Supernatural (2005– )
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A serial killer shape-shifter adopts the likeness of Sam's college buddy to commit a gruesome murder. When the brothers investigate, the being "borrows" Dean's form to continue the killing spree.


Eric Kripke (created by), John Shiban





Episode cast overview:
Jared Padalecki ... Sam Winchester
Jensen Ackles ... Dean Winchester
Amy Grabow ... Rebecca Warren
Peter Shinkoda ... Alex
Marrett Green Marrett Green ... Anchorman
Anita Brown ... Lindsay
Shiraine Haas Shiraine Haas ... Bystander (as Shirane Haas)
Aleks Holtz Aleks Holtz ... Zach Warren


While on the road, Sam gets an e-mail from his old school friend Becky telling that her brother and also Sam's friend Zach is arrested, accused of murder of his girlfriend. Zach claims that he was in another place at the same time, but the surveillance camera had taped his image in the crime scene. Sam convinces Dean to drive to St. Louis, Missouri, to investigate the typical doppelganger case. Once there, they disclose that a mutant is killing and hurting people in the neighborhood. When the shape shifter takes the form of Dean, things get complicated for the Winchester brothers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

18 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jensen Ackles also played the brother of another Sam in Dark Angel with Jessica Alba. Also in Dark Angel he played 2 versions of himself Ben/Alec just like in season 1 of Supernatural with the shape shifter. See more »


When Sam is reading the email from Rebecca, we can see that the email is dated Dec. 3, 2005. However, when Dean accesses info on the brothers in episode 15, Dean's alleged death date is given as Mar. 7, 2006. Since this episode only takes place over the course of about one week, one of these dates must be inaccurate. See more »


Dean Winchester: Hey. Remember when I said this wasn't our kind of problem? *Definitely* our kind of problem.
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »


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Written by Edward King and Ronnie Van Zant
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The boys meet a shape shifter
11 April 2006 | by SVU14_1See all my reviews

Okay so this episode starts out with a man convicted of murder and he's friends with Dean and Sam. The boys investigate and they run into a Skinwalker (a shape shifting man) who senselessly assaults and kills people for no reason. It morphs into Dean and starts wreaking havoc! I thought this episode was rather strange (this and Phantom Traveler). The Shape Shifter doesn't have a true story or background, I mean: where on earth did this thing come from? The being says it was born with the ability but that's it? Hmm...this is what makes it confusing because most of the other episodes of the show (except this one and Phantom Traveler) explain where the things come from and why they are what they are.

6 out of 10

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