunter community.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ruby (as Genevieve Cortese)
Young John Winchester (as Matthew Cohen)
Allison Hossack ...
Dr. Brown / Azazel (as Christopher McCabe)
Ken Camroux ...
Mr. D (as Ken Camroux-Taylor)
Troy Anthony Young ...
Mark McConchie ...
Used Car Salesman
Beth Witshire


Sam sneaks out of the motel room with Ruby leaving Dean alone. Dean wakes up with Castiel in the room that sends him back to Lawrence, Kansas, on 30 April 1973, where he meets the young John Winchester in a bar. He follows the youngster and meets his mother Mary Campbell, his grandfather Samuel and his grandmother Deanna. Sooner he discovers that the Campbell is a family of hunters; further, he finds that the yellow-eyed demon Azazel is in Lawrence. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The diner scene where Dean meets his young father pays homage to the scene in Back to the Future where Marty meets his young father George McFly in the diner. See more »


The newspaper shows a date of April 1973 but the song in the background "Ramblin' Man" wasn't released until September of 1973. See more »


Castiel: Destiny can't be changed, Dean. All roads lead to the same destination.
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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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The Real Truth of the Yellow-Eyed Demon
9 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Get ready for a roller-coaster!

In The Beginning is one of the series' most important episodes. It shows us the lives of the brothers' parents when they were young, as well as giving us a plot point that goes back to the whole beginning of the show, one involving the Yellow-Eyed Demon from the first two seasons. The revelation is completely shocking, but one that makes sense and was carefully planned out. This episode stands as season four's best and one of the top 5 episodes of the entire series, one that is sure to mess with you head and emotions. By the way, the actress playing Mary Winchester is HOT!

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